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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kristen Sampson Joins ECCC Women’s Basketball Staff

Former Mississippi College standout Kristen Sampson is the new volunteer assistant women’s basketball coach at East Central Community College after most recently serving as a graduate assistant at her alma mater.

ECCC Head Women’s Coach LaTaryl Williams announced Sampson’s hiring as he begins preparations for his first season leading the Lady Warriors. “I’m excited to have Coach Sampson join our program,” said Williams. “As a former player in our league, she understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and will be a valuable mentor to our players. She has been doing a tremendous job thus far, and I see a bright future for her as she begins her coaching career.”

A native of Jackson, Sampson etched her name in the Mississippi College record book as she ranks in the top 10 in career three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. She started 50 games for the Lady Choctaws and compiled 700 points during her two seasons in Clinton and averaged 13.7 points per contest along with 4.3 rebounds. She added to her accomplishments during the 2015-16 season as she scored a career-high 32 points en route to a 91-80 Mississippi College win over the University of North Alabama. The performance was the first 30-point scoring effort for a Lady Choctaw since 2008.

Before her arrival in Clinton, Sampson played two seasons at Meridian Community College, where she averaged 19.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.6 assists per game for the Lady Eagles in 25 games. She scored in double figures in 24 of her 25 games. She was named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Player of the Week seven times. 

Sampson started her basketball career in Jackson as she prepped at Provine High School. She was an All-Metro selection for the Rams averaging 15.0 points and six rebounds. She received her Associate of Art at Meridian Community College in 2014 and earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi College in 2016.

She is currently working on her master’s degree in athletic administration from Mississippi College.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Visits County

The Winston County Cattleman’s Association hosted Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner, Mr. Andy Gipson last Thursday evening. Prior to Commissioner Gipson’s speech to the Cattleman Association, Penny Barrier with our local USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, planned a tour for the Commissioner to see some of Winston County’s Agricultural contributions to the state’s economy.

Agriculture is Mississippi’s greatest economic driver, boasting 36,200 farms, with a value of approximately $7.56 BILLION, from 10.7 million acres farmed. Winston County is a main stream contributor to Mississippi’s agriculture economy, with more than 80,000 acres in production, on an average of 500 privately owned farms. With Winston County having such a positive impact economically, there is a problem facing the agriculture community on the near horizon.

This problem was mentioned by Commissioner Gipson throughout the day as he toured our county. The problem facing us, is not unique to Winston, but the state and nation alike. The problem is our State’s farmer’s average age is 60, with more and more young people choosing other career paths.

Commissioner Gipson took time to meet, and talk with the FFA students attending the Cattleman’s meeting, and encouraged them to stay in school, make good grades, and explore all the opportunities agriculture can offer them, not only in technical careers, but the hundreds of professional careers absolutely crucial to the agricultural community.

Commissioner Gipson, was impressed with the diversity of agriculture commodities produced in Winston County. We toured a great cross-section of these commodities, to include row crop, beef, and poultry production. On behalf of MSU Extension, I’d like to thank the Winston Cattleman Association, USDA/NRCS office, Mr. Bobby Moody, Hugh Barrier, and Charlie Wilkes for representing Winston County Agriculture with great distinction. Lastly, I’d like to thank Commissioner Gipson for taking time from his undeniably busy schedule, to visit Winston County and encourage our agriculture community, and Winston County’s young people to take the reins of agriculture for the next generation.

Submitted by:  Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Quilt on Display at Winston County Library

This beautiful quilt is on display at the Winston County Library through the months of September and October. The quilt was a gift to June Addkison of Louisville, by her second cousin Ann Whitfield Fox. Ann was raised in Shuqualak, but spent most of her adult life in Brandon, MS and the last two years in Durham, NC. The quilt features a deer, turkeys and other woodland wildlife and is called “Window of Love”. 

East Central Warrior Football Upsets No. 14 Itawamba on the Road

Warrior quarterback Mario Asagunla
tosses one of his four touchdown passes.
For the second week in a row, the East Central Community College Warriors took a lead into the fourth quarter on the road against a nationally ranked opponent, but this time the Warrior defense came up with a big last-minute stop to preserve a 34-28 upset win over the No. 14 ranked Itawamba Community College Indians Thursday, Sept. 6, in MACJC football action at Eaton Field in Fulton.

It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2013, when Itawamba defeated the Warriors 40-7 in Fulton.

Trailing by six with 4:40 to play, Itawamba drove from its own 21 to the Warrior 11 before the East Central defense stopped the Indians on four straight plays to preserve the upset. The Warrior offense took over and ran out the remainder of the game clock.

One week earlier, No. 6 ranked Northwest Mississippi scored 14 points in the final three minutes to avoid an upset in a 28-24 win over East Central in a game played in Senatobia.

With the win at Itawamba, East Central improves to 1-1 on the season, while the Itawamba Indians fell to 1-1. Both teams begin MACJC division play next week. East Central hosts South Division foe Southwest Mississippi in its home opener, while Itawamba begins North Division play at home against No. 1 East Mississippi.

For the second straight game, East Central took an early lead. Warrior freshman defensive back Anthony Blakely (Greene County High School) blocked the first two Itawamba punts of the game. Defensive back William Morgan (Northeast Jones) fell on the first punt in the end zone for a Warrior touchdown. The second block also resulted in East Central points as five plays later quarterback Mario Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Torin Hamilton (Starkville Academy) to give the Warriors an early 14-0 lead. The drive was aided by a 30-yard Asagunla to Octavious Olowo-Ake (Murrah, Jackson) pass play.

Following an ICC score, East Central extended its lead on a two-yard pass from Asagunla to freshman wide receiver Depodray Coburn II (Noxapater). The PAT was no good and the lead was 20-7. The drive began with a 52-yard kickoff return by Kevontaye Caston (Trinity Episcopal, Natchez).

The Warriors would tack on one more score before intermission on Asagunla’s third touchdown pass of the first half, this time a 16-yard floater to Caston in the corner of the end zone for a 27-7 lead at the half.
Depodray Coburn II out of Noxapater
bulls into the end zone.

East Central forced seven Itawamba punts in the first two quarters, and thwarted another drive when Keonte’ Daniels (Noxapater) intercepted an Indian pass on the Warrior nine-yard line in the second quarter.

Itawamba mounted a comeback in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns to close the gap to 27-21. East Central got what would be the game-winning score early in the fourth quarter when Asagunla tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the game, this one good for 33 yards to a diving freshman wide receiver Jaylen Zachery (Thurgood Marshall, Dayton, Ohio) in the end zone.

The Indians would get their final points on a three-yard touchdown run by Hiram Wadlington with 9:11 to play before the Warrior defense took over and preserved the victory.

East Central will play its home opener Thursday, Sept. 13, when Southwest Mississippi visits Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. It is Be Our Guest night and all area high school students will be admitted free to the game.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Winston Medical Center and Locals Participate in Full-Scale Emergency Drill.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 more than 20 agencies, schools and businesses from Winston County participated in a full scale emergency drill held at Winston Medical Center. This event was planned and exercised with the help of the Winston County Healthcare Coalition. 

From 8 am to 11 am, residents, patients, and guests may have notice law enforcement and fire personnel and vehicles inside and outside the hospital as well as hear overhead pages throughout the hospital pertaining to the exercise. With  student volunteers acting as the “victims,” physicians, hospital staff and emergency personnel practiced patient care and transportation for a mock emergency when a disaster occurs. The volunteers wore full make-up and posed as injured victims and concerned family members.

As the victims showed up, hospital staff members classified them based on their injuries, with emergency vehicles transporting patients to emergency areas and trauma bays. 
The fake injuries included everything from lacerations to a fatality caused by drowning. The students acting as patients said the drill was a great first-hand experience to see how things worked in the emergency and healthcare field. The students who participated are all students who plan to work in the healthcare field and are active students involved in the Allied Health (HOSA) program at LMSD. 

The exercise helped participants work through what they would do in a real life scenario.  “Preparedness is important,” said Paula Harris, Chairperson for Winston Medical Center Disaster Committee. “You never know what is going to happen so working together with various businesses and agencies, and having good communication is key. Participating in exercises like this helps us better prepare in case a real disaster was to happen,” said Harris.
While there was increased activity at the hospital, WMC was committed to ensuring that patient care was not disrupted. 
Any one who would like to get involved in the Winston County Healthcare Coalition may contact Paula Harris at 662-779-5150.