Saturday, October 31, 2015

Louisville Board of Alderman Meeting Agenda- November 3

The meeting agenda for November 3, 2015 of the Louisville Board of Aldermen is now available on the City's website. To view the agenda - please click here

Public Education Funding Initiatives 42 and 42A - Clear As Mud?

The hottest topics across Mississippi on news outlets, social media
and in the coffee shops in recent months have been the public school funding Initiatives 42 and 42A that will appear on the November 3 ballot. As with any political issue of this nature, there is much opinion, conjecture, misinformation and propaganda dispersed with the intent to persuade, dissuade or confuse the potential voter.

We at WinstonWebNews have no intent to pursue any of the above activities but to provide the public with clear and adequate information on these ballot issues without bias or opinion. We will present the initiatives as written with a basic explanation, the most reasoned arguments against and for each initiative and the manner in which these will appear on the ballot.

Both initiatives will appear at the end of the General Election ballot (in Winston County, this is page 5 of 5) on November 3 and passage of either will amend the Constitution of the State of Mississippi. For either initiative to pass, it must receive a simple majority of the total votes cast for that particular initiative but it must also receive more than 40% of the total votes cast in that election. The inclusion of two initiatives on the same issue complicates the voting process.

Either initiative would change the wording of the current Section 201 of the Constitution. The current law reads as follows:

CURRENT LAW
Section 201. Free Public Schools. “The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of free public schools upon such conditions and limitations as the Legislature may prescribe.”

Passage of initiative 42 would change Section 201 to read as follows:

Section 201. Educational opportunity for public school children “To protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity, the State shall provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. The chancery courts of this State shall have the power to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.”

Passage of initiative 42A would change Section 201 to read as follows:

Section 201. “The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools.

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SOURCE INFORMATION

 INITIATIVE 42:
42 was placed on the ballot by petition when signature requirements were met. The petition was sponsored by Luther T. Munford, a resident of Jackson and an attorney with the firm of Butler Snow. The original filing was in February of 2014.

INITIATIVE 42A:
42A was placed on the ballot by the action and vote of the Mississippi Legislature.

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The Ballot Titles, Summaries and the indicated change to Section 201 are listed below. This is how they will appear on the ballot along with a fiscal review by the Legislative Budget Office:

Initiative Measure #42
BALLOT TITLE: Should the State be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools?
BALLOT SUMMARY: Initiative Measure #42 would protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity through the 12th grade by amending Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the State must provide and the legislature must fund an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. This initiative would also authorize the chancery courts of this State to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.

Section 201. Educational opportunity for public school children “To protect each child’s fundamental right to educational opportunity, the State shall provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools. The chancery courts of this State shall have the power to enforce this section with appropriate injunctive relief.”

Alternative Measure #42A
BALLOT TITLE: Should the Legislature provide for the establishment and support of effective free public schools without judicial enforcement?
BALLOT SUMMARY: This constitutional amendment is proposed as a legislative alternative measure to Initiative Measure No. 42 and would require the Legislature to provide, by general law, for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools.

Section 201. “The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the establishment, maintenance and support of an effective system of free public schools.

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FISCAL ANALYSIS

The Mississippi Legislative Budget Office reviewed the estimated fiscal impact to the state for each initiative:

Fiscal Analysis for Initiative 42: Because this proposed amendment shifts funding decisions from the Legislature to the court system, it is impossible to provide a specific fiscal impact of Initiative 42. If the court system, acting under the new authority granted by Initiative 42, required K-12 Public Education be funded at the amount called for by the statutory Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the Legislature would need to appropriate an additional $201,031,129 above the Fiscal Year 2016 budgeted amount. Fiscal Year 2016 revenues are not adequate to support this funding increase without the Legislature having to cut agency budgets or identify new sources of revenue (such as fees or tax increase) to comply with the court’s dictate.

Fiscal Analysis for Initiative 42A: There is no determinable cost or revenue impact associated with this initiative.


PROS & CONS
The pros and cons of each initiative have been debated over the past months. We will list the primary issues and clarify as best as possible:

INITIATIVE 42
PRO: Proponents contend that 42 is necessary because the legislature has failed to provide adequate funding as 1997 legislation (MAEP) provided. Proponents define adequate in terms of expenditures of average school districts. The change in the constitution would provide a specific legal remedy if the Legislature fails to provide funding.
CON: Opponents of 42 contend that education funding like other state funding appropriation is within the function of the legislature and should be conducted by elected representation rather than through judicial order. Opponents also contend that a court is not bound by the Initiative 42 supporters’ interpretation of “adequate or average”.

PRO: Proponents contend that 42 gives the Courts the ability to hold the legislature accountable for adequate funding. School districts individually could bring suit in chancery court against the State if they are not properly funded. The ultimate decision based upon appeal level could lie with the Mississippi Supreme Court.
CON: Opponents contend that any cases would likely be brought before a Hinds County Court.

PRO: Proponents contend that any additional funding achieved thru 42 would make the State’s educational system more competitive with surrounding states.
CON: Opponents contend that simply adding funding does nothing to guarantee improvement in the quality of education in the State.

PRO: Proponents of 42 indicate that “adequate” funding would be phased in over a seven year period based upon a projected growth of State revenue over that time. 25% of that revenue growth would be dedicated to schools. This would achieve full “adequate” funding by 2022. This approach would have no negative effect on currently funded state budgets.
CON: Opponents contend that there is no “phase-in” requirement to Initiative 42 and that revenue growth cannot be assumed at the levels projected. They also contend that if full funding is required based upon MAEP (the 1997 legislation), other state agencies, community colleges and universities would see significant budget cuts and/or taxes would be raised. Opponents also believe that the wording of the initiative does not limit the judiciary’s involvement just to funding and opens the door for the courts’ involvement in curriculum, programs and facilities.

INITIATIVE 42A
PRO: Proponents contend that 42A provides an alternative to 42 with full authority in an elected legislature to provide an “effective” education system.
CON: Opponents contend that 42A was only submitted to confuse and divide voters to prevent passage of 42 and that the term “effective” has no legal definition and therefore no manner in which to gauge the legislature’s compliance with the amendment.


VOTING CONFUSION
As stated earlier, both initiatives will be on the last page of the November 3rd ballot. There is much confusion across the state concerning the wording and layout of the vote. A recent explanation from the Secretary of State’s Office has provided some clarity but the appearance of two initiatives has complicated the process. The best explanation we can provide is to view the two step process as two completely different votes. After the initiatives are stated, there are two separate steps in the voting process: The voter must first vote: 

 For Approval of Either Initiative or - Against Both Initiatives

In effect the voter is voting to either change the Constitution (Approval of Either Initiative) or to not change the Constitution (Against Both Initiatives)

Regardless of your vote in the previous step, the Secretary of State’s Office is recommending that voters choose an option in the 2nd step -  There is no requirement to do so but the voter may wish to view the option  in this manner: Even if you voted against both initiatives (No change to Constitution), which initiative would you support if the overall vote supported a change to the Constitution?

Examples:

·         You are in support of one of the initiatives and wish to change the Constitution- Vote for approval of either initiative on top section and vote for your initiative in the bottom section.

·         You do not wish to change the Constitution and do not support either initiative – Vote against both initiatives in the top section and choose the initiative in the 2nd part that you could support if you had to do so.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s website has much more information on these ballot measures. Click here to see the 2015 Initiative Ballot page with links to each Initiative, information on the Initiative Process and records of public hearings conducted throughout the State.

The Secretary of State has also published a brochure on these Initiatives and the voting process that is available by clicking here. Depending on demand, these brochures are also available in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

William McCully




No. 2 Northwest Gets Late TD to Defeat No. 17 ECCC in State Semifinals

It took a fourth quarter touchdown for the No. 2 ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers to put away a determined East Central Community College Warrior football team today and earn a 27-20 win in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state playoffs. The game was played on a rainy and windy afternoon at Bobby Franklin Field in Senatobia.
East Central freshman running back Tredarian Gamble rumbles for some of his 85 first half rushing yards at Northwest.

No. 17 East Central finished the season 7-3, the best won-loss record for the Warriors since 1999. It was the Warriors first appearance in the state playoffs since 2001.

Northwest improved to 9-1 overall and will face Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the state finals Nov. 7.

Friday, October 30, 2015

High School Football Finals

Louisville falls to a bigger, stronger Kosciusko team 46-21, Noxapater rolls over Stringer 40-11 and Nanih Waiya easily handles Durant -35-14.

Area Finals: Noxubee 35, Houston 10***Starkville Academy 29 Lee Academy 0***Smithville 69, Hamilton 0***East Webster 21, Eupora 0***Calhoun City 35, Winona 14***West Lowndes 16, Coffeeville 0***West Point 44, New Hope 0*** Shannon 26 Pontotoc 7*** Enterprise 35, Newton 34*** Tupelo 34, Horn Lake 13*** Starkville 28, Warren Central 10*** South Panola 35, Columbus 13*** Kemper Academy 48, Hebron Christian 20*** Forest 42, SE Lauderdale 13 


Message from Louisville Fire Dept and Fire Association - Concerning Trunk or Treat on Saturday

Due to the forecasted rain tomorrow night First Baptist Church has had to cancel the trunk or treat that the Louisville Fire Association, and the Louisville Fire Department was going to be taking part in. That being said Chief Haynes has given the association the OK to set up a trunk or treat style event with tables inside the fire station tomorrow night so that the kids won't miss out entirely. At this point we have five tables that will be set up, and have room for three more. If you would like to set up a table or you were going to be set up at First Baptist, and would like to set up a table at the fire station please contact Jill Pearson at 6627051428. Also please let all parents and children know to come to the fire station at 304 South spring ave. tomorrow night between 5 and 7 pm. Thank you everyone and have a Happy Halloween.

Louisville Shows Some Fall "Spirit"

Local merchants and community offices decorate for Fall and Halloween in Louisville. If you haven't been downtown in awhile , here's some of what you are missing.

WMC Nursing Home Residents Have a"Scary Good Time"

Residents, staff and K-5 Students from Winston Academy had a scary good time as the Winston Medical Center Nursing Home held Halloween events. The residents enjoyed passing out candy to all the children. The children recited all the books of the Bible, sang the ABC song and visited with the residents.

The afternoon was completed with a Halloween bash! Residents enjoyed dressing up for the Halloween party, had a spooky house decorated for them in the dining room area with music to fit the setting. Residents received goody bags. Jane Files, resident, won the costume contest dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

press reports... photos from wmc


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

East Central Basketball Warriors Have Ingredients for Successful Season

With starters at three positions and a lot of points returning, third-year East Central Community College men’s basketball coach Robert Thompson believes his Warriors will be in the conversation for a state championship during the 2015-16 season.

The Warriors, who finished 14-12 last season and earned trips to both the state and region tournaments, open the season at home Nov. 2 against Coahoma. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on the Decatur campus.

Monday, October 26, 2015

New York University Study Includes Winston County Families - Income Inconsistencies/Health Costs are Major Challenges

Research results on the financial lives of low to moderate income
John Morduch with NYU presents information gathered by US Financial Diaries
families in Winston County and other areas of the United States were the topic of discussion on Friday (Oct. 23) at a luncheon hosted by the U.S. Financial Diaries Research Program at Lake Tiak O’Khata.

Winston County was one of several communities across the country included in the study, Volunteer households from our area, California, Ohio and New York participated in the research that followed families and their financial practices and behaviors from 2012 and 2013.

The project was created by Jonathan Morduch of the Financial Access Initiative at New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Rachel Schneider of The Center for Financial Services Innovation. USFD received support from the Ford Foundation and Citi Foundation, with additional support and guidance from the Omidyar Network.

Louisville Lions Host Speakers

Louisville Lions Club held their regular meeting Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with guest speakers, Chief L.M. Claiborne of the Louisville Police Department and District Governor Charlotte Dickson along with husband, Richie Dickson.

Winston Plywood Weekly Update-10-23-15

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 October 23, 2015


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




Saturday, October 24, 2015

East Central Football Warriors Now Set to Play Northwest in State Semifinals

The 16th ranked East Central Community College Football
Warriors will travel to Senatobia Saturday, Oct. 31, to face the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Bobby Franklin Field on the Northwest campus.

Due to the disqualification of East Mississippi Community College from the playoffs for a fight that occurred during the Lions’ game Oct. 22 at Mississippi Delta Community College, Northwest is now the No. 1 seed from the MACJC’s North Division.

East Central was originally scheduled to play No. 1 North seed East Mississippi in Scooba on Oct. 31.

Friday, October 23, 2015

High School Football Finals

In a Thursday night showdown, Nanih Waiya defeated Noxapater 30-20.Louisville held on after a final last second drive by Houston to defeat the Hilltoppers 14-10. Winston Academy fell to a powerful Starkville Academy team – 42-14.


AREA FINALS: Noxubee 55, Caledonia 0***Calhoun City 13, Eupora 7***Choctaw Co 53, SE Lauderdale 28** *CalhounAcademy 46. Strider 12***Smithville 58 Vardaman 0***East Webster 45, Bruce 6***West Point 50, Saltillo 0***South Panola 41 Southaven 3*** West Lauderdale 20 Newton County 12*** Heritage Academy 25, Leake Academy 13*** Puckett 38 Pelahatchie 14*** Kemper County 28 Forest 13*** Winona 27, Okolona 6*** Cathedral 38 Columbia Academy 6*** Kosciusko 32, Leake Central 7***Columbus 46, Olive Branch 20*** Ethel 28, McAdams 22*** Aberdeen 33 North Pontotoc 28*** Senatobia 20 Lafayette 19*** Winona Christian 43, Carroll Academy 14*** Tupelo 34, DeSoto Central 32*** Tupelo 34, DeSoto Central 32*** Quitman 35 NE Lauderdale 28*** Starkville 42, Murrah 14***New Hope 35 Lewisburg 33*** Oxford 53, Clarksdale 13***Union 42, Newton 20


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sullivan Now Certified Part-Time Deputy

David Sullivan recently completed a 10 week training program in Columbus for law enforcement. Officers are trained in firearms, tazers, and pepper spray as well as legal requirements and issues.

Sullivan served as a volunteer after the 2014 tornado and remained with the department as a part-time deputy.  Said Sheriff Jason Pugh, "We have been very impressed with the school in Columbus. We have had other officers go through the school and it has been very beneficial. We are pleased that David has received his training and he is a certified part-time officer.


Law Enforcement Searching For Stolen ATV

The Winston County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a 4-wheeler stolen from Sims Road in the county on October 13.

The green 2014 Honda Fourtrax Foreman 500 was taken between 8:30-10:30 by a suspect driving a black extended cab truck.  The ATV had brush guards and a back rack.

If you have any information concerning this theft, please contact Winston County Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dyslexia Awareness Month: Go RED!!!

What do Tim Tebow (NFL Quarterback), Jay Leno (Television Host), Whoopie Goldberg (Comedian), Charles Schwab (Stock Market guru), and Henry Winkler (Actor) all have in common? The answer has nothing to do with age, gender, hometown, birthday, or any specific interests. These five are apart of the approximately 30 million Americans who struggle with a learning disability called dyslexia.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and is the result of a difference in the “wiring” of the brain. According to the dyslexia center of Utah, about 80% of people who have trouble reading actually have dyslexia. This difference causes dyslexic people to have difficulty separating the letters of their language into different sounds. People with dyslexia often struggle with spelling, pronouncing words, reading words and letters in the correct order, proofreading, and understanding new directions. Sometimes these struggles end up leading to poor grades in school, avoidance of reading for pleasure, appearance of laziness, and low self-esteem.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ECCC Freshman Running Back Gamble is MACJC Offensive Player of the Week

East Central Community College running back Tredarian Gamble has been named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Football Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown effort in the Warriors 47-17 Homecoming win over Southwest Mississippi Community College Oct. 17 in Decatur. The 6-1, 192-pound freshman out of Oxford High School in Oxford, Ala., rushed for 121 yards on 17 carries. His touchdowns came on runs of 9, 5, 11, and 8 yards. He also caught one pass for 12 yards.

Since becoming a starter in the fourth game of the season, Gamble has rushed for over 120 yards in each of the five games. On the season, he has 734 yards rushing and nine touchdowns and is the second leading rusher in the MACJC.

East Central plays its final game of the regular season Thursday, Oct. 22, at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The 16th-ranked Warriors are 6-2 on the season.


Two Car Accident On East Main St.

An accident on the 500 block of E Main St. in Louisville had traffic backed up all the way to the center of town this morning (Tuesday, October 20.) At approximately 6:08 a.m., an 18-wheeler and a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche were involved in an accident at the intersection of E. Main and Hight.

First reports indicate that the Avalanche pulled out of Hight Avenue in front of the truck which then jackknifed and ruptured the fuel tank of the truck. This caused a diesel fuel spill along E. Main which required traffic to be stopped for a period of time. The accident caused moderate injuries to the driver and passenger in the Avalanche. They were taken to Winston Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the 18-wheeler received a few cuts and bruises.

Monday, October 19, 2015

National Friends of the Library Week-Oct 18-24

October 18-24th is National Friends of the Library Week and the staff of the library would like to say a big “Thank You!” to everyone who is a member of the Winston County Friends of the Library for all their support. A special thank you to JoAnn Brandt, President; Sylvia Clark, Vice President; Rhonda Porter, Treasurer; and Tracy McCully, Book Sale Director.

In 1983 Doris Suber, Librarian, asked JoAnn Brandt if she would be a volunteer in Jackson, MS at a legislative budgeting meeting for the fiscal year coming up. Winston County’s state representative, Bruce Williamson, also attended. He was a good and vocal voice for the local and state libraries. While attending this meeting and talking with others there, the idea came to JoAnn, of the need for a Friends group at our library.

In 1984 Joann Brandt, along with volunteers, went to work to bring this idea to fruition. They sent out over 2,000 letters to local citizens in Winston County, stating the need for a Friends group and asking them to become members. Response from the public was terrific. The group established a set of by-laws taken from the Attala County Library Friends by-laws.


Meetings were held on a monthly basis at first. Then on a quarterly basis and then on a semi-annual basis. Because of people having other obligations and going to work, the officers of the Friends group continued to meet and plan all projects.

They then set out to make money from projects and yearly dues so as to help meet the needs of the library that their budget could not cover.

There have been only four presidents throughout the years. JoAnn Brandt, June Woodruff, Joyce Hudson and Sylvia Clark. JoAnn and Sylvia have held office of some type all of these years.

Fundraising projects performed to raise money for the Winston County Library since 1984 include the annual membership drive each January, twice-yearly used book sales, bake sales, garden tours, various raffles, sold magnetic patriotic ribbons to go on car bumpers to honor our military after 9/11, collected Super Shopper Stamps from Vowell’s Grocery Store, and a day-lily bulb sale

Louisville Board of Alderman Meeting Agenda-Oct 20

The meeting agenda for October 20, 2015 of the Louisville Board of Aldermen is now available on the City's website. To view the agenda - please click here

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dorothy Baker-Hines Holds Meet & Greet

Dorothy Baker-Hines held a meet and greet Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Winston County Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Hines is running for House of Representative District 42 and believes that a Representative should protect the taxpayers' money, fight hard for the best education system, healthcare and police protection, protect our Senior Citizens and Veterans, strive to improve our transportation system, advocate for their constituents and work hard to secure new business and industry for District 42.



Friday, October 16, 2015

High School Football Finals

Not a great night for Winston County football: Noxapater wins a good one over French Camp 25-0. Nanih Waiya loses a heartbreaker to Smithville 15-10. Winston Academy led throughout the game but Sylva Bay came back to defeat the Patriots 30-27. Louisville was overpowered by a bigger Noxubee team and fall 33-7.

AREA FINALS:South Panola 35, Tupelo 0***Lafayette 49, New Albany 14***North Pontotoc 43, Hatley 14***Oxford 46, New Hope 12***Shannon 28, Amory 6***Aberdeen 48, South Pontotoc 3***Winona 24, Eupora 14***Union 24. Clarkdale 14***Germantown 42, Neshoba Central 22***Baldwyn 55, East Union 6***Starkville 28, Madison Central 10***Lake 49, Pelahatchie 34***Biggersville 33, Thrasher 18***East Webster 38, Okolona 14***Meridian 14, Brandon 7***Warren Central 35 Murrah 6***Pontotoc 28, Tishomingo County 7***Forest 42, Choctaw Central 14***Clinton 48, Northwest Rankin 21***Kosciusko 40, Caledonia 31***Corinth 64, Itawamba AHS 25***Cathedral 27, Centreville Academy 14***Starkville Academy 24, Pillow Academy 19***Quitman 14 Newton County 7***Leake Academy – 42, Oak Hill Academy – 13***Water Valley 30 North Panola 18*** Columbus 20, Southaven 10*** DeSoto Central 39 Hernando 16*** Choctaw Co 41, Philadelphia 40***Grenada-42, Canton-21***Nettleton 40, Mooreville 34***


"Light It Up Red" For Dyslexia

Winston County Courthouse and Louisville City Hall showed their support for Dyslexia Awareness Month by "Lighting It Up Red", on Thursday evening, October 15, 2015.




Diamond Dreams and Animal Day

 Diamond Dreams a special needs baseball team finished their last game of the season. The Noxapater players Tristan Howard, Clay Kugle, Kolanda Cooper, Garrett Jackson, Tyler Glass, and Anthony Prior.


Mrs.Jackson's class at Noxapater participated in animal day for homecoming week.

"The Big Event" Fun, Food and Golf

The 9th Annual Winston County Chamber Business & Industry Appreciation Luncheon was held Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Louisville Country Club. There was great food, a fun 4 person golf scramble competition and prizes.

 Good food and fellowship before the golf competition

Pictured LtoR: Linda Skelton, Mike Cournoyer, Tommy Campbell (Winner of the $100 door prize) and Bruce Lee

Bullock Toyota's Big Tire Savings Event


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wildfire Awareness Warning

Jackson, MS – Since September 1, 2015 the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has responded to and suppressed 468 wildfires that have burned 4,874 acres across the state of Mississippi. Wildfire activity destroyed 29 residences, outbuildings, and commercial structures; and damaged 2 additional structures. However, MFC firefighters were able to save 557 threatened residences, outbuildings, and commercial structures from being damaged or destroyed during this time period.

There are currently 33 counties in Mississippi under active burn
bans. To see a complete list of burn bans, please click here. Burn bans are subject to change at any time; please check the posted list frequently to stay up-to-date on any new burn bans that are issued.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is currently > 700 in most areas across the state of Mississippi. The KBDI measures the water content of the soil and duff layers, the scale ranges from 0 – 800 with 800 meaning there is no soil moisture available for vegetation. The index increases for each day an area does not experience rain. High values on the KBDI means that the area is experiencing a severe draught and conditions are favorable for an increase in wildfire activity. In order to view a current KBDI map, click here.

Low humidity and high winds also increase wildfire activity; we would like to ask everyone not to engage in any outdoor burning activities (even if your area is not under an official burn ban) until the State of Mississippi has received an appreciable amount of rain. A small spark can cause a large wildfire when conditions are dry and windy, as they are at this time. Wind carries embers long distances, which can cause spot fires as far away as one-half mile from the burning area. Please do your part to help prevent wildfire activity, and abstain from outdoor burning until conditions improve. In order to report a wildfire, you may contact the Central Dispatch Center for your area, click here to access the full list.

For more information, please visit our website: www.mfc.ms.gov


Board of Supervisors Agenda-Oct 19

The agenda for the Winston County Board of Supervisors meeting today (October 19) is now available on the county website. To see the agenda - click here.


Mississippi Sends Two More Emergency Management Specialist To South Carolina For A Total Of Seven

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency deployed two more staff members to South Carolina over the weekend to support the historic flood disaster recovery. Mitigation Office Director Jana Henderson and Floodplain Specialist Brent Miller drove over Sunday to begin a two-week mission. This brings the total to seven MEMA personnel assisting in South Carolina after requests through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

MEMA Public Information Officer Brett Carr, Logistics Chief Don Wilson and Operations Officer Zac Houston, Floodplain Bureau Director Stacey Ricks and Individual Assistance Specialist Angela Grant are the previously requested staffers.

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an agreement signed by all 50 states and the U.S. Territories and allows for state-to-state support during disasters. The expenses for all the deployments will be reimbursed to the state by South Carolina.

MEMA is identifying additional resources that may be needed and is prepared to send more support if it is requested.

For more information on the flooding disaster, visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website atwww.scemd.org

To learn more about the Emergency Management Assistance Compact please visit www.emacweb.org.

MEMA will update this mission on its website, www.msema.org, and through its social media outlets Facebook and Twitter.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Commission Approved Initiative Brings 350 Jobs to Winston County

Press release: Northern District Commission Brandon Presley met Winston Plywood CEO and Atmos Energy representatives in Louisville to highlight how Commission policies have brought industry and jobs to the tornado-ravaged Winston County community. 

In April 2014, the town was devastated by the storm that destroyed around 200 homes and has left the county with an unemployment rate of 9.5%. By utilizing a Commission-created gas expansion fund, Atmos was able to invest $487,000 to build the gas infrastructure in Louisville necessary to attract Winston Plywood, a plywood manufacturer that will create 350 new jobs.

“Winston Plywood’s decision to locate in Louisville can be directly tied to our innovative approach to paying for new gas infrastructure for economic development. As I have said many times, the additional funding ordered by the Commission is a major piece of my 82 county jobs program where no Mississippi county, no matter where it is, is left behind,” Presley said.

Atmos’ investment was enabled by the Commission-approved “Supplemental Growth” fund. The fund, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, was suggested by Presley and approved in 2013. The Supplemental Growth fund provides for an additional $5 Million in Atmos investments in infrastructure projects that foster job creation and spur economic development in Mississippi.

The Winston Plywood plant includes a 285,000-square-foot facility on a 50-acre site. In total, $137 Million will be invested in the project, which is set to open in March, 2016.

Missionary Day for Sis. Mary Mitchell & Sis. Amanda Adcock

 On October 17 there will be a Missionary Day for Sis. Mary Mitchell & Sis. Amanda Adcock at Bro. Allen Eaves' Farm located on 973 Hwy 21 South in Preston Ms. There will be a silent auction,activities for kids,boiled peanuts, BBQ, stew, shrimp and singing by the Dunaways. Sis. Mary & Sis. Amanda will be speaking at 3:00 p.m. Serving will begin after they speak. For more information, please contact:

Allen & Sandy Eaves- 662-361-0046
Willis & Rita Jones- 662-361-2966
Dianne Adcock- 662-803-5055
Glynn Barker- 662-416-8258

Please be sure and bring your lawn chairs.


Nanih Waiya Students - Reach for the Stars!

Students prepare to enter the StarLab
 Students at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center had the opportunity to reach for the stars on Tuesday, courtesy of WoodmenLife.  The company and its local representative, Jerry Hemphill provided a "StarLab" in the school's gym.

Students were able to experience the constellations and the solar system inside the portable planetarium through the use of a projection device.

Hemphill said the WoodmenLife sponsored program is available to schools that are interested - free of charge. The StarLab will be visiting other area schools over the next two weeks.
4th Grade students at Nanih Waiya and the StarLab