Friday, February 28, 2014

This Weekend's Events

Big weekend ahead in Winston County with several events taking place. Grace Christian kicks things off on Saturday as their Silent Auction and Open House starts at 10:00 am.  If you're looking for sports action, the Winston County Classic - Fast pitch is scheduled for Saturday in Nanih Waiya. Louisville, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya will all see action throughout the day.

ECCC Student from Nanih Waiya Featured at Capitol Day Event

East Central Community College sophomore Teylor Martinez of Louisville represented the state’s community college students during the annual Capitol Day event held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the State Capitol in Jackson. During her remarks at the mid-morning Press Conference, Martinez expressed appreciation to EC’s ‘caring faculty’ in providing her with a quality education. “I will transfer to a university well-prepared for the next step in my education because the faculty and staff took a personal interest in helping me achieve a degree.” She urged lawmakers to support community and junior college students by providing funding as requested for the 15-college system. Martinez is a product of Nanih Waiya High School. (EC Photo)
Teylor Martinez speaks at State Capitol

Winston County Supervisors February 18 Board Minutes Now Online

The board minutes from the February 18, 2014 meeting of the Winston County Board of Supervisors are now available for review online on the County's website. These minutes are not official until approved by the Board in their next meeting. The Board's next meeting is scheduled for March 3, 2014 at 9:00am. To view the minutes, - click here

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winston Medical Center CEO Leaving for Neshoba General

Lee McCall came to Winston Medical Center as Chief Executive Officer almost three years ago. After
overseeing several projects and guiding the hospital through some major changes in health care laws, McCall will be leaving WMC to take a similar position at Neshoba General Hospital in Philadelphia.

“It’s a good opportunity for me and my family,” said McCall, “and it permits me to grow in my profession.” McCall is a member of the Winston County Chamber of Commerce, recently serving as Board President. He is also a member of the Rotary Club. He and his wife, Ashley have two sons, ages eight and five.

Kindergarteners at Fair Celebrate Emerald City Day!

Mrs. Chappell's kindergarten class at Fair Elementary had Emerald City Day on Thursday! The students have been doing a Wizard of Oz Unit this month. Parents joined in the celebration by watching the movie and taking pictures in the photo booth with their child.  Additional photos are viewable on Fair's website at

Vehicle Stolen in Winston Co. Found Stripped in Florida

John Michael Jackson

Local law enforcement was notified on Wednesday morning that a vehicle recently stolen in Winston County was found in Florida.The vehicle was stolen  from the 5000 block of Hwy 15 N.  on Tuesday morning, February 18 at around 10:30 am from a residence.

On Weddnesday, February 26, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office (Pensacola area) found the vehicle parked alongside a road. The Dodge Ram had been stripped of its engine and transmission and other components.

Pet of the Week-Chunky

Chunky is very playful and full of energy.  He is  three years old and has been neutered. Chunky is looking for a place to call home.  The Louisville Animal Shelter is overrun with big dogs. Please come by today and adopt a loyal and loving friend.  You can visit the shelter located on 110 Thompson Street or you can call the shelter at 662-773-4320.  Thank you.

Health Informational Workshop Set

There will be a Health Informational Workshop Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Faith Beyond Wall Christian Center, located at 95 Odie Shields Road in Louisville. (Directions: Take 15 South toward Noxapater; right turn on Young Crossing Road (near two churches in the Center Ridge Community); take first right turn onto Odie Shields Road; 3rd building on the left which is behine Dean Park). A healthy spaghetti dinner will be served. For more information contact, Richard Moncrief at 662-736-3323, Elmetra Patterson at 510-672-2106 or Brandi Krajweski at 662-779-5111.

Chamber Banquet Tickets Still On Sale

The 57th annual Winston County Chamber Banquet will be held Thusday, March 6, 2014 at Lake Tiak O'Khata in Pine Ridge Lodge at 6:00 p.m. This annual event is to recognize those who have done so much for our county and the comminity over the past year. Come join the fun and see who will be named Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Industry of the Year, Farmer of the Year, the Forestry Award, Life Time Achievement Award and Community Service Award. LMSD will also recognize District Teacher of the Year. Tickets are $25 each. If you would  like to purchase a ticket you may stop by or call the Chamber Office at 662-773-3921,contact any Chamber Board Member or stop by the Winston Web News Office (116 S. Columbus).

