Friday, December 13, 2019

MLB Batting Champion Tim Anderson to Highlight ECCC Baseball Fundraiser

The East Central Community College baseball program is hosting Around the Diamond with Tim Anderson Jan. 17, featuring the former Warrior All-American baseball player and current Major League Baseball batting champion.

Anderson, the starting shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, will headline the event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.

The evening includes dinner, a question-and-answer period with Anderson and ECCC Head Baseball Coach Neal Holliman, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and an autograph session.

The question-and-answer session will be moderated by Bart Gregory, an assistant athletic director at Mississippi State University, a 20-year broadcasting veteran of the Mississippi State Radio Network, and a play-by-play announcer for the SEC Network. Gregory, a Nanih Waiya native, is a 1997 graduate of ECCC, where he was selected to the college’s Student Hall of Fame.

Reserved seating in front of the stage with steak dinner is $75 per person. General admission seating with a ballpark meal of hamburgers and hotdogs is $30 per person. High school and travel teams can attend for $20 per player. Teams bringing 15 or more players receive two complimentary tickets for coaches.

“Base Hit” table sponsorships for eight can be purchased for $1,000 and include dinner, recognition in the event program, and entrance to a special meet and greet with Anderson at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Around the Diamond with Tim Anderson event. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting Holliman.

All proceeds go to support the ECCC baseball program and facilities.

Individual reservations for Around the Diamond with Tim Anderson can be made online at Team reservations, as well as individual reservations, can be made by contacting Holliman at or 601-575-6722. The deadline for reservations is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Anderson hit a Major League Baseball-best .335 during the recently completed season, with 18 home runs, 32 doubles, and 56 runs batted in.

He became only the third White Sox player to win the American League batting title. MLB Hall of Famers Frank Thomas (1997) and Luke Appling (1936 and 1943) also accomplished the feat.

Anderson played for East Central in 2012 and 2013, helping lead the Warriors to a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship his sophomore year. He was first team National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State both seasons, and first team NJCAA All-American in 2013. He led the nation in batting with a .495 average and was named the NJCAA Male Athlete of the Year in 2013.

Anderson was drafted by the White Sox in 2013 as the 17thoverall selection in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Retirement Reception at Courthouse

A Retirement Reception honoring Julie Cunningham, Larry Duran, Melisa Fulton, and Roy Dale Fulton  was held Friday, December 13, from 2:00 pm til 4:00 pm in the Board Room of the Winston County Courthouse. Many attended showing all four of the retirees appreciation for their year's of dedicated service to Winston County.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

PSC Charges Two Telemarketers $235,000 in No-Call Violations

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission has charged two telemarketers with violations of the Mississippi No-Call law. 

The PSC’s investigation found that these two companies made 47 illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a combined total of $235,000 in fines. Notices of alleged violations have been recently filed against Subscription Ink Co. and Long Distance Gurus, LLC

“Our staff will continue to do everything they can to actively seek out companies and individuals who continue to violate our No-Call law. Other companies should take these fines as a warning sign that we remain vigilant and will ultimately bring those who violate it to justice. These illegal calls against the innocent people of our state will stop,” 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.


The Sturgis Road in Winston County is closed from Gum Branch to Pleasant Hill due to a Bridge closure. Please be aware and use alternate route..

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

ECCC’s Beauplan, Doss Earn Football All-America Honors

East Central Community College freshman kicking specialist Robens Beauplan has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-America Special Teams squad, the NJCAA announced today.
Warrior sophomore offensive tackle TyKeem Doss was named to the NJCAA Second Team All-America Offense.

A product of Riverdale High School in Lehigh Acres, Fla., Beauplan was twice named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Special Teams Player of the Week during the season and was also an NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week. He was named to the MACJC All-Conference South Offense as both a punter and a placekicker. For the season, Beauplan was 9 of 14 on field goals, 15 of 18 on extra points, and averaged 45 yards per punt.

Doss, a 6-5, 332-pound offensive tackle from Aliceville, Ala., was previously named MACJC Most Valuable Offensive Lineman and MACJC First-Team All-Conference South Offense after a stellar sophomore season.
Both Beauplan and Doss were named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 Football Team in November.

East Central Basketball Teams Drop South Division Games at Gulf Coast

The East Central Community College basketball teams dropped a pair of MACJC South Division contests to the undefeated teams from Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday, Dec. 9, in the Weathers-Wentzell Center on the Gulf Coast campus in Perkinston.

The Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs won the opener 52-44, while the Gulf Coast Bulldogs took the men’s game 102-90.

In the low-scoring women’s contest, the East Central Lady Warriors led 17-9 after one quarter of play. An 11-3 run by Gulf Coast in the second quarter tied the game at 20. The Lady Warriors managed to take a 23-22 lead into the locker room after scoring just five points in the quarter. The game remained close until the fourth quarter when Gulf Coast went on an 11-5 run and took a 10-point lead and control of the game.

No Lady Warrior was able to get in double digits in scoring. Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) scored nine for East Central and sophomore forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson, Murrah) had eight.

The ECCC Lady Warriors are now 4-5 overall on the season and 0-1 in MACJC South Division play, while the Lady Bulldogs are 9-0 and 1-0.

The men’s affair saw a combined 29 three-pointers, with the East Central Warriors hitting 17 shots from beyond the three-point line. East Central actually led 51-48 at the half before the Bulldogs opened the final 20 minutes of play on a 16-4 run to seize control of the basketball game. The difference in the game was at the free throw line, where Gulf Coast hit 20 of 28 shots to only 10 of 14 for East Central.

Warrior freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) poured in 29 points to lead East Central, with 21 of those coming in the first half. Freshman guard Landyn Shows (Petal) added 15 points on five three-pointers.

The ECCC Warriors fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the MACJC South Division. The Gulf Coast Bulldogs improved to 8-0 and 1-0.

The final action before the holiday break will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, when Delgado (New Orleans, La.) visits Brackeen-Wood Gym for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pilot Club Activities This Year

Participated with the Stop the Knock program provided by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Pilots handing out the Stop the Knock bracelets were Kathy Sinclair, Connie Faye Estes, Beth Haggard (not pictured) and Tara Woodward.

The Pilot Club of Louisville and Winston County Anchor Club sponsored the Veterans Breakfast for veterans who attended the Veterans program at the Dome.

 Hosted the annual Safety Town program at the Louisville Coliseum. Safety helmets were given to students that attended the program and was provided by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. The Pilot Club would like to thank the Louisville Police Department, Louisville Fire Department, Winston County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol in their assistance with this wonderful program.

           Pictured is Toni Nicholson-Jackson and Beverly Wilkes with the helmets.

The Pilot Club of Louisville hosted the annual October Birthday Party at Louisville Health Care. The club gave presents to the residents that had birthdays in October and Ella Gregory entertained the residents with songs. The residents were also treated with birthday cake and snacks.

Mayor Will Hill signing the Proclamation recognizing the Pilot International Founders Day.

Hosted a Halloween Party for the Developmentally Delayed Class at Fair Elementary.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Meet the 2019-20 ECCC Basketball Teams

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College women’s basketball team, and their respective hometowns and high schools, include (front row, from left) sophomore guard/forward Makaila Carter, Boutte, La./Hahnville; freshman guard DaMya Riley-George, Mobile, Ala./Blount; sophomore guard Jariyah Covington, Starkville/Starkville; sophomore guard Destini Cathey, Senatobia/Senatobia; head coach LaTaryl Williams; volunteer assistant coach Kristen Sampson; freshman guard/forward Ja’Lancia Kohlheim, Tupelo/Tupelo; sophomore guard Mylisha Hammond, McComb/McComb; and freshman guard Kayla Fisher, Terry/Terry; and (back row, from left) freshman manager Shantasia Ruffin, Philadelphia/Neshoba Central; freshman forward Tahja Coleman, Jackson/Wingfield; freshman forward Mirial Cannon, Madison/Germantown; freshman forward Wynter Taylor, Dallas, Texas/Lewisville; sophomore forward Jamaica Almons, Jackson/Murrah; sophomore center Kimberly Green, Greenwood/Amanda Elzy; sophomore center Timia Dora, Louisville/Louisville; freshman forward Asia Madison, Hazlehurst/Hazlehurst; sophomore guard/forward KeiMoya Walker, Jackson/Murrah; freshman manager Ernesia Murphy, Jackson/Terry; and freshman manager Genesis Mann, Brandon/Brandon. The 2019-20 season schedule can be found at (EC Photo)

