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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wings Over Winston Air Show Builds On Last Year's Success

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Last year's show was a big hit in our community but the 2015 Wings Over Winston Air Show is expected to be a break out event that sets the stage for the future. 

The September 26 event is fast approaching and a lineup of acts and displays has been established. Included in 2015 Wings Over Winston are:
  • Sky Diver Launch,
  • National Anthem with Sky Divers,
  • Warbird Formation Flights,
  • Solo Aerobatic Act-T6,
  • SuperDecathlon Act,
  • Solo Aerobatic Act-T28,
  • Farmer Clem Super Cub Act,
  • Solo P51 Aerobatic Act,
  • Flyover B25,
  • Formation Flight P51 & B25,
The 2015 event is free to the public and more information is available and will be updated on their website at http://www.wingsoverwinston.com and their Facebook page - Wings Over Winston.

The following information is from organizer and Louisville-Winston Airport Board President, Mike Forster: "The 2014 air show honoring Pruett Lee and our WWII veterans was such a success that we wanted to make it an annual event. So many of our citizens visited the airport, many for the first time, and it seems that everyone really enjoyed seeing the warbirds, talking to the pilots, and, quite a few of them took a ride on the Devil Dog B25. In fact, Beth Jenkins, the Pilot in Command of the Devil Dog, told me that they sold more rides in Louisville, MS, than in any other one day show they had ever done!
P-51 Fighter scheduled at Wings Over Winston

So this year, the Devil Dog is returning, and so is the famous P51 fighter that protected our bombers in WWII. But we are really going to take it up a notch or two in terms of the air show itself. We have arranged to bring in 2 of the top aerobatic performers in the south, Greg Koontz out of Ashville, Alabama, and Randy Harris from Tulsa, Oklahoma. They do things with their specially equipped stunt planes that will absolutely make your jaws drop.

But that’s not all. We will feature sky divers who will open the show, followed by solo aerobatic acts by some great Mississippi aviators. Frank Kimmel of Greenwood, MS, will perform in his T6, Mac MacNeer of Greenwood in his T28 and Dan Fordice of Vicksburg in his P51. There will be formation flights of vintage aircraft like last year, and a very, very special finale act honoring our veterans with the P51 and the Devil Dog you won’t want to miss.

Many of our local businesses are contributing to the cost of the show so we can make admission free to our citizens. We will have food vendors on site, the gates will open at 10 am and the show starts around 11. One caution to everyone is that Airport Avenue will be closed at the Joe Cannon intersection so parking will need to be at the City’s ball fields or the Coliseum. We will have free shuttle service available to get everyone from there to the airport.

Please come out and support your local airport, bring the family and enjoy what we hope will be a beautiful September day."

Local Accidents Keep First Responders Busy

A turnover of a garbage truck in Louisville resulted in an injury to the driver on Monday at Smith Road and Hathorn Road inside the City of Louisville. The accident occurred around noon and the driver was pinned in the vehicle for a period of time. He was later airlifted to Anderson in Meridian.

On Wednesday, Sheriff deputies and the Ms. Highway Patrol responded to a one car accident on Metts Extension near Hwy 15. The single occupant was slightly injured in the incident.

Save The Date!!

Some big changes are taking place for Louisville's Fall event. Look for updates soon as Louisville and Winston County embrace the arts!!

Health Officials Confirm First West Nile Virus Death of 2015, Four New Human Cases

JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of
Health (MSDH) confirms the death of an Attala County resident from West Nile virus (WNV), the first human death from WNV in 2015. Four new human cases have also been reported in Montgomery, Rankin (2), and Simpson counties, bringing the total for 2015 to 18 cases.

The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2014, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and seven deaths.

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs reminds Mississippians that the majority of WNV cases are reported in August and September, so it is important to protect yourself.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Petition Presented to City of Louisville to Remove State Flag

A number of citizens attended tonight’s Louisville Board of
Robert Brown presents his petition to Louisville Board
Aldermen meeting in support of an item that was not on the original agenda. After taking care of agenda items, Mayor Will Hill asked the Board if they wanted to allow a local citizen to speak on an item. The Board consented.

