Sunday, September 30, 2018

Winston Academy Participates in State Tourney

Winston Academy  Varsity Softball at State Tournament in McGee

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Hunter Rogers Participates in Drawing for Jaden Blair

A raffle for a 9 mm Ruger  was held on Saturday morning to raise funds for one of Winston County's youth who is suffering from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma which is in effect an inoperable brain tumor. Young Hunter Rogers, a cancer survivor himself participated in the drawing.

The winner of the raffle was Joey Holdiness. Through fundraising efforts, as much as $20,000 has been raised to help the family with expenses.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Last-Second Field Goal Halts East Central’s Upset Bid Against Top-Ranked East Mississippi

 Ronnie Thomas
It took a last-second field goal for the No. 1 football team in the nation to escape Decatur with a win. The East Mississippi Lions needed a 19-yard field goal from freshman Josh Smith with four seconds left on the clock to pull off a 24-21 win over the upset-minded East Central Community College Warriors Thursday, Sept. 27, at Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus. The loss dropped the No. 20 ranked Warriors to 3-2 on the season. East Central remains at the top of the MACJC South Division standings with a 2-0 record. Defending national champion East Mississippi improved to 5-0 overall. The overflow crowd that stayed until the final whistle got their money’s worth in the battle of Top 20 football teams.

Trailing 21-15 with 8:36 to play in the game and the ball on their own 20, the Warriors marched to the Lion 30 in a drive that featured runs of 10 and 20 yards by freshman Marquavious Qualls out of Lake. Facing fourth and one, East Central quarterback Mario Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) used his 6-6 body to sneak for the first down at the EMCC 28. On the next play, Asagunla hit a wide open freshman tight end Torin Hamilton (Starkville Academy) for the score to tie the game. EMCC blocked the point after attempt and the score was 21-21 with 3:51 to play.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Lions started the game-winning drive from their own 44-yard line. Facing fourth and goal from the Warrior two with just four seconds to play, Smith came on and kicked the game-winning field goal.

East Central took a 15-14 lead into the half on the Lions, who came into the contest averaging nearly 55 points per game. It was the first time East Mississippi had trailed at the half this season.

Warrior defenders sacked Lion quarterbacks six times in the first 30 minutes. The Warriors got on the scoreboard first in the first quarter with a 12-play, 74-yard drive that culminated with a three-yard pass from Asagunla to freshman tight end Ray Thomas from Senatobia. The point after kick by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) was no good.

East Mississippi went in front 7-6 early in the second quarter on a 15-yard run from Deon McIntosh. The Lions blocked an East Central punt on the Warriors next drive and Josh Miller scooped the ball and raced 30 yards to the end zone to give East Mississippi a 14-6 lead. Cox would add a 25-yard field goal with 6:07 to play before half to pull the Warriors to within 14-9.

On its next possession, EMCC drove to the Warrior nine-yard line. Facing third and goal, East Central freshman linebacker Payton Rogers out of Forest hit Lion quarterback Messiah deWeaver forcing a fumble. Linebacker V.J. Swanier (Pass Christian) caught the ball in the air and weaved and fought 84-yards to the end zone for the score. The point after was no good again, but East Central would lead 15-14 going to the locker room.

East Mississippi’s other score in the game came on an 11-yard run by Keon Moore in the third quarter. The East Central defense held the Lions to just 383 total yards for the game, well below their 507-yard per game average. The Warrior offense played ball control to keep the EMCC offense on the sidelines as much as possible, holding a 31:28 to 28:32 advantage in time of possession.

James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Canton) led the Warriors in rushing with 82 yards on 27 attempts. Qualls came off the bench to rush for 62 yards on 10 carries. Asagunla’s two touchdown passes gives him 12 on the season. Steven Anderson (Purvis) punted three times for a 41.3 average, including a 60-yarder in the third quarter.

Defensively, East Central was led by Swanier’s 11 total tackles. Linebacker Kendrick Abney (Sylva Bay Academy, Bay Springs) had 10 stops. Freshman defensive lineman Ronnie Thomas out of Clinton and linebacker Tanner Bullock of Houston each tallied eight tackles, a sack, and two tackles for a loss. Defensive end Telayes Cole of Newton County also had a sack and two tackles for a loss.

The Warriors return to MACJC South Division play next Thursday when they host the Copiah-Lincoln Wolves at 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the ECCC Campus in Decatur. It will be Homecoming 2018 on the East Central campus. A complete list of Homecoming activities can be found at

Co-Lin is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the South Division after a 38-13 win at No. 14 Gulf Coast Sept. 27. The Wolves defeated East Central 27-24 last season on a last-minute field goal.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Shooting Death in Winston County Overnight

The Winston County Sheriff's Office was called to a home on Blaine Road at 10:39 p.m. on Thursday evening. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found that Ceasar Lopez have been shot twice and died later at Winston Medical Center. Lopez was a resident of the home.

Kelly Coleman, another resident of the home stated that the suspect, who had a prior relationship with Coleman, forced his way into the home through a bedroom window. The witness stated that the suspect fired several rounds at Lopez and struck him in the neck and chest. The suspect left the scene. He had since turned himself in to the Winston County Sheriff's Department on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. 

 The suspect is under the age of eighteen and his name is not released at this time The investigation continues.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

National Guard Team Finds No Source of Illness at Eiland Middle School in Louisville

47th National Guard Unit at Eiland Middle School 
WinstonWebNews has been on site at Eiland Middle School most of the day. Investigations began
after several students fell ill on Tuesday and Wednesday and the District called in law enforcement and state and local agencies in attempts to discern the cause of the illnesses.  The following is a press report from the Louisville Municipal School District released this evening:

Press Release - LMSD 09/27/2018
After an exhaustive inspection by multiple agencies including today’s inspection by the Mississippi 47th National Guard Civil Support Unit, no evidence of any contaminants/harmful substances/chemicals could be found as a source of these illnesses at our Eiland Middle School campus.

The Guard Unit team briefed school and emergency management personnel this evening on their results - “Nothing in this school is causing these illnesses. After exhaustive research, we found nothing in the school causing this that is linked to the buildings.”

Agencies involved in the investigation and inspection include: MS. Poison Control, MS. Department of Health, MEMA, MS. 47th National Guard Civil Support, Louisville Police Department, Louisville Fire Department, Winston County Sheriff’s Office and Winston County Emergency Management. Atmos Energy also inspected the facility for gas leaks, carbon monoxide and methane and found no problems.

As a precautionary measure and in consideration of students, parents and staff, the Louisville Municipal School District has made the decision to close the Eiland Middle School and Alternative School campuses on Friday. The School is expected to open for classes on Monday.

The National Guard Unit spent several hours on Thursday testing all classrooms, restrooms and storage facilities at Eiland with equipment that can identify thousands of individual chemicals and substances.

Investigation into the causes of the student illnesses will continue. The Mississippi Department of Health is expected to be onsite on Friday to confer with school officials.

All other campuses will be open on Friday.

Ongoing Investigation and Concerns Over Student's Health Issues at Eiland Middle School

The following is a joint press release from Louisville Municipal School District and Winston County Emergency Management concerning ongoing issues at Eiland Middle School. Classes continue today although most students have left school for the day. In conversations with LMSD Superintendent Randy Grierson, unless situations change, school will be held at Eiland on Friday. In addition to the resources already on the ground, the National Guard Civil Support Team is expected on site by 1:30 today to conduct additional environmental tests. Blood tests from students who displayed symptoms yesterday are in the possession of Ms. Poison Control and will be tested for an array of substances.
( For full disclosure, this writer serves as Public Information Officer for Winston County and was involved in the production of this press release. William McCully) 

Joint press release from LMSD and Winston County EMA  - issued 12:00 Thursday, Sept 27, 2018

Efforts are on-going at Eiland Middle School in Louisville to discern the source of numerous health issues of students, staff and first responders that began on Tuesday.

As many as four students began complaining of dizziness, flushing on Tuesday on one hall of the school. On Wednesday, multiple students suffered similar complaints and temporarily losing consciousness as emergency personnel were called to the scene. Nine students were treated at Winston Medical Center. At least two teachers/staff and four first responders also suffered symptoms that included dizziness, flushing and losing consciousness. While most students were treated and released, two were transported to hospitals in Jackson, UMMC and Batson for further treatment. Latest information indicates that one of these students will be released today. Both students are believed to have pre-existing conditions that may have had a role in their hospitalization.

LMSD, Winston County Emergency Management and local law enforcement immediately began investigating the incident. All students were evacuated from the 8th grade hall and efforts were made to find an environmental source of the problem. Through the evening and into this morning, numerous resources have been involved in the investigation. At this time, no environmental cause has been found. Agencies involved include: MS. Poison Control, MS. Department of Health, MEMA, MS. National Guard Civil Support, Louisville Police Department, Louisville Fire Department, Winston County Sheriff’s Office and Winston County Emergency Management. Atmos energy also inspected the facility for gas leaks, carbon monoxide and methane and found no problems.

Today, Thursday, there have been at least four students and one teacher reporting symptoms. Some have been transported for medical assistance.

In addition to possible environmental causes, LMSD and agencies are investigating the possibility that vaping and/or other substances may be the cause. At least one student on Wednesday and one on Thursday admitted to vaping either prior to/or at school. Currently there is no evidence that secondhand vaping could cause such symptoms. No specific drugs/substances have been identified that might be a source.

Superintendent Randy Grierson indicated that after Wednesday’s thorough inspection of the facility and in consultation with other resources including the LMSD Board of Trustees and the MS. Department of Education, it was agreed to conduct classes on Thursday.

“Be assured that all resources have been called in to investigate and find the source of this problem. It is sad and disheartening but we intend to provide a safe environment for our students. . You can’t go overboard when dealing with the safety of our children.”

In response to the flood of rumors about the situation, Grierson asked, “Please get as much factual information as possible before spreading potentially false information. It is important that we unify and support our school system. We will overcome this and grow from it. We will continue to do all we can to make our schools safe. It is a time to come together, be patient and unify around our school and students.”

“Currently numerous governmental agencies, law enforcement personnel are on the scene and inspection and investigation is ongoing. The National Guard Civil Support Team is expected to be on the scene today and will also test all facilities for possible causes and will assist in insuring that our school is safe for operation.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Brandi Krajewski Speaks to Fort Nightly Club

Brandi Krajewski, Marketing/PR Director at Winston Medical Center was the guest speaker at the September meeting for the Fort Nightly Club. 
Winston Medical Center is dedicated to this community and its health care. They realize the importance of having healthcare services  at home for patients. 

New services such as MRI and Wound Care Management Services has been added to the list of services a patient can receive at WMC. 
Brandi Krajewski, Marketing Director discussed the Services that patients can receive and the availability of having x-rays, laboratory tests, Mammography, women services and MRI’s done locally and the results can be sent to an out of town physician, if needed. 

She also discussed Turning Point and Winston Medical Center Senior Care Services.  Turning point is for persons 55 years or older who may suffer from issues with dementia, depression,stress, confusion, requires medication management or is having hallucinations.  It is a inpatient program and a free confidential assessment on a person can be provided at no charge. 
Turning Point encourages patients to regain as much independence as they can and lead the fullest life possible.
Winston Medical Center Senior Care Services has a 120 bed facility with newly built cottages to provide residents with a home like environment and amenities to make his or her transition easy. The residents enjoy private rooms, baths and living areas. They have a full time activity program that keeps them busy.  “We are very proud of the cottages and the senior care services that are available here at home,” said Brandi Krajewski.

Winston Therapy Services is located on the WMC Campus and they provide Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. “One added service, that was added to our new campus that we are extremely proud of is the new pool to provide aquatic therapy in. This allows patients to receive therapy services in a pool and provides treatment that can heal the body while improving rehabilitation timeframes, fitness levels or reducing overall stress levels. We also have specialized treatments such as dry needling,” said Krajewski.

“I want our community to feel proud of their hospital and know that services are here and there is no need to drive out of town.  Millions of pieces to the puzzle had to fall together to rebuild Winston Medical Center. We have a strong, dedicated staff who are compassionate and professional. It takes much work and many pieces to fall into place to make positive changes in the image of the hospital and by adding services this is just another step that we are doing to improve patient care and patient satisfaction. As health care grows so will the community, this will be up to each of us to support our hospital and use the services that are available,” said Krajewski. 

At WMC we currently have a full-service hospital. WMC was designed with our patients and community in mind. Conveniently located and equipped with large private rooms and technologically advanced medical equipment, our superbly trained and attentive staff is committed to delivering pleasant patient experiences and positive medical outcomes. Our comprehensive offering of hospital services not only establishes Winston Medical Center as a premiere, full-service hospital but makes certain that our caring staff is prepared to address the healthcare needs of those we serve. We are proud to add MRI and our most recent, Wound Care Management to our list of services we provide. This distinction is a direct result of our Administration, physicians and employees’ commitment to clinical excellence. Our mission is, To improve the quality of life of the citizens of Winston County and surrounding communities,” said Krajewski. 

