Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tomato Gardeners Beware

By: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent (ANR), Winston County

Extension offices all over the state this time of year get a host of calls dealing with tomato problems.
This growing season is no different, but one particular disease issue has been a bit more prevalent this year. Let me introduce you to this garden foe, and what to do if it shows up.

Southern Stem Blight, sometimes called Southern Stem Rot, is the not so welcome visitor this year. As with most garden disease, high temperatures and moist conditions favor disease development. The pathogen can survive as sclerotia for years in the soil or plant debris and can easily spread through the movement of infested soil and infected plant material.

The most noticeable symptom of Southern Stem Blight (SSB) is a sudden and permanent wilt caused by the rotting of the stem. A brown to black stem lesion that girdles the stem is very often near the soil line of infected plants. When moist conditions exist, a white fungal growth (mycelia) will develop on the base of the stem, followed by tan to brown rounded structures (sclerotia) on the stem base.

SSB can also infect the fruit, if fruit comes in contact with the soil, which is highly likely. Tomato fruit will initially appear sunken and yellow at the infection site and become water-soaked and soft before collapsing.

This was the case for Mr. Jim Gregory of Winston County. He called and said his tomatoes were fine one day and wilted the next with no response to watering. Among one of the finest gardens I’ve visited the past few weeks, about three to four tomatoes were as good as gone. This was my recommendation to him, as well as you if this problem arises in your tomato crop.

So, here’s what you can do. There are some fungicides labeled that can help prevent SSB, and apply
from planting to end of harvest. The main thing is to practice good crop rotation to prevent the sclerotia structures from building up over time in the soil. Sclerotia can last for years, so keeping these to a minimum is key. Not just rotation of tomatoes from the area, but other vegetable crops with-in the same family as tomatoes. Lastly, if you have just a few plants, you can place a strip of tin-foil around the base of the stem to prevent contact of the fungus.

Tomato’s family to NOT rotate with would be: peppers, eggplant, and Irish potatoes, they ARE in the same family group. It’s not just a good idea to rotate this particular family group, but others as well to prevent a host of other negative conditions. If you’d like to know more about tomato disease, and vegetable production for the home owner, or commercially, contact your local Extension office.

The Winston Extension Office: 662-773-3091

Victim Burned in Arson Dies

The second victim of Saturday's arson of an apartment in Louisville has succumbed to his injuries. Lilsreddius Eiland, seventeen, the son of  the suspect in the case passed away earlier this morning (Tuesday) from the severe burns he sustained. 

Merredyth Eiland, the wife of the suspect and mother of Lilsreddius, died in the fire. 

Fred Lee Eiland was captured by Winston County Law Enforcement and was charged in Winston County Justice Court on Monday with one count of murder, one count of arson and three counts of aggravated assault. With the death of the second victim, these charges may be changed. Eiland is in custody at the Winston Choctaw Correctional Facility.

Monday, July 16, 2018

School Year Approaching Fast - Supply List Available

The first day of school for students in the Louisville Municipal School District is August 6 with open house planned on August 2nd. Parents and students may want to get a headstart on supplies and preparations. LMSD has a complete supply list available for all schools and grades available on their website. To access the supply list page - click here.

To access the school calendar for the upcoming school year - click here.

Not Included in the above list:

Eiland Faces Capital Murder Charge

Fred Lee Eiland sat quietly this afternoon as Winston County Justice Court Judge Mike Fuller read the charges against him:  Capital murder, Arson and 3 counts of Aggravated Assault.

The charges relate to a fire over the weekend that took the life of Merredythe Eiland and severely injured a juvenile.

Bond was denied and Eiland was appointed a public defender. The date of a prelimnary hearing was set for August 22nd.

For more information, see our previous articles on WinstonWebNews:



Murder/Arson Suspect To be Arraigned Today

Arson on Gage Street in Louisville
The suspect in an arson that resulted in the death of a Louisville woman and the serious injury of a minor over the weekend will appear in a Winston County Courtroom this afternoon (Monday, 7/16/2019).

Forty nine year old Fred Lee Eiland is in custody at the Winston Choctaw Correctional Facility. Eiland is accused of starting a fire in the early morning hours of Saturday of a backyard apartment on Gage Street in Louisville. At the time, the structure was occupied by one adult and four juveniles.

Merredythe Eiland, the adult,  was killed in the fire. A seventeen year old juvenile was seriously injured as well. The juvenile was transported to Jackson by air. His current condition is unknown.

Fred Lee Eiland
Winston County Arson Investigator Keith Alexander indicated that there were witnesses who placed the suspect at the scene. It is believed that a window air conditioner was removed, an accelerant was tossed into the structure and set on fire.

The victim had a restraining order against Eiland at the time of the fire. Eiland's initial charges will include: murder, arson and aggravated assault.

After discussion with the District Attorney and the Louisville Police Department, the decision was made to charge Eiland in county court due to the various jurisdictions involved. Louisville Police, Winston County Sheriff and arson investigator and the state fire marshal's office were all involved in the investigation.

Eiland was captured on Saturday afternoon in rural Winston County after a short high speed chase by officers.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

WECARE Event Brings Attention to Local Needs

Approximately forty interested individuals attended the WECARE event  held recently at the World Outreach Christian Fellowship in Louisville. The event was a benefit for the local non-profit organization. WECARE stands for (Winston Educational Christian Action Resource Enterprise) and was founded by Minister Carnette Hudson of Louisville, Mississippi.

WECARE serves many functions including:

  • Help to secure housing for the homeless and help them secure employment. 
  • Tutoring for children K-12 particularly in math and reading
  • WECARE also sponsors workshops to give needed information about entrepreneurship, surviving abuse, overcoming addiction etc.

Some of their past activities include helping supply water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan and helping to get needed items for the Salvation Army food pantry in Columbus, MS.

Donations are tax deductible. Contact Carnette Hudson at 662-705-1709 for more information.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Murder/Arson Suspect Now in Custody

Fred Eiland, a suspect in an early Saturday morning arson /murder was apprehended this evening at around 6:30 pm by a Winston County Sheriff's Deputy and a Winston County Constable on Mount Olive Road in rural Winston County.

According to Sheriff Jason Pugh, law enforcement spotted Eiland's vehicle in the area. Details are still unfolding but a pursuit followed and then the suspect stopped. As law enforcement approached with guns drawn, the suspect fled again and in the process set his own vehicle on fire. After a short chase the suspect ran off the road and was captured as he jumped from the vehicle.

Sheriff Pugh commended Deputy Leon Glenn and Constable Ed Hunt for their efforts and noted that there was no serious injuries or shots fired during the capture.

More details when available.

Murder/Arson Suspect Sought in Deadly Fire in Louisville

Fred Eiland - suspect in arson/murder
Winston County law enforcement is searching for Fred Lee Eiland as a suspect in a case of murder/arson/aggravated assault that occurred in Louisville last night.

First responders received a call concerning a fire at an apartment/storage building located just off Gage Street in Louisville. It has been determined that the fire was intentionally set with 4 individuals inside. Two individuals escaped, one received serious burns and a 4th individual died in the fire.

Arson investigator Keith Alexander and Sheriff Jason Pugh indicate that the primary suspect is Fred Lee Eiland, a fifty year old black male. It is believed that Eiland may be driving an older model white 4-door Chevrolet Cavalier with no hubcaps. He is believed to be dangerous and possibly armed. If you sight this individual or have information as to his whereabouts, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511 or contact 911.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Recent Twitter Post from Librarian of Congress and Black Girls Read

Mayor's Youth Council Attends MML Convention

The Mayor’s Youth Council  of Louisville recently attended the Youth Track of the Mississippi Municipal League's 87th Annual Conference. The youth were able to interact and discuss issues and concerns that are important to them, as well as, network with city officials across the state. The youth were also able to participate in a community service project.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Eugene Crosby Inducted Into Municipal Hall of Fame

Alderman Eugene Crosby was inducted into the Mississippi Municipal League (MML) Hall of Fame recently at the MML 87th Annual Conference held in Biloxi.

The MML Hall of Fame was established to recognize municipal elected officials who have served in office for 20 years or more. Eugene Crosby has served the City of Louisville Ward 4 as an elected official for 25 years, having been elected first in July 1993. He also serves as Mayor Pro Tem.

Established in 1931, MML represents 291 city, town and village governments in Mississippi. The mission of the MML is helping cities and towns excel through training, lobbing at the state and federal level, and providing resources and networking opportunities with state, federal and private entities. For more information about the Mississippi Municipal League, visit www.mmlonline.com.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

LMSD Board Sets Policies for 2018-2019 School Year

The Louisville Municipal School Board met on Tuesday evening and set policies for a number of
issues for the upcoming school year. These include policies on drug testing, cell phone usage, bullying and cyber-bullying, graduation requirements, attendance, discipline and grading.

Any changes in these policies will be instituted in the upcoming student handbook that should be available on the District’s website in the latter part of next week. Of most interest to parents are changes to cellphone policy and dress code.

Changes to the cellphone policy are significant and center more upon usage than possession. Under the new guidelines for the 2018-2019 school year, cell phone usage (or any electronic device) is prohibited during school operating hours. The only exception is if a teacher requires usage within a class for instructional purposes. This usage must be approved by the school’s principal. Use is not prohibited when students are at extracurricular events away from the school such as ball games, field trips, etc.

