Monday, September 29, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Aldermen Vote to Not Pursue Academy Park Housing

After an emotion filled public hearing on Tuesday night (Sept 23), the Louisville Board of Aldermen reconvened last night (Thursday) to vote on the controversial proposed sale of Academy Park in Louisville for a 35 unit housing project.

Alderwoman Gwenita Mays set the tone for the meeting when she
addressed the crowd. Mays expressed her support for developing further housing in Louisville  and recognizing the need brought about by April's tornado but acknowledged the public's wish to keep the Park and their specific concerns related to safety, crime and the historical significance of the park to the surrounding area.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Huge Weekend in Winston County - Airplanes, Car Shows, Outdoor Fest and Much More!

Winston County is the place to be this weekend! Some major

events take place that should keep everyone busy and having a great time. Here's what's happening:

  • Lil Blessing's Children Consignment sale kicks off on Friday and continues thru Saturday at 3:00 pm. Held at the First Baptist Church in Louisville, the sale features a large selection of children's clothes, shoes, furniture and baby items, car seats and more.
  • Open House at Mainly Music - Louisville's music store on Main Street is now associated with Peavy. Come by from 10:00  am til 5:00 pm on Friday for refreshments and discounts.
  • Friday night football features Pelahatchie at Nanih Waiya, Noxapater traveling to E. Oktibbeha, Louisville hosts Kosciusko and it's homecoming at Winston Academy as the Patriots take on Starkville Academy. All game times at 7:00 pm.
Saturday is loaded with major events. Eat your Wheaties and take in all the fun:

  • The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is
    hosting the Wildlife Outdoor Learning Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM to celebrate Mississippi wildlife, outdoor recreation, and nature-inspired art. Included are: federal wildlife canine demonstrations, wildland firefighting equipment demonstrations, Choctaw rabbit stick throwing, canoeing, various children’s craftsand many other activities and exhibits for people of all ages including live music.
  • The annual Cotton Gin Festival and Car Show is always a big event in Noxapater. Vendors, car show, food, music and fun from 9 am til 4 pm on Saturday at the J.W. Young Park on Hwy 15 in Noxapater.
  • For those already signed up, the Winston County Sheriff's Office will be conducting an enhanced conceal carry class starting at 8 am. on Saturday. Contact the Sheriff's Office if you need more information.
  • The most exciting event of the weekend begins Saturday morning at 9 am at the Winston-Louisville Airport as vintage WWII aircraft hit the tarmac to celebrate the dedication of the new W. Pruitt Lee Terminal Building. Speakers at 10 am including Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. Aircraft including a B-25, P-51 and a F4U Corsair will be on hand all day. Food and drink are available and shuttles will be available from the Louisville Coliseum if needed..
To find out more about these events, always check out the pages of WinstonWebNews and don't forget our calendar page and feeds to keep you updated. Have a Great Weekend in Winston County!!!! 

Speaker Gunn Gets an Earful in Louisville

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn was in Louisville along with a
number of area legislators to host a non-partisan town hall meeting as part of his MS Solutions—an Ideas Tour. Speaker Gunn completed a similar meeting in Tupelo prior to arriving in Louisville.

Gunn noted that meetings such as this were a way to bring the legislature to the people and to allow the public to express their concerns. He included Louisville in his schedule to see how recovery efforts were progressing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Packed House for Housing Project Public Hearing - Decision Affects Residents and the Gain or Loss of FEMA Grant Funds

The boardroom at the Louisville City Hall was packed on Tuesday
night (Sept 23) for a public hearing related to a proposed residential housing project that could yield approximately $2 million for the coffers of the City of Louisville.

The proposal would require the sale of the Academy Park property
in the southeast area of Louisville by the City. The property would then be used for the development of 35 single family homes in a managed subdivision and a smaller public park area.

The properties would be 2,3 and 4 bedroom - 2 bath brick homes with underground utilities, curb and guttering, inclusive grounds maintenance and a clubhouse with exercise and playground areas.

The homes would not be part of HUD development or subject to section 8 housing requirements but would be built under a tax credit program with the Mississippi Home Corporation.

Tenants would pay monthly rent on the properties and after 15 years, the properties would be available for sale. Tenants would be able to apply their previous rent payments to the purchase price of the home.

