Friday, November 30, 2018

LPD Seeking Help In Identifying Armed Robbery Suspects

The Louisville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the three individuals on the attached video. On Thursday November 29th, 2018 at approximately 9:45 p.m. three armed individuals entered the Pit Stop ( Old Blackwell’s Store) located on the corner of Jones and John C. Stennis. They held the store Employee at Gun Point and made off with all of the cash from the register. All three fled on foot running south on John C. Stennis Drive. Anyone who can identify these individuals or provide any information please contact Winston County Crime Stopper at 662-773-9999 or the Louisville Police Department.

Rural Mississippians Deserve Internet Service the Same as Anyone Else

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick “yes” but, that isn’t what current state policy says. Internet service has become a necessity for modern life, but far too many Mississippians live in the “digital dark,” lacking access to affordable, reliable internet service. Because they lack internet service, many of our people cannot compete for jobs, take online courses, access telehealth services or even simply browse the internet.

Mississippi has lost population over the past several years and we have learned recently that millennials are leaving Mississippi at a faster pace than any other state. Young people will not stay in a place where they are unplugged from the rest of the world because they lack internet service. If you doubt this is an issue, drive by your local fast food restaurant and take a look at people sitting in their cars doing homework using wireless internet provided by the business. The lack of affordable, reliable and adequate internet service in Mississippi is a crisis and is one that we had better fix, if we want our children and grandchildren to stay here.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Move to 6-0 With Sweep of Visiting Delgado

The East Central Community College basketball teams remained perfect on the 2018-19 season with a home-court sweep of Delgado Community College Monday, Nov. 26, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The East Central Lady Warriors opened the action with a 74-54 win over the Lady Dolphins out of New Orleans, La. The ECCC Warriors then disposed of the Delgado Dolphins 96-58 in the nightcap.
With the wins, both East Central teams moved to 6-0 on the season. The Delgado Lady Dolphins fell to 1-7, while the Dolphins are now 2-5.

It was the final home games of 2018 for East Central as the Warriors and Lady Warriors will now hit the road for their next three games before taking a break for the holidays. The East Central teams will begin MACJC South Division play on Monday, Dec. 3, when they visit Perkinston to face Mississippi Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Warriors and Lady Warriors will then play Coahoma in Clarksdale on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Delgado in New Orleans on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Warriors had 12 players score in the win over Delgado, led by 11 each from sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville and sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., Ascension). Freshman guard/forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson Murrah) added 10. East Central was led in rebounding by freshman forward Makaila Carter (Boutte, La., Hahnville) with six. Sophomore guard Riann McCollum (Atlanta, Ga., Douglass) led the team with four steals.

In the Warriors’ 38-point win over the Delgado Dolphins, sophomore guard Roti Ware had another big night with a game-high 26 points. The Morton product also had eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Ware continued his hot shooting to start the 2018-19 season, hitting 8 of 11 shots from the floor, including four of six from the three-point line and all six free throws.

Freshman guard/forward JaQuarius Smith out of Noxubee County added 17 points and a team-leading nine rebounds and another freshman, guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore), had 13 points and four assists.

The Warriors hit 28 of their 31 free throws for the game and are now shooting 79 percent as a team through six games.

Special December Display at Library

Mrs. Charles (Gerri) Clark has loaned a very special Christmas display to the Winston County Library for December. She collected these ornaments from MacDonalds Happy Meals starting about 45 years ago until they stopped offering them. There are Barbie Dolls, Little Women Dolls, The Wizard of Oz Dolls and many more. “I’ve never seen anything like it!” says librarian Beth Edwards. “I hope everyone will take a few moments to come by and see this incredible Christmas tree with these wonderful ornaments.”

Town & Country Garden Club Displays Tree at Library

Town & Country Garden Club members Sandra Culwell (left) and Dale Shumaker decorated a beautiful Christmas Tree in the Winston County Library lobby recently. “Town & Country provides a tree for the library every year,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “We always look forward to see what it will look like and everyone feels the Christmas magic as soon as they walk in the door!”

Library is Winter Wonderland!

Library Clerk Denise Dickerson has decorated the library for the Christmas season! Come see all the wonderful displays throughout the library.

Monday, November 26, 2018

East Central Basketball Teams Go Undefeated in Annual EC Classic

The East Central Community College basketball teams weren’t kind to their visitors in the annual EC Classic Thanksgiving week tournament held on the campus in Decatur as the Lady Warriors and Warriors went undefeated in the two-day event Nov. 19-20.

On the opening night of the EC Classic in Brackeen-Wood Gym, the East Central Lady Warriors got a big 115-42 win over Southern University-Shreveport (La.), while the Warriors defeated Mississippi Delta 96-79. On day two, the Lady Warriors opened with a 75-62 win over MACJC opponent Coahoma, while the Warriors followed with a 75-67 win over the Coahoma Tigers.

With the wins, both East Central teams improved to a perfect 5-0 on their 2018-19 seasons.

It was the second straight game that the Lady Warriors eclipsed the 100-point mark in the win over the SUSLA Lady Jags. All 14 Lady Warriors played and scored, led by 18 points from both freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville and sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension). Freshman guard KeiMoya Walker (Jackson Murrah) added 16 and sophomore guard Breanna Riley, who prepped at Biloxi High School, chipped in 11.

East Central controlled the boards 49-24 led by eight rebounds each from freshman forwards Timia Dora of Louisville and Jamaica Almons of Jackson Murrah. The Lady Warriors also got 16 steals in the contest, including four by Walker.

MACJC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Roti Ware continued his hot shooting with his second straight career night in the Warriors’ win over Mississippi Delta. The sophomore guard out of Morton High School scored 43 points on 14 of 21 from the floor, including 6 of 9 from beyond the three-point line. He also hit all nine of his free throws and pulled down nine rebounds. Ware’s previous career high was 32 points against Bishop State on Nov. 12.

Three freshman Warriors scored in double figures in the win over the Delta Trojans, including forwards JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County and Dontavious Smith of Terry with 13 each, and guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) with 10. Dontavious Smith had a game-high 11 rebounds, while Preyer dished out a game-high nine assists.

On the second day of the tournament, the ECCC Lady Warriors got 21 points from Riley in the defeat of non-division foe Coahoma Lady Tigers. Sophomore forward Whitney Waters of Heidelberg came off the bench to score 11. Nine other Lady Warriors scored in the contest. Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville led East Central with seven rebounds, while Turner and freshman forward Kimberly Green (Greenwood Amanda Elzy) had six apiece. The Lady Warriors produced another 10 steals in the win.

Preyer pumped in a career-high 23 points to lead the Warriors in the second day win over Coahoma. Ware added 16, while JaQuarius Smith had 13 and freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl came off the bench to score 10 points. Ware is now averaging 25 points per game this season.

East Central outrebounded Coahoma 41-22 in the win with freshman forward Marcus Bates (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Paul Bryant) and Dontavious Smith with eight each and JaQuarius Smith and Ware with seven apiece.

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles and the Pearl River Wildcats also participated in the tournament.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors will play their final home games of 2018 on Monday, Nov. 26, when Delgado Community College visits from New Orleans. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men will tipoff at 7:30 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood Gym.

The games will be available on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 radio and also via live stream video at

Following that action, the East Central teams will visit Gulf Coast on Dec. 3, Coahoma on Dec. 8, and Delgado on Dec. 13.

Winston County Bulldogs Youth Football

Winston County Bulldogs youth football. 11/12 wins Superbowl Bulldogs. 7/8 lost a hard fought game against Neshoba in Superbowl. Winston 9/10 team had great season also they were eliminated in semi -finals.

 Submitted by: Perry Young

Friday, November 23, 2018

PSC Charges 3 Telemarketers for No-Call Violations Resulting in $450,000 in Fines

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced today that the PSC has charged three telemarketers for violating Mississippi’s No-Call law. The PSC’s investigation found that these companies made 90 illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call fine; totaling $450,000. Notices of alleged violations have been recently filed against the following companies:

  • Helios Media
  • Prospects DM, Inc.
  • Good Life USA
“We are committed to charging every, single predatory telemarketer that violates the No-Call law. Mississippians deserve to have their privacy protected. This action sends a message to these companies and others that if you invade the privacy of our citizens, the PSC is coming after you,” said Commissioner Presley.

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

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sheriff Searching for Missing Person

The Winston County Sheriff's department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing
person. Desiree Eaves, a 41 year old white female has been missing for 2 weeks today. She was last seen around the Winston - Neshoba county line . A reward is offered for her whereabouts. Please contact the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662-773-5881 if you have information.

Library Board of Trustees Meets

The Winston County Library Board of Trustees recently met at the library for their quarterly meeting. The new Executive Director, Josh Haidet (center), welcomed Trustees (l-r) Sarah Garrigues (Beat 2), Clementine Eichelberger (Beat 4), Judy Post (Beat 3), James Woodiel (Beat 5) and Rhonda Porter (Beat 1).

Wyatt Waters Visits Library

Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards (l) and Library Clerk Denise Dickerson (r) show off the new 2019 calendar by Clinton, MS watercolorist Wyatt Waters (center). Wyatt spent time at the library last Tuesday offering the calendar, mugs, Christmas ornaments and Christmas greeting cards to the public. “We always look forward to having Wyatt here around the holidays,” said librarian Edwards. “He’s been coming here for the last 15 years or so and everyone looks forward to seeing him. It’s an annual tradition!”

Also, the public is invited to come to the Winston County Library and see the beautiful new quilt on display. It was pieced by Martha Dubard and quilted by Colleen Eskridge and is called “Fan-Tastic.”

Library Still Has Angels to be Adopted

The JA Angel Tree has 4 angels left for adoption. Please stop by the library and help these last remaining angels have a Merry Christmas. The library closes at 5:30 this afternoon.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Nanih Waiya Senior Signs with University of Memphis

Nanih Waiya senior athlete, Jake Kight, signed a golf scholarship with the University of Memphis.

Ribbon Cutting for Lee's of Louisville

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, representatives, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting to welcome Lee's In Louisville Restaurant to Winston County on November 13, 2018. The business is the newest member of the Chamber of Commerce family and is owned by Syl. Miller.  Mr. Miller asks all to come out and enjoy good food and fellowship. Lee's In Louisville is located at 13759 Hwy 14 West and is open Sunday-Thursday 6:00 AM-9:00 PM and Friday & Saturday, 6:00 AM-1:00 AM

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Honoring Veterans and the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions and on November 10, 2018, the 243rd Birthday of the Marine Corps was celebrated in Washington, D.C. CMC General Robert Blake Neller, a Marine four-star general who serves as the current and 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps was present. The 31st Commandant General Charles C. Krulak was the Guest of Honor, Master Gunnery Sergeant Carroll W. Braxton was the oldest Marine (94), and Second Lieutenant Austin Brownfield was the youngest (20) present. MGySgt. Braxton served as a marine for 28 years with 2 ½ in World War II.
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Chief Warrant Officer 3
Carmen E. Cole (retired)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carmen E. Cole, daughter of the late Claudell Weaver and granddaughter of the late Betsy Ann Eichelberger of Louisville, MS, had the privilege of escorting Montford Point Marine MGySgt. Carroll W. Braxton, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, to the Commandant of the Marine Corps 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball. She stated, “It is always nice to celebrate with my brothers and sisters. Semper Fidelis! I'm escorting the oldest Marine to the Ball. Mr. Carroll W. Braxton (94), he is a                                                                         
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    CMC General Robert Blake Neller, CWO3 Carmen Cole (retired) and MGySgt. Carroll W. Braxton (retired)
Montford Point Marine, one of the first African Americans to integrate the Marine Corps from 1942-1949. I'm proud to be his date.” What an honor for Claudell Weaver’s daughter who has accomplished many firsts in the Marine Corps as a woman with roots in Louisville, MS.

CWO Cole began her military career enlisting in the Marine Corps in November 1980. She completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Woman Recruit Training Command (WRTC), Parris Island, SC., in June 1981 and was trained as a motor transport maintenance mechanic at Camp Johnson, Jacksonville NC. She reported to 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC in November of 1981. While there, she was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant. In 1984 she returned to MCRD, Parris Island SC. as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor.

In 1986 she reported to 3rd Maintenance Battalion Okinawa, Japan where she served as the battalion administrative chief and as a mechanic. In 1988 she transferred to 7th Motor Transport Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA serving as a Platoon Sergeant and Marine Corps Integrated Maintenance Management System (MIMMS) clerk. In 1990 she was promoted to Staff Sergeant and became the first female Motor Transport Maintenance Shop Chief in the command.

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MGySgt Carroll W. Braxton
was the oldest Marine (94),
and 2nd Lt Austin Brownfield
was the youngest (20)

In 1993 she was selected as a Warrant Officer becoming the first female in Marine Corps history to be a Motor Transport Maintenance Officer. After completing The Basic School (TBS) for Warrant Officers at Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA and the Motor Transport Maintenance Officers course at Camp Johnson, Jacksonville NC., she was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron-2, Marine Air Group–31, Beaufort, SC serving as the Maintenance Management Officer (MMO). She was promoted to CWO-2 during this tour.

In 1996 CWO-2 Cole returned to 3d Maintenance Battalion, Motor Transport Maintenance Company, Okinawa Japan as the Maintenance Officer. During this tour she assisted with the initial restructuring and merger of the command with 3d Supply Battalion to form 3d Material Readiness Battalion.

In 1998 she was assigned as the Inspector-Instructor (I&I) Detachment-2, Augusta Ga., 4th Maintenance Battalion becoming the first female I&I to command the active duty staff in support of the Marine Reserve Unit at Augusta Ga. During this tour she was promoted to CWO-3.

In 2001 CWO-3 Cole retired from the Marine Corps to accept a position as the Senior Marine Instructor of Marine Corps Junior ROTC (MCJROTC), at Butler High School, Augusta GA. becoming the first female instructor in their 30 years of having a MCJROTC program. While at Butler High School the program was recognized as a Naval Honors School for consecutive years. She was also the softball and soccer coach, PTA treasurer and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2007.

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General Charles C. Krulak,
MSgt Erica L. James,
CWO3 Carmen Cole (retired),
and MGySgt Carroll Braxton (retired)
In 2010 she resigned her position at Butler High and relocated to Marine Corps Junior ROTC Headquarters Marine Corps Base, Quantico Virginia to become the Marine Corps Junior ROTC Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS). In 2011 she was reassigned and became the first female to be the Operations Manager for Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs with ISS as an additional responsibility.

As the Operations Manager, she is responsible for the daily coordination and operations of 6 Regions with 235 MCJROTC programs. She travels throughout the country to promote the MCJROTC program, looking for new locations and potential instructors, she trains new instructors, and ensures that all MCJROTC Instructors have the tools they need to lead and mentor their cadets.

She is also an active member of the Virginia-1 Chapter, Women Marines Association and the Marine Corps League Mickey Finn Detachment #333.

Her community service and volunteer work has resulted in recognition as The Keeper of the Flame from Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist Church in San Diego CA and Lady of the Year at the National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. 48th Convention, San Diego, CA, July 2013.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Veteran JC Hampton Remembered

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower with the late Corporal J. C. Hampton (far right)

During Veterans Day, JC Hampton is one of the veterans in the Mt. Sinai Community that was thought of as one whose story deserves to be shared with others in Louisville. JC was proud to tell his stories as a paratrooper in the United States Army while serving in the Korean War. He was drafted into the army in 1952. In 1953, he was granted a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as a presidential guard detail for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the end of the war, he returned home to Louisville and married Freddie Stennis and they birthed their only child, Autry. He attended Tuskegee University where he learned to become a brick mason.

JC eventually relocated to Gary, IN where he was able to begin his career in the steel mill and continue his lifelong passions of carpentry, farming and mentoring. In 1995, JC returned home to Louisville, MS to revive his family’s land and to build a home. He became active in his childhood church – Mt. Sinai MB Church - and served as chairman of the Deacon Board.

JC was most known for his work ethic, kind nature, and comedic personality. He utilized his true love of animals and farming to feed and serve his community. He was an all around handyman and carpenter there was nothing much he wasn’t able to do. Corporal JC Hampton passed on April 7, 2018.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Remain Undefeated With Sweep of Bishop State

Breanna Riley
The East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors kept their unbeaten basketball seasons in intact with a sweep over the visiting Bishop State Community College teams out of Mobile, Ala., Monday, Nov. 12, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Lady Warriors picked up a big 100-48 win in the opener, while the Warriors took care of the Bishop State Wildcats 78-70 in the nightcap.

East Central also swept the Bishop State teams to open the season Nov. 1 in Mobile.

Both East Central teams are now a perfect 3-0 on the season. The Bishop State Lady Wildcats fell to 1-3, while the Wildcats are 0-4.

The Lady Warriors wasted little time putting away Bishop State, outscoring the Lady Wildcats 28-6 in the second period to take a commanding 54-28 lead into the locker room.

Five Lady Warriors scored in double figures in the 52-point win, led by 23 from sophomore guard Breanna Riley out of Biloxi High School on 10 of 14 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension), freshman guard Destini Cathey (Senatobia), freshman guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville), and sophomore forward Whitney Waters (Heidelberg) had 11 points each. Eleven Lady Warriors got into the scoring column.

East Central forced 30 turnovers in the game and had 11 steals.

The Warriors got a career-high 32 points from sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton in the eight-point win over the Bishop State Wildcats. Ware hit five of his six three-point attempts and all seven free throws on the career night. He also picked up five steals. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) continued his hot start to the season with 17 points, nine assists, and two steals. Preyer has scored in double digits in his first three collegiate games.
Roti Ware
East Central again shot well from the free throw line hitting 16 of 19 on the night.

The East Central teams will host the EC Classic Nov. 19-20 in Brackeen-Wood Gym. The ECCC basketball teams will use the tournament to support a Toys for Tots drive for the Christmas holidays. Anyone who brings a new toy to any game of the two-day classic will be admitted half price.

The Lady Warriors will face Southern University-Shreveport at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and then Coahoma at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Warriors will play Mississippi Delta at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and Coahoma at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles and the Pearl River Wildcats will also participate in the tournament.

Monday, November 12, 2018

ECCC Basketball Teams Get Home Sweep Over East Mississippi

The East Central Community College basketball teams kept their early season records unblemished with a pair of victories over visiting East Mississippi Community College in games played Thursday, Nov. 8, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Lady Warriors picked up a 64-55 win over the Lady Lions in the opener, and the Warriors followed with a hard-fought 73-66 win over the EMCC Lions in the second game.

Both East Central teams improved to 2-0 on the young season, while the EMCC Lady Lions fell to 1-2 and the Lions to 2-1.

The Lady Warriors led the entire contest against East Mississippi, taking a 40-27 lead into the locker room at halftime and extending that lead to 16 points after three periods. A late run in the final period by the Lady Lions moved the final score to 64-55.

For the second straight game, sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) came up big for the Lady Warriors with 11 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Freshman guard Jariyah Covington out of Starkville High School also scored 11 points. Freshman forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson Murrah) came off the bench to have a solid outing with six points, seven boards, and three steals.

East Central pulled down 33 rebounds as a team to just 23 for the Lady Lions.

The men’s contest was tight throughout with 17 lead changes during the game, including 11 in the second half before the Warriors were able to pull away for the seven-point win. The two teams were tied 13 times. The Warriors had a productive night at the free throw line hitting 22 of 26 attempts.

Sophomore guard Roti Ware had a big night for the Warriors. The Morton product scored 23 points to lead all scorers. He also had six rebounds. Freshman guards Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) and Devin Carter of Pearl added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Preyer also had six assists and a pair of steals, while Carter was credited with four assists. Freshman forward Dontavious Smith of Terry led the Warriors with seven rebounds.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors will host Bishop State Community College from Mobile, Ala., Monday, Nov. 12, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.

The East Central teams will then host the EC Classic Nov. 19-20. Mississippi Delta, Coahoma, and Southern University-Shreveport will also participate. The Lady Warriors will face Southern University-Shreveport at 5 p.m.on Monday, Nov. 19, and then Coahoma at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Warriors will play Mississippi Delta at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, and Coahoma at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

All ECCC home basketball games this season can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3, or watched via live stream video at

A complete schedule of games can be found at

Winston County Honors Veterans

The weather may have been cold but the enthusiasm and reception was warm as Winston County honored their local Veterans with a parade and program on Saturday, November 10.

The morning kicked off as the Louisville Pilot Club provided a brunch for the veterans at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce Offices before the parade. Parade participants followed a route on Main Street to the program location in front of the Winston County Courthouse.

The program is a yearly event in recognition of our Country's veterans.  Darlene Bane provided these excellent images of the event. More photos can be seen on our Photos Page by clicking here.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Funny Money Passed in Louisville Today

Local law enforcement contacted WWN this evening to warn the public that counterfeit money has been passed in Louisville today. A phony $10 and $50 bill were passed at two different locations. Security cameras provide images of the possible vehicle involved as well as a suspect. Merchants and individuals are urged to use caution. If you see this vehicle or individual or if you have information in this matter, please contact law enforcement or CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.

City of Louisville Holiday Trash Pick Schedule

PSC Requests Law Change in 2019 to Allow Electric Cooperatives to Provide High-Speed Internet Service

On Tuesday, November 6, the Public Service Commission unanimously issued a resolution requesting state law be changed in the 2019 Legislative Session to allow rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet service. Current Mississippi law prohibits rural electric cooperatives from providing internet service, although no such law exists anywhere else in America. Commissioner Brandon Presley has championed the idea as a means of solving the broadband internet crisis that has plagued rural areas of the state for years. Over the last few months, Presley has held citizen task force meetings in all 33 counties in the northern district of the state in order to make the public aware of the rural internet and cellular service crisis. In June, Presley hosted 46 members of the Mississippi Legislature for a rural internet summit in Hamilton, Alabama to showcase the progress being made by Tombigbee Electric Cooperative which has been nationally recognized as a model for rural America. Hamilton, Alabama is fourteen miles from the Mississippi state line, yet Presley says it might as well be 14,000 miles away because the Alabama efforts are so far ahead of Mississippi. Alabama law has no similar ban on their cooperatives.

“The first electric cooperatives in the nation were formed right here in Mississippi, and they weren’t formed just to sell electricity. They were formed to enhance the quality of life for rural people. While folks in the big cities had lighting and electric appliances, people who lived on farms or in rural areas were still lighting candles and cooking on wood stoves. These industrious people of Mississippi formed America’s first electric cooperatives because they wanted rural people to be able to enter the 20th century. Today, we simply ask for rural Mississippi to be allowed to enter the 21st century,” Presley said.

The PSC resolution notes that high-speed internet has become a necessity for participating in modern life, education, health care and in the economy. Because of the high cost to serve rural areas, few for-profit companies are willing to invest there. The legislation would allow rural electric cooperatives to fill that void. The concept has been demonstrated across the country.

“We cannot continue to wait on the big telecommunications giants to serve rural people. One of my constituents from rural Lee County, John Henson, was told by an AT&T representative that he would get high-speed internet service at his home in the Blair Community when the day came that he could rent a condominium on the moon. That is unacceptable. Telecom companies unwilling to serve rural areas should not prevent rural people from serving themselves through the cooperatives that they own. The members of rural electric cooperatives are simply asking for the right to do what they did a century ago and take the reins themselves and bring service to rural Mississippi. I hope this resolution makes clear that the Public Service Commission is behind them 100%,” Presley concluded.

Presley noted that the proposal does not request any money from the state, does not bar any other provider from providing service, and is not a mandate. “This is a free market bill plain and simple. We aren’t asking for any money or any monopoly. We are asking for local people to be able to decide their own future. This is one of the most common sense ideas that will ever come before the Mississippi Legislature.”

For more information on this resolution please contact Commissioner Brandon Presley’s office directly at 1-800-637-7722.

Schedule Changes in Store for Tomorrow's Music Festival

The Legion Park Music Festival just got a little cozier and comfortable!! The recent rain and the cooler weather has forced some changes to the venues and schedule for the festival but that brings some good news as well. For safety and comfort reasons, most events have been moved inside to the historic lodge inside the park. Festival goers will be greeted by a cheery fire and the full array of performers throughout the day.

There will be no parking fee and parking will be in proximity to the lodge. Handicap parking is available and limited shuttle service will be available if needed. The food vendor will be located near the lodge as well. The evening's fireworks display will take place around 5:15 pm and observation will be from the wrap around porches of the lodge.

 The children's program kicks ff at 11:00 am with Native American Storyteller Allen Winters and a bevy of others. The kids will hear some great tales, receive their own flute and instructions as they participate. The event is topped off by a magic show for all ages by Greg Winter. This event will be held behind the lodge in the pavilion near the lake.

The following is a revised schedule of events.  If possible, enjoy the Veteran's Parade in downtown Louisville at 10:00 am and then head out to the park for a day of music, fun and fellowship.