Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Day of Fun with Seniors at Dean Park - July 26


The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. will host a Day of Fun and Recruit with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)/The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA). All NCBA staff, trainees, potential trainees (55 Years and older), host agencies, potential employers and government officials are invited, Friday, July 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Trainees from Winston and surrounding counties are invited.

There will be food, presentations, and tour of Dean Park, music and food. Food and refreshments will be donated by Walmart #00183. Candidates seeking public office for the August 6, 2019 election are invited to participate in this fun day. There will be Human Resource persons from CVS, Walmart and other employers present to discuss opportunities for employment of seniors.

SCSEP is funded by the U. S. Department of Labor, the nation’s oldest, to help low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find employment. SCSEP matches eligible older adults with part-time training assignments for non-profit organizations. Participants build skills and self-confidence, while earning a modest income. For most, their SCSEP experience leads to permanent employment. Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) has been under contract with SCSEP for over 9 years. FODP trains individuals to be landscape assistants and community organizers. Four members of FODP completed Master Gardener classes via MSU Extension Services which included landscaping to qualify to teach the trainees. There were three slots allotted to FODP until last year when the budget was cut. Now there is only one trainee – Willie Norris Shields who was recently hired. These trainees help maintain the landscaping; help with gardening and help to keep Dean Park clean. The program is for 4 years or until a trainee is hired. FODP has been successful in helping trainees find employment or become self-employed. One trainee, Jerome Moncrief, was hired by Winston County Board of Supervisor and he remains working in Dean Park as a landscape assistant.

FODP is honored to host this Fun Day. The public officials and community are asked to come show gratitude to this great organization for allowing FODP to continue with this contract.

For more information, please contact: Louise Shavers, NCBA – 662.402-6127, Chester Johnson, NCBA Program Director – 662.846-6992 or Elmetra Patterson, Friends of Dean Park, Inc. – 510.672-2106

Presley Touts Increase in Utility Contracts Through Hire Mississippi Program

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that in the first year of implementation of the PSC’s Hire Mississippi Rule, in-state utility construction contract to Mississippi-based companies has risen by 12.6 percent, representing millions spent with Mississippi-based businesses.

Construction contracts to Mississippi-based contractors have increased to 42.1 percent in the past year, up from 30 percent when the Public Service Commission measured operations and maintenance spending in 2017.

For example, Atmos Energy reported a 95 percent rate of Mississippi projects performed by Mississippi companies, followed by Spire Energy at 50 percent, CenterPoint Energy at 47 percent, Mississippi Power at 36 percent, and Entergy at 25 percent.

Additionally, contracts to Mississippi-based businesses from Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, and Entergy totaled more than $79.4 million for the preceding year.

The Hire Mississippi Rule, which was authored by Commissioner Presley, was passed by the Public Service Commission in 2017 and encourages the use of Mississippi contractors for construction projects by the state’s major utility companies.

Under the Hire Mississippi Rule, utilities are required to publish quarterly notices in local newspapers to advertise the opportunity to be on the Hire Mississippi List and must explain to Mississippi contractors the bidding process, qualifications, and other procedures for the awarding of contracts. Utility companies must also send notices of bidding opportunities to businesses that have registered on the Hire Mississippi List.

Under each contract where bidding is required, corporate utilities are asked whether Mississippi companies were awarded contracts for each project. In the event an out-of-state firm is selected for a project, the company must explain that decision.
“If the state government of Mississippi doesn’t fight for Mississippi businesses, no one else will,” said Commissioner Presley. “Keeping dollars spent by Mississippians on projects in our communities across our state just makes sense. My goal is to look out for Mississippi businesses and Mississippi contractors who want these contracts. These are investments in our local communities, neighbors helping neighbors. There’s no reason why qualified companies in our state should be passed over for this work.”

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Update on Courthouse Damage

Winston County Supervisors met this morning in an emergency meeting to deal with the  building damage that occurred overnight (see our previous article).  Bricks from the south wall of the courthouse collapsed and separated from the structure around 5:15 am this morning.

Supervisors met with insurance officials and staff from Pryor and Morrow and after discussion, the Board declared a state of emergency related to the courthouse building. Preliminary review indicates the failure of more brick on the rear structure of the building may be a possibility. As a result the Board agreed to close all entries to the Courthouse except the front entrance for public use. The Board also moved to close the sidewalk on the west side of the courthouse and the parking lot behind the courthouse.

By declaring the situation an emergency, the county was able to hire Pryor and Morrow to begin the process of determining the extent and nature of required repair and to immediately begin the process of hiring a contractor to remove and potential current hazard from loose brick.

Pryor and Morrow and the County's Insurance provider will be providing structural engineers to examine the building and how to proceed. Initial review indicates that the issue is the brick and brick ties to the structure and that the courthouse itself is structurally sound.

The public is asked to avoid South Court Street between Main and Park  and be aware that entrance to the Courthouse will be limited to the North main entrance for the forseeable future.

Winston County Courthouse Suffers Damage Overnight!

The Winston County Courthouse has exterior damage this morning as the brick veneer on the backside (southern) of the structure collapsed in the early morning hours. District 1 Supervisor Burr Warner was first on the scene as the bricks collapsed around 5:15 this morning sending broken bricks across the south parking lot.

It is too early to determine the cause of the collapse. Engineers from the firm Pryor and Morrow are on the scene now and the Board of Supervisors have called an emergency meeting for 9:00 am this morning. The public is urged to stay away from the scene and South Court Avenue.It is highly possible that more of the structure may yet fall. The County is actively working to place a barrier around the area. We will have more info as it becomes available.

Winston Master Gardner Tour, a Great Success!

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Van Hull’s Raised Bed Garden

The Winston County Master Gardner’s organized an educational tour last Saturday morning for anyone interested in horticulture. The tour was hosted by homeowner Mr. Van Hull and local business, Evergreen Nursery.

Mr. Hull hosted the group first at his home and shared his experience as a gardener raising vegetables in raised beds. He shared a wealth of information on soil health, fertilization methods, weed control, and some new vegetable varieties. He also, introduced participants to blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry varieties for home owner production. He educated the group on berry’s need for cross pollination, and timely pruning techniques required for successful production.

Not only is Mr. Hull’s gardening management practices very thorough, his garden was constructed for weed prevention in walking pathways, ease of harvest, and protection from wildlife. Lastly, Mr. Hull’s raised bed garden is without a doubt the most pleasing to the eye garden I’ve personally seen in my Extension career.

Our next tour stop was at local business, Evergreen Nursery. Ed and Linda Waldron gave a great presentation, and tour of the nursery starting with plant identification, and spacing for mature plant sizes. Mr.Ed explained tree planting techniques, how to prevent potted plants/trees from becoming root bound, climatic zones for plant survival, and how transplants are researched and brought to the commercial market.

The group had a chance to ask questions, and learn many different aspects of commercial horticulture. It was a great experience for all attendees, and we all learned much from the Waldron’s experience in the industry.

I’d like to thank our hosts last Saturday for taking time to meet with our tour group. I’d also like to thank our very knowledgeable Master Gardeners for organizing the tour, and sharing their expertise with attendees.

There will be future tours, and Master Gardner events, so if you’re interested in these events or becoming a Master Gardner, call the local Winston Extension office at 662-773-3091.

Submitted by: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent Winston County

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Van Hull’s Raised Bed Gardens
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Van Hull’s Raised Bed Gardens
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Evergreen Garden Center with Ed and Linda Waldron
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Evergreen Garden Center with Ed Waldron

Monday, July 15, 2019

Quilt Display at Library

This beautiful quilt is on display at the Winston County Library throughout the month of July and August. Entitled “ In Bloom”, it was pieced by Master Quilter Martha Dubard and quilted by Colleen Eskridge.

Winston County Accepts Bid on Annex Building

In a board meeting this morning (July 15), Winston County Supervisors unanimously agreed to accept a bid from Burks-Mordecai Builders for the construction  of the new county annex building. Burks-Mordecai was the low bid on the project at $4,469,000.

The three story structure to be located behind (south) of the County Courthouse will serve a number of purposes, including offices for the Sheriff and Emergency Management Departments, board rooms and administrative offices. Funding for the project was established  after the 2014 tornado through FEMA. Below is a rendering similar to the proposed construction.

Friday, July 12, 2019

"Crooked Snake" The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard

In 1968, during Albert Lepard’s fifth escape from a life sentence at
Parchman Penitentiary, he kidnapped Lovejoy Boteler, then eighteen years old, from his family’s farm in Grenada, Mississippi. Three decades later, still beset by half-buried memories of that time, Boteler began researching his kidnapper’s nefarious, sordid life to discover how and why this terrifying abduction occurred.

Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard is the true story of Lepard, sentenced to life in Parchman for the murder of seventy-four-year-old Mary Young in 1959. During the course of his sentence, Lepard escaped from prison six times in fourteen years.

In Crooked Snake, Boteler pieces together the story of this cold-blooded murderer’s life using both historical records and personal interviews—over seventy in all—with ex-convicts who gravitated to and ran with Lepard, the family members who fed and sheltered the fugitive during his escapes, the law officers who hunted him, and the regular folks who were victimized in his terrible wake.

Throughout Crooked Snake, Boteler reveals his kidnapper’s hardscrabble childhood and tracks his whereabouts before his incarceration and during his jailbreaks. Lepard’s escapes take him to Florida, Michigan, Kansas, California, and Mexico. Crooked Snake captures a slice of history and a landscape that is
fast disappearing. These vignettes describe Mississippi’s countryside and spirit, ranging from sharecropper family gatherings in Attala County’s Seneasha Valley to the twenty-thousand-acre Parchman farm and its borderlands teeming with alligator, panther, bear, and wild boar.

LOVEJOY BOTELER spent his early years on Riverdale Farms in Grenada County. He worked for the Mississippi legislature, as a deck hand on the Mississippi River, and in a rodeo in Colorado. Boteler has also taught constructiontechnology and instrumental music in public schools. He builds custom furniture.

What people are saying about Crooked Snake

Absolutely loving your beautifully written book. Wonderful stuff…it’s a damn masterpiece!
Richard Grant, author of Dispatches From Pluto

If you enjoyed “Cool Hand Luke” and “O Brother Where Art Thou”…then you are primed to appreciate Lovejoy Boteler’s “Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard.”
Allen Boyer, literary reviewer 

A low-down, true Mississippi crime story, populated with prison yards, dusty Delta back roads, country churches, hot-wired trucks, and bloodhounds.
Jim Dees, radio host

Congratulations again on writing such a vivid and memorable book - I was riveted, and you have a gift for evoking a scene through well-chosen details and dialogue.
Peter Tonguette: film critic, essayist and author

This gripping account of Lovejoy Boteler’s kidnapping and his years-long quest to learn more about his captors is absolutely riveting. This is a long awaited publication by this skillful writer and longtime friend.
William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi

Louisville's Fred's Store to Close

Fred's Discount Store chain continues to downsize and liquidate. The chain recently announce 129 store closures across the southeast. Louisville's store survived the first rounds of store closures that began in February but is included on the current list of stores to liquidate.

Below is a list of the most current closings in Mississippi:

Baldwyn: 441 N Fourth St.
Bruce: 403 W. Calhoun St.
Eupora: 300 Sr-9
Fulton: 1409 Adams St.
Greenwood: 2616 Hwy 82 E.
Iuka: 615 Hwy 25 South
Louisville: 502 South Church
New Albany: 126 W. Main St.
Saltillo: 111 Willow Brook Dr.
Water Valley: 409 Duncan St.
Winona: 603 Middleton Rd

Thursday, July 11, 2019

ECCC Holds 2019 High School Equivalency Graduation

Thirty students received their High School Equivalency diplomas during ceremonies July 9 at East Central Community College in Decatur. Those receiving HSE diplomas were (front row, from left) Datola Ealy of Forest, Morgan Slack of Louisville, Harley Sellers of Bay Springs, Genesis Robinson of Union, Alex Arauz of Forest, Christina Hamilton of Philadelphia, Sheyli Lopez of Morton, Courtney Griffin of Pulaski, Ashley Edmonds of Philadelphia, and Skylor Templet of Carthage; (second row, from left) Linzy Atkinson of Carthage, Anielca Cuellar of Forest, Robin Janak of Forest, Miriam Ferguson of Carthage, Precious-Anya Floyd of Louisville, Juanita Green of Louisville, Andrea Reid of Forest, Dannie Hopkins of Carthage, Lakendra Madison of Philadelphia, and Ryan Wilkerson of Philadelphia; and (back row, from left) Latasha Mayers of Forest, Brittany Sloan of Louisville, Isaiah Townsend of Philadelphia, James Rushing-Susz of Forest, Austin Dilmore of Jackson, Clay Necaise of Carthage, Cameron Norton of Union, Brandon Alexander of Philadelphia, Jason Robinson of Philadelphia, and Brian Runnels of Morton. The keynote speaker for the ceremony held in the Vickers Fine Arts Center was Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Augustus Collins, former adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard. For more information on ECCC’s Adult Education programs offered to those 17 and older throughout the college’s district of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties, contact Alfreda Thompson or 601-735-6387. 

Former Louisville Student Signs Softball Scholarship with UAPB

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Flowers Foods Issues Voluntary Recall of Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is voluntarily recalling hamburger and hot dog buns and other bakery products due to the potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been introduced during production. Consumption of product may cause a choking hazard.

The products being recalled were distributed to retail customers under a variety of brand names and distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The company initiated the recall following the discovery of small pieces of hard plastic in production equipment.No related injuries or illnesses have been reported. Click here for a list of the products, UPC numbers, “best by” dates, and the first three digits of the lot number for the products involved in this recall.

Chief L.M. Claiborne Retirement Reception - July 12

Dear Friends & Neighbors:

Please join me in celebrating the career and service of Chief L.M. Claiborne as we will be hosting a Retirement Reception on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Louisville Community Safe Room.

I have been asked by some how to participate or how best to congratulate Chief Claiborne on his retirement. Although it is not customary, we are asking for any who may be willing and able to make a contribution in his honor to assist with the reception and all additional funds would be allocated to a gift card for his choosing. No monetary gift would be too small or large and contributions may be personally delivered to City Hall or mailed to:
Louisville City Hall
P.O. Box 510
Louisville, MS 39339

I humbly ask you to join me in this cause. A registry of donors will be kept and receipts will be provided from City Hall. Thank you in advance for considering this request and I look forward to seeing you on Friday if you can make it.


Will Hill
Mayor, City of Louisville

Violent Facebook Post Key to Investigation

A video posted to Facebook may be key to an investigation by the Louisville Police Department. On July 8, LPD was called to the 200 block of North Street to investigate the beating of a 13 year old juvenile. The investigation indicated that the youth had been beaten by a group of juveniles on the front porch of a residence. There is some indication that an adult may have been involved and filmed the incident.  LPD's investigation is ongoing said Police Chief Sean Holdiness and several suspects have been identified.

A video of the incident has been posted to Facebook and has gone viral- seen as far away as Memphis and Georgia. Winston Web News will not post the video due to the fact that juveniles are involved and due to the violent nature and language involved.

Focus Manor Celebrates 4th Anniversary

Focus Manor, 302 John C. Stennis Drive/Jones Avenue, Louisville, MS (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Focus Manor, a residential facility, celebrated its 4th Anniversary, Sunday, June 30, 2019 with Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ USA members on location. It was opened, June 2015 with Grand Opening on July 18, 2015. The purpose of the facility is to provide a safe and secure residence for individuals with a certified physically handicap condition. Individuals living in the facility are low income on a sliding fee scale for rental cost. Tenants are assisted with services from Golden Triangle, which include meals on wheels, the Department of Human Services and other community service organizations, when funds are available. Other amenities include a meeting room, laundry room and an office that is opened daily to provide residents with services. HUD is screens the applicants.

The facility is a positive addition to the Winston County Community. It is one of a kind in the county. Focus Manor, Inc. with Dr. George A. Miller as the executive director secured the $1.8 million grant as the last of its kind funded by HUD of Washington, DC. Dr. Miller saw this residential facility as a vision many years ago and it came to fruition. Focus Manor, Inc. is a non-profit agency which operates out of the Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ USA, with Dr. George Miller as pastor.

Dr. Miller stated “Churches need to do creative things to help the community. This project helps low income disabled residents in a modern facility. It was through Faith Tabernacle Church’s concern that the facility was built. It is used as a ministry in which the residents are given cleaning supplies as well as a meal on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. Our church provides Workforce Development as well as marriage counseling.” Dr. Miller commends his wife, First Lady Equilla Miller for the role she plays in the church and the hard work she did to help get the Focus Manor project completed.

Presently, Focus Manor has eleven occupied apartments with two vacancies. Interested individuals may apply by contacting Dr. George A. Miller, Executive Director at 662-694-0721.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson   

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Faith Tabernacle Church celebrates 4th Anniversary of Focus Manor outside the facility
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Faith Tabernacle Church celebrates 4th Anniversary of Focus Manor inside the building

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Motorist Says Thank You to Winston County Sheriff Deputies

Stephanie Brown-Craft was traveling through Winston County over the weekend in the early morning hours when one of the things that a traveler dreads the most - occurred.

 Brown-Craft, a resident of Jackson,  had a flat tire along a lonely stretch of highway.  Flat tires are always an inconvenience but in the wee hours of the morning and for a woman alone, it can be a frightening experience. 

Fortunately for Brown-Craft, two Winston County Sheriff's officers were quickly on the scene. Afterwards, she posted about  her experience on her Facebook page.

Brown-Craft contacted WinstonWebNews and wanted to publicly thank the officers involved. "Keep up the good work. With all the bad publicity out there about law enforcement, it's important to know that there are good police officers and that they are out to help."

The officers involved were Winston County Sheriff Deputies, Detrick Sanders and Jody Garrard.

65 ECCC Student-Athletes Recognized for Academic Performance

Sixty-five East Central Community College student-athletes have been honored by either the National Junior College Athletic Association or the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, or both organizations, for their academic performance during the 2018-19 school year.

In all, 39 ECCC student-athletes were recognized by the NJCAA and 65 were honored by the MACJC.

The NJCAA presents awards in three categories: First Team NJCAA All-Academic (for those achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average), Second Team NJCAA All-Academic (3.80 to 3.99 GPA), and Third Team NJCAA All-Academic (3.60 to 3.79 GPA).

Receiving First Team NJCAA All-Academic and their respective high schools were Mario Asagunla (football), Jackson, Hillcrest Christian; MaKenzie Barnett (softball), Neshoba Central; Olivia Clay (softball), Lake; Gabriela Gomez (women’s tennis), Bogota, Colombia; Annika Jones (softball), Leake Academy; Braxton Rose (baseball), Newton County Academy; Hayden Sullivan (women’s soccer), Florence; and Bethany Wellerman (women’s tennis), Newton County Academy.

Receiving Second Team NJCAA All-Academic were Haden Boyd (men’s basketball), Stringer; Jesse Boydstun (baseball), Winston Academy; Austin Braswell (baseball), Hattiesburg, Presbyterian Christian; J.T. Carney (Baseball), Jackson Academy; George Farid (baseball), Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Joel Hill (men’s soccer), Newton County; Jay Johnston (baseball), Lake; Feria Mays (women’s basketball), Kosciusko; Anna McNeer (softball), Canton Academy; Woody Vowell (baseball), Choctaw County; Kaylee Webb (softball), Ruston, La.; Philip Webster (men’s soccer), West Lauderdale; and Georgie Wilson (women’s soccer), Adelaide, Australia.

Receiving Third Team NJCAA All-Academic were Brady Anderson (football), Brandon; Gavin Bailey (baseball), Newton County; Dylan Barnett (men’s tennis), Newton County; Kayla Baucum (women’s tennis), Newton County; Parker Breland (softball), Union; T’Kasmin Colston (women’s basketball), Philadelphia; Kelli Ficken (softball), Central Hinds Academy; Alex Hay (baseball), Lewisburg; Olivia Houston (softball), Northwest Rankin; Jonathan Knight (men’s basketball), Vancleave; Will Ladner (men’s tennis), Stone County; Ethan McMullan (football), Newton County; Katelyn Morson (women’s soccer), Warren Central; Chris Perez (men’s soccer), Forest; Kayro Serrano-Arteaga (men’s tennis), Forest; Dylan Shoemaker (men’s soccer), Forest; Kailee Swindle (softball), Hattiesburg, Presbyterian School; and Reyes Willis (baseball), Choctaw Central.

The academic honors presented to student-athletes on the state level include MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State (those earning a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA) and MACJC Academic All-State (3.25 to 3.79 GPA).

