Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mississippi Association of Chief of Police New PSA

 The Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police recently produced this public service announcement. To find out more about the Louisville Police Department, visit their page on the City's website:  http://www.cityoflouisvillems.com/police.html

    

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Thank You Message From Retiring Alderman Dickie Caperton

I want to express a thank you to all citizens of Ward One for your
support during the last twelve years. I have done the best I could for the City of Louisville.

God Bless each of us as we move forward.

Richard " Dickie" Caperton

Tiny Tots Prize Day Program

Prize Day for the Tiny Tots Summer Library Program at the Winston County Library. Children and adults enjoyed story time, music, games and the Forest Friends Animal Workshop, where children got to build a forest animal (moose, raccoon, owl or a fox) and take it home with them.










































Animals Available at Louisville Animal Shelter

These lovable guys are up for adoption at the
Louisville Animal Shelter located on 110 Thompson St.
For more information on them or any others at the
shelter, please call the shelter at 662-773-3420.
All of these babies need a good home.



Louisville Lions Club Needs More Flag Program Sponsors

Dear Flag Sponsors,

The Louisville Lions Club would like to take the opportunity to thank the businesses and individuals listed below who sponsor our American Flag Program. The flag program is enjoyed by local citizens and those visiting our city on 10 specific holidays (weather permitting). A sponsorship is only $25 per year. The cost is less than purchasing and installing your own flag. A Lions member posts the flags on the morning of each specific holiday and picks up the flags at the end of the day.

The funds collected from these sponsorships are used to purchase eyeglasses, hearing aids and other services for those who are less fortunate in or around the Louisville area.

Our most impressive flag display is on Main Street. For the last several years the Louisville Lions have put out 42 flags on Main. However, beginning July 1, 2017 we will no longer be able to display all 42 flags on Main, only the flags that are sponsored.

Out of the 42 flags, only 18 are sponsored by Main Street businesses and 5 are sponsored by individuals. With the help of the Chamber/Partnership and State Farm, who sponsor a flag at their place of business and have donated extra funds to help with Main Street sponsorships this year, our total flags on Main is now at 25, leaving 17 flags still unsponsored. All sponsored flags holders on Main Street have a white label attached indicating the business or individual sponsoring. When you visit these businesses or see these individuals please thank them for their support of our community and their patriotism. If you know of a business on Main Street that does not sponsor a flag, please encourage them to do so.

If you are a Louisville business or individual that would be interested in sponsoring a flag on Main Street or at your own business, please contact Tracy McCully, Louisville Lions Club Secretary at 662-705-1084, Benny Edwards, Flag Chairman at 662-736-1255 or any Lions Club member.

Thank you all again for your support!
The Louisville Lions Club






Monday, June 26, 2017

Winston County Knows How to Celebrate the 4th of July!

Red/White Blue Parade 2015
There’s some great events coming up as Winston County celebrates the 4th of July. Make plans to getst  beginning at 6:00 pm at the Nanih Waiya Community Park there will be food, fun and fireworks. There will be music featuring the Stormy Monday Blues Band and later a fireworks display presented by Ellis Houston. out and enjoy the fun. On Saturday, July 1
Then on Monday, July 3rd, the Annual Red, White and Blue Parade will hit the streets of Louisville. Children under the age of twelve are invited to decorate their “non-motorized rides” in red/white/blue and participate in the parade – Trikes, bikes and wagons are welcome. The kids are encouraged to bring a veteran to join them in the parade. Line up begins of South Court Street next to the Courthouse beginning around 6:00 pm. The parade starts at 6:30.
Finally, on that same evening Monday., July 3rd, a fireworks display will take place at Lake Tiak O’Khata. The public is welcome. The Lake will also have a buffet and a full menu. Mark Goldbeck will be providing entertainment to the crowd at the pavilion under the fireworks begin.

The July 4th holiday is a great time to show your support for not only your country but also your community. Come out – participate, enjoy and support those local businesses and organizations that help provide these events.


REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONDUCTING ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS AND REUSE PLANNING

The City of Louisville, Mississippi (“City”), on behalf of the coalition of Winston County, Noxapater, and Louisville hereby solicits written Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from professional environmental consulting firms interested in contracting with the City to perform grant management activities, environmental assessments, site re-use planning, and related activities associated with the recently EPA-awarded Brownfield Community-wide Assessment Grant. 

 This is Federal Brownfield funding and will require adherence to the conditions required for its use. The firm selected will be eligible to negotiate a contract with the City. No minimum order or work is guaranteed. If the selected firm is unsuccessful in negotiating a contract or does not maintain the minimum requirements, the City, at its discretion, may select the next ranked firm for contract negotiation. All work will be ordered on an "as-needed" basis. Though the federal Brownfield Grant funding is for a three-year period, the selected firm will be eligible for contract negotiation for five (5) years with optional years at the City’s discretion.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

It's A Great Year To Be A LIon!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lions Clubs International. There are 1.4 million members across the world. Lions clubs are very active across the state of Mississippi. The Louisville Lions Club has been active for 67 of those 100 years. The State Lions Convention was recently held in Louisville.
Below is the proclamation of Governor Phil Bryant declaring June 30th as Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration Day


Friday, June 23, 2017

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

The Winston County Library Board of Trustees met recently to review the 2017-2018 budget request to be presented to the Winston County Board of Supervisors. Seen here are board members:

(l-r) Judy Post (Beat 3 – Marion Jordan); Rhonda Porter (Beat 1 – Burr Warner); Sarah Garrigues (Beat 2 – Luke Parkes); Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Executive Director Richard Greene; MMRLS Secretary Wanda Nash; Clementine Eichelberger (Beat 4 – Ralph Goss); and James Woodiel (Beat 5 - Larry Duran).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Winston Sheriff Makes Another Drug Related Arrest

The Winston County's Sheriff's Department has made another drug arrest. This afternoon, (Thursday, 6/22/17) while searching for a suspect in another case, deputies observed that suspect flee from a vehicle on foot. The vehicle attempted to flee the scene as well. An orange Pontiac Grand Prix was pursued and stopped on Hudson Avenue. According to law enforcement, the suspect, Demetrius Spears, attempted to flee on foot but was captured.

Twenty eight year old Spears faces a number of charges related to his flight from the scene as well as felony charges for the possession of methamphetamines within 1500 feet of a church with the intent to sell.  Deputies report that nearly an ounce of meth, a quantity of marijuana and drug scales were found in the vehicle. Law enforcement records indicate that Spears was out on bond on a similar charge at the time of today's arrest.





Alderman Dickie Caperton and Fire Department's Towne Retire

Retiring Ward One Alderman Dickie Caperton with his grandchildren
Retirement was the theme during Tuesday's (6/20/17) Board of Aldermen Meeting in Louisville. Mike Towne was recognized for his years of service to the Louisville Fire Department. Towne has served as a full time firefighter since 1999 and on a volunteer basis prior to that time.

This meeting was also the last for Ward One Alderman Dickie Caperton who did not seek reelection. Caperton has served on the Board for 12 years. It was an emotional time as Caperton reminisced and said farewells to many including fellow board members, department heads and Mayor Hill.

Caperton noted that he had never missed a meeting during his time in office and that he took pride in that accomplishment. "I love this city. No one loves this community more than I do."
Fireman Mike Towne with spouse and city officials upon his retirement.


Tiny Tots Summer Library Program

These following pictures were taken on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Tiny Tots Summer Library Program, presented by Diana Northcutt.


Diana Northcutt (standing, left) and volunteer Jennie Morel finish up storytime and music time.

 Library volunteer Jennie Morel helps with the Lego station.

 Everyone’s having fun with the building block station.

arts and crafts – building a house on paper!

Tiny Tots Award Day is Monday, June 26 from 9:30 – 10:30 at the Winston County Library!





A Heartfelt THANK YOU From the Louisville Lions Club

The Louisville Lions Club would like to take this opportunity to give a great big heartfelt Thank You to everyone who donated items, sponsored teams or gave of their time to help make our Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser a roaring success.  We couldn’t do this without the help of people like you and the support of our community! You are all such a blessing to us.  We would also like to thank EMEPA, Magnolia Distributing, Mark Taylor, Richard Watson for all their help, and also all the participants of the golf tournament for their continued support. Thank you all again.

2017 Tournament Sponsors

·        Crowson Auto World
·        Summit Wealth Group
·        Discount Video/Northgate Cinema
·        Vowell's Market Place
·        Winston Co. Courthouse (Darlene, Jason, Julie and Kim)
·        Winston Web News
·        Alfa Insurance
·        Gentry's Paint & Body
·        Dihan McCullough Realty
·        Friends of Legion State Park
·        Lake Tiak O'Khata
·        Bullock Toyota
·        Kansas City Southern Railroad
·        Bancorp South Bank
·        Lean Squeaky Clean Car Wash

2017 Door Prize Donations



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pilot Club Hosts Annual Party At WCNH

Pictured are Pilot Club of Louisville members:
(Left to right) Tara Woodward, Linda White, Sara Ward,
 Bettie Glass, Dot McCorkle, Brandi Krajewski, Gloria Joiner and Kristen Knox.

The Pilot Club of Louisville hosted its annual party at Winston Medical Center-Senior Care Services on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Pilots baked an array of cookies for refreshments and Jimmy Woodward provided the entertainment.





























Winston County Library’s Teen Program

Winston County Library’s Teen Program this week was presented by local ceramist Susan Clark. The teens enjoyed painting and decorating clay parrots, trees, football players, flowers and other objects, which they got to take home with them. Susan was presented with a thank you card, signed by all the participants and drawn by library staffer, Denise Dickerson. Thanks to Polo Custom M-C Industries for sponsoring this teen program.









Magician Todd Smith Appeared at The Winston County Library Summer Reading Program

First through fifth graders enjoyed the Winston County Library Summer Reading Program this past Tuesday. Magician Todd Smith wowed the crowd with magic, juggling, getting out of a straight-jacket, making a real live rabbit appear out of thin air, and even having a skunk do tricks with the crowd! Thank you to Bennett’s Do-It Center for sponsoring this program for the library!










FDA Recalls

Kroger Expands Recall of 12 oz. packages of Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts 



The product comes in a 12 oz., clear plastic package marked with expiration dates of:  Dec. 09, 2017, Mar. 02, 2018, Mar. 03, 2018, or Apr. 07, 2018 stamped on the side. Product was distributed between 12/9/2016 to 6/13/2017.  Kroger has removed the following item from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls. 

Product UPC Code Size 
Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts 11110-02478 Sell By:
Dec. 09 2017
Mar. 02 2018
Mar. 03 2018
Apr. 07 2018  
12 oz. 
Kroger has expanded this recall to include all stores nationwide under the following names: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, City Market, Smith's, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Pick ‘N Save, Copps, Metro Market, Owen's and QFC.



House of Thaller Recalls Selected Pine Nut Hummus Products Because of Possible Health Risk

House of Thaller, a Knoxville Tennessee company, is voluntarily recalling selected 10 ounce packages of Hummus with Pine Nut Topping, because an ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.






Bulletproof 360, Inc. Recalls Collagen Protein Bars and Bites Because of Possible Health Risk



Bulletproof 360, Inc. (“Bulletproof”) of Bellevue, Washington is recalling five Collagen Protein Bar and Bite products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.





Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Winston Medical Center Wins MHA Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award

The Mississippi Hospital Association recognizes WMC for its dedication to providing accessible
health care to the people of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (June 19, 2017) – Winston Medical Center has received the 2017 Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award from the Mississippi Hospital Association. “For almost 60 years, Winston Medical Center has made tremendous strides in advancing rural health care in Louisville and Mississippi,” said Timothy Moore, President and CEO of MHA. “The resilience and commitment to community Winston Medical Center and its employees have shown following the 2014 tornado makes us especially proud to call them this year’s winner.”

Each year, MHA’s Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award recognizes a rural hospital in the state with less than 100 beds that has improved access to health care or has launched innovative programs in their communities. Three criteria are considered:

What has the hospital done to contribute to rural health in ways that go above and beyond?
How have they demonstrated leadership and vision for rural health?
What impact have their efforts had on rural health in their community?

“We’re so proud of this honor and can’t thank our employees and community enough. Over the past three years, Winston Medical Center has been through circumstances that most hospitals and employees never have to endure,” said Paul Black, Winston Medical Center CEO. “During the rebuilding effort, Winston Medical Center continued to provide outstanding patient care, while keeping almost all services. We are excited to receive this award and look forward to our future.” A congratulatory video was created to recognize all of the staff at the hospital for their hard work. A community celebration is tentatively planned for July 21, 2017. Details will be provided closer to the event.