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College men’s basketball team, and their respective hometowns and high schools, include (front row, from left) freshman guard Lee Cotton, Cleveland/Cleveland Central; freshman guard Brandon Tilley, Hattiesburg/Oak Grove; freshman guard Darien Newchurch, Jackson/Terry; volunteer assistant coach Carlton Thornton; interim head coach Rahim Lockhart; redshirt sophomore guard Devin Carter, Pearl/Pearl; freshman guard Tate Ryder, Hattiesburg/Oak Grove; and freshman guard Landyn Shows, Petal/Petal; and (back row, from left) freshman manager Alex Adkins, Union/Union; sophomore forward Jonathan Knight, Vancleave/Vancleave; freshman guard JaMichael Wilson, Rayville, La./Rayville; freshman guard Kareem Thompson, Florence/Florence; freshman center Fredrick Jefferson, Terry/Terry; freshman forward Timothy McElroy Jr., DeKalb/Kemper County; freshman center Robert Finklea, Biloxi/Biloxi; freshman forward William Thompson, Tupelo/Shannon; sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith, Macon/Noxubee County; and sophomore student assistant Matt Riley, Madison/Murrah. The 2019-20 season schedule can be found at (EC Photo)

Friday, December 6, 2019

East Central Basketball Swept by EMCC for Second Time

The homecourt was no friendlier to the East Central Community College basketball teams as the Lady Warriors and Warriors were swept by their rivals from East Mississippi for the second time this season in non-division action Thursday, Dec. 5, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

The EMCC Lady Lions won the opener 67-43, while the Lions beat the Warriors 90-77 in the men’s game.

The teams from EMCC also swept East Central back on Nov. 14 in Scooba, with the Lady Lions winning 73-57 and the Warriors falling to the Lions 88-85.

In the women’s matchup, East Central led throughout the first half and took at 29-26 lead into the locker room. The Lady Warriors led by as many as a dozen in the first two periods.

EMCC didn’t get its first lead until midway through the third period, and then blew the game open. The Lady Warriors managed only two points in the third period and were outscored 41-14 in the second half in the 67-43 loss.

Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) scored 17 points to lead the Lady Warriors for the fourth straight contest. She was the only East Central player in double figures.

The ECCC Lady Warriors fall to 4-4 on the season, while the Lady Lions are now 7-2.

In the men’s game, East Mississippi led from start to finish picking up the 13-point win. The Lions used a 15-0 run in the first half to break a 10-10 tie. East Central used a 12-2 run of its own to pull to within 28-26 before the Lions moved to a 43-31 halftime lead.

East Mississippi quickly built its lead to 27 points to start the second half. The Warriors were able to get as closes as 10 in the final 20 minutes.

Sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) led East Central with 24 points, including 12 of 16 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) scored 22 and hit four three-point shots. East Central hit 12 threes in the loss.

The ECCC Warriors are now 4-4 on the 2019-20 season. The EMCC Lions improve to 7-3.

The East Central teams return to action Monday, Dec. 9, when they travel to Perkinston to face Mississippi Gulf Coast in MACJC South Division games. The women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.

The final action before the holiday break will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, when Delgado (New Orleans, La.) visits Brackeen-Wood Gym for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

ECCC Lady Warrior Soccer Players Sign With MUW

East Central Community College sophomore soccer players Leah Anderson and Macey Spencer have signed to continue their careers next fall at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.

The MUW Owls currently compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, but have provisionally been accepted for full membership in NCAA Division III within the next two years.

Anderson, a forward from Leyland, United Kingdom, scored 16 goals this season for the Lady Warriors, including two hat tricks. She is tied for the most goals in a career with 22 and is in second place all-time in most goals in a season.

She was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Conference Team, MACJC All-Star Team, MACJC Player of the Week, and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week. Anderson also received the team’s Golden Boot Award at the Fall Sports Awards Banquet.

