Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Locals Bring Home Martial Arts Trophies

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Willie D. Matthews and his student Carisma Edwards participated in Battle of Memphis Mixed Martial Arts Tournament held in Landers Center, Southhaven, MS. This was Carisma’s very first tournament since taking lessons from 4th Degree Black Belt Willie D. Matthews. She has been studying Taekwondo with him for eight months. She came home to Louisville with a 1st Place Trophy and a green belt. Carisma is known to challenge ‘tough’ sports as she was the first, last and only female to play football at Louisville High School. She also studied Boxing at Meridian Community College.

Willie D. Matthews is a Master Instructor who teaches Taekwondo in Louisville, MS. He has been studying since 1973 under Grand Master 8th Degree Black Belt, Young Cho, in Chicago, IL who is from Seoul, South Korea. Willie has taught Taekwondo in Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, Oak Park, IL, Jackson, MS and he taught in the Field House at the Louisville Housing Authority for several years. Willie also came home from the Battle of Memphis with a First Place Trophy in Taekwondo. Willie is also in training as an assistant landscaper in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. with training at Dean Park and throughout Winston County.

Both, Carisma and Willie had the opportunity to meet Jackie “Rip” Eichelberger who is a 4th Degree Black Belt and Champion from Milwaukee, WI. They met at the Winston County Library at a Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 24, 2018 which was to honor Vietnam veteran Billy Metts.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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L to R: Carisma Edwards, Willie D. Matthews           L to R: Carisma Edwards, Jackie “Rip” Eichelberger, Willie D. Matthews
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Carisma Edwards, 1st Place Winner           Willie D. Matthews, 1st Place Winner

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Speakers for March 3rd Criminal Justice Workshop

Been to Jail, you can still vote; Want your criminal record erased?
Then join us at our first Criminal Justice Workshop

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018, 1p.m. – 3 p.m. at the WINSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

Women in the NAACP (WIN) and the Winston County Voters League are presenting a Criminal Justice Workshop with information that follows:

EXPUNGEMENT of Criminal Record: find out if you qualify to have your criminal record cleared and reestablish your Right to Vote and obtain better job opportunities

RESTORATION of Voting Rights: find out if you can get your voting rights restored even if you have a felony conviction

BEEN TO JAIL YOU CAN STILL VOTE: find out which crimes do not prevent you from voting

STORY CIRCLES: We want to hear your experiences with the criminal justice system (publicly & privately) to help us make the system better

This is a community workshop to help citizens with criminal records understand their Voting Rights


CAROLYN R. HAMPTON 662-779-2109
JANICE HOPKINS 662-773-7743

Nsombi Lambright, One Voice Interim CEO

In August of 2017, Nsombi Lambright was named Interim CEO of One Voice in the absence of Derrick Johnson, who was appointed as the Interim CEO of the NAACP. Nsombi Lambright formerly held the position of Director of Development and Programs at One Voice. In this position, she is responsible for grassroots fundraising and program coordination at One Voice. Working very closely with the MS State Conference NAACP, Nsombi coordinates work to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, to reduce the mass incarceration of people of color and coordinates the organization’s election protection work.
Prior to joining the One Voice staff, Nsombi spent 8 years as Executive Director of the ACLU of MS. Nsombi led the ACLU’s work to end the school to prison pipeline, to address sentencing disparities and a number of other Constitutional issues. During her time with the ACLU, she helped to defeat a personhood Constitutional amendment that would’ve ended abortion rights as well as inhibited a doctor’s ability to perform life saving procedures on pregnant women. Nsombi sits on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Mississippi Veteran’s of the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative. She is also a member of the Jackson Branch NAACP, Women for Progress and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Nsombi also served on the late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s transition team after his election in July of 2013. Nsombi is the proud mother of one son who is a freshman in college.

Attorney Dawn L. Stough

Dawn L. Stough is a practicing attorney specializing in Criminal Defense. She has been recognized for her work with indigent, working poor, and other marginalized individuals in the community. Additionally, Ms. Stough is the Board Advisor to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Transitional Reentry Agency, and a Board Member of both Goodwill Industries and My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. of Jackson, Mississippi.

Dawn has given numerous lectures and seminars as an adjunct and CLE instructor, and she has also been featured as a guest speaker on various legal topics, including: domestic relations, matters relating to criminal defense, criminal recidivism, and State and national efforts to decrease the prison population.

Over the span of her 15 year legal career, Dawn has worked as an Associate Attorney at notable firms in the State of Mississippi; however, it was her work within Mississippi’s Criminal Justice System that became her calling. Dawn worked at the Pike County, Utica City, and Harrison County Public Defender’s Offices, respectively, where, collectively, she held the position of Assistant Public Defender for more than 11 years. In Harrison County, Ms. Stough began actively engaging in efforts to reduce incarceration rates in the State, and she presently continues those efforts and maintains a solo practice in the greater Gulfport, Mississippi area.

Dawn received her Bachelor’s Degree from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Since Dawn began her career working with those facing incarceration and severance from their communities and family, she has made it a mission to aid in reducing the prison population and to simply assist individuals in efforts to “stay, get and remain free”.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mayor Speaks to Local Lions

Louisville Mayor Will Hill recently spoke to the Louisville Lions' Club. Hill noted several projects ongoing across the community as well his recent trip to Washington, D.C. where he met with our Congressman and Senators on several local issues. Hill also attended a panel discussion at the White House with other mayors across the country and federal department officials. Mayor Hill had the opportunity to meet and converse with Vice President Mike Pence at that time.

After Lengthy Delays, Final Approval to Remove Old Courthouse Annex Building Obtained

Some long-awaited changes to downtown Louisville may finally begin to take shape as Winston County received approval to remove the old Annex Building behind the existing Courthouse. The building constructed in the late 1940’s has until recently been used as offices and a courtroom by the County.

The building’s basement has been unusable for a number of years and termite damage has weakened the structure as well. The County has been working on a project to build a new three-story structure on the site to serve a number of purposes, including offices for the Sheriff and Emergency Management Departments, board rooms and administrative offices, since funding became available after the April 2014 tornado.

The project has been delayed pending approval to demolish the existing structure. The major issue has been obtaining approval from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History dependent upon its status as a historical structure. This approval was needed to obtain the necessary funding from FEMA and MEMA. After lengthy delays, the County received that approval within the last two weeks.

According to Winston County Supervisors’ Board President Luke Parkes, the County is ready to take action and hopes to take bids as early as the next board meeting in March with demolition beginning this Spring and further action on new construction to follow quickly.

Rendering of a proposed structure to replace the existing Courthouse Annex

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Pact Book Club Gathered: A Black History Story

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L to R: Royce Davis (held by father), LeVante Davis, Jr., Clifton Eichelberger, Jr., Jamere Eichelberger, Isaac  Edwards,
Cory Hardy, Elmetra Patterson, facilitator and Rashaad Edwards. (not photographed: Nicholas Shields, Mikel Hannah,
Tyrone Stallings, Brandi  and Michelle Hopkins)

The Pact Book Club was founded in 2006 by this writer and Brandi Hopkins. It ended in 2010 when its members were referred to the Boys and Girls Club as member and/or tutors for the younger children. Most of the members, now young adults, were in attendance on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the funeral services and repast of Mrs. Betsy Ann Eichelberger, the woman they called ‘Big Mama’. Mrs. Eichelberger was very supportive of these young adults from early childhood until adulthood when they went away to college or to live in other cities for employment.

She was such an inspiration to them that they came back to say goodbye upon her death. While in the Pact Book Club, they selected her to be the guest speaker at their 1st Banquet and Awards Night. The club’s motto was “Reading Opens the Door to the World”. The theme for the banquet was “Unlock the Doors” from which she spoke. It was held May 21, 2007. She encouraged them to continue to read – telling them of how their ancestors had to sneak and read because it was against the law in some places to read or have someone teach them to read. She shared how as a youngster, she did not have many books to read. In school she had to read 2nd handed books, many outdated, which were passed to her Mt. Sinai Church School from the white school but she read and continued to read at 99 years old.

Since it is Black History month, let’s share about another African American woman who inspired The Pact Book Club members. They were required to read the keynote speech made by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Most inspirational to the young readers and their parents was when they read Michelle Obama’s speech about values that she and Barrack Obama were taught as youth: “…….that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.”

These values were the discussion of many of our weekly reading sessions as we read books by and about African Americans and other inspirational biographies. Most of these young readers were from single parent homes. However, they know that from their readings they can be successful and not use that as an excuse.

Another favorite part of the speech for the young readers, “And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

After catching up with what is going on in these young men’s lives presently, it was exciting to know that they adopted those values and are doing quite well. This writer is grateful to have them as a part of her life and appreciates their love for her and her deceased mother – Mrs. Betsy Ann ’Patti’ Eichelberger.

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90 year old Betsy Ann Eichelberger speaking at The Pact Book Club’s Banquet 2007
DOB October 22, 1918 – DOD February 5, 2018

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Charles Hampton, MS State Conference NAACP President with Betsy Ann Eichelberger

Submitted By: Elmetra Patterson

Local Youth Reviews Dr. Charles Drew’s Biography-Reprint March 22, 2008

By Isaac Edwards
The Pact Book Club, treasurer
Dr. Charles R. Drew

During Black History Month each member of the Pact Book Club read a biography of a Black person who contributed in a positive way to the history of the United States and the World. The book I chose was Dr. Charles Drew: Medical Pioneer by Susan Whitehurst, Copyright 2002.

Dr. Charles Drew is remembered today as a skilled doctor and scientist. He is considered the ‘father of the blood bank’. He created the first major U. S. blood banking program. His efforts saved countless lives during World War 11. Dr. Charles started working when he was 12 years old. He sold newspapers on street corners. At Dunbar High School, in Washington, D. C., Charles played a sport each season. He was the star of his football team each fall, played basketball in the winter and ran track and played baseball in the spring. He also swam in the summer.

When Charles’ sister died of tuberculosis, he wanted to become a doctor and he did. Even though, he was the star football players, he was not allowed to eat dinner with his teammates because of the color of his skin. After one big game, the football team went out for dinner and the restaurant had a Jim Crow law that no colored could eat there. This really made Charles mad. He used his anger in a constructive way and continued to excel. He wanted to attend college at Harvard University. He was rejected. Later on, he became a teacher at Harvard University! Charles was an encouragement to other blacks who wanted to become doctors. He died from a crushing injury in a car accident. It was so bad that all the blood in the world could not save him. The president of Harvard spoke at his funeral about how Dr. Drew touched the lives of so many people in the world with his work with plasma and blood transfusions.

I am recommending this book to other youth. It was very inspirational to me as an 11 year old.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Constitution Week Poster Contest Winner

The winner of the Constitution Week poster contest sponsored by the local Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR is Jackson Tucker. Jackson is the son of Benji and Nikki Tucker and is a sixth grade student at Winston Academy. Jackson won $25 for his winning poster. Pictured left to right: Mary Tabor -Constitution Week Chairperson, Jackson Tucker, and Bobbie Dewberry -Jackson’s sixth grade teacher.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

LMSD Begins Search for Superintendent

The Louisville Municipal School Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, February 12th and dealt with a
number of issues. At the top of the agenda was the search for a new superintendent. The Board  met with Dr. Mike Waldrop from the Mississippi School Board Association concerning the requirements and needs of the district for a superintendent to replace outgoing superintendent Ken McMullen whose contract will expire in June. Waldrop gave the board several options which included hiring the Mississippi School Board Association to conduct the search for a qualified candidate. After discussion, the board agreed to conduct a special meeting at some point in Jackson with the Association to make final determinations on the search efforts. Waldrop indicated that a reasonable time for the search would be from 8 to 12 weeks.

The board also reviewed renovation project bids at several of the schools. Of most interest were the alternative bids for additional work that needs to be completed. The board is attempting to work within a two million dollar budget for these renovations. One alternate proposal was to repair the north wall of the Eiland gym for $67,700. It was determined that the south wall also needed repair so a possible change in this alternative project is being considered. Another alternative proposal was to put a metal roof in addition to coating on the Nanih Waiya gym.  The coating of the gym was
included in base bids but a needed replacement with a new metal roof was not included and when cost an additional $72,400. The board also reviewed alternate bids for bricking columns at Nanih Waiya and replacing the sidewalk for $101,600, completing drainage work around the administration building of Louisville High School for $22,800, replacing the seating and flooring in the high school gym at Louisville High which included removal asbestos floor tiles for $311,800. Another project that requires attention is the replacement of the roof on the vocational building located on the Louisville High School campus. Recent leaks in this roof has caused some damage to the interior of the structure.

After discussion the board approved the repair of the Eiland gym, the additional cost of replacing the roof at the gym in Nanih Waiya and pursuing the replacement of the roof at the vocational building after review of the warranty on the existing roof.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Region 3 Reading Fair Winners

Cameran Porter and Kristin Jernigan, 7th grade students at Eiland Middle School, participated and won 1st place at the Region 3 Reading Fair in the Group Division held on January 26 and are advancing to the State Reading Fair competition this month.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Black promoted to Captain in Louisville Police Department

Sergeant Karl Black of the Louisville Police Department was recently promoted to the rank of Captain. Black has twenty three years of service in law enforcement including time in Jackson and Philadelphia prior to his service with  LPD. The rank of captain entails the responsibility as shift commander.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pilot Club of Louisville Pageant Registration Deadline - Feb.9

The Pilot Club of Louisville has planned its annual Pilot Club Pageant for March 24, 2018 and will be held in the Louisville High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. There will be an entry fee at the door and programs will be available to purchase.

This year's the theme will be "Rockin' with the Pilots." The stage will have an array of d├ęcor to portray an old diner. The night will be fun for all the girls! The pageant is open to girls ages 4-18. The contestant MUST live in Winston County or attend a school in Winston County. The contestant cannot be married or have been married. The contestant cannot be a mother of a child or be pregnant with a child at the time of the pageant.

Contestants can pick up their registration forms at Swanky Sisters Boutique (located next to Winston Furniture Company), Renansant Bank and see Sherry Suttle, or Bancorp South (Main Street location) and see Heather Thompson. The deadline to register is February 9, 2018.

Any person or business who wishes to purchase an ad for a contestant or a business is encouraged to do so. Contact Kristen Knox at 662-779-5121 or Brandi Krajewski 662-803-4039 to learn more about this. This is a special opportunity to support a child and program will be a great keepsake. Contestants are encouraged to sell ads. We will be giving the HEART OF PILOT AWARD this year in recognitition of the contestant who sells the most ads. The Pilot Club will also give scholarships to the older division. The ad forms will be included in the registration forms.

We will also be selling our annual t-shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a Pilot Club t-shirt, contact any Pilot Club member.

Mark your calendars now! Get registered! 


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LMSD Athletes Sign On the Dotted Line!!

The boardroom of the Louisville Municipal School District was buzzing as athletes from Louisville High and Nanih Waiya signed to play football with a number of schools across the area. Family and friends gathered to celebrate as the District chose to mark the event in one location rather than the various schools involved. Six young men from Louisville signed their letters this morning and two from Nanih Waiya.

