Thursday, October 31, 2019

Asya Branch wins Miss Mississippi USA 2020

Once again, the most beautiful women in Mississippi competed for the titles of Miss Mississippi USA and Miss Mississippi Teen USA at the Horseshoe Casino and Resort in Tunica, Mississippi on October 26, 2019. Asya Branch, an Ole Miss student from Booneville, was crowned as the first African American Miss Mississippi USA. Zoe Bigham, from Maben, was named Miss Mississippi Teen USA. 

The Crowning was a culmination of three days of competition held at the Horseshoe Casino where all contestants competed in Swimsuit/Activewear, Evening Gown and Interview.

The Runners-Up to Miss Mississippi USA were Kerrie Blakeney of Greenwood, Bailey Anderson of Moss Point, April Mayfield of Vicksburg and Regan Ringler of Clinton. The Runners-Up to Miss Mississippi Teen USA were Annie Grace Gibson of Mantee, Helen McDougald of Tupelo, Claire Love of Hernando and Mackenzie Taylor of Hernando.

Asya will advance to the nationally televised 2020 Miss USA pageant held in the spring. Zoe will advance to the 2020 Miss Teen USA pageant. Winners received an abundance of prizes including wardrobe, jewelry, modeling opportunities, scholarships and of course- the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.

The Miss Mississippi USA is The Miss USA and Teen USA Pageant is owned by WME/IMG who also owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants.

Pageant officials have announced that applications are being accepted from young women throughout the state who would like to compete in next year’s pageant. Miss USA pageants accept each contestant on an at-large basis through an application process and interview prior to the pageant. Applications can be found at under the “Apply Now” section.

For more information on the pageants, go to or call 615-891-0557 or email


Dr. David Nolen Speaks to Nanih Waiya DAR

Dr. David Nolen, Associate Reference Librarian at the Ulysses S. Grant Library at MSU, was the guest speaker for the October meeting of the Nanih Waiya DAR. Dr. Nolen spoke about how MSU was able to acquire the library, and what can be expected when you visit the library.

While visiting the library visitors can see selections of Grant’s papers, and photographs from wartime and his two presidential terms. There are four life-size statues of Grant, a desk from an Illinois courthouse where Lincoln practiced law, and a book picturing Grant’s 7-mile funeral procession. Electronic exhibits help bring Grant’s history alive.

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Grant Funding Approved for Area Volunteer Fire Departments

The Winston County Fire Coordinator's Office is pleased to announce approved grant funding for Bethden Volunteer Fire Department, Nanih Waiya Volunteer Fire Department, Noxapater Volunteer Fire Department and Shiloh Volunteer Fire Department totaling $15,605.42. These are non matching grants for local fire departments to purchase wild land firefighting equipment. The Mississippi Forestry Commission’s “Volunteer Fire Assistance Program” works closely with the County Fire Coordinators to provide a safe and beautiful Mississippi .

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Mississippi Dixie Heartland Toy Drive Pageant - Nov. 9

Our famous ALL CROWN TOY DRIVE PAGEANT IS BACK!!!! Mississippi Dixie Heartland All Crown Pageant, in loving memory of Carmen Smith, November 9, 2019 at the beautiful Choctaw County Community Center - 898 College Street - Ackerman. Doors will open at 12 noon and pageant will begin at 2:00 p.m.

FEE INFO - PAGEANT FEES ARE $40 for beauty and $10 for one photogenic photo - $5 extra per photos entered for judging. All entries due by November 1. Photogenic is optional and will not count towards Division Queen. Bring your photos the day of the pageant. Any size photo is accepted – no picture frames please and have your child’s name and age division on the back of your photo.

– NO ROLL FORWARD. Any age group with over 10 contestants will be split. No group will ever have over 10 contestants. Age groups and divisions are BABY MISS 0-15 months, TODDLER MISS 16-23 months, TEENY MISS 2-3 Years, LITTLE MISS 4-5 Years, YOUNG MISS 6-8 Years, PRE TEEN MISS 9-11 Years, JR MISS 12-14 Years, TEEN MISS 15-17 Years, MISS 18 and up – never married and no children. MRS/MS 18 and up married, divorced, or single mom. So you can see we have a division for EVERYONE!

I want to invite you if you have ever wanted to do a pageant or know someone who has... NOW IS THE CHANCE TO WIN THAT CROWN! 

Now to the fun part...what do you win? In each age division there will be a Queen and Alternates as well as other special awards given. Each girl will receive a beautiful crown and the Queen will receive a larger crown and sash. Photogenic winners will receive a crown and sash. We will also award Prettiest Eyes, Prettiest Hair, Prettiest Smile and Best Fashion – these winners will receive a sash. We will do Baby Miss and Teeny Miss – We will stop and crown those divisions so they won’t have to stay until the end of the pageant. We will stop periodically throughout the pageant to crown winners. We try to make is as convenient as possible for our parents and as comfortable as possible for our contestants.

If mailing send to Rhonda Prisock 1575 Harold Ming Road – Louisville, MS 39339 – Make Checks Payable to Rhonda Prisock DO NOT EMAIL PAPERWORK PLEASE. Last day to enter is Nov. 1, 2019. For more information or questions please call Rhonda at 662-803-8555 or email at
Modeling Formation is T formation. Entering from the back and exiting from the back - If they want to go right or left it doesn’t matter. No points deducted or added for modeling formation - we are looking for elegance and stage presence. We are looking for girls who are having FUN on stage. This pageant is all about being beautiful and having a good time. ZERO STRESS!
There will be group line up at the end of each division also.

Door admission for everyone except contestants will be $10 – kids 3 and under are free.

TOY DRIVE INFO We ask that each contestant please collect NEW toys for our toy drive for Blair
Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson. Toys must be NEW – no sparking toys, no stuffed toys, no weapons – toy guns, knives etc. (All toys not meeting these requirements will be donated to Broken Wings in Ackerman. Feel free to collect toys at work or school – collect as many as you can for these precious children. Bring toys with you the day of the pageant. The toy drive this year is in memory of Carmen Smith. Carmen spent time at Blair Batson after a traumatic brain injury – she passed away June 29, 2015. Carmen touched so many lives with her motto – “Be kind, help a stranger and have a Godly attitude.” I know Carmen would be thrilled to be giving back to the kids at Blair Batson.
Let’s honor her memory with tons of toys!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Louisville Police Department Upgrades

The Louisville Police Department recently upgraded computers and other technical equipment, replacing some computers that were as much as thirteen years old. In addition, through the use of seized drug funds, all full time officers received new service weapons. Older models were replaced with new Glock Model 45 - 9 mm handguns. The new Glock is shown here emblazoned with the LPD shield.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Update on High School Football Games

According to our latest information - Nanih Waiya vs Vardaman and Noxapater vs Ethel high school football games have been moved to tonight 10/24 due to weather concerns. Louisville is still scheduled for Friday Night.

2. WE ARE STILL PLAYING OUR FOOTBALL GAME ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT HOME VS. LEAKE CENTRAL! This schedule change only involves our pre-game Senior Night festivities. We'll still see you tomorrow night for our final regular season home game!
Our home game against Ethel originally scheduled for this Friday Oct. 25th has been moved to this Thursday Oct. 24th. Please join us as we celebrate Tiger Heroes Night honoring Mid-MS Special Olympics as well as our military. Kickoff is at 7:00.

Friday nights game vs Vardaman has been moved to Thursday, October 24. Game will still start at 7. Wear pink/teal to honor those who courageously fight the daily battle of cancer.

2019 ECCC Homecoming Court and 2019 ECCC Homecoming Honorees

Members of the 2019 Homecoming Court at East Central Community College in Decatur included (front row, from left) freshman maids Jasmin Brooks of Collinsville and Savannah Jones of Philadelphia; sophomore maids Kayla Baucum of Newton and Beth Fortner of Port Gibson; queen Parker Breland of Union, sophomore maids Abigail Wells of Noxapater and Alexis Gaines of Newton; and freshman maids Alana McMullan of Decatur and Courtney Gill of Carthage; and (back row, from left) escorts Matthew Riley of Brandon, Walker Johnson of Mantee, Gavin Bailey of Decatur, Caleb McGrew of Meridian, Will Chambers of Forest, Joseph Breazeale of Philadelphia, Joel Hill of Decatur, Andrew Phillips of Decatur, and Jonathan Knight of Vancleave. The queen and her court were presented during halftime of the ECCC vs. Hinds Community College football game Thursday, Oct. 17. (EC Photo)

Receiving special recognition during East Central Community College’s 2019 Homecoming celebration held Thursday, Oct. 17, were (from left) new Athletic Hall of Fame members Barry Irons (Class of 1969) of Philadelphia and Pam Green Hampton (Class of 1987) of Quitman; Alumna of the Year Linda Kelly Shepard (Class of 1969) of Carthage and Alumnus of the Year Randy Cleveland (Class of 1981) of Fort Worth, Texas. Copper etchings of Athletic Hall of Fame honorees will be permanently displayed in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium and alumni honoree etchings will be displayed in the college’s Memorabilia Room located in Burton Memorial Library. The awards presentations were made during a special presentation in the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium. (EC Photo)

2019-20 ECCC Student Leaders

East Central Community College Student Body Association and class officers selected for the 2019-20 school year include (seated, from left) Student Body President Matthew Riley of Brandon, Student Body Vice President Kayla Baucum of Newton, and Student Body Secretary Bryce Callie Leach and Student Body Treasurer Lydia Bishop, both of Sebastopol; and (back row, from left) Freshman President Jorian Jackson of Morton, Freshman Vice President Sarah Burns of Carthage, Freshman Secretary Jasmin Brooks of Collinsville, Freshman Treasurer Alana McMullan of Decatur, Sophomore President Giuliana Donato of Carthage, Sophomore Vice President Jordan McLemore of Lake, Sophomore Secretary Kaeleigh Thompson of Brandon, and Sophomore Treasurer Gavin Bailey of Decatur. Dr. Amanda Walton, director of housing and student activities, serves as SBA sponsor. (EC Photo)

2019/2020 Mayors Youth Council

There was a great group of youth to kick off the 2019-2020 Mayor’s Youth Council on Tuesday evening with special guest and a presentation from Jim McAdory of Winston County MSU Extension. Mr. McAdory discussed 4H and a number of other topics. Thirty youth were in attendance  for the first meeting.

Sanofi Provides Update on Precautionary Voluntary Recall of Zantac OTC in U.S.

As a precautionary measure, Sanofi on Friday, October 18, intiated a voluntary recall of all Zantac OTC (over-the-counter) in the United States. This includes Zantac 150®, Zantac 150® Cool Mint, and Zantac 75®. Zantac tablets are an oral, over-the-counter product to prevent and relieve heartburn associated with acid ingestion and sour stomach.

On September 13, 2019, the U.S Food and Drug Administration issued a public statement alerting that some ranitidine medicines, including Zantac OTC, could contain NDMA at low levels and asked manufacturers to conduct testing.

Evaluations are ongoing on both drug substance (active ingredient) and finished drug product. Due to inconsistencies in preliminary test results of the active ingredient used in the U.S. products, Sanofi has made the decision to conduct the voluntary recall as the investigation continues.

Active ingredients used in Sanofi’s ranitidine products outside of the U.S. and Canada are sourced from different suppliers. Sanofi has also issued a voluntary recall in Canada. The company is committed to transparency and will continue to communicate results with health authorities from the ongoing testing, and work with them to make informed decisions based on available data and evidence.

Risk Statement: NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.

Sanofi will be notifying its distributors and customers via email and via the Sanofi web site, and will arrange for return of all recalled products. Wholesalers (direct customers) will be asked to immediately stop distribution and return any stock to Sanofi, and contact the retail outlets in their group to do the same. Retailers will be asked to immediately stop dispensing Zantac tablets and return remaining stock to Sanofi by contacting INMAR at 877-275-0993 (option 1) or via fax at 336-499-8145 or email at Consumers are asked to speak to their physician or pharmacist about alternate heartburn relief options.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Complete and submit the report Online
Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Bingham Competes for Title of Miss. MS Teen USA 2020

Zoe Bigham , a junior at Winston Academy will compete for the Title if Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2020 at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica , MS ... the winner will represent Mississippi in the teen USA 2020 pageant .

Zoe is the daughter of Jeff and Michele Mosley and J.T. and Cassie Bigham.

Zoe was recently recognized on the House of Representative floor for her work with her platform “Zoe’s Closet” which regularly donates clothes and backpacks to a local elementary school (Fair Elem.)

People’s Choice Award 2020 voting is open until 9 a.m. Saturday. Voting is $1 per vote, and a portion of the proceeds will be for The Good Mother Project of Tunica. Voting is unlimited and the winner of People’s Choice Award gets a guaranteed spot in the Miss Mississippi Teen USA semifinals.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Molly May Book Party

Mississippi author Molly May stopped by the Winston County Library Tuesday, 10/22/19, to talk about her new book My Crowning Achievement: Beating Breast Cancer. Beginning with the Miss Preteen America pageant at the age of twelve, Molly has won one competition after another – Miss Dixie’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Belle of the Bayou, Miss Amory, Miss Mississippi State University and she has placed twice in the Top Ten and twice in the Top Five while competing for the title of Miss Mississippi.

Raised by a single mother battling breast cancer, Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer at age nineteen. Through all the pain and heartache, this remarkable young woman, who is now twenty-five, has taken one of life’s greatest challenges and turned it into a heartwarming platform – a never-ending desire to provide cancer patients with love a support. “We were so amazed by her poise, her confidence and her passion for speaking about life before, during and after cancer,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “She is passionate about helping others and offering encouragement. She told me that October is her favorite month – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!”

  Molly and her mother Deborah May, looking over the 
National Breast Cancer Awareness Display at the Winston County Library.

Louisville Police Dept Makes Arrests

On Wednesday, October 16th, the Louisville Police Department arrested James Harrison, Jr. for attempted armed robbery of Gregory's Food Mart, Handy Andy, and M & A Country Mart.  Harrison was also charged with 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Harrison had an initial appearance on Friday in Louisville Municipal Court where his bond was set at $300,000 for all of the charges.

On Tuesday, October 1st, Louisville Police arrested Lajordan Henley and Shaun Bryant for burglary of a house dwelling. Henley was also charged with strong armed robbery. Both remain in jail with a $50,000 bond.

Louisville Police are also seeking individuals responsible for the malicious mischief in the vandalism of Squeaky Clean Car Wash on South Church Avenue.

LPD Chief of Police, Sean Holdiness urges anyone with information on a crime or illegal activity to contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Friday, October 18, 2019

High School Football Scores

Louisville 12  W. Lauderdale 0
Noxapater 31  W. Lowndes 16
Nanih Waiya 61  Hamilton 6
Winston Academy 35  Clinton Christian 28

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Friends of Dean Park Asking for Volunteers for Fall Beautification Day at Dean Park

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Fall Beautification Day will be held at Dean Park, HWY 15 South, on Friday, October 19, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) will supply snacks and drinks. FODP would like to invite the following groups: 4-H Club, the Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club, Boys and Girls Scouts, church youth groups, Winston County Master Gardeners Association, garden clubs, Black Girls Read, the Wildcats and other students or adults to participate.  Volunteers can help plant, rake leaves and pine cones, weed, prune, fertilize and spruce up the park. Community Service hours are available for students’ scholarships and college applications and for master gardeners’ recertification. Membership to Friends of Dean Park, Inc. is open to adults for $15/yearly and $5/yearly for students. Membership is not required for participation as a volunteer. 

