Monday, September 30, 2013

LMSD Wants to Inform Parents of Attendance Issue

The Louisville Municipal School District would like to remind parents and guardians of students that a recent law change could result in your child being classified as "absent" if you check them out early during the school day.

The Mississippi Legislature enacted House Bill 1530 that defines the minimal percent of the school day that a student must attend or be considered absent for the entire school day.

Winston Sheriff Asks for Assistance in Boat Theft

The Winston County Sheriff's Office  is asking for the public's assistance in the recovery of stolen property. Sometime during the week prior to Saturday, September 28, a boat was stolen from the property at 3965 Hwy 14 East.  The boat was a  17' 2009 Bass Tracker with a 50 horsepower Mercury motor. The boat is red in color.The VIN # is BUJ02810C909 and the boat id number on the side is MI-4848.

The owner noticed the boat missing on Saturday, Sept. 28 but was not able to pinpoint the time of the theft. If you have any information, contact the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662-773-5881 or Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Walmart and LMSD Recognize Local Teachers

Recognized Teachers Gather at LMSD Central Office
Walmart teamed up with the Louisville Municipal School District to recognize and reward teachers with their 2013 Teachers Reward Program.  The nationwide program rewards teachers for their excellence in the classroom and their students' performance on state tests.

Noxapater's Cotton Gin Festival

Beautiful weather and some great cars were all there to greet the visitor at Noxapater's Cotton Gin Festival on Saturday:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Winston County High School Football Roundup

WINSTON COUNTY FINALS: Winston Ac falls to Starkville Ac 14-0 *** Nanih Waiya loses to Pelahatchie 39-0 *** Noxapater pounds E. Oktibbeha 43-0*** Louisville defeats Kosciusko 28- 0.

Mixed bag on Friday night as Louisville and Noxapater continue their winning ways. Winston hung tough til the end but just didn't have the offense to pull one out over Starkville Academy. Nanih Waiya heads home from Pelahatchie with a bad taste in their mouth. 

Congrats to the winners and to those who didn't... tighten up your chinstraps and we'll get em next week......Thanks to those who provided scores and info. You know who you are! ....... Leave you tonite with a dieting tip. Shake your fast food bag on the way home. The french fries that fall out of the box and into the bottom of the bag have no fat, cholesterol or calories, honest!

High School Football Action Tonight!

The high school football season is approaching the midpoint and Winston County schools are gearing up for another big Friday night. Three of our schools will be on the road tonight as Louisville travels to Kosciusko, Nanih Waiya heads to Pelahatchie and Winston Academy heads up the road to Starkville Academy.  Noxapater plays host to East Oktibbeha. All game times are 7:00 pm and you can get game updates right here on our Twitter feed on our homepage or on Twitter or Facebook.

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Game updates are brought to you through the courtesy of some of our sponsors including Winston County Farm Bureau, Winston Medical Center, Southern Floral Charm and Barbara's Place.

Friends of Dean Park, Inc. 6th Annual HarvestFest

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. announces its 6th Annual HarvestFest, which will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Dean Park (Center Ridge Community), 3850 Hwy 15 South, Louisville, MS. $1.00 Donation requested of adults @ gate.

The HarvestFest will consist of: HarvestFest Parade, a raffle (1st Prize - $100. 2nd Prize - $50. 3rd Prize - $25.), door prizes, Food and Merchandise Vendors, jumper with balls, water slide and basketball. There will be various other games. Food vendors will have

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Meeting Very Productive for Senior Citizens Of Winston County

The Senior Advisory Council Meeting was held at the Winston County Court House on Tuesday 19th at 7:00. Bea Fontenot was instrumental in obtaining seniors and elected officials to help establish a plan for Senior Citizens of Winston County to have a Senior Enrichment center. State Representative Michael T. Evans District 43 brought the meeting to order and introduced Mr. Rudy Johnson Executive Director from the Golden Triangle Planning and Developing District, Winston County is served through this District. Mr. Johnson took questions from the citizens and officials and explained how the Golden Triangle Planning & Developing District could possibly work together with Winston County in meeting the needs of those over the age of 60 in Winston County.

City of Louisville Board Minutes - Sept 17

The City of Louisville's Board of Aldermen minutesfrom the September 17th meeting are now online at the City's website. To view the minutes, click here.

Presley Says PSC Should Oppose New EPA Coal Rules

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (September 24, 2013) - Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley issued the following statement today concerning the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new regulations against traditional coal-fired power plants:

"I have asked the legal staff at the Public Service Commission to begin the process to oppose the latest rounds of wild-eyed regulation

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Louisville Lions Provide Eye Screenings

The Louisville Lions Club participated in the Winston Medical Health Fair on Tuesday (Sept 24) by providing eye screenings to the public.

The Louisville Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.3 million members and 45000 clubs worldwide.

The local club provides yearly eye screenings at area schools as well.
Lions Mike Dowd, Harry and Val Tabor answer questions
at Tuesday's Health Fair

Thames Receives MSBDC ‘State Star’ Award

East Central Community College staff member Virgie Thames displays the 2013 Mississippi Small
Business Development Center’s State Star Award she was presented at America’s Small Business Development Center’s 33rd Annual Conference held Sept. 9-12, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. Thames received the prestigious honor for her “exemplary performance” in making significant contributions to the Mississippi Small Business Development program. Thames has served as executive assistant to ECCC Small Business Development Center Director Ronald B. Westbrook since 1995. (Submitted Photo)

WMC Health Fair A Big Success

Winston Medical Center hosted its annual health fair on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at First Baptist Church. Individuals were able to visit with a multitude of vendors with information and tests from health screenings, vision checks, dementia screenings,

First Methodist Kindergarten Visits Library

First Methodist Kindergarten visited the Winston County Library on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 for a tour. Librarian Beth Edwards gave each child a pizza book mark and a library pencil to take home.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Get Your Geek On at Backwoods Comic Festival

The Backwood Comics Festival will return to the Louisville Coliseum once again. The Festival will be held Sept. 28 from 10 am till 6 pm. This year's special guests include two comic book artist greats:  Mitch Byrd and Steven Butler. They have worked for companies such as Marvel and DC and Steven Butler is currently drawing Sonic the Hedgehog for Archie Comics.

Winston County Supervisor's Board Minutes - Aug 16 Now Online

The unapproved board minutes from the August 16 meeting of the Winston County Supervisors are now online on the County's website. Click here to view

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nanih Waiya Community Park Still Moving On

Jerry Hemphill w Ellis Houston
On September 20, 2013, Ellis Houston, businessman and Nanih Waiya alum, purchased 39 acres in the
Nanih Waiya Community and immediately sold the property to the corporation, Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park. This park project seemed almost impossible until Mark Dillard saw this property was for sale and mentioned it to Mr. Houston. The decision was made on August 1, 2013 to purchase the property due to tremendous support from the community members who attended the meeting on that date.

Fall is Here!

The much needed rain over the weekend brought cooler temperatures as well. Fall is in the air and folks are preparing for a busy October and the upcoming holiday season. This photo of autumn foilage and harvest was taken at Barbara's Place Home and Garden Center.

ECCC Announces 2013 Homecoming

Sophomore Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville will reign as queen during East Central Community College’s Homecoming activities scheduledSaturday, October 12 on the Decatur campus.

Hopkins, a 2011 graduate of Louisville High School, and other members of the Homecoming Court were selected following recent campus elections.

Mary Margaret Bailey of Philadelphia was selected Maid of Honor. Bailey is a product of Philadelphia High School.

Sophomore maids and their respective high schools include Taylor Gressett of Newton County, Allie Killens of Saltillo and Payton Smith of Scott Central.

Freshman maids are ShaMyia Evans of Lake, Megan Robinson of Nanih Waiya, Nikki Triplett of Forest and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime activities of the Warriors’ football game with MS Delta Community College, which gets under way at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 12 at Bailey Stadium.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Winston Medical Center Annual Health Fair

Winston Medical Center will hold their annual Health Fair on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at First Baptist Church (200 South Church Street, Louisville), beginning at 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Renasant Bank will be providing hotdogs starting at 10:30 am. Medicare recipients bring your Medicare card to get your flu shot. Flu shots are available for $15.00 for those who do not have a Medicare card. If you want to take advantage of the laboratory services provided by WMC, please do not eat or drink past midnight.

Community College Leaders Seek Legislative Support in Providing Cost-Efficient Education

JACKSON – Leaders of Mississippi’s 15 public community colleges have a four-point strategy to increase the college-going and degree-achieving rates of the state’s citizens. On Sept. 17, they asked the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to provide the resources to help make it happen.

The community colleges want to make the path to degrees and certificates more cost-efficient for students and the state by increasing access to higher education and the rate at which students are earning degrees. The overall goal is to build a strong middle class by directing more students to middle-skill jobs that pay a living wage.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Great Event in Downtown Louisville on Thursday Night!

Folks enjoyed some great music and the kids enjoyed the play as Louisville continued its Third Thursday Events. The "old Memphis Kings" performed and there were some great burgers at the Market Cafe. The crowd enjoyed the weather as well. The Winston County Sheriff's Department and  Emergency Management  also had some info to share on tornado activity in the county over the years.

Louisville's Historic Preservation Commission Meets - Recognizes Kelleghan

Marveen Moody presents recognition
to B. J. Kelleghan
The Louisville Historic Preservation Commission met on Thursday night at the 1st Presbyterian Church. The group heard from Michelle Jones, a representative with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, who answered questions about rules and requirements relating to the local historical district.

The Commission also took the opportunity to recognize B. J. Kelleghan for her service to the Commission since it's inception in 2004.

ECCC Ranked Among America’s Top 50 Community Colleges

News Release: East Central Community College in Decatur is once again nationally recognized for its success in providing a quality education.

ECCC is ranked the 23rd best community college in the nation, according to the Sept. 2013 edition of Washington Monthly, which included ECCC in its 2013 College Guide’s annual ranking of “America’s Top 50 Community Colleges.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Marcus Thames Among ECCC Homecoming Honorees

News Release: A Picayune couple, a former Major League baseball player and a former high school
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Marcus Thames
football coach will receive special recognition at the 2013 Homecoming celebration scheduled Saturday, Oct. 12 at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Carolyn Cook Huey is this year’s Alumna of the Year and will share honors with her husband, Max Huey, selected Alumnus of the Year. Both are members of the ECCC Class of 1965 and reside in Picayune.

Louisville native Marcus Thames of Tampa, Fla. and Pete Lucovich of Carthage are this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Burn Ban in Effect for County

A Burn Ban effective as of 9/19/2013 has been issued for Winston County. The Board of Supervisors issued the ban at trhe request of the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The ban will be in effect until further notice.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Louisville Lions Honor Webb

In their meeting on Tuesday, September 17, the Louisville Lions Club recognized member Judy Webb for her service to the civic organization. Webb served continually for seven years as the Club Secretary. Judy is shown here receiving a Plaque of Appreciation from Lions President Mike Dowd as current Secretary, Tracy McCully stands by.
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The Louisville Lions have served the community for more than fifty years. Lions meet every third Tuesday at Lake Tiak O'Khata.

ECCC Plans New Football Operations Center

proposed Football Operations Center at ECCC
News Release: Fundraising efforts are under way to construct a new Football Operations Center at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Big Thursday Ahead in Louisville - Blues and Meteorologists!!

Downtown Louisville is the place to be on Thursday evening (Sept 19).  As part of the Third Thursdays in Louisville, the band "The Old Memphis Kings" will be performing from 6:00 pm til 9:00 pm. The theme for this event will be "Back To School Blues". Participating merchants will be open from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm with dining at Market Cafe until 8:00 pm. Performances will be on Main Street in front of the Winston County Courthouse.

ECCC Again Recognized as Military Friendly School

Jessica Gibson (center), Coordinator of Veteran’s Affairs
 and Enrollment Services in the ECCC Office of Admissions
 and Records, is shown displaying a plaque signifying the
 honor. Also pictured are ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart
 and Deanna Rush, Director of Admissions and
Records. (EC Photo)
For the second consecutive year, East Central Community College in Decatur is recognized as a Military Friendly School.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life,

Highlights from Winston Co. Supervisors Board Meeting - Sept 16

The Winston County Board of Supervisors dealt with a bevy of routine issues on Monday, September 16 in preparation for the end of the County's fiscal year. In addition to demand checks and procedural issues, the Board:
  • Heard a request from the CareLodge representative Leslie Payne for continued funding of the center in Meridian. CareLodge, a domestic violence shelter serves 9 counties in central Ms. including Winston

LMSD Schools Show Improvement

The Mississippi Department of Education recently released letter grades for schools and districts across the state. In general, schools showed some improvement as 18 districts of the 152 in the state received grades of A compared to only 3 in the prior year. The Louisville Municipal School District received an overall grade of C but with significant variance between schools. Districts and schools are graded using a combination of the following factors:

- Quality of Distribution Index (QDI) measures performance on state tests

- Growth measures improvement on state tests by individual students

- Graduation rate measures the percentage of students who earned some type of diploma in up to 5 years.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Louisville City Meeting Agenda Now Online

The meeing agenda for the Louisville City Board of Aldermen (municipal docket) is now available on the City's website - To view the agenda - Click Here      To view the City of Louisville website, go to:

ECCC Homecoming Set Oct. 12; Various Activities Planned

News Release: A pep rally, fireworks display and Christian Band Concert are among activities scheduled during Homecoming Week at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Bailey Stadium and also includes performances by Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes dance line and Warrior Cheerleaders. In addition, members of the 2013 Homecoming Court will be introduced. The public is invited to attend the festivities.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

ECCC Warriors Fall 23-0 to Nationally Ranked Co-Lin

News Release: Led by third-string quarterback Anthony Triplett, East Central Community College’s injury-plagued Warriors faced their third-straight nationally-ranked opponent in the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolfpack Thursday night in Decatur.

After exchanging early turnovers, Triplett – who is listed on the roster as a defensive back – engineered a 13-play, 68-yard drive only to have the scoring threat nullified due to a Warrior fumble near the goal line.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Positions Available through MSU with LMSD DREAMS Program

The College of Education is seeking experienced individuals to work in the Louisville Municipal School District (LMSD) with the Dillard’s Reading, Enrichment, Arts, Mathematics, and Science (DREAMS) Project.

Project Overview
DREAMS staff will provide academic tutoring using evidence-based curricula and strategies to increase student skills in reading and mathematics that will complement the students’ regular academic program with an emphasis on active, hands-on learning activities.

The following positions are available:

Former Cheerleaders at LHS - Here's a Chance to Cheer Again

The Louisville High School cheerleaders would like to invite ALL LHS ALUMNI cheerleaders to cheer  with the 2013/2014 squad next Friday night, September 20th, at 7:00 pm at RE Hinze stadium. We will be cheering for the first quarter during the homecoming game. Come out and show your support and cheer skills as we cheer the wildcats to a victory! If you are interested, there will be practice next week, Sept. 16th- 19th at 5pm in the LHS Auditorium. We would love to see you there as we show everyone why it is great to be a Wildcat Cheerleader! If you have any questions, please contact Rena Hickman at 662-736 4980

Mississippi Schools, Districts Continue to Show Improvement

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) today officially released letter grades for schools and districts, showing more districts earning an “A” and fewer districts earning an “F” for the third consecutive year. The Mississippi Board of Education is expected to approve the 2013 accountability results at its meeting today.

The accountability model measures student performance on rigorous curricula and assessments. Schools and districts received performance classification letter grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F.”

A total of 18 school districts earned an “A” this year, a significant increase from three districts in 2012. They were:

Big High School Games on Tap Tonight!

Three big games are scheduled in the county tonight as all public schools have a home stand. The Louisville Wildcats look to continue their winning ways as Philadelphia comes to town tonight. The 9th ranked Cats are undefeated this season. In another big game, French Camp travels down to Noxapater. The Tigers are looking to extend their winning ways from last week. East Oktibbeha visits Nanih Waiya and Winston Academy travels to Oak Hill.

Game times are 7:00 pm. Head out and support your team!

Flag Sponsorships Available But Going Fast

An example of the flag display on Bypass
This is an update to an earlier article on the Louisville Lions - Bypass Flag Project. To sponsor a flag or flags, click on the this link and print the form and return to the listed address. If you need more information, please contact any Lions club member or Louisville City Hall .

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.

“This stretch of highway is designated by Mississippi Statute as ‘Veteran’s Memorial Drive’ and also as a ‘Blue Star Highway’ which honors all who have worn the uniforms of any branch of United States

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Winston Co. Supervisors' Agenda - Sept 16

The meeting agenda for the Winston County Board of Supervisors - September 16 is now online and available for viewing on the County's website. Click here to view. The Board's agenda is subject to change. Contact the Winston County Chancery Clerk at  662-773-3631 or email at to be placed on the agenda.

