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.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Lexi Thomas from Noxapater High School is the Winston County DAR Good Citizens Award Winner

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored 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.

Lexi Thomas is this year’s scholarship winner. She will be awarded a $300 scholarship for being chosen the Winston County representative for this year. She along with one senior from each school in Winston County entered the Dar Good Citizens Scholarship contest. By entering the contest, each student wrote an essay that was judged for clarity of expression, originality, and historical accuracy. This year’s topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it” “What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?”

Lexi is now eligible for awards beyond the chapter level.

East Central Basketball Teams Suffer Defeats at the Hands of Jones College

A last-second jumper by Jones College’s Winceton Edwards sent the game to overtime and the Bobcats would eventually pull out a 71-69 win over the East Central Community College Warriors in basketball action Thursday, Jan. 17, in A.B. Howard Gymnasium in Ellisville. The No. 8 ranked Jones Lady Bobcats scored an 84-56 win over the ECCC Lady Warriors in the first game of the evening.

With the loss, the ECCC Warriors fell to 7-6 overall on the season in 0-4 in MACJC South Division play. Jones improved to 7-4 and 3-1.

In the men’s game, East Central lead almost the entire game, including 35-25 at the intermission. The Warriors let a five-point lead, 61-56, slip away with less than three minutes to play, with Jones tying the score on Edwards’ jumper with three seconds to play. Jones won the overtime period 9-7.

East Central was led by freshman forward Marcus Bates (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Paul Bryant) who had a career-high 14 rebounds to go with 11 points. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton also had a big night on the boards as East Central pulled down 13 more rebounds than Jones. Ware had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Also in double figures for East Central were freshman forward JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County and freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) with 13 each and sophomore guard Josh Green out of Harrison Central with 10.

The Jones Lady Bobcats remained undefeated in the big win over the Lady Warriors, never trailing in the contest. East Central fell to 10-3 overall and 1-3 in South Division play with the loss. Jones improved to 12-1 and 4-0.

The Lady Warriors were led by sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Gulfport with 12 points, the only East Central player in double figures.

East Central will host the teams from Meridian Community College at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur before heading to Utica on Thursday, Jan. 24, to face the Hinds women and men.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Town & Country Garden Club Display at the Winston County Library

The Town & Country Garden Club has a display at the Winston County Library throughout the month of January. It is a Garden Information Center and is filled with great information on all aspects of gardening from planting, pruning, selecting plants, pests, mulching and much more. All brochures are free to the public. Pictured here are (l-r) Club President Marie Shaw and Vice President Diane Luke.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ribbon Cutting for Red Caboose Cork & Bottle

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Red Caboose Cork & Bottle in Louisville on Friday, January 18, 2019. The business is located at 1557 West Main Street and is owned and operated by Smith Ashley. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fortnightly Club hosts Sharon Dollarhide

Fortnightly Club hosted Sharon Dollarhide from the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board this past week. She presented the book, “A Time To Honor: Vietnam War 50th Commemoration” to the Winston County Library. Pictured (l-r) JoAnn Brandt, Fortnightly Club member; Sharon Dollarhide and Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards. “We are so honored to be presented with this book,” said Edwards. “Sharon is doing wonderful work throughout our Congressional District for our veterans. I congratulate the Fornightly Club for highlighting her work and the work of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs”.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

LMSD Recognizes Teachers of the Year

Pictured l to r: Jenni Lee, Jenny Ming, Jessica Bonkowski, Penny Stalcup, Cylesha Hopkins, Jimmy Rushing and Gewndolyn Jordan.

In their board meeting on Tuesday night, the administration and the trustees of the Louisville Municipal School District recognized the 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year from each school in the district. Teachers are honored for their work and efforts throughout the school year. LMSD Teachers of the Year include:

Fair Elementary - Jenni Lee
Louisville Elementary - Jessica Bonkowski
Eiland Middle School - Cylesha Hopkins
Louisville High School - Gwendolyn Jordan
Nanih Waiya - Jenny Ming
Noxapater - Penny Stalcup
WLCTC - Jimmy Rushing
District Teacher of the Year - Penny Stalcup

Internet Access Expansion Bill Passes House of Representatives

Legislation expanding broadband access has passed the Mississippi House of Representatives by a vote of 115-3. 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. 

“This is a historic step to help the citizens of Mississippi. The House has worked in a bipartisan way to change the law and that change will help shape the future of our state for generations to come,” said Commissioner Presley. “I want to particularly thank Speaker Gunn, Chairman Beckett, and the entire membership of the House of Representatives for getting this passed.”

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.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

2019 Candidates Filing to Qualify for County Offices

ECCC Basketball Teams Swept by Co-Lin at Home

EC’s KeiMoya Walker vs. Co-Lin
The teams from Copiah-Lincoln came into Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur and left with a pair of basketball wins over East Central Community College in MACJC South Division action Monday, Jan. 14.
Trailing by 13 points entering the final period, the East Central Lady Warriors made a furious comeback before falling to the Co-Lin Lady Wolves 72-69.
In the men’s action, the Co-Lin Wolves came out on top 78-74 in a physical game that was close throughout.

The ECCC Lady Warriors fell to 10-2 overall with the loss and 1-2 in MACJC South Division play. The Lady Wolves improved to 11-1 and 2-1.

The East Central Warriors are now 7-5 on the season and 0-3 in league play. The Co-Lin Wolves improved to 8-4 and 1-2.

Lady Warrior freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville led all scorers in the women’s game with 20 points. She also recorded five rebounds. Sophomore forward Whitney Waters of Heidelberg had 11 points and five steals in the game for East Central, and while sophomore forward Sharan Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds, and had a pair of blocks. Sophomore guard Breanna Riley of Gulfport had a game-high nine assists.

East Central led 17-13 after the first period, before Co-Lin surged ahead 36-28 at the half. The Lady Warriors would win the fourth period 28-18, but it was not enough to overcome the Co-Lin lead. East Central shot just 38 percent from the floor for the game, while the Lady Wolves shot 54 percent.

The ECCC Warriors placed four players in double figures in the four-point loss to the Co-Lin Wolves.
EC’s JaQuarius Smith vs. Co-Lin

Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) led East Central for the second straight contest, scoring 17 points before fouling out. Sophomore guard Roti Ware of Morton contributed 14 points, while freshman forwards Dontavious Smith of Terry and JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County and 11 and 10, respectively. Dontavious Smith had a game-high 11 rebounds.

There were a total of 55 personal fouls called in the game, with two players fouling out for each team. The teams combined to shoot 64 free throws.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors will hit the road to face Jones College in Ellisville in games set for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Meridian Community College makes a trip to Decatur for games in Brackeen-Wood Gym at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for The Fair Market Short Stop

Partnership/Chamber members, city officials, county officials, family and friends attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of The Fair Market Short Stop in Louisville on Friday, January 11, 2019. The business is located at 3000 North Church Avenue. The Fair Market Short Stop regular menu is listed below.

Friday, January 11, 2019

ECCC Basketball Teams Split With Pearl River in South Division Matchups

Sophomore forward Sharan Turner
Sophomore forward Sharan Turner scored seven of her game-high 17 points in overtime to power the East Central Community College Lady Warriors to a 75-67 win over the Pearl River Lady Wildcats in MACJC South Division basketball action Jan. 10 in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. The No. 17 ranked Pearl River men overpowered the Warriors in the second game with a 99-66 win. The women’s game was close throughout with the scored tied on a dozen occasions, with 18 lead changes. East Central led 34-30 at the half, before the Lady Wildcats took the lead in the third period and led most of the second half.

Two free throws by Turner (Gonzales, La., East Ascension) with under two minutes to play in regulation gave East Central a 61-60 lead. Pearl River’s Gabby Brown hit a layup with seven seconds to play to help the Lady Wildcats regain the lead at 62-61. East Central sophomore forward Whitney Waters out of Heidelberg was fouled with 6.1 seconds to play and made one of two free throws to tie the game at 62-62.

The Lady Warriors would steal the inbounds pass with three seconds to play but were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs

In overtime, East Central outscored Pearl River 13-5, including Turner’s seven points and a big three-point shot from Waters in front of the Lady Warriors’ bench.
Waters ended the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Freshman guard KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) was also in double figures with 11 points. Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville pulled-down a game-high 10 rebounds, while freshman forward Timia Dora also of Louisville had three of the Lady Warriors’ five blocks in the win.
With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 10-1 overall and 1-1 in MACJC South Division play. The Pearl River Lady Wildcats are now 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

It was all Pearl River in the men’s contest, as the Wildcats led by as many as 20 in the first half before taking a 48-33 lead to the locker room.

Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) had a big night for the Warriors with 20 points, including three of four from beyond the three-point circle. Freshman forward JaQuarius Smith of Noxubee County had 14 points and six boards. Freshman guard Devin Carter of Pearl added 10 points for the Warriors.

East Central shot just 37 percent from the floor for the game, while the visitors hit nearly 60 percent of their shots.
Freshman guard Nick Preyer

The loss dropped the Warriors to 7-4 overall and 0-2 in South Division play. Pearl River remained undefeated at 11-0 and 2-0.

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors will remain home to host Copiah-Lincoln on Monday, Jan. 14, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. The women tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. It will be Be Our Guest night for high school students in Scott County who will be admitted free.

Following that action, the East Central teams will travel to Ellisville to face Jones College in games set for 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

ECCC Basketball Teams Open 2019 With Sweep of East Mississippi

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors opened 2019 in style with a basketball sweep of home-standing East Mississippi in games played Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Keyes T. Currie Gymnasium in Scooba.

Both games came down to the wire, as the ECCC Lady Warriors overcame a five-point deficit to start the fourth period to pull out a 55-52 win over the EMCC Lady Lions. In the men’s game, a last-second shot by EMCC was off the mark as the Warriors pulled out a 58-57 win.

With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 9-1 on the season, while the EMCC Lady Lions fell to 4-8. The East Central Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak with the one-point win to improve to 7-3. The EMCC Lions fell to 7-5.

The women’s game was close throughout with the scored tied 10 times. The two teams were tied 22-22 at the half before the Lady Lions pulled away by five in the third period. East Central came up with a big fourth quarter to grab the 55-52 win.

Freshman guard Jariyah Covington of Starkville came up big for the Lady Warriors with 16 points, three rebounds, and two steals. Sophomore forward Diamond Wraggs of Louisville was the only other Lady Warrior in double digits in scoring with 12 points. She also led East Central in rebounding with six. Sophomore guard Feria Mays of Kosciusko had four of East Central’s nine steals in the game.

In the nightcap, East Central led by seven points with five minutes to play before EMCC closed the gap to one and missed that final shot. The East Central Warriors were in command most of the game before the final run by the Lions. East Central led 28-22 at the half.

Sophomore guard Roti Ware was again the leader for East Central with 18 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs. He also had three assists and two steals. Freshman guard Nick Preyer (Mobile, Ala., Leflore) chipped in 11 points, while freshman forward Marcus Bates (Tuscaloosa, Ala., Paul Bryant) had 10. Preyer had a game-high in both assists (5) and steals (4).

The ECCC Warriors and Lady Warriors return to action Thursday, Jan. 10, when they host Pearl River in Brackeen-Wood Gym. The women tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. The Pearl River men’s team is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation. It will be Be Our Guest night for high school students in Leake County.

Following that action, the East Central teams will host Copiah-Lincoln on Monday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. All Scott County high school students will be admitted free for a special Be Our Guest night.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

Winston County 4H Offering New Programs for 2019

On behalf of the Winston County Extension staff, we’ like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous new year. We’d also like to let you know about some new and exciting programs that will be offered this upcoming year.

If you like to fish, or have an interest in learning how to fish for any species, then the “4H Sport Fishing Program” is for you. This program will introduce youth to anything and everything associated with the sport of fishing. Your child will learn from registered 4H volunteers: the history of fishing, fish identification, water quality, types of baits and lures, how to tie fishing knots, state laws, and much much more, even multiple opportunities to fish in local lakes and ponds. This program is not just classroom, its outdoors as well, and an opportunity to learn from experts in every area.

This year will not only bring fishing to the Winston 4H program, but also the sport of bicycling. If your child has a bike and you’d like for them to learn how to ride safely, understand cycling rules, the parts of a bike, interact with other youth interested in cycling, and have opportunities to compete with other 4H groups around the state, then this new program is for you.

If you have a young person between the ages of 8 to 18 that would like to take advantage of these new educational, and fun opportunities, then here’s what you need to do. Attend the meeting at the Winston Extension office on January 17th at 6pm. At this meeting you can learn what 4H is, our mission statement, and how your child will learn skills that will positively impact their lives for the rest of their life. After you meet the agents and volunteers, if you think 4H is for your family, we’ll sign your child up as one of Winston County’s newest 4Hers, and let the learning, and fun begin.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Presley to Kick Off Hire Mississippi Tour Across Northern District

Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will kick off a series of local events across the Northern District to allow businesses to sign up to do work with the state’s largest utilities. These local events are part of Commissioner Presley’s “Hire Mississippi Tour” and are as follows:

In 2017, Presley passed the Hire Mississippi rule that requires the state’s largest public utilities to give extra notice, attention, and support for Mississippi businesses looking to bid on public utility projects. Hire Mississippi requires the largest utilities to give notice to each company on their Hire Mississippi Supplier List when any job is available for bid that a Mississippi company is qualified to perform. The program requires each business to sign up and provide certain information.

“I am sick and tired of seeing out-of-state companies on construction sites in Mississippi when I know that Mississippians are footing the bill for those projects. I have zero doubt that our companies could be doing at least some of that work, if they were given the chance. It’s past time that we put our state’s businesses first and that is what the Hire Mississippi program does,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “Hire Mississippi allows Mississippi businesses to get a bite at the apple and be considered first for contracts that they are qualified to do. If we don’t look out for Mississippi businesses and workers, no one else will.”

Presley says that Atmos Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Entergy, Mississippi Power and Spire Gas will have representatives and sign-up tables at the event to talk face to face with local contractors and businesses and sign them up for each company’s Hire Mississippi Supplier List on the spot.

“These are casual events, but ones where I want every business owner to leave there signed up for the Hire Mississippi Supplier List and with knowledge about the program.”

These events will begin at 8 a.m. They are free of charge, open to the public, and breakfast will be served.