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Monday, February 18, 2019

ECCC Softball Opens Season With 2 Wins at Northeast TigerFest Tournament

The East Central Community College softball team opened the 2019 season with a pair of wins at the Northeast Mississippi Community College TigerFest Tournament, and in the process gave Eric Neel his first win as head coach of the Lady Warriors.

The ECCC Lady Warriors finished 2-1 against three NJCAA Division I teams in play on Friday, Feb. 15, in the tournament held in Booneville. East Central defeated Calhoun Community College (Ala.) 7-4 in its season opener, followed by a 12-10 loss to Jefferson College (Mo.), and then a 9-8 win over Southeastern Illinois College. All three games were six innings due to time limits set for the tournament games.

East Central was scheduled to play five games over the two-day tournament Feb. 15-16, but all action on Saturday was canceled due to weather. “Our team competed extremely hard,” said Neel who took over the program last July. “We played as we expected to on offense. If our pitching continues to improve along with our defense we could have a special season.”

In the season-opening win over Calhoun, the Lady Warriors got three hits and two RBI each from freshman third baseman Hannah Dufault and freshman shortstop MaKenzie Barnett. Dufault, out of East Central High School in Hurley, had a pair of solo home runs and a double, while Barnett of Neshoba Central had two singles and a double. Freshman right fielder Olivia Houston out of Northwest Rankin had two doubles.

Sophomore Annika Jones of Leake Academy got the win in the circle, as three East Central pitchers limited Calhoun to six hits.

East Central lost a heartbreaker in game two against Jefferson College. The Lady Warriors had a 10-5 lead after four innings before Jefferson College scored three runs in the top of the fifth and four more in the top of the sixth for the 12-10 win.

The Lady Warriors had only seven hits in the loss, but three of those were home runs, including a three-run homer by Houston, a two-run shot by freshman catcher Anna McNeer out of Canton Academy, and a solo home run from freshman center fielder Parker Breland of Union. Houston had four RBI in the loss and Barnett also drove in a couple of runs with a single.

In the final game of the day, East Central and Southeastern Illinois battled back and forth through the first five innings. Tied 7-7 in the top of the sixth, the Lady Warriors got the winning runs on sacrifice flies by Houston and freshman catcher Kelli Ficken of Central Hinds Academy.

Dufault added three more RBI to her total for the day with a pair of doubles. Freshman left fielder Kaylee Webb (Ruston, La.) stole four bases in the win. Freshman pitcher Jesalyn Jarrette (Baskin, La., Franklin Academy) got the win in the circle in relief.

For the day, East Central banged out five home runs and 10 doubles.

The Lady Warriors are scheduled to play five games next weekend in the Rush Invitational in Meridian. East Central will face Wabash Valley College (Ill.) at 11 a.m. and Southeastern Illinois at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and John A. Logan College (Ill.) at 9 a.m., Trinity Valley Community College (Texas) at 11 a.m., and Coastal Alabama-North Community College at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The first home doubleheader of the season is Monday, March 4, when Lansing Community College (Mich.) visits the Softball Complex in Decatur for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Zoe's Clothes Closet Donations

Fair Elementary

Zoe Bigham represented Louisville in the Miss Teen USA Pageant in October where she was 4th Alternate and People’s Choice Award Recipient. Zoe is Miss Rhythm and Blues which is a preliminary pageant for Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen in Vicksburg in April. Zoe collected coats, school uniform pants and other items of clothing for the clothes closets at Fair Elementary School and Noxapater Attendance Center. Zoe is the daughter of Michele and Jeff Mosley and J. T. and Cassie Bigham.

Noxapater Donation

ECCC Warriors Gain Split in Season Opening Baseball Doubleheader With Nunez

The East Central Community College Warriors traveled south to Chalmette, La., to open the 2019 baseball season Wednesday, Feb. 13, and came home to Decatur with a doubleheader split with the NJCAA Division I Nunez Community College Pelicans. The games were played at the Noel Suarez Stadium at Chalmette High School.

East Central won the opener 6-2, before falling to the Pelicans in the nightcap 6-3. With the split, the Warriors open the season 1-1. Nunez is 4-3.

The new season opened with a bang for East Central as freshman designated hitter Al Dumas out of Eupora High School hit a solo home run in his first collegiate at-bat in the top of the first inning. Sophomore outfielder Ken Scott of Clarkdale followed three batters later with a two-run shot and a 3-0 Warrior lead.

Redshirt freshman center fielder Dakota Kennedy (Choctaw Central) plated a run in the third on a sacrifice fly that scored Scott. East Central added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from sophomore left fielder Ryan Cupit (West Monroe, La.) and a Nunez error.

The Warriors got a strong outing from sophomore pitcher Thomas Boothe, who prepped at Bayside Academy in Fairhope, Ala. The 6-8 right-hander got the win pitching five innings of no-hit baseball and striking out 10 batters. Three East Central pitchers combined to fan 15 batters over the nine innings, allowing only three hits.