Louisville Historic Preservation Commission to Meet - Sept 19

A town hall meeting to discuss the Historic Preservation Commission and Louisville's local historic district is scheduled at 5:00 pm for September 19th at the First Presbyterian Church on S. Columbus. Residents within this district on Park St and South Columbus and all citizens are invited to attend to discuss the role of HPC. Michelle Jones from the Mississippi Department of Archives will conduct the meeting.

Friends of Legion Meet on Thursday

Members of the Friends of Legion State Park met on Thursday (Sept 12) to get an update on the organization's 501c3 status and to plan the upcoming Christmas party.

The tax exempt status of the organization had lapsed as it's 501C paperwork had lapsed. Group president Frances Ball has been working with State Senator Giles Ward and members of U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee's staff to renew Friends tax exemption. Recent information indicates that the group will need to refile its application. The group hopes to achieve this status by year's end.

Plans are also in the works for the Annual Friends of Legion Christmas Party to be held at the Lodge on November 30th. More details as the event approaches.

LMSD Approves Christian Based Good News Club

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met with local representatives of the Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Program on Tuesday (Sept 10) to consider establishing a "Good News Club" within the District for kindergarten to 6th grade students.

Hazel Garrett spoke to the Board and provided details about CEF and the Good News Club- an after school program that provides evangelical teaching and character building lessons and programs.

The Jewell Shoppe

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

No Go for High Point Park - At Least For Now

LMSD Trustees met with Gloria Turnipseed on Tuesday (Sept 10) concerning a desired park in the High Point area. Turnipseed has been working with a group in an attempt to establish such a park on school-owned 16th section land. The approximately 20 acre site is currently under lease until October, 2015 to an individual as a hunting lease.


Cochran-Authored Bill Transfers 67 Acres of National Park Service Property to City & State

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), along with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), today reported final congressional approval of legislation authorizing the transfer of surplus land within the Natchez Trace Parkway to the City of Natchez for public recreation purposes.

Beautification Day at Dean Park Community Service Hours Opportunity

Friends of Dean Park, Inc. announces its Fall Beautification Day at Dean Park on Saturday, September 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity for students and master gardeners to get community services hours. Any amount of time and help will be appreciated. The group will be joined by Master Gardeners of

Presley Continues Fight to Exclude $45,000 in Dues to Mississippi Energy Institute from Mississippi Power Company Customers' Bills

News Release

Presley says Gulf Coast customers should not be on the hook for $45,000 in dues to lobbying group that has recently been promoting nuclear waste storage in Mississippi

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (September 10, 2013)- Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley again today pushed to have $45,000 paid by Mississippi Power Company for membership to the Mississippi Energy Institute, a group recently promoting nuclear waste storage in Mississippi, excluded from payment by electric customers on the Gulf Coast. Presley raised the issue again today in the Commission's regular business meeting in Jackson.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Local Students Participate in FCA "Glow for Christ"

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The heat didn't seem to present much of a problem to some young folks in the county as they participated in the "Glow for Christ" Cross Carry on Sunday (Sept 8). Mission Mississippi asked the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to team up to tackle the task of carrying a lighted cross across the entire state of Mississippi on foot. On August 7th at the steps of the Capitol, beginning with the Governor, the cross began its journey across the state. It will make its way through all 82 counties in 82 days.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


The Board of Directors of the Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park, a non-profit corporation, met Thursday, September 5th to discuss the status of the park and to conduct some necessary business.
Ellis Houston, a major contributor to the park opened with a report of how the land purchase is progressing. At this time it is his hope that his purchase of the land will be complete in the next week or so and then the property will be sold to the Park. At that time the land clearing and park design can begin. He also expressed some ideas regarding fund raising and that he would be soliciting some additional funds as well.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

ECCC Warriors Fall 59-0 to EMCC

East Central Community College’s young and injury-plagued football squad was simply no match for nationally ranked East Mississippi Community College which scored early and often in posting an easy 59-0 victory over the Warriors Thursday, Sept. 5 at Sullivan-Windham Field on the Scooba campus.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Pre-1920 Winston County Govt Records Now Indexed on MDAH Website

Beginning in 2010, the Local Government Records Office of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) began a multi-year project to assist and advise county governments in managing their earliest records. One component of that project was to inventory the pre-1920 records in Mississippi's oldest counties.

