Thursday, April 30, 2015

Photo Slideshow from Tuesday's Dedication

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Local Youth Participate in Digger's Gardening 101 at Barbara's Place

These youngsters participated in the "Digger's Gardening 101 Class at Barbara's Place on Saturday, April 25. The program sponsored by Penick Organics and Barbara's Place provides kids from 6-11 the opportunity to learn about soil, plants and gardening. The kids were able to make their own container to take home. Barbara's Place Home and Garden Center is located on North Columbus in Louisville and retails all types of plants, fertilizers, gardening supplies and feed.

Friday is the Deadline for AT&T Customers to Apply for Refund.

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (April 30, 2015) – Today, Public Service
Commissioner Brandon Presley encouraged current and former AT&T customers who received “cramming” charges on their monthly bills to apply for a refund by Friday, May 1, 2015. The refunds were ordered as part of an October, 2014, $105 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over unauthorized charges for third-party text messaging services, a scam known as “mobile cramming.” Some examples of these scam services include monthly subscriptions for text messages with sports scores, weather, love tips, or horoscopes. Any customer who was charged for these messaging services without permission is entitled to a refund.

Chamber Banquet Highlights

The 58th Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held at Lake
Tiak O'Khata on Tuesday evening , April 28.  One of the largest crowds ever attended the event that took place on the one year anniversary of the 2014 tornado and which featured the Governor of the State of Mississippi as a keynote speaker.

Outgoing Chamber president Kyle Curran welcomed the crowd numbering 270 to the event and Economic Development Director Gerald Mills took the opportunity to recognize officials from local and state government as well economic development groups around the area.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Winston Plywood Erects First Column

Winston Plywood and Veneer erected this column on Tuesday to commemorate the one year anniversary of the tornado that destroyed the facility on April 28, 2014. Ground and foundation work has been underway for sometime at the the South Church location and building construction should begin soon.

Memorial Dedication Brings Healing and Thanks

On Tuesday afternoon under cloudy skies, Louisville and Winston County marked the one year anniversary of the tornado that did so much damage  to the area with a memorial dedication and a religious service. The events were held alongside Hwy 397 at Memorial Park  Cemetery which was near the center of much of the devastation.

Through fundraising efforts and City of Louisville funds, a memorial courtyard now welcomes visitors to the cemetery. The garden area consists of 10 trees representing each victim of the storm, raised beds,7 flagpoles for the US and state flag and for the branches of military service, granite benches and a monument bearing the names of the residents who lost their lives.

Highlights from Tuesday's Chamber Banquet

Here are some photos and a slideshow from last night's Chamber of Commerce Banquet. We will have details and award winners later today.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Winston Plywood & Veneer Launches New Website- Stresses Partnership w City of Louisville

Company Highlights Public-Private Partnership and
Ongoing Construction at Louisville Facility

Louisville, Miss. (April 28, 2015) —Winston Plywood & Veneer launched the company’s official new website Tuesday, highlighting its strong partnership with city and state officials and signaling continued progress toward completion of its new, state-of-the-art plywood facility in the City of Louisville. The original mill, idled since 2009, was destroyed one year ago today when a devastating F4 tornado struck Louisville.

The new website can be found at
Among the site’s features are photos from ongoing construction activity, videos from the groundbreaking ceremony in late January, a 3-D rendering of the new facility, and “Baldwin’s Blog,” a regular column updating the community on the project authored by Winston Plywood & Veneer’s President and General Manager, and nationally-recognized plywood expert, Dr. Dick Baldwin. The site will also provide information on employment opportunities at the company as they become available.

Dean Park- A Year Later

The logs are gone, the debris is removed, children are playing, the pavilion is almost completed, Miss Ruth’s Babies’ Concession Stand is renovated, the tulips have bloomed and the Dean Park Commission is busy taking care of business to get the tornado damages repaired. The youth are hoping that the basketball court will be repaired real soon.

The NEG workers have done a great job to help clean the park and the community from debris and overgrowth. The Center Ridge Community regrets that the NEG Grant runs out May 16, 2015 with much work left to be done. A member of Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) stated that she hope the business community will reach out and hire some of these workers in permanent positions. Most of them have been working since August 2014 which makes a statement.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Scheduled Events and Details of Tuesday's Memorial Tribute and Services

Tuesday, Apil 28, 2015 marks the one year anniversary of the

tornado that struck our community and took the lives of ten of our  own, the homes of hundreds of citizens and disrupted the lives of almost all in Winston County.

A memorial dedication and a religious service will be held at the entrance of Memorial Park at 416 East John C. Stennis Drive (Hwy 397) to mark this event. Here is the full rundown of the events of the day:

The Memorial Dedication will begin sharply at 4:00 pm. The program will include:

  • Mayor Will Hill 
  • William Haynes 
  • Representatives of Winston Strong 
  • Senator Giles Ward 
  • The keynote speaker will be Governor Phil Bryant. 

The program will include: a presentation of colors by the Ms. Highway Patrol, National Anthem by Parker Bullock, a Litany of Thanksgiving, Dedication, Proclamation, a Remembrance of those lost and a Veterans Tribute. This program will end promptly at 4:45 pm.

April 28, 2014 - Tragedy is a Tool for the Living to Gain Wisdom

Several folks have asked us here at WWN if we are planning anything special on the website for the 1st anniversary of the April 28th tornado.

We considered some type of slideshow/video/pictorial or personal stories about the storm and its aftermath. We chose not to do that.

Others will. The town has actually been buzzing with outside media in the past week- preparing interviews and storylines of the one year anniversary. I’m sure you have already seen a few. This may be a good thing. It may be part of the healing process for all of us.

For us at WinstonWeb, it’s too soon for that type of recognition of this anniversary. We, like many, are fortunate and blessed to be back in our homes. Yet many are not. Those who have experienced this know that there is much to do beyond rebuilding a structure before lives can return to a “new normal”.

I have seen people at their best and people at their worst over the last 12 months and I have to say that the best far surpasses the worst.  In the immediate weeks and months following the storm, I saw people who may have had little to do with each other prior to the storm, develop a sense of comradery- a sense of commonality that didn’t exist before. Sadly I’ve seen much of that commonality fade as people struggle with everyday life and the hard process of rebuilding. I’m just as guilty.

This community is planning a memorial service on Tuesday to honor those whose lives were lost on that tragic day and to give thanks. In spite of our losses and the difficulties this event brought into almost all of our lives over the past year, it is a time to be thankful - thankful that maybe we were given an opportunity to recognize the many things that we take for granted, thankful for our family and friends, thankful for our leadership through this time and thankful for our sense of community that has helped us work together to accomplish all that has been done in the past year.

On Tuesday, WinstonWeb will cover the events of the day and recognize the passing of a milestone. But let’s all recognize that lives changed forever don’t return to “normal” based upon a date on the calendar. Let us give thanks and look forward to the time when our children don’t cringe at the sound of thunder or the low howl of the wind; a time when all our neighbors are settled into their homes, the scars and the debris piles have faded and our minds are occupied by humdrum everyday thoughts of work, family and ballgames and that April 28, 2014 will be a receded memory not of tragedy but of strength and faith.
W. McCully

"You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks."
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” Robert Kennedy

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Relay for Life Photos

The threat of bad weather moved Winston County's Relay for Life indoors to the Louisville Coliseum on Friday evening but didn't dampen the spirits of those involved. We will have more details upcoming but enjoy these photos and slideshow of the event.

Safety Town Event Scheduled for May 2

The Pilot Club of Louisville Hosts “Safety Town” A Fun & Educational Event for Children The Pilot Club of Louisville is hosting a very special public service event for Winston County children, aged sixth grade and younger, called “Safety Town.”

This important event will be held at Louisville’s Ivy Park on Saturday, May 2nd, beginning at 10:00 am. The Pilot Club of Louisville loves to serve our community, and what better way than to host a fun outdoor event where the focus is both on fun and on safety for our children. Parents will want their children to attend “Safety Town” on May 2nd because it will be an interesting and informative event, and will provide a delightful Saturday experience for the family.

Use a Two-Prong Attack to Bite Back at Fire Ants

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Tell Mississippians that fire ants have
completely invaded the state, and they’ll probably shrug and say they already know that. Tell them the pain actually comes from a sting rather than a bite, and they’ll say it still hurts. But tell them how to get rid of the nasty critters, and they’re all ears.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is organizing efforts to help residents Bite Back against fire ants. The solution is a simple two-part attack, but success comes in the long-term follow-through.

