Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An Aspirin a Day May Keep Strokes and Heart Attacks Away


Have you ever heard that you should “take an aspirin everyday” for good health, or “an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away”? If so, have you ever wondered if there was any truth to it? The answer is yes and no.

District Parent of Year Hosts Reception for LHS Seniors


L to R: Rita Eichelberger (center) with daughters
 Montana (left) and Asia Eichelberger (right)
Rita Eichelberger was selected as Parent of the Year 2014-2015 of the Louisville Municipal School District, Louisville, MS.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Rita headed several fundraisers for the band, cheerleaders, the soccer team drama club, TSA and BETA clubs just to name a few. The fundraisers consisted of strawberry sales, the selling of BOGO cards, bake sales, car washes and the selling of t-shirts. As stated by Rita “As the parent of Montana and Asia Eichelberger, I feel it is my job to encourage them to head in the right direction. Because I feel it takes a village to rear a child, what I do for my children I am inclusive of their peers also. My infectious enthusiasm is transferred to all of the children. They wholeheartedly throw themselves into their assignments and really give their all. I instill in them the idea that everyone benefits from our success! In the years to come, they can proudly look back and see the good they have done, be it the cheerleader uniforms or the gymnasium or whatever else we have worked toward. Most importantly, they were encouraged to engage in community service.”

Agricultural Field Day at Noxapater School

For the first time, the Winston County Self Help Youth Group (WCSHYG) hosted Agricultural Field Day at the Noxapater School with 65 students from the 4th, 5th and 6th grade on Monday, May 18, 2015.

The following agencies presented workshops to the eager to learn participants:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Friends of the Library DVD Sale

The Friends of the Library is having a DVD sale – each DVD is $1.00. Great selection to choose from. The Friends are raising money to pay for a new sidewalk sign for the library to replace the one damaged in hurricane Katrina. The one they are using now has to have the letters taped to stay on

LMSD Board Holds Public Budget Hearing- Projects Expenditures at $30 Million

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met on
Friday, June 26 for an annual budget hearing. A public budget hearing is required by state law to be held before August 15. The board was presented with revenue projections, expected expenditures and a breakdown of revenue sources and expenses.

The District is projecting revenue of $29,264,951. Exact projections are not possible due to changes and adjustments in ad valorem tax dollars. Roughly $7 million or 24% of total revenue is generated locally by ad valorem taxes (property taxes). The majority (75%) of operating revenue comes from the state and federal government, (51% state, 23% federal). A relatively small portion of the District’s revenue comes from 16th section land sources.

Louisville Celebrates The 4th!!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

City Engineer Morris Retires

The City of Louisville held a reception on Friday (June 26)  to recognize the retirement of City Engineer Kenneth (Kenny) Morris. Morris will officially retire at the end of this month.

He began his career with the City in August, 1986 and according to Mayor Will Hill, "There hasn't been much activity in the City during that time that he (Morris) has not been involved in."

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution to honor Morris and recognize his contributions to the citizens of Louisville. He was also presented with a hunting rifle as a retirement gift.

The usually reticent Morris addressed the gathered crowd - "I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with all these great people and I appreciate all of you coming today."

Magician Dorian LaChance Entertains at Winston Co. Library

Magician Dorian LaChance of Madison entertained local kids as part of the Summer Library Reading Program on Tuesday, June 23 at the Winston County Library. Lachance specializes in magic for families and children, including birthday parties, church events, company picnics, libraries, schools, camps and more. Lachance blends his techniques with comedy and audience participation.

The library's summer programs have drawn a large crowd of local kids. June 29th program is "Awards Day/ Water Day for teen 6th-12th grade and June 30th Awards Day/Water Day for children 3-5 years of age. For more details, contact the Winston County Library.




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Friday, June 26, 2015

Statements from Ms. Attorney General Jim Hood and Governor Bryant on Today's Supreme Court Ruling

Attorney General Jim Hood issues the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell et al v. Hodges et al:

“The Office of the Attorney General is certainly not standing in the way of the Supreme Court’s decision. We simply want to inform our citizens of the procedure that takes effect after this ruling. The Supreme Court decision is the law of the land and we do not dispute that. When the 5th Circuit lifts the stay of Judge Reeves’ order, it will become effective in Mississippi and circuit clerks will be required to issue same-sex marriage licenses.”

