Saturday, June 30, 2018

Winston Sheriff Searching for Burglary Suspect

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is looking for information concerning the whereabouts of Lakeze Greer. Greer is a black male about twenty years of age. He is wanted  on suspicion of burglary.

Winston County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for his capture. If seen or if you know of his whereabouts, contact Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.

Friday, June 29, 2018

ECCC Baseball Players Competing in Summer Leagues Across Country

Several rising sophomores on the East Central Community College Warrior baseball team are sharpening their skills this summer by participating in collegiate baseball leagues around the country.
Eight Warriors are playing summer league ball in five states, from North Dakota to Kentucky.

“Having this many players who are off competing in collegiate wooden bat leagues just attributes to the type of players they are and the level of commitment they have to the sport of baseball,” said ECCC Head Baseball Coach Neal Holliman. “We are thrilled that these young men were willing to go off and play as we strive to provide every opportunity for players to develop.”

Two Warriors were recently selected to play in the Expedition League All-Star Game. The league sponsors eight teams in Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Catcher Alex Hay, who prepped at Lewisburg High School, and infielder Anderson Shelley from Washington School in Greenville will play for the Lewis Division in the Expedition League All-Star Game July 2 in Hastings, Neb.

Hay, who is playing for the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs in Minot, N.D., is batting .303 with five doubles, three home runs, and 19 RBI.

Shelley, who is playing for the Hub City Hot Shots in Aberdeen, S.D., is hitting .372 with 10 doubles and 11 RBI.

Outfielder Ken Scott of Clarkdale is also playing in the Expedition League with the Pierre Trappers out of Pierre, S.D.

Three ECCC Warriors are playing closer to home in the Cotton States Baseball League. Right-handed pitcher Austin Braswell out of Presbyterian Christian in Hattiesburg, outfielder Dakota Kennedy from Philadelphia and Choctaw Central High School, and right-handed pitcher Woody Vowell from Ackerman and Choctaw County High School are all playing for the Tallahatchie Rascals in New Albany. The Cotton States League has six teams, all playing in Mississippi.

Other Warriors playing summer baseball include right-handed pitcher Thomas Boothe out of Bayside Academy in Fairhope, Ala., who is playing for the Griffons in Nevada, Mo., a member of the MINK Collegiate Summer Baseball League. The MINK League has eight teams in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Left-handed pitcher Chance Shepherd out of Lucedale and George County High School is playing for the Railroaders in Fulton, Ky., a member of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The Ohio Valley League has eight teams in Kentucky and Indiana.

Winston Co. Sheriff Asking for Public's Assistance in Locating Suspect

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on the look out for Quadrell Goss. Goss is a black male, 36 years old whose last listed residence is on Highpoint- Weir Road in Winston County. He may have ties in Leake County.

Goss is wanted on charges of uttering forgery. He is believed to be driving a light gray Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis.

Winston County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for his capture. If seen or if you know of his whereabouts, contact Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Library Water Day

Kids (and grownups, too!) had fun getting wet at the Awards Day. “I really don’t know which was more fun,” said Librarian Beth Edwards. “The Louisville Fire Department spraying the water, or the jumping in the mud holes!

Everyone enjoyed sno cones from the Sugar Shack Express Van and face painting.

Thanks to Sugar Shack Express and Grace Yarbrough (right) for providing delicious sno cones to the children and adults. Also pictured Lindsay Fitts, MMRLS Youth Services Coordinator.

Beth Edwards presented a thank you card to Fire Department employees Demario Cistrunk and Robert Hutto. All the children signed the card. Denise Dickerson drew the card.

Louisville Lions Say Thank You with Donation

The Louisville Lions Club expressed their thanks to the Louisville Country Club, it’s Board and members for their partnership in their annual Lions Club Golf Tournament. The tournament is a major fundraiser for the organization which provides funds for local projects and the purchase of eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need in the community.

To show their appreciation, The Louisville Lions made a donation to the club to help with course maintenance.

The Louisville Lions and the Louisville Country Club have had a long and successful relationship over many years.

    Pictured l to r: Lion Charlotte Dowd, Steve Sinclair and Lion Mike Dowd

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Awards Day at the Library

Awards Day for 1st – 5th graders. Library Staff and substitute; (l-r) Assistant Librarian Venita Hollingsworth, Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry, Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Youth Services Director Lindsay Fitts, Library Clerk Denise Dickerson, Librarian Beth Edwards and Library substitute Amelia Kennedy.

Lindsay Fitts and Andrea McHenry are just about to let the children come up and “buy” reading prizes with the reading tokens they earned.

Picking out prizes!

The Winner of the Grand Prize (1st – 5th graders) was Jacob Charlton, a third grader at Noxapater and son of Heather and Patrick Charlton. Many thanks to Wal-Mart for donating the two $50 gift certificates for our grand prizes.

Jacob is pictured here with (l-r) Andrea McHenry and Lindsay Fitts


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

“Libraries Rock!” Teen Summer Reading Program Awards Day

Awards Day for the “Libraries Rock!” Teen Summer Reading Program at the Winston County Library was held Monday, June 25. (l-r) Winston County Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry, Elizabeth Atkinson (9th grade), Selena Burton (6th grade), Anna Hankins (10th grade),Breanna Burton (6th grade), Kristen Jernigan (8th grade), Dhawan Jernigan (6th grade), Ji-Dayshein Metts (6th grade), in back Lindsay Fitts, Youth Services Director for Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System. Not pictured are Brailey Dickerson (6th grade) and Austin Forsythe (7th grade). Anna Hankins was the recipient of the Grand Prize, which was a $50 gift certificate donated by Wal-Mart.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tiny Tots At Winston County Library

The Winston County Library Tiny Tots enjoyed a fun program this past Monday. The children made bracelets, sang songs, colored and had storytime.

Children of all ages can continue to enjoy story time at the library every Tuesday morning from 9:30 – 10:30.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

New Children’s Literacy Program in Winston County

The Winston County Library is starting a new Children’s Literacy Program in Winston County. Librarian Beth Edwards recently donated children’s books to a local barber shop, Uptown Cutz, located on West Main Street. “I would like to encourage any barber shop owner in Louisville and in Winston County to contact us to receive free children’s books,” said Edwards. “This is a wonderful way to promote reading at an early age. Children can read while waiting on their parent to get a haircut or while they are waiting to get their own hair cut. It has been a very successful program in other cities.” Shown here are two year-old E. J. Hoskins, son of Adrian and Eric Hoskins; Uptown Cutz owner Bernard Lanier and Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards. Contact the library at 662-773-3212 or e-mail us at

The Louisville Lions Club Golf Tournament Winners

The Louisville Lions Club held their annual Golf Tournament Saturday, June 9th. It was a perfect day for golf, we believe all our golfers had a great time and the rain held off until we were through.

The Lions host the yearly tournament as a fundraiser for their service projects. In addition to golf, the Lions provide lunch, door prizes and auction items. Louisville Lions Club would like to thank all of their sponsors, participants and local businesses for their contributions in making this tournament a success. They would also like to thank the Louisville Country Club Board, President Chet Hailey and the grounds crew who maintain the course so well.

Listed below are the winners of this years tournament.

Championship Flight--First Place-Robert Tranum/Jason Hailey
Second Place-Justin Hillhouse/Zach Ring

First Flight--First Place-Bo Vickers/Jerry Lucas
Second Place--Billy Bethany/Clinton Mills

Second Flight--First Place-David Hill/Steve Sinclair
Second Place--Tommy Marlowe/Jimmy Marlowe

Third Flight--First Place-Ken Hooks/Helen Hooks
Second Place-Richard Hunt/ Ray Reed

Mike Cournoyer won $100 for Closest to the Hole.

Congratulations to all the above and I hope I spelled your names right. Sorry no pictures.

Library Quilt Raffle Winner

Dorothy Cagle McDaniel, of Marion, AR, was finally able to travel to Louisville to pick up her beautiful quilt that the Friends of the Library raffled off in May. The Friends raised almost $1,000 from the raffle and the money helped purchase a camera security system for the library. Local Master Quilter Martha Dubard, generously donated the quilt to the Friends. Dorothy is the sister of Rebecca Cagle Carson of Louisville. Congratulations to Dorothy McDaniel!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Church Fire Determined to be Arson

Area fire departments were called to the New Zion Baptist Church located on Highpoint-WeirRoad in
Winston County at around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. A smoldering fire located in the pastor's office of the church was quickly extinguished and an investigation began. It was discovered that a back window of the church had been pushed in, someone entered the building and set cushions and a pair of chairs on fire Within the pastor's office.

A church member who had come that morning to do clean up around the church found the fire and contacted 911. Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that the Mississippi Fire Marshal's Office was contacted to assist local investigator, Keith Alexander. Representatives from the State Fire Marshal's Office and from ATF have been assisting in the investigation. Winston County CrimeStoppers has issued a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible and the Fire Marshal and ATF are offering additional reward money. If you have information regarding this crime please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office or Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999.

