Thursday, August 21, 2014

Boil Some Peanuts - High School Football Returns!

It's in the air; the smell of leather and sweat, boiled peanuts and grilled concession stand burgers - the clickety clickety boom of the high school band drummers and the cheers, hisses and groans of fans. High school football is back this weekend in Winston County.

With three home games on Friday night, there should be plenty of action to kick off the season. Forecasts call for hot and dry weather at game times.

Rebuilding Noxapater may be facing the biggest challenge of the
weekend as they host a very strong

Louisville Board of Aldermen/Mayor Address Rumors About Academy Park

The Louisville Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday, August 19 in a regularly scheduled meeting. The aldermen were met with a full audience who were in attendance relating to rumors about the future use of the Academy Park area.

Mayor Will Hill spoke to the board members and the public
concerning rumors about possible residential development on the park property. Hill indicated that there was no truth to rumors that the city plans to use the park land to develop subsidized apartments. The Mayor did indicate that there had been some discussion about using the property for future development of approximately 30 single-family residential homes but that this was simply in the discussion stage.

Hill indicated that the area was being considered for housing needs because of the size of the tract, cost to maintain the park given acts of vandalism, and the recognition that the most pressing issue in the community

AARP Donates to Red Cross Relief in Louisville

AARP Mississippi presented a check of $5,000 for the Louisville Red Cross Disaster Relief on Wednesday (Aug 20).  AARP Mississippi works in communities throughout the state to try to make a difference where their members live. When the tornado hit parts of Louisville in April, AARP Mississippi sought ways to offer assisstance.

Pictured here are: Sherri Davis-Garner State- Director AARP Mississippi, Linda Lauderdale -Chapter Executive Ms Red Cross, Carolyn Hampton - East Central Chapter Board Director for the American Red Cross and Charles Hampton - American Red Cross State Leadership Council


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kas McCullough Fundraiser set for Saturday, August 23

There will be a fundraiser on Saturday, August 23 at  Evergreen Baptist Church  to help Kas McCullouch, grandson of Mary Joe Roach, with medical expenses. Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be grilled chicken plates along with entertainment from the Wells Family, Ben Johns, and many others.  $7 donation per person or any other donations would be greatly appreciated!

ECCC Basketball Players Assist Students During ‘Move-In Day’

East Central Community College men’s basketball players (from left) Keon McKinney of Starkville, Kiese Kirkland of Yazoo City, Derrick Dandrige of Memphis and Ravion Henry of Carthage were among team members who provided assistance to female dormitory students during “Move-In Day” Sunday, August 17, on the Decatur campus. The Warrior squad is led by second-year head coach Robert Thompson and assistant Devarus “Scooter” Walker, who also helped students as they moved into their respective dormitory rooms. Coach Thompson said providing assistance during “Move-In Day” is one of several community projects scheduled each year for the Warrior student-athletes. Fall classes began Monday, August 18.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fresh Market's "Athletes of the Week"

The Fresh Market Grill is sponsoring "Athletes of the Week" during high school football season. Let's recognize these young men for their outstanding performances on the gridiron!!

Fresh Market Grill's Athletes of the Week:

Louisville High School:  Dontea  Jones - Wide Receiver
Nanih Waiya: Jamarlo Smith - Running Back
Winston Academy: Carter Lane Jones - Receiver
Noxapater: Keonte Daniels - Quarterback

Highlights from Meeting of Board of Supervisors

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, August 18 in a regularly scheduled meeting. In addition to normal business matters the Board took up the following issues:

Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that there was an issue with
connectivity between his office phone and 911. After hour calls and weekend calls to the Sheriff’s office should roll over and be answered by 911 staff in the 911 center. In some cases, the transfer did not occur. Investigation indicates that the problem may be a hardware issue in the 911 center. There is some issue concerning ownership of the equipment involved. The Board instructed Sheriff Pugh to pursue the issue and get the problem fixed.

The Board discussed the need to hire a CPA firm to perform a 2014 – 2015 audit for the County. The County will pursue quotes for the project.

Repairing Storm Damaged Landscapes

Winston County Extension Office
Monday Night, August 25, 2014
6:00—8:00 p.m.

Meal will be served. You must call 773-3091 by noon on August
25th to reserve your spot.Training will cover multiple topics including plant selection (trees, particularly), site locations, planting, fertilization, pruning, general maintenance, and renovating tips.

Program sponsored by the Winston County Extension Office and Firewise in conjunction with the Winston County Board of Supervisors.
For more information, please call the Winston County Extension office at 773-3091.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Louisville Board of Aldermen Agenda

The Louisville Board of Aldermen will meet on Tuesday, August 19. The meeting agenda is now available on the City's website. To view the agenda - click here

Rally Riders in Louisville on Friday

Bikers from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally made a stop in Louisville as part of their Rally Dinner Ride on Friday.  The Rally has returned after a 3 year hiatus.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Building Projects and Major Repair - Topics at LMSD Board Meeting

The Louisville Municipal School Board received an update on
construction, repairs and future plans for construction at schools in the district in their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night (August 12). The District’s architect, Joey Anderson briefed the Board on work at the Eiland Middle School gym and the state of a possible new storm shelter/cafeteria at the Nanih Waiya Attendance Center.

