Saturday, August 31, 2013

Winston Co. Supervisors Agenda - Sept 3



Friday, August 30, 2013

ECCC Warriors Fall 40-7 to Itawamba in Season Opener

News Release: Quarterback Jacori Taylor’s 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hakeem Parker was the offensive highlight for the East Central Community Warriors who fell 40-7 to nationally ranked Itawamba Community College in the season opener for both teams Thursday, Aug. 29 at Eaton Field on the Fulton campus.

Karcher ‘Era’ in ECCC Football Begins Thursday at Itawamba

News Release: A new era in East Central Community College football gets under wayThursday, Aug.
29, when the Warriors battle Itawamba Community College in a non-division matchup set for 7 p.m. on the Fulton campus.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Three Home Games on Friday Night

Winston County Football teams return to the gridiron on Friday night with 3 in-county games on tap. The Louisville Wildcats will host Wilkinson County at R.E. Hinze Stadium while Noxapater returns home and takes on East Webster.  Winston Academy is looking for a win within

Accreditation Issues at Winston Correctional Facility Result in Personnel Changes

Accreditation issues and a recommendation by the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) has led to two personnel changes at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correction Facility in the past week. Warden Tim Palmer and ACA Administrator Brenda Johnson were terminated by Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh 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.

Russian Pianist to Perform in Louisville- Sept 6

Internationally acclaimed Russian Concert Pianist, Alexandre Moutouzkine will perform a solo concert on Friday, September6 at 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Louisville.

The concert will include works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and more. This concert is underwritten byprivate sponsorships and will be free of charge and open to the public.

Alexandre tours internationally, receiving critical acclaim of the highest caliber while serving on the piano faculty at Manhattan School of music.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

City of Louisville Accepts Resignation of Fire Chief

In a short statement from Louisville City Hall, it was indicated that the "Louisville City Board of Aldermen accepted Fire Chief Terry Johnson's letter of resignation in a recessed session on Tuesday, August 27, 2013." Johnson had been the LFD Chief since 2010. No immediate reason was given for the resignation.

A city official indicated that posting of the job opening will be in the near future.

Winston Wall O’ Sound Band Members

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Winston County students who are members of the 2013 East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band include (seated from left) Joni Hickman, Kayla Covington, Cara Jackson, Jordan Lovorn and Jessica Moffett, all of Louisville; and (standing from left) Tammie Triplett, Quintin Darden and Clay Holdiness, all of Louisville; Colton Horne, Noxapater; and Torie Quinn, Louisville. Hunter Corhern serves as Director of Bands and Ed Girling is assistant director. (EC Photo)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

MSU/LMSD Announce Grant in Honor of Local Educator

Emotions ran high on Monday as the Louisville Municipal School District, the College of Education at MSU, the MSU Foundation and PREPS, Inc held a press conference and reception at the LMSD central offices announcing a $1.9 million, 5 year grant to provide services for District students. The program is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and will assist students from kindergarten through fourth grade.
L to R: Louisville Mayor Will Hill, Dr. Teresa Gamill - MSU, Mark Dillard,
 Senator Giles Ward, Dr. Richard Blackbourn - MSU Dean, Dr. Teresa
Jayroe- MSU, Rep. Michael Evans, Gale Gregory, LMSD Superintendent
Ken McMullan

The Dillard's Reading, Enrichment, Arts,Mathematics and Science (DREAMS) program  was named in honor of Dr. Susan Gregory Dillard, who passed away in 2010. Dr. Dillard, a Winston County native and educator, was committed to education and taught at Eiland, Louisville Elementary, and Nanih Waiya during her career.

Dr. Susan Gregory
The Dreams project will fund interventionist instructors to work with children in small groups during the school year, after school tutoring and provide teaching staff for summer enrichment programs over the next five years at Louisville, Nanih Waiya and Noxapater schools. The program will promote arts, health, science, mathematics, technology and literacy.

LMSD Superintendent Ken McMullan said, "This will impact our students in so many positive ways. Our sudents will benefit first from interventionists who work with them in small groups throughout the day, by after school tutoring and finally through the summer enrichment program." McMullan thanked MSU and especially Dr. Teresa Jayroe of the MSU College of Education who was instrumental in obtaining the grant. McMullan said, "Our partnership with MSU continues to grow but this is also a bittersweet day as we remember Dr. Dillard. She was the inspiration for the grant and a beloved lady by her students, fellow teachers and her family. It is fitting that this grant bears her name as it impacts over 200 students per year."
Mark Dillard speaks to crowd

Dr. Dillard's husband, Mark Dillard spoke to the audience in an emotion filled speech. Dillard expressly thanked Dr. Jayroe and the MSU family for their efforts. Dillard spoke of his wife's faith, love of family and her unyeilding passion for education. Dr. Dillard's father, Gale Gregory also spoke of his daughter's faith, her passion for education, her humility and her love for Nanih Waiya and MSU.

Friends of Dean Park, Inc. and TRIAD Partner for Fall Gardening

L to R: Olivia Eiland, Gloria Ashford, Christine Waldrip, Minister Eddie Jackson and Clara McDonald (photo courtesy of Richard Moncrief)

Several weeks ago, the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. and members of TRIAD joined to plant a fall garden in the Raised Bed Gardens at Dean Park.  They planted squash, turnips, mustards, collards, purple hulled peas, broccoli, lettuce and rutabagas. They meet weekly to tend the gardens.  They are being taught by Intern Master Gardeners Elder Richard Moncrief and Elmetra Patterson. If you are interested in gardening, please join the group at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at Dean Park.
By Elmetra Patterson

ECCC Band Prepares for Marching Season

East Central Community College’s Wall O’ Sound Marching Band provided a preview of the upcoming marching season during its annual “Show and Tell” activity held at the conclusion of band camp. Band members are shown rehearsing for one of their upcoming halftime presentations, which features music from the Blues Brothers. The band’s first performance is scheduled during halftime of the ECCC/Copiah-Lincoln football game Thursday, Sept. 12 at Bailey Stadium. This year’s Wall O’ Sound is comprised of 175 talented musicians from the five-county support district and surrounding areas. Hunter Corhern serves as Director of Bands and Ed Girling is assistant director.   (EC Photo)

Monday, August 26, 2013

New 911/Mailing Addresses in Winston County's Future

Louisville City Officials were briefed last week (Tuesday, Aug 20) on the status of the ongoing 911 mapping and GIS program involving the City and Winston County. Project coordinators from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District (GTPDD) provided a slideshow presentation and some detailed explanation of the project’s current state.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

MSU and LMSD to Announce Grant Funding on Monday

On Monday, August 26, 2013, The College of Education at Mississippi State University and the Louisville Municipal School District will hold a press conference announcing new grant funding for the Louisville Municipal School District in partnership with the College of Education at Mississippi State University at 5:00 the Louisville Municipal School District’s Central Office. A reception honoring Dr. Susan Gregory Dillard will immediately follow the press conference.


press release: Members of the Louisville Lions Club, in cooperation with the City of Louisville, have undertaken an expansion of their ongoing project of displaying U. S. Flags on special holidays. Lions Club President Michael Dowd announced that the club will expand the program to include displaying flags on the thirty steel light poles located in the median of the Louisville by-pass.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Dove Hunting Season Opener is as Southern as Sweet Tea

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When Labor Day rolls around each year, friends and family throughout Mississippi head to the fields early in the morning to get the first flights of doves over the fields they planted in the spring.
Ashley Ward with Ducks Unlimited and John Long
with the Mississippi State University Extension Service
model proper eye and ear protection for dove hunting.
(Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

John Long, 4-H youth development specialist and shooting sports state program leader with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said opening day of dove season is the big kick-off to hunting season and is considered a Southern tradition.

Friday, August 23, 2013

High School Football Finals

Great Start for the Louisville High Wildcats as they demolish Jim Hill 47-0 in the season opener. Other county schools did not fare as well as Noxapater took a thumping in Eupora, falling to the Eagles by a score of 34-6. Nanih Waiya dropped one at home as Union defeated the Warriors by a score of 24-12. Winston dropped a tough one to Sylva Bay. Turnovers and penalties doomed the Pats as they fell 30-20. This game was close til the end. Other area finals of interest: A rally by  French Camp falls short - Choctaw Co 21- French Camp 16 ** Starkville 17- Noxubee Co 0.  Thanks for following!!

Need a Drivers License Test? Can't Get One in Louisville Any Time Soon!

Louisville is included in a group of cities where Department of Public Safety Drivers License testing has been temporarily halted starting today (Friday, Aug 23). These include: Belzoni, Indianola, Kosciusko, Lexington, Winona, Booneville, Burnsville, Pontotoc, Amory, Louisville, West Point, Collins, Columbia, Prentiss, Purvis, Waynesboro, Lucedale, Tylertown and Woodville.

Breaking News: Winston County Fugitive in Custody

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh just informed WinstonWebNews that Ricky Cole, a  21 yr. old black male wanted in Winston County on a charge of statutory rape has surrendered to his office this afternoon at around 3:00 pm (Friday, Aug 23).

Cole has been avoiding capture for several months and escaped authorities in the early morning hours on Thursday. Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. received information through Crime Stoppers that Cole was at a residence at 31 Gunn Noxapater but he managed to escape capture at that time.

Two individuals were charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive in that incident. Cole is in custody at the Winston-Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility.

Winston County Sets Public Budget Hearing

The Board of Supervisors of Winston County will hold a public hearing for fiscal year 2013-2014 on September , 2013, at 10:30 am in the Boardroom of the Winston County Courthouse at Louisville, Mississippi. At this meeting a proposed 2013-2014 budget will be considered.

Winston County is now operating with projected total budget revenue of- click here to read more

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Update on Search for Fugitive in Winston County

The Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. is asking for assistance in locating Ricky Cole, 21 yr. old black
male wanted in Winston County on a charge of statutory rape. Cole has been avoiding capture for several months and is believed to be in Winston County in the Noxapater area. Cole is also known to hang out in Philadelphia, Meridian and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

About 3 a.m. on August 22, 2013 the Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. received information through Crime Stoppers that Cole was at a residence at 31 Gunn St., Noxapater, MS but managed to escape capture from authorities. Two women, Stormy Burnham 37, and Heather Hunt 38, both of Noxapater were arrested and charged with Aiding and Abetting in connection to this case. Bond was set for both women at $2000.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Ricky Cole are asked to call the Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or (662) 773-9999.
Stormy Burnham

Heather Hunt


On Saturday, August 3rd the McMillin and related families met for the 63rd annual reunion at Lake Tiak O’Khata to kick off their two day event.  On Saturday afternoon close to forty family members gathered for their annual cookout finding plenty of shade and relief from the heat in the Grove beneath the pines for which the lake was named.  Jamie McMillin, of Louisville, served as chef.  Along with the many hotdogs and hamburgers he served, there was an array of delicious dishes and sides prepared by other family members.

New Website Offers Health Information

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippians looking for more information about how to better care for themselves and their families have a new resource available online.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Center for Technology Outreach recently launched The Telehealth Advocate. With feedback from health professionals within the Extension Service and in the medical community, this website shares information about a variety of health-related topics of interest to the state’s citizens. The site also introduces the concept of telemedicine, one of the newest strategies for using technology to bring high-quality medical care to rural and underserved populations.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ECCC Trustees Honored for Service

These members of the East Central Community College Board of Trustees were honored for their service at the annual Mississippi Community/Junior College Trustees’ Association Conference held July 12-13, 2013, in Biloxi. Receiving special recognition and their respective years of service include (from left) Ricky Goldman of Philadelphia, 10 years; Board Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of Lake, 10 years; former Board Chairman Prentice Copeland of Philadelphia, 45 years; and Randal Livingston of Louisville, 25 years. The trustees were also honored at the ECCC Board of Trustees meeting held August 13, 2013, on the Decatur campus. (EC Photo)

Winston County Sheriff Seeking Fugitive

The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. is asking for help in locating Ricky Cole.  Cole is a fugitive wanted in Winston County on a charge of Statutory Rape.  Cole has been sought for several months but has been avoiding capture.  He is known to spend time in Philadelphia, Meridian and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Anyone having information of Cole's whereabouts are asked to please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Dept. at(662) 773-5881 or the Winston County Crime Stoppers at (662) 773-9999.

The Jewel Shoppe

LES Kids "Move to Learn"

The Louisville Municipal School District has embraced the "Move to Learn" initiative as these 5th graders at Louisville Elementary participate. Move to Learn is based on a simple concept:

When kids get to move at school, things get better.

ECCC Invites Public to ‘Meet the Warriors’

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and player introductions event scheduled Wednesday, August 28 on the Decatur campus.

Activities get under way at 6:30 p.m. on the East Mall near Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Friday Night Tweets Start This Week!

High school football action kicks off for real this Friday night as all area schools take to the gridiron.

 Louisville High travels to Jim Hill, Winston Academy heads to Sylva Bay and the Tigers of Noxapater travel to Eupora. Nanih Waiya starts their season at home as they take on Union.

WinstonWebNews will keep you posted on all the games as we kick off our Friday Night Tweets. You can follow all our area teams through our Twitter account, our Facebook posts and if you're not a tweeter or a Facebooker, just follow our Twitter feed on our homepage.

Whether you're at a specific game or at home in your easy chair, you can keep up with all the scores on your computer, tablet or phone. Just follow us on Twitter or Facebook at @WinstonWebNews and if you'd like to be part of the action and provide scores and updates for your favorite team, just message us on Facebook or Twitter so we can follow you!!

A Thank You/Garbage Trucks/Senior Citizens and Budgets in Supervisors' Meeting

District 2 Winston County Supervisor Luke Parkes took the opportunity in Monday's (August 19) Board meeting to thank the citizens of Winston County for their prayers and concerns on behalf of the Ken McQueen family. McQueen was severely injured last week in practice for Nanih Waiya High School Football.

Parkes reported that in spite of several broken vertebrae and surgeries, McQueen is expected to make a full recovery with little need for physical therapy.

The Supervisors then got to business as they opened bids for a new garbage truck. The county received 3 bids ranging from $123,974 and $131,102.72. The Board took the bids under advisement to review the spec qualifications.

Friends of Dean Park Inc. Presents Stipends to 5 College Students

L to R: Elder Richard Moncrief, president of FODP presents stipend and gifts to student Deon Norton. Deon is the son of Jackie Norton. Other recipients were unavailable for photo. (Photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

ECCC Warriors from Winston County

These former football standouts from Winston County schools are members of the 2013 East Central Community College football squad. From left are running back Martin Johnson (7) of Nanih Waiya and linebacker Christian Wraggs (8) of Louisville. The Warriors are led by first-year head coach Ken Karcher. East Central is located in Decatur.    (EC Photo)

Presley Pushes to Extend Rate Incentives for Small Business Owners

Press Release:
Commissioner Presley says over 1,000 small businesses have saved more than $700,000 because of the PSC Small Business Rate Incentives.

Jackson, Mississippi (August 19, 2013) – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley today publicly encouraged Mississippi’s major electric and gas utilities to extend Small Business Rate Incentives for another year. Incentives provided by Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power Company, Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy and Wilmut Gas & Oil Company are set to expire December 31 of this year.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Registration Continues for ECCC Fall Classes

News Release:
Registration for the 2013 fall semester continues at East Central Community College in Decatur.
The deadline to sign up for day, evening and online classes is Friday, August 23.
Day and evening classes began Wednesday, August 14.
Online classes get under way Monday, August 26.

For more information, contact ECCC Student Services, 601-635-6205 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is

Major Improvements Coming for Louisville/Winston County Airport

The Louisville/Winston County Airport  is undergoing major changes and improvements over the coming months as a construction bid for a new terminal building and site improvements has been accepted. Davidson Hauling of Meridian was recently awarded a contract of $774,629.94 to build the new structure.

a rendering of new terminal building at Louisville/Winston Co. Airport

City of Louisville Meeting Agenda - Aug. 20, 2013

TUESDAY, August 20, 2013
Regular Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. 

  • GTPDD- Toby Sanford and Phylis Benson- update on E911 mapping and address updates
  • Discuss city street names and corrections

Sunday, August 18, 2013

County Tailgate Kicks off High School Football Season

Folks in Louisville and across Winston County had a great time on Thursday night (Aug 15) as the area gathered for the Annual County Wide Tailgate Party. Fans across the county gathered together on S. Columbus Avenue to kick off the new football season with a bang.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Game Plan Keeps Tailgate Food Safe

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A successful tailgate party requires a winning game plan for the food, not just for the football game that follows.

Food safety experts say one in six people gets a food-borne illness each year. While most of these incidents do not require hospitalization and are even blamed on a stomach bug or 24-hour virus, these illnesses are avoidable.

Coach Tony Dungy to Speak at ECCC Event

News Release: Former National Football League head football coach Tony Dungy will be the guest speaker at an East Central Community College-sponsored program scheduled March 28, 2014, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.

This Week in Winston County

This has been a busy week in Winston County. In case you missed anything, always check out our home page for the latest information. Here's just a few things - if you missed out:

The week started on a sad note as a local resident passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident and a Nanih Waiya High School football player suffered several broken vetebrae in his neck during practice. The news gets better as the young man is up and walking after several surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Correction- on Delinquent Tax Sale Info

In our earlier post on the upcoming delinquent tax sale in Winston County on the 26th of August, we stated that the property owner had three years to redeem the property sold. However, the redemption period is two years from the time of the sale. (one year already has passed as delinquent). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Winston County Delinquent Tax Sale on August 26

Tax Assessor Larry Woodward reminds the public that a sale of property for delinquent taxes will occur on August 26. There is still time to pay the taxes on a property prior to the sale. Woodward indicates that his office will be open 8 am til 5 pm every working day through August 23 to accept tax payments. There are roughly 800 properties included in the sale at this time. Property owners will have up to two years to redeem the property after the sale. For more information, contact the Winston County Tax Assessor's Office at 662-773-3694. The Tax Assessor must advertise and hold a tax sale once a year for any unpaid taxes on real estate or any special assessments.

City of Louisville Recent Board Minutes Now Online

The City of Louisville's website has been updated with the most recent Board Minutes from July 2, July 23, and July 30. The City is actively working to post board minutes, agendas and public notices on the site. Current information can be found from the site's homepage at by clicking on News. To go directly to the News page, click here.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Refuge Moves to 100% Web Based Hunting Permits

The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee Refuge released the following press release concerning hunting permits and quota hunt draws:

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge will be moving to a 100% web based permitting and quota hunt draw system.   Beginning September 1, 2013, all interested parties may visit the

Thursday, August 15, 2013

LPD Joins National Crackdown To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers

From mid-August through Labor Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Louisville, will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013.

Winston County Board of Supervisors Minutes

The unapproved minutes from the Winston County Board of Supervisors meeting of August 5 are now available online at the County's website. These minutes are not official until approved by the Board in their next scheduled meeting. To view the minutes - click here

Notice to Winston County Taxpayers


Pet of the Week

This adorable black and white cat's name is Zmo. He is about a year old and is scheduled to be neutered Friday, August 16. Zmo is very playful and loving.  For more information on this animal and others, please call the Louisville Animal Shelter before 12:00 at 662-773-4320 or come visit the shelter located on 110 Thompson St in Louisville, Ms. After hours, call 662-705-0398 for appts. to adopt.Thank you.

MSU Cheerleaders Visit Winston Medical to Kick Off Football Season

The MSU Cheerleaders visited the Winston Medical Center Nursing Home on Wednesday. Bully was on hand and there was even a little tailgating going on. Check out the story on Winston Medical's webpage by clicking here
MSU Cheerleaders and Bully at WMC Nursing Home
on Wednesday

LMSD Enrollment Increases Slightly

The LMSD Board of Trustees were given enrollment numbers for the 2013-2014 school year in Tuesday's (August 13) board meeting. While some schools saw slight decreases in student numbers, the total enrollment district wide increased by 34 students. The total number of students increased from 2855 in 2012/13 to 2889 in 2013/14. The following are student numbers by school:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pursuit of FEMA Funding for a "Storm Safe Building" at Nanih Waiya School Proposed to LMSD

Winston County EMA Director Buddy King was on the agenda for Tuesday night's Board meeting of the Louisville Municipal School District. King requested the District's approval to pursue FEMA funds for the construction of a "storm safe" building on the campus of the Nanih Waiya Attendance Center.

King stated that the project was in concept mode with FEMA and that the potential for approval to the next stage looked very promising. He indicated that the 90/10 cost share of the project made this a great opportunity for the District and the community. (FEMA would pick up 90% of the cost of the building).

ECCC/Belhaven Football Scrimmage Cancelled

News Release:  A scrimmage featuring East Central Community College and Belhaven University football squads scheduled Friday, August 16, 2013, on the Belhaven field in Jackson has been cancelled, announced school officials.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Update on Winston County Tailgate Party

The Annual Tailgate Party will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm on South Columbus Avenue in front of Citizens Bank to introduce the 2013 Football teams and Cheerleaders of the Winston County Schools: Louisville Wildcats, Nanih Waiya Warriors, Noxapater Tigers and Winston Academy Patriots.

Traffic Fatality in Winston County

One person died from a one car traffic accident on Highway 25 in Winston County.  The accident occurred on Monday (August 12) as the vehicle left the roadway. The single occupant, Stephanie Moody- Burchfield, age 34, was transported from the scene to the University Medical Center in Jackson where she passed away at 12:05 pm on Tuesday (August 13).

ECCC Warriors Prepare for 2013 Campaign

Workouts are under way for the East Central Community College football squad in preparation for the 2013 campaign. The Warriors, shown during a recent intrasquad scrimmage, begin season action by traveling to Itawamba Community College Thursday, August 29. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Fulton campus. East Central is led by first-year head coach Ken Karcher. (EC Photo)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tailgate Party Set For August 15

Come out and meet your Winston County high school football players and cheerleaders for the 2013/2014 year. The Giant Tailgate Party will be held on South Columbus Avenue in Louisville in front of Citizens Bank at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15.  Plans are still in the works but concessions, entertainment and other fun activities are being planned, so come on out for the evening and join in the fun.
Scene from 2012 Tailgate Party

Louisville Alderman to Discuss Budget on Tuesday Night

In a continuation of last week's recessed board meeting, the Louisville Board of Aldermen, Mayor and Department Heads will meet on Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30 pm at Louisville City Hall. The agenda is limited and includes:

  • Budget amendments and discussion
  • Cell phone discussion
  • Airport business- discuss removal of hangers for terminal building
  • Transfer paving funds from Cemetery 008-144-694 to General Fund 001-000-690 $10,000 as budgeted.

Community Park Project Underway in Nanih Waiya

There may be a community park in Nanih Waiya's future. The non-profit group "Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park" has been organized and is well on its way to making the park a reality.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Scenes From LHS Midnight Madness

A good crowd gathered in the late night on Friday and into Saturday morning to see the Louisville Wildcats hold a scrimmage before the high school football season kicks off. Louisville has high expectations and is ranked #1 in Division 3A in pre-season polls.

ECCC Practical Nursing Program Graduates

These recent graduates of East Central Community College’s Practical Nursing Program received special recognition at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held July 30, 2013, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

National Farmers Market Week Celebrated in Louisville

National Farmers Market Week was celebrated August 4-10. On August 8, the Coalition for a Healthy
Winston County and the Center for Appalachian Philanthropy gave back to consumers at the farmers market by giving away 100 bags of fresh produce and baked items to the first 100 consumers. The farmers market provides a venue for vendors to develop relationships with buyers that will last past the last day of the market. We thank all of the farmers who have provided fresh seasonal locally grown produce. Pictured are volunteers packing the 100 bags.

Media Day’ for ECCC Football Team Set August 17

News Release:
East Central Community College will host “Media Day” activities for the Warrior football team on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
During the annual event, area media has an opportunity to interview coaches and players and take publicity photos in preparation for the 2013 football season. Parents and other supporters of the Warrior football program are also encouraged to attend Media Day and take photos of their favorite players.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Louisville Aldermen Start Budget Process - Consider Issues with Utility Street Repairs

The Louisville Board of Aldermen and Mayor had a busy agenda on Tuesday as they met at 5:00 pm for a public budget hearing. It should be noted that no citizens attended this hearing. The Board voted to recess until Tuesday, August 13 for a work session on the upcoming budget. 

