Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WLCTC TSA 2018 State Conference Winners

Video Game Design team (left to right)
Kenderius Green, Dontae Ball, Adam Thomas, Montravious Johnson, and Blake Wyatt

Congratulations to Winston-Louisville CTC Technology Student Association 2018 State Conference Winners.

Chapter advisor and Simulation & Animation instructor, Chawan Jernigan, and team are eligible to attend and compete in the 2018 National TSA Conference this summer in Atlanta, GA.

Submitted by: Kristi Smith

Louisville HS Students and Teacher Receive 2018 Mississippi Aspirations in Computing Awards

Shakindra Hunt and Sadiyah Matthews attended the 2018 Mississippi Aspirations in Computing regional affiliate award event held Saturday, April 15 in conjunction with the MS State University New Narrative Festival. The students were awarded along with 50 other Mississippi 9-12th grade female students who have demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. The regional affiliate program, an initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT), provides encouragement, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships.

All Mississippi winners received recognition at the regional event, an engraved award for both her and her school, and will receive a $500 scholarship to MS State University for computer science, software engineering, or computer engineering majors.

Mrs. Kristi Jernigan, their STEM teacher, and Technology Student
Association (TSA) chapter advisor nominated both students for their achievements and participation in computing and technology. Mrs. Jernigan also received the 2018 Mississippi Distinguished Educator award for engaging and providing opportunities and support to young women in computing in the Louisville Municipal School district.

Dr. Sarah Lee, MSU Asst. Dept. Head for Computer Science and Engineering, presents 2018 Mississippi Aspirations in Computing awards to Louisville HS students and teacher.

Submitted by:  Kristi Smith

Monday, April 16, 2018

Storm Damage Reports to MEMA

PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received damage reports from tornadoes and severe storms that occurred in Mississippi over the weekend. Initial assessments from county emergency managers show 60 residences were destroyed or sustained major damage with 193 total residences affected and one injury. Damage assessments continue.

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes so far, an EF-1 in Rankin County (winds 90 mph) and an EF-2 in Lauderdale County (winds 115 mph). Additional NWS tornado surveys are ongoing.

Initial damage reports by county:
George: High water rescues for 81 people at an ATV Recreational Park from rapid River rise.
Lauderdale: destroyed/major damage - 45 homes, 14 apartments, four public buildings.
minor damage or affected - 72 homes, and 15 businesses, 8 public buildings. One injury. More than 60 residents displaced.
Lafayette: Seven homes affected; One home major damage, six homes minor damage. One business minor damage.
Lowndes: Three homes affected, one business minor damage.
Rankin: major/destroyed - One home minor damage or affected. 12 homes, 4 businesses.
Winston: One home major damage.

MEMA has staff deployed to Lauderdale County to assist with damage assessments, volunteer
coordination and recovery coordination.

Other state agencies assisting near Lauderdale:
MS Department of Human Services:
Coordinated with the American Red Cross for shelter operation over the weekend.
American Red Cross is coordinating with community partners to provide feeding in the affected areas.
MS Commission for Volunteer Service
Requested to deploy a volunteer coordinator Lauderdale County, to assist with any volunteer efforts in the impacted areas.

Residents and businesses are urged to report all storm damage to their county emergency management office.

The State Emergency Operations Center is staffed and monitoring any requests and unmet needs from the county emergency management level.

ECCC Baseball Falls Just Short in Quest for Sweep at Northeast

The No. 20 ranked East Central Community College Warriors grabbed a 12-2 run-rule win in game one, but fell short in the quest for the sweep in game two of a doubleheader against the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers Friday, April 13.

After the big game one win, the Warriors tied game two 5-5 in the top of the seventh with an RBI single off the bat of freshman Ken Scott of Clarkdale, only to see the Tigers get a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the inning for the 8-5 win.

The MACJC league games were played at Corinth High School in Corinth.