Expressing concerns about cyber-bullying and texting, Superintendent Grierson said the policy
change is more about usage than possession. “We’re not going to search bookbags for phones.” Grierson indicated that if the phone is not taken out and/or used inappropriately during the school day, a student shouldn’t have a problem.

Violation of the rules will result in confiscation of the device and a parent must come to the administration to retrieve. Second and multiple violations will result in confiscation of the device for extended periods of time.

There are only two significant changes to the uniform dress code in all schools and both involve tops or shirts allowed. The traditional Polo or Oxford shirt  must be in your school's colors but collarless “spirit shirts” of any color are now allowed at anytime. Spirit shirts include any shirt that displays logos, labels, insignias, print, writing, or monogramming or that promotes any school organization associated with the home school.

The other significant change is that shirts are no longer required to be tucked inside the bottoms.

The student handbook and the dress code specifications are being completed and should be available soon on the District’s website. The following information was released today by LMSD concerning the Dress Code for 2018-2019.

PSC Charges 6 Telemarketers for No-Call Violations

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the PSC has charged six telemarketers for violating Mississippi’s No-Call law. The PSC’s investigation found that these companies made 68 illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call fine; totaling $340,000. Notices of alleged violations have been recently filed against the following companies:
  • Atlantic Auto Protection, Miami, Florida
  • Donor Relations, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • PPLS, Miami, Florida
  • Inbound Fetching, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Alliance, Irvine, California
  • American Helping Hands, Birmingham, Alabama
“We are committed to charging every, single predatory telemarketer that violates the No-Call law. Mississippians deserve to have their privacy protected. This action sends a message to these companies and others that if you invade the privacy of our citizens, the PSC is coming after you,” said Commissioner Presley.

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

A charge is an allegation in an enforcement action. The companies involved in this investigation will be afforded all rights of due process of law.

Saddle Up, for a Year Round Approach

There’s one thing in common between every animal, and every human I’ve ever been around in my lifetime; we all like to eat. Not just eat, but eat good food, that’s good for us. I’m trying to justify how Hershey bars is good for more than just my mental well-being, but that’s another topic.

If you’re a horse owner, then you know horses are pretty selective eaters. They will graze one part of a pasture, and skip over other areas. They simply know it’s not good, nor good for them, so they leave it alone. If your horses are eating everything down to the ground, then you may have a host of issues we can talk about.

Either way, if you have horses and want to learn the latest research based information from our MSU Extension Forage Specialist, here’s your chance.

We’ll have a program to address a year round approach to having, and MAINTAINING, the highest quality forage possible for your horses. So please put on your calendar, i-phone, i-pad, or any other device they have these days, but join us on July, 26th at the Winston County Extension office, and the farm of Quay Eaves directly across from the Extension office.

The program is free, but call and let us know you’ll be there, so we’ll have enough hand-outs and refreshments for you. Our number is, 662-773-3091.

Submitted by: Jim McAdory, Winston Co., MSU Extension Agent, ANR/4H

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Farmers Market at Friends of Dean Park

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Alonzo Miller, President of Farmers Market at Friends of Dean Park (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

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L to R: Evangelist Essie Glass, Mark Collins (a trainee) (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

The Farmers Market at the Friends of Dean Park, 3890 HWY 15 South, Louisville, MS, is in its 3rd week. It has allowed farmers and residents to have produce available Monday – Saturday. This has provided a needed service to both the small farmers and the local residents. It opens at 10:30 a.m. and stays open until they sale out. There are usually two to three farmers daily. Many customers have expressed how grateful they are to have a market to shop at more than once per week. The above photos show the produce that is available this week. Please support these local farmers. For more information on how to join as a farmer or to find out what produce is available weekly, please call Elder Alonzo Miller, 662.705-1257.

Dean Park Offers Summer Fun

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Markez Wilson, 5 years old, is shown picking peas which are planted behind the raised beds in Dean Park. He is visiting from South Carolina with the Moncriefs. The Dean Park Garden Club is a great learning experience for the children. They learn how to cultivate, plant, feed and harvest. They also learn how important it is to eat healthy fresh vegetables. Markez is also enjoying the playground equipment.
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Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Property Recovered - Charges to be Filed in Sardis Church Vandalism

Road sign recovered

The Winston County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant last night (Monday) related to last week’s vandalism of the historic Sardis Baptist Church in rural Winston County. At around 10:30 pm, law enforcement searched a property on Hwy 14 E based upon information gathered in the investigation. During the search, deputies found a pew taken from the church and a pair of road signs in a shed located on the property.

The Sheriff’s Department is still seeking to complete an interview with two juveniles believed to be involved in the case and charges of felony vandalism of a church, felony burglary of a church and possession of stolen property are expected to be filed in Winston County Youth Court.

Three adults: Austin Richardson – 20, Jason Eaves – 21 and Dylan Tabor -19 are facing charges of felony vandalism of a church and felony burglary of a church.