-Attorney General Jim Hood

JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant issues the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell et al v. Hodges et al:

“Throughout history, states have had the authority to regulate marriage within their borders. Today, a federal court has usurped that right to self-governance and has mandated that states must comply with federal marriage standards—standards that are out of step with the wishes of many in the United States and that are certainly out of step with the majority of Mississippians.”

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nanih Waiya Park Groundbreaking- From Pipe Dream to Reality

Folks sought out the shade and found a cool breeze this afternoon (Thursday 6-25) as they gathered in the Nanih Waiya Community for the official groundbreaking of the Nanih Waiya Community Park.

Much work has already been completed on the project that was considered to be a pipe dream by many just two years ago. Dirt work and site preparation as well as framing for the community center have been completed as the community gathered to conduct an official groundbreaking ceremony.

Public Notice - Real Estate Sold for 2012 Delinquent Taxes Matures to Purchaser - August 26

Real estate sold in August 26, 2013 for delinquent 2012 taxes will mature to the purchaser on August 26, 2015 unless the property is redeemed prior to that date. To redeem the property, all delinquent taxes and penalties and interest must be paid. To see the public notice and a list of properties, visit the Winston County website by clicking here. A printable version of the list is also available on that site.


NFusion Thanks Winston County

May was Mental Health Awareness Month which was very successful! NFusion sponsored several events to help make people aware of mental health!

Burnt Orange Productions, owned and operated by Jason Stewart, was the MC for our talent show. The talent show was called ‘NFused With Talent’ which consisted of 10 acts with youth from Starkville and Louisville. The 1st prize went to Dominique Triplett, 2nd prize went to Cherish Triplett (no relation), and 3rd prize went to TDD Dance Troupe of Starkville.

NFusion also recognized and provided breakfast to show our appreciation to our stakeholders during the Mental Health Awareness month on May 6th, 2015.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Three Arrested in Copper Theft, Other Possible Charges

Justin "Rye" McDonald
The Winston County Sheriff's Office made three arrests on Monday (June 22) related to the theft of metal (copper) from a local resident.

Justin "Rye" McDonald, Le Andrew Hughes and Lee Hughes were charged with the theft of more than a thousand pounds of copper wire with the thefts beginning on Friday (June 19) and continuing over the weekend.

In addition, the suspects have been implicated in similar thefts at chicken houses in Winston and Neshoba County and are currently under investigation for possible involvement in another break-in of a residence in the County.

Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that McDonald was suspected of possible involvement in a vehicle theft inside the City of Louisville. The investigation of that case has been turned over to LPD.

The three were in custody and bond had not been set as of Wednesday morning.


Groundbreaking Ceremony at Nanih Waiya Park Scheduled for Thursday

The Nanih Waiya Park Board cordially invite you to attend the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Nanih Waiya Community Park on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm. The Nanih Waiya Park is located at 9185 Highway 490, Louisville, MS. Visit their Facebook page for progress and other updates.

Summer Heat Can Be Dangerous For Pets

Summers are no laughing matter here in
Mississippi, especially for those wearing fur coats.

Dr. Brittany Thames, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said dogs and cats are vulnerable to heat, but dogs are more prone to overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

“Dogs do not sweat to cool off as humans do,” she said. “The main way dogs stay cool is by panting. As a general rule, pet owners should use extreme caution and avoid long stays outside when the heat index is over 80 degrees.”


Acclaimed Wildlife Scientist to Lead MSU Department

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Andrew J. Kouba, director of conservation and research at the Memphis Zoo, is the new head of the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Kouba will begin serving Aug. 16 as head of the academic, research and extension unit of the university’s College of Forest Resources.

Kouba has served the Memphis Zoo as director of conservation since 2001. He has secured more than $3 million in competitive grants for zoo projects including work with amphibians, large carnivores, giant pandas, forest ecology and reintroductions for endangered species. He has worked closely with Mississippi State faculty employing numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for research work in conservation.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BILL SEEKS TO PROTECT RURAL WATER

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill today that seeks to ensure the availability of safe and affordable drinking water in rural communities.

This bill would reauthorize and modernize much needed technical assistance and compliance training for small water systems to meet federal compliance.

“Without these services, safe and clean water for rural communities and small municipalities throughout Mississippi would be put in jeopardy,” Harper said.

A federal law that passed in 1996 authorized technical assistance for small and rural communities to assist them in complying with agency regulations issued under the “Safe Drinking Water Act.” The program is designed to make sure that federal regulations do not overwhelm the resources of rural water systems.

Red, White and Blue and Fireworks Too!!

The Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Association is gearing up for the Annual Red White and
Blue Parade on Main Street at 6:00 pm on July 2nd. Children 12 years old and younger are encouraged to get their favorite “ride” decorated in red, white and blue and join the parade. No motorized vehicles please. The Louisville Lions Club will be on hand after the parade to provide hot dogs, chips and drinks to the youngsters.

The annual fireworks display will also be held on July 2nd at 9:00 pm at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. In conjunction with the fireworks, political speakers are encouraged from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

For more information call the Chamber at 662-773-3921.

Sponsors are:

Lake Tiak-O’Khata
Winston Medical Center
Winston County Journal
Broadus and Associated
Dihann McCullough Realty
Andy Wood Realty
Woods Grocery
The Louisville Bankers Association
M & N Computers
Polo Custom Products
Judy McLeod
Julie Cunningham
Kim Ming
Larry Woodward
Michael Evans
Darlene Bane
Jody Fulton
Michael Ming
Hampton & Associates - Law Office
Mark Forsman

Little Heroes Library Program-June 22

Children, ages 3-5, once again enjoyed a wonderful program at the Winston County Library this past Monday in the “Little Heroes” program, presented by Julie Chase. Volunteers Diana Northcutt, Joyce Kirkpatrick and staff member Denise Dickerson (along with parents!) helped with the crafts portion of the program. The children made American flags and enjoyed a puppet show. 32 children attended the program.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Super Heroes Display at Winston County Library

The Winston Garden Club placed this display in the Winston County Library lobby in honor of the summer reading program theme – “Superheroes”. The display features items worn by our local heroes – firemen, police and sheriff department. Everyone is encouraged to come by the library to see the display this week.









Local NAACP Branch Speaks out about hate crimes

Charles Hampton, president
of local chapter
 (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
The Winston County Branch NAACP, is concerned about the hate crimes that are being committed in this country - most recently the killing of nine innocent African Americans at the historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Local President Charles Hampton is releasing to the local media the Press Statement from the President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. Ironically, this was released on June 19, 2015, Juneteenth Day, which was being celebrated across the nation. Juneteenth Day is the day - June 19, 1865 - that slaves in Galveston, TX found out they were freed when they were actually freed January 1, 1865. Hampton stated that he is sad to say that the descendants of the slaves are freemen but are being subjected to hate crimes more than a century and one half later. Below is the press release:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Latest Progress Report on Winston Plywood

The City of Louisville posts construction progress information on the Winston Plywood and Veneer Facility on a weekly basis. The lastest construction information is now posted on the City's website. To view details and photos - please
click here

Information can also be found on the Economic Development Partnership page at http://winstoncountyms.com/



Saturday, June 20, 2015

James Horton Presented w Certificate of Continuous Membership in American Legion

Mr. James Horton was presented his certificate for 60 years of
continuous membership by National Commander Michael D Helm of the American Legion as outstanding contributor of programs of The American Legion and Post 62, Department of Mississippi.

Mr. Horton began service in the United States Army 1-18-1945 first at Camp Shelby, MS. Then to basic training by rail to Texas. After basic he was sent to Fort Mead, MD to be sent to Europe but while getting off the bus the war with Germany ended.

