published on July 31, 2011
Car Stolen From Pilot
Monday, August 1, 2011
Winona Police are investigating an apparent
vehicle theft that took place at Pilot Truck Stop yesterday. Sgt. Michael Gross said he was dispatched to
Pilot at 12:54 pm. The victim reported
he left his car at the pumps and went inside to pay for gas. When he went back outside, his vehicle was
gone. The missing vehicle is a 2006
Chrysler 300, silver in color, with Carroll County tags. Surveillance tapes show an older model, dark blue
4-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet, circling the parking lot and and it appears
someone was dropped off. That same
individual was videoed getting into the stolen vehicle and heading east on
highway 82 but it was not clear if it exited onto I55 or stayed on Highway
82. The dark blue vehicle left the
parking lot about 30 seconds after the stolen vehicle. Its direction of travel was not clear.
Sgt. Gross said the suspect is possibly a light skinned
black male, 6’2” to 6’3” with a slender build.
He was wearing a white tee shirt and blue jean shorts. He was not wearing a hat and his hair is
close cut. If you have any information
that could assist the Winona Police Department, call 662-283-1140.
Winona Mayor Jerry Flowers said the City Water Department is
still waiting for parts needed to begin the wastewater treatment facility
rehab. When the work begins, Mayor
Flowers explained the storage capacity at the treatment plant would be cut in
half during the work. The system has
two sides and one side will be shut down while work is done on it. When the first side is back up and running,
the other side will be taken down and repaired. Winona city officials do not expect a water shortage; it is
simply a matter of only having one half of the storage capacity available while
the work is being done. In order to
make sure to avoid a temporary shortage, the Mayor and board have asked
citizens to get in the habit of conserving water. When all the parts arrive and the work gets underway, it could
take several months to complete.
Politicking is going to be hot today, and I’m not talking
about the competition. The National
Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until 7pm this evening for the WONA
listening area. Heat indices are
forecast to be as high as 110 degrees between 1pm and 6pm.
published on July 28, 2011
Crime Stoppers Moving Ahead
Montgomery County residents will soon see Crime Stoppers Signs posted around the County. The Crime Stoppers board of directors ordered 50 of the 12x18 signs and installation should get under in the next few days. The signs are simple, just the name and phone number but Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix and the Crime Stoppers Board are hoping they will help raise the public’s awareness that the program is in place. Anyone, regardless of age, can receive a cash reward for calling in a tip that results in an arrest for a felony. The calls go to a center in Texas and the callers name is never given. So no one will ever know who called the tip in. You can call in a tip by phone at 1-888-672-8477 or you can go online and submit a tip at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=934 . Once again, all information is completely confidential. The slogan for the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers Program is “Crime doesn’t pay, Crime Stoppers Does”.
Sheriff Bubba Nix Shows New Crime Stopper Signs
In other local news, local politicians are gearing up for Tuesday’s primary. According to Montgomery County Circuit Clerk, Lanelle Martin, right at 5pm Monday, she will make a last run to the post office to pick up absentee ballots that have been mailed in. Then the voting boxes will be assembled. The return envelopes for absentee ballots are marked with the correct precinct and they are put in the proper boxes. In addition, instructions to the poll workers for opening and closing the box are put in, along with the bags, seals, and the poll book, office supplies and register books.
When you go to vote, your name will be looked up on the poll book. If, for some reason your name does not appear on the book, you will be directed to the poll where your name is. For instance, if you have moved and have not updated the information on your voter registration card. You will then vote an affidavit ballot. Affidavit ballots are hand counted after the polls close and must be verified.
Sample ballots for both Montgomery and Carroll County can be found on the hawg95 home page.
WONA will be reporting primary results live Tuesday night. The coverage will begin at 7pm.
published on July 27, 2011
Absentee Voting Deadline
Circuit Clerk’s offices will open until noon this Saturday for absentee voting. And noon is the deadline for absentee voting at those offices. Absentee ballots that have been mailed must be received in the Circuit Clerk’s office no later than 5pm Monday. Absentee ballots cannot be hand delivered.
The polls open at 7am Tuesday and will close at 7pm. There are a couple of changes in poll locations voters should know about. Montgomery County voters who have cast ballots at the old school gym in Duck Hill will now vote at the new fire department. According to Carroll County Circuit Clerk, Derwood Stanton, McCarley voters who, in the past, voted at the Beat 1 County Barn, will now vote a McAnerney’s restaurant. That is a permanent change. In addition, due to the renovation project currently underway at the Carroll County Courthouse, those voters will go to the MSU Extension Office, between the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and the Tax Assessor’s Office. That is a temporary change.
In other local news, the state’s third Sales Tax Holiday will take place during a 48-hour time period beginning 12:01 a.m. this Friday, July 29 and end at midnight on Saturday, July 30. The Sales Tax Holiday saves Mississippi shoppers 7 percent on eligible items. The items exempt from sales tax during the Sales Tax Holiday period are clothing and footwear items, meant to be worn next to the body and cost less than $100 per item.
Jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches, backpacks, and other accessory items do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday. In addition, cleats and other athletic gear are items not eligible. School supplies and computers are not included.
You can take a look at a listing of eligible and non-eligible clothing and footwear items by clicking on this link www.dor.ms.gov/docs/2011SalesTaxHoliday.pdf
published on July 26, 2011
Boil Water Notice Lifted
|Shortly afternoon yesterday, Winona City officials received word that the boil water alert issued Friday had been lifted. Soon after that a notification from the Mississippi State Department of Health was received at WONA. Winona Water Department head Frank Faulkner said the state health department never did inform him what the caused last week’s routine water samples to be classified as bad samples. However, all 56 samples sent in for retesting were classified all clear.
The State Department of Health advised flushing any faucet at least two minutes after a boil water notice is lifted.
In other local news, in Montgomery County Justice Court yesterday, Larry Walker of Kilmichael was bound over to the grand jury on an aggravated assault charge. Walker’s bond was originally set at $100,000 but was reduced to $10,000. Walker remains out on that bond.
Kenneth Noah, Jr. of the Poplar Creek area had his preliminary hearing continued until next Thursday, August 4th. Noah is charged with breaking and entering and kidnapping. His bond was set at $25,000 on each charge.
Even though school will be starting soon, there is a lot of summer time left. And summer means picnics. The State Department of Health has posted this caution about raw seafood. Vibria bacteria live in warm seawater and seafood can be contaminated with this type of bacteria. If you have an open wound and swim in seawater or eat contaminated seafood, you can become sick. This is especially true for people with weakened immune systems.
The notice says if you have any type of open sore, you should avoid exposure to seawater. Wash any wound exposed to seawater with soap and water as soon as possible. People with compromised immune systems should not eat raw oysters at all.
published on July 25, 2011
Two Escape Serious Injury
Two Winona men escaped serious injury yesterday morning in a
single vehicle accident on Lower Milligan Springs Road near Highway 407. Chase Amason, age 21 of Winona was headed south on Lower
Milligan Springs Road a few minutes before 8am when he met his mother headed
the opposite direction. Amason said he
braked, and then lost control of the vehicle, a Toyota Camry. The vehicle left the road and struck a line
of trees. Amason and his passenger, 20
year old Matthew La Rochelle were transported by vehicle to Tyler Holmes
Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released for minor injuries. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department
is handling the accident investigation.
Winona Mayor Jerry Flowers is
asking for the public’s patience regarding the recent boil water notice. The boil water notice was issued Friday
afternoon. The Mississippi Department
of health website advises that when a boil water alert is issued, any water
that is to be consumed should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute. If boiling the water is not possible, mix
eight drops of unscented chorine bleach to one gallon of water, mix it thoroughly
and let it stand for thirty minutes before using it.
The Winona voter’s league will host another political rally at
6pm this Saturday, July 30 at the Montgomery justice court complex on Alberta
drive in Winona. All candidates are invited to attend and speak and the public
is encouraged to attend.
For more information or to reserve your place on the schedule, please contact
JC Morgan at 662-283-2365 or
Tela Collins at 662-417-1565.
Plans for the annual Crossroads Fall Festival are moving
forward. The Winona Business Association
has set the date for Saturday, October 8th. Entertainment will be provided by Jason
Walker and the Black Bird Transport, the same group the played at the 4th
of July event. Vendors are encouraged to reserve booth space early by
contacting Linda Montague at 662-283-9040.
published on July 24, 2011
Boil Water Notice For Winona
The City of Winona issued a boil water alert Friday after a
routine test sample sent to the State Health Department Tuesday was designated
as a bad sample. Winona Water Department Manager Frank Faulkner said he
received notification Friday afternoon and immediately advised the mayor.
Mayor Jerry Flowers contacted WONA at 2:40 and asked that the station begin
broadcasting the alert right away. The first alert was broadcast was at
2:50 and it aired thirty times between 2:50 and 11:50pm Friday. Additional alerts were aired throughout the
day Saturday and Sunday. Water
Department personnel notified restaurants directly.
A boil water alert doesn’t necessarily mean the water
was contaminated. According to information from the State Health
Department, an alert is issued when the system is compromised or a test sample
was deemed to be bad; which is the case in this alert. The city is required to
take the samples from an outside faucet. Reasons for a bad sample
designation could be anything from the faucet itself being contaminated to as
something as simple as dust or rain getting into the sample bottle during the
Frank Faulkner said a representative of the state health department advised him
if the result had come in earlier in the week, retesting could have been done
and the issue resolved right away. But the report did not come in until
Friday afternoon and the State labs are closed on the weekend.
The City was instructed to take 23 water samples from throughout the system for
three consecutive days. One sample was taken from the outside faucet at
my house, for instance and another from the outside faucet at WONA. The
alert will last until Tuesday.
There are over a dozen boil water notices currently in
effect in the state of Mississippi, not including the City of Winona and the
water systems affected by it.
Water samples taken for City of Winona
In other local news, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office
responded to the report of a kidnapping earlier yesterday morning. The Montgomery County EOC received the call
at approximately 4:19 am. Kenneth Noah,
Jr. age 30 allegedly broke into his ex-wife’s home on Dorman Road in the Poplar
Creek area and held her against her will for approximately 45 minutes. She managed to get away and drove to her
mother’s home where she notified authorities.
Deputy Joel Hill, assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department
arrested Noah on Highway 35 near Vaiden.
The victim was not injured.
The Mississippi Code defines kidnapping as being imprisoned
or held against one’s will. Noah has
been charged with breaking and entering and kidnapping and is being held at the
CMRCF in Vaiden. Bond was set at
$25,000 on each charge.
published on July 21, 2011
9/11 Event Planned
When someone says 9/11 – you don’t have to wonder what year
they are referring to or what they are talking about. According to CNN, 2973 people died that day, not including the
terrorists, as a result of those attacks. That day changed the way Americans
live, think and travel. September 11,
2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorists attack on the United States
at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and as
well as an attack that was prevented when civilians crashed a jet was headed
for Washington into a field in Pennsylvania.
To commemorate that day, a service is being planned that will take place
at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Sunday, September 11 at 8am. The public is encouraged to attend this very
IN other local news, Circuit Clerk’s offices will be open
tomorrow from 8am until noon for absentee voting for the upcoming primary. These offices will also be open next
Saturday for the same. If you think you
are eligible to cast an absentee ballot, contact your county Circuit Clerks
office for instructions.
The August 2nd primary election will be here
before we know it WONA is outlining a brief description of each office that
will be represented on the ballots.
These descriptions come from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office
and are general descriptions.
A County Coroner serves the county medical examiner and/or
its examiner investigator. The Coroner
issues death declarations and reports the results of autopsies if one is
The County Prosecuting attorney represents the State in it’s
investigations of felonies in justice court and in criminal cases that have
been appealed to Circuit Court. In
addition, a county prosecutor may assist the district attorney, can present
cases to the grand jury and has some youth court responsibilities.
The Superintendent of County Schools is the top
administrator for the all county schools outside separate school
districts. The County Superintendent
serves as the secretary to the board of education but cannot vote on board
issues and no has voice in setting policies.
published on July 20, 2011
Understanding the Primary
The primary state and county election is coming up August 2nd
and many people have of questions about just exactly what the primary process
is. So tomorrow, Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Lanelle Martin, is going to
sit in during the morning show and explain how it all works. There are a
lot of candidates on this year’s primary ballots and they are a little
overwhelming. WONA has posted copies of sample ballots for Montgomery and
Carroll Counties on their website. This will give voters a chance to
study the ballots and make the voting process a little less confusing and maybe
even a little faster. The WONA website is www.hawg95.com and the sample ballots are on the bottom of
the home page.
Eupora police had an outstanding warrant on a man for contempt of court and got
word he was at a home at 1123 Minerva Rd. When Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba
Nix and Deputy Dan Herod went to pick up the man for Eupora authorities, they
took the new K-9 officer Peti with them to help make sure the man didn’t try to
run. The man was at the house next door
and when Sheriff Nix, Deputy Herod, along with Peti the K-9 officer headed next
door, Peti took of to the rear of the property, pulling Deputy Herod with
him. Straight to a flowerpot, planted
with marijuana. Sheriff Nix said no
charges have been filed for the marijuana plants and it will be a misdemeanor
charge, but he was very pleased that Peti pointed it out to them.
Sheriff Nix with plants from one bust and bags of cocaine and crack from an unrelated arrest
In other local news, according to Montgomery County Deputy
Calvin Young, the driver of the car involved in the single vehicle accident
late Tuesday evening was Beverly Castle of Winona. Deputy Young said she was driving a 2000 Pontiac Booneville,
headed north when the car left the pavement on Sawyer Road. Ms. Castle was treated and released at Tyler
Holmes Memorial Hospital. The accident
is still under investigation.
The Winona-Montgomery County Library took their budget
request to the Board of Supervisors Monday night and Tuesday spoke to the Winona
City Board. Last year the City
contributed $63,769 to the library’s operating budget and this year have
requested a $4,913 increase. The board
will address the issue in the upcoming budget work.
In other city news, Mayor Flowers informed the board the
City will soon receive a $15,000 refund from the company that picks up the
dumpsters at the City Barn. After
reviewing invoices submitted by Waste Connections, Mayor Flowers discovered
years of surcharges other extra charges the City should not have been billed
published on July 19, 2011
Wreck on Sawyer Road Sends One To Hospital
Emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle accident
on Sawyer Road last night just after 7:00.
The accident happened just west of the Interstate 55 overpass. One person was taken to Tyler Holmes
Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Details
were not available at press time.
Monday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office received a
tip that someone had found a package of suspicious material. Preliminary tests show that material to be
cocaine powder and rocks of cocaine.
Sheriff Bubba Nix estimated the street value of the drugs to be between
$18,000 and $20,000 and commented it was the most he had ever seen at one
time. No arrests have been made and the
investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Nix
said the caller would receive a cash reward from the Sheriff’s office for
reporting the drugs.
The Winona Police Department reported a van stolen from
Oliver Funeral home was used in a kidnapping in Grenada. Sgt. Michael Gross said a 17-year-old Winona
youth allegedly took the van, drove it to Grenada and kidnapped his ex-girl
friend. She was apparently taken to
Oxford where the couple was found after law enforcement from surrounding counties was notified to be on
the lookout for the vehicle. The 17
year old faces grand larceny charges in Winona as a juvenile. Sgt. Gross said the law changed July 1 that
prevent him being changed as an adult.
The young man has been charged in Grenada with kidnapping and could also
face charges in Oxford.
published on July 17, 2011
What Do They Do?
will head to the polls on August 2nd for the primary election to
decide who will be the Democratic or Republican candidates for the November
general election in State and County offices.
Which brings up a good point…..exactly what are the responsibilities of
each office? The following descriptions
of the responsibilities of elected county officials come from the Mississippi
Secretary of State’s office and are general descriptions.
Supervisors adopt, modify or repeals county resolutions and ordinances. The board of supervisors is responsible for
county maintained roads, bridges, county owned property, county tax levies and
the appropriation of county funds.
Local boards of supervisors also work to recruit industry and promote
Chancery Clerk’s job includes maintaining records for the Board of Supervisors
and Chancery Court. Chancery Court
handles a variety of cases including divorces, child custody, wills, lunacy
hearing and estates. The Chancery Clerk
also records land titles, liens, contracts and related matters into the
Circuit Clerk is the chief officer for the Circuit Court, where felony criminal
trials are held and misdemeanor cases that are being appealed, and come civil
cases. The Circuit Clerk is also
responsible for maintaining the voter rolls and assists the election
Tax Assessor/Collector for each county has the job of maintaining the County
tax rolls, personal, real estate and ad valorem. Vehicle tags are purchased at the County Tax Assessor/Collector’s
offices. The County Tax
Assessor/Collector is responsible for keeping up with records of tax payments
and depositing that money into the County Treasury.
County Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in each county and the
officer for the Circuit and Chancery Courts.
The Sheriff is responsible for maintaining the county law library, and
is responsible for the county courthouse and for the protection of county
will describe the duties of other elected county and state officials in
published on July 14, 2011
Healthier Kids' Meals
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says offering
healthier kids' meals at restaurants is important because children are getting
about a third of their calories from eating out, and eating out is a big
contributor to obesity. This week, while many families are on the road for
summer vacation, 19 restaurant chains with over 150,000 restuarants, all over the country began offering
healthier kids meals. This is part of a
voluntary initiative called Kids LiveWell. While none of the Montgomery or
Carroll County chains are on the list, Burger King, Chili’s, Cracker Barrel,
Denny’s and IHOP are. Meals that fit
into the program will be marked on the menu with a red apple. The meal must be 600 calories,
meet other nutritional guidelines and must include a main dish, side dish and drink. Participating
restaurants are working to expand their healthier menus. A team of registered dietitians from Healthy
Dining reviewed these meals to make sure they qualified for the program. The National Restaurant Association says they
hope to add thousands more establishments to the program in the very near
future. Find Kids LiveWell meals on healthydiningfinder.com.
other Mississippi Health News, Mississippians are obviously taking precautions
West Nile Virus. So far this year, only
one case of West Nile Virus in a human has been confirmed in Mississippi and
that was in Tallahatchie County. There
were 8 with no fatal cases 2010, compared to 53 cases with 2 deaths in
2009. Since West Nile Virus is
transmitted by mosquitoes, the Mississippi Department of Health says residents
should avoid mosquitoes if possible by staying inside, wearing protective
clothing and wearing repellant containing up to 30 per cent DEET, 10 per cent
or less on kids between 2 and 12. These
precautions are especially important between dusk and dawn. You
should also wear gloves if you have to hand a dead bird or other animal because
of the possibility of diseases.
published on July 13, 2011
Where is the Capsule?
The location of Winona’s 1961 time capsule is still a
mystery. Winona celebrated its 100th
birthday that year, and there was an elaborate celebration to commemorate that
milestone. The plans for the
celebration included burying a time capsule that was to be opened in fifty
years, this year. In fact, the subject
just came up at last weeks 4th of July celebration only because
organizers of that event had assembled a new time capsule, not even knowing
about the one made in 1961. Problem is,
nobody remembered where it was buried.
So began the detective work to find it.
Minutes of City Board meetings were pored over to no avail. Winona Times Editor, Amanda Sexton Ferguson
and I went through months of 50-year-old editions of the Winona Times, hoping
to solve the mystery. Many people spent
months planning that celebration and it was an elaborate affair. We found many mentions of the ceremony that
was planned for August 25th to bury the time capsule. Then….nothing. Finally,
the August 31st edition of the Winona Times had a small article that
said, “ The time capsule ceremony did not take place”. So…….was it just forgotten? Was it buried at a later date? Will we ever know?
It is easy to spend hours reading the old papers, and
amazing to see how times have changed.
For instance, in the summer of ’61, a pound of Luzianne Coffee was
advertised for just $.59. A quart of
Blue Plate Mayo was $.49, sugar, 10 pounds for $.97. The August 31, 1961 paper also had the City’s budget for 1962
printed. The general fund revenue for
the year was $146,000.
In other local news, registration for students attending
Winona Public Schools gets underway tomorrow.
Hours for registration at Winona Elementary School are 8:00 to 3:00 and
for Winona Secondary School are 8:00 to 4:00 tomorrow, 8:00 to 12:00 at both
schools Saturday. Monday hours are 8:00
to 3:00 at the elementary school and 11:00 to 6:00 at the secondary
school. Registration for the Secondary
School will take place in the Vo-Tech Building. The first day of school is August 5th for Winona
published on July 12, 2011
WBA Makes Plans
Last weeks’ Old Fashioned Fourth Celebration in downtown
Winona was such a success plans for next year’s event got underway at last
night’s Winona Business Association meeting. Since last weeks fireworks show
was rained out, the WBA members decided to save them for next year’s
event. The next big event for the WBA
is the fall festival, set for October 8th. Vendors are encouraged to call Linda Montegue at 283-9040 to
reserve a space. The Christmas Parade
is December 1.
Montgomery County Circuit Clerk, Lanelle Martin says
absentee voting can be done at Circuit Clerk’s offices between the hours of 8
and 5, and between 8 and 12 on July 23rd and 30th, the
last two Saturday’s before the August 2nd primary. According to the Mississippi Secretary of
State’s office, some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of
age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces.
For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election
day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. You should check with your with
your Circuit Clerk office to find our if you are entitled to vote absentee.