Winston Medical Center will also have its annual Health Fair on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. There will be free health screenings available. Flu shots will be available at a discounted rate of $25. If you are a Medicare recipient you can bring your Medicare card with you. 
Personal tours of the facility can be scheduled by calling Brandi Krajewski at 662-779-5111. 
For more information about Winston Medical Center go to

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Strong First Half Propels No. 20 East Central Warriors to 24-21 Win Over Pearl River

Daniel Little

It was a tale of two halves for the No. 20 ranked East Central football Warriors Thursday night in an MACJC South Division matchup at Pearl River. Fortunately for the Warriors, a strong first half helped overcome a sluggish finish as East Central claimed a 24-21 win over the Wildcats at Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville.

East Central scored all of its points in the first half and then held on for the win with linebacker Kendrick Abney sealing the Warrior win with an interception, his second of the second half, with 1:22 to play to stop the final Pearl River drive. With the win, East Central improved to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in the MACJC South Division. Pearl River fell to 0-4 and 0-2. It was the Warriors third road game this season. On Tuesday, East Central earned its first spot in the NJCAA Top 20 since 2015.

Sophomore quarterback Mario Asagunla threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter and the East Central defense repeatedly found themselves in the Pearl River backfield during the first 30 minutes of play. The Warriors forced six Wildcat punts and two turnovers in the first half alone, and were credited with five sacks.
Mario Asagunla

Wide receiver Kevontaye Caston out of Trinity Episcopal in Natchez caught a screen pass from Asagunla and carried it 15 yards to open the scoring. Asagunla then hit freshman Jaylen Zachery from Dayton, Ohio, with a 19-yard screen pass for a score, before Caston hauled in another pass from 20 yards out for his second touchdown, all in the first quarter. Sam Cox of Starkville Academy hit a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter to complete the 24 first half points for the Warriors.

East Central cornerback Daniel Little out of Terry intercepted a Pearl River pass and later recovered a fumble as the Warrior defense stymied the Wildcat offense in the first half. Pearl River tacked on a 40-yard field goal with less than a minute to play before intermission.

The Warriors didn’t come out of the locker room to start the second half with the same momentum as they did to start the game. A snap over the punter’s head resulted in a safety, and a 22-yard field goal following the free kick to Pearl River quickly closed the score to 24-8. East Central then mishandled a Pearl River punt and the Wildcats recovered on the Warrior 19 and scored three plays later. The two-point try failed and the score was 24-14 with still 2:12 to play in the third quarter.
Jaylen Zachery
The East Central offense appeared to be on the verge of waking up when Asagunla connected with Caston on a 30-yard pass play to the Pearl River 42, when Caston dropped the football and the Wildcats recovered. Abney, who prepped at Sylva Bay Academy in Bay Springs, ended that Pearl River drive with an interception at the East Central 27.

Following a Warrior punt, Pearl River again got on the scoreboard with an 87-yard drive that culminated with an eight-yard touchdown scamper. With the PAT, East Central’s lead was 24-21 with 5:23 to play. The Warriors were again forced to punt, but Abney’s second pick of the game ended a final Pearl River drive to preserve the East Central win.

Caston finished with four receptions for 71 yards and the two scores to lead the Warriors on the ground. Sophomore running back James Smith III out of Velma Jackson in Camden had his second straight 100-yard rushing night with 103 yards on 26 carries. Asagunla out of Hillcrest Christian in Jackson now has 10 touchdown passes through four games this season.
Kevontaye Caston

The Warrior win set up a possible Top 20 matchup next Thursday in Decatur. Current No. 20 East Central will host No. 1 East Mississippi with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus. It will be the first meeting since 2013 between the two schools separated by only 55 miles.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Nanih Waiya DAR Celebrates Constitution Week

The national celebration of Constitution Week began on September 17, 2018. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution asked Mayor Will Hill to sign a proclamation stating that the week of September 17-23 would be recognized as Constitution Week.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually fo the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted and signed into law in 1956 by President Dwight D, Eisenhower.

The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and preserving it for posterity; to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's heritage and the  foundation for the American way of life; and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September, 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution. This idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

All citizens across the country were encouraged to take time during the week of September 17-23 to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to celebrate America.  As we commemorate this document's profound impact on our everyday lives, may we as Americans strive to uphold its vision of freedom and justice for all.  During Constitution Week, and throughout the year, let us resolve to stay true to the patriotism and to preserve the United States of America.

Monday, September 24, 2018

State Beef Industry Enjoys Good Times

Mississippi State University experts see a positive outlook for the state’s beef cattle industry, with prices at profitable levels and herd numbers up. MSU Extension Service beef specialist Brandi Karisch said there were about 930,000 cattle and calves in Mississippi as of Jan. 1. The state’s cattle industry has suffered no major challenges this year. 
“We’re very fortunate that we have a mild climate where we can grow a lot of grass and effectively produce a lot of cattle on that grass,” Karisch said. “We have been fortunate that the weather has cooperated this year.”

By late summer, most of the state’s producers are weaning their calves and preparing them for market, where most will go west for finishing. Mississippi producers raise cattle on nearly 16,000 farms across the state. As with most cattle farms in the Southeast, producers have an average of 30 head per farm. An aging farmer population challenges the beef industry, as it does in all agricultural sectors.

“We are starting to see more young people want to get involved in this industry,” Karisch said. “A lot of the younger producers want to get involved in the local foods movement, and we see a lot of innovation coming from these young farmers. They’re thinking about the way we’ve always done things, like managing and marketing, and asking, ‘How can we do it different?’”

Beef prices in the grocery store may be relatively high, but that does not automatically mean producers are making more money.
“The beef that is in the stores right now may have been sold off a farm in Mississippi when the calves were 8 or 9 months old, and they went through several phases until they were ready for harvest at about 18 months old,” she said. “It takes almost two years from when calves are born to when the beef hits the table.”

Josh Maples, an Extension agricultural economist, said retail beef prices are incredibly complex because of the number of products that each animal produces. “There are different market factors for each cut of meat,” Maples said. “Cattle and beef prices generally move together, but it is not a perfect correlation.” For the second week of September, the statewide auction average for 500- to 600-pound steers was $143.50 per hundredweight, which is almost the same price it was at this time in 2017.  “Cattle prices have shown strength despite larger supplies of cattle around the country,” Maples said. “In the long term, larger beef production puts downward pressure on prices, but strong demand has offset some of the potential price impacts of larger supplies.”

There has been a 15 percent increase in U.S. beef production in the past three years, but prices have remained fairly strong because there is a very strong domestic and international demand for U.S. beef. Currently, lower grain prices and the potential for a great winter forage crop are supporting stronger calf prices.

MSU has several beef herds at different facilities, including the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville where Daniel Rivera works. “The beef industry has three segments: cow-calf, stocker and feedlot,” Rivera said. “Although there are a couple of niche producers in the state who finish beef cattle, Mississippi does not have a dedicated feedlot industry like they have in some other states.”

Rivera, a researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and an Extension beef cattle nutritionist, said MSU has dozens of ongoing research projects that support the cow-calf and stocker parts of the industry. Some of these projects include examination of the management of ryegrass baleage fed to cattle; cattle marketing at sale barns compared to special sales; specific traits of cattle that might influence price; forage management and production studies; genetic studies examining mothering ability in beef cows; and hair coat shedding as it relates to heat tolerance.

  Submitted by: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent, Winston County

Believe It Or Not!!

This 42 pound, two foot long, 39 inches round watermelon took up residence in the weeds and grass of Lemoyne and Florence Young's back yard.

During the summer a small watermelon vine was discovered growing in the outer weeds at the edge of our backyard. Evidently a seed germinated as a result of us throwing watermelon rinds in the area. We paid little attention to it and as the summer days came and went the watermelon grew and grew. As it grew the weeds grew along with it, protecting it from animals as raccoons, birds and deer.

Often I would walk out in the back yard to take a peek at our little greenery visitor. On my last peek I concluded it was time to pluck it, because deer and other animals had started to invade the area. I fetched a rake to push back the grass and weeds so I could pluck the watermelon. Well I was amazed to see the size it had grown, a BIG whopping 42 pounds! Because it was hidden in weeds, its overall appearance was not visible, only the top. I called my daughter and had her come over and help me bring it in the house. Once we got the watermelon inside, we weighed and measured it. As of today it sits as a centerpiece on our kitchen table. Eventually, our big greenery visitor will be devoured by family members.