He was then sent to Oregon to be shipped out to the Pacific theater. From Oregon he was sent to Hawaii stationed at Schofield barracks while training for beach assault landings on Waikiki Beach, HI.

Mr. Horton was with the 7th Infantry Division, 17th Infantry Regiment, Company L during the fight for Okinawa. He was wounded from shrapnel while being bombed by the Japanese.

After Japan’s surrender he was reassigned to Company K which was sent to Incheon Korea to take the surrender of the Japanese there before the Russians arrived. The same town made famous with its capture by General MacArthur along with the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War.

This Certicate is issued in grateful appreciation for faithful and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of the American Legion.


MEMA: PROTECT YOURSELF FROM EXTREME HEAT

PEARL – As temperatures soar into the upper 90s and the heat index surpasses 100 degrees, the
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants to remind residents to take precautions to protect themselves from the hot weather.

“As all Mississippians know, it can get hot in Mississippi,” said MEMA Executive Director Robert Latham. “If you have to be outside, make sure you take the precautions to protect yourself from the dangerous heat. Make sure to check on elderly neighbors, as they are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.”

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are already reaching the 90s in Mississippi. NWS forecasters say heat indices will rise above 100 degrees next week. According to the NWS, 20 people died as a result of extreme heat in the U.S. in 2014. The number of heat related deaths has dropped dramatically from 92 deaths in 2013 and 155 deaths in 2012.

It’s also important to remember to “beat the heat, check the backseat.”  NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for one minute. If you see a child in an unattended vehicle, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

August 4th Sample Ballots Now Online

The Winston County Circuit Clerk Kim Ming has provided sample
ballots for the August 4, 2015 primaries. The Republican and Democratic primaries are on separate ballots and voters must choose which primary in which to cast their vote. You can only vote in one primary. We will have more info on the upcoming elections with specific dates for absentee voting and voting requirements at a later date.

Viewers may review the sample ballots by clicking here. The ballots can be enlarged by clicking on its image and ballots can also be printed by choosing the print option near the top of the page.


ECCC Women’s Soccer, Softball Teams Named NJCAA Academic Teams of Year

News Release: DECATUR, Miss.—East Central Community
College’s women’s soccer and softball teams have been named best in the nation in their respective sports for academic excellence by the National Junior College Athletic Association for 2014-15.

The East Central women’s soccer program was named the NJCAA Women’s Soccer Academic Team of the Year and the women’s softball team was named the NJCAA Women’s Softball Academic Team of the Year.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Samaritan's Purse Dedicates Home as Winston Strong Continues to Rebuild


On June 16, Tonya Snow returned to her home on Evergreen Road. Samaritan's Purse working with Winston Strong repaired the home that was heavily damaged by the April 2014 tornado.

The dedication service included the presentation of a photo album, a bible, a record of "Paid in Full" and the keys to the home by Mark Langham from Samaritan's Purse.

Winston Strong is still in need of donations to complete a number of projects. If you would like to donate, visit their website at http://www.winstonstrong.org/

Contract for Demolition of Hospital Approved

After reviewing bids and discussing some aspects in executive
session on Monday night (June 15), The board members of the Winston County Medical Foundation approved a contract with Century Construction and Real Estate of Tupelo for the full demolition of the damaged hospital and surrounding structures including houses purchased to expand the site.

Work will begin on the  $656,000 contract as soon as final paperwork from regulatory agencies and FEMA has been received. According to WMC CEO Paul Black, work could begin as early as next week if the final approvals are in place.

Initial work on the demolition may not be readily obvious to the casual observer as asbestos removal must be completed prior to actual structure demolition.

The Winston Medical Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit leases the Medical Center and grounds from Winston County. The demolition and upcoming construction is a cooperative effort between these parties.




Mississippi Health Officials Confirm First Case of Chikungunya Virus in Mississippi for 2015

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of
Health(MSDH) is confirming its first case of chikungunya virus in a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Honduras.

