Sunday, December 28, 2014

Louisville Fire Department Accepting Applications for Firefighter/Engineer

The City of Louisville Fire Department is accepting applications to fill the position of firefighter/engineer. Applications can be picked up at Louisville City Hall, or at the City of Louisville Fire Department 304 South Spring Ave. Louisville MS, 39339. If you have any questions regarding this position feel free to call the City of Louisville Fire Department at 662-773-9402, or by email at

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday's Weather Update and Alert

There is a limited risk for thunderstorms and possible tornado activity for our area beginning late morning into the afternoon today. The National Weather Service as listed the threat as "limited" but heavy winds, rain and hail are possible. Activity is
moving from the southwest to the northeast and includes most counties in our area. Rain chances are 90% and there is patchy fog this morning. Please use caution.

T-Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

Jackson, Mississippi (December 22, 2014) – Today, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley encouraged current and former T-Mobile customers to take advantage of the company’s “Premium SMS Refund Program.” The Refund Program was put in place by the company as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized charges for third-party text messaging services, a scam known as “mobile cramming.” Some examples of these scam services include monthly subscriptions for text messages with sports scores, weather, love tips, or horoscopes. Any customer who was charged for these messaging services without permission is entitled to a refund.

In addition to customer refunds, T-Mobile will be heavily fined for its involvement in the scam. The company allegedly failed to police the millions in charges which the FTC says were clearly not authorized by its customers, charges from which T-Mobile received 35 to 40 percent for each item billed. The company must now pay $18 million in fines and penalties to the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia and $4.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission

“I am in full agreement with FTC actions to put a stop to mobile cramming. T-Mobile is only the latest company to be called to account for acting as bill collectors for scam artists. I urge every current and former T-Mobile customer in Mississippi to make sure they get the money they are owed,” Presley said.

Presley says that T-Mobile customers can submit their refund claim forms online at, via mail at Premium Text Message Refund Program, P.O. Box 35126, Seattle, WA 98124-5126, or by calling 1 (855) 382-6403. His office will also be available for assistance at 1 (800) 637-7722. Customers may claim the amount of unauthorized premium text message charges they have identified or may opt for a flat amount of $40 to cover all unauthorized premium text message charges.

In addition, current T-Mobile customers may place a free “block” on his or her number to ensure that certain third-party charges will not be allowed on future bills. For this option, contact T-Mobile Customer Care at 1 (877) 453-1304.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Solid Waste Schedule

An Out of Towner Thanks Louisville Police

In a time where public officials and law enforcement are more often criticized than praised, we should remember and acknowledge the services and efforts of our public officials. The following letter was received by the Louisville Police Department recently:

Citizen Has Concerns About Hudson Place Development

What Happens In African American Communities Matter!
“Injustice Anywhere, Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If ever there is to be a faithful progression of trust in our communities, there must first be some indication of transparency and belief that what happens in all communities matter. There must also be an established confidence in our communities that a “good work” is happening and that the concerns of the residents are valued.

Our City Leaders have done an excellent job in their recovery efforts, after the April 28th devastating tornado. This article is not meant to diminish these positive efforts, but to bring light to the fact that the community needs to be kept abreast of all economic, housing, political developments that directly impact it.

The Hudson Place Development, under construction on Hill Street at the intersections of Jernigan and Brown Streets, revealed two disappointing factors:

Girl Scouts/Beta Decorate Tree at Dean Park

The president of the Girl Scout Troop 
# 20012 and of the BETA Club, 
Montana Eichelberger tops the 12 foot
 Christmas tree at Dean Park with a 
huge gold ornament. 
(Photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
On Saturday, December 20, 2014, Girl Scout Troop #20012 of Winston County and the Louisville BETA Club met at Dean Park with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. and decorated the 12 foot tree that was donated by Evergreen Garden Center, 140 Evergreen Church Road, Louisville, MS. Front row L to R: Destinee Ashford (BETA Club), Jennifer Hayes (BETA Club), Keyasha Edwards (squatting), Charlessia Mays, Asia Eichelberger, and Tia' Anne Ewing. On the ladder: Montana Eichelberger (BETA Club) at the top and Stephanie Hayes (BETA Club) on lower ladder. Not pictured girl scouts: Grace Yarbrough, Alexus Jordan , Zakaria Goss. Also, not pictured: Ruthie Hayes, sponsor of BETA Club and Rita Eichelberger leader of Girl Scout.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Steady On Performs at WMC Nursing Home

Pictured are students: (left to right)  Sophie Vanlandingham, Chandler Wells, Abby Wells, Johnson Wells and Harley Thomas.  On the front row is Marley McMillin.
Teresa Ingram, instructor for Steady On brought her students as entertainment for the December club meeting of the Winston Garden Club at the Winston Medical Center Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

The students performed a Christmas program titled, "The Christmas Candle."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Phase 1 Approval by FEMA for Safe Room Shelter Facility at Nanih Waiya

School was out early today for the Christmas holiday but faculty
State Rep Evans discusses the shelter project
with LMSD Superintendent McMullan in
the background
and staff at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center gathered together at noon for a major announcement from LMSD Superintendent Ken McMullan.

McMullan informed the crowd that his office had received a letter from Robert Latham , Director of Mississippi Emergency Management, indicating that Phase 1 of a new “Safe Room” storm shelter construction project at the school had been approved by FEMA. This approval provides FEMA funding for the architectural and planning stage of construction.

A safe room combined with a new cafeteria for the Nanih Waiya school has been a major need for the school district and for the citizens of the area. McMullan said, “This project was in the pipeline before the April 28 storm but the devastation of that event moved this project to #1 on MEMA’s list.

The initial planned construction consists of 6126 square feet with 3626 square feet usable as a safe room to protect a population up to 634. The construction will be designed to withstand winds speeds up to 250 mph.
The current cafeteria facilities
at Nanih Waiya
LMSD seeks to incorporate the safe room design and funding with the school’s need for a new cafeteria. The current cafeteria structure is small, dated and lacks separation of food preparation from serving areas.

McMullan indicated that the FEMA funding for the safe room
McMullan reads letter from FEMA
forwarded by MEMA
portion of the structure along with use of some current kitchen equipment and already designated cafeteria funding should keep the costs of the construction down for Winston County taxpayers. The project costs are not completely determined but should be in the $2 million range with FEMA funding 90% of the cost of the safe room area.

  McMullan took the opportunity to thank several community leaders for their efforts in obtaining the project including State Representative Michael Ted Evans, Winston County Supervisor Luke Parkes and retiring LMSD Board of Trustee member Bobby Moody.

After an introduction by Nanih Waiya Principal David Luke, McMullan read the letter from MEMA Director Robert Latham authorizing the 1st phase of the project.

Representative Evans gave a brief history of the project that began with Buddy King , Winston County EMA Director who took the initial idea to County Supervisors including Luke Parkes.

LMSD Board member Bobby Moody spoke of the support of the District for the project and again noted those whose efforts helped bring it to fruition.

Plans are in the works in Louisville on a “safe room” facility as well with cooperation between the City and LMSD. This project is in an earlier stage of development with ongoing negotiations for location and pending FEMA/MEMA plan approval and funding availability. wwm

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ECCC Students Receiving EMT Certificates

These East Central Community College students were recently recognized for completing the fall semester Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Course. The honorees received certificates during a special ceremony held Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Recipients include (first row, from left) Kamry Freeny, Carthage; Brittany Morrow, Union; Shantel Jenkins, Philadelphia; Justina Billy, Choctaw; Maria Rivera, Forest; Amy Beasley, Quitman; and P.J. Burr, Decatur; and (second row, from left) Thomas Fox, Forest; Cassaundra Dunaway, Noxapater; Shadaedra Jones, Conehatta; Janera Triplett and Tommy Martin, both of Philadelphia; and Jeremiah Tindol, Carthage. Also pictured (back row, from left) are instructors John Barham of Polkville and Dale Yates of Union. Chris Kelly serves as interim director/instructor for the EMT-Paramedic Program. For more information on ECCC healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, Dean of Healthcare Education, at 601-635-6294 or email (EC Photo)

Winston Medical Center Nursing Home Holiday Open House Dec 18

A Little Shoppin... A Little Sippin -

Folks are invited to take part in downtown Louisville's final
Holiday Shopping Event on Thursday evening (12-18) as merchants host "Cider Sippin City Shoppin" from 5:00 pm til 7:00 pm.

Participating merchants will be serving cider to shoppers who come out for the event, providing a great opportunity to complete those last minute shopping lists. Shoppers will be provided with a ballot that can be used to vote on their favorite cider.  Thursday night will also be the last available time to register for $500 in Louisville Dollars.

ECCC Collects Toys for Tots

More than 1,000 toys and gifts for needy children were recently collected by East Central Community College staff members and students for the annual Toys for Tots Campaign sponsored by the Marine Corps League. The campaign is coordinated by the college’s Workforce Education Department and SkillsUSA members. Wayne Eason (center), director of workforce education, is shown with Marine Corps League representatives Ray Trepanier (left) and ECCC alumnus Andy Gardner, who are members of the General Louis Wilson Jr. Detachment 173 in Rankin County. (EC Photo)

Merry Christmas From the City of Louisville

ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates

Ready to begin their new careers in the healthcare field are the above students who recently completed the 12-month surgical technology program at East Central Community College in Decatur. The special group was honored at the program’s annual pinning ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Graduates include (first row, from left) Brandi Sanders, Morton; Kierra Lanay Griffin, Louisville; Victoria Smith, Morton; Jessica Delon Thames, Decatur; and Tywonna Kyerica Harris, Lena; (second row, from left) Con’Brianna T. Evans, Clinton; Heather Lee Clark, Nichole Wilson (Surgical Technology Student of the Year) and Dakota Wilcher, all of Philadelphia; (third row, from left) Julie Ann Pierce, Philadelphia; Veronica Shan’ta Ramsey, Meridian; and Shawna Danielle Peets, Union; and (back row, from left) instructor Kristie Pilgrim; DeMarcus Antwan Brown, Meridian; and program director/instructor LeAnn Shirley. For more information on ECCC’s healthcare programs, contact Denita Thomas, dean of healthcare education, at 601-635-6294 or email (EC Photo)

The Winston County Library Holiday Closing Schedule

December 2014
24th Christmas
25th Christmas
26th Christmas
27th Re-open at 8:30 – 12:00

January 2015
1st New Year’s Day
2nd Day After New Year’s
3rd Re-open at 8:30 – 12:00

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Board Meeting Agenda Dec 16, 2014


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014   5:30 P.M.

I.             CALL TO ORDER
II.            INVOCATION
V.            NEW BUSINESS

A.    Refer the Petition to the Zoning Board, and set a hearing date for January 19, and give notice of the request from Billy Joe White and Lee O. Mays, Trustees of Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ USA and Genesis Learning Center LLC, for a variance to the Zoning Ordinance to locate a daycare, “Genesis Learning Center”  at 401 Pontotoc Street

Three Juveniles Charged With December 10 Robbery of Dixie Gas

On Monday, December 15, the Louisville Police Department made three (3) arrests related to an armed robbery that occurred last week in Louisville. The Dixie Gas Convenience Store on West Main Street in Louisville was robbed on the evening of December 10. Two individuals entered the store armed with a handgun while a third person waited outside the business. The prepetrators escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Three juveniles, two 15 year olds and a 14 year old were charged with armed robbery in the incident. All three had their initial appearance in Louisville Municipal Court and bond was set. All three have made bond and have been returned to their parents.

A Merry Christmas For Three Louisville Families

On Friday December 12th there were three Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) House Dedication Ceremonies. The first dedication was for Ms. Pearline Smith at 160 Eiland Avenue. The second and third dedications were held simultaneously for Linda Lee located at 103 Beale Street, and for Gloria Burrage located at 105 Beale Street. All of these homes were completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado.

WinstonStrong in conjuction with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) worked on the reconstruction of all the homes. Ivan Shirk of MDS and the MDS women presented each family with a completion form, a quilted wall hanging and the keys to their newly constructed homes.

Ms. Pearline Smith accepting keys to her home located
at 160 Eiland Avenue.
Linda Lee accepting keys to her home located 
at 103 Beale Street.
Gloria Burrage accepting keys to her home located
at 105 Beale Street.
Gloria Burrage holding green bag.

WMC Nursing Home Wins Award

The Winston Medical Center Nursing Home was presented on December 10, 2014 with the 2014 Spirit Award by the Mississippi Healthcare Association in special recognition of their heroic effort, spirit and determination shown during a time of emergency and disaster.

"This award was an honor to receive for our staff members and especially for our residents and family members," stated Fran Misso, DON. "It was a blessing that we had no deaths or injuries the night of the tornado." "Being able to receive this award for the work that was done is very heart warming," said Misso.

Winston Medical Center Nursing Home is now open and has all beds filled at this time. Anyone who wishes to be placed on the waiting list is asked to call Barbara Gay at 662-779-5118.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Presley Announces $30,000 Fine for Alleged No Call Violations

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (December 11, 2014) – Following today’s monthly open meeting of the Public Service Commission, Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the PSC has imposed civil penalties totaling $30,000 against Action Point, LLC for alleged violations of the state’s No-Call law. Action Point was alleged to have violated the law on at least six occasions.

Presley: PSC Orders Annual Compliance Filing by Electric Power Associations

Jackson, Mississippi (December 11, 2014) – Today Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the Public Service Commission has ordered an annual statement of compliance from electric power associations across Mississippi regarding determining each customer’s ownership share of the electric cooperative and the making of that information available to customers, along with a broad range of issues from open meetings of boards of directors to the lawful election of board members.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

News Mississipi Won NASRN Award

JACKSON, Miss.—TeleSouth Communications, Inc., parent company of News Mississippi, is pleased to announce the accomplishment of News Mississippi being awarded Best Newscast for 2014 by the National Association of State Radio Networks (NASRN). The award is for the best regularly scheduled newscast, stressing strong writing, anchoring and use of sound.

