4/28 Tornado

UMCOR pledges to match donations to WinstonStrong

The Rotary Club of Brandon held a concert to raise funds for WinstonStrong and the Crossgates Exchange Club also raised funds for WinstonStrong. The Louisville Rotary Club presented the funds to Mike Dowd of WinstonStrong. The Brandon Rotary Club raised $1,525 and the Crossgate exchange Club raised $1,000 for WinstonStrong.  The community based “Winston Strong”, a 501(c)(3) non profit recovery fund, is used for longer term rebuilding efforts across the community. Winston Strong is  established to help survivors of the EF 4 tornado with their unmet needs.  Donations are still needed for this organization to continue to help.  All donations are tax deductible and can be made through the web site: www.winstonstrong.org or call the office at 1-405-403-3404.

From staff and press reports

In its efforts to help Winston Strong, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will match every dollar donated to Winston Strong up to $100,000 now and until Jan. 23.

“We need these funds,” said … Read more

Winston Strong Volunteers repair home

By Elmetra Patterson

On Friday, November 14, 1 p.m. a home 125 Piney Wood Street in Louisville was blessed and turned over to the owner, Lucy Foster for her and family to move back in after more than 6 months.… Read more

Club helps mark 6 month tornado anniversary

Dean park trees plant0010

From staff reports

The Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club recently made a difference by planting a tree in memory of the 10 individuals who lost their lives during the April 28 tornado.

Many gathered at Dean Park Tuesday, … Read more

“Mississippi by Storm” to replay on MPB TV

Documentary Chronicles Recovery from April 2014 Tornados

April 28, 2014, a series of tornadoes hit Mississippi ravaging the lives of many including Randy Hodges.  Like many, his family lost their home that day.  Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s (MPB) original documentary “Mississippi … Read more

Louisville moving forward to achieve retail development

From press reports

As the largest city in Winston County, Louisville has established itself as a regional hub for products and services in East Central Mississippi. With a prime location along Highway 25 and the community’s entrepreneurial spirit, Louisville leaders … Read more

REPM hears from Sheriff and REPM’s Palmer

The Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi in Winston County recently met and discussed the efforts of the group with REPM District 3 Director Carolyn Palmer and the continuing tornado cleanup update from Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh.

Carolyn Palmer, REPM … Read more

USDA grant will direct Extension disaster efforts

A specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service surveys agricultural damage with a Winston County resident following the tornado that hit on April 28, 2014. A grant will enable Extension to re-evaluate disaster efforts in communities across the state. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE — A new grant will enable Mississippi State University Extension Service leaders to refine the organization’s efforts to help communities prepare for and recover from disasters.

With offices in all 82 Mississippi … Read more

Tornado survivor to celebrate 5th birthday

Mitchell little girl from tornado

From staff and press

A four year old who survived the direct path of the April 28 tornado will celebrate her 5th birthday Saturday, October 18.

Ashtyn Rose Mitchell, daughter of Quinesha Mithell, survived the tornado in the arms of … Read more

Atmos donates to recovery efforts in Winston County

Atmos energy helps “power up” LFD/WS and Winston Community
Atmos energy representatives and staff held a reception for Winston County Community member on September 4.

During the event, Atmos energy donated $12,000 to the Louisville Fire Department and Winston Strong. … Read more