Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Winston County Hosts MDA Eco/Devo Forum

Picture (left to right): Dr. Sharon Younger (Younger Associates)  Glen Haab,
Mayor Will Hill, Amy Hillyer, Kyle Curran, Linda Skelton, Dr. Ruth Nichols
(Alcorn State University), and Joy Foy (MDA)
Winston County was strategically chosen along with Prentiss County and Monroe County to participate in the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Ambassadors Program. Each community is required to take part in multiple intense economic development forums throughout the year-long program in preparing their individual community for growth and economic development success.

Winston County recently hosted a forum in Louisville focused on workforce development issues and opportunities to address key concerns to improve the economic development process. Dr. Sharon Younger, Dr. Ruth Nichols, and MDA officials were on hand to lead the forum on this progressive topic.

Photos From Red Hills Festival

A slide show of last weekend's Red Hills Festival is now here!! Click here or on the photo to see more!!

ECCC Softball Players Earn Postseason Recognition

Six freshmen and one sophomore who helped the East Central Community College Lady Diamond
Warrior Softball team to postseason play during the 2017 season were recognized recently for their efforts.
Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Oswalt out of Heritage Academy in Columbus was named National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23. Oswalt posted a 22-5 record in the circle with three saves and 108 strikeouts.

Freshman shortstop Kayla Beckham out of Neshoba Central High School was also named All-Region 23. Beckham led the team in several statistical categories, including a .430 batting average and 71 hits. She tied for the team lead with eight home runs and also had 48 RBI and scored 63 runs.

Sophomore infielder Brittney McCray out of Sumrall High School, freshman catcher Cassie Obman from Caledonia High School, and freshman pitcher Mackenzie Rousseau from Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., were all named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State.

Kroger Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Kroger Yellow Sponge Cake Dessert Cups

The Kroger Co. has recalled Kroger Dessert Cups –Yellow Sponge Cake (6.5 oz., 6 Pack) sold in its retail stores because it contains undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Although milk is listed in the ingredient statement, milk is not included in the “Contains” statement.

ProductConsumer UPCCodesSize
Kroger Dessert Cups – Yellow Sponge Cake, 6-pack11110-18550All Codes6.5 oz.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Master Gardeners Yard of the Month - Summertime - Easy Livin

Memorial Day as a holiday doesn't have the glitz, glamour or fireworks of the 4th of July but it may have something even better. It is the holiday that screams “summer is here”. Kids are free of school, grills are fired up and families head to the beach. And all of us happy gardeners have dirt under our fingernails once again.

The Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month for June also seems to yell “Hurrah, summer is here”. This yard belongs to Mrs. Tommy Lee Kirkpatrick (Joyce) who lives at 60 Henry Moore Avenue. Joyce's yard is bright, colorful and quite lovely to look at.

Joyce is a native of Louisville who has lived on Henry Moore Avenue for 8 years. She survived the tornado as we all did by praying and hunkering down to hope for the best. She lost all her trees in the yard as well as patio furniture, benches and a small bridge. She had to live elsewhere for 9 months while her home underwent repairs.

Today Joyce has a variety of radiant flower beds that flank her front entrance. These flowers include zinnias, moss rose, verbena, periwinkle, penta, and scaevola. She has a bed with whimsical bird houses that were painted by her granddaughter. This bed contains a beautiful purple butterfly bush, clematis vine, and ornamental grasses. Joyce also has several roses, crepe myrtles, and assorted shrubs.
Visit Joyce's yard. It feels like flying a kite on a summer day. Enjoy!

Also remember to take the Yard Tour on June 10th. It is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Winston County and features the yards listed below :

Cassandra Fulton at 3077 Highway 397
Beth McCool at 415 East Main Street
Rebecca Gravett at 830 Poplar Flat Road
Door prizes will be given.

Submitted by Diana Northcutt

Kroger Recalls Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts Because of Possible Health Risk

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the recall of its Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. A supplier reported the product may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. No customer illnesses have been reported to date.

Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts11110-02478
Sell By:
May 02 2018
12 oz.

Louisville Animal Shelter Needs Adoptions

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.   Coco: She is a female cat , she is spayed, very sweet, She is a year or two old.

