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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Black History Story about Black Migration

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Jackie V. ‘Rip’ Eichelberger
February is the month to celebrate Black History and to continue to educate about untold stories that are hidden in the history books of American History. The 2019 theme is Black Migration. The focus at the Winston County Library is on local residents who migrated from Winston County in the 50s and 60s, however, most have returned after retirement. The story focused here is about one native who did not return yet but plans to within two years. His story is featured in the Black History Exhibit at the Winston County Library, 301 West Park Street, Louisville, MS, 662-773-3212.

Jackie V. (“Rip”) Eichelberger is an entrepreneur. Born, raised and educated in Louisville, Mississippi. He went to Camille Street High School through his junior year, but graduated in his senior year from Louisville High School 1n 1971 after desegregation. He furthered his education at Mississippi Valley State College.

In 1972, he became employed by Taylor Machine Works in the position of shear operator until 1974 when the workers went on strike. Although the strike ended in 1974, now a father, he sought temporary jobs to support himself and his family. Lack of Finances forced him to make a move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After being in Milwaukee for about two weeks, Jackie found employment at Aqua-Chemicals where he worked for two and a half years as an overhead crane operator. When he faced another layoff, he found gainful employment with P&H Harnischfeger as an overhead crane operator for five years, not missing a day. On his five-year anniversary, he received a final paycheck and a layoff notice. He was tired of the strikes and layoffs, thus setting him on the road to become a small businessman and entrepreneur.

The culmination of the education and employment led him through studying, training, teaching and competing in Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do (karate), under Jae Kyu Lee, a ninth-degree Black Belt from Korea resulted in receiving a fourth-degree black belt. After competing in tournaments and full contact karate for many years, he opened Rip’s Black Academy. Now, as a business development consultant, he is involved in building small businesses in many diverse platforms nationwide.

As an entrepreneur, he has been blessed to eagerly pursue many business opportunities, just to name a few: a restaurateur, a vending machines owner, and a licensed home improvement contractor.

Today, he is a minister. All the things that he has done and will continue to do would not have been possible without his relationship and faith in the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” He is a devoted father of three adult children and grandfather to four grandchildren whom he adores. He continues to reside in Milwaukee, WI.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Concord Fresh Success Recall Mild Salsa Seasoning Mix Due To Undeclared Milk Allergen

Concord Foods, LLC of Brockton, Massachusetts is recalling Concord Fresh Success Mild Salsa Seasoning Mix because it may contain undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk allergen run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The affected product contains a best by date code of 071121. The best by code date is embossed on the right-side panel, bottom. No other Concord Fresh Success products, varieties or best by dates are affected by this recall.

Concord Fresh Success Mild Salsa Seasoning Mix was distributed nationally through retail stores.

Consumers who have purchased the Concord Fresh Success Mild Salsa Mix with the date code of 071121 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Concord Foods at 508-580-1700.

Winston Whitetail Wonders Deer Show Exceeds Expectations

Hosting a deer show and educational program after deer season is admittedly an unusual time to promote deer herd and land management. But if you think about it, not really. Yes, most people really get fired up about deer hunting in the fall, and without fail you’ll routinely see trucks hauling tractors, disk, seed, fertilizer, and ATVs headed to various hunting properties. 

But, land management for wildlife, especially deer herds is more than planting food-plots and putting up shooting houses or ladder stands and feeders. If you are a serious hunter, and want to harvest quality animals, and have your family enjoy the sport as well, then the perfect time think about next deer season, is right after the last one is over.

Aspects of land management such as unproductive tree canopy reduction, soil quality, prescribed burning, and game camera surveys, just to mention a few is something that can be done year round. These are some of the things discussed at last week’s deer show, as well the hottest topic of the 2018-2019 deer season, Chronic Waste Disease (CWD).

CWD will have repercussions on deer hunting in the future, but there are many myths, and misunderstandings about this disease that were addressed so the Winston County deer hunters will know the facts.

The first ever Winston Whitetail Wonders Deer Show exceeded our expectations, with strong attendance, and more than 25 deer mounts were on display. I’d like to say thank you to the attendees, and sponsors. Please let these sponsors know how much you appreciate their support, to include: City Gun and Pawn, Winston County CO-OP, Sullivan’s Meat Processing, Joey Griffin’s Deer Processing, Barbra’s Place Nursery Feed & Seed, and Firewise through Winston County Board of Supervisors. And much appreciation for Mr. Charles Henry Stokes taking the time to help, and cook a GREAT stew that everyone enjoyed.

Last but not least, I’d like to say thank you to the local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for their support, and for certain, Turkey hunters are land managers too. The local NWTF Banquet will be February 23rd, at Grace Christian School. Tickets will available at all our local banks and Winston Furniture Company.

If you have question on land and/or wildlife management please contact your local Winston County Extension Office, 662-773-3091.

Submitted By: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent Winston County

City of Louisville Accepting Applications for Police Officer

Notice is hereby given that the City of Louisville, MS, is now taking applications to fill the position of a full-time Police Officer. Job descriptions and requirements are available upon request at the City Hall, 662-773-9201 or 773-3511. Applications may be filed at the City Hall, 2373 South Church Street, or P.O. Box 510, Louisville, MS 39339, no later than eleven o’clock (11:00) A.M. on Friday , March 1, 2019.

ECCC Basketball Teams Sweep Hinds on Sophomore Night in Decatur

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both moved a step closer to postseason play with big wins over Hinds Community College in the final home games of the season in Bracken-Wood Gym in Decatur Monday, Feb. 18.

The ECCC Lady Warriors took care of business in the opener with a 76-59 win over the Hinds Lady Bulldogs. The Warriors, needing a win to stay in contention for a postseason berth, defeated the Hinds Bulldogs 85-68.

It was Sophomore Night at East Central as all sophomore basketball players and managers were honored before each game. It also was the annual Pink Out Breast Cancer Awareness game for the women’s team.

 Women sophmores honored (from left) Forward Diamond Wraggs, Louisville; guard Feria Mays, Kosciusko; guard Riann McCollum, Douglass High School (Atlanta, Ga.); forward Sharan Turner, East Ascension (Gonzales, La.); guard Breanna Riley, Biloxi; manager Jamie Lane, Ridgeland; and forward Whitney Waters, Heidelberg. Shown with the players is head coach LaTaryl Williams and assistant coach Kristen Sampson.

The win improved the Lady Warriors to 17-5 overall and 8-5 in MACJC South Division play. East Central is now in a three-way tie for third place in the South Division with Pearl River and Gulf Coast. Two of those three teams will play in the MACJC State Basketball Tournament next week, while one will be eliminated after Thursday’s games.

The Warriors improved to 12-10 overall and 5-8 and stand alone in fourth place in the South Division. East Central can punch its ticket to the state tournament with a win at Southwest on Thursday.

The Lady Warriors overcame a poor shooting night and a first half deficit in the win. East Central shot just 33 percent from the floor in the first two periods, and hit only 4 of 23 three-point tries and 8 of 20 free throws in the contest. The Lady Bulldogs (6-15, 1-12) led 30-29 at the intermission, before East Central pulled away in the third period to take control of the game.

Three Lady Warriors scored in double figures led by sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Biloxi with 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor. Sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) added 17 points. Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville would score 12 points and pull down 12 rebounds, as the Lady Warriors controlled the boards with a 20 rebound advantage for the game. Sophomore guard Feria Mays of Kosciusko had a game-high six assists.

East Central shot lights out from the floor in the men’s game, but it took a big second half to put away the Hinds Bulldogs.

 Men sophmores honored (from left) guard Josh Green, Harrison Central; guard Roti Ware, Morton; and forward Brandon Williams, Leake County. 

Leading just 33-29 after 20 minutes, the Warriors scored 52 points in the final 20 minutes of play to put the game away. East Central shot 63 percent from the floor for the game, including 53 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Five Warriors scored in double figures in the 17-point win over the Hinds Bulldogs (11-11, 4-9) as East Central won its fourth straight outing. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton had 17, sophomore guard Josh Green of Harrison Central had 15, freshman forward JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County scored 13, and freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl had 11. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., LeFlore) had a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists.

East Central will close out the regular season with that trip to Summit to face Southwest on Thursday, Feb. 21. Those game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

The 2019 MACJC State Basketball Tournament will be played Feb. 25-28 on the campus of Jones College in Ellisville. The top four teams from the MACJC South and North divisions qualify for the tournament.

Monday, February 18, 2019

ECCC Softball Opens Season With 2 Wins at Northeast TigerFest Tournament

The East Central Community College softball team opened the 2019 season with a pair of wins at the Northeast Mississippi Community College TigerFest Tournament, and in the process gave Eric Neel his first win as head coach of the Lady Warriors.

The ECCC Lady Warriors finished 2-1 against three NJCAA Division I teams in play on Friday, Feb. 15, in the tournament held in Booneville. East Central defeated Calhoun Community College (Ala.) 7-4 in its season opener, followed by a 12-10 loss to Jefferson College (Mo.), and then a 9-8 win over Southeastern Illinois College. All three games were six innings due to time limits set for the tournament games.

East Central was scheduled to play five games over the two-day tournament Feb. 15-16, but all action on Saturday was canceled due to weather. “Our team competed extremely hard,” said Neel who took over the program last July. “We played as we expected to on offense. If our pitching continues to improve along with our defense we could have a special season.”

In the season-opening win over Calhoun, the Lady Warriors got three hits and two RBI each from freshman third baseman Hannah Dufault and freshman shortstop MaKenzie Barnett. Dufault, out of East Central High School in Hurley, had a pair of solo home runs and a double, while Barnett of Neshoba Central had two singles and a double. Freshman right fielder Olivia Houston out of Northwest Rankin had two doubles.

Sophomore Annika Jones of Leake Academy got the win in the circle, as three East Central pitchers limited Calhoun to six hits.

East Central lost a heartbreaker in game two against Jefferson College. The Lady Warriors had a 10-5 lead after four innings before Jefferson College scored three runs in the top of the fifth and four more in the top of the sixth for the 12-10 win.

The Lady Warriors had only seven hits in the loss, but three of those were home runs, including a three-run homer by Houston, a two-run shot by freshman catcher Anna McNeer out of Canton Academy, and a solo home run from freshman center fielder Parker Breland of Union. Houston had four RBI in the loss and Barnett also drove in a couple of runs with a single.

In the final game of the day, East Central and Southeastern Illinois battled back and forth through the first five innings. Tied 7-7 in the top of the sixth, the Lady Warriors got the winning runs on sacrifice flies by Houston and freshman catcher Kelli Ficken of Central Hinds Academy.

Dufault added three more RBI to her total for the day with a pair of doubles. Freshman left fielder Kaylee Webb (Ruston, La.) stole four bases in the win. Freshman pitcher Jesalyn Jarrette (Baskin, La., Franklin Academy) got the win in the circle in relief.

For the day, East Central banged out five home runs and 10 doubles.

The Lady Warriors are scheduled to play five games next weekend in the Rush Invitational in Meridian. East Central will face Wabash Valley College (Ill.) at 11 a.m. and Southeastern Illinois at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and John A. Logan College (Ill.) at 9 a.m., Trinity Valley Community College (Texas) at 11 a.m., and Coastal Alabama-North Community College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The first home doubleheader of the season is Monday, March 4, when Lansing Community College (Mich.) visits the Softball Complex in Decatur for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Zoe's Clothes Closet Donations

Fair Elementary

Zoe Bigham represented Louisville in the Miss Teen USA Pageant in October where she was 4th Alternate and People’s Choice Award Recipient. Zoe is Miss Rhythm and Blues which is a preliminary pageant for Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in Vicksburg in April. Zoe collected coats, school uniform pants and other items of clothing for the clothes closets at Fair Elementary School and Noxapater Attendance Center. Zoe is the daughter of Michele and Jeff Mosley and J. T. and Cassie Bigham.

Noxapater Donation