Wednesday, December 13, 2017

EMCC Fall Graduates

East Mississippi Community College held fall 2017 graduation ceremonies Dec. 12 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included about 325 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.

During the graduation ceremonies, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner advised the students to remember to thank those who have helped them and to be grateful for their blessings. “Oprah Winfrey thinks of gratitude like a personal investment banker,” Huebner said. “She says be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Winston County graduates include:
Louisville: Devin Anderson, William Ball, Savannah Cole, Diamond Goss, Robert Hartness, Clay Jackson, Jordan Lovorn, Bobby May, Brandi May, Candice Robinson, Garesha Robinson, Kathryn White.  Noxapater: Charles Smith

Monday, December 11, 2017

Winston County Native Participating in Wrangler National Finals Rodeo This Week

Tyler Pearson
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has had and will have some special interest for local folks as one of our own, Tyler Pearson participates in the national event.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo began last Thursday and is carried nightly on the CBS Sports Network. The 10-round event will go on from Dec. 7-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature the top 15 contestants in everything from bull riding to steer wrestling. Contestants are seeking $10 million in prize money at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Wrangler NFR consists of 10 rounds – one round on each of 10 consecutive days; each contestant competes once each day. Cowboys and barrel racers earn money by placing first through sixth in any round, and pick up more money by placing first through eighth in the average (cumulative times or points earned during the 10 rounds). At the end of each Wrangler NFR, there are two champions in each event (four for team roping): the average winner, who won the Wrangler NFR by having the best cumulative time or score for that event over the 10 rounds, and the world champion, who finished the year with the most money (including what he or she earned at the Wrangler NFR). For each event, the average winner and world champion may be the same person or different people.

Going into the event, Pearson was ranked in the top ten in the 2017 All American Steer Wrestling Tour Standings and is currently # 2 in the PRCA World Standings for earnings. In competition so far, Pearson has not disappointed. During Pearson's career-best regular season, he had several wins, including at the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), and the Lawton (Oklahoma) Rangers Rodeo.

In preliminary rounds of the NFR, Pearson has two second place finishes and one third place. Tyler is the son of Larry and Cheryl Pearson.

The event is televised each evening through December 16th at 9:00 pm on the CBS Sports Network.


Matthew Clark
 by Mary Snow
 I remember first meeting Matthew Clark in my creativity classes when I first moved to Louisville. They were classes where we explored music, music theory, played Orff instruments, studied acting, and studied the visual arts at First United Methodist Church. He was definitely in his element as he enjoyed every part of all the classes and he soon progressed to wanting to play the guitar and to write music. It was at this time he was able to work with several people who would guide him spiritually as well.

 I say this because he is doing what he has always wanted to a Christian artist. Matthew is a hometown boy and the son of Susan and Joe Clark. He will be joined with Abbye and Jeff Pates to bring to our community an Advent Concert on Friday, December 15 from 6:30 to 9:30PM at Legion State Park Lodge.

Matthew says "Good songs and stories are sticky notes or a string around my finger...things that remind me of the truth and the hope that I so easily forget. Songs can speak deeply, and both uncover buried grief and forgotten hope. They help me keep faith, opening up a world beyond, where there's more redemption...more joy...more beauty...and greater love than I have dreamed possible. My songs are an opportunity for hospitality. I try to create that place through songs that mirror God's welcome."
Matthew is a Christian artist, writing intelligent and insightful songs. With skillful guitar styling, he brings so much more personal insight and thoughtful narratives that elevate his musical offerings from just a concert to an artistic conversation. His songs keep the conversation going long after the music has stopped.
Abbye West Pates

 Abbye West Pates is a song writer and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. She was born and raised in southern Mississippi. Her songs are a little bit folk and a little bit country. She tells stories that locate you in a particular place with particular people. She explores life's struggles, griefs and anxieties that remind us of grace, faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all.

Abbye recently won an award at LImelight Music Awards. She won the 2017 Performing Songwriter and her album won one of Alternate Roots' Top 100 Albums of the Year.

Matthew and Abbye met in 2005 at a camp in Memphis where they formed a musical friendship that has expanded over many years. Matthew, Abbye and her percussionist husband, Jeff, have done many house concerts and youth retreats all over the country. Their work together is a wonderful collaboration of music and song.

We are excited to bring this Advent Concert to Louisville and hope you will take the time to experience a memorable evening of fellowship, stories, songs and refreshments. The Lodge is always so beautifully decorated for the season as well. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at The Jewel Shoppe, Fashion Boutique...both on Main well as our Chamber of Commerce. They are also available at Main Street Fabrics in Ackerman, MS. For further information, please call 662-418-7822 or 601-668-4688.

