Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Farm Services Agency Deadline for Crop Reporting

Acreage Reporting Deadline - July 16

The acreage reporting deadline for spring-seeded crops such as corn, soybeans, rice and cotton is July 16, 2018Please contact their office at 662-773-2207 extension 2 to make an appointment to certify your crops.
To be eligible for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program or a Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) or Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP), producers must submit an acreage report to account for all cropland on all farms.

Temporary Restraining Order Issued Over Methodist Church Property

A temporary restraining order was issued this afternoon by Winston County Chancery Court Judge Edward Fenwick related to the ownership and possession of  property in dispute between Louisville's First Methodist Church  and the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC).  This order bars UMC from taking possession of/ or exercising control of the property in dispute between the local church and UMC until a hearing on a preliminary injunction can be held on June 6, 2018.

The First Methodist Church of Louisville issued the following press release:

On Wednesday, First Methodist Church of Louisville, Inc. and The Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church reached an Agreement that led to the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order by the Chancery Court of Winston County. The Order holds in abeyance directives from the Bishop and District Superintendent that left most of the church’s membership having to find temporary space to hold worship services and Sunday School this past Sunday. Earlier this year 97% of the Church members attending a church conference voted to leave the denomination. Six members voted to remain affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The Conference also removed the church’s pastor, Rev. Mike Childs, and gave him and his family 30 days to vacate the parsonage which is provided by the church. The conference has also indicated its plans to seize control of the church’s bank accounts and savings.

The church had for several months been pondering, as a matter of conscience, whether or not to remain affiliated with the United Methodist Church pertaining primarily with doctrinal issues. On March 25, United Methodist Starkville District Superintendent, Dr. Embra Jackson, called a church conference as provided for in the Discipline to resolve that issue. Members in attendance were asked to indicate by signed ballots whether or not they wished to remain a member of First United Methodist Church or to withdraw their membership. And, if the later, they were asked to indicate where they wanted their membership transferred. The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church provides that persons wishing to vote at a church conference have to be present. Of those attending, 175 members voted to withdraw their membership and have it transferred to First Methodist Church of Louisville, Inc. (a non-profit church organized in 1961 and in good standing with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office.) Six members voted to remain affiliated with the United Methodist Church. After the vote, the District Superintendent sent letters on two different occasions to all members on the church roll who were not in attendance and requested they also vote, notwithstanding the Discipline’s requirement that only those present at the church conference could vote. First Methodist Church, Inc. Board of Directors’ chairman Harry Kemp said, “We couldn’t help but feel the rules were being changed after the fact with these letters being sent to persons who had previously been told by the Conference they could not vote unless they attended the church Conference. No one in the pastoral or lay leadership of our church was notified of the letters being mailed. We could not help but be concerned that the rules were changed after the Conference realized 97% attending the church Conference had voted to withdraw. And, we have not been informed of the results of the two separate pollings that were sent my mail.”

Under Mississippi law, the Temporary Restraining Order can only remain in place for a maximum of 10 days. Consequently, a hearing has been set for Wednesday, June 6 to hear arguments relating to converting the temporary order to a permanent order. At that hearing both First Methodist and the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church will be allowed to present arguments relevant to the issues. Scott R. Hendrix, attorney for First Methodist, expressed his hopes that the Court will then convert its temporary order to a permanent injunction allowing the overwhelming majority of the church members to worship in the building they and their ancestors have paid for and built and to do so until formal litigation can resolve the dispute. “There are numerous legal issues involved in this dispute and, before the congregants of First Methodist Church are evicted by the Conference, they deserve to have their day in court,” Hendrix said. The Temporary Restraining Order does not resolve any of those issues on a permanent basis and the arguments presented represent only one side of the legal argument. However, next Sunday church members and their children will be assured of having a place to worship and attend Sunday Sunday School. And, we hope that will continue beyond this next Sunday so that church members can celebrate weddings and funerals, operate its kindergarten, send its youth to summer camps, and all other church activities while the legal arguments regarding church assets are heard and decided by a court,” Hendrix said.

Rev. Mike Childs said he is overwhelmed by the support from not only Mississippians but from across the United States and even some foreign countries. And, Childs added, “Churches from many different Christian denominations within our community have been so thoughtful to offer their facilities to us during these difficult days. Truly, the Christian community of Louisville and Winston County has been jarred by these manmade decisions. But our faith in Jesus Christ has not been compromised!”

An ecumenical, community-wide prayer service on the Main Street steps of the church in downtown Louisville has been planned for Thursday, June 7.

First Methodist Files Restraining Order Against United Methodist Conference

 A request for a restraining order and injunction by the First Methodist Church of Louisville against the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) was filed yesterday, Tuesday, May 29 in the Chancery Court of Winston County.

As previously reported, members of the local church voted in March to separate from the Conference. (see original story at 

In a May 23 meeting, the UMC informed Louisville members of its intent to retain control of the church property through the use of a “Trust Clause” in the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline which constitutes the doctrine of the UMC. This in effect, left members without facilities and funds to hold and conduct church services and business.

In Tuesday’s legal filing, The First Methodist Church of Louisville seeks a temporary restraining order noting that “The Conference’s threatened actions will strip all assets from First Methodist, will prevent the membership of First Methodist from effectively meeting and will prevent First Methodist from performing the religious and/or charitable services for which it was founded……”

First Methodist of Louisville seeks to prevent the implementation of the Trust Clause, the loss of possession of the church property and its bank accounts and funds until the matter can be addressed through legal means.

An emergency session of Chancery Court is expected to be held sometime today to address the issue. WWN will provide updates as information becomes available.

Locals Attend National Taekwondo Competition

Charisma Edwards won her 3rd Taekwondo competition in Little Rock, AR, Saturday, May 5, 2018. She won 1st Place in Sparring in the IntermediateTaekwondo Category. She was formerly selected to become a member of the Region One competition team for the United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA). As a member of this team she will be given the opportunity to represent this region at the 2018 United Taekwondo alliance National competition in Bossier City, Louisiana July 26-28, 2018.

Master instructor and head of the Panthers Taekwondo School, Willie D. Matthews was also formerly selected to become a member of the Region One competition team for the United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA). As a member of this team he will be given the opportunity to represent this region at the 2018 United Taekwondo alliance National competition in Bossier City, Louisiana July 26-28, 2018. He will soon try out for his 5th Degree Black Belt. The Panthers Taekwondo School holds classes at the Louisville Coliseum on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday. The registration fee is $25. with openings for children 5 years and up. There are self defense classes for adults also. The classes are from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. for children. The time for adults is 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Panthers Taekwondo School is in partnership with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc., a non-profit Charitable Organization. They will have a booth at Juneteenth Day, June 2, 2018 at Dean Park to raise funds and accept donations for their expenses to the National Competition in July. There will be Taekwondo demonstrations at the Juneteenth Day Festival. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact Willie D. Matthews, 662.705-8656 or Elmetra Patterson, 510.672-2106.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month


The home of Evangelist Clara Ann and Rev. Stephen Hampton, 50 South Johnson Avenue, Louisville, MS
– selected by the Winston County Master Gardeners Association as Yard of the Month for June 2018

It was April 28, 2014 when Evangelist Clara and Rev. Stephen Hampton were devastated by the EF 4 Tornado that destroyed their home and their newly landscaped yard. It also destroyed her deceased mother, Clara Coleman’s, home which was directly across the street from their home. It has taken them four years to get their yard landscaped again to their liking. Their home was rebuilt in 2015 on the same foundation only the indoors is a new design with more openness. Since the tornado and during the recovery they started a commercial business - landscaping yards and janitorial service is what they do. Rev. Hampton has always done landscaping but has expanded. Hampton Landscaping and Janitorial Services has become a successful business in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. They are presently waiting on a contract to be signed in Panama City, FL. It is said, “That burdens can be blessings…through faith and patience, we can learn how the burdens of today can become the blessings of tomorrow.”

The Hamptons front yard is the focal point of their landscaping. It is very attractive and makes their home inviting and appealing with a beautiful seat for two on the porch with beautiful pillows that match the color scheme of the landscaping and the house. They have created outdoor space for party guest to sit, relax and enjoy refreshments and company in several places in the landscaping.

When asked how she got into gardening, Evangelist Hampton stated, “My deceased sister, Dianne Haynes encouraged me to garden. She loved flowers and gave me some ideas on how to landscape my yard. I wish she could see my yard now which I feel is pretty.” Evangelist Hampton retired from Bancorp South Bank after 34 years and became deeply involved in landscaping their property. Unfortunately, that work was destroyed but she was determined to redo it again. She started with a few crepe myrtles that were salvaged from the tornado. She now has redbud trees, various colors of crepe myrtles, Bradford Pear Trees, and white Rose of Sharon Trees. She also has ‘New Gold’ Lantana, Purple Heart vine, drift roses, variegated monkey grass, lorepetalum and ligustrum bushes, and many many daylilies and knock out roses. Gold, purple and red are used as the major color scheme. The ‘New Gold’ lantana really stands out around most of the house. She was saddened that on the north side of their home, the lantern died when the temperature was in the teens this past winter. They hope to border their property with redbud, Bradford Pear trees and crepe myrtles.

According to Evangelist Hampton, “Gardening is a lot of work but it is very rewarding and is good therapy. I love the outdoors.” The Hamptons are the parents of three sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren.



It is the purpose of the Winston County Master Gardeners Association (WCMGA): 1) to assist the Extension Service of Mississippi State University to accomplish its mission by providing easily accessible information about residential horticultural practices through educational presentations and use of the media; and 2) to provide a volunteer organization that completes community service projects which further the community’s understanding of and appreciation for the joy of gardening. For more information call the Extension Office at 662.773-3091.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

FDA Recalls

H-E-B Ode to Olives Sliced Salad Olives Being Recalled for Potential Glass in The Product

Committed to the quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing an all-store precautionary recall for H-E-B Ode to Olives Sliced Salad Olives in 10-ounce glass jars with a best by date of Nov. 3, 2019 due to the possible presence of glass in the product.

There have been no injuries reported due to this incident, which customers reported to H-E-B. All products related to this recall were sold at our Texas stores and have been removed from store shelves.

H-E-B is working closely with its H-E-B Ode to Olives Sliced Salad Olivesmanufacturer to ensure all safety measures are being taken when manufacturing the product.

The voluntary recall impacts the following product with the Best By date Nov. 3, 2019:

Winston County Woman Dies in Memorial Day Accident

An auto accident near the intersection of Highway 25 and Sturgis Road in Winston County took the life of a 79 year old woman right after noon on Memorial Day. Juanita White died as a result of a two-car accident. The driver of the second vehicle was injured and taken to the local hospital and in last reports was listed in stable condition.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Members of Louisville's First Methodist Withdraw from UMC - Raising Issues Over Church Property

In March of 2018, church members at First United Methodist
Church of Louisville, Mississippi voted to withdraw the congregation's membership from the United Methodist Church (UMC) denomination. Members based their decision upon a number of issues including the lack of enforcement of the Conference's Discipline on homosexual leadership roles in the UMC and abortion issues that they believed were funded by the UMC.

First United in Louisville is a 180-year-old congregation. In the vote held under the guidelines provided by UMC at that time, members voted 175-6 to begin the process of removing the church from the denomination.

Louisville's church is not the first to vote to separate from UMC recently as a result of these issues. In at least two previous cases, negotiations with UMC led to the congregation attaining ownership of the church property. Methodist church properties, like many other large denominations are held as trusts and are not directly owned by the local church board.