2. Dixie : She is a female, is spayed, and is very sweet. She is about a year or 2 old.

Memorial Day Service Held

A Memorial Service was held in front of the Winston County Courthouse on Monday, May 29, 2017. Activities began at 7:00 AM to honor our fallen heroes including the lowering of the flag to half staff, placement of a wreath and the playing of  Taps, followed by a prayer. The service concluded at noon as the National Anthem and God Bless America was sung by Tracy McCully.

This has become a regular Memorial Day event in Winston County.


PEARL – As Hurricane Season begins next week, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency wants to remind all Mississippi residents to begin preparing for the 2017 Hurricane Season.As part of Mississippi’s Hurricane Preparedness week, MEMA Executive Director Lee Smithson reminds Mississippians to discuss their Family and Business Disaster Plans. The plan should include an evacuation method and route, a communications plan and a disaster supply kit.

“I think it is safe to say that every Mississippian was affected by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago,” Smithson said. “Just because we haven’t had a major hurricane in several years, doesn’t mean that it won’t happen this year. Now is the time to start planning for such an event.”

Residents should contact their county emergency management directors to learn about emergency plans for their area, locations of shelters and evacuation zones and routes. For a full list of contact information for county emergency management directors, go to

Following an evacuation, a communications plan can help residents locate family members and friends who also evacuated.

· During and after a storm, telephone service could be limited. It is often easier to call long distance, outside the disaster area, or to even send a text message from a mobile device or from social media.

· Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to serve as the family contact person.

· Make sure all family members know the name, address and telephone number for this contact person.

Develop and maintain a Family Disaster Supply Kit with life sustaining items such as:

· Non-perishable food and water for at least three to five days.

· A first aid kit with prescription medications.

· A battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

· Cash and traveler’s checks.

· Specialty items such as baby formula and pet-care items.

If you evacuate remember to take your supply kit with you along with other things like bedding if you are going to a shelter. For more information on important items to include in a disaster supply kit, go to

Gov. Phil Bryant declared May 29-June 2 as Hurricane Preparedness Week in Mississippi.Download the 2017 MEMA Hurricane Preparedness Guide at Follow MEMA’s social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Red Hills Fest is Almost Here!!

The 37th Red Hills Festival kicks off on Friday night as the carnival comes to town. Rides begin around 6 pm. Located on Court Street. 

The main event begins at 8:00 am on Saturday with a steady line up of entertainment throughout the day including: The Sunshine Boys, Steady On, Dance Expressions, Carrie & Bo, Shank & Maim, Gondoliers, Trinity Rosalas, First Baptist Church Youth praise band and prince Voices of Victory.  A full schedule and times can be seen by clicking here.

This year’s festival has been moved to Main Street and a large number of vendors are expected. In addition to all the arts, crafts, games and food, the festival will again include the First United Methodist’s Antique and Collectibles Show held in the Family Life Building of the Church on West Main, the Junior Auxiliary’s 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run, the Red Hills Pet Show, The Red Hills Art Association’s Art Show held at the Winston County Library and of course, the one and only Red Hills Car Show held in the parking lot of First Baptist Church.

The Junior Auxiliary’s 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run will begin at 8:00 am on Columbus Avenue near the downtown monument. There is still time to register and to register at the day of the event. The one mile fun run will begin at 9:00 am and the awards ceremony will be conducted at the entertainment stage at around 10:30 am. For more info – click here

The Red Hills Pet show will be held behind the Chamber building and Library (behind City Hall) from 10:00 till 11:00. This event is for kids from ages 6-14. There is a $3 entry fee and prizes will be awarded for more info – click here.

Artwork is exhibited at the Winston County Library every day and during the Festival as well. A great place to cool off, local artwork from paintings, photography and other crafts are on display.

The Red Hills Car show is always a huge hit during the Festival. It will take place at the First Baptist Church parking lot. Registration starts at 8 a.m. til 1 p.m. Trophies will be given out at 2 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee. For more information, please call Jerry at 662-803-4205 or the Chamber at 662-773-3921.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mayor's Youth Council Meets

The 2016-2017 Mayor's Youth Council met today (Wednesday) at Lake Tiak O'Khata. The MYC is comprised of 9th-12th grade students throughout Winston County interested in opportunities to learn, lead, and serve the community. The Louisville Mayor's Youth Council began in the Spring of 2012. The MYC provides a great opportunity for youth in the community to learn of local government and provides opportunities for community service hours.The Louisville Mayor's Youth Council is currently led by MYC Mayor Allayna Lovorn. 

