Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Local Stories of 2013 in Winston County

Here are some of the top stories in Winston County during 2013. There are links to our articles on each event. These are just a few of the hundreds of events that occurred that we feel had some direct impact on most of us as citizens of the County.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Notes on Holiday Closings and Schedules

CHRISTMAS:  The Winston County Courthouse and the Noxapater City Hall will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Tuesday & Wednesday) for the holidays. Louisville City Hall will close at noon on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.

There will be no changes in holiday week solid waste (trash) pickup inside the city limits of Louisville. Louisville residents do not need to change their schedules. County residents will need to be aware of a change however. There will be no solid waste pickup on Wednesday (Christmas Day). Wednesday pickup has been moved to Thursday and Thursday pickup has been moved to Friday.

NEW YEARS: The Winston County Courthouse,Louisville City Hall and Noxapater City Hall will be closed on New Year's Day only. There will be no changes in solid waste pickup for city or county residents during the New Year's week.

CAPPS After School Program

The CAPPS after-school program is currently in its fifth year of service to the students in the Louisville Municipal School District. Students in grades five through 12 continue to receive tutorial services for mathematics and reading. Students attending the CAPPS program also have the opportunity to complete art projects, participate in various learning games, develop good character through character education, and participate in PE activities.

DREAMS After School Program

The Dillard’s Reading, Enrichment, Art, Mathematics, and Science (DREAMS) Program is in full swing in the Louisville Municipal School District. Kindergarten through Fourth Grade students enrolled in DREAMS receive 30 minutes of reading tutoring during the day. During the after-school program, they have the opportunity to participate in various learning activities including reading games and activities, mathematic tutoring, homework assistance, PE, character education, and art.

WMC Staff Donate to Angel Tree

Winston Medical Center (WMC) is committed to giving back to the community we serve. The WMC
family adopted local children through the Junior Auxiliary Angel Tree to provide Christmas gifts. These children are part of families that may have faced hardships this year and are not able to create a memorable holiday for their children.

This year, staff from Winston Medical Center purchased dolls, clothes, balls, games, drawing materials, books and much more for children. Our employees' generous gifts will help make some of the families in Winston County holiday wishes come true.

(from WMC Website)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cider Sippin' Winners

Winners from the Cider Sippin', City Shoppin' event held Thursday, December 19. First Place Cider Winner- Johnny Wooten - Market Cafe' **Second Place Cider Winner - Ellouise Bane - Fashion Boutique **Third Place Cider Winner - Elizabeth Ragan - B. Davis Shoes

Friday, December 20, 2013

Local Law Enforcement Receive Seized Funds From Traffic Stop

The Winston County Sheriff's Office and the City of Noxapater each received a check on Tuesday, December 17 for $8400 as their share of funds seized in a traffic stop in Noxapater. Officers from Noxapater and the Sheriff's Office were involved in the stop back in February 2013. A large stash of money suspected to be used in drug activity was discovered.

Pictured are Ronnie Graham, Noxapater Police Chief, Mike Perkins of MBN who presented the checks to the Departments and Winston County Sheriff, Jason Pugh.

Noxapater Clinic Now Open!

Winston Medical Clinic is pleased to announce the opening of its second location!!  Winston Medical
(Lto R)  Debbie Edwards, Registered
Nancy Jordan, Family Nurse Practitioner,
Deidre Coleman, LPN/Lab Technician, and Jinny
Lynn Rodman, Front Office Clerk
located at 90 East Main Street, Noxapater, Ms opened its doors this week. The clinic accepts walk-ins and the public can schedule an appointment by calling 662-724-4051.

The clinic is staffed by Nancy Jordan, Family Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Jordan received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University in 1996.  In 2006, Jordan received her graduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Science in Nursing. 

Entergy Electric Grid to Move to MISO at Midnight, December 18, Bringing Savings of $284 Million

Jackson, Mississippi:
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced an early Christmas gift for customers of Entergy Mississippi. At midnight, December 18, Entergy will relinquish control of its electric transmission grid over to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), pursuant to an order by the Mississippi Public Service Commission, saving customers up to $284 million dollars over the next ten years and allowing for independent control of the electric grid.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Store Hours

Mainly Music will be closed Dec. 24- January 1 and will reopen on January 2nd 2014

Market Café - closed December 25th and 26th. (Dec. 23 and 24 Christmas Boxes only) The week of New Years we are closed all week

Uptown Lily - closing at 3:00 on Christmas Eve. Closed on Christmas Day and the day after. Closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

B.Davis Shoes close at 4 on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Fair Propane – Close 2pm Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day. Close 2pm New Years Eve and
Closed New Years Day.

The Jewel Shoppe - closed Christmas Day . Closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Woody’s - Will Not Close. Is Open 24/7

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

No Adoption Fees at Louisville Animal Shelter Til Christmas

There are no fees for any animal adopted from the Louisville Animal Shelter through Christmas. WWN staff visited the shelter on Wednesday and took these photos. Adoptions are up this week for puppies and kittens but the shelter still has a large number of grown and older dogs available. Older dogs make great pets as they are calmer and often housebroken. To adopt call the shelter at 662-773-4320 The shelter located at 110 Thompson St. is open Mon-Fri 8am-12pm. After hours call 662-705-0398 to adopt.

ECCC Announces Evening Class Schedule

East Central Community College is again offering numerous evening classes at various locations in the five-county district during the 2014 spring semester.

In Louisville, evening classes are held at two locations. Course offerings at the Winston-Louisville Vocational Complex include Human Growth and Development, Personal and Community Health and American History I. College Algebra is offered at the Louisville Career Advancement Center.

ECCC Again Ranked Among Nation’s Fastest Growing Community Colleges

For the second straight year, East Central Community College in Decatur is included in the list of 25 Fastest Growing Community Colleges in the United States, according to the Dec. 9, 2013, issue of Community College Week, a national publication located in Selmer, TN.

East Central was ranked 20th in the list of two-year institutions with student enrollments from 2,500 to 4,999.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BearHugs Website Set Up For Local Accident Victim

Chris Higginbotham was injured in a motorcycle accident on November 5, 2013. Due to the injuries he sustained, part of his right leg had to be amputated and he is undergoing long term physical therapy and more operations are expected.
Due to ongoing medical bills and loss of income, friends and family have established a website and a method to make donations.

To find out more about Chris, his accident and his medical situation, visit the website at

Donations can be made through the website by PayPal, Credit Cards or through The Citizens Bank in DeKalb.

ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates

Ready to begin careers in the healthcare field are the above graduates of East Central Community College’s Surgical Technology program who were recognized at the annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Living Nativity Drive Thru at Flower Ridge United Methodist Church Dec.22nd and 23rd

Flower Ridge United Methodist Church will hold it's 31st Annual Living Nativity Drive Thru on December 22 and 23rd starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, Dec. 22 and at 6:00 pm on Monday, Dec 23. Come see the story of Jesus' birth come to life. See Mary and Joseph as they are told of the babe and the turning away at the Inn, the Angels tell of His birth, the Shepherds in awe of the Heavenly visit, the Wise Men as they travel to see Jesus, and Mary and Joseph as they hold Jesus in their arms.

Thomason Receives ECCC Surgical Technology Honor

Montana Thomason (center) of Louisville was selected East Central Community College’s “Surgical Technology Student of the Year” and received special recognition at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Thomason earned the award for excelling in the classroom and clinical settings. Also pictured are program director/instructor LeAnn Shirley (left) and instructor Kristie Pilgrim who made the presentation. For more information on the ECCC Surgical Technology program, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, 601-635-6294 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 294. The email address (EC Photo)


Yearlong Celebration to Showcase Creative Enterprises along with Mississippi-born Artists, Performers and More
 JACKSON—Gov. Bryant proclaimed 2014 as the “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming” during a ceremony with renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, a Mississippi native.

The “Year of the Creative Economy” will feature both ongoing events and new activities throughout the year and will highlight the state’s vast talent across the creative spectrum and the impact it has on the local economy.

ECCC Spring Semester Registration

Registration activities are scheduled Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, for new and transfer students planning to attend spring classes at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Students may register anytime from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Smith Student Union and Tucker Applied Technology Center, according to Dr. Randall E. Lee, Vice President for Student Services.

Friends of Dean Park’s Day at Walmart

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) had a very successful day at Walmart on Saturday, December

L to R: Tracy Grabher, volunteer firefighter and 
Richard Moncrief, president of Friends of Dean Park Inc.

7, 2013. Each person who donated to the nonprofit organization received a chance to enter the contest to win a jewelry box filled with jewelry. The winner was Tracy Grabher, president of the Louisville Fire Association and volunteer firefighter

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Winston County Supervisors Agenda - Dec 16

The agenda for the meeting of the Winston County Supervisors for December 16, 2013 is now posted on the County's website. To see the agenda, click here.

Students Enjoy Program with "Move To Learn" Star!

The kids at Fair and Louisville Elementary got the opportunity to visit and interact with Larry Calhoun
and others of the Move To Learn program on Friday (Dec 13) in the LES cafeteria. Calhoun, the star of the Move to Learn exercise videos and programs led each grade through exercises and fun programs throughout the day.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Deer Hunters Need Wild Hog Awareness

PONTOTOC  – Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared.

At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ground-nesting birds, hunting decisions and field-dressing precautions.

Bronson Strickland, wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several factors are contributing to the rapid expansion of wild hogs across the nation.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sentence Handed Down for Brown and Glass in School Vandalism

Vernon L. Brown Jr. and Hunter R.Glass appeared in Circuit Court before Judge Morgan in a Winston County courtroom on Wednesday, December 11,2013 for sentencing on 8 felony counts.

Brown and Glass were arrested almost immediately in February, 2013 for the vandalism and theft that occurred at Winston Academy in Louisville on February 16. Extensive damage was done to multiple buildings and classrooms at the school as well as the theft of a number of items including computers. Both men pled guilty in the same courtroom on November 20.

Each defendant received the following sentences:

5 counts of Burglary of a building other than dwelling - 7 years for each count
1 count of automobile burglary  - 7 years
1 count of malicious mischief  - 5 years
1 count grand larceny  - 10 years

Required to pay restitution in the amount of $10,000 to Winston Academy and the Insurance Carrier and court costs.

Brown and Glass will receive credit for time served and some sentences run concurrent or are subject to early parole.

Louisville Native Brody Richardson Recieves Scholarship at ECCC

Brody Richardson recently recieved the Sylvia Graham Haywood Memorial Scholarship at ECCC. To read the article, visit the ECCC website by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Coach M C Miller Recognized and Rewarded with Multi-Year Supply of Toothpicks

The Louisville Municipal School Board took a few minutes from their regular duties on Tuesday evening (Dec10) to recognize Louisville High School Football Coach M.C.Miller. Miller led the Wildcats to a 16-0 undefeated season and a State 3A Championship over the weekend.

Board members thanked Miller and acknowledged his hard work and discipline instilled in the team of young men and then poked a bit of fun at the Coach. Superintendent Ken McMullan presented Coach Miller with a gift from the administration and the Board  - six boxes of toothpicks. Coach Miller is famous for his habit of constantly chewing a toothpick.  " Coach Miller's response - " I won't live long enough to use all of these." The video above shows the fun and recognition of Coach Miller.

Scenes and Float Winners From Monday's Christmas Parade in Louisville

The rain and drizzle held off just long enough for Louisville's Annual Christmas Parade on Monday Evening (Dec 9) The following are some scenes from the event.  Video can be seen on the City of Louisville website by clicking here. Float and Entry winners of the 2013 All American Christmas Parade can be found below:.

St. John/Waters Book Signing and Library Open House Huge Success

Winston County Library held their first Christmas Open House in several years on Sunday (Dec 8) and
Waters and St. John sign "An Italian Palate"
in spite of some cold and rainy weather there was a good turnout. To add to the event, Authors, Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters were on hand to sign copies of their book, "An Italian Palate". The book is a cookbook but also with a compilation of short stories of travels in Italy. The book was illustrated by Wyatt Waters.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ribbon Cutting for B. Davis Shoes

A crowd of family, friends, community leaders and local business people braved the rain and cold to celebrate the opening of B. Davis Shoes in Louisville on Friday, December 6. Owner and operator Elizabeth Ragan, along with store Manager Hannah Yates invite all to stop by and take a look at all the wonderful merchandise. B. Davis Shoes is located next door to The Jewel Shoppe.

Winston County Supervisors Minutes From Dec 2 - Now Online

The Board Minutes from the December 2, 2013 meeting of the Winston County Supervisors are now available online on the County's website. To view, please click here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wildcats Bring 3A Title Home!!

Fans who braved the cold on Saturday (Dec 7) at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson were rewarded with one of the best games of the year as Louisville defeated Hazlehurst for the 3A State Championship. The 30-28 win capped off an undefeated season for the Wildcats.
The game was not decided until the last few moments as Hazlehurst scored with under a minute to play to make the score 30-28. A 2 point conversion would tie  and likely send the MHSAA title game to overtime. Senior defensive tackle Malik Slaughter was able to bat down a pass in the end zone from Hazlehurst quarterback Jarvis Warner to preserve the win. The following onside kick was unsuccessful and Louisville was able to run out the clock.

As expected, Hazlehurst was the toughest opponent of the year for the Wildcats.  Louisville overcame two fumbles and a 87 yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.  Hazlehurst also threw for 3 touchdown passes in the game.  Hazlehurst won the state title game last year and finished the season with a 14-2 record.

Louisville is one of only five teams in history in Mississippi to finish with the 16-0 record. With the win the Wildcats captured their 8th state title. Senior quarterback Wyatt Roberts threw for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns passes and also rushed for a touchdown. Avante Harris rush for 111 yards on the ground and Desmond Goss led the Wildcats with 72 yards receiving,  followed by Dontea Jones with 48.

Senior linebacker Jeremy Sangster also got into the act by rushing for a touchdown. In the end, it will be the big defensive plays that will be remembered from this game including 3 fumble recoveries, a safety and Slaughter's knockdown of the two-point conversion at the end of the game.


MOVE TO LEARN TEAM COMES TO VISIT Louisville Elementary School

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2013
Louisville, Miss. – Coach Larry Calhoun, the star of the Move to Learn exercise break videos, will be at the Louisville Elementary School campus on Friday, December 13, 2013 to introduce administrators, teachers and students to the Move to Learn Initiative.

Coach Larry
A team from The Bower Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools will accompany Calhoun to present a live demonstration of the Move to Learn videos. The presentation will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Louisville Elementary School is located at 300 North Columbus Avenue.

ECCC Mourns Sudden Death of Student

East Central Community College is mourning the sudden loss of sophomore Early Childhood Education Technology major Marquitta Moore of Newton, who died in her sleep Monday (Dec. 2) night.
Marquitta Moore

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said Moore “touched many lives” while attending the college she “loved.”

“The college community was saddened to learn about the death of Marquitta,” said Dr. Stewart. “She was such a special young lady who touched many lives while a student here at East Central. When I contacted her mother to express our condolences, she told me that Marquitta just loved East Central. I told her that East Central loved her and will miss her greatly.”

Changes to Solid Waste Pick Up for Christmas Week

The solid waste pick up schedule for the County will change for the week of Christmas.  There will be no pick up on Christmas Day (Wednesday). Normal Wednesday pickup will move to Thursday and Thursday pick up will move to Friday. Christmas Day is the only day of the year on which schedules are adjusted.  There will be no changes in the county waste pickup for the week of New Years.This schedule is ONLY for Winston County Residents and not City of Louisville.

The City of Louisville Solid Waste will not change for the week of Christmas or New Years..

Sunday, December 8, 2013

City Adopts New Cemetery Ordinance

In the December 3, 2013 meeting of the Louisville Municipal Board , a new ordinance for cemeteries owned by the City was adopted. This ordinance changed the fee structure predominantly due to Open/Close Grave costs. Effective after January 1, 2013, the City will also no longer sell markers. To view the ordinance, click here and for a summary of costs and additional info, click here.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Beer License Application in Nanih Waiya Creates Questions

In their December 2nd meeting, Winston County Supervisors were notified of a beer license application for Warrior One Stop in the Nanih Waiya community . The license is for the sale of beer in the restaurant on the premises and not for retail sales. The property in question is located near the Nanih Waiya Attendance Center. The sale of alcohol must be in a property located at least 500 feet away from the main entrance of a school or church. There's a question concerning the legal requirement in this case as the distance from the main entrance of the restaurant to the existing main entrance of the school is at or near this 500 foot limit .

Winston County Native Fights Through Injury in National Finals Rodeo in Vegas

Check out this article on Winston County's Tyler Pearson as he fights through an injury on Tuesday
before his competition in the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Good Luck to Tyler as he "bulldogs" his way through the Finals. The Wrangle NFR started on Thursday and will contnue through  December 14. Each night's competition can be seen on the GAC network.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tonight at 7 PM - LHS Wildcat Special on WLSM

If you are in the listening area - WLSM 107.1 will have a Wildcat Special at 7:00 pm tonight (Friday). Jerry Hill will interview players, coaches and school officials of this year's Louisville High School Wildcats before they head to tomorrow's 3A State Title game. There will also be some great memories of the history of Wildcat football and the winning tradition at LHS including the 1944 team and the Magnolia Bowl!  The program will be repeated at 9:30 am on Saturday prior to the 11:00 am kickoff against Hazelhurst.

Tomorrow's game will be broadcast on WLSM.

City Board Minutes Now On Line

Board Minutes from the City of Louisville's Municipal Meetings in November are now available on line on the City's website.  Click the following to view or print:

November 5, 2013 minutes

November 19, 2013 minutes

ECCC Students Collect Christmas Gifts for Area Children

These students enrolled in the “Warrior Path to Success” program at East Central Community College in Decatur took time away from their studies to collect Christmas toys and other gifts for children at the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. Participating in the community service project were (front row, from left) Tania Rhodes of Conehatta and Rachel McCord of Newton; and (back row, from left) Johnias Ellis of Raleigh, Sharayne Walton of Carthage, Anthony McGee of Quitman, Erica Tubby of Philadelphia and Shanell Nick of Newton. April Watson serves as program instructor. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Results of City of Louisville Alderman Meeting

In Tuesday night's (Dec 3) meeting agenda, city officials received an update from Beth Edwards of the Winston County  Library on library activity and usage. Edwards indicated that an average of 7000 people utilized the facility on a monthly basis. She also noted that the usage of E-Books was increasing as availability improved.

The Board also heard from Airport Board President Mike Forster concerning the agreement with Clearwater Consulting to serve as Airport Engineer/Consultant. The Board approved the hire for a 5 year contract term.

Friends of Legion Show Holiday Spirit

A great time was had by all at the Friends of Legion's Christmas Party and Tree Trimming on Saturday,

November 30 at the Lodge at Legion. Entertainment was provided by Reverend Jason Gross who performed a mix of traditional Christmas music. Members joined in on a number of selections. There was also plenty of delicious food and desserts as members and friends celebrated the holiday season!

To find out more about the non-profit group "Friends of Legion" and our local Mississippi State Park, visit the group's web page and /or Facebook page.

County Faces More Increases in Health Insurance Cost

Winston County government is facing another increase in health care cost for employees according to Jack Gordon, who handles health insurance for the county. Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, an increase of eight percent will take effect as of January 1st. This increase is due to a 3 percent tax fee and a 5 percent benefit requirement fee attached to Winston County employee health coverage.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Supervisors Accept Timber Bid

On Monday December 1st, Winston County Supervisors opened timber bids for the sale of all timber on county property surrounding the Winston/Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility (WCCRCF) located  north of Louisville. The decision to sell the timber was based upon security reasons and the possible need to add additional fencing to the property. Supervisors accepted the high bid from B & G Timber. The bid was based upon tonnage and an exact dollar amount is not known.

LPD Reminds Public About Crime Prevention

Due to a recent rash in property crime (break ins involving cars, homes and businesses) and coupled with the holiday season, the Louisville Police Department would like to remind all of our citizens and visitors that we can all be of help to each other.

* Remain alert to your surroundings, whether home or out and about.
* Know the neighborhood where you live and work, report suspicious activity
* Trust your instincts, If something makes you uneasy avoid the situation.

Citizens Speak Out at Cable Public Hearing

Representatives of Metrocast met with local citizens in a public hearing on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
The hearing concerned the proposed agreement by ordinance for 10 years with the City of Louisville for non exclusive franchise renewal. The agreement would allow MetroCast to maintain, operate and construct the existing cable system within the City.

A small group of citizens asked questions concerning service and local presence. Many expressed dissatisfaction with the loss of a local presence when MetroCast purchased Mediacom in 2012. The sale resulted in the closing of the local office on South Columbus Ave. and the loss of several jobs.

Annual Report Card Shows High Marks for ECCC in Student Success/Retention

East Central Community College (ECCC) in Decatur recently published its 2011 Performance Profile using data compiled by the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB). The publication, referred to as the Community College Report Card, is an annual report made available by the college in compliance with House Bill No. 1071 approved during the 2010 Mississippi legislative session. The bill created an Education Achievement Council (EAC) which was established to set education achievement goals for institutions of higher learning and community and junior colleges in the state and toassist in monitoring progress towards those goals through the preparation of annual institutional and state report cards.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wildcat State Championship Tickets On Sale Now!!

The Louisville Wildcats will face Hazelhurst  at 11:00 am on Saturday, Dec 7 at the Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Jackson for the overall State 3A Title.

State championship pre-sale tickets are on sale now at LHS office for $12.00

Robert St. John/Wyatt Waters Book Signing at Winston County Library

Robert St. John is a incredibly profound writer (as seen through his regular columns) and has developed
such a strong following and fan base over the years. An Italian Palate is Robert's 8th cookbook and what makes it more than just a cookbook is that it is also a compilation of short stories on the 10-week sojourn of his and his family's travels through Italy.

Louisville Aldermen Meeting Agenda for December 3

Tuesday night's (Dec 3) meeting agenda for Louisville City Officials is now available online on the City's website. Please click here to see the full agenda.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Suspect Apprehended

A suspect in Monday morning's (Dec 2) break-ins and robbery on Hwy 15 S was apprehended by local law enforcement at around 7:30 pm this evening.

Lakendrick Cunningham was spotted by law enforcement on Hwy 397 in Louisville and officers pursued the suspect on foot into a wooded area where he temporarily escaped. Through cooperative efforts with the Louisville Police Department, the Winston County Sheriff's Office and local citizens, Cunningham was found at a residence in the area and ultimately surrendered without resistance.

MHSAA Football Championship Press Conference with Louisville is Viewable Online.

The 2013 MHSAA Football Championship News Conference was held on Monday, Dec. 2 at 11:00 am. Included in the media event at the Ms Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson were representatives from the Louisville High School Wildcats, 3A North Champions. Coach M.C. Miller spoke for the team and the school as he was flanked by players, Wyatt Roberts, Jeremy Sangster, Principal Kyle Hammond and LMSD Superintendent Ken McMullan.

Rash of Burglaries Early Monday Morning

The Winston County Sheriff's Office reports that three properties on Hwy 15 south of Louisville were
Lakendrick Cunningham
wanted for questioning
broken into in the early morning hours on Monday, December 2nd.  Computers were taken, vending machines broken into and major damage occurred at Bakers' Ready Mix .A Church in the area and EMEPA facilities were also broken into as well. A vehicle was taken at the time but was recovered.

Winston Co Supervisors' Board Minutes - Nov 18 - Now Online

The Board Minutes from the November 18, 2013 Winston County Supervisors' meeting are now available on the county's website. All minutes are unofficial until approved. Click here to view.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Nanih Waiya School Newsletter Now Available

The Nanih Waiya Attendance Center's October/November newsletter "Nanih Waiya Times" is now available for printing or viewing on the school's website. Access by clicking here

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wildcats Head to State Title Game Looking for 8th Championship

The game was never in doubt on Friday night (Nov 29) as the Louisville Wildcats traveled to Charleston for the North 3A title game against Charleston. Most experts picked the Tigers of Charleston to be the toughest test yet for the Wildcats but a strong defense and big pass plays and runs put Louisville up early and they were never really challenged.
Celebrating North 3A Title
(photo from LHS Twitter )

Louisville led 28-0 at halftime and pulled many of their starters by the 4th quarter on their way to a 35-0 victory. The Cats scored early in the 1st quarter on a 12 yard pass from Roberts to Goss. On the last play of the 1st quarter,Roberts took the ball to the Charleston 1 yard line on a 49 yard run. Sangster took the ball in from there as the 2nd quarter began.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Winston Co. Supervisors' Agenda , Dec 2


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Reading Fair Winners

These are the winners of 2013/2014 District Reading Fair from Louisville Municipal School District that was held Friday, November 22 at Eiland Middle School library. Congratulations to all that participated.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Doors of Hope Center Volunteers Serve Many Before Thanksgiving

One of the longest working volunteers, along with Sharon Mays, is Helen Harrington (R) who has been with the center since its inception
in Louisville, MS May 2005,. Helen stated, “Helping others is great and we are doing the will of the Lord by helping others.”
The Doors of Hope Center, which is under the umbrella of the Peace and Love ministries, was thankful for the ‘love offerings’ received from the residents of Winston County via Cash Saver, Vowell’s Market Place and Walmart. Walmart gives food to the Doors of Hope Center regularly while; Cash

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Louisville Aldermen Meeting Info

The Louisville Aldermen and Mayor met in a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 19. Here are the highlights:

Dealt with a number of unclean properties:

  • Owned by Edgewood at 102 Thompson Street, 151282802 0402301, gave until Nov. 1 to clean property, property has now been sold and is in compliance--Approved to remove from list

‘Remember the Titans’ Coach Speaks at ECCC

Herman Boone, the legendary head football coach at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., and
the inspiration behind the 2000 blockbuster movie Remember the Titans,addresses a packed Huff Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, on the East Central Community College campus in Decatur. Coach Boone said his 1971 state champion Titans squad “broke the mold” and showed the world how to become a “team” through adversity.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

ECCC Offers FREE ‘First Steps’ Workshop In Louisville

Are you interested in starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? A workshop titled “First Steps – the Process of Starting a Small Business” is being offered through East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Did You Know That Farm Bureau Offers Auto Loans:

As low as 2.99% APR*
Find out more 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nanih Waiya Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program Scheduled for Friday

Nanih Waiya's kindergarten classes have been working extra hard this week preparing for their Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program. The program will be held Friday, November 22, at 11:15 in the Nanih Waiya gym. Parents, family members, and the 1st and 2nd grades are invited to attend.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Brown and Glass Plead Guilty to Winston Academy Vandalism

Vernon L. Brown Jr. and Hunter R.Glass went before Judge Morgan in a Winston County courtroom on Wednesday, November 20, and  changed their not guilty plea to guilty of 5 counts of burglary of a building other than a dwelling, 1 count of automobile burglary, 1 count of malicious mischief and 1 count of grand larceny each.


All City trash pick up the week of Thanksgiving will stay on schedule with the exception of Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day).  If your regular trash pick up day is Thursday, it will be picked up on  Wednesday, November 27. 

The County trash pick up schedule will not change.

Area Development Magazine Ranks Mississippi As Second In The Nation For Competiitve Utility Rates

Jackson, Mississippi (November 19, 2013)- Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that Area Development, a national site selection publication, recently ranked Mississippi as second in the nation for competitive utility rates related to economic development and job growth.

Board of Supervisors Highlights

NOVEMBER 18, 2013


Monday, November 18, 2013

Public Hearing on Cable Franchise Agreement Scheduled

The City of Louisville will be holding a public hearing on the renewal of a franchise agreement with MetroCast on December 3. Click here to view the public notice and for details.

Louisville Aldermen Agenda for Nov. 19

The agenda for the Louisville Board of Aldermen is now available on the City's website. Click here to view the agenda.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

LMSD Trustees Deal with Policies/ Substitutes/ Board Attorney

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met on Thursday, November 14 and dealt with a number of issues:

  • The Board approved a speech policy required due to recent legislation that requires all children to be screened for speech and language issues prior by the 1st grade.
  • Received an update on the Dreams Grant  from Dr. Theresa Jayroe. Through the program initiated with MSU, 12 interventionists have been employed  to provide after school services at

Jordan Joins WMC Staff at Noxapater Clinic

Winston Medical Center is pleased to announce that Nancy Jordan, RN, MSN, FNP-BC has joined the
medical staff of Winston Medical Clinic. 

Mrs. Jordan is currently accepting new patients at the Winston Medical Clinic located on the main campus of Winston Medical Center.  Jordan will be the primary practitioner at the Winston Medical Clinic-Noxapater that is currently being constructed. 

Mrs. Jordan received her undergraduate degree from Hampton University in 1996.  In 2006, Jordan received her graduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Science in Nursing.

ECCC Art Club Offers Christmas Prints

East Central Community College’s Student Art Association is once again offering Christmas prints for sale as a fundraiser for the organization and a designated charity. Prints are hand-colored, limited edition linocuts designed by art student Abbey Rigdon of Little Rock. Proceeds will support

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Ribbon Cutting for Thomas Leadership on Friday

A crowd of family, friends, community leaders and local business people braved the rain to celebrate the opening of another new business in Louisville on Friday. Thomas Leadership Consultants, LLC provides customized business and career services to the local area through job referrals, business plans and a multitude of training options.

Owner Shelley Thomas founded the company located at 208 W. Main in Louisville. For more information on Thomas Leadership Consulting, call 662-803-7558, email at or visit their blog at


ECCC Hosts Junior High Basketball Tournament

Several area junior high school basketball teams will have an opportunity to showcase their talents by participating in tournament competition scheduled Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Winston County High School Finals

Louisville 56 - Water Valley 27  
Stringer 40 - Nanih Waiya 0 
Lumberton 48 - Noxapater 35

Not what we wanted tonight for Nanih Waiya and Noxapater but the Warriors and Tigers had good seasons. Louisville was challenged early but I think it just made em mad - as they kicked it in gear and never looked back. The Cats will be traveling to Cleveland East Side next week for round 3 of 3A North and just 2 games away from the State Title game! Ya'll have a great evening and think about this......
Have you noticed the inverse relationship between people and their cell phones? Phones are getting thinner and smarter and people .......well.... not so much.

Remember the Titans Coach to Visit ECCC

Herman Boone, the inspiration for the coach in the popular movie, "Remember the Titans" will be at the Huff Auditorium on the East Central campus on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:00 pm. A reception follows in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria, during which time Coach Boone will be available for photos and conversation.

Boone was portrayed inthe movie by Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

WCCRCF Looks at Full Compliance of Facility

Big changes have been taking place at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility over the past few months after an accreditation audit by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in the Spring of 2013 revealed documentation issues within WCCRCF. These issues ultimately led to a probationary period for the facility. Failure to correct these issues could have led to a loss of accreditation of the facility. WCCRCF houses state inmates as well as local prisoners and a loss of accreditation would result in the removal of  the state inmates and state revenue necessary to operate the facility.

Warden Neal Higgason took the position as warden of the facility in August and brought in Assistant Warden Patricia Whitcomb to assist in correcting any deficiencies. Along with Sheriff Jason Pugh and the Winston County Board of Supervisors, staff began making procedural changes immediately.

Winston Co. Supervisors' Board Agenda - Nov 18

The agenda for the Winston County Board of Supervisors next meeting scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2013  is now viewable online on the County's website. Click here to view.

ACA Seminar Coming Again To Library

The Winston County Library will host the second of three free seminars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Tuesday, November 19,2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.. Latisha Butler from Health Help Mississippi in Starkville, will again be the presenter and will answer any questions participants may have. Health Help Mississippi, which has locations in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Starkville, Hernando and Greenville, advocates on consumers’ behalf, educating them on their different options for health care, and assisting them in seeing if they could be eligible for any current government programs, such as Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act insurance program.

Local DAR Honors Veterans with Multiple Flags

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR  recently sponsored American flags in honor and memory of Veterans through the Louisville Lions Bypass Flag Project.The flags are among the 60 flown along the highway this week celebrating Veterans' Day. The DAR also provided funds to purchase a new flag at the Louisville Welcome Center (Caboose) on West Main. Members can be seen pictured below with the President of the Louisville Lions Club, Rev. Mike Dowd and also with Louisville Mayor Will Hill.
Pictured from left to right: Judy McLeod, Maria Hartness, Paula Fulton,
Judy Goodin (back), Lions Club President Mike Dowd and Peggy Crawford

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Angel Tree Time Again

The Angel Tree is up at the Winston County Library. Sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary, the library has
envelopes holding the wishes and needs of area children who are in need this Christmas. When an envelope is picked you then place an angel on the tree. For those of us who have been more fortunate, the "Angel Tree" located at the Winston County Library is a great way for us to help spread a little Christmas joy.

To participate, simply drop by the Library and pick up an envelope that has the specifics for a child: their age and sex, gift suggestions, clothes and shoe sizes. Then just return your presents to the Winston County Baptist Association at 1001 N. Columbus Ave by December 9th. You are asked not to wrap these gifts! If you're not able to shop or purchase gifts for the program, monetary donations go toward these purchases as well. To make a donation or to get more information, contact a Junior Auxiliary member or stop by the Library.

Holdiness Signs with UCA to Play Softball

It was all smiles at Nanih Waiya on Wednesday as Senior Ryan Holdiness signed a scholarship agreement with the University of Central Arkansas in Conway to play softball for the Lady Bears. Family, coaches, teammates and schoolmates gathered to watch Ryan sign.

Holdiness has 46 wins, a 0.970 fielding percentage and an ERA of 3.70 with the Lady Warriors. You can see her full stats

The Jewel Shoppe in Louisville

New Books Available at Winston County Library in November

Check It Out At The Winston County Library! NOVEMBER 2013

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

Mary Kay Andrews – Christmas Bliss
Robyn Carr – The Hero
Ted Dekker – Outlaw
Wilbur Smith – Vicious Circle
John Grisham – Sycamore Circle

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Honors its Active Members who are Veterans

Friends of Dean Park Inc. is honored to have the following veterans actively involved in the restoration of Dean Park - the park that most of them grew up in as 4-H Clubbers under the leadership of Mr. Milton E. Dean. Most of them continue to be farmers or gardeners in Winston County. They are among the Winston County veterans living proud and strong in the land they have helped to keep free. Much like President Obama who stated at a ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, "We join as one people to honor a debt we cannot fully repay."

Louisville Advances and Bracket Set for Noxapater/Nanih Waiya

Three of Winston County's high school football teams will be in post season play this Friday night as they continue toward a state title in their respective divisions. Louisville is looking for its 8th state title as it enters the 2nd round of the 3A bracket after last week's defeat of Ruleville Central 69-0. The 12-0 Wildcats will play host to a good 11-1

Monday, November 11, 2013

Winston County Celebrates Veterans' Day in Grand Style

The weather was perfect, the crowd was big, the music was fantastic and the logistics with the L-17
Great crowd gathered for Veterans Program
flyover couldn't have been better as Louisville and Winston County celebrated Veteran's Day this morning (11-11-13). The program held in the grass area in front of the Louisville Walmart was outstanding due to the efforts and cooperation of many individuals and organizations across the community.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Don't Forget Veterans' Day Program Tomorrow Morning

Take a few minutes out of your day to show your appreciation for our veterans as we honor those who served with a program starting at 9:00 am on Monday (October 11) at the Louisville Hwy 15/25 bypass in front of the Louisville Walmart. (Visitors may park in the Walmart parking area for the event). The Louisville High School band will perform patriotic music beginning around 9 am followed by a prayer from Rev. Mike Dowd, the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem sung by Tracy McCully. On the schedule are: State Senator Giles Ward, Brigadier General Amelia Kennedy, a flyover by Charles Wiggins and the Meridian L-17 Formation Team and concluded with "God Bless the USA" and "God Bless America." performed by Tracy McCully.

Friday, November 8, 2013

High School Football Scores

Noxapater 26 - West Lowndes 12
Nanih Waiya 47 - West Oktibbeha 6
Louisville 69 _ Ruleville Central 0

Great night for Winston County High School Football. Everybody accomplished what they had to and in grand style. Noxapater wins the league, Nanih Waiya makes post season and the Wildcats just keep rolling. Not sure which is better - the Wildcats offense or defense..Defense did not allow a 1st down! 

Folks, don't forget the Veterans' Celebration scheduled for Monday morning at 9 am in front of the Louisville Walmart - Come out and show your support for our Veterans!! We'll leave you tonight with this --- The old adage of "If at first you don't succeed -try,try again" does not apply to skydiving.

High School Football Tonight

Louisville begins post season play at R.E. Hize Stadium tonight and Noxapater and Nanih Waiya conclude their regular seasons tonight with plans toward Class 1A post season play

Presley Joins National Leaders to Announce Mississippi as Most Improved Energy Efficiency State in Nation


JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (November 6, 2013) – Today, Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley joined with leaders from around the nation to announce Mississippi as the nation’s most improved state on energy efficiency. Presley’s announcement came at a national press event

Thursday, November 7, 2013

LPD and CrimeStoppers Looking For Info on Break-In

On November 6th, 2013, officers with the Louisville Police Department were dispatched to Moody Construction Co. on South Church Ave. Sometime during the night someone made entry into the building. The inner office was broken into and the desk and cabinets were gone through.

City Adds New Police Officer

Louisville's newest police officer was sworn in this morning (Nov 7) at City Hall. Ty Hardin took the oath from Mayor Will Hill as Assistant Chief Andy Taylor looked on. Hardin is a native of Louisville and has worked in Louisville Parks and Rec and served as a volunteer firefighter.

Hardin indicated that he had always wanted to serve as a police officer and has ties to the department as his aunt was an officer on the force at one time.
(l to r) Hardin, Asst. Chief Taylor, Mayor Hill

Veterans' Day Celebration and Fly Over Scheduled for Monday

There will be a special ceremony on Monday, November 11 on the Louisville bypass to celebrate
Veterans' Day. The Louisville High Band will be on hand beginning at 9:00 am and a fly over is scheduled for 9:35 to honor our Veterans and their service to our country. The Louisville Lions will also be recognized for their flag program that will display a series of American flags along the bypass for patriotic holidays.

The program will be held on the grass area in front of the Louisville Walmart. The public is encouraged to attend and bring along a veteran or current service member.

The program includes the LHS Band, Senator Giles Ward, retired Brigadier General Amelia Kennedy, the aerial flyover by the Meridian L-17 Formation Team and Tracy McCully will sing for the event.

The flag project completed by the Louisville Lions Club in cooperation with the City of Louisville and MDOT will display 60 sponsored flags along the bypass in remembrance of a veteran for the week of major patriotic holidays. There are still a few sponsorships available for $25/year. To honor the memory or life of a veteran with a flag on the by-pass, contact Mike Dowd at 662-803-7952. Again, only the first 60 subscriptions can be honored. Proceeds from the project will be used to support the Lions' ongoing project of providing eyeglasses for underprivileged children. You can also print a sponsorship form by clicking here.

Work Begins on New Family Dollar Store

Workers were busy this morning (11-7) as demolition has begun of existing structures to make way for a new Family Dollar Store in Louisville.  The new store will be located on the corner of Church and Cagle St. across from Vowell's Marketplace.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Fire Chief Take's Oath of Office in Tuesday's Aldermen Meeting

(L to R) Mayor Will Hill, Aline Haynes,
Johnny Roy Haynes
There was a packed house at Louisville City Hall on Tuesday evening (11-5) as family and friends gathered to observe the swearing-in ceremony of Johnny Roy Haynes as Louisville's Fire Chief.

Eichelberger Celebrates 95th Birthday

Betsy Ann Eichelberger with her youngest grandchildren, Asia and Montana Eichelberger
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Betsy Ann Eichelberger celebrated her 95th birthday with family and friends at the Soul 2 Soul Restaurant (formerly known as JR's) on October 20, 2013. Her actual birthday was on October 22. During the celebration she expressed her gratitude to her children for caring for her and especially to Gwendolyn Eichelberger who lives with her and is her main caregiver.