Tuesday, October 30, 2018


PEARL – The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is asking residents to prepare for the potential of severe weather starting on Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. The National Weather Service (NWS) says severe storms, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible for a majority of the state.

MEMA is urging the public to be mindful of those threats when traveling and participating in any Halloween activities.

“Families need to be mindful of the weather forecast as we approach Wednesday, and the festivities typically celebrated on Halloween,” said Executive Director Greg Michel. “As cold fronts approach, we typically see dramatic shifts in temperature. These combinations of weather in the fall can usher severe storms including tornados.”

There are several ways to receive severe weather warnings:
NOAA Weather Radio: An essential tool that should be in every home or business.
Wireless Emergency Alert: Make sure these notifications are turned “on” in your phone settings.
Smartphone Weather Applications.
MEMA’s social media platforms; Facebook and Twitter.
Local radio and TV stations.
Community tornado sirens.

MEMA and the National Weather Service both recommend you take the following steps:
Know your family emergency plan in case a weather warning is issued.
Know where you will go and what you will do if a warning is issued while you are on the road or away from home.
Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

The State Emergency Operations Center will monitor the storms as they pass through the state and release any updates as they become available.

For detailed preparedness information download the MEMA mobile app to your smartphone by searching Mississippi EMA in your app store. Also visit MEMA’s website at www.msema.org. The best way to get up-to-date information is to “Like” MEMA on Facebook, or “Follow” us on Twitter @msema.

Black Girls Read Help Beautify Dean Park

By Elmetra Patterson
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, members of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) enjoyed working with the Black Girls Read (BGR) at Dean Park as they worked to earn community service hours. They came and cleared the tennis court of debris and weeds in anticipation of it being repaired one day. They did not mind working in the inclement weather as it drizzled rain. FODP provided hot chocolate and other refreshments for them. According to Elmetra Patterson, “Whenever we have youth groups come to Dean Park, we emphasize the importance of this historical park in the community. We also, educate them about gardening and keeping the park clean and beautiful. Their leadership as youth is encouraged.” Dean Park was founded in 1946 by the late Milton E. Dean for the 4-H Negro Youth Park. After Mr. Dean’s retirement, it became managed by Winston County Supervisors and continues to be with five commissioners serving as the Dean Park Commission to help with the management. BGR is a project of the Malachi Project with Director Dr. Melissa Davis. Come visit Dean Park, HWY 15 South, Louisville, MS.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A Pink Celebration – 4th Annual

Founder Janice Turner speaks to group
The 4th Annual Pink Celebration was a room full of pink - in fashions and d├ęcor which was held Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Lake Tiak O’Khata where nearly 100 women and guests gathered to share their experience with breast cancer. Some attended to become more breast cancer aware. Others came in memory of a relative who passed from breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Janice Turner, an educator of the Choctaw Reservation, is the founder of A Pink Celebration. She is a 34 year survivor of breast cancer. She started this in Ackerman, MS over 4 years ago and it has continues in Louisville, MS. With Janice from the start were the late Denise Carter, survivor Juanita Hornsburger, and a few other friends.
Along with having a wonderful breakfast, the group was greeted and the food was blessed by Dr. Benjamin A. Pittman, pastor of Mr. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. Brenda Miller and Dean Miller provided music with Ira Burnside as accompanist. Registered Nurse Sherrie Winters of Grenada (previously of Ackerman) was the speaker who spoke about the ABC’s of Breast Cancer. She emphasized the importance of mammograms and monthly self examinations. She referenced that men should be aware that they too can get breast cancer. She talked about using the alkaline diet to help keep cancer away which consists of mostly fruits and vegetables, soybeans and tofu, some nuts, seeds, and legumes.

Dr. Willie Goss, Jr. did the memorial tribute/prayer and the audience later watched a DVD of previous celebrations and memorials of those ‘that loss the battle of cancer to complete healing with the Lord.’ This writer’s sister, Claudell Weaver was one who received complete healing when she passed in 2014 from breast cancer.

There were breast cancer testimonies by survivors Linda Peoples and Rev. Lorene Guyse who emphasized their struggles with cancer but also about how the process took them to a higher spiritual level and healing. Norma Young of the Renasant Bank, shared about how the caregivers who, after the medical professionals, play the most important role in the cancer patients’ lives. Norman was a caregiver for her mother who passed from cancer. She stated, “Caregivers must take care of themselves and keep their doctor’s appointment to be able to continue to take care of the patient.”

The celebration came to a close with door prizes and remarks by Joyce Hudson and Janice Turner. Many guest made donations that will be sent to the American Cancer Society, St Jude’s Hospital and the Sarah G. Komen Organization.

A Pink Celebration with survivors of breast cancer. L to R: Linda Peoples, Yvette Liddell, Louie Bell, Janice Turner
Neishelle Hoskins, Lena Willis, Barbara Carter-Hardin, Deborah Nicholson

Pink Celebration Committee L to R: Janice Turner, Ira Burnside, Tiffany Burnside,
Kanisha Jones, Gwen Jordan

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson
Photos courtesy of: Elmetra Patterson

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Winston County Extension Office Seeking Gardeners for Raised Bed

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Collard Greens Raised Beds by Master Gardener Alexander Cunningham (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

The Winston County MSU County Extension Services, 460 Vance Street, Louisville, MS, is seeking gardeners for Raised Bed Gardening RIGHT NOW. There are more than 45 Raised Beds in the Cultivating Patch with more than one-half that are not being used and can be made ready for winter or spring gardening. These gardens are 4 feet by 12 feet and are used as a teaching tool to help others learn how to grow and produce fresh healthy food in a thriving environment. The size of the beds is shown in the photo above. However, there are two raised beds near the Extension Office’s parking lot available for physically challenged individuals who want to garden. They are 4 feet wide by 12 feet long by 3 feet high.

County Agent Jim McAdory and the Winston County Master Gardeners are available to help teach gardening skills for those who need assistance. The garden beds are easy to maintain and there is a water sprinkling system. They are located behind the Veteran Affairs Office on Old Robinson Road which is behind the County Extension Office. If you are interesting in gardening, please contact the office: Jim McAdory, County Extension Agent, 662.773-3091.
Programs of Mississippi State University Extension Service are open to all people, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or group affiliation. MSU Extension will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities or special needs. Please contact our office prior to a program or event to request reasonable accommodations.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Legion Park Music Festival - November 10th

East Central Keeps Football Playoff Hopes Alive With Win at Hinds

The Warrior offensive line opened up big holes for a trio of running backs in the second half.
Behind a stingy defense and ball control offense in the second half, the East Central Warriors spoiled Homecoming for the Hinds Eagles with a 17-14 MACJC South Division football win Thursday, Oct. 18, at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond.

With the win, the Warriors kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a big home matchup next Thursday with South Division leader and No. 7 ranked Jones College.

The Warrior defense held Hinds running back Don Ragsdale to just 58 yards rushing, one week after his 214 yards and two touchdowns on the ground earned him his second MACJC Offensive Player of the Week Award this season.

The first half featured the kickers of both teams, as there were a total of 11 punts.

East Central was the first on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t until 9:38 left in the second quarter. Freshman cornerback Fredrick McGee out of Greene County High School stepped in front of a Hinds pass and returned it 25 yards for the score. The PAT by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead, which they took into intermission.

The Warriors drove to the Eagle eight-yard line with just seconds remaining in the first half before Hinds picked off a Mario Asagunla pass to close out the first half.

Payton Rogers bottles up Hinds
running back Don Ragsdale
After intermission, it was clock management for East Central with a steady dose of running backs sophomore James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Canton) and freshmen Marquavious Qualls (Lake) and Marcus Hooks (St. Petersburg, Fla.).

On the opening possession of the third quarter, the Warriors drove 68 yards in 10 plays. Smith III rushed for 47 of those yards, and Asagunla (Hillcrest Christian, Jackson) got the score from six yards out to give East Central a 14-0 lead.

After a Hinds punt, the Warriors again controlled the ball. This time for 18 plays, 74 yards, and 6:59 off the clock, before Asagunla was intercepted in the end zone.

From there, the Eagles would get their first points of the game on an 80-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard pass from quarterback Eric Clark to Ragsdale for the score. The drive started when Hinds was successful on a fake punt on a fourth and 10 play at their own 41.

East Central answered with another time-consuming drive that took 4:15 off the clock and resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Cox and a 17-7 lead with 8:53 to play in the game.

Hinds answered again on its ensuing possession, going 65 yards in 10 plays. Ragsdale scored from the 20, and the PAT closed the score to 17-14 with 4:22 to play.

As it did the entire second half, the East Central offense was able to hold on to the football and run out the final few minutes of the game for the 17-14 win.
Freshman linebacker Elijah Keyes
takes down the Hinds quarterback

The Hinds offense possessed the football just three times in the deciding second half.

East Central rushed for 244 yards in the game. Qualls led the way with 105 yards on 21 carries, including 72 yards in the second half. Smith III rushed for 72 yards on the night and Hooks had 40 yards, with 36 coming after intermission

Defensively for East Central, safety Keonte’ Daniels (Noxapater) picked off two Eagle passes in the first half, and freshman linebacker Elijah Keyes (Mize) had a fumble recovery. The Warriors were credited with nine tackles for a loss in the game, including three by freshman defensive end Payton Rogers of Forest.

With the win, East Central improved to 4-4 overall on the season and 3-2 in MACJC South Division play. Hinds fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the division.

The Warriors will close out their regular season next Thursday, Oct. 25, when the Jones Bobcats visit Bailey Stadium in Decatur. Kickoff for the MACJC South Division game is 6:30 p.m. It will be “Black Out Bailey” night and all Warrior fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Public Service Announcement!

The phones are down in the Courthouse and some other public offices and businesses in Louisville this morning. Sorry for the inconvenience.

WWN will notify as soon as the problem is rectified.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

1st Annual Legion Park Music Festival Set for November 10

Find out more at http://www.legionmusicfestival.com/

The 1ST Annual Legion State Park Music Festival “RUNNIN & STRUMMIN” is scheduled for November 10th at Louisville’s Legion State Park. Grab your kids, your friends, Granny and Pops and your guitars and come out and spend the day. Enjoy the music and the musicians of our area featuring bluegrass, gospel, country, folk, mountain and Delta Blues.

The day starts with a bang with a 5K Run /Walk at 10:00 am. (Registration at 9:00 am – preregistration available – a pdf can be downloaded from their website or is available at the Winston County Partnership’s office) The race will begin at the Louisville Coliseum and head to the finish line at the Lodge at Legion. Runners will be greeted at the park entrance and the venues along the route with music by our artists as they finish the race.

Enjoy the beautiful fall setting of Louisville’s Legion State Park as you stroll from venue to venue on tree covered lanes. Visit the historic Lodge and the recently restored post and beam Davis L. Fair, Jr. Pavilion. Shuttle service will be available throughout the park and food vendors will be available.

Bring your guitar, dulcimer, banjo or harp for just maybe a little impromptu “jam session" at designated venues throughout the park. There will be a children's programs starting at 10 AM at the Davis L. Fair Pavilion.

The day concludes with a patriotic program honoring our veterans including patriotic music and a fireworks display at the amphitheater overlooking Lake Toppasha.

Scheduled to appear at this time are, The Reed Brothers, Chunk BlueGrass, The Wells Gospel Quartet, Caleb Childs, Alan Sibley, Estes Switch, Clay Mercer, Chuck Luke, Tracy McCully, Jeanne Jones and Friends, Native American Flutist – Allen Winters, Wes Stapp and Ken Sanders.

You can find out more on the festival’s website at http://www.legionmusicfestival.com and on their Facebook page – Legion Music Festival

The Festival is made possible through the efforts of The Friends of Legion State Park and local sponsors including: Louisville Tourism Committee, The Taylor Group,Dr. & Mrs. Ron Gammill, East Mississippi Community College, Hughes Management, Shuqualak Lumber Co., Inc, Waring Oil Company, Neil Propane, Rives & Reynolds Lumber Co, Porter Funeral Home, Eubanks Wrecker Service, Polo Custom Products, Winston County Board of Supervisors, The John Mitchell Family, Louisville Bankers Association, Crowson Auto World, Southern Auto Body Shop, Chancery Clerk Clerk Julie Cunningham ,Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, Tax Assessor Darlene Bane, Sheriff Jason Pugh, WinstonWebNews, The Silver Goose/Moody Furniture, Winston Medical Center.

All revenue goes toward the maintenance and improvement of Legion State Park.

Here’s what you need to know:

COST: Admission is $5 per vehicle

PARKING: Upon entry, a parking pass is provided – allowing exit and re-entry if necessary. Public parking is specified and limited to one location. (5K race participants are allowed to park at the lodge where the race concludes)

FOOD/REFRESHMENTS: A food vendor will be available near the parking area and 1st music venue and also near the Lodge.

RESTROOMS: There are several permanent handicap-accessible restroom facilities throughout the park as well as porta-johns available for the event.

TRANSPORT: The public is encouraged to take their time and enjoy the park. Most venues are on paved lanes and are easy to access. For those needing or desiring assistance, golf cart and shuttles will be available throughout the day from the parking area to the various venues.

MORE INFO: A map and schedule of events will be provided as you enter the park.

PETS: NO PETS ALLOWED. Due to the volume of people and the fireworks display, please do not bring your pets.

SEATING: Limited seating is available at each venue and festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Application Deadline Approaching for Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council is still accepting applications for students in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in Winston County who are interested in the Mayor's Youth Council. Applications must be submitted by October 26th. For more information, download the application on the city's website at htt://cityoflouisvillems.com or stop by City Hall.

Local Madison Byrd - Division Winner in Little Britches Pageant

The Mid-South Little Britches Rodeo Association held its annual Rodeo Royalty Pageant on
Saturday, October 13th. The pageant was held at the Rankin County Pavilion in Brandon, Ms. The young ladies were divided into three groups. Little Wrangler Princess – ages 5-8, Junior Princess – ages 9-13 and Senior Queen – ages 13-18.

Contestants were judges based upon horsemanship, personal interviews, impromptu questions and stage, modeling, poise, personality and appearance.Pictured from left to right: Senior Queen – Madison Byrd of Noxapater, Little Wrangler Princess Layne Smith of Brookhaven, Junior Princess – Zoe Morgan of Brandon. (Zoe Morgan was chosen as the overall horsemanship winner)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ECCC’s 2nd Annual Warrior Wellness Symposium Set for Oct. 29

Noted cardiologist Dr. Mike McMullan and author and evangelist Dr. Stan Buckley will present East Central Community College’s second annual Warrior Wellness Symposium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Thrash Auditorium in Newton Hall on the campus in Decatur. McMullan and Buckley will talk about opportunities in medical missions.

The symposium is part of the college’s Warrior Wellness Week which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 on campus. Warrior Wellness is an initiative designed to create and sustain a culture of wellness on the college’s campuses and in the local communities. It is supported by two grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

A native of Decatur, McMullan is professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and director of the Adult Congenital Heart Program, the only program of its kind in the state. He attended ECCC and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He also completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and cardiology fellowship training at UMMC. He later went to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., for advanced fellowship training in adult congenital and valvular heart disease and interventional cardiology.

Buckley is the founder and executive director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland and formerly served as senior pastor of three churches over a 16-year period, including Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. In addition, he practiced law in Hattiesburg for four years before becoming a pastor in 1995. His received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law, and his master of divinity and doctor of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

But God Ministries is an organization that shares the love of Jesus Christ through building sustainable communities around the world. The non-profit is currently building two sustainable communities in Haiti and one in the Mississippi Delta.

Prior to the public symposium at 7 p.m., McMullan will speak to a student audience beginning at 6 p.m. on the core requirements and process to become a physician or medical professional. There will also be breakout sessions for students interested in various medical fields. ECCC alumni in occupations such as pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, physician, healthcare administration, and dentistry will speak with students.

In addition to the Warrior Wellness Symposium, there are several fun and educational events and activities scheduled during Warrior Wellness Week, including:
  • Wesley Foundation Wellness Lunch, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 12:10 p.m. in the Wesley House. There will be a healthy meal and trail mix bar. The speaker will be Scott Hill, ECCC physical education instructor. Students are encouraged to bring a canned or other shelf-stable food item for the Wesley House in Meridian.
  • Baptist Student Union Spiritual Fitness Luncheon, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m., BSU House. Speaker to be announced.
  • Color, glow, electric, mud, and other “fun” runs, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at dark, ECCC Walking Trail.
  • Culinary Creations and Cooking Contest, Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., outside behind the Culinary Lab in Rives Hall. This event is designed to demonstrate nutritional dishes and will feature culinary instructor Barry Karrh.
  • Health Food and Snack Options, Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m., 112 Cross Hall. Wellness Coordinator Crystal Fitzgerald will present a professional development session on healthy food and snack options.
For more information on Warrior Wellness Week and the symposium, contact Fitzgerald at cfitzgerald@eccc.edu or 601-635-6126.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Motorcycle Accident Claims Life of Starkville Man

One man is dead after a motorcycle accident that occurred around 8:30 pm last evening (Sunday). Mark Cantrell of Starkville died at the Winston County Medical Center from injuries received in the crash. The single vehicle accident happened on Hwy 25 N near the Morgantown Road. The crash is still under investigation.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Gulf Coast Holds On for 27-14 MACJC South Division Win Over East Central

Brady Anderson
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs scored on their first two drives of the game to set the tone early and then survived a fourth quarter East Central Community College rally to pick up a 27-14 MACJC South Division football win over the visiting Warriors Thursday, Oct. 11, at George Sekul Field at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.

The fast-paced, no-huddle offense of the Bulldogs kept the East Central defense off balance most of the first half. Before the fans were settled good in their seats, Gulf Coast had a 13-0 lead.

Freshman quarterback Chance Lovertich picked up where he left off a week earlier when he threw six touchdown passes in a 56-7 win at Southwest. The product of Jackson Prep hit tight end Denzel Carter from five yards out to cap a 73-yard, six-play drive to open the game. After an eight-yard punt by East Central, Gulf Coast took over on the Warrior 44 and nine plays later Lovertich connected with Carter from the three. With 6:23 still to play in the first quarter the Bulldogs led 13-0.

East Central eventually got on the scoreboard with 7:26 to play in the first half when defensive lineman Alvin Dempsey III (Port St. Joe, Fla.) scooped up a Bulldog fumble and returned it seven yards for the score. The PAT by Sam Cox (Starkville Academy) was good and the Gulf Coast lead was cut to 20-7.
 Alvin Dempsey III

Gulf Coast would add another score with 3:30 to play in the second quarter on a 65-yard, 10-play drive that ended with a two-yard run by Terrion Avery to take what appeared to be a commanding 27-7 lead into the locker room.

The East Central offense, however, would control the football in the second half. The Warriors drove inside the Gulf Coast 10-yard line three times, but could only come away with seven points. A fumble at midfield stopped another drive.

It looked as if East Central would get back into the game quickly on its opening drive of the third quarter. The Warriors drove 69 yards and took 10 minutes off the clock, but the drive stalled when East Central failed to convert on a fourth and seven from the Bulldog nine.

The Warriors wouldn’t be denied the next time they got the football, driving to the Gulf Coast four-yard line. On fourth and goal, quarterback Brady Anderson (Brandon) hit freshman running back Marcus Hooks (St. Petersburg, Fla.) for the touchdown. The PAT was good and East Central trailed 27-14.

Moments later after forcing just the second Gulf Coast punt of the game, East Central drove from its 33 to the Bulldog eight-yard line. Facing another fourth and goal, the Gulf Coast defense came up with a big stop to preserve the 27-14 win.

East Central controlled the time of possession for the game with 37 minutes to 22 for Gulf Coast and ran 22 more plays on offense. The Warriors had 22 first downs to 16 for the Bulldogs. East Central has 297 yards of total offense to 328 for Gulf Coast.

The sophomore Anderson went the distance at quarterback for East Central ahead of fellow sophomore Mario Asagunla who has taken most of the snaps this season. Anderson hit 20 of 34 passes for 163 yards and the one score. Running back James Smith III (Velma Jackson, Camden) rushed 13 times for 83 yards before leaving the game in the second half with an injury. Freshman wide receiver Jaylen Zachery (Dayton, Ohio) had four receptions for 48 yards.

Sophomore free safety Daniel Little of Terry picked off a Gulf Coast pass in the first half.

The loss dropped the Warriors to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-2 in MACJC South Division play. Gulf Coast improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the division.

East Central has lost 15 of the last 16 games against Gulf Coast. The lone win during that time was a 42-28 home victory in 2016.

