Monday, March 31, 2014

Friends of the Library Ask for Book Donations

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale at the Winston County Library on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A great way to support your Library and clean-up your home or office bookshelves is to donate your used materials to the Friends of The Winston County Library. Donated books should be in good condition. The Friends will re-sell your donations at their semi-annual Book Sales. Proceeds from the sales help sponsor Library projects and activities not covered by the Library's operating budget.


Citizens National Bank Welcomes Jeff Overstreet as a Relationship Banker for the North Columbus Branch

(submitted) Here at Citizens National Bank we strive on building relationships with our clients and looking for the best relationship bankers to serve you! Since November 2013, Jeff Overstreet continues to be a real value to the North Columbus team because he believes “relationships are the backbone of banking.” Regardless of what size your business is, he wants to help all of his clients take their business to the next level and help them stay ahead of the competition.

As a 2008 Mississippi State University graduate in Banking and Finance he has obtained the knowledge needed to make his career a success. In 2008 he was

National Library Week April 13-19, 2014

Lives change @ your library:  Mississippi libraries celebrate National Library Week April 13-19

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resource. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

Unique Opportunity to Join Friends of Noxubee Refuge on April 1

Tomorrow - Tuesday, April 1 - a Friends-only event will be held at the Refuge at 11:00 to inventory the fish in the ponds where the Youth Fishing Derby will be held on April 26. The fisheries biologists will be available to conduct this procedure, known as electro-shocking. This should be fascinating to witness and will help Refuge staff assure that plenty of fish are available for the kids to catch on the 26th!

If you are not a friends member and would like to participate, now would be a good time to join. An individual membership costs only $15; a family membership $25. Bring cash or check with you and come on down to the Refuge.

We'll meet at the ponds. Go about a mile beyond the Visitor Center (and past the Goose Overlook turnoff) and then turn left on to the gravel road - the gate will be open. (Stop by the office or call them at 323-5548 if you need more specific directions.)

Preservation Commission Hosts Program on Historical Tax Credits

The Louisville Historical Preservation Commission met on Friday at Louisville City Hall and presented a program by Todd Sanders, the Financial Co-ordinator with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). Sanders presented information concerning tax credits available at the state and federal level for the rehab of historical properties.

Frances Edwards, Edna Joy Prisock,  Annette Crabtree,Victoria Goss, Marveen Moody

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nanih Waiya Community Park Closer To A Reality

(submitted) The non-profit group, Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park, recently sold chicken plates and raffled off some Adirondack furniture to help raise more funds for their community park project.  Although there were several other sports events and activities that day, the community really came out in support of the park. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jr Auxiliary 5K Run Scheduled for Red Hills Festival

The 5th Annual Junior Auxiliary Red Hills Festival 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run is scheduled for May 24th in conjunction with the Red Hills Festival. To find out more details and to print a registration form - click here or on the banner below.  Forms are also available at the Chamber office on Park street and also at our offices at Winston Web on 116 S. Columbus. We will have more details as the event approaches.

Winston County High School Students Participate in Land Judging Competition at MSU

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi youths recently took part in a competition with skills they can take to their graves. Home-site selection, agricultural impact and erosion prevention are among the issues students considered as they competed in the state land judging contest on March 25 on the Mississippi State University research farm. About 80 members of 4-H and FFA groups around the state evaluated the soil in holes that looked more like something they would find in a cemetery than in a pasture.

Shown here are Michael Resh of Nanih Waiya (left) and Nick Strehle of Noxapater as they examine soil layers during the land judging competition at Mississippi State University on March 25, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

ECCC’s Shrek the Musical Cast

Above are cast members for the East Central Community College ENCORE production of Shrek the Musical scheduled April 7-12 in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium on the Decatur campus. Matinee performances begin at 9 a.m. April 7-11(Monday through Friday). Evening performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. April 10-12 (Thursday through Saturday). Shrek the Musical (lyrics by David Lindsey-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori) brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. The presentation is part romance, part twisted fairytale, and all-around fun for the entire family!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Winston Co Deputies Execute Search Warrant on Thursday.

Winston County Sheriff Deputies in cooperation with agents of the Ms. Bureau of Narcotics executed a search warrant on Thursday (March 27) around 4 pm at a residence on Hwy 25N in Winston County. The resident, Christopher Gray was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia including pipes, scales and other contraband. 

Gray was in possession of two firearms. The search also led to the recovery of a stolen 4-wheeler located in Oktibbeha County. Gray is currently in the Winston/Choctaw Correctional Facility and charges include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Pet of the Week

These adorable puppies are looking for a good home.  There are 8 of them all together. Five boys and three girls.  They are about ten weeks old and have not been spayed or neutered.  They are very playful and sweet.  The Louisville Animal Shelter is still overrun with bigger dogs.  Please come by the shelter at 110 Thompson Street and adopt a loving animal or call 662-773-4320.  Thank you.


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) will host his sixth annual Military Academy Day on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Pearl High School.

This free seminar is for students and parents to learn more about America’s military academies, requirements for admission, and the congressional appointment process. High school students preparing for college in the approaching years who are considering enrolling in a service academy should attend. Junior high students are welcome to participate.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Louisville Welcomes New Firefighter to LFD

Louisville's newest full time firefighter was sworn in today at City Hall. Chief Johnny Roy Haynes and Mayor Will Hill welcomed Chris Young to the LFD. Young has been a volunteer firefighter with Noxapater for 12 years. Young is shown here with his wife Wendy at the ceremony.
(L to R) Chris Young, Wendy Young, LFD Chief Johnny Haynes, Mayor Will Hill

LMSD Deals with a Busy Agenda

After recognizing the Teachers the Year, the Louisville Municipal School District Trustees tackled a large agenda. The major items included the following:

· Aproval of claims docket and financial reports.

· Approval of a Nutrition Integrity Grant for $18,000 for steam ovens at Fair Elementary School and Louisville High School. The grant for the ovens was intended to help reduce the consumption of fried foods by students.

· The board approved a list of non—architect capital improvements for all the schools. Costs are projected to be around $232,000. These improvements included:
1. the renovation of the Long Humanities Hall and the replacement of curtains in the auditorium at Louisville High School.
2. Fencing and playground improvement at Fair Elementary.
3. Playground renovation at Louisville Elementary.
4. Air conditioning the gym at Nanih Waiya.
5. Materials, ball field lights and gym floor repair at Noxapater.
6. Painting of shop areas at the Winston/Louisville Career Tech Center

City of Louisville Board Minutes Now Online

The unapproved Board Minutes from the March 18, 2014 meeting of the City of Louisville Officials are now available online on the City's website. These minutes are subject to review and are not official untl approved by the Board in their next meeting. To view the minutes - click here

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Five-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration & Pre-K Registration Coming Up!

Five-year-old kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year is scheduled at Fair Elementary, Noxapater Attendance Center, and Nanih Waiya Attendance Center on Tuesday through Thursday, April 8 - 10, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. A child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2014 to enroll. A birth certificate, social security number, certificate of compliance (shot record), and 2 proofs of residency must be provided before school starts. Parents and students are invited to visit the school and enroll in the school zone in which they reside.

Pre-K registration  at LMSD will begin on April 1st and will end on the 3rd. Call the school for more information.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Changes in LHS Baseball Schedules

Thursday's junior high games have been canceled with Columbus. The Junior High team will play Saturday at 1:00 at home versus NC. Players are to report at 11am.

Friday's Varsity  division game at Nettleton has been moved to Thurday at 5pm and 7 pm due to weather forecasts for weekend.

Check Out the Winston/Louisville Career Technical Center

There are some exciting things going on at the Winston/Louisville Career Technology Center as students from all area schools have the opportunity for a wide array of skills training. To find out more about the Center - visit their website at  There are adult education opportunities as well.

LMSD Recognizes Teachers of the Year

The Louisville Municipal School Board took time in its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night (March 25) to recognize the Districts’ Teachers of the Year. Each school and the district recognized an individual teacher and one teacher was selected as the overall district Teacher of the Year.

Receiving awards were: Jan Collier of Fair Elementary, Marion Winters of Louisville Elementary, Jennifer Vowell of Eiland Middle School, Pam Reed of Louisville High School, Julie Childs of Nanih Waiya and Kristian Swearingen of Noxapater.