Sheriff Jason Pugh said, “At this point, we are ready to turn this over to the prosecuting attorney and the court system. We believe we have recovered or accounted for all missing property and identified those involved. Vandalism and theft from a church is very serious and people get emotional. We wanted to make sure that our investigation was thorough and complete.”

The adults will be arraigned on Wednesday, July 25th in Winston County Justice Court.

Story Time at the Library

The Winston County Library offers Story Time with Mrs. Andrea McHenry the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30 in the library meeting room. Children (and parents!) ages 2 and up are welcome to attend. “We read stories, have puppet shows, dance, sing songs and do crafts,” says Children’s Librarian Andrea McHenry. “It’s very educational, but we also have an awful lot of fun!”

Monday, July 9, 2018

Update On Sardis Church Vandalism

Plaque is now in possession of Winston County Sheriff
Three adults and one minor were determined to be involved in the vandalism of the historic Sardis Church in Winston County last week. The suspects have been identified and confessed to the crime on Friday.

A 9 mm handgun used in the act and the historic plaque taken from the structure have been recovered. The investigation is ongoing related to another act of vandalism that occurred at Nanih Waiya Attendance Center. As a result of the ongoing investigation, names of the suspects are being held until all parties involved have been identified. The suspects are ages nineteen, twenty and twenty-one years of age and a juvenile.

"It looks like a case of alcohol and poor judgement." said Sheriff Jason Pugh. “Vandalism in our rural areas is always a problem but vandalism to a church and a historic structure will not be tolerated.”

Pugh indicated that a large number of tips came into his office and thanked the public for their cooperation and assistance.

Pugh expects to meet with church officials later this week and the suspects will be arraigned in Justice Court in Winston County on July 25.

Friday, July 6, 2018

We Care Event - July 7th

Press release: We Care, oh yes, we do and we would like to reintroduce ourselves to you. Life can bring about many changes and things happen that may cause a need to arise in someone’s life. This is where WECARE comes in. WECARE INC., (Winston Educational Christian Action Resource Enterprise) is a nonprofit organization that was birthed and founded by Minister Carnette Hudson of Louisville, Mississippi.

As a team we are dedicated in helping to meet the needs of our fellow man at home, in surrounding counties and abroad. We help to secure housing for the homeless and help them secure employment. Tutoring for children K-12 has been one of our most rewarding activities. WECARE also sponsors workshops to give needed information about entrepreneurship, surviving abuse, overcoming addiction etc.

Whenever we see a need to act, we come together and brainstorm to find ways to help meet those needs. Some of our past activities include helping supply water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan and helping to get needed items for the Salvation Army food pantry in Columbus, MS. But none of those needs can be met without you. We have fundraisers and take donations (which are tax deductible) to help fund many of our activities. If you would like to help in any way, or you know of a situation where we can help, feel free to contact us. We care, and if we can help, we will be there.

by Laurie Smith

A "We Care" Benefit Event will be held on Saturday, July 7 at 2:00 pm at the World Outreach Christian Fellowship at 250 S. Jones Avenue in Louisville. the public is encouraged to participate.

Suspects in Church Vandalism in Custody!

The suspects in a church vandalism reported this morning on WinstonWebNews (see article) are now
in custody and have confessed to the crime according Sheriff Jason Pugh. Pugh contacted our offices at around 4:00 pm today.

He indicated that three adults and one juvenile were involved but did not release their identity until the investigation is complete. When more information becomes available we will update.

Deputies were called to Sardis Church on Sardis Road, east of the Ellison Ridge Community and south of Hwy 14E on Thursday morning after a caretaker discovered that the building had been vandalized sometime between Tuesday and the early hours of Thursday morning.

WWN reported the story this morning (Friday) and it has been viewed more than 15,000 times by the public.

Historic Church Vandalized in Winston County

Pews and altar damaged, Historic plaque stolen
The Winston County Sheriff's Office is searching for information on suspects who vandalized a rural
church in eastern Winston County this week. Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that his officers were called to Sardis Church on Sardis Road, east of the Ellison Ridge Community and south of Hwy 14E on Thursday morning after a caretaker discovered that the building had been vandalized sometime between Tuesday and the early hours of Thursday morning.

Bullet holes in exterior of Sardis Church
Inside the church, pews had been overturned and damaged as well as the altar. Windows were broken and numerous bullet holes riddled the exterior walls. Spent shotgun shells, 9mm handgun casings and beer cans were found in the church yard.

The Sardis Church is a historic structure and is one of only eight properties in Winston County on the National Registry of  Historic Places. During the vandalism, the plaque denoting its inclusion in the registry was stolen.

Law enforcement is asking anyone with information about this incident  to contact the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662-773-5881 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999. A reward is offered.