Friday, January 19, 2018

LMSD Recognizes Teachers of the Year

Melanie Watkins, Billie Jean Fulton, Jennifer Sanborn, Mary Ashford,
Carolyn Butler, Shane McDaniel, not pictured - Christy White
In their board meeting on Thursday night, the administration and the trustees of the Louisville
Municipal School District recognized the 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year from each school in the district. Teachers are honored for their work and efforts throughout the school year. LMSD Teachers of the Year include:

Fair Elementary - Carolyn Butler
Louisville Elementary - Christy White
Eiland Middle School - Mary Ashford
Louisville High School - Billie Jean Fulton
Nanih Waiya - Melanie Watkins
Noxapater - Jennifer Sanborn
WLCTC - Shane McDaniel
District Teacher of the Year - Mary Ashford

Carolyn Butler - Fair Elem
Bille Jean Fulton - LHS
Melanie Watkins - NW

Mary Ashford - Eiland

Jennifer Sanborn - NOX
Shane McDaniel - WLCTC

Mary Ashford - LMSD Teacher of the Year

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a partnership between Winston Plywood in Louisville and the community and the Louisville Municipal School District. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. The following video is a profile of the program here in Louisville.

Winston County Ole Miss Club Meeting With Speaker Coach Mike Smith

The Winston County Ole Miss Club will host a meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM at Lake Tiak O'Khata in Louisville. Doors open at 5:30 PM and program begins at approx. 6:30 PM. Ole Miss Softball Coach, Mike Smith (winner of the 2017 SEC Softball Tournament) will be the featured guest and speaker.

Robert Higginbotham, Club President, stated; "We are very excited to have Coach Smith here in Louisville.He is very dynamic speaker and in demand after his Ole Miss Softball team won the SEC Tournament and were the Oxford Regional Champions. He is very excited about this year's Rebel team as well."
Higginbotham emphasized--That ALL Rebel fans are welcome and encouraged to attend." We want to use this to begin a Winston County Ole Miss Scholarship endowment to help Winston County students who wish to attend Ole Miss. We need EVERYONE to attend.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. You can register on line at the Ole Miss Alumni Association website under events and click on Winston County Club event or by calling Robert Higginbotham at 662-803-2017 or email at

Tickets are $25 for adults. $15 for Students (high school senior and under). There are a very limited number of VIP tickets for $100.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

City Hall to Close at 2:30 pm

Louisville City Hall will close today (Tuesday) at 2:30 pm due to weather conditions. The Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for 5:30 has been re-scheduled for January 23rd at 5:30 pm

Taylor Facilities Louisville – Impending Weather Schedule:

All Taylor employees in Louisville will be dismissed today at 2:30 PM.  Second Shift will not report to work this afternoon.

Delayed start in the morning with first shift not reporting until 8:00 AM.

Further updates will be reported as they become available.

Tips for Driving in Snow

Here are some basic tips for driving in snow conditions:

  • If you don't have to - don't.
  • Slow down. 
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you by at least 3-4 car lengths.
  • Don't stomp your brakes. This will only cause your vehicle to skid. Ease to a gradual stop.
  • Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses.
  • If you should skid - steer into the skid and don't hit your brakes. Your vehicle will right itself and then you can brake.
  • If you must travel, toss a blanket and water and a snack into the back seat.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel.

Winston County Library to Close Today

The Winston County Library will close at 9:30 Tuesday, January 16, 2018, due to inclement weather. Call 773-3212 on Wednesday to confirm when or if the library will be open.

Winter Storm, Wicked Wind Chills headed for Mississippi

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is encouraging the public prepare for a
winter storm set to enter the state Monday evening through Tuesday and near zero wind chills. The National Weather Service expects for snow to begin as early as 6 p.m. in northwest Mississippi and move south east. Snow of 1-3 inches is forecast for the delta and northern parts of the state, with lesser amounts for central and southern areas. The greater concern is for the arctic temperatures and near zero wind chills that will last from Tuesday into Thursday.

“This extended period of freezing temperatures and wicked wind chills have us concerned for people that lack the resources for properly heating their homes,” said MEMA Director Lee Smithson. “We cannot stress enough that you look out for your family and friends.”