ECCC student-athletes receiving MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State were Mario Asagunla, MaKenzie Barnett, Haden Boyd, Jesse Boydstun, Austin Braswell, J.T. Carney, Olivia Clay, George Farid, Gabriela Gomez, Joel Hill, Jay Johnston, Annika Jones, Feria Mays, Anna McNeer, Braxton Rose, Hayden Sullivan, Woody Vowell, Kaylee Webb, Philip Webster, Bethany Wellerman, and Georgia Wilson.

Those receiving MACJC Academic All-State were Brady Anderson; Leah Anderson (women’s soccer), Leyland, England; Gavin Bailey; Dylan Barnett; Kayla Baucum; Parker Breland; T’Kasmin Colston; Cameron Cotten (baseball), George County; Hannah Dufault (softball), Hurley, East Central; Kelli Ficken; Alex Garcia (men’s soccer), Forest; Dillon Green (men’s soccer), Warren Central; Jordan Havens (women’s soccer), Horn Lake; Alex Hay; Olivia Houston; Josie Hurst (women’s tennis), Newton County; Walker Johnson (baseball), East Webster; Isaac Keen (men’s tennis), Winston Academy; Evan Keith (baseball), Vancleave; Brooklyn King (softball), George County; Jonathan Knight; Will Ladner; Ethan McMullan; Katelyn Morson; Cody Myers (football), Pelahatchie; Tanner Owen (men’s basketball), Kemper Academy; EmilySue Parkman (softball), Lake; Carrington Payne (women’s soccer), Richland; Chris Perez; Murphy Reid (baseball), West Lauderdale; Will Ross (baseball), Hernando; Isaac Santitto (men’s tennis), Innisfail, Queensland, Australia; Ken Scott (baseball), Clarkdale; Kayro Serrano-Arteaga; Anderson Shelley (baseball), Greenville, Washington School; Dylan Shoemaker; V.J. Swanier (football), Pass Christian; Kailee Swindle; Ali Grace Walker (women’s soccer/women’s tennis), Newton County; KeiMoya Walker (women’s basketball), Jackson, Murrah; Annabell Watkins (softball), Leake Academy; Amelia Whitfield (women’s soccer), Pearl; Reyes Willis; and Jake Wofford (men’s tennis), East Webster.

Ambitions Cheerleading Summer Camp

A Cheerleading Summer Camp Ends

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Front row L to R: Mariah McWilliams, Kayleigh White, Addison Eiland, Tiffany Randall, Kaylin Smith. Back row L to R: Volunteer Ardrianna Liddell,
Damonie McWilliams, Dashalyn Harrington, Jaysia Clark, D’Asia Johnson, Markia Holmes, volunteer MaKayiah Wraggs, volunteer Ciarra King,
Alanah Hudson, Chelsea Bibbs, Administrator and Instructor Asia Eichelberger (Photo curtesy of Nitoka Hughes)

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Front row L to R: D’Asia Johnson, Alanah Hudson, Addison Eiland, volunteer Ciarra King, Tiffany Randall.
Back row L to R: Damonie McWilliams, volunteer Ardrianna Liddell, Markia Holmes, MaKayiah Wraggs,  Kayleigh White, Mariah McWilliams,
volunteer Barbara Coleman, volunteer Kamryn Eiland

The Ambitions Cheerleading Titans Summer Camp was held at the Louisville Coliseum June 17-28 with fifteen girls ages 5 to 15 years old. Asia Eichelberger is the founder, administrator and instructor of Ambitions Cheerleading Titans. Friends of Dean Park, Inc. helped to sponsor, promote and support all aspects of the camp. The camp taught girls the fundamentals of cheerleading along with lessons about attitude, leadership, and service. Positive youth development was stressed in all phases of this program. All cheerleaders were held accountable for their academic performance and their commitment to sportsmanship and community service. Arts and crafts were enjoyed by the girls.

Asia stated, “This was the first summer cheer camp for Ambitions Cheerleading Titans. The class was challenging but exciting and I would love to have a repeat during the holiday season and during the next summer vacation. This camp gave me experience for my major which is Sports and Recreational Administration as a junior at Ole Miss. I am grateful to the community and all who sponsored a girl, volunteered or donated snacks. It was a full day camp from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The girls enjoyed spending part of the day at the new playground at Ivy Park. They especially enjoyed the Splash Pad on those hot days.”

Asia and the cheerleaders express gratitude to the following providers of sponsorships for some of the girls for the cheer camp: The Jewel Shoppe, Inc.(Mary Snow, co-owner), Beck’s Funeral Home (Robert Beck, Owner), Hampton & Associates Law Office (Atty, Linda Hampton), Joe Keith & Marsha Partridge, Jr. (Agency Manager of Mississippi Farm Bureau), Julie Cunningham (Chancery Clerk of Winston County), Darlene Bane (Winston County Tax Assessor), Louisville Publishing Company (Joseph McCain, owner), Kim Ming (Circuit Court Clerk of Winston County), Annie Ruth Robbins, Dianne Floyd of Kids World Day Care, Supervisor Ralph Goss of District 4, The CATO Corporation (Danyell Logan, Store Manager), Melvin and Mattie Davis.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Presley Cuts Ribbon at Brown Wood Preserving in Choctaw County

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley joined Atmos Energy, local elected officials, and representatives of Brown Wood Preserving to cut the ribbon on a new kiln at Brown Wood Preserving Company today.

Commissioner Presley, Atmos Energy, and Brown Wood worked together to extend gas lines to get the Brown Wood facility the needed natural gas to power the kiln, which is used in their tree drying process.

This cost for extending the line from existing Atmos Gas lines to Brown Wood cost approximately $74,000. The overall investment from Brown Wood to build the new kiln was approximately $1.8 million.

“It is always a great day when the public and private sectors work together and have a positive result for everyone involved,” said Commissioner Presley. “Partnerships like these are one of the best ways we can work together to improve the lives of our citizens, by creating and keeping industry right here in Mississippi.”

Atmos Energy utilized Mississippi contractors to complete the gas work on this project, Taylor Construction Company of Laurel, MS and Moody Construction Company of Louisville, MS, to complete the project well ahead of Brown’s start-up schedule.

Under the Hire Mississippi Rule, which was authored by Commissioner Presley, the Public Service Commission encourages the use of local contractors for in-state construction projects by the state’s major utility companies.

“Keeping dollars spent by Mississippians on projects in our communities across our state just makes sense,” said Commissioner Presley. “I am proud Atmos chose to utilize Mississippi companies on this project and hope this serves as inspiration to other Mississippi contractors to show they also have a shot at projects like this one.”

Monday, July 8, 2019

Presley Announces No-Call Changes Taking Effect July 1

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced changes to the Mississippi No Call law that take effect July 1.

  •  Businesses can register their phone lines on the state’s No Call list.
  •  Charities using paid telemarketers must register with the Public Service Commission.
  •  Caller ID “spoofing” will be a violation of the Mississippi No-Call Law.
  •  The Public Service Commission is authorized to investigate any and all calls where the caller   attempts to obtain money or property.
  •  Fines that may be issued for violations of the No Call law raise from $5,000 to $10,000 per violation.
“These are positive changes that will help protect our citizens from scammers trying to prey on Mississippians,” said Commissioner Presley. “I am putting every tool at my disposal to work to take advantage of the new authority given to us by the Legislature to combat predatory telemarketers and scam artists. I encourage all Mississippians to report these calls to our office so we can fully investigate.”

Businesses interested in signing up for the no-call list can visit

Thank You From The Winston County Library

I really would like to thank all the organizations who made our Summer Library Program possible. They are so generous in their support of the library and I can’t thank them enough.

  • Bennett’s Do-It Center
  • Fair Propane and Gas Co.
  • GT Physical Therapy (Fyzical Therapy)
  • Louisville Banker’s Association
  • Louisville Fire Department
  • Pizza Hut
  • Polo Custom Products
  • The Taylor Group
  • Wal-Mart
And thanks to our wonderful volunteers! Haley McHenry, Kayla Chunn, Liz Gold and Veronica Molina.


Winston County Sheriff's "Jr. Deputy" Program Underway

The Winston County Sheriff's "Junior Deputy Academy" is underway this week. The program held at South Louisville Baptist Church and sponsored by the Sheriff Jason Pugh provides an opportunity for kids 6-12 to learn more - not only about law enforcement, but safety, fitness, nutrition and a number of issues.

The Louisville Fire Department, EMS personnel, local game wardens and Ms Highway Patrol officers will participate in the week long event.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Water/Awards Day 2019 at the Library

Water Fun!!

Petting Zoo and Face Painting!!