Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo on May 4th

Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo on May 4th:
The annual Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo is coming up at Legion State Park on Saturday, May 4th.

Library Book Sale Starts Thursday!!

The Friends of the Library (FOL) are working hard this week in preparation for the Spring Book Sale. The
sale starts on Thursday morning, May 2 at 9 AM and runs till 4:30 PM. The sale continues on Friday with the same hours and closes out on Saturday morning from 9 AM till 11 AM.
Louisville's Main Street is getting a little more colorful today as the hanging baskets return for another year. The baskets along with other downtown projects are supported by the Winston County Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Association. Members Susan Ard and Dale Green are seen here as they prepare the hardware to hang the baskets on Main near the monument.  In no time, the baskets were up and ready to be enjoyed by the public.

EC Sophomore Diamond Warriors Honored

Sophomores on the 2013 East Central Community College baseball team received special recognition prior to the doubleheader sweep of Hinds Community College in the regular season finale held Friday, April 26 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Five Generations Attend Local NAACP Banquet

Ninety four year old Betsy Ann Eichelberger, the oldest member of the Winston County Branch NAACP, attended the branch’s 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet and was honored with an interview by Mark McMillan, Director of the Economic Development & Community Partnerships, of the Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, which is located in Brooklyn, NY.

ECCC Collegians Concert Moved to Saturday

The East Central Community College Collegians will present their spring semester concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

The public is invited to attend and there is no charge for admission. Their performance was originally scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, April 29. The talented group is led by Thomas W. Carson, who is continuing his battle with cancer.

Large Turnout for Sheriff's Handgun Class

A full class of folks participated in the Winston County Sheriff's Office NRA Handgun class on Saturday. Sponsored by the Citizen's Advisory Board, the class is a requirement for an Enhanced Carry Permit in the State of Mississippi.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

We are nearing the election day which is May 7th. I ask you to consider my qualifications and my sixteen years of dedicated service. This is a most important election. There are many exciting things happening right now in Louisville. We have two new businesses coming soon, The Family Dollar Store and Hibbetts Sports. Our street paving is under way which is much needed. I humbly ask you to go to the polls and vote Frances Ball Alderman at Large, City of Louisville. Thank You!

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Good Samaritan Horse Show

The Good Samaritan Horse Show was held at the Louisville Coliseum on Saturday night as horsemen participated in a host of events. In the past, the Show has benefited such charities as St. Judes and the Have a Heart Rescue Horses but this year's donation goes to aid a local young lady and her family.

Lexie Holman recently received a kidney transplant due to Nephritic Syndrome. Proceeds will go to assist with existing costs and future hospital visits.

Friday, April 26, 2013

BREAKING: Yokohama Tires set to produce in West Point

BREAKING: Yokohama Tires set to produce in West Point:
This morning, state legislators are filing into the Capitol Building in Jackson to vote on an incentives package so that the project may move forward.
Clay County beat out 3,000 counties in the Southeast, and the project is set to bring 500 jobs in the initial phase. The multi-phase project is said to possibly implicate as many as 2,000 jobs if the project is developed to its full potential.

Good Samaritan Horse Show - This Saturday - April 27

Come on out to the Good Samaritan Gaited Horse Show an Saturday evening at the Louisville Coliseum. Gates open at 5:30 and admission is only $5. In the past, the Show has benefited such charities as St. Judes and the Have a Heart Rescue Horses but this year's donation goes to aid a local young lady and her family.

Louisville Friends of the Animals

We'd like to find homes for some of our animals before we close today. Please help us by sharing our pictures. We have many puppies, and, as usual, many adult dogs available for adoption. There are also a few kittens and a couple of cats at the shelter. Shelter hours are 8am-5pm Mon-Fri. For hours after 12pm, or for weekend hours, please call 662-705-0398. This picture is of Itchy. Though she is not ACTUALLY itchy, it is her name and she responds to it. She has been spayed, and would love to find a home today. Please help her do that- share her picture!

Weekend News

A huge Saturday ahead in Winston County!  WCYA is hosting a pitch,hit and run competition for 7-12 year olds at Ivy Park. Come on out and cheer them on. The Good Samaritan All Gaited Horse Show starts at

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Reena Evers-Everett to Speak At NAACP Freedom Banquet

The Winston County Branch NAACP will hold its 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Lake Tiak O’Khata, Pine Ridge Lodge.A social hour will be held at 6 p.m. with a program at 7 p.m.

Banners Are UP!!!

Frances Ball is a candidate for re-election for the office of Board of Alderman at Large, City of Louisville. Frances has served the city for 16 years. During these years, she has experienced many challenges and many accomplishments. These last four years have been good. Our sales tax and other revenue have been steady. We have set the bar high and have met our budget goals. May 7 is Election Day and I strongly urge all voters to go out and vote for me, Frances Ball. Lets keep Louisville moving forward. Thank You.

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Local Ms Scholars to be Recognized - Scholarship Awarded

All area schools will be represented at the Mississippi Scholars Breakfast to be held on May 2 at Lake Tiak O'Khata. In its eleventh year in Winston County, the program has grown from 4 students at its beginnings to 41 at its current level.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ECCC Practical Nursing Students Attend State Convention

MPC Says Costs Rise at Kemper County Plant

MPC Says Costs Rise at Kemper County Plant: Mississippi Power says it has had additional expenses crop up for the lignite coal plant in Kemper County, but says it will keep an agreement with the Public Service Commission on customer rate increases..

Second Mississippian implicated in ricin-laced letters scheme

Second Mississippian implicated in ricin-laced letters scheme:
TUPELO — Law enforcement officials searched the home of a second Mississippi man implicated in the mailing of ricin-laced letters to the president and a U.S. senator after charges were dropped without explanation against the man arrested in the case last week. Everett Dutschke, whose Tupelo home was searched yesterday by dozens of officials, some [...]
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013


US Senate considering a bill today to allow states/cities to tax internet purchases.......County wide Literacy meeting tonight at 6:30 at First Baptist Church-citizen effort to improve reading skills for

Monday, April 22, 2013

Woodmen of the World Makes Donation to Legion

Appreciation Certificate presented to
Woodmen Lodge 102
Woodmen Lodge 102 invited all members and families to their First Annual Spring Cookout under the Pavilion by the lake at Legion State Park, Saturday, April 20. Woodmen members also invited the Friends of Legion State Park to the event. Food, fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all. Woodmen Lodge 102 also gave a generous donation to Friends of the Park. An appreciation certificate was presented to Woodman Lodge 102 by Friends of the Park President Francis Ball for their generous donation.

Children's Author Visits Winston Co. Library

Children's author Dianne Page signed copies of her books on Friday at the Winston County Library. The Tupelo native has written "Bobbs and the Little Boy" and "Roy and Roo Take a Trip to the Zoo". Her books and "Bobbs the Creature" are available for sale through her website at http://www.bobbsandcompany.com

Winston County Youth Assoc. to Host Pitch Hit & Run

The Winston County Youth Association is proud to announce that it will be hosting the local Pitch Hit & Run competition on Saturday, April 27th at 9:00AM. This competition is open to all competitors ages 7-12, boys and girls, and is free to enter.

Winston County Resource Guide Becomes a Reality

A Winston County Community Resource Guide is now available. After two years of work, the first listing of governmental, nonprofit, charitable, civic and service organizations who serve the Winston County area is complete. The 100 page booklet lists contact information and services offered to those who may be in need. From drug and alcohol services to domestic violence to educational resources, the guide provides the first summary list available in our area.


The election of the Mayor, City Clerk and Board of Aldermen for the City of Louisville will be held Tuesday, May 7. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Ward 1, Louisville Coliseum, 201 Ivy Avenue 
Ward 2, Old National Guard Armory, 503 Pontotoc Street
Ward 3, Voting Building at Lovorn Tractor Company, 713 East John C. Stennis Drive 
Ward 4, Louisville Housing Authority Community Center, 605 West Main Street

The candidates on this ballot are:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Short Video from Friday's DARE Graduation at LES

Frances Ball is a candidate for re-election for the office of Board of Alderman at Large, City of Louisville. Frances has served the city for 16 years. During these years, she has experienced many challenges and many accomplishments. These last four years have been good. Our sales tax and other revenue have been steady. We have set the bar high and have met our budget goals. May 7 is Election Day and I strongly urge all voters to go out and vote for me, Frances Ball. Lets keep Louisville moving forward. Thank You.

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Municipal Clerks Week Recognizes Local Service

 MISSISSIPPI STATE –One of local government’s oldest and most essential jobs is being recognized for its services during an upcoming week of local, national and international activities.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

ECCC Football Signees Announced

April 18, 2013 News Release: Recently named East Central Community College head football coach Ken Karcher recently announced signees for the 2013 campaign. Warrior team members and their respective high schools include the following:

Photos and Info From WMC's Recent Care Center Upgrade

The Winston Medical Center recenty held an open house and ribbon cuttings for the recent upgrades to the Long Term and Skilled Nursing Care Center. Here is additional information from their website concerning the upgrade.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Extension Office to Host Program on Forest Herbicides

 There will be a program on Quality Vegetation Management April 25th, 6:00 P.M. at the Winston County Extension Office.  Dr. John Kushla, Extension Forestry Specialist, will speak on using forest herbicides to control unwanted vegetation.  Mr. Scott Edwards, Private Lands Biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, will speak on using prescribed burning to enhance wildlife habitat.  Dinner will be provided. Call 773-3091 by 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 24th, to reserve your spot.

2013 DARE Graduation- Choose Your Dream


DARE 2013 VIEWER, a set on Flickr.
More than 200 Winston County 5th Graders participated in the DARE Graduation Ceremonies on Friday. Awards were given (see our previous post) and the youth had an opportunity to hear from local leaders such as Mayor Will Hill and Police Chief L.M. Claiborne.

Recognition of Dare Graduates at LES This Morning

Great Dare Graduation Ceremony this morning as students and classrooms were recognized for their participation. Fifth grade students from all area schools are a part of the program and Star Students, Students of the Year, Essay Winners and Class Graffiti winners were recognized for their efforts. WWN will have photos from the event available later today. Dare Graduation Winners are:


Drama in Boston as 1 bombing suspect killed after a MIT police officer is shot. City on edge as 2nd suspect remains at large........DARE graduation is this morning at 9 am at LES auditorium......Area Boy Scouts will have a fish fry on Saturday starting at 11 am beside the Citizens Bank.$8 plates....

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Winston County Officials Visit ECCC Campus

Winston County officials were luncheon guests of the East Central Community College Board of Trustees at the April 9, 2013, meeting held on the Decatur campus. The special campus visitors are shown with trustees from Winston County following the meal. Seated from left are Purchasing Clerk Crystal Clark, Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, District Four Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed. District Five Supervisor Larry Duran, District Three Supervisor Mike Peterson and District Two Supervisor Luke Parkes. Standing from left are ECCC trustees Randal Livingston, Jerry Nance and Patsy Clark, all of Louisville, Leo Parker of Noxapater and Delane Hudson of Louisville; and Winston County Tax Collector-Assessor Larry Woodward. Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of Lake and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart expressed appreciation to the Winston County officials for their continuous support of the College. (EC Photo)

The Jewel Shoppe

From National Weather Service as of 2:20 pm - Thursday, April 18

Tornado Watch for Adams, Attala, Bolivar, Carroll, Choctaw, Claiborne, Clay, Copiah, Franklin, Grenada, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Lawrence, Leake, Leflore, Lincoln, Madison,

Severe Weather Possible on Thursday Evening

Severe Weather Possible on Thursday Evening: Severe weather could be moving through our area by 7:00 pm tonight. Heavy rains and high winds are possible as the storms will move quickly through the area.  Monitor local media and the National Weather Service for updates throughout the day.

Public Invited to DARE Graduation on Friday

Photo from DARE Graduation 2012
Fifth Grade DARE Graduation time is here again. The public is invited to attend the graduation ceremony at the Louisville Elementary School Auditorium on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Approximately 225 students from Louisville Elementary, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, and Winston Academy will be participating.

Louisville Aldermen Actions in Tuesday's Meeting

The following are the actions taken by the Louisville Board of Aldermen in their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 16th:

A. Acknowledged Tonya McWhirter- Invitation to DARE graduation.
B. Acknowledged report from Dale Coward and Mike Forster and authorized bids for repair of northeast area of the airport property due to a January landslide and construction of a new terminal building.


National news dominates today! Massive explosion at fertilizer plant just outside of Waco, Texas - hundreds wounded, number of dead and unaccounted for not known at this time......Paul Kevin Curtis, an entertainer and Elvis Impersonator

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Supervisors Hear Road and Beer License Issues

The Winston County Supervisors heard from a citizen concerning the condition and repair of the James Whitten Road in District 4 in their regularly scheduled meeting on April15. The road has been a matter of discussion for sometime as conflict has arisen concerning the closure of the road. It is currently considered a public road to be maintained by the County and the Board took no action to change the road's status and asked Sheriff Jason Pugh to work with District 4 Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed to ensure the safety of any personnel who may be required to complete any maintenance.


Ms Senator Wicker receives ricin laced envelope in mail. suspect caught...... Big plans at Louisville airport this year including landslide repair and new terminal if funding is available...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Winston Delegation Lobbies in Washington

A Winston County Delegation recently made a trip to Washington, D.C. to promote, lobby and thank
officials in the Capital on issues that affect our area. Visits included the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and our Senators and Congressmen:

Yarbrough Joins ECCC Lady Warriors

Louisville High School basketball standout Keoceania Yarbrough (seated right) is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue her career in 2013-14 at East Central Community College in Decatur. Yarbrough is a 5-7 guard. The new Lady Warrior is shown with her mother, Lakesha Thames of Louisville, and (standing from left) ECCC women’s assistant basketball coach Kotreece Bender and head coach Crandal Porter. Yarbrough was among several area players who were recognized at the special ceremony held Wednesday, April 10 in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. (EC Photo)

Meeting Agenda -for Tonight's Louisville Aldermen Meeting

Meeting Agenda -City of Louisville - April 16,2013:

Municipal Clerks Week Recognizes Local Service

Municipal Clerks Week Recognizes Local Service: MISSISSIPPI STATE –One of local government’s oldest and most essential jobs is being recognized for its services during an upcoming week of local, national and international activities.

Chancery Clerk Announcements - Delinquent Taxes/Homestead Chargebacks

***Chancery Clerk Julie Cunningham is in the process of collecting delinquent taxes for 2010 and 2011. These past due amounts increase monthly with interest and fees. The 2010 taxes will mature to the purchaser in August of this year. 


Federal judge blocks license revocation of state's only abortion clinic.......Louisville Lions meet tonight at 6:30 at Tiak O'Khata - visitors and guests welcome..

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boatner to Compete in State Spelling Bee

Let's cheer on one of Winston County's students as Tanner Boatner is headed to the MAIS State Spelling Bee tomorrow (April 16)  in Jackson.  He is in the 4th Grade at Winston Academy and is the son of Lesley and Lenny Boatner.  He won at the district level  a few weeks ago and has been studying for his event since January.

Louisville Welcomes Southern Floral Charm

Chamber members and local leaders gathered on Friday morning (April12) for a ribbon cutting of another new business in Louisville. Southern Floral Charm recently opened its doors at 701 South Church Street.

Meeting Agenda - City of Louisville - April 16

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013  
Regular Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Frances Ball is a candidate for re-election for the office of Board of Alderman at Large, City of Louisville. Frances has served the city for 16 years. During these years, she has experienced many challenges and many accomplishments. These last four years have been good. Our sales tax and other revenue have been steady. We have set the bar high and have met our budget goals. May 7 is Election Day and I strongly urge all voters to go out and vote for me, Frances Ball. Lets keep Louisville moving forward. Thank You.

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Auditions Set April 26 for ECCC Ac’cents, Concert Choir

Students interested in becoming members of the East Central Community College Concert Choir and/or Ac’cents Show Choir will have an opportunity to do so by participating in auditions scheduled Friday, April 26, 2013, on the Decatur campus, announced music instructor Vicki Blaylock who serves as director for both groups.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) will host Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Pearl High School.

MSU and Zoo Partnership Saves Exotic Cat

 (Photo submitted by
The Jackson Zoo)
FLOWOOD – The Animal Emergency Referral Center staff in Flowood is always ready to handle animal emergencies and has seen just about everything, but recently, a unique patient came in for surgery.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Winston Co Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests in Joint Effort with Attala County

Working in a joint effort with the Attala County Sheriff's Department on Thursday afternoon, April 11, Winston County Sheriff Officers participated in the arrest of three individuals on Highway 35 in Attala County.

Winston Co Board of Supervisors Agenda - April 15

WINSTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS This agenda is tentative and subject to change prior to the Board's meeting. To be placed on the agenda for future meetings, contact the Winston County Chancery Clerk's Office at 662-773-3631.

How to Volunteer in Tornado Cleanup Assistance

Those who wish to volunteer to assist in cleanup after yesterday's tornado in the Shuqualak area - There is a feeding station been set up at First Baptist in Shuqualak. Sean Greer will update as the day goes on. His number is 662-312-4489 if you get to the area and want to get plugged in to help. info from Prayer Requests for Winston County and Beyond

Presley Requests Formal Review of Utility Metering Practices and Procedures

Jackson, Mississippi (April 10, 2013) – At the April meeting of the Public Service Commission, Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley requested a formal review of Mississippi’s electric utilities’ metering policies and procedures. The Public Utilities Staff will work in conjunction with Commission staff to conduct the review, which will cover both investor owned utilities and electric power associations.

News In A Nutshell

Choctaw County School consolidation is set- All 7th to 12th graders will attend Ackerman to be called "Choctaw High School". Pre-K through 6th will remain at present locations.......Remember our neighbors in Kemper and Noxubee Counties as they deal with yesterday's tornado damage and loss of life

Thursday, April 11, 2013

ECCC Collegians to Present Spring Concert

The campus of East Central Community College in Decatur will once again be rocking to the sounds of the Collegians who will present their spring concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, in Huff Auditorium.

LMSD Honors Teachers

The LMSD Board and Administration honored area teachers from each school on Tuesday, April 9 at the District's board meeting. Teachers from each school were recognized as "Teacher of the Year".

Love and Hope Ministries Founder celebrates 75th Birthday

Rev. Lorene Guyse, 
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
The founder and administrator of Love and Hope Ministries & Doors of Hope Center, Pastor Lorene Guyse, celebrated her 75th Birthday at Holy Ghost Temple Church

ECCC Diamond Warriors Remain Tied for Division Lead

April 10, 2013 News Release: Chase Domino’s three-run homer in the fourth inning followed by a solo shot from Tim Anderson in the first inning helped provide East Central Community College’s baseball team with a 6-2 victory in the opener with division rival Jones County Junior College Tuesday, April at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

WMC Open House for Nursing Home Upgrades

The Winston Medical Center held an open house on Thursday, April 4 to celebrate the recent completion of a major renovation of its Long-term and Skilled Nursing Care Facility.


Watch out for heavy rains today......The Egg Bowl is returning to Thanksgiving night after MSU/Ole Miss reach agreement with ESPN......P-16 Council


After a night of  "misidentification" by national media ricin letter suspect identified as Elvis Impersonator Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth..........3rd Thursday Main Street TODAY!!!!Sidewalk sales start at noon...

Library to Host Children's Book Author

Children's Author Diane Page
The Winston County Library will host an Author's Event on Friday, April 19 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Tupelo author Dr. Diane Page will host

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday/Thursday

Our entire area is under a flash flood watch until Thursday afternoon as severe weather moves in from the west. Storms may calm a bit before hitting our area around daybreak on Thursday but there is still a high wind risk and a slight risk of hail. Rainfall amounts could be heavy before moving out on Thursday afternoon. Amounts from 1-3" are possible.The rain brings cooler temps with highs in the 60's and we should look for a beautiful weekend.

Some Will Have to Pay Tuition for Pre-K at LMSD

The Louisville Municipal School Boardroom was packed on Tuesday night (April 9) as citizens sought to learn more about the status of Pre—K in the school system.  Pre—K or “four-year-old kindergarten” is in its third year in the County public school system. Growth in enrollment has increased and presented a funding problem for the District.

LMSD to Move 3rd and 6th Grade Classes for 2013-2014

The Louisville Municipal School Board voted to make some locational changes of classes between Fair Elementary, Louisville Elementary and Eiland Middle School in their board meeting on Tuesday night (April 9). Providing more space is the major issue in the decision to move the third-grade classes and the sixth-grade classes.

Battle For The Golden Egg Returns To Thanksgiving Night

Battle For The Golden Egg Returns To Thanksgiving Night: STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced today the 110th Battle for the Golden Egg – the annual rivalry football game between Mississippi State and Ole Miss – will be played at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, in 2013.

Representative Michael Evans Take on Medicaid Vote

This video was posted on the political blog "Cottonmouth" on Tuesday, April 8 - recorded on April 6th.

State Auditor Announces Indictment of Former Nanih Waiya School Employee

Press Release: JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that former Nanih Waiya Attendance Center employee, Lori Young, surrendered herself to the Winston County Sheriff’s Office and to agents with the State Auditor’s Office on Friday, April 6.

Young was indicted on one count of embezzlement by the Winston County Grand Jury.


Lack of Federal and State funding may force some parents to pay for Pre-K in LMSD next year..... Former employee at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center indicted (see our attached story coming up shortly)..... There are still slots available

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo at Legion on May 4

The annual Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo is coming up at Legion State Park on Saturday, May 4th. Youth
from ages 4 to 12 are invited to come out to the lake and participate. Prizes and lunch including hot dogs will be available.

Registration for 4H Poultry Project is Now Open

MISSISSIPPI STATE – From fluffy chick to egg-laying hen to money-making livestock, the 4-H Poultry 
 Project engages young people in the process of raising chickens and is now accepting applications for new participants.