The emotional effects of a natural disaster, like the April
tornadoes aren’t gone when the clean up and repairs are complete. FEMA warns that the emotional damage can be
far more long lasting, especially for children. The stress caused by a natural disaster can range from nightmares
to aggression and rebellion, and even drug use, depending on a child’s
age. FEMA has a list of suggestions to
help children deal with the stress.
For more information services available contact the
Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Helpline at 877-210-8513 or visit www.dmh.ms.gov.
Additional information about this disaster is available at www.fema.gov, www.msema.org,
published on July 11, 2011
Animal Shelter Filling Up
The Winona Animal Advocacy Group, or WAAG, as it is more
affectionately known, has partnered with the City of Winona to help care for abandoned animals and find homes for them.
Sometimes, that’s just not possible. The dogs at the Winona Animal
Shelter have been there for over two months.
WAAG, and the City of Winona cannot afford to keep these animals
indefinitely. That’s where another
group, In Defense of Animals, comes in.
Their local representative, Doll Stanley, works with WAAG to make sure these
animals are adopted to good homes, or cared for. For those that aren’t, there is an animal reserve in Colorado
called “Every Creature Counts” where dogs can live and be cared for until they
are adopted out. They can even live
there for the rest of their lives. The
dogs that are taken there will not be euthanized. The state of Colorado has strict spaying and neutering laws, so
they have fewer unwanted puppies and kittens, making it easier to find homes
for dogs from other places.
But transporting the animals is expensive. The last time Ms. Stanley took a load, it
cost $2,500 with gas and truck rental costs.
There are other groups that help In Defense of Animals with the
expenses, along with WAAG, but even so, the funding is hard to come by. WAAG and In Defense of Animals are asking
for the public’s help to transport fifteen dogs from the Winona Animal Shelter
to the refuge in Colorado. For more
information on the transport or to make a donation contact Fay Welch at 310-3374.
Speaking of dogs, for awhile,
dog breeders claimed that hypoallergenic dogs produce less dander and saliva
and shed less fur, making them a healthier choice for people with allergies
. Not so, says a study from the Henry
Ford Hospital in Detroit. They found no
scientific evidence that these so called “hypoallergenic” dogs produced fewer
allergens. Dust samples from 173 homes
with 60 breeds of dogs, 11 of which were are the “hypoallergenic” breeds were
tested. The research showed no significant
differences in home with hypoallergenic breeds and those with regular breeds.
The study is published in the July issue of the American
Journal of Rhinology andAllergy.
published on July 10, 2011
The weather is making headlines again. Forecasted high temperatures and high
humidity have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a high heat
advisory through 8pm tonight for Central and South Mississippi, including
Montgomery, Carroll, Leflore and Grenada Counties. Temps will in this area are expected to reach 100
degrees and the heat index as high as 108.
Areas north of Grenada County under an “Excessive Heat warning at least
through tomorrow. Heat indexes in that
area are forecast to be 110 or higher, primarily in the late afternoon or early
Weather conditions like this can bring on heat related
illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion very easily. The advisory cautions residents to try to
drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, in an air conditioned area if
possible, and be sure to check on your neighbors and relatives who may be at
risk. Remember that pets are susceptible
to these extreme temperatures as well.
The advisory also cautions that in the last dozen years, 450 children
have died as a result of being left inside a vehicle during hot weather; Twenty
so far this year. It takes just minutes for the temperature in a vehicle to
climb high enough to cause a heat stroke, even if the windows are partially
open. The same goes for pets left in a
vehicle. Many times a child strapped in
a safety seat is simply forgotten while a busy parent or caretaker is running
errands. The National Weather Service
published a little rhyme to help people remember, “Beat the heat, check the
backseat”. The CDC recommends putting a
stuffed animal in the front seat whenever your child is strapped in a safety
seat in the back to help you remember.
Even small towns like Winona have their share of residents
who go on to make names for themselves in Hollywood. Gil Peterson is one of them.
Peterson graduated from Winona High School in the mid 1950’s and played
football at Mississippi State as a halfback. He went on to have an acting career,
appearing in episodes of more than a dozen television series, including
Ironsides, Run For Your Life, Combat, Cannon, The Death Valley Days and The
FBI. Feature Film credits include a
minor role in “The Valley of the Dolls” and a starring role in “The Cool Ones”. “The Cool Ones” is a 1967 musical comedy
spoof on 1960’s TV dance shows. It also
stars Roddy McDowell and Glenn Campbell has a musical role in the film. Actress
Terry Garr also appears in this film, as well.
Turner Classic Movies, or TCM, will air “The Cool Ones”
tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock. TCM is
channel 256 on Direct TV, 132 on Dish and 43 on local Cable.
published on July 8, 2011
As a result of spring
tornadoes and storms, FEMA has processes 100 applications for disaster
assistance from Montgomery County and has dispersed $85,659 in aide. Another 51
applications from Grenada County for $11,644 and 39 from Leflore County for
$77,556 have been processed. The
deadline to file for assistance was June 28th.
The Mississippi Emergency Management
Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer free advise for
smarter and stronger rebuilding after a disaster. They also offer advise on how to that in the most cost effective
way. Just go online to the FEMA website
at www.fema.gov and click on the “recover and rebuild”
tab at the top of the page. That will
take you to a page with many links, including how to construct a safe room or
shelter for storms.
Online help is also available at
the following websites:
Public Service Commissioner, Brandon Presley believes corporate utility company
executives should not travel in private jets at consumer’s expense. Yesterday, Presley proposed a rule that
would prohibit this practice. Presley
said, “Corporate utilities should not be able to pass along costs of flying
around on private jets to their customers, If they want luxurious jets to fly
around in, their stockholders and profits should pay for it – not consumers.”
If the new rule passes it will limit costs passed on to customers to only
those which are at coach rate on commercial airlines and supported by both
documentation and justification.
A south Mississippi
utility recently requested that $900,000 in corporate jet expenses be passed on
to its customers. The Public Service Commission denied that request according
to a press release from Presley office. The Public Service Commission unanimously adopted Presley’s
proposed rule and set a hearing on the matter for September 8, 2011
published on July 7, 2011
Sales Tax Holiday
Mississippi will have it’s third
Sales Tax Holiday during a 48-hour time period beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday,
July 29, 2011, and ending 12:00 midnight Saturday, July 30, 2011. This sales
tax holiday saves consumers 7 percent and the timing is set to coincide with
back to school shopping since sales tax is waived on specific items like
clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item. Jewelry, purses, wallets, watches,
backpacks, and similar items do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday. Cleats
and items worn in conjunction with an athletic or recreational activity are not
eligible. School supplies and computers are not included, either.
Municipalities are not required
by the state to participating the Sales Holiday, although most do, including
all those in the WONA listening area.
A complete list of eligible and
non-eligible clothing and footwear can be seen on the Mississippi Department of
Revenue website at www.dor.ms.gov. Just
click on the 2011 Sales Tax Holiday section.
In other local news, Winona’s
150th birthday was celebrated at the Old Fashioned 4th of
July celebration held downtown. One of
the ways that milestone was observed was making of a time capsule. Tuesday night at the Winona City Board
meeting, the Mayor issued a proclamation in honor of the 150th
birthday and the new time capsule that is to be buried near City Hall and
unearthed on July 4, 2061 to celebrate Winona’s 200th birthday.
During the downtown festivities
Monday night, several of Winona’s older residents remarked that a time capsule
was buried in 1961 in honor of the City’s 100th birthday. Although
no one could remember just where it was buried. It is supposed to be opened this year. Research is ongoing to find documentation those details where
that time capsule is. If you remember,
contact Amanda Sexton Ferguson at the Winona Times office.
published on July 6, 2011
Girl Struck By Car
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
A nine-year old girl was treated and released from Tyler
Holmes Memorial after she was struck by a car.
Emergency services were called to the Super Value parking lot at
approximately 12:45 yesterday, when, apparently, the girl ran across an empty
parking space just as a customer was pulling into it. The vehicle was traveling a very low rate of speed when the girl
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors met yesterday
morning, since Monday was a holiday.
Sheriff Bubba Nix asked the board to approve and put in the minutes a
list of weapons that are to be destroyed.
According to the Sheriff, some of the weapons have been in the vault for
years, some as far back as when Robert Tompkins was in office. These weapons were all seized during arrests
are not usable.
The board approved the receipt of the real and personal tax
rolls and discussed routine business.
The board then recessed until the July 18th meeting.
Political candidates need to check the location of their
campaign signs in the City of Winona.
According to City Attorney, Ray Baum, the City Ordinances states that
signs must be at least five feet from a City road. Signs may not be placed on City Property and a candidate must
have a property owner’s permission to place a sign on private property. A Candidate may not place a sign on or in
his vehicle, and then leave that vehicle on City property. In addition, utility companies do not allow
signs of any kind to be put on them. Baum brought this to the board’s attention
at yesterday’s City Board meeting. He
went on to say the City ordinance does allow for a $100 per day per sign fine
and up to ten days in jail. Mayor
Flowers added that signs violating the ordinances would be picked up and stored
at the City Barn. He stressed campaign
signs would not be destroyed.
In other City Business, the Board asked the Mayor to furnish
them with a cost figure for of what it would cost to start the annexation
process of land near the interstate and additional acreage that would include
the airport and the wastewater treatment plant. The rest of the city’s business was routine.
published on July 4, 2011
News for July 5th, 2011
Local law enforcement reported a very quiet 4th
of July weekend and The Old Fashioned 4th
of July celebration in Winona was off to a fantastic start with great
entertainment, delicious food and a big crowd.
Then heavens opened up and it poured.
And poured. And poured some
more. Unfortunately, after waiting
hopefully for over an hour, event organizers decided to call it. The good news is it really was off to a
great start with a tribute to Winona’s 150th birthday. The Montgomery County Arts Council staged a
quick play on the history of the founding of Winona, There were even two actors
portraying a couple of current local politicians. Check out the pictures at the bottom of this story and
see if you can figure out who they are!
150 red white and blue balloons were released in honor of the City’s
birth, as well. The Winona Business
Association plans to sponsor the event next year as well.
In other local news, the Montgomery County Board of
Supervisors meeting is scheduled for today at 8am and the Winona City Board
meeting as today at 5. As always, the
public is encouraged to attend.
published on July 3, 2011
What is the significance of the
4th of July celebration, other than a day off, a bbq with a cold
beverage and fireworks? Believe it or
not, 6 percent of Americans don’t know what the day celebrates.
July 4, 1776, the Continental
Congress in Philadelphia signed The Declaration of Independence. Pennsylvania, that is. Not Mississippi. The Declaration was a sort of a petition sent to King George of
England that said citizens living in the thirteen colonies were sick and tired
of being under his thumb and had set up their own country, independent from
merry old England. Some pretty
impressive men signed that declaration.
Men like John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Ever heard
of putting your “John Hancock” on the dotted line? Well, the real John Hancock signed the Declaration of
Independence. However, George
Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence.
According to the Census Bureau, there were 2.5 million
people living in the new country, today, this 4th of July, there are
311.7 million. Enough history, the
Winona Business Association, the City of Winona and Entergy are sponsoring an
Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration this evening in downtown
Winona from 6 until 10pm with food, entertainment, fun and fireworks. We hope you’ll join us. Have a happy and safe 4th of
published on July 1, 2011
Montgomery County Sheriff, Bubba
Nix said old-fashioned investigative work led to the arrest of two
juveniles. Wednesday morning a resident
from North Mission Road discovered several items had been stolen from his shop;
including a Honda Motorcycle, a shotgun, a bow, pole saw and two tool boxes
with tools in them. Deputies Dan Herod
and Bryant Long responded to the call and noticed what appeared to be tire
tracks from the motorcycle leading from the scene. The two deputies follows the tracks through the countryside, down
logging roads and power line for about a mile and a half where they discovered
the motorcycle in a ditch behind a house at 472 North Mission Road.
Since the motorcycle doesn’t
work, the thieves had to push it the entire way. The rest of the stolen items were located on the property as
well. 17-year-old Ricky Busby and a
juvenile were arrested. Busby is
originally from Eupora, but has been living at the North Mission Road address
for a couple of months. He has been
charged as an adult and his bond was set at $25,000.
A one-vehicle accident on
Highway 82 yesterday, left one man shaken up, but not injured. The accident happened about 4:15 on the West
bound side of Highway 82 at the Old Legion Lake Road intersection. According to
Sgt. Michael Gross of the Winona Police Department, the driver said he swerved
to avoid a vehicle stopped to turn, overcorrected and lost control. The car, a late model Buick, left the road
at the north side of the intersection, traveling a good distance before flipping
several times. The driver is from
Denman Spring, LA. The Winona Police
Department, MedStat and the Winona Fire Department responded to the scene. Photos of the accident scene can be found on
the WONA website at www.hawg95.com.