East Central looked like it might go for the sweep, jumping out to a 2-0 lead over Nunez in the third inning of game two. Freshman designated hitter Cameron Cotten of George County doubled in George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) who had walked and Cupit who had also doubled.

Nunez quickly rebounded with four runs in the bottom of the third on only two hits, while taking advantage of a Warrior fielding error and a balk.

East Central closed the gap to 4-3 in the next inning after freshman shortstop Roper Ball of Nanih Waiya doubled and then scored on a Scott single. Nunez ended the scoring in game two in the bottom of the frame with three runs on just one hit, four walked batters, and a passed ball.

Freshman right-hander Walker Johnson (East Webster) got the start for East Central and took the loss. He threw 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits. Three Warrior pitchers walked six batters in the seven-inning contest, while putting up another nine strikeouts.
East Central left 10 runners on base in the 6-3 game two loss.

Cupit picked up four hits on the afternoon in seven official trips to the plate, while Scott led the Warriors with three RBI.

The Warriors will next be in action Sunday, Feb. 17, when they host Jefferson College (Mo.) in the home opener at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the campus in Decatur. First pitch is 1 p.m. Jefferson College is ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA Division I Top 20.

East Central will then entertain Lawson State (Ala.) on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m. The annual Rush Invitational will be Feb. 22-23 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. The Warriors will play a doubleheader against Wallace State-Hanceville (Ala.) beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and Wallace State and Baton Rouge Community College will play two games on Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 2 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 2019

ECCC Basketball Teams Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Sweep at Meridian

The East Central Community College basketball teams kept their playoffs hopes alive as they went on the road and swept MACJC South Division opponent Meridian in action Thursday, Feb. 14, at Graham Coliseum in The Queen City.

The ECCC Lady Warriors opened the evening with a 58-48 win over the Lady Eagles, followed by the Warriors defeating the Meridian Eagles 67-48.

In the men’s action, the Warriors played a dominating second half in avenging a 79-63 loss to Meridian in January in Decatur. The two teams played it close most of the first half, with East Central leading 35-33 at the intermission. The final 20 minutes was all East Central as the Warriors outscored Meridian 32-15 to pick up the 19-point win.

Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton scored 19 points to lead East Central. Freshman forward JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County added 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl had 12 points, and freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., LeFlore) had six assists. East Central outrebounded the Eagles 36-23.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 11-10 overall and 4-8 in MACJC South Division play. The Meridian Eagles fell to 7-13 overall and 2-10. East Central is now in a four-way tie for fourth place in the South Division with two games to play, both against teams they are tied with in the standings. The top four teams in each division qualify for the MACJC State Tournament.

In the opening women’s game, the East Central Lady Warriors beat the Meridian Lady Eagles for the second time this season. The second matchup Thursday night was a low-scoring affair, with East Central pulling away in the second period to take a 13-point lead, 30-17, at the half. The Lady Warriors pushed out to as much as a 16-point lead in the third quarter before settling for the 58-48 win.

The Lady Warriors were led by the 12 points and nine rebounds of Diamond Wraggs of Louisville, who was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor. Sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) was the only other East Central play in double figures.
East Central had a 12 rebound advantage in the contest.

The ECCC Lady Warriors are now 16-5 overall on the season and 7-5 in division play. The Lady Warriors are in a two-way tie for fourth place in the South Division with two games remaining. The Meridian Lady Eagles are now 9-12 overall and 3-9 in league play.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will play their final home games when Hinds visits Brackeen-Wood Gym on Monday, Feb. 18, for Sophomore Night. The women’s action begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men play at 7:30 p.m. East Central will close out the regular season with a trip to Summit to face Southwest on Thursday, Feb. 21. Those game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

2019 Congressional App Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Louisville High School student Nicole Adams, winner of the Congressional App Challenge for Mississippi's First Congressional District! Nicole is being recognized for her application entitled, "Getcha Career in Gear."

The app is designed for the Winston - Louisville Career and Technology Center students. Mrs. Kristi Jernigan, Louisville High School's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teacher, said the app includes information about the courses offered at the center, organizations that are connected to courses, and general contact information.

"I am really excited for Nicole," Jernigan said. "Originally, Nicole worked on development of the app with another student who moved before completion. Nicole was able to successfully complete the challenge on her own."

The students' app will be displayed in the United States Capitol and will be highlighted on the U.S. House of Representative's website. The Congressional App Challenge is open to all students in Mississippi's First Congressional District. To learn more about the competition, please click on the link.
Click here to see the full list of winners.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

ECCC Basketball Teams Pull Upset Wins Over Division Leading Jones College

Lady Warrior sophomore forward Whitney Waters 

The Jones College men’s and women’s basketball teams came into Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur with a combined record of 33-5 overall and 19-1 in MACJC South Division play, but each left with a blemish to their record as the East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors both pulled upsets Monday, Feb. 11.

The East Central Lady Warriors avenged a 28-point loss to the Jones Lady Bobcats in Ellisville back in January with a stunning 74-71 win Monday night over the nation’s No. 5 ranked team.

As if that weren’t enough excitement for the evening, the East Central Warriors took the Jones Bobcats to overtime for the second time this season, but this time were able to hold on for an 84-81 win. Jones won the first meeting 71-69 in overtime back on Jan. 17. The Bobcats beat previously undefeated and No. 7 ranked Pearl River in their most recent outing.

Both the Jones Lady Bobcats and Bobcats were sitting atop their respective MACJC South Division standings when the night began.

The men’s game provided the most thrilling finish of the night, as the Warriors got a tip-in at the buzzer in regulation to tie the game 70-70 and send it to overtime. East Central trailed 70-67 with less than three seconds to play when freshman guard Nick Preyer went to the free-throw line for a one-and-one. Preyer hit the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. On the miss, Warrior freshman guard Haden Boyd (Stringer) came down with the rebound and a jump ball was called with the possession arrow favoring East Central. The ensuing inbounds pass by Preyer was tipped right into the hands of freshman forward Marcus Bates who laid it in to send the game to extra time.

The Warriors would then outscore Jones 14-11 in overtime for the three-point win.
East Central shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the first half in pulling out to a 40-28 lead. A 15-4 run to end the first half put the Warriors in control at intermission.
Jones used a 10-0 run to start the second half to get back in the game. The Bobcats would eventually take the lead and extend it to 10 points, 67-57, with about two minutes to play before the Warriors would outscore Jones 13-3 down the stretch to send the game to overtime.
East Central sophomore forward Brandon Williams

Five East Central players scored in double figures in the win, led again by sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton with 27 points, four rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) had 13 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Freshman forward Dontavious Smith of Terry added 11 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Bates (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Paul Bryant) added 11 points, while freshman guard Zack Tucker out of West Lowndes had a career-high 10 points.
With the win, the Warriors improved to 10-10 overall and 3-8 in MACJC South Division play. Jones fell to 15-5 and 9-2. Jones fell out of a tie for first place in the South Division, while the Warriors kept their slim playoff hopes alive with three games to play.

The Lady Warriors ended a two-game losing streak with the upset over the highly ranked Jones Lady Bobcats behind 22 points from freshman guard Jariyah Covington out of Starkville.
The game was close throughout the first two periods, with the biggest first-half lead coming at five points for Jones. The Lady Warriors would end the second period with a 6-0 run to take a 38-35 lead at the half.

East Central came out of the locker room in the third period and grabbed a 13-point lead, 53-40. But Jones kept plugging away and used a 10-0 run to pull within 53-50. The Lady Warriors would move back out to an 11-point lead in the final period, and then survived a tense final 40 seconds as Jones made a late run to try and tie the ballgame.

Covington hit four clutch free throws as time was winding down, and sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs (Louisville) and freshman forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) both blocked three-point shots as the Lady Warriors held on for the three-point upset win as a final desperation half-court shot by the Lady Bobcats was off the mark.

Sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Biloxi added 11 points for the Lady Warriors, while Walker chipped in 10. Sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) and freshman forward Kimberly Green (Greenwood, Amanda Elzy) both had seven rebounds.

The ECCC Lady Warriors are now 15-5 overall on the season and 6-5 in division play. East Central sits in fifth place in the South Division. The top four teams in each division make state tournament play. The Jones Lady Bobcats dropped to 18-2 overall, but still hold a three-game lead at the top of the division with a 10-1 record.

East Central travels to Meridian on Thursday, Feb. 14, for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors will play their final home games when Hinds visits Brackeen-Wood Gym on Monday, Feb. 18, for Sophomore Night. The women’s action begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men play at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Congratulations to the LMSD Parents of the Year 2019

Pictured l to r: Erica Cole (Fair Elementary), Toni Rivers (Louisville Elementary), Natalie Hickman ( Eiland Middle School), Sonja Greer (LHS), Laynette Ashmore (Nanih Waiya), Amy Thomas (Noxapater).

Toni Rivers is also District Parent of the Year!

Friends of Dean Park’s Walmart Day Winner

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Sammie Ester of Ackerman, MS (right) is the winner of the Valentine Basket 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 month FODP was at Walmart Friday and Saturday. These donations help the organization to sponsor various activities and to take care of plants at Dean Park. This year the funds will be used to help sponsor the Black History Month Exhibit at the Winston County Library. It is on display through February 28, 2019

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 or Dr. Richard Moncrief 662-736-3323.

Black History Month in Honor of Frank Taylor

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) again sponsors Black History Month with an exhibit at the Winston County Library. The theme for the 2019 Black History month is Black Migration. The theme emphasizes the movement of people of African Descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. It focuses mostly on the twentieth century through today. Many African Americans relocated from southern farms to southern cities to the Northeast, Midwest, and West. Many of African descent came from the Caribbean to US cities. Many emigrated to Africa and to Europe and cities, such as Paris and London after the end of World War 1 and World War II. According to the Association for the study of African American Life and History (, during the later decades of the twentieth century many African Americans moved back to the south. 

The exhibit will be in the Winston County Library, 301 West Park Street, Louisville, MS throughout the month of February. The library hours are 8:30 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday; 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon Saturday. The exhibit’s curator is Elmetra Patterson with assistance from members of FODP.

This year, Frank Taylor, Team Leader of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC) is being honored. Frank has provided outstanding leadership in the field of agriculture to help permeate positive change from within the community. Winston County Self Help Cooperative is base in Louisville, MS. According to Frank, its purpose is to save rural America and leave a legacy for future generations.

Frank Taylor was inducted into the Alcorn University’s School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Alumni Hall of Fame on August 17, 2018. The star studded event occurred at the Jackson Convention Complex in downtown Jackson, MS. He was among eleven inductees. There were approximately 60 people who came to Jackson to support Frank – mostly family, WCSHC members and Alcorn Alumni of the Louisville Chapter.

Frank was born and raised in Louisville. He is a 5th generation tree farmer in Louisville. His family has owned this property since 1877. Frank migrated to Kentucky after graduating from Louisville High School. He went to several other cities before landing back in Louisville. Frank became the president of WCSHC with the primary objective of assisting landowners in maintaining their land/farmland for future generations. These efforts are carried out through many avenues such as outreach meetings, workshops, conferences, and one-on-one assistance throughout the state of MS and its bordering states – sometimes other states. Frank has been with WCSHC for 30 years and it seems like he will be there a few more. Frank and his wife, Rheta Harris-Taylor, presently reside in Jackson, MS.

The Friends of Dean Park will host a reception in his honor on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Please come out and meet our hero.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson


Monday, February 11, 2019

Ron Perkins Keynotes ECCC’s First Pitch Dinner

Ron Perkins of Louisville (second from right) was the keynote speaker at the 2019 East Central Community College Baseball First Pitch Dinner Feb.10 in Mabry Cafeteria on campus. Perkins was the captain of the college’s first Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship baseball team in 1998. Shown with Perkins are (from left) ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC Director of Athletics Paul Nixon, and ECCC Head Baseball Coach Neal Holliman. In addition to Perkins’ talk, Holliman introduced his 2019 team and the 2019 Diamond Darlings, along with other special presentations and recognition. The 2019 Warrior baseball season begins Wednesday, Feb. 13, against Nunez Community College in Chalmette, La. The home opener is at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, against Jefferson College (Mo.) in Decatur.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

ECCC Baseball Warriors Seek 10th Straight Postseason Appearance as 2019 Season Begins

If the East Central Community College baseball team is to make its 10th straight appearance in the postseason, they will have to do so against what head coach Neal Holliman believes is the toughest non-conference schedule in Mississippi, and maybe in the nation.

Fortunately for Holliman, he returns a good nucleus of players from last season’s team that finished 31-18 and lost to Itawamba in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 playoffs.

The 2019 baseball Warriors hit the diamond on Wednesday, Feb. 13, with a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader against Nunez Community College in Chalmette, La. The first home doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, against Jefferson College out of Hillsboro, Mo.

Gone from the 2018 squad are nine players who signed to continue their baseball careers this spring at either NCAA Division I or Division II institutions. A host of pitchers who combined for 277 innings pitched and 26 wins a year ago have moved on, including Kolby Crowley (University of West Alabama), Tanner Elders (University of West Alabama), Payton Griffin (Delta State University), Dylan Marsh (University of Louisiana Monroe), and Brooks Warren (University of Southern Mississippi). Warren was a 20th round draft choice of the New York Mets last June.

Also gone are position players infielder/outfielder Wyatt Ball (West Alabama), shortstop Jacob Edwards (Southern Miss), designated hitter/first baseman Davis Lott (University of Montevallo), and outfielder Deon Leflore (Mississippi Valley State University).

Despite losing those talented sophomores, Holliman returns a solid group of players who saw significant action last spring, including four full-time starters and two others who started 23 games between them.

Third baseman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) returns after leading the Warriors in hitting last season with a .351 average while knocking 37 runs. He was named 2018 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Second Team All-State. Outfielders Ryan Cupit (West Monroe, La.) and Ken Scott out of Clarksdale and catcher Alex Hay, who prepped at Lewisburg High School, also return. Cupit batted .341 in 42 games, while Scott hit .311 last season and led the team in home runs with eight. Hay hit .294 and committed just two errors behind the plate.

“George and Ken give us a solid middle of the lineup, and Ryan provides versatility as he can hit almost anywhere in the lineup,” said Holliman, who begins his 13th season at East Central with 352 wins and three MACJC state championships. “The experience and growth that Alex got as a freshman has put him in a position to be one of the best catchers in the league this year.”

Farid and Scott have already signed to play at Mississippi College in Clinton next year, while Hay will play baseball for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

Other returning players who saw action last season include Will Ross of Hernando, who can play first base, designated hitter, or take the mound; Anderson Shelley out of Washington School in Greenville, who has a chance to be among the best defensive second basemen in the league according to Holliman; and middle infielder Jay Johnston of Lake, who is working at shortstop in the preseason and has grown “leaps and bounds” since last year said Holliman.

“We have some guys who had solid years last spring, but maybe not as good as they wanted,” said Holliman. “I think some of them have a chip on their shoulder and want to do more this year.”

Several freshmen are competing for playing time in the field and at the plate. Holliman said Al Dumas of Eupora and redshirt freshman Dakota Kennedy of Choctaw Central have had solid springs and are competing for starting spots in the outfield. Roper Ball of Nanih Waiya is vying for playing time at shortstop. Evan Keith of Vancleave can play first base, third base, or take the mound. Eli Harrison out of Newton County will also see significant time behind the plate.

Holliman said first baseman Cameron Cotton of George County can provide middle of the order power at the plate, while catcher Gavin Bailey of Newton County continues to impress in preseason practices.

“We have a chance to be very solid defensively this year,” noted Holliman. “Our players have a ‘want-to’ attitude toward defense. They want to be better defensively than any team they play. They are taking a lot of pride in that this preseason.”

Offensively, Holliman expects the Diamond Warriors to have more diversity throughout the lineup and situationally hit more than previous seasons.

“We have a lot of guys who control the bat well,” he said. “More so than previous seasons. If we can put people in position to score, then we have the type of hitters who can get them across the plate.”

Only two pitchers return with any significant time on the mound last season. Right-hander Thomas Boothe (Fairhope, Ala., Bayside Academy) had a 2-2 record last year while starting nine games, and right-hander Austin Braswell (Hattiesburg, Presbyterian Christian) appeared in 17 contests with one save.

Boothe will be one of the starters, while Braswell will work out of the bullpen. Right-hander Woody Vowell of Choctaw County will be used as a starter and reliever this year, while redshirt freshman left-hander Chance Shepherd of George County can start or provide long relief.

Javian Stone, a 6-3, 250-pound left-hander from Jackson Provine who played last year at Highland Community College in Kansas, should be another starter for the Warriors. Freshman right-hander Tanner Knight of Eupora, who has performed well in fall and spring practices, is also expected to start.

Holliman is also counting on several newcomers to provided depth on the mound, including right-hander Will Newell of Florence, who is slated to be a closer, and 6-4 right-hander Walker Johnson of East Webster. Others who should see time on the mound are right-handers Cole Mozingo from Northeast Jones, J.T. Carney out of Jackson Academy, and Braxton Rose of Newton County Academy.

“The pitching staff for the most part will be young, but they will be ready,” said Holliman.

“Overall, there’s been a lot of players competing for playing time this spring, but it’s been a healthy competition with everyone pulling for each other.”

East Central faces a difficult schedule if it wants to keep the postseason streak alive. In addition to NJCAA Division I Jefferson College, which won 50 games last season and is ranked No. 5 in the 2019 preseason Top 20, the Warriors host perennial Division I powers Shelton State and Wallace State-Hanceville out of Alabama, along with preseason NJCAA Division II No. 1 and defending national champion LSU-Eunice. That’s in addition to the MACJC round robin that includes preseason No. 4 Meridian, No. 8 Pearl River, and No. 14 Gulf Coast.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that we play the toughest non-conference schedule in our league, but I believe we will be ready to compete,” said Holliman.

A complete schedule and roster for the 2019 ECCC baseball team can be found at All home baseball action this season can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 radio or viewed on live stream video at

Members of the 2019 East Central Community College baseball team (front row, from left) Gavin Bailey, Anderson Shelley, Roper Ball, Braxton Rose, Eli Harrison, Ryan Cupit, Jay Johnston, Dakota Kennedy, Al Dumas, Reyes Willis, Will Newell, (middle row, from left) assistant coach Chance Whitten; freshman manager Aubrey Long, Tanner Knight, George Farid, Aloyisius Gonzaga, Keagan Ward, Murphy Reid, Jesse Boydstun, Ken Scott, Chance Shepherd,  assistant coach Matt Mitchell; and head coach Neal Holliman; and (back row, from left) Cole Mozingo, Walker Johnson, Evan Keith, Austin Braswell,  J.T. Carney, Woody Vowell, Javian Stone, Cameron Cotton,Thomas Boothe,  Alex Hay. Not pictured are freshman managers Garry Lloyd, and Shawn Myers. (EC Photo)

Basketball Warriors Grab Road Win, Lady Warriors Fall at Co-Lin

After coming up on the short end of a lot of close basketball games of late, the East Central Community College Warriors finally won a close one with a 77-72 victory over the Copiah-Lincoln Wolves Thursday, Feb. 7. The East Central Lady Warriors dropped their second straight game in the opener 70-60 to the Lady Wolves.

The MACJC South Division games were played in Grayson L. Mullen Gym in Wesson.

Eight of the Warriors’ 10 losses this season have been by a combined 26 points, including a four-point 78-74 loss to Co-Lin back on Jan. 14 in Decatur. But East Central would not be denied in the rematch with Co-Lin. With the game tied 60-60 with five minutes to play, East Central took control down the stretch for the win.

The game was close until the final minutes, with nine lead changes. East Central’s biggest lead of the night was the five-point final margin. The Warriors trailed 36-34 at the half.

East Central forward Marcus Bates was the difference in the game. The freshman from Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., had a career night with 30 points and 13 rebounds. He was a near-perfect 11 of 12 shooting from the floor and hit all seven free throws he attempted. Fellow freshmen guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) and forward JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County also had strong games with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Preyer dished out five assists.

East Central shot 50 percent from the floor for the game, and outrebounded Co-Lin 36-23.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 9-10 overall and 2-8 in MACJC South Division play. Co-Lin fell to 10-9 and 3-7.

The ECCC Lady Warriors ended the two-game road swing this week with a pair of losses.

In a contest between two teams battling for a playoff spot in the MACJC South Division, the Co-Lin Lady Wolves rode a strong first half in the win. East Central fell behind by 11 at the half, 39-28, and was unable to make up the difference in the final two periods.

The Lady Warriors hit just 9 of 20 free throws in the game, while Co-Lin connected on 19 of its 24 free shots. The Lady Wolves also had 41 rebounds to 29 for East Central.

Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville continued to have the hot hand for the Lady Warriors, scoring 20 points. Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville had 12 points as the only other East Central player in double figures. Wraggs also had six rebounds

The ECCC Lady Warriors are now 14-5 overall on the season and 5-5 in the league. The Co-Lin Lady Wolves improved to 15-4 overall and 6-4 in the South Division.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors return home Monday, Feb. 11, to face Jones College at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. It will be Be Our Guest night for high school students from Winston County who will be admitted free and qualify for door prizes. The 2019 Warrior baseball team will be introduced at halftime of the men’s game at Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

East Central travels to Meridian on Thursday, Feb. 14, for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Black History Month Display at Winston County Library

The Winston County Library is celebrating Black History Month with displays throughout the building and a reception on February 16th from 9:00 – 12:00. Mr. Frank Taylor will be featured and honored during the reception. Mrs. Elmetra Patterson, pictured, set up all the displays in the library from her own collection, which includes documents, photographs, artwork, books and African fabrics.

Swearing in of Officer Corey Shields

On Tuesday February 5, 2019 Louisville Police Department welcomed officer Corey Shields to the ranks. Officer Shields is from Louisville and has 9 years experience with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.

Mayor Hill administers the oath to Officer Shield while both of his grandmothers held the bible.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

UDC Donates Book to Winston County Library

Mrs. Frances Woodruff, (pictured, right) presented a book to the Winston County Library recently, on behalf of the Winston Guards, United Daughters of the Confederacy. The book is The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi by Timothy B. Smith. Louisville and Winston County are mentioned quite a bit in the book. Also in the photo is Senior Library Clerk Denise Dickerson, who is mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book for all the help she gave the author during his research for the book.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Sticker Weed in Winston’s Lawns

How to control sticker-weed (Lawn Burweed) is one of the most ask questions not only in the Winston County Extension office during the summer months, but in all 82 county offices state-wide. A real misconception about this weed is you can treat it when you start feeling the painful result of its seed. Actually, if you had lawn burweed (Soliva pterosperma) last summer, but did not apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the fall, then you most likely have them again now. Commonly called sticker weed, lawn burweed will produce painful spines that you will have to endure each time you walk barefoot on your lawn...unless you took appropriate action to control them last fall, or this time during late winter, preferably both.

Lawn burweed is best described as a low-growing, freely branched winter annual having leaves that are twice divided into narrow segments, or lobes, similar to the appearance of carrot leaves but much smaller. The real identifier is once the plant reaches a reproductive stage the small fruit clusters, small rosette buttons, begin to form down in the leaf axils. At the tip of each seed within the cluster is a tiny spine that eventually dries at maturity and is what is left to cause you pain as they stick into tender flesh of bare feet, knees, hands, or whatever parts of the body that may come in contact with them.

If your lawn is presently infested with lawn burweed, and the fruiting clusters have not yet formed, you should act immediately to control them. Once the fruiting clusters have formed, and produced the tiny seeds and spines, killing the plants will eliminate the weeds, but the tiny spines and seed will remain to inflict pain for another summer.

MSU Extension publication, "Weed Control Guidelines for Mississippi" provides a list of several good post-emergent herbicide choices that will control this weed along with most other winter annual weed species, but timing is critical. This publication and others pertaining to weed control and home lawns can be downloaded from the Extension Web.

Even though you may only have a few spots, I’d recommend control ASAP when located, and put it on your fall calendar, to apply a pre-emerge. It may seem complicated, but it’s really not. For any questions concerning this or any other lawn/landscape question, just give me a call at the Winston County Extension office. I can guarantee you won’t be the only one.

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

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Please Help Find Missing Dogs

Missing since 1/31 and last seen on McCullough Road in Louisville, Ms. A reward is offered for their return. The husky is a female and the cocker spaniel is a male. Call 662-803-4039 for the return.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

ECCC Basketball Teams Sweep Southwest

The East Central Community College men’s basketball team finally put an end to a five-game losing streak, while the ECCC women extended their winning streak to three games as the Warriors and Lady Warriors swept the visitors from Southwest Mississippi Community College in action Monday, Jan. 28, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

The ECCC Warriors overcame a late Southwest Bear rally to grab an 84-81 MACJC South Division win in the men’s game. The Lady Warriors would score eight of the final 11 points of the contest to defeat the Southwest Lady Bears 76-69.

