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Casino-based travel plaza in Winston County to be called Crystal Sky

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A name has been decided on for a new, casino-based travel plaza coming to Winston County.

The Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise (CRDE) announced that its travel plaza that broke ground last April will be called “Crystal Sky.” According to a news release, the name is based on the county’s tribal community known as Crystal Ridge.

“As we unveil the name of our Travel Plaza, I am filled with gratitude,” Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben said. “This endeavor isn’t just about bricks and mortar; it’s about weaving connections. Crystal Sky will not only serve travelers passing through but will also uplift the Louisville (and) Winston County area and honor the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.”

The 18,000-square-foot travel plaza will have 150 slot machines, a sportsbook lounge, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a restaurant, and fueling stations for commercial and passenger vehicles. The plaza will be open 24/7, promising limitless access to travelers and locals alike.

The release noted that Dachelle E. of Louisville will be awarded $500 for coming up with the name of Crystal Sky. All in all, nearly 260 entries poured in with the final name being selected by the Tribal Council and CRDE Board members.

The $25 million project is expected to open this summer and employ approximately 100 people.

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