Repair work at the gym at Eiland has been ongoing with air-conditioning installed and a new floor going down which is approximately three quarters completed. Henderson indicated that the floor is scheduled to be completed by September 1 and that new bleachers should be in place by September 15.

Rally Alley Rumble Draws Crowd - Raises Funds for Winston Strong

The weather was unusually pleasant for an August evening but the
Jason Miller Band
music was hot,  as country and rock filled the streets of downtown Louisville. The Cities of Louisville and Sturgis along with C.H.A.R. Entertainment brought the Jason Miller Band and Payton Taylor to South Columbus Avenue on Thursday (Aug 14) night for 4 full hours of entertainment.

There was no cover charge for the event but donations were accepted for Winston Strong as young and old alike enjoyed the weather and the music. Unofficial totals indicated that more than $2000 were collected. More photos below.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BancorpSouth Makes Donation to Winston Strong

Contributions to Winston Strong continue as Kyle Curran with BancorpSouth is shown making a donation of $5,000. Thank you for your support of our community.
Mike Dowd of Winston Strong accepts a check for $5000 from BanCorpSouth's Kyle Curran (l-r) Jason Cagle, Mike Dowd, Lucretia Beamon, Kyle Curran, Stacey Sullivan

Open House Today Gives an Opportunity for Public Input

Louisville/Winston County Strategic Community Recovery
 Planning Team"s (SCRPT)  Open House will be again this afternoon from 4-6 pm. Take the oppportunity to drop by and give your input before heading to tonight's Rally Alley Rumble. The public is invited to learn about the strategic recovery planning process and share their ideas and input on ways they would like to see the community of Louisville rebuild and recovery from the tornado damage.

Folks can anonymously add their comments to the boards posted at the open house. These photos are a few examples:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LMSD District Budget Requires a 2.3 Mil Tax Increase

After considerable debate and a review of current budget numbers
and tax base numbers, the Louisville Municipal School Board of Trustees approved a budget that would result in a 2.34 mill levy increase by a vote of 3-2. The school mil levy will increase from 52.63 mils to 54.97 mils. This mil increase will not increase revenue to the school district but will only generate funds to maintain the same funds level as the 2014 budget.

In spite of mandatory teacher pay raises and other increased costs, the district is maintaining its budget at $5,509,576 with no increase from the previous year. Superintendent Ken McMullan said, “we’re not asking for one penny more, we have just lost assessment which requires a millage increase.”

Winston County Ready to Kick Off Football Season with Tailgate Party

Winston County held their annual tailgate party for all of the area schools.  The Louisville Wildcats,Nanih Waiya Warriors,  Noxapater Tigers, and the Winston Academy Patriots along with their cheerleaders, coaches, and principals got a chance to show their stuff before a large crowd on South Columbus Ave. on Tuesday night.

The county wide tailgate party has become an annual event for the community.  With scrimmages scheduled for this weekend, regular season football begins next week.

For football schedules you can always check out the schools webpages or visit our calendar on Winston Web News!

Myrrah McCully

Library Adds Ancestry.Com to Local Resources

The Winston County Library has recently added
Library Edition to the list of available resources for our patrons. Library patrons can access through a link on the library computers. The program features vital records, census and court records, photos and directories and military records, as well as many other features to help patrons access information about their relatives and loved ones.

The genealogy website was added to the computers in all of the Mid-Mississippi Library System libraries in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery and Winston Counties. Library Edition can only be used in the libraries. Patrons will have the ability to enter the site through a Card Catalog on the library home page and filter by collection, location, dates or languages, or search the Card Catalog by title and keywords. Records in specific states can be found by using an interactive map included in the program.

For more information on Library edition, contact the Winston County Library at 662-773-3212.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Community Recovery Open Houses Set for Thursday- Aug 14

Input, Innovation, and Ideas welcomed at two upcoming
COMMUNITY RECOVERY OPEN HOUSES hosted by the Strategic Community Recovery Planning Team

A group of citizens, local government representatives, and business owners have joined together to form the Louisville/Winston County Strategic Community Recovery Planning Team (SCRPT) for the purpose of creating a strategy for community recovery in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck in late April of this year. A meeting in the Winston County Courthouse on Tuesday night brought together over forty of these individuals who created three Recovery Committees; Business/Economic Development Committee, Community & Medical Services Committee, and Housing Recovery Committee.

On Thursday August 14 from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM and then from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM,