Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Billy Metts Honored at Library's Black History Exibit

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Billy Ray Metts, Purple Heart veteran

The theme for the 2018 Black History month is African Americans in Times of War. The theme suggests that contemporary conditions, past and present, give us cause for critical pause in our studies and deliberations to consider the specific and unique issues faced by African Americans in times of war.

Atmos Energy Contributes $2,500 for Economic Development Programs

The Winston County Economic Development District Partnership (WCEDDP) recently received $2,500.00 from Atmos Energy for local economic development programs in Winston County. These funds will be focused on property improvements and workforce development initiatives.

“Atmos Energy is proud to partner with the WCEDDP to spur job creation and enhance existing infrastructure,” stated Linda Waters, Public Affairs Manager for Atmos Energy. “We are committed to economic development growth in Winston County and East Central Mississippi.”

The WCEDDP works closely with partners like Atmos Energy to foster a business environment suitable for growth and attraction. These collaborative efforts are essential in laying the groundwork for future opportunities.

Glen Haab, the Executive Director of the WCEDDP, is eager to leverage the funds to pursue the Partnership’s goals. “These funds will be used to conduct a local workforce development labor study on Winston County as well as perform engineering work on our industrial property. We appreciate the continued support from Atmos Energy and their efforts for being a catalyst for economic development growth in our region.”

Contact: Glen Haab at 662-773-8719 and

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Commission Charges 16 Telemarketers for No-Call Violations

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the PSC has charged sixteen telemarketers for violating Mississippi’s No-Call law. The PSC’s investigation found that these companies made hundreds of calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call. 

MAIS District Reading Fair Winner

Conner Robinson an 11 year old 5th grade student at Winston Academy won first place in the MAIS District Reading Fair and in the Portrayal of Character Category. He will compete in the MAIS Overall Reading Fair in January to be held in Jackson.

Conner picked the book Shiloh to use for his reading project from the Winston County Library, he also made the dog on display. He  incorporated a donation jar into his display to raise money for abused animals. He plans to give the money raised to the Louisville Animal Shelter.

Conner is the son of Amanda Lucas and Chris Robinson.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

National Frozen Foods Corporation Recalls Frozen Green Beans and Frozen Mixed Vegetables Because of Possible Health Risk

National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Not-Ready-To Eat Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) green beans and IQF mixed vegetables because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled items can be identified by the date codes printed on the back of the 32oz. sized bag or the side of the master case. Only the following codes are affected by this recall:
Brand Listed on PackagingCommodityNet WeightNFFC Item #
Customer #
Lot Information / Code Printed On Packaging
Bountiful Harvest FoundationsCut Green Beans30 LB.22486-11918
Bountiful Harvest OriginalsCut Green Beans30 LB.22486-11908 
MonarchCapri Blend20 LB.58108-00602
MonarchCapri Blend20 LB.58108-00602 
NW TreasureCut Green Beans30 LB.62406-90007 
Simplot ClassicMeadow Blend32 oz.71179-67166965AUG081705H
Sysco ClassicCut Green Beans32 oz.74865-04977
Sysco ImperialWhole Green Beans32 oz.74865-24917 
(No Brand Name)Cut Green Beans30 LB.15001-0107038627-7H28A3N
(No Brand Name)Cut Green Beans30 LB.15001-0107038627-7H28B3N
(No Brand Name)Cut Green Beans30 LB.15001-0107038627-7H28C3N
(No Brand Name)Cut Green Beans30 LB.15001-0107038627-7H28D3N
(No Brand Name)Cut Green Beans30 LB.15001-0107038627-7H28E3N
Valamont*Cut Green Beans32 oz.72608-1208238474-7H08F3N
ValamontCut Green Beans20 LB.72608-1215038510-7H11F3N
The World's Harvest*Cut Green Beans32 oz.WRH99-FV02138475-7H08F3N
The World's Harvest*Cut Green Beans32oz.WRH99-FV02138475-7H08G3N
* The 32 oz. inner clear poly bag has only lot code printed.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winston County Self-Help Youth Group’s 11th Saving Rural America Conference

On Friday, January 19, 2018, 190 high school seniors and juniors from Louisville High School and approximately 30 adults met at the Louisville Coliseum to attend workshops with the theme: Cultivating Diversity, Producing Changes for the Future Generation. To present the workshops were eleven diverse presenters:

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Black History Month Theme - African Americans in Times of War

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William James Eichelberger – World War I soldier

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the founders of Black History Month, continues to view February as the critical month for carrying forth its mission. Over the years, the themes reflect changes in how people of African descent in the United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community. The 103rd Annual Conference met in Indianapolis September 27 - October 1, 2017 to receive papers from writers and researchers on the theme for 2018 which is AFRICAN AMERICANS IN TIMES OF WAR. The theme commemorates the end of the First World War in 1918 – 100 years ago.

Since this writer returned home to Louisville, MS after living away for 42 years, the Winston County Library has allowed me to curate an exhibit during Black History Month with a reception the last Saturday of February each year. The exhibits are focused on the theme of the year as selected by ASALH. This year's theme is dear to my heart as my father, five of my eight brothers and many of my nephews and nieces served in the military. Brother Fred Eichelberger loss his life in an army jeep accident near Bakersfield, CA while serving his country. My father, William James Eichelberger was drafted into that Great World War over 100 years ago and served in France. He passed when I was 13 years old at a time when I was too young to ask much about his experiences in the war and therefore, I have learned from ASALH and by studying the book by Emmett J. Scott, The American Negro in the World War. This has given me some idea of what it was like for him as an African American soldier before, after and during the Great War.

This is a request from the public to contact me, 510.672-2106 or librarian Beth Edwards at the Winston County Library, 662.773-3212 to let us know if you have any photos of African American veterans or any information about them from any of the wars. Also, any photos of any African American women who worked to help with the wars. We would like to use copies of them in the Black History Month exhibit.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Final Tax Status of Winston Plywood Should Be a "Win" for LMSD

After months of delay and legal wrangling, the property tax status of Winston Plywood should be resolved by the next meetings of the Winston County Board of Supervisors and the City of Louisville Officials. Delays in paper work and legal requirements for the settling of a “Fee in Lieu” tax status of the Winston Plywood facility in Louisville created some issues for the County, City and most significantly the Louisville Municipal School District.

The company had initially filed for a ten-year tax-exempt status on the facility, equipment and inventory. This is typical and a common practice for new industrial construction due to the added economic boost they often bring to a community. The exemption would only apply to the county and city. The school district, LMSD, would receive its full tax dollars under this status.   

That exemption has been on hold since early summer as the company filed and completed paperwork to qualify for a “Fee in Lieu of Taxes" status which is determined by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). To qualify for Fee in Lieu, an investment must meet certain requirements including at least $100 million of private investment. Under this arrangement, tax dollars paid to the school district could be reduced by as much as two thirds but the county and city would share in the funds. In effect, the company would reduce their tax burden but Winston County and the City of Louisville would receive significant revenue that they could not obtain under a tax-exempt status. The overall effect would be a tax dollar win for Louisville and Winston County but a significant loss for LMSD.

Local officials received notice last week that the ‘Fee In Lieu” status had not been approved and that the consideration of the ten-year tax-exempt can now be considered at the local level. Approval of the tax exemption is expected at the next meetings of county and city officials.

The result should provide a significant source of revenue to the School District of $757,026 (after collection costs) for the 2017 tax year. If Fee In Lieu had been approved that revenue would have dropped to roughly $265,000. 

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 décor 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.