Friday, November 21, 2014

High School Football Scores

Winston County Finals: Nanih Waiya 24- Resurrection 0 **** Charleston 35- Louisville 13

Nanih Waiya continues to roll toward a 1A title with a strong showing against Resurrection. 13-0 on the year.. Headed to Cathedral for the next round. Louisville’s season ends tonight in a sloppily officiated game in the Delta. Great year for the Wildcats.

Leave you tonight with our last Thanksgiving joke: Q: What do you get when you cross a turkey with a banjo?

A: A turkey that can pluck itself!

Common Deer Parasites Do Not Affect Venison

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Bronson Strickland
While dressing a deer this fall, there are some common parasites you may encounter. None of these parasites actually affects the quality of the deer meat, but it is important to recognize what they are.

Louse flies…
Have you ever noticed little wingless critters crawling around on a deer’s belly? Those are louse flies -- also called deer keds. The adult flies shed their wings and become flightless.  While at first glance louse flies         resemble small ticks, they only have six legs.

The deer serves as a host during part of the louse fly’s life cycle. The wingless adult fly produces eggs, which grow to larvae and pupae and then fall off the deer. On the ground, the winged adult emerges from the pupa and searches for another deer to start the cycle over again.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Thank You From Angela Gay

I would like to say Thank You to all the wonderful people and organizations that have been so supportive of me during this difficult time. Life can be very challenging at times and it is such a blessing to be surrounded by a community that cares so much. I want to thank the special group of friends and family that organized the benefit for me, as well as all the people that participated in it and the businesses, not only from here, but from surrounding counties, that donated items for the auction, jumpers for the children, and supplies for all the wonderful food and festivities. I also want to thank all the churches that have helped in a variety of ways, as they are the foundation of this community. Lastly, I would like to thank the total strangers that have shown love and support even though we had never met before. Just in my young life, I have witnessed the world change in many ways, many of which have not been for the better. It is truly a blessing and a breath of fresh air to know that there is still this much love and humanity in the world. I still have a long way to go down this rough road known by so many as “Cancer”, but with all the blessing that have been bestowed upon me by God, family, friends, and total strangers, I will prevail.

Thank You All,

Angela Gay

Winston Medical Center MHA Maggie Awards

From left to right, Lacey Vowell, Brandi Krajewski, Paul Black, and Fran Misso show off their many awards during the 27th annual Maggie Awards.)

The Mississippi Hospital Association’s Society for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations presented the 27th Annual Maggie Awards during an awards dinner on Nov. 6 at the MHA Conference Center in Madison. The Maggie Awards program recognizes outstanding marketing and public relations work submitted by professionals from the health care sector in Mississippi.

This year, there were 75 entries submitted from hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations from across the state. Only the top two entries in each category win awards, and in order to receive a Maggie Award, an entry had to rank “excellent” in the judges’ scoring system. The Maggie Award gets its name from the magnolia flower featured on the top award. Out of the submitted entries, 17 Maggie Awards and 19 Awards of Excellence were selected.

Winston Medical Center won Maggie Awards for crisis communications during their response to the tornado that struck Louisville in 2014 and for their Home is Where the Heart Is t-shirt. The Home Is Where the Heart Is t-shirt also was named the Best of Show Overall.
During the awards ceremony, Brandi Krajewski, marketing and public relations director for WMC, was also named the Junior Professional of the Year by her peers in the society. The honorees are chosen based on accomplishments and experience in the field, focusing on professionalism, creativity, contributions to their hospital and their community, and a continued dedication to learning and furthering the field of marketing and public relations. The Junior Professional of the Year has five or less years of experience in health care marketing and public relations.

Shawn Rossi
Mississippi Hospital Association
Vice President for Marketing & Public Relations
Office: (601) 368-3237   

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WinstonStrong and MDS Complete Another Home

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Another storm victim will return to their home this Friday through the efforts of WinstonStrong and the Mennonite Disaster Service. At 11:00 am on Friday, November 21, the organizations will turn over the keys to Ms Leotha Moore at 101 Pineywood in Louisville. The public is invited to join in the celebration.