Jennifer Vowell was selected as District Teacher of the Year. Vowell is a nationally board certified teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience. She serves as the librarian at Eiland.
(L-R)  Jan Collier- Fair *** Julie Childs- Nanih Waiya***Kristian Swearingen- Noxapater***Marion Winters-Louisville Elementary***Pam Reed-Louisville High School***Jennifer Vowell-Eiland & District Teacher of the Year

MSU Students Asking for Survey Assistance for Local Business

A team of Mississippi State University graduate students seeks Winston County residents to complete the survey located at the link listed below as part of the team’s research project aimed at developing a business strategy for Winston Furniture Co., a small town furniture store located on Main Street in Louisville, MS that has served the area since 1948. The survey is completely anonymous and your support is greatly appreciated. The link will take you directly to the survey.

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Winston Medical Center Partners with Ms Organ Recovery Agency in Statewide Celebration of National Donate Life Month

Winston Medical Center has joined the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency along with hospitals across the state to promote National Donate Life Month on April 1st. From the Northeast hills to the Gulf Coast, more than 30 hospitals, will host activities, recognition ceremonies and educational opportunities to increase organ and tissue donor awareness within their local communities. Throughout the month, emphasis will also be placed on the need for individuals of legal age, to indicate their desire to donate by signing up on the Mississippi Donor Registry at

Winston Medical Center will host a balloon release and small reception at 2:00 pm on April 1, 2014 at the front of the hospital.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Homestead Exemption Deadline Aproaching

Tuesday (April 1) at 5:00 pm is the deadline to sign up for Homestead Exemption this year. Recent changes at the state level have made it more important than ever to check your qualification for the exemption. Last year, hundreds of homestead exemptions in Winston County were ultimately denied for a multitude of reasons.

There are clerical reasons to check the status of your exemption that include the following::


SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will put the “fun” back in fund-raising next week at the school’s 3rd Annual Relay for Life.
Cancer survivors make a lap around Sullivan-Windham Field in 2012 to open the inaugural Relay for Life at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus. EMCC will host this year’s Relay for Life April 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sullivan-Windham Field with a goal of raising $10,000 for cancer research.

Supervisors Appoint New Library Board Member

The Winston County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to appoint Mrs. Judy Post as Winston County Library Board Trustee representing Beat 3. Mrs. Post replaces Mrs. Pat Fuller, who recently resigned from the Board, after serving for more than twelve years.

 Mrs. Post grew up in South Carolina, where she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B. A. in Music Education. She and her husband, Rev. Edward “Ned” Post served churches in Saskatchewan, Canada and then as missionaries in Mayalasia. She has taught piano and guitar, public school music, served as pianist and organist and choir director in several churches in Tennesee and South Carolina. She and her husband moved to Louisville in 1990, where he served the Beth-Eden/St. John’s Lutheran Parish until his death in 2005. She was then appointed by the bishop as Licensed Lay Minister and has served in that position until this time.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

LMSD Board has Full Agenda on Tuesday Night

The Louisville Municipal School Board will meet on Tuesday, March 25th at 5:30 pm at the central school offices on South Columbus Avenue.  The full agenda is available at the District's office. In addition to normal items such as financial reports, consent agenda and 16th section leases, the Board will also cover the following:

  • Presentation of Teacher of the Year Awards - District and individual schools.
  • Discuss non- architect capital improvements to facilities.
  • Dr. Nola Bryant will give a report on Subject Area Test.
  • Penny Hill will report on ACT and Benchmark Data results.
  • Approve a revised school calendar for the remaining school year and for the 2014-2015 year.
  • Consider approval of purchase of several vehicles including 2 buses.
  • Review highest bids on 2 properties recently for sale.
  • Discuss and revise school board policies.
  • Deal with a student discipline issue in executive session.

Winston Co Sheriff Investigates Store Burglary

The Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating a commercial burglary of Mali’s Country Store located
on Hwy 25 South. The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of March 21, 2014. A large amount of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. No suspects have been identified, however,some pictures of the suspects were taken by the surveillance cameras. There is a $500.00 reward offered for information leading to the arrest of these individuals.

If anyone has any information, they can contact the Winston County Sheriff’s Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or the Winston County Crime Stoppers at (662) 773-9999.  more photos below:

Dawg Daze Summer Camps Encourage Learning and Fun

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Registration is now open for three summer camps where kids can participate in arts and crafts, cake decorating and academics.

Dawg Daze of Summer, sponsored by the Mississippi State University Center for Continuing Education and the MSU Extension Service, offers two weeklong camps with emphases on creative and academic experiences for children ages 5-7 and 8-10. The camps will join together for certain events throughout the week. Activities include Artful Antics, Critter Crafts, Silly Sticky Slimy Science and Data Data Data.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ECCC Welcomes Coach Tony Dungy to Fundraising Event

East Central Community College in Decatur will host “Laying the Foundation: An Evening With Coach Tony
Dungy” Friday, March 28, 2014, in the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia. The sold-out event featuring the Super Bowl Champion coach and best-selling author will serve as a fundraiser for a new Football Operations Center.

Activities begin with a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner program at 7 p.m. The silent auction includes various types of sports memorabilia and other specialty items.

In a video message sent to the college, Coach Dungy expressed his excitement about the special event.

“I’m really, really excited about coming down for this fundraiser. I know East Central needs a new football facility and whatever we can do to help that out is going to be fantastic. I look forward to seeing everybody.”
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COLUMBUS – East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Hills campus served up five courses prepared by one of the best chefs in the country Thursday – thanks to a friendly connection.

Chef Chris Hastings, owner and executive chef of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, treated the Red Wing Garden Club of Columbus to five courses of fresh, seasonal dishes as a favor to family friend and EMCC Scooba Vice President Dr. Andrea Mayfield.
Chef Chris Hastings, left, owner and executive chef of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, and the staff at East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Hills campus plate one of five courses designed by Hastings for the Red Wing Garden Club’s annual Wine Pairing Dinner Thursday at Lion Hills. Hastings, who has appeared on Iron Chef America on the Food Network and won the 2012 James Beard award for Best Chef in the South, prepared the meal as a favor for EMCC Scooba campus Vice President and personal friend Dr. Andrea Mayfield.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Alexander Joins ECCC Football Staff

Dennis Alexander was recently selected an assistant football coach at East Central Community College in
Decatur. Alexander will serve as offensive line coach, announced head coach Ken Karcher.

Prior to joining the ECCC coaching staff, the former University of Alabama football standout served the past year as offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Ala.

Alexander served from 2010-13 as head football coach and head track coach at Bessemer City High School in Bessemer, Ala.

Friday, March 21, 2014

WWN's First Video News Test

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Photos from the 2014 Pilot Club Pageant in Louisville

The Louisville Pilot Club held their annual Pageant on Saturday, February 22 at the Louisville High School Auditorium. The proceeds from the pageant go to support Pilot Club projects and to promote awareness of Brain Related Disorders by helping those affected through volunteer activities, education, and financial support.. Congratulations to all the participants in the program! (Photos provided by Louisville Pilot Club- photographer Kevin Hudson)A full set of photos follow: 
Wee Miss Winston County:  3rd runner-up - Aubrey Claire Rives; 2nd runner-up - Kayla Michelle Blanton; winner - Cayman Grace Russell; 1st runner-up - Layla Rae Cefalu

ECCC Softball Squad Sweeps Co-Lin

East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad recorded a pair of victories over Copiah-Lincoln Community College in MACJC South Division action Wednesday, March 19 on the Wesson campus.

Rodeo School Set for a Rip-Roarin Time This Weekend at Louisville Coliseum

Youngsters from the age of seven up to adults will be holding on by the seat of their pants as they attend a
Clint Smith of Double S
weekend of rodeo school in Louisville. Starting tonight (Friday) at 5 pm, students will learn bareback and saddle bronc riding, bullriding and fighting from the staff at Double S Rodeo Company from Jemison, Alabama.

Clint Smith and his wife, Brittany,are the owners of Double S and this is their second year to hold the school in Louisville. Smith said, "Participation has tripled in size since last year. Rodeo is a growing sport and we have students as young as 7-8 and adults as well." Smith indicated that Louisville was a good place for the event and expressed appreciation to the community and the Coliseum for their support.

Participants come from all over the eastern U.S. including a bareback rider from Indiana who will participate in the classes this weekend.

The program is family oriented and geared toward youth participation with Cowboy Church scheduled for Sunday morning. The school is open to the public to come out and watch starting at 5:00 pm tonight. Moore Motivated of Mobile, Ala. is a major sponsor of Double S.


Community is Invited to CVM Annual Open House

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine is inviting visitors of all ages to attend its 29th annual Open House April 4 and 5.

The veterinary college doors will open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Wise Center, located on the south side of campus off Spring Street. The April 4 program is for preregistered school groups, while the community is welcome to attend April 5.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WMC Celebrates National Social Worker Month

March is National Social Work Month! Winston Medical Center wants to say thank you to our Social Workers who are always here for our patients, residents and families! Thank you for the job you do! Keep making a difference in the lives of others! - Click here for more

Louisville High STEM Students Visit WLCTC Today

Louisville High School STEM Students had the opportunity to  learn about some of the programs at the Winston Louisville Career Technical Center today.
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LHS STEM students visiting Winston-Louisville CTC Automotive Service program

Presley Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Utility Billing Scam

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (March 20, 2014) – Today, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley warned consumers to be on guard against scammers that have been targeting Mississippi utility customers. Victims of the scam report receiving a call from a person claiming that they are from the utility company and that the customer’s service will be disconnected if an overdue balance is not immediately paid. In one consumer complaint received by Presley’s office, an Entergy Mississippi customer paid over $1,000 to a man threatening to cut off power, despite his belief that his account was current.

ECCC Alumni Board Making Plans for 2014 Activities

The East Central Community College Alumni Board recently held its spring semester meeting on the Decatur campus. Topics of discussion included the annual MS Community College Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, scheduled Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Muse Center on the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College. 

ECCC to Present ‘Shrek the Musical’ April10-12

East Central Community College’s Encore performers will present their spring musical selection, “Shrek the Musical,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12, in the Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling the College switchboard at 601-635-6215 or 1-877-462-3222, ext. 215. Group rates are available for 20 or more.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Louisville Approves Smoke Free Ordinance

Louisville Aldermen unanimously approved a "Smoke Free" ordinance for the City in their regularly
scheduled meeting on Tuesday. The ordinance effectively bans all smoking within public buildings, public common spaces, near entrances to such buildings, sports venues, etc.

The force behind the ordinance was the actions of the Mayor's Youth Council. The MYC has been actively working with Leigh Lampkin of the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition. In a February board meeting, Lampkin presented some statistics on smoking, secondhand smoke and smoke related health issues to the aldermen. At that time, the board was presented with a draft document of a smoke free ordinance for the city of Louisville.

CrimeStoppers Offers Reward for Info on Highway Sign Vandalism

Highway sign vandalism has become a major problem across Winston County and Winston County CrimeStoppers are ready to take action. These signs are examples of damage done recently along HighPoint-Weir Road.

The cost  of replacing vandalized signs can be significant and includes the cost of the sign but also of the labor involved. Damaged,obscured or missing signs are not just an eyesore but are also a traffic hazard to those traveling the roads across the County.

If you have any information relating to this vandalism, Winston County CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. Contact CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Louisville PD Makes Drug Arrest at Local Motel

The Louisville Police Department released the following statement today concerning an arrest made over the weekend:

On Friday, March 14, 2014, officers with the Louisville Police Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Winston County Sheriff Department conducted a narcotics raid at the Louisville Motel on South Church Ave. 

Winston Co Supervisors Discuss HealthCare/Sign Vandalism/Beer Ordinance

The Winston County Supervisors met on Monday, March 17 in their regularly scheduled meeting. Health care costs, highway signs and vandalism and consideration of an ordinance to close businesses that sell beer at an earlier hour were major topics. The board considered the following items:

  • · The board reviewed the requirements and funding available for Community Development Block Grants that may be available to the County. Limited funds and project requirements resulted in no eligible projects at this time.
  • · The board met with Laurie White from the Winston County Journal and purchased an advertisement in the Journal’s Progress Edition.
  • · The Board also heard from Jimmy Kemp of Kemp and Associates on several related road issues including: signage for the Noxubee Hills Scenic Byway, the Mount Calvary Road project, the Old Robinson Road project and bridge inspections. The Board approved a resolution needed by MDOT to purchase signage for the scenic byway.

Ward Gets Second Save for UWA

Louisville's Brock Ward got his second save of the year on Saturday (March 15) for the University of West Alabama as the Tigers defeated Valdosta State by a score of 10-5 in the first game of a doubleheader. Ward pitched two innings to close the game, giving up 2 hits with one strikeout. Ward is the son of Tabby Dempsey and Kendall Ward.