Monday, February 29, 2016

ECCC Lady Diamond Warriors Record Second Softball Sweep Over Marion Military

The No. 2 East Central Community College Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 14-1 overall with a sweep over Marion Military Institute, Thursday, Feb. 25, winning 9-1 in both games played at the Softball Park in Decatur.

Both games were called after six innings because of the run-rule. East Central also swept Marion Military on Feb. 10 in Marion, Ala.

Playing errorless softball in game one, East Central scored four runs in the third to take the early 4-0 lead. The Lady Warriors added five runs in the sixth inning to close out their scoring.


Courtney Moore out of Clinton High School and Mahalia Gibson out of Oak Grove High School had two RBI each in game one. Moore went three-for-four at the plate. Gibson hit a two-run home run in the third.

The Lady Diamond Warriors outhit Marion Military 11-2.

Lacey Hill picked up the win in the circle allowing one earned run on two hits, while striking out nine over the six innings.

ECCC scored eight runs in its first three at bats in game two for an early 8-0 lead.

The Lady Diamond Warriors first inning scoring was the result of a two-run triple by Maegan Ellis out of Oak Hill Academy in West Point, an RBI single by Andi Hannaford out of Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, and a sacrifice fly by Moore. In the third, Caitlyn Aldous out of Petal High School and Summer Lavender out of Canton Academy singled in a run each and Gibson doubled in two runs.

Freshman pitcher Brantlie Sheets out of Nanih Waiya High school got the win in game two, allowing only one run in three innings of work.

The East Central softball team travels to Jefferson Davis Community College (Ala.) Friday, Feb. 26, for a doubleheader. The games begin at 1 p.m.

The Lady Diamond Warriors return home Tuesday, March 1, to face Jones County Junior College in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m., before hitting the road again to face Coahoma Community College in doubleheader action on Friday, March 4, in Clarksdale.



Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week Feb. 29 - Mar.4

We will conduct a statewide tornado drill for Mississippi on Wednesday March 2nd at 9:15am through the routine weekly test on NOAA weather radio. If weather won't cooperate on Wednesday, we will try to do the test on Thursday.







Grenada Taxpayers to Save $8,000 Annually Through PSC/Entergy Program to Cut Electric Bills at Schools

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the Grenada Public School District will save approximately $8,000 each school year thanks to the Commission-approved “Entergy Solutions Incentive Program” administered by Entergy Mississippi, Inc.

Dr. Dick Baldwin Book Signing

The Winston County Library was honored to host a book signing on Tuesday, February 23 for Dr. Richard Baldwin and his book, "Plywood and Veneer-Based Products."  

Richard F. ("Dick") Baldwin, a native of Oregon, draws on more than five decades of executive, supervisory, and hourly experience across the forest products industry. Currently Dick is Managing Partner of Oak Creek Investments LLC, Operating Partner for the private equity investor Atlas Holdings, Board Member of New Wood Resources Inc., and President of Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC.

From 2007 to September 2013, he served as Executive Vice President / General Manager for the Southeastern U.S. division of Wood Resources LLC prior to its successful sale to Boise Cascade. Previously Dick had operating authority over wood products factories in Latin America and Southeast Asia, been Managing Partner of an operator of seven wood products manufacturing plants, and been Senior Vice President of a Fortune 100 company with profit-and-loss responsibility for fifteen wood products manufacturing plants. Dick has carried out consulting assignments in many developed and developing countries including Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Laos, New Zealand, Nicaragua, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Dr. Baldwin, seated, (l-r) Frances Ball, Mayor Will Hill, Gwenita Mays (Winston Plywood and Veneer Human Resources Associate), and David Morel (Winston Plywood and Veneer Vice President of Human Resources).Dr. Baldwin has also left 10 signed copies at the library for purchase.



Winston Plywood Update Feb 26

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on January 11, 2016


Information can also be found on the Economic Development Partnership page at: http://chamberupdates.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 25, 2016

ECCC’s Mahalia Gibson Wins MACJC Softball Player of the Week Honors

East Central Community College sophomore second baseman Mahalia Gibson is the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Player of the Week in softball for the week of February 15-21, it was announced today.The Oak Grove High School product batted .451 and hit four home run to help East Central to a 4-1 record last week. She hit two home runs in a win over Southwest Mississippi Community College in the Meridian Rush Invitational, driving in five runs. She also hit a home run in each game of a doubleheader against Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.

Nanih Waiya Girls Win District Championship

Nanih Waiya Girls District Champs after defeating West Lowndes in Championship game Friday night.
Nanih Waiya Players named All District for the season. 



Boys All District Ken McQueen & Isaiah Eiland



Girls All District for the season:
Ashlie Thames - District Most Valuable Player; Marlee Parkes – All District, Coach Jaimee Childs - Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach Warner Parkes, Mackenzie Johnson – AllDistrict & Krysten Eaves-All District


ECCC Women to Play for State Basketball Title After Knocking Off Co-Lin

The East Central Community College Lady Warrior basketball team scored the last nine points of the game to pull out a come-from-behind 65-61 win over the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Basketball Tournament Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Winston County to Provide Severe Weather Warning Notifications with CodeRED Weather Warning

Winston County – February 23, 2016 – Winston County has recently updated its account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification solution, to provide the CodeRED Weather Warning service for the community.

CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued. Calls are delivered so quickly they often arrive prior to any other public notifications, usually before television or weather radio broadcasts are aired, which will provide Winston County extra time to prepare. Based on the National Weather Service’s polygon methodology, only citizens in the path of projected weather are contacted.

Winston County Residents Should Be Weather Aware This Afternoon and Evening

A Wind Advisory will take effect for Winston County and most of south and Central Mississippi at noon today til 6:00 am on Wednesday...

* WINDS...SUSTAINED WINDS WILL BUILD TO A RANGE OF 20 TO 30 MPH BY THIS AFTERNOON WITH GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH POSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHT * IMPACTS...THESE WINDS CAN KNOCK DOWN ROTTEN TREES AND AFFECT TRAVEL IN HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN DRIVING. WIND GUSTS OF 40 MPH OCCASIONALLY BRING DOWN LARGE LIMBS AND ROTTED TREES CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY AND PROPERTY DAMAGE. EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN OUTDOORS DURING THESE CONDITIONS.

Hazardous weather is possible later today. Winston County should expect weather conditions to deteriorate by late afternoon:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST
LOUISIANA...CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...NORTH CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...AND
NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI. INCLUDING:
EAST CARROLL-RICHLAND-GRENADA-CARROLL-MONTGOMERY-WEBSTER-CLAY-
LOWNDES-CHOCTAW-OKTIBBEHA-HUMPHREYS-HOLMES-ATTALA-WINSTON-NOXUBEE-
ISSAQUENA-SHARKEY-YAZOO-
TORNADOES THREAT...ELEVATED TIMING...TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THREAT...ELEVATED TIMING...TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT FLOODING THREAT...LIMITED TIMING...TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT NON-THUNDERSTORM WINDS THREAT...LIMITED TIMING...TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING. TORNADOES... DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL ARE EXPECTED. GIVEN SOME SATURATION OF SOILS FROM CURRENT RAINFALL THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR LOCALIZED FLOODING WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN POSSIBLE TODAY INTO TONIGHT.

We Care Thanks Community for Donations to Flint, Michigan

WE CARE Inc. of Louisville, MS says Thank You! Disaster can strike anywhere at any time. No one knows that better than Louisville, MS. In 2014, we made the headlines all over America after a devastating tornado shattered the lives of so many people in such a small town. Even today there is still evidence of the destruction it left behind. Our lives changed forever. Well, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan gained national attention considering all the people that have been affected. It certainly gained my attention because I have family there.

On January 24, 2016 at 6:43 am I received a message from a relative from Detroit requesting assistance from our family. In response I told her to tell me what we needed to do and that I would ask my church family to donate. We began to try to figure ways to get them water but everything seemed so expensive. How could I make this happen? How would we be able to afford a truck to get the water from here to there?

I knew alone there was not much I could do that would really make a difference, yet I knew something was better than nothing. All day long I just kept trying to figure out what I was going to do. How much water could I afford to send and would it even be enough to matter. Then, this voice in my head said “Take it to Facebook”. I have never liked asking anyone for anything, but this time it seemed too important not to.

At 9:47pm I posted a message asking if any local churches or organizations were working to get water to the people in Flint, Michigan. I went on to tell them about my family there and decided to tag Carnette Lampley Hudson. (Mind you, in December she had asked if I were willing to be a board member of her new founded ministry called WE CARE, to which I said yes.)

Well, that seemed to get the ball rolling. Before I knew anything, Carnette had started making calls and we had our first meeting as We CARE, with Flint, Michigan as our first goal. Flyers were sent to each board member and we announced on February 8, our desire to collect water for those needy families. We posted our announcement on Facebook and at our local churches. Carnette contacted Scott Gregory, who is also a board member, and asked him to announce it on WLSM to get the information to a broader area. With the help of the Louisville Fire Department and Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Noxapater we established two drop off points. In conjunction with the board of WE CARE of Louisville, MS, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Mt. Bell Baptist Church, Beth-Eden Lutheran Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, World Outreach Church & Bible Training Center, Mt. Pleasant #2 Baptist Church (Noxapater) and Harmony Baptist Church, the wheels began to turn.

It didn’t seem like anyone was responding at first and I had begun to feel a little down. I wondered if anyone really cared. I sent out another plea on Facebook and I even added my porch as a drop off point, if I was away when the water began to arrive.

Like a wildfire things seemed to start blazing up. I received a message that 4 cases of water had been left on my porch. My heart skipped a beat. I received more messages of people wanting to drop off water and asking where they needed to go. Tears of joy began to fill my eyes when Carnette began calling and telling of all the donations headed to and already in the fire department. On my way to prayer meeting a young man from Noxapater told me he would be dropping water off on my porch. My heart was overjoyed. Reverend Anthony McIntosh was a great driving force behind this ministry. He was making announcements and getting young men involved. The Laymen of Mt. Olive/Bethel Harmony District made the announcement at every church they attended that week. Pictures began to be shared all over Facebook and families from Michigan were thanking Mississippi for reaching out.

Now that we had all this water coming in we needed someone to deliver it. Carnette had connected somehow with Cheif Frank Nichols and the Starkville Police Department to have our donations delivered there. The Department there had partnered with a company that would be delivering the water to Flint. All we needed was to get the water from the Louisville Fire Department to the Starkville Police Department. We had volunteers in Louisville, Noxapater, Kemper and other counties ready to load up.

Well, as faith would have it, Reverend McIntosh thought that having all those vehicles delivering water was a bit much. He decided to delegate their church bus as a means of transporting the water to the Starkville Police Department. So he got his crew together and off they went. The second load was carried by Thadeus Thomas, Carl Eichelberger, Annie Thomas, Anthony McIntosh, Cruz Hudson, Billy Metts, Walter Smith and W. L. Hightower and other volunteers.
A special thanks goes out to Minister Annie Thomas, Reverend Anthony McIntosh, Pastor Joe Glass, Evangelist Marquita Rogers, Scott Gregory, Adrine Reed, Wesley United Methodist Church, Mount Olive Bethel Harmony, Chief Frank Nichols and the Starkville Police Department, Louisville Fire Department, the board members of the churches and each and every one who volunteered or donated; especially the young men. None of this would have been possible without you.

Although we are just getting started, with the help of God we will continue to move forward.

I would also like to thank this ministry for truly showing the world that WE CARE…..


Saturday, February 20, 2016

ECCC’s Summer Lavender Wins National Softball Player of Week Honor

East Central Community College left fielder Summer Lavender is the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Softball Player of the Week for the week of February 8-14, it was announced today.Earlier this week, the sophomore from Canton Academy also received the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Softball Player of the Week award.

Lavender hit .611 for the week. She went 11 for 18 at the plate with a home run, two triples, four doubles, four singles, and four walks. She also drove in 10 runs, scored 11 runs, and had one stolen base in the six games.The No. 2 ranked Lady Diamond Warriors went 6-0 during the time period against Baton Rouge Community College, Marion Military Institute and East Mississippi Community College.ECCC is now 10-0 on the season, and Lavender is batting .600 through those 10 games. The ECCC softball team competes in the Rush Invitational Feb. 19 hosted by Meridian Community College.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Three Suspects Arrested in Wednesday Morning Theft

Winston County Sheriff Deputies were called to a residence on Yarbrough -Carter Rd around 1:45 am on Wednesday. Upon arrival, the occupant stated that he had been awakened by a loud noise around his property. A search yielded a AirVac Vacuum with a chain wrapped around it and covered with a blue tarp.

Further investigation indicated that the vacuum had been taken from Mali's Grocery on Hwy 25s and dragged behind a vehicle from the site. Video evidence and further investigation led investigators to three suspects who were taken into custody and charged with grand larceny.  Held on $5000 bond each are: Johnathan Bradley Rogers - white male - age 29, Tyler Lamar White - white male- age 22 and Lorynn Wooley- white female- age 29.






State Aid Road Funding Shortfall Means Hard Choices for Winston Co. Supervisors

Winston County Supervisors have some hard decisions to make
concerning the use of state aid funds for county road repair. In Tuesday’s board meeting (February 16), County Engineer Jimmy Kemp informed the supervisors that the County had been approved for $1.6 million in funds for repair of state aid roads.

Mississippi's State Aid Road Program is in place to assist Mississippi counties in the construction and maintenance of secondary, non-state owned roads and bridges. Not all county roads qualify for this assistance. Kemp noted that this funding would be sufficient for the repair and striping of approximately 30 miles of road but that a December 2015 report from the Mississippi Department of Transportation indicated that there are more than 62 miles of state aid roads in the county that are in need of surface repair. Kemp said, “We need to try to come up with a solution where each district gets a fair share of the funds. We need to repair 62.8 miles of road as identified but this would cost about $3.1 million.”

Winston Plywood Update Feb 19

The City of Louisville is posting progress reports on the construction of the Winston Plywood facility on a weekly basis. Click here to view the report submitted on January 11, 2016


Information can also be found on the Economic Development Partnership page at: http://chamberupdates.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 18, 2016

East Central’s Lady Diamond Warriors Remain Undefeated with Victories Over Shelton State

The No. 2 ranked East Central Community College softball team improved their overall record to 10-0 after sweeping National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Shelton State Community College in a doubleheader on the road Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Lady Diamond Warriors won game one 3-2 and game two 13-6.The Shelton State Lady Bucs, undefeated entering the doubleheader, fell to 5-2.In game one, the Lady Diamond Warriors scored all three of their runs in the top of the third on a two-run home run by Mahalia Gibson out of Oak Grove High School and an RBI single by Summer Lavender out of Canton Academy.



The United Daughters of the Confederacy Donate Book


Mrs. Frances Woodruff, President of The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Winston Guards 2643 Louisville Chapter, recently presented a copy of the book, My Dear Wife, Letters To Matilda: The Civil War Letters of Sid and Matilda Champion of Champion Hill, to the Winston County Library. Mrs. Woodruff (left) is seen here presenting the book to Winston County Librarian, Beth Edwards (right). The book is composed of over 100 letters written by Sid and Matilda Champion, of Champion Hill, MS (between Vicksburg and Jackson, MS) during the Civil War. “The story of how Matilda, the woman who had been reared to the Grand Dame, lived through Reconstruction, reared her family and saved her land is one of fortitude and courage that surpassed anything that Sid had done in Vicksburg or in Georgia.” – Sid S. Champion III. Sid and Matilda’s great-great grandson, Sid Johnson Champion V is the keeper of all the original letters.


February Winston Garden Club News

Johnna Williamson, Winston Garden Club President, presented a program about native plants to the February meeting. She is seen here with her horticulture specimen of a pink Flowering Quince.













Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LPD Issues BOLO On Stolen Vehicle

The Louisville Police Department has issued a BOLO for a 2013 Black Land Range Rover. It was stolen from Crowson Auto World in Louisville. If you have information, please contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511

ECCC’s Lady Warriors Clinch MACJC South Division Title at Pearl River

The No. 24 nationally ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors took the MACJC South Division title with a 90-84 overtime basketball win over the Pearl River Lady Wildcats Monday, Feb. 15, in Poplarville.

The victory over Pearl River was the 15th straight win for the Lady Warriors. The Lady Warriors improved their overall record to 20-2 and 12-1 in the MACJC South Division.

Three Lady Warriors put up double figure performances. Sophomore guard Kalybriah Haskin out of Olympian High School, Chula Vista, Calif., led all scorers with 33 points. Haskin also had three rebounds, four assists and two steals. Also in double-digits were Lady Warriors sophomore Samantha Duncan from Oak Grove High School with 17 points and sophomore Johnta’ Hughes out of Hattiesburg High School with 14 points.

Coach Crandal Porter’s team held a 25-18 lead over the Lady Wildcats at the end of the first quarter, but going into overtime the score was tied at 81. The game was tied six times.

The East Central men fell to 13-9 after losing to Pearl Rivers’ Wildcats 68-58 in the second game. The Warriors still have a chance to compete in the MACJC State Tournament with a win over Southwest Mississippi Community College on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. The women’s action begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men will play at 7:30 p.m.

Sophomore center Randy Phillips out of Lanier High School led the Warriors in scoring with 17 points, three blocks and a steal. Also in the double-digits was sophomore Derrick Dandridge out of White Station High School, Memphis, Tenn., with 10 points.

Thursday night’s games against Southwest will be sophomore night and honor the graduating players from both women’s and men’s teams.

The MACJC State Tournament will be held at Itawamba Community College, Feb. 22-25.

Listen to all East Central Community College basketball games at: http://850amwqst.com.





Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bipartisan Delegation Introduces Legislation to Provide Financial Certainty for Rural Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), David Loebsack (D-Iowa), Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), and Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) introduced H.R. 4553 – the Critical Access and Rural Equity (CARE) Act of 2016. The bill establishes a baseline
of what is considered an allowable cost under Medicare – ensuring coverage of the most common diagnostic tests and services and removing barriers to care so that Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) can continue providing high quality healthcare in rural communities.

Critical Access Hospitals are paid based on each hospital’s reported costs for outpatient, inpatient, laboratory, and therapy services. As CAHs operate in communities with low patient volumes, they are reimbursed at 101% of allowable costs. However, there is variation between regions and auditors regarding what is considered a “reasonable” or “allowable” cost. This often results in an immense administrative, legal, and financial burden for these small providers.

Partnership with MSU and LMSD - Perfect Match

Now in its third year, an after-school and summer program named for a late Mississippi State alumna is continuing to benefit students in the Louisville Municipal School District, as well as MSU College of Education students.

Cavayon Crosby, Louisville Municipal 
School District student,
and MSU elementary education major 

Addie Clark work
on after-school assignments as part of the
DREAMS program. (Photo by Paige Watson)
In 2013, the Mississippi Department of Education awarded a nearly $2 million grant to the university’s College of Education and LMSD to help boost student achievement through academic tutoring, interventions, and literacy and mathematics enrichment.

Part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, Dillard’s Reading, Enrichment, Arts, Mathematics and Science (DREAMS) program focuses on assisting students in the district’s kindergarten-fourth grades.

The state-of-the-art educational approach is named for the late Susan Gregory Dillard, an MSU alumna and longtime LMSD teacher who assisted with the initial grant proposal.

The program provides extra attention needed to improve reading and mathematics skills at Fair and Louisville elementary schools, along with Nanih Waiya and Noxapater attendance centers.

Monday, February 15, 2016

STORM DAMAGE REPORTED TO MEMA

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of storm damage from 20 counties from severe weather that moved through the stateMonday. Minor injuries have been reported in Lincoln County. National Weather Service Survey Teams will determine the number and strength of tornadoes.

Nanih Waiya Boys and Girls Host District Tournament This Week.

Lady Warriors finish ranked #1 in the District Play and a 20-4 regular season record! They are also ranked #2 in Division 1A in the Clarion Ledger poll as of today Feb. 15th.

Pictures of boys Thursday game against West Lowndes on Senior night.