Ladies Night Out November 20

Ladies Night out will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Downtown Louisville from 5:00 p.m. til 7:00 p.m. Come out and shop Winston County First this holiday season. Give local merchants the chance to earn your patronage. Don't forget to stop by participating merchants and register for $500.00 in Louisville Dollars. There will be no Holiday Open House November 21st and
November 22nd.

Participating merchants that will be open for Ladies Night Out:

Becky's Antiques, Just Teasin' Boutik & Salon, Little Caesars Pizza, Mainly Music, Something Special, The Fashion Boutique, The Jewel Shoppe, The Silver Goose, Uptown Lily, Winston Furniture and Stephanie's Shenanigans.

Other Chamber Events To Look For!

December 4--- Lighting of Christmas Tree, Cookies with Santa, Caroling

December 8 Christmas Parade--5:30 p.m.

December 13 Carl Jackson Home for Christmas

December 18 Cider Sipin City Shoppin

ECCC Football Warriors Earn Post Season Honors

DECATUR - Several members of the East Central Community College football team received honors following the 2014 campaign.
Running back Lamarcus Franks, defensive back Austin Balthazor and defensive lineman Tyler Pace were named to the MACJC All-State Second Team.

Franks, a 5-7, 142-pound speedster from Greene County High School, rushed for 923 yards on 190 carries, a 4.9-yard average. His longest run went for 51 yards. He scored three touchdowns.

Balthazor, a 6-1, 178-pound product of Seminary High School, led the Warriors in tackles with 52 solo stops and 13 assists. He was also credited with a quarterback sack and an interception.

Pace, a 6-2, 276-pound former standout at Newton High School, accumulated 18 solo stops and seven assists. He led the Warriors in quarterback sacks with five.

The Warriors finished 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the MACJC South Division under second year head coach Ken Karcher.

Lamarcus Franks
Austin Balthazor

Tyler Pace

UMCOR To Match Funds Up To $100,000 for WinstonStrong!!

(UMCOR will match donations to WinstonStrong up to $100,000)

Quietly, behind the scenes, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been working hand in hand with Winston Strong to rebuild our community. UMCOR has been doing this by helping to coordinate teams of volunteers from United Methodist Churches across the southeast and by making funds available.

It was UMCOR that came in 4 weeks after the tornado hit our community and began training case managers for Winston Strong. Those case managers have been invaluable in our community's rebuilding efforts. They work closely with their cases and find all available resources to help people begin to put their lives back together. Without the training provided by UMCOR we would only now begin to have these individuals in place.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Girl Scout Troop 20206 at Dean Park

L to R: Betty Sherrod and Jaslyn Sherrod-Turner
Girl Scout Jaslyn Sherrod-Turner planted pansies at Dean Park on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  There are 7 girls in Winston County Girl Scout Troop 20206, however, the others couldn’t keep their engagement with Friends of Dean Park, Inc. to plant 192 pansies in the park for various reasons. Jaslyn enjoyed all of the attention from Richard Moncrief, president and Elmetra Patterson, vice president as she learned the steps to transplanting the new plants that were donated by Walmart. Jaslyn came to the park with her grandmother Betty Sherrod who is a member of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. and a retired school teacher. Jaslyn is 9 years old and is in 3rd grade at Louisville Elementary School with Ms. Turner and Ms. Griffin as her teachers.

Friday, November 14, 2014

High School Football Finals

County Finals: Louisville 42- Mooreville 28 *** Nanih Waiya 35- Salem 18

Not much doubt in either of these playoff games tonight. Louisville controlled from the start but allowed a few late scores. The Warriors of Nanih Waiya played a solid game throughout. Schedules are tentative but looks like Louisville will have to go on the road to Charleston next week and Nanih Waiya will host Resurrection.

Leave you with this from Johnny Carson:Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travels thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year and then discover once a year is way too much –

Have a great weekend!!