East Mississipi signed two including Pervis Frazier from Louisville and Taemus Glass from Nanih Waiya. Jones Community College also signed two including Daylen Gill and Lakevias Daniels from Louisville. Louisville's Lawilliam Holmes signed with Copiah-Lincoln. Alex Brown and Jacob Cunningham also from Louisville signed with Itawamba.  Chris Smith of Nanih Waiya signed to play ball for Louisiana-Lafayette.

Nanih Waiya's Chris Smith & Taemus Glass

Smith Signs with Louisiana-Lafayette and Glass signs with East Ms.
L to R: Lawilliam Holmes- Co-Lin, Daylen Gill - Jones, Alex Brown - Itawamba, Lakevias Daniels - Jones,
Pervis Frazier - East Ms, Jacob Cunningham - Itawamba

Public Service Commission Closes Book on Kemper

At its open meeting this Tuesday, the Public Service Commission unanimously voted to approve an agreement regarding Mississippi Power Company’s Kemper County Power Plant bringing the lengthy contested proceeding to a close.

The settlement comes as a result of a Commission Order in June 2017, in which the Commission encouraged parties to reach a final solution to the case.

Commissioners stated that any proposal brought before them should result in no rate increase and preferably a rate decrease for residential customers. Additionally, Commissioners insisted that all risk be removed from ratepayers for the lignite coal related assets located at the facility. The agreement approved by the Commission meets both of these requirements, with a forthcoming compliance filing expected to decrease an average residential customer’s bill by 2.4 percent or over $3.00 per month.

To date, Mississippi Power has written off over $6.4 billion on the project. As part of the agreement, the company will not ask to recover any of these losses from ratepayers now, or in the future. The Kemper County Power Plant will continue to produce electricity operating as a natural gas plant, as it has since 2014.

“Through strong Commission leadership we have protected the customers of Mississippi Power, lowered their rates and closed the book on this case. Since 2008, I have made it my mission to ensure that the public interest was fully protected in this case. I can now say that has been accomplished,” said Chairman Brandon Presley.

“Since being elected in 2015, it has been a top priority of mine to resolve Kemper and to ensure Mississippi Power customers are protected with the resolution of this case.” Southern District Commissioner Sam Britton said. “I’m proud of the work that was done to close the Kemper Case with this rate reduction for Mississippi Power customers. The people in South Mississippi have waited long enough.”

“We are pleased that this settlement agreement will result in a rate reduction for Mississippi Power customers,” said Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown. “We are also pleased that Mississippi Power Company customers have never paid, and pursuant to this agreement, will never pay for any of the costs of the failed gasifier.”

Monday, February 5, 2018

Public Service Commission to Discuss Action on Kemper County Power Plant - Feb.6

At its open meeting Tuesday, February 6, 2018 the Public Service Commission expects to make a decision on docket number 2017-AD-112, or Kemper Settlement Docket. The settlement comes as a result of a Commission Order in June 2017, in which the Commission encouraged parties to reach a final solution to Kemper.

Commissioners stated that any proposal brought before them should result in no rate increase and preferably a rate decrease for residential customers. Additionally, Commissioners insisted that all risk be removed from ratepayers for the lignite coal related assets located at the facility and that the certificate be amended to reflect the facility to be run only using natural gas.

The agreement before the Commission, if approved, will end all issues surrounding the Kemper Facility.

When: February 6, 2018 @ 11:30 A.M.

Where: Woolfolk State Office Building
MPSC Lobby
501 N. West Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

Who: Chairman Brandon Presley, Northern District
Commissioner Sam Britton, Southern District
Commissioner Cecil Brown, Central District

Friday, February 2, 2018

Winston County Sheriff Searching for Stolen ATV

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance for information on the theft of a
4-wheeler on Thursday night or early this morning. A 2017 CAN AM model XMR ATV was stolen from a property in the 4900 block of Hwy 395 sometime after 10:00 pm on Thursday night.

The CAN AM is similar to this photograph but with red stripes and bars. It also has a broken left back fender and a broken front guard.

If you have any information on this crime or the location of this stolen ATV, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.