Sunday, March 31, 2019

Book Event with Janet Brown & Joe Lee - April 8

Come join us for the Book Event with Janet Brown and Joe Lee in the Winston County Library meeting room on April 8th, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Free brown bag lunch for the first 20 participants sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Janet Brown is the author of three previously published books, numerous articles, short stories, and poetry. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, was a writer and editor for University Publications, and taught creative writing at Arkansas State University. She is the winner of an Eppie and is twice a winner of the Eudora Welty Fiction Award for the Novel. A proud mother of three and grandmother of two, she has traveled extensively but considers Mississippi her home.

Joe Lee has a background in radio, television, and journalism and was a radio disc jockey and a television weatherman before becoming a full-time writer. He is Editor-in-Chief of Dogwood Press, a small but traditional publishing house headquartered in Brandon, and has published ten different Mississippi authors including former WLBT chief meteorologist Barbie Bassett, Derringer Award-winning short story author John Floyd of Brandon, and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Joe has over 1,000 non-fiction news and feature stories to his credit and writes for several Mississippi newspapers and magazines. 40 Days, the sixth volume of his critically-acclaimed Oakdale series, is his eighth novel. He lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with his family.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Raised Bed Gardens Ready for Replanting at Dean Park

Sandra Moncrief preparing to paint art on garden beds

Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) is preparing to start its Garden Program soon. The 12 Raised Bed Gardens were built in 2010 with a grant from Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service Disability Inclusion Mini-Grant through AmeriCorps Volunteer Teacher Assistants of: Mississippi Action for Progress, Inc /Winston County Complex Head Start. This project has taught many disabled residents, seniors and children how to garden by Winston County Master Gardeners Elmetra Patterson, Richard Moncrief and gardener Christine Waldrip. This past fall a home school group came weekly and learned gardening with hopes of returning this spring. There is space on the back of the gardens where watermelon, cantaloupes, running butterbeans, string beans, cucumbers, and squash will be grown vertically. Peas, okra and a variety of greens are grown behind the gardens also. All other vegetables are grown inside the beds. This garden project is opened to the public.  

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Watermelon grown vertically at Dean Park

The FODP will hold Beautification Day and Good Friday Prayer Services will be held on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Prayer Services will be held 12 noon – 1 p.m. in memory of former Dean Park Commissioner Claudell Weaver who started the Good Friday Prayer Service in 2012. This is the 5th anniversary of her passing. This year’s theme will be ‘Let us Pray for Unity in America’. Refreshments will be donated by Walmart #00183. This is a good time for students to volunteer for community service hours for college and scholarships. Contact Information: Elmetra Patterson 510-672-2106 or Richard Moncrief 662.736-3323

Sumitted by: Elmetra Patterson
Photos courtesy of: Elmetra Patterson & Richard Moncrief

The late Claudell Weaver, former Dean Park Commissioner and founder of Good Friday Prayer Services at Dean Park

Couponing Class at Library

Tracy Gregory (center), Family Consumer Science Agent with the Winston County Extension Agency, presented a class on Couponing last week at the Winston County Library. “We learned a lot,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “Tracy is great and we’ll have her back in May to do a budgeting program.”

Mayor and Alderman Sign Litterless Louisville Proclamation

LHS Concert Band Receives Superior Rating

The LHS Concert Band received a superior rating in Concert at the MHSAA State Concert and Sightreading Evaluation at Pearl High School. This is their first superior rating in 4 years.

Submitted by: Clay Fuller

Monday, March 25, 2019

Healthy Eating, Cooking & Living

WE CARE thanks Nancy Woodruff for giving us information on healthy eating, cooking and living! Attendants sampled a soda substitute called Sweet potato fly! Delicious!

Friday, March 22, 2019

2018-19 Mayor’s Youth Council Holds Monthly Meeting

The 2018-19 Mayor’s Youth Council held their monthly meeting at Louisville City Hall on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 7:00 am before school to handle business and hear a presentation. The MYC was joined by Mrs. Lynn McAfferty and other students representing Tobacco Free Coalition. (Pictured here with the presenters)

The MYC gives students the opportunity to learn and provides community service opportunities. Topics for community service included the LITTERLESS LOUISVILLE CAMPAIGN ongoing for everyone to take part in cleaning up our community, the upcoming Chamber Celebration, and other opportunities to serve.

Mayor of the Youth Council is Chandler Wells and he is responsible for arranging the program.

Century Snacks LLC Recalls Snak Club Honey Bliss Nut Mix Due to Undeclared Allergen

Century Snacks, LLC of Commerce, CA is recalling all packages of 3-oz. and 5.75-oz. SNAK CLUB HONEY BLISS NUT MIX due to undeclared MILK. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to MILK run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Product NameNet Wt.UPC
Snak Club Honey Bliss Nut Mix3-oz. pouch0 87076 21152 3
Snak Club Honey Bliss Nut Mix5.75-oz. pouch0 87076 51152 4
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing MILK was distributed in packaging that does not reveal its presence.

All date codes of the product and the sizes listed above are affected. Other Snak Club® brand products are not affected.

Consumers with known allergies to MILK who have the product listed above should not consume it. If you find that you have packages of this product, please retain the package and contact Century Snacks via email at or by phone at 1-323-430-5012 Ext 542 for a refund.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Kingston Pharma, LLC RECALLS " DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” Because of Possible Health Risk

Kingston Pharma, LLC of Massena, NY is recalling Lot KL180157 of its 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/ Bacillus circulans. Bacillus cereus in food products has the potential to produce two forms of gastrointestinal illness, one being a syndrome primarily of vomiting, and the other of diarrhea. Most often, illnesses are mild and self-limiting, although more serious and even lethal cases have occurred. Individuals at risk for more severe forms of illness include infants, young children, and others with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem with the use of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus. 

The recalled DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” bottles were distributed nationwide in Dollar General retail stores. The product comes in a carton labeled DG™/health baby Cough Syrup + Mucus in 2-fluid ounce bottles marked with Lot KL180157 Expiration date 11/20 on the bottom of the carton and back of the bottle label; UPC Code 8 54954 00250 0.
The potential for contamination was noted after audit testing revealed the presence of Bacillus cereus /Bacillus circulans in some bottles of this lot of the product. One in ten bottles showed low levels of Bacillus cereus and two in ten bottles showed low levels of Bacillus circulans.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Lot KL180157 of DG™/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus” may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-724-7347 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST or e-mail at

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Expands Voluntary Recall of Select Canned Dog Food for Elevated Vitamin D

Hill’s Pet Nutrition today announced it is expanding its recall of select canned dog food products due to elevated levels of vitamin D. This recall expansion was caused by the same vitamin premix received from a U.S. supplier that was the source of the January 31, 2019, recall and is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. When consumed at very high levels, vitamin D can in rare cases lead to potentially life threatening health issues in dogs, including renal dysfunction. Pet parents with dogs who have consumed any of the products listed and are exhibiting any of these signs should contact their veterinarian. In most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of feeding.

In the United States, the affected canned dog foods were distributed through retail pet stores and veterinary clinics nationwide. No dry foods, cat foods, or treats are affected.

Pet parents in the U.S. who purchased the product with the specific lot/date codes listed should discontinue feeding and dispose of those products immediately or return unopened product to your retailer for a refund. For more information, please contact Hill’s via our website or at 1-800-445-5777.

Winston Partnership/Chamber of Commerce is Soliciting Nominations

The Winston Partnership/Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm at The Louisville Community Safe Room. The Chamber of Commerce/Main Street is once again asking you to seriously consider nominations for Man and Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Retailer of the Year. Kyle Curran, 2019 Chamber Board President, asks that you please consider nominees for these prestigious awards. The nomination form is located on the website or can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce Office.

We are asking that nominations for “Man and Woman of the Year” be made for a person whose accomplishments have been in the past 12 months (2018) rather than over several years. Also, a person who has received the award in the past is eligible to receive the award again.

Nominations for the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, which will not necessarily be presented every year, are also being solicited. This award will be presented to a person who, over the course of a lifetime, has helped make Winston County a better place to live.

We are asking for nominations for “Retailer of the Year” be made for retail merchants that have gone the extra mile to make their customers shopping experience fun and favorable. Please take a few minutes to consider which one of our retail businesses have been committed to you, their business and to our community.

Civic clubs, church organizations, and individuals are encouraged to nominate persons they feel are worthy of consideration. Nomination forms are online at or can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce Office. They may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Chamber of Commerce office. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, April 5, 2019.

Better Made Snack Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk In 10 Ounce $3.99 Original Potato Chips

As a preventative measure, Better Made Snack Foods of Detroit, MI, is recalling 10-ounce packages of Original Potato Chips because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled 10-ounce Original Potato Chips were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

10oz $3.99 Original Potato Chips come in a yellow flexible pouch bag and are marked on the top right corner with the following information:
Lot # 62090431442 thru Lot # 62090431520
Lot # 85100431442 thru Lot # 85100431520
Use by date of 10 AUG 2019

The recalled bags will also have a UPC code of 041633063048


The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a package of 10-ounce Original Potato Chips dated 10 AUG 2019 did not contain Original Potato Chips but instead contained Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips which contain milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes which may have affected 660 bags of 10-ounce Original Potato Chips.

Sale and distribution of these items should stop immediately and any product remaining in the market should be removed. Consumers who have purchased 10-ounce packages of Better Made Original Potato Chips are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Better Made Snack Foods at (313)-925-4774 Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Horton Appointed Deputy Coroner

Adam Horton was sworn in this morning as the Deputy Coroner of Winston County. He will serve in that capacity along with Scott Gregory, Winston County Coroner and Tony Sheets, Deputy Coroner.

Women’s History Month

Ebonee Eichelberger-Hester Making History
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Ebonee Eichelberger-Hester, Branch Manager of Republic Finance, LLC

March is Women’s History Month and since 1988, U. S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March. This is a great time to introduce a young progressive business woman who is a graduate of Louisville High School. She is making history in her chosen field of Business Administration and Management.

Ebonee Eichelberger-Hester works for Republic Finance as a branch manager in Laurel, MS. Currently, she oversees 5 employees and her branch size is 6.2 million dollar. Ebonee graduated from University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in 2014 with a Business Administration and Management Degree. After graduation, she became employed by Republic Finance as an assistant manager for 4 years and was promoted to Branch Manager November 2017.

Recently, as Branch Manager her office was chosen as office of the year out of over 200 offices located in the following states: MS, LA, TX, GA, TN, Al, NC, & KY. She also won Star Performer for the State of Mississippi. She was selected by her employees and peers due to leadership skills and performance. Ebonee stated, “I enjoy working with Republic Finance as I use the platform to lead, encourage, and empower others!”
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Ebonee Eichelberger-Hester receiving award as Branch Office of the Year

Ebonee exhibited those skills as a student at Louisville High School graduating in 2010. She was Miss Ebonette 2010 when she was selected for her talent, academic skills and beauty. She was a 4-H Club member, Band Member, Vice President of her Student Class, Cheerleader Captain. While a student at USM, Ebonee was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi; Professional Business Fraternity Golden Eagle; Student Consulting Group H.Y.P.E.

Louisville is proud to claim Ebonee as its own successful young woman and wishes her continuous success. She is the daughter of Cathy Edwards and Dennis Eichelberger; granddaughter of Billie Ray and Sue Shields; and granddaughter of the late Mack and Mary Lee Hannah-Eichelberger. Ebonee is married to Jeremy Hester and they have one child, Eden Hester.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Senior Community Activist Celebrates 90 Years

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Christine Waldrip – Women History Month Celebrity 
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Christine Waldrip celebrated her 90th Birthday with family and friends at the Mt. Olive Bethel Harmony Building. It was supposed to be a surprise but she found out by mistake from a friend. Mrs. Waldrip is known throughout the county and surrounding counties for her participation in Friends of Dean Park, Inc., Coalition for Healthy Living, TRIAD, Winston County Self-Help Coalition, NAACP, Winston County Voters’ League, and AARP. She is known best for her gardening. She grows some of the largest veggies in the county and she continues to can vegetables, fruits and soup in jars. Mrs. Waldrip is very energetic and no one believes she is 90 years old. She is truly loved by her community. 

She was born March 16, 1929 in Winston County and has lived here all of her life. She had her children and other visitors to attend her party from California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Also, grandchildren were there from the country Italy. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church with Evangelist Rochelle Minor as pastor. The photo below is of her 10 children who attended the party. She has two deceased sons – Andrew and William Red.

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L to R: Terry Waldrip, Maggie Cooks, Janice Waldrip, Truevinia Walker, Christine Waldrip (center), Frederick Waldrip,
Jeanette Harrington,  Loretta Young, Cynthia Waldrip, and Bertha Dotson. (Deceased William and Andrew Red)

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City of Louisville Traffic Change

Monday, March 18, 2019

Beautification Day at Dean Park Held

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It was a cold windy day; however it was a successful day to beautify Dean Park with the children (plus five not photographed) above and about 7 adults. They hedged, pruned, raked, played games and had fun eating Nacho and Cheese, polish sausages and hot links that was provided by Walmart. Mary Smith and Za’layaa Triplett won the contest for the most pine cones picked up. Joseph McCain’s sons enjoyed the antique merry-go-around.

Our next Beautification Day is planned for Good Friday, April 19, 2019, 10:00 – 4 p.m. We will have Good Friday Prayer Services 12 noon – 1 p.m. Check this news media for confirmation in April and for more details.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Stem the Battle in Your Favor

Fire ants are the most common insect pests of home lawns. They occur in practically every lawn in the state! Even if you manage to achieve a totally fire ant-free yard, it probably won’t stay that way long because newly mated fire ant queens will quickly recolonize it. And new fire ant colonies thrive especially well in areas that are 
free of other, competing colonies. Fire ant control is a never-ending battle in the South, but there are steps you can take to keep your lawn and land-scape relatively free of these troublesome pests.
The easiest, cheapest, most effective thing you can do to control fire ants is to use baits. Learn to use baits properly and preventively, and you will reduce the number of mounds in your yard by 80 to 90 percent. If you want even better control, you can supplement your baiting program with some additional tricks, like spot-treating mounds that survive the bait treatments.

The key to success with baits is applying them as broadcast treatments instead of treating only individual mounds. You will never win the battle against fire ants by only treating individual mounds. In addition to the big mounds you can easily see—or trip over—there are a lot of little colonies that are just getting started. If you eliminate only the big mounds, the small colonies will thrive because they have less competition, and they will quickly grow into
large mounds. Broadcast bait treatments target all colonies in the yard, regardless of size.

Early spring is one of the best times to apply fire ant baits because fire ants are actively foraging for food at this time. If you are going to treat only one time per year, do it in the spring. But you can improve control by treating again in midsummer and a third time in the fall, especially if you live in a rural area where fire ants are abundant. In more urban areas, you may only need to treat once or twice per year. Be proactive! Don’t wait until you see more big
mounds to make the next bait treatment. If you don’t like to have big fire ant mounds in your yard, you have to treat before you have big fire ant mounds in your yard. Use the holidays—Easter, Independence Day, and Labor Day—to remind you when it is time to put out fire ant bait. Try to pick a time when it is not likely to rain for a couple of days. This gives the ants time to collect the bait and carry it back to the mound before it is washed away. You also need to avoid watering for a couple of days after applying bait.
For small areas like home lawns, most broadcast fire ant baits are easily applied using a small, hand-powered spreader. Don’t try to use your fertilizer spreader—it will put out way too much! Most fire ant baits are applied at rates of 1 to 2 1⁄2 pounds per acre. That’s not very much material, and it’s easy to over-apply fire ant baits if you don’t read and follow the label directions. Baits are a cheap way to control fire ants if you use the proper rate, but they can be very expensive if over-applied.
Controlling fire ants is one of the most ask questions in Extension offices all over the state this time of year. Even though you put out baits correctly, keep in mind, baits are much slower acting, and you will still see mounds pop up. Remember this fact; fire ants are only suppressed, never controlled. The war with fire ants will never end, but keep baits applied as your primary weapon to stem the battle in your favor.

For more information about the war with fire ants, give me a call at the Winston County Extension office at 662-773-3091.

Submitted by: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Suspect Sought in Vehicle Fires in Winston County

Winston County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene on Sylvester Hudson Road on Wednesday night where three vehicles were set on fire. It is believed the fires were set around 10:00 to 10:30 pm last night. A Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Mustang and Chevrolet truck were completely destroyed. The vehicles were all at one location and belonged to a single owner.

Winston County CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest of the responsible party(s). If you have information concerning this crime - contact Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881. Calls to CrimeStoppers are anonymous.

Hometown Food Company Recalls Two Production LOT Codes of Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose 5lb Flour Due to Possible Health Risk

Please be advised the Hometown Food Company initiated a limited, voluntary retail-level recall on two specific lot codes of its Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose 5 lb Flour (UPC 51500-22241)because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Only Best If Used By Dates APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 are impacted.

Roughly 12,245 cases of impacted Pillsbury® Unbleached All Purpose Flour product were distributed through a limited number of retailers and distributors nationwide. The only product lots affected by the recall are as follows:

Item Name
Case Item CodeUPC Item CodeLot CodeBIUB Date
Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 
0 5150022241 30 5150022241 68 292APR 19 2020
Pillsbury® Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 
0 5150022241 30 5150022241 68 293APR 20 2020
Other Best If Used By Dates and Lot Codes are not affected by this recall.