published on May 22, 2013
CARROLLTON MAN DIES IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH
A two vehicle accident on Highway 82 claimed the life of a
Carrollton man yesterday. According to information from Trooper
First Class Tony Dunn, Assistant Public Affairs officer, Troop D, 19
year old Jonathon Kemp Haddon, of Carrollton, driving a Chevrolet van
and a pulpwood truck driven by 75 year old Lee Edwards of McCarley,
MS were both east bound on Highway 82 at the time of the crash.
Kemp's vehicle struck the rear of the pulp wood truck, and he died at
the scene. The driver of the pulp wood truck was not injured.
Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the accident and the cause
of the crash is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway
In other local news, there were no injuries in a two vehicle
accident in Winona yesterday afternoon. According to Deputy Bryant
Long of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, a Ford F150
driven by a minor and a Ford Freestyle, driven by 23 year old Emily
Dees of Winona met in a curve on Stafford Wells Road at Foltz Road.
The two vehicles did not collide head on, rather sideswiped one
another. No charges were filed.
published on May 21, 2013
ELECTIONS COMING UP
The City of Winona municipal election is just 2 weeks from today. The polls will be open from 7am until 7pm. Winona Mayor, Jerry Flowers is opposed by John Seals. Incumbent Ward 2 alderman William Travis Johnson is opposed by Jimmy Gant. None of the other Winona aldermen are opposed in their wards.
There is a change to the poll location in Ward 4. That location is now at the new city hall building at 409 Summit Street.
Ryan Woods is opposed by former mayor Mary Young, who qualified as an
independent. All Kilmichael incumbent alderman qualified and are
Duck Hill, incumbent Mayor Joey Cooley has two opponents, Ronald
Bennett and Henry Ghoston. Thirteen names will appear on the ballot
for alderman; incumbents Linda Bennett, Lula Brown, Anne Caffey and
Lovanda Farmer all qualified, as did Canary Grantham, Ruby Ghoston
Davis, Rod Hickman, Gwynda Faye Miers, Leroy Nash, Charles Taylor, Al
White and David Earl Williams.
The SEC baseball tournament gets underway today. Teams 5 through 12 play today. Winners of today's games advance to take on teams seeded 1 through 4. Losers are out of the tournament. After today, the tournament is double elimination. Today, Number 6 seed, Ole Miss faces #11 Kentucky. #5 Mississippi State faces #12 seeded Missouri. WONA will air the Mississippi State game with an airtime of 7pm. The winner of the Mississippi State/Missouri game will play South Carolina Wednesday.
published on May 20, 2013
LOCAL ATHLETE HEADED TO COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Winona resident West Hammond turns has
his 20th birthday June 7th and is getting an
early birthday gift. West, is a sophomore pitcher for the Millsaps
Majors baseball team, and after winning the Division III Regionals
Saturday, the Majors are college world series bound for the first
time in school history. After cinching the conference title on
Wednesday, the Majors fell to Salisbury State 11-5 Thursday in the
first game of the Regional tournament, putting them at the bottom of
the brackets. They went on to win the next three in a row, defeating
Methodist University then Salisbury two times, including Saturday's
7-6 win. West pitched in that last game, taking the mound in in the
first inning. He threw 3 and a third innings, facing 16 batters. He
had 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 strike out.. West has a 1.34 era and 23
strike outs for the year.
The Majors head to Appleton, Wisconsin
for the Division III World Series and will face the Southern Maine
Huskies, champions of the Little East Conference. The Huskies are
ranked 14th in the D3/NCAA top 25. The Major and Huskies
face off May 24th at 10am.
published on May 17, 2013
CARROLLTON FAMILY ESCAPES FIRE
According to Carrollton/North
Carrollton Fire chief, Phil Costilow, a house fire on Highway 82
yesterday was bad, but could have been so much worse. The Carroll
County EOC dispatched firefighters to 15738 Highway 82 between
Carrollton and Valley Hill just after 7am. Two engines from
Carrollton/North Carrollton and one from the Valley Hill substation,
along with 12 firefighters were on the scene within minutes. When
they arrived the fire was already coming out of the roof and the
structure was fully involved. Even thought the fire was under
control just 15 to 20 minutes later, Costilow said 40 percent of the
home sustained major damage, with the other 60 percent having smoke
and water damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined,
although it appears to have started in the garage area. Costilow
said there were several people in the house when the fire started;
the owner, Brenda McCaleb and several teenagers. All were asleep.
One of the teenagers woke up and smelled smoke. Thinking the smell
was coming from outside, went to investigate and found the house was
on fire, luckily, everyone got out in time. Chief Costilow said he
did not hear or see and smoke detectors while he was on the scene.
In local sports, Congratulations to
Winona High School Senior Laura Leigh Van Horn. Laura Leigh advanced
all the was to the girls' singles 3A State tennis championship match
in Jackson yesterday. Laura Leigh was defeated by St. Andrews
6-3,6-4. In other High School tennis news, the 6A boy's singles
state champ is Skylar Flowers, grandson of Mrs. Randy Flowers of
Winona. It's is Skylar's 3rd consecutive state singles
In college sports, tune into WONA Fm
95.1 tonight at 6 for the second game of the MSU/South Carolina
series and tomorrow at 1:30 for game three.
published on May 15, 2013
MAN BOUND OVER ON DRUG CHARGES
Montgomery County Justice Court Judge
Larry Bamberg had one felony case in his court yesterday. Norman
Thomas James, of Maben, charged with possession of crystal
methamphetamine waived his preliminary hearing and was
administratively bound over to the action of the grand jury. Bond
has been set at $5,000 but James has is still in custody with a hold
from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
James was arrested April 26 when
officers noticed suspicious behavior during during a routine safety
check. That safety check was being conducted by Winona Police
Officers and Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies on Highway 407 near
the Enterprise Drive intersection. James was the passenger in that
vehicle and during the search, officers found drug paraphernalia in
the front pocket of his overalls and what they believed to be
narcotics in his wallet. A field test showed it to be crystal meth.
The substance has been forwarded to the crime lab, as well.
Winona resident West Hammond who
pitches for the Millsaps Majors, has a chance for a regional title
and a chance to play in the College World Series. The Majors won the
Southern Athletic Assocation conference tournament and were selected
as an at-large. The number three seeded Majors face the fourth
seeded Bridgewater Eagles in the first round of the tournament. The
regionals get underway today is a six team double elimination
tournament. The Millsaps/Bridgewater game is scheduled for tonight
West, who pitched for the Winona Tigers
and is a sophomore at Millsaps, has pitched 30 and 1 thrid innings
this year, had 22 strikeouts, 15 hits, 5 runs, with only three earned
runs and has an earned run average of .89.
published on May 14, 2013
NO ARREST IN VAIDEN MURDER
Carroll County Sheriff, Jerry Carver,
has spent many a sleepless night going over the details in the
investigation into the December murder of 48 year old Vaiden resident
Hemphill. Mrs. Hemphill's body was discovered in the County Road
264 home by a neighbor December 13th . The victim's
husband, who was out of town, became concerned when she did not
answer her phone and had the neighbor check on her. Sheriff Jerry
Carver said Mrs. Hemphill died of multiple stab wounds but no weapon
was found and exactly what that weapon was has not been determined.
There was no sign of forced entry but a sliding glass door was found
slightly ajar. A back door was locked and her keys were hanging in
the lock on the inside, which was her habit. Family members say
there was nothing missing from the home.
Carver said there were many rumors at
first and many people were questioned, but, so far, all their stories
checked out. Some DNA evidence collected from the scene is still
being processed at the Crime Lab and no matches have been found on
any that has come back so far. Sheriff Carver asks if anyone has any
information that could help authorities solve this crime, please
contact the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 662-237-9283.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Department
is also looking for whoever took a 1986 Ford Ranger pick up truck
that was broken down on the side of Highway 82. Sheriff Carver said
the owner said the truck is red and tan with a blue and white front
fender on the driver's side. The owner said he had left it on the
side of Highway 82 near McCarley Road on May 8th when it
had mechanical problems. When he went to pick it up later that day,
it was gone. Call the Carroll County Sherrif's Department at
237-9382 if you have any information about this truck.
published on May 13, 2013
High School has graduation ceremonies set for Friday, May 24 at 8pm
at Tiger Field. Class Valedictorian is William Hargrove is Class of
the WHS Class of 2013, Regan Hunt is Class Salutatorian. William is
this year's WHS Star Student as well and chose Ms. Rochelle Armstrong
as Star Teacher.
County Valedictorian is Sharita Gayden and Salutatorian is Destiney
Cunningham. Twenty -Five Montgomery County Seniors will graduate
Saturday, May 25 and 2pm at the Montgomery County Colesium.
Holman is Valedictorian for the J.Z. George Class of 2013. Raul
Ladesma is salutatorian. The J.Z. George graduation ceremonies are
Friday, May 24th
in the J.Z. George School gym.
to all area graduates.
published on May 10, 2013
WCS, CA GRAD NEWS
Christian School and Carroll Academy have graduation ceremonies set
for next week. Nineteen Winona Christian School seniors will receive
their diplomas Friday, May 17th
at 7pm in the school's newly renovated gym. Class Valedictorian is
Lee Shirley. Saluatorian is Ashley Lester. Lee Shirley is also
Winona Christian School Star Student this year and his Star Teacher
is Mrs. Evylyn Strickland.
Academy will have graduation ceremonies for 31 seniors Monday at 7:30
in the gym. Dara McCluskey is Valedictorian for the Rebel Class of
2013 and Rachel Brewer is Salutatorian. Dara is also Star Student as
well and selected math teach Terry Tingle as Star Teacher.
local athlete is making news. On Wednesday, Ole Miss coaches
released their official post spring depth chart and former Winona
Tiger Chalarvez Brown, known as Chief Brown is listed on it two
times. Brown is listed second on defense at free safety behind Cody
Prewitt and second behind Trae Elston at Rover, or Strong Safety.
Brown is a true sophomore at Ole Miss.
other college sports, this weekend is the Mississippi State/Ole Miss
baseball series. Tonight's game airs at 6pm on WONA FM 95.1,
tomorrow's at 3:30 and Sunday's game is at 12:3-.
published on May 9, 2013
FELONIES IN CITY COURT
There were no felonies on Montgomery
County Justice Court Tuesday.
Judge Devoe Lancaster heard four
felonies in Winona City Court. Nakia Campbell, charged with child
abuse, had his case continued until June 11th.
Kalcia Garrett of Winona, charged with
forging prescriptions, waived her preliminary hearing and was
administratively bound over to the action of the grand jury. Garrett
was represented by public defender, Lee Bailey.
Sharita Peeples of Winona waived her
preliminary hearing and was administratively bound over to the action
of the grand jury on a charge of felony malicious mischief. Ms.
Peeples was represented by public defender, Lee Bailey.
Tevell Townsend of Winona, charged with
credit card fraud, had his case continued until June 11. Mr.
Townsend was represented by public defender, Lee Bailey.
In local sports, former Winona Tiger
Pitcher West Hammond was named to the all tournament team for the
Southern Athletics Association conference championship tournament.
West, a sophomore pitcher for the Millsaps Majors, pitched 13 2/3
innings during the tournament, gave up 6 hits, no runs and had 8
strike outs. The Millsaps Majors are 34-11 for the year.
published on May 8, 2013
COUNTY REBIDS PROJECT
Bids for the Screw Conveyor project
were rejected by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors when they
exceeded the budget by some $40,000. The Board voted to re-advertise
for those bids.
In Winona City Board news, a new
animal shelter was the main focus for the Board Tuesday evening.
Allen Scott Engineering originally anticipated the new shelter would
cost $30,000, but Board members felt it could be built for much less.
Alderman David Ware has taken on getting prices for the project and
so far, has bids for a little more than $18,000. The Mayor stressed
the need to expedite the project and asked that estimates be
available for the next board meeting. Faye Welch, President of
Winona Animal Advocacy Group, and several group members were on hand
to stress the need for the new shelter and to thank the Mayor and
Board for their work on the project.
Ray Baum, City Attorney, reported the
Department of Justice has given approval for Ward 4 voting to take
place at the new City Hall on Summit Street. This is a move from the
poll location at the old City Hall on Quitman St and it DOES affect
the upcoming municipal election June 4.
Baum also presented the board with a
drafted amendment to the City's sewer ordinance. When a building is
torn down and the sewer connection is left open, rainwater
infiltrates the sewer system. Infiltration into the City sewers
causes a multitude of problems, especially during heavy rains. The
amended ordinance sets guidelines on closing those lines for property
owners and/or contractors who tear down buildings. It also set fines
for those who do not comply, up to $500.
Water Department Manager, Frank
Faulkner said two sewer lines have collapsed in the last two weeks
due to infiltration.
The Board accepted a Solid Waste
Assistance grant from the MDEQ in the amount of $14,695 for a wood
Police chief Johnny Hargrove reported
$385 in fines collected through the work program and $24,626 in cash.
State assessments were $6,376.
Citizens from Sterling Street appealed
to the Mayor and Board to help with a problem with speeding in their
neighborhood. Police chief Hargrove will have officers setting up
radar on Sterling and many other streets in a crackdown on speeding
A chance to play for a North Half
Championship was within reach for the Winona Lady Tigers' fast pitch
softball team. Winona was in a must win situation to stay in the
playoffs after losing to Nettleton in the first game of the second
round last week. It looked like the Lady Tigers were were going to
split with Nettleton when they were ahead 1 to nothing going into the
7th inning. Nettleton managed to tie it up sending the
game into extra innings. Nettleton scored two runs in the top of the
8th inning. Winona scored one, ending the game, and and
with a 3 to 2 loss.
published on May 7, 2013
LADY TIGERS PLAYOFF GAME TODAY
Is it too much to
hope Mother Nature will let the WONA listening area dry out for a few
days before the next storm? As of yesterday afternoon, most of the
area had received between 3 and 4 inches of rain in the last 7 days
and 5 inches in the last 14. But, rain and thunderstorms are back in
the forecast from Thursday evening through Saturday. And rain has
wreaked havoc on the local high school playoffs. The Lady Tigers 2nd
game of the 2nd round was postponed again yesterday to
today. Game time is3pm in WInona. The Lady Tigers lost the 1st
game against Nettleton last week 2 to 1 in 8 innings and since the
playoff's are a best 2 out of 3 series, a split means the Lady Tigers
and Nettleton will play a 3rd game at 4:30 today. A
series win tonight means the Lady Tigers advance to the North State
Championship at the end of this week and will face the winner of the
According to the
National Nurses Association, National Nurses week is May 6 through
May 12 of every year. May 12 is the birthday of Florence
Nightingale. Beginning in 1953, Several attempts were made over the
years by health care organizations to have a “National Nurses Week”
proclaimed by the president, but it wasn't until 1974 that President
Richard Nixon issued a proclamation naming a week as such.
out to Winona Christian School Stars Brady Chambley and Miles
Jackson. Miles and Brady were named to the MAIS All-Stars baseball
Winona Lady Tiger
Cassidy DeNoon was named as a Clarion Ledgers top performer last
week. Cassidy struck out 13 batters and gave up 4 hits in a 2-0 win
a playoff game win last week over Alcorn Central.
published on May 5, 2013
POLICE STILL SEEKING SUSPECT
Winona Police are still looking for the
woman who used stolen identification to withdraw large sums of cash
from a local bank last week. Captain Tommy Bibbs of the Winona
Police Department said the identification was from a women whose
wallet was stolen from Wal-Mart in Grenada in mid April.
Surveillance photos show a well dressed black woman wearing a tan
jacket and white shirt. Bibbs said the same woman apparently left
Winona and headed to another bank in Grenada the same day and
withdrew a large sum of cash from there. If you have any
information, contact the Winona Police at 283-1140 or 283-1121. The
surveillance photo can be seen on the WONA website at www.hawg95.com.
In local sports, the Winona High School
Tigers were eliminated in State Playoff action in the second round by
the Kossuth Aggies. The Tigers traveled to Kossuth for the first
game of the series and fell to the Aggies 5 to 3. Rain postponed
game two scheduled for Friday until Saturday. The Tigers were down
10-1 going to bat in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Despite a rally, the Tigers fell 10-6.
The rain delayed the Lady Tigers second
round playoff games until tonight. Game one was on the road at
Nettleton last week and the Lady Tigers won 2 to 1 in extra innings.
The playoff's are a best two out of three series and game 2, and 3,
if necessary are in Winona tonight. Game two begins at 6 and, should
the Lady Tigers split, Game three will follow at 7:30.
****NOTE: THE WHS LADY TIGERS' GAME FOR TODAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW AT 3:00PM. IF A 3RD GAME IS NECESSARY, IT WILL BE AT 4:30.****
published on May 3, 2013
WPD LOOKS FOR WOMAN
Winona Police chief Johnny Hargrove
said his Department is looking for a woman in connection with a
stolen a social security card and other identification being used to
make a large withdrawal from a Winona bank. He said credit cards
stolen from the same victim have been used as well. Winona Police
Captain Tommy Bibbs said the victim reported her wallet was stolen
out of her purse on April 17th at Wal-Mart in Grenada.
Within 15 minutes, her credit card was used at a CVS store in
Grenada. The Winona Police got involved when the victim's social
security card and ID were used to make a withdrawal close to $9,000
from an account at a bank in Winona Tuesday. Captain Bibbs said a
short time later, the same account had a large withdrawal made from a
bank in Grenada. A bank surveillance photo shows a black woman
wearing a tan jacket over a white shirt. The photo can be seen on
the WONA FM website at www.hawg95.com
and the WONA FM facebook page. If you have any information that
could assist authorities in identifying this woman, contact the
Winona Police Department at 283-1140 or 283-1121.
In local sports, weather permitting,
the Winona High School Tigers will play game 2 of the second round
series against Kossuth this evening at 6pm. WONA FM 95.1 will
broadcast this game. This is a best two out of three series. If a
third game is necessary, it will follow tonight's 6pm game. The Lady
Tigers will play Nettleton in the second game of round 2 tomorrow at
home. If necessary, a third game will be at 2pm.***NOTE***THE
TIGERS GAME SCHEDULED FOR TODAY HAS BEEN POST PONED. IT IS
TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW AT 6PM.
The North Half 3A track meet is being
held in Winona tomorrow beginning at 10am.
In college sports, the Mississippi
State Bulldogs have the Alabama Crimson Tide series this weekend.
WONA will join tonight's game in progress at the conclusion of the
Tiger's game. Airtime tomorrow is 1:30 and Sunday at 1pm.
published on May 2, 2013
CHARGES DISMISSED IN CITY COURT
In court news, charges against Stephon
Gilmore of Vaiden were dismissed by Judge Devoe Lancaster.. Gilmore
was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a
misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm in connection with an
April 16th incident. City prosecutor Putt Crull requested
the charges be dismissed for lack of evidence.
In Montgomery County Justice Court,
Judge Larry Bamberg presided over an initial appearance for 50 year
old Norman Thomas James, of Maben.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries and Parks will be conducting a Boating Safety Class on May
at the Montgomery/MSU Extension Office in Winona. The class will run
from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no cost to the public. Pre-registration
is required by calling the North Region Office in Tupelo at
662-840-5172 before Saturday, May
The public is reminded that persons born after June 30, 1980 and at
least 12 years of age are required by law to complete a Boating
safety Class and receive a Boating Safety Certificate before
operating a water vessel in the public waters of the State of
Mississippi. You will need to provide a social security number and
correct mailing address.
The Winona High School Tigers baseball
team heads north to Kossuth today for the first game of a three round
series for the second round of the State MHSAA playoffs. Today's
game starts at 6pm. Game 2 ,and 3 if necessary, will be here in
Winona tomorrow at 6pm.
The Lady Tigers travel to Nettleton
today for the first game of the second round Game time is 5pm. Game
Two, and three if necessary will games will be played here Saturday
at 12 and 2.
published on May 1, 2013
COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT
The Montgomery County Board of
Supervisors was notified of award of a sizable grant at yesterdays
board meeting. The $102,125 grant from the Delta Regional Authority
was denied last fall, but, grant writer Johnny Shell of North Central
Planning and Development said he was informed additional funds had
been added to the program and made it possible for the County to
benefit. That funds are to be used in the rehab of the screw
conveyor building, specifically for outside lighting and parking lot.
Here's something to make you feel warm
and fuzzy about living in the South.....Dr. Greg Forbes,
meteorologist for the Weather Channel, who is considered one of the
leading experts on tornadoes, has come up with a list of the top ten
cities most likely to be hit by a tornado. He used data from between
1962 to 2011 and took into account the paths within 75 miles of
cities, including damage paths and widths and lengths. Dr. Forbes
says this method gives a more realistic probability rather than just
using the number of tornadoes that has occurred in a metro area.
Huntsville, AL is number one on the top ten list. And Jackson, MS is
number 2. Birmingham was 3rd and Tuscaloosa number 4. Keep in mind,
this list is for the probability of a tornado hitting within 75 miles
of each city.
In local sports, the Winona High School
girls fast pitch softball team advanced to the second round of the
state playoff's Monday with a 9-0 a win over Alcorn Central. The
Lady Tigers face Nettleton in the second round and the first game is
tomorrow in Nettleton at 5pm. Game Two, and three if necessary will
games will be played here Saturday at 12 and 2.
The Tiger's Baseball heads to Kossuth
tomorrow for the second round playoffs. Game time is 6:00