Thursday, October 23, 2014

God's Pit Crew Volunteering in Louisville After April 28 Tornado

Like a swarm of busy bees, volunteers with God's Pit Crew are in
the process of constructing a home on McCullough Rd.   As many as 50 volunteers are working at any given time to construct the home with plans to have it ready for occupancy in as little as two weeks. These pictures show crews in action and the status of the home as of Thursday, October 23.

God's Pit Crew is a non-profit faith base group of volunteers who serve others during times of need and disaster. They are based in Danville, Virginia.

The crew was here after the storm and have since returned to construct the home of Randy and Diane Hodges.

More information on God's Pit Crew and the construction process of this home in Louisville can be seen on their website at  Day to day photographs chronicling the progress of the  home can be seen on the God's Pit Crew facebook page.

ECCC Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Workforce Training

 East Central Community College was recently awarded a $2.5
million grant to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, one of the College’s five support counties.

ECCC is among 270 community colleges nationwide and the first announced Mississippi community college to receive the grant, which is provided by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement was made Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, by Vice President Joe Biden.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the College applied for the $2,499.950 grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of dislocated workers in Winston County.

ECCC Hosts JUCO Basketball Jamboree

A full day of men’s basketball competition is scheduled Saturday,
October 25, 2014, when East Central Community College hosts a men’s basketball jamboree in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education on the Decatur campus.

The pre-season contests get under way at 9 a.m. with East Central and Marion Military battling on the hardwood. Holmes Community College and Jones County Junior College meet at 11 a.m., followed by the Jones County and Marion Military matchup at 1 p.m. East Central and Holmes are featured at 3 p.m., and the Warriors take on Tougaloo College at 5 p.m. to conclude competition.

Nanih Waiya vs.Noxapater

The trash talking has begun as one of the biggest in-county rivalries in the state will take place tonight at 7 p.m. Nanih Waiya travels across the swamp to Noxapater as the Warriors take on the Tigers. The undefeated Warriors of Nanih Waiya will have a tough time against a surging Noxapater team.  The game can be heard on WLSM radio 107.1 and for those outside of the area, Winston Web News will have game updates  throughout the evening.  Game time is 7 p.m. and the weather looks great.

$43.5 Million in Grants to Rebuild in Winston County

FEMA Approves Grants Worth $43.5 Million to Restore Plywood Manufacturing, Medical Center and County Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), today announced approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed the lawmakers that four FEMA Public Assistance grants have been approved to offset the costs of recovery efforts related to the April 28 tornado that hit Louisville and Winston County. The largest award, worth $34.5 million, to the City of Louisville will reimburse 75 percent of the costs to reestablish a plywood manufacturing plant. Three other grants, totaling $10.8 million, for Winston County and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are linked to continued work to restore medical care services in the region.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Woodmen of the World Makes Donation to Winston County Emergency Management

Monitoring storm activity and radar is vital for local Emergency Management personnel during times of unsettled weather. Now Winston County has another tool to help as Woodmen of the World, Chapter 102 recently made a donation of a 50" flat screen television.

"The donation is part of our community service" said Jerry Hemphill of Woodmen. Shown below are: Buddy King- EMA Manager, Jerry Hemphill - Woodmen of the World, Sheriff Jason Pugh.

Mississippi Action for Progress (Headstart) 50th Anniversary Parade Oct 24

On Friday; October 24 at 9:30am, MAP, Inc.which stands for
Mississippi Action for Progress (Headstart) will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a Parade! The theme is, Past, Present, and Future Leaders & Educators of Headstart!

The parade will start from the coliseum and come up Main Street for this celebration! They hope you will take out time to join them during this event. They will leave the Headstart building at 8:45am, unload at the coliseum, and start the Parade at 9:30am.

