Sunday, May 31, 2015

Delinquent Taxes Deadline-August 26, 2015

The deadline to pay 2012 taxes before they reach maturity is quickly approaching. Delinquent taxes will mature to the Purchaser on August 26, 2015. The amount due will continue to increase until August 26 with interest and penalties added monthly. Please contact Julie Cunningham, Winston County Chancery Clerk, at 662-773-3631 for tax amounts due. 2013 taxes are also payable in the Chancery Clerk’s office. The Delinquent Property list will be publicized in the Winston County Journal on June 24 and July 1, 2015. Cash or Certified checks will be accepted. No personal checks will be accepted during the month of July and August.

A Hero's Welcome

Winston Academy's and Louisville's own Dev Jaiswal returned this evening (Saturday, May 30) from an outstanding performance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this past week. The 13 year old finished 5th in the competition and quickly became a fan favorite.

To recognize one of our own, the community of Louisville and Winston Academy prepared a hero's welcome as he arrived back from the competition. With a sheriff and then police escort along with a fire engine from the Louisville Fire Department, Dev and his mother and sister were greeted by a chanting crowd of well-wishers at the Home Gate Inn, the family's home and property.

With hugs all around, the sometime emotional young man saved his biggest hug for his Dad, Upendra, who was unable to attend the national competiton near Washington, D.C.

Representatives from Mississippi State were on hand with a special
surprise - and a request for Dev to throw out the first pitch next season for the Bulldogs at Dudy Noble Field.

Dev was overwhelmed by the show of support and told the crowd, "This has been the best experience of my life.Thank you for all the support. This is the best trophy that I could receive.”

The following video captures the event:

Refuge Artist In Residence To Host Tour And Demonstration -June 6

Please join San Francisco Bay Area artist Jenny E. Balisle, the current Artist in Residence at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, on Saturday June 6th at 10:30 am for an artist talk followed with a pattern discovery walk. Jenny has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows including the de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, Museu Brasileiro Sao Paulo, Chicago Cultural Center, Korean Cultural Center, and Harvard University. During the residency, she will be creating abstract pen and ink drawings based on patterns from the Refuge’s history, surrounding communities, and natural environment.

Louisville Aldermen Agenda - June 2

The agenda for the June 2, 2015 board meeting of City of Louisville Officials is now available online on the City's website. To view the agenda - click here.

Library Has Superhero Theme for Summer Reading Programs

Superheroes will rule the day at the Winston County Library this summer. Thanks to many local business sponsors, the library is able to bring many fun and educational programs to children and teens during June.
Children ages 3-5 can enjoy story time with Mrs. Julie Chase every Monday morning in June from 10:00 -11:00. This is our “Little Heroes” program.

Final Vote for US Representative on Tuesday- Polls Open at 7:00 AM

Tuesday (June 2) is the day for final vote in the special election for U.S. Representative -First Congressional District. This is a runoff election between Walter Howard Zinn, Jr and Trent Kelly, the two top vote-getters in the May 12 election.

Polls will be open from 7:00 am til 7:00 pm at your regular polling locations.

Those registered voters who need to vote an absentee ballot must vote in the Circuit Clerk's Office in the Winston County Courthouse by Noon on Saturday, May 30.

This series of special elections were required due to the death of the sitting U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee earlier this year.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tick Bites

It’s summertime in Mississippi and people everywhere are excited to finally go fishing, camping, hiking, and do other activities that can’t be enjoyed in colder weather. But if you live in Mississippi, you know that the great outdoors must be shared with all sorts of biting creatures – not the least of which is a host of different species of tick. In fact, in Mississippi it seems that being bitten by a tick is not a matter of chance, but a matter of time.

When the day comes that you find one of those tiny arachnids buried headfirst into your skin, stay calm. Most of the time there is no long-term consequence from being bitten by a tick. When removing a tick, care must be taken to avoid pulling so hard that the head or contents of the tick are left in the skin. Avoid painting the tick or covering it with petroleum jelly, while waiting for it to self detach. The tick should be removed as soon as reasonably possible. If you need help, make an appointment with your doctor.