This final meeting for the year was a celebration and a farewell to seniors in the group. Members also took time after lunch to perform some community service activities.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

East Central Baseball Players Receive Postseason Honors

Several East Central Community College Diamond Warriors were selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Baseball Team and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State Baseball Team following the 2017 season.East Central compiled an overall record of 33-17 and participated in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament May 17-21.

Sophomore Cole Prestegard of Huntsville (Ala.) High School was named to the 2017 NJCAA All-Region 23 Team and the MACJC All-State First Team.Prestegard, a first baseman, led East Central in batting average, hits, doubles, and home runs for the 2017 season. He had 69 hits, including 17 doubles and 12 home runs, and 46 RBI while batting .426.

Sophomore Billy Cameron of Mendenhall High School was named to the 2017 MACJC All-State First Team. A third baseman, Cameron batted .395 for the Warriors. He had 63 runs, 68 hits, 10 doubles, six home runs and 36 RBI. ECCC also had five players selected to the MACJC All-State Second Team.

Sophomore designated hitter Ty Alderman of Newton County Academy hit .357 and recorded 40 hits including six homers and 12 doubles with 34 RBI.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Christian Bellew of Gulfport High School was 4-0 on the mound in 28 appearances and struck out 36 batters.

Freshman shortstop Jacob Edwards of Newton County High School hit .316, with 15 doubles, five home runs, and 38 RBI.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Peyton Lott of Seminary High School led the team with 62 strikeouts and seven wins in 51.2 innings of work on the mound.

Freshman right-handed pitcher Dylan Marsh of Lake Cormorant High School had four saves on the mound in 23 appearances and struck out 35 batters and led the team with ERA of 2.92.

Thank You - From Alderwoman Gwenita Mays

To the citizens of Ward 3, thank you for allowing me to serve you once again. I am truly grateful for your overwhelming support. It is a privilege and honor to be able to represent your interests. We are making continuous progress in our beautiful city and I value your opinion and concerns. I know that together we can face any challenges ahead. I am committed to making a positive impact to the growth of our community that will be beneficial to the citizens. Moving forward we have a positive future ahead with plans to accomplish more.

Again Thank You!

Gwenita Mays/City Alderwoman Ward #3

Tried Tested & True

Monday, May 22, 2017

Joe Lee & Randy Pierce Book Signing At Library

Good turnout for the Joe Lee/Randy Pierce Mississippi Author event at the Winston County Library on Monday, May 22. (Randy Pierce is standing at the left, Joe Lee is standing next to him. Randy’s new book is The Peter Bay, a John Grisham-type thriller and Joe’s new book is Director’s Cut, the latest installment in his Oakdale, MS suspense/thriller series. (The Oakdale series is a fictitious name for Starkville, MS). Friends of the Library provided a free brown bag lunch for all the participants.

Law Enforcement Remembers Those Lost in Line of Duty

Officers from the Louisville Police Department, the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics gathered at Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sunday May 21, 2017. The officers took part in the statewide wreath laying ceremony to honor the lives and careers of local officers killed in the line of duty.

This service honored Trooper Joe Clay (MHP), Agent Hank McLeod (MBN) and officer Darrell Cooper (Louisville Police Department.)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A & E Insurance Ribbon Cutting

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, county officials, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome A & E Insurance to the community on Friday,  May 19, 2017. The business is the newest member to the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Mr. Alvin Smith.  A & E Insurance is located at 770 North Court Avenue.

