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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Subject of Winston County Manhunt Now in Custody

A week long manhunt in Winston County came to a peaceful conclusion today (Sunday) as Kevin Ladexter Carter turned himself in to authorities at around 2:00 pm. Carter was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Angela Collier on February 12 at her home on Roy Bates Road near Noxapater. Collier turned himself in to a Leake County Deputy Vincent Carter this afternoon around 2 o'clock. The deputy had a known connection (possible family relation to the suspect.) Carter has now been transported to Winston County and is in custody at the Winston Choctaw County Correctional Facility. 
Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh says law enforcement is relieved that the situation has concluded without further incident.  Pugh took the opportunity to thank Leake County law enforcement as well as the US Marshal Service and the Mississippi Highway Patrol for  their work and assistance. The Marshall Service and MHP have worked hand in hand with Winston County officials throughout the week on the case. Carter apparently remained in the area throughout that time.

Carter is a suspect in the shooting death of Collier who was shot in the upper leg/thigh and an attack on a witness at the scene. Carter was considered armed and dangerous. More details will follow as they develop.

Friday, February 17, 2017


 PEARL – The months of March, April and May bring the greatest threat of severe weather to Mississippi. Therefore Gov. Phil Bryant has declared Feb. 20-24, 2017 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

National Weather Service records show there have been 821 confirmed tornadoes, 247 wind reports of 75 mph or greater and 2,321 reports of large hail in Mississippi in the spring months since 1950.

A look at the statistics since 1950:
236 tornadoes, 85 wind reports of 75 mph or greater and 1,012 hail reports in March.
375 tornadoes, 92 wind reports of 75 mph or greater and 677 hail reports in April.
210 tornadoes, 70 wind reports of 75 mph or greater and 632 hail reports in May.

“Springtime in Mississippi is beautiful, but can also be extremely dangerous from severe weather as the season changes,” said Gov. Bryant. “It is so important for all Mississippians to have a good preparedness plan in place before severe weather threatens.”

“We ask everyone to do three things: know how to get alerts, have a plan and be prepared to take action,” said MEMA Director Lee Smithson. “It all starts with getting warnings, whether through social media, mobile phone apps, NOAA weather radios or local media broadcasts.”

The National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning on NOAA weather radios at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Schools, government agencies and businesses throughout the state are encouraged to participate in the tornado drill.

“The state of Mississippi experiences very active severe weather episodes throughout the year, and due to our
geographic location the potential for deadly weather could impact the state on any given day. So we proudly join the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency this week in a special highlight to prepare the citizens we serve for the potentially dangerous storms that will be lurking this spring,” said Bill Parker, Meteorologist-In-Charge, NWS Jackson, Miss.

MEMA and the NWS will focus on specific types of severe weather each day of the week on social media and websites. The outline is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 20: Severe Thunderstorms
Tuesday, Feb. 21: Flash Flooding
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Tornadoes, statewide tornado drill at 9:15 a.m. (weather permitting)
Thursday, Feb. 23: Lightning
Friday, Feb. 24: Alerts and Warnings

Local weather information and alerts are available through the NWS online at the following websites:
Northern Mississippi counties:

Central Mississippi counties:
Southeastern Mississippi counties:
Coastal and southwestern Mississippi counties:
There are several ways to receive severe weather warnings, like a NOAA weather radio, or one of several applications on mobile devices. A number of free mobile applications are available for download on smart phones, which can alert you when a watch or warning is issued for your area.

For detailed preparedness information, contact your county emergency management agency, or go to MEMA’s website at The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA and the National Weather Service on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter. 

Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center Attends Career-Tech Showcase At ECCC

Fifteen students were selected from the Winston-Louisville Career & Technology Center to attend the annual Career-Tech Showcase hosted by East Central Community College. The students had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with all career-tech instructors. They toured the campus and were entertained by the Wall O' Sound Drum Line. It was an informative and enjoyable day!
Rashad Triplett, SAD; Anfernee Hunt, Carpentry; Matthew Eaves, SAD; Cameron Fortineaux, Forestry; Colton Raines, Automotive Tech; Najah Hopkins, CPE; Demetrious Harris, Forestry,; Kyle Jones, Welding; Brandon Carter, Welding; Christina Horn, Culinary Arts, Christian Jones, Carpentry; Tatiana Jones, Health Science, Jana Moore, Health Science, Madison Boykin, Teacher Academy, not pictured:  Malyka Nunn.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

ECCC Cuts Ribbon to Open New Tennis Complex

Representatives of East Central Community College and the local communities gathered Feb. 14 to officially open the new Tennis Complex on the Decatur campus.A ribbon cutting marked the official opening of the new complex located at the north side of campus between the softball and baseball facilities.Following the ribbon cutting, the ECCC men’s and women’s tennis teams immediately held their first practices on the new courts while attendees toured the complex.

The $1.2 million Tennis Complex includes eight lighted courts to serve the ECCC men’s and women’s varsity tennis teams, as well as the campus and local communities. The facility includes parking and spectator areas, which were very limited at the current four-court tennis complex on campus that was originally built in 1969.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LMSD Recognizes Teachers of the Year

The Louisville Municipal School District recognized its Teachers of the Year for the 2016-2017
school year at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 14th. The Teacher of the Year from each District school is recognized as well as the overall District Teacher of the Year. This year's teachers are as follows:









Country Fresh Recalls Various Cooking And Snacking Products Due To Possible Health Risk

Following the Sargento Cheese Company recall where select Sargento branded cheeses were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Country Fresh, LLC. of Conroe, Texas, is recalling 2,552 cases of various cooking and snacking products (product descriptions attached), that contained Sargento branded cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The list of products subject to this recall follows:

Product DescriptionDescription of
UPCBest-By Dates
Country Fresh Tuscan Style MushroomFoam Overwrap Tray74641-
February 14, 2017 thru
February 17, 2017
Country Fresh Stuffed MushroomsFoam Overwrap Tray74641-
February 14, 2017 thru
February 17, 2017
Southwest Stuffed MushroomsFoam Overwrap Tray72036-
February 14, 2017 thru
February 17, 2017
Marketside Garlic Cheese Stuffed MushroomsClamshell681131-
February 15, 2017 thru
February 17, 2017
Ready Fresh Go Fruit and Hatch Pepper CheeseClamshell41220-
January 19, 2017 thru
February 16, 2017
The product bears “BEST IF USED BY” dates between January 19, 2017 (1/19/17) through February 17, 2017 (2/17/17). No products except those on this list are subject to this recall.

ECCC Warrior Basketball Beats Co-Lin to Extend Winning Streak to 4

The East Central Community College Warrior basketball team won its fourth straight game and improved its MACJC South Division record to 7-5 with a 93-84 win over Copiah-Lincoln Community College Monday, Feb. 13, in Wesson. Behind a double-double performance from sophomore forward Tonzell Handy, who had 31 points, the Warriors controlled the game except for a late Co-Lin lead with 9:30 to play.

The Warriors led Co-Lin by 14 at the intermission.Handy, who prepped at Lanier High School, also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in leading the Warriors to big win over Co-Lin. East Central sits at fourth place in the MACJC South Division with Gulf Coast, Southwest and Jones County ahead of the Warriors.

The Warriors shot well from the floor, hitting 61 percent of their shots for the game, including 41 percent from beyond the three-point arc.Handy also had four assists, four steals and a blocked shot for ECCC. Freshman guard Jaquan Dotson of Neshoba Central High School added 15 points. Cayman Ruffin, also a product of Neshoba Central High School, put up 12 points, sophomore point guard Jaylon Bardley of New Hope High School had 11 points, and sophomore Shaquille Benson of Hahnville (La.) High School added 10 points.East Central is back in action Thursday, Feb. 16, when the Warriors host Pearl River Community College for a 7:30 p.m. game.

The Warriors then will travel to Jones County Junior College Monday, Feb. 20, to face the men’s MACJC South Division leader at 7:30 p.m. in Ellisville.