Extension entomologist Blake Layton said the best way to fight fire ants and have the least environmental impact is to use bait and mound treatments.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Be Prepared for Snakes in Spring and Summer

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Warmer weather means wild creatures of all shapes and sizes are on the move, which makes it a whole lot more likely you will encounter a snake during the spring or summer.

This increased number of snake encounters is mostly due to movement of the reptiles from one seasonal habitat to another. Because snakes are cold-blooded animals, they rely on external sources of heating and cooling, such as the sun or a patch of shade, to regulate their body temperature. In the winter, snakes seek warm dens in burrows, stumps or piles of wood and brush where the temperatures are higher than the surface. During this time, snakes rarely eat as they go into a long period of inactivity.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Elite Cheer Squad Wins in Regional Competition

The Elite Mississippi Cheer Tiny Squad competed at the Deep South Beach Nationals in Orange Beach, Alabama and won First Place in the Tiny Level One Division. The Tiny Squad accepts girls from ages 4-6. For more information call Lauren Tidwell 662-769-3033 The girls pictured in Tiny squad:  Zoey Perrigan, Avery Hazard, Averie Putnam, Mason Chipley, Anna Webber and Jacey Fuller and Kalie Meaders.


WinstonSTRONG in conjunction with Lutheran Disaster Response is planning a FREE Gearing - Up - Renew U! Day Camp for youth ages 14-18 in Winston County. The goal of this camp is to help youth affected by disaster build strength to face life's hardships. They learn to do this by dealing with their fears, experiencing relief from stress, connecting with God, and building practical preparedness skills through music, art, and recreational activities. The program will be held May 2, 2015 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at First United Methodist Church located at 300 West Main Street, Louisville.

The maximum number of youth for the program is 50, so please register early by phone. Registration can and will be accepted at the time of arrival, but spaces are limited. The priority will be youth directly affected through damage to their home, but since disasters affect communities, other youth from the community will be welcome as space allows.

Please call Stephanie Black at 662.312.5685 or Stacey Parvin at 662.694.1619 for more information, or if you would like to register your youth in order to attend. Deadline for registration is April 28, 2015.

Local Cheer Squad Wins Big

The Elite Mississippi Cheer Squad from Ackerman, Mississippi recently competed in Orange Beach, Alabama at Deep South Beach Nationals and won First Place in the Senior Squad Level Two division. Pictured above are:  Sara Davenport, Mary Beth Thompson, Chloe Jenkins, Chloe Weeks, Claudia Cade, Payton Channing, Katie Gookin, Celena Wyatt, Danielle Hunt,  Taylor Gregory, Laney Gregory, Katie Krajewski, Taylor Krajewski, Lindsey Krajewski, Braleigh Gregory, Ramsey Roberts an Maddie Turner The girls are coached by Lauren Tidwell, Payton Brown and Paige Perrigan. To learn about tryouts for the squad, which will be held on May 16th call Lauren Tidwell at 662-769-3033.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LMSD Forum Looks at Personal Smart Phone/Tablet Use in School

The Louisville Municipal School District held a forum at the
Louisville High Auditorium on Tuesday for parent and public input concerning a possible Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)Program in the District.

The public was presented with information relating to the use of smart phones, tablets, etc in the classroom and given the opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions related to the control and administration of such a program.

Superintendent Ken McMullan told the attendees that education has no choice but to embrace technology, noting that it is part of the future and there is no going back. McMullan indicated that the Distrct was considering the program because, "financially, LMSD cannot afford to buy every student a device. What we can do is at least try to put a device in every student's hand."

Winston County Master Gardeners- Yard of the Month

Winston County Master Gardeners (WCMG) invite you to ride through the WCMG Yard of the Month for April--the home of Mrs. Peggy Baker. The park-like grounds are filled with azaleas, crepe myrtle, irises, pine trees and so much more to be discovered. There are numerous garden vignettes sure to please and inspire, along with places to sit and to stroll. A trip through Bakers Acres is a springtime must!

Friday's Relay for Life Moved to Coliseum!