Friday, May 19, 2017

WLCTC Forestry Teams Receive Recognition at State Event

On Friday, May 12th, the Forestry Program from the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center competed in the annual FFA State Forestry contest in Ellisville, Mississippi. This event is team-based with individual scores calculated in the areas of: general knowledge examination, forestry tool identification, tree identification, compass and pacing course, and sawlog volume estimation. Two teams represented the WLCTC in the competition. Team A consisted of Braden Estes, RJ Pierce, Jesse Boydstun, & Holland Humphries. This team placed third overall in the state. The members of Team B were Mack Ball, Lance Sanders, Peyton McCool, & Dylan Castle. Team B received the honor of placing in the top ten in the state. The various skills these students acquired through the Forestry program allowed them to represent WLCTC and Winston County well.
Pictured here are Third Place State Winners from Team A: Holland Humphries, Braden Estes, Jesse Boydstun, & not pictured RJ Pierce

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Search Warrant Leads to Drug Arrest

The Winston County Sheriff's Department with assistance from Louisville Police executed a search warrant around 9:30 am on Tuesday, May 16 on a residence in the 200 block of South Water Avenue. The search resulted in the recovery of approximately two pounds of marijuana and a quantity of a drug believed to be ecstasy.

Markuis Davis, age 28 was arrested on the scene and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a schedule one narcotic with intent to sell. Other charges may be pending.

Ball, Massey Win Louisville Run Off Election

The two remaining city races in the Democratic Primary were decided on Tuesday as incumbent Frances S. Ball defeated challenger Gerald Hayes to retain her Alderman At Large position and Drew Massey defeated Beth Warner Chandler for the Ward One Alderman position. Incumbent Dickie Caperton did not run.

Voter turnout was extremely low. Initial estimates indicate that fewer than 20% of voters participated. In the Alderman At Large race, Ball captured 57% of the 952 votes cast while Massey won with 65.5% of the 296 votes cast in Ward One.

All candidates are unopposed in the upcoming general election. Last night's vote counts included absentee ballots. It will be several days before the vote is certified.

ECCC Baseball Advances to NJCAA Region 23 Tournament

With a sweep over Mississippi Delta Community College May 10 and May 11 in a best-of-three playoff series, the East Central Community College baseball team advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Tournament May 17-20 on the campus of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville.

The Diamond Warriors picked up two run-rule victories over the Trojans in the series. ECCC won game one 10-2 and game two with a 16-7 win at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.In both games combined, ECCC outhit Mississippi Delta 26-15.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017



 Results are unofficial till certified and any affidavits are reviewed. Frances Ball retains position as Alderman At Large and Drew Massey wins Ward One Alderman position.

FRANCES S. BALL:      542                                                          
GERALD HAYES:        410


DREW MASSEY:     194

Nanih Waiya Takes 1st Game of 1A State Baseball Championship Series

The Warriors of Nanih Waiya defeated Smithville on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 14-2 to take a one game lead in the Class 1A Baseball State Championship. Game 2 is scheduled for Friday at 4 PM at Trustmark Park in Pearl.

Public's Assistance Needed Regarding Theft of Trailer/Tools

The Winston County Crime Stoppers and the Winston County Sheriff Department are requesting the public's assistance for information concerning the theft of construction tools and a construction trailer from the grounds of Popular Flat Church on Poplar Flat Road. Sometime during the days of May 5, 6 or 7,  a construction trailer on that site was broken into and a large number of tools were stolen - including power tools. On Monday evening, May 15, or early Tuesday morning, thieves returned and stole the construction trailer and its contents.

There were a large number of power tools, construction tools, air compressor and hand tools. The trailer involved was a 12 foot Homesteader with double rear doors and a side door.  The trailer had a missing or damaged fender on the driver's side. If you have any information concerning this theft or these items, please contact the Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999 or Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881

Louisville Animal Shelter Needs Adoptions

The Louisville Animal Shelter is in need of adoptions. They are over-run with big dogs and can not take in anymore. 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. It will be greatly appreciated .  Adoption fees are $20. For after hours adoptions, please call 662-705-0398. Thank you!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great Deals At Bennett's!!

Woodstock Wind Chimes are 15 % off through May 31! 
Prices start at $18.00.
Bennett's is now an ART Rug Dealer!!
Check out their new Trager Timberline
850 Grill. To learn more, Click here. 

The Trager Timberline 1300 is coming soon!

News Bites - May 15

News Bites are regular posts to provide the public with a quick update of  news and events in Louisville, Noxapater and Winston County.

Tuesday is election day in the City of Louisville as there will be a run-off for two positions - Ward One Alderman and Alderman -At -Large. All wards will vote for the alderman-at-large position that includes incumbent Frances Ball and challenger Gerald Hayes. Ward One will also have the alderman position on the ballot as Drew Massey and Beth Warner Chandler face each other to fill the seat of retiring Dickie Caperton. - Remeber vote May 16 (Tuesday) Polls open in all wards from 7:00 am till 7:00 pm.

