Tuesday, July 31, 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:


Emily Church Named Assistant Softball Coach at East Central Community College

Emily Church, who was an integral part of back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships while a member of the Jacksonville State University softball team, is the new assistant softball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur. Church joins the staff of Eric Neel as he begins his first year as head coach of the Lady Warrior program. Neel said that Church will work with the catchers and pitchers, as well as help with outfielders and recruiting. “Emily Church is a great hire for East Central Community College softball,” said Neel, who began his duties July 1. “Her energy, excellent knowledge as a player, eagerness to always lead, and winning attitude will benefit our program tremendously.”

A native of Ragland, Ala., Church played for Neel when he was the head coach at Darton State Community College in Albany, Ga., in 2014. Together, they led the Lady Cavaliers to a National Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 Championship and a trip to the NJCAA Division I Softball National Championship Tournament. Church led the state of Georgia that season in home runs, RBI, and batting average. The following season, Church played for Southern Union Community College in Wadley, Ala., and again led the state in home runs, RBI, and batting average.
She then took her talents to Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., where in 2016 she was First-Team All-Newcomer and All-Conference and led the Ohio Valley Conference in home runs and RBI. The NCAA Division I Lady Gamecocks won the OVC title in 2016 and 2017.

Church prepped at Ragland High School where she was part of three straight state championships. She led the state in home runs in 2010 and 2011, and broke the Alabama high school RBI record in 2010. She most recently served as the hitting and catching coach, co-head junior varsity coach, and assistant varsity coach at Moody High School in Alabama in 2018 while completing her teaching internship at Iola Roberts Elementary School in Pell City.
Church also coaches and provides instruction for travel softball teams.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that Coach Neel has given me,” commented Church. “My plan was to be at the high school level this year and work my way to the college level, but Coach Neel believed enough in me to give me this opportunity. I’ve been around him as a player and love the way he coaches, and I have based my coaching philosophy on his. When he reached out to me about this opportunity, I jumped on it. I’m beyond blessed that he believes enough in me to be his assistant coach at East Central Community College.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Jacksonville State in 2018.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Getting it Right!

Most times I get called out to home gardens there’s usually a problem that has the home gardener stumped and we need to find out what’s going wrong. I was a little surprised at the visit I took to Ms. Rosie Harris’s garden this past week, there was absolutely no problem, as a matter of fact she was getting it right when it comes to vegetable gardening.

But, she was a little perplexed at how tall her field corn had got, and wondered if she had bought the wrong variety or maybe over applied fertilizer. She had not purchased the wrong variety, nor had she over applied fertilizer. She stated to me “I’ve been gardening my whole life, and never saw corn get this tall”. I assured her, this is not a strange thing, the tallest corn ever recorded was actually a sweet corn variety grown in Allegany, New York and measured 35 feet 3 inches.

So, yes some corn varieties will routinely grow 12 to 14 feet. While talking to Ms. Harris, I discovered not only can she grow really tall corn, but she was successfully growing other vegetables in the rest of her garden. So, I ask how she came about such a fine crop this year? She stated, “I always rotate my crops every year, and make sure I’ve applied enough lime”. I also noticed, she had her rows, and plants within the rows at a perfect spacing, so plants could reach their mature size without being over crowded. Lastly, the garden didn’t have a weed problem, so it was obvious, time, and care was applied to the garden along with the right cultural practices.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working with Extension, is meeting people that love growing vegetables, raising animals, or just share the appreciation of the outdoors. I especially appreciate folks like Ms. Rosie that not only share this love, but also appreciates, getting it right.


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




Fall Army Worms

Hay producers and cattlemen should be alert for fall armyworms for the remainder of the growing season. Fall armyworms are the most damaging insect pests of bermudagrass hayfields, and undetected infestations can eat a lot of grass in a surprisingly short time. A hay field that looks beautiful and almost ready to cut on Thursday morning may be nothing but stems by Saturday. As the name implies, populations are highest in the fall, but damaging infestations often begin occurring in July. This insect does not
overwinter in the state, but moths migrating from more southern regions return each year to produce several generations, with numbers increasing each generation. Some fall armyworms are present every year, especially in southern Mississippi, but heavy outbreaks sporadically occur, reaching damaging numbers earlier in the year and/or farther north and resulting in the need for more insecticide treatments throughout the state. Fall armyworms will also damage bermudagrass in sports fields and home lawns.

Control: Fall armyworms are easily controlled with timely insecticide sprays, but you have to detect infestations early and have your spray equipment ready to go. For hayfields, treatment is recommended when counts exceed three caterpillars per square foot (only count caterpillars that are ½ inch long or longer). Mature caterpillars are about 1 ¼ inches long and vary in color, from light green to beige to almost black.


Key Points for Fall Armyworm Control in Hayfields

  • Check fields two to three times per week
  • Check your sprayer and have it prepped and ready to go!
  • Treatment is recommended when populations exceed 3 caterpillars per square foot
  • Only count caterpillars that are 1/4 inch or longer
  • This is a very conservative/aggressively protective threshold, some states say 3 to 5, or more.
  • But, right now at least, hay is expensive and insecticides are cheap.
  • Medium range rates of pyrethroid insecticides work well on fall armyworms
  • Mustang Max at 1 gallon to 40 acres, or Karate Z at 1 gallon to 80 acres, are examples
  • Many dealers sell generic pyrethroids—be sure they are labeled for pastures
  • Bifenthrin is not labeled for use on hayfields or pastures!.
  • Pyrethroids are restricted use products—buyers need a current private applicator card.
  • Adding a growth regulator (Dimilin or Intrepid) to the pyrethroid will increase residual control
  • Under heavy pressure it is not unrealistic to have to spray a cutting two, even three times
  • Keep on checking!
Submitted by: Blake Layton, Extension Entomology Specialist, Mississippi State University Extension Service




Sunday, July 29, 2018

ECCC Tennis Teams, Players Recognized by ITA for Academic Success

Both the East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams along with four players from each team have been recognized for academic success by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The ITA announced the 2018 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes on July 24. In all, 735 teams and 4,328 student-athletes across all five divisions of college tennis were honored. The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.20 or above. In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 for the most recent academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

ECCC women’s tennis players named ITA Scholar-Athletes and their respective high schools were sophomore Gabriela Gomez of Bogota, Colombia; sophomore Julia Johnston of Florence; freshman Sara Mazzella of Newton County Academy; and freshman Bethany Wellerman of Newton County Academy.

ECCC men’s tennis players named ITA Scholar-Athletes and their respective high schools were freshman Landon Gibson of Clarkdale; freshman Wilton Ladner of Stone County; sophomore Tom Langelaar of Veldhoven, Netherlands; and sophomore Emontie Lewis of Terry.

“I’m proud of the efforts on our men’s and women’s tennis teams on and off the court,” said ECCC Tennis Coach Jay Pacelli. “The excellence these players show in the classroom on a consistent basis means as much if not more than any tennis victory. Congratulations particularly to all of our ITA scholar athletes.”




Friday, July 27, 2018

2017 Delinquent Property Tax Sale To Be Conducted Online

Tax Assessor/Collector Darlene Bane is pleased to announce that the Winston County Land Tax Sale for delinquent 2017 real property taxes will be conducted exclusively online. The auction will begin on August 27th, 2018 at 8:30 A.M. and will continue each subsequent day until all parcels have been offered for sale. A Mississippi based company, GovEase, will host the auction. The sale will be a live bid auction at the following website: http://auctions.govease.com.

In the past, most tax lien auctions were time-consuming and intensive processes. Bidders had to either take off from work or have some type of representation at each auction. GovEase has created a unique setup that alleviates this laborious process by allowing bidders to bid for tax liens online. Bidders can watch each auction or upload a list that auto bids with preset amounts on liens of interest. Bidders may use the auto bid process as early as Saturday morning, August 25th.

There are many new features that this service will bring to the participants of the auction. The local tax office will provide a user orientation for those concerned about using the new system. A live training session will be hosted at the courthouse on August 13th at 4:00 P.M. and again at 6:00 P.M. In addition, weekly online webinar training sessions will be hosted on the auction website (training.govease.com).

Online Registration for the Winston County sale will begin on July 30th, 2018. After registration, those wishing to bid must still arrange payment and verify registration with the county. The contact information will be available at the time of registration. Bidders are reminded the payment arrangement process must be done prior to any bidding. GovEase Support Phone Number is 769-208-5050 if those interested have any questions.





Pepperidge Farm Announces Voluntary Recall of Four Varieties of Goldfish Crackers

Pepperidge Farm has been notified by one of its ingredient suppliers that whey powder in a seasoning that is applied to four varieties of crackers has been the subject of a recall by the whey powder manufacturer due to the potential presence of Salmonella. Pepperidge Farm initiated an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers. The products were distributed throughout the United States. No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the U.S. are subject to this recall.

The following four varieties with the indicated codes are subject to this recall:


  • Flavor Blasted ® Xtra Cheddar
  • FlavorBlasted ® Sour Cream & Onion
  • Goldfish ® Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
  • Goldfish ® Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel

For more information on these recalled items Click here.

Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Recalled product should be discarded or may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may visit www.pepperidgefarm.com/GoldfishUpdate or call Customer Service at 800-679-1791, 24 hours a day, for more information. Our Customer Service specialists are available M – F 9AM – 7PM EST.






Thursday, July 26, 2018

Rotary Club Donates to Library Literacy Outreach Program

The Louisville Rotary Club recently gave a $1,000 gift to the Winston County Library as part of their Literacy Outreach Program. “When I accepted the gift,” said librarian Beth Edwards, “I told the members that our library has the most incredible support from our City, County, local businesses and civic clubs, and especially Rotary.” Pictured here, Beth Edwards accepts the gift from Rotary member Al Porter.







Sardis Church Vandalism Suspects Make First Court Appearance

Three suspects accused of the vandalism of the historic Sardis Church in Winston County made their first appearance in Justice Court on Wednesday.

Jason Eaves, Dylan Tabor and Austin Richardson face felony charges of burglary and vandalism in the July 4th incident.
The church structure was damaged and some church property was destroyed or stolen.

All suspects were released on their own recognizance. Their next court date is set for September.




Back to Back National NAACP Scholarship Winners


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L to R: Asia Eichelberger                          Montana Eichelberger

Sisters Montana and Asia Eichelberger are back to back winners of the National NAACP Agnes Jackson Jones Scholarships which was announced at the National NAACP Convention in San Antonio, TX, July 18, 2018. Montana graduated from Louisville High School (LHS) May 2016 as an honor student. She presently attends University of Southern Mississippi-Hattiesburg (USM) as a 2nd Semester Junior majoring in psychology. She has been a Resident Assistant (RA) for her dormitory for two years. She has maintained her honor roll status and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) this past school year. Asia Eichelberger graduated from LHS as an honor student May 2017. She entered the University of Mississippi-Oxford in September 2017 to pursue a degree in Business Management. She is a 2nd Semester Sophomore honor student. Montana and Asia won the Agnes Jackson Jones Scholarships in 2017 also. They are the daughters of Paul and Rita Jackson-Eichelberger. They are granddaughters of Johnny Kay Jackson and the late Betsy Ann Eichelberger.

The NAACP offers yearly: 1) The Agnes Jackson Jones Scholarship – Maximum amount $2,000.
2) The Hubertus W. V. Williams Scholarship for Male Students majoring in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematical Sciences – Maximum about $3,000. Students must be a member of the NAACP with yearly dues $10. or $15. with the Crisis Magazine.

For details on applying for these scholarships, please contact Charles Hampton, 662.803-0635 or Elmetra Patterson, 510.672-2106

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson







Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Icedora Ball celebrated her 102nd Birthday

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Icedora Ball had a Happy Birthday celebration with her family and friends on July 16, 2018 at her home. The happiest moment for Mrs. Ball each year is to receive a $100. bill from her nephew Willie James and his wife Vivian Jones. This year he added two $1. bills for the 102 years she has lived.

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L to R: Mattie Davis, Vivian and Willie James Jones, Ulysses Ball, Jr., Carolyn Thames, Barbara Coleman. Sitting: Icedora Ball and KaWanda Jones

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson










ECCC Trustees Honored for Years of Service

Five members of the East Central Community College Board of Trustees were recognized for years of dedicated service on the ECCC Board at the 2018 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ Trustees Annual Conference July 13-14 in Biloxi. Shown with ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart (far left), who made the presentations, are (from left to right) Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth of Lake, board chairman, 15 years of service; Randal Livingston of Louisville, 30 years of service; Prentice Copeland of Philadelphia, 50 years of service; and Van Lucas of Newton, 10 years of service. Not pictured is Ricky Goldman of Philadelphia, who will be honored at the August meeting of the ECCC Board of Trustees for 15 years of service.
























2018 Jesus’ Day Announced by Rev. Lorene Guyse


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Rev. Lorene Guyse, pastor of Holy Ghost Temple
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)


Rev. Lorene Guyse, pastor of the Holy Ghost Temple announces the Annual Jesus’ Day which will be held, Sunday, August 5, 2018, 3 p.m. Jesus Day was founded in this area by Rev. Charlie Davis, Friendship MB Church of Ackerman, MS. When he spoke of Jesus’ Day last year, he said, “Every day is Jesus Day but today is a special Jesus Day. We have a special day for everything else, now we have a special day for Jesus.” Jesus Day is celebrated the 1st Sunday of August yearly at Holy Ghost Temple, a non-denominational church.

Jesus’ Day has legs, wings, wheels, an engine and it traveled to Mississippi from the state of Texas. While governor of Texas, Former President George W. Bush signed a bill into law proclaiming June 10, 2000 as Jesus Day. It was celebrated in Austin, TX the first year. It was patterned after the March for Jesus held annually by some Christians on the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday. The march was to express love for Jesus by serving the community and worshiping the Lord in the streets. President Bush’s proclamation urged people to follow the example of Jesus and answer the call to serve those in need. At Holy Ghost Temple, the call is to feed the attendees. Please come and have dinner with us.

Holy Ghost Temple, 175 Hill Street, Louisville, MS 39339, Sunday Morning Worship – 9:00 a.m., 662.831-0283.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson







Monday, July 23, 2018

It’s Just a Matter of Time!

Most days at Extension offices throughout the state, we get seasonal calls in just about every subject matter for that time throughout the year. Winter time brings calls about when and how to prune trees, spring brings calls concerning getting the garden started, to sticker weed in the lawn. Fall will soon bring in calls about food plots, to what’s the best winter grazing ryegrass, etc.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Assistance Requested to Save Panhandle Community Center


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Open Letter to the Public:

The Lot
A freshly mown lawn, stately pines and oaks, red clay dirt, an abandoned playing field, blue skies, and hot July sunshine, all pay homage to a tall white frame building that once housed the Panhandle Consolidated School. Paint is peeling, boards are rotting, windows are loose, yet she still sits proudly - facing an uncertain future. Located in Choctaw County, the old school building, now Panhandle Community Center, is desperately in need of repair.

The Club
Dixie Pan is a group of approximately twelve Choctaw County women. The Dixie Pan Club’s purpose is to promote health and happiness in our homes and communities by broadening our knowledge about the issues that face our lives every day. As members, we want to strengthen the ties that bind us as neighbors and turn our steps into paths of love and service. May we remember the things that unite our communities and forget the things that divide us.

The Quest
Roughly two months ago the Dixie Pan Club decided to submit a proposal to the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce in hopes of obtaining the First Impressions Grant. The proposal requested funding for painting the building and the roof and for glazing windows that need repair. We were thrilled to learn that we did, indeed, receive a grant for $3,000.00.

A local contractor has provided the following estimate:
  • Exterior 
  • Pressure wash exterior
  • Scrape and prime where needed
  • Glaze windows that need repair
  • Paint with two coats top quality paint, white in color
  • Material Cost: $2,200.00
  • Labor Cost: $4,300.00
  • Paint roof with aluminum paint
  • Material cost: $1,000.00
  • Labor: $1,500.00

  • TOTAL COST: $9,000.00 
  • $3,000.00 Grant
  • $6,000.00 Funds needed
It is the responsibility of the Dixie Pan Club to raise the needed $6,000.

The Plea
Some years ago, with your help, community members raised the money to paint the building. However, nothing lasts forever. It is time to paint again. Please prayerfully consider making a donation toward this worthy cause. Send your contribution to the address included at the end of this letter.

The Outcome
A freshly mown lawn, stately pines and oaks, red clay dirt, an abandoned playing field, blue skies, and hot summer sunshine, all pay homage to a tall, freshly painted, white frame building now filled with people enjoying the company and fellowship of friends and neighbors. Panhandle Community Center is now proudly facing a future filled with hosting reunions, fund raising activities, Panhandle Community Day, weddings, potluck dinners, meetings, and the list goes on and on.

Let’s strive for and dedicate ourselves to maintaining the heart of our community. Let’s join together to preserve a vital part of our heritage. Let’s show others how proud we are of our community.

Please help. Work is scheduled to begin August 15, 2018, and end December 15, 2018.


Thank you..

Marie Gordon
Dixie Pan Club President
(662) 310-7309


Make checks payable to Dixie Pan Club. On the memo section of your check, write Community Center Repair.


Send Checks to:

Janice Strawbridge
Dixie Pan Club Treasurer
4523 Fentress Panhandle Road
McCool, MS 39108




Wednesday, July 18, 2018

City Honors Retirees From Police Department

There were a few war stories, a few recalled pranks and jokes and more than a few tears and
L to R: Investigator Greg Clark, Asst, Chief Andy Taylor
memories as the City of Louisville celebrated the retirement of two long term officers from the ranks of the Louisville Police Department. on Wednesday. Assistant Chief Andy Taylor and Investigator/ Lieutenant Greg Clark each served the Department for 34 years before their retirement this summer.

Guests included former  and current officers, fellow city employees and elected officials. Each retiree was presented with a memorabilia case, their service weapon and watch for their long years of service.





Winston County Prepares for Work Ready Program

Glen C. Haab, Executive Director of the Winston Partnership, spoke to industry leaders and
community members on Tuesday on the importance and value of being a certified ACT Work Ready Community. 

The Partnership has been diligently working with East Central Community College, Taylor Machine Works, GTPDD, and other entities over the last several months to achieve this certification. 

For more information on the ACT Work Ready Program or how to participate, contact the Winston Partnership (662-773-8719).

Hood Updates Lions

State Representative Joey Hood spoke to the Louisville Lions Club on Tuesday night providing an update on legislative action and issues.


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

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:
http://www.winwebnews.com/2018/07/murderarson-suspect-sought-in-deadly.html

http://www.winwebnews.com/2018/07/murderarson-suspect-now-in-custody.html

http://www.winwebnews.com/2018/07/murderarson-suspect-to-be-arraigned.html







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.

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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.