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 amy@winstoncounty.com.

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 www.psc.state.ms.us

Sample Ballot for Nov. 5 Election

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Older Worker Week Observation

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L to R: Louise Shavers (NCBA Job developer), Louise Tucker (Women, Infants and Children {WIC} receptionist trainee), Catherine Triplett (ECCC,
receptionist trainee), Willie Norris Shields (Dean Park, landscape assistant trainee), Elmetra Patterson (Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Host Agency supervisor)
(photo courtesy of Dorothy Reeves of NCBA)

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) held its annual Older American Worker Week Observation at their office, 100 Railroad Street, Water Valley, MS. All NCBA staff, program participants and host agencies were invited to attend. The theme for this year: Connect, Create and Contribute. CONNECT with friends, family, and services that support participation. CREATE through activities that promote health and personal enrichment. CONTRIBUTE time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

In attendance were over 100 people from various counties. The Winston County participants are listed in the photo above. Mr. Chester Johnson, the Mississippi Program Coordinator, conducted a business meeting which encouraged participants to seek employment and report twice monthly their job search. The goal is for participants to find employment as soon as training is completed to provide space for other seniors to have the opportunity to participate.

MS Stephanie Gobert of Legal Services and Elder Law did a presentation which focused on the three major documents that seniors need: Will, Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Directive (Living Will). She provided the contact information for those who needs assistance with these documents or any other legal problems. Mrs. Beulah Greer, CEO of Community Student Learning Center, presented information on affordable housing for the elderly. This program is funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. Pertinent information was given on USDA loans and grants to renovate or repair homes for seniors and disabled. The contact # for her is 662.834-0905. They also provide Fair Housing counseling and Home Buyers Education.

The Census Bureau 2020 representatives provided information about the upcoming Census Day which is April 1, 2020. The importance of Census was enumerated and all participants were encouraged to be counted. To apply for employment with the Census one should go to www.Census.gov. Games, fun and food followed and they were enjoyed by all.

NCBA has a contract with the federal program, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The requirements for participation:
  1. Must be unemployed;
  2. must be 55 years of age or older with priority given to application who are 65 years or older;
  3. must be capable of performing part-time training duties;
  4. must reside in the state where they will be assigned; and
  5. must have an annual family income which does not exceed 125% of the federal poverty income guidelines.

Participants train an average of twenty (20) hours per week and are paid no less than the federal or state minimum wage. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator’s Office, (662) 846-6992.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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Chester Johnson, Mississippi NCBA Program Coordinator
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Whitehall Bazaar Set for Oct. 26

The annual Whitehall Church Bazaar will be held on October 26th. A bountiful breakfast buffet will be served beginning at 7:30. Plates are $8 each for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 10. Children 3 and under eat free. Veterans will be honored with a half-priced meal. Coffee, milk, and juice are served with the meal. Canned soft drinks and bottled water are available for $1.

After the prayer at 8:00 AM the ribbons for each room will drop and shopping will begin. Dining room sets, end tables, dressers, chests, cakes, pies, candy, dip mixes, crosses, birdhouses, canvases, pre-wrapped gifts perfect for teachers, quilts, windows, pottery, nativity sets and many more surprises will be available. This year the bake room will also feature quarts and gallons of soups and stews. Holiday meals will be stress-free with the delicious ready-to-bake casseroles. The white elephant room will once again be a name-your-own-price area and is always popular with bargain hunters. Silent auctions items will be displayed for bidding as well.

For the first time in Whitehall Bazaar history one item will be auctioned online prior to the event. Crafted by church member David Luke, a beautiful swing comes complete with a twin-size mattress, pillows, spread, and ropes. Bids may be placed on the original Facebook post found on the page: Whitehall Church Bazaar. This is a live auction which will end at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, October 25th. Similar to other auctions if activity happens within the last five minutes of closing, the auction will be extended for another three minutes. This is a reserve price auction. 

Proceeds from the yearly event will be split evenly between the local missions fund and the church building fund. Whitehall Church is located at 10595 Highway 14 West near Louisville. Everyone is invited to attend worship services each Sunday at 11:00. Sunday School classes are held at 10:00. Bro. Mike Dowd serves as the pastor. For more information please contact any church member or call 662-803-8222.

Pilot Club September Meeting

Club members receiving Perfect Attendance Awards.

The Pilot Club of Louisville met at Lake Tiak O’Khata on September 12, 2019. President Kathy Sinclair open the meeting. Chaplain Equilla Miller gave the devotional and invocation. After the meal, President-Elect Kristin Woodward introduced the guest speaker who was Mississippi District Lt. Governor Patti Bennett from Fulton, Mississippi. Perfect Attendance Award Certificates was presented to pilots that had perfect attendance for the year 2018-2019. Darlene Bane presented Past President Brandi Krajewski with the President’s Book of Memories. President Kathy Sinclair dedicated the Pilot Club’s Yearbook to Tara Woodward. Tracy Jackson was chosen as Pilot International Club Ambassador. The Pilot Club of Louisville meeting was adjourned with the club motto. “True Course Ever”.

Darlene Bane presenting Past President Brandi Krajewski the President’s Book.
Kathy Sinclair presenting Tara Woodward with Yearbook Dedication.
Tara Woodward awarding Tracy Jackson as Club Ambassador of the Year.
President Elect Kristin Woodward welcoming Lt. Governor Patti Bennett of Fulton, MS

ECCC Announces 2019 Homecoming Celebration, Honorees

East Central Community College in Decatur will recognize four outstanding alumni during the 2019 Homecoming celebration scheduled Thursday, Oct. 17.

Randy Cleveland of Fort Worth, Texas, retired Vice President Americas of ExxonMobil Corporation, and Linda Kelly Shepard of Carthage, retired Leake County Chamber of Commerce Director, will be recognized as Alumnus and Alumna of the Year, respectively. Pam Green Hampton of Quitman, a former Lady Warrior basketball standout, and Barry Irons of Philadelphia, a former Warrior football standout, are this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.
Numerous activities are also scheduled as part of ECCC’s 2019 Homecoming celebration.
Festivities begin with a reunion for the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1969 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Gordon Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. An “all-you-can eat” buffet lunch for class members and their guests will be available for $7 per person.  A special presentation will be made to the members of the Class of 1969 at 2:30 p.m.
All alumni are invited to a reception hosted by the ECCC Alumni Association beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium. The group’s annual business meeting and the recognition of alumni awards will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the same location.
Activities continue at Bailey Stadium beginning with Alumni Association Tailgating at 5:30 p.m. This event is free for current Alumni Association members and $10 for all other alumni and guests. Reunion groups will also meet here.
The ECCC vs. Hinds football game begins at 6:30 p.m. Alumni of the Year will present the game ball and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will serve as honorary team captains. The Homecoming Queen will be announced during the halftime presentation of the Homecoming Court. Following the crowning, the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band will present its full halftime show.
For more information, contact Kendall Simoneau, Director of Alumni Relations and the Foundation, at 601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is ksimoneau@eccc.edu.