Monday, April 30, 2018

No. 11 ECCC Softball Advances to State Tournament With Sweep of Hinds

ECCC shortstop Kayla Beckham 
The No. 11 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to overcome a 4-0 deficit and grab a game two win and a sweep over the Hinds Community College Lady Eagles in the first round of the MACJC state playoffs.

East Central won the opener 6-2 on Friday, April 27, behind the 10-strikeout performance of Kaitlyn Oswalt and the team-leading eighth home run of the season off the bat of Madalyn McMahon. The Lady Warriors trailed 4-0 heading to their last at bat in game two on Saturday, April 28, but pushed six runs across the plate for a 6-5 win and a sweep of the best two-of-three series played at the Softball Park in Decatur.

East Central entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed, while Hinds was the No. 6 seed. The East Central Lady Warriors are now 34-10 on the season, while the Hinds Lady Eagles end their season with a 25-20 record.

East Central now advances to the four-team, double elimination MACJC State Tournament which begins Friday, May 4, at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Tournament pairings and game times will be released on April 30.

In the opening game on Friday, the Lady Warriors scored a run in the second, two in the third, and then added three insurance runs in the fifth. The big blow came on a long two-run home run from McMahon, who played at Neshoba Central. Cassie Obman out of Caledonia and a pair of Nanih Waiya products Mackenzie Johnson and Marlee Parkes all had RBI singles in the three-run fifth. Hinds managed a couple of runs in the top of the seventh before Oswalt closed out the game with her 10th strikeout. Obman had three of the Lady Warriors’ eight hits in game one. Oswalt, who prepped at Heritage Academy (Columbus), got the win in the circle in game one. She allowed no hits and only one base runner through the first
Lady Warrior Madalyn McMahon
four innings.

The Lady Warriors managed only three hits in game two on Saturday heading to the top of the seventh. Hinds, the home team for game two, held a 4-0 lead thanks to four runs in the bottom of the third inning. In the top half of the seventh, Johnson and Katherine Shell of Brookhaven put together back-to-back singles with one out. With two outs, Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Another hit batter and two walks brought in three runs to make the score 4-3. Eva Scott, who prepped at Centennial High School in Burleson, Texas, then stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a double to the left field wall to give the Lady Warriors the 6-4 lead. Hinds added another run in the bottom of the inning for the final 6-5 score.
Mackenzie Rousseau out of Vanderbilt Catholic (Houma, La.) picked up the win in the circle, with relief help from Oswalt in the seventh.




Sunday, April 29, 2018

Local Pilot Club Members Attend District Convention

Members of the Pilot Club of Louisville joined more than 100 Pilot members from
Mississippi at the MS District, Pilot International 30th Annual Convention held at the Bancorpsouth Conference Center in Tupelo on April 13 and 14, 2018. Governor Gail Adams, Pilot Club of Fulton, presided during the weekend. Those attending from the Pilot Club of Louisville were: Beverly Wilkes, Heather Thompson, Brandi Krajewski, Toni Jackson, Gail Massey, Kristin Knox, Babs Fulton, Tracey Jackson, Tara Woodward, Kathy Sinclair, Beth Haggard, and Connie Faye Estes.

Theme for the weekend was “Adventurers - Explore the Possibility”. Attendees took part in informative workshops, officer training sessions, election of district officers, and conducting district business. Merrily Burns, Pilot International Executive Director for the 2017-18 year from Honolulu, Hawaii, attended as the Executive Committee Representative for the MS District. 

A special fundraiser was held on Friday night for the Pilot International Foundation Fund. Monies raised will go toward scholarships and grants. Lee Ann Houp and her son, Brodey Houpt were the keynote speakers at the Awards Banquet on Saturday. The Pilot Clubs of Louisville and Starkville served as hostesses for the successful weekend.

The 2018-19 Newly Elected District officers are: Governor Miriam Garner, Houston, Governor Elect; Allyson Lietner, New Albany; Lt. Governor Michelle Estes, West Point; Secretary, Barb Atkins, Starkville; and Treasurer Carolyn Holbrook, Holly Springs. They will serve from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019..

Founded in 1921, Pilot International’s mission is to influence positive change in
communities throughout the world. To do this, we come together in friendship and give people an
outlet for service. We focus on encouraging brain safety and health, preparing the youth for
service and supporting those who care for others.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Labrada Nutrition Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in "Leanpro8" Protein Powder

The product comes in a 2.2 lb and 5 lb tub marked on the bottom of the tubs with the following lot numbers:
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) Tub (UPC # 710779112834)Lot# 073437
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 073447
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 073457
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 073467
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 073477
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) Tub (UPC# 710779112841)Lot# 083747
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 083757
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 083767
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 083777
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) TubLot# 038748
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268 g (5lb) TubLot# 038758
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 1,000g (2.2lb) Tub (UPC# 710779113411)Lot# 017598
Lean Pro 8 Cookies & Cream 1,000g (2.2lb) Tub (UPC# 710779113435)Lot# 083707
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.









No. 10 ECCC Softball Earns Home Playoff Series With Sweep at Northwest

The No. 10 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warriors
swept a softball doubleheader at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Saturday, April 21, and in the process earned the right to host a first-round playoff series.

The Lady Warriors won the opener 10-0, and scored eight runs late for a 10-6 comeback win in the nightcap at Ranger Softball Field in Senatobia.

With the wins, East Central assured itself of hosting a first-round best two-of-three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges playoff series next Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at the Softball Park in Decatur. The opponent will be decided after all league play concludes on Monday.

The East Central Lady Warriors are now 32-10 on the season and 19-9 in MACJC play. The Northwest Rangers are 19-19 overall and 11-15 in the league.

In the opener, East Central blew open a 4-0 lead with three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Lady Warriors Madalyn McMahon of Neshoba Central and Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin each doubled in runs early in the game. Kayla Beckham out of Neshoba Central singled in a pair of runs in the sixth. Ali Gartman of Loyd Star doubled in a run in the seventh, and three batters later Walters doubled in two more.

Walters had three two-base hits in the game and four RBI. Walters and Marlee Parkes out of Nanih Waiya were both three-for-three at the plate in game one.

Kaitlyn Oswalt picked up the win in the circle. The Heritage Academy (Columbus) product gave up just five hits and struck out three in seven innings of work.

In the nightcap, East Central erased a 5-2 deficit with six runs in the top of the sixth and two more in the seventh for the 10-6 win.

The Lady Warriors got a big day from Kenyatta Moore of Philadelphia, who was three-for-four at the plate and knocked in four runs, including three on a bases-clearing triple. McMahon and Cassie Obman of Caledonia each drove in two runs in the win.

Mackenzie Rousseau (Vanderbilt Catholic, Houma, La.) got the win, scattering nine hits.

All playoff games April 27-28 can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

No. 20 ECCC Baseball Wins 4th Straight with Itawamba Sweep

The No. 20 ranked East Central Community College Warriors
finished up an undefeated week in MACJC league play with a road sweep over the Itawamba Community College Indians Saturday, April 21, at Roy Cresap Field on the ICC campus in Fulton.

East Central grabbed the lead in the sixth inning and held on for a 6-5 nine-inning win in game one. The Warriors scored all their runs in three innings and pounded out 16 hits in an 11-4 win in the seven-inning game two. The Warriors also swept Copiah-Lincoln on Wednesday.

East Central is now 27-11 overall on the season and 16-6 in the league. The Itawamba Indians are 25-11 overall and 11-9 in the league. East Central is still locked in a three-way tie for third place in the league and a quest to host a first-round playoff series in May.

In game one, the Warriors broke a 4-4 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-run double from freshman Alex Hay of Lewisburg. After Itawamba closed the gap to 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run, East Central pitchers Tanner Elders of Newton County and Dylan Marsh of Lake Cormorant kept the Indians scoreless the final three innings. Elders got the win and Marsh the save.

Freshman Deon Leflore of Leake Central had three singles for East Central, and Davis Lott of Lewisburg had two hits. Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya hit his third home run of the week in game one, a two-run shot in the first inning.

Five East Central pitchers combined to hold Itawamba to just four hits in game two. Payton Griffin out of Mount Hebron School in Pheba got the win in relief, throwing two innings of no-hit ball.

Trailing 2-0, the Warriors scored three in the fourth, three in the fifth, and five in the sixth to pull away from the Indians. Freshman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), Ryan Cupit of West Monroe, La., and Zack Hutchison of Ellisville all had three hits for East Central. Hutchison drove in four runs with a single in the fifth and a double in the sixth. Freshman Will Ross of Hernando hit a solo home run to lead off the top of the fourth.

The Warriors will host Meridian Community College, one of the teams tied for third place, on Tuesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Warriors then welcome Elaine P. Nunez Community College (Chalmette, La.) to the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur on Saturday, April 28, for games 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 www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.



Library Fun

There’s more to do at the Winston County Library than check out books and use the public access computers. These two siblings Lydia (3) and Jud Edwards (1), children of Ashley and Drew Edwards, love coming to the library and playing with the Very Hungry Caterpillar! Their mother, Ashley, says “They love coming to the library and checking out a book and playing with the Caterpillar.” “Ashley’s mother, Lisa Forster, began bringing Ashley to the library when she was vey young.”, says librarian Beth Edwards. “All of them have grown up in this library!”





Sunday, April 22, 2018

ECCC Offering Numerous Courses During Summer Online, On-Campus Terms

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering a variety of courses this summer both online and on the Decatur campus, as well as locations in Carthage, Louisville, and Philadelphia.

In addition, the year-round status of the Federal Pell Grant was recently reinstated, which means students may be eligible for Pell Grants for the summer terms using their current 2017-18 FAFSA.

“Summer is a perfect time to catch up or get ahead on your college studies,” said Dr. Randall Lee, ECCC’s vice president for student services. “With the newly reinstated year-round Pell Grant, some students may be eligible for Pell Grants during the summer terms.”

The college is offering courses during three terms: Summer Online Term, Summer I (June) Term, and Summer II (July) Term.

Registration for all three terms can be done online at www.eccc.edu, or students can receive assistance by calling 601-635-6375 or emailing go2ec@eccc.edu.

The Summer Online Term begins on Tuesday, May 29, and ends on Thursday, July 19. The last day to register is Friday, May 25. Among the courses available are Accounting I, Art Appreciation, General Biology I with Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Labs, Microbiology with Lab, Business Accounting, Introduction to Business, Business Statistics, Computer Applications I, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Principles of Macroeconomics, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I & II, American Literature I & II, World Literature I & II, World Geography, Western Civilization I & II, American History I & II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Spanish I, Music Appreciation, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family, and Public Speaking I, among others.

The Summer I (June) Term begins on Monday, June 4, and ends on Thursday, June 28. The last day to register is Tuesday, June 5. Among the courses offered on the Decatur campus include General Biology I & II with Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I & II with Lab, General Chemistry I with Lab, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Spanish I & II, Music Appreciation, and Public Speaking I, among others. English Composition I will be offered in Carthage at the Leake County Vocational Center and in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Neshoba County Career-Technical Center. Intermediate Algebra will be offered in Louisville at the Winston-Louisville Vocational Center.

The Summer II (July) Term begins on Monday, July 2, and ends on Thursday, July 26. The last day to register is Tuesday, July 3. Among the courses offered in Decatur include Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab, General Chemistry II with Lab, English Composition I & II, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and American National Government. English Composition II will be offered in Carthage and Philadelphia, and College Algebra will be offered in Philadelphia.

A full list of all courses being offered during all three terms and the locations can be found at the myEC tab on the front of www.eccc.edu, and then clicking on Summer 2018 Course Schedule.




Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Exquisitely Your Couture" Ribbon Cutting

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome Exquisitely Your Couture to the community on Friday,  April 20, 2018. The business is the newest member to the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Leslie Latiker-Loving . Exquisitely Your Couture is located at 7436 Young Crossing Road.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Rash of Lawnmower Thefts Across Winston County

A rash of lawn mower thefts across Winston County over the past 3 weeks has prompted the Winston County Sheriff's Department to ask all local residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and to contact their office if they see anything out of the ordinary.

 Seven different zero turn mowers and an ATV side by side have been taken over the past several weeks. The thefts have occurred mostly in the southern part of Winston County.

Sheriff Jason Pugh indicates that other counties across the area are experiencing similar thefts. If you have any information or see any suspicious activity please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.



TruPet LLC Recalls Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

TruPet, LLC of Milford, OH, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is limited to 400 cases of the product, as identified below.

The following affected "Boost Me" products were distributed in the continental USA via online retailer Chewy.com and TruDog.com through direct delivery:

Affected product can be identified by comparing the following lot number: "Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer" with "lot number #20190531 13815 ".

No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.




Nutrizone Recalls Various Lots of Multiple Dietary Supplements Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk


NutriZone, LLC of Houston, Texas is expanding its recall of various kratom dietary supplements to additional lot numbers, which contain the same source material as the original recalled lots. The expanded recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution.

The dietary supplements are labeled and packaged as follows:


Consumers who have purchased the products listed above should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact NutriZone, LLC, at 1-800-936-7936, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm Central Standard time.



PSC Brandon Presley: Cell Phone Companies Should Do More to Fight Robocalls or Lose State-Approved Federal Funds

Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley wants to stop federal funds to cellular telephone companies if they don’t do more to stop robocalls and has asked the Public Utilities Staff to investigate whether telephone companies profit from robocalls. Presley wants the PSC to take stronger action to stop the calls by requiring cellular telephone companies to offer free robocall blocking technology and develop ways to stop “Caller ID Spoofing” where telemarketers steal phone numbers to make calls or risk losing PSC-approved federal funds. The PSC is charged with approving federal funds from the Universal Service Fund/Connect America Fund. Last year, cellular companies received over $109 million in state-approved federal funds.

“No one could do more to stop the scourge of robocalls than cellular companies. The companies could and should be doing more. Some have apps, some don’t but all of them should explain to the PSC what they are doing to stop these calls before we approve one more penny of federal money. We should require them to create free robocall blocking technology and develop a plan to stop Caller ID spoofing along with other efforts. If these companies aren’t willing to help, they should not get public money,” said Chairman Presley. “We also need to know if these companies are profiteering off of these calls, that is why I am asking the Staff to look into this matter.”

In an effort to punish telemarketers the PSC has released a first-in-the-nation No-Call app for smartphones that allows customers to get on the state’s Do Not Call list and report complaints from the convenience of their mobile phone. Furthermore, just this year the Commission aided in introducing legislation to create a private right to sue telemarketers, though the bill failed to make it to the Governor. In addition, the PSC just last month fined 24 telemarketers for violating the no call law.

Presley encouraged Mississippians to download the PSC’s smartphone app, which can be found by searching “MS No Call” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Marketplace. Also, landline phones can be registered at www.psc.state.ms.us or by calling Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.



Thursday, April 19, 2018

ECCC Baseball Sweeps High-Scoring Doubleheader From Co-Lin

The No. 20 ranked East Central Community College Warriors held
on in a pair of games that saw 51 runs cross the plate to pick up an MACJC doubleheader sweep over the visiting Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves Wednesday, April 18, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. East Central had to fight from behind four times in taking a dramatic 15-14 win in the opener, winning on a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth. The Warriors scored 12 runs in two innings to pull away from the Wolves for a 15-7 game two win.

East Central is now 25-11 overall on the season and 14-6 in the league. The Co-Lin Wolves are 16-15 overall and 5-13 in the league. The Warriors remain tied for third place in the MACJC standings in their quest to host a home playoff series in May.

The opener was a back-and-forth battle for nine innings. East Central jumped out to a 7-2 lead after five innings. Wyatt Ball out of Nanih Waiya continued his hot hitting with a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fifth. Co-Lin tied the score 7-7 in the sixth, thanks in part to a three-run homer, and then took an 8-7 lead in the top of the seventh. The Warriors would regain the lead, 9-8, in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run opposite field home run from Davis Lott, who prepped at Lewisburg High School. The Wolves again took the lead in the top of the eighth with three runs of their own. Trailing 11-9 heading into the bottom of the eighth, East Central tied the game on back-to-back bases loaded walks, and then took a 14-11 lead on a two-run single from Lott and a sacrifice fly. But Co-Lin wasn’t done. The Wolves scored three more times in the top of the ninth to tie the game 14-14. The Warriors would win it in the bottom of the inning. Jacob Edwards out of Newton County opened the inning with a triple. One batter later, freshman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) would bunt Edwards home for the game-winner.

Ball and Lott each totaled four RBI in the opener, and Ball scored four times. Left-hander Dylan Marsh out of Lake Cormorant got the win in relief for East Central.


In game two, a third inning grand slam off the bat of freshman outfielder Ken Scott of Clarkdale jump-started the Warriors in the 14-7 win. East Central added two more in the fourth for an 8-0 lead before Co-Lin plated seven runs in the top of the sixth to close the gap to 8-7. The Warriors put the nightcap away in the bottom of the frame with six more runs. Freshman Zack Hutchison of Ellisville hit a bases loaded single that brought in two runs and Cain Cleveland out of Newton County High School singled in another. The Warriors got four more runs in the inning on a wild pitch, a two-run error, and a bases-loaded balk. Scott added a pair of singles to his grand slam and also scored three runs. Hutchison had three RBI on a pair of singles.

Left-hander Brooks Warren out of French Camp Academy got the win for East Central. He threw five innings and gave up no runs on just three hits and struck out six batters. Edwards got the save in his first appearance on the mound this season. The right-hander threw the final inning of no-hit baseball.

East Central will travel to Fulton on Saturday, April 21, to face Itawamba at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., before hosting Meridian Community College on Tuesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Most home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.




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 www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.




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 www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.



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.