Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Downtown Construction Projects

Progress and projects do not happen without a price. Please be advised the Winston County Courthouse construction project is expected to begin September 30, 2019. Winston County officials met with the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Louisville, and the General Contractor for the project to discuss safety, traffic, and parking for the areas impacted by this historical project.

The parties have fully agreed to establish South Court Avenue as a ONE WAY only street during the construction phase of the project and for south bound traffic only. This is an effort of safety and to allow for as much roadside parking possible.  The construction area will be fenced off and will unfortunately have adverse effects on several properties in the southeast block of the downtown central business district.

All parties involved realize the inconvenience this may create and humbly ask for patience and understanding during this project. The parties involved are as follows:

General Contractor - Burks-Mordecai Builders
Winston County Courthouse - Sheriff Jason Pugh
City of Louisville: Mayor Will Hill
Chamber of Commerce - Executive Director Amy Hillyer

For any questions or concerns, please contact Chief Deputy Keith Alexander at (662) 263-6236.


Fish Donated to Dean Park Lake

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The FishWagon came to Louisville last week to make available fish for farmers and parks to restock their ponds.  A generous visitor from Los Angles, James Parker, was in Dean Park to hear about it. He decided to meet the truck and donate fish to Dean Park’s pond.  He and his brother Ike Parker like to fish and James would like to fish at Dean Park upon his next visit. He purchased 75 bluegill aka brim and donated them to the park. He wanted to purchase catfish but they were not available. James is not a stranger to the area.  He was born and raised in the Center Ridge Community. He played ball in the then 4-H Negro Youth Park and participated in 4-H Club with Mr. Milton Dean. He graduated from Louisville Colored High School after attending several years at Noxapater Attendance Center. Before leaving town, James subscribed for the Winston County Journal to keep up with hometown news.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

L to R:  Willie Norris Shields, NCBA trainee and James Parker

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WMC Sponsoring Health Fair Oct. 8

Winston Medical Center is sponsoring a community health fair on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The health fair will be held at the campus of Winston Medical Center located at 17550 East Main Street in the Multi-purpose room in the Administration Building.

Vendors are signed up to come and promote healthcare services that are offered to the community. Winston Medical Center will be providing laboratory screenings at no charge. Individuals are reminded to get the best results you do not need to eat or drink anything past midnight. There will be other free health screenings and assessments offered to anyone attending.

In addition to the health fair, the Mississippi Blood Services will be attending to do a local blood drive. There is a demand for blood in our community. Please take this opportunity to donate blood. It is a wonderful gift to those in need from all walks of life, as there is no substitute for human blood; donors are the only source. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the demand for blood continues to increase, but only five percent of the population donates. An adequate supply is crucial to the survival of cancer patients, accident victims, children with blood disorders, and many others. Your donation helps to save and enhance the lives of these people, as just one pint of your blood can save as many as four lives. You may schedule an appointment by calling 662-779-5111 but walk-ins are also welcomed. Please bring ID with you when you come to donate.

Flu shots will be available. If you are a Medicare recipient you are asked to bring your Medicare card with you.

The local banks, Citizen’s Bank, Renasant Bank and Bancorp South will be on site providing hotdogs and drinks to attendees.

Door prizes and giveaways are planned.

For more information on attending or participating as an exhibitor, contact Brandi Krajewski, Marketing/PR Director at 662-779-5111.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Let's Play Ball!!

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Mayor Will Hill welcomed tournament players to new Ivy Park ball fields, which were made possible by a received grant after the 2014 tornado.
Mayor Hill throws first pitch to start the tournament.
The children are really enjoying the Ivy Park Splash Pads and Playground at the tournament.

Public Reports of Suspicious Activities Lead to Arrest

The Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at #6 Walnut Street Apartments on Wednesday September 11, 2019. Alexander Eiland was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Cocaine, digital scales and packaging material were found during the search. Eiland is currently on probation after serving time for aggravated assault and multiple counts of sale of cocaine.

This investigation was initiated by information from the public. Sheriff Pugh encourages the public to report any suspicious activity and appreciates those willing to come forward and provide the information needed to prosecute drug violators. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information through CrimeStoppers at (662)773-9999.

