Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Red Hills Car Show - Biggest Ever!

The Red Hills Festival Car Show continues to grow each year. The 2011 show had 95 entries making it the largest ever. Many fine examples of cars and trucks came from all over the area. Charles Powell’s red 1955 Ford F-100 pickup received the Best of Show award. The Jerry W. Hendrix Memorial Award went to Jimmy and Reba Hodge with their 1965 red Mustang convertible. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the cars, trucks and motorcycles. To see more photos from the show - click here The car show t-shirt, designed by Todd Brooks of Vision Graphics and produced by Swain printing, was given to sponsors and entrants.
Sponsors of the 2011 RHCS include ALFA Insurance, Bullock Toyota, Watson Automotive, The Taylor Group, Crawley Law Offices, Regions Bank, Bobby Baker Construction, Heard’s Collision and Repair Center, Louisville Tire and Brake, South Louisville Auto Repair, Winston County Farm Bureau, Richardson Road Side Service and Paint, Pearson Plumbing and Septic Services, Southern Auto Body, Wilson Motor Sports and Dihan McCullough Realty.
Door Prizes were supplied by Rebel Auto Parts, AutoZone, CapWell, D&T Services, NAPA/ACE, POLO Customs Products, Renasant Bank, Sonic Drive In, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wal-Mart, Waring Oil Company and Western Auto.

RHCS winners by class were:
Production Cars Pre 1948
1. Jerry and Scott Hendrix Louisville FD 1930 Model A
2. Scott Hendrix Tupelo 1946 Ford Conv.
3. Don Miller McCool 1926 Model T
Production Cars 1949-1960
1. Jerry Hendrix Louisville 1955 Ford T-Bird
2. Wayne Hill Louisville 1957 Chevy
3. Paula Hendrix Louisville 1956 Ford T-Bird
Production Cars 1961-1976
1. Charles Fox Philadelphia 1965 Mercury
2. Bobby Hood Kosciusko 1968 Dodge Dart
3. Stan Acey Brandon 1961 Impala
Production Cars 1977 to present
1. Rebecca Stanley Noxapater 2009 Dodge
2. Lynn Moore Louisville 1977 Toronado
3. Sarah Luke Louisville 1986 Cougar

Street Rods
1. Killer Thompson Caldonia 1941 Willis.
2. Danny Richardson Louisville 1928 Ford
3. Gale Sherman Crawford 1941 Ford
Street Machines 1949 to present
1. Mickey Peebles Philadelphia 1963 Nova
2. Jerry Taylor Louisville 1958 Chevy PU
3. Janero Lynch Noxapater 2007 Charger
Mustang Production 1964 to 1973
1. Roger Reid Union 1969 Mustang
2. Melissa Reid Union 1966 Mustang
3. Jimmy and Reba Hodge Kosciusko 1965 Mustang
Mustang Production 1974 to Present
1. Larry Hester New Albany 1996 Mustang
2. Greg Duncan Philadelphia 1990 Mustang
3. Edward Bennamon DeKalb 2004 Mach I
Mustang Modified
1. Mike Henson West Point 1973 Mustang
2. Gregory Bennamon Meridian 1998 Mustang
3. John Walker Coila, MS 1971 Mustang
Corvette Production 1953 to 1982
1. Steve and Tait Hendrix Madison 1969 Corvette
Corvette Modified
1. Alex Chow Greenwood 2010 Corvette
2. Kevin Stanley Noxapater 1980 Corvette
Muscle Cars
1. Joe Cade Columbus 1969 Cougar
2. J.W. & Angela Haimes Madison 1967 Dodge RT
3. Eugene Oswalt West Point 1970 Plymouth
1. Joyce Hill Louisville 1972 VW Conv
2. Melissa Kowerduck Harvest, AL 1972 VW
Classic Ford
1. Jerry Sanders Ackerman 1958 Ford
Productions Trucks 1900 to 1974
1. Charles Kitchens Louisville 1953 Chevy
2. Scott and Evon Hendrix Tupelo 1961 Ford
3. David Dunigan Starkville 1958 Chevy

Production Trucks 1975 to present
1. Bobby Baker Louisville 1986 Chevy
2. Don Miller McCool 1984 Chevy
3. Jimmy Luke Louisville 1981 F-100
Modified Trucks 1900-1974
1. Charles Powell Columbus 1955 Ford F-100
2. John Winstead Louisville 1966 Chevy
Modified Trucks 1974 to present
1. Dalton Mayo Louisville 1985 Chevy
2. Billy Files Louisville 2003 Steeda
3. Robbie Fuller Louisville 1985 Ford
Rat Rods
1. D. Forster Louisville 1946 Dodge
2. Morgan Gay Louisville 1928 Ford
Motorcycles Harleys
1. Garland Smith Noxapater 2005 Harley
2. Sid Hilliard Louisville 1941 Harley
3. David Metts Louisville 1952 Harley
Motorcycles Tikes
1. Cindy Lewis Louisville 1989 Honda
Race Car/Pro-Street
1. Allison Federick Lawrence 2002 Jr. Dragster
2. David Federick Lawrence 60’s Front engine
3. Brent Hammons Brandon 1987 Buick GN
4-Wheel Drive
1. Brady Goodin Louisville 2006 Toyota
Under Construction
1. Pate Watson Louisville 1972 Chevy PU
2. Mike Latham Starkville 1931 Ford
3. Brian Wiedeman Meridian 2000 Eclipse
Special Interest
1. Mike Boyles Louisville 1976 TR6 Elec
2. Charles L. Guyton Starkville 1984 Jeep

Monday, May 30, 2011

Red Hills Art Contest Winners

The Red Hills Art Contest was recently held and artwork has been available for viewing at the Winston County Library. There were 56 entries submitted in the contest and sixteen awards given: First & second place in artwork and crafts and honorable mentions in both categories. Judge Terri Cherry from East MS Community College commented that this was "Very high quality work!" First place #32--Beginning by T Cournoyer, Second Place #42--Flowers on Main St by M McNeel*** honorable mentions Angelica Robinson #21, Betty Jane Chatham #36, Bernice Pearson # 38, Larry Howell #1, W. G. Sims #47, Wanda Hunter #9, Jim Land # 27, Barbara Howell #5, Marie Shaw #48.
Crafts First Place #17 --Beads by Melvina Moore, Second Place #15--Divided Loyalties by Amy Hathorn,*** Honorable Mentions #20 Susan Clark, and #31 Terri Cournoyer.
To see all award winners, click here for a slide show.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

While Still High - Winston Co Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

Winston County’s unemployment rate stood at 15.2% in April. This compares to a rate of 17.9% a year ago and 5.7% for the same month in 2008 (3 years ago.) April’s rate is an improvement over the previous month of March when unemployment in the county was at 15.9%.
While the county’s rate of unemployment has shown improvement over the last few months, it still stands as one of the highest in the state; ranking 76 out of 82 counties. The highest unemployment rate in April (19.6%)was in Issaquena County.
Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2011 was 10.4 percent. The state’s seasonally adjusted series reported an over the month increase of two-tenths of a percentage point from 10.2 in March. When compared to one year ago, the rate was two tenths of a percentage point lower than the 10.6 percent reported for April 2010.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Few Snapshots from Today's Red Hills Festival - Full Story Tomorrow

To see all of Saturday's photos - click here
Car Show

LHS Band Alumni & Photos

Laurel Ball - National Anthem

Prepping for 5k Run

Friday, May 27, 2011

RED HILLS FESTIVAL - Here's What's Happenin!!

Red Hills Festival activities start tonight. We'll provide a full run-down of events and happenings so you can plan accordingly. FRIDAY NIGHT: The band "Backdraft" will be playing from 7 pm til 10 pm at the stage area on South Columbus as some vendors move in to set up for Saturday. The carnival is in town and will be up and going tonight with a variety of rides for the kids. The carnival is located behind the 1st Baptist Church. This is a good time to enjoy the cooler air and stroll the streets and visit with folks..

SATURDAY: Starts off with the 5k/Fun Run sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary. Runners & Walkers start at 8 and 9 am from N. Columbus between the Post Office and Tabor Drugs. Louisville Homecoming will have a tent in front of Citizen's bank for out-of-towners to sign up for a gift basket to be given away. If you have Louisville/Winston County ties be sure to stop by & visit. It may be a way to connect to some old friends.

The Festival kicks off around 9:00 with the National Anthem sung by Laurel Ball and our MC for the day is Brother Larry Haggard. This being an election year, politics will dominate the stage as 20 -25 candidates will stump for their campaigns throughout the day. This should include a few candidates for statewide office as well. But don't worry-- speeches are limited to three minutes or so..
At 10:00, the awards for the winners of the 5K/Fun Run will be presented and at 10:30 get ready for "Poetry Slam" as Daniel Green and friends take the stage. A bit later, Tracy McCully will perform and then the young folks of "Steady On"; A little more politikin takes place, as more candidates hit the stage. At 1:00 pm Adam & Tara Lowery perform followed by the drawing for the Homecoming Basket and the band "K.P.'s Codgers" from Kosciusko will finish the day's entertainment until 3:30.
There' s still more going on!! Alyne Haynes will be preparing plate lunches from 11 til 3 on Park Street next to Caperton Auto and the Louisville Fire Department is providing a shuttle service between the Festival and the Fire Museum on N. Church. It's a great way to cool off and visit the Museum which is normally only open by appointment. Pick up is on N. Columbus next to Tabor Drugs. Also, Louisville High School Band Alumni should run by the Library and sign the alumni list and check out some of the band photos from year's past.
After cruising the Festival and checking out all the vendors, head on over to the First Baptist parking lot where the Red Hills Car Show is taking place. Lots of classes - and registration runs from 8-10.
If cars aren't your cup of tea, try out the Antique Sale at First Methodist Church throughout the day. They will also have food and the County-Wide Bake Sale will be going on there as well. Proceeds from the bake sale will go to help county victims of last month's tornado.
As you spend the day at the Red Hills Festival, take a moment to thank the organizers and volunteers who work so hard throughout the year to bring this all together, If we left anything out - we apologize - and remember to always let us know if you are planning a nonprofit event.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Area Gas Prices

Through the Summer, WWN will provide our readers with information on gasoline prices throughout the community. Prices indicated are for Regular Unleaded and are subject to change at anytime. Prices quoted are gathered within a thirty minute period and do not consider ethanol content - only visible advertised price. WWN is not responsible for inaccuracies in signage, etc.
Gas prices have dropped over the past week. As of Thursday afternoon at 3 pm, $3.69 per gallon was the most common price in Louisville. Nine of fifteen stations were advertising at this price. The highest rate indicated was $3.79 and the lowest rates were $3.64 at Murphy Oil, $3.65 at Spaceway and $3.66 at Dixie on W. Main.

More Info on Tuesday's Civil Defense- Emergency Management Meeting

WWN would like to correct an error in yesterday's article on the Emergency Management meeting that occurred on Tuesday evening. One of the motions referred to in the meeting concerning a 4-wheeler and trailer was incorrect. The motion actually involved only a HazMat trailer. We apologize for any misunderstanding.
In addition to subjects covered in the previous article, much of the meeting covered the need for further education and training of all emergency personnel. Louisville Fire Department personnel, Brian Collier & Robert Hutto presented information about NIMS classes ( National Incident Management System).
NIMS was established after 9-11 by Homeland Security to provide a framework for all levels of government, volunteers and the private sector to work together "to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. This would include events such as natural disasters like the recent tornado activity in our area.
Members were informed that NIMS classes can also provide information on language and terms and how to provide necessary information to other governmental agencies as the need arose. Hutto indicated that these courses were provided online by the National Fire Academy and were free of charge.

New Business - Game Day Sports

Louisville continues to explode with new businesses. One of the newest is "Game Day Sports" that is located on South Columbus in the Lyle Grocery Building. (Market Cafe's previous location) Owners Chris & Dawn Wigington and Brad & Suzanne Gregory welcome you to come by and shop as they continue to expand their inventory. Game Day Sports carries Easton, Soffe, Harvey and collegiate apparel as well. They have a large selection of baseball products, gloves, bats, uniforms and training equipment; sunglasses, running shorts and tank-tops. They have MSU & Ole Miss Apparel, swimwear, sandals and towels - and Tipout Mouthpieces & Powerbands.

Game Day Sports can also meet all your screen printing, embroidery and sign & banner needs.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Issues Addressed at Tuesday Night's Civil Defense Meeting

A Civil Defense meeting was held on Tuesday night (May 24). Discussion centered around the recent tornado damage that occurred in the county and the response from emergency personnel and citizens. While the consensus that all emergency personnel did a good job during the crisis, there was need for more organization in the future. Members agreed to return to their member organizations, particularly the area volunteer fire departments and begin the process of forming committees to serve various required functions. As an example, a commitee would be formed with the responsibility of maintaining and servicing the generator that serves the communication repeater in Louisville.
Patrick Bane was approved as a new member, a motion to move a Kubota 4-wheeler & trailer currently at the Louisville Fire Department to the old solid waste facility in Beat 4 which serves as a storage facility for other civil defense equipment and a motion was also made to attempt to purchase a used Surburban from the Forestry Commission for use by local Emergency Management personnel. It was also decided to discuss an upgrade to the GR2 Analyst software that is used to track storm activity in the area.
Civil Defense meetings are scheduled for every 4th Tuesday of the month.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ribbon Cutting at New Trans-Load Facility in Louisville

A crowd of approximately fifty gathered at the ribbon cutting of the new Trans-Load Facility located on Railroad Avenue in Louisville on Tuesday morning (May 24). The new facility began with a unique idea to meet a need in the community. When the old Richton Tie & Timber property became available, area leaders worked with the Kansas City Southern Railroad, Mississippi Development Authority, TVA and the Appalachian Regional Commission to bring a public rail spur to the community.
David Fiveash of Kansas City Southern indicated that the Public Trans-Load facility was the first of its kind in this area and that the Louisville site could be a role model for other communities with similar situations.
Gerald Mills, the Executive Director of the Winston County Partnership introduced and thanked officials from participating agencies. He also indicated that expansion of the facility may be under consideration with additional rail spurs and a facility to repair rail cars in the future.
Mayor Will Hill indicated that the facility would be a major asset not only to local industry such as Temtco Steel, Taylor's and Rives and Reynolds Lumber but would also be a great recruiting tool to bring more industry into the area.
Whit Hughes, the representative from MDA added that the Trans-Load Facility was an example of what could be accomplished when a community listens to what the marketplace was telling it, being fiscally responsible and looking to the global economy as this is an asset that will help the local area compete on a global scale.
Speakers at the event included: Mayor Hill, Senator Giles Ward, Representative Russ Nowell, Supervisor Jerry Estes,Gerald Mills, Executive Director of the Winston County Partnership, David Fiveash of KCS, Mike Armour of the ARC, Stephen Surles of TVA and Whit Hughes from MDA.

MDES Hires Workers to Help With Recovery

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is hiring more than 500 temporary workers to help communities recovering from tornado and straight-line wind damage. The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the agency a $7 million National Emergency Grant to hire workers to help governments and nonprofits assisting with disaster recovery.

Workers can earn $7.25 an hour to $25 an hour, depending on the jobs and prevailing wages in their areas. Those affected by the storm are given priority in hiring. These temporary jobs last up to six months or until the worker earns $12,000, whichever comes first. Unemployment Insurance benefits may not be collected while working these jobs.

