Friday, October 20, 2017

Winston County High School Football Tonight!!

The Louisville Wildcats will host Kosciusko at R. E. Hinze Stadium while Noxapater hosts West Lowndes. Nanih Waiya is on the road at Ethel and the Patriots of Winston Academy plays there last regular season game at home against Winona Christian. Game times are 7:00 pm and the weather forecast is perfect for football. Go out and support your teams!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Community Trunk or Treat Set for October 31

The Louisville Fire Association is once again hosting a community-wide "Trunk or Treat" at the
Louisville Coliseum on October 31st. In conjunction with the Louisville Fire Department, area volunteer fire departments, the Winston County Sheriff's Department, Louisville Police Department and other First Responders, the event will be held inside the Louisville Coliseum from the hours of 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.

Last year's event was a major success and the sponsors are working to provide a safe and fun environment for community young people to celebrate Halloween. There are some changes from last year that include: moving the event inside the Coliseum providing for more parking and a safer environment and as a safeguard against inclement weather. In addition trick-or-treaters will be limited to those from the age of 12 and under. Participants will be stamped at the door. Last year's event drew approximately 1700 children.

This year's event will be expanded even further as local businesses are encouraged to take part in handing out candy as well. The Fire Association is asking all local businesses to participate by providing appropriate candy or funds to purchase candy for the event. If you would like to participate or donate, please contact Casey Hutto at 662-803-7830 or Jill Pearson at 662-705-1428. Candy donations can be dropped off at the Louisville Fire Department and monetary donations can be made out to the Louisville Fire Association and left at the Louisville Fire Department.

Cemetery Book Now Available at Winston Co Library

This is a photo of David Holder (center), President of the Winston County Genealogical & Historical
Volunteers are: front row (l-r) Junie Fuller, Diana Northcutt,
Bobbie Hamm, Jennie Morel, Gloria Sarvis and Cathy Jones. 
Back row (l-r) Katherine Kirk, Connie Jarnigan and Dara Anderson. 
Volunteers unable to attend the book event are Martha Weeks,
Joyce Shepperd, Bobbye Holder, Sandra Mayo, Dot McCorkle and Joyce Kirkpatrick.
Society, along with the ladies who volunteered their time to help put together the new book Winston County, Mississippi Tombstone Inscriptions 1993-2015. Mr. Holder started the project five years ago and has literally walked every cemetery in Winston County, including family cemeteries on private land and in wooded areas. He crossed-referenced all obituaries in the newspaper with funeral home information. He and his team of volunteers proofed everything multiple times. They held a book release program at the Winston County Library this past Wednesday, October 18, 2017 and provided free brown bag lunches for the first 30 participants. There was a room full of interested enthusiasts. The book is now on sale at the Winston County Library for $60.00. “This book is truly a labor of love, blood, sweat and tears,” said Holder. “Going in, I really didn’t realize all the work that would be required to complete this project, but I am very proud of the work I and all the wonderful volunteers did.” Librarian Beth Edwards told the crowd that “this is a continuation of Louis Taunton’s Cemetery book, which ended in 1993. David’s book brings the cemetery and tombstone inscriptions up to 2015. Generations to come will thank him for all this hard work!”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pink Celebration 2017

A Room Full of Pink
By Elmetra Patterson
Celebrating the lives of these cancer survivors

A Room Full of Pink
By Elmetra Patterson

The 3rd Annual Pink Celebration was a room full of pink - in fashions and d├ęcor which was held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lake Tiak O’Khata where over 150 women gathered to share their experience with breast cancer or to become more breast cancer aware. October is breast cancer awareness month. Along with having a wonderful breakfast, the group was greeted and the food was blessed by Dr. Benjamin A. Pittman, pastor of Mr. Moriah Baptist Church. Ira Burnside performed a solo and Brenda Miller performed a medley of songs with angelic voices. Jean Jimmerson, an RN from Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jackson, MS, was the speaker who spoke about the ABC’s of Breast Cancer. She emphasized the importance of mammograms and monthly self examinations.

      There were breast cancer stories of survivors by Juanita Hornsburger, Linda Peoples, Janice Combest and Pearlie Miller. All emphasized their struggles but also about how the process took them to a higher spiritual level. Pearlie Miller shared about how she uses the alkaline diet to help keep cancer away. She stated that an alkaline diet consist of mostly fruits and vegetables, soybeans and tofu, and some nuts, seeds, and legumes. She said, “Cancer does not like an alkaline body”. The Esters family from Jackson and Norma Young of the Renasant Bank, shared about the caregivers who, after the medical professionals, play the most important role in the cancer patients’ life.

      The celebration came to a close with door prizes and remarks by Joyce Hudson. Janice Turner ended by saying, “We must stand tall”. Many guest made donations that will be sent to the American Cancer Society.

All photos courtesy of Elmetra Patterson

Janice Turner with her family and caregivers from Jackson, MS.
Janice is a 30 year breast cancer survivor and founder of The Pink Celebration

Linda Peoples with Dr. Benjamin Pittman and Mrs. Pittman


The young children were features in the pink display by Ira Burnside
Speaker Registered Nurse, Jean Jimmerson

Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Day at Nanih Waiya Park Festival

The Nanih Waiya Park Fall Festival went off without a hitch and the weather was perfect on Saturday, Oct 14. The Festival included the Swamptown 5K/Fun Run/Walk, vendors, rides and events for the kids, food, music, fun and the Festival's first ever Car Show. To see a full slide show of the event -click here or on any of the images on this page.  You can also visit the "Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park" Facebook page.

Mississippi Tops the List of Fastest Growing Solar Markets in the United States

When Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley took office in 2008, the prospect of Mississippi being a major player in solar energy seemed highly unlikely. In under a decade all that has changed thanks to the work of the Public Service Commission and Mississippi electric utilities. This week, the news outlet, Reuters reported that Mississippi, sits atop the list of fastest growing solar markets in the U.S. between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017. 

In the last few years, the PSC has not only approved nearly 300 MW of new utility-scale solar generation, but it has also passed a net metering rule, allowing customers who install solar panels to power their homes or businesses to sell excess power back onto regulated utility systems.

“The PSC has worked hard to make decisions that harness solar energy and make economic sense. I’m glad to see our work pay off,” Presley said. “This report shows clearly that the Mississippi PSC is a door opener and not a gatekeeper to solar energy.”

The data was provided to Reuters by GTM Research, a clean energy market information firm. A link to the article can be found here. If you have questions about the Public Service Commission’s work with solar power, contact the PSC at 1-800-637-772 or visit

Friday, October 13, 2017

Winston County High School Football Finals

Louisville 35 -  Forest 0

Nanih Waiya 34 - Vardaman 14

Noxapater 24 - Leake County 6

Winston Ac 14 -  Leake Ac 28

County High School Football TONIGHT!

Louisville @ Forest
Nanih Waiya @ Vardaman
Noxapater @ Leake County
Winston Academy @ Leake Academy

All game times are at 7:00 pm and there will perfect weather for some FOOTBALL! .

Thursday, October 12, 2017

City Proclamation for LMSD Family Center

Pictured with Mayor Hill are Barbara Eichelberger & Ada Woodward of the LMSD Family Center

Proclamation of Safety and Reading Fair Month in the  Louisville Municipal School District's Family Center

Whereas, the Louisville Municipal School District Family Center located at 177 North Columbus Avenue is designed to assist parents, participants, and teachers in helping students achieve success through services and programs offered, and;

Whereas, October is “Safety and Reading Fair Month” at the LMSD Family Center, and;

Whereas, the LMSD Family Center will host a variety of programs throughout the month of October to emphasize safety, drug awareness, and the importance of reading, and;

Whereas, we the City of Louisville hereby Proclaim October as Safety and Reading Fair Month of the Louisville Municipal School District Family Center and call upon all citizens, children, parents, and schools to work together to achieve success, and;

Where is, let it be resolved The Honorable Will Hill, Mayor of the City of Louisville, declares October as Safety and Reading Fair Month in the City of Louisville in cooperation with the Louisville Municipal School District Family Center.

Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the City of Louisville, Mississippi to be a fixed this 2nd day of October, 2017.

ATTEST: Babs W Fulton, City Clerk
William A. ''Will” Hill, Mayor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HarvestFest at Dean Park

Small crowd but BIG fun had at Dean Park on Saturday, October 7, 2017 for the 9th Annual HarvestFest. There were many events going on in Winston County that same day, however, Dean Park had it share of children who enjoyed themselves tremendously as they played various games that were conducted by Nancy Eichelberger and Elmetra Patterson. The prizes were $5. for each winner and the money had to be spend with the vendors at the park. Prize money was donated by Farm Bureau Manager, Joey Partridge who was one of the sponsors of the festival.

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 Free throw winners                     Balloon Toss Winners: Nitoka Eichelberger and Adian Miller
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     Balloon Toss winners: Zaryhia Parker and Brayley Parker Hula hoop winner: Zaryhia Parker
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Record breaking winner overall: Desiree Hogan         Judges: Fred Sims, Mary Coleman, Elmetra Patterson

  • 1st Prize - Lake Tiak-O-Khata ‘Get Away’ won by Bettye Sherrod
  • 2nd Prize - $100. Cash won by Cynthia Waldrip
  • 3rd Prize – An Outdoor Double Propane Heater – Fair Oil Company won by Tammie Easley
  • 4th Prize - $50. Gift Certificate - Vowell’s Marketplace won by Chris Shell

The Sunshine Boys were enjoyed by all as they entertained the crowd in a gospel concert under the pavilion. They are well known in our county and in the Center Ridge Community and are a hit at the HarvestFest yearly. They are also members of the Garden Club at Dean Park.

The Girl Scout Ambassadors of Winston County #20012 donated 6 cakes for the cake walk that was enjoyed by children and adults. Thanks to their leaders Rita and Paul Eichelberger for coordinating the cake walk donations. Thanks to the Black Girls Read (BGR) of the The Malachi Project Youth Mentoring Program for their service. They have become regular volunteers at the park with their director Dr. Melissa Davis.

Thanks to George Henry, Lorenda and Nitoka Eichelberger for selling the raffles tickets and volunteering. The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. thanks all who supported this event. “We especially thank our sponsors, Lake Tiak-O-Khata, Winston County Farm Bureau and Fair Oil Company”, President Richard Moncrief stated.

Friday, October 6, 2017

County High School Football Finals

Nanih Waiya 54 - West Lowndes 0

French Camp 21 - Noxapater  20

Heritage Ac 28 - Winston Ac 7

Noxubee 35 - Louisville 30 

County High School Football TONIGHT!

The Wildcats of Louisville head over to Macon to take on their biggest rival as they face the Noxubee Tigers.  Nainh Waiya is at home against West Lowndes as they hope to continue their winning ways.
Noxapater is also at home as they face a tough French Camp team. Winston Academy takes on Heritage academy at the friendly confines of Patriot Field.

All game times are at 7:00 pm and the weather should be fine.

Gov. Bryant issues State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Nate

PEARL – Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a State of Emergency and an Executive Order authorizing the
use of the Mississippi National Guard as Tropical Storm Nate advances to the Gulf of Mexico.

At 10 a.m., the National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Mississippi Coast which means hurricane conditions are expected in the next 36 hours. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Nate to be a Category 1 storm (winds near 80 mph) and 3-6 feet of storm surge above ground. Landfall is projected to be late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

The State Emergency Operations Center was activated to Level 3 (partial with key state agencies) at 7 a.m. this morning. The SEOC will move to a full Level 2 activation Saturday morning and run 24-hour operations as long as necessary.

“It is important for all Mississippians and visitors to our state to take this storm seriously,” said Gov. Bryant. “Regardless of where the storm makes actual landfall, we face the possibility of widespread power outages and storm surge flooding. I ask everyone to please have a plan, especially those that live in mobile homes and low-lying areas.”

Residents with questions about Nate preparations on the coast can call the county emergency management offices:
Hancock Co. 228-255-0942
Harrison Co. 228-865-4002
Jackson Co. 228-769-3111

A state of emergency is an administrative tool that authorizes the use of state resources to aid in storm response efforts.

Historical Society To Release New Cemetery Book

The Winston County Geneaological & Historical Society will release our new book, Winston County, Mississippi, Tombstone Inscriptions, 1993 - 2015, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The Friends of the Winston County Library will sponsor a book signing from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. We will have copies of the book available for sale at that time. As a convenience to attendees, a sack lunch will be provided.

This book is an update to Louis Taunton’s Cemetery book that ended with burials in 1992. David Holder and his team of volunteers have worked tirelessly for the last four years to bring this book to publication. It will be on sale at the book event on October 18th and at the library after this date.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Sale & Wings Over Winston!!

The Friends of the Library Book Sale begins this morning (Thursday) at 8:30 am. As always, there is a large selection of books of all kinds from children's to fiction to reference-- and all at bargain basement prices. Funds received go toward the many Winston County Library projects and programs. The sale runs til 4:30 pm on Thursday and from 8:30 am til 4:30 pm on Friday.

Make plans to enjoy Wings Over Winston as the annual airshow returns with some new acts this Saturday (Oct 7) - Gates open at 9:30 and the show begins at 11:00 am. Parking is available at the Ivy Park Ball Fields and the Louisville Coliseum with shuttle service to the airport.

It's important to arrive before 11:00 am because FAA requirements limit ground traffic after the show begins. Lawn chairs/blankets are welcome and there will be food vendors on site.  There is no admission charges and there is handicapped parking available. To find out more, visit the website: or the Facebook page - Wings Over Winston

Pilot Club of Louisville Celebrating Founders Month at Library

The Pilot Club of Louisville is celebrating Founders Month (October) with a display at the Winston County Library. Pilot Information and Leadership Committee Members (from left) Kathy Sinclair, Tara Woodward and DeLaine Woodruff created this beautiful fall display to promote Pilot Club awareness and to celebrate the founding of Pilot Club International by Elizabeth Leonard of Macon, GA in 1921. Pilot Club’s motto is “Friendship and Service”. Pilot Club, a very active Service Organization in Winston County, runs Camp Jigsaw for autistic boys at MSU, the Veterans Day Breakfast in November each year, hosts nursing home parties, holds four parties a year for the Developmentally Delayed students at Fair Elementary, gives a $500 scholarship to one 10th – 12th grade student Anchor Club member each year, sponsor of the annual springtime Safety Town, Pilot Club Father-Daughter Dance, and hold the annual Pilot Club Pageant. “ Come by the library and see this wonderful display promoting one of our counties most active service clubs,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “Their dedication and passion for helping those in need in our community is truly inspiring.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Library Displays

Visit the library and see the displays for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and pick up valuable and hopefully life-saving information about breast cancer; and children can enjoy checking out fun Halloween books in the children’s room!

Beautiful Quilt Display at Library

Come see the beautiful quilt display at the Winston County Library. This quilt pattern is called Flower Basket and was pieced by Martha Dubard and quilted by Betty Lewis. It will be on display in the library during the month of October.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Whitehall United Methodist Church Bazaar

Whitehall United Methodist Church will host their 2017 Bazaar on Saturday, October 28th. Doors open for shopping at 8 o’clock sharp and will remain open until 1 in the afternoon. Whitehall chefs will begin serving breakfast in the Fellowship Hall prior to the bazaar and will continue serving until 10. Come enjoy a bountiful meal of the tastiest breakfast around for $8. In honor of our Veterans, they may enjoy their meal for half price. Children discounts also apply. Pancakes, biscuits, sausage and tomato gravy, bacon, grits, and much more - All your favorites will be there! Once you recover from the stuffing at breakfast, venture back for a bowl, pint, quart, or gallon of soup beginning at 10:30. Served with cornbread or crackers and a tall glass of tea, a bowl is $4.00. Larger containers are even a better deal.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Launch of State's New Vehicle Registration Network Begins Oct.9

On October 9, 2017, Mississippi's new tag & title network, MARVIN, will go live at the Department of Revenue and at all county tax collector offices across the state.

MARVIN, replacing a network built in the early 1980's, is a state-of-the-art system whose functionality will benefit each county for vehicle registrations, revenue accounting, and audit monitoring. Vehicle owners will benefit from a faster turn-around time for titles and improved customer service when registering their vehicles and renewing license plates.

The new system provides Mississippi the ability to access and communicate with a nationwide system that helps prevent fraud and keeps unsafe vehicles off the road.

With any new software installation of this magnitude, there will hiccups. There will be some who will be frustrated. DOR has been working to mitigate these common reactions by selecting a user-friendly system, demonstrating the software at the county offices, involving users in testing, and providing training throughout the state.

We ask for your patience as the county offices may experience longer than usual wait times during its first week.
We expect any delays to be short term.

Taxpayers titling a vehicle are reminded to bring their driver license with them to the tax office. This information is now required in the MARVIN system. Furthermore, those signing an affidavit to waive penalties must submit a repair bill, deployment papers, or another proof that they have not been driving the vehicle.

Great Day for Noxapater's Cotton Gin Festival

Beautiful weather, wonderful arts & crafts and great cars were all there to greet the visitor at Noxapater's Cotton Gin Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Yard Of The Month

Not too long ago Louisville looked like many other small towns, a few blocks of downtown stores with a vacancy here and there. It appeared to be just a sleepy little southern town with a declining Main Street. Today our downtown area is bustling and beautiful. Blooming flowers from hanging baskets and large flower pots grace downtown Louisville. In recognition of the city's attractiveness the Winston County Master Gardeners have awarded Louisville's Main Street business area the "Yard of the Month" for October.

Friday, September 29, 2017

High School Football Finals

Nanih Waiya 56 - Leake 14

Noxapater 32 - Sebastopol 6

Canton Ac 42 - Winston Academy 39

Louisville 48 - New Hope 7

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Football Game Lineup For This Weekend

Another Friday night of high school football here in Winston County. The Louisville Wildcats will be playing at home for their homecoming against New Hope. Nanih Waiya will be traveling to Leake to play against Leake Co.  Noxapater takes it on the road as they travel down to Sebastopol and the Winston Academy Patriots will host as they play against Canton Academy. All game times are 7 P.M. and weather conditions look to be good.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Shelter Needs Adoptions

Donna: She is spayed, but is very shy, but is as sweet as can be. She is ready for a new home.
Lilly: She is spayed,very loving and is ready to be your best friend.
Travis: He is neutered. This fella is very talkative and is ready to find a new home. He has been at the shelter the longest than anyone else.

The Louisville Animal Shelter is in need of adoptions. These animals need loving homes more than anything! Come by the shelter today located on 110 Thompson St. or call the shelter at 662-773-4320 and adopt one of these sweet precious animals.Adoption fees are $20.For after hours adoptions,please call 662-705-0398.Your adoption will be greatly appreciated!!

Nonagenerian Dr. Paul H. Moore, Sr. Returns To Winston County For Heritage Tour

On a beautiful day in September, Dr. Paul H. Moore, Sr. and his son Dr. Hal Moore joined their new friend David Holder for a heritage tour of southeastern Winston County. Dr. Moore, Sr., a native of Winston County started his medical career at Pascagoula in 1963, and has resided there since that time. Dr. Moore began his practice in radiology at Singing River Hospital, and in 1972 he founded the Singing River Radiology Group and served as its president until 1996. Dr. Moore retired in 1999 after 36 years of dedicated medical service. Dr. Moore was active in numerous professional, civic, and business organizations. His dedication and service to his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, has been extensive. For all his years in Pascagoula Dr. Moore has faithfully served with the First Presbyterian Church in positions such as deacon, elder, trustee, and Sunday school teacher.