Submitted by: Florence Young
Pictures by: Winston Web News

Mayor Hill Swears In Two New Louisville Police Officers

Pictured LtoR: Chief Claiborne, Officer David Dillon Shar, Officer Darius Lavine and Mayor Hill

Louisville will have two new law enforcement officers on the streets. Mayor Will Hill recently swore in Officers David Dillon Sharp and Darius Lavine in the courtroom of Louisville City Hall.

Mayor Hill administering the oath of office to Officer David Dillon Sharp

Mayor Hill administering the oath of office to Officer Darius Lavine.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ECCC Enters NJCAA Top 20 Football Poll

For the first time since 2015, the East Central Community College football team is ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 Football Poll.

The Warriors came in at No. 20 in the latest poll released today.
It is the first time East Central has been ranked since the final poll of the 2015 season when the Warriors finished No. 10.

East Central is 2-1 on the season. After a season-opening loss at current No. 5 ranked Northwest, the Warriors upset No. 14 Itawamba on the road before defeating Southwest last week in Bailey Stadium Decatur.

The Warriors are on the road again this Thursday, Sept. 20, to face Pearl River in Poplarville. That game kicks off at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

ECCC Warriors Stop Late Southwest Drive for 28-21 South Division Win

Sparked by the two touchdowns and the running of James Smith III, the East Central Community College Warriors held on to defeat the Southwest Mississippi Bears 28-21 in the home football opener Thursday, Sept.13, in Bailey Stadium in Decatur.

Smith out of Velma Jackson High School in Camden rushed for 138 yards and one score and raced 62 yards with a screen pass for another touchdown to power the East Central offense.

The Warriors held a 28-14 lead with less than two minutes to go in the game and had to survive a Southwest touchdown and a fumbled kickoff in the waning seconds for the MACJC South Division win.

With the win, the Warriors are off to their best start since the 2015 season when East Central made the state playoffs for the first time in 14 years and played in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl.

East Central is now 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in MACJC South Division play. Southwest dropped to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Freshman linebacker Payton Rogers 

It was Be Our Guest night in Bailey Stadium as hundreds of area high school students were in attendance as guests of East Central.

After both teams opened the game with two punts each, the Bears got on the scoreboard first with a five-yard touchdown run from Zarious Keyes late in the first quarter. The Warriors answered almost immediately. On the second play of its ensuing drive, quarterback Brady Anderson (Brandon) hit Smith with a screen pass and he raced 62 yards for the score. The PAT was no good, and Southwest led 7-6.

East Central took the lead for good in the second quarter on a seven-play, 64-yard drive that ended with quarterback Mario Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) sneaking in from the one. Freshman running back JohnTavis McClelland (Lamar School, Meridian) carried for the two-point conversion and the Warriors led 14-7. The running of Smith and a 14-yard pass from Asagunla to freshman tight end Jamarvis Echols (North Panola) were keys in the drive.

The Warriors extended their lead to 21-7 with 5:56 to go in the first half on a four-yard run by Smith. Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) kicked the extra point. The two-play drive began on the Southwest 21 after a low snap and partial block on a Bear punt attempt.

East Central missed two other scoring opportunities in the first half when the offense was unable to convert on a fourth and one from the Southwest five-yard line and a fourth down on the Bear 29.

The Warrior defense forced seven Southwest punts in the first half and forced a couple of fumbles.
 East Central Warrior defenders

Running the spread option offense, the Bears took the second half kickoff and consumed nearly 10 minutes of the clock on a drive that ended on the Warrior 26 and a missed 43-yard field goal attempt.

The Bears would find the end zone however on the first play of the fourth quarter on a three-yard run by quarterback Da’Byran Magee. The PAT was no good and the Warriors led 21-13.

The Warriors answered on their next drive when Asagunla hit Echols from 13 yards out for the score and the 28-13 lead. It was Asagunla’s seventh touchdown pass in the first three games.

Southwest would make the game interesting with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Magee to Ladarrious Williams with 1:17 to play. The two-point conversion made the score 28-21. The Warriors fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Bears one final opportunity with a first down and 10 at the East Central 24. The Warrior defense would prevail as freshman linebacker Payton Rogers (Forest) batted a pass away on fourth and 12 with 18 seconds to play.

Linebacker Kendrick Abney (Sylva Bay Academy, Heidelberg) had a second half interception for the Warriors.

East Central will go on the road again next Thursday for the third time in four games. The Warriors will face the Pearl River Wildcats in Dobie Holden Stadium in Poplarville. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kristen Sampson Joins ECCC Women’s Basketball Staff

Former Mississippi College standout Kristen Sampson is the new volunteer assistant women’s basketball coach at East Central Community College after most recently serving as a graduate assistant at her alma mater.

ECCC Head Women’s Coach LaTaryl Williams announced Sampson’s hiring as he begins preparations for his first season leading the Lady Warriors. “I’m excited to have Coach Sampson join our program,” said Williams. “As a former player in our league, she understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and will be a valuable mentor to our players. She has been doing a tremendous job thus far, and I see a bright future for her as she begins her coaching career.”

A native of Jackson, Sampson etched her name in the Mississippi College record book as she ranks in the top 10 in career three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted, and three-point field goal percentage. She started 50 games for the Lady Choctaws and compiled 700 points during her two seasons in Clinton and averaged 13.7 points per contest along with 4.3 rebounds. She added to her accomplishments during the 2015-16 season as she scored a career-high 32 points en route to a 91-80 Mississippi College win over the University of North Alabama. The performance was the first 30-point scoring effort for a Lady Choctaw since 2008.

Before her arrival in Clinton, Sampson played two seasons at Meridian Community College, where she averaged 19.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.6 assists per game for the Lady Eagles in 25 games. She scored in double figures in 24 of her 25 games. She was named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Player of the Week seven times. 

Sampson started her basketball career in Jackson as she prepped at Provine High School. She was an All-Metro selection for the Rams averaging 15.0 points and six rebounds. She received her Associate of Art at Meridian Community College in 2014 and earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi College in 2016.

She is currently working on her master’s degree in athletic administration from Mississippi College.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Visits County

The Winston County Cattleman’s Association hosted Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner, Mr. Andy Gipson last Thursday evening. Prior to Commissioner Gipson’s speech to the Cattleman Association, Penny Barrier with our local USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, planned a tour for the Commissioner to see some of Winston County’s Agricultural contributions to the state’s economy.

Agriculture is Mississippi’s greatest economic driver, boasting 36,200 farms, with a value of approximately $7.56 BILLION, from 10.7 million acres farmed. Winston County is a main stream contributor to Mississippi’s agriculture economy, with more than 80,000 acres in production, on an average of 500 privately owned farms. With Winston County having such a positive impact economically, there is a problem facing the agriculture community on the near horizon.

This problem was mentioned by Commissioner Gipson throughout the day as he toured our county. The problem facing us, is not unique to Winston, but the state and nation alike. The problem is our State’s farmer’s average age is 60, with more and more young people choosing other career paths.

Commissioner Gipson took time to meet, and talk with the FFA students attending the Cattleman’s meeting, and encouraged them to stay in school, make good grades, and explore all the opportunities agriculture can offer them, not only in technical careers, but the hundreds of professional careers absolutely crucial to the agricultural community.

Commissioner Gipson, was impressed with the diversity of agriculture commodities produced in Winston County. We toured a great cross-section of these commodities, to include row crop, beef, and poultry production. On behalf of MSU Extension, I’d like to thank the Winston Cattleman Association, USDA/NRCS office, Mr. Bobby Moody, Hugh Barrier, and Charlie Wilkes for representing Winston County Agriculture with great distinction. Lastly, I’d like to thank Commissioner Gipson for taking time from his undeniably busy schedule, to visit Winston County and encourage our agriculture community, and Winston County’s young people to take the reins of agriculture for the next generation.

Submitted by:  Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Quilt on Display at Winston County Library

This beautiful quilt is on display at the Winston County Library through the months of September and October. The quilt was a gift to June Addkison of Louisville, by her second cousin Ann Whitfield Fox. Ann was raised in Shuqualak, but spent most of her adult life in Brandon, MS and the last two years in Durham, NC. The quilt features a deer, turkeys and other woodland wildlife and is called “Window of Love”. 

East Central Warrior Football Upsets No. 14 Itawamba on the Road

Warrior quarterback Mario Asagunla
tosses one of his four touchdown passes.
For the second week in a row, the East Central Community College Warriors took a lead into the fourth quarter on the road against a nationally ranked opponent, but this time the Warrior defense came up with a big last-minute stop to preserve a 34-28 upset win over the No. 14 ranked Itawamba Community College Indians Thursday, Sept. 6, in MACJC football action at Eaton Field in Fulton.

It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2013, when Itawamba defeated the Warriors 40-7 in Fulton.

Trailing by six with 4:40 to play, Itawamba drove from its own 21 to the Warrior 11 before the East Central defense stopped the Indians on four straight plays to preserve the upset. The Warrior offense took over and ran out the remainder of the game clock.

One week earlier, No. 6 ranked Northwest Mississippi scored 14 points in the final three minutes to avoid an upset in a 28-24 win over East Central in a game played in Senatobia.

With the win at Itawamba, East Central improves to 1-1 on the season, while the Itawamba Indians fell to 1-1. Both teams begin MACJC division play next week. East Central hosts South Division foe Southwest Mississippi in its home opener, while Itawamba begins North Division play at home against No. 1 East Mississippi.

For the second straight game, East Central took an early lead. Warrior freshman defensive back Anthony Blakely (Greene County High School) blocked the first two Itawamba punts of the game. Defensive back William Morgan (Northeast Jones) fell on the first punt in the end zone for a Warrior touchdown. The second block also resulted in East Central points as five plays later quarterback Mario Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Torin Hamilton (Starkville Academy) to give the Warriors an early 14-0 lead. The drive was aided by a 30-yard Asagunla to Octavious Olowo-Ake (Murrah, Jackson) pass play.

Following an ICC score, East Central extended its lead on a two-yard pass from Asagunla to freshman wide receiver Depodray Coburn II (Noxapater). The PAT was no good and the lead was 20-7. The drive began with a 52-yard kickoff return by Kevontaye Caston (Trinity Episcopal, Natchez).

The Warriors would tack on one more score before intermission on Asagunla’s third touchdown pass of the first half, this time a 16-yard floater to Caston in the corner of the end zone for a 27-7 lead at the half.
Depodray Coburn II out of Noxapater
bulls into the end zone.

East Central forced seven Itawamba punts in the first two quarters, and thwarted another drive when Keonte’ Daniels (Noxapater) intercepted an Indian pass on the Warrior nine-yard line in the second quarter.

Itawamba mounted a comeback in the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns to close the gap to 27-21. East Central got what would be the game-winning score early in the fourth quarter when Asagunla tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the game, this one good for 33 yards to a diving freshman wide receiver Jaylen Zachery (Thurgood Marshall, Dayton, Ohio) in the end zone.

The Indians would get their final points on a three-yard touchdown run by Hiram Wadlington with 9:11 to play before the Warrior defense took over and preserved the victory.

East Central will play its home opener Thursday, Sept. 13, when Southwest Mississippi visits Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. It is Be Our Guest night and all area high school students will be admitted free to the game.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Winston Medical Center and Locals Participate in Full-Scale Emergency Drill.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 more than 20 agencies, schools and businesses from Winston County participated in a full scale emergency drill held at Winston Medical Center. This event was planned and exercised with the help of the Winston County Healthcare Coalition. 

From 8 am to 11 am, residents, patients, and guests may have notice law enforcement and fire personnel and vehicles inside and outside the hospital as well as hear overhead pages throughout the hospital pertaining to the exercise. With  student volunteers acting as the “victims,” physicians, hospital staff and emergency personnel practiced patient care and transportation for a mock emergency when a disaster occurs. The volunteers wore full make-up and posed as injured victims and concerned family members.

As the victims showed up, hospital staff members classified them based on their injuries, with emergency vehicles transporting patients to emergency areas and trauma bays. 
The fake injuries included everything from lacerations to a fatality caused by drowning. The students acting as patients said the drill was a great first-hand experience to see how things worked in the emergency and healthcare field. The students who participated are all students who plan to work in the healthcare field and are active students involved in the Allied Health (HOSA) program at LMSD. 

The exercise helped participants work through what they would do in a real life scenario.  “Preparedness is important,” said Paula Harris, Chairperson for Winston Medical Center Disaster Committee. “You never know what is going to happen so working together with various businesses and agencies, and having good communication is key. Participating in exercises like this helps us better prepare in case a real disaster was to happen,” said Harris.
While there was increased activity at the hospital, WMC was committed to ensuring that patient care was not disrupted. 
Any one who would like to get involved in the Winston County Healthcare Coalition may contact Paula Harris at 662-779-5150.