Spencer, a midfielder who prepped at Florence High School, started all 17 matches and scored seven goals. She led the Lady Warriors with seven assists. She was named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 Team for the second year, MACJC All-Star Team, and received the team’s Most Valuable Player Award at the Fall Sports Awards Banquet.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Friends of the Library Fundraiser Drawing

Eight year-old Aiden Estes, a second grader at Fair Elementary School, drew the winning name for the Winston County Friends of the Library Christmas Fundraiser. Aiden is the son of Becca Estes and Dakota White. 

2019 Friends of the Library Christmas Fundraiser Winner

Melissa Foster is shown here with her winnings from the Winston County Library Friends of the Library Christmas Fundraiser, she is the wife of our new Chancery Clerk, Rusty Foster. Congratulations Melissa!!

East Central Basketball Teams Split With Holmes at Home

Mylisha Hammond
Behind the 17 points of sophomore guard Jariyah Covington, the East Central Community College Lady Warriors defeated the Holmes Lady Bulldogs 71-53 in non-division basketball action Monday, Dec. 2, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur. Despite a combined 43 points from JaQuarius Smith and JaMichael Wilson, the Warriors fell to the Holmes Bulldogs 85-81 in the nightcap.

It was the second time the teams had met this season. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Bulldogs 83-59 last month in Goodman. The Warriors beat Holmes 87-75 in the game on Nov. 18.

East Central led wire-to-wire in the women’s contest, using a big fourth quarter to put away the Lady Bulldogs. East Central won the final period 25-12 to blow open a five-point game. The Lady Bulldogs went to the free throw line 31 times in the game, compared to just 15 for the Lady Warriors.

It was the third straight game that Covington (Starkville) has led the Lady Warriors in scoring. Sophomore guard/forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) scored 15 points, while sophomore guard Mylisha Hammond (McComb) had 12 and freshman forward Asia Madison (Hazlehurst) added 10. Sophomore forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson, Murrah) led East Central with 10 rebounds.

The men’s contest saw 14 lead changes and eight ties. The Warriors led by as many as nine, 33-24, in the first half before Holmes went on a 10-0 run to take a 36-35 lead at intermission.

Smith, a sophomore forward out of Noxubee County, scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors. Wilson, a freshman guard from Rayville, La., added 21. Also in double figures were freshman guards Kareem Thompson (Florence) with 14 and Tate Ryder (Hattiesburg, Oak Grove) with 11. Thompson had a team-high five assists.
JaMichael Wilson

The Warriors hit just 6 of 29 three point attempts in the game and surrendered 23 points to the Bulldogs off turnovers.

The East Central teams play their final non-division games against MACJC opponents Thursday, Dec. 5, when East Mississippi visits Brackeen-Wood Gym. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

MACJC South Division play begins Monday, Dec. 9, when ECCC travels to Perkinston to face Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Winston Plywood & Veneer Team Member Dies in Company Accident

A Winston Plywood & Veneer team member died Tuesday in an accident at the company's facility in Louisville. The mill has been temporarily closed and the company is working closely with local officials, first responder's, clergy and crisis support personnel at this time.

"Winston Plywood is devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague as a result of this accident," said Bruce Warren, CEO of Winston Plywood. "Our team at the mill is a family in every way, and our family has suffered a heart-wrenching loss today. We don’t have any words to express our profound grief, and we are praying with his family.”

We are working with local authorities to assist in its ongoing investigation into the accident and ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Henry Booth Appointed to ECCC Board of Trustees

Henry Booth of Lawrence has been appointed to the East Central Community College Board of Trustees representing Newton County.

Booth, a retired schoolteacher and coach and current full-time cattle farmer, assumes the term of Rodney Bounds of Newton, who recently announced his retirement from the Board.

“We are excited to have an individual with such a high commitment to community service join the Board of Trustees,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “Mr. Booth is an outstanding addition to what I believe to be the best community college Board of Trustees in the state of Mississippi.

“I want to also thank Rodney Bounds for so many years of selfless service to East Central Community College and to its Board. He has played such an important role over the years in the success this college has achieved, and has been an ardent supporter our mission to serve the educational needs of not only Newton County, but the college’s entire five-county district.”

A native of Holmes County, Booth was a standout athlete which led to a career in education. His Durant High School basketball teams won several state championships. He also coached and taught at Pearl High School and Forest Hill High School and spent more than 19 years teaching in high schools in Newton County.