The Warriors broke open a close game to lead by as many as 14 points midway through the second half before a Southwest rally got the Bears to within three points at the final buzzer. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton came up big for the Warriors with a game-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl had 15 points, freshman forward Marcus Bates (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Paul Bryant) had 12, and freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) added 10 points and four steals.

The win improved East Central to 8-8 overall and 1-6 in division play. It was the Warriors first win since back on Jan. 8. Southwest fell to 10-6 and 2-5.

In the women’s action, East Central led the entire first half and took a 38-33 lead into the locker room at the half. An 11-1 run by Southwest in the third period briefly gave the Lady Bears the lead, but a 10-0 run by the Lady Warriors helped East Central regain the lead for good.

Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville had the hot hand for East Central, scoring 22 points while hitting seven of nine shots from the floor and seven of eight free throws. Sophomore forward Whitney Waters of Heidelberg added 15 for the Lady Warriors while freshman forward/guard KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) had 10. Freshman forward/center Kimberly Green (Greenwood, Amanda Elzy) led East Central with six rebounds.

With their third straight win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 13-3 overall and 4-3 in MACJC South Division play to move into a tie for third place in the standings. The Southwest Lady Bears fell to 6-10 and 1-6.

East Central will stay at home to host Gulf Coast on Thursday, Jan. 31, on Be Our Guest night for high school students in Neshoba County. Game times both nights are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Next week, East Central will travel to Poplarville to face Pearl River on Monday, Feb. 4, and then to Wesson to face Copiah-Lincoln on Thursday, Feb. 7. Game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both nights.

ECCC Lady Warriors Win, Warriors Fall in Basketball Road Games at Hinds

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors jumped on the Hinds Lady Bulldogs early and never let up in posting a 77-44 MACJC South Division win Thursday, Jan. 24, at J.D. Boyd Gym in Utica. In the men’s action, a furious second-half comeback by the ECCC Warriors fell two points short as the Hinds Bulldogs picked up a 78-76 win.

It was the second straight win for the ECCC Lady Warriors and second straight double-digit victory after defeating Meridian 84-64 on Jan. 22. East Central dominated the boards, pulling down 50 rebounds to just 21 for Hinds. The Lady Warriors also produced 12 steals on the night, including four by Kimberly Green, a freshman forward out of Amanda Elzy in Greenwood. The East Central defense held the Hinds Lady Bulldogs to just 25 percent shooting from the floor for the game.

East Central led by only 10 at the half, before running away with the third period 30-9 to put the game out of reach.

The Lady Warriors were led by the 17 points and seven rebounds of sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension), as 11 players got into the scoring column. Sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Biloxi and freshman guard/forward KeiMoya Walker of Jackson Murrah came off the bench to score 10 each. Walker had a game-high eight rebounds.

With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 12-3 overall and 3-3 in MACJC South Division play to move into a tie for fourth place in the standings. The Hinds Lady Bulldogs fell to 5-9 and 0-6.

The Hinds Bulldogs were on fire in the first half of the men’s game, shooting 60 percent from the floor and pushing out to as much as a 15-point lead. Hinds led East Central 48-35 at the intermission. The Warriors battled back in the final 20 minutes, cutting the lead to three with under 10 minutes to play. East Central got to within one point with 3.7 seconds to play before free throws sealed the win for Hinds.

For the game, Hinds went to the free throw line 18 more times that East Central, making 11 more of the free attempts than the Warriors.

Freshman Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) had a career night for East Central in the loss with 26 points, including a perfect four-of-four on three-point shots. Also scoring in double figures for the Warriors were freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl with 14 and sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton with 13.

The loss dropped East Central to 7-8 overall and 0-6 in division play. The Hinds Bulldogs improved to 9-6 and 2-4.

East Central will host a pair of MACJC South Division matchups next week. Southwest visits Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur on Monday, Jan. 28, on Be Our Guest night for students attending high schools in Newton County. East Central will host Gulf Coast on Thursday, Jan. 31, on Be Our Guest night for high school students in Neshoba County. Game times both nights are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Area Under Winter Storm Warning

The following statement was issued by the National Weather Service-  

WWUS44 KJAN 281508 WSWJAN URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Jackson MS 908 AM CST Mon Jan 28 2019 ...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION LATE TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING... .A strong cold front will combine with a weather disturbance to bring wintry precipitation to the region tonight into Tuesday morning. There is increasing confidence that accumulating snowfall will occur as temperatures fall rapidly behind the cold front. With temperatures falling below freezing, icing of roads, and especially bridges and overpasses, will be a concern throughout the morning hours. In addition, strong wind will combine with the low temperatures to make for very low wind chill readings. Stay tuned for updates on this developing winter weather situation.

