Monday, August 20, 2018

ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at 4-Year Institutions

Students who transferred from East Central Community College in Decatur to four-year institutions earned the highest cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of all community and junior college transfers in the state of Mississippi in 2017.

Students who transferred from East Central to one of the state’s eight public, four-year institutions earned a 3.34 GPA at baccalaureate graduation, according to data just released by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The 3.34 GPA was the highest cumulative grade-point average of any community or junior college in Mississippi over the past five years.

Students from the community/junior college with the second highest GPA in 2017 earned a 3.28. The average for all 15 community/junior colleges combined was a 3.18 GPA.

It was the third time in the past five years that students who transferred from East Central Community College to a public four-year college or university in Mississippi earned the highest GPA of all state community and junior colleges. ECCC transfers earned a cumulative 3.29 GPA in 2016, and 3.22 each year from 2013-2015.

The report also again showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well or better in university courses than students who began their education at the senior institutions. The “native” students earned a 3.15 GPA.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said that he was extremely proud of the former students and for the role East Central Community College faculty and staff play in preparing the students to transfer to the four-year university level. “This data, compiled and reported by the IHL, affirms that we are meeting the institutional commitments of Student Success and Teaching and Learning, two of the hallmarks of our 2020 Vision strategic plan,” said Stewart. “I’m extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of our former students and of our faculty who work so diligently to prepare them to be successful once they leave our campus. Based on the performance of our transfer students, no one does a better job of preparing students to be successful at the next level in the state of Mississippi than East Central Community College.”

East Central Community College offers the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees, with numerous areas of concentration. These academic courses are guaranteed to transfer as a result of an Articulation Agreement between Mississippi’s community colleges and the state’s public four-year colleges and universities.

The college also offers two-year terminal degrees in healthcare, career, and technical fields of study.

For more information about attending East Central Community College, contact ECCC Student Services at 877-GO-2-ECCC or e-mail go2ec@eccc.edu.




Winston Co Sheriff Investigating Boat Theft

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance concerning the theft of a
boat from the 200 block of Hull Road over the weekend. This vehicle was seen leaving the scene around the time of the theft.  The vehicle was seen entering the property on two occasions on Saturday, August 18  - the last time around 8:30 pm. Missing is a 15' aluminum War Eagle boat with a 25 hp Mercury outboard motor. Law enforcement is asking that anyone who recognizes the vehicle or knows the whereabouts of the boat to contact CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881. A reward is offered.




Local Developer Graduates from Community Development Institute

CONWAY, Ark. - Glen Haab, Executive Director of the Winston Partnership, was among the 40
(L-R, Amy Whitehead, Director for CDI, Lisa Johnson,
President/CEO, Boosier Chamber of Commerce, Glen Haab,
 Executive Director, Winston Partnership, and Kevin Sexton,
Director of Tourism, Hot Springs Village Association).
individuals who were awarded graduation certificates during the 32nd annual Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas on August 3, 2018. Haab completed all three years of the Institute’s program of study.

CDI trains community leaders and economic development professionals on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities. This is achieved by developing the ability of participants to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders, and bring communities, organizations and businesses together to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.

The complete CDI experience is a three-year program, with one week of training per year. Participants move through the program curriculum in cohorts, and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.

UCA is the birthplace for the Community Development Institute, which started in 1987 in partnership with Entergy, Southwestern Bell, and ARKLA. Since that time, CDIs have been established in California, Texas, Alabama, Idaho and Illinois, and a national governing and certification body, the Community Development Council, has been created.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Tough Schedule Faces Talented, Young 2018 ECCC Football Warriors

If the East Central Community College Warriors are to improve on last season’s record, they will have to do so against the toughest football schedule in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.The good news is that there is a lot of talent on the 2018 edition of the ECCC football Warriors, particularly at the skill positions.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Louisville Municipal School District Enrolling With STOPit To Empower And Protect Students

STOPit App empowers students to stand up against bullying

The Louisville Municipal School District has enrolled with STOPit, the leading technology platform for schools that deters and controls harmful or inappropriate conduct. STOPit empowers students with an easy app to safely and anonymously report anything of concern to school officials – from cyberbullying to threats of violence or self-harm. STOPit empowers students to stand up for themselves and others while giving our schools the insight we need to keep students safe.

With STOPit, students can submit anonymous reports containing text, photos, or video. Administrators are then able to manage incidents in a backend management system called DOCUMENTit. DOCUMENTit provides efficient and powerful investigative tools to our staff, including the ability to message with the reporter, which will allow us to address issues instantly.

STOPit does more than just help schools address incidents and mitigate risk. STOPit will also help us go beyond reacting to bullying and inappropriate behavior, and instead start deterring it. As young people continue to engage more with technology every day, we are taking a proactive step to empower our students to become Upstanders in our community in the way that they feel most comfortable. We believe our adoption of STOPit is an important step in our continued effort to provide a positive school climate and a safe learning environment for our students.