With the split, East Central is 23-11 overall on the season and 12-6 in the league. The Warriors are in a three-way tie for third place in MACJC play with five league doubleheaders to play. The Northeast Tigers are 18-15 overall and 9-9 in the league.

The Warriors got a solid pitching performance in game one from sophomore right-hander Kolby Crowley of East Webster. The University of North Alabama signee threw all five innings, giving up just two runs on five hits. Offensively, East Central was led by Scott, who hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. It was his fourth of the season. The Warriors added nine runs in the top of the third, thanks in part to an RBI double from Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya, and three straight RBI singles from Alex Hay of Lewisburg, Deon Leflore of Leake Central, and Jacob Edwards of Newton County.

East Central took an early 4-0 lead after two innings in the nightcap. A single from Edwards brought in two of the runs. Northeast got to within 4-3 after three, and then tied it with a solo home run in the fifth.

Trailing 5-4 going to the top of the seventh, Ball singled and was sacrificed to second. Scott came on to pinch hit and singled to centerfield to tie the score 5-5. With two on and one out in the bottom of the frame, Northeast would get the 8-5 win on a three-run home run from Tyler Samaniego. Sophomore right-hander Dylan Marsh of Lake Cormorant took the loss in relief.

East Central returns home after three straight road series to host Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Wednesday, April 18, at Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. The Warriors will travel to Fulton on Saturday, April 21, to face Itawamba at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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

No. 15 ECCC Softball Sweeps Mississippi Delta on Sophomore Day

The No. 15 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors
outscored Mississippi Delta Community College 31-1 over two games to earn a doubleheader sweep in the last regular season home games for 18 sophomores.

East Central won the opener 21-1 in five innings, and took the second game 10-0, also in five innings, Friday, April 13, at the Softball Park in Decatur. It was Sophomore Day for East Central, as 17 Lady Warrior players and a manager were honored after the game. Together they have posted a 71-17 record the past two seasons. With the sweep, the East Central Lady Warriors improved to 29-9 overall on the season and 16-8 in MACJC play. East Central is currently in third place in the league standings. The Mississippi Delta Trojans are 2-28 overall and 2-22 in the league.

East Central scored in every inning of game one. The Warriors got nine runs in the first inning, three in each of the second and third innings, and six in the fourth for the game one win. The nine-run first included RBI triples by sophomores Eva Scott (Burleson, Texas, Centennial) and Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin, and a two-run double from sophomore Ali Gartman, who prepped at Loyd Star. Sophomore Marlee Parkes out of Nanih Waiya also drove in a pair of runs with a single in the first.

Gartman hit a two-run homer for the Lady Warriors in the bottom of the second. East Central collected 20 hits in the opener, including a four-for-four day for Gartman and five RBI. Parkes had three hits in four trips to the plate and three RBI. Sophomore Kaitlyn Oswalt out of Heritage Academy (Columbus) got the win pitching the first three innings and giving up five hits and striking out five batters. Sophomore Anna Norris (Grove Oak, Ala.) pitched the final two innings of one-hit ball.

In game two, East Central led 1-0 before scoring six runs in the bottom of the third and three more in the bottom of the fourth to get the 10-1 run-rule win. Sophomore Tagen Remmel of Clinton went out with a bang, blasting a pair of solo home runs. Sophomore Cassie Obman of Caledonia had a two-run homer and Scott brought in two runs with an inside-the-park home run. Obman also singled in a run in the ballgame. Mackenzie Rousseau (Houma, La., Vanderbilt Catholic) picked up the win in the circle for East Central, tossing a two-hit shutout. The sophomore had a no-hitter through two outs in the top of the last inning. She struck out eight batters.

East Central will close out the regular season at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, and at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

UPDATE - Shooting in Winston County

Bo Miller
More information concerning the shooting that occurred on Pearson Road on Saturday..... Law enforcement is searching for Bo Miller in connection with the incident.

Just before noon today, the Winston County Sheriff's office responded to a call in the 1100 block of Pearson Road located just west of Louisville. Forty two year old Kevin Edward Duell was the victim of a single gunshot wound and was transported to Winston Medical Center and later to the University Medical Center in Jackson. His condition is unknown at this time.

Bo Miller is wanted for questioning in the incident. Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh indicates that the shooting was the result of an argument between the men who were living in the residence. It is believed that Miller fled the scene and that Duell exited the house after being wounded and a neighbor called 911.

If you have any information on this incident or the whereabouts of Miller, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office at  662-773-5881 or CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.

One Wounded in Shooting in Winston County Today

Winston County Sheriff's officers responded today to a reported shooting on Pearson Road just west of Louisville. Details are yet sketchy but the victim was a white male who was shot once just before noon today possibly in his yard. The victim was taken to Winston Medical Center and then transported to Jackson.

Various reports indicated that the suspect ran into the woods in the area after the shooting. Representatives from local law enforcement indicate that a suspect has been identified and that it is unlikely that he is still in the area and was known to the victim.

We will have more details as they become available.

Friday, April 13, 2018

No. 15 ECCC Softball Gets MACJC Road Sweep at Hinds

The No. 15 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors picked up an important road doubleheader sweep over the Hinds Community College Lady Eagles Tuesday, April 10, as the two teams fight for playoff positioning in the MACJC softball standings. The doubleheader was played at RenĂ© Warren Softball Field on the Hinds campus in Raymond.

East Central scored a run in the top of the seventh and held on for a 6-5 win in game one. The Lady Warriors scored five runs in both the second and fifth innings of the nightcap en route to a 12-6 win.
 With the sweep, the East Central Lady Warriors improved to 27-9 overall on the season and 14-8 in MACJC play. East Central is now tied for third in the league standings. The top four teams host first-round playoff series at the conclusion of the regular season. The Hinds Lady Eagles are 18-14 overall and 11-7 in league play.

In the opener, the Lady Warriors went up 3-0 after two innings thanks to a Hinds’ error and RBI doubles from Mackenzie Johnson of Nanih Waiya and Madalyn McMahon out of Neshoba Central. After Hinds tied the score 3-3 in the third, East Central went back on top in the fourth on another Hinds’ error. A double by Cassie Obman of Caledonia would give East Central a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth, before the Lady Eagles tied the game 5-5 with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Marlee Parkes out of Nanih Waiya would get the game-winner for East Central in the top of the seventh with an RBI single.

Hinds threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a runner on third and only one out, but winning pitcher Kaitlyn Oswalt out of Heritage Academy (Columbus) got the next two batters on a strike out and a line out to earn the 6-5 win. Oswalt struck out eight batters in the game.

Big innings powered the Lady Warriors in game two. Trailing 2-0, East Central scored five runs in the second, including two on a single by Kenyatta Moore of Philadelphia and one on a single from Obman. Two more scored on a passed ball and a fielder’s choice. After Hinds regained the lead 6-5 after four innings, East Central had another five-run inning in the fifth. Eva Scott (Burleson, Texas, Centennial) circled the bases on an error on her fly to center. Katherine Shell out of Brookhaven hit a two-run homer. A double by Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin scored a run, and another Hinds’ error scored the 10th East Central run. The Lady Warriors added a couple of insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer from Obman.

Obman had three RBI in the contest, while Moore, Shell, and Walters had two each. Mackenzie Rousseau (Houma, La., Vanderbilt Catholic) picked up the win in the circle for East Central.

The Lady Warriors will host Mississippi Delta Community College Friday, April 13, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Softball Park in Decatur on Sophomore Day. It will be the final regular season home games of the year.

East Central will close out the regular season at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, and at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Class of 2018 Salute to Success Breakfast Celebration

The annual Salute to Success Breakfast Celebration was held at Lake Tiak O'Khata on April 12, 2018. Over 103 students, committee members, city officials and sponsors joined in the celebration.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Amy Hillyer welcomed all Honor Students, Miss. Scholars and Miss. Scholars Techmasters from all 5 schools in the county. Honor Students were recognized and the MS Scholars and MS Scholars Techmaster students received their medallions. Makinsie Clark and Matt Hillyer were the guest speakers and Mayor Will Hill closed out the program.

Special thanks to Glen Haab, Amy Hillyer and Carly Dickerson, the counselors in each school as well as the great team of volunteers who make MS Scholars and MS Scholars Techmaster possible...Betty Byrd, BJ Kelleghan, Joyce Nance, Margaret Taylor and Mary Snow.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Winston County Master Gardener's "Yard of the the Month"

The Winston County Master Gardener's "Yard of the the Month" is
Mrs. Mitzi Taylor's yard on West Main Street. Mrs. Taylor loves being outdoors and working in her garden, but her early gardening experiences weren't with flowers. She and her brothers and sisters spent a lot of time in the garden growing vegetables for the family. After her marriage, she admired the flower garden of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Edith Taylor, and decided to plant flowers. "Mama Taylor" was Mrs. Mitzi's mentor and rekindled her interest in gardening.

Mrs. Mitzi never had a formal landscape plan, she just planted trees and flowers wherever she thought they should go. "There was no rhyme or reason," she said, "and I replanted frequently. I would have frustrated a landscaper." Her favorite flowers are the many azaleas that abound on the property. The Taylor garden has evolved over the past sixty years. At first there were small trees and lots of sun, then the trees gradually grew and the garden became shady. After a tornado some years ago, many trees were downed or damaged and required cutting, so several parts of the garden became sunny areas again. Today the garden is a mixture of sun and shade resulting in a wide variety of beautiful plants. During the spring, myrid plantings of azaleas that abound the propety are the stars of the show. In addition to the azaleas there are snowball plants, Japanese Maples, camillas, hostas, hydrangeas, lorapetalums, dogwood trees, climbing roses and several more plants that are not blooming now. Of special interest are the native azaela trees. The Honeysuckle Azaela looks like honeysuckle growing on a tree, but on closer inspection, it is found that there are no vines; the blooms belong to the tree. Other native azaelas in the landscape have yellow or orange flowers.

The garden is now home to several of the metal sculptures that were previously on display at The Taylor Gallery. The backdrop to the beautiful landscape is the lake behind Mrs. Taylor's residence. Many ducks, geese and other water birds make their home there. One of Mrs. Taylor's most vivid memories was watching a huge grey crane with an enormous wingspan fly across the lake. "It looked just like a dinosaur flying by," she remarked. Another vivid memory was riding near the lake on the lawnmower and being chased by an irate Black Swan. Mrs. Mitzi still loves to spend time in her garden and admire God's handiwork. She says, "Get out, dig in the dirt, hear the wind in the trees and the birds singing, and you just feel so peaceful." Mrs. Taylor invites the public to drive through the garden at 15160 West Main Street and enjoy the azaleas and spring flowers that are blooming now.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Embrace Leadership at Your Library: Celebrate National Library Month During April

This week, the Winston County Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April is National Library Month, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study – they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, free public-access computers with Internet for on-line classes and programs for job-seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunities to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

“The library helps lead our community by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning” said Beth Edwards, Winston County Librarian. “Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who seek information and access to technologies to improve their quality of life.”

The Winston County Library is celebrating National Library Month by offering programs on honeybees and beekeeping, online couponing, herb gardening and bingo – all free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 14 – Author Shelby Harriel talks about her book, Forbidden, Hidden and Forgotten: Women Soldiers of the Civil War . She will bring reenacting gear for display.10:30 – 12:00 in the library meeting room.

Wednesday, April 18 – Bingo from 4-5 in library meeting room

Tuesday, April 24 - Online Couponing with LaTrell Stokes of MSU Extension Office’s 4-H Agent, Oktibbeha County, 1:30 – 2:30 in library meeting room

Tuesday, April 24 – Learning About Air Plants (Tillandsias) Rebecca Gravette of Winston County Master Gardeners 10:30 – 11:30 in library meeting room

Monday, April 30 – Honeybees and Beekeeping with Dr. Jeffrey W. Harris of MSU 12:00 – 1:30

In library meeting room. Free brown bag lunches for the first 20 participants, sponsored By Friends of the Library.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Month is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the Winston County Library at 100 W. Park Street, Louisville, MS, call 662-773-3212, or see the library’s website www. Library hours are Monday and Tuesday 8:30 – 6:00, Wednesday 8:30 – 5:30, Thursday 8:30 – 12:00, Friday 8:30 – 5:00, Saturday 8:30 -12:00, closed Sunday.

Monday, April 9, 2018

No. 8 ECCC Softball Drops Sunday Doubleheader to Northeast

The Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers used the long ball in game one and a big
seventh inning in game two to sweep the No. 8 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team Sunday, April 8, at the ECCC Softball Park in Decatur. Northeast won the opener 8-2 and the nightcap 9-3.

The Lady Warriors fell to 25-9 overall on the season and 12-8 in MACJC play. The Northeast Tigers improved to 22-15 overall and 13-7 in league play. Northeast scored five of its runs in the first game on four home runs as the wind was blowing out to left field most of the afternoon. Tiger batters accounted for two-run homers in the second and third innings and solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

East Central managed seven hits in the contest but could only get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Marlee Parkes out of Nanih Waiya tripled in two runs. Kaitlyn Oswalt of Heritage Academy in Columbus took the loss for East Central.

The Tigers grabbed an early lead in game two, striking for three runs in the top of the first inning, two of them unearned. East Central closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the third on back-to-back RBI singles from Cassie Obman of Caledonia and Ali Gartman of Loyd Star High School. The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth when East Central’s Tagen Remmel of Clinton hit a line drive over the left field fence to tie the score.

The Tigers regained the lead, and for good, in the top of the seventh with six runs and the 9-3 win. Northeast hit its fifth home run of the game in the seventh, a three-run shot. East Central committed five errors in the second game. Mackenzie Rousseau (Houma, La., Vanderbilt Catholic) took the loss for the Lady Warriors.

The Lady Warriors will make a trip to Raymond on Tuesday, April 10, to face Hinds Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., before hosting Mississippi Delta Community College Friday, April 13, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Softball Park in Decatur in the final regular season home games of the year.

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Standing Room Only for Local DARE Program

DARE Student Tayshaun Doss welcomes parents & dignitaries
It was a packed house at Louisville Elementary today for the annual DARE Program as
282 fifth graders from all county schools participated in this year's program. The ceremony was opened with a presentation of colors by JROTC from Louisville High and the Pledge of Allegiance led by DARE officer Tonya McWhirter. The National Anthem was performed by Winston Academy student Chandler Wells and the welcome was given by Tayshaun Doss, a DARE student.

The DARE program has been a long term effort across the community and has been led in recent years by LPD Sargeant Tonya McWhirter. In 2016, the Mississippi Dare Officers Association recognized McWhirter as the Dare Officer of the Year for the State of Mississippi.

In addition to DARE graduates, two Louisville students, Roper Stoots, 10th grader, and Christopher Deshawn Rush, 9th grader, were recognized as winners of the Congressional App Challenge for Mississippi’s 1st congressional district. STEM teacher, Kristi Jernigan, led classes in several coding lessons and presented the opportunity for her students to apply for The Congressional App Challenge, a public effort to encourage kids to learn how to code, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. Stoots' and Rush's topic was DARE Mississippi and the title Drug Free for an app designed for Mississippi 5th graders taking part in the DARE education program. They are now eligible to participate in the House of Representatives #HouseOfCode event held in Washington DC on April 12 and 13 to showcase their winning app and get recognized for their achievement.
Roper Stoots, DARE Officer Tonya McWhirter, STEM Teacher Kristi Jernigan,
Christopher DeShawn Rush...Rush & Stoots recognized for their award-
winning APP

Mayor Will Hill remarked on the continued role of the program in the community and thanked local law enforcement for their work with DARE.

Police Chief L. M. Claiborne introduced the guest speaker for the event, Jae McIntosh who is a professional fighter and owner of No Limit Jiu Jitsu in Starkville.

Students and classrooms were recognized as essay winners, star students, students of the year and graffiti winners. A slide show of photos of the event can be viewed by clicking here and the award winners are provided below.




No. 16 ECCC Baseball Drops Pair of Heartbreakers to No. 7 Pearl River

It was a battle of Top 20 baseball teams at Clark-Gay Stadium in
Decatur April 4, and the East Central Community College Warriors came up on the short end of a couple of heartbreaking losses to the Pearl River Community College Wildcats. East Central, which entered the game at No. 16 in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Top 20, saw a 10-1 lead evaporate in one inning of the opener and a 13-10 loss. Pearl River scored three runs in the top of the last inning of game two for a 6-3 win and the sweep.

With the losses, East Central is 19-9 overall on the season and 8-4 in MACJC league play. The Pearl River Wildcats are 24-4 overall and 10-0 in league play.

East Central opened up a 10-1 lead after six innings in the opener, thanks in part to a big six-run bottom of the fifth. Freshman Deon Leflore of Leake Central got the scoring started in the first with a solo home run. Jacob Edwards out of Newton County singled in a run in the second, and two more scored in the third on a Will Ross (Hernando) sacrifice fly and a steal of home by Zack Hutchison of Ellisville. In the fifth, the Warriors plated six runs thanks to a two-run double from Hutchison, a two-run single from Ken Scott of Clarkdale, an RBI single from Leflore, and a wild pitch.

Trailing 10-1 heading to the top of the seventh, Pearl River erased the deficit with 11 runs on six hits, four hit batters, two walks, and a Warrior error. Edwards, Leflore, and freshman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) each had a pair of hits in the opener for East Central, and Ross had three RBI while Scott and Leflore had two each. Right-hander Dylan Marsh of Lake Cormorant started and took the loss for East Central.

In the nightcap, the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie into the final seventh inning when Pearl River scored three runs, two of them unearned on East Central errors, to take the 6-3 win. All three East Central runs in the game came off singles by Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya in the first and third innings.

The teams managed only four hits each in game two, but East Central committed four errors. Left-hander Brooks Warren out of French Camp Academy allowed only four hits and struck out seven batters over six and a third innings in a losing effort for the Warriors. The Warriors will be on the road for their next six games. East Central will travel to Scooba on Saturday, April 7, to face East Mississippi Community College at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; to Raymond on Tuesday, April 10, to face Hinds Community College at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and to Booneville onSaturday, April 14, to face Northeast Mississippi Community College at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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

ECCC Tennis Drops 2 Matches at Nationally Ranked Jones County

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams lost a pair of matches to nationally ranked Jones County Junior College Thursday, April 5, in Ellisville.

The East Central women lost a 7-2 match to the No. 15 ranked Jones County Lady Bobcats, and the ECCC men fell 7-2 to the No. 25 ranked Jones County Bobcats.

In the women’s doubles matches, EC’s Gabriela Gomez (Bogota, Colombia) and Tatiana Quinonez (Bogota, Colombia) lost to Mireia Jordan/Ariadna Jordan, 8-3; EC’s Alexis Tindall of Newton County Academy and Caylee Grace Yarborough of Loyd Star lost to Beth Owen/Kaylee McLaurin, 8-2; and EC’s Julia Johnston of Florence and Sara Mazzella of Newton County Academy fell to August Parker/Brooke Cran, 9-7.

In the women’s singles, EC’s Gomez lost to Mireia Jordan, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Quinonez lost to Ariadna Jordan, 6-2, 6-0; EC’s Tindall fell to Owen, 6-1, 6-0; EC’s Yarborough lost to McLaurin, 6-0, 6-2; EC’s Bethany Wellerman out of Newton County Academy beat Parker, 6-2, 7-5; and EC’s Johnston defeated Cran, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.

In the men’s doubles action, EC’s Tom Langelaar (Veldhoven, Netherlands) and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central defeated Cody Courtney/Mitar Milosavljevic, 8-1; EC’s Willie Wooten of Warren Central and Landon Gibson of Clarkdale lost to Noel Monsalve/James Estrada, 8-5; and EC’s Emontie Lewis of Terry and Jake Wofford of East Webster lost to Erich Fischer/Jed Slover, 9-8 (7-5).

In the men’s singles, EC’s Langelaar lost to Milosavljevic, 6-3, 6-2; EC’s Jabour lost to Monsalve, 7-5, 6-2; EC’s Wooten defeated Courtney, 6-2, 6-4; EC’s Lewis lost to Estrada, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5; EC’s Gibson lost to Fischer, 6-2, 6-4; and EC’s Isaac Keen of Winston Academy lost to Daniel Tanious, 6-3, 6-2.

After home matches with Marion Military Institute at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, the East Central men and women will travel to Raymond to face Hinds Community College at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 10.

No. 8 ECCC Softball Sweeps Co-Lin to Move into 4th in MACJC

The No. 8 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors
Lady Warrior Mackenzie Johnson safely avoids the tag
while sliding into third base.
needed extra innings and an error to get a walk-off win in the nightcap and a softball sweep over the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves, Wednesday, April 4, at the ECCC Softball Park in Decatur.

East Central overcame a three-run deficit in game one for an 8-3 win. The Lady Warriors lost a 7-1 lead in game two and took advantage of a Co-Lin error in the bottom of the eighth to get an 8-7 win.

The Lady Warriors are now 25-7 overall on the season and 12-6 in MACJC play, which puts East Central in fourth place in the 15-team league. The Co-Lin Lady Wolves are 17-15 overall and 8-10 in league play.

In game one, Co-Lin grabbed a 3-0 lead after the top of the second inning before East Central tied the score 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. Ali Gartman of Loyd Star High School doubled and later scored on a Co-Lin error. The Lady Warriors scored two more runs on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Marlee Parkes out of Nanih Waiya.

East Central extended the lead to 4-3 in the fourth with a bases loaded walk. The Lady Warriors went up 7-3 in the fifth on RBI singles from Mackenzie Johnson of Nanih Waiya and Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin and another bases loaded walk. The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double off the bat of freshman Macy Brabham of Brookhaven.

Brabham and Parkes each had two hits in the game, and Brabham, Walters, and Kayla Beckham of Neshoba Central had two RBI each.

Kaitlyn Oswalt of Heritage Academy in Columbus got the win giving up only five hits and two earned runs over the seven innings.

In game two, East Central took a 7-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning only to see Co-Lin tie the game and send it to extra
East Central’s Mackenzie Johnson looks for approval
from the umpire as she avoids the tag
and scores in game one against Co-Lin. 
The Lady Warriors scored four runs in the bottom of the first thanks in part to two Co-Lin errors and an RBI single from Tagen Remmel of Clinton. The Lady Warriors added another run in the fifth on an RBI single from Madalyn McMahon of Neshoba Central and two more in the sixth on an error and another McMahon single.

Co-Lin would tie the game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh. The Lady Wolves opened the inning with five straight singles and would add another hit and take advantage of an East Central error to knot the score.

The speedy McMahon opened the bottom of the eighth for East Central with a walk, and two outs later would score all the way from first base on an error by the Co-Lin catcher for the walk-off 8-7 win.

Oswalt would also get the win in game two, pitching the final two innings in relief. It was her 13th win of the season.

The Lady Warriors will host Northeast Mississippi Community College at the Softball Park in Decatur on Saturday, April 7, for games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., before making the trip to Raymond Tuesday, April 10, to face Hinds 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, April 6, 2018

Master Gardeners at the Cultivating Patch

L to R: Elmetra Patterson, Sandy Miles, Rebecca Gravett, 
Letitia ‘Cookie’ Jackson (president), and Beverly Combs ,secretary. 
The Winston County Master Gardeners are busy throughout the year working on various projects in the county. Presently, they are working on a project at the Cultivating Patch to plant flowers and shrubs in the ‘pizza garden design’. It previously held vegetables and herbs. On Saturday, March 31, 2018, it was cleared of weeds, the soil was tilled and several members went shopping at local nurseries for plants. Hopefully, the project will be completed in several weeks. The Cultivating Patch is located near the Veteran Affairs Office on Old Robinson Road. There are a few beds still available for the public to use to garden. For more information call the Extension Office at 662.773-3091.
It is the purpose of the Winston County Master Gardeners Association (WCMGA): 1) to assist the Extension Service of Mississippi State University to accomplish its mission by providing easily accessible information about residential horticultural practices through educational presentations and use of the media; and 2) to provide a volunteer organization that completes community service projects which further the community’s understanding of and appreciation for the joy of gardening. For more information call the Extension Office at 662.773-3091.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Sandy Miles gardening in her raised bed garden 
at the Cultivating patch. 
She planted Romaine Lettuce, English Peas, and spinach.

Retired Teacher Celebrates 90 Years

Henry Mae Hampton Lewis with her great grandson Christian Griffin and her son, Arnold Keith Harris
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

It was a beautiful celebration with a jammed packed Ponderosa in the Spring Hill Community where nearly 100 guests came to celebrate their cousin’s, aunt’s, grandmother’s, great grandmother’s, or friend’s 90th Birthday They were from Atlanta, GA and the surrounding area, Arlington, Dallas, and Houston, TX, Memphis, TN, Milwaukee, WI, Kosciusko, Starkville, Noxapater, Jackson and Louisville, MS. There were many younger members from the Mt. Sinai Community present who grew up around her. She is a lifelong member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. A great time was had by all. Her family prepared most of the food which was beautiful and scrumptious.

Mrs. Hampton Lewis is a high school graduate of the Winston County Training School. She received her BS Degree in Elementary Education from Rust College, Holly Springs, MS. Rust College is a historical black liberal arts college which is less than 40 miles from Memphis TN. Henry Mae is very active in the Rust College Alumni Association. She taught in the public school system for 35 years in: Grenada, Vaiden, Durant, Louisville and Kosciusko Mississippi. She, also, taught for 4 years at the Indian Reservation in Leake County, MS. She retired after nearly 40 years of teaching.

Mrs. Hampton Lewis is the mother of three children, Arnold Keith Harris of Kosciusko, MS, Kaaren Lewis Griffin of Atlanta, GA and Keely Lewis of Louisville, MS; grandmother of nine and great grandmother of six. She raised her grandson Derrick Roby, who lives in Houston, TX, son of Arnold Keith.

She is the daughter of Henry and Nennie Sims Hampton; sister of the late Charlie ‘DA’ Moore, and the late Dorothy Ray Moore Armstrong.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Louisville Police Dept Has Two New Officers

Louisville will have two new law enforcement officers on the streets. Mayor Will Hill recently swore in  Officers Dalton Daniel and Joshua Jolly in the courtroom of Louisville City Hall.
Officer Jolly
Officer Daniel

L to R: Asst Chief Andy Taylor, New Officer Jolly, Mayor Will Hill,
New Officer  Daniel, LPD Chief L.M. Claiborne

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DARE Graduation Set for April 6 at Louisville Elementary

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The Louisville/Winston County Dare graduation will take place on April 06 at 9:00 a.m. at Louisville Elementary.S tudents from Louisville Elementary, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, and Winston Academy will be participating. Individual students will be recognized for their achievements as well as classrooms from each school.

DARE or Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a police officer led classroom program designed to aid kids in resisting peer pressure that may lead to drug use or gang involvement. The program was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles. Winston County's DARE Officer is Tonya McWhirter of the Louisville Police Department.