ECCC Sophomore Cheerleaders Honored

These sophomore cheerleaders at East Central Community College received special recognition during the season-ending basketball games held Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus. Honorees and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) Jordan Landry, Newton County; Lindsey McCool, Winston Academy; Heather Johnson, Newton County; Mary Margaret Bailey, Philadelphia; Laken Fulcher, Nanih Waiya; and Kamaran Malone, Leake Academy; and (back row, from left) David Williams and Madison Stringer, both of Newton County; Payton Smith, Scott Central; Madison Herrington, Union; Hanna Kemp, Leake Academy; Maxey Parker, Noxapater; and Hannah Smith, Leake Academy. Pauline Karcher serves as cheer coach. (EC Photo)

Book Signing at Winston County Library- March 29

Angie Coats is having a book signing on March 29 at The Winston County Library from 10:00 a.m til
2:00 p.m. She was born in Cleveland, OH, but was raised in Louisville until the age of 9. Then she moved back to Cleveland. She has a multitude of family here in Louisville and is expecting a good turnout. Her book is called '' Real Women Will Rise".

Disney Dining Day planned by WMC Relay for Life Team!

Winston Medical Center Relay for Life Team presents Disney Magical Evening
Spaghetti Dinner at Market Cafe on April 22, 2014  from 6-8 pm. The cost is $15 and there is a limited number of tickets available. Parents are encouraged to book early. Call 662-779-5111 to purchase.
Scenes from last year's Dinner w Disney

ECCC Tennis Squads Split with Hinds

East Central Community College’s tennis squads split decisions with Hinds Community College in matches held Tuesday, Feb. 25 on the Decatur campus.

The Warriors cruised to an 8-1 victory while the Lady Warriors fell by a 6-3 margin.

EC winners in men’s singles were Juan Miranda of Morton, who beat Devonte Thomas, 0-6, 6-3, 12-10; Javon Yarbrough of Louisville, a 6-1, 6-2 victor over Aaron Gray; Brandon St. Clair, a product of Newton County High School, who defeated Jonathan Bethea, 6-2, 6-1; Ethan Rigdon of Union, who posted a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Melvin McNair; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy, who edged Austin Pevy in by a 6-3, 6-3 decision. Daniel Giles of Union dropped his match to Julian Johnson by a 7-5, 6-2 score.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Students Earn Honors

Winston-Louisville Career and Technology Center students earned honors at the local competition held in Ackerman, MS. The Louisville chapter of FFA competed in both skills events and platform contests for their FFA Federation Contest on Friday, February 21, 2014, bringing home awards in all events entered. The chapter competed in five senior events: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Creed Speaking, Tractor Operations, Arc Welding, and Tool Identification. At the end of the event, the group was awarded the following trophies: second place in Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Creed Speaking, and Tractor Operations – advancing to the Central District FFA contest on March 1, 2014 - along with third place finishes in Tool Identification and Arc Welding.

                                               Opening and Closing Ceremonies Team
Front Row (L-R): Macey Donald, President; Taylor Alexander, Secretary; Hunter McElroy, Student Advisor
Back Row (L-R): Alex Eubanks, Reporter; Dawson Mitchell, Sentinel; Ridge Roberts, Vice President; Lance Vernon, Treasurer
more photos below

Swart Named National NJCAA Pitcher of the Week

Winston County Native and East Mississippi Community College Sophomore Hunter Swart was named OC click here
Sports NJCAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week. See the attached link for additional details -

EC/Gadsden State Split Softball Twin Bill

East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball team split decisions with Gadsden State Community College Tuesday, Feb. 25 on the Gadsden, Ala., campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors were edged 2-1 in the opener but rallied for a 7-2 victory in the nightcap.

Ty Buckley ripped an RBI double to lead EC’s offense in the first contest. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School.

Presley Announces Expanded Availability of Small Business Incentives

Change in Entergy program expected to bring savings to many small businesses previously deemed not qualified.

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (February 26, 2014) – Today Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that in response to his request, Entergy Mississippi will expand the availability of its Small Business Incentive Program to bring savings to more Mississippi small businesses. Entergy filed this week to amend the incentive program, which lowers the electricity costs borne by small business through a package reduced rates and fees, by removing a requirement that the business be located in a building which had been unoccupied for the preceding six months. The revisions will expand availability to many businesses which would not have previously qualified. The new criteria are expected to go into effect in April.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Eiland Tag Students Visit Vicksburg

7th and 8th grade TAG students from Eiland Middle School in Louisville recently participated in a field trip to Vicksburg. Students were able tour several locations including the National Military Park and the Historic Warren County Courthouse Museum. More photos of TAG students and events are available on the school's website at
Eiland TAG students at old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg

Construction of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree in Progress

Two new retailers will open their doors in Louisville in the near future. Construction is now well underway on a new Family Dollar Store on South Church Avenue  and renovations have begun in the shopping center at the 500 block of North Church where a new Dollar Tree- Everything $1 will soon be locating.
Construction and remodel progressing
for Dollar Tree on N. Church
Framework is going up for Louisville's
Family Dollar on S. Church

Monday, February 24, 2014

MAS-MC Educational Conference to be held April 9-11 at Lake Tiak O'Khata- Scholarships for HS Seniors Available

The Mississippi Association of Supervisors-Minority Caucus (MAS-MC) Educational Conference will be held on April 9-11, 2014, at Lake Tiak O'Khata in Louisville, MS. Golden Triangle Planning and Development will participate as well. Members are asked to register and participate in the event. Currently for more information contact Orlando Trainer: 662-799-0071 or 662-320-9717 or email him at

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Noxapater Beauty & Beau Review 2014

Check out the Noxapater Attendance Center's Beauty and Beau Review. Photos from Pre-K through High School are available on the school's website: Click Here
photo from Noxapater Attendance Center

Winston County ‘Lady Diamond Warriors’

These student-athletes from Winston County are members of the 2014 East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team. From left are sophomore utility player Kaylin Hopkins (8) and infielder/pitcher Megan Robinson (10), both of Louisville. Hopkins is a product of Louisville High School and Robinson hails from Nanih Waiya. The Lady Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant coach Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley. ECCC is located in Decatur. (EC Photo)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

City of Louisville Considers Smoke Free Ordinance

The Louisville Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday evening, February 18 in a regularly scheduled meeting. At the top of the agenda was the Mayor’s Youth Council. Members of the Council were present to present a proposal for a Smoke Free Ordinance for the city. Macey Donald, the president of MYC introduced Leigh Lampkin of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition. Lampkin presented some statistics on smoking, secondhand smoke and smoke related health issues.

The board was presented with a draft document of a smoke free ordinance for the city of Louisville. If such an ordinance was adopted, no smoking indoors in businesses or public places would be allowed within the city limits. Lampkin noted that 78 other towns and cities across the state have adopted a similar ordinance and are now considered smoke free.

ECCC Sophomore Centralettes Honored

Sophomore members of the Centralettes, the dance line for the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band at East Central Community College in Decatur, were recognized for service during a recent basketball game in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. Honorees include (front row, from left) Kasey Logan of Lake, Kelsey Cox of Forest, Emma Burton of Union, Emilee Cox of Forest, Caitlyn Saint of Decatur and Hillary Williams of Philadelphia; and (back row, from left) Kara Beth Johnson of Morton, Kayla Covington of Louisville, Emily Gully of Louin, Jayohnnie Slaughter of Union and Taylor Gressett of Chunky. Tina Sanders serves as Centralette Coordinator. Hunter Corhern is Director of Bands and Ed Girling is assistant director. (EC Photo)

ECCC Baseball Schedule Changes for Today

Due to wet grounds, EC’s matchup with East MS will now be a doubleheader. The opener starts at 3 p.m. and will be a nine inning contest. The nightcap will be a seven-inning game. EC’s and EMCC’s scheduled contests with Jeff Davis today have been cancelled.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Name Confusion Creates Headaches for Winston County Sheriff and Local Business

Name recognition can be a wonderful tool for a business or even a public official but when a name is wrongly
Pugh's Bail Bonding is based in
Laurel, Ms. and is not associated with
the Winston County Sheriff or his office
associated between the two, all kinds of problems can result as Sheriff Jason Pugh has recently discovered.

Pugh has been fielding questions and calls from the public concerning a bail bonds company with the same name. Pugh's Bail Bonding located on West Main in Louisville is a new business in the area and has no association with the Winston County Sheriff. The bonding company is based in Laurel, Ms and is locally managed by Katrina Combest.

Everything You Need to Know about Upcoming Voter ID Requirements in Mississippi

The Ms. Secretary of State's Office has provided the following information on the new Voter "Photo" ID requirements. This information can also be found on the Winston County website at  You may also contact the Winston County Circuit Clerk's Office if you have further questions. (662-773-3581)

When do voters have to start showing photo ID to vote?

Beginning with the June 3, 2014, Primary Election, all Mississippians voting at the polls will be required to show a photo ID card.  Also, individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in person in the Circuit Clerk's office prior to the June 3, 2014 Primary Election Day will be required to show a photo ID.
Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail for the Primary Election on June 3, 2014, do NOT have to show a photo ID. Also, overseas and uniformed military voting by absentee ballot by email or fax do not have to show a photo ID.

What forms of photo ID are required on Election Day?

Weather Update as of 4:45 pm

A strong line of storms is now moving into Ms with first hit areas in the extreme NW area of the state. Those areas are currently under a tornado warning. The line of storms is expected to hit our area later this evening with possible strong winds and gusts up to 60 mph. Quarter size hail is possible and there is a slight risk of tornado activity.

MSU Offers Three Summer Camps Focused on Nature

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Registration is open for three summer camps for young people interested in wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture are hosting two residential camps and one day camp.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WinstonWeb Ready to Take Business to New Level

Winston Web News recently moved to new offices at 116 South Columbus Ave. in Louisville.  (That’s the building with the blue awning next to Louisville Utilities) The move along with our associated company, McCully and Associates, signals the next stage in the growth and development of Winston Web News.

WWN began as a concept and a desire to fill a need in rural areas such as Winston County. With the explosion of the Internet and smart phone coverage, an online source of information that is more immediate, to the point and accessible was our goal. We have spent a considerable period of time developing our web presence: changing designs, testing software components, building relationships and simply learning how to do something that no one else has done.

Winston County Circuit Clerk Ask the Public to Prepare for Voter ID

Mississippi voters approved a citizen-initiated Constitutional Amendment on November 8, 2011, which requires eligible voters to present a photo ID before casting a ballot in person at the polls or in a Circuit Clerk’s office.

Circuit Clerk, Kim Ming asks voters to notify her office if:

Winston County Distinguished Young Women Program Set for March 1

The 2015 Distinguished Young Women program is scheduled for March 1 in Winston County. Formerly known as the Junior Miss program, DWY is the oldest and largest national scholarship program for high school girls. High school juniors are eligible to participate in the program.

This year there are eight local contestants.

Suspect Sought in Vehicle Theft in Winston County

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect and a stolen vehicle from the 5000 block of Hwy 15 N.  The Dodge pickup was taken around 10:30 am on Tuesday morning (Feb18) from a residence. Chief Deputy Keith Alexander indicated that authorities were looking for John Michael Jackson in connection with the theft. Jackson is a white male born on 3-4-1969. The last known location of Jackson and the vehicle was in the Grenada area.
John Michael Jackson 
The stolen vehicle was a red 2003 Dodge Ram pickup with a Winston County license plate: WN5 124. Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.

“It’s Elementary”

Brandy Blanton, Elementary School’s nurse, provides weekly news and tips for helping children at home. Check out her information on American Heart Month at Fair Elementary's website - click here

Winston Co Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at ECCC

The above students from Winston County were recently inducted into Theta Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college, at East Central Community College. Induction ceremonies were held Thursday, Feb. 6, on the Decatur campus. Inductees and their hometowns include (front row, from left) Cara Jackson, Kayla Covington, Madelyn Peterson, Jenna Lovorn and Brooke Richardson, all of Louisville; and Haley Pierce, Noxapater; and (back row, from left) Alex Bucklew, Brody Richardson, Bryan Burton and Zachary Allen, all of Louisville; and Colton Horne, Noxapater. More than 75 students joined the prestigious organization, whose mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. To qualify, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree and must have a grade point average of 3.5. Career-Technical counselor Amanda Walton and instructors Chris Ryals and Jenna Wright serve as advisers.

