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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Louisville Municipal School District Enrolling With STOPit To Empower And Protect Students

STOPit App empowers students to stand up against bullying

The Louisville Municipal School District has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe.

With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called DOCUMENTit. DOCUMENTit provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to our staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow us to address issues instantly.

STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to become Upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable. We believe our adoption of STOPit is an important step in our continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for our students.

Our STOPit program launch is scheduled for August 17,2018

About STOPit:

STOPit is the leading technology company providing a comprehensive software platform that mitigates, deters and controls bullying, including cyberbullying, harassment and other harmful or inappropriate conduct. The STOPit platform is available to schools, universities, businesses and governments both in the United States and around the world. The STOPit mobile app is a simple, fast and powerful tool which empowers individuals to protect themselves and stand up for others online, on social media, in the classroom or in the office. DOCUMENTit, a robust incident management system, empowers administrators and management to get in front of issues to mitigate risk and adhere to the ever evolving compliance landscape.

To learn more about STOPit, please visit

Monday, August 13, 2018

McMillin & Related Families 68th Reunion

Celebrating the family’s Scottish heritage and over 180-year history in Winston County, about 80 McMillin kin from 7 states gathered on July 28-29, 2018 at Lake Tiak O’Khata for their 68th annual reunion.

The Pine Ridge Lodge was the venue for the traditional cook out on Saturday night. President David McMillin of Monroe, LA returned to his role of chef and grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst. Many sides and desserts were provided, but Mrs. Shirley McMillin of Carthage, delighted all with her vanilla wafer cake and Mrs. Claire Crowell of Louisville pleased all with her mouthwatering bread pudding! MacMillan tartan flags greeted each kin at the entrance.

Continuing into Sunday, the McMillins met for a morning devotional, lunch, business meeting and program. The Colonial Room was decorated with traditional MacMillan tartans as well as American and Scottish flags. This year’s lovely centerpieces, created by Ashlie McMillin Johnson, of Athens, GA, and sister, Melissa McMillin Crew of Ringgold, GA displayed a medley of flowers that complemented the tartan colors: sunflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, Scottish Thistle, Hypericum berries, and seeded eucalyptus.

Janet Donoho, of Dallas, TX and Bonnie Broadway of Pascagoula assisted with registration and name tags.

The McMillin Grands marched in singing the “McMillan Rallying Song” written by Somerled MacMillan and the reunion began!

President David McMillin welcomed each guest and presided over the day’s event.

Larry Woodward of Louisville gave an inspiring devotional entitled, “God’s Holy Word”. He referenced a Bible that had been his grandmother’s and told how she had marked each time she had completed reading it. Larry stressed the importance of reading, knowing, and following God’s word. Following the devotional, Barbara McMillin, of Louisville, beautifully declared the gospel through song with “Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone.” Rev. Percy Mac Frazier of Franklinton, LA, offered the blessing for the meal.

In keeping with tradition, several awards were given: Youngest McMillin attending was 9 month old Grayson McMillin, son of Paul and Hannah McMillin and grandson of Jamie and Lisa McMillin of Louisville; Most senior in attendance was Sue Bennett Fulcher of Louisville, at the wise age of 93; persons traveling the greatest distance again went to sisters, Sue McMillin Faulkner and Jane McMillin of Lampasas, TX ; the person having the most immediate relatives attending this year went to John McMillin of Chattanooga, TN. Jamie and John McMillin often battle for this award! Jamie’s count for this year was 12 —John’s count was 13.

Each person or representative stood and told how he/she is related to William McMillin, the immigrant who came to America around 1799. Several kin told of eventful happenings in their lives since the last reunion: Jamie and Lisa McMillin added 3 grandchildren to their family (Grayson, son of Paul and Hannah, twins Ann Chambliss and Chandler Marie, born June 22 to Jonathan and Meredith from Madison); We were excited to learn of Barbara McMillin’s engagement to Patrick Ezell, who was a guest this year; David & Leesa McMillin’s son, Cody is stationed in Sicily with the US Marines and Brady just graduated from law school and is waiting on results from the bar exam; John & Sylvia McMillin had two grandchildren graduating from high school (Lucy Johnson of Athens, GA and Jacob Crew of Ringgold, GA; Jamie Faulkner, wife of Andrew Faulkner of Houston, TX will continue her degree at Texas A&M in the fall! We were saddened to hear of the death of Charles Curry, Betty Bennett Curry’s husband from Tupelo.

Jane McMillin, daughter of the late Dr. Rush McMillin and granddaughter of the late Virgil McMillin, of Lampasas, Texas, titled her program, “The McMillins of Winston County: A Family Album.” Jane characterized her presentation as a sampling of McMillins past, who first came to Winston County, Mississippi from South Carolina more than 180 years ago.

The McMillins refer to their American forbearer as “William, the Immigrant,” who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland about 1763, and came to America around 1799 as one of thousands of Ulster Scots or “Scots-Irish” immigrants. He was about 36 years old and married Margaret Elizabeth McInnis, who also was a Scots-Irish immigrant. They lived in South Carolina a little over 30 years before they moved to Winston County. Grandpa William was about 72 when made the trip to Mississippi.

According to one family history, the McMillin’s oldest daughter, Mary, who had married Nat Woodward settled in Winston County in 1834, a year before the rest of the McMillins made the move. Mary’s parents and eight other siblings came to Winston County around 1835.

Family tradition hold that the Woodwards wrote back to the family in South Carolina about their new home in Mississippi, describing it as what “a great, grand, glorious prosperous country it was; that you could shake the bushes and gather up the dollars.”

William and Margaret Elizabeth McInnis McMillin are buried at the Old Baptist Cemetery in Louisville, as are their oldest son David and wife Margaret Ann and several of their children who died young. In 1984, McMillin descendants dedicated a large granite marker honoring their ancestors buried there. On the reverse side of the monument are some 30 names of related families, those joined by marriages to 2nd and 3rd and 4th generation McMillins.

So at the singular spot – and at a single glance – we can see the richness and all the interesting interconnections that make the bonds of our kinship such a vibrant force in our lives.

“It is what Shakespeare described as ‘the grace of kinsmen.’ And for us, it goes back almost a thousand years to medieval Scotland,” Jane McMillin noted in her July 29 presentation.

The Scots-Irish McMillins of Winston County, Mississippi, likely were originally part of the Galloway Branch of the Clan MacMillan in southwest Scotland. The Galloway area is only about 40 miles by sea from Northern Ireland, so migration was common throughout the centuries.

Although the family name dates to the 12th century, the lineage of the Clan Chief has been traced to the early 10th century, some 200 years before the name “MacMillan” came into use.

Reports were given and the same slate of officers was voted on for the coming year: David McMillin, president; Jonathan McMillin, vice president; Claire Crowell, treasurer; Sylvia McMillin, secretary; Jamie McMillin, treasurer of the Cemetery Fund; Dr.Lamar McMillin, Jr. representative of the Clan MacMillan of North America

The 69th reunion will be held on July 27-28, 2019 at Lake Tiak O’Khata.

The meeting was adjourned with all reciting the “MacMillan Exhortation.”

Those attending the reunion from LOUISVILLE : Joe Beall, Johnny and Claire Crowell, Sue Bennett Fulcher, Charles William Haggard, Linda Hudson, Barbara McMillin, Jamie & Lisa McMillin, Jay, Megan, & Parker McMillin, Daniel, Tia & Ellis Parker, John Woodward, Johnny Woodward, Larry & Margaret Woodward;

From ALABAMA: Beth Blalock, Hallie Jean Blalock, Tuscaloosa; Marla McCully, Tom McCully, Birmingham;

From ARKANSAS: Ellen Ishee O’Lonney, Roland;

From FLORIDA: Faith Fournet, Windermere; Mel Teague, Jan Wyatt, Winterhaven;

From GEORGIA: Missy McMillin Crew & children, Jacob, Samuel, Eleanor, Eli & Issac, Ringgold; Ashley, Cole & David Haggard, Cumming; Ashlie McMillin Johnson & children, Noah, Levi & Rose, Watkinsville;

From LOUISIANA: Percy Mac & Lenora Frazier, Franklinton; Patri Gast, Folsom; Suzanne Haggard, Metarie; David & Leesa McMillin, Monroe;

From MISSISSIPPI (other than Louisville): Bonnie Broadway, Pascagoula; Lance & Reba McCullouch Greer, Oxford; Thomas Hammack, Jr, Gulfport; Mike & Mary Lynn McCully, Eupora; Lamar & Carol McMillin, Vicksburg; Paul, Hannah & Grayson McMillin, Starkville; Shirley McMillin, Carthage; Stephen, Jennifer Lynn, Lynlee & Lyla McMillin, Vicksburg; Charlie, Ashley, Grayson & Millin Moomaw, Madison; Laura Lee Mullens, Clinton;

From TENNESSEE: Danna McMillin Bennett, Mt. Juliet; Ann McMillin, Ooltewah; John & Sylvia McMillin, Ooltewah; Jimmy Moore, Collierville; Keith Moore, Memphis; From TEXAS: Janet Donoho, Dallas; Andrew, Jamie & Mac Faulkner, Houston; Sue McMillin Faulkner & Jane McMillin, Lampasas. 

Presley Kicks off Winston County Task Force Meeting on Cellular and Internet Service

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the first meeting of the Winston County Task Force on improving cellular telephone and high-speed internet service will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Winston County Courthouse, located at 115 South Court Avenue in Louisville.

“Rural Mississippi has an infrastructure crisis in the lack of cellular telephone service and high-speed internet service. Mississippians are sick and tired of paying for a service that doesn't work or being told that providers have no intention of serving their areas. That is unacceptable to me and through the help of these citizen task forces, we are going to highlight this problem and demand answers," Presley said. "The information gathered that we will use to prove that the FCC's maps for funding are wrong will be due soon, so we have a lot of work to do in a very short time. That is why citizen volunteers are so very important."

Among other projects, citizens involved with the task force will be able to use a free smartphone app, approved by the Federal Trade Commission, to document the lack of cellular telephone and data service in their area. The FCC currently shows that Mississippi has adequate service in almost every county of the state. This false information could cause Mississippi to lose millions in federal funding for cellular telephone towers in rural areas. Also, the task force will meet with leaders to look at what solutions exist to bring high-speed internet service to rural areas.

“While we have had many volunteers, we always welcome more. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend,” said Commissioner Presley.

Anyone interested in serving on the task force should contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Land Tax Redemption Date - August 29




Michael Sherrod Eichelberger Scholarship Awarded

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L to R: Katherine Eichelberger, Yasmean Carmeisha La’Jalan Hunt (winner),
Porsche, Earnest and Asia Eichelberger (winner)

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Yasmean Carmeisha La’Jalan Hunt and Asia Eichelberger were awarded the Michael Sherrod Eichelberger Scholarship. Carmeisha graduated from Louisville High School May 2018. She participated in the following clubs in school: Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, SLICE, SADD, Slow-Pitch and Fast-Pitch Softball, Soccer, Anchor Club, and Mayor’s Youth Council. She was awarded English 1 Award, First Team All-District twice in Soccer, 2nd Team All-District in Slow-Pitch Softball, Honor Graduate, MS scholar and National High School Honor Society. She plans to attend Ole Miss to major in Business Management to own an elite sports academy. She is the daughter of Carl and Barbara Hunt.

Asia Eichelberger graduated from LHS as an honor student May 2017. Asia was the 2017 Mississippi Gold Medal winner of the NAACP ACT-SO Olympics. She was awarded many honors and awards while in high school. She entered the University of Mississippi-Oxford in September 2017 to pursue a degree in Business Management and presently is a 2nd Semester Sophomore honor student. She is the daughters of Paul and Rita Jackson-Eichelberger.

Cadet Command Sergeant Major (CCSM) Michael Sherrod Eichelberger was 17 years old and was a senior at Noxubee County High School in Macon when he died in a car accident on Hwy. 45 in Macon, MS, October 31, 2005. This scholarship is awarded to students annually who meet the criteria set by Michael Sherrod’s parents drafted from his portfolio of his achievements in his brief life. It is given to keep alive the memory of a young man who was a dependable hard worker, loyal, obligation fulfiller, respected by everyone and totally dedicated to his parents, sisters, extended family members and others. He was a great winner and highly competitive role model. The scholarship is dedicated to creating opportunity for math, science and engineering students. Donations can be made to this scholarship: Michael Sherrod Eichelberger Scholarship Foundation, P. O. Box 1044, Macon, MS 39341.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Local Leaders Attend Community Leadership Training

Recently, area residents attended a community and professional development training in Greenville,
MS, on August 2 & 3 at the Greenville Higher Education Center. Small Towns, Big Impact: Community Leadership Institute was an invitation only event sponsored by Hope Enterprise Corporation & Hope Credit Union in partnership and training provided by NeighborWorks America Training Institute. This partnership with Hope has been a work in progress and ongoing project to provide training and assess needs throughout the community.

 Mayor Hill attended a week long training session in the Fall of 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Mayor Hill was honored for the City of Louisville to be selected for this program and the opportunity to have a place-based curriculum offering in Mississippi to host a group of leaders representing a wide array of interest in Winston County. 

The training consisted of community development through involvement and putting plans into action. As a result, the group looks forward to announcing support of a community project very soon and is grateful to Hope Enterprise for the opportunities provided.

Those attending were Carnette Hudson, Ada Woodward, Carolyn Hampton, Barbra Eichelberger, Mike Dowd, Mayor Will Hill, & Lacey Vowell.