On Wednesday, May 23, a church conference was held in Louisville with UMC leaders including James Swanson, the Bishop of the Mississippi Conference of the UMC. As a result of that meeting, UMC effectively stated that the church property in Louisville would remain as a United Methodist property and appointed a new pastor against the wishes of the existing congregation. Services as a United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday. Long time pastor at First Louisville, Reverend Mike Childs surrendered his credentials at that time.

The following is an excerpt from a statement issued by email by Bishop Swanson concerning the matter:

“After much discernment, prayer and work by our faith community formation team, a meeting was held Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. with the leadership of First UMC of Louisville to announce the findings of the completed viability process. First United Methodist Church of Louisville is a county seat church with more than 150 years of history. After exploring the potential viability for ministry, the leadership of the Mississippi Annual Conference deemed that it is vitally important to sustain a strong United Methodist presence in Louisville and Winston County. Therefore, the conference has decided that First UMC of Louisville will continue as a United Methodist church and Rev. Carl Grubbs will serve as interim pastor there effective Thursday, May 24.”

A legal battle concerning the property is expected. Members who withdrew from UMC are expected to hold upcoming Sunday services in the chapel of Porter Funeral Home in Louisville.

As a result of the decision, UMC will assume responsibility for the more than one million dollar debt due to construction and remodeling in recent years and the maintenance and ongoing operation of the facilities.

As a response, Reverend Childs issued the following statement on social media (reprinted with permission):

"There has been much confusion and many questions about what is going on at First United Methodist in Louisville.

Many of you know that, since last August, First United Methodist Church has been seeking to withdraw from the United Methodist Church for reasons of conscience. The congregation carefully completed all the steps that the Bishop gave us. This was accomplished at a significant cost, even though the Conference changed the rules during the process more than once.

In the meantime, First Methodist Church, Inc., of Louisville (not a United Methodist Church) was organized in preparation for withdrawal from the UMC. The congregation has every intention of being a Christ-centered Methodist Congregation, but not a United Methodist Congregation.

A Church Conference was held with a “Membership Affirmation” that gave every person the choice of remaining a member First United Methodist Church or withdrawing their membership from the UMC and transferring their membership to the church of their choice. At the Church Conference, 175 members voted to withdraw their membership from the First United Methodist Church, and transfer their membership to First Methodist Church. Only 6 members voted to remain United Methodist.

This was followed by two months of silence from the Conference officials. Then the bishop asked to meet with the pastor and four of our church officers this past Wednesday. We expected some negotiations concerning a settlement of property issues.

However, the bishop dismissed the pastor. He declared that he accepted the withdrawal and transfer of the 175 members, and that those few remaining now made up the church. He appointed Dr. Carl Grubbs as interim pastor. He gave the present pastor 30 days to vacate the church parsonage.

So, how will those 175 plus members who have withdrawn from the United Methodist Church respond? First, I urge the more than 175 members who have moved their membership to First Methodist Church to respond with faith and love, not bitterness. Let us not make any personal attacks on those who oppose what we are doing, but trust God to lead us. After all, the reason we are withdrawing from the UMC is because we want to be faithful to God’s Word. What does God’s Word say? The Bible says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

Second, as I told Bishop Swanson and the Conference officials, we will not do anything immoral or illegal, but we will fight for the church property using every legal means available to us, and we expect to be successful. I also informed the bishop that their next payment on the debt of more than a million dollars is June 1.

Third, our attorney is already at work to seek relief through the courts. We hope to be back in possession of our church building very soon. In the meantime, First Methodist Church of Louisville will hold its 11:00 am service this Sunday in the Porter Funeral Home Chapel. It is a holiday weekend, but we hope to have a good turnout and worship service.

We are not discouraged. If God be for us, who can be against us? All that has happened has served to unite our congregation. What our opponents meant for our harm, God has used for our good. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from the Louisville Community. We thank our fellow Christians in the community who have expressed their love and support.

There are great days ahead for First Methodist Church. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

4-H Makes Learning Fun For Mom and Daughter

Her father’s family has been active in the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program for two generations. And she has attended 4-H events since she was a toddler.
Now, the 11-year-old is showing her own livestock and participating in various 4-H activities through the Extension Service in Tippah County.“Lauren is a third-generation 4-H’er,” explained her mother, Leigh Bryant. “Her granddad and her daddy were both 4-H’ers.”At 8 years old, Lauren Bryant began showing dairy cows. She also shows chickens and participates in poultry judging, shooting sports, and 4-H Project Achievement Day.

Town & Country Garden Club Beautify Library

Frances Ball (right) of Town & Country Garden club, along with Aaron Hathorn (left), planted beautiful Sunpatients at the Winston County Library last Thursday. “I love to plant things and see them grow,” said Frances. “One of our garden club’s missions is to beautify the City of Louisville!”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Additional Charges Filed in Lawnmower Theft Case

Raymanuel Seales
The suspect in a lawnmower theft in Winston County is now facing additional charges in other thefts across Winston and Leake Counties. Raymanuel Seales of Neshoba County was taken into custody on Monday and charged with grand larceny concerning the theft of a zero turn mower from the Noxapater Attendance Center last week.

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated today that Seales now faces three additional charges of grand larceny in Winston County and up to six charges in neighboring Leake County. A possible accomplice from Neshoba County was also taken into custody today. Full details have not been released at this time

Sealesd was arraigned in Winston County earlier today on the first count and other indictments are pending. Pugh noted that at this time no stolen property has been recovered but efforts are ongoing to locate the large number of items taken over the last several weeks.

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh asks that the public assist with any information they may have concerning Seales. If you have purchased any equipment or know of anyone that has possibly made a purchase from Seales in the last three months, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or their local law enforcement.

9 ECCC Softball Players Earn All-Region, All-State Honors

Kayla Beckham
Nine East Central Community College Lady Warrior sophomore softball players earned either National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 or Mississippi Association for Community and Junior Colleges All-State for their play on the field in spring 2018.

Shortstop Kayla Beckham out of Neshoba Central, third baseman Madalyn McMahon out of Neshoba Central, and pitcher Kaitlyn Oswalt out of Heritage Academy in Columbus were all named NJCAA All-Region 23.

Beckham hit .327 on the season and tied for the team lead with 39 RBI. She also hit five home runs. McMahon hit .376 with 39 RBI for the Lady Warriors. She led the team with eight home runs and 29 stolen bases. Oswalt posted an 18-10 record in the circle in 2018, including 118 strikeouts and a 3.41 ERA.

Earning MACJC First Team All-State honors were right fielder Mackenzie Johnson out of Nanih Waiya, pitcher Mackenzie Rousseau of Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., and second baseman Eva Scott of Burleson Centennial in Burleson, Texas.
Mackenzie Johnson
Johnson led East Central with a .445 batting average in 2018. She drove in 30 runs and had an on-base percentage of .526. Johnson was errorless in the field. Rousseau was 16-3 in the circle with a 2.82 ERA. Scott hit .342 with 34 RBI and was second on the team with 14 doubles.

Catcher Cassie Obman out of Caledonia, catcher Tagen Remmel out of Clinton, and left fielder Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin were all named MACJC Second Team All-State.

Obman hit .281 with 31 RBI and four homers. Remmel hit .367 with 19 RBI and four home runs. Walters hit .376 and lead 32 RBI and five home runs. She led the team with 67 hits and 16 doubles.

ECCC head softball coach Kristin Chaney also announced team honors following the season.

Madalyn McMahon
Beckham earned the Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight season, Remmel received the Most Valuable Defense Award, and Johnson received the Most Valuable Offense Award. Oswalt received the Most Valuable Pitcher Award for the second straight season and McMahon received the Base Running Award, also for the second straight season. Walters received the Lady Warrior Award and sophomore first baseman Ali Gartman out of Loyd Star was named Most Improved.

East Central finished the 2018 season with a 36-14 record. The Lady Warriors advanced to both the MACJC State and NJCAA Region 23 tournaments.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fraud Prevention Program Held at Library

The Winston County Library recently hosted Ivory Craig of AARP Mississippi for a program on Fraud Prevention. She spoke on Debt Collection, Identity Theft, Imposter Scams, Fraud Prevention and Resources. “This was a wonderful program and very educational”, said librarian Beth Edwards. “We will have her back this fall or early winter to do another program on long-term care.”

Thank You From WinstonWebNews

We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the folks in Winston County, the surrounding area and all who now live outside the area with Winston County ties. Earlier this year, we crossed the threshold of 5 million page views since we began this journey. We are now approaching 6 million visitors to our web pages.

What began as a simple idea to provide a common place to view obituaries and local events has turned into much more. The support from our sponsors, the public, our schools, the City of Louisville and our county officials has been integral in our success. We hope to continue to serve our communities and thank you for your support.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Red Hills Fest - This Weekend!!!

The 38th annual Red Hills Festival is scheduled for this weekend in downtown Louisville. As usual
the festival will have a variety of events and entertainment available for young and old. The weekend will kick off with a Friday night Street party featuring two bands: Shake the Bucket and Pinnishook. The music will begin around 6 p.m. on Main Street and boiled crawfish will be available. For the younger ones, a carnival will be available starting Friday night and through the day on Saturday.

Saturday morning will kick off early as the Junior Auxiliary of Louisville will host a 5K and Fun Run. Runners can pre-register or register the morning of the race. Races begin at 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Main and Columbus.

And as always, the Red Hills Car Show will be on Saturday in conjunction with the festival. The show will be held at the First Baptist Church parking lot. The Red Hills Car Show has become known as one of the larger shows in our area and usually features more than 100 vehicles. Participants can sign up from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and judging begins at 11 a.m. in more than 30 categories.

The festival itself will be held once again on Main Street with a variety of vendors including crafts, artwork and food. There will be entertainment and announcements throughout the day. And always as a special treat, Mrs. Aline Haynes will be cooking once again, serving lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. behind the Winston County Courthouse.

Vendors who are still interested in participating in the festival or those who wish to include a car in the Red Hills Car Show should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-3921. Those who are interested in the 5K and Fun Run should contact Amanda Triplett at 662-705-0042. Those interested can also stop by the Winston County Chamber of Commerce on Park Street in Louisville.

Suspect in Lawnmower Theft in Custody - Public's Assistance Needed

 A possible suspect in at least one case of theft in Winston County is now in custody. Raymanuel Seales of Neshoba County turned himself in to authorities in that county earlier today. Authorities had been searching for Seales as the possible driver of the vehicle videotaped near the time of the theft of a zero turn mower from the Noxapater Attendance Center last week.

Law enforcement seek to question Seales in other possible cases in Winston and surrounding counties. The investigation continues at this time.

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh asks that the public assist with any information they may have concerning Seales. If you have purchased any equipment or know of anyone that has possibly made a purchase from Seales in the last three months, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or their local law enforcement.

Friday, May 18, 2018

LMSD Offers Superintendent Position

In a 4-1 vote, Board members of the Louisville Municipal School District voted today (Friday, May 18) to offer the LMSD Superintendent’s position to Dr. Randy Grierson of the Cleveland School District in Bolivar County, Ms.

Grierson has most recently served as the Principal of East Side High School. Online search indicates that Grierson is a graduate of Delta State University and is originally from Pascagoula, Ms.

A search for a new Superintendent began when the Board chose not to renew the contract of current Superintendent Ken McMullan. Pending acceptance, the new Superintendent will take the position sometime after the end of this school year (2017-2018).

As more information develops, we will have further updates.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thefts Continue - Can You Identify This Vehicle?

After a brief respite, thieves have returned to the area as another lawnmower was stolen on Tuesday night. The mower similar to the one shown below was stolen from the Noxapater Attendance Center on the evening of May 15th.

Survelliance footage from a security video shows a white SUV pulling a trailer in the area near the time of the theft.

The theft and another on the same night follow a pattern of previous burglaries across Winston and other surrounding counties.

If you have any information on this vehicle or the stolen items call Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662-773-5881.

ECCC to Hold Warrior Wednesday New Student Orientation Session June 6

Registering for fall 2018 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its Warrior Wednesday Orientation session June 6 on the Decatur campus.

The Warrior Wednesday Orientation will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in the Vickers Fine Arts Center. New students can begin signing in for the session at 8:30 a.m.

Those participating will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, students will tour the campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits while on the tour. Students should bring a photo ID and their vehicle license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at; ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation session on June 6. Students attending Warrior Wednesday must RSVP in advance using the myEC link at

Fall 2018 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 13.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Warrior Wednesday Orientation on June 6, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or

Wicker Shares Mississippi Efforts to Develop Tech Workforce, Close Broadband Gaps

Mike Forster (Chairman of Innovate Mississippi Board) of Louisville speaks
before U.S. Senate Committee
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, yesterday chaired a hearing to consider the state of the mobile application economy and ways for Congress to support the development of the industry.

“In addition to prioritizing the deployment of broadband infrastructure, workforce development is critical to growing the app economy,” Wicker said. “Maintaining a trained and skilled workforce will help meet industry needs and ensure that the United States remains a leader in the global digital economy.”

Wicker invited Mike Forster, chairman of the Innovate Mississippi board, to share how the Mississippi Coding Academies have helped to close the technology skills gap in Mississippi and to connect students to employers looking to hire entry-level programmers and coders.

“There are a lot of highly motivated young people, who for various reasons, mostly socioeconomic, who are not able to attend a two- or four-year college,” Forster said. “Yet, many of them have the basic analytical and creative skills to become coders, and those jobs will ensure them wages that are equivalent to what many college graduates are going to get.”

Wicker asked Forster about the ability of Innovate Mississippi and the Mississippi Coding Academies to cut through the red tape that can prevent government programs from responding quickly to the needs of the private sector.

“We must start with the employer,” Forster said. “They must be engaged with us. They must set the curriculum. We don’t want to be teaching what the technologies were 10 years ago, or even 5 or even 2 years ago.”

Wicker also asked Morgan Reed, president of ACT – The App Association, about the problem of broadband connectivity in rural areas.

Reed noted that 27.8 percent of all Mississippiansdo not have access to broadband internet, including more than 50 percent of the population in rural areas.

“The problem we have with a state like Mississippi, is that when he [Forster] trains a good coder, if they go home and they don’t have broadband, then how are my people going to hire him?” Reed said.

Wicker has been challenging the Federal Communications Commission to improve the quality of its data collection and mapping of service coverage to help accelerate the delivery of broadband to the areas that need it most.

Other witnesses at today’s hearing included:

•           Roger Koch, Chief Executive Officer, Shield Group Technologies; and
•           Dr. Sarah Oh, Research Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

Videos include Senator Wicker's opening statement & Forster's testimony.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Local News Bits

  • May is Mental Health Awareness month. Andrew Levine with Community Counseling (CC) met with Winston County Supervisors recently and provided info on the local budget and needs for mental health services in Winston County. Levine indicated that CC is currently working with 597 active clients in the county.

  • Noxapater and Nanih Waiya schools will not have slow pitch softball teams for the upcoming school year. The schools will replace slow pitch with girls’ volleyball. Interest in volleyball and low participation in slow pitch prompted the change. The schools will not be officially sanctioned by the MHSAA for the first year but should have local area schools to compete with.