Baptist Laymen Volunteers Repair Damaged Home in Louisville, MS

On Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:00 p.m. a home 125 Piney Wood Street in Louisville, MS will be blessed and turned over to the owner, Lucy Foster for her and family to move back in after more than 6 months. Her home received major damage from the EF4 Tornado that devastated Winston County on April 28, 2014. This family came to Winston Strong to seek help for their unmet needs on July 7, 2014. They were found eligible and Elmetra Patterson became their case manager. This family consists of a disabled woman and her 3 disabled adult sons. Her spouse is a patient in the Winston Medical Center Nursing Home.

Winston County Official Results from Tuesday's Election

The results of the November 4 general election have been certified by the Winston County Circuit Clerk. This includes all absentee ballots and afadavits. To see the results and /or print click here:

Register for Louisville Dollars!!


WASHINGTON – Rep. Harper, Rep. Nunnelee, and Rep. Palazzo
released the following statement today after U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), was elected by his fellow Republican members of the U.S. Senate to serve as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):

“Our sincere congratulations to Senator Roger Wicker on his election today to head the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). This is not only an honor for the state of Mississippi, but important to our country as a whole. It comes as no surprise to the Mississippi delegation that Senator Wicker was chosen to lead the NRSC during this important time. Other members of the United States Senate have come to realize what we in Mississippi already know: Sen. Wicker is a strong leader and public servant who has fought for years, in both the House and Senate to successfully champion conservative values. Our Mississippi delegation may be small, but we are a strong and the NRSC is fortunate to have Sen. Wicker leading the charge to keep the Republican majority in the Senate during the next election cycle.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Pruitt Speed “Speedy” Calvert, Jr., announced this week his plans to seek the Republican nomination for the Mississippi Senate District 18 seat comprised of Neshoba and portions of Leake and Winston Counties in the 2015 GOP primary. The election will be held on August 4, 2015 and is an open seat following incumbent Republican Senator Giles Ward’s announcement at this year’s Neshoba County Fair that he will not seek re-election to the post he has held since 2008. Qualifying for the race and all other Mississippi statewide offices begins in early January 2015.

Calvert, 57, and his wife, Jamie, are residents of Philadelphia, having moved there after losing their home in Louisville in the April tornado.

Military Veterans Honored at ECCC

Brigadier General Billy Pierce (left) of Decatur addresses a packed room full of fellow veterans at the second annual Military Appreciation Breakfast held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, on the East Central Community College campus in Decatur. Pierce, an ECCC alumnus, served 36 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard prior to his retirement in 2004. Other program participants included ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, welcome and invocation; Warrior football player Darryl Rogers of Laurel, singing of the national anthem; Wall O’ Sound trumpeter Nina Labue of Decatur, playing of “Taps;” and presentation of colors by Wesly Boykin and John Michael Everett, members of Boy Scout Troop 46. The military veterans received a standing ovation from ECCC students as they entered Mabry Memorial Cafeteria after leaving the Molly McGee Gold Room, where the breakfast/program was held. (EC Photo)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Woman Wanted for Questioning in Noxapater Burglaries

The Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. is asking for help in locating Benetta Jones, 32 years old, in connection with the recent burglaries around Noxapater, MS. Jones was accompanied by Clifton Smith and Carlos Daniels who are already in custody and charged with business burglary. Jones was last seen in Winston County Thursday night, 11/06/2014. She also could possibly be located in Laurel, MS or around Jones County. If anyone has any information on Benetta Jones, please contact the Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or the Winston County Crimestoppers at (662) 773-9999.

Buy Local This Holiday Season!!

