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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tomato Gardeners Beware

By: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent (ANR), Winston County

Extension offices all over the state this time of year get a host of calls dealing with tomato problems.
This growing season is no different, but one particular disease issue has been a bit more prevalent this year. Let me introduce you to this garden foe, and what to do if it shows up.

Southern Stem Blight, sometimes called Southern Stem Rot, is the not so welcome visitor this year. As with most garden disease, high temperatures and moist conditions favor disease development. The pathogen can survive as sclerotia for years in the soil or plant debris and can easily spread through the movement of infested soil and infected plant material.

The most noticeable symptom of Southern Stem Blight (SSB) is a sudden and permanent wilt caused by the rotting of the stem. A brown to black stem lesion that girdles the stem is very often near the soil line of infected plants. When moist conditions exist, a white fungal growth (mycelia) will develop on the base of the stem, followed by tan to brown rounded structures (sclerotia) on the stem base.

SSB can also infect the fruit, if fruit comes in contact with the soil, which is highly likely. Tomato fruit will initially appear sunken and yellow at the infection site and become water-soaked and soft before collapsing.

This was the case for Mr. Jim Gregory of Winston County. He called and said his tomatoes were fine one day and wilted the next with no response to watering. Among one of the finest gardens I’ve visited the past few weeks, about three to four tomatoes were as good as gone. This was my recommendation to him, as well as you if this problem arises in your tomato crop.

So, here’s what you can do. There are some fungicides labeled that can help prevent SSB, and apply
from planting to end of harvest. The main thing is to practice good crop rotation to prevent the sclerotia structures from building up over time in the soil. Sclerotia can last for years, so keeping these to a minimum is key. Not just rotation of tomatoes from the area, but other vegetable crops with-in the same family as tomatoes. Lastly, if you have just a few plants, you can place a strip of tin-foil around the base of the stem to prevent contact of the fungus.

Tomato’s family to NOT rotate with would be: peppers, eggplant, and Irish potatoes, they ARE in the same family group. It’s not just a good idea to rotate this particular family group, but others as well to prevent a host of other negative conditions. If you’d like to know more about tomato disease, and vegetable production for the home owner, or commercially, contact your local Extension office.

The Winston Extension Office: 662-773-3091

Victim Burned in Arson Dies

The second victim of Saturday's arson of an apartment in Louisville has succumbed to his injuries. Lilsreddius Eiland, seventeen, the son of  the suspect in the case passed away earlier this morning (Tuesday) from the severe burns he sustained. 

Merredyth Eiland, the wife of the suspect and mother of Lilsreddius, died in the fire. 

Fred Lee Eiland was captured by Winston County Law Enforcement and was charged in Winston County Justice Court on Monday with one count of murder, one count of arson and three counts of aggravated assault. With the death of the second victim, these charges may be changed. Eiland is in custody at the Winston Choctaw Correctional Facility.

Monday, July 16, 2018

School Year Approaching Fast - Supply List Available

The first day of school for students in the Louisville Municipal School District is August 6 with open house planned on August 2nd. Parents and students may want to get a headstart on supplies and preparations. LMSD has a complete supply list available for all schools and grades available on their website. To access the supply list page - click here.

To access the school calendar for the upcoming school year - click here.

Not Included in the above list:

Eiland Faces Capital Murder Charge

Fred Lee Eiland sat quietly this afternoon as Winston County Justice Court Judge Mike Fuller read the charges against him:  Capital murder, Arson and 3 counts of Aggravated Assault.

The charges relate to a fire over the weekend that took the life of Merredythe Eiland and severely injured a juvenile.

Bond was denied and Eiland was appointed a public defender. The date of a prelimnary hearing was set for August 22nd.

For more information, see our previous articles on WinstonWebNews:

Murder/Arson Suspect To be Arraigned Today

Arson on Gage Street in Louisville
The suspect in an arson that resulted in the death of a Louisville woman and the serious injury of a minor over the weekend will appear in a Winston County Courtroom this afternoon (Monday, 7/16/2019).

Forty nine year old Fred Lee Eiland is in custody at the Winston Choctaw Correctional Facility. Eiland is accused of starting a fire in the early morning hours of Saturday of a backyard apartment on Gage Street in Louisville. At the time, the structure was occupied by one adult and four juveniles.

Merredythe Eiland, the adult,  was killed in the fire. A seventeen year old juvenile was seriously injured as well. The juvenile was transported to Jackson by air. His current condition is unknown.

Fred Lee Eiland
Winston County Arson Investigator Keith Alexander indicated that there were witnesses who placed the suspect at the scene. It is believed that a window air conditioner was removed, an accelerant was tossed into the structure and set on fire.

The victim had a restraining order against Eiland at the time of the fire. Eiland's initial charges will include: murder, arson and aggravated assault.

After discussion with the District Attorney and the Louisville Police Department, the decision was made to charge Eiland in county court due to the various jurisdictions involved. Louisville Police, Winston County Sheriff and arson investigator and the state fire marshal's office were all involved in the investigation.

Eiland was captured on Saturday afternoon in rural Winston County after a short high speed chase by officers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

WECARE Event Brings Attention to Local Needs

Approximately forty interested individuals attended the WECARE event  held recently at the World Outreach Christian Fellowship in Louisville. The event was a benefit for the local non-profit organization. WECARE stands for (Winston Educational Christian Action Resource Enterprise) and was founded by Minister Carnette Hudson of Louisville, Mississippi.

WECARE serves many functions including:

  • Help to secure housing for the homeless and help them secure employment. 
  • Tutoring for children K-12 particularly in math and reading
  • WECARE also sponsors workshops to give needed information about entrepreneurship, surviving abuse, overcoming addiction etc.

Some of their past activities include helping supply water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan and helping to get needed items for the Salvation Army food pantry in Columbus, MS.

Donations are tax deductible. Contact Carnette Hudson at 662-705-1709 for more information.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Murder/Arson Suspect Now in Custody

Fred Eiland, a suspect in an early Saturday morning arson /murder was apprehended this evening at around 6:30 pm by a Winston County Sheriff's Deputy and a Winston County Constable on Mount Olive Road in rural Winston County.

According to Sheriff Jason Pugh, law enforcement spotted Eiland's vehicle in the area. Details are still unfolding but a pursuit followed and then the suspect stopped. As law enforcement approached with guns drawn, the suspect fled again and in the process set his own vehicle on fire. After a short chase the suspect ran off the road and was captured as he jumped from the vehicle.

Sheriff Pugh commended Deputy Leon Glenn and Constable Ed Hunt for their efforts and noted that there was no serious injuries or shots fired during the capture.

More details when available.