Thursday, August 31, 2017

WinstonWeb Welcomes Lake Tiak O'Khata as Sponsor

Lake Tiak O'Khata sign in 1962
We want to warmly welcome our newest sponsor to WinstonWebNews. When I meet folks from outside of the area – their first reaction is - Louisville? – That’s where Lake Tiak O’Khata is!  The “Lake” as we refer to it, has been a focal point for our community for much more than 50 years. The great dining, recreation, motel, lakeside cabins and RV park provide an economic platform for our local economy that most small communities simply don’t have.

You can see the Lake’s daily menu posted on their Facebook page at  as well as each morning on the WinstonWeb Facebook page. Check out their website at You never know who you might see........

WinstonWeb would like to thank each of our loyal sponsors for their support. We cannot continue to provide news, events and obituary information without the support of our local business community. The “Shop Local” concept applies to more than just retailers.

If you’re interested in improving your advertising and saving money, please contact us. We provide an avenue to reach more of your consumers and to reach them 24 hours a day – right in the palm of their hand!  Contact us at or by phone at 662-773-5555.

Wings Over Winston Airshow- Oct. 7

Presley to Hold Public Hearing Regarding Water Rate Increase in Noxapater

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that he will hold a public hearing regarding a request by the City of Noxapater to increase water rates.

The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Noxapater City Hall, located at 328 West Main Street, in Noxapater, MS.

Citizens with concerns or questions will be allowed to speak as public witnesses and have their comments placed on the official record of the case before the Public Service Commission.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Supervisors Set 2017-2018 Budget Amidst Revenue Concerns

The Winston County government budget for the tax year 2017-2018 was set on Monday morning,
August 28th by the Winston County Board of Supervisors. The budget featured a 1-mil increase in the County's levy against ad valorem taxes. The previous mil levy was 43.15 mils and the mil levy for the upcoming year was set at 44.15 mils. The one mil increase included a 0.25 of a mil increase for the East Central Community College and a 0.75 increase for common county expenditures.

 Actual changes in tax dollars will vary by property depending upon its valuation and the nature of that property. Owners of farm and timberland can expect a greater increase due to increased valuations established at the state level for the upcoming year.

Still to be determined is the tax status of the Winston Plywood Facility. The county is still waiting on a final decision from the state through the Mississippi Development Authority concerning a fee in lieu of taxes that would provide some revenue to the county and the City of Louisville as well as the Louisville Municipal School District.

If a fee in lieu status cannot be established, the city and county would receive no revenue from the plant due to its tax-exempt status but the Louisville Municipal School District would receive tax revenue based upon its applied millage.

Supervisors had several areas of concern due to loss of state revenue from budget cuts for a multitude of items including the local library system. Cuts in funding at the state level require local governments to make up the difference or cut budgets.  The County is also faced with  an upcoming contract renewal with the Ms. Department of Corrections (MDOC) for housing state prisoners at the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility. Per diem rates paid by the MDOC are expected to be cut which may force WCCRCF to operate in the red.

McMillins Celebrate 67th Reunion

 67th McMillin Reunion Attendees

Eighty-eight McMillins gathered on August 5 & 6th for a two day event to celebrate the 67th Reunion of the McMillin & Related Families of Louisville & Winston, County, Mississippi at Lake Tiak O’Khata. 

Though temperatures were high, the group enjoyed the cool, mosquito free Pineridge Lodge for their annual cook out thanks to the generosity of one of their kin! Red and white gingham, blue tablecloths, and vases filled with wildflowers arranged by Beth Blalock, Jamie Faulkner, Lenora Frazier, and Sylvia McMillin, gave a festive look to the room. Hamburgers and hotdogs were served by our first time chefs, Jonathan McMillin of Madison, MS and Daniel Parker of Louisville; many side dishes and desserts were shared.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time to Pay It Forward Winston County - Disaster Relief

In April, 2014 Louisville and Winston County suffered the greatest natural disaster in its history. Immediately our friends and neighbors, civic and church groups rushed to our assistance providing supplies, funds and support. There were too many individuals and organizations from across Mississippi and our nation to even attempt to name at this point.

Now there is another area of our country in desperate need of assistance. As I watch news and personal Facebook and Twitter feeds from the Houston area, I see situations that look all too familiar. I know that many in our community want to help – to provide assistance in any way that they can.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to take advantage of the situation with scam sites and fake fund accounts. Many of us don’t know where to turn to provide financial assistance or where to gather supplies and be certain that they are actually going to those in need.

There is one organization that I am confident will work to do the right thing for victims of Hurricane Harvey. I know this because I saw them in action right here in Winston County. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) was here for the long haul. They were integral in relief efforts and were instrumental in the Winston Strong Program. 100% of your donations go directly to relief efforts.

Because there are so many fake relief sites floating around the internet, particularly Facebook, we at WinstonWebNews believe it is important that we provide information and links to legitimate aid services. If you are affiliated with another aid service, please donate as you see fit. Otherwise we recommend that your resources go to an agency such as UMCOR.

We offer the following information:

*To donate financially to relief efforts through UMCOR – click this link and log in. Donations can be made by check or credit card. (If paying by check – please write Acct# 901670 in the memo line)

* You can also make a donation by texting “RESPONSE” to 80888 and $10 will be added to your next phone bill.

* If you would rather donate supplies, the following links will indicate a list of supplies for health kits and a video providing instructions on how to assemble cleanup kits to be delivered to those in need.

Once assembled. supply donations can be dropped off at the First United Methodist Church in Louisville or you can drop them here at WinstonWebNews – 116 S. Columbus Avenue and we will see that they are delivered to the church.

Here in Winston County, we were blessed by the efforts of so many who came to our assistance in a time of need. Now is our time to “Pay It Forward.” 

Wings Over Winston Gearing Up for October 7th Show!!

Wings over Winston has become an annual event that you don't want to miss. This year's air show should be bigger than ever!! There are some old favorites lined up and some new acts for all to fall in love with! This free event will be held at the Louisville-Winston County Airport on October 7. Gates will open at 10:00 am and the show will begin at 11:00 am. Events and acts are still being added but a crowd favorite last year is expected to return as David Mars will once again offer rides in his open cockpit biplane. There are some new acts lined up as well.  Follow "Wings Over Winston" on Facebook or Twitter and look for updates on WinstonWebNews as the event draws near. Visit their website at  for more info.

Monday, August 28, 2017

MDE Diploma Options For Children With Special Needs

Diploma options for children with special needs are changing, and you have an opportunity to weigh in on how those changes unfold.
Parents and teachers of students with special needs can submit comments to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) by August 31 on its plan to change the diploma options available to students with disabilities.

Legislation passed in the 2017 Legislative Session states, "The special Mississippi Occupational Diploma for students with disabilities shall not be available to any student entering the Ninth Grade in the 2017-2018 school year or thereafter, pending State Board of Education approval of new graduation options."

The State Board of Education has not yet approved the new graduation options and will likely take up the issue at its September 14 meeting, when the MDE will present its final recommendation along with feedback received during the public comment period.

The MDE is proposing that the approximately 1 percent of students who have a significant cognitive disability be provided an alternate diploma option, with all other students with disabilities being eligible for a traditional diploma (with or without additional endorsements) or a certificate of attendance. See further explanation of diploma options.

Public comments about the proposed changes are being accepted by the MDE and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31. Submit comments by mail to Dr. Jo Ann Malone, Office of Accreditation, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, MS 39205-0771, by email to, or by fax to 601-359-1979.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

An Open Letter From Louisville Lions Club - THANK YOU!

Dear Flag Sponsors,

The Louisville Lions would like to express a big Thank You to those businesses and individuals who sponsor a flag with the Louisville Lions Club Flag Program, especially those who sponsor multiple flags.

When you visit these businesses or see these individuals please thank them for their support of our community and their patriotism.

If you would like more information on how to become a Louisville Lions Club Flag sponsor at your place of business or would like to sponsor a flag on the by-pass in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact Tracy McCully, Louisville Lions Club Secretary, at 662-705-1084. The cost is $25 per year per flag.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Noxubee Newsletter Fall 2017

Asia Eichelberger receives James Emmanuel Curtis Scholarship at Musical Program

The family and friends of James Emmanuel Curtis put together a GRAND musical as a benefit to give a scholarship in the name of James and Elgia Curtis’ son. James Emmanuel was a member of the Class of 1996 of the Louisville High School but was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver when he was 10th grade. His parents and other family members banded together to give a scholarship in his memory for 22 years. 

Black Girls Read Meet Librarian of Congress

BLACK GIRLS READ met the 14th Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden at the MS Book festival on Saturday, August 19, 2017. BLACK GIRLS READ is an extension of the nonprofit organization, THE MALACHI PROJECT. The girls also attended a book signing by the author of the current book they are reading: MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON by Linda Williams Jackson, a writer from the Mississippi Delta.
BLACK GIRLS READ is a book club made up of Winston County girls from K-12th, the girls participate in book discussions, STEM projects, The Arts, and Community Service Projects, and Health and Wellness. Dr. Melissa Davis, Director.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Night Finals

Nanih Waiya   48, Union  6
Noxapater   33,  JZ George  6
West Point  27,  Louisville 7
Winston Academy  27.  Sylva Bay 6

Full Slate of High School Football Tonight!

Friday night features three home games for county schools. All teams opened their seasons with a win and look to continue those winning ways. Louisville, coming off a win at Holmes County last week, will have a challenge as they host a powerful West Point team that holds a #5 ranking in the state.

Noxapater had an easy start to the season as they demolished (47-0) Montgomery County at Tiger Field. This week they will be on the road as they travel to JZ George.

Nanih Waiya also had a great start to the season as they easily defeated Hatley 49-6. This week they host Union looking for a 2-0 start.

Winston Academy also had a successful week as they held Newton Academy scoreless in a 14-0 win. Tonight the Patriots host Sylva Bay.

We will have updates throughout the evening on WinstonWebNews Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Louisville Animal Shelter Please Adopt

Walker Family Donates Memorial Benches to Dean Park

L to R: John and Madie Smith, Willie Matthews, 
Jerome Moncrief, Richard Moncrief, Jerome Walker

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. members placed 3 garden benches in Dean Park that were donated by Curtis and Christine Walker’s descendants. The benches’ plaques read:

1) In memory of Curtis and Christine Jackson-Walker. Curtis was born December 10, 1908 and passed on July 28, 1971. Christine was born March 14, 1916 and passed April 5, 2010. They were the loving parents of: Tevell, Nettie, Curtis L., Roy de, Nannie, Wayne, Evelyn, Hosea, Jerome and Loretta Walker.

2) In memory of Hosea Walker who was born December 30, 1951 and passed on April 5, 2006. He graduated from Louisville High School in 1969. He was the loving brother of: Tevell, Nettie, Curtis L., Roy de, Nannie, Wayne, Evelyn, Jerome and Loretta Walker.

3) In memory of Roy de ‘Rollie’ Walker who was born April 30, 1945 and passed December 25, 2014. He graduated from Louisville High School in 1962. He was the loving brother of: Tevell, Nettie, Curtis L., Nannie, Wayne, Evelyn, Hosea, Jerome and Loretta Walker.

Nettie Walker-Jackson and Elmetra Eichelberger-Patterson coordinated this project for the family. Nettie donated 72 begonia plants to Dean Park. They were transplanted by the trainees from National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA) Black. The trainees were Willie Matthews, Florence and Mark Collins. Richard Moncrief, president of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. expressed to Jerome Walker, the only Walker family present, his gratitude to the Walker Family for the donations.

Monday, August 21, 2017

MBN Training

On August 14, 2017,  more than 40 firefighters attended a drug awareness class presented by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. The class covered the dangers of the drug fentanyl that could be fatal if first responders come in contact with it and the dangers of meth labs and the chemicals that are used in the process of making meth. Jody Garrard, Winston County Fire Coordinator said, "I feel that this type of training is of the upmost importance to the well being of both the first responders as well as the communities they serve."

PSC Approves State’s Largest Solar Farm

Jackson, Mississippi (August 18, 2017), Yesterday, the Public Service Commission unanimously approved a joint venture with Mississippi Power Company and Silicon Ranch (SR Meridian) for a 52.5 MW solar farm that will be constructed in Lauderdale County, the state’s largest solar farm thus far. The project will include approximately 570,000 solar panels and the plant is scheduled to begin providing energy by late 2019. The facility will generate enough electricity to power approximately 8,000 homes. The Lauderdale County facility will increase Mississippi Power Company’s solar capacity to 160 MW.“The PSC’s approval of this project once again demonstrates our commitment to responsibly increasing the use of solar energy in Mississippi to protect ratepayers and grow our economy,” said Chairman Brandon Presley.

ID Theft Can Disrupt Access To Health Care

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Much attention is focused on preventing identity theft to safeguard finances, but medical identity theft can be just as devastating.Susan Cosgrove, family resource management area agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Newton County, said medical identity theft occurs when a thief steals personal information to use to obtain medical care, buy prescription drugs or commit Medicare fraud in the victim’s name.

Popsicle Rally - A Cool Ride!

Approximately 180 bikers enjoyed clear skies as they took part in the Popsicle Ride through Louisville on Friday. Bikers gathered for the annual Sturgis Bike Rally took the afternoon cruise as Louisville residents gathered to wave and greet. Bikers took a break at the Louisville Coliseum where they enjoyed ice water and popsicles provided by the Winston County Eco/Devo Partnership and the Winston County Chamber of Commerce and served by the Louisville Lions Club. Watch the following video for more.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jesus’ Day 2017 at Holy Ghost Temple

Rev. Lorene Guyse, Pastor
The Annual Jesus Day was held at Holy Ghost Temple, Sunday, August 6, 2017, Rev. Lorene Guyse, pastor. Jesus Day was founded in this area over by Rev. Charlie Davis, Friendship MB Church of Ackerman, MS who announced during the occasion, “Every day is Jesus Day but today is a special Jesus Day. We have a special day for everything else, now we have a special day for Jesus.” Jesus Day is celebrated the 1st Sunday of August yearly either at Friendship MB Church or Holy Ghost Temple. Next year it will be at Bethel MB Church with Rev. Ivory McDaniel.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Winston Medical Center Awarded MHA Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award

Mississippi Hospital Association President, Jim Moore presenting Winston Medical Center CEO Paul Black the Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award on Friday, August 11, 2017.

News Bits: Popsicle Ride/Traffic Signals and a Fatal Accident

**The Sturgis Motorcycle ride is scheduled for this weekend. Bikers will visit Louisville on Friday afternoon for what has become known as the traditional Popsicle Ride.

Local NAACP President now MS Interim State Conference President

After attending the National NAACP Convention in Baltimore, MD, July 22-26, 2017, Charles Hampton returned as the Interim President of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP whose office is in Jackson, MS. 

He filled the position of the previous president Derrick Johnson who became Interim National President and CEO. The theme this year is ‘Steadfast and Immovable’. Basically, that is what these two Mississippians have proven to be.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Quilt Display For The Month Of August at The Winston Co. Library

Come by the Winston County Library during August and September to see the beautiful quilt on display. Called “Chinese New Year”, it was pieced by Martha Dubard and quilted by Dot Livingston.

Monday, August 14, 2017

City Of Louisville Meeting Agenda- August 15, 2017


TUESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2017  



    1. Acknowledge the three Police Academy graduates: Glenda Sherrod, Dylan Alford, Steffan McCall  
    2. Library Update by Beth Edwards
    3. Hearing on Unclean Property- 25 South Jones Ave., owned by Johnny McNeal, 151283403 0100600
    4. PW104-6  Traffic Signals: Bids  
    5. Authorize the Mayor to sign the contract for professional GIS services with Golden Triangle Planning and Development
    6. Request for Robert Hutto to attend Fire Training Chiefs Conference on October 25-26 in Biloxi, registration $135, travel allowance, meals, lodging
    7. Request for Kayla Rogers to attend the Court Clerks Fall Conference on September 6-8, in Tunica- advance travel allowance will be reimbursed
    8. MML Small Town Conference in Oxford on October 25-26
    9. Notice of 2 Economic Development Board three year appointments which end 9-30-17: Wilson Webb is a joint city and county appointee and John Coleman is a city appointee



I, DARLENE BANE, Tax Collector of the County of Winston in said State of Mississippi, will sell on the last Monday of August, A. D. 2017 (August 28, 2017) at 1:00 P.M. at the Courthouse of said County, in the Town of Louisville, Mississippi to the highest bidder or bidders for cash, if any be, all the following described lands, situated in said County, on which the taxes remain unpaid at the date, to-wit: Interest, cost, and damages are included.  

To view the list online - please click here

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sanders Completes Law Enforcement Training

Detrick Sanders recently completed a twelve week Law Enforcement Training Course held at Mississippi Delta Community College. Sanders is a member of the Louisville Fire Department and a Reserve Deputy with the Winston County Sheriff's Office.  Sanders is shown here with Chief Deputy Keith Alexander and Sheriff Jason Pugh of the Winston County Sheriff's Office

Friday, August 11, 2017

News TidBits from Week of August 7-11

Improvements continue at the Louisville/Winston County Airport. A recent grant approval from
the FAA will allow the airport to repair and redo the ramp area. Bids on the project have been accepted and the work is scheduled to start in October after the air show. Work is expected to be completed by Christmas.  The $175,000 grant plus discretionary funds and funds already in place at the airport will help pay for the project.

In more airport news, the date has been set for this year's Wings Over Winston Air Show. The free event will be held on October 7th at the Louisville/Winston County Regional Airport. More promotional information will become available soon.

We recently reported that the storm shelters located at the temporary hospital location are now county property. In Monday's board meeting, supervisors agreed to the final of four locations for the shelters. They include: the Noxapater Fire Department, Beat 1 Barn , Beat 3 Barn and at Dean Park near the Center Ridge Community. The shelters have yet to be moved.  Some site prep will be required at some of these locations. No timeline has yet been established.

The tax roll for 2017 has been finalized and approved by the Winston County Board of Supervisors . Still at issue is the status of Winston Plywood. Pending confirmation from the state level, the new industry's tax status is uncertain. The property may be tax exempt from City and County taxes yet required to pay school taxes or a fee in lieu option is on the table which would lower the taxes owed by the company but disperse it between the city and the county and the school.

Speaking of Taxes - The tax sale for unpaid 2016 property taxes will take place on August 28 at the Winston County Courthouse. A list of unpaid taxes will be published here on WinstonWebNews on Monday morning.

Parking was the topic of conversation at a town hall meeting held on Tuesday at Louisville City
Hall. A group of business owners, most from Main Street in Louisville participated in a meeting concerning parking issues and future changes in development in the four block area that constitutes the central business district of Louisville. Most considered parking issues to be a good problem to have - noting that it indicated activity in the area. Most of the issues stem from employee and owner parking not on Main Street but in areas behind stores. Concern about robbery, safety and access were the main topics. Mayor Will Hill and Economic Development Director Glen Haab took the opportunity to detail some ongoing and future plans for the community. Haab detailed some information about a grant called the Brownfield Grant which provides funds for business owners who have environmental issues with their property. The grant allows funding for testing and remedial action to correct the problem.

Enrollment remained steady in the Louisville Municipal School District for the 2017/2018 school year. At the beginning of the school year, total enrollment across the district includes 2831 students.The following is the breakdown by school: Fair Elementary - 422, Louisville Elementary - 504, Eiland Middle School - 443, Louisville High School - 498, Noxapater- 392, Nanih Waiya- 572.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Popsicle Run-Aug. 18

The Annual Popsicle Run will roll through Louisville on Friday, August 18, 2017 beginning at 6 pm. The bikers will begin their run on N. Columbus Ave.  heading south to the  Monument, then West on Main turning right on N. Church down to Ball Dr. then on to Ivy to the Louisville Coliseum.

The Louisville Lions Club will supply water and popsicles to the bikers. Everyone get your lawn chairs out, grab the kids and line the route to watch and support the Popsicle Run!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Animals Available At The Louisville Animal 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 other animals at the shelter, please call 662-773-3420. These babies need a forever home with a loving family!

Snow white
2. Snow White : Female, very sweet girl. about a year old.

3. Travis : Male, very sweet, 1 or 2 years old.. 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Large Crowd Attends Human Trafficking Program in Louisville

Human trafficking is second only to the drug trade as the largest criminal activity in the world.
Estimates indicate that there are 100 to 300 thousand at risk children in the United States alone. Particularly at risk are girls from the ages of 12 to 14 and boys from the ages of 9 to 12.  Last year there were 31000 cases prosecuted in the United States.

Human trafficking was the topic of conversation on Monday night as Jodi Dyess of Free International spoke to a large group at the First United Methodist Church in Louisville.

Dyess is the Student Outreach Awareness Director for the organization based in Las Vegas, although Dyess is a native of Mississippi. The organization conducts assemblies across the country in schools in an attempt to reach at-risk children and to educate the public. 

Dyess was quick to point out the difference between human trafficking and human smuggling. Trafficking involves the coercion by fraud or force of individuals for labor or sex purposes against their will or for those under age. Dyess noted that unfortunately, familial trafficking is one of the largest problems and is usually tied to drug use and abuse by parents. 

He indicated there were several signs to look for when concerned about a child or a person who may be a victim of human trafficking. This includes: unexplained absences from school or work, changes in behavior, sudden access to money, changes in appearance and dress and signs of depression or withdrawal. Dyess indicated that for most of us, the best thing we can do when we suspect a case of human trafficking is to contact authorities. 

Two specific hotlines were provided in the training: the Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-3737-888 and while this is a national number it will provide almost immediate contact with local authorities. In Mississippi, the number for Mississippi Child Protective Services is 1-800-222-8000. To find out more about human trafficking and the group Free International, you may visit their website at