Thursday, December 31, 2015

Photos of 2015!!

Happy New Year! As 2015 closes, we take the opportunity to present a few photos from the year's events and happenings. You can view all the photos on our photos page from our main page site or simply click here. Looking forward to a new year and thank you for following!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Library Presentation to Board of Supervisors

Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards makes a regular report to the Winston County Supervisors and The City of Louisville Alderman concerning the status of the library. Edwards recently visited with the Board of Supervisors and informed members about usage and programs at the library.
Edwards noted that circulation was over 4800 people per month, attendance at the library was over 5000 per month and that public usage of computers at the library was more than 600 hours per month.

She also noted many programs including things such as Dial a Story, home book delivery, seminars, book signings and Accelerated Reading Testing. Edwards is shown here with the Winston County Board of Supervisors.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

County Officials Sworn Into Office

Bane congratulated by Judge Kilgore
Winston County elected officials were sworn into office for the next four year term by Chancery Judge Joseph Kilgore on Tuesday. The ceremony took place in the courtroom of the Winston County Courthouse at 9:00 am. A large crowd of family and friends attended the event which concluded with an impromptu song by local resident Ida Miller.

New officials include: Darlene Bane - Tax Assessor/Collector, District 3 Supervisor Marion Jordan and District 4 Supervisor Ralph Goss.

Photos of the ceremony and all elected officials can be seen on our photo page of our Main Site or by clicking here

Seated L-R Dist2 Luke Parkes, Chancery Clerk Julie Cunningham, Dist1 Burr
Warner... Standing County Attorney Hugh Hathorn, Dist 5 Larry Duran, Dist 4 Ralph Goss, Dist3 Marion Jordan

Storm Recovery Updates

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has the following recovery updates from the severe weather and tornadoes that caused extensive damage throughout the state Dec. 23 through 28:

Monday, December 28, 2015

Louisville/Winston County to Begin "Operation Help" for Storm Victims in Holly Springs

In an effort to “Pay it Forward”, folks in Winston County are preparing to assist victims of the Holly Springs tornado that occurred right before Christmas.  The storm caused significant property damage and resulted in the loss of life – something that is all too familiar to the residents of Louisville and Winston County.
The storms across north Mississippi on Wednesday, December 23 damaged or destroyed more than 400 homes and took at least eight lives and injured dozens.

After the devastating tornado that touched so many lives in Winston County on April 28, 2014, local residents know firsthand the needs of storm victims and have put together an effort to collect needed items to deliver to the Holly Springs area.

Those who wish to donate may bring items to the Louisville Fire Station on Spring Street (304 S. Spring) beginning on Thursday, December 31. The collection deadline is January 6, 2016 at which time all donated items will be delivered.

Organizers ask that you please include only the following items in your donations. Old furniture and items of clothing are not needed at this time:

BOTTLED WATER                                             

If you have questions or need more information, contact Mellie at the Chamber of Commerce Office at 662-773-3921

Winston Medical Clinic Holiday Hours

GoFundMe Account Established for Home Fire Victims

The home of Allen and Charlean Ball on Bates Road in Winston County was destroyed by fire on Sunday around 3 pm. The home was a total loss. A GoFundMe account has been established for the family. To contribute to the fund – go to

Winston Plywood Weekly Update Report 12-26-15

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on December 26, 2015.

Information can also be found on the Economic Development Partnership page at:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Weather Update for Sunday Evening-Monday Morning

A weather system should be moving into extreme western Mississippi by late afternoon on Sunday. The major source of concern with the system is high winds. Areas west of Interstate 55 can expect wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Areas further east can expect wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
While there may be brief periods of heavy rain across Mississippi, rainfall will typically be limited to one to two inches. Widespread flooding is not expected but localized flooding is possible.
The risk of tornado activity is limited but is still a possibility across the state.
This is a fairly slow moving system and the squall line is not expected to reach the Winston County area until somewhere between 3 and 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
We will repost this information later this evening on our Facebook and Twitter pages and will keep you informed of any changes as they develop.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

MEMA Receives Reports Of Seven Deaths, Updated Damage Reports

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has confirmed seven deaths from the severe weather than began moving through the state early Wednesday morning, and preliminary reports indicate damage in seven counties from the storms.

Four deaths were reported in Benton County, two in Marshall County and one in Tippah County. In addition, one person is unaccounted for in Benton County.

Governor Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman and Tippah counties and other affected areas of the state. The declaration allows local governments to request state assistance with response and recovery.

The storms caused widespread damage to houses, mobile homes and public structures. More than 1,400 power outages have been reported as of Thursday morning, and weather-related debris forced numerous road closures in the affected counties.

Additional damage assessments are ongoing. The National Weather Service will investigate and confirm reports of tornadoes.

Three shelters are open in Mississippi:
Coahoma: Clarksdale Auditorium, 506 E. Second Street, Clarksdale.
Marshall: Marshall County Multi-Purpose Building, 185 N. Memphis Street, Holly Springs.
Tippah: Harmony Baptist Church, 28840 Hwy 15, Walnut.

MEMA has deployed Area Coordinators to counties reporting damages to assist. The State Emergency Operations Center has been partially activated with key agencies to assist with the response to the storms.

To volunteer or donate to help those affected by Wednesday’s storms, go to You can register to volunteer or even make monetary donations.

Gov. Bryant has been in contact with MEMA leadership about the state’s response to the storms, and visited the State Emergency Operations Center this morning to get an update on the response and recovery. He toured the damage area in Marshall and Benton counties this afternoon.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MEMA Storm Damage Reports

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received damage reports from six counties from severe weather/tornadoes that struck Wednesday afternoon. At least three injuries are being reported, search and rescue is being conducted and damage assessments are being done.

Benton County:
  • Cars damaged along Miss. Highway 5 near the town of Ashland.
  • Miss. Highway 5 is closed.

Winston County Weather Update

Wednesday - 4:35 pm Everything looks good right now for Winston County but please remember these storms form very quickly and the situation can change suddenly. We are still under a tornado watch til 8 pm. Activity has moved either to our north or to our south at this time. Folks should continue to monitor the weather and all sources of info through out the evening.
A major tornado has hit the Clarksdale area and has tracked north- northeast- Holly Springs is currently in the path of this storm. Numerous properties damaged and some vehicles damaged along hwy 55 N roughly 40 miles south of Memphis.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Prepare for Severe Weather Tomorrow

The weather should be of concern to area residents throughout the day tomorrow and into the evening on Wednesday. Forecasts are still slightly varied as far as the timing of weather events but all are calling for a severe weather event with high damaging winds, hail up to golf ball size, severe storms and the real possibility of tornadoes in some parts of the state.

Most projections expect weather issues to begin as early as late morning on Wednesday and to continue throughout the day and into the evening and possibly into the morning hours of Christmas Eve.

Residents should follow all news sources throughout the day and evening for updates. Areas north of I-20 are currently projected to receive the brunt of this weather system. Winston County is in the lower portion of this area. Various forecast maps have the County well within the warning area and some have the County on the southern edge of severe weather.

The threat of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes is considered significant by the National Weather Service.

Some basic precautions should be taken by those in the path of this system:

  • Top off your gas tanks in your vehicles
  • Prepare any emergency gear - flashlights, weather radios, batteries, water, etc in case of an extended power outage.
  •  Keep your cell phones charged
  • Make a plan to assist the elderly or disabled if the need arises to go to a shelter.
  • Make plans for your pets.
  • Store any outdoor furniture or items in case of high winds.
WinstonWebNews will be monitoring the situation throughout the day and evening and will bring you any updates from the Winston County Emergency Management team as the situation develops. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute updates and warnings. WLSM 107.1 radio will have updates as well.


PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for the possibility of severe storms beginning early Wednesday morning into Wednesday evening.

During a severe weather call with the National Weather Service today, forecasters said the storms could bring all types of severe weather from damaging wind gusts to golf ball sized hail and even tornadoes.

These storms are setting up to resemble some severe weather outbreaks like we have seen in the past,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “It is important that everyone has a method to receive warnings of severe weather. Having a plan ahead of time could save your life.”

The highest risk area will be areas generally north of I-20, but the entire state is at risk for severe weather. The timing of the storms has been hard to predict, but the NWS says the storm could kick-off in the early morning hours of Wednesday. Strong storms will remain possible into the early
evening hours.

Many people could be out shopping or traveling for the holidays and out of their normal routine, so it is important to know how you will get an alert of severe weather in your area.  There are many ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings:
  • NOAA Weather Radio: An essential tool that should be in every home or business.
  • Wireless Emergency Alert Messages: Make sure these notifications are turned “on” in your phone settings.
  • Smartphone Applications.
  • Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Local radio and TV stations.
  • Community tornado sirens.

  • MEMA and the NWS both recommend you take the following steps:
    • Know your family emergency plan in case a weather warning is issued.
    • Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

The State Emergency Operations Center will monitor the storms as they pass through the state, and release any updates as they become available. MEMA is also reaching out to our local, state and federal partners to ensure we are prepared to respond to any community on short notice if the need arises.