Parade participants include all teachers and staff of Headstart, former students and employees, chief of police, Buffalo Soldiers, Louisville band, and many more. They hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Supervisors Receive Briefing on WMC Status

Winston County Supervisors met on Monday, October 20 in a
regularly scheduled meeting. Supervisors had a light agenda highlighted by Paul Black, administrator of the Winston Medical Center. Black provided a security collateral document needing Supervisors’ approval that is required for a Community Disaster Loan. Black noted that in past disasters such as Katrina, the type of loans were forgiven at a later date.

Black also briefed the board on the rebuilding status of Winston Medical Center and indicated that a RFP had been developed for possible land purchase and that negotiations were continuing with the insurance company and FEMA in terms of payment for damages sustained in the April 28 tornado. Black informed the board that there will not be a waiver on the mileage distance from other critical care facilities and that the hospital board would be taking a different tack on this issue.

Louisville, MS, Moves Forward to Achieve Retail Development Opportunities

Tupelo, MS, October 20, 2014…As the largest city in Winston
County, Louisville has established itself as a regional hub for products and services in East Central Mississippi. With a prime location along Highway 25 and the community’s entrepreneurial spirit, Louisville leaders are eager to capitalize on these advantages to build a stronger community and economy.
The City was devastated by a deadly tornado in April 2014 that tragically took 10 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. Yet, the resilient City continues to move forward with an attitude of optimism.

“Louisville has taken some tough blows in recent years with a down economy and a devastating tornado. However, we always get up, and I expect Louisville to continue making positive strides with a stronger economy,” said Louisville Mayor Will Hill.

To achieve Louisville’s goal, the City has partnered with The Retail Coach, a national retail recruitment and development consulting firm.

LMSD School Ratings Released

Ratings for Mississippi school districts and individual schools for
the 2013/2014 school year were released by the Mississippi Department of Education last week. The 151 school districts across the state were given a grade rating from A to F. However, because schools are converting to new Common Core standards, schools that got a lower grade in 2014 than in 2013 could keep their 2013 grade, because the MCT2 state test wasn't meant to measure what was being taught under Common Core.

For the Louisville Municipal School District, this meant that the District’s grade and individual schools ’grades were unchanged from the previous year. While the District’s grade remains a D, individual schools fared well. New standards next year may reduce the ratings for schools such as Nanih Waiya and Noxapater, which were rated A and B respectively.

In addition, Louisville Elementary and Eiland Middle School were rated as C and Louisville High School was rated D.

Monday, October 20, 2014

NW Fall Festival This Saturday

The Pumpkin Patch
Final preparations are still being made at this time and prayers for good weather are going up, but it looks like this years Nanih Waiya Fall Festival is going to be bigger and better than last year. “Things are really coming together and there is a lot of excitement this year,” said Jerry Hemphill, President of the Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park board. “Unfortunately there are a couple of other events locally that day as well. This was just the only weekend we could all put it together. Hopefully everyone can come to ours and go to the other events as well.”

The festival kicks off bright and early at 7 am with registration for the Swamptown 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Premier Ford. Last year 43 runners/walkers participated in the race through the country on a relatively flat course. This year the top finishers will receive a cash prize as well as a medal. Just after the 5K begins the first ever Swamptown Kids Fun Run sponsored by the Tot Spot will start. The youngsters will race on a much shorter course and may encounter some obstacles or surprises along the way.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Goats Grow In Popularity As Farmers Diversify

Goats are growing in popularity among Mississippi livestock producers who have limited acreage or want to diversify their farming business.

“Since 2012, the overall number of meat goats in the southeastern region of the state has increased,” said Mitch Newman, Greene County agricultural agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “More small farmers want to raise livestock to supplement other income, and some landowners have fragmented property, which makes raising cattle unrealistic.”

Compared to cattle, goats that are managed well can thrive on fewer acres, reproduce more quickly and mature faster, Newman said.