Our STOPit program launch is scheduled for August 17,2018

About STOPit:

STOPit is the leading technology company providing a comprehensive software platform that mitigates, deters and controls bullying, including cyberbullying, harassment and other harmful or inappropriate conduct. The STOPit platform is available to schools, universities, businesses and governments both in the United States and around the world. The STOPit mobile app is a simple, fast and powerful tool which empowers individuals to protect themselves and stand up for others online, on social media, in the classroom or in the office. DOCUMENTit, a robust incident management system, empowers administrators and management to get in front of issues to mitigate risk and adhere to the ever evolving compliance landscape.

To learn more about STOPit, please visit http://stopitsolutions.com/







Monday, August 13, 2018

McMillin & Related Families 68th Reunion


Celebrating the family’s Scottish heritage and over 180-year history in Winston County, about 80 McMillin kin from 7 states gathered on July 28-29, 2018 at Lake Tiak O’Khata for their 68th annual reunion.

The Pine Ridge Lodge was the venue for the traditional cook out on Saturday night. President David McMillin of Monroe, LA returned to his role of chef and grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and bratwurst. Many sides and desserts were provided, but Mrs. Shirley McMillin of Carthage, delighted all with her vanilla wafer cake and Mrs. Claire Crowell of Louisville pleased all with her mouthwatering bread pudding! MacMillan tartan flags greeted each kin at the entrance.

Continuing into Sunday, the McMillins met for a morning devotional, lunch, business meeting and program. The Colonial Room was decorated with traditional MacMillan tartans as well as American and Scottish flags. This year’s lovely centerpieces, created by Ashlie McMillin Johnson, of Athens, GA, and sister, Melissa McMillin Crew of Ringgold, GA displayed a medley of flowers that complemented the tartan colors: sunflowers, Queen Anne’s lace, Scottish Thistle, Hypericum berries, and seeded eucalyptus.

Janet Donoho, of Dallas, TX and Bonnie Broadway of Pascagoula assisted with registration and name tags.

The McMillin Grands marched in singing the “McMillan Rallying Song” written by Somerled MacMillan and the reunion began!

President David McMillin welcomed each guest and presided over the day’s event.

Larry Woodward of Louisville gave an inspiring devotional entitled, “God’s Holy Word”. He referenced a Bible that had been his grandmother’s and told how she had marked each time she had completed reading it. Larry stressed the importance of reading, knowing, and following God’s word. Following the devotional, Barbara McMillin, of Louisville, beautifully declared the gospel through song with “Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone.” Rev. Percy Mac Frazier of Franklinton, LA, offered the blessing for the meal.

In keeping with tradition, several awards were given: Youngest McMillin attending was 9 month old Grayson McMillin, son of Paul and Hannah McMillin and grandson of Jamie and Lisa McMillin of Louisville; Most senior in attendance was Sue Bennett Fulcher of Louisville, at the wise age of 93; persons traveling the greatest distance again went to sisters, Sue McMillin Faulkner and Jane McMillin of Lampasas, TX ; the person having the most immediate relatives attending this year went to John McMillin of Chattanooga, TN. Jamie and John McMillin often battle for this award! Jamie’s count for this year was 12 —John’s count was 13.

Each person or representative stood and told how he/she is related to William McMillin, the immigrant who came to America around 1799. Several kin told of eventful happenings in their lives since the last reunion: Jamie and Lisa McMillin added 3 grandchildren to their family (Grayson, son of Paul and Hannah, twins Ann Chambliss and Chandler Marie, born June 22 to Jonathan and Meredith from Madison); We were excited to learn of Barbara McMillin’s engagement to Patrick Ezell, who was a guest this year; David & Leesa McMillin’s son, Cody is stationed in Sicily with the US Marines and Brady just graduated from law school and is waiting on results from the bar exam; John & Sylvia McMillin had two grandchildren graduating from high school (Lucy Johnson of Athens, GA and Jacob Crew of Ringgold, GA; Jamie Faulkner, wife of Andrew Faulkner of Houston, TX will continue her degree at Texas A&M in the fall! We were saddened to hear of the death of Charles Curry, Betty Bennett Curry’s husband from Tupelo.

Jane McMillin, daughter of the late Dr. Rush McMillin and granddaughter of the late Virgil McMillin, of Lampasas, Texas, titled her program, “The McMillins of Winston County: A Family Album.” Jane characterized her presentation as a sampling of McMillins past, who first came to Winston County, Mississippi from South Carolina more than 180 years ago.

The McMillins refer to their American forbearer as “William, the Immigrant,” who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland about 1763, and came to America around 1799 as one of thousands of Ulster Scots or “Scots-Irish” immigrants. He was about 36 years old and married Margaret Elizabeth McInnis, who also was a Scots-Irish immigrant. They lived in South Carolina a little over 30 years before they moved to Winston County. Grandpa William was about 72 when made the trip to Mississippi.

According to one family history, the McMillin’s oldest daughter, Mary, who had married Nat Woodward settled in Winston County in 1834, a year before the rest of the McMillins made the move. Mary’s parents and eight other siblings came to Winston County around 1835.

Family tradition hold that the Woodwards wrote back to the family in South Carolina about their new home in Mississippi, describing it as what “a great, grand, glorious prosperous country it was; that you could shake the bushes and gather up the dollars.”

William and Margaret Elizabeth McInnis McMillin are buried at the Old Baptist Cemetery in Louisville, as are their oldest son David and wife Margaret Ann and several of their children who died young. In 1984, McMillin descendants dedicated a large granite marker honoring their ancestors buried there. On the reverse side of the monument are some 30 names of related families, those joined by marriages to 2nd and 3rd and 4th generation McMillins.

So at the singular spot – and at a single glance – we can see the richness and all the interesting interconnections that make the bonds of our kinship such a vibrant force in our lives.

“It is what Shakespeare described as ‘the grace of kinsmen.’ And for us, it goes back almost a thousand years to medieval Scotland,” Jane McMillin noted in her July 29 presentation.

The Scots-Irish McMillins of Winston County, Mississippi, likely were originally part of the Galloway Branch of the Clan MacMillan in southwest Scotland. The Galloway area is only about 40 miles by sea from Northern Ireland, so migration was common throughout the centuries.

Although the family name dates to the 12th century, the lineage of the Clan Chief has been traced to the early 10th century, some 200 years before the name “MacMillan” came into use.

Reports were given and the same slate of officers was voted on for the coming year: David McMillin, president; Jonathan McMillin, vice president; Claire Crowell, treasurer; Sylvia McMillin, secretary; Jamie McMillin, treasurer of the Cemetery Fund; Dr.Lamar McMillin, Jr. representative of the Clan MacMillan of North America

The 69th reunion will be held on July 27-28, 2019 at Lake Tiak O’Khata.

The meeting was adjourned with all reciting the “MacMillan Exhortation.”

Those attending the reunion from LOUISVILLE : Joe Beall, Johnny and Claire Crowell, Sue Bennett Fulcher, Charles William Haggard, Linda Hudson, Barbara McMillin, Jamie & Lisa McMillin, Jay, Megan, & Parker McMillin, Daniel, Tia & Ellis Parker, John Woodward, Johnny Woodward, Larry & Margaret Woodward;

From ALABAMA: Beth Blalock, Hallie Jean Blalock, Tuscaloosa; Marla McCully, Tom McCully, Birmingham;

From ARKANSAS: Ellen Ishee O’Lonney, Roland;

From FLORIDA: Faith Fournet, Windermere; Mel Teague, Jan Wyatt, Winterhaven;

From GEORGIA: Missy McMillin Crew & children, Jacob, Samuel, Eleanor, Eli & Issac, Ringgold; Ashley, Cole & David Haggard, Cumming; Ashlie McMillin Johnson & children, Noah, Levi & Rose, Watkinsville;

From LOUISIANA: Percy Mac & Lenora Frazier, Franklinton; Patri Gast, Folsom; Suzanne Haggard, Metarie; David & Leesa McMillin, Monroe;

From MISSISSIPPI (other than Louisville): Bonnie Broadway, Pascagoula; Lance & Reba McCullouch Greer, Oxford; Thomas Hammack, Jr, Gulfport; Mike & Mary Lynn McCully, Eupora; Lamar & Carol McMillin, Vicksburg; Paul, Hannah & Grayson McMillin, Starkville; Shirley McMillin, Carthage; Stephen, Jennifer Lynn, Lynlee & Lyla McMillin, Vicksburg; Charlie, Ashley, Grayson & Millin Moomaw, Madison; Laura Lee Mullens, Clinton;

From TENNESSEE: Danna McMillin Bennett, Mt. Juliet; Ann McMillin, Ooltewah; John & Sylvia McMillin, Ooltewah; Jimmy Moore, Collierville; Keith Moore, Memphis; From TEXAS: Janet Donoho, Dallas; Andrew, Jamie & Mac Faulkner, Houston; Sue McMillin Faulkner & Jane McMillin, Lampasas. 




Presley Kicks off Winston County Task Force Meeting on Cellular and Internet Service

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the first meeting of the Winston County Task Force on improving cellular telephone and high-speed internet service will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Winston County Courthouse, located at 115 South Court Avenue in Louisville.

“Rural Mississippi has an infrastructure crisis in the lack of cellular telephone service and high-speed internet service. Mississippians are sick and tired of paying for a service that doesn't work or being told that providers have no intention of serving their areas. That is unacceptable to me and through the help of these citizen task forces, we are going to highlight this problem and demand answers," Presley said. "The information gathered that we will use to prove that the FCC's maps for funding are wrong will be due soon, so we have a lot of work to do in a very short time. That is why citizen volunteers are so very important."

Among other projects, citizens involved with the task force will be able to use a free smartphone app, approved by the Federal Trade Commission, to document the lack of cellular telephone and data service in their area. The FCC currently shows that Mississippi has adequate service in almost every county of the state. This false information could cause Mississippi to lose millions in federal funding for cellular telephone towers in rural areas. Also, the task force will meet with leaders to look at what solutions exist to bring high-speed internet service to rural areas.

“While we have had many volunteers, we always welcome more. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend,” said Commissioner Presley.

Anyone interested in serving on the task force should contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.




Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Land Tax Redemption Date - August 29

THE LAST DAY TO REDEEM 2015 LAND TAXES IS AUGUST 29, 2018, AT 5:00 PM.
AFTER THIS DATE, THE PURCHASER MAY REQUEST A TAX DEED TO SAID PROPERTY.
PLEASE CALL THE CHANCERY CLERK'S OFFICE AT 662-773-3631 IF YOU HAVE
QUESTIONS REGARDING DELINQUENT TAXES. 

THANK YOU,

JULIE CUNNINGHAM, CHANCERY CLERK


Michael Sherrod Eichelberger Scholarship Awarded


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L to R: Katherine Eichelberger, Yasmean Carmeisha La’Jalan Hunt (winner),
Porsche, Earnest and Asia Eichelberger (winner)

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Yasmean Carmeisha La’Jalan Hunt and Asia Eichelberger were awarded the Michael Sherrod Eichelberger Scholarship. Carmeisha graduated from Louisville High School May 2018. She participated in the following clubs in school: Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, SLICE, SADD, Slow-Pitch and Fast-Pitch Softball, Soccer, Anchor Club, and Mayor’s Youth Council. She was awarded English 1 Award, First Team All-District twice in Soccer, 2nd Team All-District in Slow-Pitch Softball, Honor Graduate, MS scholar and National High School Honor Society. She plans to attend Ole Miss to major in Business Management to own an elite sports academy. She is the daughter of Carl and Barbara Hunt.

Asia Eichelberger graduated from LHS as an honor student May 2017. Asia was the 2017 Mississippi Gold Medal winner of the NAACP ACT-SO Olympics. She was awarded many honors and awards while in high school. She entered the University of Mississippi-Oxford in September 2017 to pursue a degree in Business Management and presently is a 2nd Semester Sophomore honor student. She is the daughters of Paul and Rita Jackson-Eichelberger.

Cadet Command Sergeant Major (CCSM) Michael Sherrod Eichelberger was 17 years old and was a senior at Noxubee County High School in Macon when he died in a car accident on Hwy. 45 in Macon, MS, October 31, 2005. This scholarship is awarded to students annually who meet the criteria set by Michael Sherrod’s parents drafted from his portfolio of his achievements in his brief life. It is given to keep alive the memory of a young man who was a dependable hard worker, loyal, obligation fulfiller, respected by everyone and totally dedicated to his parents, sisters, extended family members and others. He was a great winner and highly competitive role model. The scholarship is dedicated to creating opportunity for math, science and engineering students. Donations can be made to this scholarship: Michael Sherrod Eichelberger Scholarship Foundation, P. O. Box 1044, Macon, MS 39341.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson





Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Local Leaders Attend Community Leadership Training

Recently, area residents attended a community and professional development training in Greenville,
MS, on August 2 & 3 at the Greenville Higher Education Center. Small Towns, Big Impact: Community Leadership Institute was an invitation only event sponsored by Hope Enterprise Corporation & Hope Credit Union in partnership and training provided by NeighborWorks America Training Institute. This partnership with Hope has been a work in progress and ongoing project to provide training and assess needs throughout the community.

 Mayor Hill attended a week long training session in the Fall of 2017 in Philadelphia, PA. Mayor Hill was honored for the City of Louisville to be selected for this program and the opportunity to have a place-based curriculum offering in Mississippi to host a group of leaders representing a wide array of interest in Winston County. 

The training consisted of community development through involvement and putting plans into action. As a result, the group looks forward to announcing support of a community project very soon and is grateful to Hope Enterprise for the opportunities provided.

Those attending were Carnette Hudson, Ada Woodward, Carolyn Hampton, Barbra Eichelberger, Mike Dowd, Mayor Will Hill, & Lacey Vowell.


Public Service Commission Revokes 17 Telecommunication Companies’ Licenses

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the Public Service Commission has revoked the certificates of 17 telecommunications companies to do business in Mississippi due to their failure to provide the PSC with an annual report detailing their business activities in the state.

Presley said that the businesses were not only out of compliance with the PSC, but also the Secretary of State’s office. “We will not allow these companies to just flaunt the law. If you fail to respond to us, we cannot believe you are responsive to your customers,” Presley said.

Presley added that consumers who are receiving telecommunications services from any of the seventeen companies should immediately notify his office toll-free at 1-800-356-6428 or 1-800-637-7722.

The following telecommunications companies have had their certificate to sell services in Mississippi revoked by the PSC today:

  • American Phone Services Corporation
  • Association Administrators, Inc.
  • Correctional Communications, Inc.
  • Business Discount Plan, Inc.
  • C.M. Inc.
  • Davco, Inc.
  • Ernest Communications, Inc.
  • Gold Line Telemanagement, Inc.
  • IBFA Acquisition Company, LLC
  • Independent Telecommunications Systems, Inc.
  • Inmate Communications Corporation,
  • iNetworks Group, Inc.
  • NECC Telecom, Inc.
  • Primus Telecommunications, Inc.
  • Pulse Telecom, LLC
  • QX Telecom, LLC
  • STi Prepaid, LLC




Local Students Meet Stars of Hometown Series


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Pictured (L to R ) : Carly Slay (Quitman, MS), Allayna Lovorn (Louisville, MS) ,
Ben and Erin Napier (Laurel, MS), Asia Eichelberger (Louisville, MS)

University of Mississippi Chancellor’s Leadership Class meets Ben and Erin Napier from HGTV’s hit series Hometown. Two of the students are from Louisville, MS.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson





Locals Win Eight Medals at National Taekwondo Competition


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L to R: Grandmaster Robert Wheatley, 9th Degree Black Belt, Louisville Contestants Charisma Edwards, and
Master Instructor Willie D. Matthews, Grandmaster Dennis Brewer 7th Degree Black Belt

Louisville can be proud that it has two National Taekwondo winners. Each of them won four medals at the 2018 United Taekwondo Alliance National competition in Bossier City, Louisiana, July 26-28, 2018.

Charisma Edward, 22 years old, won gold in the Women’s Team Sparring, silver in the Individual Point Sparring, bronze in the Women’s Individual Form, and bronze in the Women’s Olympic Sparring. Master Instructor Willie D. Matthews won gold in the Team Form Competition, silver in Team Sparring, silver in the Individual Sparring, and Bronze in the Individual Form. According to 61 year old Matthews this was the first time he has competed in Individual Form which shocked him when he won a medal.

This team would like to thank those who helped to sponsor them in the National Competition. The next competition will be in the Dominican Republic November 2018. Stay tuned for more details. Sponsors are needed to help with their expenses. The school is in partnership with Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Donations may be sent to Friends of Dean Park, Inc, P. O. Box 365, Louisville, MS 39339. Please note in ‘memo’ for Taekwondo Competition.

Panthers Taekwondo School is still open for enrollment for 5 years and older - with registration fee $25.00. The classes are free and are held at the Louisville Coliseum. For details, please contact Master Instructor Willie Matthews, 662.705-8656.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson




Taylor Hall wins Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship 2018

L to R: Elder James Young, Winner Taylor Hall, Kenisha Hughes
Taylor Hall was presented the Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship, Saturday, June 24, 2018, at the Calvary Apostolic Church, Louisville, MS. with Elder James Young as the pastor. Chyna’s mother, Kenisha Hughes and last year’s winner, Asia Eichelberger presented the scholarship with former winner Montana Eichelberger present. Taylor graduated from Louisville High School May 2018. She was a member of the following clubs and activities: B eta Club, History Club, SLICE, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Council, Band, Tennis, SADD, and FCA. She was honored to be the Beta Club Secretary her junior year, Color Guard Captain her senior year and Freshman Class Vice President. 

Taylor plans to attend Ole Miss to major in English and Creative Writing with a minor in cinema. She is the daughter of Charles and Tracy Fairley.

This Chyna Unique Willis scholarship is given in memory of Chyna Willis who passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly in 2012 at the young age of 13 years. According to her mother, “Everyone who knew Chyna was saddened by her untimely death. Chyna was committed to being the best that she could be and loved life to the fullest. Chyna was active in church as well as school. She participated in youth activities and ran track. She loved the Lord and was an avid lover of sports as well. She was a friend to those who got to know her for themselves and she cherished their friendship. I would like to continue to honor Chyna's efforts of being the best she could be in whatever it was she set out to do by blessing another child. I started this scholarship three years ago and it was successful, so I would like to continue it to be a blessing in the years to come. Same as other years, the scholarship will be given away in the generous amount of $500. As the years pass, I plan on moving this amount up but with your help! I ask you to help me to keep making this a memorable event to look forward to every year and see the smile on another child's face. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks in advance for your generosity in helping make this possible. May God bless each giver double fold.” Leslie Loving, Lillian Curtis, Rita Eichelberger and Anastashia Gill are on the Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship Committee.

(The Chyna Unique Willis Scholarship is a registered www.gofundme.com account. You may make a donation at anytime)

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L to R: 2016 Winner Montana Eichelberger, 2018 Winner Taylor Hall, 2017 Winner Asia Eichelberger


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The Gifted by God Praise Team of Philadelphia performed at this event.


Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson





Monday, August 6, 2018

List of County Delinquent Tax Properties

Winston County Land Tax Sale for delinquent 2017 real property taxes will be conducted exclusively online. The auction will begin on August 27th, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. and will continue each subsequent day until all parcels have been offered for sale. A Mississippi based company, GovEase, will host the auction. The sale will be a live bid auction at the following website: http://auctions.govease.com.

Online Registration for the Winston County sale began on July 30th, 2018. After registration, those wishing to bid must still arrange payment and verify registration with the county. The contact information will be available at the time of registration. Bidders are reminded the payment arrangement process must be done prior to any bidding. GovEase Support Phone Number is 769-208-5050 if those interested have any questions.

 A list of delinquent properties is viewable and/or printable by clicking here:










ECCC Lady Warrior Soccer Hits the Pitch with New Faces, High Expectations

There will be a lot new faces on the soccer pitch for the East Central Community College women’s soccer team in 2018 as the Lady Warriors look to return to the state playoffs after a one-year absence. Among those new faces is first-year head coach Ryan Joiner, who officially took over the team in June after winning three Mississippi High School Activities Association state championships from 2013 to 2016 as head boys’ coach at St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis. For the past two seasons he was the head girls’ soccer coach at his alma mater Ocean Springs High School.
Joiner inherits a program that competed in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state playoffs three straight seasons before missing out on the postseason in fall 2017. “EC women’s soccer, especially the past five years, has grown into a very solid program,” said Joiner, who was an All-State and All-Region goalkeeper at Meridian Community College. “There was a lot of work to do to complete a recruiting class of 13 players in such a short period of time after being hired, but we have assembled a very talented team and are excited about the potential for the returning players and incoming players for the Lady Warriors.”

Joiner doesn’t have long to get to know his team. The players reported for preseason practice on Aug. 6 and play their first match on Aug. 11 when Southwest Tennessee Community College visits Decatur for an 11 a.m.match. “Preseason training will be of the utmost importance for us,” noted Joiner. “We added an early preseason game to help identify what we need to work on going forward. We will hit the ground running with our defensive shape and then begin to install our tactical philosophies.

“With so many freshmen and new faces coming to the team, we will have to work extremely hard in a short amount of time to accomplish our goal of reaching the playoffs.” Not everyone will be new to the team this season. There are five returners from last year’s squad who all saw time as starters in some capacity. The veterans will be counted on to provide leadership for the freshman class in training and games.

While most of players will be new to each other, Joiner says there are some “very technically gifted players” on this year’s team and he can’t wait to see which players get slotted into the starting lineup. Key positions gone from last year’s East Central team include goalkeeper Sarah Gilliland, now at Mississippi University for Women, and leading scorer Ashley Langham, who will play for William Carey University this fall.

Among the veterans back for 2018 is Carrington Payne, a midfielder from Richland who started three games a year ago. Backup goalkeeper Jordan Havens of Horn Lake also returns and will compete for a starting spot. “Carrington dedicated herself in the offseason to becoming a more complete player and looks to offer the team a lot defensively as well as getting forward,” said Joiner. “Jordan has some college game experience and is a very solid goalie. She plays well with her feet and our team style will be predicated on her being comfortable playing out from the back.”

Among the first-year players expected to contribute are three from overseas. Midfielder Lia Richardson and forward Leah Anderson are both from England, while forward Bethany Hand joins the team from Dublin, Ireland. Forward Macey Spencer, who played for state champion Florence High School last year, will be counted on for her goal scoring, something that the Lady Warriors had trouble doing last season. Emily Pitts from Pearl High School will compete with Havens for time in goal.

“We have recruited players with championship pedigree from high school and club teams,” Joiner said. “We have players joining us from Madison Central, Northwest Rankin, Florence, and West Jones who have all won state titles as players. We expect that experience and desire to win to be crucial within all of our players. “Our inexperience, however, will be one of our weaknesses that we will need to overcome. We will have a learning curve over the first four games to find out who we are as a team. Once we get that experience, I believe the sky is the limit for this group of players.”

East Central will be looking to put the ball in the net more in 2018. The Lady Warriors managed just 24 goals last year, which ranked 94th in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Joiner said his Lady Warriors will play pressing defense in order to win the ball early, and, when they have the ball, keep it. “Our team will be very diverse in the systems of play we show each team,” he Joiner. “We will cater our system to suit each game and want to be versatile to switch systems when needed. We see ourselves as a team that will be pressing the ball high up the field and trying to not allow other teams to have the ball. When we have the ball, we expect to keep it in order to move the opponent; we will not just keep possession for the save of keeping it. “With that said, we need to find ways to create more chances in the final third, and to be able to score goals in those moments. Defensively, being organized is a critical part of the junior college game that I believe will win games. So, we want to focus on defending first, attacking second, and winning games will occur.”

Joiner has put together an 18-match schedule for the 2018 East Central Lady Warriors, which includes hosting NJCAA Region 23 newcomer LSU-Eunice on Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. In addition to eight matches—four home and four away—against MACJC North Division teams, the Lady Warriors will make a trip to Macon Cove, Tenn., on Aug. 22 to face Southwest Tennessee a second time and then host Dyersburg State Community College out of Dyersburg, Tenn., at 1 p.m. on Oct. 12. East Central will travel to Ellisville on Aug. 28 to face defending MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 champion Jones County Junior College at 5 p.m.

“Going into my first season I expect to win championships,” said Joiner. “Although we have a lot of turnover and new players coming in, so does every other team in the league. We have brought in players who want to compete and win. This is not a rebuild, this is a reload. We want to win the North Division and make the MACJC Playoffs. Once you make the playoffs, anything can happen. And, with anything, we need hard work, dedication, and a bit of good fortune along the way.”





Sunday, August 5, 2018

Plans Continue for November Music Festival at Legion Park in Louisville

Committee members are working hard on details for the First Annual "Runnin & Strummin" Legion
Music Festival set for November 10 at Louisville's Legion State Park. After considering the rich musical history in and around Winston County, a group of local folks involved in the non-profit organization, Friends of Legion State Park, set dreams to action for the November event.

Details will be finalized soon as issues such as parking, venues, staffing, transportation, concessions and of course, performers are completed. Several venues across the landscape of the park will be the sites for a variety of music and fun throughout the day. Events will begin with a 5K run scheduled for 7:30 am on the morning of the festival.

A number of performers are lined up already including: The Wells Gospel Quartet, Clay Mercer, Maim & Shank featuring Louisville's own Caleb Childs, Jeanne Jones & Friends and others as well. The event will conclude with a patriotic tribute in honor of Veterans Day.

Winston WebNews will post updates over the coming weeks that will include additional performers, schedules and events. You can follow the festival on their website at http://www.legionmusicfestival.com/  and on their Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/legionmusicfestival/

The following video features Clay Mercer:

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Presley Asking for Volunteers for Winston County Task Force on Cellular Telephone and High-Speed Internet Service

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is asking for volunteers in Winston County to serve on a task force aimed at highlighting the lack of adequate cellular telephone and high-speed internet service in the area.

Commissioner Presley will also ask the tasks force members to assist the Public Service Commission in documenting the lack of cellular telephone service and data service by using a free smartphone app approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Currently, the FCC shows that Mississippi has adequate cellular telephone service in almost every county. Because of this, Mississippi is in danger of losing millions in federal funding for cellular telephone towers in rural areas. To preserve the funding, the Mississippi Public Service Commission and others must prove the FCC data is wrong. The task force will also evaluate the lack of high-speed internet service in Winston County along with seeking solutions that would enable affordable, high-speed service for all residents.

“Rural Mississippi has an infrastructure crisis in the lack of cellular telephone service and high-speed internet service. Mississippians are sick and tired of paying for a service that doesn't work or being told that providers have no intention of serving their areas. That is unacceptable to me and through the help of these citizen task forces, we are going to highlight this problem and demand answers," Presley said. "The information gathered that we will use to prove that the FCC's maps for funding are wrong will be due soon, so we have a lot of work to do in a very short time. That is why citizen volunteers are so very important."

If you would like to be a part of a task force in your area please call 1-800-637-7722 or email northern.district@psc.state.ms.us.




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Presley Kicks Off Series of County Task Force Meetings to Address Cellular Telephone and High-Speed Internet Service Crisis

Next week, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will kick off a series of public meetings across North Mississippi to engage citizen task forces to highlight the lack of cellular telephone service and high-speed internet service in each county. Over 250 residents across North Mississippi have already volunteered to serve on the task forces, which will meet periodically to gather information, assist the Commission in identifying problem areas and collaborate with leaders on a solution, among other activities. Task force meetings will continue throughout the remainder of the year and into 2019.

Presley will also ask the tasks force members to assist the Public Service Commission in documenting the lack of cellular telephone service and data service by using a free smartphone app approved by the Federal Communications Commission. Currently, the FCC shows that Mississippi has adequate cellular telephone service and data service in almost every county. Because of this wrong information, Mississippi is in danger of losing millions in federal funding for cellular telephone towers in rural areas. To preserve the funding, the Mississippi Public Service Commission is issuing a formal challenge to the FCC"s maps field tests by PSC employees and task force members will assist in documenting the lack of service.

“Rural Mississippi has an infrastructure crisis in the lack of cellular telephone service and high-speed internet service. Mississippians are sick and tired of paying for a service that doesn't work or being told that providers have no intention of serving their areas. That is unacceptable to me and through the help of these citizen task forces, we are going to highlight this problem and demand answers," Presley said. "The information gathered that we will use to prove that the FCC's maps for funding are wrong will be due soon, so we have a lot of work to do in a very short time. That is why citizen volunteers are so very important."

Presley continued, “While we have had many volunteers, we always welcome more. These meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.”

The first series of task force meetings are as follows:

  • Lafayette County Task Force
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Lafayette County Chancery Building, Courtroom 1
300North Lamar, Oxford, MS

  • Lee County Task Force
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Lee County Justice Center
200 West Jefferson, Tupelo, MS

  • Itawamba County Task Force
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Itawamba County Courthouse
201 West Main Street, Fulton, MS

  • Pontotoc County Task Force
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Chancery Clerk Building
34 South Liberty Street, Pontotoc, MS

  • Union County Task Force
Thursday, August 92018 at 7:00 p.m.
Union County Courthouse
114 East Bankhead Street, New Albany, MS

  • Prentiss County Task Force
Monday, August 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Prentiss County Courthouse
101 North Main Street, Booneville, MS

  • Alcorn County Task Force
Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Alcorn County Courthouse
600 East Waldron Street, Corinth, MS

  • Tishomingo County Task Force
Monday, August 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Tishomingo County Courthouse, Upstairs Courtroom
1008 Battleground Drive, Iuka, MS


If you would like to be a member of a county task force please contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 800-637-7722 or email northern.district@psc.state.ms.us.





Tuesday, July 31, 2018

School Year Approaching Fast - Supply List Available

The first day of school for students in the Louisville Municipal School District is August 6 with open house planned on August 2nd. Parents and students may want to get a headstart on supplies and preparations. LMSD has a complete supply list available for all schools and grades available on their website. To access the supply list page - click here.

To access the school calendar for the upcoming school year - click here.



Not Included in the above list:


Emily Church Named Assistant Softball Coach at East Central Community College

Emily Church, who was an integral part of back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships while a member of the Jacksonville State University softball team, is the new assistant softball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur. Church joins the staff of Eric Neel as he begins his first year as head coach of the Lady Warrior program. Neel said that Church will work with the catchers and pitchers, as well as help with outfielders and recruiting. “Emily Church is a great hire for East Central Community College softball,” said Neel, who began his duties July 1. “Her energy, excellent knowledge as a player, eagerness to always lead, and winning attitude will benefit our program tremendously.”