According to the NWS, from 1950 to 2014, Mississippi saw 153 tornadoes in the month of December. This makes December the sixth most active month for tornadoes behind April (365), March (232), November (231), May (204) and February (189).

For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency or go to MEMA’s website The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook or “Follow” us on Twitter.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Site Plans For New Winston Medical Center Now on WinstonWebNews

On December 15, the Winston County Medical Foundation met and received a briefing on the details of construction, costs and financing for the new Winston Medical Center complex. Details can be found in our previous article by clicking here

At that time, drawings of the complex were not available for publication. The following renderings by Pryor and Morrow have since been provided and represent the current plan and layout of the new facility scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2017.

Winston Plywood Update 12-18-15

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on December 18, 2015.

Information can also be found on the Economic Development Partnership page at:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Message From Louisville Police Department

The Christmas and New Year holidays are upon us. Chief Claiborne and the Louisville Police Department are praying that everyone will have a safe and blessed holiday season. To that end, Chief Claiborne would like to remind all that it is against the law to discharge fire works and guns in the City of Louisville. Due to the recent increase in gun related incidents officers will be enforcing these laws more than they have in the past. Safety is their main focus.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Chief L.M. Claiborne and LPD

Louisville Bucks Winner!!

Participating stores extended their hours on certain nights in November and December for late night shopping. In each of the participating stores you could enter to win $500 in Louisville Bucks. Shemicka Kincaid is the winner of this years $500 Louisville Bucks. The bucks can only be used to purchase items from participating stores in Louisville. The drawing took place Friday, December 18, 2015 in the Winston County Courthouse Lobby.

Linda Skelton presents Shemicka Kincaid
$500 Louisville Bucks

Gov. Bryant Appoints George Mitchell, Jr. as Circuit Court Judge for 5th District

Press Release: JACKSON— Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed George Mitchell, Jr. as Circuit Court Judge for the 5th Circuit Court District. The district includes Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Grenada, Montgomery, Webster, and Winston counties. He will fill the unexpired term of Clarence Morgan, III who is retiring effective December 31. Mitchell’s appointment will begin January 1, 2016, and will run until the position is filled by special election to be held in November 2016.

“I am happy to appoint George to this position,” Gov. Bryant said. “His wealth of diverse experience as a prosecutor and in private law practice will serve the citizens of the 5th Circuit Court District well. Additionally, his leadership as a military veteran and Mississippi Court of Military Appeals judge demonstrates character of the highest level.”

Mitchell has been engaged in private law practice in Eupora, Miss., for 32 years. He also served as the city attorney and city prosecuting attorney for the town of Maben, Miss., for the last eight years. Additionally, Mitchell is currently serving as the Webster County School Board attorney.

Mitchell had a decorated military career that included receiving the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Mississippi Magnolia Cross, and the Air Force Legion of Merit, along with numerous other medals and awards.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mississippi State University and earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

“To be appointed Circuit Judge by Governor Bryant is one of the greatest honors I have received and to which I shall forever be grateful,” Mitchell said. “I will continue as the judges of this district have done in considering all facts and the laws applicable to each case before reaching a decision or making a judgment on a sentence.”

Mitchell is a member of Lollar’s Grove Baptist Church in Webster County, Miss. He has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Traeger Grill Sale Extended And More At Bennett's!!

Great News!! The Traeger Grill sale has been extended thru December 31, and Bennett's will still match Traeger's rebate.You can also register to win two (2) STIHL stockings to be given away December 22.  There are more savings in Sporting Goods and there are still Regal Tools 30% off.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Grace Christian Visits The Library

Gina Roberson’s 6th grade English class from Grace Christian School recently visited the Winston County Library to gather material for a research project. They were: (front row, l-r) Hunter Lee Smith, Bonner Brownlee, Isaac Barrett, Hagan Halfacre; (back row, l-r) Rachel Brownlee (parent shaperone); Jacob Phillips; Matthew Fulgham; Mary Jane Taylor; Anna Howell; and teacher Gina Roberson. “We enjoyed having the Grace Christian class at the library,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “They are so curious and bright – I hope they come back soon!”

Home for Christmas!!

On December 16, 2015 Neishell Jordan returned to her home on 164 Eiland Avenue - just in time to enjoy Christmas.  Samaritan's Purse working through Winston Strong repaired Jordan's home that was damaged by the  2014 tornado. Samaritan's Purse has been working with Winston Strong and Jordan's home is their final project before leaving the area to assist in South Carolina.