Mayor Hill expressed an interest in attempting to define some specific projects in the new budget. Some ideas considered included: a mobile surveillance system

LMSD Lunch/Breakfast Menus Always Available Online

With the new website designs in place for local public schools, a link for lunch and breakfast menus throughout the month is available from each school's website and the District's central web page as well. The online viewer can also bookmark the following link for quick and easy access.

Online Resources Aid After-School Learning

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Back to school time means homework, and homework today typically means at least some time spent in front of a computer.

While the Internet has long been used for research, today it frequently offers tutoring, drills and games aimed at brushing up the skills learned in class.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Registration Continues for ECCC Online Classes

Registration continues for the numerous online classes offered for the 2013 fall semester at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

As School Starts - Bus Safety Should Be a Priority

As the school year kicks off again, many of our kids travel to and from their respective schools by bus. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 24 children are killed in bus related accidents each year. There are some things that parents can do to make their children safer and there are certainly things that we as drivers can do to make the streets and highways a safer place for our kids. Here are a few tips from the NHTSA:

Winston County Shooting Suspect Turns Self In

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Jamie Potts
The shooting suspect in the July 28,2012 shooting incident at a local nightclub in the New Zion community of Winston County has turned himself in to the Choctaw County Sheriff's Dept. Jamie Potts turned himself in at 8:30a.m. this morning (Wednesday- August 7).

Louisville Students Receive GED Diplomas at ECCC

Ready to begin a new chapter in their lives are the above students who received their high school equivalency diplomas at the semi-annual GED Graduation ceremony held July 18, 2013, at East Central Community College in Decatur. ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart presented diplomas during the special program held in Huff Auditorium.

ECCC Offers Numerous Video Conferencing Classes

East Central Community College in Decatur continues to offer day classes at various Video Conference sites located in the College’s five-county district.

The video conferencing classes are offered in an effort to assist students in taking college classes without having to commute to the Decatur campus. With video conferencing, faculty members are actually on the main campus in Decatur and appear simultaneously on video at the four locations.

Winston Co Supervisors Hear From ECCC Prez

The Winston County Board  of Supervisors got an update from East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart on Monday in their regular board meeting. Stewart indicated that ECCC would not ask for a millage increase from the county and brought to light the academic and athletic successes of the College.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Atmos to Provide $50 million over 10 Years to Expand Natural Gas Service

In a meeting in Louisville with Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley and the Winston County Economic Development Partnership on Monday, information on a new $50 million program by Atmos Energy was provided.

CAPPS After School Program Enters 5th Year for Local Students

CAPPS afterschool program is excited to announce the start of its fifth year of service to students in grades 5-12 in the Louisville Municipal School District. This year CAPPS will focus on Language Arts and Mathematics in addition to enrichment activities, PE, and field trips. The program will start on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, and will be held at Eiland Middle School, Noxapater Attendance Center, and Nanih Waiya Attendance Center Monday through Friday from 3:00 until 5:15 p.m. Students who attend Winston Academy and Grace Christian School are also invited to attend the CAPPS program. To register for CAPPS or for more information, please contact the CAPPS office at 662-773-2035.

Shooting Suspect Wanted By Winston Co. Sheriff

On July 28, 2013 there was a shooting incident at a local nightclub in the New Zion community of Winston County. Karl Hopkins was shot in the arm with what was believed to be a .45 caliber pistol. The suspect in this shooting was identified by witnesses as Jamie Potts aka Jamie McBride. Investigators have been unable to locate Potts. If anyone has any information on this suspect's whereabouts, they can call the Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or can call anonymously to the Winston County Crime Stoppers at (662) 773-9999.
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Reel Attends ECCC Orientation

Andrew Reel (left) was among area students who attended orientation activities held July 12, 2013, at East Central Community College in Decatur. The Nanih Waiya High School product is shown receiving assistance from biology instructor Patti Davis as they plan his class schedule

Monday, August 5, 2013

PSC's Presley Visits Louisville - Small Business Utility Incentives

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley and officials from Atmos Energy met on Monday morning with local media and the Winston County Economic Development Partnership to promote a small business utility incentive program. Louisville was the first stop on a 15 community tour.

In the past year, the PSC asked for the cooperation of Mississippi’s electric and natural gas utilities in encouraging small business through the creation of incentive programs.  To date the programs have provided incentives of reduced startup costs and deposits for more than 1032 small businesses with an average savings of $400.

LMSD Unveils New Web Pages for Schools

Schools in the Louisville Municipal School District will have new looks online as the 2013-2014 school year begins. While there are still adjustments to be made, all public schools have updated websites that are more user-friendly and interactive for parents and students.

Each school now has it's own unique web address and their own look but with similar features that should help users find information and keep updated on school events.  Each site is built around a weblog that allows each school's administrators to quickly and easily update information for parents, teachers, students and the public. Updates will ultimately forward to the school's twitter accounts and local media.

Some common features of the sites include:

  • continually updated events schedule
  • a follow by email option (for webpage updates)
  • a twitter feed of school activities
  • direct links to athletic schedules, lunch/breakfast menus, student handbooks, district policies and dress code
  • A full calendar unique to each school
Links to the new sites can be found on the District's main webpage at:  and the following is a list of the sites and links.

Winston/Louisville Career Tech Center

Registration Continues for ECCC Online Classes

News Release:Registration continues for the numerous online classes offered for the 2013 fall semester at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The Jewel Shoppe

Saturday, August 3, 2013

LMSD Readies for a New School Year

In a District Wide Faculty Meeting for the Louisville Municipal School District, staff had the opportunity to
meet new faculty and administration and to prepare for the upcoming school year. Classes in all LMSD schools begin on Monday, August 5th.
Superintendent McMullan Addresses LMSD Faculty
LMSD staffers were welcomed by Board President Cathy Edwards and State Representative Michael Ted Evans briefed

Public Service Commissioner to Meet with Small Business Owners and Answer Questions on Utility Bill Incentives

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will be at the Winston County Economic Development Office on Monday, August 5th from 10:00 am til 11:00 am. Presley is asking to meet with small business owners and local utilities concerning utility incentive programs.

ECCC Orientation Scheduled Friday, August 9

A final orientation session for new and transfer students planning to enroll at East Central Community College for the 2013 fall semester will be held Friday, August 9 on the Decatur campus.

Registration activities are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Smith Student Union and Tucker Applied Technology Center.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Louisville Animal Shelter Filled to Capacity

The Louisville Animal Shelter currently is housing 31-32 dogs in a facility designed for only 28 and is facing an unpleasant reality. If you have considered adopting a dog or cat, now is the time. If you have the room and the capability, the option to foster an animal until it can be adopted is also something to consider. The Louisville Shelter works hard to care and provide for unwanted and abandoned animals and needs your help as a volunteer, financially or to adopt or foster.

Please call at 662-773-4320 or visit the shelter located on 110 Thompson Street, Lousville, Ms. The Shelter is open from 8 a.m. till 12 p.m. Monday- Friday. The folks at the Shelter will be more than happy to arrange a time after hours for appointments to adopt. Just  call 662-705-0398.



Thursday, August 1, 2013

Nanih Waiya Day

From WTOK TV:  Choctaw, Miss. Dozens of members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians gathered at the amphitheater Thursday morning to hear about what they can expect for one of their most important days of the year: Nanih Waiya Day. read the article here

News TidBits

Winston County Accepting Sealed Bids on Garbage Truck - more info:

Louisville Board of Alderman met Tuesday, July 30 and approved the nominations of Joy Prisock and Jimmy Sharp to the Historic Preservation Board.

The Louisville Tourism Board recently held their first meeting. Member include the Mayor of Louisville, Winston County Economic Development Director and a representative Hotel owner. The Board has decided to meet regularly on the last Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall. They invite all hotel owners to attend as well as the public.

Shooting in Hillcrest Looks to Be Retaliation

The Louisville Police Department and the Winston County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting incident in Hillcrest Subdivision in the southeast area of Louisville on Wednesday afternoon. LPD Investigator Gerald Hayes indicates that the event occurred around 5:30 pm.

LMSD School Board Election Info

The first day to register as a candidate for the Louisville Municipal School Board of Trustee position, District 1 is August 7th. Candidates must present a petition containing 150 voter signatures from within the district to the Winston County Circuit Clerk by October 4th to qualify.