The Warriors play their fifth, and final, road game of the season next Thursday. East Central and Hinds will square off in a South Division game at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond. Kickoff for Hinds’ Homecoming game is set for 7 p.m.

The game can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Patrol Officers Promoted to Rank of Corporal

Brandon Gladney
Deterrion "Ty" Hardin
Patrol Officers Deterrion "Ty" Hardin and Brandon Gladney were promoted to the rank of Corporal by Louisville Police Chief L.M. Claiborne  Friday, October 12, 2018. The position is designed to help the Shift Captain, requiring supervision and detailed documentation of all activity and personnel on their shift. Congratulations to both of these fine young officers.

Wings Over Winston - Saturday Oct. 13 - What You Need to Know

Here's what you need to know:

  • Free - no admission
  • Free Parking - FAA restrictions do not allow vehicle traffic during the show - Parking is available at the Louisville Coliseum and the adjoining ball fields - Shuttle service is provided to the airport and those with handicaps can be accommodated.
  • Gates open at 9:30 am - Show starts at 11:00 am and concludes around 2:00 pm.
  • The Weather looks great!!
  • This Airshow is very fan-friendly
  • Lots of Great Food Vendors

The 5th Annual Wings Over Winston Airshow will "TAKE OFF" tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th. There a big list of performers including SRC Airshows featuring the "Raptor", Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys,the L-17 Formation Team, Jimmy Burke and the "Red Baron". More information on the show can be found on their Facebook page and their website at  http://www.wingsoverwinston.com

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Almost Here - Wings Over Winston - Saturday, Oct 13

Homeward Bound - Kristina & Stooge

Twenty five hundred miles is not a long way if you are determined. Kristina is determined as she travels through Winston County on her way from Clayton, Georgia to the beaches of California. Her journey began two weeks ago as she and her pony, Bolt, (aka Stooge) began the long walk. Catching an occasional ride with kind folks with extra space in their horse trailers, Kristina hopes to make the trip within a few weeks but is prepared for 4 months on the road.

We met up with Kristina and Bolt just on the edge of Louisville today for a few pictures and questions. Asked why she was undertaking such a hard journey by foot, the young lady replied, "I'm going home. I'm from California and I got Bolt in Georgia. He's my first pony and I had no way to get him back to California, so we decided to walk."

Winston County wishes her and Bolt a safe journey. Please be careful out there.

EMCC Cosmetology Department Offering Salon Services To Public

The Cosmetology department on East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus is offering full salon services to the public. Cosmetology students who have been learning to roll, wrap, cut and tint hair are now prepared to put their skills to work.
“We have a really good group of students who have been working hard to hone their craft,” EMCC Cosmetology instructor David Long said. “The public benefits because we are able to offer very reasonable prices and I will be supervising to ensure everything is done correctly.”

The Cosmetology department will be open to the public Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged, especially for chemical treatments such as waves or hair relaxers.

EMCC Cosmetology student Valencia Buckingham of Aberdeen said she enjoys working with clients on Wednesdays. “They come in, we have great conversations and they leave with a smile,” Buckingham said. “That is rewarding to me because I have always had a passion for making people look beautiful.”

Students in the Cosmetology department must complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of training before earning a vocational certificate and qualifying to take the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology certification exam. The course takes a year to complete. The students are in class Mondays through Fridays for about 40 hours a week. All the training takes place in the Cosmetology department, which is set up like a full-service salon, with a customer service desk and hair cutting and washing stations.

“I love everything we do here at EMCC,” Cosmetology student Jordan Sellers of Louisville said. “It is interesting to learn all of the new techniques. I especially like working with the general public when they come in. That really helps us to prepare for the real world.” Among other things, students are taught how to perform facials, pedicures, various coloring techniques and how to style, wave and straighten hair.

To schedule an appointment for available services through the Cosmetology department, call 662-243-1915.

East Central Community College Announces Plans for Football Operations Center

East Central Community College announced plans today to construct a $2.6 million football operations center at Bailey Stadium on the campus in Decatur. The funding and plans for the facility were approved at the Oct. 9 Board of Trustees meeting on campus. The college is currently finalizing plans for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the center. To be initially called Warrior Hall, the 12,300-square-foot facility will be located just outside the North end zone of Warrior Field at Bailey Stadium. The building will contain locker rooms for players and for coaches, a team meeting room, position conference rooms, coaches’ offices, an equipment room, a players’ lounge, and a laundry room.
Warrior Hall will also house a state-of-the-art training room to be used by student-athletes in all nine varsity sports at the college.

More than $320,000 of the funding for construction of Warrior Hall comes from private donations, including the naming of most rooms inside the facility. This amount is in addition to the $160,000 in private donations used to assist in the installation of the artificial turf at Bailey Stadium in 2014. The $480,000 reflects the most private donations ever contributed to construction-related projects in the history of East Central Community College. The remaining $2.25 million in construction costs will come from college funds that will be repaid over the next few years. The college will also utilize a $430,000 certificate of deposit to fund other items related to the new facility including, but not limited to, a scoreboard, fencing, and utilities.

East Central President Dr. Billy Stewart stated that the construction of the football operations center is another project included in the college’s long-range strategic plan for facilities adopted by the Board of Trustees in September 2016. “As a component of the Campus Master Plan, I am pleased that the college is able to move forward with this project,” said Stewart. “Many individuals and groups have contributed their money, time, and effort to make this facility a reality and we are so appreciative to each one. By utilizing the fund balance in our auxiliary budget to fully fund this project, the college will not be required to secure a loan and thus will save in the long run with no accrual of interest. We will simply pay ourselves back over time. We are eating the elephant one bite at a time, and this is the next bite.” Stewart added, “In addition to the football operations center, there are several other projects that are nearing realization including construction of a new Band Hall, the addition of several parking lots throughout campus, renovations to residence halls, and other infrastructure improvements.”

With the college’s synthetic turf installed in 2014 and a new scoreboard expected to be in place by the first football game of the 2019 season, East Central’s football facilities will be among the best in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. East Central head football coach Ken Karcher said Warrior Hall will be a tremendous benefit to his program. “It is a very exciting day for the East Central football program,” said Karcher. “This facility will help us attract and prepare future Warrior football players for success on and off the field.”

In just his sixth season as head coach, Karcher has guided the Warriors to two appearances in the MACJC state playoffs, an MACJC South Division title in 2016, and a C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl victory in 2015.

East Central’s new Director of Athletics Paul Nixon said that Warrior Hall will continue the college’s commitment to excellence in its athletics facilities and serve to benefit all student-athletes.
“Coach Ken Karcher and his staff do an excellent job of preparing young men to be successful in life beyond their football careers,” said Nixon, who assumed his duties in June. “The approval of this project will give them the space they need to enhance the tremendous work they are already doing. As the new director of athletics, one of the main things that attracted me to the position was the college’s commitment to excellence in all areas, and the existing athletic facilities reflect this. The addition of this football operations center will be a huge step forward for our department and will benefit all of Warrior Athletics for years to come.”

There are still naming opportunities available for Warrior Hall, including the building itself, the equipment room, individual player’s lockers, team meeting room seats, and other areas.

For more information on naming opportunities and donations, contact David LeBlanc, ECCC’s director of alumni relations and the foundation, at 601-635-6327 or dleblanc@eccc.edu.

The architect for Warrior Hall is Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi. The contractor is J&J Contractors Inc. of Collinsville.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

City of Louisville Fire Department Fire Protection Classification Drop

It is with great pleasure that the City of Louisville Fire Department can come to you with this announcement. Following our recent review from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau that took place in the first week of September we have successfully lowered our fire protection classification rating from a SEVEN to a SIX. What this means for the residents, and commercial properties within the City of Louisville is the possibility of lower property insurance cost. This has been a very long process where the City of Louisville Elected Officials, City of Louisville Fire Department, Louisville/Winston County 911, and Louisville Utilities have all worked together to improve our fire protection within the City Limits. Depending on your insurance provider you may be eligible for a lower insurance rate. Therefore I encourage you to contact your providers and inquire about the change in rating. A lower fire rating can also be taken into consideration for economic development purposes. At times when an industry is looking for a place to locate the fire rating is one of the criteria that is evaluated before making a decision. Hopefully this drop, and future drops in our fire protection class will open the door for even lower insurance cost, and increased commercial growth.

As always the City of Louisville Fire Department is working to improve our capabilities, and improve our ability to serve the citizens, industries, and visitors to our great city. We have accomplished so much in the years past, and we have much work to do. That being said we thank you for your support, and ask for your continued support in the future as we grow.

Submitted by: Deputy Chief, Robert Hutto

ECCC Adds Abdul Olusesi to Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Abdul Olusesi, most recently the director of basketball operations at Sam Houston State University, is the newest member of the East Central Community College men’s basketball coaching staff.

Olusesi will serve as a student services assistant and volunteer assistant men’s basketball coach on the staff of head coach Robert Thompson beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Prior to serving as director of basketball operations at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, from 2016-18, he was a graduate assistant for the Bearkats in 2016-17.

Olusesi received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Sam Houston in 2016 and his master’s degree in sports management from Sam Houston in 2017.

While in college he was a student assistant on the men’s basketball team.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Winston 100 Wellness on Wheels, Lives Up To Name

The Winston 100 Wellness on Wheels health promotion program proved to do just that this summer. This new and exciting bicycling program was initiated by the Winston County Extension office to promote a healthier lifestyle by incorporating a regular exercise regimen through the low impact sport of biking.

The program’s format was structured to be friendly to the participants, by riding once weekly with the group for 10 miles, and finding the time on their own schedule to ride an additional 10 miles throughout the week, for five weeks. Research has found if you start a new lifestyle change, for at least four to five weeks, you will likely stick with it. Making changes for a heathier lifestyle can be difficult, especially if you try it alone. One great aspect of Winston 100, is that it’s a group venture with support not only from the Extension staff, but from the group peers as well.

Obviously, if the lifestyle change is something you come to dread, or start finding excuses to not do, you likely will quit pretty soon after beginning. The main key to regular exercise is finding something that you look forward to doing, and enjoy every minute of it. This was the case for our group.

Winston 100 attendance each week was nearly every member, and each week glowing testimonials to self-initiated 10 mile rides, and generally how much fun it was to dust the bikes off and get back on the trails. Not only did everyone have fun during the program, but proven by our pre weigh in, and post weigh in, each participant lost weight, and 100 % of the group’s blood pressure numbers showed a drop to a heathier range.

To my surprise, each member actually made significant gains to their overall wellness. This is a testament that Winston 100 participants actually did find better, “Wellness on Wheels”.

If you’d like to know more about this program, and next year’s Winston 100 schedule, call the Winston County Extension office for full details.

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

Sunday, October 7, 2018

First Methodist Church of Louisville Welcomes New Associate Pastor of Youth and Families

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First Methodist Church of Louisville is delighted to announce that Newlie Long has joined our staff as Associate Pastor of Youth and Families. We welcome Pastor Newlie, his wife Christy, and their family to First Methodist Church.

First Methodist Lead Pastor Mike Childs says, “Newlie Long is well known in the Winston County community for his strong Christian ministry. He will provide the leadership that will enable our youth to grow spiritually and discover God’s plan for their lives.”

In addition to leading our youth and children’s ministries, Pastor Newlie will be preaching each Sunday at the First Methodist Contemporary Service at 5:00 p.m. Pastor Newlie Long encourages everyone to bring their Bible and come to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.

First Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Main Street and North Church Avenue in Louisville, MS. Opportunities for worship each Sunday include an Early Service at 8:45 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Traditional Service at 11:00 a.m., Contemporary Service at 5:00 p.m., and Evening Service at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fire Truck Testing In Efforts to Lower Insurance Costs

Volunteer fire departments from all over the county conducted pump testing on fire trucks Saturday (Sept 29) . Testing is just one small step in getting and keeping a low homeowners insurance rating for the county. Documentation, maintenance, training and volunteers also plays a major role . Commissioner Mike Chaney made a surprise visit to the volunteer fire departments to thank them for their hard work.

Chamber Welcomes New Business

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome  Indie + Mae Photography Studio to downtown Louisville this afternoon, October 4, 2018. The business is the newest member to the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Jenny Snow.  Ms. Snow asks all to come out and visit the studio tonight during the Girls' Night in the Moonlight event going on now through 8 PM.  Indie + Mae Photography is located at 911 S. Columbus Ave.