Friday, October 27, 2017

High School Football Finals

Louisville 34 - Leake Central 0

Noxapater 29 - Vardaman 18  (Thursday)

Nanih Waiya 53, Smithville 13

Louisville to host Shannon next week in 1st round of playoffs

Noxapater heads to Nanih Waiya on Thursday night!!

Winston County High School Football Tonight!!

The Louisville Wildcats will travel to Leake Central tonight and Nanih Waiya is on the road at Smithville.  Game times are 7:00 pm and the weather forecast is perfect for football. Go out and support your teams!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sheriff Dept Officers Complete Training

Three  Winston County Sheriff Department Officers recently completed the requirements at the Part Time
Law Enforcement Officers Academy in Columbus.
L to R: Keith Alexander - Chief of Patrol, Jody Garrard, George Rambert, Greg Lee,  Jason Pugh - Winston County Sheriff

Town & Country Garden Club "Plant It Pink" Project

The Town & Country Garden Club has a wonderful project for their 2017-2018 year – “Plant It Pink!” for breast cancer awareness. As part of their project, they choose to plant pink tulip bulbs and pansies at the Winston County Library. “They filled up the four pots in front of the library and the two beds on the side of the library, across from the Baptist Church,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “The pansies will be so beautiful this winter and spring, and I can’t wait to see the pink tulips next spring! I thank the Town & Country Garden Club for choosing the library as part of their project.”

Free Medicare Seminar at Library

Ellie Saul (right) and Summer Taylor (left) present free Medicare Seminars to the public each month at the Winston County Library. They cover all aspects of Medicare, Medicaid and even Social Security in their program. Each program lasts about an hour and includes a Q & A session. November’s meeting will be November 29th from 11:00 – 12:00 and December’s meeting will be December 13th from 11:00 – 12:00. “Each month our crowd gets bigger and bigger,” says Librarian Beth Edwards. “Word of mouth has gotten out to people about how good the presentation is and how knowledgeable they are about Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security,” continued Edwards. “We will have meetings each month next year, also.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Louisville High Celebrates Performance Grade Improvements - Mixed Results District Wide

The Mississippi Department of Education recently released the 2016-2017 School and District Performance Grades. The full report can be found on the Department’s website at:

Tuesday was a day of celebration at  Louisville High School as the recent  Ms Department of Education Performance Grade for the school went from a C in 2016 to a B grade in 2017. Chants of GBG - Go Be Great could be heard about the school as students were recognized for their advanced and proficiency ratings in required subjects and teachers were honored for their efforts to assist students in the rating improvement. Central Office personnel of the Louisville Municipal School District along  with Board of Trustee members and Mayor Will Hill joined LHS staff and students in the celebration as students were encouraged to continue their progress.
The Louisville Municipal School District as a whole maintained a C rating which indicated no change from 2016. LMSD was one of 43 districts out of 146 statewide to attain a C rating. 43 districts also achieved a B rating and 15 reached an A status. Nine districts across the state received a failing grade in 2017.

There is work yet to be done at individual schools in LMSD. Nanih Waiya continued to maintain its B rating, while Noxapater remained steady with a C rating. 
Eiland Middle School and Louisville Elementary continue to seek improvement as they were not able to improve the D rating that was assigned in 2016. Of additional concern, was a decline in rating of Fair Elementary from a C rating in 2016 to an F rating for 2017.

WWN sought further information related to the low grade for Fair from District officials. Fair consists of only grades one and two yet Mississippi's state accountability testing begins in grade three. That creates a challenge when it comes to rating lower elementary schools that have no tested grades (i.e., K-1 or K-2 schools).
Ratings are assigned for lower elementary schools without a tested grade using the test scores of the students in the next highest tested grade who attended the lower elementary school and are still in the district. In other words, Fair's rating was based upon students who are now in the third and fourth grades.

Proficiency scores for K-1 and K-2 schools come from third-graders in the next school, and academic growth scores come from fourth graders - two or three years after those students have left the lower elementary school. 

District officials noted that academic growth from grade three to grade four in English Language Arts is especially low statewide this year. Academic growth counts for 400 of the total possible 700 points for elementary schools and is not a totally effective measure of the school's performance.

The following charts indicate LMSD ratings and baselines for individual schools. Also included are ratings for other districts in the immediate area as well as some surrounding schools. Below the charts is an excerpt from the MDES website with an explanation of the rating system.

Mississippi School and District Grading System

The A-F grading scale is a way to identify how well students are performing in school, especially on tests and assignments. For school or district grades, it is important to understand that several factors are taken into consideration. Mississippi’s school grading system considers several indicators, including how well students perform on state tests, whether students are showing improvement on those tests from year to year and whether students are graduating within four years.
The system also factors in how well schools are helping their lowest achieving students make progress toward proficiency.

History and Goal:
The Mississippi Legislature passed, in 2013, Sections 37-18-1 through 7 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, which required the state to implement an A-F grading scale for schools. • Section 37-17-6, as amended in 2013, includes the following definitions for Proficiency and Growth: The State Department of Education shall establish five (5) performance categories ("A," "B," "C," "D," and "F") for the accountability system based on the following criteria:

 Student Achievement: the percent of students proficient and advanced on the current state assessments

Individual Student Growth: the percent of students making one (1) year's progress in one (1) year’s time on the state assessment, with an emphasis on the progress of the lowest 25 percent of students in the school or district • The goal is to help parents and the public better understand how well a school is performing and to begin conversations to continually improve education.

What the Grades Represent:  How well students are performing in math and English language arts on state assessments. • Whether students in the school are meeting annual expected growth in math and English language arts. • How well students are performing in U.S. History and Science • Whether high school students are graduating on time. • Whether students are participating in and performing well in accelerated coursework, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, and dual credit college courses. • How students perform on ACT • Whether there are large differences between the achievement levels among students, especially students who receive additional educational services. • Whether a school is performing above expectations.

What the Grades Are Not: They do not measure how well an individual student or teacher is doing. • They do not take into consideration other things the school may be doing well, such as meeting students’ emotional/social or health needs or how well students are performing in other subject areas.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Betsy Ann Eichelberger Celebrates 99th Birthday With Family

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Betsy Ann ‘Patty’ Hughes-Eichelberger celebrated her 99th Year Birthday.  She was born October 22, 1918 to Nelson and Mary Elizabeth ‘Kytie’ Hughes. She has lived in the Mt. Sinai Community all of her life. She credits her longevity to giving birth to 13 children, working hard and eating well.  She has been a small farmer most of her adult life but retired from Spartus Clock Factory when they closed. She loves her community and has always been involved to make improvements whenever and wherever she could.  She took very good care of her children as a single parent after becoming a widow when the children were very young. She credits her mother, her sisters and church members for being the village that helped to raise them.  She was active in Mt. Sinai MB Church, the Winston County Branch NAACP, Winston County Voters’ and Education League, AARP, Election Commission, TRIAD and Friends of Dean Park, Inc. until she became too disabled to attend meetings.  However, she keeps her dues paid.   Mrs.  Eichelberger is well cared for by her children and professionals. Her youngest daughter, Gwendolyn Eichelberger is her major caregiver. Her great niece Wendy Harris is her professional caregiver.  Mrs. Eichelberger has lived longer than anyone in her family and with the good care she receives, she might make 100 years. She presently has 8 living children, 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. The party was brilliantly coordinated by her granddaughters Mesha Eichelberger Randall of Wiley, TX and Donna Hopkins of Louisville, MS. Melvin Davis of Richmond, CA was the DJ and there was plenty dancing, games and fun.

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Betsy Eichelberger with oldest grandchild, Carmen Cole,
daughter of the late Claudell Weaver. (Photo by Kathy Seals)
Betsy Ann with all of her children. Standing: Clifford, Mattie Davis, Clifton, Janice Hopkins, Paul, Elmetra Patterson
Sitting:  Barbara Coleman, Betsy Ann, and Gwendolyn Eichelberger (Photo courtesy of Kathy Seals)

Betsy Ann with descendants from Baton Rouge, LA,  Richmond, CA, Fredericksburg, VA, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL,
Lake Charles, LA,  Forth Worth, TX,  Wylie, TX, Atlanta, GA, Starkville, MS and Louisville, MS celebrating her 99th Birthday.