Workers are eligible who are:
*Out of work due to the disaster.
*Currently laid off from a job.
*Long-term unemployed, out of work at least 15 weeks during the past six months.

Jobs include:
*Debris cleaners.
*Humanitarian aides.
* Drivers.
* Office workers.
*Social-service aides.
* Construction workers.
*Others as needed.

This grant covers areas damaged by tornadoes and straight-line winds, declared disaster areas by the federal government and eligible for public assistance. This includes the following counties: Attala, Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Holmes, Itawamba, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Lee, Marshall, Montgomery, Monroe, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Scott, Smith, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster and Winston.

To apply, visit the nearest WIN Job Center. For more information, visit http://mdes.ms.gov.

Monday, May 23, 2011

WOW - Big Weekend Coming Up in Winston County - Red Hills Festival & More

This upcoming weekend may be the biggest of the year for Winston County and the City of Louisville highlighted by the 31st Annual Red Hills Festival. The Festival will kick off Friday night with live entertainment with the band "Backdraft" from Edinburg. In addition the Festival will have carnival rides and games throughout the weekend. The festival on Saturday will host a large number of vendors with food,crafts,jewelry and accessories, and other creative items. This being an election year, the visitor can expect a large number of political speakers along with musical entertainment throughout the day. Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant is tentatively scheduled to speak.There are lots of other events scheduled on Memorial Day weekend as well:
The 2nd annual Junior Auxiliary 5K run/Walk & 1 mile fun Run are scheduled at 8 & 9 am on Saturday (May 28) to kick off the activities for the day ** To register contact Shelley Thomas at sthomas@eccc.edu.
The 2nd annual Homecoming will also kick off this weekend beginning Friday night as well. Anyone with a connection to Winston County is asked to return for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Homecoming tents will be stationed in front of Citizens Bank on the day of the festival.Area churches are encouraged to host a Homecoming Sunday on May 29th. For more information please contact Dale Wright Green or Darlene Bane at 662-773-8519.
First Methodist will also be having the second annual Antique Sale in conjunction with the Red Hills Festival and a county wide bake sale is being sponsored by the citizens of Winston County to help benefit the tornado victims of Winston County. This will be held in the Christian Life Center of First Methodist Church on Saturday, May 28,2011, during the Red Hills Festival.
And last but not least, the Red Hills Festival Car Show will return to the First Baptist Church parking lot. Registration runs from 8 am til 10 am. There is a $20 entry fee and all entrants will receive a t-shirt and a chance at some great door prizes. Any wheeled vehicle is eligible and the classes will be adjusted accordingly. Three trophies will be awarded in each class and an "Overall Best in Show" will be awarded as well. If you need any more info on the car show - contact Jerry McCullough at 662-803-4205.
If you need additional info on any of these events, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-3921.

Suspects Arrested in Last Week's Armed Robbery in Louisville

Three arrests have been made as a result of the investigation of last Wednesday's (May 18) armed robbery on West Main in Louisville. Two of the three suspects are believed to be involved in a similar crime in Ackerman as well. Investigator Greg Clark indicated that cooperation with the Ackerman PD, tips and the efforts of the the local business involved actually led to four arrests for the two crimes. Louisville Police Chief L.M.Claiborne thanked the public for "doing the right thing when they have information."
While the proceeds of the robberies have not been recovered, the weapons and vehicle believed to be involved are in police custody. The following suspects will be charged with at least two counts of armed robbery:
Bobby Fair... Dontae or Dontay Fair... Regina Triplett... Perry Miller.

Nanih Waiya's Road to the State Baseball Championship

(A local writer chronicled the road to the 2011 State Championship for the Nanih Waiya Warriors)

The Nanih Waiya Warriors have been to the championship a couple of times in the past but just couldn't close the deal. That is until May 19, 2011. That day will live forever in the hearts and minds of a group of young men, coaches and Warrior fans. They can now claim the title of STATE CHAMPS!!The 2011 Warriors are a mix of youth and experience. The starting lineup included only 2 seniors, hard hitting All State outfielder Dominique Carter and versatile infielder Jeffrey Hemphill, and 2 juniors, slugging All State 3rd basemen Hunter Swart and scrappy outfielder Brandon Rigdon. The balance of the lineup were sophomores,All State clean up hitter/pitcher Colby Eaves,All State leadoff hitter/pitcher Luke Rosamond, 1st baseman/DH Zach Hanna, outfielder Hunter Luke, infielder Tanner Dalton and freshman catcher Stewart Ball. But don't let their youth fool you. These young men came through down the stretch with big plays in the field and at the plate. But the youth doesn't stop there. Head coach Tyler Rogers has only been a head coach for 5 years, Assistant coach Corey Coward 3 years and Assistant coach David Frey is in his first year.
The road to the championship was not an easy one but started with the Warriors winning the District with an 8-0 record over French Camp, Weir, Noxapater and East Oktibbeha allowing them to have a 1st round bye in the playoffs. In the 2nd round of the playoffs the Warriors faced the Ethel Tigers, sweeping them in 2 games. Led by Rosamond with 3 hits, Eaves with a home run and Rigdon with a Grand Slam the Warriors routed the Tigers by a score of 12-1 in the first game. Eaves pitched a complete game scattering 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7. In the second game the Warriors scored the only runs they needed in the 1st inning but added 2 more in the 4th and one in the 5th to advance to the next round with a 5- 0 win. The Warriors were led at the plate by Eaves and Rosamond each hitting home runs and Rosamond pitched a complete game allowing 5 hits and striking out 9 Tigers.
The 3rd round of the playoffs presented a much bigger challenge with the Warriors visiting the Cathedral Green Wave in Natchez. The Green Wave started the game out scoring one run in the 1st while the Warriors got it cranked up scoring 3 in the 2nd, one each in the 3rd, 4th and 5th then exploding for 4 in the 6th. However, the Green Wave didn't lay down. They scored one each in the 3rd and 4th and 3 in the 6th but the Warriors held them to 2 in the 7th to take the win 10-8. The Warriors were led by Carter and Hanna with 3 hits each and 5 RBI and Luke and Ball with 2 hits each and 4 RBI. Eaves pitched another complete game giving up 9 hits and striking out 4. Hoping to end the series in 2 games the Warriors came back home to play the Green Wave in game 2. The Warriors came out hot scoring 8 runs in the the first 2 innings but the Green Wave scored 4 runs in the 1st, 2 runs in the 3rd, 1 run in the 4th and 5 each in the 5th and 6th to win the game 17-15. Eaves led the Warriors at the plate going 3 for 4 with a homer and 6 RBI while Swart went 2 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBI. Rosamond picked up the loss on the mound giving up 13 hits and 11 earned runs. He wasn't helped much by the defense who committed 8 errors in the game. The Warriors had to make the long drive to Natchez once again to face the Green Wave in game 3. Eaves took the mound once again and only gave up 2 runs on 7 hits with 2 strikouts and pitched another complete game. The Warrior defense made up for the previous game with only 1 error. Hemphill and Rosamond led with 4 put outs each and Luke had 3 in right field. The Warrior bats were led by Luke who went 2 for 4 with a solo home run, Hanna who went 2 for 4, Swart who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, and Eaves who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. The Warriors won 6 to 2 and would face the Bogue Chitto Bobcats for the South State championship in the next round.
The Warrior defense once again stepped up as the Bobcats visited Nanih Waiya for game one. Rosamond took the mound and pitched a complete game giving up only 3 hits and striking out 3. The Warrior offense also came out firing on all cylinders as they scored 10 runs on 10 hits. Rosamond helped himself out by going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and was assisted by Eaves who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. The Warriors scored in each of the first 3 innings and scored 5 in the 5th to end the game at 10-0. The Warriors then made the long drive down to Bogue Chitto to go for the sweep and take the South State Championship. But they knew it wouldn't be easy this deep in the playoffs and the Bobcats rose to the challenge. The Warriors jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after 2 innings but the Bobcats roared back scoring one run in the 3rd and 5 runs in the 4th to take a 6 to 4 lead. The Warriors fought back scoring 2 in the 5th and 2 in the top of the 6th to lead 8-6 but the Bobcats weren't done yet. They scored 3 in the bottom of the 6th to lead 9-8. But the Warrior bats were not done. They erupted again for 3 runs in the top of the 7th and the defense held on with runners on in the bottom of the 7th to take their second trip to the State Championship in school history. Winning 11 to 9 the Warriors were led by Eaves who went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI, Swart who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, Carter who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and Ball who went 1 for 2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI. Eaves started the game on the mound for the Warriors and pitched 4 innings allowing 5 hits and had 5 strikouts but walked 4 batters and hit 3 by pitches. Swart came on in relief and pitched 2 innings giving up only 2 hits but walked 2 and hit 2. Rosamond closed out the game in the bottom of the 7th giving up only 1 hit and striking out one.
It has been a long time since “tiny” Nanih Waiya had been in the State Championship of any sport. In baseball it had been 24 years. The 1987 Warriors, coached by the late Tommy Joe Miles who got the program started in the 1970's, won the North State Championship that year but were beaten in the State Championship by Beulah Hubbard. But this year the team and the school and the fans just knew it was their time. Cheered on by hundreds of fans, the Warriors took the field on Tuesday at Smith-Wills stadium in Jackson to face the Falkner Eagles. The Eagles, the number 3 team in their district, came into the championship having beaten Shaw,Tupelo Christian, Pine Grove, and Greenville St. Joseph's. This young team from North MS had scratched and clawed and fought its way to the State Championship and Coach Rogers knew the Warriors would have to be ready to play to win. The Warrior bats caught fire from the start scoring 2 runs in the 1st and 5 in the 2nd and 2 more in the 3rd. But the Eagles fought back scoring 1 in the first and 2 in the 3rd. But it wasn't enough as the Warriors added 6 more runs to finish the game 15-4 in 5 innings. Rosamond recorded a complete game on the mound for the Warriors only giving up 3 hits and striking out 4. The defense played well behind him with only 2 errors. The Warrior offense, however, was on fire!! They were led by Hemphill who went 2 for 2 with 2 walks, 3 RBI and an inside the park home run. Eaves also went 2 for 2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch and had 2 RBI, Rosamond and Luke each went 2 for 3, and Ball went 1 for 2 with 2 walks. The Warriors were one win away from their first ever championship.Game 2 saw the Warriors and Eagles meet at Trustmark Park, home of the MS Braves minor league team. With a huge crowd in attendance the Eagles put their ace pitcher, senior Will Robertson, on the mound hoping to tame the Warrior bats and extend the series to a third game. And it looked like it might be possible as Robertson for the Eagles and Eaves for the Warriors pitched shutouts for the first 2 innings. However the Warriors came alive in the bottom of the 3rd scoring 4 runs and never looked back. They scored one more in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 1 in the sixth while Eaves kept the Eagles off the board to end the game and give Nanih Waiya its first State Championship ever. The Warrior offense was led by Eaves who went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI, Carter who went 1 for 4 with 3 RBI, Hanna who also went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI, and Luke who went 2 for 3 and a triple. After the game the Warriors were presented with the MHSAA Division 1A State Championship trophy and the celebration began. There were tears of joy and smiles from ear to ear in that crowd. Including Coach Rogers who clutched that trophy like someone might try to steal it. One proud dad of two of the Warriors and who was on the 1987 team that lost the championship said to his son “ You just did what I couldn't do for Tommy Joe. That sunshine out there today was him smiling down on you guys from heaven. I am so proud and I know he is too!”Congratulations to the Falkner Eagles on a great season and to the Nanih Waiya Warriors, 2011 State Champions.
...Jerry Hemphill

