Monday, January 26, 2015

Governor/Lt. Governor Scheduled to Attend Winston Plywood Groundbreaking on Friday

Less than a year ago, a restored plywood facility was fast
approaching startup operation in Winston County. The April 28 tornado that ripped through the county and Louisville destroyed that facility and the prospects for hundreds of jobs.... leaving the community with questions and doubts that plywood production along with the corresponding jobs and timber demand would ever return to the area.

On Friday, January 30, those questions and doubts will receive a resounding answer as executives, investors and politicians will gather in the parking area of the property on S. Church Avenue for a groundbreaking ceremony for Winston Plywood and Veneer.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves are expected to attend the ceremony scheduled for 11:00 am.

Tentative plans include an initial startup prior to the end of the year with hiring of as many as 200 employees at that time.

After a quiet merger with Natron Wood Products in March of 2014,
remains of the facility after the April 28 tornado
Winston Plywood and Veneer (WPV)  was almost set to begin hiring for plywood production when the April 28th tornado destroyed the facility on South Church Avenue.

Without hesitation, WPV and its parent companies, - New Wood Resources and Atlas Holdings, LLC made a commitment to rebuild and become a part of the Winston County community.

Restoration of the facility in Louisville has been identified by city, county and state leaders as a major priority in the aftermath of the storm. Federal grants totalling $34.5 million and insurance will cover the significant portion of rebuilding the city owned facility which is expected to cost in excess of $46 million.

Workforce development has also been a major concern and will be addressed at the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday as well. Partnering with East Central Community College, WPV will provide some initial details to potential employees on job certification required to be included in the pool of potential employees for the new plant.

WWN will have more details throughout the week.

WinstonStrong Receives Check From Republican Women

Pictured L to R Dean Watkins, Mike Dowd and Ouida Donald
The Republican Women presented a check to Rev. Mike Dowd of WinstonStrong on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

The community based “Winston Strong” recovery fund is to be used for longer term rebuilding efforts across the community. A 501C3 non-profit, the fund is audited and properly administered with guidance from MEMA and FEMA.

Friday, January 23, 2015

ECCC Announces Fall Semester Honor Roll

Students named to the 2014 fall semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur, according to Deanna Rush, Director of Admissions and Records.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebration of Dr. King’s Birthday

Saturday, January 17, 2015 was a gorgeous day for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Celebration with a Parade sponsored by the Winston County Branch NAACP. There were a few hundred people who lined Main Street in downtown Louisville, MS. The Louisville High School Marching Band led the parade from the Louisville Coliseum to Main Street and back. The parade participants that were walking might have thought as seventy year old African American woman Sister Pollard ungrammatical said after the Selma March, “My feets is tired, but my soul is rested.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Electronic Resource Enhancements at Your Library

Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) in keeping with their vision statement decided to invest in eight Facts on File online reference databases over the course of the last four years. The vision statement of MMRLS states “The management and staff of the public library system envision the continuation of the blending of traditional public library services with the electronic information services and technologies. This blending of traditional services with new electronic services is for the enrichment of educational opportunities for all citizens.”

Recently Facts on File decided to integrate the database titled U.S. Government Online with several other of their database offerings to make up a more comprehensive resource for MMRLS customers to browse titled American History Online. According to the Facts on File website, “American History Online spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.”

The African-American History Online database has also received several user friendly enhancements. The Facts on File website states that African-American History Online “features thousands of cross-referenced entries, covering the entire spectrum of African-American history over the past 500 years.”

MMRLS customers have free access to the eight online reference databases at any of their 13 branches. Mid-Mississippi Regional Library’s customers will be able to explore the Science, World Geography and Culture, Health Reference, Issues and controversies, Writer’s Reference, American History, World Almanac for Kids, and African-American History online databases 24 hours a day by visiting and clicking on the electronic resources link. Customer’s accessing the online reference databases from outside of the library from any online capable device will need to enter their 14 digit library card number.

All eight online reference databases are updated at least quarterly and most are updated monthly. This provides MMRLS customers with the most current information from a credible online source.

The World Almanac for Kids database is a great place for children to find age appropriate experiment ideas for school, Writer’s Reference will assist anybody needing to write a resume and the Health Reference database includes a plethora of medical information.

Grow your knowledge today by visiting and browsing our eight online reference databases.

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System provides services to approximately 93,000 residents of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston Counties. By providing individuals with the resources, programming, and services to meet their research, informational, leisure, and cultural needs, the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System strives to meet the demands of its service area.

More Winston Countians Return to Their Homes

On  Saturday, January 16,  two more Winston County families
Willie Shields receives the key to his home
returned to their homes after the April 28, 2014 tornado. Winston Strong and Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) completed the process with house dedication ceremonies.

The first dedication was for Mr. Willie Shields at 355 EMEPA Road . The second dedication was held for the home for Sarah Smith located on  221 Beal Ave. Both of these homes were completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado.

WinstonStrong in conjuction with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) worked on the reconstruction of all the homes. Ivan Shirk of MDS and the MDS women presented each family with a completion form, a quilted wall hanging and the keys to their newly constructed homes.

Sarah Smith  221 Beal Ave.

Winston Co Relay For Lfe Planning Underway

Winston County Relay for Life kicked off their annual Team
 Captain Meeting on Monday, January 12, 2015. This year's theme is "Celebration of Hope." The teams are decorating campsites in a celebration theme. "I hope that we have a good turn out this year. We were forced to cancel the event last year but we hope that coming back this year with our theme as a Celebration of Hope that everyone will get involved," said Brandi Krajewski, Winston County Chairperson. "I think that this will bring back some normalcy to our community and I hope that we can continue our fight against cancer," Krajewski said.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pet of the Week

This is Lyle. He is a 1 year old shepherd mix. He has been neutered and is looking for a  forever home that he will feel comfortable living in. The shelter is overrun with big and small dogs For information on this animal or others,please contact the animal shelter at 662-773-4320 or visit the shelter located on 110 Thompson Street. Thank you.

George A. Miller Seeking Winston County District 4 Supervisor Post

C:\Users\Elmetra Patterswon\Documents\George Miller 2.jpgNoted author and Louisville resident George A. Miller has announced his candidacy for the position of Supervisor of District 4 in Winston County.

Miller is a devoted husband and father to his wife Equilla and three children, Tiffany, Anthony and John. Miller is currently serving as Executive Director of two non-profit organizations; Focus Manor Inc., a non-profit organization located in Louisville dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities in acquiring housing, and Focus Outreach Community Development Corporation.

Other community services and projects Miller is involved in include being owner and proprietor of Genesis Learning Center, LLC; a member of the Winston County Self-Help Cooperative and the Winston County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance; organizer of “Project LEAP” (Learning Education Achievement Progress); and a former School Administrator (2008)

Miller has previous experience in various venues, including serving as a school teacher and administrator at Starkville School District from 1996 until 2003; administrator of grant funding from Starkville School District from 2005-2009; Family Advocate/Marriage and Alcohol and Drug Therapist from 2010 -2013; and currently serves as Community housing developer and builder since 2009.

Miller’s professional affiliations include being a member of the American Psychological Association, The United States Library of Congress Writers Guild, and the YO Corporation.

Miller received his Bachelor of Science in Community Recreation from the University of Arkansas in 1973. He moved on to receive his Masters of Science in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University in 1994, followed by receiving his Doctorate of Phi8losophy from Carolina University of Theology in 2004.

Submitted by:

The Committee to elect George A. Miller District 4 Supervisor, Winston County
366 Miller Hannah Road,
Louisville, MS 39339,

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Check It Out At The Winston County Library!


The following FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library:

James W. Hall – The Big Finish
Phillip Margolin – Woman With A Gun
Maya Banks – Keep Me Safe
Tom Clancey – Full Force & Effect
Anita Diamant – The Boston Girl
S. J. Watson – Before I Go To Sleep
Face Off – Nisa Santiago

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nanihi Waiya's Sheets Receives Scholarship

Brantlie Sheets, a Senior at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center and daughter of Tracy & Van Holder and Tony Sheets, signed a softball scholarship with East Central Community College on Thursday, January 15. In addition to her softball scholarship, Brantlie will also receive a Presidential Scholarship. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Principal At Fair Elementary

Fair Elementary School met today with their new principal. LeAnn
Boswell speaks to staff at Fair Elementary
Boswell will be the new principal,  who is taking over from Dr.
Leigh Ann Hailey, who has taken a position as a clinical professor at Mississippi State University.

Boswell has more than 20 years with the Louisville Municipal School District, most recently serving as the assistant principal at
Noxapater for 3 years prior to being the District Literacy Coach for LMSD. Boswell is also a graduate of Louisville High School.

Superintendent Ken McMullan took the opportunity to recognize to Dr. Hailey, saying, " We would like to thank you for your service and the job you did at Fair." McMullan noted that "Fair has always been a good school and we are very excited to have someone in our district ready to step in and do a good job."

Boswell starts immediately and will work side by side with current principal Hailey for the next few weeks to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Boswell spoke to the faculty and staff saying,"My door is always open and I'm very excited to be here."

Two New House Dedications Set For Jan. 16

Two more storm victims will return to their homes this Friday through the efforts of WinstonStrong and the Mennonite Disaster Service. The first ceremony will take place at 355 EMEPA Road at 3:30PM and the second will take place at 221 Beal Ave. at 4:15PM. The organizations will turn over the keys to Mr. Willie Shields and Ms. Sarah Smith. The public is invited to join in the celebration.

 Home of Mr. Willie Shields located at 355 EMEPA Road 

 Home of Ms. Sarah Smith located at 221 Beal Ave.

There will be two more MDS rebuilds completed this Friday - January 16th, 2015. The first ceremony will take place at the home of Mr. Willie Shields located at 355 EMEPA Road at 3:30PM. The second will take place at the home of Ms. Sarah Smith located at 221 Beal Ave. at 4:15PM. Please join us if you can.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Presley Announces $25,000 Fine for No Call Violations

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (January 13, 2015) – Following today’s
monthly open meeting of the Public Service Commission, Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the PSC has imposed civil penalties totaling $25,000 against Active Periodicals, Inc. for five violations of the state’s No-Call law.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pet of the Week- Kane

This is Kane. He is a 1 year old husky/shepherd mix. He has been neutered and is looking for a home he will feel comfortable living in.  For information on this animal or others,please contact the animal shelter at 662-773-4320 or visit the shelter located on 110 Thompson Street. Thank you.

Construction Underway for WMC Transitional Facility

Construction underway for WMC
new transitional facility
Winston Medical Center will be opening the new transitional facility with private rooms and baths along with the addition of CT scan and mammography.  All departments will be connected, no more having to go outside to go between one department and another.  

Turning Point Mature Adult Care Unit will be reopening during the first quarter of 2015.

Meetings are on-going to develop plans for our rebuilt facility at our East Main location.  We hope to start construction of the new facility around the summer of 2015.

David Scott Gregory Begins Term As Vice President For The Mississippi Coroner/M.E. Association

Winston County Coroner Scott Gregory, currently serving as in his third term as Coroner of Winston County, MS was unanimously elected as Vice President of the Mississippi Coroner/Medical Examiners Association by the members of the MS Coroner/M.E. Association on Friday July 11, 2014. Gregory began serving his position as Vice President on January 7, 2015 during the Mississippi Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Association’s annual winter conference.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Library System Getting a Digital Facelift

Kosciusko, MS, January 07, 2015-The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) unveiled their new homepage for public use earlier this month. The website is funded in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Mississippi Library Commission.

The new website is completely compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Library users with vision problems will be able to have what is on the screen read to them using screen reader software. The new website was also designed to be “dynamic” in nature. Library customers will be able to access the website on a cellphone, tablet, laptop, or computer.

Some new features added to the new MMRLS homepage include links for library services, teen zone, genealogy questions, Mississippi Library Partnership, and the Mississippi Library Commission. Library users who are looking for our Facebook, Magnolia, Learn-A-Test, Online Reference Databases and other great resources will be able to locate them easily under the new umbrella term link titled electronic resources.

“Our customers become more and more tech savvy every year and the library must adapt to meet the needs of our customers,” said MMRLS web design team staff. “This website redesign project was a team effort on the part of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System headquarters staff. During the entire process, our customers’ needs were at the forethought of every decision, as well as the need to raise awareness of all the materials, programming, and services the library provides to the residents of all the local communities we serve”

Visit and browse our new MMRLS homepage today.

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System provides services to approximately 93,000 residents of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston Counties. By providing individuals with the resources, programming, and services to meet their research, informational, leisure, and cultural needs, the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System strives to meet the demands of its service area.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Presley: No Electric or Gas Shut-Offs During Freeze Warnings

Jackson, Mississippi (January 7, 2015)- As a large portion of
Mississippi braces for more frigid temperatures overnight, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reminded electric and natural gas utilities that customers are protected against disconnection of services when a Freeze Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

"Cold weather can be a very serious threat to your health if you have no heat in your home. This rule is in place to protect the well-being of our citizens during times of extreme weather," Presley said.

EMEPA Prepares for Extreme Cold Temperatures

As extreme winter temperatures are forecast for East Mississippi
Electric Power Association’s service area this week, EMEPA members are encouraged to take the proper precautions in order to prepare for the possibility of severe winter weather. Winter weather can be very hazardous, and we encourage all members to take the proper safety precautions.

When using emergency heating equipment and kerosene heaters, maintain ventilation to avoid a build-up of toxic fumes and always refuel outside the home. Vehicles should be fueled and in good repair with adequate antifreeze. Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets in unheated areas to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. EMEPA also encourages members to check on neighbors, friends and family during extreme winter conditions. And remember to provide pets with a warm place to take shelter from the extreme cold.