Friday, October 17, 2014

County High School Scores

County Finals: Louisville 37 - Aberdeen 6**Winston Ac 19 -
Manchester 21 ** Noxapater 54 - Ethel 16**Nanih Waiya 27 – Sebastopol 20

3 for 4 tonight! Louisville started slow but finished strong over Aberdeen. Noxapater just seems to be getting better and better as they absolutely demolished Ethel. Nanih Waiya had a tough fight but remains undefeated with a win over Sebastopol and Winston dropped a tough, tough one after leading 19-0 over Manchester. Everyone be prepared for Thursday night as cross county rivals, Warriors and Tigers face off in Noxapater.

Leave you with this tonight:What’s Forrest Gump’s computer password?


Thursday, October 16, 2014

LHS Student Excels in TSA

Shaquarius Rayford, 2014-2015  is the Louisville High School TSA
chapter president. TSA (Technology Student Association)  has over 200,000 middle and high school students nationwide aspiring to be future engineers, scientists and technologists.

From district competition to state conference, Shaquarius has won several awards and scholarships in events such as Video Game Design, Engineering Design, and Chapter Team. TSA has taught her to be a confident leader and believe in herself. Living in the new age technical world she will have future challenges to face, but thanks to TSA and its motto: “Learning to Live in a Technical World” she will be prepared.

High School Football Games Friday Night

Here's the rundown on Friday night high school football in Winston County:

  • Louisville will be on the road as they travel to Aberdeen.
  • Noxapater will be on the road as they travel to Ethel.
  • Nanih Waiya hosts Sebastopol for homecoming
  • Winston Academy will host Manchester.
All game times are 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Stop The Violence Campaign"

Submitted: On behalf of NFusion 7, UTurn and LINK, we are
delighted to invite you to participate in oour "Stop the Violence--Unite the Community" event taking place at the Mississippi National Guard Armory in Starkville,Ms on October 25 at 10 a.m.  The mission of the event is to promote awareness of community resources available to youth to stay on the right track and prevent youth from turning to violence.

NFusion 7, UTurn and LINK are innovative new state-wide projects in Mississippi aimed at linking youth 14-21 with resources in their communities to help them transition into a positive adulthood.  These projects offer a variety of support including assistance with living skills,educational support, mental wellness, employment skills, and cultural enrichment.  NFusion 7, UTurn and LINK offer a novel system of care approach which wraps the youth,family, and community into one.

We hope you can join us on October 25, 2014.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Lakicha Jernigan at 662-773-2600 or email her at

Rays of Hope and Healing Workshop Service Oct 28

On April 28, 2014, God brought our community together when a F-4 tornado tore across 34 miles of our beautiful Winston County.

On the six month anniversary of the tornado, citizens of Winston County will gather together to praise God for bringing us this far.  We will recieve strength,courage, and hope to continue healing our hearts,our homes and our beloved community.

On Tuesday, October 28, the Rays of Hope and Healing Workshop Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at South Louisville Baptist Church, 933 South Church Avenue, Louisville, Ms. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this community-wide service.  We will honor the memory of those we loved and lost in the storm. We will hear God's powerful word and be inspired by special music. Through our recovery we will create something strong and beautiful together.

Let the Light of Christ shine on us so that we may keep going, keep healing, and keep helping each other.

Paint Sale At Bennett's Do It Center!

Through The Month Of October!!

  Benjamin Moore, And Do It Best Best Look Paints 30% Off!! 


To Enter, Complete The Official Entry Form Found In Your Catalog Mailing And Then Submit Your Completed Entry To Bennett's Do It Center Or Fill Out Entry Form In Store And Drop In Sweepstakes Receptacle. Must Be 18 Years Or Older To Enter. Giveaway Ends November 15, 2014. Limit One Entry Per Household Per Day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pet of The Week

This is Janie.  She is spayed and is a lab/hound mix. She is housebroken, playful, and loves back scratches.  Come by the Louisville Animal Shelter today and check out all the animals that are ready for adoption. The shelter is located on 110 Thompson Street or call Barbara at 662-705-0398. Thank you.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fresh Markets Athlete 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:

Kirk Sisson

Winston Academy
Logan Webb

Tyler Miles
Strong Safety

Nanih Waiya
Jamarlo Smith
Senior Running Back
& Defensive End #3