Whatever frozen precipitation falls will stick around due to the below freezing temperatures that will be around for an extended period. Exposed pipes will be extremely susceptible to failing so please take proper steps to protect them.

Things to remember:

  • Travel only if absolutely necessary when the wintry precipitation starts and use extreme caution. For the latest on road conditions visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s traffic center at or call 5-1-1.
  • Go through the four P’s checklist:
  • People-Make sure everyone is safe and as warm as possible.
  • Pets-Bring them indoors.
  • Pipes-Wrap and insulate any exposed pipes, let indoor faucets drip to prevent damage.
  • Plants-Protect any important plants you have by covering or bringing indoors.

The State Emergency Operations Center is prepared to provide any resources requested by counties
during this event.

For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency, download the MEMA Mobile app using “Mississippi EMA”, go to MEMA’s website at The best way to get up-to-the-minute information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on twitter.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Homicide Investigation Continues

Investigation continues into a  homicide that occurred in a home in an area just southwest of Noxapater. Forty seven year old Carol Denise Lynch Burnside was found dead in her home on Mary Cole Road on Saturday afternoon. The incident likely occurred late on Friday or in the early morning hours on Saturday. Details have not been released and the investigation has been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Homicide Investigation in Winston County

Winston County law enforcement is currently investigating a likely homicide that occurred in a home in an area just southwest of Noxapater. The incident occurred late on Friday or in the early morning hours on Saturday. Details have not been released and the investigation is ongoing. It is believed that there was one female victim. WWN will have more details later today as they become available.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Murder Suspect Escapes from Neshoba County

Edward Bragg 

UPDATE: Edward Leshun Bragg, the escapee from Neshoba County was apprehended this afternoon (Sunday) at a home in the Sandtown Community.

Law Enforcement is asking the public to be on the look out for Edward Bragg, Jr. - black male, 5'10" tall and 165 lbs,  dob 9-22-1991.  Bragg was wearing a pink polo shirt/blue jeans and an unknown color jacket when he escaped from the 2nd floor of the Neshoba County Courthouse this morning.

Bragg is under indictment for a murder charge and fled the area on foot. It is believed that he may have some Winston County ties. He is considered dangerous and the public is asked to contact area 911 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881 or the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office at 601-656-1414 if sited.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Home Invasion Suspect Apprehended

The suspect wanted in connection with
the Highway 19 home invasion in Winston County has been captured.  The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. with the help of the Attala County Sheriff's Dept. arrested Martin Ickom, 38 of Sallis, MS and charged him with burglary of a dwelling.  The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. would like to thank the public and the news media for their help in this capture.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Winston Co Sheriff Seeking Public's Assistance to Identify Suspect

The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. is
investigating a home burglary on Hwy 19 South.  Investigators responded to a home invasion after being contacted by the home owners of the break in.  A hidden surveillance camera captured pictures of the suspect walking around the home with a crow bar.  The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. is asking for help in identifying the suspect. A previous tip is that the suspect could live around the Holmes County Area. Anyone with knowledge of who the suspect is can call the Winston County Crimestoppers at (662) 773-9999 or contact Chief Investigator Connie D. Hampton at (662) 773-5881.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pilot Club Pageant Registration Begins Jan. 22

The Pilot Club of Louisville has planned its annual Pilot Club Pageant for March 24, 2018 and will
be held in the Louisville High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. There will be an entry fee at the door and programs will be available to purchase.

This year's the theme will be "Rockin' with the Pilots." The stage will have an array of d├ęcor to portray an old diner. The night will be fun for all the girls! The pageant is open to girls ages 4-18. The contestant MUST live in Winston County or attend a school in Winston County. The contestant cannot be married or have been married. The contestant cannot be a mother of a child or be pregnant with a child at the time of the pageant.

The annual registration date is scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2018 from 3:30-5:30 at the Winston County Library. If you or unable to attend registration, or wish to get your registration forms in early, go by Swanky Sisters Boutique (located next to Winston Furniture Company), Renansant Bank and see Sherry Suttle, or Bancorp South (Main Street location) and see Heather Thompson. The deadline to register is February 9, 2018.

Any person or business who wishes to purchase an ad for a contestant or a business is encouraged to do so. Contact Kristen Knox at 662-779-5121 to learn more about this. This is a special opportunity to support a child and program will be a great keepsake. Contestants are encouraged to sell ads. We will be giving the HEART OF PILOT AWARD this year in recognitition of the contestant who sells the most ads. The ad forms will be included in the registration forms.

We will also be selling our annual t-shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a Pilot Club t-shirt, contact any Pilot Club member.

Mark your calendars now! Get registered!

Storytime At The Library

Winston County Children’s Librarian Andrea Howard reads a book and presents a puppet show to First Methodist Church kindergartners recently. “The children were laughing so hard at the puppets, they almost got in trouble!” said Andrea. She will be going to all area schools in January and February doing programs and celebrating Black History Month.


Friday, January 5, 2018

Winston Co. Supervisors Meet for First Time in 2018

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, January 3 for their first meeting of the year. The Board handled normal business items for the beginning of the year. Here are the highlights of the meeting:
  • The Board unanimously appointed Luke Parkes as Board President and Burr Warner as Vice President
  • Reappointed Hugh Hathorn as Board Attorney
  • Acknowledged the resignation of John Fair as part-time public defender and accepted the appointment of Zachary Madison for that position.
  • Approved the holiday schedule for county employees based upon the state of Mississippi’s holiday schedule.
  • Approved computer purchase for the County Coroner.
  • Accepted the bid from Hancock Bank for lease purchasing financing of two sheriff department vehicles
  • Received briefing from Neal Higgason, Warden of WCCRCF. Higgason stated that the facility was at or slightly above break-even status with current prisoner population and could see some increase in the population of state prisoners. He also made the Board aware of upcoming issues with the prison’s camera system and control board.
  • Received briefing from Jody Garrard, Fire Coordinator concerning the increase in fire calls over the holidays and during the extreme cold weather.

The Board met on Friday, January 5 to discuss the Justice Court Judge position.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TVA Asking Consumers for Voluntary Reduction in Power Use:

Extreme temperatures across the Tennessee Valley have caused a critical power supply situation at TVA is asking all electric power consumers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible until further notice.

Voluntary reduction is needed to help ensure a continue to supply of power to the essential services throughout the Tennessee Valley and avoid interruptions in service.

TVA is using all available resources including the purchase of available power from neighboring utilities. TVA and local power companies are working around-the-clock to make power available to consumers.

TVA and local power companies also have cut back all power usage of their facilities by adjusting thermostats, reducing lighting, and taking other measures to reduce electricity consumption.

Officials of the 154 local power companies in the Tennesse Valley are asking all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and insustrial - to cooperate in reducing power usage during this critical situation. Consumers should:
* - Postpone using electric appliances such as dishwashers, dryers and cooking equipment.
* - Reduce use of electric fueled heating systems by adjusting thermostats to 60 degrees or lower.
* - Turn off nonessential lights, appliances and other electrical equipment.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Kwanzaa: Principles, Foods and Fashions

Kwanzaa: Principles, Foods and Fashions
By Elmetra Patterson
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Authentic African Attire made by and worn by Elmetra Patterson
made with African fabric from Benin, Africa

Kwanzaa was celebrated this week by many in our community. It is a week-long African Inspired Celebration beginning December 26 – January 1. Kwanzaa promotes self-esteem, hope, pride and dignity. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga who delivers a yearly message that is related to the yearly theme which can be found at the official site of  Dr. Karenga stated in one of his messages, “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions of African Americans and Pan-Africans throughout the world African community. The theme for this year is "Practicing the Principles of Kwanzaa: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our World”.  Dr. Karenga states in his message for 2017 that the distinguished Martinican/Algerian psychiatrist and revolutionary theorist, Frantz Fanon’s challenges us to “start a new history of human-kind’, to “reconsider the question of humanity”, “turn over a new leaf…workout new concepts and try to set afoot a new human being’. The focus in this year’s theme is to take care of the world. Our ancestors taught that we damage the world and all in it not only by what we do wrong, but also by what we fail to do right. The seven principles, the Nguzo Saba, teach us how we can repair, renew and remake our world and develop strategies to deal with the social and environmental problems that confront us today.