Saturday, October 20, 2018

Legion Park Music Festival - November 10th

East Central Keeps Football Playoff Hopes Alive With Win at Hinds

The Warrior offensive line opened up big holes for a trio of running backs in the second half.
Behind a stingy defense and ball control offense in the second half, the East Central Warriors spoiled Homecoming for the Hinds Eagles with a 17-14 MACJC South Division football win Thursday, Oct. 18, at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond.

With the win, the Warriors kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a big home matchup next Thursday with South Division leader and No. 7 ranked Jones College.

The Warrior defense held Hinds running back Don Ragsdale to just 58 yards rushing, one week after his 214 yards and two touchdowns on the ground earned him his second MACJC Offensive Player of the Week Award this season.

The first half featured the kickers of both teams, as there were a total of 11 punts.

East Central was the first on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t until 9:38 left in the second quarter. Freshman cornerback Fredrick McGee out of Greene County High School stepped in front of a Hinds pass and returned it 25 yards for the score. The PAT by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead, which they took into intermission.

The Warriors drove to the Eagle eight-yard line with just seconds remaining in the first half before Hinds picked off a Mario Asagunla pass to close out the first half.

Payton Rogers bottles up Hinds
running back Don Ragsdale
After intermission, it was clock management for East Central with a steady dose of running backs sophomore James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Canton) and freshmen Marquavious Qualls (Lake) and Marcus Hooks (St. Petersburg, Fla.).

On the opening possession of the third quarter, the Warriors drove 68 yards in 10 plays. Smith III rushed for 47 of those yards, and Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) got the score from six yards out to give East Central a 14-0 lead.

After a Hinds punt, the Warriors again controlled the ball. This time for 18 plays, 74 yards, and 6:59 off the clock, before Asagunla was intercepted in the end zone.

From there, the Eagles would get their first points of the game on an 80-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard pass from quarterback Eric Clark to Ragsdale for the score. The drive started when Hinds was successful on a fake punt on a fourth and 10 play at their own 41.

East Central answered with another time-consuming drive that took 4:15 off the clock and resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Cox and a 17-7 lead with 8:53 to play in the game.

Hinds answered again on its ensuing possession, going 65 yards in 10 plays. Ragsdale scored from the 20, and the PAT closed the score to 17-14 with 4:22 to play.

As it did the entire second half, the East Central offense was able to hold on to the football and run out the final few minutes of the game for the 17-14 win.
Freshman linebacker Elijah Keyes
takes down the Hinds quarterback

The Hinds offense possessed the football just three times in the deciding second half.

East Central rushed for 244 yards in the game. Qualls led the way with 105 yards on 21 carries, including 72 yards in the second half. Smith III rushed for 72 yards on the night and Hooks had 40 yards, with 36 coming after intermission

Defensively for East Central, safety Keonte’ Daniels (Noxapater) picked off two Eagle passes in the first half, and freshman linebacker Elijah Keyes (Mize) had a fumble recovery. The Warriors were credited with nine tackles for a loss in the game, including three by freshman defensive end Payton Rogers of Forest.

With the win, East Central improved to 4-4 overall on the season and 3-2 in MACJC South Division play. Hinds fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the division.

The Warriors will close out their regular season next Thursday, Oct. 25, when the Jones Bobcats visit Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Kickoff for the MACJC South Division game is 6:30 p.m. It will be “Black Out Bailey” night and all Warrior fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Friday, October 19, 2018

Public Service Announcement!

The phones are down in the Courthouse and some other public offices and businesses in Louisville this morning. Sorry for the inconvenience.

WWN will notify as soon as the problem is rectified.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1st Annual Legion Park Music Festival Set for November 10

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The 1ST Annual Legion State Park Music Festival “RUNNIN & STRUMMIN” is scheduled for November 10th at Louisville’s Legion State Park. Grab your kids, your friends, Granny and Pops and your guitars and come out and spend the day. Enjoy the music and the musicians of our area featuring bluegrass, gospel, country, folk, mountain and Delta Blues.

The day starts with a bang with a 5K Run /Walk at 10:00 am. (Registration at 9:00 am – preregistration available – a pdf can be downloaded from their website or is available at the Winston County Partnership’s office) The race will begin at the Louisville Coliseum and head to the finish line at the Lodge at Legion. Runners will be greeted at the park entrance and the venues along the route with music by our artists as they finish the race.

Enjoy the beautiful fall setting of Louisville’s Legion State Park as you stroll from venue to venue on tree covered lanes. Visit the historic Lodge and the recently restored post and beam Davis L. Fair, Jr. Pavilion. Shuttle service will be available throughout the park and food vendors will be available.

Bring your guitar, dulcimer, banjo or harp for just maybe a little impromptu “jam session" at designated venues throughout the park. There will be a children's programs starting at 10 AM at the Davis L. Fair Pavilion.

The day concludes with a patriotic program honoring our veterans including patriotic music and a fireworks display at the amphitheater overlooking Lake Toppasha.

Scheduled to appear at this time are, The Reed Brothers, Chunk BlueGrass, The Wells Gospel Quartet, Caleb Childs, Alan Sibley, Estes Switch, Clay Mercer, Chuck Luke, Tracy McCully, Jeanne Jones and Friends, Native American Flutist – Allen Winters, Wes Stapp and Ken Sanders.

You can find out more on the festival’s website at and on their Facebook page – Legion Music Festival

The Festival is made possible through the efforts of The Friends of Legion State Park and local sponsors including: Louisville Tourism Committee, The Taylor Group,Dr. & Mrs. Ron Gammill, East Mississippi Community College, Hughes Management, Shuqualak Lumber Co., Inc, Waring Oil Company, Neil Propane, Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co, Porter Funeral Home, Eubanks Wrecker Service, Polo Custom Products, Winston County Board of Supervisors, The John Mitchell Family, Louisville Bankers Association, Crowson Auto World, Southern Auto Body Shop, Chancery Clerk Clerk Julie Cunningham ,Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, Tax Assessor Darlene Bane, Sheriff Jason Pugh, WinstonWebNews, The Silver Goose/Moody Furniture, Winston Medical Center.

All revenue goes toward the maintenance and improvement of Legion State Park.

Here’s what you need to know:

COST: Admission is $5 per vehicle

PARKING: Upon entry, a parking pass is provided – allowing exit and re-entry if necessary. Public parking is specified and limited to one location. (5K race participants are allowed to park at the lodge where the race concludes)

FOOD/REFRESHMENTS: A food vendor will be available near the parking area and 1st music venue and also near the Lodge.

RESTROOMS: There are several permanent handicap-accessible restroom facilities throughout the park as well as porta-johns available for the event.

TRANSPORT: The public is encouraged to take their time and enjoy the park. Most venues are on paved lanes and are easy to access. For those needing or desiring assistance, golf cart and shuttles will be available throughout the day from the parking area to the various venues.

MORE INFO: A map and schedule of events will be provided as you enter the park.

PETS: NO PETS ALLOWED. Due to the volume of people and the fireworks display, please do not bring your pets.

SEATING: Limited seating is available at each venue and festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Application Deadline Approaching for Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council is still accepting applications for students in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in Winston County who are interested in the Mayor's Youth Council. Applications must be submitted by October 26th. For more information, download the application on the city's website at htt:// or stop by City Hall.

Local Madison Byrd - Division Winner in Little Britches Pageant

The Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association held its annual Rodeo Royalty Pageant on
Saturday, October 13th. The pageant was held at the Rankin County Pavilion in Brandon, Ms. The young ladies were divided into three groups. Little Wrangler Princess – ages 5-8, Junior Princess – ages 9-13 and Senior Queen – ages 13-18.

Contestants were judges based upon horsemanship, personal interviews, impromptu questions and stage, modeling, poise, personality and appearance.Pictured from left to right: Senior Queen – Madison Byrd of Noxapater, Little Wrangler Princess Layne Smith of Brookhaven, Junior Princess – Zoe Morgan of Brandon. (Zoe Morgan was chosen as the overall horsemanship winner)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ECCC’s 2nd Annual Warrior Wellness Symposium Set for Oct. 29

Noted cardiologist Dr. Mike McMullan and author and evangelist Dr. Stan Buckley will present East Central Community College’s second annual Warrior Wellness Symposium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Thrash Auditorium in Newton Hall on the campus in Decatur. McMullan and Buckley will talk about opportunities in medical missions.

The symposium is part of the college’s Warrior Wellness Week which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 on campus. Warrior Wellness is an initiative designed to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the college’s campuses and in the local communities. It is supported by two grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

A native of Decatur, McMullan is professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program, the only program of its kind in the state. He attended ECCC and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He also completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship training at UMMC. He later went to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., for advanced fellowship training in adult congenital and valvular heart disease and interventional cardiology.

Buckley is the founder and executive director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland and formerly served as senior pastor of three churches over a 16-year period, including Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. In addition, he practiced law in Hattiesburg for four years before becoming a pastor in 1995. His received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law, and his master of divinity and doctor of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

But God Ministries is an organization that shares the love of Jesus Christ through building sustainable communities around the world. The non-profit is currently building two sustainable communities in Haiti and one in the Mississippi Delta.

Prior to the public symposium at 7 p.m., McMullan will speak to a student audience beginning at 6 p.m. on the core requirements and process to become a physician or medical professional. There will also be breakout sessions for students interested in various medical fields. ECCC alumni in occupations such as pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, physician, healthcare administration, and dentistry will speak with students.

In addition to the Warrior Wellness Symposium, there are several fun and educational events and activities scheduled during Warrior Wellness Week, including:
  • Wesley Foundation Wellness Lunch, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 12:10 p.m. in the Wesley House. There will be a healthy meal and trail mix bar. The speaker will be Scott Hill, ECCC physical education instructor. Students are encouraged to bring a canned or other shelf-stable food item for the Wesley House in Meridian.
  • Baptist Student Union Spiritual Fitness Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m., BSU House. Speaker to be announced.
  • Color, glow, electric, mud, and other “fun” runs, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at dark, ECCC Walking Trail.
  • Culinary Creations and Cooking Contest, Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., outside behind the Culinary Lab in Rives Hall. This event is designed to demonstrate nutritional dishes and will feature culinary instructor Barry Karrh.
  • Health Food and Snack Options, Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m., 112 Cross Hall. Wellness Coordinator Crystal Fitzgerald will present a professional development session on healthy food and snack options.
For more information on Warrior Wellness Week and the symposium, contact Fitzgerald at or 601-635-6126.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Motorcycle Accident Claims Life of Starkville Man

One man is dead after a motorcycle accident that occurred around 8:30 pm last evening (Sunday). Mark Cantrell of Starkville died at the Winston County Medical Center from injuries received in the crash. The single vehicle accident happened on Hwy 25 N near the Morgantown Road. The crash is still under investigation.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Gulf Coast Holds On for 27-14 MACJC South Division Win Over East Central

Brady Anderson
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs scored on their first two drives of the game to set the tone early and then survived a fourth quarter East Central Community College rally to pick up a 27-14 MACJC South Division football win over the visiting Warriors Thursday, Oct. 11, at George Sekul Field at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.

The fast-paced, no-huddle offense of the Bulldogs kept the East Central defense off balance most of the first half. Before the fans were settled good in their seats, Gulf Coast had a 13-0 lead.

Freshman quarterback Chance Lovertich picked up where he left off a week earlier when he threw six touchdown passes in a 56-7 win at Southwest. The product of Jackson Prep hit tight end Denzel Carter from five yards out to cap a 73-yard, six-play drive to open the game. After an eight-yard punt by East Central, Gulf Coast took over on the Warrior 44 and nine plays later Lovertich connected with Carter from the three. With 6:23 still to play in the first quarter the Bulldogs led 13-0.

East Central eventually got on the scoreboard with 7:26 to play in the first half when defensive lineman Alvin Dempsey III (Port St. Joe, Fla.) scooped up a Bulldog fumble and returned it seven yards for the score. The PAT by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) was good and the Gulf Coast lead was cut to 20-7.
 Alvin Dempsey III

Gulf Coast would add another score with 3:30 to play in the second quarter on a 65-yard, 10-play drive that ended with a two-yard run by Terrion Avery to take what appeared to be a commanding 27-7 lead into the locker room.

The East Central offense, however, would control the football in the second half. The Warriors drove inside the Gulf Coast 10-yard line three times, but could only come away with seven points. A fumble at midfield stopped another drive.

It looked as if East Central would get back into the game quickly on its opening drive of the third quarter. The Warriors drove 69 yards and took 10 minutes off the clock, but the drive stalled when East Central failed to convert on a fourth and seven from the Bulldog nine.

The Warriors wouldn’t be denied the next time they got the football, driving to the Gulf Coast four-yard line. On fourth and goal, quarterback Brady Anderson (Brandon) hit freshman running back Marcus Hooks (St. Petersburg, Fla.) for the touchdown. The PAT was good and East Central trailed 27-14.

Moments later after forcing just the second Gulf Coast punt of the game, East Central drove from its 33 to the Bulldog eight-yard line. Facing another fourth and goal, the Gulf Coast defense came up with a big stop to preserve the 27-14 win.

East Central controlled the time of possession for the game with 37 minutes to 22 for Gulf Coast and ran 22 more plays on offense. The Warriors had 22 first downs to 16 for the Bulldogs. East Central has 297 yards of total offense to 328 for Gulf Coast.

The sophomore Anderson went the distance at quarterback for East Central ahead of fellow sophomore Mario Asagunla who has taken most of the snaps this season. Anderson hit 20 of 34 passes for 163 yards and the one score. Running back James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Camden) rushed 13 times for 83 yards before leaving the game in the second half with an injury. Freshman wide receiver Jaylen Zachery (Dayton, Ohio) had four receptions for 48 yards.

Sophomore free safety Daniel Little of Terry picked off a Gulf Coast pass in the first half.

The loss dropped the Warriors to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-2 in MACJC South Division play. Gulf Coast improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the division.

East Central has lost 15 of the last 16 games against Gulf Coast. The lone win during that time was a 42-28 home victory in 2016.

The Warriors play their fifth, and final, road game of the season next Thursday. East Central and Hinds will square off in a South Division game at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond. Kickoff for Hinds’ Homecoming game is set for 7 p.m.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Friday, October 12, 2018

Patrol Officers Promoted to Rank of Corporal

Brandon Gladney
Deterrion "Ty" Hardin
Patrol Officers Deterrion "Ty" Hardin and Brandon Gladney were promoted to the rank of Corporal by Louisville Police Chief L.M. Claiborne  Friday, October 12, 2018. The position is designed to help the Shift Captain, requiring supervision and detailed documentation of all activity and personnel on their shift. Congratulations to both of these fine young officers.

Wings Over Winston - Saturday Oct. 13 - What You Need to Know

Here's what you need to know:

  • Free - no admission
  • Free Parking - FAA restrictions do not allow vehicle traffic during the show - Parking is available at the Louisville Coliseum and the adjoining ball fields - Shuttle service is provided to the airport and those with handicaps can be accommodated.
  • Gates open at 9:30 am - Show starts at 11:00 am and concludes around 2:00 pm.
  • The Weather looks great!!
  • This Airshow is very fan-friendly
  • Lots of Great Food Vendors

The 5th Annual Wings Over Winston Airshow will "TAKE OFF" tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th. There a big list of performers including SRC Airshows featuring the "Raptor", Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys,the L-17 Formation Team, Jimmy Burke and the "Red Baron". More information on the show can be found on their Facebook page and their website at

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Almost Here - Wings Over Winston - Saturday, Oct 13

Homeward Bound - Kristina & Stooge

Twenty five hundred miles is not a long way if you are determined. Kristina is determined as she travels through Winston County on her way from Clayton, Georgia to the beaches of California. Her journey began two weeks ago as she and her pony, Bolt, (aka Stooge) began the long walk. Catching an occasional ride with kind folks with extra space in their horse trailers, Kristina hopes to make the trip within a few weeks but is prepared for 4 months on the road.

We met up with Kristina and Bolt just on the edge of Louisville today for a few pictures and questions. Asked why she was undertaking such a hard journey by foot, the young lady replied, "I'm going home. I'm from California and I got Bolt in Georgia. He's my first pony and I had no way to get him back to California, so we decided to walk."

Winston County wishes her and Bolt a safe journey. Please be careful out there.

EMCC Cosmetology Department Offering Salon Services To Public

The Cosmetology department on East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is offering full salon services to the public. Cosmetology students who have been learning to roll, wrap, cut and tint hair are now prepared to put their skills to work.
“We have a really good group of students who have been working hard to hone their craft,” EMCC Cosmetology instructor David Long said. “The public benefits because we are able to offer very reasonable prices and I will be supervising to ensure everything is done correctly.”

The Cosmetology department will be open to the public Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged, especially for chemical treatments such as waves or hair relaxers.

EMCC Cosmetology student Valencia Buckingham of Aberdeen said she enjoys working with clients on Wednesdays. “They come in, we have great conversations and they leave with a smile,” Buckingham said. “That is rewarding to me because I have always had a passion for making people look beautiful.”

Students in the Cosmetology department must complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of training before earning a vocational certificate and qualifying to take the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology certification exam. The course takes a year to complete. The students are in class Mondays through Fridays for about 40 hours a week. All the training takes place in the Cosmetology department, which is set up like a full-service salon, with a customer service desk and hair cutting and washing stations.

“I love everything we do here at EMCC,” Cosmetology student Jordan Sellers of Louisville said. “It is interesting to learn all of the new techniques. I especially like working with the general public when they come in. That really helps us to prepare for the real world.” Among other things, students are taught how to perform facials, pedicures, various coloring techniques and how to style, wave and straighten hair.

To schedule an appointment for available services through the Cosmetology department, call 662-243-1915.

East Central Community College Announces Plans for Football Operations Center

East Central Community College announced plans today to construct a $2.6 million football operations center at Bailey Stadium on the campus in Decatur. The funding and plans for the facility were approved at the Oct. 9 Board of Trustees meeting on campus. The college is currently finalizing plans for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the center. To be initially called Warrior Hall, the 12,300-square-foot facility will be located just outside the North end zone of Warrior Field at Bailey Stadium. The building will contain locker rooms for players and for coaches, a team meeting room, position conference rooms, coaches’ offices, an equipment room, a players’ lounge, and a laundry room.
Warrior Hall will also house a state-of-the-art training room to be used by student-athletes in all nine varsity sports at the college.

More than $320,000 of the funding for construction of Warrior Hall comes from private donations, including the naming of most rooms inside the facility. This amount is in addition to the $160,000 in private donations used to assist in the installation of the artificial turf at Bailey Stadium in 2014. The $480,000 reflects the most private donations ever contributed to construction-related projects in the history of East Central Community College. The remaining $2.25 million in construction costs will come from college funds that will be repaid over the next few years. The college will also utilize a $430,000 certificate of deposit to fund other items related to the new facility including, but not limited to, a scoreboard, fencing, and utilities.

East Central President Dr. Billy Stewart stated that the construction of the football operations center is another project included in the college’s long-range strategic plan for facilities adopted by the Board of Trustees in September 2016. “As a component of the Campus Master Plan, I am pleased that the college is able to move forward with this project,” said Stewart. “Many individuals and groups have contributed their money, time, and effort to make this facility a reality and we are so appreciative to each one. By utilizing the fund balance in our auxiliary budget to fully fund this project, the college will not be required to secure a loan and thus will save in the long run with no accrual of interest. We will simply pay ourselves back over time. We are eating the elephant one bite at a time, and this is the next bite.” Stewart added, “In addition to the football operations center, there are several other projects that are nearing realization including construction of a new Band Hall, the addition of several parking lots throughout campus, renovations to residence halls, and other infrastructure improvements.”

With the college’s synthetic turf installed in 2014 and a new scoreboard expected to be in place by the first football game of the 2019 season, East Central’s football facilities will be among the best in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. East Central head football coach Ken Karcher said Warrior Hall will be a tremendous benefit to his program. “It is a very exciting day for the East Central football program,” said Karcher. “This facility will help us attract and prepare future Warrior football players for success on and off the field.”

In just his sixth season as head coach, Karcher has guided the Warriors to two appearances in the MACJC state playoffs, an MACJC South Division title in 2016, and a C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl victory in 2015.

East Central’s new Director of Athletics Paul Nixon said that Warrior Hall will continue the college’s commitment to excellence in its athletics facilities and serve to benefit all student-athletes.
“Coach Ken Karcher and his staff do an excellent job of preparing young men to be successful in life beyond their football careers,” said Nixon, who assumed his duties in June. “The approval of this project will give them the space they need to enhance the tremendous work they are already doing. As the new director of athletics, one of the main things that attracted me to the position was the college’s commitment to excellence in all areas, and the existing athletic facilities reflect this. The addition of this football operations center will be a huge step forward for our department and will benefit all of Warrior Athletics for years to come.”

There are still naming opportunities available for Warrior Hall, including the building itself, the equipment room, individual player’s lockers, team meeting room seats, and other areas.

For more information on naming opportunities and donations, contact David LeBlanc, ECCC’s director of alumni relations and the foundation, at 601-635-6327 or

The architect for Warrior Hall is Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi. The contractor is J&J Contractors Inc. of Collinsville.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

City of Louisville Fire Department Fire Protection Classification Drop

It is with great pleasure that the City of Louisville Fire Department can come to you with this announcement. Following our recent review from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau that took place in the first week of September we have successfully lowered our fire protection classification rating from a SEVEN to a SIX. What this means for the residents, and commercial properties within the City of Louisville is the possibility of lower property insurance cost. This has been a very long process where the City of Louisville Elected Officials, City of Louisville Fire Department, Louisville/Winston County 911, and Louisville Utilities have all worked together to improve our fire protection within the City Limits. Depending on your insurance provider you may be eligible for a lower insurance rate. Therefore I encourage you to contact your providers and inquire about the change in rating. A lower fire rating can also be taken into consideration for economic development purposes. At times when an industry is looking for a place to locate the fire rating is one of the criteria that is evaluated before making a decision. Hopefully this drop, and future drops in our fire protection class will open the door for even lower insurance cost, and increased commercial growth.

As always the City of Louisville Fire Department is working to improve our capabilities, and improve our ability to serve the citizens, industries, and visitors to our great city. We have accomplished so much in the years past, and we have much work to do. That being said we thank you for your support, and ask for your continued support in the future as we grow.

Submitted by: Deputy Chief, Robert Hutto

ECCC Adds Abdul Olusesi to Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Abdul Olusesi, most recently the director of basketball operations at Sam Houston State University, is the newest member of the East Central Community College men’s basketball coaching staff.

Olusesi will serve as a student services assistant and volunteer assistant men’s basketball coach on the staff of head coach Robert Thompson beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Prior to serving as director of basketball operations at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, from 2016-18, he was a graduate assistant for the Bearkats in 2016-17.

Olusesi received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Sam Houston in 2016 and his master’s degree in sports management from Sam Houston in 2017.

While in college he was a student assistant on the men’s basketball team.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Winston 100 Wellness on Wheels, Lives Up To Name

The Winston 100 Wellness on Wheels health promotion program proved to do just that this summer. This new and exciting bicycling program was initiated by the Winston County Extension office to promote a healthier lifestyle by incorporating a regular exercise regimen through the low impact sport of biking.

The program’s format was structured to be friendly to the participants, by riding once weekly with the group for 10 miles, and finding the time on their own schedule to ride an additional 10 miles throughout the week, for five weeks. Research has found if you start a new lifestyle change, for at least four to five weeks, you will likely stick with it. Making changes for a heathier lifestyle can be difficult, especially if you try it alone. One great aspect of Winston 100, is that it’s a group venture with support not only from the Extension staff, but from the group peers as well.

Obviously, if the lifestyle change is something you come to dread, or start finding excuses to not do, you likely will quit pretty soon after beginning. The main key to regular exercise is finding something that you look forward to doing, and enjoy every minute of it. This was the case for our group.

Winston 100 attendance each week was nearly every member, and each week glowing testimonials to self-initiated 10 mile rides, and generally how much fun it was to dust the bikes off and get back on the trails. Not only did everyone have fun during the program, but proven by our pre weigh in, and post weigh in, each participant lost weight, and 100 % of the group’s blood pressure numbers showed a drop to a heathier range.

To my surprise, each member actually made significant gains to their overall wellness. This is a testament that Winston 100 participants actually did find better, “Wellness on Wheels”.

If you’d like to know more about this program, and next year’s Winston 100 schedule, call the Winston County Extension office for full details.

Submitted by:  Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent, Winston County

Sunday, October 7, 2018

First Methodist Church of Louisville Welcomes New Associate Pastor of Youth and Families

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First Methodist Church of Louisville is delighted to announce that Newlie Long has joined our staff as Associate Pastor of Youth and Families. We welcome Pastor Newlie, his wife Christy, and their family to First Methodist Church.

First Methodist Lead Pastor Mike Childs says, “Newlie Long is well known in the Winston County community for his strong Christian ministry. He will provide the leadership that will enable our youth to grow spiritually and discover God’s plan for their lives.”

In addition to leading our youth and children’s ministries, Pastor Newlie will be preaching each Sunday at the First Methodist Contemporary Service at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Newlie Long encourages everyone to bring their Bible and come to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

First Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Main Street and North Church Avenue in Louisville, MS. Opportunities for worship each Sunday include an Early Service at 8:45 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Traditional Service at 11:00 a.m., Contemporary Service at 5:00 p.m., and Evening Service at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fire Truck Testing In Efforts to Lower Insurance Costs

Volunteer fire departments from all over the county conducted pump testing on fire trucks Saturday (Sept 29) . Testing is just one small step in getting and keeping a low homeowners insurance rating for the county. Documentation, maintenance, training and volunteers also plays a major role . Commissioner Mike Chaney made a surprise visit to the volunteer fire departments to thank them for their hard work.

Chamber Welcomes New Business

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome  Indie + Mae Photography Studio to downtown Louisville this afternoon, October 4, 2018. The business is the newest member to the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Jenny Snow.  Ms. Snow asks all to come out and visit the studio tonight during the Girls' Night in the Moonlight event going on now through 8 PM.  Indie + Mae Photography is located at 911 S. Columbus Ave.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Brown Bottling Donates to ECCC Athletics

Rodney Stephens (center), territory manager for Brown Bottling Group in Meridian, presents East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart (left) and ECCC Director of Athletics Paul Nixon (right) with a $15,000 donation to support the college’s athletics programs. Brown Bottling, a distributor for Pepsi Cola and Dr. Pepper products, is the sole provider of drinks to the ECCC cafeteria and grill, as well as vending machine drinks and snacks on the Decatur campus.

Citizens Report Receiving Sham Voter Registration Phone Calls, Mississippians Urged Not to Provide Personal Information Over the Phone

Several citizens in northeast Mississippi reported receiving suspicious phone calls today from individuals inaccurately purporting to represent TurboVote, a voter registration service provided by Democracy Works, which advocates for voter participation across the Nation.

The callers asked the citizens to register to vote over the phone, which requires providing the last four digits of a social security or full driver’s license number and date of birth. The callers also said citizens would be automatically provided an absentee ballot upon registering to vote.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has repeatedly urged Mississippians not to provide personal information to individuals over the phone, whether it be for charitable giving, voter registration, or any other purpose.