Don’t Miss 2019 ECCC Wall O’ Sound Halftime Show “Guido’s Last Stand”

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band include (first row, from left) Jasmin McDonald, Olivia Adams, Hanna McKinion, Shaela Roberts, Nina Moore, Maggie Lott, Tori Seale, Chloe Gressett, Abby Null, Alexis Gaines, and Kaitlyn Kyzar; (second row, from left) Luke Wall, Sarah Sanders, Carly Greenwood, Tiara Dawkins, Kayleigh Sellers, Jasmin Brooks, Lydia Bishop, Amberlee Akin, Megan Boulton, and Jorian Jackson; (third row, from left) Victoria Wright, Tykeia Hathorn, Janiya Palm, Jamiah Bloodsaw, Helen McGee, Tristan Sanderson, Jesmy Bravo, Amy Salvador, Destiny McKee, Destiny Parrott, Magen Burnham, Abigail Clarke, Katelyn Massey, and Kolton Peyson; (fourth row, from left) Abbie Newell, Lauren Bounds, Anson Deering, Olivia Ferguson, Jeremy Boler, Lexi Hannah, Kelly Rosas, Ashley Marin, Katelyn Frederick, Alison Watson, Cameo Odom, Kaitlyn Irwin, and Lakenya Triplett; (fifth row, from left) Dakota Brown, Robert Ward, Kyle Skinner, Allison Pickle, Lillie Chapman, Angel Mondragon, Cheyenne Brown, Hannah Blythe, Dalton Fayette, Lauren Gilmer, Katie Evans, Dakota McMiller, Lauren Foley, and Hannah Mitchell ; (sixth row, from left) Danielle Copeland, Sophie Wilkerson, Jon Collins, Ethen Nicholson, Timothy Johnson, Na’Tya Smith, Maiya Campbell, Taylor Smith, Kyle Jensen, Richard Kienle, Jacob Crout, Crystal Pierce, and Rhianna Gentry; (seventh row, from left) Kaitlyn Goforth, Ashton Massey, Khamiyah Walker, Mason Rover, Jamerius Clemons, Taylor Goss, Britney Patten, Wesley Akins, Martez Nichols, Josh Mitchell, Jovani Mondragon, and Naziah Gunn; (eighth row, from left) Madyson Warren, Destinie Lloyd, Ethan Gentry, Zack Malone, Mitch Gentry, Cameron Jackson, LaDarrious Washington, Jacolby Jenkins, Zane McElhenney, Taylor Clark, and Camille Dixon; (ninth row, from left) Anilya Lindsey, Asa Keats, Chris Johnson, Samantha Olmedo, Giuliana Donato, Emily Williams, Keely Spears, Lauren Baysinger, Emma Long, Shakia Norman, Kaitlyn Morris, and Justina Dixon; (tenth row, from left) Genesis Lyons, Christopher Windham, Evan Miles, Audry Pugh, Zach McLain, Kirsten Loper, Lance Sanders, Ethan Wysocki, Japheth John, Harper Todd, Juiliann Pohlig, Camilla Addy, and Alex Evans; and (back row, from left) Connor Phillipson, Angel Kelly, Malachi Beasley, Jeremy Collins, A’Dontay Williams, Roderick Edwards, Jerry Davidson, Ciara Viverette, and Denniah Campbell. (EC Photo)

After 37 years as a music educator, Ed Girling is bowing out in style as his 2019 East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band presents “Guido’s Last Stand” for its halftime show.

Director Ed Girling said, “This is the final show I will design. I have taken some favorite tunes from past shows here and my other schools and even tunes that I have arranged for other groups. This is a show that audiences will want to experience again and again.”

Tunes include “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi, “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione, “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers, “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal, and “We are the Champions” by Queen, among others.

The band performs at halftime of all ECCC home football games. In addition, the full band will travel to Scooba on Sept. 26 to perform at halftime of the East Central vs. East Mississippi Community College football game. A Pep Band travels to all away games.

The 2019 Wall O’ Sound features 137 musicians and auxiliary members from the college’s district of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, as well as other towns throughout the state.

In addition to Girling, staff members include assistant director Zach Langley, Centralette coordinator Tayler Stephens, color guard coordinator Stacey Sanders and percussion coordinator Malcolm McBride.

For more information on how to become a member of the Wall O’ Sound, contact Girling at 601-635-6123 or email

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College Centralettes dance line and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) Tiara Dawkins, Newton County; Nina Moore, Newton County; Shaela Roberts, Enterprise; Hanna McKinion, Nanih Waiya; Amberlee Akin, West Lauderdale; Alexis Gaines, Newton County; Chloe Gressett, Newton County; Megan Boulton, Newton County; and Lydia Bishop, Sebastopol; and (back row, from left) Maggie Lott, Clinton; Sarah Sanders, Newton County; Jasmin Brooks, Newton County; Abby Elizabeth Null, West Lauderdale; Olivia Adams, Neshoba Central; Tori Seale, Neshoba Central; Carly Greenwood, Neshoba Central; and Kayleigh Sellers Neshoba Central. Tayler Stephens serves as coordinator (EC Photo)

Submitted by: Maria McLeod