Winston County records are included. Documents from deeds, Chancery and Circuit Court dockets, marriage licenses,pensions and probates are among a long list of records included in the index. Some records go back to the earliest days of Winston County- well into the 1830's.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Board of Aldermen Board Actions - Sept 3

The Louisville Board of Aldermen took the following actions in their regularly scheduled meeting on September 3rd.

  • Re-appointed Terry Reynolds' to Winston County Economic Development Partnership,  3 year appointment September 30, 2013 through September 2016
  • Approved final resolution granting Polo Custom Products a Five Year Tax Exemption on personal property with a true value of $7,030.00 
  • Authorized Docket of Claims # 8635-8815 for $ 126,776.96
  • Authorized payment to Golden Triangle Planning and Development for $62,500.00 for the E911 Mapping Project upon the receipt of $50,000 ARC grant funds plus $25,000 City of Louisville funds transferred as budgeted.

PSA From LMSD - Family Center Open House

The Family Center will hold its annual Open House during the month of September. The parents from Fair and Louisville Elementary are invited to come on Thursday, September 12, 19, or 26. The remaining schools in the Louisville Municipal School District are invited to come on Thursday, September 26. The Open House will be from 5:00 pm til 6:00 pm each Thursday at 202 Ivy Avenue. Please come and see how we can enhance your child's education. For more information, please call us at (662) 773-4018.

Mississippi Glowing for Christ in Winston County on Sept 8,9

 October 27th, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Mission Mississippi, a racial and denominational reconciliation ministry based in Jackson. To celebrate, Mission Mississippi asked the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to team up to tackle the huge vision of carrying a lighted cross across the entire state of Mississippi on foot. On August 7th at the steps of the Capitol, beginning with the Governor, the cross began its journey across the state. Making its way through all 82 counties in 82 days, the cross stops at each county for a service and a ceremonial passing of the cross. The cross, designed by Nissan to be lightweight and lighted, will make its way through the state, carried by the students of local Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) chapters, and will come full circle back around to Jackson for a statewide rally on October 27th. The rally will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 5:00 PM and every county is invited and encouraged to come. The schedule as local students carry the cross through Winston County follows:

Mississippi Glowing for Christ
Winston County Schedule
September 8th-9th 2013

September 8th

11:30 am Winston Academy receives cross from Oktibbeha County Schools at the County Line and travels 10 miles to Evergreen Baptist Church. Turning left on North Columbus Ave.

2:00 pm - LHS carries cross to Main Street in Louisville, turning right on Main Street, then left on South Church St. then 5.5 miles to the Way Community Church, turning left when it gets to Hwy 15. (Total 11 miles)

6:00 pm - Service at The Way Community Church

September 9th

7:00 am - Noxapater High School carries cross from The Way Community Church 5.5 Miles to John Russell Road.

8:15 am - NW carries cross from John Russell Rd 4.5 miles to Shiloh store at Neshoba County Line

9:30 am - Transition to Neshoba County  

WMC Kicks Off Heartbeat Program

Winston Medical Center kicked off its new "WMC Heartbeat" program which is a customer service and employee recognition program.  The program will allow Department Directors, Administration, patients, and families an opportunity to recognize employees who excel at fulfilling the Winston Medical Center Mission and Vision.

Winston Medical Center will recognize employees monthly and annually based on submissions.  "We have a great staff here at WMC.  We want to let employees know they are appreciated and reward them when they go above and beyond," stated Lee McCall CEO.  "We also want our patients, residents, and families know that we are dedicated to not only meeting, but exceeding their
expectations for  service, compassion, and care." stated McCall.

For more information about Winston Medical Center visit their website at and like us on Facebook at


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Airport Projects on Schedule for Completion

rendering of new terminal
The Winston County Supervisors signed the final grant approval for the new terminal building at the Louisville/Winston County on Tuesday (September 3). Airport Board President Mike Forster informed the Supervisors that work on the landslide repair was well underway and should be completed within the next 30 days.

WMC Nursing Home Residents Enjoy Circus Day

Residents at Winston Medical Center Nursing Home were surprised to be asked to come to a Circus filled with carnival games, clowns, snow cones, and freshly popped popcorn.  The entire Activity room was adorned with colorful decorations to include bright colored balloons, whimsical streamers and other décor to create a circus atmosphere.    