Did you know that $ spent in a home-owned business returns 3 times more money than that same $ spent in a chain store? Support your locally owned businesses!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ECCC Lady Warrior Basketball Team

Pictured are members of the 2014-15 women’s basketball team at East Central Community College in Decatur. Lady Warriors and their respective high schools include (seated from left) guard Richenda Crutcher (4), H.W. Byers (Lamar); forward Rolonda Washington (5), Raymond; guards Johnta’ Hughes (10), Hattiesburg and Kalybriah Haskin (11), Olympian (Chula Vista, CA); guard/forward Alexia McDonald (12), Petal; center Courtney Harper (14), Laurel; guard Keoceania Yarbrough (15), Louisville; guard Tynika Bender (20) Newton; guard/forward Jalesia Jones (21), Wayne County; and guard Tashi-ana Thompson (22), Miller Grover (Lithonia, GA); and (standing from left) managers Jamylia McLemore, South Jones and Warner Parkes, Nanih Waiya; guards Samantha Duncan (23), Oak Grove and Breona Foster (25), Neshoba Central; forwards Jelisa Pearson (30), Quitman and Shakerya Morrison (32), East Wake (Wendell, NC); center Breaushza Ragsdale (34), Morton; head coach Crandal Porter and assistant coach Kiara Ruffin. (EC Photo)

HIGHROADIII Concert Set For November 16

HIGHROADIII, an award-winning gospel group from Nashville, will be in concert once again at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 16, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited!!!

In a world where conformity is king and following the crowd is practically a survival instinct, the women of HIGHROADIII, an award-winning gospel group from Nashville who just happen to be the best of friends have always preferred the road less traveled.
And so it's fitting that the trio's music, which features the girls' inventive instrumentation, would do simply that- to take the road less traveled. Filled with the beautiful, haunting melodies and vocals that have been the group's hallmark, Sarah Davison, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips, all graduates of Belmont University's prestigious School of Music, feel the songs of HIGHROADIII reflect their personal journey of being set apart.
"Ever since I was little, I knew my life was going to look a little different," Anna Grace shares. "I felt like God had placed a calling that required a response of separation from the average and the expected. He had called me to ministry, and it wasn't until many years later that I actually accepted the calling, but the preparation for that began from an early age."

The group has been in the studio recently and will release their brand new album, Angel at the Crossroads, March 28, 2014. Produced by Grammy winner, Ben Isaacs of The Isaacs, the album features original songs written by the group as well as other writers and also includes hymns like “My Savior’s Love for Me”. With Greg Ritchie on percussion and Stephen Wilder on upright bass, the sound reflected is exactly what HIGHROADII strives to do- to be an non-conforming light in a dark world.
Hoping to encourage their listeners to join them on the narrow path, the music of HIGHROADIII highlights how we are all designed to serve Him and that our lives are actually maximized when we're following the unique plan He has in mind.

"We strive to be real in our music and in our daily walk with Christ," Sarah says. "We play real instruments and the stories we tell at our concerts are close to our hearts. That's why we've always wanted to approach our entire music outreach that way; by doing things a little differently and staying confident in the specific message God has given us."

One of the group’s favorite hymns to do at live concerts is the accapella rendition of How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. "The a cappella standard is a great representation of our love for hymns and keeping them alive in today's worship," Kiley shares. "We love doing versions of some of our favorite old hymns because they are so rich with truth and with beautiful melodies."

Another special moment for HIGHROADIII was how the album's first single, Angel at the Crossroads, came about. The song was played for them as a group while visiting Florida last summer, and God spoke directly through the song at the moment it was played. The lyrics are an encouraging reminder that whatever is happening in your life, no matter how scary or challenging, that God is in control of it all and He will send the right people to help you along the way.

"That day, the Holy Spirit reminded me of why we are playing music-- to reach others for Christ," Anna Grace recalls. "God comes to a broken sinner in a quiet and still voice that offers peace, grace, and love. He offers redemption and victory over sin and even death.”Holding fast to the message that guides them each and every day, HIGHROADIII isn't just another group of talented musicians who play songs that are close to their hearts. Instead, they feel incredibly blessed to provide longtime fans and new listeners alike with the message of hope found in the Gospel and pledge never to forget their down-home country roots in the process.
Now, can we get an amen for that?