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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Big Weekend in Louisville

Big Weekend coming up in Louisville. It’s a great time to stay close to home and enjoy the fun.

Things start happening on Friday as our downtown merchants celebrate with a “Jingle Bell Jubilee” Open House that continues through Saturday as we kick off the holiday season. Shop with our local merchants and register for $500 in “Louisville Bucks”.

Sunday is Veteran’s Day and our community honors our veterans on Saturday. Local veterans are invited to a breakfast/brunch at 8:30 am at the Winston County Partnership/Chamber of Commerce office on Park Street sponsored by the Pilots Club. The parade will begin at approximately 9:45 AM at the Chamber office, then proceed left up South Church Street, right onto Main Street and end in front of the Courthouse. The program will begin at 10 AM with the LHS Band playing the National Anthem.

Spend the rest of your day at Legion State Park in Louisville at the 1st Annual Legion State Park Music Festival. The event kicks off with a 5K run/Walk at 10:00 am. The 5K starts at the Louisville Coliseum and the finish line is at the historic lodge inside the park.

Music kicks off at 10:00 am as well with a variety of acts in multiple venues throughout the park. There will be food vendors throughout the day, shuttle services inside the park and a special program
just for the kids starting at 11:00 am.

Music for all tastes will be available from Bluegrass, Gospel, Old Time Country and more modern Grunge Blues and Rock. Performers include the award-winning Reed Brothers, Alan Sibley, Wells Family, Shank & Main, Clay Mercer, Chuck Luke, Estes Switch, Chunky Bluegrass, Wes Stapp & Ken Sanders, Alan Winters, Jeanne Jones & Friends and Tracy McCully.

There will even be a jam session or two so everybody can get in the act. Bring your instrument and join in or sing along.

The day concludes as we salute our veterans once again. Tracy McCully will perform patriotic 
selections in honor of those who served as the event closes with a fireworks display over Lake Toppasha. To find out more about the Festival, visit their website at or visit their Facebook page.

Get out – enjoy the Fall weather, honor our veterans and get a start on that Christmas shopping – right here at home. See you Saturday.

Unofficial Results for November 6 Election

The unofficial election results with absentees for Winston County. Does not include affidavits.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Final Unofficial Results - Winston County

12 of 12 Boxes reporting - does not include absentee and affidavits - Unofficial Results

Winston County Election Results - 11 of 12 Boxes

11 of 12 Boxes Reporting - Unofficial Results

Winston County Election Results 8 of 12 Boxes Reporting

8 of 12 Boxes Reporting - Unofficial Results

Partial Winston County Results

4 of 12 Precincts reporting - results are not official

Breast Cancer Aware at Co-Med Day Care

Tomekia Carter, the Center Director, presents Certificate of Award to Rev Lorene Guyse
(Photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

A Breast Cancer Awareness program was held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Co-Med Health Care Services, 317 North Court Avenue, Louisville, MS, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rev. Lorene Guyse, breast cancer survivor who had three occurrences, was the guest speaker. Rev. Guyse had lunch with and spoke with approximately 30 people about her experiences as a survivor. Rev. Guyse is the pastor of Holy Ghost Temple and administrator of Doors of Hope. She was inspirational and encouraging, “Go to the doctor. Everything could be OK but make sure you get exams yearly and get those mammograms. I have been stricken with cancer 3 times and I’m still here. I focus on what I am going to do each day and forgiving others is a priority. There is no blessing in unforgiving. We must create in us a clean heart.” She also stated that wherever you find yourself be grateful - whether you are a survivor or still battling cancer.

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Front Row: Gloria Prince Watson, Joyce Miller, Kay Haynes; 2nd Row: Elmetra Patterson, Nellie Moore, Gladys Haynes, Evangelist Essie Glass, Rev. Lorene Guyse, Annie Taylor, Minnie Miller; Back Row: Erica Hathorn, Essie Hunt, Armetta Haynes, Jimmie Armstrong, Joyce Hudson, Gloria Glenn.
(Photo courtesy of Judy Dobb)

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Sitting: Joyce Miller; Standing: Elmetra Patterson, Rev. Lorene Guyse
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Mayor Will Hill Signs Proclamation Recognizing Pilot International Founders Day

Pictured l to r: Connie Faye Estes, Mayor Will Hill, Kathy Sinclair.  Back row: Babs Fulton, Rhee Hankins, Toni Nicholson-Jackson, and Gail Massey.

Winston County Election Results Available Here After Polls Close


Monday, November 5, 2018

Winston County DAR 2018 Good Citizenship Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Winston County DAR Good Citizens for this year: Maya Clay from Louisville High School, Molli Childs from Nanih Waiya, Lexi Thomas from Noxapater, Zachary Gentry from Winston Academy and Morgan Troyer from Grace Christian School.

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring the DAR Good Citizens Program locally. The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This program honors an outstanding young senior who best demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen –Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism—and provides an opportunity for this student to compete with other seniors in the district in the scholarship portion of the program.

Each school’s DAR Good Citizen receives a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate, and wallet recognition card. This student is eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. By entering the contest, the student must write an essay to be judged for clarity of expression, originality, and historical accuracy. This year’s topic is “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it.” The winner will receive a $300.00 scholarship.

DAR Good Citizens who enter the scholarship contest are eligible for awards beyond the chapter level. The Winston County winner will be announced at a later date.

Winners of Friends of Dean Park Walmart Day

L to R:  Richard Moncrief with 2nd Place Winner of $100.

Carl Fair of Weir, MS (right) is the winner of 2nd Prize - $100. at Walmart Day for Friendship of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP). At Walmart Day for FODP, donations are accepted from shoppers; a chance ticket is given to the person who donates and at the end of the day, a drawing is held. This year FODP was at Walmart Friday and Saturday and gave away three prizes. The other winners were not present for photos: 1st Prize – Wade Townsend of West Monroe, LA. Wade was in the area with youth group hunting. He won the Overnight Package with 3 meals for two. The 3rd Prize – Lashandra Carter of Noxapater, MS. She won $25.

The Taekwondo Panther School was present on Saturday for demos and for promotion of the school. FODP was helping to raise funds for the champs to travel to Dominican Republic for competition. Student Charisma Edwards and Master Instructor Willie D. Matthews, national winners are seeking sponsors to help them make this trip. For information about the Taekwondo classes that are held at the Louisville Coliseum, please contact Willie Matthews 662-705-8656. If you did not get to leave a donation for the FODP, please mail your donation to: Friends of Dean Park, Inc., P. O. Box 365, Louisville, MS. For information about community service hours for students and others, please contact: Elmetra Patterson, 510.672-2106.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson