Friday, December 29, 2017

Fun Display At The Winston County Library

“These Books Blue Us Away !!!”
Check it out!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

WA's Tyler McCool to Play in EPS - All American Game

Winston Academy's Tyler McCool will be playing in the "Elite Prospects Scouting - All American
Game" on Sunday, December 31 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

The event is sponsored by AT&T and is designed to promote selected athletes in a 3 day event geared to showcase their skills in front of players and fans from around the country on one of the biggest stages in football, the AT&T Cowboy Stadium.

McCool was an offensive tackle for the Winston Academy Patriots but has played both ways. He was chosen from his participation in numerous football camps and his submitted highlight films on Youtube and numerous scouting and recruiting sites..

McCool has made no decision yet on his college career.

New Year Schedule for the City of Louisville & Winston County

New Year Garbage Collection Schedule: City of Louisville garbage collection normally picked up on Monday, January 1, will be picked up on Wednesday, January 3.

Landfill Schedule: The landfill will be closed Monday, January 1, 2018.

City Hall  will be closed Monday, January 1, 2018 New Years Day and open Tuesday, January 2, with regular business hours.

Winston County Holiday Schedule

Winston County garbage collection will keep it's regular schedule in January 2018.

The Winston County Courthouse will be closed January 1 & 2 and will open on January 3, with regular business hours.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Academy Park to Close Temporarily for Construction Work

New lighting for Academy Park in Louisville will soon be a reality. Materials for the project are
expected to be delivered and construction is expected to begin after the first of the year. As a result of the ongoing construction, the Park will be closed for public use during that time.  The work is expected to take two months or less to complete. During that period, for safety and security reasons, the Park will be closed to all public access.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Winston Co. Sheriff Investigating Burglary

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance for any information concerning a home burglary on Monday morning (Dec 18). A home on Highway 15 South between Noxapater and the Neshoba County line was burglarized between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:30 am.

Weapons, jewelry, small electronics (including a cell phone), Christmas gifts and a purse were stolen from the residence.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who saw any suspicious behavior, vehicles or activity at that time to contact their office at 662-773- 5881.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

U.S. Rails Makes Donation to Local Angel Tree

U. S. Rail, owned by Curtis Jarrard, has been operating in Louisville since October 2017. U. S. Rail is
excited to be part of the Louisville community and they are appreciative of all the hospitality shown to them since October. They wanted to make a donation to the Louisville Junior Auxiliary to help with the Angel Tree gifts for the children in the community. Featured in the picture are U. S. Rail employees Terrance Jefferson and Dreyxell Nicholson presenting the $500 donation to Christy Forsythe, Junior Auxiliary President.

Merry Christmas from "The Jewel Shoppe" in Downtown Louisville!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Winston Plywood Hosts "Christmas From the Heart"

Christmas is a time of giving and for the folks at Louisville's Winston Plywood facility, it is a time to
Team members for "Christmas from the Heart"
give back to the community. Team leaders at WP gathered on Tuesday (Dec 19) to host "Christmas from the Heart" as they presented a roomful of toys and bikes to local Child Protective Services officials for children in Winston County that are placed in foster homes or are in times of need.

WP President and CEO John Pierce expressed the company's thoughts - "We were here after the tornado for the community and the community has provided support to us through that time. We feel blessed by this community and we want to give back. Everyone has a heart for kids that don't have what they should. How could we not give?"

Joanne Clark along with Whitney Black, Barbara Sims, Florine Nicholson and Yolanda Bishop with Child Protective Services were on hand to accept the gifts for children in need. Clark noted that there were 33 kids in foster care in Winston County and an additional 25 or more that the agency works with in some capacity. Clark indicated that in most cases, these children were not part of Angel Trees or Toys for Tots and were often overlooked at Christmas.