February - Black History Month

The celebration of black history began in 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., initiated ‘Negro History Week’. February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the week-long observance was extended to the entire month of February in order to have enough time for the celebratory programs and activities.

The history of African Americans is an integral part of the history of America. These courageous and talented people broke barriers and achieved great success, often despite great odds.

Each week on Monday during the month of February, WWN will highlight African American men and women who have made and continue to make a lasting contribution to our American history.

(We will begin each week with a highlight of African American inventors; and each Friday, highlight African Americans of Winston County).

Week of Feb 17-21

Relay for Life Working Hard for May 2nd Date

Relay for Life is progressing well toward its scheduled date of  May 2, 2014. The event will be held once again at the Louisville High School football field.

Relay for Life Coordinator Brandi Krajewski said, "We currently have 13 teams signed on. This year's theme is "Winston County Don't TOY Around with Cancer!" The teams will decorate their campsites in a "toy" theme. There will be a lot of children activities planned for the night of the event."

Teams who have already signed up for a particular toy include:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winston Co Supervisors Briefed on Voter ID and County Litigation

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, February 18 with a full agenda. Voter ID was a major topic as Angie McGinnis, the regional coordinator for voter ID from the Secretary of State's Office spoke to the Board. McGinnis encouraged the board to help identify individuals in Winston County who were in need of a photo voter ID. “We want people to know the requirements and not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable when they show up at the polls.” said McGinnis.

McGinnis gave the board an overview of the photo ID requirements. These requirements are posted on the County’s website at and will also be available on Winston Web News.

Winston Co Supervisors' Minutes - Feb 3, 2014

The Minutes from the February 3, 2014 meeting of the Winston County Supervisors are now available online at the County's website. To view the minutes - click here.

LHS Powerlifters Place in Regional Meet

Congratulations to John McAdory for placing 1st and Tyler Hickman for placing 2nd in the Regional Meet
Lto R : Tyler Hickman, John McAdory
held at Charleston High School Saturday, February 15th. John won his class with lifts of 550 lbs in the squat category, 400 lbs in the bench press category and 550 lbs int he dead lift. Tyler placed in his class with lifts of 620 lbs in the squat category, 335 lbs in the bench press category and 550 lbs in the dead lift. They will compete in the North State Meet on March 7th at Charleston High School. Placement in the March 7th meet will allow them to participate in the State Meet in Jackson.


ECCC Softball Squad Sweeps MS Delta

East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad improved to 6-0 on the young season following a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Delta Community College Friday, Feb. 14 on the Decatur campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors cruised 16-0 in the opener and posted an 8-0 shutout in the nightcap.

Chamber Still Taking Artwork For Red Hills Festival

The Chamber of Commerce/Main Street is still soliciting artwork that will be printed on the Red Hills Festival t-shirts as well as the posters and other printed material.

Artwork is limited to the use of 4 colors and should be based upon the Red Hills Festival, Red Hills Car Show and associated 5K run. Artwork from youth and adults is welcome and your work should be on 9 x12 art paper.

Anyone wishing to submit their art should do so no later than Friday, February 28, 2014. If your art is selected by the Red Hills Festival Committee you will receive $100.00 and a t-shirt. If you have any questions about requirements or you would like to see artwork from previous years, come by the Chamber Offices at 311 West Park Street in Louisville or call 662-773-3921.

Busy Day in Winston County

LMSD students return to school today after a long weekend that was shortened due to last week's weather conditions. Students were scheduled to be out of class today but due to school closing last week, today became a makeup day.

Winston County Supervisors meet today at 9:00 am. Their regularly scheduled meeting on the 1st Monday of each month was delayed due to the President's Day holiday. On the agenda is a discussion of a new E911 interlocal agreement wth the City of Louisville.

The Louisville City officials and Aldermen also meet this evening at 5:30 pm.  The Mayor's Youth Council, Natron and changes to 4-way stops in the city are among the items on the agenda.

