Dowd to head local disaster relief team

mike dowd  Mike Dowd has found that disaster relief can be “a bit addictive.”

“Helping people in need is such a blessing,” Dowd said. “This new position gives me the opportunity to pay forward what I have learned during the past two years as I served in Winston County.   Being able to develop and train more people and teams to respond to future disasters is a blessing. Passing along what it takes for a community to recover and how to put those pieces together is what I feel called to do at this point in my life.”

Mike Dowd was recently named the Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church. Continue reading

Bishop Swanson to preach at Louisville FUMC

bishop-publicity-photo Bishop James Swanson Sr. will be the guest speaker at the morning worship service at Louisville First United Methodist Church on April 3.

“It is an honor for us to host the outstanding Bishop of the Mississippi Conference, and we hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity to hear this man preach God’s Word,” said Rev. Mike Childs of Louisville FUMC.

Swanson will be the guest speaker at the morning worship service, set for 11 a.m. in the Christian Life Center (CLC) building at Louisville FUMC. There is a ground floor entrance from the parking lot behind the church. The public is invited to attend. Continue reading

BRIDAL TIPS & TRENDS SERIES: The Jewel Shoppe in Louisville

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One of the custom rings made at The Jewel Shoppe in Louisville.

One of the hottest trends for local brides in recent years is injecting a lot of personality in their weddings, receptions and registries.

Stores throughout the area have repeated said brides are looking for something completely unique to them. They are loving bright colors and anything that can be personalized.


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Mary Snow of The Jewel Shoppe in Louisville said couples want rings unique to them. Continue reading

New parsonage purchased following April tornadoes in Louisville


Starkville District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson with Rev. & Mrs. Larry Haggard at the blessing of the new parsonage.

The EF4 tornado that ripped through Winston County on April 28 of this year brought with it change, sadness and uncertainty.

For the South Louisville United Methodist Church Charge, there was a mixed blessing in this midst of the devastation – their pastor, Rev. Larry Haggard and his wife, Eve, were not home when the tornado destroyed their church parsonage.

The Haggards were in Jackson, watching the news helplessly as they received phone calls of the devastation in their neighborhood and in their church family. Continue reading

Webster Baptist Food Pantry helps with tornado relief effort


K.A. and Bonita Perego load 1,500 pounds of food and supplies collected at the Webster County Baptist Association Food Pantry from Lollar’s Grove Baptist, Calvary Baptist and Fellowship Baptist Churches for Winston County tornado victims. Food and supplies were taken to the Mars Hill Volunteer First Department in Louisville. (Photo submitted)

Volunteers at the Webster County Baptist Association’s Food Pantry assisted in the Winston County tornado relief effort by delivering 1,500 pounds of food and supplies donated by local churches.

K.A. Perego, Food Pantry Volunteer Director, said following the April 28 tornado that hit Winston County and areas throughout the state, several local churches immediately began collecting supplies. Knowing first-hand the importance of providing food to people in need, food pantry volunteers offered to serve as a distribution point for food and supplies collected. The supplies were taken to Mars Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Winston County while disaster relief crews from the Webster Baptist Association were already in the Louisville area providing aid to storm victims. Continue reading

Helping neighbors in a time of need

Disaster Team 2Three years ago, disaster relief teams were in Webster County helping to clear debris from a tornado that ripped through the county.

And almost three years to the day, work crews from Webster County are in Louisville, helping tornado victims begin the road to recovery that they know so well.

Jim Didlake, director of the Men’s Ministry Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, said the Webster Baptist Association Disaster Chainsaw team led by Gene Williamson was on the ground in Louisville the day after the tornado, working to assist with the clean-up.  This team joined several other teams responding to the area.  Continue reading

Goal is $35,000 for Winston County’s Relay for Life

387f38ab0b004677a79e4d900a417f0eWith just a few days left before Winston County’s Relay for Life event, there’s still time to help teams make their goal of $35,000 for The American Cancer Society.

“Last year we raised $ 31,763 and as of this date we are behind by about $5,000 from the same time last year,” said Laura McKee, Relay for Life specialist for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. “Hopefully, we will make that up on Bank night and the night of the event. Winston County teams have a wonderful night planned lots of different activities and some great food.”

This year’s event is set for May 2, 2014 at the Louisville High School football field. This year’s theme will be “Winston County Does Not Toy with Cancer.” Continue reading