Clark thanked Winston Plywood and said, "It's so nice to have someone come to us and provide help without us having to ask for assistance."
Bikes, toys and dolls provided by Winston Plywood for area kids in foster care

Plant Manager Ken Carter thanked the WP team members for their work on the project. "We wanted to keep it in Louisville. When Georgia Pacific shut down, a lot of people didn't get to have a Christmas with the loss of their jobs. This started with the idea of let's just get a bike or two and our team members jumped on board. We plan to keep it going and do this every Christmas."

The City of Louisville, in cooperation with the State of Mississippi, Winston Plywood & Veneer and
its parent company, Atlas Holdings LLC rebuilt a new, state-of-the-art plywood mill that has helped revitalize a community devastated by a tornado three years ago. The original mill, built in the 1960s and idled since 2009, was destroyed on April 28, 2014 when an F4 tornado struck Louisville. Winston Plywood & Veneer has team members from 14 counties including Winston, Neshoba, Choctaw, Oktibbeha, and Noxubee.

"We feel this is a completion of the circle. The surrounding communities, the City of Louisville, and the State of Mississippi supported us in our effort to bring this industry back to Louisville. We feel we have been given this opportunity to, in a small way, pay it back to some of the most helpless and needy in our area."

Merry Christmas from the Winston County Library

Library Holiday Hours

The Winston County Library will be closed Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th for the Christmas Holiday. They will open again on Wednesday, December 27th with regular business hours. The Library will also be closed Monday, January 1, 2018 for New Years and will open again on Tuesday, January 2, with regular business hours.

Merry Christmas from Winston County!!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Linda Williams Jackson Book Event

Over fifty people attended the book event featuring Delta native Linda Williams Jackson. Her new book, Midnight Without A Moon, aimed at middle school audiences, offers an unflinching bird’s eye view of 1955 Mississippi from the perspective of young Rose Lee. “Rose has one foot steeped in the segregated South and other in the new world where Negroes and girls are expecting more, doing more, and willing to risk all to live lives of their own choosing.” – Sharon Flake, Coretta Scott King Award winning author of Unstoppable Octobia May and The Skin I’m In.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Winston County Sheriff Warns Public of Scam Efforts

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh has issued a warning for local residents concerning several scam attempts across the county in the last few days. On at  least three occasions in various parts of the county, two black males have approached residents at their homes and requested money. The men have used several stories that include the death of a loved one or a sick child that needed assistance in an effort to obtain money.

Two separate vehicles may have been used by the men - including a small white Chevrolet pickup and a black Lincoln Town car.

Residents are requested to report any suspicious activity and record a license plate number if possible. Contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.

EMEPA and the City of Louisville Scheduled Maintenance Outage at Louisville Substation - Dec 18

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) must replace equipment that indicated failure in the near future. This power outage will impact East MS Electric Power Association and The City of Louisville at the Louisville substation on Monday, December 18 beginning at 1 A.M. The outage, which will last approximately 4 hours, will affect North and West Winston County, including all of Louisville Utilities. EMEPA members in the impacted area should receive a notice in the mail this weekend. For further questions, feel free to contact EMEPA at (601) 581-8600 or The City of Louisville at 662-773- 7147 or 662-773-5651.

Winston County Supervisors Meeting Agenda - Dec 18

DECEMBER 18, 2017
8:00 AM

  5. ACCEPT BIDS FOR SUPPLIES, JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

EMCC Fall Graduates

East Mississippi Community College held fall 2017 graduation ceremonies Dec. 12 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included about 325 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.

During the graduation ceremonies, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner advised the students to remember to thank those who have helped them and to be grateful for their blessings. “Oprah Winfrey thinks of gratitude like a personal investment banker,” Huebner said. “She says be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Winston County graduates include:
Louisville: Devin Anderson, William Ball, Savannah Cole, Diamond Goss, Robert Hartness, Clay Jackson, Jordan Lovorn, Bobby May, Brandi May, Candice Robinson, Garesha Robinson, Kathryn White.  Noxapater: Charles Smith

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)