A Reminder From Local Law Enforcement

Louisville Police have noted an increase in property crimes recently, especially auto break-ins involving the theft of items from inside vehicles including purses and stereos. Chief Claiborne would like to remind everyone to place any valuables out of sight if you are leaving your vehicle unattended. If you have any information on any crime, please contact the Louisville PD at 662-773-3511..... ALSO - The Click It or Ticket Campaign Started TODAY - Be sure & wear your seatbelt...

A Death in a Louisville Motel Over the Weekend

Louisville PD responded to a call at the Louisville Motel on South Church at 7:30 pm on Saturday ( May 21). Upon arrival, officers found a tenant in an unresponsive state. The cause of death has not yet been determined and is under investigation but foul play is not suspected at this point. The name of the deceased has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

First Day of Job Fair Draws Large Number of Applicants

The Job Fair held at the ECCC Career Advancement Center located in the old Spartus Building in Louisville started today with a large number of prospective employees. Thursday was the first day of a three day event to find employees for job vacancies at Taylor Machine Works locations in Louisville and Philadelphia. Shelley Thomas, the ECCC Site Coordinator indicated that there were more than 70 prospective applicants by mid afternoon.
Potential employees must complete a process that includes an Orientation with Taylor personnel, an E-Verification process with WIN (Workforce Investment Network) and a skills assessment applicable to the job. Individuals who pass all assessments and meet qualifications can then complete an application for employment with Taylors at the Louisville or Philadelphia location.
Chuck Donald, Operations Manager for Taylors indicated that a few openings had been filled prior to the Job Fair but there were still 25-30 positions to fill with skilled personnel. Donald also indicated that there were few if any entry level positions currently available but hoped that continued growth and expansion would provide more opportunities in the future. Extremely pleased with the turnout, Donald thanked ECCC Workforce Development, WIN and Winston County Economic Development for their assistance with the Job Fair.
The job fair will run from 10:00 am til 7:00 pm on Thursday, 10:00 am til 3:00 pm on Friday and from 8:00 am til noon on Saturday. Job vacancies specifically include; machinists, welders, finished painters, assembly level 3 & level 5 and fabricating group operators.Prospects must bring the following with them to the job fair: a current resume, two proofs of identification and certificates of training and/or transcripts. More detailed information should be obtained by contacting Shelley Thomas, the ECCC site Coordinator at 662-536-1150 or sthomas@eccc.edu. ECCC Workforce Development, Taylors and WIN (the Workforce Investment Network) are all working together to coordinate the job fair. Do not contact Taylor Machine Works directly.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starts May 23

The Louisville Police Department and Winston County Sheriff's Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization, May 23–June 5.
During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts — both day and night.
Because nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, nighttime enforcement has become a priority of the Click It or Ticket mobilization. Of those who died in nighttime crashes in MS in 2009, seventy percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
 In 2009, 11,593 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In MS, one hundred and eighty five died unbelted at night, and one hundred and ninety four died unbelted during the day.
 “Many more nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts. That’s why the Louisville Police department is strongly supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws during the May 23–June 5, 2011, Click It or Ticket campaign,” said Chief Claiborne. “We will be out in force to remind drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts — both day and night.”
High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010. Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide.
“Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions,” said Chief Claiborne.
Remember this May 23 to June 5: It’s Click It or Ticket. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.
MS: This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization. Since CIOT began in 2002, seat belt use in MISSISSIPPI has soared from 61.6% before CIOT to 81% in 2010, a dramatic increase of 19.4 percentage points.

Armed Robbery in Louisville on Wednesday Morning (5-18)

Police were called to a reported armed robbery at Thirty Day Check Advance on West Main in Louisville.This was previously reported incorrectly -WWN apologizes for the error. The robbery occurred around 11:05 on Wednesday morning. Details are limited due to the ongoing investigation but the suspects were described as two black males. Anyone with information should contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511.

