Sunday, July 27, 2014

Winston Co. Supervisors to Meet on July 28

The Winston County Board of Supervisors will meet on July 28 with the following agenda:

  • Discussions with FEMA
  • Beaver Contrl Program
  • C-Spire Contract for cell phones
  • Notice from EMEPA on Dean Park Bill
  • Joe McCrary - budget
  • Department Heads
  • Executive Session

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Friday, July 25, 2014

What's Happenin This Weekend

The big news is the Neshoba County Fair opens tonight! Tonight features the HARPER, MORGAN AND SMITH PRCA Rodeo and musical performance by Southbound. Saturday features include the "Heart O Dixie" Triathlon, more rodeo and music by U.S. On Sunday, get ready for the harness and horse races at 2 pm and a gospel concert in the evening.

 Here in Louisville, the "Back to School Rally" will be held on Saturday at the Louisville High Auditorium from 4-6pm with free school supplies.

Mid-Ms Bowhunters will be hosting a 3D archery shoot on July 26 at the Tombigbee National Forest. The location is 2.2 mile south of Ackerman on HWY 15 and about 12 mile north of Louisville on HWY 15. For more information contact Ben Jackson at 601-954-2662.

As always, check out our calendar page for local events and have a great weekend!!

Winston Strong Needs a Variety of Volunteers

Winston Strong has a need for  a variety of volunteers in the month of August. See the list below for details:

Winston STRONG Community Based Recovery Committee (Louisville, Winston County, MS)
Volunteer Opportunities for August
Need Period: August 1 – 31, 2014

Will guide volunteer teams to worksite locations. Need to be familiar with local streets, roads, and highways. Must have reliable transportation.
Availability needed: Typically, Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am – 9:00 am and/or by call. Will not be an everyday need.

Great volunteer opportunity for active senior citizen or stay-at home mom (after school starts)
Volunteer will not have to remain on-site with team.

Louisville Native Joins an Elite List of Athletes in Ms. Sports Hall of Fame

Louisville native Doug Cunningham will be inducted into the
photo from
Ms. Sports Hall of Fame
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony tonight at 7:00 pm. The former Louisville Wildcat, Ole Miss Rebel and San Fransisco 49er will join a list of acomplished inductees that includes: Ruthie Bolton (basketball), Duece McAllister & Steve McNair (football), Richard Williams (coaching) and Calvin Smith (track & field).

Cunningham, a running back and kick returner at Ole Miss, played in the NFL for eight years, most of that time with the San Francisco 49ers before finishing his career with the Washington Redskins. Drafted in the 6th round in 1967, Cunningham played in the NFL with players such as Steve Spurrier, John Brodie and Gene Washington.

The Class of 2014 will be inducted at a banquet at the Jackson Hilton July 25, 2014, followed by more BancorpSouth Induction Weekend activities on July 26 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum.


Sales Tax Holiday Begins Today

Missisippi's Sales Tax Holiday began today and runs through tomorrow (July 25-26). Clothing and footwear under $100 are included in the tax exemption. There are lots of restrictions  and requirements and many items such as school supplies are not eligible. For more information, visit the Department of Revenue's site by clicking here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Officials Looking for Cost Effective Solutions for Slab/Concrete Removal

Winston Web News has learned that efforts are under way to facilitate proposals for slab removals for homes destroyed in the April 28th tornado.  Currently concrete material is not eligible for debris removal from City and County right of ways. Under FEMA requirements ,FEMA/MEMA reimbursed debris removal contractors cannot pick up or be reimbursed for removing slabs and other concrete from private property.

Details have not been completed at this time but officials are looking at the option for local contractors to submit proposals at a set price for slab removal and backfill of the site. A possible site for the concrete has been explored.


Presley says program is aimed at helping Mississippi businesses
who don't pack up and go to China and Mexico

Jackson, Mississippi (July 24, 2014) – In a series of letters sent
today to the heads of major Mississippi electric and natural gas utilities, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley called for the companies to extend the sign-up periods for new small businesses who want to take advantage of the companies' small business incentive programs. Some utilities’ programs are set to expire with a take-service date at the end of this year. The incentives, which include offerings of reduced rates and waived security deposits, have saved over 1,600 small businesses in Mississippi more than $600,000 since inception, making the incentives the most successful utility rate program for small businesses in America.

Horne CPAs & Business Advisors Join Others at Dean Park

Friends of Dean Park, Inc., Master Gardeners of Winston County and Experience Works trainees welcomed Horne employees to Dean Park to help clean debris and care for plants in the playground landscape.  County Agent Mike Skipper was coordinator of this event. All of the groups volunteered from 9 a. m – 3 p.m. HORNE LLP, one of the nation’s top 50 accounting firms, kicked off its annual Summer of Service Community service program in June.  Annually, HORNE SENDS MORE THAN 500 TEAM MEMBERS OUT INTO THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas to participate in various community service projects.  Katesia Magee Sanders was the team’s leader.  She is the granddaughter of Harold Hudson. The other volunteers were Chelsey Neal, Paris Porter, Jessica Warren, Ryan McKibben, Shelita Burns, Albert Sappington, Lauren Ingram and Jessica Synder.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Construction and Rebuilding Progressing in Louisville

Rebuilding across Winston County and the City of Louisville is well
underway three months after the April 28th tornado. With no permit system in the County, hard numbers are difficult to come by but continually updated information from the City of Louisville is available.

With extensive damage and cleanup requirements in the affected areas, rumors circulated that building permits were not being issued by the City and/or that the costs of permits were prohibitive.

A review of permit requirements and fees and total permit issues indicate that permits are being issued and that fees are only slightly higher than those prior to the tornado damage.

OTR Makes Additional Donation to WinstonStrong

Dustin Smith (center) with OTR makes a $5000 donation to
WinstonStrong. (Mike Dowd on left, Hubert Yates on right)
This is OTR's 2nd donation to the cause.

Winston County Library Receives a Beautiful Gift

The Winston County Library recently received a beautiful piece of hand-made pottery from Glendia Cooper.  The piece, titled “Black and White”, has been added to the library’s permanent art collection.  Ms. Cooper grew up in Louisville but now resides in Jacksonsonville, FL, where she teaches high-school art. Last summer, several of her pieces were on display in the Winston County Library.  She received her B.A. from Mississippi Valley State University and an M.A. in teaching from Jacksonville University.  Inspiration to work with clay came in her early childhood and adolescence, spent in the state of Mississippi, with its rich soils replete with various clays.  Her pieces are created using the “coil method” and the “slab method”.  Her tour of Egypt, Benio, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Brazil provided the inspiration for a series of intriguing pieces of work that includes boxes, reliquaries and vessels.  Glendia’s parents were James and Louise Cooper and grandparents were Houston and Emma Cooper, all of Louisville.

A Busy Summer at Winston County Library!!

The Winston County Library has had a busy summer with a multitude of programs. Located on Park Street, the library staff has brought reading programs and fun to Winston County. The following are photos and highlights:

Animal Science programs from "Fizz, Boom, Read
Michael Opferman of Animal Science,
introduces two skeptical young men
to a boa constrictor.
Giant African Bullfrog
Giant Tarantula

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Fizz, Boom, Read" Prize Winners

Here are the reading prize winners from the “Fizz, Boom, Read” summer library program for 1st – 5th graders. 181 children registered for this program and they read 5,027 books!

Grand Prize Winner ($50 Wal-Mart Gift Certificate) Emma Creel (winning name drawn by Robert Hutto, Sr. of the Louisville Fire Dept.)

Winston Co Sheriff Seeking Information on Hwy 15 N Break-In

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance concerning a break-in at a residence in the 5000 block area of Hwy 15 N. The incident was reported on July 14.

Investigators determined that an outbuilding was broken into and a Hoyt Hybrid Bow with case was taken. The back door of the home was broken and a 46 " Westinghouse flat screen TV and a 31" Samsung flat screen TV was taken along with assorted jewelry and work clothes.

Anyone who has information on this incident or these items should contact Winston County CrimeStoppers at  662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881.

Calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous and  rewards up to $1000 are offered for information on crimes in Winston County.

WinstonStrong Partners With World Renew for Recovery Services

The WinstonSTRONG Community Based Recovery Committee is partnering with World Renew to conduct an assessment of long-term recovery needs as a result of the April 28, 2014 Tornado. This is the first step in working with the families in Winston County to see that all available services have been applied for and that their long-term needs have been identified.

The WinstonSTRONG Community Based Recovery Committee is a community based organization in Louisville that was established after the April 28, 2014 Tornado in order to help homeowners who after insurance and government benefits still need help in order to recover.

The World Renew team will be in the area August 5th, 2014 – August 15th, 2014 and will be providing walk-in centers at the following locations:

"Spark A Reaction" Teen Reading Program Winners

The Winston County Library presents this years winners of the teen reading program, a science based theme titled "Spark A Reaction".
Program was for teens from grades 6-12.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


SCOOBA – The deadline to become a member of East Mississippi Community College’s 2014-15 Mighty Lion Band is Aug. 1, when the first of two summer band camps will begin.

Band Director Steve Stringer announced the pair of summer band
camps to be held Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 12-15 at EMCC’s Scooba campus. Tryouts to become a part of the Mighty Lion Band remain open and interested students should visit to register for an audition.

EMCC’s summer band camps are mandatory for all members of the band. Students are encouraged to act quickly before available scholarship money has been awarded and dorm rooms are no longer available.

ECCC Football Camp

These area football players are shown receiving instruction from East Central Community College assistant football coach Mickey Mays during a Warrior Football Camp held earlier this summer on the Decatur campus. Participants received instruction on fundamentals and techniques in a fun atmosphere, said second-year ECCC head football coach Ken Karcher. “Our camps are designed to teach skills that make better football players and build young men,” said Coach Karcher. Mays serves as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach. Other Warrior assistants include Charles Jones, safeties and assistant strength coach; Eric Gray, corners and head strength coach; Dennis Alexander, offensive line coach; and recent staff addition Ben Cooper, tight ends coach.

Winston County Supervisors' Agenda Now Online

The agenda for Monday's (July 21) meeting of the Winston County Supervisors is now online on the County's Website. To view the agenda -  click here.  Supervisors meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 9:00 am in the Winston County Courthouse and meetings are open to the public.

Pictures From The April 28th Tornado

These are some of the photos that are on display at the Winston County Library that were found in pastures, trees, ditches, and yards after the April 28th tornado. There are now over 100 photos at the library. They are asking people to come by and see if they can identify people or places in the photos and help us return them to their owners. Many photos have already been returned to families.