Booth is a member of the Friendship Breakfast Club in Newton, chair of the National Resource Conservation Service for Newton County, and deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Newton. He is actively involved in community service.

He and his wife, Margaret, also a retired educator, are the parents of Brandon, a senior at Newton County High School who will attend ECCC in the fall of 2020.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

All Junior Auxiliary Angels Adopted!

We are happy to report that all 150 “angels” on the Jr. Auxiliary Tree have been “adopted” for Christmas. “Thanks so much to all the individuals, businesses and churches who will make these children’s Christmas a little brighter,” said Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Town & Country Christmas Tree At The Winston County Library

Town & Country Garden Club recently put up their annual Christmas tree at the Winston County Library. It features white magnolia blossoms, silver and gold Christmas bells and ornaments, with a white embroidered skirting underneath. “It feels like Christmas when you walk in the front door!” exclaims librarian Beth Edwards. “I thank the Town and Country Garden Club for doing this every year.”

Pictured (l-r)  Town & Country Garden Club members Shirley Hawkins, Debbie Moody, Patricia Holton and Dale Shumaker.

Town & Country Garden Club Donates Children's Book

Town & Country Garden Club donated a wonderful children’s book to the Winston County Library recently. “It’s titled The Saved Seed and is written by Brenda Moore and illustrated by Emily Lackey,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “It tells the story of how to start maintain and harvest a garden using saved seeds. I love the illustrations and the simple text, making it fun for children to learn about gardening.”

Pictured here (l-r)  Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards, Town & Country Garden Club members Dale Shumaker and Shirley Hawkins.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

ECCC Students Complete Certificate in Electrical Utility Lineman

These students recently completed requirements in East Central Community College’s 16-week course in Electrical Utility Lineman and were honored during a ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 21, on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Jaylin McGill of Heidelberg, Hunter Smith of Conehatta, Caleb Chandler of Noxapater, Trace Wallace of Union and Tavarus Jones of Heidelberg; and (standing, from left) Will Burton of Mize, Ethan Ferguson of Brandon, Ryan Overby of Toomsuba, Joshua Mitchell of Meridian and Tanner Bullock of Houston. Also pictured (back row, at right) is instructor Curtis Bradley. (EC Photo)

Friday, November 22, 2019

ECCC Student-Athletes Honored at 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet

Several East Central Community College student-athletes received honors during the college’s 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Nov. 21 in Mabry Cafeteria on the campus in Decatur.


East Central Community College football players honored at the 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur, and their respective high schools, include (front row, from left) sophomore linebacker Elijah Keyes of Mize, Luke 2:52 Award and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Second Team All-Conference South Defense; sophomore defensive lineman Ronnie Thomas of Clinton, Captain Award for Defense and MACJC First Team All-Conference South Defense; freshman running back JD Martin of Wetumpka, Ala., Captain Award for Offense and MACJC Second Team All-Conference South Offense; and freshman kicker/punter Robens Beauplan of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale, MACJC First Team All-Conference South Offense and National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team; and (back row, from left) sophomore linebacker Anthony Blakely of Green County, Most Improved Defense Award; sophomore offensive tackle TyKeem Doss of Aliceville, Ala., Most Improved Offense Award, MACJC First Team All-Conference South Offense and Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, and NJCAA All-Region 23 Team; and sophomore linebacker Payton Rogers of Forest, Scholar-Athlete Award. (EC Photo)

Men’s Soccer

East Central Community College men’s soccer players honored at the 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur, and their respective high schools, include (front row, from left) freshman goalkeeper Chase Graham of Vicksburg Warren Central, Most Valuable Player; freshman forward/midfielder Dorian Cox of Jackson Jim Hill, Best Defense Award; sophomore midfielder/defender Joel Hill of Newton County, Scholar-Athlete Award, Team Captain, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Conference, and MACJC All-Star Team; and sophomore midfielder Terrell Johnson of Jackson Murrah, Golden Boot Award, MACJC All-State, and MACJC All-Star Team; and (back row, from left) sophomore midfielder Jake Cockroft of Kosciusko, MACJC All-Star Team; freshman midfielder Raphael Salles of San Paulo, Brazil, Hustle Award; and freshman goalkeeper Jacob Vickers of Biloxi, Warrior Award. The Warriors also received the MACJC Tom Shepard Award for sportsmanship. (EC Photo)

