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Friday, November 16, 2018

Nanih Waiya Senior Signs with University of Memphis

Nanih Waiya senior athlete, Jake Kight, signed a golf scholarship with the University of Memphis.

Ribbon Cutting for Lee's of Louisville

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, representatives, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome Lee's In Louisville Restaurant to Winston County on November 13, 2018. The business is the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Syl. Miller.  Mr. Miller asks all to come out and enjoy good food and fellowship. Lee's In Louisville is located at 13759 Hwy 14 West and is open Sunday-Thursday 6:00 AM-9:00 PM and Friday & Saturday, 6:00 AM-1:00 AM

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Honoring Veterans and the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions and on November 10, 2018, the 243rd Birthday of the Marine Corps was celebrated in Washington, D.C. CMC General Robert Blake Neller, a Marine four-star general who serves as the current and 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps was present. The 31st Commandant General Charles C. Krulak was the Guest of Honor, Master Gunnery Sergeant Carroll W. Braxton was the oldest Marine (94), and Second Lieutenant Austin Brownfield was the youngest (20) present. MGySgt. Braxton served as a marine for 28 years with 2 ½ in World War II.
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Chief Warrant Officer 3
Carmen E. Cole (retired)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carmen E. Cole, daughter of the late Claudell Weaver and granddaughter of the late Betsy Ann Eichelberger of Louisville, MS, had the privilege of escorting Montford Point Marine MGySgt. Carroll W. Braxton, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, to the Commandant of the Marine Corps 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball. She stated, “It is always nice to celebrate with my brothers and sisters. Semper Fidelis! I'm escorting the oldest Marine to the Ball. Mr. Carroll W. Braxton (94), he is a                                                                         
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    CMC General Robert Blake Neller, CWO3 Carmen Cole (retired) and MGySgt. Carroll W. Braxton (retired)
Montford Point Marine, one of the first African Americans to integrate the Marine Corps from 1942-1949. I'm proud to be his date.” What an honor for Claudell Weaver’s daughter who has accomplished many firsts in the Marine Corps as a woman with roots in Louisville, MS.

CWO Cole began her military career enlisting in the Marine Corps in November 1980. She completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Woman Recruit Training Command (WRTC), Parris Island, SC., in June 1981 and was trained as a motor transport maintenance mechanic at Camp Johnson, Jacksonville NC. She reported to 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC in November of 1981. While there, she was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant. In 1984 she returned to MCRD, Parris Island SC. as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor.

In 1986 she reported to 3rd Maintenance Battalion Okinawa, Japan where she served as the battalion administrative chief and as a mechanic. In 1988 she transferred to 7th Motor Transport Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA serving as a Platoon Sergeant and Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System (MIMMS) clerk. In 1990 she was promoted to Staff Sergeant and became the first female Motor Transport Maintenance Shop Chief in the command.

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MGySgt Carroll W. Braxton
was the oldest Marine (94),
and 2nd Lt Austin Brownfield
was the youngest (20)

In 1993 she was selected as a Warrant Officer becoming the first female in Marine Corps history to be a Motor Transport Maintenance Officer. After completing The Basic School (TBS) for Warrant Officers at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA and the Motor Transport Maintenance Officers course at Camp Johnson, Jacksonville NC., she was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron-2, Marine Air Group–31, Beaufort, SC serving as the Maintenance Management Officer (MMO). She was promoted to CWO-2 during this tour.

In 1996 CWO-2 Cole returned to 3d Maintenance Battalion, Motor Transport Maintenance Company, Okinawa Japan as the Maintenance Officer. During this tour she assisted with the initial restructuring and merger of the command with 3d Supply Battalion to form 3d Material Readiness Battalion.

In 1998 she was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor (I&I) Detachment-2, Augusta Ga., 4th Maintenance Battalion becoming the first female I&I to command the active duty staff in support of the Marine Reserve Unit at Augusta Ga. During this tour she was promoted to CWO-3.

In 2001 CWO-3 Cole retired from the Marine Corps to accept a position as the Senior Marine Instructor of Marine Corps Junior ROTC (MCJROTC), at Butler High School, Augusta GA. becoming the first female instructor in their 30 years of having a MCJROTC program. While at Butler High School the program was recognized as a Naval Honors School for consecutive years. She was also the softball and soccer coach, PTA treasurer and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007.

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General Charles C. Krulak,
MSgt Erica L. James,
CWO3 Carmen Cole (retired),
and MGySgt Carroll Braxton (retired)
In 2010 she resigned her position at Butler High and relocated to Marine Corps Junior ROTC Headquarters Marine Corps Base, Quantico Virginia to become the Marine Corps Junior ROTC Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS). In 2011 she was reassigned and became the first female to be the Operations Manager for Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs with ISS as an additional responsibility.

As the Operations Manager, she is responsible for the daily coordination and operations of 6 Regions with 235 MCJROTC programs. She travels throughout the country to promote the MCJROTC program, looking for new locations and potential instructors, she trains new instructors, and ensures that all MCJROTC Instructors have the tools they need to lead and mentor their cadets.

She is also an active member of the Virginia-1 Chapter, Women Marines Association and the Marine Corps League Mickey Finn Detachment #333.

Her community service and volunteer work has resulted in recognition as The Keeper of the Flame from Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church in San Diego CA and Lady of the Year at the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. 48th Convention, San Diego, CA, July 2013.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Veteran JC Hampton Remembered

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower with the late Corporal J. C. Hampton (far right)

During Veterans Day, JC Hampton is one of the veterans in the Mt. Sinai Community that was thought of as one whose story deserves to be shared with others in Louisville. JC was proud to tell his stories as a paratrooper in the United States Army while serving in the Korean War. He was drafted into the army in 1952. In 1953, he was granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as a presidential guard detail for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the end of the war, he returned home to Louisville and married Freddie Stennis and they birthed their only child, Autry. He attended Tuskegee University where he learned to become a brick mason.

JC eventually relocated to Gary, IN where he was able to begin his career in the steel mill and continue his lifelong passions of carpentry, farming and mentoring. In 1995, JC returned home to Louisville, MS to revive his family’s land and to build a home. He became active in his childhood church – Mt. Sinai MB Church - and served as chairman of the Deacon Board.

JC was most known for his work ethic, kind nature, and comedic personality. He utilized his true love of animals and farming to feed and serve his community. He was an all around handyman and carpenter there was nothing much he wasn’t able to do. Corporal JC Hampton passed on April 7, 2018.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Remain Undefeated With Sweep of Bishop State

Breanna Riley
The East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors kept their unbeaten basketball seasons in intact with a sweep over the visiting Bishop State Community College teams out of Mobile, Ala., Monday, Nov. 12, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Lady Warriors picked up a big 100-48 win in the opener, while the Warriors took care of the Bishop State Wildcats 78-70 in the nightcap.

East Central also swept the Bishop State teams to open the season Nov. 1 in Mobile.

Both East Central teams are now a perfect 3-0 on the season. The Bishop State Lady Wildcats fell to 1-3, while the Wildcats are 0-4.

The Lady Warriors wasted little time putting away Bishop State, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 28-6 in the second period to take a commanding 54-28 lead into the locker room.

Five Lady Warriors scored in double figures in the 52-point win, led by 23 from sophomore guard Breanna Riley out of Biloxi High School on 10 of 14 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension), freshman guard Destini Cathey (Senatobia), freshman guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville), and sophomore forward Whitney Waters (Heidelberg) had 11 points each. Eleven Lady Warriors got into the scoring column.

East Central forced 30 turnovers in the game and had 11 steals.

The Warriors got a career-high 32 points from sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton in the eight-point win over the Bishop State Wildcats. Ware hit five of his six three-point attempts and all seven free throws on the career night. He also picked up five steals. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) continued his hot start to the season with 17 points, nine assists, and two steals. Preyer has scored in double digits in his first three collegiate games.
Roti Ware
East Central again shot well from the free throw line hitting 16 of 19 on the night.

The East Central teams will host the EC Classic Nov. 19-20 in Brackeen-Wood Gym. The ECCC basketball teams will use the tournament to support a Toys for Tots drive for the Christmas holidays. Anyone who brings a new toy to any game of the two-day classic will be admitted half price.

The Lady Warriors will face Southern University-Shreveport at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and then Coahoma at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Warriors will play Mississippi Delta at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and Coahoma at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles and the Pearl River Wildcats will also participate in the tournament.

Monday, November 12, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Get Home Sweep Over East Mississippi

The East Central Community College basketball teams kept their early season records unblemished with a pair of victories over visiting East Mississippi Community College in games played Thursday, Nov. 8, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Lady Warriors picked up a 64-55 win over the Lady Lions in the opener, and the Warriors followed with a hard-fought 73-66 win over the EMCC Lions in the second game.

Both East Central teams improved to 2-0 on the young season, while the EMCC Lady Lions fell to 1-2 and the Lions to 2-1.

The Lady Warriors led the entire contest against East Mississippi, taking a 40-27 lead into the locker room at halftime and extending that lead to 16 points after three periods. A late run in the final period by the Lady Lions moved the final score to 64-55.

For the second straight game, sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) came up big for the Lady Warriors with 11 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Freshman guard Jariyah Covington out of Starkville High School also scored 11 points. Freshman forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson Murrah) came off the bench to have a solid outing with six points, seven boards, and three steals.

East Central pulled down 33 rebounds as a team to just 23 for the Lady Lions.

The men’s contest was tight throughout with 17 lead changes during the game, including 11 in the second half before the Warriors were able to pull away for the seven-point win. The two teams were tied 13 times. The Warriors had a productive night at the free throw line hitting 22 of 26 attempts.

Sophomore guard Roti Ware had a big night for the Warriors. The Morton product scored 23 points to lead all scorers. He also had six rebounds. Freshman guards Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) and Devin Carter of Pearl added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Preyer also had six assists and a pair of steals, while Carter was credited with four assists. Freshman forward Dontavious Smith of Terry led the Warriors with seven rebounds.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors will host Bishop State Community College from Mobile, Ala., Monday, Nov. 12, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.

The East Central teams will then host the EC Classic Nov. 19-20. Mississippi Delta, Coahoma, and Southern University-Shreveport will also participate. The Lady Warriors will face Southern University-Shreveport at 5 p.m.on Monday, Nov. 19, and then Coahoma at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Warriors will play Mississippi Delta at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and Coahoma at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

All ECCC home basketball games this season can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3, or watched via live stream video at

A complete schedule of games can be found at

Winston County Honors Veterans

The weather may have been cold but the enthusiasm and reception was warm as Winston County honored their local Veterans with a parade and program on Saturday, November 10.

The morning kicked off as the Louisville Pilot Club provided a brunch for the veterans at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce Offices before the parade. Parade participants followed a route on Main Street to the program location in front of the Winston County Courthouse.

The program is a yearly event in recognition of our Country's veterans.  Darlene Bane provided these excellent images of the event. More photos can be seen on our Photos Page by clicking here.