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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Richard Grant Book Signing Was A Success

The Winston County Library had a great crowd at lunch today for the Richard Grant book talk/book signing. He talked about his two travel/adventure books, God’s Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre, and Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa. He also talked about his newest book, Dispatches From Pluto, about living in the small town of Pluto, MS (between Tchula and Yazoo City) and his experiences in learning about the people and culture of the Mississippi Delta. Mr. Grant is from England. He and his wife fell in love with Mississippi and now live in Jackson, MS. “It was a great pleasure having Richard here to give a book talk. He is fascinating and has led a very adventurous life so far,” commented librarian Beth Edwards. “It will be so interesting to read about his future adventures!”

Head Start Trike- A Thon for St. Jude

Winston County HeadStart held their Trike Ride for St. Jude at the
Louisville Coliseum on Friday. Donations go to St. Judes in an effort to fight childhood cancers. Participants are awarded prizes and recognition in certain categories:

Most Funds Raised:1st. Mycah McDowell, 2nd Kyler Coburn, 3rd Skylar Cobb, Honorable Mention- Kaylin Eiland, Kadience Kirk, Latravis Paty, Latrice Paty

Decorations: 1. Jikenya Jackson, Kamarian Eiland, Khloe Coleman, Kaidence Kirk, Desia Johnson

Friday, April 29, 2016

East Central Alum Marcus Thames inducted into Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame

Former East Central Community College baseball standout Marcus Thames was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 26, at the 10th annual induction banquet held at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.Thames, currently the assistant hitting coach for the New York Yankees, is the first ECCC baseball player to join the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.The Louisville native played baseball at East Central in 1996-1997. Thames led the 1997 team with a then school record .420 batting average, 13 home runs, and 70 RBI. He was named NJCAA All-American, All-Region 23, and MACJC All-State following the season.Thames was then drafted by the New York Yankees.

Groundbreaking at WInston Medical Center

Dirt is ready to fly in WMC Groundbreaking Ceremony
Construction at the site of the new Winston Medical Center has
been ongoing for several months but Thursday was the first opportunity to conduct a groundbreaking ceremony. The two year anniversary of the April 28, 2014 tornado was an appropriate date to show the progress made toward replacing the previous facility that was heavily damaged in that storm.

Structures have begun to rise on the site and was the backdrop for the ceremony as local dignitaries, State Representative Joey Hood and State Senator Jenifer Branning and Governor Phil Bryant were in attendance.

Mayor Will Hill opened the event and acknowledged the day as a celebration. “Last year at this time we joined to mourn and to remember. We join today to look at tomorrow, our progress and our recovery.”

Governor Bryant speaks to crowd
Reverend Anthony McIntosh led the invocation and Steve Eiland sang the Star Spangled Banner before several speakers took the microphone. District Two Supervisor Luke Parkes took the opportunity to thank the Federal and State governments for their assistance during the past two years and to also voice his support and concern for full funding of MEMA.

Governor Bryant spoke of his experience during and after the storm including his wife’s presence in the community as the tornado struck. He noted the importance of the establishment of the temporary hospital and its importance to the community and the need to keep local doctors, nurses and health care personnel in the area until a new facility could be constructed. He indicated that future residents  would know that they have the best medical care available based upon the efforts of all those involved. “We are here today to make sure that happens.”

Paul Black shows WMC layout to Governor Bryant
Chief Financial Officer Paul Black thanked state, county and city first responders as well as volunteers for their efforts on the night of the storm. Thanks were also extended to the University Medical Center, Louisville First United Methodist Church, First Lady Deborah Bryant, FEMA, MEMA, Renasant Insurance, the Director of Health Protection with the Ms Department of Health, Winston County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Hill and Aldermen, Louisville Utilities, WCEDP, legislators, Broaddus & Associates, Pryor & Morrow, Yates Construction.

The new medical complex will encompass a 14 bed hospital, medical clinic and nursing home facilities. Costs are expected at $52 million- $47million for construction and $5 million to equip the facility.The projected completion date is Spring of 2017.

More photos from the event are available by clicking here

Red Hill's Vendor Sign Up Information

The Red Hill's Festival is fast approaching!!! If you would like to be a vendor at the festival click here  to print application. The deadline to sign up is May 6! 

Board of Supervisors Meeting Agenda-May 2

The meeting agenda for May 2, 2016 of the Louisville Board of Supervisors agenda is now available on the County's website. To view the agenda - please click here

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Moving On From the Storm

Today, there will be a lot of stories, pictures and Facebook posts about the two-year anniversary of the April 28th tornado. Maybe there will be a TV news crew or two in town. I understand that talking about it can be cathartic for many people and if that's what you need to do, that's what you should do. On a personal level, I'll probably do a bit more of that myself.

But this will likely be the last year that I will personally acknowledge this date. What happened two years ago does not define my family's past and most certainly does not define my family's future. I don’t want my life to be measured as “before the storm” and “after the storm.” That day tested us, it changed us and in its own way, it improved us. But I refuse to let it define the rest of my life.

As for me, I'll look forward to see what the next 25 years hold: a few more work challenges, travel, semi-retirement, maybe grandkids (no hurry on that one) and a general mellowing of life.

The only thing I really choose to honor from that time is the feeling of community, respect, compassion and concerted effort that emerged and that we need to work to maintain.