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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Louisville's Red/White/Blue Parade and Fireworks on Friday!!!

The Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Association is gearing up for the Annual Red White andnBlue Parade on Main Street at 6:00 pm on July 1st. Children 12 years old and younger are encouraged to get their favorite “ride” decorated in red, white and blue and join the parade. No motorized vehicles please. The Louisville Lions Club will be on hand after the parade to provide hot dogs, chips and drinks to the youngsters.

The annual fireworks display will also be held on July 1st at 9:00 pm at Lake Tiak-O’Khata.

For more information call the Chamber at 662-773-3921.

Mills Retires With a Win

Retiring Eco/Devo Leader
Gerald Mills
Retiring Winston County Economic Development Director Gerald
Mills was honored today with a reception at the Winston County Development District Partnership Offices. Friends, coworkers, board members and local officials took the opportunity to thank Mills for his work over the past eleven years.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill issued a proclamation from the City of Louisville in recognition of his service. Mills also received acknowledgements from the Partnership Board including members, Wilson Webb, Sammy Carter, Grady Suttle and Mike Dowd who spoke of Mills' contribution in the development of WinstonStrong after the 2014 tornado.

Incoming Eco/Devo Director Glen Haab thanked Mills for assisting with his transition into the position. Haab noted that it was rare for an Eco/Devo leader to go out on top and to have that one last hurrah, but that was the case today as there would be an important and positive economic announcement.

Joining Mills at the podium was Russ Nowell, who is the Regional Sales Manager for Super Grip Tires based in Piney Flats, Tn. Nowell announced the expansion of Super Grip into Louisville with plans to expand to more than 40,000 sqft and as many as forty employees, Super Grip has already begun to place an input/output facility in the county owned property on South Church Avenue in Louisville (Spartus/Teeters property) Super Grip is a major supplier of industrial tires to Taylor Machine Works locally and also supplies tires for ramp services for Delta and Southwest Airlines.

Congratulations and well wishes were expressed by those present. Today, June 30 is Mills' last day on the job. He is a native of Newton, Ms. To see more photos from the event - click here or visit our photos page from our main site.
Mills - (center rear) with local leaders and officials

Community Comes Together in Prayer Vigil For Chanda

Winston Countians gathered on the steps of the First Baptist Church in Louisville on Wednesday to pray for the safety of one of their own - Chanda Stevens Smith, who hasn't been seen since Sunday morning. Smith has been missing since security camera footage showed her leaving a New Orleans motel in the early morning hours on June 26.

Participants gathered to pray and sing as a show of support and faith for the young mother and her family.

Sheriff's Junior Deputy Academy - Big Hit with Area Youth

The Winston County Sheriff's "Junior Deputy Academy" has been a big hit this week with area youngsters. The program held at South Louisville Baptist Church and sponsored by the Sheriff's Department has provided an opportunity for kids 6-12 to learn more - not only about law enforcement, but safety, fitness, nutrition and a number of issues.

Participants were entertained and educated by Ms. Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officers, watched drone flights and learned about gun and wildlife safety. Also planned this week is a visit by an emergency service helcopter, an ambulance and more instructions on bullying prevention and nutrition. A graduation ceremony for the participants is scheduled for Friday evening at the Winston County Courthouse.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Winston Co. Resident Aids Sheriff in Arrest of Scam Suspects

Two Columbus area men were arrested this morning by the Winston County Sheriff after a chase on
Baucom                                     Barfield
Hwy 25 N in the county. Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that a call and subsequent action by a local resident led to the arrests.

David Search Baucom of Columbus, a white male age, age 71 and Edger Poe Barfield, a black male, age 49 were taken into custody and charged with False Pretense. Baucom was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Pugh indicated that the two men are suspected of attempting to conduct a scam on local residents. The men are identified as individuals who approached at least one home on Monday and requested money – claiming that a family member had been involved in a bad accident and passed away and money was needed for the funeral arrangements.

On Wednesday, the men returned to the home, again requesting money. The homeowner became suspicious, called the Sheriff’s Department and followed the men onto Hwy 25. Guided by the homeowner, Sheriff Pugh was able to locate and stop the suspect’s vehicle and after investigating further, the two men were taken into custody.

Sheriff Pugh is asking anyone that may have been a victim of these men to contact his office. Reports have surfaced that these suspects may have been involved in similar incidents in Millport, Alabama.
Suspects' vehicle

suspects vehicle

Prayer Vigil to be Held for Missing Louisville Native

There will be a prayer vigil held today (June 29) at 6 p.m. on the front steps of Louisville First Baptist Church for Chanda Stevens Smith.

Smith is a native of Louisville now living in Union and she has been missing since Sunday June 26th while on a visit with family to New Orleans. Chanda is the daughter of Harold and Sylvia Stevens of Louisville.  Chanda was last seen on security camera footage at around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning as she exited her hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans.

The attached flyer has detailed information. If you have any information concerning Chanda, please contact the number included below.

2016 Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship Presented To Montana Eichelberger

L to R: Minister Steve Lee, Sister Kenisha Hughes, scholarship recipient
 Montana Eichelberger, Elder James Young, mayor of
Philadelphia, MS (Photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Montana Eichelberger was presented the Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship, Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Calvary Apostolic Church, Louisville, MS. Chyna Willis passed in 2012 at the young age of 13 years. The theme for the 2016 Scholarship Presentation was “Born to Lead”. Chyna’s mother, Kenisha Hughes presented the scholarship after Minister Steve Lee delivered an inspirational message encouraging students to have a vision. Inspirational musical selections were performed by the Agape Baptist Church’s Praise Singers, Rev. Robert E. Brownlee, Sr., pastor. 

Montana has been accepted at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). She completed orientation last week with plans to major in Biology with graduate interest in Forensic Science. Montana is the daughter of Paul and Rita Jackson-Eichelberger; granddaughter of Johnny K. Jackson and Betsy Ann Eichelberger.