Tornado Watch

From the National Weather Service:

TORNADO WATCH # 14 IN EFFECT TIL 6:00 PM - FEB. 15, 2016
TORNADO WATCH 14 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CST FOR THE
 FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
  MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ADAMS                AMITE               ATTALA
CHOCTAW              CLAIBORNE           CLARKE
COPIAH               COVINGTON           FORREST
FRANKLIN             GEORGE              GREENE
HANCOCK              HARRISON            HINDS
JACKSON              JASPER              JEFFERSON
JEFFERSON DAVIS      JONES               KEMPER
LAMAR                LAUDERDALE          LAWRENCE
LEAKE                LINCOLN             LOWNDES
MADISON              MARION              NESHOBA
NEWTON               NOXUBEE             OKTIBBEHA
PEARL RIVER          PERRY               PIKE
RANKIN               SCOTT               SIMPSON
SMITH                STONE               WALTHALL
WAYNE                WILKINSON           WINSTON
$$

Friday, February 12, 2016

ECCC Women Win 14th Straight; Basketball Teams Complete Season Sweep of Hinds

The East Central Community College Lady Warrior basketball team moved into the national rankings on Wednesday and then went out the next night and won their 14th straight game to move one step closer to the MACJC South Division title. Coach Crandal Porter’s squad picked up a 67-59 road win over the Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs in Utica on Thursday, Feb. 11, to complete the season sweep. East Central won the first meeting back in January 76-69 in Decatur.

ECCC Softball Gets Road Sweep Over Marion Military To Remain Undefeated

Behind a 13-run first inning, the No. 2 East Central Community College softball team rolled to a 19-2 victory over the Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers in the first game of a softball doubleheader Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Marion, Ala. The Lady Diamond Warriors completed the doubleheader sweep with a 10-0 win in game two to move to 6-0 on the season. Marion Military fell to 0-4.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gerald Mills is Awarded as the 2016 MEDC Honorary Life Member


The Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) announced that Gerald Mills was awarded as the 2016 MEDC Honorary Life Member on February 4th, 2016. Honorary Life Membership may be granted to individuals upon retirement to recognize their long and distinguished service in furthering economic development and community development in the State of Mississippi and the aims of the council. Nominations and qualifications are presented to the MEDC Board of Directors. 

Gerald Mills has always been a great supporter of MEDC and has been a member since 1987. He continues to work in any way that he can to help promote MEDC and the State of Mississippi.

Gerald Mills is currently the Executive Director of the Winston County Economic Development District Partnership. He began work for the Partnership after 20 years of service to the Mississippi Development Authority where he worked with all of his districts Economic Developers to bring industry to their community and help make each community stronger.

Gerald is responsible for the economic development efforts for Winston County which includes recruitment of new business, promoting the health of existing businesses and assisting with the creation of startup businesses. He is responsible for the small business incubator, a 501c-3 revolving loan fund, manages three industrial parks and four industrial buildings. Gerald has recruited business to Winston County, the latest being Winston Plywood and Veneer, a plywood mill that will employ 250 - 350 direct jobs with well over a 1000 indirect jobs. Gerald has worked to secure over 10 million dollars of grant funds to Winston County. His main focus is developing the assets of Winston County to be a better place to live and do business. 

He serves on the Three Rivers Planning and Development Board of Directors, Sustainable Bio-Products Advisory Committee and various other boards that promote the wellbeing of the Great State of Mississippi.

Gerald is married to Janice England Mills; they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Wilson Webb, General Manager of Louisville Utilities, said in his nomination letter “Gerald has been a tremendous asset to Winston county, not only as a Council Director, but a Community Developer as well. Gerald has brought jobs to Winston County as well as many grant awards to better our community.”

Sonny Simmons, CEO of Panola Partnership, stated that “Gerald has worked tirelessly for almost 30 years in Economic Development in MS and has been responsible for the creation of numerous new jobs and new investment within our state and within the communities he has served.” 

Gerald Mills WTVA interview
http://www.wtva.com/Gerald_Mills_honored.html

Contact
To learn more about Gerald Mills, please contact:

Gerald Mills
PO Box 551, Louisville, MS 39339
662.773.8719



Valentine's Day Library Program


Winston County Library’s Children’s Librarian, Andrea McHenry, recently led a Valentine’s Day program at Grace Christian School. These K-4 and K-5 children had a great time when Ms. McHenry read stories, an activity poem and a craft where each child made a valentine. Ms. McHenry is in the back (right) along with GCS kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Beth Crawford.




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tree Giveaway to be Held in Louisville- February 26th


The City of Louisville has partnered with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the National Arbor Day Foundation to offer the Mississippi Tree Recovery Campaign, in response to the tornado that hit the city on April 28, 2014. The tree giveaway is scheduled to take place on Friday, February 26, 2016, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Louisville Coliseum. The event will be hosted by the City of Louisville Parks and Recreation Department and the Winston County Master Gardeners. This (2016) will mark the second year that these organizations worked together to provide a diverse mix of native tree species to homeowners in Tupelo and Louisville.

LMSD Teachers of the Year


Pictured (l to r) Scott Heard, Chawan Jernigan, Cynthia Hemphill, Brandi Garrard, Jodie Duran and Annalisa Rankin. Scott Heard also awarded District Teacher of the Year.

ECCC Diamond Warriors Open 2016 Season With Sweep of Bishop State


The conditions weren’t exactly ideal for baseball, but the East Central Community College Diamond Warriors were able to put together a big inning at the plate in each game in a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Bishop State Community College Wildcats Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. The Warriors won the opener 8-6 and the nightcap 6-5. East Central opens the season with a 2-0 record. The visitors from Mobile fell to 0-4 on the season.With temperatures in the 40s and 20 mph north winds, the two teams played a pair of seven inning contests.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Experience Works at Dean Park

L to R: Jerome Moncrief and Florence Thompson after transplanting pansies

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) announces that it recently signed a new contract with Experience Works to continue to be a host agency for two senior citizen trainees – Jerome Moncrief and Florence Thompson. Experience Works is a national, charitable; community based nonprofit organization that helps seniors get the training, support services, and job development assistance they need to find good jobs in their local communities. Experience Works began in 1965 as Green Thumb, a rural demonstration project that provided work for struggling farmers. Florence Thompson and Jerome work in harmony together with the FODP members. They recently completed a class on building a greenhouse with Dr. Jeff Wilson of MSU at the county extension office.

East Central Basketball Teams Complete Season Sweep of Copiah-Lincoln

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors used a 15-2 
run to open the third quarter and break open a close contest en route to a 72-53 home win over the Copiah-Lincoln Lady Wolves Monday, Feb. 8, in a battle for first place in the MACJC South Division.It was the Lady Warriors 13th straight win.

Water For Flint

As you may have heard or read about the contamination in the water in Flint Michigan. Many families are in need of good water until this crisis is resolved. Therefore, newly formed WE CARE is partnering with several local churches to send water to Flint. If you would like to partner and help send water please take water to fire department in Louisville or call 662-779-7031 to drop in Noxapater.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Brody Burchfield--MCEF Student of the Month

Brody Burchfield is a 2nd year student in Welding. He is a two-year member of SkillsUSA and will be competing in the Individual Welding competition for SkillsUSA this year. He has a 3.93 GPA and made a 27 on the ACT. Brody is a very active student at Louisville High School. He is the quarterback for the football team where he has served as Team Captain for three years. He has received AllConference honors for three years in football. Brody has also played baseball during his high school career and has served as Team Captain for two years. He received All Conference honors in Baseball for four years and was District MVP for 2012 & 2014. Brody has been a member of the BETA club for two years and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta. He serves on the LHS Student Advisory Board for 2015. He will graduate high school with 18 college credits by participating in the Dual Credit program. After the 2014 tornado in Winston county, Brody found time in his busy schedule to perform 40 hours of community service helping the tornado victims. Brody is a great student and is a leader in the classroom and shop. He never misses school. Not only is he the top student in the Welding Program, he is one of the top students in the Senior class at LHS. Brody plans to attend MS State University and pursue a career in Industrial Engineering. Brody’s picture and article may be viewed at the MCEF website:
http://mcef.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Student-of-the-Month-Jan-2016-Central.pdf

Submitted by: Tammy Parkes