Fatal Shooting in Southeast Winston County Under Investigation

Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence at 1829 Russell Road (located southeast of Noxapater) on Tuesday morning (5-17). The call to authorities was placed by the victim's husband, Gary Lauderdale at 7:33 am.Upon arrival, they discovered the body of 65 year old Nancy Lauderdale with an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. The body has been sent to Jackson for autopsy and the investigation is on-going. Autopsy results should be available later today or tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

911 Main Topic at Board of Alderman Meeting (5-17)

A new 911 system dominated the discussion at Tuesday night's Board of Alderman meeting. (5-17-11) A meeting earlier in the day of the 911 Advisory Board produced information about needs and costs of a replacement for the existing 911 system. The current system is currently under a maintenance contract that will not be renewable due to its age after January 31, 2012. Fire Chief Terry Johnson presented the Aldermen with a recommendation from the 911 Board of a lease option for a new PSAP (Public Safety Access Point) system from AT&T. The option would include a turnkey package including a 5 year renewable lease that covers all repair, maintenance, training and sufficient software and equipment for 2 dispatchers and a supervisor.The AT&T system would cost $12049 per month.
Johnson indicated that the alternative option of a full system replacement would require detailed specifications, a request for bids and bid out process that would have to be approved at the state level by the Ms. Wireless Communication Commission. These requirements could extend the time needed to implement a new system beyond the time frame available.
Frances Ball expressed concern about the cost of the system and how the cost would be shared with the county. Board Attorney Tucker indicated that the City has a contract with the County to provide 911 services and that the county pays for one dispatcher and phone service and that a new system would require possible adjustment of that agreement. Mayor Hill indicated that the information needs to be reviewed, discussions held with the county and clarifications of fund amounts from E911 phone fees in the county before any direct costs can be determined.

In other business, (but not limited to) the Board approved the following:
*accepted the low bid for site grading at the airport in preparation for a new terminal in the future. contingent upon receipt of an FAA grant.
*Accepted the high bid from Thompson Machine for the surplus landfill compactor.
*Rejected all bids for a 1996 Ford Explorer.
*Approved "Report Beam"training for staff
*Approved County Attorney Taylor Tucker to attend -UM-CLE Summer Conference in Biloxi on June 29-30.
*Approved Mike Towne - for instructor III MSFA training
*Approved Detrick Sanders for fitness coordinator training
*Approved Chief Terry Johnson to attend State Fire Chiefs Conference
* Issued aproclamation concerning "Click it or Ticket"
*Accepted the resignation of Marion Ball from the Louisville Housing Authority Commission and approved issuance of a proclamation commending his 44 years of service.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Supervisors Discuss Dean Park, Emergency Management & Open Bids on Courthouse Improvements

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met on Monday morning with a full agenda. The Board approved the following items with limited discussion:
*Approval of minutes
*Tabby Dempsey to attend Justice Court Clerk Training
*Acknowledge certificates of training for Mattie Cooper & Tabby Dempsey
*Payment of annual membership dues for 2011-2012 for Justice Court Clerks
*Transfer of funds from volunteer fire departments to the County Fire Association for replacemenet payment for insurance costs.
*Transfer of funds from the Emergency Medical Grant Fund to the County Fire Association for equuipment for first repsonders.
*Acknowledge the receipt of the grand jury report
*Correct an erroneous sale
*Execute several 16th section leases.
*Issue a Certificate of Appreciation for County Employee Charles Massey upon retirement.
*Payment to David O'Donnell (Redistricting Attorney)in the amount of $6956

In other business, Cedric Wooten requested that the supervisors consider putting in a public road to his property in District 3. Wooten is building a home off Brooksville Rd and expects further homes to be moved to the property as well. Supervisor Peterson indicated that he didn't object to providing assistance but that there were several things to consider and that it was not a simple process. Creating a public road would require a 60 foot right of way easement (which might require removal of an existing mobile home), a signed petition from all adjoining landowners, changes in the road registry required to be filed with the state and a change in all maps. He also indicated that a public road means public access and that the landowner gives up any right to control the use of the road. It was recommended that Wooten look at all the issues and discuss it further with Peterson.
The Board also considered a request from The Friends of Dean Park to fix a door that had been vandalized and spread dirt for a playground area. Supervisor Estes indicated that he had looked at the property and determined that up to 20 loads of dirt would be required to fix the playground area to prevent washout. He indicated that the Park didn't have the funds to fix this but that it needed to be fixed correctly before it caused more expense. After discussion, the Board approved a local contractor to haul up to 20 loads of dirt at a cost of $2500 and to fix the door. Supervisors would also provide a load of pea gravel from each district to cover the area in question. Funds would come from Common County.
Met with a representative of Home Finder's Realty concerning the cleanup lien on a purchased property in HillCrest Subdivision in the amount of $5870.36. The property was cleaned up by the County after a public hearing and publication in the newspaper. Home Finders purchased the property from USDA in December after the property was cleaned in September, however USDA did not notify the purchaser of the lien. The purchaser felt like they were not properly informed of the lien and should not be liable. The County Attorney indicated that there was nothing the Board could legally do about the matter and that everything was done according to statute. Ms Arnold with Home Finders indicated that they were willing to pay up to $1500 and if the Board was not agreeable to that then they would turn the matter over to an attorney.
The Board also discussed the status of re-districting. The County Attorney indicated that Golden Triangle Planning and Development was reviewing metes and bounds description prior to submitting a plan to the Department of Justice.
A Hold Car Tag List with some exceptions was approved with some discussion. It was again reiterated that liens that require the withholding of car tags must be paid in full before a tag can be issued. An issue was also resolved concerning a propery owner who lived in Winston County but received trash pickup and paid fees from Kemper County.
Gerald Mills from Economic Development provided information to the Board including that Polo would be adding a thermo packing line to their facilities which would create 15-25 jobs and bring some supervisory personnel to the area. He also indicated that the EPA has funds appropriated to begin cleanup at the superfund site and could start as early as July. First work would likely include draining the pond at the site and demolition of structures.
The Board also opened bids for the Courthouse Energy Project. The Board received three bids but one was deemed invalid as there was no required bid bond. The two remaining bids covered a lighting retrofit, new heat/air conditioning units and installation of storm windows. Service Corporation of Meridian had a total bid of $132,354 while Tony Watson Electric of Brandon submitted a bid for $90,156.93. The board wanted further review of the bid specifics before making a decision.
In final discussions of the day, the Board questioned Emergency Mangement Director Clarence Kelly about several issues including the lack of radio coverage in the Nanih Waiya and Mars Hill areas of the county. Kelly indicated that there are two repeaters in the county currently and that any improvement to coverage in these area would likely require two additional repeaters which would also require authorization from the FCC for additional frequencies. Supervisor Luke expressed his frustration with the lack of radio coverage in his area especially during the recent disaster and that "we have done without long enough". He suggested that Kelly look for a communication specialist to advise them on their needs.
Supervisor Duran asked if there was a written plan for every emergency situation. Kelly responded that there was a general plan for all situations but nothing directly specific. Duran added that "You do different things for a tornado versus a fire. We need a plan to specify that." The Supervisors agreed to meet in a special work session on Monday, May 23 with related personnel only to discuss issues raised from the recent disaster and the planning needs.

Farmer's Market Meeting

An organizational meeting for the Farmer's Market is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30 pm at the Winston County Extension Office. Any farmers, growers of produce, people with handmade items, baked goods, canned goods, etc are invited to attend. There will be a hamburger cookout so those planning to attend, please contact the Chamber office (Linda) at 662-773-3921 so that the quantity of food needed can be determined.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rain Can't Dampen Spirits at Relay for Life

In spite of torrential rains and a tornado warning through part of the evening, the Winston County Relay For Life never lost a step. Because of the uncertain weather conditions, organizers decided earlier in the day to move the activities from Ivy Park into the Louisville Coliseum. The descision turned out to be a good one as heavy rains hit the area around 8 pm. The rain was accompanied by a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado warning until 9 pm. But relayers hardly seemed to notice as laps were completed, entertainment provided and concessions were served. The lighting of the luminaries took place at 9:30. The lights dimmed and the crowd grew silent as the names of those from our area who lost their lives to cancer and those who survived the disease were read aloud. More photos from the event can be viewed by clicking here. Also video of the event will be posted soon.

Nanih Waiya Takes First 2 Games of the Series - Heads to State Championship!!

Nanih Waiya Boys pounded Bogue Chitto 10-0 on Thursday in the 1st of a 3 game playoff series for the South Half State Division Title. The Warriors spread 10 runs over 5 innings and committed no errors as they held Bogue Chitto to just 3 hits.
Friday night's game didn't come so easy, however. Playing at Bogue Chitto, the 2nd game was a back and forth contest as the Warriors took an early 4-0 lead only to see it swept away in the fourth inning as Bogue Chitto scored 5 runs to take a 6-4 lead. From there the lead changed hands until Nanih Waiya capped off a 3 run 7th inning to take the 11-9 win.
The wins send the Warriors to the State Championship series for division 1A next week.

Friday, May 13, 2011

FEMA Assistance Information

The following information has been provided to facilitate assistance for those in need in our area:
Survivors of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from April 15-28, 2011 in Mississippi should apply now for federal assistance. Assistance for eligible survivors is available in the form of grants for temporary housing, basic home repairs, other serious disaster-related needs and low interest disaster loans. Renters, homeowners and business owners may apply for help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. You can register for federal assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov. You can also visit m.fema.gov from your mobile device for information or visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency website at http://www.msema.org/.

Additional Information:Disaster Assistance:

Unemployment Assistance Information: http://www.fema.gov/assistance/process/additional.shtm#1

Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov

Additional Assistance: http://www.fema.gov/assistance/process/additional.shtm

Rebuilding Resources: http://www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/resources.shtm

What to do After a Flood: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_after.shtmFixing

Flood Damage: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/coping.shtm

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Date for Farmer's Market Uncertain

Weather and organizational changes may mean that the Louisville's Farmer's Market may not open as soon as previously thought. Plans were under way to coincide the first market date with the Red Hills Festival on May 28th with a possible one time location in the Courthouse Annex parking lot during the Festival.
Organizers are still in the planning stages and no determinations have been made but one of the major suppliers to the market has indicated that due to weather issues during the Spring, many of his products may simply not be available at that time.
Last year's market was held on Saturday mornings throughout the summer on South Columbus Ave. in front of Citizen's Bank. Traffic and safety issues have raised some concerns and there has been discussion of moving the market to an alternate location. WWN will keep you updated as more information is available.
W McCully

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Winston Co Finally Approved for Fed Assistance

Gov. Haley Barbour says residents in 18 more counties affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes in April are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. Winston County has been included in that list. Barbour said Monday that FEMA approved the additional counties bringing the total number eligible for help to 29. The new counties include Attala, Holmes, Montgomery, and NewtonCounties in this area. Counties already eligible include: Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette, Monroe, Neshoba and Webster. Residents may register with FEMA online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Winston County Officials have been waiting for approval into the federal program since last week.With inclusion in the Federal Disaster program, residents of Winston County are now eligible for numerous types of financial aid in grants and SBA loans.Individual assistance for eligible homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for rental housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Low-interest loans from the SBA are available for eligible applicants to cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance. Among the options are assistance for replacement of personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
William McCully & press releases.

Monday, May 9, 2011

ECCC Holds Job Fair for Positions with Taylors

The ECCC Career Advancement Center located in the old Spartus Building in Louisville will be holding a job fair on May 19-21 to find employees for job vacancies at Taylor Machine Works locations in Louisville and Philadelphia. The job fair will run from 10:00 am til 7:00 pm on Thursday, 10:00 am til 3:00 pm on Friday and from 8:00 am til noon on Saturday. Job vacancies specifically include; machinists, welders, finished painters, assembly level 3 & level 5 and fabricating group operators.
Prospects must bring the following with them to the job fair: a current resume, two proofs of identification and certificates of training and/or transcripts. More detailed information should be obtained by contacting Shelley Thomas, the ECCC site Coordinator at 662-536-1150 or sthomas@eccc.edu. ECCC Workforce Development, Taylors and WIN (the Workforce Investment Network) are all working together to coordinate the job fair. Do not contact Taylor Machine Works directly.

Fatality in One Car Accident -This Morning

A one car accident that occurred just south of East Choctaw Lake Rd left one man dead. The accident took place early Monday morning. The 911 call came at 1:27 am and the victim was pronounced dead on the scene at around 2:00 am according to County Coroner Scott Gregory. The victim was driving a late model Dodge Charger that apparently left the road and struck a tree then bounced into a 2nd tree. There was only one vehicle involved and one person in the vehicle. The victim's body was sent to Jackson for autopsy. The victim's identity will be released later today or early tomorrow.
W. McCully

Kids N Kats

Saturday saw great weather for the Kids N Kats fishing rodeo held at Legion State Park. Youth 12 and under had the opportunity to fish for up to 750 catfish placed in the lake. More than 70 kids were registered to participate. The rodeo started with the invocation by Ernest Flake and the national anthem sung by Dalton Mitchell. State Senator Giles Ward and Representative Russ Nowell also spoke to the gathering.
T. McCully

Friday, May 6, 2011

Teachers & Parents of the Year

The LMSD Board recognized the teachers and parents of the year from each school in the district at Thursday night's scheduled meeting. Board member Betty Byrd thanked the teachers for being community builders in Winston County and expressed thanks to the parents for building our community and building our schools. Honorees follow:
Teachers of the Year
Fair Elementary - Nikki Reed
Louisville Elementary - Karen Pearson
Louisville High - Gwendolyn Crowell
Eiland Middle - Scott Heard
Nanih Waiya - Amy Miller
Noxapater - Peggy Humphries
Winston-Louisville Career & Tech -Gloria Mason
Teacher of the Year - Scott Heard

Parents of the Year
Fair Elementary - Shalanda Reed
Louisville Elementary - Tracy Hall-Fairly
Louisville High - Rhonda Shotts
Eiland Middle - Kristy Sellers
Nanih Waiya - Gail Eaves
Noxapater - Mike Clark
District Parent of the Year - Rhonda Shotts

Teachers & Parents Honored - Sparks Fly Over Dist 4 Vacancy at LMSD Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Louisville Municipal School District met Thursday night (5-5-11) with a full agenda. In addition to normal business items such as 16th section leases, financial reports, sale of transportation assets and staffing issues, the Board recognized Teachers and Parents of the Year, further debated the vacancy of the 4th District Board member and took action on a virtual school option to aid students who may need further assistance to graduate. (Parents and Teachers of the Year will be identified in the following article.)
Jacqueline Steele, a resident of District 4 addressed the Board with concerns about the continued vacancy. Steele indicated that a petition had previously been sent to the Board in support of Cathy Edwards without response.

"It's apparent she won't be appointed," Steele said. "Important decisions are being made without representation. We need someone to represent District 4."

Steele asked the Board if they would be open to suggestions from the constituents of the district and urged the appointment of someone qualified until the election next year.
Board member Moody reiterated his conversation with the attorney in this matter: indicating that there was no way to call a special election at this time and that the Board's best option was the appointment of Edwards to fill the vacancy until the election in 2012.
At this point, Board member Donald requested the Attorney's comments be provided in writing to the Board. Moody indicated that Donald had the opportunity to contact the attorney and that such a request indicated a questioning of his (Moody's) integrity.
Board member Byrd addressed the issue: "I am speaking out of my own knowledge and of my own position. It doesn't matter what District is vacant, look at the facts. Appointment vs election - we have an incumbent with a petition- no one ran against her. The petition became invalid over a few signatures - with a petition and her desire for the position, the conclusion is that the Board should appoint Cathy, it's logical and let's move forward."
Superintendent Wade indicated that it was not his job to pick but to understand the different positions of the Board and work with the will of the board. Wade thanked Steele for her comments and agreed that "if we can't do this, then we need another avenue."
Moody made a motion to appoint Cathy Edwards to fill the vacancy - seconded by Byrd. It did not pass on a 2-2 vote.
Donald made a motion to appoint Charles Holmes to the vacancy - seconded by Crowell. It did not pass on a 2-2 vote.
At this point, Donald attempted to make a motion that the Board advertise for 2 weeks to find someone qualified and interested in the position. Moody questioned the legality of the motion and Wade indicated that there may be some issue with the wording of such a motion.
Donald stated that the Board was at an impasse and asked Moody if anyone other than Edwards would be acceptable to him. Moody responded, "Sometimes things are right or they are not right. When they are right, there is no compromise."

Superintendent Wade presented a Virtual High School Initiative to the Board to help some students achieve a high school diploma. He indicated that Louisville was in the top 50 schools in dropouts in Mississippi (20%). Much of the issue locally is due to numerous students inability to pass the statewide English 2 exam. He indicated that this was likely the hardest state test and that the school had numerous students who did well overall with grades sufficient to attend higher education but who would not receive a diploma from Louisville High due to this exam. The virtual school, accredited by Saxon would allow these students an avenue to achieve a diploma from Blue Ridge National Academy. The virtual school courses would act as a safety net for seniors who might not be able to get their diploma otherwise.
The cost to the school system for all area schools would be $23,025 for rights to a sufficient number of courses. This year's Seniors who did not pass the English 2 exam could start right away and complete the courses over the summer and have their diploma by Fall. Next year students could take the online courses in time to attend graduation ceremonies with their class. They would not receive a diploma from Louisville but from the online school. After discussion, the Board approved the expenditure and program with the requirement that a performance report be provided at the end of the first year.
The Board also addressed issues with paving in the parking lots of Louisville and Eiland. The full agenda and minutes will be available at the LMSD offices.
William McCully

Thursday, May 5, 2011

NALC Food Drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive is set for May 14, 2011.All citizens need to do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on May 14th.The carrier will do the rest. There will also be a hamper in the Louisville Post Office if you would like to drop off your donations any time during the week of May 9th thru the 14th.

All donations go to the Winston Baptist Association's Food Pantry for distribution to local families. The Baptist Association helped a total of 896 families in Winston County, more than 2,400 individuals and distributed over 6,000 food items in 2010 with the help of the Letter Carriers Food Drive.
Tracy McCully

Louisville Observes National Day of Prayer

Louisville participated in today's (5-5-11)National Day of Prayer in the parking area of the First Baptist Church at noon. Area pastors offered prayers for our government officials, local, state and national; and the victims of our recent storms, tornados and floods. Participants were treated to a hot dog & chips for lunch.

PSC Fines 3 Telemarketers for No-Call Violations

Jackson, Mississippi (May 5, 2011) – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) announced today that the Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined The A Group Marketing, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona, United Unlimited Warranties, LLC of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Franklin United of Ferndale, Michigan a total of $100,000 for violations of the Mississippi “No-Call” law and rules associated with enforcing the law. Presley said the companies violated the “No-Call” law by failing to register and purchase the State’s “No-Call” list and for contacting consumers that had registered on the “No-Call” list. Company representatives failed to respond to the Commission’s complaint. Presley said the Commission is committed to stopping the solicitations which are a nuisance and an invasion of consumer’s privacy. Consumers can register to be on the Mississippi Do Not Call list at the Commission’s website (www.psc.state.ms.us) or by telephone at 800-356-6428.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Condensed Video from Wednesday's "Salute to Success"

Area Senior Honor Students Recognized

The organizers of the first annual “Salute to Success” found that the 3rd time was a charm. After weather forced the event to be rescheduled on two previous occasions, the program to recognize Winston County Senior Honor Students had plenty of sunshine Wednesday. Seniors were recognized and rewarded for their scholastic efforts.
Area leaders and representatives from each school provided words of encouragement to 72 students from Louisville, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, Winston Academy & Grace Christian. Speedy Calvert served as master of ceremony for the event. Students were commended by Mayor Will Hill, Robert Wall, Jerry Estes and Senator Giles Ward. The Valedictorians and Salutatorians of each school were individually recognized as well:
Louisville Valedictorian: Ryan Shotts - Salutatorian: Taylor Crocker
Grace Christian Valedictorian: Elizabeth Triplett -Salutatorian: Faith Spann
Nanih Waiya Valedictorian: Jeffrey Hemphill - Salutatorian: Ray Sizemore
Noxapater Valedictorian: Brock McDaniel - Salutatorian: Taylor Smith
Winston Academy Valedictorian: Jonathan Hamilton - Salutatorian: Avery Webb

The students were provided hamburgers and fixings prepared by the Louisville Fire Department and a drawing was held for $200 in Louisville Dollars. Student winners included:India Ball, Amber Coleman, Taylor Crocker, Ryan Vowell and Megan Polatsidis. $100 winners included: Wendy Rogers, Jatory Coburn and Nataki Waldrop. Supervisor Jerry Estes and Chancery Clerk Pam Reel donated $100 each for the drawing as well. Local businesses contributed to the event and include: Bullock Toyota, The Citizens Bank in Louisville, Fair Propane, Fashion Boutique, Framin'Shoppe/Uptown Lily, The Jewel Shoppe, Just Teasin' Boutik,Market Cafe, Raspberry Beret, Silver Goose?Moody Furniture, Stephanie's Shenanigans, U-Save Auto Rental/Buyfrommax.com, Getcha Head in the Game, Winston County Partnership, Chamber of Commerce/Main Street.
Additional photos from the event are available by clicking here and a condensed video can be viewed on a later post or from our home page..

Short Agenda for Louisville Board of Alderman 5-3-11

The Louisville Board of Alderman had a light agenda on Tuesday evening (5-3-11). They approved payment for the docket of Claims for April bills, paid the Misissippi Municipal Service Company the amount of $3175 for audited workers comp premium and accepted the low bid from Thompson Machinery of $389,270.09 for a landfill compactor; $188,000 will be an initial payment and the remainder will be financed over three years.
The Board also approved costs for Chief L.M. Claiborne to attend the Police Chief's Conference on June 19-23 in Biloxi and for mileage costs for Sue Daniels to attend the Court Clerk "Report Beam"Domestic Protection Training on May 5 in Jackson. Report Beam is a state implemented reporting system for domestic violence incident tracking. The Board also agreed to advertise for term bids for 2011-2012.

In other business, after positive remarks from Fire Chief Terry Johnson concerning the performance of fire department staff and volunteer fire departments during the recent storms, Board members also complemented personnel and indicated that they had received positive comments from the public as well.

Board member Judy McLeod requested that the Board draft a letter to the State Highway Commission requesting a sign be placed on north Hwy 25 indicating directions to North Louisville. This location currently has a sign directing travelers to Legion State Park but nothing indicates directions to Louisville. The Board agreed to draft a letter. The sign placement will also need a letter of request from the County Board of Supervisors as well. McLeod also expressed concern about the location of a new shed at the municipal cemetery, stating that several members of the public had complained about the shed's appearance at the highest location in the middle of the cemetary. Jody Fulton indicated that the location was chosen due to drainage issues at other possible locations but that the shed could be moved if desired but there would be some cost involved.

Mayor Will Hill requested that all Board members provide a website bio and digital photo for the city website that will soon be online.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Habitat For Humanity Groundbreaking

Though the ground was a bit muddy and there were a few drops of rain to be felt, nothing could dampen the spirits of those who gathered this afternoon (5-3-11) for the groundbreaking of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Louisville. Volunteers, HFH Board members, community officials and interested individuals came together for the ceremony at 419 West College Street.
Glenda Johnson provided information to the gathering about Habitat for Humanity, the fund raising efforts of the local HFH and the continued need for donations. Dean Miller of the Family Selection Committee of HFH spoke about the selection process and the local family, Dennis and Christina Hooks with their children, Caitlyn, Victoria and Cameron who were chosen as the newest partner family. Emotions were high as the Hooks family thanked those gathered and the community for their support.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, nonprofit, Christian housing ministry. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat for Humanity is able to build affordable housing for low income families. Families who receive HFH homes must participate in their construction and must pay back a no interest loan. These funds in turn are used for construction of future HFH homes.
Funds and volunteer labor are still in short supply. Johnson indicated that while approximately $20,000 had been raised for this project, it was extimated that $60,000 would be required to complete the home. Donations of cash, new appliances and volunteer labor or construction material are needed. To donate or get more information about Habitat For Humanity, call Glenda Johnson at 662-736-0037 and check out their website at http://www.habitat.org/cd/kit/homepage.aspx?page=winstoncounty

Monday, May 2, 2011

Winston Co. Supervisors -Hear an Additional Redistricting Plan

The Winston County Board of Supervisors met in a regularly scheduled meeting today ( May 2, 2011). The agenda included (but not limited to)typical items such as a bid opening for a backhoe, receipt of constable's annual report, approving claims, and executing two 16th section land leases. The Board also prepared to advertise for supply bids but members expressed some concern about the quality of gravel that they are currently receiving. The board moved to change the wording in the request for bids concerning gravel quality to allow them more freedom in accepting or rejecting the bid and to provide an option for individual supervisors to choose the quality of gravel for specific purposes. Supervisor Duran indicated that due to high transport costs, it may actually be less expensive to purchase a higher quality "screened" gravel that will require a smaller amount and last longer.

The Board also heard from Hubert Nicholson who presented a proposed redistricting plan called 4A. Nicholson indicated that 4A was a better plan than the one previously approved by the Board at its last meeting. He noted that the new plan had less deviation in population from one district to the other and also increased black majorities of voting age population in Districts three and four. Nicholson requested that the plan be adopted and forwarded to the Department of Justice.

County Attorney Hathorn indicated that the Board would need time to review the new plan along with Golden Triangle Planning & Development. All previous concerns about changing polling locations, following natural boundaries as closely as possible or moving current candidates & incumbents outside of their own district would have to be reviewed. He noted that Plan 2A had already been adopted and work was in process but that the Board would take the new plan under advisement.

The Board also reviewed 3 quotes for a building at the correctional facility and accepted the lowest bid of $7957 from ACI. They also approved Terry Kelly's request to attend VA meetings in Newton & Tupelo.

Board Chairman Jerry Estes complimented the Sheriff's Department, Louisville Fire Department and area volunteer fire departments for their efforts during the recent storms. The board also recognized E.L. Vowell for furnishing food to victims and workers immediately after the tornado damaged properties in the SW portion of the county.

The County is still gathering disaster relief supplies. Donations for the victims of April 27th's storm can be dropped off at the lobby of the Winston County Courthouse. The immediate need is for bottled water and non-perishable food items. Contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office for more information amd items needed at 662-773-5881. Or items can also be dropped off at the Louisville Fire Department on Spring Street.

Fire Hydrant Testing Starts This Week

The City of Louisville Fire Department will be continuing its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the city beginning May 4th, 2011 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. All City hydrants will be tested to ensure they're operable and able to produce the required water pressure when needed.Because this testing must be done during normal operating hours, it is impossible to know in advance just where or when exactly the testing will take place in any specific area.

Opening hydrants can sometimes cause a temporary discoloration of water in nearby homes. The discoloration is not harmful in any way and can be cleared up by running the water for a few minutes.This kind of testing not only ensures the protection of Louisville's residents, it's also an evaluation indicator used by the Mississippi Rating Bureau which rates cities according to the fire protection they offer. The Mississippi Rating Bureau rating resulted in the elevation of the City of Louisville Fire Department to a Class 7 protection rating. By maintaining a system of checks and maintenance on the City’s fire protection assets, your department is working to lower the overall Mississippi Rating Bureau’s current rating and with your assistance and patience we can do it.
The following streets will begin the testing of hydrants for the City of Louisville.
North Spring Ave
Mill Street
Martin Luther King Drive
Highway 14 West
Miller Ave
Metts St
North Church Ave
Dogwwod Drive
Oak Lane
Northwoods Drive
Poplar Flat Road
West Poplar Drive
Gladeny Drive
Thompson Street
Griffin Industrial Drive
North Railroad Ave
Tabor Ave
Montgomery Ave
High Street
North Spring Ave
Ball Drive
Ivy Ave
North Court Ave
Airport Road
Ackerman Street
Ellis Ave
Redd Street
McCully Ave
Chief Terry Johnson
City of Louisville Fire Department
Cell 803-662-7654
Email- LFDFire1@mediacombb.com

2nd Annual Homecoming w Red Hills Fest on Memorial Day Weekend

Louisville will host its second annual Homecoming in conjunction with the Red Hills Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. Anyone with connections to Winston County is asked to return to the county for the celebration. Whether a graduate of one of our county’s 5 area schools or a school that is now just a memory such as Bond or Ford, everyone is welcome. Through the years some families have moved to Louisville to start their careers. Others have attended elementary school here, but moved before graduating. Or perhaps they spent summers staying with grandparents and have fond memories of swimming at the Lake, fishing on the creek, or sipping on a soda at Peggy‘s Grill. We welcome you back!!!
Homecoming is open to anyone with a special love for our county and its people. Please join us in Louisville as we enjoy the weekend together. A street party on Friday night, May 27th will kickoff the weekend with Back Draft taking the stage around 7 P.M. On Saturday, May 28th, a 5K Run/Walk will be hosted by the Junior Auxiliary & begin at 8 AM. A fun run will begin at 9 AM. Numerous other activities are planned for the day. An antique car show will be held in First Baptist Church parking lot. First Methodist will host an antique show. All ages will be entertained at the festival with crafts, foods, and lots of fun. Full details on any of the events may be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-3921.
The Homecoming tents will be placed in front of Citizens’ Bank on South Columbus Avenue. For those with an out-of-county address, please drop by and register for the door prize. Packed full of Winston County items such as pottery, candles, suckers, dip mixes, and notecards by local artists, the basket will be awarded during the festival. Area churches are being asked to participate in the countywide reunion. Being the fifth Sunday, many will host a “Homecoming Sunday” with dinner on the ground to follow. Please contact your home church for full details on their specific plans for the day. Further details and updates will be posted on the Louisville’s “Homecoming” Weekend facebook page. Please contact 662-773-8519 or lostnthemail@yahoo.com for more information.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Student Winners of RHAA Art Competition

These are the winners for the 9th Annual RHAA Student Art Competition 2011. The $100.00 Purchase Award was given to Skylar Higgason. Secondary 1st place & Library Award Skylar Higgason

Secondary 2nd place Sara Shannon

Secondary 3rd place Peyton McMinn

Elementary 1st place Laney Ray

Elementary 2nd place Ashley Howell

Elementary 3rd place Anna Grace Boydston