Sunday, April 30, 2017

3rd Annual "Safety Town" Held Over the Weekend

The 3rd Annual Safety Town event sponsored by the Pilot Club of Louisville was held on Saturday, April 29th. Children and folks of all ages visited the Louisville Coliseum and learned how to "Play Safe and Play Smart."

Safety Town is a service sponsored by the Pilot Club in cooperation with local and state civil and emergency departments. Designed especially for kids, "Safety Town" provides an opportunity for young ones to explore and learn more about emergency vehicles and operations.
Winston Co Sheriff Dept's Drug and Rescue Dog Shows some Love at Safety Town (photo by Abbie Pugh)

On Saturday, children had the opportunity to see the inside of police cars, fire trucks and ambulance services. They also get to interact with emergency personnel. They were able to see a demonstration that shows what happens to a passenger who isn’t wearing a seat belt when a crash and roll-over occurs; and they participated in a demonstration of a home fire escape in a mobile unit created for that purpose, and learned how to get out safely.

This year the event included several presentations on other important safety issues. The Pilot Club would like to say thanks to the many emergency personnel, instructors, city, county, and state employees, local merchants, media, and all who volunteered in the event.

There is a slideshow of events available by clicking here

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Catfish Were Jumpin - at Kids n Kats Fishing Rodeo

The annual Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo is held each Spring at Legion State Park and is supported by The Ms Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries and the local group, Friends of Legion Park.  Saturday's, (April 29) event was one of the largest in recent history as 114 kids from 4-14 participated.
The fishing was fine as can be seen by these photos! - To see a full slideshow of photos - click here

Friday, April 28, 2017

Chamber Recognizes Community Leaders at Annual Banquet

The Winston County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held on Thursday evening, April 27 at the Market Café in Louisville. This annual event features recognition of a number of individuals and businesses/organizations for their work and service throughout the previous year:

This year’s awards are as follows:

2016 Man of the Year        Jerry McCullough
2016 Woman of the Year   Tara Woodward
2016 Retailer of the Year    Moody’s Furniture/The Silver Goose
2016 Forestry Award           Don Shumaker
2016 Farmer of the Year     Steve Jernigan
2016 Community Service Award       Winston County Library

Don Shumaker (left) Forestry Award

Steve Jernigan (left) Farmer of the Year

Moody's Furniture/The Silver Goose - Retailer of the Year

Tara Woodward (right) Woman of the Year

Jerry McCullough (right) Man of the Year

Winston County Library - Community Service Award

Photo Slideshow from Today' s Ribbon Cutting at Winston Medical Center

Here are more images from today's event at Winston Medical Center. The public was able to view the facilities after the ribbon cutting ceremonies. WMC is expected to be fully open and operational on Monday, May 1, 2017. Click Here

Winston Medical CEO Paul Black encapsulated the event with the following statement:
“ As much as we don’t need to forget our past, for Winston County, myself and everybody that’s here – we need to put the tornado behind us. From this day forward, this is a new beginning – this is Winston County – This is Winston Medical Center.”

Video From Today's Ribbon Cutting at Winston Medical

For those unable to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Winston Medical Center this morning (April 28, 2017),  here are some video highlights of that event:

Winston Garden Club News For April

Frances Ball spoke to the Winston Garden Club for their April meeting. Her topic was "Arranging Flowers". She is shown here with Winston Garden Club member Sandy Miles.

Sybil Stevenson Recently Celebrated 90th Birthday

Sybil Stevenson recently celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by her family. Have a great day!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

ECCC Softball Set to Host Northwest Community College in State Playoffs

The No. 9 nationally ranked East Central Community College softball team will host Northwest Mississippi Community College in a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges first round state playoff series Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. and a 3 p.m. “if necessary game” at the Softball Park in Decatur.The Lady Diamond Warriors split with the Northwest March 19 in Decatur.

Northwest pulled off a 6-3 win in game one and the Lady Warriors picked up the 6-2 game two win.
Admission each day of the playoff series in Decatur will be $5 per person. Those age 12 and under will be admitted free. ECCC faculty, staff, and students will be admitted free with a valid college ID.

East Central will be the No. 4 seed in the state playoffs and Northwest enters as the No. 5 seed. The Lady Diamond Warriors finished the regular season 40-6 overall and 23-5 in MACJC play.The winners of the four first-round playoff series will then compete in a double elimination state tournament at the home of the highest remaining seed.

Military Mama's Network - Meeting May 13

The Military Mama Network is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to support U. S. military troops. Geriann
Wiesbrook from Joliet, IL started the network after seeing her brother and her son join the military. She wanted to do something not just for them but others as well. She started making care packages to send overseas filled with all kinds of things pack with a handwritten letter or a card. This was the start of the network when she realized that were others who wanted to help. She started a Facebook Page and started getting moms from all over the country to join. Soon word got around and chapters began to form. Moms and dads were coming together to lend support in any way that they could, not just for the overseas members but those stateside as well.

The network also offers support and help for first time moms and dads who are seeing their children going to basic or being deployed. The network is there to support our troops as well as the families.

We want them to know that they are being thought of, being prayed for and that they do have someone who supports them.

A local chapter of Military Mama has recently formed. Beth Hemphill of the local group said, "What our local chapter will do is show support to our military members and their families. We will gather together supplies and goodies for our care packages that we will be sending out. We will send out letters and cards. We want our men and women to know that we are here for them anytime. This is a non profit volunteer group. We welcome moms, dads, sisters, brothers and anyone who fully supports our military troops."

If you are interested in joining, our next meeting will be May 13th at City Hall at 5:30. Bring a picture of your military member if you have one. You may contact Beth Hemphill at 662-803-6621 for more information.

ECCC Baseball Picks Up Big Conference Wins At Meridian

Ty Alderman

The East Central Community College baseball team picked up a crucial doubleheader sweep over Meridian Community College in Meridian on Tuesday, April 25.The bats were hot for the Warriors with a 14-0 game one win and an 8-5 win in the nightcap.With the wins, East Central improved to 29-13 overall and 15-9 in MACJC league play. The Warriors are currently in fifth place in league play with the top nine teams qualifying for post-season play.

Three ECCC pitchers combined for the shutout in game one in the seven-inning run rule affair. Freshman Kolby Crowley of Winston Academy in Louisville picked up the win after pitching five innings and allowing three hits, striking out eight and walking none.East Central jumped out early for the victory putting up seven runs in the first three innings. ECCC’s biggest inning was the sixth, adding seven runs.

The Warriors big inning was powered by a two-run home run by Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya High School and a grand slam by Decatur native Ty Alderman. ECCC outhit Meridian 14-5. Luke Yancey of East Rankin Academy, Ball, Billy Cameron of Mendenhall, Nathan Roseberry of Purvis High School and Alderman all had two hits each. Cameron and Alderman had four RBI each.

In the game two win, East Central put up three runs in the first to jump out to the lead. Jacob Edwards of Newton County homered on the first pitch, and then ECCC scored two on a MCC error.ECCC picked up three more in the fourth on a homer by Alderman, a triple by Edwards, and a double by Yancey. A double by Brandon Clark of Neshoba Central High School and a wild pitch added two runs in the fifth.Peyton Lott of Seminary High School took the win in game two with four innings of work allowing two hits, no runs, and striking out three.

The Warriors will host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Wednesday, May 3, at 3 p.m., before closing out regular season play on Saturday, May 6, at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WCPCL Honored with Community Partner of the Year Award

WCPCL Board member
Frank Cooper with Community
Partner of the Year Award
A local non-profit organization, Winston County Partners for Community Living (WCPCL) received a special recognition on Tuesday night as the group was honored by Volunteer Starkville with the Community Partner of the Year Award at their 2017 Volunteer Awards Banquet held on the MSU campus. WCPCL is currently active in the community providing support for Winston County's Excel By Five program for pre-school children.

Volunteer Starkville is active in Clay, Oktibbeha, & Winston Counties connecting volunteers with non-profit organizations within those communities.

Winston Guards 2643, United Daughters of the Confederacy Donates Book To Library

Frances Woodruff (left), of the Winston Guards 2643, United Daughters of the Confederacy, recently donated a copy of the book Kate, The Journal of a Confederate Nurse by Kate Cumming to the Genealogy collection of the Winston County Library. Librarian Beth Edwards (right) said “We are delighted to have a copy of this wonderful book. It gives us a rare look into the life of general hospitals during the Civil War in the South. Kate Cummings was a courageous and defiant lady and dedicated her life to helping others.”

Deborah Bryant Guest Speaker at Republican Women Reception

A great time was had at Quail Ridge on April 24th as the Winston County Republican Women hosted Deborah Bryant, First Lady of Mississippi.

Bryant spoke of her experiences as part of the "Read Across Mississippi" program which is for children from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. She also spoke on her newest program "Mississippi Matters That Matter, a program for older children and recalled her experiences in Louisville during the April 28, 2014 tornado.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Last Few Days for Absentee Voting in City Elections

Those who wish to vote absentee in the May 2nd city elections will need to contact Louisville City Hall. Time is short and requests for receipt of a ballot by mail may not be timely. Absentee ballots must be returned by May 1st.

A picture Id is required to vote. Louisville City hall will be open till noon on Saturday, April 29 to accommodate voters. For more information, call 662-773-9201.

First Lady Attends Library Appreciation Luncheon

The Annual Appreciation Luncheon at the Winston County Library was a bit more special on Tuesday as a special guest was in attendance. Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant enjoyed the meal and spoke briefly to those in attendance.

The luncheon is held each year to honor those who support the library - from county and city officials, garden clubs, members of Friends of the Library, local media and area politicians.

Bryant spoke of her experiences as part of the "Read Across Mississippi" program and other library summer programs. She also spoke of her experiences in Louisville during the April 28, 2014 tornado.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Busy Weekend Ahead in Winston County!!

This weekend will be one of the busiest of the year here in Winston County. Starting on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm, the annual Chamber Banquet will be held at the Market Café on Main Street. Tickets may still be available. Local businesses, organizations and individuals will be honored for their efforts throughout the previous year. Contact the Chamber Office at 662-773-3921 for more information.

 Activity continues on Friday morning at 10:00 am as the Winston Medical Center opens its doors

for the first time with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It was three years ago to the day that Winston County, Louisville and the WMC were devastated by an F-4 tornado. The public is invited to attend.

Saturday morning starts early with the Kids N Kats Fishing Rodeo at Legion State Park. Registration starts at 7:30 am.  The Rodeo is open to kids from 4-14 and children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided. (Cookies provided courtesy of our local garden clubs). Prizes will be awarded.

When the Rodeo is over, drop by Ivy Park for the Pilot Club’s Safety Town Event. It is free to all Winston County kids, aged preschool to eighth grade. The fun and information starts at 10:30 and ends at 1:30. “Safety Town” provides young people from preschool to junior high the opportunity to get inside and examine a police car, fire truck, ambulance, and medi-vac helicopter; and also, to watch beneficial demonstrations. They can learn about gun safety, hunting safety, swimming safety, weather safety, and much more. There may even be a special guest or two.

Wrap things up and head on down to the Mars Hill Volunteer Fire Departent at 6:00 pm and participate in the Ms. Loggers Association “Log-A-Load”Auction. Proceeds go to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Fish and chicken plates will be available from 4:00 pm.

After a long day, head on home, put your feet up and remember how blessed we are to live in Winston County!!

Recall on Frito-Lay Recalls Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

Frito-Lay Recalls Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Due to Potential Presence of <em>Salmonella</em>
04/21/2017 09:15 PM EDT

Frito-Lay today announced it is voluntarily recalling select Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning.

For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link at the beginning of this bulletin.

Joys of Living at Focus Manor

Focus Manor has been opened since June 1, 2015. It is a residential facility, for people who are
physically handicapped. This facility has 14 large one bedroom apartments. Applicants are not confined to Winston County. They can be from any place in the United States.

The purpose of the newly constructed facility is to provide a safe and secure residence for individuals with a certified physically handicap condition. Individuals living in the facility will be low income and not have the financial resources to obtain their own living location. There will be a sliding fee scale for rental cost. Tenants will be assisted in services from Golden Triangle, which will include meals on wheels, the Department of Human Services and other community service organizations. There is a 2 bedroom apartment for an onsite manager. Other amenities include a meeting room and an office that is opened daily to provide residents service. HUD will be screening the applicants and managing the facility.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Election Ballot Municipal Primary

Louisville city elections are scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Polls will be open from 7:00 am til 7:00 pm at the normal city polling locations. If you have any questions, please contact the Louisville City Hall at 662-773-9201 during normal business hours. The following sample ballot indicates the offices and candidates.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Concerns About Creosote Site Cleanup and Misinformation Results in Large Crowd at Louisville Aldermen Meeting

There was standing room only at the Louisville Board of Alderman's meeting on Tuesday evening,
April 18th. Rumors, misinformation and legitimate concerns about the status and the responsibilities of the EPA Superfund cleanup of the American Creosote property here in Louisville were the driving forces behind the crowd of concerned citizens.

Over the last few weeks, applications for possible restitution for damages due to contamination and health issues resulting from the long term exposure to the pollutants at the site on Railroad Avenue have been circulating among the public. This has generated the hope that some may receive monetary payments from either American Creosote or another party responsible for the contamination. Some in the community have even been charged for assistance in completing these forms.

Unfortunately, these applications are little more than a scam upon the public. The forms provided are not related to the local American Creosote site but to an EPA cleanup site in Columbus, Ms. According to EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Ronald Tolliver, financial compensation or restitution is not an option for the Louisville site. Tolliver noted that the only party responsible for the pollution and contamination was American Creosote which is now a bankrupt company and there are no assets to liquidate to pay any restitution. Tolliver clarified that the applications being circulated around Louisville were not related to the Creosote site and could not and would not result in any financial compensation.

Tolliver indicated that cleanup of the 120 acre property was complete and that the EPA is in the process of turning the property over to the City of Louisville. He said that the goal of the EPA is to make sure that the health of the public and the environment are protected.

Several citizens expressed concern about possible contamination of surrounding properties and questioned whether actual tests had been completed on these properties. Tolliver could not answer specific questions on individual properties but was able to gather additional information from property owners for further review after the meeting concluded.

From the 1930s through the 1970s, American Creosote Works operated a wood treating facility at the
site along Railroad Avenue. During wood treating operations, disposal of processing materials in two uncontrolled waste lagoons at the site led to soil and sediment contamination. In 1984, the 120 acre site was investigated by the EPA and ultimately placed on a priority list in 2001. A plan for cleanup was implemented in 2007 and the cleanup was begun and completed in 2015.

As many as 20 hazardous chemicals were determined to be contaminants to the property and a number of techniques were applied for cleanup and containment including excavation and a containment cell on the property. As part of the process, the site is monitored on a yearly basis by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and a more indepth monitoring is completed by the EPA every five years.

When asked about street openings, Mayor Will Hill indicated that Railroad Avenue (which has been closed for approximately 5 years throughout the cleanup process) would reopen but due to its poor condition, it had been included in the street repair projects currently underway in the city. “Once the road has been repaired, it will be opened” said Hill. Hill noted that since the EPA still was in the process of transferring legal title to a portion of Baremore Street to the City, there would be a delay before it could be opened.

In September of 2015 a ReUse Concept Plan for the property was filed with EPA. The four page document can be found on the EPA website by clicking here. The following text is an excerpt from that plan:

REUSE PRIORITIES The City of Louisville and community stakeholders developed a reuse plan for the ACW site in 2005. Future uses identified in the plan include: economic development, cultural heritage, ecological uses and recreation. Now that cleanup is complete, EPA Region 4 sponsored a process to update the reuse plan. During discussions in 2014-2015, the City of Lousville and Winston County Economic Development identified the following current reuse priorities. 
• Leverage access to rail trans-loading facility. 
• Identify additional economic sectors that can benefit from rail and power. 
• Maintain open space areas and related amenities for new businesses and local residents. 
• Expand parcel acquisition to create a 150-acre rail-accessible industrial park. 

You can find out more about this cleanup site and the SuperFund process at the following site:

Any Concerns About Protests at Noxapater Town Hall Fizzle

U. S. Congressman Trent Kelly was in Noxapater on Tuesday (April 18) afternoon for a local town
hall meeting. There was concern about possible protests during the event from individuals and groups outside of the community. These issues never materialized. Rumors and statements of as many as two busloads of protesters from across the state have been circulating around the community for several days but the vast majority of the crowd that numbered in the 60-70 person range were local citizens.

Even so, not all in attendance were able to enter the boardroom of Noxapater City Hall for the meeting. Filled to capacity, fire code restrictions forced 20-30 individuals to remain outside during the 2:00 pm meeting.

Kelly answered questions from a large number of the audience members and upon exiting the building also took time to answer questions from those outside. Questions ranged from local economic issues to healthcare, immigration, regulations, Syrian policy and jobs.

Concern about possible protesters, prompted city officials to ask for additional law enforcement
presence from the Winston County Sheriff.  Sheriff Jason Pugh and a number of officers were in attendance but no issues developed other than the excessive size of the crowd. Pugh said, “We’re just here if needed to head off any problems. Anytime a U.S. Congressman comes to our small county, regardless of party, we want them to know they are welcome and secure and has the opportunity to place priority on speaking to our local citizens on their concerns.”

Kelly has been making a round of town hall meetings that have included Hernando, Olive Branch, Columbus, Noxapater and Ackerman.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Re-Elect Frances Ball Alderman At Large

On May 2, when you go to the polls, I ask you to sincerely consider me. I have served our city for 20 years. During this time, we have experienced many prosperous times and some tough times. Now, we are experiencing the greatest growth in the history of Louisville. The Winston Plywood and Veneer Plant, Street paving and repair, drainage repair, renovation of Ivy and Academy Parks, the Safe Room, new traffic signals, acquisition of property and the list goes on.

This is the result of the hard work of our Board and Mayor and the resilience of our people. These accomplishments don't just happen, it takes persistence and know-how.

During my campaign, I have made a special effort to see as many of you as possible. If I missed you, please use this means to cast your vote for me. I want to say a huge "THANK YOU" for all the kindness and encouragement you have shown me. We are on the move and our future is bright. I am very committed to continuing this great work that we have started. I want to continue to make Louisville the best place to live.

Please go to the polls on May 2, and vote for Frances Ball, Alderman At Large. Thank you in advance.

These Animals Are Available At The 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. These babies need a good home.

1.   Teresa: She is a female, is spayed, very sweet, She is a year or two old.
2. Kimmie : She is a female, is spayed, and is very sweet. She is about a year old.

3. Travis : He is a male, is neutered, very sweet and is 1 or 2 years old.. 

4. Bo : He is a male, is neutered, very loving, needs a good home, He is 1 or 2 years old.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Library Hosts Book Events During National Library Week

Louisville author Melissa Cobb (seated) showcasing her novels. Melissa's book event was Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Winston County Library.

   Louisville native and Oxford attorney Mary Ann Connell's (seated in blue) book event was held Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Winston County Library to introduce her new book “An Unforeseen Life: A Memoir".

Patty Ropers Taste Testing and Book Event was held Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Winston County Library. Pictured below are some of the dishes served at the event. All recipes are from her new book, "Easy Entertaining with Patty Roper". Mrs. Roper is Managing Editor of Mississippi Magazine.

Starkville author Alison Buehler held a book signing for her new book "Growing The Good Life" at the Winston County Library. Thursday, April 13, 2017.