Louisville Police Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

On December 10 2014 at around 7:15 PM, Louisville Police Officers were dispatched to 510 West Main St, Dixie Gas, to an armed robbery call.

The clerk stated two young black males came into the store armed with a handgun demanding all the money. There was another individual outside the store acting as a look out. They left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

If you have any information on this crime, please contact CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511.

Winston County CrimeStoppers offer rewards up to $1000 for information on crimes in Louisville, Noxapater and across Winston County. All calls are anonymous and are routed to an out-of-state call center.

 This information and info on other crimes can be found on the CrimesStoppers' website at :

ECCC Gospel Choir Sponsor Honored

Mrs. Brenda K. Johnson (center) of Lawrence, longtime sponsor of the East Central Community College Gospel Choir, received a surprised honor at the talented group’s fall semester concert held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC Gospel Choir Performs

East Central Community Gospel’s Choir is shown prior to the talented group’s fall semester concert held Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WintonStrong Still Going Strong

On Friday December 12th there will be three MDS House Dedication Ceremonies. The first dedication will begin at 1:30 pm on Friday when the organizations will turn over the keys to Ms. 
Pearline Smith at 160 Eiland Avenue  in Louisville. Ms. Smith's home was completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado. 

The second and third dedications will be held simultaneously at 2:30, on Friday for Linda Lee located at 103 Beale Street, and for Gloria Burrage located at 105 Beale Street. Both of these homes were completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado. The public is invited to join in all of these celebrations.
103 Beale St.

105 Beale St.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Parade Winners

Schools, Civics and Churches

1st Place Winston Strong

2nd Place Head Start

3rd Place Steady On

Industry and Business

1st Place More Than Music

2nd Place Building Our Future

3rd Place WMC

Cars and Truck

1st Place East Winston Fire Department

Louisville Christmas Parade 2014

The weather was perfect on Monday as Louisville held its annual Christmas Parade. The theme this year was "Season of Hope".

Registration Set Jan. 5 for ECCC’s GED Classes

Registration for GED classes offered by East Central Community College in Decatur will be held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, announced Ryan Clarke, director of Adult Basic Education /GED Testing.

Clarke said EC continues to offer GED classes free of charge at the following locations in the College’s five-county district:

GED classes in Leake County are offered from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Leake County Career-Technical Center in Carthage. Enrollment begins January 5, 2015.

GED classes in Neshoba County are offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center. Enrollment for day classes will be held Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Enrollment for night classes is scheduled Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

GED classes in Newton County are offered in from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, in Room 10 of Ethridge Hall, on ECCC’s South Campus. Enrollment will be held January 5, 2015.

GED classes in Scott County are offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Forest/Scott County Career and Technology Center. Enrollment is scheduled Jan. 6, 2015.

English as a Second Language classes are also offered in Scott County. Classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Forest High School Library. Enrollment is open during every class period.

GED classes in Winston County are offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Louisville Career Advancement Center. Enrollment will be held January 5, 2015.

For more information, contact Ryan Clarke, at 601-635-6387 or email

Town & Country Gardening Tree

The Town & Country put up and decorated their annual “gardening tree” at the Winston County Library this week.  Pictured are (l-r) Sandra Culwell, club president; Elaine Thompson, Frances Ball, Debbie Moody and Dale Shumaker.

Presley: AT&T Mobile Customers May Be Eligible for Refunds

Jackson, Mississippi (December 8, 2014) – Today, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley urged AT&T Mobile customers to be on the lookout for texts messages from their mobile carrier which notify them that they may be eligible for refunds due to erroneous third party billing .  In recent days, Presley’s office has been inundated with questions about the texts’ legitimacy and how to respond. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

ECCC Football, Soccer Players Honored at Fall Sports Awards Banquet

DECATUR – Football and soccer players received special
recognition at the annual Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Dec. 2, 2014, in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

Chris Harris, director of personnel services and athletics, served as master of ceremonies.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart provided comments and expressed appreciation to coaches and players for their hard work and efforts during the 2014 season. Dr. Stewart also presented awards to the top academic students in each sport.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Louisville's Christmas Parade Scheduled for Monday!!

Don't miss Louisville Christmas Parade scheduled for 5:30 pm tomorrow (Monday, December 8).  This year's theme is "A Season of Hope"
Scene from 2013 Parade