Friday, December 19, 2014

Phase 1 Approval by FEMA for Safe Room Shelter Facility at Nanih Waiya

School was out early today for the Christmas holiday but faculty
State Rep Evans discusses the shelter project
with LMSD Superintendent McMullan in
the background
and staff at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center gathered together at noon for a major announcement from LMSD Superintendent Ken McMullan.

McMullan informed the crowd that his office had received a letter from Robert Latham , Director of Mississippi Emergency Management, indicating that Phase 1 of a new “Safe Room” storm shelter construction project at the school had been approved by FEMA. This approval provides FEMA funding for the architectural and planning stage of construction.

A safe room combined with a new cafeteria for the Nanih Waiya school has been a major need for the school district and for the citizens of the area. McMullan said, “This project was in the pipeline before the April 28 storm but the devastation of that event moved this project to #1 on MEMA’s list.

The initial planned construction consists of 6126 square feet with 3626 square feet usable as a safe room to protect a population up to 634. The construction will be designed to withstand winds speeds up to 250 mph.
The current cafeteria facilities
at Nanih Waiya
LMSD seeks to incorporate the safe room design and funding with the school’s need for a new cafeteria. The current cafeteria structure is small, dated and lacks separation of food preparation from serving areas.

McMullan indicated that the FEMA funding for the safe room
McMullan reads letter from FEMA
forwarded by MEMA
portion of the structure along with use of some current kitchen equipment and already designated cafeteria funding should keep the costs of the construction down for Winston County taxpayers. The project costs are not completely determined but should be in the $2 million range with FEMA funding 90% of the cost of the safe room area.

  McMullan took the opportunity to thank several community leaders for their efforts in obtaining the project including State Representative Michael Ted Evans, Winston County Supervisor Luke Parkes and retiring LMSD Board of Trustee member Bobby Moody.

After an introduction by Nanih Waiya Principal David Luke, McMullan read the letter from MEMA Director Robert Latham authorizing the 1st phase of the project.

Representative Evans gave a brief history of the project that began with Buddy King , Winston County EMA Director who took the initial idea to County Supervisors including Luke Parkes.

LMSD Board member Bobby Moody spoke of the support of the District for the project and again noted those whose efforts helped bring it to fruition.

Plans are in the works in Louisville on a “safe room” facility as well with cooperation between the City and LMSD. This project is in an earlier stage of development with ongoing negotiations for location and pending FEMA/MEMA plan approval and funding availability. wwm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ECCC Students Receiving EMT Certificates

These East Central Community College students were recently recognized for completing the fall semester Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course. The honorees received certificates during a special ceremony held Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Recipients include (first row, from left) Kamry Freeny, Carthage; Brittany Morrow, Union; Shantel Jenkins, Philadelphia; Justina Billy, Choctaw; Maria Rivera, Forest; Amy Beasley, Quitman; and P.J. Burr, Decatur; and (second row, from left) Thomas Fox, Forest; Cassaundra Dunaway, Noxapater; Shadaedra Jones, Conehatta; Janera Triplett and Tommy Martin, both of Philadelphia; and Jeremiah Tindol, Carthage. Also pictured (back row, from left) are instructors John Barham of Polkville and Dale Yates of Union. Chris Kelly serves as interim director/instructor for the EMT-Paramedic Program. For more information on ECCC healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, Dean of Healthcare Education, at 601-635-6294 or email (EC Photo)

Winston Medical Center Nursing Home Holiday Open House Dec 18

A Little Shoppin... A Little Sippin -

Folks are invited to take part in downtown Louisville's final
Holiday Shopping Event on Thursday evening (12-18) as merchants host "Cider Sippin City Shoppin" from 5:00 pm til 7:00 pm.

Participating merchants will be serving cider to shoppers who come out for the event, providing a great opportunity to complete those last minute shopping lists. Shoppers will be provided with a ballot that can be used to vote on their favorite cider.  Thursday night will also be the last available time to register for $500 in Louisville Dollars.

ECCC Collects Toys for Tots

More than 1,000 toys and gifts for needy children were recently collected by East Central Community College staff members and students for the annual Toys for Tots Campaign sponsored by the Marine Corps League. The campaign is coordinated by the college’s Workforce Education Department and SkillsUSA members. Wayne Eason (center), director of workforce education, is shown with Marine Corps League representatives Ray Trepanier (left) and ECCC alumnus Andy Gardner, who are members of the General Louis Wilson Jr. Detachment 173 in Rankin County. (EC Photo)

Merry Christmas From the City of Louisville

ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates

Ready to begin their new careers in the healthcare field are the above students who recently completed the 12-month surgical technology program at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special group was honored at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Graduates include (first row, from left) Brandi Sanders, Morton; Kierra Lanay Griffin, Louisville; Victoria Smith, Morton; Jessica Delon Thames, Decatur; and Tywonna Kyerica Harris, Lena; (second row, from left) Con’Brianna T. Evans, Clinton; Heather Lee Clark, Nichole Wilson (Surgical Technology Student of the Year) and Dakota Wilcher, all of Philadelphia; (third row, from left) Julie Ann Pierce, Philadelphia; Veronica Shan’ta Ramsey, Meridian; and Shawna Danielle Peets, Union; and (back row, from left) instructor Kristie Pilgrim; DeMarcus Antwan Brown, Meridian; and program director/instructor LeAnn Shirley. For more information on ECCC’s healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, at 601-635-6294 or email (EC Photo)

The Winston County Library Holiday Closing Schedule

December 2014
24th Christmas
25th Christmas
26th Christmas
27th Re-open at 8:30 – 12:00

January 2015
1st New Year’s Day
2nd Day After New Year’s
3rd Re-open at 8:30 – 12:00

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Board Meeting Agenda Dec 16, 2014


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014   5:30 P.M.

I.             CALL TO ORDER
II.            INVOCATION
V.            NEW BUSINESS

A.    Refer the Petition to the Zoning Board, and set a hearing date for January 19, and give notice of the request from Billy Joe White and Lee O. Mays, Trustees of Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ USA and Genesis Learning Center LLC, for a variance to the Zoning Ordinance to locate a daycare, “Genesis Learning Center”  at 401 Pontotoc Street

Three Juveniles Charged With December 10 Robbery of Dixie Gas

On Monday, December 15, the Louisville Police Department made three (3) arrests related to an armed robbery that occurred last week in Louisville. The Dixie Gas Convenience Store on West Main Street in Louisville was robbed on the evening of December 10. Two individuals entered the store armed with a handgun while a third person waited outside the business. The prepetrators escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Three juveniles, two 15 year olds and a 14 year old were charged with armed robbery in the incident. All three had their initial appearance in Louisville Municipal Court and bond was set. All three have made bond and have been returned to their parents.

A Merry Christmas For Three Louisville Families

On Friday December 12th there were three Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) House Dedication Ceremonies. The first dedication was for Ms. Pearline Smith at 160 Eiland Avenue. The second and third dedications were held simultaneously for Linda Lee located at 103 Beale Street, and for Gloria Burrage located at 105 Beale Street. All of these homes were completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado.

WinstonStrong in conjuction with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) worked on the reconstruction of all the homes. Ivan Shirk of MDS and the MDS women presented each family with a completion form, a quilted wall hanging and the keys to their newly constructed homes.

Ms. Pearline Smith accepting keys to her home located
at 160 Eiland Avenue.
Linda Lee accepting keys to her home located 
at 103 Beale Street.
Gloria Burrage accepting keys to her home located
at 105 Beale Street.
Gloria Burrage holding green bag.

WMC Nursing Home Wins Award

The Winston Medical Center Nursing Home was presented on December 10, 2014 with the 2014 Spirit Award by the Mississippi Healthcare Association in special recognition of their heroic effort, spirit and determination shown during a time of emergency and disaster.

"This award was an honor to receive for our staff members and especially for our residents and family members," stated Fran Misso, DON. "It was a blessing that we had no deaths or injuries the night of the tornado." "Being able to receive this award for the work that was done is very heart warming," said Misso.

Winston Medical Center Nursing Home is now open and has all beds filled at this time. Anyone who wishes to be placed on the waiting list is asked to call Barbara Gay at 662-779-5118.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Presley Announces $30,000 Fine for Alleged No Call Violations

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (December 11, 2014) – Following today’s monthly open meeting of the Public Service Commission, Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the PSC has imposed civil penalties totaling $30,000 against Action Point, LLC for alleged violations of the state’s No-Call law. Action Point was alleged to have violated the law on at least six occasions.

Presley: PSC Orders Annual Compliance Filing by Electric Power Associations

Jackson, Mississippi (December 11, 2014) – Today Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the Public Service Commission has ordered an annual statement of compliance from electric power associations across Mississippi regarding determining each customer’s ownership share of the electric cooperative and the making of that information available to customers, along with a broad range of issues from open meetings of boards of directors to the lawful election of board members.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

News Mississipi Won NASRN Award

JACKSON, Miss.—TeleSouth Communications, Inc., parent company of News Mississippi, is pleased to announce the accomplishment of News Mississippi being awarded Best Newscast for 2014 by the National Association of State Radio Networks (NASRN). The award is for the best regularly scheduled newscast, stressing strong writing, anchoring and use of sound.

Louisville Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

On December 10 2014 at around 7:15 PM, Louisville Police Officers were dispatched to 510 West Main St, Dixie Gas, to an armed robbery call.

The clerk stated two young black males came into the store armed with a handgun demanding all the money. There was another individual outside the store acting as a look out. They left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

If you have any information on this crime, please contact CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511.

Winston County CrimeStoppers offer rewards up to $1000 for information on crimes in Louisville, Noxapater and across Winston County. All calls are anonymous and are routed to an out-of-state call center.

 This information and info on other crimes can be found on the CrimesStoppers' website at :

ECCC Gospel Choir Sponsor Honored

Mrs. Brenda K. Johnson (center) of Lawrence, longtime sponsor of the East Central Community College Gospel Choir, received a surprised honor at the talented group’s fall semester concert held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC Gospel Choir Performs

East Central Community Gospel’s Choir is shown prior to the talented group’s fall semester concert held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WintonStrong Still Going Strong

On Friday December 12th there will be three MDS House Dedication Ceremonies. The first dedication will begin at 1:30 pm on Friday when the organizations will turn over the keys to Ms. 
Pearline Smith at 160 Eiland Avenue  in Louisville. Ms. Smith's home was completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado. 

The second and third dedications will be held simultaneously at 2:30, on Friday for Linda Lee located at 103 Beale Street, and for Gloria Burrage located at 105 Beale Street. Both of these homes were completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado. The public is invited to join in all of these celebrations.
103 Beale St.

105 Beale St.