Women’s Soccer

East Central Community College women’s soccer players honored at the 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur, and their respective high schools, include (front row, from left) sophomore goalkeeper Emily Pitts of Pearl, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Team; sophomore midfielder Leah Anderson of Leyland, United Kingdom, Golden Boot Award, National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team, MACJC All-Conference, MACJC All-Star Team, MACJC Player of the Week, and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week; freshman defender Susie Stevison of Long Beach, Defensive Player of the Year, MACJC All-Conference, and Team Captain; and sophomore midfielder Lia Richardson of Huntingdon, United Kingdom, MACJC All-Star Team; and (back row, from left) sophomore defender Hayden Sullivan of Florence, Scholar-Athlete Award and Team Captain; freshman forward Hannah Herren of Florence, MACJC Player of the Week; sophomore midfielder Macey Spencer of Florence, Most Valuable Player, NJCAA All-Region 23 Team, and MACJC All-Star Team; and sophomore defender Katelyn Morson of Vicksburg Warren Central, Warrior Award. (EC Photo)

Tony L. Turnbow Guest Speaker for DAR Meeting

Tony L. Turnbow is shown here with DAR Regent, Theresa Bridges. He was the guest speaker for the November meeting of the Nanih Waiya DAR. He spoke to the group about the history of the Natchez Trace. Mr.Turnbow has practiced law in Franklin, Tennessee for over 29 years. He has served on the board of directors for several regional, statewide, and local non-profit and civic organizations, and is past president of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association. Mr. Turnbow currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc., and is a member of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Turnbow is an amateur historian. He has published articles related to the history of the Natchez Trace and written and produced a play about the death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. He is the author of Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life.

Mr. Turnbow told the group that the Natchez Trace is one of the oldest trails in North America. To provide a route for moving troops and delivering mail, in 1801 President Jefferson ordered the Army to build a road along the trail. Jefferson dispatched soldiers down the road in 1803 to protect the Louisiana Purchase, and Andrew Jackson and his troops followed it to battle the British in the War of 1812. As an 1800-era link for settling much of what we know as the South, the road served as a pathway between Nashville, Tennessee, and Natchez.

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall

Thursday, November 21, 2019

City of Louisville Holiday Schedule

Author P.J. DeVere Visits Library

Meridian attorney and author P. J. DeVere (real name Pam Bittick), stopped by the Winston County Library for a book event Wednesday, November 20th. “Pam was so much fun and everyone loved her. She writes romance novels with sassy characters and a wild twist at the end.” Said librarian Beth Edwards. “Pam said she is writing her third novel now in her Starkford series, so we hope to have her back again in 2020.” Starkford is a fictional town based on Starkville and Oxford, with a little bit of Meridian thrown in, according to Pam.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Travis Carpenter Named Project Leader for Noxubee

Travis Carpenter has been named the Project Leader of the newly merged Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee and North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complexes. The NWRs include Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee, Choctaw, Dahomey, Tallahatchie, and Coldwater.

Travis is a 20-year veteran of the National Wildlife Refuge System, having worked in two different Regions, three different Refuge Complexes, a Wetland Management District, and in multiple states as a Refuge Manager, Private Lands Biologist, and a Law Enforcement Officer. Currently, Travis serves as the Refuge Manager of North Mississippi Refuges where he manages a diverse array of wildlife habitats at three refuges and 126 Farmers Home (FmHA) lands spread across 26 counties in northwest Mississippi. Prior to joining the Service, he served as a Wildlife Biologist with USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services in both Florida and Mississippi.

In addition to his knowledge of Mississippi natural resources and culture, Travis also served as an Instructor for the National Conservation Training Center NWRS Conservation Easement Course, and the National Easement Team to develop national step-down guidance from our easement policy (601 FW 6). Travis has excellent communication skills and strong partnership building abilities in addition to his diverse land management experiences. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Mississippi State University.

Travis is married and has three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and supporting his kids in their tennis, soccer, and band events almost daily. Other hobbies include tennis, gardening, and high-end yard maintenance. Congratulations Travis!