Last year there were eight cases of chikungunya reported in Mississippi. All cases were in international travelers – five to the Dominican Republic, one to Haiti, and one to Puerto Rico. Chikungunya is a risk to all travelers to the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Symptoms of chikungunya infection include fever, muscle and joint pain, and swelling of the joints. Deaths from chikungunya virus are rare, but anyone with a compromised immune system is at higher risk of complications from the infection.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Airport Continues to Grow - Air Show Planned

The Winston County Supervisors were briefed on continued
updates and improvements at the Winston/Louisville Airport on Monday.

Airport Board President Mike Forster informed the Board of the completion of the new 21000 square foot ramp extension. The extension provides future access to a new hangar that will be constructed later this year and provides more room for larger corporate jets at the facility.

The hangar, expected to be completed in late Fall, will be leased by Taylor Air. Construction will be financed by an MDOT grant for 50% of the cost and the remainder will be financed with a 20 year loan through Renasant Bank. The loan will be secured by the hangar and a lease agreement with Taylor Air over that 20 year period resulting in no out of pocket expense. Bids on this project will be opened on June 25 and the construction site will be near the new terminal building that was completed last year.

The Devil Dog is to return on Sept 26
Forster also noted several grant opportunities and successes
including a $70,000 MDOT grant for the purchase of support equipment for corporate aircraft.

In addition, Forster indicated that the success of last year's air show will result in an even larger show this year. Scheduled for September 26, the show will again include the Devil Dog aircraft, an aerobatics show and skydiving jumps and other events.


Local NAACP Selects Delegates to National Convention

L to R: Annie Pearl Hudson, treasurer, Charles Hampton, President, 
Carolyn Hampton, Chairperson Women in the NAACP (WIN)
 (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
The Winston County Branch NAACP held its regular monthly meeting at Center Ridge MB Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 with Charles Hampton presiding. Delegates were elected to attend the 106th Annual National Convention, July 11-15, 2015, Philadelphia, PA. The NAACP choose as its theme for the year of 2015 “All In For Justice and Equality”.

The 70th Annual State Convention will be held at the Jackson Convention Center, October 29-31, 2015 for more information check the website: www.naacpms.org.

Contact Person: Charles Hampton, 662.803-0635

Little Heroes Library Program

Forty seven kids and parents attended today's "Little Heroes"program at the Winston County Library. Mrs. Julie Chase presented storytime, flannel board story, songs and crafts.


Another Home Completion by Samaritan's Purse and Winston Strong

On June 11, there was a true celebration as Thomas and Mary
Jernigan returned to their home on Youngs Crossing Road. Samaritan's Purse working with Winston Strong rebuilt the home after the April 2014 tornado destruction.

The dedication service included the presentation of a photo album, a bible, a record of "Paid in Full" and the keys to the home by Leroy Frost from Samaritan's Purse.

Winston Strong is still in need of donations to complete a number of projects. If you would like to donate, visit their website at http://www.winstonstrong.org/


County to Purchase Roseburg Property

The purchase of the Roseburg Forest Products Plant located south of Armstrong Street in Louisville by Winston County is nearing completion. The Winston County Board of Supervisors were informed that the sale should be complete later this week.

The facility which has been idle since late 2011 and which was also heavily damaged in the April 2014 tornado is located near ongoing construction of the Winston Plywood and Veneer Facility.

The County's purchase of the property for roughly $2 million will be ultimately financed by a 20 year low interest loan from TVA and Winston Plywood will lease the property to retire the debt over that 20 year period.

The purchase provides access and needed facilities for Winston Plywood and a possible site for future expansion.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hospital Demolition Work to Begin Soon

The demolition of the existing Winston Medical Center structure
that was severely damaged in the April 28, 2014 tornado should begin within a week according to WMC Chief Executive Officer Paul Black.

Black was on the agenda for the Winston County Supervisors on Monday and informed the Board that bids had been received on the demolition package to remove the existing structure (s) and that the hospital board would be meeting on Monday evening to discuss and choose a bidder to complete the project.

Black indicated that unless there are unforseen delays, actual work should start by June 22. He noted that one of the first actions would be the removal of asbetos.

The removal of the structure will be the first step in the construction process of a new hospital facility, clinic and nursing home.