Due to weather concerns, the Winston County Relay for Life Commitee has made plans to move the event to the Louisville Colisieum. Plans will continue with the event starting at 5:30. All survivors are asked to come to the registration booth at 5:30 and participate in the reception that will begin at 5:40. The night will kick off at 6:00 pm. There will be a lot of activities for kids. Parents are asked to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the night! The ECCC Collegians will be performing much of the night as well as local music being provided by Steady On. For more information call 803-4039.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Candidate Links for US House District 1 - Be a More Informed Voter

Gov. Bryant set May 12 as the special election date to fill the seat left vacant in Mississippi's first Congressional District due to the death of U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee on February 6.

Given the short campaigning period and the lack of party primaries, many voters have very little knowledge about the 13 candidates who are vying for this position. In addition, short TV campaign ads provide little if any information.  Winston Web took the opportunity to list the candidates in alphabetical order and provide a link for the voter to the campaign webpage or Facebook page of each in hopes of attaining more information. Here is the list:

1st District Candidates:

· Boyce Adams (R)
~ Software Executive: to View Website Click here..

· Sam Adcock (R): to view website click here 
~ Businessman

· Nancy Collins (R): To view website click here
~ State Senator, Nurse, Speech Therapist

· Ed "Doc" Holliday (R): To view website click here
~ Dentist, Tea Party Activist

· Starner Jones (R) To view website click here
~ Emergency Room Physician

. Trent Kelly (R): to view website click here
~ Alcorn County District Attorney

· Chip Mills (R): To view website click here
~ Itawamba County Prosecuting Attorney

· Greg Pirkle (R) : To view website click here
~ Attorney

· Henry Ross (R) : To view website click here
~ Attorney, Ex-Eupora Mayor, Ex-Circuit Court Judge, Navy Veteran

. Daniel Sparks (R): To view website click here
~ Attorney

. Mike Tagert (R): To view website click here
~ State Transportation Commissioner, Economic Development Executive, USMC Veteran

· Quentin Whitwell (R) to view facebook page click here 
~ Attorney, Ex-Jackson City Councilor

. Walter Zinn Jr. (D): To view facebook page click here
~ City of Jackson Government Affairs Director, Political Consultant, Attorney

Bring Your Own Device Forum Agenda - Tonight 6 Pm

Public forum on Bring Your Own Device to School
6:00 pm Tuesday, April 21 at 
Louisville High School Auditorium

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mark Your Calendar!!! Red Hills Car Show

Dates Set for MSU Livestock Judging Camps

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young people and adult coaches
interested in honing their livestock judging skills have several opportunities at upcoming Mississippi State University camps.

The MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences will hold two residential camps and two half-day camps in May and June.

Participants will judge sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle, and they will learn to develop oral reasoning skills.

Residential camps will be May 24-26 and June 30-July 2 for 14- to 18-year-olds. A $200 fee will pay for meals and lodging. Space is limited to 30 participants for each camp. Applications with payment must be postmarked by May 10 for the first camp or June 1 for the second camp.

Winston County Resident Charged w Multiple Forgery Counts in Oktibbeha County

Shari W. Sullivan, a Winston County resident was charged in
Oktibbeha County on Wednesday, April 15 on 10 counts of forgery. Sullivan was transported by the Winston County Sheriff's Office to the custody of Oktibbeha County officials.

Bond was set at $100,000. Sullivan (53) faces an indictment for insurance fraud in Winston County and possible other charges.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tornado Watch til 3 AM

Winston County and almost all of the surrounding area is under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Monday morning. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Dare Graduation Winners

Fifth grade students from Louisville, Winston Academy,
Noxapater and Nanih Waiya graduated from the DARE program on Friday, (April 17 ) at the Louisville Elementary Auditorium. The ceremony was opened with a Pledge of Allegiance led by DARE officer Tonya McWhirter, the presentation of colors by JROTC from Louisville High, The National Anthem was performed by by Mrs. Hollingshead's 5th Grade Singers and the welcome was given by Keeghan Ashford, a DARE student.

Students and parents heard encouragement from local leaders including Tonya McWhirter, Louisville Police Department Dare Officer, Police Chief L.M. Claiborne, and Mayor Will Hill.

The guest speaker for the event was Jeff Killion, Captain, Oxford District of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Killion spoke of his own experiences with his children and reminded the students that there was strength in numbers. "Push for what's right. Always choose right even if it means losing a friend." 

Jeff Killion, Captain,
Oxford District of the Mississippi
 Bureau of Narcotics
Killion also addressed the parents and their role in their childrens ' lives and drug education.

Students and classrooms were recognized  as essay winners, star students, student of the year and graffiti winners. The awards are indicated below:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Samaritan's Purse Open House for Local Resident

Tears of joy were the theme of the day as Samaritan's Purse joined local resident Geraldine Hayes for a house dedication. Hayes' home was heavily damaged by the April 28, 2014 tornado and through the efforts of Samaritan's Purse, Winston Strong and a lot of good folks, local and from across the country, the residence on Young's Crossing Road has been repaired.

As part of the dedication, Hayes was presented with several gifts including a journal of the rebuild effort, a pear tree for her yard, a bible from Samaritan's Purse and  a framed "Paid in Full" document.
Geraldine Hayes w Samaritan's Purse's
Mark Langham, building supervisor

Following the blessing of the home, Hayes had this to say," I want to thank all of those who are here and those who are not here that may have prayed for me, thought of me and provided a pat on the back. If I had a 1000 tongues, I still could not thank all of you enough - God has been good to me and I am blessed."

Samaritan's Purse has been one of several organizations working with Winston Strong to assist people in returning to their homes in the aftermath of the storm.

Hayes with Ellis Holdiness- local volunteer as she is presented with the keys
to her home.

Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo at Legion on May 2

The annual Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo is coming up at Legion State Park on Saturday, May 2nd. Youth from ages 4 to 12 are invited to come out to the lake and participate. Prizes and lunch including hotdogs will be available.

The MDWFP will stock the lake with up to 500 catfish prior to the rodeo, providing an opportunity for kids to participate in a great American sport. Friends of Legion will be aiding with the event.

Here's what you need to know:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Red Hills Festival May 22-23- Come Join the Fun!!

Salute to Success Recognizes Area Honor Students

The 2015 Salute to Success "Get Your Head in the Game"
breakfast was held on Tuesday, April 14 at Lake Tiak O'Khata. More than 60 honor students from all schools across the County- including Winston Academy, Grace Christian, Louisville High, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya were recognized for their academic efforts.

The event was sponsored by Atmos Energy, Winston Medical Center and the Winston County Economic Development Partnership.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dr. Medeiros to Speak at Louisville Presbyterian - April 19

Dr. Elias Dos Santos Medeiros will be speaking at the Louisville
Presbyterian Church at 215 N. Church (across from Bullock Toyota) on Sunday, April 19 at 10:30 am Dr. Medeiros is an ordained minister who has worked  in pioneer church planting in the Amazon region and in Recife. He has taught in seminary and written several books.

Dr. Medeiros is deeply committed to evangelism through every member of the body of Christ.

Storytime at Winston Co. Library

Children ages 2-5 years old enjoyed Storytime with Miss Lindsay at the Winston County Library Monday, April 13th. Lindsay Fitts, Youth Services Coordinator with the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System, led a storytime program that included songs, dancing, reading books and puppets. The program was part of National Library Week celebrations (April 13th – 18th)

Focus Manor Apartments Opening Soon

  Focus Manor is located at 
Hwy 397/Jones Avenue
 The executive board of Focus Manor Inc., established January 2014, is seeking applications for potentials residents to live in the facility currently being constructed which will be completed in May of 2015.

The facility will be a positive addition to the Winston County Community. It is one of a kind in the county. Dr. George A. Miller secured the $1.8 million grant from the last of its kind funded by HUD of Washington, DC. Dr. Miller, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Church, 401 Pontotoc Street Louisville, MS, is also the Executive Director of Focus Manor. According to Dr. Miller, “It was God who gave the vision and God is the one who gives the increase. Even though this journey is a journey of Faith, it has not been easy and now Focus Manor is near the finish line.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Louisville Municipal School District " Bring Your Own Device Forum"

Louisville Municipal School District is exploring a Bring Your Own Device policy.  A BYOD policy will allow students the OPTION to bring personal devices, such as netbooks,computers and smart phones to school for classroom purposes.  Please join them in this discussion as they work together to fulfill their vision of preparing their students for college and.or career success.

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) forum will be held at the Louisville High School Auditorium on April 21 at 6:00 p.m.