Investigators indicate that the fire was set behind closed doors of the pastor's office and possibly smoldered for a period of time. Fortunately there was little fire damage but significant smoke damage to the church.

Pugh indicated that local fire departments were quick to respond including the Highpoint Fire Department, Shiloh and the Louisville Fire Department. "Our departments did a very professional job and responded quickly. This helped preserve evidence at the scene." 

Pugh indicated that they were following up on evidence and leads and that since the building itself did not burn there was a significant amount of evidence to be considered.

Winston County Library System Board Meeting

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Board of Trustees met at the Winston County Library recently. The library system is made of Attala, Winston, Leake, Holmes and Montgomery Counties and includes 13 libraries. One library Trustee Board member from each county comprises the System Board.  

Seated (l-r) Richard Greene, Executive Director of the MMRLS Library System and who will be retiring 6/30/18 after serving 42 years; incoming Executive Director Josh Haidet. Standing (l-r)MMRLS Business Manager Tammy Bell; Winston County System Trustee Rhonda Porter; Leake County System Trustee Martha Ramzy; Attala County System Trustee Terri Jones; and Holmes County System Trustee Flora Pilgrim. Not pictured, Montgomery County System Trustee Margaret Harris.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Library Hosts Retirement Party for Richard Greene

Mr. Greene’s surprise retirement event at the Winston County Library during the County Board of Trustee’s Meeting Wednesday, June 13th in the library meeting room.

There was a cake, punch and other refreshments and the Board Members presented him with a gift. Everyone else came by to wish Richard well and to meet our new System Director, Josh Haidet.

(l-r)  Former Friends of the Library President, Sylvia Clark; Former Friends of the Library Founder and President, JoAnn Brandt; Winston County Library Board of Trustee Member Rhonda Porter; City Alderman-At-Large Frances Ball; Alderman Judy McLeod; Mayor Will Hill; Winston County Board of Trustee Member Clementine Eichelberger; incoming Mid-Mississippi Regional Library Director Josh Haidet; Mid-Mississippi Regional Library Executive Director Richard Greene; Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Business Director Tammy Bell;  City Attorney Taylor Tucker (in back); Winston County Library Board of Trustee Member Judy Post; Winston County Library Board of Trustee James Woodiel; and Winston County Library Board of Trustee Member Sarah Garrigues.

Summer Library Programs In Full Swing

Winston County Library hosted another Tiny Tots (3-5 year-olds) program this past Tuesday. The children listened to stories, sang songs, danced and had craft time. They made tamborines! In this photo, Tiny Tots participants (l-r) Madison and Gracie Davis proudly show off their tamborines. Madison, (3) and Gracie, (5) are the children of Tiffon Moore 
and Eric Davis.

The Winston County Library hosted a Board Game and Photography program for teens this week. They played Jenga, dominoes, electronic games and practiced photography with camera kits loaned from the Mississippi Library Commission in Jackson, MS.

Library Receives Book Donation: "Korea Reborn: A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans"

The Library received this beautiful hard-bound book donated to public libraries and Korean War vets by Remember My Service Publishing House.

Over 275,000 copies of Korea Reborn have already been given as a free gift of gratitude directly to Korean War veterans from a grateful South Korean people. This beautiful, 176-page, coffee-table-style book pays tribute to and honors the service and sacrifice of our Korean War veterans who changed the fate of a nation. Through historical narrative, stories, and stunning photography, this book describes the struggle for Korea's freedom and, ultimately, the fruits of that struggle-a prosperous and free democracy. 

The library will catalog the book and it will be available to the public shortly.

Monday, June 18, 2018

East Central Community College Names Eric Neel as Next Softball Coach

Eric Neel, who has coached high school girls’ fast pitch softball teams to five state championships in Mississippi, has been selected as the new softball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Neel comes to the ECCC Lady Warrior program after leading the Lake High School girls’ softball team to a second-place finish in the 2018 Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A State Fast Pitch Tournament. It was Lake’s first appearance in the state championship finals. The Lady Hornets also won the North State Fast Pitch Title this past spring.

Neel will begin his duties at East Central on July 1. He replaces Kristin Chaney, who resigned following the 2018 season. Chaney led the Lady Warriors for six seasons, amassing 233 wins and six trips to the postseason, including a second-place finish at the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball Championship Tournament.

“My family and I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the East Central Community College family,” said Neel, who has coached fast pitch softball at the high school or junior/community college level for 11 years. “There are times in life when things fall into place and line up just right, and there is no denying who has really been in control of working things together. I know the good Lord brought us to this place, and my family looks forward to becoming an active part of the Decatur and Newton County communities.