The Louisville Lions Club also meet tonight at 6:30 pm at Lake Tiak O'Khata. If you are interested in the Lions Club, you are welcome to participate. The Lions are gearing up to host the State Convention in Louisville in May, 2014.

NOTE: The County Wide Yard Sale that usually takes place in March at the Louisville Coliseum has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts at the facility...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise to Speak at ECCC

Astronaut Fred Haise, who served as the lunar module pilot during the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission in
1970 and is portrayed by Bill Paxton in the blockbuster film Apollo 13, will speak at East Central Community College in Decatur on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. in Vickers Fine Arts Building Auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the event is open to the public. However, due to limited space, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

ECCC Plans Grand Opening for Smithsonian Exhibit

East Central Community College was recently selected to serve as a host site for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, The Way We Worked, which will be on display for several weeks on the Decatur campus.

The exhibit officially opens with a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, in the Molly McGee Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

Local Heavy Metal Band to Release EP

The Noxapater based, heavy metal band “Children of Aries” will be releasing their second EP under that name on March 25. The EP,”Legends of the Macabre” includes new unreleased material. The band previously released an EP titled “The Revelations”. 

Wil Bane and Alan White currently comprise the band that was originally called Addonexus. The tracks are dark and true heavy metal and are scheduled to be available on ITunes, GooglePlay, Amazon mp3 and the Children of Aries BandCamp page.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

ECCC Concert Series Begins Feb. 27

The East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band Department will begin its 2014 Spring Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, when the Symphonic Band presents its annual concert in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

Louisville Board of Alderman Agenda - Feb 18

The City of Louisville Agenda for the February 18, 2014 meeting of the Board of Aldermen and Ciyty Officials is now available online at the City's website. The agenda is subject to change prior to the meeting. To view the agenda  - click here

City of Louisville website address is:

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Woodland Certification Offered to Landowners

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi farmers and landowners have three opportunities to learn the costs and benefits of implementing sustainable woodland management practices during a Lunch and Learn program available through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Steps Toward Woodland Certification is a Mississippi State University Extension Service “Lunch and Learn” program. It is offered from noon to 1 p.m. via webinar on Feb. 21 and 26, or through interactive video on March 4.

MSU Event Offers Outdoor Career Options for Girls

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young women interested in careers based on their love of the outdoors, wildlife and science can learn about job options from mentors and professionals at an upcoming event.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring Conservation Careers Discovery Days April 4-5. High school girls in ninth-twelfth grades can enjoy camping, bird watching, water sampling and other activities related to wildlife biology, ecology, research and land management. The event begins at 4 p.m. April 4 and concludes at 6 p.m. April 5.

Friday, February 14, 2014

LMSD Board has Heavy Agenda In Spite of Bad Weather Conditions

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met on Tuesday night in spite of the poor weather conditions. One item was removed from the agenda due to the weather, as Teacher of the Year awards were moved to the March meeting.

The Board heard from Bob Clay, a representative of the program, Excel by 5. This program is a community certification program unique to Mississippi. Involving the Early Childhood Institute of MSU and privately funded predominantly by Chevron, Excel by 5 seeks to improve early childhood education, health and school readiness.

CTC Students Tour Fresenius Dialysis

Winston/Louisville Career Technical Center Health Sciences Students  recently toured The Fresenius Dialysis Center

Winston County Supervisor's Agenda - Now Online

The agenda for the February 18, 2014 meeting of the Winston County Supervisors is now available online on the County 's website. To view the agenda, please click here.

Winston County Website is:

Hampton Receives Harriet Tubman Award

Charles Hampton received The Harriet Tubman Award from the Magnolia Bar Association, Inc. and
Magnolia Bar Foundation, Inc. on January 25, 2014. The Harriet Tubman Award is presented to individuals and/or organizations that have distinguished themselves within the African American Community as trailblazers and stalwarts in the fields of business, civil rights, religion and/or politics. These individuals and/or organizations have demonstrated unusual courage and selfless dedication in creating new opportunities for people while putting aside personal goals. Charles is president of Winston County NAACP and 1st Vice-president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP.

Holliman Addresses First Pitch Crowd

East Central Community College head baseball coach Neal Holliman addresses a large crowd in attendance
for the eighth annual First Pitch Dinner held Saturday, Feb. 1 in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus. The event is held to recognize team members and program supporters in preparation for the new season. This year’s event featured Mississippi State University associate head baseball/pitching coach Butch Thompson as guest speaker. (EC Photo)


Thursday, February 13, 2014

LMSD Students to Report to School on Tuesday, February 18

This week's bad weather meant a day out of school for area students on Tuesday but a loss of time in the classroom means a makeup day is required. Students were scheduled to be out of school on February 18 (day after President's Day) for teachers to participate in Professional Development but the District saw this as an opportunity to make up the lost day without adding an additional school day at the end of the school year.

All LMSD students are to report to school on Tuesday, February 18 and follow their regular schedule. We will have more information when it becomes available.

Louisville's Mayor Awarded 3rd Certification Level by MML

Louisville's Mayor Will Hill has completed the "Professional Development" level of the Certified Municipal
Officials program from the Mississippi Municipal League (MML).

The MML Certified Municipal Officials (CMO) program has three certification levels:

  • Basic CMO, which focuses on the basics of municipal organization, law, finance, and land use; 
  • Advanced CMO which provides training in community and economic development; 
  • Professional Development CMO level which requires 40 hours of course work and encourages the improvement of skills such as public speaking, writing and interpersonal communications. 

Black History Month Activities at Eiland

Mrs. Mary Ashford portraying Harriet Tubman for her Language Arts
students at Eiland for Black History Month

Pilot Club Sponsors Valentine's Party at Fair

The Pilot Club sponsored a Valentine's Party for Mrs. Stoots and Mrs. Miller's classes today at Fair Elementary.

Thank Ya'll - Open House - WinstonWebNews

Thanks for the photo - Berry Johnson!!
We would like to thank everyone for making our Open House a huge success this morning. We look forward to serving this community for years to come!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Join Us For Our Open House - Thursday

We would like to invite you to our open house at our new location at 116 S. Columbus in Louisville. Drop by for a visit from 10:30 til noon. We thank the community for all their support as we launched Winston Web News and we hope to serve our area for years to come!!

Tryouts Set for ECCC Men’s Soccer Team

Tryouts for the 2014 East Central Community College men’s soccer team will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 on the Decatur campus, announced head coach Kenneth Thompson.

Activities begin with registration set for 1 p.m. at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

WMC Celebrates American Heart Month

Winston Medical Center celebrated “National Wear Red Day” on Friday, February 7th to help build awareness of heart disease in both men and women. Staff wore red in support of the day.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No Decision on LMSD Closings as of 8:00 pm.

WWN spoke with administration at Louisville public schools around 8:00 pm... Due to uncertainty of weather conditions, no decision on school closings will be made at this time. LMSD personnel will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions. Any decision on closings will be made prior to 5:30 am tomorrow morning. As of 8:pm, LMSD schools will be open tomorrow. We will post any changes as soon as they become available. We are not aware of any decisions yet on Winston Academy or Grace Christian as well.

Valentine’s Roses Make Long Trek to Area Florists

A major gift-giving holiday is fast approaching. If your first thought was Christmas, you’re about 10 months early and in serious trouble.Of course I’m referring to Valentine’s Day, and the most frequently given gift by far is flowers. What is the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day? If you said roses -- then, ding, ding, ding -- you’re a winner.

Our Valentine’s roses are true world travelers, and the routes they take from field to florist are truly amazing.

Most of our cut roses are grown in Ecuador and Columbia, primarily because of their consistent growing conditions and predictable weather. These farms are close to the equator, which means there is little change in day length through the year. High altitudes contribute to the more intense sunlight conditions with moderate temperatures.

More Freezing Rain Possible Tonight/Tomorrow

More precipitation is expected to move into our area by early evening tonight.  The big questions is - what form will that precipitation take?  Temperatures have barely exceeded freezing today which has allowed some melting of accumulated ice but if this evening's temperatures drop below freezing early, the area could experience major icing resulting in power line and tree damage causing power outages.

Winston County is under a Winter Weather Advisory til noon on Wednesday. Current forecasts indicate that  we can expect some additional ice accumulation as there is a 100% chance of rain mixed with snow or sleet beginning this evening around 7 pm.

We will update later today..