Friday, March 31, 2017

Illegal Dumping Continues to be a Costly Problem for the County

Residents along Spay Road in western Winston County are fed up with illegal dumping in their area. Illegal dumping has been a continual problem across the county and has created a significant cost for county government. Law enforcement and county personnel were dispatched to investigate and clean up the debris. A local resident took these photos of the dumping that occurred on Friday evening, March 24. If anyone who traveled this area during that time saw anything or anyone that appeared to be suspicious,  please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Marsha Roeland Recognized By Blue Bell Creameries

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Mrs. Marsha Roeland, 5th grade teacher at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center, was recently recognized by Blue Bell Creameries for being selected as one of four finalists for Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi. Blue Bell Creameries provided Mrs. Roeland with a cooler of ice cream. In addition, the entire school was given cups of ice cream. The Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi will be named at a banquet on April 7.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Farm Bureau Coloring Contest Winner

Kevyon Turner pictured with Mary Tabor & Mrs. Connie
Kevyon Turner was the overall district winner of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation AG in the Classroom Coloring Contest. He attends Fair Elementary and is in (Mrs. Connie Craig's class).

Other school winners were Hannah Mills from The Nanih Waiya School (Miss Child's class), Kameron Lewis from Noxapater Attendance Center (Mrs. Bealis' class), and Ella Kate Byrd from Grace Christian School (Mrs. Price's class).

Second grade students across the state participated in the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation AG in the Classroom Coloring Contest. The contest is just a small portion of the many Ag in the classroom programs the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Women use to educate students and inform the general public about importance of agriculture.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Local Young Ladies Participate in Pilot Pageant

It has become almost a rite of passage for young ladies in Winston County to participate in the yearly Pilot Club Pageant held each Spring. This weekend's program was a big success with a multitude of  beauties from the ages of four to eighteen enjoying the fun. The following photos are grouped by each of six age categories. Congratulations to all who participated.

Teen Miss Winston County
2nd Place Marion Bethanna Ming, 1st Place Lily Norissa Coleman, Winner Marla Katherine Hudson, 3rd Place Brittany Monae Windham

DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Contest Winner

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR is pleased to announce that Jillian Gregory from Nanih Waiya School is the recipient of this year's DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Contest. She received her award at the March meeting of the Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR, which was held at Market Cafe. She is pictured with DAR President Susan Clark and DAR Good Citizen's Award Chairman, Gwynn Hall.

Winston Garden Club News for March

Terressa Ward from Yarbrough's Garden Center was the March guest speaker for the Winston Garden Club. Her topic was "Using Accessories in the Landscape". She is shown here with some examples that may be purchased at Yarbrough's Garden Center.

Bennett's Spring Paint Sale!!

Best Look Buy One, Get One Gallon For $5 (of equal or lesser value).

Includes all Best Look Interior & Exterior Paints & Exterior Stains!!
Sale Starts April 1 - April 15, 2016.
Excludes oil-based paints and floor enamels
Limit 4 discounted gallon-sized containers per customer.

Buy One Get One Free
Purdy White Dove Roller Cover
Includes 3/8" and 1/2" naps only
of equal or lesser value

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Louisville Songwriter Moved to Produce Emotional Song/Video

Louisville's own Ken Shelton had an early interest in songwriting. In the late 1960's, Shelton traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and even Nashville to pursue his dream but that was soon pushed aside by everyday life and responsibilities. After a long career with the Postal Service, retirement last year brought another opportunity for Ken to try his hand at music.

 Shelton's most recent effort is a song called "Broken Little Heroes" which was inspired by the
children at St. Jude's in Memphis and this led to his concern not only about children battling illness but also those facing abuse and poverty issues. He went through the effort and expense to record the song and video to Youtube with a simple goal:

"All I want people to do is to take just a minute out of their little selfish world and go off into the dark places where these kids live..... we have no idea what's going through their little minds. Most of us had good parents and we have good homes but there's just a world of kids out there that don't have that."

"I want people to understand that its not about me or an effort to write a hit song - it's just about the awareness of this issue. It so easy to share this across Facebook and Youtube. If it moves you - hit the share button. Please share and make other people aware of  this issue."

Shelton actually recorded the song/video online through a service that connected his talents with the singer and musician, Lillian Penner, from Canada. The two have developed a strong friendship through the work and the emotion of the song.

The following is Shelton's statement concerning the song - followed by the video.

"Every now and then God will smile on a songwriter and allow him or her to be the creator of a very special song. I believe "Broken Little Heroes" is one of those songs (but of course I'm a bit partial). When I started writing the song I had the St. Jude Kids in mind - "Little broken ones, wounded in a fight that never was their choice." These little folks are my heroes. I hope that once you hear the song you will understand why, and that they will be your heroes as well. 

The purpose of this project is to maybe help people to stop for a minute and refocus on the world many of our children live in everyday of their young lives. I hope you will share this video and remember these broken little heroes when you pray tonight. You may not know them personally but God does listen to the  master mix. God reminded me of the kids in the world that were hungry and homeless, not to mention physically, sexually and verbally abused. I want to say a special thanks to my friends Lillian Penner, Ruskin Clay and Russ Nowell for their help on the project."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bennett's Now Has Address Numbers

If you're looking for numbers for your mail box in order to change to your new 911 address, Bennett's has a large assortment to choose from. Stop on in and check it out!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kelley Retires From Veterans Office

Gina and Terry Kelley
A large crowd turned out on Friday to wish Winston County's Veteran's Affairs Officer, Terry Kelley, a happy and well earned retirement. Kelley has served the county for fifteen years in that position after his retirement from the U. S. Army in 2002. A native of Winston County, Kelley and his wife, Gina, plan to remain in the community at their home in the Noxapater area.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Board of Aldermen Updated on Projects

The Louisville Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday (March 21) and received updates and information on several ongoing projects. 

Mike Forster with the Airport Board provided an update on airport projects and increased revenue from fuel sales.  Forster noted that since the construction of a new hangar at the airport, fuel sales have approximately doubled - bringing in additional revenue for the airport. He also requested that the Board of Aldermen provide the authority to request bids to resurface the ramp area of the airport. Forster says that more than $600,000 has been accumulated and committed for this purpose and that the Airport Board hopes that bids will be in a reasonable range. The Board of Aldermen approved the request for bids. 

Mayor Will Hill provided updates on the ongoing projects within the city including paving. He indicated that drainage work was already under way around the city and that paving should begin soon on as many as 60 streets across the city.

He also informed the board that all property had been purchased near Fair Elementary for the construction of the safe room or community storm shelter and that the city was only now waiting for final FEMA approval to begin construction. 

Hill noted that the schematic layout for Ivy Park had now been completed and had been posted on site for the public to see. He noted that construction plans at Ivy Park, Academy Park & Memorial Park Cemetery was progressing as expected.

After some discussion the board of aldermen also approved the establishment of  a new position within the city for a building official and fire inspector. This official would work across departments including the fire department.

Sweet Babies Up For Adoption At The Louisville Animal Shelter

These sweet babies 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.

  1. Zeke: He is a male, is neutered, very sweet and is 5 or 6 years old.
  2. Lady: She is a female, has not been spayed, very loving and is 1 or 2 years old.
  3. Neely: He is a male,has been neutered, very calm and is 3 or 4 years old.
  4. Rocky; He is a male, had not been neutered, very loving and is 2 or 3 years old.

Plans in Place for Ivy Park Improvements

If you have been to Ivy Park lately, you have seen some ongoing changes. The following plan design is now posted on site to provide the public with a view of the anticipated changes and updates. More information on improvements at Ivy and Academy Parks as well as the Memorial Park Cemetery is available by visiting Louisville City Hall.  (Click on the image below to enlarge)

Local Culinary Arts Students Compete in State Competition

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.   FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.  

