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Saturday, June 23, 2018

New Children’s Literacy Program in Winston County

The Winston County Library is starting a new Children’s Literacy Program in Winston County. Librarian Beth Edwards recently donated children’s books to a local barber shop, Uptown Cutz, located on West Main Street. “I would like to encourage any barber shop owner in Louisville and in Winston County to contact us to receive free children’s books,” said Edwards. “This is a wonderful way to promote reading at an early age. Children can read while waiting on their parent to get a haircut or while they are waiting to get their own hair cut. It has been a very successful program in other cities.” Shown here are two year-old E. J. Hoskins, son of Adrian and Eric Hoskins; Uptown Cutz owner Bernard Lanier and Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards. Contact the library at 662-773-3212 or e-mail us at

The Louisville Lions Club Golf Tournament Winners

The Louisville Lions Club held their annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 9th. It was a perfect day for golf, we believe all our golfers had a great time and the rain held off until we were through.

The Lions host the yearly tournament as a fundraiser for their service projects. In addition to golf, the Lions provide lunch, door prizes and auction items. Louisville Lions Club would like to thank all of their sponsors, participants and local businesses for their contributions in making this tournament a success. They would also like to thank the Louisville Country Club Board, President Chet Hailey and the grounds crew who maintain the course so well.

Listed below are the winners of this years tournament.

Championship Flight--First Place-Robert Tranum/Jason Hailey
Second Place-Justin Hillhouse/Zach Ring

First Flight--First Place-Bo Vickers/Jerry Lucas
Second Place--Billy Bethany/Clinton Mills

Second Flight--First Place-David Hill/Steve Sinclair
Second Place--Tommy Marlowe/Jimmy Marlowe

Third Flight--First Place-Ken Hooks/Helen Hooks
Second Place-Richard Hunt/ Ray Reed

Mike Cournoyer won $100 for Closest to the Hole.

Congratulations to all the above and I hope I spelled your names right. Sorry no pictures.

Library Quilt Raffle Winner

Dorothy Cagle McDaniel, of Marion, AR, was finally able to travel to Louisville to pick up her beautiful quilt that the Friends of the Library raffled off in May. The Friends raised almost $1,000 from the raffle and the money helped purchase a camera security system for the library. Local Master Quilter Martha Dubard, generously donated the quilt to the Friends. Dorothy is the sister of Rebecca Cagle Carson of Louisville. Congratulations to Dorothy McDaniel!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Church Fire Determined to be Arson

Area fire departments were called to the New Zion Baptist Church located on Highpoint-WeirRoad in
Winston County at around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. A smoldering fire located in the pastor's office of the church was quickly extinguished and an investigation began. It was discovered that a back window of the church had been pushed in, someone entered the building and set cushions and a pair of chairs on fire Within the pastor's office.

A church member who had come that morning to do clean up around the church found the fire and contacted 911. Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that the Mississippi Fire Marshal's Office was contacted to assist local investigator, Keith Alexander. Representatives from the State Fire Marshal's Office and from ATF have been assisting in the investigation. Winston County CrimeStoppers has issued a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible and the Fire Marshal and ATF are offering additional reward money. If you have information regarding this crime please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office or Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999.

Investigators indicate that the fire was set behind closed doors of the pastor's office and possibly smoldered for a period of time. Fortunately there was little fire damage but significant smoke damage to the church.

Pugh indicated that local fire departments were quick to respond including the Highpoint Fire Department, Shiloh and the Louisville Fire Department. "Our departments did a very professional job and responded quickly. This helped preserve evidence at the scene." 

Pugh indicated that they were following up on evidence and leads and that since the building itself did not burn there was a significant amount of evidence to be considered.

Winston County Library System Board Meeting

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Board of Trustees met at the Winston County Library recently. The library system is made of Attala, Winston, Leake, Holmes and Montgomery Counties and includes 13 libraries. One library Trustee Board member from each county comprises the System Board.  

Seated (l-r) Richard Greene, Executive Director of the MMRLS Library System and who will be retiring 6/30/18 after serving 42 years; incoming Executive Director Josh Haidet. Standing (l-r)MMRLS Business Manager Tammy Bell; Winston County System Trustee Rhonda Porter; Leake County System Trustee Martha Ramzy; Attala County System Trustee Terri Jones; and Holmes County System Trustee Flora Pilgrim. Not pictured, Montgomery County System Trustee Margaret Harris.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Library Hosts Retirement Party for Richard Greene

Mr. Greene’s surprise retirement event at the Winston County Library during the County Board of Trustee’s Meeting Wednesday, June 13th in the library meeting room.

There was a cake, punch and other refreshments and the Board Members presented him with a gift. Everyone else came by to wish Richard well and to meet our new System Director, Josh Haidet.

(l-r)  Former Friends of the Library President, Sylvia Clark; Former Friends of the Library Founder and President, JoAnn Brandt; Winston County Library Board of Trustee Member Rhonda Porter; City Alderman-At-Large Frances Ball; Alderman Judy McLeod; Mayor Will Hill; Winston County Board of Trustee Member Clementine Eichelberger; incoming Mid-Mississippi Regional Library Director Josh Haidet; Mid-Mississippi Regional Library Executive Director Richard Greene; Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Business Director Tammy Bell;  City Attorney Taylor Tucker (in back); Winston County Library Board of Trustee Member Judy Post; Winston County Library Board of Trustee James Woodiel; and Winston County Library Board of Trustee Member Sarah Garrigues.

Summer Library Programs In Full Swing

Winston County Library hosted another Tiny Tots (3-5 year-olds) program this past Tuesday. The children listened to stories, sang songs, danced and had craft time. They made tamborines! In this photo, Tiny Tots participants (l-r) Madison and Gracie Davis proudly show off their tamborines. Madison, (3) and Gracie, (5) are the children of Tiffon Moore 
and Eric Davis.

The Winston County Library hosted a Board Game and Photography program for teens this week. They played Jenga, dominoes, electronic games and practiced photography with camera kits loaned from the Mississippi Library Commission in Jackson, MS.