Friday, July 31, 2015

A Message From The Louisville Historic Conservation Commission

If you are a home owner in the Louisville Historic District and are planning on any changes to the property inside or out, the Historic Conservation Commission would like to make you aware of the procedures that you need to follow in order to do so.

Any home owner in the historic district that wishes to make changes inside or outside of their home must go to City Hall and fill out a Certificate of Appropriateness, (See Ordinance 322 for details). If you would like to obtain a copy of the ordinance, please call City Hall or call 662-773-5377.

Louisville Lions Golf Tourney Scheduled for Saturday!!

The weather is predicted to be great and the cause is a good one, so come on out for golf and fun as the Louisville Lions host their annual 2 man/woman scramble at the Louisville Country Club on Saturday, August 1.  Registration starts at 8:15 and golf starts at 9:15. Registration fee is $50
Lions - John McLeod, Lois Goodin, James Russell, Ray Ingram,
Charlotte Dowd, Mike Dowd
Registration includes lunch, door prizes and 27 holes of golf. There will be trophies for the tops in each flight and prizes for closest to the pin.

The annual event is a major fundraiser for the local Lions Club that provides an array of services to the community including eye screenings in local schools, eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need and support of the Mississippi Eye Bank among many other local projects.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

SLP Programs at the Winston County Library

The Winston County Library would like to thank all of their program sponsors this year: Rives & Reynolds Lumber Company, The Taylor Group, Crowson Auto World, Polo Custom Products, Bennett’s Do-It Center, Fair Propane and Gas, and Louisville Rotary Club. Without their support, these entertaining and educational programs would not be possible.



This  is from program for 1st – 5th graders (“Every Hero Has A Story”) – Magician Dorian LaChance talked about the different parts of a hero – the foundation (feet), the heart (body) and the intelligence (head) while performing some astounding and hilarious magic tricks. Dorian LaChance’s magic program was made possible by a gift from Bennett’s Do-It Center.

Cooperation with LPD, Sheriff, WCCRCF and Leake County Officials Result in Contraband Arrest


L to R: LPD - Donnie Graham, WCCRCF Warden Neal Higgason,
LPD Patrol Officer Toby Lee, LPD - Barry McWhirter with contraband
from traffic stop
On Wednesday morning (July 29) around 8 a.m., the Louisville Police Department received a request from the Leake County Sheriff's Office concerning a BOLO (be on look out) for a green Ford Escape. It was believed that the vehicle's occupants were wanted concerning lack of payment for a gas purchase in Leake County.

Primary Elections Less Than a Week Away - Voter Info Here

The August 4th Primary elections are less than a week away. The last day to vote absentee is Saturday, August 1st by noon. We recently published the following information for voters and will re-post this again on the Monday before the election: Links to sample ballots and House and Senate District lines are also included at the end of this article:
  • The August 4 elections are primaries for the Democratic and Republican Party candidates who will run in the November general election. Voters cannot vote in both primaries. They may choose either party's primary. 
  • Voters should also be aware that if there is a runoff required after the initial primary, they must vote in the same party primary that they did  on August 4. (you cannot vote in the Democratic primary on August 4 and then vote in the Republican runoff on August 25. This is illegal and you will be subject to a fine.)

Dial A Story

Winston County Library
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662-773-3566
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July 29 – August 4

Library System to Honor Wall of Fame Inductees

The System Trustees and Staff of the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) invite the public to a reception Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Attala County Library honoring 5 inductees into the MMRLS Wall of Fame. Past staff that have made a significant contribution to local public librarianship will be honored at this event.

Back to School/Stay in School Rally Held

Story by: Elmetra Patterson
Dr. Bob Fuller


The Winston County Branch NAACP held its annual Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Rally, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Louisville High School Auditorium with approximately 200 students there to get free school supplies with each receiving a backpack, also. All of the schools in the district were represented. The rally was co-sponsored by the Louisville Municipal School District. Superintendent Ken McMullan was not present but Penny Hill, Director of Curriculum and Personnel, represented the district with enthusiasm for the upcoming school year.

