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Monday, December 17, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Close Out 2018 With Split at Delgado

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors closed out the 2018 portion of their basketball seasons with a split against Delgado Community College in doubleheader action Thursday, Dec. 13. The games were played at Dillard University in New Orleans.

The Lady Warriors overcame a slow start in the first period to grab a 63-49 win over the Lady Dolphins. East Central shot only 21 percent from the floor the first 10 minutes and trailed 28-27 after two periods.

With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 8-1 on the season. The Delgado Lady Dolphins dropped to 3-10 on the season. East Central also defeated Delgado 74-54 back on Nov. 26 in Decatur.

Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Gulfport and sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) came off the bench to score 13 and 10, respectively.

In the men’s action, the Warriors fell 89-85 to Delgado, after beating the Dolphins 96-58 on Nov. 26 in Decatur. It was the third straight loss for East Central after opening the season 6-0. Delgado improved to 3-9.

Freshman forward JaQuarius Smith out of Noxubee County led East Central with a career-high 27 points. He also pulled down eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton scored right at his season average with 25 points in a losing effort. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) was the only other Warrior in double digits with 20. East Central outrebounded Delgado 42-30, but committed 23 turnovers in the contest to just 12 for the Dolphins.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors return to action Jan. 8 when they travel to Scooba to face East Mississippi in games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The next home action is Thursday, Jan. 10, when Pearl River visits Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur for games also at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ribbon Cutting Held For Body, Mind & Soul Center

Partnership/Chamber members, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome Body, Mind & Soul Center to Louisville this afternoon at 2 PM. The business is the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Laura Hoskin. Body, Mind & Soul Center is located at 2920 N. Church Avenue in Louisville. The mission for the center is to create an atmosphere that will help each individual develop a skill-set and a mind-set to overcome life's challenges through low impact motions that are adaptable to meet each individual's need. They offer low impact Tai Chi - Qigong Exercies. For more information on schedule and pricing, please call 773-612-9652 or email to

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Presley Applauds FCC Investigation into Cell Companies, Calls for Probe into Coverage Maps Provided at Point of Sale

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley applauded the Friday announcement by the Federal Communications Commission into possible false coverage maps provided to the federal regulatory body concerning a pending process for the funding of cellular towers. Presley praised the investigation but said that the issues the FCC is seeing in the filings by the companies is the same issue many consumers face daily when they buy a cell phone. Presley says that plenty of proof exists to show that maps provided by some carriers to consumers at the point-of-sale are flawed at least and possibly intentionally misleading.

After the FCC’s coverage map for its funding auction was published earlier this year, Presley convened task forces in each of the thirty-three counties of North Mississippi, in essence deputizing the citizen-members to collect cell coverage data. Several months and tens of thousands of speed tests later, the PSC submitted their results on November 26th. Presley also personally communicated to FCC representatives the need for a more effective challenge process as the carriers' data on average seemed to be so vastly misrepresented that even the army of volunteers could not properly document all the flaws. In fact, few states other than Mississippi even attempted the complicated challenge process. On Friday, the FCC announced that it is suspending the challenge process entirely so that it can investigate whether the carriers violated the FCC's own mapping rules by submitting false data.

"There is no doubt in my mind that this investigation is past due. Tests run by our Task Force members, my staff, and many I ran myself proved to me that much of the data submitted by certain phone carriers is wrong. On a broader scale, this seriously reinforces my belief that the basic maps consumers are given when they go to buy a phone are also wrong! We plan to aid in this investigation any way possible," Presley said. "I am immediately forwarding all documentation collected by my office of coverage gaps to the FCC to aid in their investigation."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Winston County Forestry Association Closes out 2018 on Festive Note

(l to r)Michael Burt, Stevie Herrington, Dave Godwin, Harry Tabor, Brady Dabbs, Berlin Edwards, Joe Morgan, Alan Lovorn, Billy Lipsey, Jim McAdory
The Winston County Forestry Association (WCFA) hosted their last meeting on December 4th. The keynote speaker of the evening was Dr. John Kushla, MSU Extension Forestry Specialist, who educated the group on Christmas tree production in Mississippi, and the Southeast. 

The program was not just about how to grow the proper variety for Christmas Tree production, but it also incorporated many of the Christmas traditions that find their origin within the forestry sphere. To mention just a few, how and where the burning of the Yule log originated, how Christmas Wreaths began, Mistletoe meaning, to why we actually decorate the Christmas tree.

Not only did the night’s program bring to light many questions surrounding future profitability options for Winston County Landowners, but also the past traditions of the season at hand. It was a very educational experience for all attendees, as well an overall enjoyable evening for the WCFA members.

The night’s program, also ended on a note of growth for the Association with several new members joining. The WCFA purpose for being is to educate Winston landowners that want to better manage their property, as well as network with other landowners that may experience similar situations, problems, or solutions to problems. Not only does being a member of Associations like WCFA bring the latest researched based information to the forest manager, make available Extension Specialist, industry leaders in land management, but a close bond and network with friends and neighbors many times is the best reason for being a member of WCFA.

We were especially glad Mr. Brady Dabbs, Forester for Mississippi Forest Commission was in attendance to give updates on programs, and services for Winston Landowners. Also, we could not have an association without current paying members, and new members joining.

On behalf of the MSU Extension Office in Winston County, a sincere thank you to the WCFA for hosting this meeting, and congratulations on a successful ending to 2018. We look forward to the continued growth of not only the WCFA, but greater forestry production for Winston County. If you’d like to join WCFA, or want more information, just give the Winston County Extension office a call, 662-773-3091. Merry CHRISTmas!

Submitted by: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent

ECCC Basketball Teams Split on Road Trip to Coahoma

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors outscored the Coahoma Lady Tigers by 20 in the final two periods to overcome a halftime deficit and grab a win, while the ECCC Warriors lost a heartbreaker to the Coahoma Tigers on a buzzer-beating three-pointer in MACJC non-division action at the Pinnacle on the Coahoma campus in Clarksdale Saturday, Dec. 8.

Trailing 27-22 at the half, the ECCC Lady Warriors won the second half 42-22 and took a 64-49 win over Coahoma to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Coahoma women fell to 4-6. The Lady Warriors also defeated the Lady Tigers back on Nov. 20 by a score of 75-62.
Freshman forward Timia Dora of Louisville came off the bench to score 12 points and grab five rebounds to lead the Lady Warriors. She was the only East Central player in double digits as 11 Lady Warriors got into the scoring column.
East Central outrebounded the Lady Tigers by 15 and had seven blocked shots in the game.

In the men’s action, Coahoma’s Dequan Morris hit a three-point shot from the top of the key with two Warrior defenders on him as the buzzer sounded to give the Tigers a 69-67 win over East Central. The game was tight throughout with Coahoma holding a one-point lead at the half, 33-32.

East Central’s Roti Ware of Morton had another big night for the Warriors with 25 points and eight rebounds. The sophomore guard was a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line where he is shooting nearly 99 percent on the season. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) added 17 points for the Warriors.

It was the second straight loss for the Warriors after starting the season a perfect 6-0. Coahoma improved to 4-6. East Central defeated the Tigers 75-67 in Decatur back on Nov. 20.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors will close out 2018 by facing Delgado in New Orleans on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. before taking a break for the Christmas holidays.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Presley Kicks Off “Mississippi First” Tour to Reverse Alarming Trend of Out-of-State Utility Contracts

Citing alarming numbers that show the state’s largest utilities spent 70% of $810 million in operations and maintenance work with out-of-state companies, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is inviting Mississippi businesses to attend an event in Tupelo to begin reversing that trend and plans to tour North Mississippi to out “Mississippi First.”

In 2017, Presley passed the Hire Mississippi rule that requires the state’s largest public utilities to give extra notice, attention, and support for Mississippi businesses looking to bid on public utility projects. Hire Mississippi requires the largest utilities to give notice to each company on their Hire Mississippi Supplier List when any job is available for bid that a Mississippi company is qualified to perform. The program requires each business to sign up and provide certain information.

Kicking off his “Mississippi First” tour on December 13th in Tupelo, Presley will host a sign-up summit at the BancorpSouth Conference Center where businesses can sign-up for the Hire Mississippi program and learn how to take advantage of business opportunities offered throughout the state. The event is free and open to the public. Additionally, starting on Monday, January 7th, Presley will hold “Mississippi First-Hire Mississippi” sign-up meetings in each county with the first wave to be in New Albany, Amory, Mayhew, Sardis and Pontotoc starting on January 7th and each subsequent Monday.

“I am sick and tired of seeing out-of-state companies on construction sites in Mississippi when I know that Mississippians are footing the bill for those projects. I have zero doubt that MISSISSIPPI companies could be doing that at least some of that work, if they were given the chance. It’s past time that we put Mississippi businesses first and that is what the Hire Mississippi program does,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “Hire Mississippi allows Mississippi businesses to get a bite at the apple and be considered first for contracts that they are qualified to do. I’m kicking off this “Mississippi First” tour to do just that, put Mississippi businesses first. If we don’t look out for Mississippi businesses and workers, no one else will.”

Presley says that Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Entergy, Mississippi Power and Spire Gas will have representatives and sign-up tables at the BancorpSouth Conference Center to talk face to face with local contractors and businesses and sign them up or each company’s Hire Mississippi Supplier List on the spot.

“This is a causal event, but one where I want every business owner to leave there signed up for the Hire Mississippi Supplier List and with knowledge about the program.”

 The event will start at 11:30 and be finished by 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. To register your business for this event, please email Lauren Ann Cobb at

2018-19 East Central Community College Gospel Choir

The East Central Community College Gospel Choir recently presented its fall concert on the campus in Decatur. The group also presents a Black History Month performance each February, and performs on other occasions around the college’s five-county district. Members include (front row, from left) Asiana Evans of Vossburg, Alicia Nollie of Carthage, Tatyanna Staten of Walnut Grove, Darquasia Bailey of Lena, LaDarrius Brown of Lena, Demarius Brown of Newton, Javarrius Richmond of Walnut Grove, Ty’keshia Fulton of Forest, Quatavia Alexander of Carthage, Shekelia McNichols of Newton, Tashonni Ware of Lena, Miriam Patrick of Forest, and Gospel Choir sponsor Brenda K. Johnson of Newton; (second row, from left) Celeeka Roby of Carthage, Aeriol Staten of Lake, Restoria Graffenread of Forest, Ja’Quala Patrick of Union, Jamarcus Hannah of Carthage, Vishaun Lockett of Forest, Kelsy Parrott of Lena, Tykeia Hathorn of Louisville, Khamiya Walker of Morton, Janeka Hampton of Philadelphia, Allison Butler of Forest, and Sabrina Boyd of Meridian; and (back row, from left) Ameia Carter of Forest, Marquita Washington of Morton, Miracle Eichelberger of Philadelphia, Payton Baxstrum of Philadelphia, Joya Horne of Philadelphia, Keona Wilson of Philadelphia, Traveon Wingo of Philadelphia, Garry Lloyd of Morton, Cadedra Wilder of Carthage, Tanaya Carter of Philadelphia, Alexis Hunt of Forest, Kourtney Keys of Philadelphia, Kiara Miley of Forest, Alison York of Forest, and Tamera Young of Forest. (EC Photo)