Monday, December 11, 2017

Winston County Native Participating in Wrangler National Finals Rodeo This Week

Tyler Pearson
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has had and will have some special interest for local folks as one of our own, Tyler Pearson participates in the national event.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo began last Thursday and is carried nightly on the CBS Sports Network. The 10-round event will go on from Dec. 7-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature the top 15 contestants in everything from bull riding to steer wrestling. Contestants are seeking $10 million in prize money at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Wrangler NFR consists of 10 rounds – one round on each of 10 consecutive days; each contestant competes once each day. Cowboys and barrel racers earn money by placing first through sixth in any round, and pick up more money by placing first through eighth in the average (cumulative times or points earned during the 10 rounds). At the end of each Wrangler NFR, there are two champions in each event (four for team roping): the average winner, who won the Wrangler NFR by having the best cumulative time or score for that event over the 10 rounds, and the world champion, who finished the year with the most money (including what he or she earned at the Wrangler NFR). For each event, the average winner and world champion may be the same person or different people.

Going into the event, Pearson was ranked in the top ten in the 2017 All American Steer Wrestling Tour Standings and is currently # 2 in the PRCA World Standings for earnings. In competition so far, Pearson has not disappointed. During Pearson's career-best regular season, he had several wins, including at the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), and the Lawton (Oklahoma) Rangers Rodeo.

In preliminary rounds of the NFR, Pearson has two second place finishes and one third place. Tyler is the son of Larry and Cheryl Pearson.

The event is televised each evening through December 16th at 9:00 pm on the CBS Sports Network.


Matthew Clark
 by Mary Snow
 I remember first meeting Matthew Clark in my creativity classes when I first moved to Louisville. They were classes where we explored music, music theory, played Orff instruments, studied acting, and studied the visual arts at First United Methodist Church. He was definitely in his element as he enjoyed every part of all the classes and he soon progressed to wanting to play the guitar and to write music. It was at this time he was able to work with several people who would guide him spiritually as well.

 I say this because he is doing what he has always wanted to a Christian artist. Matthew is a hometown boy and the son of Susan and Joe Clark. He will be joined with Abbye and Jeff Pates to bring to our community an Advent Concert on Friday, December 15 from 6:30 to 9:30PM at Legion State Park Lodge.

Matthew says "Good songs and stories are sticky notes or a string around my finger...things that remind me of the truth and the hope that I so easily forget. Songs can speak deeply, and both uncover buried grief and forgotten hope. They help me keep faith, opening up a world beyond, where there's more redemption...more joy...more beauty...and greater love than I have dreamed possible. My songs are an opportunity for hospitality. I try to create that place through songs that mirror God's welcome."
Matthew is a Christian artist, writing intelligent and insightful songs. With skillful guitar styling, he brings so much more personal insight and thoughtful narratives that elevate his musical offerings from just a concert to an artistic conversation. His songs keep the conversation going long after the music has stopped.
Abbye West Pates

 Abbye West Pates is a song writer and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. She was born and raised in southern Mississippi. Her songs are a little bit folk and a little bit country. She tells stories that locate you in a particular place with particular people. She explores life's struggles, griefs and anxieties that remind us of grace, faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all.

Abbye recently won an award at LImelight Music Awards. She won the 2017 Performing Songwriter and her album won one of Alternate Roots' Top 100 Albums of the Year.

Matthew and Abbye met in 2005 at a camp in Memphis where they formed a musical friendship that has expanded over many years. Matthew, Abbye and her percussionist husband, Jeff, have done many house concerts and youth retreats all over the country. Their work together is a wonderful collaboration of music and song.

We are excited to bring this Advent Concert to Louisville and hope you will take the time to experience a memorable evening of fellowship, stories, songs and refreshments. The Lodge is always so beautifully decorated for the season as well. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at The Jewel Shoppe, Fashion Boutique...both on Main well as our Chamber of Commerce. They are also available at Main Street Fabrics in Ackerman, MS. For further information, please call 662-418-7822 or 601-668-4688.

Let's all come together and celebrate the Advent Season with one of our own.

Friday, December 8, 2017

LHS TSA Officers for 2017-2018

Louisville High School Technology Student Association announces chapter officers for 2017-2018 school year.

(left to right)
President, Shakindra Hunt Secretary, Alexandria Love Treasurer, Tyianna Foster Reporter, Sadiyah Matthews Parliamentarian, Michael Edmond
Sgt at Arms, D'Angelo Triplett

Not pictured: Vice-President, Ryan Files Reporter, Maya Clay Historian, Tykevious Gates

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Kwanzaa Display at the Library

Sisters Carolyn Hampton (left) and Janice Edwards (right) created a beautiful Kwanzaa display at the Winston County Library on behalf of WIN (Women In the NAACP). Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the U.S. and in other nations of the Western African dispersion in the Americas. Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 until January 1, culminating in a feast of gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966-1967.

The name Kwanzaa derives from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Kwanzaa has seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. They are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Protecting the Flock Church Security Seminar

There will be a FREE "Protecting The Flock" church security seminar held at First Baptist Church Louisville, MS on Monday night, December 11th and Tuesday night, December 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night. Jimmy Meeks of Sheepdog Safety Training will conduct this seiminar. Jimmy is a 44 year minister, a 35 year police officer based out of Texas. Jimmy will instruct church members and staff on methods of preventing attacks on churches and keeping members safe. The same seminar will be conducted each night to enable people to choose which night is best to attend. This seminar is sponsored by the Margaret Lackey State Missions Offering and area churches. For more information, call text (601) 575-1611 or log onto to

Christmas Parade Video

If you missed the parade yesterday, here's some video of the event!!

Library Closing

The Winston County Library will be closed Friday, December 8 for staff training. They will reopen on Saturday, December 9 at 8:30am.

Christmas Displays at the Library

Crewel Stitchery wreath by Marveen Moody.    She stitched this piece over an eleven-day period while sitting with her mother in the hospital.

Hand made Christmas ornaments and pillows made by Marveen Moody and her mother, Eunice Williams Moody

2017 Christmas Parade in Louisville

The weather was perfect for last night's Christmas Parade in downtown Louisville. Just a slight nip in the air! Here are a few photos from the event. Video will follow later today. To see  a slideshow of the event - click here  (We apologize for the fuzziness of some photos - had a camera failure in the middle of the parade)