Monday, August 31, 2015

Winston County Plywood Update 8-28-2015

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on August 21, 2015

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

America Celebrates U.S. Constitution-Sept 17

Friday, August 28, 2015

High School Football Finals

Rough night for football in Winston County. It’s been a long time since Winston County went 0-4 on a Friday night. Noxapater fell to East Webster 42-8…. Clarkdale defeated the Nanih Waiya Warriors by a score of  41-20 and Louisville fell to a powerful West Point team 46-7. Winston Academy fought back but fell to Winona Christian 30-11.

Other area scores: Oak Hill Academy 49 Tupelo Christian Prep 7….Baldwyn 62 Booneville 13….Eupora 56 French Camp 0…. Kosciusko 18 NE Lauderdale 0….Union 22 Choctaw Central 16…. Clarksdale 21 Greenville 0…. Noxubee County 25 Columbus 8…..Starkville Academy 28 W. Lowndes 8…. Tupelo 24 Corinth 14…. Mooreville 7 Caledonia 31…. Bruce 38 Vardaman 13…. Water Valley 34 Coffeeville 20…. Philadelphia 53 JZ George 0.... Hazlehurst 32 Forest 21…. Lake 61 Sebastopol 8…. Kemper County 32 Quitman 12…. Houston 9 Calhoun City 6…. Okolona 42 South Pontotoc 7…. South Panola 21 Meridian 14…. NW Rankin 21 Brookhaven 14…. Winona 23 Choctaw County 9…. Pontotoc 34. Kossuth 19…. Clinton 52 Ridgeland 17…. Oak Hill 49 TCPS 7….

Have a great evening!!!

High School Football Tonight!!

What a difference a week makes!! The weather couldn't be more
perfect on an August evening for high school football. Winston County has two home games this evening as Noxapater plays host to East Webster and in one of the most interesting games in the state this evening, West Point will travel to R.E. Hinze to take on the Louisville Wildcats. Louisville faces its second 5A school to begin the season.

Winston Academy will be traveling to Winona Christian and Nanih Waiya looks to rebound on the road at Clarkdale.

All game times are 7:00 pm and WWN will have updates throughout the evening.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

East Central Warriors Run Over Mississippi Delta 34-0 in Season Opener

The East Central Community College Football Warriors jumped out to a 27-0 first half lead on the way to a season-opening 34-0 win over the visiting Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans Aug. 27 in Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC is 1-0 on the young season. Mississippi Delta fell to 0-1.

East Central returned a first quarter interception for a touchdown and scored on three straight offensive possessions in the second quarter to put the game away early.

WMCNH Celebrates August Birthdays

Winston Medical Center Nursing Home held its monthly birthday party recently. Residents enjoyed music played by Patsy Quinelly.
The party was in honor of all residents who celebrated birthdays in August.

The birthday honorees are: Nathan Allen, Charles Haggard, Roger Hathorne and Frances Shumaker.

For more information about WMCNH or to get on our waiting list call 662-779-5183

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Final Unofficial Vote Count with Absentees for Winston County

The following indicates the final but unofficial vote counts by box for Tuesday's runoff election in Winston County. The results will not be official until all affidavit ballots have been reviewed.
Candidates in yellow advance to the general election in November
click to enlarge if necessary

Election Update

Total vote counts without affidavits are complete but have not been broken down by box. This should be complete later this morning and we will have the complete breakdown at that time.

Absentee ballots were counted last night and did not change any reported results. Due to affidavit ballots and issues with some voters not having a voter ID, it will be as much as 5 days before results are official.

Voter turnout (including absentee) was at 41.35% as 5328 voters cast a ballot out of 12884 registered voters.

The following candidates will advance to the November general election:
CORONER-                   SCOTT GREGORY
SHERIFF -                     JASON PUGH

* of note: Unofficial results indicate that Choctaw Chief Phyliss J. Anderson was apparently re-elected Tuesday, defeating former chief Beasley Denson after a previous runoff election was overturned by the Tribal Council.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WINSTON COUNTY RUNOFF VOTE TOTALS - Final Counts 12 of 12 boxes

12 of 12 Boxes reporting.  Totals do not include absentee ballots and affidavits. We will update totals with absentees in the morning!!

U.S. Congressman Visits Louisville

1st District Congressman Trent Kelly was in Louisville on Monday and took the opportunity to visit with local citizens. Kelly thanked the community for its support and noted that he was blessed to serve the 1st District. He spoke of his faith and his service in Iraq.

"It's a big blessing to be here to serve you. I'll do everything I can to do what's in the best interest of this District" said Kelly. "If you have a problem, I want to hear it. Come to me with a solution or a partial solution."

Kelly indicated that his transition to Washington was made easier by maintaining most of staff already in place in Alan Nunnelee's office and his relationship with Congressman Greg Harper who had at one time served the area.

Kelly has been appointed to the Agricultural and Small Business Commitees of the U. S. House.

Kelly, from Saltillo, won a special election to replace Congressman Alan Nunnelee who passed away in February of this year.

Congressman Kelly spoke to locals at the Winston County Chamber of Commerce in Louisville on Monday

Katrina’s Legacy to Emergency Management: Increased Accountability and Capability

As we prepare to mark the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking Mississippi, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants to share the two most important principles used in the disaster and continue to this day: accountability and capability.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Noxapater Kids Run 5K At Carthage

Noxapater High School special needs students: Clay Kugle, Kolanda Cooper, Garrett Jackson and Coach Tracy Jackson competed in the DC Auto sponsored the annual 5k run for special Olympics event on Saturday August 22, 2015. Family and friends was there to cheer them on.

ECCC Women’s Soccer Wins, Men Fall In Double OT In Season Openers At Meridian

The East Central Community College women’s soccer team claimed a 2-0 shutout victory over Meridian Community College Friday afternoon, Aug. 21, while the ECCC men fell to the MCC Eagles 2-1 in two overtime sessions.

Sample Ballots For August 25 Run-Off

The run-off primary election is scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday,
August 25. Those offices where a run-off was required after the first primary on August 4 will be on the ballot.

County wide - this includes the office of Tax Assessor/Collector, Sheriff and Coroner. These races will be included on all democratic ballots.

For voters in District 3,4 and 5, the ballot will also include County Supervisor races.

Included on some ballots will be the race for Constable West Post and State House Representative in District 42.

All of the above races will be on the Democratic ballot only. You can vote in the runoff on the Democratic primary if:
  • You voted in the Democratic primary on August 4
  • You did not vote at all on August 4
If you voted in the Republican primary on August 4, you cannot switch and vote in the Democratic runoff.

There is only one runoff on the Republican side and that is Senate District 18 which only covers a portion of Winston County. If you voted Republican in the August 4 primary and you are not in Senate District 18, there will be no Republican ballot.

The sample ballot below is only for the Democratic Runoff. If you have any questions, contact the Circuit Clerk's Office at 662-773-3581.Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 7:00 pm and as always- a photo ID is required.

WinstonWebNews will have results on Tuesday evening beginning around 7:30 as boxes are totaled. We will provide totals throughout the evening and provide a box by box total at the end of the night.

Winston Plywood Weekly Report-8-21-2015

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on August 21, 2015

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Progress Continues at Winston Medical Center

The past year has brought a number of positive changes to Winston County, many of them in the area of healthcare. Winston Medical Center has continued to strengthen its position as the primary choice for health care delivery among area residents.

Prior the April 28, 2014 tornado, Winston Medical Clinics, a wholly owned division of Winston Medical Center, operated clinics in Louisville and Noxapater employing a total of three (3) providers: Dr. Micheal Ard, and Nurse Practitioners Heather Gilmer and Nancy Jordan. Since that time WMC has added six (6) new providers to staff: Dr. Dustin Gentry, and Nurse Practitioners Jennifer Palmer, Emily Perkins, Ashley Davis, Kelli Chunn and Kimberly Robertson.

Friday, August 21, 2015

High School Football Finals!!

Noxapater rolls 28-0 over JZ George. Nanih Waiya loses a heartbreaker to 2A Union by a score of 14-12.  Winston Academy falls to a tough Lamar team 44-7 and the Louisville High Wildcats defeat New Hope by a score of  20-3. See ya'll next week!

Other area scores:Newton Co 18, Leake Central 20… Eupora 14, Water Valley 7…French Camp 25- Winona Christian 7… Starkville Academy 45 Marshall Academy 0…. Oak Hill Academy 42, Newton County Academy 0...Oak Hill Academy 42, Newton County Academy 0… Winona 47, Montgomery County 12… Lake 41, Newton 6… Pelahatchie 14, Choctaw County 13...Philadelphia 41- Ruleville 14… Forest 16, Morton 12…Clarksdale 28- Tupelo 25...Grenada 49- Cleveland 13...Columbus 49-Kemper County 27...
Kosciusko 20, Neshoba Central 16...Heidelberg High 30, Choctaw Central 0... Noxubee 26- Starkville 20...Madison Central 24- Meridian 18

City of Louisville Receives Initial Go- Ahead for Community Storm Shelter Design

On Tuesday night, Louisville city officials authorized the publication of a request for qualifications for professional services to proceed with design plans for a HMGP community storm shelter near downtown Louisville. (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program)

The community storm shelter is one of several projects in the works across Louisville and Winston County with assistance from federal and state funding after the April 2014 tornado. The grant for a community storm shelter if awarded would provide 90% funding.

A 12000 plus square foot structure is in the plans and funds could be authorized up to slightly over 3 million dollars. Tuesday's authorization allows the city to proceed with phase one of the plan -which is to develop the design and planning for the construction.

Current plans include the acquisition of property near Louisville
Elementary and Fair Elementary for the construction. Mayor Will Hill noted that the City would have to work very closely with the Louisville Municipal School District in planning and design.

The building would serve a dual purpose as a storm shelter and also as a community center. Tentative plans indicate that the structure would house up to 2500 people as a storm shelter and would be similar in construction to a shelter design in Tupelo. At full cost, the City's portion would be slightly over $300,000.

Football Season is Here

High School football is finally here in  Winston County. There are four games on tap tonight - three of those games will be played at home. Winston Academy will take on Lamar at Patriot Field. Louisville High School will open their regular season at home against New Hope. Nanih Wayia will also play at home against Union. Noxapater will open their season on the road at J.Z George. All game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. WinstonWebNews will follow the games this evening. You can catch updates on our Facebook page and as always on Twitter.

Main Hospital Building Now Down

The main 3 story structure of the old Winston County Medical Center has been reduced to rubble this week. It will take several more weeks to complete the process and remove the debris.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Elect Jody Fulton - Winston County Coroner

After 12 years of service at Taylor Machine Works, I joined the City of Louisville as Recreation Director in the spring of 1995. I was instrumental at getting the stalled ball field complex on Ivy Avenue completed. Completion of this facility helped bring tournaments to Louisville, thus boosting our tax revenue each summer. I worked with community leaders to make improvements to Academy Street Park as well. I oversaw renovations to the Louisville Coliseum funded through a federal grant. These improvements included a new roof and bleachers, new roll-up doors on each end and landscaping.

My next project was to establish the Department of Animal Control. This included renovations of an existing building, the study of area animal control departments to develop codes appropriate for our town, and training for my staff and myself. In this capacity, I’ve worked with local veterinarians and the MSU Wise School of Veterinary Medicine to reduce the number of unwanted animals roaming our streets.

Next, I was placed in charge of the city’s cemeteries. The long-time practice of hiring out grounds maintenance and grave-digging was ended. City employees now perform these duties resulting in long-term savings to the taxpayers. The beautiful new brick entrances to Memorial Garden and Memorial Park and literally hundreds of tombstones and markers were sadly destroyed by the April 2014 tornado, but our crew has worked diligently to restore the beauty of the grounds.

While still working with Animal Control and the cemeteries, I am also in charge of unclean properties and abandoned vehicles. Though the process can be long and tedious, I’ve tried to work with property owners - many times, absentee property owners - to make aesthetic improvements to eliminate eyesores from our neighborhoods.

I would now like to bring my 20-year record of service and efficiency to the office of Winston County Coroner. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, accidents constitute the third leading cause of death for Winston Countians. My simple pledge to you is that I will work with other agencies and departments to educate our citizens and bring safer roads, homes, and workplaces to Winston County.

Your influence and vote for Jody Fulton for Winston County Coroner in the August 25th Democratic Primary Run-Off election will be greatly appreciated.

Louisville Lions Meet

The Louisville Lions Club welcomed Dr. Dustin Gentry and his wife, Dawn to their meeting on Tuesday. Dr. Gentry is on staff at the Winston Medical Center. He and his wife are the parents of newborn twin girls, Evelyn and Elizabeth.
Dawn Gentry looks on - Dr Dustin Gentry with Lion President William McCully

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Nanih Waiya Fall Festival Seeking Sponsors

The Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park group is currently
seeking sponsors/donors for the 2015 Nanih Waiya Fall Festival and Swamptown 5K.   The festival date is October 10. The group would like to have sponsorships by Sept 11.
There are three different levels and any level of support would be appreciated. Levels are listed below:

$1000+ Donation/Sponsorship Level
Mentioned by name in all ads, articles and interviews (Radio/TV)
Company banner at the entrance to the Festival
Free booth space to display your products or services
Free Festival T shirt (one per sponsor)

Health Officials Confirm First Rabies Case in Mississippi Land Animal in More Than 50 Years

JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirms the first rabies case in a land animal in Mississippi since 1961. The case was identified in a feral cat in Starkville described as a small, black and white kitten.

About Rabies
Rabies is a viral infection of the nervous system and brain that is usually fatal once symptoms appear. Rabies is typically spread to humans by the bite of an infected animal.

Exposures to the rabid cat were reported in downtown Starkville and in a remote area in the general vicinity of developed portions of the Thad Cochran Research Park near the campus of Mississippi State University (MSU).

Winston Supervisors Hear from Citizens on Condition of Harper Road

The Winston County Supervisors met in a regularly scheduled meeting on August 17th. Several local citizens including James Jordan were on the agenda to express concerns about the condition of Harper Road in District 4.

The rural paved road has been heavily damaged due to heavy truck trafficin recent weeks.  The damage comes from trucks moving dirt from a pit on the road to area construction sites. Jordan indicated that at times there were 3 trucking companies hauling out of a dirt pit accessed by the road to area construction sites.

September is School Attendance Awareness Month

At Tuesday night's (August 18) Board of Alderman meeting, Mayor Will Hill signed the proclamation recognizing September as School Attendance Awareness Month.

School officials, including the Superintendent of LMSD, Ken McMullan and Stacey Goss-Spiva, school attendance officer, were present as well as local law enforcement officials from the Louisville Police Department and the Winston County Sheriff's Department.

"Reducing absentee rates is critical to a student's success", said Mayor Hill. "Health care providers, law enforcement and community leaders all need to be involved."

 Superintendent McMullan thanked Stacey Goss-Spiva for her work to improve attendance and expressed his appreciation to the City of Louisville for their assistance

Winston County Medical Center Receives New Staff Member

Debbie Fryery has recently joined the staff of Winston Medical Center as Director of Clinic Operations.

Debbie is the daughter of Billy Joe Jones and Kaye Jones; the wife of Coker Fryery and they have one daughter, Hayden Fryery.

Debbie has 24 years of healthcare experience in management and billing and is a Certified Professional Coder. She will oversee the operations of all three clinics owned and operated by Winston Medical Center.

Run – Off Elections on August 25

With several tight races  and a crowd of candidates in Winston County, it’s not surprising that some offices would require a run-off primary. Seven local races will be on the August 25 primary run-off ballot.
Circuit Clerk Kim Ming noted that statewide certification of the vote had been delayed due to some delays in several counties. Due to affidavit ballots, certification of election results can take up to five days after an election. Winston Web will provide a sample ballot prior to election day.

For Winston County races only, here are the run-offs:   

Health Officials Confirm Four New West Nile Virus Cases

JACKSON, Miss. — Today the Mississippi State Department of
Health (MSDH) reports four new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total for 2015 to 11 cases. The reported cases are in Forrest, Hinds and Rankin (2) counties.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Presley Orders Construction of Chickasaw County Solar Facilities

HOUSTON, MISSISSIPPI (August 17, 2015) – Today, Public
Service Commissioner Brandon Presley signed an order approving construction of two new solar facilities in Chickasaw County which together will produce 4.9 megawatts of electricity and expand the footprint of solar power production in the Mississippi. The construction, operation and maintenance of the two facilities will be furnished by Chickasaw Solar, LLC, and SR Houston, LLC, respectively. The investment, totaling nearly eleven million dollars, will produce enough energy to serve 552 homes in the area. Presley signed the orders at a press conference today immediately following a public comment hearing about the facility.

Monday, August 17, 2015

2015 ECCC Football Team

Members of the 2015 East Central Community College (Decatur) football team and their respective high schools include (first row, from left) Trey Sloan (1), defensive back, Oak Grove; Henri Murphy (2), wide receiver, Dollarway/Pine Bluff, Ark.; Torran

Latest Progress Report on Winston Plywood - Now Online

The City of Louisville posts a weekly progress report on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on their website. To view the report and additional photos - click here