Monday, June 30, 2014

Mennonite Disaster Service in Winston County for Long Haul

The good folks at the Mennonite Disaster Service are committed to the long haul to help disaster victims in Winston County. Volunteers from all over the country, particularly Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio have already been in the area and completed thousands of hours of cleanup around Winston County.
Bunkhouse/Kitchen under construction to serve
volunteers over the next 2 years

M D S is currently constructing a camp/worksite for volunteer workers who will help with construction and repair for as long as two years. Working with Winston Strong's Community Based Recovery Committee, MDS has already begun repair work on some homes and will be involved in the construction of homes for those who had insufficient insurance and/or FEMA compensation to rebuild.

The Annual Red White and Blue Parade/The Annual Fireworks Display

The Annual Red White and Blue Parade will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM on Main
Street Louisville. All children 12 years old or younger should plan to decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons, etc (no motorized rides). Come to the parking lot behind the Courthouse and line up on Court Street. Come teach your
children about our veterans and the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices that has been made by these brave men and women. Bring a Veteran to be in the parade with you!!

The Annual Fireworks Display will also be held on July 3, 2014 after the Red White and Blue Parade at 9:00 pm at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. They will have a hamburger, hot dog and chicken strip buffet.Live entertainment will be provided at the pavilion on the water beside the restaurant by Mark Goldbeck.

"Little Einstein" Awards Day

Julie Chase seated with the program participants 
The Winston County Library’s “Little Einsteins” Reading Awards Day. Programs were held throughout the month of June.  On awards day, the children were treated to water fun when the Louisville Fire Department showed up to spray water on them, and Mrs. Kenisha Hughes, Dollar Tree Manager, donated 25 water guns for the occasion. (More photos below)

City of Louisville Agenda for Tuesday, July 1

The agenda for the July 1, 2014 Louisville Board of Aldermen is now posted on the City's website. To view the agenda, click here.  City officials meet at 5:30 pm on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Friday, June 27, 2014

List of Properties Sold for Taxes That Mature to Purchaser on August 27, 2014

The Winston County Chancery Clerk has provided a public notice of land sold for taxes in 2011 that will mature to the purchaser on August 27, 2014. This list is available on the County's website and can be viewed by clicking here. An updated list will be provided at a later date. Redemption of the properties listed may be made by paying all taxes, fees,. etc on or prior to August 27th, otherwise a tax deed will be provided to the purchaser.

Correction on City Burn Permits

CORRECTION & UPDATE: Property owners who wish to burn (Building debris cannot be burned in the city limits, only vegetative material) within the city limits of Louisville are required to have a permit issued by the Louisville Fire Department. LFD must review the site and approve the burn before a permit will be issued.

You may come by the Louisville Fire Department on Spring Street, Monday through Friday during normal business  to apply for a permit or you may call 662-773-9402. Permits cannot be applied for over weekends. If you wish to burn on the weekend, you will need to get an approved permit prior to that time.

This is a clarification of a previous post on WWN. It is not legal to burn building debris within the city limits of Louisville.

A message from the CEO for Norman Regional Health Systems: Paying It Forward – Winston Medical Center

A message from the CEO for Norman Regional Health Systems
June 25, 2014
Paying It Forward – Winston Medical Center

As I shared with you in last week's Employee Update, Anne Clouse (NRHS Foundation), Jim Wade (NRHS Foundation Board Member) and I experienced the joy and emotion of delivering your financial gift to the employees of Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Miss. I had no idea of what to expect but I can assure that the experience was incredible. I have never received a grander welcome from total strangers than what we received from the good folks of Louisville. At the same time so many of the emotions that I felt during the loss of our Moore Medical Center came rushing back. I saw the same heart and courage in their staff that you showed during our loss. I have asked Anne and Jim to share their personal thoughts on the significance of our trip.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Farmers' Market

Don't forget Winston County Farmers Market every Thursday - 4 until.... Check out this fresh produce today!!

photo from @jen sellers

Pet of the Week

This sweet cat is about 2 or 3 years old and has been neutered.  He is very laid back and friendly and is looking for a good home.  Come by the Louisville Animal Shelter located on 110 Thompson St. or call them at 662-773-4320. Thank you.

Relief Fairs Provide Informational and Assistance Opportunities

Locals had the opportunity to visit with a number of agencies and businesses on Monday and Tuesday nights as the community-based relief committee of Winston Strong sponsored “relief fairs” at Liberty Church in Noxapater and the First Baptist Church in
Louisville. Winston Countians that may have suffered losses in the April 28 storm were given the opportunity to visit with FEMA, MEMA, SBA, Mississippi Department of Human Services, representatives of the Mississippi Department of Insurance and a multitude of businesses that provided services such as storm shelters and insurance claims assistance.

Citizens were also able to discuss their status with case managers of Winston Strong to apply for and to learn what assistance may be available for long-term relief. You can find out more about Winston Strong at their website at visit their Facebook page at Winston Strong.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PSC's Presley Presents Resolution to EMEPA Workers

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley was in Louisville today (Wednesday, June 25) to recognize area East Mississippi Electrical Power Association employees for their efforts after the April 28 tornado. Presley presented a resolution from the Public Service Commission to a crowded room full of EMEPA employees commending the restoration efforts in the wake of April’s storm.

Said Presley, “This is a small token from PSC. Sometimes in events like this, workers such as yourself are forgotten about. This is to let you know that we haven’t forgot about you and your work. In every community, the first thing that makes people feel normal is when their lights come on.”

Cochran Takes Winston County with 55.5% of the Vote

Tuesday’s primary runoff election between incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel put an end to a long and sometimes nasty campaign for the Republican party candidate for United States Senate. While McDaniel led the race in the June 3 primary, he was unable to capture a 50% majority, forcing the June 24 runoff.

The incumbent Cochran was able to rally some additional support and in a very tight runoff, he was able to capture roughly 51% of the vote statewide and is expected to face Democrat Travis Childers in November for the Senate seat.

Permits Required for Burning in City of Louisville

Property owners who wish to burn debris,(UPDATE - Building debris cannot be burned in the city limits, only vegetative material) etc. within the city limits of Louisville are required to have a permit issued by the Louisville Fire Department. LFD must review the site and approve the burn before a permit will be issued.

You may come by the Louisville Fire Department on Spring Street, Monday through Friday during normal business  to apply for a permit or you may call 662-773-9402. Permits cannot be applied for over weekends. If you wish to burn on the weekend, you will need to get an approved permit prior to that time.

EMEPA Warns of Potential Scams

East Mississippi Electric Power Association reminds members to be cautious of potential scam artists posing as EMEPA employees.

Members throughout EMEPA’s service area have reported calls from someone with a foreign accent claiming to work for EMEPA instructing them to call 800-598-1128 to make a payment immediately. The scammer claims a technician is on his way to cut out the member’s power if they do not immediately make a payment.EMEPA urges members to be cautious with personal and financial information. Never provide your Social Security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you initiated the contact.EMEPA will not call requesting your personal or financial information and all EMEPA employees will have proper identification.If you do receive a call from someone claiming to be from EMEPA requesting such information, hang up and immediately report the call to local authorities.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MSU Child Programs Aid Tornado Recovery

Photo by: Alicia Barnes
LOUISVILLE -- When the April 28 EF4 tornado leveled Destiny’s Day Care in Louisville, center owner Deborah Holmes was relieved by the quick response from two Mississippi State University programs.
“I started getting calls from MSU wanting to know how we were and what we needed,” Holmes said. “They showed up at the right time.”
The first call Holmes received came from the Early Childhood Institute, a program of the MSU College of Education, which had previously provided technical assistance to her staff.
“We contacted Mrs. Holmes to check on her, her staff and the children and found they needed help to reopen quickly,” JoAnn Thomas, project director at the Early Childhood Institute said.
“All the support built me back up and let me know I could get through this,” Holmes said. “Each day there were at least five people from MSU providing the manpower that made reopening in a week possible. They didn’t just talk the talk about wanting to help. They showed up to work.”