Congratulations to these Culinary Arts students who competed in the State FCCLA  (Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America) Competition  Jackson, MS on February 28-March 2nd.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dr. Seuss Had A Wonderful Birthday Celebration At The Winston Co. Library

The library had their annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party at the library . The children all got Cat in the Hat hats to wear, along with goody bags to take home. Winston County Children’s Librarian Andrea Howard read Dr. Seuss stories to the children and Youth Services Coordinator for the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System, Lindsay Fitts, appeared as The Cat In The Hat to entertain the children. They sang, danced to music, and enjoyed refreshments. There was also a cake made of cupcakes in the shape of the Cat in the Hat’s hat!

PSC Promotes EPA’s “Fix a Leak Week” March 20-24, 2017

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI - (March 20, 2015) – As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing We’re for Water campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. Sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is March 20 through 24, 2017. “Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year—the amount of water it takes to wash 270 loads of laundry,” said Chairman Brandon Presley. “We are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Quilt Display At Winston County Library

This beautiful quilt in on display at the Winston County Library throughout the month of Mach. The pattern is “Indian Orange Peel” and was pieced by Martha Dubard and quilted by Betty Lewis.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Frances Ball Announces Candidacy for Re-Election for Alderman at Large

In announcing my candidacy for reelection to Alderman-at-Large, I want to thank you the people of
Louisville for allowing me to serve our city for 20 years. I have gained valuable knowledge and experience during this time. I have seen many changes, some good times and some very lean times. I have tried to use everything that I have learned to get through these times.

I am a native of Louisville and Winston County. I was born in the Murphy Creek community. My parents were the late Mr. And Mrs. W.W. Stewart. I am married to Marion (Buddy) Ball and we have three children, Debbie, Rooster, and William. We have ten grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. I am from a very large family of 14 children, two of whom have passed on. We work very hard in the fields, pottery and gardens. Our parents taught us good work ethics very early on and this has followed me throughout my life. I have been a member of First Baptist Church for over 50 years. I have served in many areas of the church. I have been a long-term member of the Town & Country Garden Club where I served as president and currently serving as secretary. I am a charter member of Legion State Friends of the Park, where I served as president for three years. It was during this time that we accomplished many things: one of which is the "rock patio project." In addition, a bathroom was added.

After retiring from many years of owning and operating our businesses, I continued to work. It was during these times that I really wanted to reach out and do something for the community. I always had a desire to make our downtown attractive, so along with the Main Street Program, my Garden Club started the first beautification project downtown. We bought and placed pots of planted flowers on each corner of the downtown area. This was a small start but it inspired a wonderful lady to pick it up and really take it to the next level. Today, we have one of the most beautiful downtowns of any city in the state. In addition to being attractive, it has an economic advantage. it has attracted several new businesses to our town.

On April 28th, 2014, we were hit with the most devastating disaster ever. it ripped through our town taking in its path businesses and homes. The most tragic was the loss of 10 precious lives. We wasted no time getting to work in effort of restoration. The city-owned plywood facility property was destroyed along with several businesses, homes, properties and our hospital.

Where were we to begin? Federal and state officials began to arrive and we had numerous meetings trying to get the wheel in motion. Distribution centers were set up and began their work. Now after over just two years of planning and working, Winston Plywood and Veneer is up and going with over three hundred and thirty employees. This really is a great accomplishment. We could have never accomplished these things without careful planning and acquiring funds for all these important projects. We are now on the threshold of moving into many other projects that we have been promised funding. This is no easy accomplishment. We are right on the verge of paving and repairing our street. We appreciate the patience of everyone whose streets were so badly damaged. Now, we are in the middle of ongoing projects that are vital to our City's growth. This is the result of many months of consistent planning and working toward these goals.

It is an exciting time for our city. I really want to finish this work that we have started. It will be so rewarding to us. I am asking you to go to the polls on May 2nd, and exercise your rightful duty to vote. I hope that you will look at my years of service and allow me to continue to help bring all these things to fruition. Our city will grow and prosper for the next 25 years because of what we are doing now. Your vote and prayers will be most appreciated. I want to thank you in advance for your help.

Monday, March 13, 2017

ECCC Lady Warrior Softball Sweeps Pair of Doubleheaders

The No. 12 nationally ranked East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team began its 10-game spring break schedule with a pair of doubleheader sweeps March 10 and 11.The Lady Warriors swept Coahoma Community College in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges action Friday, March 10, at the Softball Park in Decatur. ECCC won the first game by run rule 16-2 and then took the nightcap 8-1.Coach Kristin Chaney’s squad then traveled to Alabama on Saturday, March 11, and defeated Coastal Alabama-Monroeville 8-1 and 8-6.East Central is now 17-3 on the season and 2-0 in MACJC league play.

In the opener against Coahoma, freshman Kayla Beckham from Neshoba Central went four for four
at the plate with three RBI to power East Central’s 13-hit attack. Sophomore Brittney McCray from Sumrall drove in three runs, and freshmen Shelby Walters from Northwest Rankin, Madalyn McMahon from Neshoba Central, and Katherine Shell from Brookhaven all had two RBI each.

Freshman Kaitlyn Oswalt from Heritage Academy in Columbus picked up the win going three innings and giving up two hits. Sophomore Brantlie Sheets out of Nanih Waiya High School pitched the final two innings.In the nightcap with Coahoma, it was McMahon’s turn to go four for four and drive in three runs. She had two singles, a double, and a home run. Beckham drove in three more runs with a single and two triples.

Freshman Mackenzie Rousseau picked up the win in the circle. The product of Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., pitched five innings and gave up four hits and struck out five.On Saturday in Monroeville, Ala., Beckham continued her RBI output driving in two more runs with a double in game one. Sophomore Latesia Davis from Newton County High School and freshman Cassie Obman from Caledonia High School each drove in a pair of runs. McCray and Davis had two-hit games.

Oswalt and Sheets combined for the shutout in the circle. Oswalt is now 11-1 on the season.East Central jumped out to another 8-0 lead in game two, before Coastal Alabama scored six unanswered runs to make it an 8-6 game after five innings. Davis had an inside the park home run that scored three runs for the Lady Warriors.Rousseau picked up the win and Oswalt came on and pitched the final two innings for the save.

The Lady Warriors will host three more doubleheaders during spring break week beginning with Pearl River Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14. Holmes Community College comes to town Friday, March 17, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Northwest Mississippi Community College visits the Softball Park in Decatur on Sunday, March 19, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

FFA District Winners

Congratulations to these FFA students who competed in District Competition on Friday, March 3, 2017.  These students will advance to the FFA State Competition in Jackson, MS  on March 31, 2017
Jayme Sanchez, Jordan Harris, Joseph Copeland, John Allen Clark

Friday, March 10, 2017

FFA Federation Contest Winners

Congratulations to the FFA Members who received awards at the Big Black Federation Contest on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Coley Taylor, Nicholas Dempsey, Jesse Boydstun, Nic Goodin,
 Peyton McCool, Jackson Clark, & Cameron  Clark
Gary Sanchez & Joshua Nolt
Dylan Castle, David Doster, & Cameron Fortineaux

LMSD Honors Parents of the Year

Each year the Louisville Municipal School District recognizes those parents that go the extra mile in the support of their school and their children with a Parent of the Year Award for each school in the District as well as a district wide Parent of the Year. Those honored for the 2016-2017 school year are pictured below: (Melanie Yates - Parent of the Year for Louisville Elementary was not available for photo)

Noxapater - Christal Brown
Nanih Waiya - Paige Hodge

Fair - Samantha Dickerson

Eiland - Katrina Estes

LHS- Marcus Kincaid
and also District Parent of the Year