Businesses Preparations for Hurricane Season

PEARL – Businesses should begin taking precautions and prepare for hurricane season now.

Many people think that only businesses located along the Gulf Coast will be affected by tropical weather. Most forget that inland businesses could be affected by power outages, debris and flooding, and also if coastal businesses and suppliers have to stop production or temporarily close.

“Businesses play a vital role in disaster recovery,” said MEMA Director Robert Latham. “We know that the private sector has learned a great deal from disasters, but having a plan for employees and business operations before and after the storm are essential to keep their communities moving forward following a hurricane. The faster local businesses can reopen after an event, the faster an affected community will begin its recovery.”

Public Encouraged to Attend Welcome Home Celebration for Dev - Planned for Saturday

There will be a Welcome Home Reception and Celebration for our
Champion Speller Dev Jaiswal tomorrow evening (Saturday) at 7:30 pm at the Home Gate Inn on the Hwy 15/25 bypass.  Bring your signs - posters and line the parking area and road to welcome Dev home and show our appreciation for his extraordinary representation of our community and state!!

Dev finished 5th in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday and is returning home from the event near Washington, D.C. A police escort is expected for Dev and his family and folks are asked to participate with signs and posters to show their support.

Winston Sheriff Requests Public's Assistance in Burglary Case

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's
assistance related to a burglary of a home on Garrigues Road. The burglary occurred on Wednesday, May 20 in the early afternoon hours. Two televisions were removed from the home.

The vehicle shown below was seen parked on /near the roadside by the property at that time. If you  have any information or can identify this vehicle. please contact the Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or Winston County Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999.

Louisville's Spelling Bee Champ Wows the Crowd at National Contest

Dev Jaiswal as he joins his mother and sister 
Louisville and Winston Academy's own Dev Jaiswal worked his way into the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and into the hearts of a national television audience last night (Thursday). The event in its 88th year was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. 

Dev completed the first rounds of the competition and based upon his written tests for spelling and vocabulary, he was rated as the #1 competitor in the competition. The national contest began on Tuesday with 285 contestants. Jaiswal entered the finals as one of ten contestants.

ECCC’s Mahalia Gibson Named First Team Softball All-American

East Central Community College freshman first baseman Mahalia Gibson continues to add to her accolades following the 2015 season, today being named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball First Team All-American. Gibson of Hattiesburg was one of 13 players named to the First Team.

A product of Oak Grove High School, Gibson batted .406 with 80 hits, including 24 doubles and 52 RBIs, all team bests. She tied for the team lead in home runs with 11 and had a .971 fielding average. She also was named to the NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship All-Tournament Team, NJCAA Region 23 All-Region Team, and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges First Team All-State. She is East Central Community College’s first softball All-American since 2011.

The ECCC softball team finished the season with a 48-14 record and a second place finish in the 2015 NJCAA Division II Softball National Championship tournament.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Red Hills Art Competition

Guraedy, pictured here
(far left) with his wife, Linda
and Barbara and Larry Howell,
competition chairmen. 
The Red Hills Art Competition was underway in the month of May and paintings, crafts, photos, textiles and ceramics were on display at the Winston County Library through the Red Hills Festival on memorial weekend.

J. Bruce Guraedy was the competition judge. Guraedy received his B.A. in Art at USM in 1973. He did further graduate work at Mississippi College and MSU. He has been an art instructor and Fine Arts Division Chairman at ECCC. Guraedy is a retired freelance artist, and he judges and teaches workshops across the state.

Guraedy said of the competition, “This is a very strong show, demonstrating the diverse artistic skills of the Red Hills Art Association. Louisville and the surrounding area should be proud to have talented people like this in their community.”

There were winners in photography, crafts and painting. Shown below is Angelina Robinson with her winning artwork "White Gladiolus"

Dev Makes Finals- Watch Tonight!

