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!”







Farmers Market Opens at Friends of Dean Park


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Farmers Peggy and Alonzo Miller of Louisville, MS

Over 16 farmers have united to start a farmers’ market at Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP), 3890 Highway 15 South, Louisville, MS . The grand opening will be Monday, June 18, 2018, 10:30 – 6:00 p.m. The president of the group, Alonzo Miller is so excited about this venture and wants the public to know that they have been attempting to get this started for several years. He stated, “We have ready to harvest for the market: squash, cucumbers, purple hulled peas, butterbeans, watermelons, cabbage, tomatoes, string beans, okra and corn. We are asking for other farmers to join us. We will be located on the property o f Friends of Dean Park, Inc. which is south of Dean Park – actually right next door. We are appreciative of FODP for giving us this opportunity.” The market will be opened Monday through Saturday with fruits, veggies and canning goods. For more information, please contact Alonzo Miller, 662.705-1257.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson




Teen Summer Program Fun


Winston County Library Summer Library Teen Program this week featured guitarist Robert Burchfield from Winston County. He taught the teens the basics of guitar playing, played popular songs, told them his inspiration for playing guitar and let them each play some on his guitar. “The teens really liked this program,” said Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry. “He is very talented, entertaining and really connects with the teens.”


Cayden Brown got his first library card at the Winston County Library this week and checked out his first two books. He is the son of Brittany and Lee Brown, of Louisville and he will be entering the first grade at Winston Academy. “He was so excited to finally get his very own library card,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “Then his mother signed him up for the Summer Library Program – he can’t wait to see Snakeman!”




Saturday, June 9, 2018

Winston County Library - A Great Place for Summer Fun

On Friday, June 08, 2018, school children and some parents, visited the Winston County Library to get library cards and to sign up for the Summer Library Program. Led by Mrs. Tamara Eaves (far right), the children attend school at Nanih Waiya and Bogue Chitto. “We were so pleased to give them a tour of the library and to sign them up for their first library card,” said Librarian Beth Edwards. “They were so excited to see all the books and toys and artwork in the children and teen rooms.”


ECCC’s Clark Named Mississippi Association of Coaches Golf Coach of Year

East Central Community College Golf Coach Chris Clark has added another honor to the Warriors’ highly successful 2017-18 golf season, this time being named the Mississippi Association of Coaches Community College Golf Coach of the Year.

Clark will be honored at the MAC Hall of Fame Banquet June 22 in Jackson.

Earlier this spring Clark, who has been the head golf coach at ECCC in Decatur since 2011, was named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Golf Co-Coach of the Year for 2017-18 by the other coaches in the MACJC.

A native of Decatur and former all-state golfer at ECCC, Clark led his 2017-18 Warrior golf team to a
fourth-place finish in the MACJC Conference/State Tournament, a third-place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association District D Tournament, and the college’s first-ever team trip to the NJCAA National Championship, where the Warriors finished 12th as a team. Sophomore golfer Jacob Hamner finished 13th individually and was named NJCAA Second Team All American.

Clark’s father, the late Joe Clark, was named MACJC Golf Coach of the Year in 2001. He started the East Central golf program and served as coach for 30 years.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Restraining Order Extended Over Methodist Church Property

Attorneys for Louisville's First Methodist Church and the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) met in Chancery Court in Winston County today (Wednesday, June 6). After discussion and at the encouragement of Judge Kilgore, the parties involved reached agreement to extend the general terms of the temporary restraining order issued on May 30th.

The issue arose after church members of the Louisville Church  voted to withdraw the congregation's membership from the United Methodist Church (UMC) denomination. The withdrawal resulted in a dispute over ownership and possession of church assets between the local members and the United Methodist Conference.

The previous restraining order was temporary and allowed both parties to use and occupy church properties and prevented either party from limiting access. Today's ruling extended that order until the case can be litigated.

Louisville's First Methodist Church issued the following statement after today's decision:

"The dispute between the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and church members who recently chose to withdraw from the denomination continued in the Winston County Chancery Court on Wednesday. With minor modifications, the parties to the dispute agreed upon extending the terms of the Court’s Temporary Restraining Order issued last week. The new Order will allow the continued use of the church facilities and other church property by both the members who have chosen to leave the denomination and the remaining members who wish to remain affiliated with the United Methodist Church until such time as the Court is able to consider and rule on all pending issues."



Winston County Election Results - June 5th Primaries


Final unofficial results with absentee ballots for Winston County..... 1810 votes cast represents
15.02% of registered voters in Winston County.

Democratic Primary:
U.S. Senate

David Baria                  100    13.00%
Jensen Bohren               24       3.12%
Jerone Garland              77     10.01%
Victor G. Maurice Jr.     39        5.07%
Omeria Scott                  320     41.61%
Howard Sherman           206     26.79%
Write - In                        3   

U.S. House of Rep 01
1st Congressional District

Randy Mack Wadkins *    585    99.32%

Write -in                                 4

Republican Primary
U.S. Senate

Richard Warren Boyanton    106     10.37%
Roger Wicker                        916    89.63%

U.S. House of Rep 01
1st Congressional District

Trent Kelly*         1002    99.60
Write _in                   4


*Declared winner



Winston County Library Hosted G & J Petting Zoo Tuesday June 5

Everyone (children and adults) had a great time at the Winston County Library’s program Tuesday – G & J Petting Zoo from the Tupelo area. The program featured two camels, a baby zebra, a horse, a pygmy cow, rabbits, a kangaroo, miniature goats and much more! “This is the first time we’ve had a petting zoo,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “I’m so glad we did – the kids loved it!'









Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mayor's Youth Council 2018 Graduates

LHS from left to right
LaQuinton Kelly, Carlmeisha Hunt,
Alicia Michelle Hopkins, & Eric Sudduth
These students have all served on the Mayor's Youth Council for multiple years. The MYC provides opportunities for students to accumulate Community Service hours and is beneficial for resume building and scholarship opportunities. The students also interact with local government officials and conduct meetings on their own. The students also attended a Statewide Youth Leadership Summit in the Spring and this year it was hosted by the Mississippi Municipal League at Jackson State University. Currently, the MYC of Louisville are making plans to attend a Summer Conference in Biloxi which provides educational and networking opportunities for our Leaders of Tomorrow.

Mayor Hill is extremely proud of these young people and their willingness to serve. It is a pleasure to have them represent our community when we are able to attend statewide events. Congratulations to all the graduates of 2018!

Not pictured from Grace Christian - Jamal Kelly & Eric Humphries


 Home School Graduate:  Elijah Caudill

Summer Library Program - Delta Blues!

Maie Smith (center) – Tour Manager for the Mississippi Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS presented a program on the Delta Blues to teens in the “Libraries Rock” Summer Library Program at the Winston County Library this past Monday. She began with the “Father of the Blues”, W. C. Handy, and ended with B. B. King. “Every genre of modern music in America started with the Blues,” said Smith. “Jazz, Rock and Roll, Rap – all of these have roots in the Blues of the Mississippi Delta.”


Prayer Service - 6 PM Thursday - First Methodist Church

The following press release was issued this morning by Louisville's First Methodist Church:

A city wide prayer service has been set for Thursday at 6 p.m. on the steps of First Methodist Church in Louisville following, by one day, this Wednesday’s scheduled hearing in the Chancery Court of Winston County. At the hearing, First Methodist Church of Louisville will seek to have a Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court last week expanded to a Preliminary and Permanent Injunction in its dispute with the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. 97% of the church’s members attending a Church Conference in March voted to withdraw from the denomination prompting the Conference to dismiss the pastor and to attempt to exercise the Trust Clause to remove them from the building used for services, funerals weddings and other church activities. The Conference’s actions prompted an outpouring of support for the local church from across the local community as well as the State of Mississippi, the United States and several foreign countries. Last week’s Temporary Restraining Order allowed normal church activities to resume. The church has issued the following statement:


“Rev. Mike Childs and the members of First Methodist Church of Louisville, Inc., invite fellow Christian believers from all denominations and faiths to join them for a short prayer vigil on the Main Street steps of the church on Thursday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at which time they will call upon the Lord for his continued blessings and guidance in the days ahead. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will be held in the sanctuary.”

Monday, June 4, 2018

Primary Election - June 5th

The primary election for U.S Senate is fast approaching. For your review - sample ballots for each party are shown below. We'll have more information as the election approaches.



Library Kicks Off Tiny Tots Summer Program

The Winston County Library’s “Libraries Rock” Summer Library Programs started off with a bang and a rattle this past Monday for the Tiny Tots Program (3-5 year-olds). Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry led the children in songs, storytelling, puppetry and crafts. They made musical rattles out of empty plastic water bottles. The Tiny Tots program will be held each Monday in June from 9:30 – 10:30. Open to the public.






Job Opening at Winston County Courthouse

THE WINSTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR PAYROLL CLERK. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE PAYROLL, INSURANCE, AND OTHER DUTIES AS NEEDED. PRIOR EXPERIENCE DESIRED. SALARY IS NEGOTIABLE. CALL 662-773-3631 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME TO THE CHANCERY CLERK’S OFFICE IN THE WINSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018, AT NOON.

Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 Hurricane Season Officially Begins

PEARL – Today, June 1, marks the official start to the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. We have
already seen the first named storm of the season in Alberto which made landfall along the Florida panhandle and moved north through the middle of Alabama.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reminds residents that being prepared before a storm hits will make things less stressful during and after.

“Mississippi government is prepared to respond, but everything starts with individuals and families being ready,” said MEMA Interim Director J.W. Ledbetter. “Know where you will go and what supplies you will need. Also prepare for days, perhaps weeks without electricity after the storm passes.”

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30. Remember no matter what the season holds, it only takes one.

One of the first steps you should take is to create or restock an emergency supply kit:
Flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
Non-perishable food for at least three days.
One gallon of water, per person, per day for at least three days.
Toiletry items.
Pet food and pet supplies.
Medicine and prescription medication.
Copies of important family papers and documents.
Cash and travelers checks, enough to fill up your vehicle with fuel.

You can download the 2018 MEMA Hurricane Preparedness Guide http://www.msema.org/be-prepared/hurricanes/. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter.


                                                                       

Winston Co Supervisors' Meeting Agenda - June 4, 2018

1. CALL TO ORDER
2.      PRAYER

3.      DENNIS REGINELLI, MSI.J EXTENSION OFFICE - INTRODUCTION OF NEW AGRICULTURE AGENT
4.      JIMMY KEMP, COUNTY ENGINEER
5.      DEAN PARK COMMISSIONERS
6.      WINSTON PLYWOOD APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION
7.      APPROVE COURT REPORTER EXPENSES- LINDSEY WILLIAMS, $146.04; REGAN CARPENTER, $56.68
8.      APPROVE MINUTES OF MAY 7, 2018 MEETING
9.      APPROVE CLAIMS DOCKET
10.   APPROVE PAYROLL CLAIMS DOCKET
11.   APPROVE OVERTIME REPORT
12.   APPROVE CASH IN BANK REPORT
13.   ACKNOWLEDGE ANNUAL REPORT FOR CONSTABLE ROY DALE FULTON
14.   APPROVE SCHOOL BUS TURN AROUND, DISTRICT 3
15.   DISCUSS POSSIBLE CHANGES TO LIST OF GTPDD ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
16.   DISCUSS DATASYSTEMS QUOTE FOR TIME CLOCKS
17.   FYI: LETTER FROM FEMA CONCERNING FIRST APPEAL, PROJECT WORKSHEET 102,
106, 127
18.   APPROVE DAYS OFF BEFORE/AFTER HOLIDAY: ROBIN CLARK, JULY          AND 6;
19.   DISCUSS WINSTON PLYWOOD PAYMENTS/ VARIABLE INTEREST RATE
20.   DEPARTMENT HEADS
21.   EXECUTIVE SESSION
22.   ADJOURN MEETING TO MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018, 9:00 AM