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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Weather Update - 10:00 am 4-18-19

The following is the latest information from the National Weather Service concerning our area for today. Winston County and much of Mississippi is in an enhanced threat level for severe weather later today. We are currently under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH through this evening.

A line of storms to our west should reach far western Mississippi by approximately 11:00 am. Winston County can expect severe weather later in the afternoon in a time frame from 4:00 pm til 9:00 pm. Severe Thunderstorm watches and possibly warnings should be expected.

These storms could potentially bring heavy rain, hail and high winds with possible gusts in excess of 60 mph. There is a potential for tornado activity as well with some risk just in front of the line of storms.

The Louisville Municipal School District has announced that students will be released an hour early to day in anticipation of weather issues.

We will continue to monitor and update and bring info on shelter openings if necessary.

Author John Floyd at Winston County Library on May 21

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Local Pilot Club Members Attend District Convention

Members of the Pilot Club of Louisville joined more than 100 Pilot members from Mississippi at the MS District, Pilot International 31st Annual Convention held at the Summit Conference Center in Tupelo on April 12 and 13, 2019. Governor Miriam Garner, Pilot Club of Houston, presided during the weekend. Those attending from the Pilot Club of Louisville were: Beverly Wilkes, Heather Thompson, Brandi Krajewski, Toni Jackson, Alice Wooten, Kristin Knox, Equilla Miller, Tara Woodward, Kathy Sinclair, DeLaine Woodruff and Mary Blanset. 

Theme for the weekend was “The Gift of Pilot”. Attendees took part in a service project, officer training sessions, election of district officers, and conducting district business. Holly Baker, Pilot International Executive Director for the 2018-19 year from Moline, Illinois attended as the Executive Committee Representative for the MS District. A special fundraiser was held on Friday night for the Pilot International Foundation Fund. Monies raised will go toward scholarships and grants.

Cindy Widdig of the Mississippi Chapter Alzheimer Association was the keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet on Saturday. The Pilot Club of Louisville received the following awards: Yearbook Award-2nd Place, Club of the Year-2nd Place, Newsletter-1st Place  and Attendance Award- 1st Place. The Winston County Anchor Club received the 2nd Place Award for the Anchor Club of the Year. The Pilot Clubs of Booneville and Houston served as hostesses for the successful weekend.

The 2018-19 Newly Elected District officers are: Governor Allyson Leitner,Tippah County, Governor Elect; Michelle Estes, West Point; Lt. Governor, Patti Bennett, Fulton; Secretary, Barb Atkins, Starkville; and Treasurer Cindy Ford, Booneville. They will serve from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020..

Founded in 1921, Pilot International’s mission is to influence positive change in communities throughout the world. To do this, we come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service. We focus on encouraging brain safety and health, preparing the youth for service and supporting those who care for others.

ECCC Baseball Rebounds With Sweep of No. 14 Hinds

After being outscored 38-11 by the nation’s No. 4 ranked team just 24 hours earlier, the East Central Community College Warriors rebounded in a big way with an MACJC doubleheader sweep over the No. 14 ranked Hinds Eagles on Tuesday, April 16, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Rain makeups forced East Central to play two MACJC and nationally ranked teams on back-to-back days, with the Warriors dropping games to No. 4 Itawamba a day earlier by scores of 12-4 and 26-7. But the resilient Warriors hit the diamond on a mission against Hinds, grabbing a 13-3 five-inning run-rule win in game one and then a 3-0 shutout in the seven-inning nightcap.

With the sweep, East Central improves to 19-15 overall on the season and 12-8 in MACJC play. The two conference wins push the Warriors into sixth place in the league standings. No. 14 Hinds falls to 22-10 overall and 10-7 in conference play.

East Central used just two pitchers in getting the sweep, as sophomore left-hander Javian Stone (Jackson, Provine, Highland Community College) pitched a five-hitter in the opener and freshman right-hander Tanner Knight (Eupora) followed with a five-hitter in game two.

Alex Hay carried the big bat for the Warriors in the 13-3 opening game win. The sophomore catcher out of Lewisburg had five RBI on a single and a couple of doubles.

Hay got the Warriors on the scoreboard first with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. A two-run home run by Hinds tied the score 2-2 in the top of the third, and after that it was all Warriors.

Another Hay double in the bottom of the third drove in two more runs. Sophomore right fielder Ken Scott (Clarkdale) brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, a fielder’s choice grounder by sophomore designated hitter Ryan Cupit (West Monroe, La.) scored a run, and freshman first baseman Evan Keith (Vancleave) gave East Central a 7-2 lead with a solo home run to left field.

The Warriors continued to build the lead in the fourth as Hay picked up his fifth RBI of the game with a single and Scott stole home. East Central ended the game by run-rule in the fifth as a Hinds’ balk brought in a run and then back-to-back doubles by freshman center fielder Al Dumas (Eupora) and sophomore second baseman Anderson Shelley (Greenville, Washington School) plated three runs to end the game 13-3.

Shelley and Hay both had three-hit games for East Central.

Keith broke a scoreless tie in the nightcap with his second home run of the day, this one coming in the bottom of the third with one out. It would be the only run East Central would need. The Warriors tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, as a single by Shelley scored freshman shortstop Roper Ball (Nanih Waiya) and Dumas who opened the inning with singles.

East Central will go out of conference to face Baton Rouge (La.) at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The Warriors will then play their next four MACJC doubleheaders on the road, beginning with Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, and then Northwest in Senatobia on at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Most East Central home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Louisville Garden Club Donates to Library

Ouida Donald (left) of the Louisville Garden Club, presented Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards with a gift check for the purchase of a gardening book for the library’s collection. “The Louisville Garden Club faithfully supports the library,” said Edwards. “We appreciate all they do for us.”

Monday, April 15, 2019

Library Hosts Luncheon for National Library Week

The Winston County Library hosted a luncheon for government
officials, Friends of the Library and patrons on Monday for National Library Week. City and county officials were in attendance along with State Representative Joey Hood and representatives from U.S. Representative Trent Kelly's office and the office of  U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Update 4-18-19 - Also in attendance were state leaders, Senator Sampson Jackson of District 32, Representative Carl Mickens of District 42 and Senator Jenifer Branning of District 18. We apologize for the oversight.

Scott Colom to Speak at Winston County's 39th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 27th

Scott Colom is native of Columbus, MS. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Millsaps College. After college, Scott was selected to teach in Guyana, South America by World Teach, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. While participating in the program, Scott taught English in a small rural town in Guyana.

Scott is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, Scott interned with the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and was one of twenty-five students nationwide awarded a summer honors internship with the United States Department of Justice. He was also a member of the school’s Mock Trial and Moot Court team.

After law school, Scott was one of 28 young legal professionals nationwide to be awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice. During the fellowship, Scott worked with a group of non-profits to help develop affordable, asset building alternatives to predatory lending.

In 2011, Scott Colom was appointed the youngest and first African American justice court judge in Lowndes County history. In 2013, he was appointed the first African American prosecutor for the city of Columbus. In 2015, he was elected District Attorney for Circuit Court District Sixteen, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties.