Monday, February 27, 2017

Library Hosts Black History Month Reception

The Winston County Library hosted a Black History Month Reception on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 12:30-2:00 pm.
The public was invited to view a number of Black History Month displays which included a number of class portraits from the Camille Street High School. 

The speakers for the reception were Mr. Clifton R. Baker, curator of the George Washington Carver Museum in Picayune, MS. and Mr. Bernis "Peaches" Hoskin, former MBA (Masters Basketball Association) basketball player and Louisville native.

Pictured l to r: Helen (Estes) Williams, Connie (Eiland)Speight, Roy R. Eichelburger, Shirley Eichelburger, Janice Edwards, Bernis "Peaches" Hoskin, Elmetra Patterson, Clinton R. Baker, Audrey Summerour, M.C. Miller, Florence S. Young and Lemoyne Young.

ECCC Softball Sweeps Shelton in Battle of Nationally Ranked Teams

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors came from behind in both games of a doubleheader to sweep the Shelton State Community College Lady Buccaneers out of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in a battle of nationally ranked softball teams Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Softball Park in Decatur. East Central won the opener 5-2 and then won game two 3-2.The Lady Warriors improved to a perfect 8-0 on the season. Shelton State dropped to 6-3.

It was the fourth annual Cancer Awareness Game at East Central, with the Lady Warriors wearing pink jerseys in honor and memory of loved ones who are currently battling cancer or have lost their life to cancer.It was also a battle of top 20 teams. ECCC is ranked No. 12 in National Junior College Athletic Association Division II. Shelton State entered the game as the No. 10 ranked team in NJCAA Division I.

Shelton State took an early lead in game one with a single run in the top of the first inning. The game remained scoreless until the Lady Warriors struck for two runs in the bottom of the third. A walk and fielder’s choice gave East Central a pair of base runners, before freshman shortstop Kayla Beckham out of Neshoba Central singled in one run and another Lady Warrior crossed the plate on the throw back to the infield.

The Lady Buccaneers would tie the game in their half of the fifth with a long home run to left field by Madison Chambers. But the Lady Warriors would put the game away in bottom of the inning. Kenyatta Moore, a product of Philadelphia High School, singled with one out and then stole second. An out and a walk later, Shelton State booted Beckham’s infield grounder and two runs scored. Freshman catcher Cassie Obman, a product of Caledonia High School, doubled in another Lady Warrior run to put East Central up by the final 5-2.

Beckham had two RBI in the win. Abby Winstead, a sophomore outfielder out of Sebastopol, was the lone Lady Warrior with more than one hit. She had a triple and a single.

Kaitlyn Oswalt, who was named both the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges and NJCAA Division II Softball Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 6-12, took the win for East Central. The Heritage Academy (Columbus) product threw seven innings and surrendered nine hits and struck out five batters.East Central struck first in game two with a run in the second inning off a single by Marlee Parkes out of Nanih Waiya. Shelton State would quickly regain the lead in the top of the third off another Chambers home run, this time with a runner on base.

East Central tied it at 2-2 in the fourth with a home run of its own, a solo shot by first baseman Brittney McCray out of Sumrall High School that just crawled over the left field fence, and then took the lead for good, 3-2, on another Parkes single.Each team managed just five hits in the nightcap.

Freshman pitcher Mackenzie Rousseau, a product of Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La., picked up the win in game two, getting the final batter on a strike out with a Shelton State runner on second.

East Central will face three Division I opponents in its next three outings, two on the road. The Lady Warriors travel to Monroeville, Ala., Tuesday, Feb. 21, for games with Alabama Southern Community College at 1 and 3 p.m., and then to Marion, Ala., on Thursday, Feb. 23, for two games with Marion Military Institute, also at 1 and 3 p.m. East Central returns home Sunday, Feb. 26, to face Jefferson Davis Community College from Brewton, Ala., at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Softball Park in Decatur.

Most East Central home softball games game can be heard on the radio at WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3. The radio broadcasts are also streamed online on the ECCC website at and at

Live video streaming is available via high-definition video and streaming audio found at or

Winston Sheriff Searching for Suspect in Connection of Burglaries Within the County.

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in locating Johnathan Keith Stafford wanted for questioning in connection with a number of burglaries in the county, including several in the Nanih Waiya area. Stafford from the Preston area is a white male, 32 years old, 180 lbs and 5' 10" tall. He is known to drive a black Dodge Journey. If you have information as to his location please contact the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662-773-5881 or Winston Co. Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999.

Manzana Products Co., Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Apple Sauces Due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material

Manzana Products Co., Inc. is voluntarily recalling three different types of Trader Joe's Unsweetened Apple Sauces due to the potential presence of glass pieces. Details are as follows:
States AffectedName of ProductUPC"Best Before" Date Codes
AZ, AL, CA, CO, ID, LA, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WATrader Joe's All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce00014359ALL CODESThrough DEC 16, 2018
NationalTrader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce00194877ALL CODESThrough OCT 06, 2018
NationalTrader Joe's First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce00015905ALL CODESThrough AUG 08, 2018

Each apple sauce is packaged in a 24 oz. glass jar and customers can find the "Best Before" date stamped on top of the lid. The recall was initiated after the company received customer reports of glass found in some of these products. All products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed.

Customers who have purchased the products listed above should not consume them, but may return it to Trader Joe's for a full refund or dispose of them. Customers with questions may contact Manzana Products Co., Inc. at (707) 823- 5313, 8AM-5PM PST, Monday-Friday.

Ida B. Well "A Black History Story"

Ida B. Wells, an educator, is chosen for this article because of the 2017 Black History Theme: The Crisis in Black Education. Since the beginning of slavery, educating slaves was adamantly opposed to by most White Southern slaveholders. It was believed that an educated slave would rebel and threaten the slaveholder’s authority. Slaves who were bred by the slaveholder were oftentimes taught in his home by his wife or siblings. Overall, slaves were uneducated but ‘burned to learn’. Some slaves were self-taught but if caught were oftentimes severely punished physically or psychologically. According to Heather Andrea Williams, author of Self-Taught, African American Education in Slavery and Freedom, a series of statues were passed to criminalize any person who taught slaves or supported their efforts to teach themselves. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Animals Available at The Louisville Animal Shelter

The two lovable girls pictured above are just some of many animals up for adoption at the Louisville Animal Shelter located on 110 Thompson Street. For more information on them or any others at the shelter, please call 662-773-3420.

: Is a female, has been spayed , very loving and needs a good home. She is around 6 months old.

Snow White: Is a female, she has been spayed and is a very sweet baby. She is a 1 or 2 yr old bulldog mix.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

City Takes Next Step in Purchase of Strand Theater

In a short agenda last night (Tuesday 2-21-17) the Louisville Board of Aldermen authorized the Mayor to proceed with necessary action for the city to purchase the Strand Theater property. The purchase and renovation of the building located  in the 100 block of S. Church is one of several public works projects undertaken in the aftermath of the April 2014 tornado with the majority of the funding coming from monies earmarked from FEMA and MEMA.

Pending appraisal, the city seeks to purchase the property for an amount of $75,000. This would be the last property acquisition associated with these work projects that includes property adjoining Ivy Park and the Winston Plywood facility. Once the theater purchase is completed, the City can begin to seek reimbursement of these acquisition funds from FEMA/MEMA totaling approximately $1,158,000. The renovation of the Strand is a long term project and work is not expected to begin in the near future.

Charges and Bond Set for Winston County Murder Suspect

Kevin Ladexter Carter was brought from the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility (WCCRCF) this morning (Wednesday 2-22-17) to the Winston County Courthouse.  Carter appeared before Justice Court Judge Mike Fuller in an initial hearing in the murder of Angela Collier on February 12 at her home on Roy Bates Road near Noxapater. Collier turned himself in on Sunday after a week long manhunt across the county.

Carter was charged with murder w/o pre-meditation and his bond was set at $300,000. Carter also faces older charges of kidnapping and harassment and non-payment of old fines. A preliminary hearing is set for March 22.

Bee International issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in “Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils”

Bee International, Inc. of Chula Vista, CA is recalling its 1.7oz. Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils because they may contain undeclared milk protein. People who have allergies to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled “Chocolate Lentils” were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through food distributors.

The product comes in a 1.7oz clear plastic tube marked with Best Before April 2019 on the label and bearing the UPC 0-73563-00805-9. It is a Valentine item consisting of chocolate lentils packed inside the clear plastic tube, with a heart shaped topper as a lid.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was used during the packaging of the product. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased 1.7oz. Plastic Heart Tubes with Chocolate Lentils with Best Before April 2019 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-421-6465, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm, PST.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dowd Announces Candidacy for Alderman-at-Large

Mike Dowd recently announced his candidacy for Alderman-at-Large of the City of Louisville. Mike and his wife, Charlotte have called Winston County their home since they were called to serve the West Louisville Charge 12 years ago.  He served previously as a plant manager in a brick manufacturing plant in Columbus, Mississippi. While serving as Executive Director of the Winston Strong Community Recovery Committee, Dowd witnessed firsthand the devastation in Winston County from the 2014 tornado. He made the decision to retire from the ministry beginning in June of 2017.

"I  want an opportunity to continue  the rebuilding of our community and I feel that the position of Alderman-at-Large will give me this opportunity. There is still a great deal of work to be done and exciting times are ahead of us." stated Dowd.

During the past 12 years, Dowd not only served as the Executive Director of  Winston Strong but also as Chairman of the Disaster Relief Fund Disbursement Committee, Chairman of the Red Hills Festival Committee, former Chamber of Commerce Board President, and member of the Economic Development Committee.

He is currently serving as a local licensed Methodist pastor of  the West Louisville Charge, UMCOR Disaster Relief Coordinator for Starkville District, President of the Louisville Lions Club, President of the Friends of Legion Park, and an Excel by 5 Committee Member. Dowd is a Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

He also has 30 plus years of industrial manufacturing management experience. He understands the position of Alderman-at-Large means he represents the entire City of Louisville.

"Having served in a myriad of city and county positions, I have insight into the differences that make us a community. It is my desire to serve everyone with honesty, fairness, and consistency." Dowd stated.  "Thank you for considering me for the position of Alderman-at-Large in the May 2nd election."

80 Year Old Coach Baker Caregiver for 103 Year Old Father "A Black History Story"

African American Coach Walter Dale Baker is a hero to many athletes who attended the Louisville Public School System – especially those that attended Louisville Colored High School and/or Louisville Negro High School. Today, Coach Baker and his wife Delores are heroes to his father, Ezra Baker, who turned 103 years old November 14, 2016. They have been his caregivers for over 10 years. Coach Baker and his father are great role models for other African American boys and men. Coach Baker talks admirably about his father always being there for him throughout his life as a student, an athlete, coach and teacher. He stated, “Daddy was at the games on the sideline cheering for me or the teams I coached. I will not leave him alone. When he asked for someone to live with him after my mother Virgie Lee Baker passed, my wife Delores and I did not hesitate to move from our house across the street from him into his home as his caregivers.”

Louisville PD Investigating Monday Morning Burglaries

Louisville Police and ATF officials are investigating a burglary of a number of guns from a Louisville business. The burglary occurred at 4:13 am on Monday (2-20-17) at the Western Auto on West Main. Reports indicate that more than 10 handguns were taken. This is the second time this property has been burglarized since May of 2016.

Assistant Chief Andy Taylor indicated that there was surveillance on the scene and that the department is reviewing video and following up on other leads.

Louisville Police also responded to a burglary at Hibbett Sports in the 500 block of N. Church on the same morning. Merchandise including clothes and shoes were taken. At this time, there is no evidence that the incidents are related.

If you have any information on this crime contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773- or Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999. A $1000 reward has been offered by the ATF for information that leads to the recovery of the guns and a conviction of those responsible.

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.

East Central Lady Warriors Fall 87-71 at Co-Lin

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors dropped an 87-71 basketball game to Copiah–Lincoln Community College in MACJC South Division action Monday, Feb. 13, in Wesson.The first half featured a back and forth battle with the lead changing several times. ECCC was able to pull ahead 19-18 after one quarter, but Coach Crandal Porter’s squad trailed Co-Lin 41-34 at the half. After the intermission the game was all Co-Lin.

The loss dropped the Lady Warriors to 5-6 in the South Division and 11-9 on the season. The Lady Wolves improved to 16-3 overall and 9-2 in the division.Leading all-scorers was East Central’s freshman center Curtisha Coleman of Wayne County High School with 19 points and seven rebounds. Three other Lady Warriors also posted a double figure performance. Freshman Autumn Taylor of Newton High School put up 18 points, sophomore Shantavis Hughes of Hattiesburg High School had 12 points, and sophomore Laneisha Jeans of Pine Forest (Fla.) High School added 11 points.The East Central Lady Warriors will return back to Decatur to host Pearl River Community College in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Louisville CARite Awarded Outstanding Dealership for 2016

Casey Skelton (left) and Tyler Hill (right) pose with their CARite 2016 Outstanding Dealership Award
 at their dealership in Louisville, MS.
To find out more about Louisville's CARite Dealership and this award - click here

Sargento Recalls Select Products

Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC of Middlebury, Ind. has notified Sargento Foods Inc. that a specialty Longhorn Colby cheese they supplied to Sargento must be recalled due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported.

For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message, please click the link here

Winston County Woman Dies in One Car Accident

Winston County Sheriff's Department responded to a one car accident at 8:35 pm on Monday evening. A Dodge Ram truck left the highway at the intersection of Van Williamson Road and Hwy 397 and crashed into trees along the roadway. The single occupant, Gurthie Easley, 68 was airlifted to University Hospital in Jackson but passed away from her injuries.

Manhunt Continues - Reward Offered

Winston County authorities are still searching for Kevin Ladexter Carter, a 43 year old black male. Carter should be considered armed and dangerous. Carter is wanted in connection with the shooting death of  Angela Carter at her home on Roy Bates Road near Noxapater on Sunday evening.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information in this case. Carter is known to local law enforcement and is believed to have family and contacts in southwest Winston County.  The above photo is an older picture of Carter. Anyone having information of his whereabouts please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or Winston County Crimestoppers at (662) 773-9999. Please be aware that he is considered armed and dangerous.

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Homicide of the Year Leads to Manhunt

Winston County’s first murder of 2017 results in an ongoing manhunt for the suspect. At 8:16 pm on
Sunday, (2-12-17), Winston County 911 received a call about a shooting on Roy Bates Road in the Noxapater area. Upon arriving at the scene, law enforcement found the body of a 39 year old black female. The victim was transported to Winston Medical Center and pronounced dead at around 9:25 pm. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to her upper leg/thigh.

Another occupant of the mobile home witnessed the crime and identified Kevin Ladexter Carter, a 43 year old black male. Carter should be considered armed and dangerous. The suspect struck the witness in the head with the butt of a rifle, (possibly an AK47) before shooting the victim and leaving the scene. The witness was treated at Winston Medical for her injuries.

Carter is known to local law enforcement and is believed to have family and contacts in southwest Winston County. Vehicle information is not known at this time. The above photo is an older picture of Carter. Anyone having information of his whereabouts please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or Winston County Crimestoppers at (662) 773-9999. Please be aware that he is considered armed and dangerous. A reward is being offered for his capture.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dangerous Fugitive Sought by Winston Co. Sheriff

The Winston County Sheriff's Dept. is asking for help in locating Kevin Ladexter Carter.  He is a 43 year old black male wanted in connection to a homicide that happened in Winston County around 0800 hrs. on this date.  Carter should be considered armed and dangerous.  Attached is a picture of him but it is an older picture.  Sheriff's Dept. Investigators are working to get a more current picture of him.  Anyone having information of his whereabouts please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Dept. at (662) 773-5881 or Winston County Crimestoppers at (662) 773-9999.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Carter G. Woodson, Founder of Black History Month

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Carter G. Woodson
When he conceived of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, Carter G. Woodson believed that publishing scientific history about the black race would produce facts that would prove to the world that Africa and its people had played a crucial role in the development of civilization. As a Harvard-trained historian, Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that the truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. He thus established a scholarly journal, The Journal of Negro History, a year after he formed the Association. Scientific history, he believed, would counter racial falsehoods, and the community of white scholars would alter its view of the black race. Eventually the truth would trickle down to the public, and the race problem would gradually disappear.

As early as 1920, Woodson had urged black civic organizations to promote the achievements that researchers were uncovering. That year he prodded his fraternity brothers at Omega Psi Phi to take up the work.

In 1924 they responded with the creation of Negro History and Literature Week, which they renamed Negro Achievement Week. By 1925, Woodson decided that the Association had to expand its program. Henceforth it would be an organization dedicated to discovering and popularizing the truth. The Association had to reeducate blacks as well as whites, and its doors had to be opened to all interested in history, not just historians and other scholars.

The Association announced Negro History Week for 1926. Black history clubs sprang up, teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils, and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort. Woodson and the Association scrambled to meet the demands of public history. For teachers, the Association published photographs and portraits of important black people. It published plays to dramatize black history. To serve the desire of history buffs to participate in the reeducation of black folks, ASNLH formed branches to bring them into the organization.

Woodson selected the week of February that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two giants in the history of African Americans. Lincoln, of course, had issued the Emancipation Proclamation that moved the nation away from slavery, and Frederick Douglass had been the greatest leader of African Americans. Symbolically, the selection of Lincoln's and Douglass' birthdays as the week to study Black history reflected Woodson's belief that the history of African Americans was American history.

The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history. The Freedom Schools established during the civil rights era all included the study of Black history. As African Americans entered into mainstream colleges, they demanded Black Studies and Black history became a central feature. Increasingly there were cries for more than a week to study Black History

In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the Association held the first Black History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then all American presidents, Republicans and Democrats alike have issued Black History Month proclamations.

In keeping with tradition, the Association, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), believes that Black history, like American history, should be studied 365 days a year. Yet as the Founders of Black History Month, ASALH continues to view February as the critical month for carrying forth the mission.

2017 Black History Month Theme

The Crisis in Black Education Executive Summary 2017: The theme for 2017 focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. ASALH’s founder Carter G. Woodson once wrote that “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” Woodson understood well the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge and he called attention to the crisis that resulted from persistently imposed racial barriers to equal education. The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write. In pre-Civil War northern cities, free blacks were forced as children to walk long distances past white schools on their way to the one school relegated solely to them. Whether by laws, policies, or practices, racially separated schools remained the norm in America from the late nineteenth century well into our own time. Throughout the last quarter of the twentieth century and continuing today, the crisis in black education has grown significantly in urban neighborhoods where public schools lack resources, endure overcrowding, exhibit a racial achievement gap, and confront policies that fail to deliver substantive opportunities. The touted benefits of education remain elusive to many blacks of all ages. Tragically, some poorly performing schools serve as pipelines to prison for youths. Yet, African American history is rich in centuries-old efforts of resistance to this crisis: the slaves’ surreptitious endeavors to learn; the rise of black colleges and universities after the Civil War; unrelenting battles in the courts; the black history movement; the freedom schools of the 1960s; and local community-based academic and mentorship programs that inspire a love of learning and thirst for achievement. Addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present, and future.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tupelo Makes Tree Donation to City of Louisville

Sometimes difficult events bring people and communities together. This was the case on Wednesday as the Mayor of Tupelo and members of that City’s Public Works staff visited Louisville with a special delivery. Mayor Jason Shelton and David Knight, Director of Tupelo Public Works arrived with a delivery of 25 large oak trees for the City of Louisville to aid in its continued recovery efforts from the April 28, 2014 tornado.

Said Knight with Tupelo Public Works, “We recognize that other cities have been affected like we were. We wanted to do this as a gesture – we are fortunate to be able to help.”

Mayor Shelton noted that “We’ve been through this together – both of our cities - and we hope that this can help as we all work to build our cities back, not just as good as they were before the storm but even better.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill expressed his thanks and the thanks of the city, “Words are inadequate to express our gratitude for this gesture. This has been in the works for a long time between departments with input from the Mississippi Extension Service. Memorial Cemetery was the first place that came to mind as a location for these trees.  Mayor Shelton and I are members of a club that neither of us asked to belong to- as leaders of a community damaged by storms. This is a way to pay it forward and we hope that we can pay it forward as well.

According to Louisville Parks and Recreation Director, Todd McCullough, the variety of oak trees will predominantly be used around the Memorial Park Cemetery which was so heavily damaged by the 2014 storm.

Louisville PD Welcomes Three New Officers

Prior to the regular meeting of the Louisville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday, (2-7-17), three new officers were sworn into duty with the Louisville Police Department by Mayor Will Hill and Police Chief L.M. Claiborne.  The officers included:

Glenda Sherrod, a Louisville native with 14 years’ experience in the U.S. Army and two years of service with the National Guard prior to her law enforcement career. Sherrod is looking forward to her service and took the opportunity to thank the Board and the staff of LPD for the opportunity to be a part of LPD.

Steffan McCall, was born in Los Angeles and comes to the area from Philadelphia, Ms. McCall has served as a corrections officer in Meridian and at the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. He indicated that he was thankful for the opportunity to further his law enforcement career.

Dylan Alford also comes to Louisville from Philadelphia and is looking forward to advancing his career with the Louisville PD. Alford indicated that his desire to be in law enforcement is based upon his idea of being able to help people, make his community safe and raise a family.

Regional SkillsUSA Winners

SkillsUSA members competed at Regional Competition on Friday, Feb. 3rd on the campus of East Central Community College!  These winners will compete at State SkillsUSA Competition on Feb. 29-Mar. 1st.

1st Place - Individual Welding
Clark Sullivan

1st Place - Job Skills Demonstration
Haley Smith

1st Place - Welding Fabrication Team
Tripp Brown, Kyle Jones & Christian Fulcher

1st Place - Masonry
Will Huntley & Seth Cumberland

1st Place - Opening & Closing Ceremony
Joseph Berry, Charlessia Mays, Elijah Caudill, William Sullivan, Tyrique Carter, LaSamuel Taylor & Romance Perry

1st Place - Chapter Business Procedures
Tanner Luke, Jalen Triplett, Caleb Warren, Dylan Hunt, Victor Mosley & Darius Smith

1st Place - Sheet Metal
Chanley McDaniel

2nd Place - Related Technical Math
Takabe Johnson

2nd Place  - Quiz Bowl
D'Angelo Robertson, Dickey Hunt, Harley Doster & Luke Hebert