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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Much Needed Radio Communications Upgrade in the Works for Winston County Law Enforcement/First Responders

Radio communication during emergency situations between first responders in Winston County has
been a long standing issue . There has never been adequate communicatio coverage across the county and the current system in place has been pieced together over time. This lack of radio communication has been particularly difficult for with volunteer fire departments across the county. After the 2014 tornado first responders and law enforcement actually had to borrow handheld units to allow them to access the Statewide communication system.
Since the tornado, The county has been looking for ways to improve communication. The cost of an appropriate system has been prohibitive until recently. Emergency Management Director Buddy King says that the county now has plans for a fully integrated communication system. While these plans will provide a base package, it will be a major improvement and a first step toward full integration across the county.

The overall cost to the county will be approximately $350,000 paid through through a lease purchase over a six or seven year period. The county may have to implement a 1 mil tax increase strictly for this purpose.

ECCC Women’s Soccer Remains Undefeated With Road Win

The East Central Community College women’s soccer team went on the road Aug. 26 and came home with a 3-0 shutout win over Southwest Mississippi Community College in a match played in Summit.The Lady Warriors are now 2-0 on the young season. It is the fourth straight year the team has started out at least 2-0.

Scoring for East Central were Ashley Langham, a product of Florence High School, Kenzie Jenkins of McLaurin High School, and TaNissa McNair, who prepped at Forest High School.

In the second match of the day, the ECCC men fell to Southwest 2-0 to drop to 1-1 on the season.The ECCC men will face Meridian Community College on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in Meridian.

Both teams are in action again Friday, Sept. 2, when they host Itawamba Community College in matches that begin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the East Central campus.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will travel to Senatobia on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to face Northwest Mississippi Community College at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Winston County Master Gardeners September Yard of the Month

Dog Days of summer are truly here (deep sigh). One look at our potted plants certainly confirms this to most of us! And to make it worse, we are tired... tired of watering, tired of pruning, tired of looking at the bloomed out geraniums and those collapsed minion bells!

Not so much evidence of these Dog Days, however, at September's Yard of the Month, the lovely home of Shirley Carr Glenn on 111 Warner Street. Shirley loves container gardening because of the low maintenance and bang for the buck. Her containers are still beautiful, loaded with cascading begonias and petunias.

Before returning to Louisville, where she is currently a nurse at Winston County Medical Center, Shirley was a traveling nurse. The first time she ever drove on the interstate, Shirley was headed for a nursing job in Lubbock, Texas, with the words of her son telling her to "stay in the right lane" ringing in her ears! What a spirit of adventure!

As busy as she is, Shirley still enjoys gardening and offers this gardening advice for these Dog Days: Do not slack off on watering (no matter how tired of it you are). Do not forego grooming and feeding your potted plants. And lastly, buy and add new additions to your pots to get through the end of summer and into the fall. Consider adding some of these late season container plant picks..all beauties: zinnia, heuchera, yarrow, petunia, marigold, and lantana.

Stop by this lovely yard and look around! It is a joy, as well as a tribute to a busy lady who maintains her spirit of adventure and her ability to help others, and still surrounds herself with living, growing, blooming beauty!

Rebecca Byrd Gravett







ECCC Will ‘Black-Out Bailey’ at Thursday’s Season Opening Football Game

The East Central Community College Warriors will open their 2016 football season Thursday, Sept. 1, against Holmes Community College, and all Warrior fans are encouraged to wear black to the annual “Black-Out Bailey” night. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Follow East Central Warrior Football On Radio, Live Stream

If you can’t watch the East Central Community College Warriors play football in person this season, listen on the radio or watch the live stream video.

The ECCC Warriors open the 2016 football campaign Thursday, Sept. 1, when they host the Holmes Community College Bulldogs at 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

All nine games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the radio at WKOZ 98.3 “The Groove”. The radio broadcasts will also be streamed online at the ECCC website at www.eccc.edu and at www.kicks967.com.

Live video streaming of all five East Central Community College home football games will be available via high-definition video and streaming audio found at www.eccc.edu or www.kicks967.com.

Back again this year is the Paw Paw’s Campers and Cars Mississippi JUCO Football Scoreboard Show, which will air each Thursday night from 10 to 11 p.m. beginning Sept. 1 on SuperTalk MS radio stations. In addition, the “Inside Mississippi JUCO Football” segment will air each Thursday starting Sept. 1 from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., also on SuperTalk MS.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

What you Need To Know About Game Cameras

Hunters love new gadgets that are supposed to help them find and harvest more game, but most of this gear falls short of delivering on its promise.

Game cameras, also known as trail cameras, are among the advancements in technology that can improve hunting and management. The game camera is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for important management tasks like surveying deer population characteristics or just helping around the house by keeping an eye on your garden.

Game cameras come in a wide range of styles and capabilities, so study the different functions to ensure you’re getting what you need.


One of the first decisions to make when selecting a game camera is infrared versus flash. In other words, do nighttime pictures need to be in color, or will black and white do? Infrared cameras emit a faint red glow when activated, while flash cameras emit a bright light. If you want a game camera to simply show what’s out there, the infrared will do just fine. However, if you want to use your camera for data collection -- such as identifying individual bucks -- a flash camera is capable of greater detail. Do keep in mind, flash cameras are much more conspicuous, possibly leading to theft if they are left in unsecured locations.

Another function that is available on many game cameras is time lapse. This function allows you to set the camera to automatically take pictures at any interval of time you choose. For example, I currently have cameras on food plots taking pictures every hour between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. These photos allow me to practically watch my food plots grow daily. Time lapse will not interfere with normal camera function, so the camera will take a picture if an animal triggers it, regardless of the timer.

While most game cameras simply store pictures on the devices themselves or on removable storage cards, some models have cellular capabilities. Cellular game cameras can send pictures and videos directly to your cell phone or email. This feature makes your life much easier by eliminating the need to go collect pictures, which can disturb your site or require traveling long distances. It also allows you to make spur of the moment hunting decisions when you to see what’s happened in the recent past.
However, cellular game cameras have their drawbacks, as well. They are often expensive, require monthly fees and need an area with good cell service to operate properly.

Study the basic functions found on game cameras. Most cameras have the ability to take video, pictures or both. Picture quality can usually be manipulated by setting the number of megapixels in each shot -- the higher, the better quality. Video can be manipulated in much the same way by adjusting the resolution.

The interval or delay between pictures or videos is also important. Intervals can be set at seconds or minutes on most cameras. For example, if a deer is feeding in front of your camera and your delay is set for three minutes, the camera will not take another picture until the three-minute interval has passed, even if the deer is still standing there feeding. This function helps preserve the camera’s memory and power.

Jacob Dykes
Game cameras are valuable tools and can be a lot of fun. I run game cameras on a daily basis for work and personal use. From monitoring forage selection by deer in my food plots to trying to identify the varmint digging up my tomatoes, I thoroughly enjoy going through the pictures.

For more information on conducting camera surveys, see MSU Extension Publication 2788, “Conducting Camera Surveys to Estimate Population Characteristics of White-Tailed Deer,” at http://extension.msstate.edu.

By Jacob Dykes
MSU Extension Service




Friday, August 26, 2016

Winston Co. Library: "Saving Local History"

Librarian Beth Edwards shown here with Janice Edwards

The Winston County Library serves as a collector of local history and encourages citizens to provide information on their family and community history. Original information can be copied for the library's records.

Recently Janice Edwards and Carolyn Hampton have been crucial in providing access to yearbooks for Camille School. Currently the library has been able to copy  yearbooks from 1948, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1963, and 1965 through 1970 for its genealogical collection.