“Our main goal is to retain the top players from the college’s five-county district, as well as recruit the best players from the state and a few out of state. A strong foundation has been laid by Coach Chaney and Coach Hill [assistant coach Megan] within the program, and I look forward to continuing to build a national championship contending team year in and year out.”

“Eric Neel is an outstanding coach with a proven track record of commitment to both the academic achievement and athletic development of student-athletes under his leadership,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “As a successful coach of championship programs at the high school and community college levels, he knows what it takes to build and maintain a successful softball program. I am confident that Coach Neel will continue to develop our Lady Warrior softball program the EC Way—Excellence with Class, and I am excited that he will be leading the women’s softball team at East Central Community College.”

Neel began his girls’ softball coaching career at East Central High School in Hurley, where his teams played in three straight Class 4A state championship series, winning titles in 2007 and 2009. He was named The (Biloxi) Sun Herald Softball Coach of the Year both championship seasons.

As head coach at Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, he guided the Lady War Eagles to three straight Class 5A state championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Neel was named The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger’s Softball Coach of the Year in 2010 and the Mississippi Association of Coaches Fast Pitch Softball Coach of the Year in 2012.

As head softball coach at Biloxi High School, he coached the Lady Indians to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs in 2015. Neel also has coached softball at Petal High School and Quitman High School, as well as taught at Meridian High School, and served as an assistant football coach while at East Central, Wayne County, Petal, Biloxi, and Meridian high schools.

As head softball coach at Darton State College in Albany, Ga., Neel guided the Lady Cavaliers to the NJCAA Region 17 Championship and a trip to the NJCAA Division I Softball National Championship Tournament in 2014. Neel was named the NJCAA Region 17 Coach of the Year after leading Darton State to a 46-12 record. He was also head softball coach at Baton Rouge (La.) Community College in 2015-16.

In all, Neel has compiled a 272-132 record over 11 seasons, including five high school state championships, seven state championship appearances, and seven south or north state titles, as well as one regional championship and national championship tournament appearance at the junior/community college level.

Neel received his bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 and his master’s degree in secondary education from William Carey University in 2008.

He and his wife, Lindsey, who will teach English in the Newton County School System beginning this fall, currently reside in Lake. Together they have six children.

“I’m pleased that Eric Neel has accepted the position of head softball coach for our Lady Warriors,” said ECCC dean of personnel services and athletics Chris Harris, who chaired the search committee that selected Neel. “Coach Neel’s experience in recruiting in the NJCAA will serve him well as he prepares to compete in this very competitive league.”

Paul Nixon, who will begin his duties this month as ECCC’s new athletics director following the retirement of Harris, also was involved in the search.

“We are excited about the addition of Eric Neel as the next head coach of our softball program,” commented Nixon. “He has a history of winning at all levels. Coach Neel plans on getting started right away to complete this year’s recruiting class and finalize next year’s schedule. He is a high-energy coach who will attract the right young women to East Central softball”

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Snakeman Presents Annual Program at Librray

Snakeman (Terry Vandeventer) presented (as usual!) a thrilling educational program on snakes to children at the Winston County Library last Tuesday, as part of the Summer Library Program. A few lucky volunteers were chosen to hold up a 7-foot indigo snake at the end of the program. “The Snakeman is a staple of our Summer Library Program,” said Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry. “The children look forward to seeing him every year!”

Dave’s Pet Food Voluntarily Recalls 95% Premium Beef Canned Dog Food Due to Potentially Elevated Levels of Thyroid Hormone

Dave’s Pet Food of Agawam, MA is recalling a single lot of Dave’s Dog Food 95% premium beef cans because the products potentially contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.

Product was distributed all along the east coast of the US, sold in pet stores and ecommerce sites.

The recalled product consists of a single batch (548 cases) of 13 oz., 95% premium beef dog food with a UPC # of 85038-11167 and a date code of 08/2020.
Consumers who have purchased the specific product listed above should stop feeding it to their dogs. If consumers have questions or would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product, they should call us at 1-888-763-2738 Monday through Friday, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

No other Dave’s products, or any other product manufactured by Dave’s Pet Food, are impacted.

The voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tiny Tots Summer Program

Winston County Library’s Tiny Tots Summer Program met again this past Tuesday in the library meeting room. Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry (center, back) and volunteer Dot McCorckle (left, in blue t-shirt), read stories, sang songs, danced, colored pictures of instruments and did crafts. “It is a joy having these children come to the Summer Library Program,” said McHenry. “Seeing the smiles on their faces as they sing and dance and do fun crafts makes my day!”