There will be a 30 minute presentation of Container Gardening by several master gardeners for those that are interested. 

 Contact Information: Elmetra Patterson - 510-672-2106 or Macilean Jordan 662.705-1676

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Winston Medical Center Flu Information

While fall brings many pleasant changes – including cooler weather and colorful fall foliage, it also marks the beginning of flu season. The influenza virus can cause mild to severe illness and, in some situations, can lead to death. Individuals with a greater risk of developing flu-related complications include children younger than five years old, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, women up to two weeks postpartum, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease and blood disorders.

At Winston Medical Center, our mission is to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Winston County and surrounding communities. One way we do this is by making sure our neighbors and friends have the information they need to stay healthy and fight preventable diseases, like the flu. Given the fact that flu season is now upon us, we want to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this illness. The good news is that there are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself, prevent the disease from spreading, and speed up recovery from the flu, in case you do get sick.

The first and most important step is to get vaccinated. This is the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu virus. While it is still possible to contract the flu after receiving a vaccination, it is much less likely. And if you do get sick, studies have shown that flu vaccinations can make your illness milder. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older, with any age-appropriate flu vaccine. If you are considering a nasal spray flu vaccine, it is important to know that this option is approved by the CDC for use in non-pregnant individuals, ages two through 49, and that there is a precaution against this option for those with certain underlying medical conditions. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best flu vaccination method for you.

If you or a loved one begins to notice symptoms including coughing, sore throat, fever or upper respiratory symptoms, please see your healthcare provider right away.

During flu season and year-round, Winston Medical Center is here to help with your healthcare needs.

To get your flu vaccination, contact any Winston Medical Clinic. All three locations accept walk-ins. WMC-Main Street Clinic: 662-773-5704, Winston Medical Clinic-Hospital Campus: 662-773-3503 and Winston Medical Clinic-Noxapater.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Friends of the Library Gift Basket Fundraiser

Holiday Shopping? Come by the Winston County Library and see what our local Friends of the Library will give away in a drawing on December 2, 2019. We thank our local merchants who have been generous by donating over $1500 worth of gifts for men, women, and children.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your holiday shopping done for you, as well as, helping fund our local library Friends group. Stop by the Library and buy your ticket today for $5 or three tickets for $10. The proceeds will help Friends further our mission of raising money and public awareness for the needs of our Library by sponsoring events and programs and purchasing items needed by the patrons and staff of the Winston County Library.

