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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Legion Park Music Festival - November 10th

East Central Keeps Football Playoff Hopes Alive With Win at Hinds

The Warrior offensive line opened up big holes for a trio of running backs in the second half.
Behind a stingy defense and ball control offense in the second half, the East Central Warriors spoiled Homecoming for the Hinds Eagles with a 17-14 MACJC South Division football win Thursday, Oct. 18, at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond.

With the win, the Warriors kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a big home matchup next Thursday with South Division leader and No. 7 ranked Jones College.

The Warrior defense held Hinds running back Don Ragsdale to just 58 yards rushing, one week after his 214 yards and two touchdowns on the ground earned him his second MACJC Offensive Player of the Week Award this season.

The first half featured the kickers of both teams, as there were a total of 11 punts.

East Central was the first on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t until 9:38 left in the second quarter. Freshman cornerback Fredrick McGee out of Greene County High School stepped in front of a Hinds pass and returned it 25 yards for the score. The PAT by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead, which they took into intermission.

The Warriors drove to the Eagle eight-yard line with just seconds remaining in the first half before Hinds picked off a Mario Asagunla pass to close out the first half.

Payton Rogers bottles up Hinds
running back Don Ragsdale
After intermission, it was clock management for East Central with a steady dose of running backs sophomore James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Canton) and freshmen Marquavious Qualls (Lake) and Marcus Hooks (St. Petersburg, Fla.).

On the opening possession of the third quarter, the Warriors drove 68 yards in 10 plays. Smith III rushed for 47 of those yards, and Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) got the score from six yards out to give East Central a 14-0 lead.

After a Hinds punt, the Warriors again controlled the ball. This time for 18 plays, 74 yards, and 6:59 off the clock, before Asagunla was intercepted in the end zone.

From there, the Eagles would get their first points of the game on an 80-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard pass from quarterback Eric Clark to Ragsdale for the score. The drive started when Hinds was successful on a fake punt on a fourth and 10 play at their own 41.

East Central answered with another time-consuming drive that took 4:15 off the clock and resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Cox and a 17-7 lead with 8:53 to play in the game.

Hinds answered again on its ensuing possession, going 65 yards in 10 plays. Ragsdale scored from the 20, and the PAT closed the score to 17-14 with 4:22 to play.

As it did the entire second half, the East Central offense was able to hold on to the football and run out the final few minutes of the game for the 17-14 win.
Freshman linebacker Elijah Keyes
takes down the Hinds quarterback

The Hinds offense possessed the football just three times in the deciding second half.

East Central rushed for 244 yards in the game. Qualls led the way with 105 yards on 21 carries, including 72 yards in the second half. Smith III rushed for 72 yards on the night and Hooks had 40 yards, with 36 coming after intermission

Defensively for East Central, safety Keonte’ Daniels (Noxapater) picked off two Eagle passes in the first half, and freshman linebacker Elijah Keyes (Mize) had a fumble recovery. The Warriors were credited with nine tackles for a loss in the game, including three by freshman defensive end Payton Rogers of Forest.

With the win, East Central improved to 4-4 overall on the season and 3-2 in MACJC South Division play. Hinds fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the division.

The Warriors will close out their regular season next Thursday, Oct. 25, when the Jones Bobcats visit Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Kickoff for the MACJC South Division game is 6:30 p.m. It will be “Black Out Bailey” night and all Warrior fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1st Annual Legion Park Music Festival Set for November 10

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The 1ST Annual Legion State Park Music Festival “RUNNIN & STRUMMIN” is scheduled for November 10th at Louisville’s Legion State Park. Grab your kids, your friends, Granny and Pops and your guitars and come out and spend the day. Enjoy the music and the musicians of our area featuring bluegrass, gospel, country, folk, mountain and Delta Blues.

The day starts with a bang with a 5K Run /Walk at 10:00 am. (Registration at 9:00 am – preregistration available – a pdf can be downloaded from their website or is available at the Winston County Partnership’s office) The race will begin at the Louisville Coliseum and head to the finish line at the Lodge at Legion. Runners will be greeted at the park entrance and the venues along the route with music by our artists as they finish the race.

Enjoy the beautiful fall setting of Louisville’s Legion State Park as you stroll from venue to venue on tree covered lanes. Visit the historic Lodge and the recently restored post and beam Davis L. Fair, Jr. Pavilion. Shuttle service will be available throughout the park and food vendors will be available.

Bring your guitar, dulcimer, banjo or harp for just maybe a little impromptu “jam session" at designated venues throughout the park. There will be a children's programs starting at 10 AM at the Davis L. Fair Pavilion.

The day concludes with a patriotic program honoring our veterans including patriotic music and a fireworks display at the amphitheater overlooking Lake Toppasha.

Scheduled to appear at this time are, The Reed Brothers, Chunk BlueGrass, The Wells Gospel Quartet, Caleb Childs, Alan Sibley, Estes Switch, Clay Mercer, Chuck Luke, Tracy McCully, Jeanne Jones and Friends, Native American Flutist – Allen Winters, Wes Stapp and Ken Sanders.

You can find out more on the festival’s website at and on their Facebook page – Legion Music Festival

The Festival is made possible through the efforts of The Friends of Legion State Park and local sponsors including: Louisville Tourism Committee, The Taylor Group,Dr. & Mrs. Ron Gammill, East Mississippi Community College, Hughes Management, Shuqualak Lumber Co., Inc, Waring Oil Company, Neil Propane, Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co, Porter Funeral Home, Eubanks Wrecker Service, Polo Custom Products, Winston County Board of Supervisors, The John Mitchell Family, Louisville Bankers Association, Crowson Auto World, Southern Auto Body Shop, Chancery Clerk Clerk Julie Cunningham ,Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, Tax Assessor Darlene Bane, Sheriff Jason Pugh, WinstonWebNews, The Silver Goose/Moody Furniture, Winston Medical Center.

All revenue goes toward the maintenance and improvement of Legion State Park.

Here’s what you need to know:

COST: Admission is $5 per vehicle

PARKING: Upon entry, a parking pass is provided – allowing exit and re-entry if necessary. Public parking is specified and limited to one location. (5K race participants are allowed to park at the lodge where the race concludes)

FOOD/REFRESHMENTS: A food vendor will be available near the parking area and 1st music venue and also near the Lodge.

RESTROOMS: There are several permanent handicap-accessible restroom facilities throughout the park as well as porta-johns available for the event.

TRANSPORT: The public is encouraged to take their time and enjoy the park. Most venues are on paved lanes and are easy to access. For those needing or desiring assistance, golf cart and shuttles will be available throughout the day from the parking area to the various venues.

MORE INFO: A map and schedule of events will be provided as you enter the park.

PETS: NO PETS ALLOWED. Due to the volume of people and the fireworks display, please do not bring your pets.

SEATING: Limited seating is available at each venue and festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Application Deadline Approaching for Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council is still accepting applications for students in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in Winston County who are interested in the Mayor's Youth Council. Applications must be submitted by October 26th. For more information, download the application on the city's website at htt:// or stop by City Hall.

Local Madison Byrd - Division Winner in Little Britches Pageant

The Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association held its annual Rodeo Royalty Pageant on
Saturday, October 13th. The pageant was held at the Rankin County Pavilion in Brandon, Ms. The young ladies were divided into three groups. Little Wrangler Princess – ages 5-8, Junior Princess – ages 9-13 and Senior Queen – ages 13-18.

Contestants were judges based upon horsemanship, personal interviews, impromptu questions and stage, modeling, poise, personality and appearance.Pictured from left to right: Senior Queen – Madison Byrd of Noxapater, Little Wrangler Princess Layne Smith of Brookhaven, Junior Princess – Zoe Morgan of Brandon. (Zoe Morgan was chosen as the overall horsemanship winner)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ECCC’s 2nd Annual Warrior Wellness Symposium Set for Oct. 29

Noted cardiologist Dr. Mike McMullan and author and evangelist Dr. Stan Buckley will present East Central Community College’s second annual Warrior Wellness Symposium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Thrash Auditorium in Newton Hall on the campus in Decatur. McMullan and Buckley will talk about opportunities in medical missions.

The symposium is part of the college’s Warrior Wellness Week which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 on campus. Warrior Wellness is an initiative designed to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the college’s campuses and in the local communities. It is supported by two grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

A native of Decatur, McMullan is professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program, the only program of its kind in the state. He attended ECCC and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He also completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship training at UMMC. He later went to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., for advanced fellowship training in adult congenital and valvular heart disease and interventional cardiology.

Buckley is the founder and executive director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland and formerly served as senior pastor of three churches over a 16-year period, including Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. In addition, he practiced law in Hattiesburg for four years before becoming a pastor in 1995. His received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law, and his master of divinity and doctor of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

But God Ministries is an organization that shares the love of Jesus Christ through building sustainable communities around the world. The non-profit is currently building two sustainable communities in Haiti and one in the Mississippi Delta.

Prior to the public symposium at 7 p.m., McMullan will speak to a student audience beginning at 6 p.m. on the core requirements and process to become a physician or medical professional. There will also be breakout sessions for students interested in various medical fields. ECCC alumni in occupations such as pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, physician, healthcare administration, and dentistry will speak with students.

In addition to the Warrior Wellness Symposium, there are several fun and educational events and activities scheduled during Warrior Wellness Week, including:
  • Wesley Foundation Wellness Lunch, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 12:10 p.m. in the Wesley House. There will be a healthy meal and trail mix bar. The speaker will be Scott Hill, ECCC physical education instructor. Students are encouraged to bring a canned or other shelf-stable food item for the Wesley House in Meridian.
  • Baptist Student Union Spiritual Fitness Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m., BSU House. Speaker to be announced.
  • Color, glow, electric, mud, and other “fun” runs, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at dark, ECCC Walking Trail.
  • Culinary Creations and Cooking Contest, Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., outside behind the Culinary Lab in Rives Hall. This event is designed to demonstrate nutritional dishes and will feature culinary instructor Barry Karrh.
  • Health Food and Snack Options, Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m., 112 Cross Hall. Wellness Coordinator Crystal Fitzgerald will present a professional development session on healthy food and snack options.
For more information on Warrior Wellness Week and the symposium, contact Fitzgerald at or 601-635-6126.