ECCC Announces July Session Class Schedule

Registration is under way for the July session of summer classes offered at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Classes, which get under way Monday, July 1, are held Monday through Thursday at various locations in the five-county district.
The class schedule is as follows:

Dean Park Repair Work Limits Access for Local Children

Mario Carter holding the 10 lb. bass
that he caught while fishing in Dean Park
before the tornado hit Louisville.
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
Among the ten lives lost, over 300 homes demolished and nearly 300 home damaged are children missing in Dean Park for their summer vacation. There is no comparison to the other losses but we are missing seeing the children play in Dean Park. Dean Park was damaged by the storm mostly by many beautiful pine trees being uprooted. Presently, the contractors have just about
moved all of the debris and the logs are being hauled away from the park. However, a few other major things have to be done before the
park is opened again - septic tank top to sewage and the pavilion have to be repaired. Bids are still needed for the fence around the park, pavilion, baseball field and tennis court. Please contact Dean Park Commissioner, Willie Therman Eichelberger, if you would like to make a bid at (662) 312-7895. If you would like to volunteer to help clean the park after the logs are moved, please contact Richard Moncrief, president of Friends of Dean Park at (662) 736-3323 or Elmetra Patterson at 510.672-2106.submitted by Elmetra Patterson

Monday, June 23, 2014

SBA Disaster Loan Application Deadline and Outreach Centers Close in Mississippi on June 30

ATLANTA – The U. S. Small Business Administration announced today that the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville and Tupelo, Mississippi will cease operations on
Monday, June 30 at the close of business. The deadline to file an SBA Disaster loan application, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for physical damage is also June 30, 2014.

See You Later - Alligator!!

Winston County Sheriff's deputies captured this 3 foot alligator just south of Louisville near Hwy 15S on Monday. The critter was spotted by an employee of EMEPA who contacted the department.

Staff in the Winston County Courthouse kept a wary eye on the gator until it was turned over to a local game warden.

Contact FEMA If Insurance for Tornado-Related Living Expenses Expires

 JACKSON, Miss. – Disaster survivors whose additional living expenses (sometimes termed “loss of use”) from their insurance company are running out and who still have a temporary housing need should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency helpline (800-621-3362) immediately if they have not registered for disaster assistance.Those who have registered should fax or mail a letter to the address below, explain the situation, document the use and expiration of living expenses from insurance and update their permanent housing plan.

Applicants may mail letters to:
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

Applicants may fax letters to:
Attention: FEMA

Presley to Present Commendation to EMEPA

Commissioner Presley will present a resolution on behalf of the Public Service Commission commending the restoration efforts of EMEPA in the wake of last April’s storm. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 25 at 1:30at EMEPA offices at 86 EMEPA Road in Louisville.

For more information contact Commissioner Presley at 662-963-1471.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Couple of Things to Know for the Weekend!!

Summer officially gets here this weekend as we can all see by the weather. Here's few things you need to know about this weekend. Add your own by commenting on our Facebook post.

Absentee voting ends at noon today. The Winston County Circuit Clerk's office will be open til noon on Saturday........Tonight is the last night of the Fair at the Louisville Coliseum. If you haven't made it over there yet, it's not too late. Rides are by Ms. Delta Shows...... There will be a sketching workshop at the refuge at 2 pm today. A New Orleans artist  will conduct a sketching workshop of Noxubee’s native flora and fauna. See our events page for more details........Farmers Market in Noxapater starting at 7 am this morning- better hurry and ....... how does a nice cold watermelon and "mater" sandwich sound? Drop by Barbara's Place on N. Columbus today. Melons and tomatoes just in last night and they might have a few more fresh items. Have a great weekend and be careful not to get too hot today!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

SBA Disaster Loan Application Deadline June 30 for Physical Damage in Mississippi

 Don’t Wait On Insurance to Apply
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Mississippi of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding between April 28 and May 3. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is June 30, 2014.

The SBA encourages residents and business owners to go ahead and apply for an SBA disaster loan even if they have not settled with their insurance company. “Waiting to file an SBA application could cause unnecessary delays in receiving disaster assistance, and survivors may miss the application deadline. Submitting the loan application is an essential part of the disaster recovery process.” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.

Game Cameras Become Important Survey Tools for Deer Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A camera that began as a cool gadget for photographing bucks and monitoring food plots or game trails has become an important survey instrument for managing deer populations.

White-tailed deer management involves more than managing habitats and planting supplemental food plots. Proper deer management requires managing populations as well. Deer managers can use game cameras to estimate deer population characteristics and develop good harvest management strategies. This will help maintain a healthy and productive deer herd.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Winston Plywood and Veneer Donates to Winston Strong

Winston Plywood and Veneer (WPV) is at home in Louisville.
After a quiet merger with Natron Wood Products in March of this year, WPV was almost set to begin hiring for plywood production when the April 28th tornado destroyed the facility on South Church Avenue.