Let's all come together and celebrate the Advent Season with one of our own.

Friday, December 8, 2017

LHS TSA Officers for 2017-2018

Louisville High School Technology Student Association announces chapter officers for 2017-2018 school year.

(left to right)
President, Shakindra Hunt Secretary, Alexandria Love Treasurer, Tyianna Foster Reporter, Sadiyah Matthews Parliamentarian, Michael Edmond
Sgt at Arms, D'Angelo Triplett

Not pictured: Vice-President, Ryan Files Reporter, Maya Clay Historian, Tykevious Gates

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kwanzaa Display at the Library

Sisters Carolyn Hampton (left) and Janice Edwards (right) created a beautiful Kwanzaa display at the Winston County Library on behalf of WIN (Women In the NAACP). Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the U.S. and in other nations of the Western African dispersion in the Americas. Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 until January 1, culminating in a feast of gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966-1967.

The name Kwanzaa derives from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Kwanzaa has seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. They are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Protecting the Flock Church Security Seminar

There will be a FREE "Protecting The Flock" church security seminar held at First Baptist Church Louisville, MS on Monday night, December 11th and Tuesday night, December 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night. Jimmy Meeks of Sheepdog Safety Training will conduct this seiminar. Jimmy is a 44 year minister, a 35 year police officer based out of Texas. Jimmy will instruct church members and staff on methods of preventing attacks on churches and keeping members safe. The same seminar will be conducted each night to enable people to choose which night is best to attend. This seminar is sponsored by the Margaret Lackey State Missions Offering and area churches. For more information, call text (601) 575-1611 or log onto to

Christmas Parade Video

If you missed the parade yesterday, here's some video of the event!!

Library Closing

The Winston County Library will be closed Friday, December 8 for staff training. They will reopen on Saturday, December 9 at 8:30am.

Christmas Displays at the Library

Crewel Stitchery wreath by Marveen Moody.    She stitched this piece over an eleven-day period while sitting with her mother in the hospital.

Hand made Christmas ornaments and pillows made by Marveen Moody and her mother, Eunice Williams Moody

2017 Christmas Parade in Louisville

The weather was perfect for last night's Christmas Parade in downtown Louisville. Just a slight nip in the air! Here are a few photos from the event. Video will follow later today. To see  a slideshow of the event - click here  (We apologize for the fuzziness of some photos - had a camera failure in the middle of the parade)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Library Christmas Tree

The Town & Country Garden Club decorated this beautiful tree for the lobby of the Winston County Library. Club members who helped with the decorations were (l-r) Noneine Keene, Shirley Hawkins, Sandra Culwell and Diane Luke. Not pictured – Marie Shaw.

Louisville Christmas Parade Scheduled for December 4th!!

The theme for the Louisville Christmas Parade is "Walking In a Winter Wonderland". The annual event is scheduled for Monday, December 4th at 5:30 pm. The route of the parade will remain the same as participants gather at the Louisville Coliseum on Ivy Avenue and proceed to Ball Drive and North Church Avenue before completing the Parade on Main Street where judging of entries will take place.

There is still time to enter and become a part of the parade. Applications for floats and entries will be accepted through today, Thursday, November 30th. Those interested can visit the Chamber's Offices on Park Street in Louisville and a parade entry form can be downloaded by clicking here!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Merry Christmas from "The Jewel Shoppe" in Louisville

Concealed Carry Class - Dec. 9

The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. will host a Concealed Carry Class on Saturday, December 9 at the Winston County Courthouse from 8am-5pm.  Participants will need to go by the Sheriff's office in the Courthouse and pick up an application. If you have any questions,contact the Sheriff's Department or  Firearms Instructor David McCool or Sheriff Jason Pugh.The cost of the class is $80.00.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Winston County High School Football Finals

Louisville 28  - Noxubee 35

Nanih Waiya 36 - Resurrection 32

Great season for Wildcats. Nanih Waiya advances to state title game next Friday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Winston County Master Gardeners Association (WCMGA) Complete Landscape Project at Louisville Welcome Sign

A project by the Winston County Master Gardeners Association (WCMGA) was completed on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The master gardeners in conjunction with the city of Louisville and Louisville Utilities were to design, maintain and landscape the area around the Louisville Welcome sign located at Hwy 14 and Hwy 25. The master gardeners agreed to the project with the approval of Interim County Agent Dennis Reginelli. The landscaping was designed by Brenda Jowers; the group met and got the job done. Planted in the landscape are 3 Crepe Myrtles, 2 ‘Sunshine’ Ligustrums, 2 dwarf Loropetalum, 5 Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’, 9 variegated monkey grass and 2 ‘moonbeam’ Coreopsis. After completing the project, a photo was sent to Mayor Hill. He sent a text back saying, “This is a wonderful addition to our ‘welcome’ to Louisville. Well done!!!
L to R: Elmetra Patterson, Gail Smith, Diana Northcutt, Johnna Williamson, Sandy Miles, Letitia ‘Cookie’ Jackson (president), Rebecca Gravett, Brenda Jowers. Master Gardeners not pictured: Richard Moncrief and Beverly Combs

The most difficult task in completing the landscaping was removing the landscape fabric which had a layer of top soil on it that was very heavy. The gardeners thought this would be a great opportunity to educate about the ‘cons’ of landscape fabric. The problem the gardeners were having was because fabric was decomposing and there was a soil build up. It takes the fabric 3 to 10 years to breakdown depending on the type of fabric one purchases. Landscape fabric is often used in ornamental landscapes as a method to block weed growth sometimes permanently sometimes not. However, sometimes they are used in ways that not only fail to control weeds, but cause other problems as well. Landscape fabric does not work that great keeping out fresh weeds.

Unfortunately, landscape fabric also makes weeding extremely difficult; you can't get a shovel down through the rock and fabric. The long lasting heavy fabric will make it hard for water filtering. It can interfere with oxygen getting to the root of the plant. And it's tough to pull weeds that root into the fabric The fabric keeps organic matter from the breakdown of wood mulches for being incorporated into the soil, leading to compaction, nutrient depletion, and an environment not beneficial to soil organisms. From Peterson Lawn Services on the Internet, one particularly annoying aspect of landscape fabric is that it can make weeding more difficult because grass can grow under the fabric, establishing a network that is impossible to eradicate without herbicide or lifting up the fabric barrier by lifting up the fabric. The grass can then send shoots right through at least some fabrics (and those that are beginning to deteriorate), or grow in the holes cut for planting of ornamentals. Weeds with strong taproots, such as dandelions and thistles, can either re-grow from parts of roots left in the soil before the fabric was laid then penetrate it from below, or germinate in mulch and send roots right through the fabric. For more information about landscape fabric, please contact the Winston County Extension Office.

The Winston County Master Gardeners were very appreciative of Richard Carter who stopped by the site as he was walking to the shopping area and helped dig the big holes for the crepe myrtles. He was formerly a National Emergency Grant (NEG) employee at Dean Park. The master gardeners look forward to undertaking other projects in the county. Each member is required to complete 20 service hours and 12 educational hours per year to be re-certified. They are hoping that others will take the state wide master gardening training which is scheduled to start February 2018 to become a master gardener. Please check this media for updated information or our face book page - Winston County Master Gardeners Association.

It is the purpose of the WCMGA: 1) to assist the Extension Service of Mississippi State University to accomplish its mission by providing easily accessible information about residential horticultural practices through educational presentations and use of the media; and 2) to provide a volunteer organization that completes community service projects which further the community’s understanding of and appreciation for the joy of gardening. For more information call the Extension Office at 662.773-3091 or 662.779-7900.

By Elmetra Patterson

Monday, November 20, 2017

Donnie Graham Retires After 30 Years With LPD

City officials, friends, co-workers and family gathered on November 17 at the Winston County Library  to celebrate the retirement of Police Captain Donnie Graham who served 30 years with the Louisville Police Department. Graham is shown above with his wife and son. Captain Graham was presented a shadowbox of memorabilia from his time of service, and a watch by Police Chief L.M. Claiborne along with his service revolver by Deputy Chief Andy Taylor.

Weekend Shooting Results in Arrest in Louisville

Louisville Police responded to an area on Kennedy Street around 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 18 where multiple shots were fired. A victim was found with a shot to the head and a car chase of a suspect ensued. 18 year old Tyzarious K . Harrison was captured by LPD on Park Street and is currently in custody at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility (WCCRCF). The incident is still under investigation and Harrison is currently charged with aggravated assault and possession of a stolen firearm.  The victim was treated for his injuries and has since been released from medical care.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Winston County High School Football Finals

Louisville 21 - Greenwood 13

Nanih Waiya 42 - Stringer 18

Winston County Sheriff Makes Drug Arrest

The Winston County Sheriff's Office arrested Cedrick Clark, aka "Birdman" on drug charges Friday, November 17, 2017. The arrest came after an ongoing investigation yielded a search warrant of an Ivy Avenue apartment.  Confiscated in the arrest was an undetermined amount of cash, a large amount of marijuana, a gun and cell phone.

The Winston County resident was arrested around 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon and is currently being held in the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

LMSD Board Recognized for Their Efforts

Members of the Louisville Municipal School Board of Trustees were recently acknowledged for their efforts of continuing education by the Mississippi School Board Association. LMSD received the Gavel Circle Honor Award, the Diploma Circle Honor Award, and the Premier Circle Award. School Board Members Shelia Hickman, Brenda Johnson, and Mark Dillard receive Distinguished Circle Awards. Bobby Pierce and Jacqueline Steele receive Master Circle Awards.

1888 Cornerstone Returned to Winston County Courthouse

In conjunction with Veterans’ Day events in Louisville, a special historical event took place as well
inside the Winston County Courthouse on Saturday morning.  The unveiling of the cornerstone from the 1888 Courthouse of Winston County was completed within the front hall.

The cornerstone of the structure, that was torn down in the early 1960’s and replaced by the present day courthouse, was presumed lost for many years until it was discovered in the backyard of a local home. Through efforts of a number of individuals including former State Senator Giles Ward, Lennie Fulton, Janice Hunter, Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh and others.

The cornerstone now resides just outside the doors of the Winston County Tax Assessor along with photos, a copy of the original dedication speech and a transom window that served the doorway of the Chancery Clerk’s Office in the original 1888 structure.

A full video of the unveiling ceremony is available below. Area judges including: Justice Court Judges Robert Beck and Mike Fuller, 6th Chancery Court Judges Joey Kilgore and Edward Fenwick, 5th Circuit Court Judges George Mitchell and Joey Loper and retired Ms. Supreme Court Justice David Chandler participated in the program. This video is available on Youtube as well.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Veterans' Day Parade & Program Held in Louisville

Flags were waving and the LHS band was playing patriotic songs as Louisville and Winston County acknowledged its veterans with a parade down Main Street and a program on the Courthouse lawn on Saturday. The events were held in conjunction with a historic unveiling of the original cornerstone of the 1888 courthouse structure. (this story coming up later). The following video details the event along with a slideshow of photos than can be seen by clicking here.

Winston County Man Loses Life in Early Morning Fire

The Nanih Waiya and Noxapater Fire Departments responded to a structure fire shortly after midnight
this morning on Robertson Loop Road in southeast Winston County.  The mobile home was fully consumed and the area was rocked by the explosion of at least one small propane tank during the morning hours. The body of one victim was found and is believed to be the 79 year old resident of the property. The name of the victim has not been officially released at this time.

The State Fire Marshall has been on the scene and after investigation, the fire was ruled to be accidental according to Sheriff Jason Pugh.

Figi’s Issues Recall Alert Due to Undeclared Allergen (Milk) in Dark Chocolate Gingersnaps

Figi’s Companies, Inc of Marshfield, WI is recalling the following 2 products that are related to the GKI FOODS LLC Dark Chocolate Products recall because it may contain undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Figi’s Gift #0368 Christmas Gingersnap Variety – The tin contains 5.5oz of the dark chocolate gingersnaps (all lots are being recalled).
Bulk dark chocolate gingersnaps are packaged in a plastic bulk bag with approximately 8-12 ounces of product (all lots are being recalled).

The recalled dark chocolate gingersnaps were distributed nationwide through mail orders. The mail order gifts are Figi’s Gift #0368 packed in a gold tin with an old-time winter scene on the lid. It contains a variety of gingersnaps and were distributed nationwide through a distributor who sold directly to consumers. The bulk dark chocolate gingersnaps in clear plastic bags were only distributed through Figi’s Outlet Store located in Marshfield, WI.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Winston County High School Football Finals

Louisville 42 - Senatobia 14

Nanih Waiya 51 - East Marion 12

Stringer 16 - Noxapater 0

Louisville and Nanih Waiya advance in the playoffs. Louisville faces Greenwood and Nanih Waiya takes on Stringer.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WCCRCF and MDOC Reach Agreement on State Inmate Contract

After delays, The Mississippi Department of Corrections had signed an ongoing contract to continue
to maintain state prisoners at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility (WCCRCF). The facility was constructed by the county in 1999 based upon the expected proceeds from housing state prisoners and the County’s own needs.

Like almost all regional correctional facilities across the state, WCCRCF has been operating without a contract with MDOC for a period of time. MDOC had cut rates and the number of inmates over the past several years resulting in revenue losses. The new agreement guarantees a minimum of 270 inmates at a rate of $23.92 per day. The prior contract with MDOC was at a rate near $30 per day but WCCRCF has been operating at a rate of $20 per day and often with low inmate counts since the expiration of the original agreement.

County officials indicate that they are glad to finally have an agreement but noted that the rate is a major reduction. County estimates indicate that the revenue generated by the agreement will serve to cover day to day operations but will not allow for maintenance costs of the facility. WCCRCF has no debt service and has generally operated in the black over the years. County officials expect that under the new contract agreement, costs to the county will increase.