Gift Basket Donated Items
  • Ala Carte Alice – 4 different dips
  • Auto Zone – Digital Tire Inflator
  • Barbara’s Place – Steve’s Bees 24 oz. bottle of honey
  • Becky’s Antiques – $25 gift certificate
  • Bennett’s Do-It Center – Bennett’s Do-It Center insulated thermos
  • Beverly’s Baskets – Swan Creek Break Apart Drizzle Melts (Tawny Tuscan Vanilla)
  • Carnell’s Restaurant – $50 gift certificate
  • Darby’s Boutique in Noxapater - $25 gift certificate
  • El Paisaje Restaurant – $30 gift certificate
  • El Rodeo Restaurant – $20 gift certificate
  • Example Outdoors – cap
  • Farm Bureau – cookbook
  • Fashion Boutique – $25 gift certificate
  • Fran’s Florist – Christian plaque
  • Gookin’s Custom & Quick Lube – $20 off full service oil change
  • Home Town Nutrition – 1 combo gift certificate
  • Jerry’s Flower Shop – 2 children’s puzzles
  • Jewell Shoppe – red beaded bracelet made by Mary Snow
  • Jot’s Bath & Body (Pamela Blackwell) – homemade goat’s milk soap, charcoal tea tree facial bar,shea hand & body cream “Sweet Orange Chili Pepper”, & all natural lip balm
  • Just Teasin’ – Swan Creek 100% soy free Candle
  • Lake Tiak-O’Kata – LTOK Mug with a gift certificate for two Friday night Seafood Buffets
  • Louisville Co-Op - $25 gift certificate
  • Marie Gordon (M Collection) – three cross wall hanger
  • Melanie Yates – Votivo Candle, Bridgewater Candle, Bridgewater Reed Diffuser, Votivo
  • White Iris Aromatic Candle, insulated cup, tote bag
  • Mi Rodeo Restaurant – $40 gift certificate
  • Moe Yarbrough – pepper relish and pepper sauce
  • D & T/NAPA - $25 gift certificate
  • O’Reilly 73-piece ¼” drive socket set by Power For Torque w/lifetime guarantee
  • Pack Rat – 32-piece SAE and Metric Combination Wrenches by Irontron
  • Pro Nails – $25 gift certificate
  • Rebel Auto – 36-piece Performance Tool Socket Set ¼”
  • Silver Goose –Good Earth Pottery bread platter, Delta Blues Rice Grits, Body Lotion,Sachet
  • Something Special – Insulated cup
  • Sonic – 6 Wacky Pak certificates
  • Southern Traditions – Body Scrub
  • Susan Clark – ceramic angel
  • VIP Nails – 1 $15 manicure
  • Vowell’s Marketplace - $50 gift certificate
  • Walmart - $50 gift certificate
  • When It Really Matters – 25% off gift certificate
  • Winston Furniture Company – 2 Louisville T-Shirts by Kay Calvert Jordan
  • Winston County Library – t-shirt
  • Woods’ Grocery - $15 gift certificate
  • Woody’s Stop ‘N Shop in Noxapater – 4 Mangiacotti Natural Soaps

Monday, October 7, 2019

Presley to Host "Hire Mississippi" Event in Winston County

In 2016, 70% of the $810,000,000 spent by the state’s five largest electric and gas companies on operations and maintenance went to companies outside of Mississippi.

Louisville, Mississippi (October 3, 2019) – Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will host an event in Winston County to allow businesses to sign up to do work with the state’s largest utilities. The Hire Mississippi event will take place October 16th at 8 a.m. at the Lake Tiak-O'Khata,1290 Smyth Lake Rd, Louisville, MS 39339. The event is free, open to the public, and breakfast will be served.

In 2017, Presley passed the Hire Mississippi rule that requires the state’s largest public utilities to give extra notice, attention, and support for Mississippi businesses looking to bid on public utility projects. Hire Mississippi requires the largest utilities to give notice to each company on their Hire Mississippi Supplier List when any job is available for bid that a Mississippi company is qualified to perform. The program requires each business to sign up and provide certain information.

“I am sick and tired of seeing out-of-state companies on construction sites in Mississippi when I know that Mississippians are footing the bill for those projects. I have zero doubt that our companies could be doing at least some of that work, if they were given the chance. It’s past time that we put our state’s businesses first and that is what the Hire Mississippi program does,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “Hire Mississippi allows Mississippi businesses to get a bite at the apple and be considered first for contracts that they are qualified to do. If we don’t look out for Mississippi businesses and workers, no one else will.”

“This is a casual event, but one where I want every business owner to leave there signed up for the Hire Mississippi Supplier List and with knowledge about the program,” said Presley.

The event is cosponsored by the Louisville/Winston County Chamber of Commerce. To RSVP, please call the Louisville/Winston County Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-8719 or email

LHS Band Shows Out!

