The city of Louisville and the town of Noxapater are Winston County’s population centers. In both communities you will find a welcoming atmosphere, a gracious Southern lifestyle, affordable housing, and an attractively low cost of living. The Winston County Chamber of Commerce serves both communities, creating a positive economic climate, promoting local businesses, and sponsoring annual events such as the Red Hills Festival, the Fourth of July Celebration, a “Stew Stomp” on Veteran’s Day, and a Christmas parade.
With a population of 6,600, Louisville, Mississippi, is the county seat and the commercial hub of Winston County. Residents pronounce the name as “Lewis-ville.” Louisville combines southern hospitality with an energized climate for business and industry. City affairs are managed by a mayor and five aldermen who work together to accommodate and assist new and expanding businesses.
Located adjacent to one of the state’s major four-lane highways (MS Hwy 25), the city enjoys convenient access to Starkville, Columbus, and Tupelo to the northeast and to the state capital, Jackson, to the southwest. Other state highways connect Louisville to major arteries I-55, I-20. and I-59. The city’s municipal airport complements the commercial air services available at the the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) 50 miles to the northeast and Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN) located 95 miles to the southwest.
Many of the city’s industries specialize in wood and wood products, metals, and chemicals. Taylor Machine Works is known in industrial circles worldwide for its “Big Red” line of over 100 models of forklifts and other materials handling equipment. Other companies with global reach are Georgia-Pacific, Roseburg Forest Products Company, Polo Custom Products, and Teters Floral Products.
The historic Main Street features shops offering the latest styles in clothing, furniture, and jewelry alongside antique shops with charming wares from the past. Restaurants offer Mexican, Chinese, Italian, and, of course, Southern cuisines. Ivy Park features Louisville Coliseum, a premier venue for horse shows, as well as tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a playground, a picnic area, and a walking track.
Legion State Park within the Louisville city limits offers hiking, fishing, swimming, and other types of outdoor recreation in a hilly, forested terrain.
Several buildings are of historic significance, including the newly remodeled Strand Theater, which provides a venue for an art and music events. Children and adults alike enjoy the American Heritage “Big Red” Fire Museum housing a large collection of antique fire engines and firefighting equipment.
Annual events in Louisville include the Red Hills Festival and Car Show, showcasing the work of over 100 artisans from across the nation on Memorial Day weekend, and the annual Stew Stomp held on Veteran’s Day each year, which combines a program honoring veterans with a cooking competition that leads to delicious servings of gourmet stew, soup, gumbo, chowder, and chili.
For those who prefer a smaller town with a strong sense of community and a comfortable pace of life, Noxapater, Mississippi (population 410) is a good choice. It is located on MS Hwy 15 less than 10 miles south of Louisville. Noxapater is growing, and local businesses offer a wide range of products and services..
Noxapater is home to the Choctaw Glove and Safety Company, which manufacturers leather and knit gloves, mittens, and other protective clothing for use in industrial settings.
J.W. Young/Mollie Estes Park includes a unique arboretum and forestry teaching area. A large variety of trees are grown for scientific use and to provide learning opportunities for forestry industry professionals, students, and local residents. The park includes a jogging trail, baseball and softball fields, a pavilion, and a playground.
A major annual event, the Cotton Gin Festival, is held each September, featuring arts, crafts, music, food, a beauty pageant, and a car show. For those who like “down home” entertainment, the Catfish Opry has garnered national fame for great entertainment and food.
City of Louisville
William “Will” Hill, Mayor
Board of Aldermen
Town of Noxapater
Sammy Carter, Mayor
Board of Aldermen
Burr Warner, Supervisor, District 1
Call Chancery Clerk, Julie Cunningham – (662) 773-3631
Larry Woodward, Assessor/Collector
Kim Ming, Circuit Clerk
Julie Cunningham, Chancery Clerk
Jason Pugh, Sheriff