Monday, May 29, 2017

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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
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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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

LMSD Provides Summer Food Service for Children

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 below:

June1 through June 30 -- Breakfast from 7:30 til 8:30 am, Lunch from 10:30 -12:30
Fair Elementary
 Nanih Waiya

June1 through July 28 -- Breakfast from 7:30 til 8:30 am, Lunch from 10:30 -12:30
Louisville High

Eiland Middle

LMSD Recognizes Valedictorians/Salutatorians/Star Students

The Board of Trustees of the Louisville Municipal School District recognized student's academic achievement on Tuesday night as each school's Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Star Student and Teachers were recognized.
(l-r) Andrew Coleman - Salutatorian LHS, LaAnthony Robertson - Valedictorian  Noxapater, Allayna Lovorn - Valedictorian Nanih Waiya, Markiaa Eiland - Valedictorian LHS
(not pictured Brady Jones - Salutatorian & Star Student Nanih Waiya and Braden Estes - Salutatorian Noxapater)

LMSD Star Teachers - Bobby Butler - Nanih Waiya & Kelly Maddox - LHS
Louisville High School

Markiaa Eiland

Andrew Coleman

Start Student
Andrew Coleman

Star Teacher
Kelly Maddox

Nanih Waiya Attendance

Allayna Lovorn

Brady Jones

Star Student
Brady Jones

Star Teacher
Bobby Butler

Noxapater Attendance Center

LaAnthony Robertson

Braden Estes

Winston County Republican Women Donate to Library

The Winston County Republican Women recently gave a donation to the Winston County Library for the purchase of two books. The gift is in honor of two of its long-serving members, JoAnn Brandt and Sylvia Clark, for their work within the Republican Women’s club and also for over thirty years of service to the Friends of the Library. Librarian Beth Edwards was given a list of 46 books to choose from. “The list is from the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project for 2016-2017,” said Edwards. “It was very difficult to choose, but I chose two books that represented very strong women – Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice and Margaret Thatcher on Leadership: Lessons for American Conservatives Today by Nile Gardiner. Neither of these books is in our collection, and I am very pleased to now be able to add them.”

Pictured here presenting the check to librarian Beth Edwards (right) are Winston County Republican Women Vice President Jane Wood (left) and President Kay Forsman (center).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Two Mississippi Novelists To Visit Louisville In May

Joe Lee, a native of Starkville and the author of seven suspense novels, will visit the Winston County Public Library on Monday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lee will sign copies of Director’s Cut (Dogwood Press, 2014) and will be joined by Randy Pierce, author of The Peter Bay (Dogwood Press, 2016). First-edition, signed copies will be available.

“Director’s Cut is the fifth volume of my Oakdale suspense series that began with Judgment Day,” Lee said. “Oakdale is a fictional small town in north Mississippi with more than its share of crime, old money, crazy people and folks way up in each other’s business. This book introduces a new protagonist, Tripp Kelly, a professor of film study at the local university. He appears to be a great guy. Problem is, he’s a serial killer.”

Writing in The Clarion Ledger, J.C. Patterson said of Director’s Cut, “Hitchcock-style treachery . . . a fast and fun read.” Mississippi journalist Sid Salter has compared Lee’s work to that of best-selling novelist Carl Hiassen.

Lee is Editor-in-chief of Dogwood Press, a small but traditional publishing company headquartered in Brandon. Dogwood Press has published fellow Mississippi authors John M. Floyd, Jim Ritchie, Mike Windham, Barbie Bassett and Randy Pierce. Memphis-based author Susan Cushman joins the Dogwood Press team with her novel, Cherry Bomb, this summer.

Pierce, director of the Mississippi Judicial College in Oxford, was praised by Mississippi author/publisher Neil White of Oxford, who said of The Peter Bay, “Pierce delivers again … a marvelous tale of murder, deception and, ultimately, redemption.” J.C. Patterson, writing in The Clarion Ledger said, “Randy Pierce brings small-town Mississippi to the courtroom with a Grisham-esque tale of reclaiming one’s soul.”

“It’s great to work with Randy and an honor to publish him,” Lee said. “The Peter Bay is very well-written and suspenseful, and a great way for readers to reconnect with Grant Hicks, the hero of his first novel, Pain Unforgiven. Randy will have copies of both books available. We’re both looking forward to coming to Louisville.”

The Winston County Public Library is located at 100 West Park Street. Admission to the event is free. To reserve signed copies of novels by Lee or Pierce, call 662-773-3212.

Visit for a blog and more information about all Dogwood Press titles.

The Friends of the Library will offer free brown bag lunches for the first 20 participants.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

State Lions Convention in Louisville Over Weekend

Lions Jazz Band performs
The 2017 Mississippi State Lions Convention was held at Lake Tiak O'Khata over the weekend bringing visitors from all across the state to Louisville.  The annual convention brings members of local Lions Clubs together with state and national Lions officials. Lions clubs support many local activities and primarily work to assist those with vision problems - supporting the Mississippi Eye Bank and assisting in the purchase of eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need.

Bake Sale and Auction at Lions Convention
This year's convention featured a "County Fair" theme as Lions participated in everything from cakewalks to potato sack races and horseshoes. Entertainment was provided by the Ms Lions AllState Jazz band  who performed for  members and the public on the grounds of Lake Tiak O'Khata before a fireworks display on Friday evening.

Two local Lions, Judy Webb and Mike Dowd received the prestigious "Melvin Jones Fellowship Award" for their service to the Lions organization and their local club.

Louisville Lion  Judy Webb receives the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

Mike Dowd receives Melvin Jones Fellowship Award

Youth Compete in 4-H Shooting Sports

Pictured are the youth that participated in the NE District Shooting Sports Competition.
Pictured on the front row from left to right are: Reed Ross, archery; Charlie Peeples, air pistol; Cade Gregory, air pistol; Shan Brannon, air rifle; Bryce Nance, .22 rifle; Cooper Randle, air pistol; Sam Nance, .22 rifle; Nathan Nolt, .22 rifle and Madisyn Conn, archery.  Back Row, left to right are:Kaden Stanley, shotgun & archery; Eli Eaves, shotgun; Austin Clark, shotgun; John Allen Clark, shotgun; Denton Orr, .22 rifle; Christina Clark, archery; Sarah Beth Jones, archery.

Guns have always played a major role in America’s history with television shows that featured cowboys and Indians to law enforcement. Unfortunately, the news is filled with crimes that involve the use of guns and because of this many have perceived guns as dangerous and scary. But, with proper instruction, guns can be understood and respected.

The Mississippi 4-H Shooting Sports program is an educational program that teaches young people and adult leaders essential life skills through the shooting sports. Objectives of the program are to provide opportunities to help these young people, their families or guardians, and adult volunteers to be self-directed, responsible and productive members of society.

Winston County has had an active 4-H shooting sports program this year with 20 youth involved. They have been practicing with certified instructors since February and on April 29th, 16 of the 20 participated in the North East District Shooting Sports Competition in Blue Springs, MS. Winston County was represented well by some outstanding youth and great coaches. Certified instructors/coaches are Bryan Ross, archery, Jonathan Peeples, air pistol and pistol, Darrell Banks, air rifle and .22 rifle, and Tracy Gregory, shotgun.

Thank you to the parents and coaches for all the time that you have invested in these youth. One of the objectives of the Mississippi 4-H Shooting Sports program is to strengthen families through life-long recreational activities. This can only be possible when parents or guardians are willing to invest the time and some sacrifices needed to ensure their youth is involved in a solid program such as 4-H. With much appreciation and gratitude to our sponsors:

  • Vowell’s Shell
  • Mrs. Susan Ard
  • Bennett’s Do It Center
  • Brannon Realty, LLC
  • CTC, Inc.
  • M & N Computers
  • Fran’s Florist
  • Charlie McCool Prescriptions & Gifts
  • The Fashion Boutique
  • Zaks Fashions
  • Just Teasin’ Boutik
  • Southern Sports & Design
  • Porter Funeral Home
  • Winston County Farm Supply
  • Heard’s Collision & Repair
  • Crowson Auto World
  • Waring Oil
  • Nowell Massey Funeral Home
  • Western Auto
  • Custom Air

Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center 3rd 9 weeks Star Students

Outstanding students or “STAR” students have been recognized at the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center for the 3rd 9 week term. Each teacher selects an outstanding first year student and an outstanding second-year student from their program for the nine-week term. These students are selected on performance, attitude, and potential for success in their career field.

1st Block Star Students at the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center

Mikayla Sullivan, Culinary Arts2; Elizabeth Stokes, Carpentry; Cameron Fortineaux, Forestry 2; Daniel Triplett, Simulation & Animation Design 2; Markeis Jackson, Ag Power; Keandra Smith, Teacher Academy 2; & Lajordan Anderson, Automotive Technology 2

Kayla Lovorn, Health Science 2, & Haley Smith, Welding 2

2nd Block Star Students at the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center
Cameron Clark, Forestry 1; Markevious Jackson, Construction; Michael Edmond, Automotive Tech 1; Alexis Spears, Teacher Academy 1; & Not pictured Cayden Collins, Career Pathway Experience
3rd Block Star Students at the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center
Elijah Caudill, Welding 1; Eric Humphries, Health Science 1; Montana Edmonds, Culinary Arts 1; Preston Grice, Ag Tech; & Dontae Ball, Simulation & Animation Design 1