 MSZ030>033-036>039-042>052-282315- /O.CON.KJAN.WS.W.0001.190129T0600Z-190129T1500Z/ Clay-Lowndes-Choctaw-Oktibbeha-Holmes-Attala-Winston-Noxubee- Yazoo-Madison MS-Leake-Neshoba-Kemper-Warren-Hinds-Rankin-Scott- Newton-Lauderdale- Including the cities of West Point, Columbus, Ackerman, Weir, Starkville, Durant, Tchula, Lexington, Pickens, Goodman, Kosciusko, Louisville, Macon, Brooksville, Yazoo City, Ridgeland, Madison, Canton, Carthage, Philadelphia, Pearl River, De Kalb, Scooba, Vicksburg, Jackson, Pearl, Brandon, Richland, Forest, Morton, Newton, Union, Decatur, Conehatta, and Meridian 908 AM CST Mon Jan 28 2019 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 9 AM CST TUESDAY... * WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of around 2 inches are expected. Wind chills in the teens. * WHERE...Clay, Lowndes, Choctaw, Oktibbeha, Holmes, Attala, Winston, Noxubee, Yazoo, Madison, Leake, Neshoba, Kemper, Warren, Hinds, Rankin, Scott, Newton, and Lauderdale counties in Mississippi. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 9 AM CST Tuesday.

 * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Tuesday. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Internet Access Expansion Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Governor

Legislation expanding broadband access has passed the Mississippi State Senate unanimously. House Bill 366, also referred to as the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, allows electric power cooperatives across the state to offer high-speed internet service to its customers.

The bill, sponsored by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, previously passed the Mississippi House of Representatives by a vote of 115-3.

“I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Reeves, Chairman Doty, and the entire membership of the Mississippi Senate for passing this legislation,” said Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

Commissioner Presley has been a champion of expanding high-speed internet access across Mississippi. Current state law prohibits rural electric cooperatives from providing internet service, although no such law exists anywhere else in America. Currently, 107 rural electric cooperatives are providing internet service across the country, including in all of the states bordering Mississippi.

“By passing this legislation, our state has an opportunity to move forward in a real way,” said Commissioner Presley. “With the Senate passing this bill and it soon becoming law, this will help improve the lives of people across Mississippi in many ways—from education to medicine to economic development and beyond.”

The bill now goes to Governor Phil Bryant, where it is expected he will sign the legislation into law.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

East Central Basketball Teams Split With Visiting Meridian

Jariyah Covington
The East Central Community College Lady Warriors broke a two-game losing streak with a crucial 84-64 MACJC South Division win over the visiting Meridian Community College Lady Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. In the nightcap, the ECCC Warriors dropped their fourth straight game in a 79-63 loss to the MCC Eagles.

The Lady Warriors shot 60 percent from the field in the first two periods to push out to a 13-point halftime lead, 48-35. East Central continued to shoot well from the floor in the second half in grabbing the 20-point win.

For the game, ECCC shot 54 percent from the floor, including 10 of its 24 three-point shots. It was the best shooting game for East Central since a win over Southern University-Shreveport back on Nov. 19. The Lady Warriors also held a decided edge on the boards, 34-22.

Sophomore guard Feria Mays of Kosciusko led the way for ECCC with 15 points. Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville added 12 and sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville chipped in 10.
Diamond Wraggs
The Meridian Lady Eagles were led by a game-high 22 points from freshman guard LaChrisha Williams out of Choctaw Central.

With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 11-3 overall and 2-3 in MACJC South Division play. The Meridian Lady Eagles fell to 8-6 and 2-3.

In the men’s game, the Meridian Eagles pushed out to a 10-point lead at the half, 37-27, and built that lead in the second half to the 79-63 final margin. East Central went to the free throw line 39 times in the contest, hitting only 25 of those attempts. The two teams were whistled for a combined 58 fouls in 40 minutes of play.

Meridian had a good night shooting from beyond the three-point line, hitting 9 of 15 shots for 60 percent.

East Central freshman forward JaQuarius Smith out of Noxubee County led all scorers with 18 points. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton was the only other Warrior in double figures with 14. He also had four steals.
JaQuarius Smith

Freshman guard Iverson Smith of Ripley led MCC with 13 points, while 6-8 sophomore center Brandon Mills of Mendenhall pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

The loss dropped East Central to 7-7 overall and 0-5 in division play. The Warriors have now dropped seven of their last eight games after starting the season 6-0. The MCC Eagles improved to 7-6 and 2-3.

East Central will head to Utica on Thursday, Jan. 24, to face the Hinds women and men at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in J.D. Boyd Gym. The Warriors and Lady Warriors will then host a pair of MACJC South Division matchups next week. Southwest visits Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur on Monday, Jan. 28, on Be Our Guest night for students attending high schools in Newton County. East Central will host Gulf Coast on Thursday, Jan. 31, on Be Our Guest night for high school students in Neshoba County. Game times both nights are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Martin Luther King Celebration

In spite of the rain, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and program went on without delay . Below are pictures at the program with the speaker Ms. Jennifer Riley Collins, Executive Director of ACLU, Dean Miller, NAACP President and former State President, Charles Hampton.