Winston Plywood Tax Status Yet to Be Finalized

Delays in paper work and legal requirements for the settling of the tax status of the Winston Plywood facility in Louisville could create some issues for Winston County in the completion of the tax roll by the required date of July 5. The company has filed for a ten-year tax-exempt status on the facility, equipment and inventory. This type of exemption is typical for new industry and the added economic boost they often bring to a community. The exemption would only apply to the county and city. The school district, LMSD, would receive its full tax dollars under this status.  The amount is yet to be determined due to unknown appraised value.

However, the company has recently filed and completed paperwork to qualify for a “Fee in Lieu of Taxes" status which is determined by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). To qualify for Fee in Lieu, there must be $100 million of private investment. Under this arrangement, tax dollars paid to the school district could be reduced by as much as two thirds but the county and city would share in the funds. In effect, the company would reduce their tax burden but Winston County and the City of Louisville would receive significant revenue that they could not obtain under a tax-exempt status.
In discussions with school officials and Tax Assessor Darlene Bane, the overall effect would be a tax dollar win for Louisville and Winston County but a significant loss for LMSD.

The paperwork has been filed in a timely manner for Winston Plywood to qualify for Fee in Lieu and is currently in the hands of the MDA. Conversations between the County and MDA indicate that it may be several weeks before the application is approved and a final Fee in Lieu is established to be dispersed among the City, County and LMSD. This delay in approval may result in the County’ s tax roll not completed by the July 5th deadline.


Tax Assessor Darlene Bane informed the Supervisors of the situation on Tuesday and is working with County Attorney Hugh Hathorn on resolutions and options. At worst, the delay could push back some budgeting decisions and the delay of receipt of tax revenues this Fall. 


Latest From MEMA Concerning Tropical Storm and Rainfall Amounts 4:25 pm

MEMA Monitoring Tropical System in the Gulf

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring  Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico.  MEMA wants to remind everyone that now is a good time to review your family emergency plan and listen to the advice of your local officials.

“Even though Mississippi is not expected to experience dangerous winds from Cindy, we are definitely going to see widespread and heavy rainfall,” says MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson. “Intense flooding, and possible storm surge are our main concerns, so we want the residents of South Mississippi to start planning ahead now to make sure that they are ready for what this system will bring.”

Here is the latest information on Tropical Storm Cindy from the National Weather Service:

Winston County Supervisors Express Concerns About Unfunded Mandates/Unmet Needs

Winston County Supervisors were in a feisty mood on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 when they met to handle a number of issues. Several Supervisors attended the recent Ms. Association of Supervisors Convention held in Biloxi and came away with concerns about state funding. Board President Luke Parkes indicated that he came away from the convention more concerned than ever about state cuts to funding while at the same time – mandating counties to provide services. Parkes said, “Unfunded mandates have placed a heavy burden on counties. There has been little change in state aid assistance for roads in a long time. We’re not asking for a lot, they keep promising but they won’t do it. The public needs to see what’s happening.” Parkes noted that funding had either been cut or not fully funded for schools, roads and libraries and that the state keeps handing these things to the county without funding.

Supervisor Marion Jordan also commented on funding situations as the cost keeps going up on mental and drug commitments and there is nowhere to place these individuals. “Without funding these folks are back on the street because we can’t find a bed or treatment for them. There is a lot more involved here than just roads.”


Supervisor Ralph Goss noted that in the last legislative general session, the Supervisor’s Association asked the legislature to increase state gas taxes by two cents with one cent staying in the county and the other pooled for use as needed across the state. Goss indicated that those two cents would have helped the counties tremendously.

Supervisors across the state have been dealing with budget cuts for state agencies and services and reduced funding assistance for services required to be provided at the county level.


Rain in the Forecast?

As with any weather event, there is a level of uncertainty but rain, rain and more rain appears to be in the forecast for the Winston County area over the next few days. A tropical storm in the Gulf that is currently expected to hit land in western Louisiana could have major impact for our area particularly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but there are scattered rain chances over the next 7 days. Initial reports indicated the potential for much heavier rainfall in our area but that has modified somewhat over the last few hours. Coastal areas could receive rainfall amount in excess of 12 inches but our totals in East Central Mississippi  should be much lower. Current predictions indicate totals no more than 3-4 inches however conditions could change based upon the path and timing of the tropical storm system. Residents should be weather aware.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Winston County Sheriff Office Makes Drug Arrests

On Friday June 16th, Winston County Sheriff Deputies made a pair of felony drug arrests. At around
4 p.m., deputies were conducting a safety check on Highway 490 at Bateman Road. Aaron Hughey of the Nanih Waiya community was found to have a suspended license. After consenting to a search, a quantity of drugs and paraphernalia and a weapon was discovered in the vehicle.

Hughey was transported to the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility where he is being held awaiting bond. He is charged with possession of methamphetamines and possession of hydrocodone which are both felonies and the possession of drug paraphernalia which is a misdemeanor.

This arrest comes only days after a misdemeanor arrest in the same area for possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.


City of Louisville Meeting Agenda - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CITY OF LOUISVILLE

TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017  

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA  5:30 P.M.

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. INVOCATION
  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO FLAG
  4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  1. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Honor & Recognize Mike Towne upon his retirement
    2. Winston Plywood & Veneer tax exemption or “In Lieu of Taxes” annual payment
    3. Polo Tax Exemption: requested a 5 year tax exemption, request was late, therefore, this is a request for a four year exemption on this property starting on 2018 taxes.
    4. Golden Triangle Planning and Development, Toby Sanford
      1. Contract for “MSAG” or Master Street Address Guide, used by 911 and controlled by AT&T, updates and maintenance by GTPDD at $59.00 per hour for FY 2017
      2. Contract for preparing and updating an official map designating and delineating all public and private roads in the City, at $70.00 per hour for FY 2017
    5. Unclean Property- set hearings for July 18 for two properties:
      1. 314 South Jones Ave., owned by Henry Hudson, 151283403 2202300
      2. 70 West Jefferson Street, owned by Linda Faye Porter, 151283301 1301100
    6. Bids for Supplies for 2017-2018 Year or “Term Bids”- enclosed
    7. Board Appointments-see enclosed
      1. Utility Board- 5 yr. term beginning June 30
      2. Election Commissioners- 4 yr. terms beginning 7-1-17
      3. Tourism & Recreation Board- 3 yr. term beginning 7-1-17
      4. Zoning & Planning Board- 5 yr. term beginning 7-1-17
    8. Select a voting delegate for MML to elect a Candidate for President from the Central District


  1. OTHER BUSINESS
  2. ADJOURN  


Friday, June 16, 2017

Fresh Produce at Barbara's Place!!

Barbara's Place has a limited supply of watermelons, seedless watermelons, ripe tomatoes, okra and squash. They are open today and until 2:00 pm on Saturday. Get it while it's fresh!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Family & Consumer Sciences Newsletter – June 2017








June is National Healthy Homes Month!

 
What is a Healthy Home? Well, some things that may come to mind are cleanliness, well organized, appliances and fixtures working properly, and a home free of toxic smells or odors, such as cigarette smoke. These are all good points. So, how can you tell if your home is healthy and why does it matter? A home can support the health of your family as much as a healthy lifestyle and diet. It’s important for people of all ages to know how to make their home safe and healthy for their own health concerns. It is always worth taking the time to make the place you call home a healthier and safer place to live. Here are some simple steps to get you started!

Red, White & Blue Parade And Fireworks Display--July 3

LET’S THANK GOD FOR OUR FREEDOM, CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM, HONOR AND THANK OUR VETERANS FOR OUR FREEDOM,  AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!!

The Annual 4th of July Children’s Red, White and Blue Parade will be held on Monday, July 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Children under the age of 12 are invited to decorate their “rides” in red white and blue and are encouraged to invite a veteran to join them in the parade. Children are asked to begin lining up on South Court Street beside Greg Rogers office from 6:00 p.m. until parade time.

After the parade the Louisville Lions Club will have hot dogs and drinks for the kids in front of Winston Furniture.

The Fireworks Display will follow at 9:00 p.m. at Lake Tiak-O’Khata, where they will have a buffet and menu food for your enjoyment. Mark Goldbeck will be providing entertainment until fireworks begin. He will be under the pavilion in front of the restaurant.





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Snakeman Visits Library

"Snakeman" Terry Vanderventer visited Tuesday, June 13, 2017 as part of the Children's Summer Reading Program at the Winston County Library. There were over fifty kids participating in this event. Pictured below, a few of the kids and Terry (Snakeman) are holding up a 7 foot long blue python.