Louisville PD Ask for Info on Two Area Burglaries

The Louisville Police Department and Winston County CrimeStoppers are asking for your assistance in the following ongoing investigations:

  • On September 4, the athletic complex and other buildings at Louisville High School were burglarized. The suspect is a black male wearing a ski mask and gloves. Three I-Pads, a computer, a number of I-Cloud pads and two Sony video cameras were stolen.

Suspects Arrested in Winston Strong Burglary

The Louisville Police Department has made arrests related to the burglary of the Winston Strong warehouse located at 902 S. Columbus and Hudspeth Construction at 805 S. Church that occurred earlier this week.

Deputy Chief Andy Taylor indicated that Ricky Pleas was taken into custody around noon on Tuesday and Anthony Haynes was also picked up this morning (Wednesday- Sept 24). Haynes has been charged on another matter but is considered a suspect in this burglary.

Taylor noted that tips from the public were instrumental in this case. Pleas's vehicle was spotted on Tuesday by LPD and several items stolen from the Winston Strong warehouse were recovered.

Mainly Music Open House - Sept 26

The Chamber of Commerce along with Ed and Janet Koeder, owners of Mainly Music, cordially invites you to their Open House on Friday September 26, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They will be introducing their new Peavey Sound Systems line. A Peavey Representative will be on hand beginning at 10:00 am.

During the Open House they will be offering 10% of every Peavey Sound Reinforcement sale in free accessories and get 10% of every Music Instrument sale in free accessories.

Mainly Music and Mid-Mississippi Production Services are providing the PA System and Sound Equipment for the Dedication of the new Terminal Building at the Louisville Airport. If you are interested in a Peavey Sound System come out and enjoy a day of family fun and hear firsthand how great this equipment sounds.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Warbirds Visit Louisville Airport for Terminal Dedication - Sept 27

The skies over Louisville with be thundering Saturday morning
starting about 8:30 am, but it probably won’t be weather related. The arrival of warbirds which begins Friday afternoon with the Devil Dog B25 will reach a crescendo as the P51’s, Corsair and other craft arrive for the Terminal Building dedication ceremony at our local airport.

Please come out and bring the family. Gates open at 9, the ceremony is at 10 and the warbirds will be there for viewing all day long. Lunch and drinks will be available. Parking will be outside the front gate in designated areas and along the west side of Airport Road and Cannon Drive. Overflow parking will be at the Coliseum parking lot. Shuttles will be provided to get you to the front gate of the airport. NO AUTOMOBILE traffic allowed on the ramp area!

Fresh Markets Athlete of the Week

The Fresh Market Grill is sponsoring "Athletes of the Week" during high school football season. Let's recognize these young men for their outstanding performances on the gridiron!!

Fresh Market Grill's Athletes of the Week:

Louisville High
Isaiah Latham
Free Safety

Nanih Waiya
No Game.

Jalen Eichelburger
Defensive End

Winston Academy
Logan Webb

Monday, September 22, 2014

Whitehall Bazaar Set for October 25 - Funds Benefit Those in our Community

Whitehall United Methodist Church will host their 2014 Bazaar on Saturday, October 25th. Doors open for shopping at 8 o’clock sharp and will remain open until 1 in the afternoon. Workers will begin serving breakfast in the Fellowship Hall prior to the bazaar and will continue serving until 10. Come enjoy a bountiful meal of the tastiest breakfast around for $7. In honor of our Veterans, they may enjoy their meal for half price. Children discounts also apply. Pancakes, biscuits, sausage and tomato gravy, bacon, grits, and much more - All your favorites will be there!

 The craft rooms are packed with crosses, tables, recycled distressed furniture, pottery, school desk, benches, stools, chalk and bulletin boards, wreaths, swags, notecards, and more. Find your Thanksgiving casseroles in the bake room while being tempted with the many cakes, breads, pies, candies, jellies, and jams. Taste test new dips mixes which make great teacher gifts. 


Winston Strong Burglarized Over the Weekend

The Winston Strong warehouse located at 902 S. Columbus and
Hudspeth Construction at 805 S. Church were burglarized over the weekend.  Power tools were taken from both locations with the majority taken from the Winston Strong facility.

