Monday, October 19, 2020

WE CARE Temporary Shelter Announcement

WE CARE has been donated an apartment building!! 103 Kennedy!! Come see the progress we're making.

WE CARE Back Story:

Many years ago, the Lord spoke to me using the Holy Spirit. He said that He wanted me to do everything that I had been through. I laughed and said do You know how much I have been through? Of course, He did because He had been with me every step of the way.

I raised my 4 children alone with many struggles. There were activities and events that they wanted to be a part of but, a lack of money often made these things impossible. Some events they were able to partake because someone helped, and we are still grateful for their kindness.

I started my walk not knowing what to do or how to do it. This was in 1999. This was a long time ago and a slow walk to the present. I learned tidbits by working at Prairie Opportunity, Families First, Wal-Mart and Community Counseling.

My life and family trials showed me steps that I use in Winston Educational Christian Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. known as WE CARE. You never know what a person is going through unless they decide to reach out and ask for help. I would ask for help and there were times when I did not know where to go seeking that help. That is a major component of WE CARE. Having been through so many trials I can now be the hand up, not hand out, that you may need.

In 2015, WECARE became incorporated with the state of Mississippi and began writing the narrative for the IRS to become a nonprofit. I knew all the services that WE CARE would provide. Tutoring, informational workshops, various adult classes, housing for different sectors of our community, helping inmates reenter society and help in the mental health area. I am sure it is hard to believe that I have had some type of issue in all the above listed areas but, I have. Rededicating my life to Christ is the reason I have made it this far. I know now that this is my mission from God. It is for this reason I share a portion of my story and the reason for WE CARE.

Recently, WE CARE received by donation an apartment building that when refurbished will become a shelter for the community. We need your help as a community to make this happen. WE CARE has since 2018 helped with our homeless population. If you have donated to, WE CARE in the past you have helped with housing our homeless and you have helped to give our students schools supplies. You know who you are, and we still thank you!

Did you know that WE CARE is a nonprofit? You can donate to help with this project by giving in-kind or monetary donations. Checks can be made out to and mailed to

WE CARE
PO Box 1124
Louisville, MS 39339
Cash App $WECAREWinston

All donations to WE CARE are tax deductible. WE CARE gives documentation at the end of the year to file with your taxes. If you would like to see the future shelter or hear more about, WE CARE call 662-705-1709. You can also visit shelter and facility for after school tutoring at 256 S Jones Ave., here in Louisville.










Wednesday, October 14, 2020

ECCC Breaks Ground on Thomas W. Carson Band Hall

A groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 13 marked the official start of construction on the new Thomas W. Carson Band Hall at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The ceremony was held at the site of the future 13,000 square-foot facility on the north side of the Vickers Fine Arts Center.

The building will be named in memory of the late Carson who was associated with East Central for more than half his life, including two years as a student and 30 years as Director of Bands and music instructor. He passed away on May 6, 2013, at age 57.

The estimated $3.5 million band hall will house the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band practice hall, music practice studios, music teaching studios, instrument storage, a music library, and office space.

Construction is expected to be completed within two years.

Participating in the groundbreaking for East Central Community College’s Thomas W. Carson Band Hall were (from left) Grace Everett of Decatur, Wall O’ Sound Band drum major; Zach Langley, ECCC director of bands; Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Brent Gregory, ECCC president; Brenda Carson, wife of the late Tom Carson; Carson’s sons Chris Carson and Jeremy Carson, granddaughter Margo Timidaiski and daughter Jennifer Carson Timidaiski.





Friday, October 9, 2020

East Central Warriors Pitch Football Shutout Over Southwest

East Central’s Desmond Williams (No. 8) returns the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards to give the Warriors an early 7-0 over Southwest.

Desmond Williams returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and the East Central Community College defense forced four turnovers as the Warriors picked up a 21-0 shutout win over the visiting Southwest Bears in MACCC South Division football action Thursday, Oct. 8, at Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

East Central rebounded from a season-opening loss at Jones College last week to improve to 1-1 overall on the season and 1-1 in Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference South Division play. All six games during the abbreviated 2020 season are division contests. Southwest fell to 0-2.

It was the Warriors third straight win over Southwest and fifth in the last six meetings. East Central was victorious 19-0 last September in Summit.

Before fans were settled in their seats East Central was in the end zone. Sophomore wide receiver Lee Tanner (Madison-Ridgeland Academy) fielded the opening kickoff at the five yard line and handed off to sophomore defensive back Desmond Williams (Forsythe, Ga., Mary Persons) who did the rest on a 95-yard kickoff return. The point after by sophomore kicker Robens Beauplan (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale) was good. The Warriors led 7-0 with just 15 seconds off the game clock.

After the opening play fireworks, the two teams managed just five first downs between them and punted the ball 10 total times over the next 28 minutes of play.

That was until sophomore linebacker Devonta Stancel (Natchez) picked off a Southwest pass and put the Warriors in business on the Bear 15 with 1:58 to play before halftime. Six plays later, East Central found the end zone with just seven ticks remaining when sophomore quarterback Holman Edwards (French Camp Academy) hit sophomore tight end Alex Henton (Fort Valley, Ga., Peach County) for the touchdown to give the Warriors a 14-0 halftime lead.

Southwest managed just one first down and 68 total yards of offense in the first 30 minutes of play.

Southwest put together three first downs on its opening drive of the second half, but were thwarted when sophomore linebacker Equandric Ross (Jefferson Davis County) picked up an errant pitch by the quarterback to stop the Bear threat.

Neither team could muster points in the third quarter. East Central put the game out of reach with 8:39 to play in the game. Edwards scampered 22 yards for the score and the 21-0 lead. An interception by freshman safety Zak Morris (Eupora) put the Warriors in business at midfield.

On the night, the Warrior defense forced 10 punts, three interceptions, and a fumble. Freshman cornerback Sadarion Magee (Columbia) also had a fourth quarter interception for the Warriors.

It was Sophomore Night at Bailey Stadium as the Warriors honored 22 football players, three managers, and nine cheerleaders during pre-game ceremonies.

East Central will take on the Pearl River Wildcats next Thursday, Oct. 15, in Poplarville. Kickoff is 7 p.m. from Dobie Holden Stadium. Pearl River is 0-2 on the season.

All East Central Community College football games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 radio. Links to the audio and live stream video for all home and away games can be found at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media. Home game live stream can also be accessed at www.cruisin98news.com.




Thursday, October 8, 2020

MMRLS to Join Digital Lending Partnership with The Library of Hattiesburg

Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) is excited to announce a new digital lending partnership with The Library of Hattiesburg Petal & Forrest County via the free cloudLibrary app starting October 7th. This partnership will start six days after the full launch of the new eBook and eAudiobook app for residents in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston County. 

During the month of October, library guests will gain access to over 100,000 eBooks and audio books, a virtual library card, the ability to view digital checkout history, plus receive app notifications for digital item holds and library events. In addition to the full cloudLibrary digital collection MMRLS offers, guests will also get to enjoy that of the Hattiesburg based library system.


"We are happy to be able to expand our digital collection for our patrons. This new digital lending partnership with Hattiesburg through the cloudLibrary service is hopefully the first of many to come. We are excited about the future growth of our digital collection and the potential of digital lending throughout our state," said Josh Haidet, Executive Director.

For more information, call or visit your local MMRLS branch library or the library’s website midmisslib.com. All library services are made possible thanks to the continued financial support of your local elected officials.






Friday, October 2, 2020

East Central Warriors Drop Football Opener 34-5 at Jones

The Jones College Bobcats pushed out to a 24-3 halftime lead on their way to a 34-5 win over the East Central Community College Warriors Thursday, Oct. 1, in MACCC South Division football action at Bobcat Field at Sim Cooley Stadium in Ellisville.

It was the opener for both schools in an abbreviated six-game season of Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference South Division contests as the conference hopes to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The season also started five weeks later than usual.

The Bobcats have now won the last four games in the annual series, including a 35-13 win last October in Ellisville. East Central’s last win over the Bobcats came in 2016.

Only four Warriors who started at Jones a year ago were back in the starting lineup for the contest, which saw 10 ECCC freshmen earn starting roles. There were a lot of new faces on the Jones sideline as well, as the Bobcats returned only 14 players from last year’s team that went 7-3, advanced to the conference semifinals, and finished at No. 10 in the final NJCAA poll.

East Central got on the scoreboard on the opening drive of the game, moving to the Jones’ 16-yard line before settling for a 33-yard field goal off the foot of sophomore Robens Beauplan (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale). On the drive, sophomore quarterback Holman Edwards (French Camp Academy) connected with sophomore wide receiver John Hilbert (Brookhaven) for what appeared to be a 10-yard touchdown pass that was nullified by a penalty. Jones would score the next 31 points in the game.

Bobcat running back Romal Webb scored from the four to cap a 10-play, 76-yard drive and put Jones up 7-3 with 8:39 to go in the opening stanza.

Neither team would score again until the 9:31 mark of the second quarter when the Bobcats tacked on a 42-yard field goal to move in front 10-3.

Jones scored twice more in the first half and just 51 seconds apart. Webb scampered 50 yards for a touchdown to give the Bobcats a 17-3 lead with 4:26 to play in the half. Just two plays later, Hershey McLaurin picked up a Warrior fumble and returned it 27 yards to the end zone to give Jones its 24-3 halftime cushion.

East Central moved into scoring position twice more in the first half and came away without points. The Warriors failed on a fourth and two from the Jones 14, and a Beauplan 49-yard field goal attempt fell just short.
Jones didn’t lose any momentum during the intermission. The Bobcats needed just three plays to score to open the third period with a 49-yard scoring strike from Quaterius Hawkins to Markel McLaurin to lead 31-3.

East Central’s only other points of the game came on a third quarter safety. Jones added a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to close the scoring at 34-5.

Offensively, East Central managed 370 total yards with 280 of those coming through the air. Edwards connected on 15 of 28 passes for 214 yards. Sophomore Deonte Yarbrough (Louisville) hit on three of eight passes for 66 years. Hilbert had a big game for the Warriors with 139 yards receiving on seven catches. The Warriors managed just 90 yards on the ground.

Freshman defensive back Josten James (Stone) had nine total tackles for East Central. Sophomore linebacker Equandric Ross (Jefferson Davis County) totaled six tackles, including two tackles for a loss of eight yards. East Central turned the ball over five times in the loss with three interceptions and two fumbles.

Beauplan, an All-American punter last season, had another big night averaging 52 yards on three punts with two downed at the one-yard line.

East Central will now host Southwest on Thursday, Oct. 8, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium in Decatur. The Bears lost their home opener 41-3 to Co-Lin.

Attendance for the home opener will be limited to 25 percent capacity, or about 1,000 fans, as required to Mississippi Executive Order 1519. Three-game home season ticket packages are on sale for $25 online at www.eccc.edu/estore. Tickets may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from the main Athletics Department Office in Brackeen-Wood Gym located adjacent to Bailey Stadium.

Any remaining tickets under the 1,000 capacity will be on sale for $10 each regardless of age at the main Bailey Stadium ticket window starting one hour prior to kickoff.

All East Central Community College football games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 radio. Links to the audio and live stream video for all home and away games can be found at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media. Home game live stream can also be accessed at www.cruisin98news.com.

Pictured: East Central sophomore wide receiver John Hilbert (Brookhaven) pulls down a long pass from sophomore quarterback Holman Edwards in first half action in Ellisville. Hilbert had seven catches for 139 yards in the loss.





Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 General Election Sample Ballot

The General Election is scheduled for November 3rd. Below is a Winston County sample ballot for offices and ballot measures. (The sample ballot does not contain an image of the proposed state flag but it will be included on the actual ballot)