Local businessman Robert Brown addressed the Board concerning the Mississippi state flag specifically flown over the recently dedicated memorial to tornado victims and the military at the city cemetery – Memorial Gardens. Brown presented a petition to the City to remove the state flag from all city owned property.

Brown spoke of the Memorial Service on April 28 and his reaction noting that he closed his eyes when the Mississippi flag was raised at the Memorial and referenced others’ reaction as well. Brown indicated that other communities in the area had recently voted to remove the flag (including Starkville and Columbus). He also referenced Ms House of Representative Speaker Phillip Gunn who has gone on record with a desire to change the flag and a recent Clarion Ledger article about the position of famous Mississippians such as Morgan Freeman and John Grisham.

“People know the truth about the Civil War”, said Brown. “The South lost. It’s your business what you do in your yard but where it comes to where you pay your taxes – it’s different.”

He also noted that the tornado brought people in this community together but…. “the farther away we get from that date, it seems like the farther apart we get. We should not be controlled by soft bigotry and hate. We don’t have to wait for the state to change it, we can take it down now.”

Several Board members spoke on the matter. Alderman Eugene Crosby noted that the Board “has heard you and I’m sure we will make the right decision.”

Alderwoman Gwenita Mays also commented noting that she understood the emotion of the issue and was sure that the Board will come together to make right decisions.

While not related to city properties, Mayor Will Hill brought a state statute to the Board’s attention requiring the state flag to be flown on all school properties. “I firmly believe that we as a community ought to come together and say – Look, we’re unified in the fact that we are a community – we come together but we should yield to the state and see what happens. My fear is that – what happens if it does go before the leadership and the leadership doesn’t make a change or if it does go back before the people for a vote and what if it’s voted… what have the cities and towns done?”

Noting some dissent in the audience – Hill said. “I see ones in here nodding their head and that’s fine. You can disagree but I was asked a question and therefore I’m going to answer it."

Noting that the Board of Aldermen has full authority when called to
Protesters outside of Louisville City Hall on Tuesday
order, Hill said, “I don’t have a stance on this specific flag except I do have a stance on the way democracy works. We are a community that has come together. We have a long way to go and there is so much going on (in the community) behind the scenes. I ask for your patience and consideration to be given to each board member. The item can certainly be on the agenda in the future, September 15 is our next board meeting.”

Mayor Hill indicated that Board members could call for a vote if desired at that time.

Alderwoman Judy McLeod also spoke. “I agree that it should be heard by the legislature and the governor but we need to take a leadership role. McLeod also noted the flag change in towns in the area.

After the meeting, several protesters staged outside of the doors of Louisville City Hall with signs and chants of “What do we want? – Take it down.”


WCRW Donates Book To Library

The Winston County Republican Women recently donated a children’s book to the Winston County Library in memory of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. Here, WCRW Treasurer, Ouida Donald (left), presents the book The Wall by Eve Bunting, to Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards. The book is about a little boy and his father who’ve come from far away to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. to find the name of the boy’s grandfather. “We are so pleased and honored to accept this book for our children’s collection,” said Edwards. “Children for years to come will enjoy learning about the Vietnam Memorial through this wonderful book by Eve Bunting, one of my favorite children’s authors.”

School Board Election on November Ballot

The District 5 School Board Trustee position will be on the ballot in November. Candidates have until September 4th at 5 p.m. to qualify as a candidate.  Fifty signatures of qualified electors are required to qualify for the position.

Currently there are three candidates who have qualified - these include: Nancy Jordan, Mike McAdory, and Bubba Pierce.  The trustee will replace outgoing LMSD board president Betty Byrd.

In an additional note, voters are reminded that the last day to register to vote (if you are not already registered) is October 3.  The Winston County Circuit Clerks' office will be open that Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon.  If you are not registered to vote by that time you will not be able to vote in the November 4th election.