Louisville Police were contacted on Monday morning after the thefts were discovered.Mike Dowd with Winston Strong indicated a significant number of new Milwaukee power tools including cordless drills and saws were taken. A full inventory is being conducted to identify the stolen items.

Tools similar to those stolen from
Winston Strong
Dowd indicated that these items were donated by Milwaukee Tool and were to be used in the construction of new homes by Winston Strong groups for last April's tornado victims.

The burglaries occurred sometime between closing on Friday afternoon (Sept 19) and  Monday morning. LPD investigator Greg Clark is asking for the public's assistance in this case. If you have any information that may be relevant to either of these burglaries, contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.

The community based “Winston Strong” is a 501C3 non-profit established for longer term rebuilding efforts across the community after the April 28th tornado that ravaged parts of Winston County and the City of Louisville.


Friday, September 19, 2014

High School Football Finals

Finals: Columbus 43 -  Louisville 20   *** Noxapater 41  - W. Oktibbeha 22   ** Winston Academy 24  - Central Holmes 6

Tough night for the Wildcats as they take a whipping by Columbus. They 'll need to re-group for Kosciusko next week. Noxapater rolled over West Oktibbeha as they continue to improve each week. Winston Academy puts another one in the win column as they handle Central Holmes. Nanih Waiya had the week off as they prepare for Pelahatchie at home next week. County record to date: 9-6.

We'll leave you tonight with this one: What did the cat say after eating two robins lying in the sun?

I just love baskin' robins.

ECCC Football Action

Franks Leads Warrior Offense
Sophomore running back Lemarcus Franks (22) had another stellar night at running back as he helped lead East Central Community College to a 14-6 victory over Holmes Community College Thursday, Sept. 18 in Decatur. Franks, shown trying to elude a Bulldog defender in the non-division battle, compiled 158 yards on 27 carries and provided EC with the winning margin on his eight-yard TD scamper early in third period action. Franks is a product of Greene County High School.   (EC Photo)    

Pace Sacks Holmes Quarterback

East Central Community College defensive lineman Tyler Pace (45) tackles Holmes Community College quarterback Jamario Benson (4) for a loss during the Warriors’ 14-6 win over the visiting Bulldogs Thursday night. Pace finished with two quarterback sacks, two tackles and three assists in the non-division matchup. He is a product of Newton High School.  (EC Photo)

Winston Co. Sheriff Safety Checks Yield Two Drug Arrests

A highway safety check conducted by the Winston County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, (Sept 17) resulted in arrests for drug and drug related charges. The traffic stops on Hwy 393 near the Nanih Waiya Mound on Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrest of Elton Hayes of Preston, Ms. for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hayes, a 47 year old black male also uses the alias of Clyde Claiborne.

Also arrested was Johnathan Clint Daniels, a 30 year old white male for possession of methamphetamines and DUI - other substances. wwm

Teen Room at Winston Co. Library Makes a Splash

Officials made a site visit to the Winston County Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 to learn more about the operation of programs such as the "Teen Room".

Timothy Owens, Sr.Program Advisor with the Institute of Museums and Libraries (Washington, D.C.) along with area and state library officials  made five site visits to libraries which received grant money through his organization within the last five years to build a Teen Room at their library.  He makes these site visits once every five years.  The purpose of the visits is to see how the grant money was used and how it has impacted the community and the library.  In addition to visiting the Winston County Library, Mr. Owens also visited Collins, Waynesboro, West Point and Columbus libraries.

Winston County High School Football Tonight

Winston Academy heads to Central Academy tonight as we enter week 5 of the high school football season. Louisville is also on the road as they travel to Columbus and Noxapater will host West Oktibbeha.  Nanih Waiya has an open date this weekend.

Game times are 7:00 pm and we'll have updates throughout the evening with our Friday Night Tweets.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Halftime Ceremony for Coach Matthew “Bud” Turner

All friends, former athletes, and students of Matthew “Bud” Turner are invited to join Coach Turner and family on the field during the halftime ceremony Friday October 3, 2014 at Winston Academy. Coach Turner will be presented an appreciation plaque and WA shirt sponsored by the Winston Academy booster club. This will also be time for all former players and students to say a personal thank you to the man that touched so many lives through an exemplary example.