  • The LMSD Board discussed the need for additional security officers for the school district in their meeting on Monday night. Additional officers for the Noxapater and Nanih Waiya Attendance Centers were of concern to board members. School administration indicated that up to 3 additional security officers were needed at Nanih Waiya, Noxapater and Eiland Middle School but there were currently no funds in the budget. The issue was tabled until further information on possible federal funds became available.

  • The City of Louisville has begun work on an annexation study with Slaughter and Associates for future plans by the city. No annexation efforts are expected in the next few years but the plan is being developed to project the needs and best use requirements for the future.

Grace Christian 2018 Graduation Class

Congratulations to the Grace Christian School Class of 2018. Graduation was on Thursday, May 10 at the school. They received a total of $240,000.00 in scholarships from Mississippi State University, MS Scholars, Ride for Carmen, EMCC, The Way Community Church, Star Student, Mississippi Eminent Scholarship Grant. and Distinguished Young Woman. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Noxapater Special Olympics Compete in State Games

On Saturday, May 12, the Noxapater Special Olympics team competed in the State Games at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.  Noxapater brought back 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze metals.

The Yak committee attended and helped cheer on the athletes in each of their events. Noxapater school students and staff treated them to Dinner at Golden Corral on Friday and Shaggy’s on Sunday. 

Thank you for all of your support for these athletes to be able to compete. Donations for next year's event can  be made through the Noxapater Attendance Center in care of Tracy Jackson.

Special Olympics Sponsor: Tracy Jackson

Noxapater athletes:   
  • Kolanda Cooper 12th grade- Gold metal singles bocce, silver metal doubles bocce
  • Garrett Jackson-11th grade-Gold metal shot put, silver metal 100M walking
  • Clay Kugle-8th grade-400m Dash, shot put
  • Anthony Prior 7th-Bronze metal- 50M walking,  Bronze metal- tennis ball throw
YAK committee:   President- Princess Welch
                                    Vice Pres.- Maddie Edwards
                                    Treasure- Madelin Wilkes
                                    Seceretary- Cardale Eichelberger
                                     Board Members:  Joshua Jones
                                                                 Dashad Hornesbuger
                                                                 Mary Grace Mills
                                                                 Marcella Cole 

Semi- annual Fire Hydrant Maintenance starting May 15, 2018

On May 15. 2018 the City of Louisville Fire Department will begin its semi-annual fire hydrant
maintenance. Hydrant maintenance will be for the most part conducted between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday although there may be some occasions where personnel will be required to work later in the evening. Please be mindful of our personnel when approaching the fire department vehicles on the side of the road.

Residents may notice some temporary discoloration in the water. The discoloration of water is not harmful, and is the result of sediment that is always present in waterlines being “stirred up” during hydrant testing. As part of testing procedures, the Fire Department will flow each hydrant until the water is clear, however smaller water lines that lead to each house or business may still have cloudy water. If you notice discolored water it may be remedied by flowing water from your faucets, and a cycle through your washing machine until it is clear.

Fire hydrant maintenance is important in order to ensure the City has properly working fire hydrants. The hydrants are inspected, flowed to check for adequate water flow, and cleaned around to ensure there is enough clearance for operation of the hydrant.

A quality fire hydrant maintenance and inspections program is just one of the many components that
the Mississippi State Rating Bureau evaluates when an audit of the city’s fire protection is completed. The City of Louisville currently has a fire rating of 7 with 1 being the highest, or best, and 10 being the lowest, or least desirable. Simply stated conducting these hydrant inspections, and maintenance assists in keeping property insurance low, and could possibly help in lowering insurance cost at the same time. Also fire hydrant flushing helps to insure that your firefighters are knowledgeable about the general water volumes available for firefighting operations and whether there are any major flow changes since last year’s test. Hydrant maintenance is critical to fire suppression and the protection of life and property.

If you have any questions regarding hydrant maintenance, and inspections feel free to contact The City of Louisville Fire Department at 662-773-9402.