Louisville and Winston Academy's own Dev Jaiswal has made it to
the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Dev completed the semi-final round this morning and was rated as the #1 competitor of the final group of ten students. The national contest began on Tuesday with 285 contestants.

The final round of the Bee is scheduled for tonight and will be broadcast on ESPN beginning at 7:00 pm central time.

Noxapater Town Hall Meeting- June 4

NOXAPATER, MISSISSIPPI  - Northern District Public Service
Commissioner Brandon Presley will hold a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Noxapater’s park building located at 9994 Kilpatrick Street, Noxapater, MS from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This meeting is free, and the public is invited to attend.

“I want to give the people in Winston County the opportunity to share their concerns with me personally about utility services and the lack of cellular telephone, high-speed Internet, and natural gas service in their area,” Presley said. “I also appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the public about the important issues facing the PSC today.”

Among other things, Commissioner Presley plans to discuss the “Zap the Gap” program to address poor cellular telephone service and the lack of high-speed Internet and natural gas service, the No-Call law and other consumer related topics that affect Mississippians and our economic climate.


PEARL – To increase your chances of surviving a hurricane, everyone in Mississippi should have or
review their emergency plans.As part of Mississippi’s Hurricane Preparedness week, MEMA Director Robert Latham urges individuals and families to discuss their Family Disaster Plans. The plan should include an evacuation method and route, a communications plan and a disaster supply kit.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

EF-0 Tornado Confirmed for May 25, 2015 Winston County

(from Winston County EMA) - The National Weather Service in

Jackson has confirmed that an EF-0 Tornado touched down in western Winston County on Monday, May 25, 2015 at approximately 11:00 am. The storm path was approximately 25 feet wide and traveled for approximately 0.75 miles. This is the first tornado confirmed to have impacted Winston County since April 28th, 2014. That storm left 10 people dead and destroyed over 350 homes and is still forefront in everyone’s mind.

There have been no reports of injuries or of structural damage reported with this most recent impact. The area impacted is approximately 7 miles west of the City of Lousiville in the Whitehall Community. There were several eye witnesses who described the tornado as it touched down.

Coburn Family Hosts Family Reunion

The Coburn Family hosted its 7th bi-annual family reunion. The descendants of the late Dave and Willie Mae Coburn of Louisville, MS gathered for a weekend filled with love, laughter and fun. The reunion was held in Louisville at Lake Tiak O’Khata May 22-24, 2015. This year’s reunion was held in dedication to the memory of Coburn family member Andre Cortez Coburn. The reunion included a family talent show, picnic, dinner, and memorial to deceased members. The Coburns would like to express gratitude to the staff of Lake Tiak O’Khata and family member Linda Gale Johnson for hosting such a wonderful event.

Winston Sheriff Searching for Owner of Lost/Stolen Camera

UPDATE - THE OWNER OF THE CAMERA HAS BEEN FOUND.  (05-28-15) Olive Branch Law Enforcement advised the Winston County Sheriff's Office that a camera and some softball equipment had recently been recovered in the Olive Branch area.  Officials believe these items had been stolen and are looking for information and the rightful owners.

Photos on the camera and other information indicate that the owner may have a connection to Winston County, Louisville or Winston Academy. If you have lost or had a camera stolen in the last few months, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office for more information at 662-773-5881.

If you have information concerning the possible theft of these items and wish to remain anonymous, call Winston County Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999.

Red Hills Car Show - Biggest Yet!!

(from car show organizers)-The Red Hills Festival Car Show of
2015 was the best car show in festival history with 126 entries and some of the most beautiful cars and and trucks you can imagine. There were some unusual vehicles like the County Camper that drew a lot of attention. Our friends from all over Mississippi as well as some new friends from California, all came out on a beautiful Saturday in May to share our love our cars and trucks. We thank you for joining us.

Thank you to the sponsors and those donating door prizes. The sponsors include:

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ribbon Cutting for Grand Opening of Southern Traditions

The Winston County Chamber of Commerce,community leaders and friends and family gathered on Friday (May 22) to celebrate the grand opening of Southern Traditions with owners Jeremy and Heather Cummings. Southern Traditions is located at 101 W. Main in downtown Louisville.