Congratulations to the Louisville High School Band as they won every Best in Class Award and won
Reserve Grand Champion (2nd place overall) at the Crossroads Marching Classic this past Saturday at Corinth High School!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wings Over Winston Airshow Set for Saturday- October 5th

The Wings Over Winston (WOW)Airshow returns to the Louisville-Winston Airport on Saturday.
Expectations are for a great show with the return of some old favorites and some new performers as well. WOW is a free event and the gates open at 9:30 am and the show starts at 11:00 am.

Acts include the Lima Lima Flight Team featuring a group of T34 military trainers performing group acrobatics, Jimmy Burke and his Russian YAK 52, A WWII era F4U Corsair piloted by Frank Kimmel and the Raptor Team from SRC Airshows return as well.

The Immortal Red Baron returns from last year's show to entertain and thrill the crowd. Also set to
return are the "Alabama Boys" featuring Sheriff Roscoe and Hot Wire Harry providing a bit of comedy and amazing aerial stunts.

Also returning is the opportunity to take rides in an open bi-plane over the city of Louisville and surrounding area. Rides are available on Friday prior to the airshow and on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon - prior to and after the show. No reservations are needed for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The event is free to the public. Parking is available at the Louisville Coliseum and adjoining ballfield parking areas with shuttle service to the airport. Adults are asked to donate $1 for the shuttle rides to defray costs. Handicapped parking is available as well.

Wings Over Winston may be one of the most intimate and crowd friendly air shows across the South.
Folks can interact, meet and have a fine old time with our performers before and after the show.

Many of our local businesses are contributing to the cost of the show to make it affordable for our citizens. Food vendors will be on site with everything from BBQ to Sno-Cones. Please come out and bring the family to this fun-filled and exciting day.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Entergy Mississippi Customers Save $207 Million from Regional Transmission Organization Membership

The Mississippi Public Service Commission and Entergy announced how customers of Entergy Mississippi have reaped big benefits from the company’s membership in MISO, a regional transmission organization. In the five years since Entergy Mississippi joined MISO, formally known as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., customers have saved some $207 million, which is almost $500 per customer. 

“One of the Public Service Commission’s core functions is ensuring fair cost and adequate service for utility customers. This partnership has ensured this is the case for Entergy customers. By Entergy having access to electric power in other markets through MISO, Entergy customers are seeing real savings. I applaud Entergy and MISO’s partnership and what it has done for their customers in Mississippi,” said Brandon Presley, Northern District Commissioner and MPSC Chairman.

“The ability to access additional energy markets through MISO plays a vital role in bringing Entergy customers reliable, low-cost service.” Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton said. “It’s great to see the value this partnership between Entergy and MISO provides for ratepayers in Mississippi and we look forward to continue to see its benefits in the future.”

“Our first priority is to provide safe, reliable electric service at a reasonable rate,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO. “When we proposed joining MISO, we told our customers this would be a good business decision that would benefit them each month. We’ve made good on that promise.”

MISO manages the flow of power on the transmission grid. It also aids in the planning of new transmission facilities and operates competitive markets to buy and sell wholesale energy and other products. Its footprint stretches from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

"Our number one mission is to deliver the most reliable electricity and create value for our member utilities and their customers," said Todd Hillman, senior vice president and chief customer officer for MISO. "That results in financial savings and ultimately fuels a more prosperous economy for those we serve in our footprint."

The estimated $207 million in savings between 2014 and 2019 is largely because power plants are dispatched more efficiently on the transmission grid. This results in a lower delivered cost of energy. Significant savings also come from MISO members sharing generation reserves, which produce long-term benefits for customers.

In 2018, Entergy Mississippi’s residential rates were 24 percent below the national average. That’s according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“Our membership in MISO has been highly effective in helping us control costs and keep our rates low,” said Fisackerly. “Our customers have saved on average about $41.4 million per year since we joined.”

Entergy Mississippi, LLC provides electricity to approximately 450,000 customers in 45 counties. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

For more information contact the Mississippi Public Service Commission at 1-800-356-6428 or online at