Winston Supervisors Approve New Budget for 2013-2014

A public budget hearing was on the agenda when the Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Tuesday, September 3.  Supervisors presented a budget that included projected revenue of $3,568,734 and projected expenses of $3,793,922 for a shortfall of $225,188.  Funds to cover any actual shortfall would come from excess revenues and fund carryover.

According to Board President, Mike Peterson, insurance costs were a major issue due to a large premium increase. "We will maintain a 40 mil budget." said Peterson.

Winston County Supervisors Approve New Warden at WCCRCF

Recent accreditation issues at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility has prompted some personnel changes at the facility. On Monday, County Supervisors approved Sheriff Jason Pugh's choice of Neal Higgason as the new warden. A recent recommendation by the Ms. Department of Corrections and the threat of lack of accreditation of the facility due to failure to correct the issues led to the personnel changes. 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.

Winston County Moves toward Establishment of Council on Aging

The Winston County Supervisors approved a motion to establish a local Council on Aging in their Tuesday morning board meeting (September 3). EMA Director Buddy King presented a preliminary list of volunteers to form the local council. State Representatives and a representative from Golden Triangle Planning and Development join local citizens and members of the Red Hills Seniors Organization.

King explained that the Council was necessary to begin work toward establishing services and possibly a senior center facility in the future. King indicated that the community's aging population could definitely benefit from more organized services.

Citizens who are interested in helping with the Council should for now contact Buddy King, EMA Director at the Winston County Courthouse or call - 662-773-3651

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mont Ford Point Marine Association Honors Marine Veteran Who Has Local Roots

Carmen E. Clifton-Cole received the award as Woman of the Year from the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc., Quantico Chapter 32. Her nomination came with accolades from the organization’s president, Eric W. Nelson, with such comments as “Carmen is the epitome of what all members should model. A natural born leader, she is passionate about her work and the Original Montford Point Marines. Her leadership, keen intellect, superior technical skills, and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, speaks volume for itself and in the successes of the association over the year. During this time, no one has done it better than she has.”
San Diego, Ca - The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, 
Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr.,(r) poses for a photo with Carmen Cole (center) 
and Dr. James T. Averhart Jr., National President of Montford Point Marine
Association Inc. (MPMA, Inc.), during the Montford Point Marine Association 
48th National Convention Banquet in San Diego, CA, Aug. 24, 2013. Gen. Paxton 
was the Military Guest of Honor for the Banquet.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tia Dufour/Released)

City of Louisville Meeting Agenda - Sept 3, 2013

    1. Appointment to Winston County Economic Development Partnership, Terry Reynolds’ 3 year appointment September 30, 2013 through September 2016
    2. Final Resolution Granting Polo Custom Products a Five Year Tax Exemption on personal property with a true value of $7,030.00  

ECCC Cheerleaders

East Central Community College cheerleaders for 2013-14 include (first row, from left) Heather Johnson and Jordan Landry, both products of Newton County High School; Kaitlyn Patrick, Forest; Laken Fulcher, Nanih Waiya; and Mary Margaret Bailey, Philadelphia; (second row, from left) Madison Stringer and Haleigh West, both of Newton County; Lauren Coward, Neshoba Central; Kamaran Malone, Leake Academy; Laura Williamson, Scott Central; and Mackenzie Rowzee, Newton County; and (back row, from left) Maxey Parker, Noxapater; Lauren Peterson, Forest; Hanna Kemp, Leake Academy; Payton Smith, Scott Central; David Williams, Newton County; Madison Herrington, Union; Karleigh Moss, Neshoba Central; Alana Krohn, Newton County; Hannah Smith, Leake Academy; and Darin Hillman, Sebastopol. Pam McKnight of Forest serves as cheer coach. (EC Photo)

Local Student Receives Fellowship Musée du Quai Branly, Paris France

What a great opportunity for a young man with roots in Louisville, MS and Richmond, CA. He is the
Reggie lecturing in Berlin, 
Germany, February 2012

son of Elmetra Patterson and Eddie Littleton of Louisville, MS who moved to Louisville, from California in 2006. Reggie owes much to his 94 year old grandmother, Betsy Ann Eichelberger, who encouraged him to be a trailblazer and accept admissions to Duke University, Durham, NC.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Winston County Supervisors Board Minutes for August 19 - Now Online

The Board minutes from the Winston County Board of Supervisors meeting held on August 19 are now posted on the County's website at  To go directly to the board minutes, click here.