City Posts Progress on Winston Veneer Construction

The City of Louisville provides a weekly update on the construction progress of Winston Plywood and Veneer. This week's progress has been posted to the City's website. To view the information - Click Here

Monday, May 25, 2015

Juneteenth Day History Celebration June 6, 2015

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the
ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas. He brought news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. It had been two and a half years since President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 was official. Many stories were told as to why they had not known but none could be verified as the truth.

The reactions to this profound news ranged from shock to jubilation. Freed slaves had several options: Remain and develop new relationships with their former owners or leave immediately, depending upon the conditions on the plantations. They could go north which was a logical destination or find family members in neighboring states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Storm Damage from Possible Tornado in Monroe County

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received preliminary damage assessments from severe weather that moved through the city of Amory in Monroe County around 9:30 a.m. Monday. There are no injuries reported.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Robert Goza reports:
· Two homes destroyed, 11 with major damage and 52 minor.
· Minor damage to the West Amory Elementary School and Early Learning Center.
· Two businesses with minor damage.
· Debris covering roadways and flash flooding.
· Power outages to 500 residents.

Red Hill Festival - Big Weekend for Louisville

The weather was great, the vendors were plentiful, the food was tasty, the kids had a ball, plenty of entertainment and the politicians gathered. We will have more on the Festival but for now enjoy these photos. To see more on our slideshow - click here

Sunday, May 24, 2015

ECCC Softball Players Earn First Team All-State Honors

East Central Community College softball players Maegen Ellis of
West Point and Mahalia Gibson of Hattiesburg have been named first team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State for their play during the recently completed season.

Friday, May 22, 2015

NW DAR Honors Area Vietnam Vets

Vietnam Veterans..front row(l to r)Billy Morgan, Tommie Jefcoat, Billy Metts, Marvin Hemphill, Tommy Hopkins, Garry Mayo, Bob Burks, Royce Watkins.. Back row(l to r) Walter Pitt, Billy Eaves, Mike Dowd, John Sharp, Glenn Peters,Wayne Parrish, Ray Bolton, David Taylor, Larry Brantley
Area Vietnam Veterans and their spouses gathered on Thursday (May 21) at  the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Louisville. The luncheon hosted by the Nanih Waiya Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held in cooperation with the Department of Defense to honor those who served in the Vietnam era.

Local DAR member welcomes Vietnam Vets
DAR member, Mary Tabor welcomed the veterans and stated that these events help to teach the next generation the importance of freedom and the sacrifices required. "These proud Americans saw our country through one of the most challenging times in our history."

The guest speaker for the event was retired Lt. Colonel Wayne Parrish from Carthage. Parrish noted that due to the unpopularity of the war at that time, events such as this one (on the 50th anniversary of the war) may be the first recognition that many Vietnam Veterans have ever received.
Lt. Col. Parrish speaks to area veterans

Parrish spoke of his own experience as he saw three of ten male high school classmates lost to the war and two college classmates as well. A third college classmate later succumbed to the effects of agent orange.

Parrish suffers from Parkinson's Disease with agent orange exposure as a suspected cause. He noted that he was one of 4000 veterans diagnosed between the ages of 40-44 through a study of the chemical.

He acknowledged that the war is always with those who returned. "Even though we came back, it didn't really end. I don't think any war is ever over until the last veteran is wouldn't take a million dollars for the experience but you wouldn't ever do it again."

Parrish thanked the DAR for hosting the event and again noted that for some of the veterans present, this type of recognition had never been done before.

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution plan to hold more events for Vietnam Veterans in the future.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Class of 1942 visits Red Hill Festival/Homecoming

(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
At the very busy Red Hills Festival/Louisville Homecoming were two classmates visiting from Chicago, IL who were from the class of 1942 of the Winston County Training School. Henry Bay and Doris Mitchell-Roberson have been married for 67 years and are 92 years old. (submitted)