The rally being an educational promotion, Dr. Bob Fuller, an assistant professor in educational leadership at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS, expressed to the students the necessity of having a quality education. He spoke words of encouragements, “Whatever you desire to do, I want you to be committed to it.  I want you to really work at it. I know sometimes you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work – that your ticket to success might be rapping, basketball, football or being a reality TV star.  When chances are, you are not going to do any of those things.  The truth is being successful is hard.  You won’t love every subject you study; you won’t click with every teacher you have; not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to you in your life at that very moment and you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try but you can’t let failure define you.  You have to let it (failure) teach you.”

Library Acquires Children’s Books Through Grant

The Winston County Library is the proud recipient of seventy-five
new children’s books, acquired through a Libri Foundation grant. The Libri Foundation, based in Eugene, OR, was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality hardcover children’s books they could not otherwise afford to buy. 

The Foundation supports the concept that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books that stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, and expand their horizons.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sheriff's Department Recovers Stolen 4 Wheeler - Searches For Another

The Winston County Sheriff's Department made an arrest on
Monday related to the theft of a four wheeler in the Noxapater area earlier this month.

Christopher Brandon Shuler was taken into custody related to the theft of a Honda Rancher 2005 model stolen from the 500 block of Kelly Rd. south of Noxapater.

 The theft was reported on July 4th. Sheriff Jason Pugh noted that communication from neighbors indicated that the suspect may have been involved.

The four wheeler was recovered at a residence on Hwy 14 east along with a GPS unit and other items stolen at the time.  In addition to the four wheeler, two vehicles at two separate homes were broken into. The theft included at least one GPS unit. Shuler is in custody and being charged with auto burglary and grand larceny.

The Department continues to search for another ATV stolen from Hall's Small Engines on Hwy 397. The theft was reported on July 23. This ATV is described as a green 2001 Polaris Sportsman 500. Law enforcement has the VIN number. If you have any info related to this ATV or its theft, please contact the WinstonCounty Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.


Winston Plywood Signs Long-Term Lease for Roseburg Property

Winston Plywood recently signed a long-term lease for the Roseburg Property with the Winston County Board of Supervisors.

Sitting left to right Dr. Richard Baldwin w Winston Plywood, 
Supervisor Mike Peterson Standing left to right Gerald Mills- Eco/Devo,
 Hugh Hathorn- County Attorney


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 recently purchased the property for roughly $2 million 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.

Winston Place Summer Camp and Food Program

The Winston County Self-Help Youth Group sponsored a summer food program at Winston Place Club House July 20-24, 2015 with Jean Harper as the facilitator.  There were two parent volunteers: Shondalyn Roberson and Charlene Rush.  The cook was Bobbie Nickelson. Harold Hudson was there as a youth supporter.  Christy Reed is the property and area manager.



Adopt or Foster An Animal at the Louisville Animal Shelter

The Louisville Animal Shelter is in need of your help. They are at this time overrun with puppies,dogs,cats, and kittens. They are looking for animal lovers who will adopt or foster these fur babies as soon as possible. They are also asking for people who would like to do volunteer work to receive hours for scholarships. For more information, please contact the Louisville Animal Shelter at 662-773-4320.



Community Health Fair Held on July 11


On Saturday, July 11 the Coalition for a Healthy Winston County sponsored a community health fair supported by coalition teams at Antioch, Lonely Valley, Mt. Bell, and Pleasant Grove churches.

Approximately 45 adults and 30 youth attended the health fair hosted at Mt. Bell MB Church. The health fair promoted healthy living through a fitness session, health screenings, informational sessions, and also provided a bike rodeo for youth.

Health screenings included weight, body mass index (BMI), blood
pressure, and blood glucose screenings. Screenings for blood pressure were provided by Nurse Kenya Hickman and Tawona Hickman, Sta-Home Health Nurse. Blood glucose level screenings were given by Broam Ashford, Phlebotomist.

Presenters included Extension Officers Sandra Jackson and Crayton Coleman, from Winston and Noxubee County Extension Offices. The extension officers gave presentations about nutrition and bicycle safety. Betheden Fire Department discussed home safety plans and First Aid/CPR with youth attendees. Leron Yarbrough, Registered Nurse, addressed men’s health related topics
such as hypertension, prostate checks, and kidney health. Officer David Gladney presented Bullying Prevention tips for youth and teens. Shundal Holmes, Oktibbeha County Hospital Wellness Center Aerobic Coordinator and Fitness Specialist, offered a fitness session for adult participants.

Participants were treated to healthy snacks and refreshments, and they also won door prizes while in attendance. The coalition would like to thank local businesses Anytime Fitness, Sta-Home Health, and WMC-Main Street Clinic for providing donations.

The communities involved in the Coalition for a Healthy Winston
County would like to show special appreciation to coalition team members for their participation and contributions. Coalition members include Marilyn Tillery, Brenda Johnson, Mary Jackson, Deborah Edmond, Cynthia Cistrunk, Rena Hickman, Tawona Hickman, Shundal Holmes, and Kristi Jernigan.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Winston Plywood Progress Report - Now Online

The City of Louisville posts a weekly progress report on the construction of the Winston Plywood and Veneer facility. The report for July 24 has now been posted on the City's website. To view the report - Click Here

WMC-Nursing Home News!


The temperatures outside have been over 100 and it has been no secret that staying cool is in all our plans!

At Winston Medical Center Nursing Home, our residents had that same plan!
Today, we enjoyed a "BEAT THE HEAT" snow-cone party! The residents cooled off with some of their favorite snow-cone flavors such as strawberry, tiger blood, grape and watermelon!

For more information about Winston Medical Center Nursing Home visit our website atwww.winstonmedical.org



Sunday, July 26, 2015

Demolition of Old Medical Center Has Begun


Demolition has begun at Winston Medical Center to replace the facilities that were destroyed by the EF4 tornado that struck Louisville on April 28, 2014. “Demolition is expected to take 90 days” stated Paul Black, Winston Medical Center’s CEO. “During this time we will be finalizing our design for the new Winston Medical Center campus.” “Our current plan has us starting construction either late fall or early winter of this year.” 

The new buildings will be constructed on the site where Winston Medical Center once stood, at 562 East Main Street. “The events of April 28 were truly a tragedy for this community” said Black. “However, what defines the character of a community is not the tragedies the they endure but how they respond to those events. Over the past 15 months, this community has shown anyone who has been to Winston County the type of character that’s needed to take a tragedy and turn it into a triumph. Winston Medical Center intends to continue that process by building a medical center, long term care/rehab facility and clinic facility that will make the citizens of Winston County proud.” The new medical campus will include:

· A one story hospital building that will house acute inpatient services (14 beds), Turning Point (10 beds), emergency services, and all ancillary diagnostic services such as radiology, ultrasound, mammography, laboratory, respiratory therapy, and pharmacy.

· A Medical Office Building that will have room for six (6) providers and will include an Outpatient Therapy area.

· An Administrative Building which will include a multipurpose room that could accommodate up to 100 people and could be used by other community organization for meetings and events.

· The new Long Term Care / Rehab facility will be based on a cottage concept that is designed to have a more home like atmosphere to enhance the quality of life for the residents. Each cottage will have the ability to accommodate 10 – 15 residents and will have its’ own living room, dining room, den and small kitchen area.

For more information visit www.winstonmedical.org and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winstonmedicalcenter

Written By: Brandi Krajewski, Marketing Director - Winston Medical Center






Secretary of State Sends Reminder to Candidates

The Secretary of State wants to remind all candidates that they cannot take office if they have not filed all reports. (CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS FOR EACH FILING PERIOD AND FILING WITH THE ETHICS COMMISION).


Saturday, July 25, 2015

August 4th Sample Ballots Now Online for View or Print

Sample ballots are now available online from WinstonWebNews for the August 4th Primaries. To view or print the ballots- click here. You can enlarge the images by clicking on them as well.

House and Senate District maps are available as well by clicking here although viewing some detail is difficult due to the resolution.

We will have more on the upcoming elections and requirements throughout the month of July.

UPDATE:
The Justice Court Judges did not print on the sample ballot.This was not a problem on the official ballot. They are as follows:

Justice Court Judge-East Post
Mike Fuller

Justice Court Judge-West Post
Robert Beck



MSU Extension to Host Deer Management Workshops

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering two deer management workshops in August to hunters and professionals working with white-tailed deer populations.

The first workshop will be held at the Mississippi Natural Science Museum in Jackson on Aug. 15. The second workshop will be held at Thompson Hall on the MSU campus in Starkville on Aug. 22.

A $50 registration fee for each workshop includes lunch and class materials. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The programs will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

Speakers will cover several issues related to deer management: buck harvest strategies; understanding deer nutrition needs; habitat and food plot management; using technology to manage deer populations; and effects of environment and genetics on body and antler size.

Five hours of Continuing Forestry Education and Mississippi Professional Logger Training Program credit are offered to participants.

Extension, the MSU College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will sponsor the workshops.

To preregister online, visit http://bit.ly/1Il6Bwa.

Nathan Gregory





Winston Strong Dedicates Homes July 22

On  Wednesday, July 22, friends and neighbors rejoiced to see Winston County Citizens James Eichelberger and Jennifer Coleman given keys to their new homes. The two Katrina cottages were purchased through the efforts of Winston Strong to replace the homes destroyed in the April 28, 2014 tornado.

The Eichelberger and the Coleman families were presented a prayer quilt and Bible, along with the certificate of ownership and keys to their homes.

Bro. Mike Dowd presents Mr. Eichelberger with prayer quilt and Bible


DeShanta Shannon presents home title and keys.

Presentation of prayer quilt to Ms. Coleman
Mellie Jordan presents home title and keys.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Winston County Officials Join Search for Missing Noxubee County Woman

The Noxubee County and Winston County Sheriff's Department along with Mississippi Fish and Game officials along with area fire and rescue members are searching for this woman. Authorities say Lucy Wilbon Townsend, 74, was last seen around 11 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Highway 14 and Simmons Road in western Noxubee County.

She was  wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a blue scarf head covering. Townsend is described as a black female who weighs about 130 pounds and stands at 5'4".

Family members say she suffers from a medical condition that may impair her judgement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Noxubee County Sheriff’s Department at 662-726-5112 or the Winston County Sheriff's Department at  662-773-5881.


Winston Strong Dedicates Homes July 21

On  Tuesday, July 21, friends and neighbors rejoiced to see Winston County Citizens Freada Estes and Jerome Moncrief given keys to their new homes. The two Katrina cottages were purchased through the efforts of Winston Strong to replace the homes destroyed in the April 28, 2014 tornado.

The Estes and the Moncrief families were presented a prayer quilt and Bible, along with the certificate of ownership and keys to their new homes.

Rev. Mike Dowd presents Estes Family with prayer quilt and Bible.


Mellie Jordan presents Estes family with ownership papers and keys.

Bro. Hubert Yates presents Moncrief family with Prayer Quilt and Bible.



Mr. Moncrief excited to finally have ownership papers & keys.



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Winston Strong Continues Work in the Community

The April 28th 2014 tornado had a major impact on Winston County, destroying hundreds of homes damaging hundreds more and displacing many families.  The community and state and federal agencies responded to the needs.  No organization responded more than Winston Strong. The non-profit organization was established soon after the tornado for long-term recovery efforts.

Some in the community questioned the contributions and the need for Winston Strong in the early stages of the storm and possibly didn't understand the benefits of providing for the longer term needs of those who lost their home or who needed more long-term assistance.

Over the past year, Winston Strong has provided direct assistance for 145 families.  Funds contributed directly to Winston Strong have exceeded over $500,000.  Through additional charitable donations, the pairing of funds with homeowners limited insurance and contributed labor and materials, this $500,000 has been parlayed into almost $2 million worth of assistance.

As of July 14th, projects have totaled $1,910,358.00 in assistance to 145 families. This assistance came in terms of donations many from organization such as Mississippi Methodist Conference, Mennonite Disaster Service, Christian Aid Ministries and Samaritan's Purse among many others, not to mention donations and volunteer work at the local level.

Said Winston Strong Executive Director Mike Dowd, "We still have currently 18 open projects with 4 Katrina cottages to be dedicated this week.  We have three current Samaritan's Purse projects in progress, three that are being considered by Samaritan's Purse, two  open projects, two repair projects and four yet to build or cottage projects to consider.  Three rebuilds have already been approved to be completed this winter.