“In Mississippi, a citizen can only register to vote by submitting an application in-person at a Circuit Clerk’s Office or by mailing a signed voter registration application to the Circuit Clerk’s Office,” Secretary Hosemann said. “After registering to vote, a voter must submit a written application for an absentee ballot, which must be obtained from the voter’s Circuit Clerk’s Office.”

The Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed with Democracy Works that the calls are not affiliated with Democracy Works or TurboVote, and TurboVote does not register individuals to vote over the phone.

“Democracy Works immediately responded when we reported this incident, and we are working now with our Circuit Clerks, law enforcement, and relevant national organizations to try to find the genesis of these phone calls,” Secretary Hosemann said.

Monday, October 8, 2018, marks Mississippi’s in-person registration deadline, with Circuit Clerks’ offices open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. despite the federal holiday (Columbus day). Mailed applications must be post-marked no later than Tuesday, October 9. All Circuit Clerks’ Offices will be open for extended hours on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“As the voter registration deadline approaches in Mississippi, we are asking citizens to continue reporting suspicious activity and never give out their personal information over the phone,” Secretary Hosemann said.

To register to vote in Mississippi, a downloadable registration application is accessible at Y’all Vote,, the Secretary of State’s online voter information center. The application should be delivered or mailed to the Circuit Clerk in the county in which the voter resides.

An individual is eligible to register to vote if he or she is at least 18 years old, or will be 18 years old by November 6; is a Mississippi resident; has not been convicted in a Mississippi court of a disenfranchising crime; and has not been adjudicated as mentally incompetent. Mississippi currently has more than 1.8 million active registered voters.

Citizens who have already registered to vote in Mississippi but moved since the last election or changed their name can update their information online at Y’all Vote. About 2,000 voters in Mississippi have used the system to change their address or name since it was launched.

For more information about registering to vote for the first time in Mississippi, or changing an address or name as a previously-existing active registered Mississippi voter, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call the Elections Division at (601) 576-2550.

National Employ Older Workers Week Let’s Go Planting

Master Gardener Richard Moncrief of the Friends of Dean Park teaches a gardening class

Master Gardener Richard Moncrief of Friends of Dean Park, Inc. teaches a gardening class

The National Employ Older Workers Week Conference was held in Water Valley, MS, September 27, 2018, with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) of Winston County, Louisville, MS as one of the presenters. Other presenters were Water Valley Fire Chief Sherman Gooch and NCBA Job Counselor Sandra Johnson with information about the American Red Cross.

The National Caucus and Center on Black, Aging, Inc. (NCBA) located in Cleveland, MS had nearly 90 older trainees to attend the conference. NCBA is a federal government program funded through the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP). These older workers are paid a minimum wage stipend. They can train up to 4 years for an average of 20 hours per week, depending on the year’s budget. Chester Johnson is the Director for the Mississippi offices. He explained procedures for completing time sheets and job searches. Each trainee is required to look for employment and to report at least two employers that they have contacted per month. The ideal situation is for the Host Agency to employ the trainee at the end of their training.

For over 10 years the FODP, has been a Host Agency and has had from two to three landscape trainees from this program to train at Dean Park and at various other non-profit agencies as well as at the Eiland Middle School, Fair and Louisville Elementary School. Presently, FODP only has one trainee due to the budget cuts this year. Catherine Triplett attended the conference from Louisville, MS also. She is being trained at East Central Community College.

This year’s theme was “Let’s Go Planting” with Master Gardener Richard Moncrief presenting and Master Gardener Elmetra Patterson (Host Agency Supervisor) assisting. The theme emphasized that one is never too old to learn new things; to take part in activities that can enrich ones physical, mental and emotional well-being and to celebrate the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities. Moncrief presented ways that disabled persons and seniors can garden with little space and with accessibility. He demonstrated how to build a square bed for gardening which is very manageable for seniors. Other gardening discussed: Vertical Gardening, Raised Bed Gardening, Tire Gardening, and Container Gardening. Also, FODP displayed a miniature farmers’ market to emphasize that seniors can participate in their local farmers market by growing vegetables for the market. FODP has Raised Bed Gardens which are used as a teaching tool for children, disabled and seniors as it also supplies vegetables to the neighbors.

The eligibility requirements for participation in the SCSEP: 1) Must be unemployed; 2) must be 55 years of age or older with priority given to applicants who are 65 years or older; 3) must be capable of performing part-time training duties; 4) must reside in the state where they will be assigned; and 5) must have an annual family income which does not exceed 125% of the federal poverty income guidelines. Mississippi has two offices: 1423 North Street, Cleveland, MS 38732, (662) 846-6992 and 100 Railroad Avenue, Water Valley, MS 38965, (662) 846-6992.

By Elmetra Patterson

Master Gardener Richard Moncrief with Program Director of NBCA of MS Chester Johnson in background

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Winston Academy Participates in State Tourney

Winston Academy  Varsity Softball at State Tournament in McGee

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Hunter Rogers Participates in Drawing for Jaden Blair

A raffle for a 9 mm Ruger  was held on Saturday morning to raise funds for one of Winston County's youth who is suffering from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma which is in effect an inoperable brain tumor. Young Hunter Rogers, a cancer survivor himself participated in the drawing.

The winner of the raffle was Joey Holdiness. Through fundraising efforts, as much as $20,000 has been raised to help the family with expenses.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Last-Second Field Goal Halts East Central’s Upset Bid Against Top-Ranked East Mississippi

 Ronnie Thomas
It took a last-second field goal for the No. 1 football team in the nation to escape Decatur with a win. The East Mississippi Lions needed a 19-yard field goal from freshman Josh Smith with four seconds left on the clock to pull off a 24-21 win over the upset-minded East Central Community College Warriors Thursday, Sept. 27, at Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus. The loss dropped the No. 20 ranked Warriors to 3-2 on the season. East Central remains at the top of the MACJC South Division standings with a 2-0 record. Defending national champion East Mississippi improved to 5-0 overall. The overflow crowd that stayed until the final whistle got their money’s worth in the battle of Top 20 football teams.

Trailing 21-15 with 8:36 to play in the game and the ball on their own 20, the Warriors marched to the Lion 30 in a drive that featured runs of 10 and 20 yards by freshman Marquavious Qualls out of Lake. Facing fourth and one, East Central quarterback Mario Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) used his 6-6 body to sneak for the first down at the EMCC 28. On the next play, Asagunla hit a wide open freshman tight end Torin Hamilton (Starkville Academy) for the score to tie the game. EMCC blocked the point after attempt and the score was 21-21 with 3:51 to play.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Lions started the game-winning drive from their own 44-yard line. Facing fourth and goal from the Warrior two with just four seconds to play, Smith came on and kicked the game-winning field goal.

East Central took a 15-14 lead into the half on the Lions, who came into the contest averaging nearly 55 points per game. It was the first time East Mississippi had trailed at the half this season.

Warrior defenders sacked Lion quarterbacks six times in the first 30 minutes. The Warriors got on the scoreboard first in the first quarter with a 12-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with a three-yard pass from Asagunla to freshman tight end Ray Thomas from Senatobia. The point after kick by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) was no good.

East Mississippi went in front 7-6 early in the second quarter on a 15-yard run from Deon McIntosh. The Lions blocked an East Central punt on the Warriors next drive and Josh Miller scooped the ball and raced 30 yards to the end zone to give East Mississippi a 14-6 lead. Cox would add a 25-yard field goal with 6:07 to play before half to pull the Warriors to within 14-9.

On its next possession, EMCC drove to the Warrior nine-yard line. Facing third and goal, East Central freshman linebacker Payton Rogers out of Forest hit Lion quarterback Messiah deWeaver forcing a fumble. Linebacker V.J. Swanier (Pass Christian) caught the ball in the air and weaved and fought 84-yards to the end zone for the score. The point after was no good again, but East Central would lead 15-14 going to the locker room.

East Mississippi’s other score in the game came on an 11-yard run by Keon Moore in the third quarter. The East Central defense held the Lions to just 383 total yards for the game, well below their 507-yard per game average. The Warrior offense played ball control to keep the EMCC offense on the sidelines as much as possible, holding a 31:28 to 28:32 advantage in time of possession.

James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Canton) led the Warriors in rushing with 82 yards on 27 attempts. Qualls came off the bench to rush for 62 yards on 10 carries. Asagunla’s two touchdown passes gives him 12 on the season. Steven Anderson (Purvis) punted three times for a 41.3 average, including a 60-yarder in the third quarter.

Defensively, East Central was led by Swanier’s 11 total tackles. Linebacker Kendrick Abney (Sylva Bay Academy, Bay Springs) had 10 stops. Freshman defensive lineman Ronnie Thomas out of Clinton and linebacker Tanner Bullock of Houston each tallied eight tackles, a sack, and two tackles for a loss. Defensive end Telayes Cole of Newton County also had a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The Warriors return to MACJC South Division play next Thursday when they host the Copiah-Lincoln Wolves at 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the ECCC Campus in Decatur. It will be Homecoming 2018 on the East Central campus. A complete list of Homecoming activities can be found at

Co-Lin is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the South Division after a 38-13 win at No. 14 Gulf Coast Sept. 27. The Wolves defeated East Central 27-24 last season on a last-minute field goal.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at