A native of Ragland, Ala., Church played for Neel when he was the head coach at Darton State Community College in Albany, Ga., in 2014. Together, they led the Lady Cavaliers to a National Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 Championship and a trip to the NJCAA Division I Softball National Championship Tournament. Church led the state of Georgia that season in home runs, RBI, and batting average. The following season, Church played for Southern Union Community College in Wadley, Ala., and again led the state in home runs, RBI, and batting average.
She then took her talents to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., where in 2016 she was First-Team All-Newcomer and All-Conference and led the Ohio Valley Conference in home runs and RBI. The NCAA Division I Lady Gamecocks won the OVC title in 2016 and 2017.

Church prepped at Ragland High School where she was part of three straight state championships. She led the state in home runs in 2010 and 2011, and broke the Alabama high school RBI record in 2010. She most recently served as the hitting and catching coach, co-head junior varsity coach, and assistant varsity coach at Moody High School in Alabama in 2018 while completing her teaching internship at Iola Roberts Elementary School in Pell City.
Church also coaches and provides instruction for travel softball teams.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Coach Neel has given me,” commented Church. “My plan was to be at the high school level this year and work my way to the college level, but Coach Neel believed enough in me to give me this opportunity. I’ve been around him as a player and love the way he coaches, and I have based my coaching philosophy on his. When he reached out to me about this opportunity, I jumped on it. I’m beyond blessed that he believes enough in me to be his assistant coach at East Central Community College.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Jacksonville State in 2018.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Getting it Right!

Most times I get called out to home gardens there’s usually a problem that has the home gardener stumped and we need to find out what’s going wrong. I was a little surprised at the visit I took to Ms. Rosie Harris’s garden this past week, there was absolutely no problem, as a matter of fact she was getting it right when it comes to vegetable gardening.

But, she was a little perplexed at how tall her field corn had got, and wondered if she had bought the wrong variety or maybe over applied fertilizer. She had not purchased the wrong variety, nor had she over applied fertilizer. She stated to me “I’ve been gardening my whole life, and never saw corn get this tall”. I assured her, this is not a strange thing, the tallest corn ever recorded was actually a sweet corn variety grown in Allegany, New York and measured 35 feet 3 inches.

So, yes some corn varieties will routinely grow 12 to 14 feet. While talking to Ms. Harris, I discovered not only can she grow really tall corn, but she was successfully growing other vegetables in the rest of her garden. So, I ask how she came about such a fine crop this year? She stated, “I always rotate my crops every year, and make sure I’ve applied enough lime”. I also noticed, she had her rows, and plants within the rows at a perfect spacing, so plants could reach their mature size without being over crowded. Lastly, the garden didn’t have a weed problem, so it was obvious, time, and care was applied to the garden along with the right cultural practices.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with Extension, is meeting people that love growing vegetables, raising animals, or just share the appreciation of the outdoors. I especially appreciate folks like Ms. Rosie that not only share this love, but also appreciates, getting it right.


Submitted By: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent, Winston County (ANR)




Fall Army Worms

Hay producers and cattlemen should be alert for fall armyworms for the remainder of the growing season. Fall armyworms are the most damaging insect pests of bermudagrass hayfields, and undetected infestations can eat a lot of grass in a surprisingly short time. A hay field that looks beautiful and almost ready to cut on Thursday morning may be nothing but stems by Saturday. As the name implies, populations are highest in the fall, but damaging infestations often begin occurring in July. This insect does not
overwinter in the state, but moths migrating from more southern regions return each year to produce several generations, with numbers increasing each generation. Some fall armyworms are present every year, especially in southern Mississippi, but heavy outbreaks sporadically occur, reaching damaging numbers earlier in the year and/or farther north and resulting in the need for more insecticide treatments throughout the state. Fall armyworms will also damage bermudagrass in sports fields and home lawns.

Control: Fall armyworms are easily controlled with timely insecticide sprays, but you have to detect infestations early and have your spray equipment ready to go. For hayfields, treatment is recommended when counts exceed three caterpillars per square foot (only count caterpillars that are ½ inch long or longer). Mature caterpillars are about 1 ¼ inches long and vary in color, from light green to beige to almost black.


Key Points for Fall Armyworm Control in Hayfields

  • Check fields two to three times per week
  • Check your sprayer and have it prepped and ready to go!
  • Treatment is recommended when populations exceed 3 caterpillars per square foot
  • Only count caterpillars that are 1/4 inch or longer
  • This is a very conservative/aggressively protective threshold, some states say 3 to 5, or more.
  • But, right now at least, hay is expensive and insecticides are cheap.
  • Medium range rates of pyrethroid insecticides work well on fall armyworms
  • Mustang Max at 1 gallon to 40 acres, or Karate Z at 1 gallon to 80 acres, are examples
  • Many dealers sell generic pyrethroids—be sure they are labeled for pastures
  • Bifenthrin is not labeled for use on hayfields or pastures!.
  • Pyrethroids are restricted use products—buyers need a current private applicator card.
  • Adding a growth regulator (Dimilin or Intrepid) to the pyrethroid will increase residual control
  • Under heavy pressure it is not unrealistic to have to spray a cutting two, even three times
  • Keep on checking!
Submitted by: Blake Layton, Extension Entomology Specialist, Mississippi State University Extension Service