By: Elmetra Patterson

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hoopla: The Best Free Movie, TV & Music Service You Never Heard Of

The Winston County Library announced that it is now offering hoopla to its patrons. hoopla is the groundbreaking digital media service that allows library patrons to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet or phone – even your TV!

In September, hoopla announced a deal with VIACOM, adding hundreds of popular television shows for library patrons.

To use hoopla all you have to do is download the app or go to Log in with your library card; then you can borrow free digital movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics 24/7 with no late fees!

“I’d never heard of hoopla until recently,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “Now I love it! All my favorite movies, TV shows and more are free – it’s the best thing I’ve seen in a while. We are so glad to be able to offer it to all our library patrons – children and adults.”

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System offers hoopla to all thirteen libraries within it’s system. Go by the Winston County Library if you need help signing up for hoopla, or be sure and get a library card, if you don’t already have one, so that you can take advantage of this awesome media service for free!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Winston County High School Football Finals

Louisville 41   Kosciusko 7

Nanih Waiya  63  Ethel 0

Noxapater 29  W. Lowndes 0

Winston Academy 34  Winona Christian 6

Winston County High School Football Tonight!!

The Louisville Wildcats will host Kosciusko at R. E. Hinze Stadium while Noxapater hosts West Lowndes. Nanih Waiya is on the road at Ethel and the Patriots of Winston Academy plays there last regular season game at home against Winona Christian. Game times are 7:00 pm and the weather forecast is perfect for football. Go out and support your teams!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Community Trunk or Treat Set for October 31

The Louisville Fire Association is once again hosting a community-wide "Trunk or Treat" at the
Louisville Coliseum on October 31st. In conjunction with the Louisville Fire Department, area volunteer fire departments, the Winston County Sheriff's Department, Louisville Police Department and other First Responders, the event will be held inside the Louisville Coliseum from the hours of 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.

Last year's event was a major success and the sponsors are working to provide a safe and fun environment for community young people to celebrate Halloween. There are some changes from last year that include: moving the event inside the Coliseum providing for more parking and a safer environment and as a safeguard against inclement weather. In addition trick-or-treaters will be limited to those from the age of 12 and under. Participants will be stamped at the door. Last year's event drew approximately 1700 children.

This year's event will be expanded even further as local businesses are encouraged to take part in handing out candy as well. The Fire Association is asking all local businesses to participate by providing appropriate candy or funds to purchase candy for the event. If you would like to participate or donate, please contact Casey Hutto at 662-803-7830 or Jill Pearson at 662-705-1428. Candy donations can be dropped off at the Louisville Fire Department and monetary donations can be made out to the Louisville Fire Association and left at the Louisville Fire Department.

Cemetery Book Now Available at Winston Co Library

This is a photo of David Holder (center), President of the Winston County Genealogical & Historical
Volunteers are: front row (l-r) Junie Fuller, Diana Northcutt,
Bobbie Hamm, Jennie Morel, Gloria Sarvis and Cathy Jones. 
Back row (l-r) Katherine Kirk, Connie Jarnigan and Dara Anderson. 
Volunteers unable to attend the book event are Martha Weeks,
Joyce Shepperd, Bobbye Holder, Sandra Mayo, Dot McCorkle and Joyce Kirkpatrick.
Society, along with the ladies who volunteered their time to help put together the new book Winston County, Mississippi Tombstone Inscriptions 1993-2015. Mr. Holder started the project five years ago and has literally walked every cemetery in Winston County, including family cemeteries on private land and in wooded areas. He crossed-referenced all obituaries in the newspaper with funeral home information. He and his team of volunteers proofed everything multiple times. They held a book release program at the Winston County Library this past Wednesday, October 18, 2017 and provided free brown bag lunches for the first 30 participants. There was a room full of interested enthusiasts. The book is now on sale at the Winston County Library for $60.00. “This book is truly a labor of love, blood, sweat and tears,” said Holder. “Going in, I really didn’t realize all the work that would be required to complete this project, but I am very proud of the work I and all the wonderful volunteers did.” Librarian Beth Edwards told the crowd that “this is a continuation of Louis Taunton’s Cemetery book, which ended in 1993. David’s book brings the cemetery and tombstone inscriptions up to 2015. Generations to come will thank him for all this hard work!”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pink Celebration 2017

A Room Full of Pink
By Elmetra Patterson
Celebrating the lives of these cancer survivors

A Room Full of Pink
By Elmetra Patterson

The 3rd Annual Pink Celebration was a room full of pink - in fashions and d├ęcor which was held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lake Tiak O’Khata where over 150 women gathered to share their experience with breast cancer or to become more breast cancer aware. October is breast cancer awareness month. Along with having a wonderful breakfast, the group was greeted and the food was blessed by Dr. Benjamin A. Pittman, pastor of Mr. Moriah Baptist Church. Ira Burnside performed a solo and Brenda Miller performed a medley of songs with angelic voices. Jean Jimmerson, an RN from Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jackson, MS, was the speaker who spoke about the ABC’s of Breast Cancer. She emphasized the importance of mammograms and monthly self examinations.

      There were breast cancer stories of survivors by Juanita Hornsburger, Linda Peoples, Janice Combest and Pearlie Miller. All emphasized their struggles but also about how the process took them to a higher spiritual level. Pearlie Miller shared about how she uses the alkaline diet to help keep cancer away. She stated that an alkaline diet consist of mostly fruits and vegetables, soybeans and tofu, and some nuts, seeds, and legumes. She said, “Cancer does not like an alkaline body”. The Esters family from Jackson and Norma Young of the Renasant Bank, shared about the caregivers who, after the medical professionals, play the most important role in the cancer patients’ life.

      The celebration came to a close with door prizes and remarks by Joyce Hudson. Janice Turner ended by saying, “We must stand tall”. Many guest made donations that will be sent to the American Cancer Society.

All photos courtesy of Elmetra Patterson

Janice Turner with her family and caregivers from Jackson, MS.
Janice is a 30 year breast cancer survivor and founder of The Pink Celebration

Linda Peoples with Dr. Benjamin Pittman and Mrs. Pittman


The young children were features in the pink display by Ira Burnside
Speaker Registered Nurse, Jean Jimmerson

Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Day at Nanih Waiya Park Festival

The Nanih Waiya Park Fall Festival went off without a hitch and the weather was perfect on Saturday, Oct 14. The Festival included the Swamptown 5K/Fun Run/Walk, vendors, rides and events for the kids, food, music, fun and the Festival's first ever Car Show. To see a full slide show of the event -click here or on any of the images on this page.  You can also visit the "Friends of Nanih Waiya Community Park" Facebook page.

Mississippi Tops the List of Fastest Growing Solar Markets in the United States

When Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley took office in 2008, the prospect of Mississippi being a major player in solar energy seemed highly unlikely. In under a decade all that has changed thanks to the work of the Public Service Commission and Mississippi electric utilities. This week, the news outlet, Reuters reported that Mississippi, sits atop the list of fastest growing solar markets in the U.S. between the second quarters of 2016 and 2017. 

In the last few years, the PSC has not only approved nearly 300 MW of new utility-scale solar generation, but it has also passed a net metering rule, allowing customers who install solar panels to power their homes or businesses to sell excess power back onto regulated utility systems.

“The PSC has worked hard to make decisions that harness solar energy and make economic sense. I’m glad to see our work pay off,” Presley said. “This report shows clearly that the Mississippi PSC is a door opener and not a gatekeeper to solar energy.”

The data was provided to Reuters by GTM Research, a clean energy market information firm. A link to the article can be found here. If you have questions about the Public Service Commission’s work with solar power, contact the PSC at 1-800-637-772 or visit

Friday, October 13, 2017

Winston County High School Football Finals

Louisville 35 -  Forest 0

Nanih Waiya 34 - Vardaman 14

Noxapater 24 - Leake County 6

Winston Ac 14 -  Leake Ac 28

County High School Football TONIGHT!

Louisville @ Forest
Nanih Waiya @ Vardaman
Noxapater @ Leake County
Winston Academy @ Leake Academy

All game times are at 7:00 pm and there will perfect weather for some FOOTBALL! .

