Saturday, March 31, 2018

Winston County Board of Supervisors' Agenda - April 2

Murder Suspect in Custody in Georgia

The Louisville Police Department indicates that Malik Isaihia Riggins , the suspect in the shooting
Malik Riggins
death of 16-year old Tylan Glenn surrendered to authorities in Douglas County, Georgia on Friday.

The shooting occurred in Mt. Moriah Circle in Louisville on Saturday night, March 24th. Seventeen year old Tylan Mikel Glenn died from multiple gunshot wounds. Glenn was a student at Louisville High School.

Twenty year old, Jordan Thomas Miller, who may have assisted Riggins in fleeing the scene turned himself into local authorities earlier this week.

Friday, March 30, 2018

NEW LPD Officer Graduates From Training

On March 29,2018, Officer Dalton Daniel of the Louisville Police Department graduated from the 12
New LPD Officer Dalton Daniel
week basic police training program.  The class was held at the North Ms. Law Enforcement Training Academy in Tupelo. 

Officer Daniel excelled in the training program. At graduation, he was awarded for his service in the position of squad leader. Officer Daniel was also awarded for being number one in the class in physical fitness and he received the top cop award for being ranked number one overall in the class.

Although Officer Daniel is a new hire to the Louisville Police Department, he looks forward to serving the citizens of Louisville in this same manner by striving every day to do his best.

L to R:  LPD Chief L.M. Claiborne, Assistant Chief Taylor, Officer Dalton Daniel and Officer Dalton Womble at the Graduation Ceremony

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

ECCC and JCJC Split Doubleheader Between Top 20 Baseball Teams

No. 17 East Central Community College Warriors scored eight early runs in the opener and held on for a 12-6 win before losing a heartbreaking 1-0 second game in a baseball doubleheader split with No. 9 Jones County Junior College, Tuesday, March 27, at Community Bank Park in Ellisville.

With the split, East Central is 18-6 overall on the season and 7-1 in MACJC play, which puts the Warriors in second place in the league. The Jones County Bobcats are 18-6 and 5-3.

East Central scored eight runs on 10 hits and quickly led 8-0 after two innings in the first game. Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya had an RBI single and freshman Ken Scott of Clarkdale doubled in two runs to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead after one inning of play. East Central added five more runs in the top of the second on a wild pitch, a two-run double by Ball, another double from Scott, and an RBI single from Davis Lott of Lewisburg High School.

East Central’s other runs of the game came on a two-run double from freshman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) in the fifth, a single by freshman Deon Leflore of Leake Central in the sixth, and a passed ball in the seventh.

Farid and Leflore each had three hits in the win, while Ball and Scott had two each. Ball knocked in four runs and Scott two runs.

Right-hander Kolby Crowley of East Webster got the start and the win for East Central, throwing five and a third innings and giving up eight hits and six runs. Right-hander Dylan Marsh of Lake Cormorant came on to close things out, pitching the final three and two thirds innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. It was Marsh’s third save of the season.

After 24 hits between the two teams in the opener, the nightcap was a true pitchers’ duel. East Central left-hander Brooks Warren out of French Camp Academy allowed just one hit and no earned runs over six innings and struck out seven Bobcat batters. Two JCJC pitchers allowed just two East Central hits.

The only run of the game came in the bottom of the second on a two-out single by Jones County’s Stephen Matthews.

Two walks and a hit batter helped East Central loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with only one out, but the Warriors could not get the tying run across the plate.

East Central’s hits in game two came in the form of a double from Scott and a single by freshman Zack Hutchison of Wayne Academy in Ellisville.

The East Central Warriors will stay on the road to face Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead on Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Warriors will then host Pearl River Community College on Wednesday, April 4, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Most home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Dr. King’s Legacy Honored On 50th Anniversary Of His Death

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Charles Hampton, Mississippi State
Conference NAACP, President
On April 4, 2018, 8:00 a.m., at AFSCME Local 1733, 485 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103, thousands of people will gather for a March and Rally to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day of the 50th Anniversary of his death.

The NAACP, the American Federation State County Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Church of God in Christ (COGIC), and other civil, human and workers’ rights leaders will gather in Memphis from April 2 to April 4 for a series of events honoring Dr. King’s legacy and the courage and sacrifice of the sanitation workers.

In a letter to the press and NAACP members, President and CEO of the NAACP stated, “In 1968, 1,300 African-American sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike in order to protest hazardous working conditions. On April 3, 1968, Dr. King addressed a group of 10,000 African-American residents, members of the clergy and union members at Mason Temple, the Memphis headquarters of the Church of God in Christ. Just one day after, on April 4, Dr. King was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.

The I AM 2018 campaign, whose theme is taken from the strikers’ iconic slogan, “I AM A MAN,” will mobilize activists to lead the change in their communities in 2018 and beyond.”

Charles Hampton, the former president of the Winston County Branch NAACP, presently the president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, and a resident of Louisville, MS, encourages all to attend this rally. Event will conclude at Mason Temple.

NAACP participants should arrive no later than 7 a.m. CT at
Mt. Olive CME Church ( 2 blocks from where the March starts)
538 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave.
Memphis, TN 38126.
T-Shirts, signs, and banners will be available for all NAACP participants.

President and CEO Derrick titled his letter, “Your Time to March”. You may sign up at, if you wish to attend or sign up on arrival.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Louisville Native Received Rosie the Riveter Certificate A Women History Month Story

On April 8, 2014 Marcella Eichelberger Turnipseed Hubbard
received the Rosie the Riveter Certificate which represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. Marcella is the daughter of the late William James and Sarah Coleman Eichelberger. Marcella was born, March 28, 1921 and was raised in Louisville, MS. She graduated from the Winston County Training School while living in the Mt. Sinai Community.

With so many men gone to war, the United States had to recruit for the industry jobs that were left vacant. It was still very racially segregated during this era and therefore, the United Stated started with recruiting middle class white women, followed by minority men. Later, minority women were the last to be recruited. For the first time in this nation’s history, minorities and white women were working together in industry. (This writer remembers her brother, Lorenzo Eichelberger sharing that he was a trained welder who was sent to Atlanta, GA to work in 1941. He said that the Blacks worked 2nd shift and white worked 1st shift. Because Blacks were continuing to be lynched in GA at this time, he and his friends became afraid of being lynched while out at night and therefore, begged their job placement person to send them to California instead to work in the shipyards. He and a brother-in-law Melvin Smith were sent to Sausalito, CA. He later served in the war). Many people from across the United States migrated to Richmond, Sausalito, CA and to other industrial cities to work in industry building ships, bombs, munitions and other war equipment for the United States and its allies.

Over 6 million women were recruited and became known at Rosie the Riveter. “We Can Do It” became their motto. Seemingly, the motto was to assure the country that they could be trusted to do the work of the men who were gone to war and also to encourage themselves. They, also, became known as the Home Front workers. The origin of Rosie the Riveter came from a real woman, Rose Will Monroe, who worked as a riveter at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan. At that location, they were responsible for building B-24 bombers for the U. S Army Air Forces.

In 2000, the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park was established in Richmond, CA. to tell the story of the role of women in World War II. Richmond became the most logical location for the park. The Kaiser Shipyards are located in Richmond and that is where 747 ships were built during the war which makes them the most productive shipyards in history. Richmond has a large number of historical buildings from the war period. Also, Richmond had 55 war industries. The SS Red Oak Victory Ship which was built in 1944 and used in the war as a cargo ship was preserved to serve as a museum ship in Richmond, CA. It is a part of the Rosie the Riveter/WW II Home Front National Historical Park.

In 1943, Marcella decided to follow her brother Lorenzo to California to seek employment which resulted in her being trained and employed as a welder at the shipyard in Sausalito, CA. She continued employment as a welder for 3 years. She returned home to Louisville in 1946 to marry Rev. B.C. Turnipseed who was also a Civil Rights Workers – registering Blacks to vote throughout Mississippi. Marcella pursued her degree in education and graduated from Mississippi Valley State University to become a school teacher. She taught school in Pickens, Vaiden and Laurel, MS. She and her husband raised one child, Angeline Turnipseed West. After the death of her husband in 1963, Marcella and their daughter moved to California to live until present. Upon her return to California, she worked for Internal Revenue Service and later for the Social Security Administration in Richmond, CA from which she retired. A few years after her return to California, she married the late M. L. Hubbard. She has been an active member of New Hope Baptist Church, Oakland, CA since 1964. She is a seamstress, excellent cook and gardeners. She is the eldest living member of her family which consisted of 22 children by her father William James Eichelberger who was a World War I veteran. He was married to her mother Sarah Coleman and had 10 children by before her death. After which, he married Betsy Ann Hughes and had 12 children (two children died as infants).

Marcella celebrated her 97th birthday on Saturday, March 24, 2018, with her family in Oakland, CA. She is the grandmother of three: LaTasha Mitchum, Samauri Ware, Rasheeda West Johnson; great grandmother of six; Sheliah Mitchum, Jalil Christopher, Jalen Jordan, Keyo Johnson, Jr., Kyron Johnson, Kaleb Johnson and great great grandmother of one: Ryann Mitchum.

She has siblings who still live in Louisville: Elmetra Patterson, Janice Hopkins, Barbara Coleman, Gwendolyn, Paul and Clifford Eichelberger. Other siblings: Aurelia Eichelberger of San Francisco, CA, Ollie Walker of Oakland, CA, Ina Davis of Alameda, CA, Ruth Brown and Mattie Davis of Richmond, CA, Clifton Eichelberger of Baton Rouge, LA. Her Step-mother, Betsy Ann ‘Pattie’ Eichelberger recently passed in Louisville, MS.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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Marcella with another Rosie the Riveter at the ceremony

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ECCC Softball Extends Winning Streak to 8 With Sweep of Southwest

It wasn’t easy, but the No. 9 ranked East Central Community
Macy Brabham of Brookhaven bats in the first inning against Southwest.
College Lady Warriors extended their softball winning streak to eight with a sweep of the visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Lady Bears Monday, March 26, at the Softball Park in Decatur.

East Central had to come from behind in both games. The Lady Warriors won the opener 3-2 in walk-off fashion, and scored nine runs in the final three innings for a 9-1 run-rule win in the second game.

The Lady Warriors are now 22-6 overall on the season and 9-5 in MACJC play, while the Southwest Lady Bears are 11-15 overall and 4-12 in league play.

In the dramatic game one win, the contest went into extra innings tied 1-1. Southwest grabbed the lead in the top of the eighth with a home run to left field from Kayla McNabb.

Trailing 2-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth, Madalyn McMahon of Neshoba Central led off with a double for the Lady Warriors. A single by Kayla Beckham, also out of Neshoba Central, sent McMahon to third base, before a sacrifice fly from Cassie Obman of Caledonia brought McMahon home with the tying run. Ali Gartman of Loyd Star then hit a hard grounder to the shortstop and the throw to first was off the mark bringing Beckham home from second base for the 3-2 win.

Eva Scott (Burleson, Texas, Centennial) and Beckham each had two hits for East Central in game one.

Kaitlyn Oswalt of Heritage Academy in Columbus got the win in the circle. She gave up nine hits over the eight innings and struck out eight batters.

In the second game, East Central went to the bottom of the fourth trailing 1-0 before Mackenzie Johnson out of Nanih Waiya hit an inside-the-park homer off the top of the center field wall to bring in two runs, including what would be the game-winner. Tagen Remmel, who prepped at Clinton High School, doubled in the Lady Warriors’ first run of the inning.

Leading 3-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth, East Central scored six runs to end the game by run-rule. The inning opened with singles by Johnson and Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin sandwiched around and a walk. McMahon then walked bringing in a run. A Beckham double brought in two more runs, before RBI singles by Alyssa Pendergrass of Columbia and Scott made the score 8-1 with no outs. Following a strikeout, Katherine Shell of Brookhaven singled in Pendergrass with the ninth and winning run.

Johnson had three hits for the Lady Warriors in the nightcap, while Beckham and Scott had a pair of hits each. Beckham and Johnson had two RBI each.

Mackenzie Rousseau (Houma, La., Vanderbilt Catholic) picked up the win in the circle, giving up just four hits and no earned runs, while striking out three batters.

East Central will hit the road Thursday, March 29, to face Holmes Community College. That MACJC doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. in Goodman.

The Lady Warriors will return home the following week for two MACJC doubleheaders. East Central hosts Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Wednesday, April 4, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and then Northeast Mississippi Community College will visit the Softball Park in Decatur on Saturday, April 7, for games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Most home softball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

ECCC’s Wyatt Ball Named MACJC Player of the Week

East Central Community College sophomore infielder/outfielder
Wyatt Ball has been named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Baseball Player of the Week for March 19-25.

The product of Nanih Waiya High School had a big week at the plate and on the base paths as No. 13 East Central went 4-0 with sweeps of Southwest Mississippi Community College and Holmes Community College.

For the week, Ball hit .625 (10-16) with three doubles, a triple, and a home run. He knocked in eight runs and also scored 10 runs. He stole two bases. Ball hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run) over the two games against Southwest, and he had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to help the Warriors beat Holmes 3-2 in game two of the series.

For the season, Ball leads East Central in batting average at .462, in hits with 30, in RBI with 23, in runs scored with 24, and in walks with 18. He’s also stolen seven bases.

One Suspect in Custody in Saturday Night Shooting

Jordan Thomas Miller turned himself in to authorities on Monday. Miller was wanted in connection with the shooting death of seventeen year old Tylan Mikel Glenn on Saturday.  Miller is not suspected as the shooter in the case but was wanted for assisting the suspect in fleeing the scene. Miller has had his initial appearance and a $100,000 bond has been set.

The suspected shooter, twenty one year old Isaiah Malik Riggins is still at large. If you have information as to his whereabouts, please contact the Louisville Police Department.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Warrants Issued For Arrests in Saturday Night Shooting Death in Louisville

Isaiah Riggins - sought for Saturday shooting
The Louisville Police Department issued warrants this morning for Isaiah Malik Riggins in the shooting death that occurred in Mt. Moriah Circle on Saturday night.  Seventeen year old Tylan Mikel Glenn died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Glenn was sitting in the passenger seat with a female driver and a child in the back seat when he was struck from outside of the vehicle .  No one else was injured in the incident. Glenn was a student at Louisville High School. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Twenty one year old Riggins is being sought as a suspect in the case and Louisville Police Chief L. M. Claiborne believes that this was not a random shooting but the result of a domestic issue. A warrant has also been issued for  twenty year old, Jordan Thomas Miller, who may have assisted Riggins in fleeing the scene.

Jordan Thomas Miller

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Late Inning Heroics Send ECCC to MACJC Baseball Sweep Over Holmes

East Central Community College’s Wyatt Ball continued his torrid
ECCC freshman outfielder Deon Leflore (No. 1) congratulated after hitting grand slam.
hitting of late with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Warriors to a 3-2 win in the nightcap and an MACJC doubleheader sweep over the visiting Holmes Community College Bulldogs on Saturday, March 24, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Freshman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) hit a two-run homer and fellow freshman Ken Scott of Clarkdale followed with a game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning to give East Central a come-from-behind 10-9 win in the opener.

East Central remains undefeated in MACJC play at 6-0. The No. 13 ranked Warriors are now 17-5 overall on the season. Holmes fell to 15-7 overall and 3-3 in the league.

The Warriors are currently riding a six-game winning streak.

In the nightcap, the game went to the bottom of the seventh inning tied 2-2. With two outs and two strikes, Ball laced a single to centerfield scoring freshman Anderson Shelley (Greenville Washington School) from second and giving the Warriors the 3-2 win.

Ball, a sophomore infielder/outfielder who prepped at Nanih Waiya, had a hot week at the plate. In the Warriors four wins, he hit .625 with three doubles, a homer, eight RBI, and six runs scored.
Warrior sophomore Wyatt Ball swipes second base in the opening game.

East Central’s only other runs in the second game came on a Ball RBI single in the first inning and a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Jacob Edwards (Newton County) in the second.

The Warriors fell behind 4-1 after three innings of game one. That all changed in the bottom of the fourth when six runs crossed the plate including four on a grand slam to deep center from freshman Deon Leflore out of Leake Central. Freshmen Alex Hay of Lewisburg and Zack Hutchison of Ellisville both singled in runs in the big fourth.

Holmes wouldn’t quit. The Bulldogs battled back to take a 9-7 lead that held up until the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Farid hit his two-run homer to leftfield to tie the game 9-9. After Ball doubled, Scott’s single brought him home with what would be the winning run.

Sophomore right-hander Kolby Crowley of East Webster picked up the win in game one throwing three scoreless innings in the sixth, seventh, and eighth.

Sophomore right-hander Dylan Marsh out of Lake Cormorant came on late in both ball games to earn a save and a win. The current MACJC Pitcher of the Week pitched the ninth inning of the opener to earn the save and came on to pitch the final two innings of the second game to record the win. Over the three innings he pitched, Marsh threw just 27 pitches, giving up one hit, no runs, and striking out four batters.

The Warriors will face two tough road tests next week. East Central visits No. 3 Jones County Junior College for a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 27, in Ellisville. First pitch is at 3 p.m. East Central will then travel to Moorhead to face Mississippi Delta Community College on Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

ECCC Men’s Tennis Wins First Match of Season, Teams Sweep

The East Central Community College men’s tennis team picked up its first win of the spring season with a 9-0 victory over Holmes Community College, while the East Central women also defeated the Holmes women 9-0. The matches were played Friday, March 23, at the new Tennis Complex on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

With the team sweep, the Warriors are now 1-8 on the spring season, while the Lady Warriors improved to 5-4.

Following a home match against Wallace State Community College (Hanceville, Ala.) on Saturday, March 24, the Warriors and Lady Warriors will host Meridian Community College on Tuesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. The ECCC teams will then make a visit to Holmes Community College in Goodman on Wednesday, March 28, for matches at 2 p.m.

“This was a good state victory for our men, who were way overdue,” said ECCC tennis coach Jay Pacelli. “I believe we can get on a roll now. For the women, it was a solid victory against a shorthanded Holmes team.”

In the men’s doubles action, EC’s Tom Langelaar (Veldhoven, Netherlands) and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central defeated Holmes’ Dallas Elmore/Marcus Montfort, 8-1; EC’s Willie Wooten of Warren Central and Landon Gibson of Clarkdale beat Joshua Maughan/Nic Bails, 8-4; and EC’s Jake Wofford of East Webster and Emontie Lewis of Terry defeated Chris Stuckey/Richard Hernandez, 8-1.

In the men’s singles, EC’s Langelaar beat Elmore, 6-3, 6-2; EC’s Jabour beat Montfort, 6-1, 7-5; EC’s Wooten defeated Jacob Hawkins, 6-0, 6-1; EC’s Lewis beat Maughan, 6-1, 6-2; EC’s Gibson defeated Bails, 6-2, 6-0; and EC’s Isaac Keen of Winston Academy defeated Rylee Artman, 6-2, 6-0.

In the women’s doubles matches, EC’s Gabriela Gomez (Bogota, Colombia) and Tatiana Quinonez (Bogota, Colombia) beat Holmes’ Alexia Kahmann/Avery Terrell, 8-2; EC’s Alexis Tindall of Newton County Academy and Caylee Grace Yarborough of Loyd Star defeated Lucy Oakes/Hanna Thomas, 8-0; and EC’s Julia Johnston of Florence and Sara Mazzella of Newton County Academy won by default.

In the women’s singles, EC’s Gomez beat Kahmann, 6-0, 6-3; EC’s Quinonez beat Thomas, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Bethany Wellerman of Newton County Academy beat Terrell, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Johnston defeated Oakes, 6-2, 6-0; and EC’s Tindall and Yarborough both won by default.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

No. 9 ECCC Softball Sweeps Baton Rouge For 6th Straight Win

The No. 9 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors
Kayla Beckham Home Run
swept the visiting Baton Rouge Community College Lady Bears in non-league softball action Friday, March 23, in a doubleheader that featured nine home runs.

East Central held on to win 10-7 in a windy game one that saw 23 hits and six home runs, three by each team. The Lady Warriors hit two more home runs in a 9-5 game two win.

The doubleheader played at the Softball Park in Decatur was originally scheduled for March 16 but was postponed due to weather.

The Lady Warriors are now 20-6 on the season, while the NJCAA Division I Baton Rouge Lady Bears fell to 6-18.

East Central fell behind 3-0 after Baton Rouge’s first at-bat in game one thanks to two Lady Bear home runs. The Lady Warriors quickly took the lead with five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Sophomores Eva Scott (Burleson, Texas, Centennial High School) and Mackenzie Johnson of Nanih Waiya singled in runs, and sophomore Ali Gartman of Loyd Star doubled in a run, while two more runs scored on an error by the left fielder on Gartman’s hit.

The Lady Warriors extended the lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by sophomore Cassie Obman of Caledonia and a sacrifice fly in the third off the bat of sophomore Kayla Beckham of Neshoba Central. After Baton Rouge closed the gap to 7-5 in the fourth, East Central added three insurance runs in the fifth on a two-run home run from sophomore Madalyn McMahon followed by a solo shot from Beckham.

Baton Rouge scored two more runs in the sixth to make the final score 10-7.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Oswalt of Heritage Academy in Columbus got the win in the circle, going the distance and striking out eight batters.

In game two, freshman Macy Brabham of Brookhaven drove in two runs with a single in the bottom of the second to give the Lady Warriors a 2-1 lead.

After Baton Rouge tied the game 2-2 in the top of the third, Obman singled in two more runs in the bottom of the third to help East Central regain the lead 4-2. Sophomore Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin also singled in two runs in the bottom of the fourth to give the Lady Warriors a 6-2 cushion.

Obman hit her second home run of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 7-2. McMahon joined the home run barrage in the bottom of the sixth with one on base to give the Lady Warriors a 9-2 lead.

Baton Rouge picked up three more runs in the top of the seventh inning to make the final score 9-5.

Sophomore Mackenzie Rousseau (Houma, La., Vanderbilt Catholic) picked up the win in the circle.

East Central will return to MACJC action on Monday, March 26, when the Lady Warriors host Southwest Mississippi Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Lady Warriors will travel to Goodman on Thursday, March 29, to face Holmes Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Most home softball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Friday, March 23, 2018

LMSD Recognizes the District's "Parents of the Year"

LMSD Parents of the Year 2017-2018
In their regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, March 23,  Trustees of the Louisville
Municipal School District recognized each school's Parent of the Year and the District Parent of the Year. Parents recognized for their work and involvement in their schools included:
Rachel Lyons   - Fair Elementary
Romeka Smith       - Louisville Elementary
Katie Ainsworth   - Eiland Middle School
Tracy Fairley  - Louisville High
Christie Stokes     - Nanih Waiya
Ashley Stone - Noxapater

Katie Ainsworth was also selected as the District Parent of the Year. 
Shirley Barnett accepts award for Ashley Stone - Noxapater Parent of Year

Christie Stokes - Nanih Waiya Parent of Year

Rachel Lyons - Fair Elementary Parent of 

Romeka Smith - Louisville Elementary Parent of Year

Tracy Fairley - LHS Parent of Year

Katie Ainsworth - Eiland Middle School Parent of Year

Katie Ainsworth accepts award as LMSD  District Parent of the Year

‘Welty’ Exhibit to be on Display in April at East Central Community College

“Welty”, an exhibit featuring photographs by Eudora Welty, will be on display during the month of
April at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The exhibit will be on display April 3 to April 27 in the college’s Mamie Ethel Burton Memorial Library. The Burton Library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sundays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

There will be an Open House reception on Thursday, April 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the reception.

During the early 1930s, Welty traveled across Mississippi as a publicist for the Works Progress Administration and used the opportunity to take hundreds of photographs of her native state. A few years later, her writing career was well-launched and her camera put away. It was not until the 1970s that the photographs were examined for their relationship to Welty’s writing.

The exhibit juxtaposes some of those photographs with excerpts from her writing to show the relationship between her source material and her writing.

The exhibit “Welty” comprises 14 photographs and passages from her books such as The Wide Net, Delta Wedding, The Golden Apples, A Curtain of Green, and Some Notes on River Country.

The photographs were selected from more than 1,200 negatives Welty donated to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Photographs by Eudora Welty are courtesy of Eudora Welty L.L.C. and the Eudora Welty Collection, Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

For additional information on the exhibit, contact Leslie Hughes, dean of learning resources at East Central Community College, at or 601-635-6219.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

No. 13 ECCC Picks Up MACJC Baseball Sweep Over Southwest

Two East Central Community College pitchers combined for a shutout in the nightcap and Wyatt Ball
hit for the cycle over two games as the No. 13 ranked Warriors picked up an MACJC doubleheader sweep over the visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears Wednesday, March 21, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Ball, a sophomore from Nanih Waiya, had a single, double, and triple in the opening game 15-7 win, and pitchers Brooks Warren and Woody Vowell combined for a four-hit shutout in a 10-0 game two win. Ball had a solo homer in game two.

With the wins, the Warriors improved to 15-5 on the season and 4-0 in MACJC play. The visitors from Summit are now 5-10 overall and 2-2 in the league.

East Central scored multiple runs in five innings in game one, shortened to eight innings by run-rule. Ball singled, doubled, and tripled in the game, driving in three runs. Freshmen Ken Scott of Clarkdale, Anderson Shelley of Greenville, and Will Ross of Hernando and sophomore Jacob Edwards of Newton County all had two-hit games. Scott, Edwards, and freshman Alex Hay of Lewisburg each had two RBI.

Sophomore right-hander and University of North Alabama signee Kolby Crowley out of East Webster picked up his second win of the season on the mound in the opener.

In the game two win, Warren, a sophomore left-hander from French Camp Academy, shut down the Bears. The University of Southern Mississippi signee gave up just four hits and struck out eight batters in five innings of work. Vowell, a freshman from Choctaw County, pitched a hitless sixth inning.

The Warriors scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to an RBI single from sophomore Davis Lott of Lewisburg High School, a two-run double off the bat of freshman Deon Leflore of Leake Central, and a passed ball. East Central added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, including two on a double by Ball. After adding a single run in the fifth, Ball’s third home run of the year ended the game by run-rule in the bottom of the sixth.

For the day, Ball was five for nine with six RBI and three runs scored. Ross, Lott and Edwards, who will play for USM next year, all had three hits in the two games. Leflore had four RBI, and Scott hit a two-run home run in the first inning of game one, his third of the season.

The Warriors will host MACJC foe Holmes Community College Saturday, March 24, for games at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

East Central will travel to No. 3 ranked Jones County Junior College on Tuesday, March 27. The games in Ellisville are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Warriors stay on the road Friday, March 30, at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Most home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Winston Sheriff Seeks Public's Assistance in ATV Theft

The Winston County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance concerning the theft of
a four-wheeler taken sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, March 20. The Department received a report of a 2012 Yamaha Raptor 125 taken from a shed behind a residence located on the 13000 block of Hwy 14 West. A photo of the actual four-wheeler is provided here.

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. A reward of up to $500 is offered through CrimeStoppers.