Without hesitation, WPV and its parent companies, - New Wood Resources and Atlas Holdings, LLC made a commitment to rebuild and become a part of the Winston County community.

FEMA Funding for Private Storm Shelters - NOT LIKELY

Winston County EMA Director Buddy King says he has received numerous requests concerning possible storm shelter programs sponsored by FEMA. King indicates that this program is no longer in effect and has not been funded and there is no expectation of FEMA providing money to cover the cost of installing private storm shelters.

Oklahoma Hospital "Pays it Forward" to Winston Medical

It was a special day on Wednesday, June 19 as two organizations that suffered significant loss came together for support. On May 20, 2013, the Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma was devastated by a tornado that swept through the area. On April 28, 2014, Louisville’s Winston Medical Center suffered a similar fate.

This week, David Whitaker the CEO of the Norman Regional Health System, Anne Clouse with the Norman Regional Health Foundation and Jim Wade, a board member traveled to Louisville to “Pay it Forward” and provide support to our local WMC.

Woodward Honored Posthumously for Work with Ms Eye Bank

Mike Flynn with the Mississippi Eye Bank joined the Louisville
Ada Woodward w Lion Harry Tabor
Lions Club on Tuesday evening (June 17) to honor a former member. Richard Woodward was presented posthumously with the Samuel B. Johnson Legacy Fellowship Award for his work as a Lion and as a board member of the Mississippi Eye Bank from 2006 – 2008. Said Flynn, “Richard left a legacy of fighting to eliminate site loss and to foster transplants.”

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

City of Louisville Receives $10 Million Insurance Check/ Updates Fees & Permits

The City of Louisville’s Board of Aldermen’s meeting began on Tuesday with a presentation of a $10,010,000 check from the city’s insurance company. The amount of the check was to cover the loss of the plywood facility located on S. Church Ave. that was destroyed in the April 28 tornado. As construction was ongoing at the facility, the city took the precaution of raising the insurance coverage up to $10 million just in the past few months. This coverage was for the real estate. Insurance on the equipment at the property is covered by the company intended to occupy the facility.

Winston Supervisors Hear Tree Removal Complaints

The Winston County Board of Supervisors heard complaints from property owners concerning removal of trees from their property by debris removal contractors. Jimmy Gregory and Hal Estes spoke to the board on Monday. The property owners felt that trees that were not on the right-of-way and that may have fallen back onto their property were improperly cut and hauled away. The owners believed these trees were salvageable as marketable timber and could have been sold by the land owner.

City of Louisville Looking for Design Engineer/Architect for Plywood Plant Rebuild

The City of Louisville has just put out a request for qualifications for a Architectural and Engineering firms to be involved in design aspects of a rebuild of the plywood facility on South Church that was destroyed by the April 28 tornado. The facility was nearing completion just prior to the tornado and was expected to employ up to 400 people... To review the request for qualifications- go to the city's website by clicking here.'

Arnett installed as New Lions President

The Louisville Lions Club recently installed new officers in their June meeting. Incoming president Terry Arnett is shown here accepting the gavel from outgoing president, Mike Dowd. The Louisville Lions Club meets every third Tuesday at 6:30 PM at Lake Tiak O'Khata.

Breaking News- Circuit Court Rules in Favor of City of Louisville on Bid Process

This morning (June 18) the Circuit Court ruled in favor of the City of Louisville after 2 cases were brought before the Court concerning the bid process for debris removal after the April 28 tornado.

In the first case, 4-D Construction and Southern Disaster Recovery claimed that the City was in breech by rescinding the contract initially agreed to between the parties on May 19. The following day after review, it was determined that the submitted proposal did not meet all the requirements of the request for proposals. The Judge ruled that the City's authorization to engage 4-D and SDR was subject to further review, that the City acted upon that review and the city's action was not capricious.

ECCC President Briefs Winston County Supervisors on Status

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on June 16 in their regularly scheduled meeting. At the top of the agenda was Dr. Billy Stewart, President of East Central Community College who briefed the Supervisors on the status of the College.

Dr. Stewart indicated that the school’s overall GPA was 3.22 and that the school’s tuition costs was the second most inexpensive in the state last year and would likely be the least expensive for the coming year. Stewart also indicated that ECCC had been ranked as high as 23rd best community college in the United States by Washington Monthly.

County to Make Final Debris Pass Beginning July 7th

Press release from Winston County - Winston County, MS June 18th, 2014: After assessing and consulting with Hughes Construction (Debris Removal Contractor), the Winston County Board of Supervisors have scheduled the final pass for debris removal to begin July 7th, 2014.

For clarification, debris removal is completed in up to three passes through the affected area. Property owners outside the city limits of Louisville should plan to have all tornado debris to the right of way by or before July 7th.

Pet Of The Week

This is Ellie. She is a 8 year old chihuahua. She has been spayed and is looking for a home she will feel comfortable living in.  For infomation on this animal or others,please contact the animal shelter at 662-773-4320 or visit the shelter located on 110 Thompson Street. Thank you.

Summer Fair Comes to Town on Thursday

The Fair is coming to town this week. The Louisville Summer Fair will start on Thursday, June19 and run through Saturday, June 21.  The midway by Mississippi Delta Shows will be located at the Louisville Coliseum. Armbands are available each night for $17.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Community Based Recovery Launches Winston Strong Website and Social Media Accounts

Through early efforts after the April 28th tornado,  Winston County long term relief was able to begin collecting donations for long term recovery needs quickly after the devastation.  After much discussion on the best use of funds and the structure of the organization, the Community Based Recovery Committee (CBRC) was established to oversee the funds and their use.

As part of that process, CBRC has set up an informational website to keep the public informed of donations, fund use, volunteer opportunities and how to request for assistance.

The website will also be tied to a Facebook account 'Winston Strong" and a Twitter account "Winston_Strong" to reach the public across the most popular forms of social media.

Shiloh VFD Donates to Winston Strong with Cold Water Challenge

Jody Garrard pictured with Mike Dowd
The Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department made a donation to Winston Strong from money that was raised from the Cold Water Challenge held last weekend.

Local Fire Departments and Law Enforcement across the county has participated in the fundraiser that challenges a participant to "enjoy" an ice water bath or make additional donations to the fund.

Winston Strong Hosts Community Recovery Fairs Next Week

Winston Strong is hosting two Community Based Recovery Fairs next week in Winston County. For those who still need assistance, who are uncertain as to the assistance available or have questions, the Fairs will provide "one stop shopping' as representatives from FEMA, MEMA, SBA, and Winston Strong, the Community Based Recovery Program will have information on SBA loans, FEMA assistance, Insurance and mitigation information. There will also be information on health and well-being, storm shelter and other resource information.

Case managers will be on hand to assist and provide information on how to request help, volunteer or donate.

The dates for the Fair are:
Monday, 23rd 6-8pm at Liberty Baptist Church, Noxapater, MS
Tues., 24th 6-8pm at 1st Baptist Church GYM, Louisville, MS


Monday, June 16, 2014

County Burn Ban Lifted by Winston County Supervisors

The Winston County Supervisors lifted the countywide burn ban today. In discussions with the Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh and EMA Director Buddy King and after consults with the Mississippi DEQ, the Supervisors voted to remove the ban.

Citizens are asked to contact 911 prior to burns of any significant size and use caution and common sense. The lifting of the ban applies only outside of the City of Louisville.

Board of Aldermen Agenda Now Online

The agenda for Tuesday Night's meeting (June 17, 2014) of the City of Louisville Officials is now available on the City's website. To view the agenda - click here

SBA Disaster Assistance Filing Deadline Notice

This is a reminder to individuals and businesses affected by the Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding on April 28, 2014 through May 03, 2014 that the deadline to apply for a low-interest rate loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for physical damages is June 30, 2014.

In the aftermath of a federally declared disaster, the SBA is the primary federal program for funding long-term disaster recovery for homeowners, renters and businesses.

Senator Cochran Visits ECCC

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (fourth from left) visited with East Central Community College officials during a brief campaign stop Monday, June 16 on the Decatur campus. During his remarks, Senator Cochran congratulated East Central on its recent academic successes. He also praised the state’s community and junior college system, of which his parents are products. Senator Cochran, who was accompanied by Congressman Gregg Harper (third from left), is traveling across the state soliciting support in the Republican Runoff Election on June 24, 2014. From left are ECCC officials Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for foundation and alumni relations; David Case, vice president for institutional effectiveness and research; and Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction.

ECCC to Break Ground on New Turf Field at Bailey Stadium

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new synthetic turf field is scheduled Friday, June 13, 2014, at East Central Community College’s Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. The ceremony was scheduled following approval of the award of the bid by the ECCC Board of Trustees earlier this week.

Assistance Available for Light Debris Cleanup thru Winston Volunteer Coordination

With major debris removal well under way, Winston Volunteer Coordination has several youth and college groups who will be available during the next several weeks to assist homeowners with the removal of small debris and the raking/cleaning of yards following the removal of major debris from the site.

If you would like assistance, please contact Winston Volunteer Coordination at(405)403-1817 for more information or come by the temporary Operation Center for the Winston County EMA, 750 N. Church Street, at the Old Brickyard Office. A Volunteer Work Request/Right of Property Entry must be completed before work can begin.

ECCC Plans June 20 Orientation Session

New and transfer students who plan to attend the fall 2014 semester at East Central Community College and have not registered for classes are encouraged to attend orientation activities scheduled Friday, June 20 on the Decatur campus.

“Although four sessions are scheduled during summer months, we encourage students to attend the earliest session as possible in order to get the classes they want for the fall semester,” said Dr. Randall E. Lee, Vice President for Student Services.

LMSD Honors Mentors in the District

The Louisville Municipal School District took the opportunity in their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday to recognize the local mentors for the District’s dropout prevention program. Local mentors volunteer to work with students during the school day.

These volunteers go to Louisville Elementary, Eiland Middle School, and to Noxapater to assist students who may be at risk now or in the future. These mentors must pass a background check and are matched with students based upon a series of criteria.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cooper Joins ECCC Football Staff

Ben Cooper of Abilene, Texas, was recently selected a graduate assistant football
coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Warrior head football coach Ken Karcher.
Cooper will serve as tight ends coach.

Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Cooper served the past two years as an assistant coach for the Abilene Bombers of the Arena Football League, and the past four years as a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons University, also located in Abilene.
His duties with the Abilene Bombers included coaching offensive linemen, tight ends and fullbacks. He also assisted with special teams.

LMSD Board Looks at TeleHealth and Recognizes Mentors

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in a regularly scheduled meeting.

After approving the minutes of the previous meeting, the board accepted a significant number of donations to various schools in the district for victims of the recent tornado.

The board also voted to approve to dispose of unused textbooks from various schools in the district.

Officials from the University Medical Center made a presentation to the board on a Telehealth pilot program. Christi Henderson with UMC explained the program that would allow students to have access to a doctor while still in school preventing lost time in the classroom and missed work time for parents.

Winston County Supervisors' Agenda for June 16

The agenda for the June 16, 2014 meeting of the Winston County Board of Supervisors is now available online at the County's website. To view the agenda - click here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc Presents Check

On June 12, 2014 Mike Bowers and Jim Flake of OTR Wheel Engineering, Inc. presented Mayor Will Hill a check for $5,000.00 to the Winston County Disaster Relief Fund.

AT&T Makes Contribute To The Disaster Relief Fund

Cornell Smith, the area administrator for AT&T Pioneers along with
Betty Byrd presented a check to the Winston County Relief Fund on Wednesday morning at the Winston County Partnership Offices.

The AT&T Pioneers are a group of volunteers of retired and active employees of  AT&T who provide community service through education and disaster  relief.
Shown with Smith and Byrd are Gerald Mills (Economic Development Director) and  Brother Mike Dowd of Winston Strong

Case Returns to ECCC Staff

David Case was recently selected Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy W. Stewart.

Case, who began his new duties on May 1, 2014, previously served as Director of Monitoring at the Mississippi Community College Board in Jackson, where he assisted in developing an improved statewide audit system for community colleges for more than 80,000 students.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pet Of The Week

 These sweet loving puppies are looking for a good home. They are all females and have not been spayed. They are about 4 or 5 months old. Come by the Louisville Animal Shelter located on 110 Thompson Street or call Barbara at 662-705-0398. Thank you!
myrrah mccully


SCOOBA – For the second year in a row, an AmeriCorps NCCC team worked hard to make improvements at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.

The six-person team from the National Civilian Community Corps arrived in Scooba May 20 and worked on numerous projects until departing for another work site June 4.