Remembrance and rebuilding ceremony set for April 28

Remembrance ceremony to mark one-year anniversary of devastating tornado

From staff reports

A remembrance ceremony will be held April 28 at 4 p.m. on the one-year anniversary of the EF-4 tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed 10 lives.

“It will be an emotional day yet a day to remember what was lost while focusing on the progress completed and the progress ahead,” said Louisville Mayor Will Hill.

The ceremony is set for the new addition at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The addition will be dedicated to the lives lost in the April 28, 2014 tornado. The new area will include 7 flag poles and flag displays, 4 granite benches , 10 trees, a sunflower garden and much more.

“We are working with local garden clubs to get their input on trees and flowers.” stated Mayor Will Hill.  “Hughes Construction, who has been working on the project, has been very supportive and is committed to the job.”

The memorial ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 at the Highway 397 entrance to Memorial Gardens cemetery. Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah are expected to attend the event.

This new addition will be a private-public venture. No state or federal funds are used in the project with the city, local service clubs, local supporters and private businesses helping fund the project.
“This is a community driven and community focused project,” said Mayor Hill.

Contact Louisville City Hall if interested in donating to this project.

Chamber Banquet set for April 28
As part of the remembrance and recognition of the heroes of the April 28, 2014 EF4 tornado, the Winston County Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Annual Banquet on April 28, 2015.

The  58th Annual Banquet will be Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm at Lake Tiak O’Khata. Tickets are on sale now.

“We aim recognize what is great about the community and recognize the positive from the tragic event,” said Linda Skelton of the Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber banquet organizers are looking forward to great banquet with guest speaker Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah.

“We are excited to be hosting Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah as part of our annual community recognition event,” said Linda Skelton, Winston County Chamber Director. “Both were of great help after the tornado and it is great to have them be a part of a night of remembrance and recognition.”

The banquet is a night to recognize those in the community for their service over the past year or over their lifetime. Each year the event recognizes The Man and Woman of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Industry of the Year, Forestry Award, Farmer of the Year, an Educator Award and Life Time Achievement Award winner. There will be some special recognition during the evening as well.

“The banquet is an opportunity to show your support to those who have given the community so much,” said Skelton. “These awards recognize and reward members of the communities who improved the quality of life in Winston County, whether through volunteer work or other contributions.”

Tickets for the event are on sale at the Winston County Chamber of Commerce and are $35 each.  To purchase tickets contact the Chamber office.

“The banquet is a great opportunity to discuss moving the community forward even more,” continued Skelton.  “We also have several people coming from around the state to participate.”

The Winston County Economic Development Partnership intends to bring the community together and promote commerce. The Chamber offers a means for nearly 200 businesses to work together in providing information, fostering development, and generating support for local business.

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club held a bake sale March 20 and sold out of all the goods. All the proceeds will go to help build the courtyard site.

Members of the Town and Country Garden Club held a bake sale March 20 and sold out of all the goods. All the proceeds will go to help build the courtyard site.