Solid Waste fees in the County will increase from $8 per month to $12 per month beginning in October, 2017. Winston County Supervisors voted to raise the fees after much discussion on Thursday. Winston County fees are among the lowest in the state and the lowest in our area. Supervisors noted that the current fee of $8/month was barely covering costs to provide the service and should the county lose the use of inmate labor, costs would increase dramatically. This fee increase is the first in recent memory and puts the county in line with surrounding areas.

Larry Veazey is the new Veteran's Officer for Winston County. Long time Officer Terry Kelley recently retired. The Veterans Office is located at 5595 Old Robinson Road in Louisville and office hours are 8:00 am til 4:00 pm – Monday thru Thursday. Contact information: Telephone 662-773-9555, Fax 662-773-9557, email

The Louisville Municipal School District is participating in the summer food service program once again. Meals will be provided to all children at no charge even if they are not LMSD students. meals will be provided at five schools in the district through the month of June and will continue through the month of July at Louisville High School and Eiland Middle School.Breakfast and lunch will be served. The schedules for the schools involved are provided at this link.

LMSD Graduation Schedules -Nanih Waiya - Tuesday, May 23 7:00 pm
Noxapater - Thursday, May 25 7:30 pm
Louisville High - Friday, May 26 7:00 pm 

LMSD 3rd graders completed the "Third Grade Gate" tests with a 93.14 pass rate on the first attempt. Successful completion of this test is required to advance to the fourth grade.

LMSD is working closely with ECCC and William Carey College to implement Dual Credit Courses which will allow graduating Seniors to earn as much 41 college credit hours while still in high school. The number of courses available will depend upon student participation. 

The Red Hills Festival is quickly approaching. Scheduled for May 27, this year's event will be held on Main Street. If you need vendor or sponsor information or wish to participate in the Jr. Auxiliary 5K Run/Walk, applications and information is available on the Chamber's website at

Sample Ballot for Tuesday's Run Off Election

The Tuesday, May 16th election will include the races for Ward 1 Alderman between Drew Massey and Beth Warner Chandler and the Alderman at Large position between Gerald Hayes and incumbent Frances Ball. Voters in all four wards will vote on this position and the public is encouraged to exercise their right to vote. Polls open at 7:00 am and will remain open until 7:00 pm. We will have the results on WinstonWebNews.

This is a sample ballot:

Dare To Be Different Award

Pictured here with Mikayla and Haley is
Student Services Coordinator, Christi VanLandingham.
The “Dare to Be Different” Award is given each year at the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center to deserving students who have chosen to pursue an area of study in a non-traditional field. This year’s students are Mikayla Sullivan & Haley Smith both of Louisville High School. Mikayla has been a student at WLCTC for two years. She studied Culinary Arts for two years and also attended Career Pathway Experience this year. Mikayla is described by her teacher as the type of student that any teacher would love to have. She is one who comes early and stays late. She has participated in various community service projects and has worked many hours outside of school helping with projects for the program. She competed in State competition this year for the FCCLA student organization, and she and her partner placed 2nd in the Chapter Service Project Display. Haley has attended WLCTC for two years in the Welding program. She has been very active in the SkillsUSA student organization where she competed in the Job Demonstration competition for two years. She placed 3rd in District in 2016. This year she placed 1st in District and 2nd in State. She is described by her teacher as being a student that is always available to help with anything that is needed. She is a hard worker and works well with other students. Both of these students plan to continue their education at East Central Community College and will receive full tuition scholarships to pay for their school.

Board of Alderman Meeting Agenda Now Available on City's Website

To view meeting agenda click here

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Plant Asclepias For Monarch Butterflies

It’s all the rage to plant butterfly gardens in our home landscapes. This is especially true when we consider the Monarch butterfly, which is said to be under stress from disappearing habitats.One of the best butterfly-attracting plants for the home landscape is butterfly weed, known botanically as Asclepias. Butterfly weed has a great trio of advantages: it is low maintenance, deer resistant, and attractive to Monarchs and other butterflies.