Jordan was presented with her key and a "Paid In Full" statement by Mark Langham of Samaritan's Purse. She also received a Bible and an album of photos as a keepsake.

Winston Strong still has a few projects remaining and donations are always welcome. If you would like to donate, visit their website at

Winston Garden Club December Meeting

The Winston Garden Club

Christina Hooks introduces Julie Cunningham who was Winston Garden Club's guest speaker for the month of December. Julie spoke to the club about Habitat for Humanity

Christmas entertainment was provided by Brenda Hunt and Mary Tabor.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Details of New Hospital Construction/Costs/Timeline Provided to Medical Foundation Board

The Winston County Medical Foundation met on Tuesday and received  updates and a full briefing on the details of design, construction, cost and financing of the new Winston Medical Center. Chairman of the Board Will Hill gave the members and guests an overview of the events of the past 18 months and the basic steps taken to date.

Roger Pryor of the firm, Pryor and Morrow presented design information for the new medical campus along with sketches, layouts and artist's renderings. The project is to include:
  • a 61750 sqft medical center
  • a 16262 sqft medical clinic 
  • a 9330 sqft administration building
  • 3 community designed nursing home facilities of 17214 sqft each (72 total rooms)
  • a refurbished existing nursing home converted to 46 private rooms
  • walking track
  • small lake area on campus
Justin McDonald with Yates Construction who will oversee the project indicated that the project was in effect already underway as site preparation and continued removal of the existing facility is in progress. McDonald stated that barring weather issues, the pads for construction of the medical center, clinic, admin building and nursing homes should be ready by the end of January 2016. The project was bid in several packages and bids were awarded to a number of contractors - all Mississippi based. These include:

Tanner Construction and Birdsong Construction  - Site Prep
Century Construction - General Trades
McLain Plumbing and South Central Heating - Plumbing and HVAC
Dynamic Fire Protection - Fire Suppression
Moses Electric - Electrical

The project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017 at a cost of $46,234,243.

As always, how to pay for such an undertaking was the major topic.
CEO Paul Black provided detailed information on current funds available and their sources as well as projected revenues to provide the cash flow to retire any remaining debt.

After repairing the existing nursing home to make it usable again after the storm and paying off existing debt service, roughly $17,500,000 remains available for construction from insurance proceeds. Anticipated proceeds from FEMA are $8,145,892. Proceeds from New Market Tax Credits is expected at $10,490,000 and loans for up to $11,166,278 have been approved with Renasant and BanCorp South Financial Institutions. All sources yield up to $47, 211,128 available for construction and completion.

The above figures do not include funds to furnish and equip the facility but insurance proceeds have been specifically earmarked for that purpose and are not part of the figures presented above.

Black then presented information on projected cash flows that
included base profits from WMC's clinic locations, nursing home projections and in patient revenue. If projections are reasonably correct, funds to pay debt service on the loan should exceed payments by roughly $100,000. 

The loan required to complete the project is based upon a 25 year term at 2.75% interest and requiring an approximate $664,000 yearly payment.

Black also took the opportunity to inform the Board on the continued search for additional physicians and noted that Dr. Adam Byrd would be joining the staff in July of 2016. He also noted that WMC was working with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to attempt to expand telemedicine services and other specialty services with UMMC.

Drawings and plans of the medical complex are complete but have not been distributed at this point. Once available, WinstonWeb will provide more detailed information and drawings.

Board Chair Hill stated that efforts were continuing to find other sources of revenue (possibly grants) that can be applied to construction costs and that the project will be monitored to find methods to reduce costs as well. wwm

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Melody Makers Christmas Program At Louisville Elementary School

Fair's Melody Makers presented their Christmas program titled " The Night The Reindeer Rocked" today, Tuesday, December 15 in the Louisville Elementary Auditorium.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Louisville's First Homicide on Monday Morning

Officers of the Louisville Police Department were called to an apartment complex in the 300 block of Rogers Avenue around 1:00 am on Monday morning (12-14-15). Upon responding to the "shots fired" 911 call, LPD found the door open to an apartment and two gunshot victims on the floor. Both victims were dead at the scene and included a 24 year old black female and a 31 year old black male.

Officers secured the crime scene and both bodies were transported to the state medical examiner in Jackson for autopsy. Further evidence has since been sent to the state crime lab.

According to LPD Assistant Chief Andy Taylor, multiple shots were fired at the scene and neighbors reporting hearing an ongoing argument between the two tenants prior to the gunshots. Taylor indicated that a full homicide investigation is ongoing and would not speculate on previous reports of a possible murder-suicide.

Preliminary autopsy reports could return as early as Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday. The names of the victims have not been released at this time. This is the first homicide reported in Louisville in 2015.

Louisville Board of Alderman Meeting Agenda- Dec15

The meeting agenda for December 15, 2015 of the Louisville Board of Aldermen is now available on the City's website. To view the agenda - please click here

Winston Plywood Weekly Update Report 12-11-15

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on December 11, 2015.

Information can also be found on the Economic Development Partnership page at:

Tiffany Moore Book Signing

Dozens of people showed up for Louisville native Tiffany Moore’s book signing Sat. 12/12/15 at the Winston County Library. Now living in Atlanta with her husband Derek Moore, Tiffany signed copies of her new book Beauty In The Struggle: a 21-Day Devotional To Living Boldly For Christ. Tiffany, alongside her husband, is the CEO and President of iConnect Intentionally, an organization that provides faith-based principles and strategies for life and business situations through coaching, mentorship and training.

(Seated) Author Tiffany Moore, (standing l-r) Tiffany’s husband Derek Moore; grandmother Mary McQueen; aunt Elizabeth Eichelberger; family friend Mamie Gladney; and father Johnny Harrington.

Friday, December 11, 2015


PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for the possibility of severe storms Sunday into Sunday evening.

Forecasts from the National Weather Service say the primary threat from the storm will be damaging wind gusts, but heavy rainfall and a few tornadoes are possible. Rainfall totals could reach three to five inches in some areas. Most of the severe weather will be associated with a squall line, but severe storms could develop ahead of the line.

“For at least the last three years we have had tornadoes around the Christmas holidays, and just last year five Mississippians died as a result of severe weather and tornadoes in Marion and Jones counties,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “While there is a slight risk for isolated tornadoes, the greatest risk will be damaging winds gusts and heavy rainfall. Having a plan in place could save your life.”

Sheriff Seeks Info on 12-2-15 Burglaries

The Winston County Sheriff's Department is asking the public for
information on a pair of burglaries that occurred on December 2 on Sturgis Road near Highway 25. Two homes were burglarized and a television and money were taken. A witness identified a gold midsize car in the area at the time.

Oktibbeha County authorities also reported similar burglaries near the same time in the Craig Springs area.

If you have any information related to this case please contact Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Governor Bryant Attends Hudson Place Opening in Louisville

Harold Hudson w dignitaries at
Hudson Place Dedication
Tragedy often brings opportunity. The path of the April, 2014 tornado destroyed many homes across Winston County but was the catalyst  for the construction of Hudson Place in Louisville. On Thursday, December 10, a ribbon cutting  was held as the 35 home subdivision became a reality.

Governor Phil Bryant and other dignitaries were present to mark the occasion. Constructed and managed by the Hughes Companies, the project is supported by Mississippi Home Corporation through tax credits. Rent paid by tenants can be converted into equity in the home to promote home ownership. Storm victims who qualified were given first priority in available homes.

LMSD Proceeds With Construction of Nanih Waiya Storm Shelter

The Board of Trustees of the Louisville Municipal School District met on Tuesday December 8th and discussed numerous construction projects. The board accepted the bid of Burkes Mordecai Builders of Columbus to complete the storm shelter/ cafeteria project at Nanih Waiya. This project has been in the works for a period of time and is partially funded by FEMA funds due to the need of a storm shelter in the area.

The total construction cost of the project is $1,349,000 of which LMSD’s obligation is $737,900. FEMA will fund 90% of the structure that is deemed to be storm shelter which will be used as cafeteria area. The remainder of the structure which will be the kitchen area and include kitchen equipment costs must be fully funded by LMSD. The project is expected to take 8 months to complete and it will take 30 to 90 days for final FEMA approval. The district's architect is indicating that the project would likely be completed in September of 2016. All bids came under the estimated cost.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Presley Announces $440,000 Fine for Alleged No Call Violations

Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the PSC has imposed civil penalties totaling $440,000 against Inc.’s alleged violations of the state’s No-Call law. The defendants were alleged to have violated the law on at least eighty-eight occasions.

In complaints received by the Commission, the company was accused of making unauthorized telephone solicitations in violation of law. They also allegedly failed to register with the PSC as telephone solicitors and failed to purchase the Mississippi Do Not Call List. When served by the PSC, the defendants did not respond to the complaints, bringing the imposition of civil penalties by default.

“Harassing citizens of Mississippi will not be tolerated by the Commission. Other violators of Mississippi’s No-Call law should take this fine as a warning that they will be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions,” Presley said.

Mississippians who wish to add their home telephone number to the No Call list should contact the PSC at 1-800-356-6428 or online at www.