There is still a need for funds to complete these projects. To donate or learn more about Winston Strong, visit their website at http://winstonstrong.org

ECCC Offering Electrical Technology Program

 Registration will be July 17 and August 13th, from 10 am - 2 pm.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EMCC ELECTRICAL PROGRAM DEBUTS NEW $20K LAB

Kyle Gordon of West Point works in the new Electrical Technology lab at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus. Completed in the spring, the $20,000 lab was designed with input from local business and industry leaders.



The Electrical Technology program at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is stronger than ever thanks to a new $20,000 electrical lab and the support of local industries.

Electrical instructor Bobby Johnson said the new lab, completed during the spring semester, is the most up-to-date training module EMCC has ever offered electrical students. It was built by EMCC students, but designed with the input of local companies which hire students directly out of the program, some even before they’ve graduated.

“We solicit advice from industries about new processes in the workplace. As our students were constructing this lab, we made them meet a lot of those standards industries are looking for today. We’re industry-fed in what we do here,” said Johnson.

“Some students have already been able to use what they’ve learned in the lab where they’re working. That really shows that our program is keeping current with industries, and that’s what we strive to do.”

Even before the completion of the electrical lab, Johnson said the Electrical Technology program boasted a 98 percent employment rate for second semester students.

“Companies are starting to seek us out. We’re doing some grant positions through state funding that pay the students’ salaries while they’re enrolled. But lots of companies seek us out without the grant. We had one local company tell us, ‘We go nowhere else to get students. We come to EMCC,’” he said.

Bob Edwards, metering services supervisor for 4-County Electric Power Association, said his company is one among many taking notice of the students coming from EMCC’s Electrical Technology program.

“As far as residential and commercial wiring, the caliber of students EMCC is sending to 4-County for interviews and our work program is far advanced over what we normally find. Having someone come in the door who already knows how to read a print or how a motor works, these are things you’re just not going to find anywhere else,” said Edwards.


Daniel Hamilton is a 2014 graduate of EMCC’s Electrical Technology program and is now an electrician at Steel Dynamics in Lowndes County. He began his time with Steel Dynamics as an intern while still attending classes at EMCC and was hired full-time after graduating. He said EMCC’s new lab will facilitate the single most important kind of learning for electricians: hands-on training.

“Learning out of the book is necessary, but 99 percent of our job is hands-on. And the faster you can do your job, the better,” said Hamilton.

“The instructors at EMCC did a fantastic job of preparing us and making sure we understood everything. But when I got to work, I needed a lot of repetition to get faster. So if you can narrow that gap in school, it will make you that much more impressive when you get to the workforce.”

Johnson said the new electrical lab will also allow students to find out which kind of work best fits their interest and skill set. Half of the lab mimics a residential structure where students encounter every type of wiring and fixture used in a house with the exception of the hot water heater. And the other half of the lab is commercial wiring, including panels, motors, conduits and some heating and air-conditioning.

To keep pace with the computerized controls in most commercial settings, the Electrical Technology program even enlisted members of EMCC’s Information Technology department to teach a class on PLCs (Programmable Logic Controls).

Johnson said the advances made by the Electrical Technology program in the last few years can be traced back to EMCC’s Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Division, which assumed responsibility for EMCC’s manufacturing-related career-technical programs in 2013.

“That’s the only way we’ve been able to do all of this. Our assistant deans, Joe Cook and Susan Baird, took strides to find funding for us. Everything we’ve asked for, they’ve bent over backwards to get it for us. Through grants, they’ve brought in about a half a million dollars worth of new equipment for Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Mechatronics and other programs.

“They allow us to do our jobs and keep these students current with what’s going on in industry. During the last two years, the bar was raised. Then this semester we went over the bar,” said Johnson.

To learn more about Electrical Technology program or the more than 25 career-technical programs offered at EMCC, visit eastms.edu.













Back to School/Stay in School Rally

9th Annual Back to School/Stay in School Rally
Dr. Bob Fuller Speaker
By Elmetra Patterson


Dr. Bob Fuller

The Winston County Branch NAACP announces its guest speaker for its 9th Annual Back-to- School/Stay-in-School Rally. This year the rally is sponsored in partnership with the Louisville Municipal School District. It is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2015, 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. at Louisville High School Auditorium, 200 Ivy Avenue. Free school supplies will be distributed to students that are accompanied by a parent.

The Back-to-School/Stay-in-School Rally is a national NAACP education program. The Back-to-School Rally is geared toward promoting education and literacy and preparing for the new school year.

The speaker, Dr. Bob Fuller is an assistant professor in educational leadership at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. He is a retired educator with twenty-five years experience in the public schools of Mississippi. Bob holds a B.S., M.Ed., and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. He is a 1980 graduate of Louisville High School. He was principal of Armstrong Middle School (AMS) in Starkville for 15 years where he was named Mississippi’s Middle School Principal of the Year in 2003. In addition, he was president of the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education from 1996-98, the state’s affiliate with the National Middle School Association. While Dr. Fuller was principal of AMS, it was an acknowledged leader in the middle school concept movement. The school was recognized by The Education Trust as a “High Poverty School Exceeding Expectations,” was a model school for the Mid-South Middle Start Initiative, and one of six middle schools in the nation chosen to develop a middle school reform model through the U.S. Department of Education.

His personal interests include reading, the arts, Mississippi history, especially the reconstruction and civil rights eras, and working outside on his family land. He is married to Allison Stacey Parvin, a United Methodist minister serving as pastor at Beth Eden Lutheran Church in rural Winston County. They have three young daughters who attend Fair Elementary School, twins Clara and Caroline, incoming kindergarteners, and their big sister Evvy, an incoming second grader.

Contact information: Janice Hopkins 662.773-7743; Charles Hampton; 662.803-0635









Monday, July 20, 2015

Focus Manor Holds Grand Opening

L to R: Mayor Will Hill, Irene Smith, Chairperson of the Focus Manor, Inc.  Board, Johnnie Seward, Secretary of Board, Jody Fulton, Board Member, Bishop Joseph Campbell, Board Member,
Lee Mays, treasurer of board (not pictured),

It was an exciting morning, regardless of the heat index, at the GRAND OPENING of the newest residential facility in Louisville, MS. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, nearly 100 people attended the ceremony with the Focus Manor, Inc. board and Mrs. Teresa Fulton and family who made it possible by making the land available for the facility. 

The ceremony was opened by Mrs. Johnnie Seward, secretary of the board ribbon with a welcome by the chairperson Irene Smith; followed with a prayer by Dr. George A. Miller, executive director. The guests were lead to the front of the facility to witness the cutting of the ribbons which was cut by the Honorable Mayor Will Hill, Dr/ George A. Miller and other board members.

With the temperature so high, the guests reentered the facility for the recognition of special guest and dismissal by Dr. Miller. Mrs. Teresa Fulton was shown appreciation and was highly praised for making it possible for Focus Manor, Inc. to acquire the land to build the 1.8 million dollars facility with the HUD grant. According to Dr. Miller, “The facility is in a good location for the physically challenged people who will reside here. It is near a grocery store which is a plus. It is truly a vision come to fruition.” It is also near five churches, a small convenience store, downtown Louisville and the new hospital will not be far away. Mayor Will Hill remarked about he has been on this journey with Dr. George Miller from the very beginning and he stated “I knew that if anyone could persevere with the type of government grant it was, that it would be George Miller”. He expressed how pleased he is that Louisville, MS has such a facility.

Chairperson of the board thanked Vowell’s Market Place for donating the 4 beautiful ferns and an umbrella plant. She also thanked Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ USA members and Elmetra Patterson for assisting with plants, food, and decorations. Focus Manor board members were thanked for persevering with Dr. Miller. They are listed in the photos. Friends of Dean Park, Inc. was shown appreciation for bringing three workers to help with the flower beds. Volunteers who are master gardeners also helped: Brenda Jowers, Sandra Miles, Johanna Williamson, Elmetra Patterson, Denise Byrd, Richard Moncrief, and Roger Hunt.

The ceremony ended with the newly hired managers, Joyce and Melvin Roberson, giving the guests a tour of the building. Most were amazed at the size of the apartments. There is a laundry room available for the residents also. Dr. Miller announced that there are still apartments available. You may contact Focus Manor, Inc. and talk with the managers about the application process. 662.446-9008.

By Elmetra Patterson