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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.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Funny Money Passed in Louisville Today

Local law enforcement contacted WWN this evening to warn the public that counterfeit money has been passed in Louisville today. A phony $10 and $50 bill were passed at two different locations. Security cameras provide images of the possible vehicle involved as well as a suspect. Merchants and individuals are urged to use caution. If you see this vehicle or individual or if you have information in this matter, please contact law enforcement or CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.

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PSC Requests Law Change in 2019 to Allow Electric Cooperatives to Provide High-Speed Internet Service

On Tuesday, November 6, the Public Service Commission unanimously issued a resolution requesting state law be changed in the 2019 Legislative Session to allow rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet service. Current Mississippi law prohibits rural electric cooperatives from providing internet service, although no such law exists anywhere else in America. Commissioner Brandon Presley has championed the idea as a means of solving the broadband internet crisis that has plagued rural areas of the state for years. Over the last few months, Presley has held citizen task force meetings in all 33 counties in the northern district of the state in order to make the public aware of the rural internet and cellular service crisis. In June, Presley hosted 46 members of the Mississippi Legislature for a rural internet summit in Hamilton, Alabama to showcase the progress being made by Tombigbee Electric Cooperative which has been nationally recognized as a model for rural America. Hamilton, Alabama is fourteen miles from the Mississippi state line, yet Presley says it might as well be 14,000 miles away because the Alabama efforts are so far ahead of Mississippi. Alabama law has no similar ban on their cooperatives.

“The first electric cooperatives in the nation were formed right here in Mississippi, and they weren’t formed just to sell electricity. They were formed to enhance the quality of life for rural people. While folks in the big cities had lighting and electric appliances, people who lived on farms or in rural areas were still lighting candles and cooking on wood stoves. These industrious people of Mississippi formed America’s first electric cooperatives because they wanted rural people to be able to enter the 20th century. Today, we simply ask for rural Mississippi to be allowed to enter the 21st century,” Presley said.

The PSC resolution notes that high-speed internet has become a necessity for participating in modern life, education, health care and in the economy. Because of the high cost to serve rural areas, few for-profit companies are willing to invest there. The legislation would allow rural electric cooperatives to fill that void. The concept has been demonstrated across the country.

“We cannot continue to wait on the big telecommunications giants to serve rural people. One of my constituents from rural Lee County, John Henson, was told by an AT&T representative that he would get high-speed internet service at his home in the Blair Community when the day came that he could rent a condominium on the moon. That is unacceptable. Telecom companies unwilling to serve rural areas should not prevent rural people from serving themselves through the cooperatives that they own. The members of rural electric cooperatives are simply asking for the right to do what they did a century ago and take the reins themselves and bring service to rural Mississippi. I hope this resolution makes clear that the Public Service Commission is behind them 100%,” Presley concluded.

Presley noted that the proposal does not request any money from the state, does not bar any other provider from providing service, and is not a mandate. “This is a free market bill plain and simple. We aren’t asking for any money or any monopoly. We are asking for local people to be able to decide their own future. This is one of the most common sense ideas that will ever come before the Mississippi Legislature.”

For more information on this resolution please contact Commissioner Brandon Presley’s office directly at 1-800-637-7722.

Schedule Changes in Store for Tomorrow's Music Festival

The Legion Park Music Festival just got a little cozier and comfortable!! The recent rain and the cooler weather has forced some changes to the venues and schedule for the festival but that brings some good news as well. For safety and comfort reasons, most events have been moved inside to the historic lodge inside the park. Festival goers will be greeted by a cheery fire and the full array of performers throughout the day.

There will be no parking fee and parking will be in proximity to the lodge. Handicap parking is available and limited shuttle service will be available if needed. The food vendor will be located near the lodge as well. The evening's fireworks display will take place around 5:15 pm and observation will be from the wrap around porches of the lodge.

 The children's program kicks ff at 11:00 am with Native American Storyteller Allen Winters and a bevy of others. The kids will hear some great tales, receive their own flute and instructions as they participate. The event is topped off by a magic show for all ages by Greg Winter. This event will be held behind the lodge in the pavilion near the lake.

The following is a revised schedule of events.  If possible, enjoy the Veteran's Parade in downtown Louisville at 10:00 am and then head out to the park for a day of music, fun and fellowship.