Thursday, October 12, 2017

City Proclamation for LMSD Family Center

Pictured with Mayor Hill are Barbara Eichelberger & Ada Woodward of the LMSD Family Center

Proclamation of Safety and Reading Fair Month in the  Louisville Municipal School District's Family Center

Whereas, the Louisville Municipal School District Family Center located at 177 North Columbus Avenue is designed to assist parents, participants, and teachers in helping students achieve success through services and programs offered, and;

Whereas, October is “Safety and Reading Fair Month” at the LMSD Family Center, and;

Whereas, the LMSD Family Center will host a variety of programs throughout the month of October to emphasize safety, drug awareness, and the importance of reading, and;

Whereas, we the City of Louisville hereby Proclaim October as Safety and Reading Fair Month of the Louisville Municipal School District Family Center and call upon all citizens, children, parents, and schools to work together to achieve success, and;

Where is, let it be resolved The Honorable Will Hill, Mayor of the City of Louisville, declares October as Safety and Reading Fair Month in the City of Louisville in cooperation with the Louisville Municipal School District Family Center.

Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the City of Louisville, Mississippi to be a fixed this 2nd day of October, 2017.

ATTEST: Babs W Fulton, City Clerk
William A. ''Will” Hill, Mayor

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HarvestFest at Dean Park

Small crowd but BIG fun had at Dean Park on Saturday, October 7, 2017 for the 9th Annual HarvestFest. There were many events going on in Winston County that same day, however, Dean Park had it share of children who enjoyed themselves tremendously as they played various games that were conducted by Nancy Eichelberger and Elmetra Patterson. The prizes were $5. for each winner and the money had to be spend with the vendors at the park. Prize money was donated by Farm Bureau Manager, Joey Partridge who was one of the sponsors of the festival.

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 Free throw winners                     Balloon Toss Winners: Nitoka Eichelberger and Adian Miller
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     Balloon Toss winners: Zaryhia Parker and Brayley Parker Hula hoop winner: Zaryhia Parker
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Record breaking winner overall: Desiree Hogan         Judges: Fred Sims, Mary Coleman, Elmetra Patterson

  • 1st Prize - Lake Tiak-O-Khata ‘Get Away’ won by Bettye Sherrod
  • 2nd Prize - $100. Cash won by Cynthia Waldrip
  • 3rd Prize – An Outdoor Double Propane Heater – Fair Oil Company won by Tammie Easley
  • 4th Prize - $50. Gift Certificate - Vowell’s Marketplace won by Chris Shell

The Sunshine Boys were enjoyed by all as they entertained the crowd in a gospel concert under the pavilion. They are well known in our county and in the Center Ridge Community and are a hit at the HarvestFest yearly. They are also members of the Garden Club at Dean Park.

The Girl Scout Ambassadors of Winston County #20012 donated 6 cakes for the cake walk that was enjoyed by children and adults. Thanks to their leaders Rita and Paul Eichelberger for coordinating the cake walk donations. Thanks to the Black Girls Read (BGR) of the The Malachi Project Youth Mentoring Program for their service. They have become regular volunteers at the park with their director Dr. Melissa Davis.

Thanks to George Henry, Lorenda and Nitoka Eichelberger for selling the raffles tickets and volunteering. The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. thanks all who supported this event. “We especially thank our sponsors, Lake Tiak-O-Khata, Winston County Farm Bureau and Fair Oil Company”, President Richard Moncrief stated.

Friday, October 6, 2017

County High School Football Finals

Nanih Waiya 54 - West Lowndes 0

French Camp 21 - Noxapater  20

Heritage Ac 28 - Winston Ac 7

Noxubee 35 - Louisville 30 

County High School Football TONIGHT!

The Wildcats of Louisville head over to Macon to take on their biggest rival as they face the Noxubee Tigers.  Nainh Waiya is at home against West Lowndes as they hope to continue their winning ways.
Noxapater is also at home as they face a tough French Camp team. Winston Academy takes on Heritage academy at the friendly confines of Patriot Field.

All game times are at 7:00 pm and the weather should be fine.