Tuesday, April 30, 2019

PSC Charges Wyoming Telemarketing Firm for No-Call Violations Totaling $2.9 Million in Fines

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced last week the Mississippi Public Service Commission has charged a telemarketing firm for violations of the state’s No-Call law. 

Contact Center Specialists of Cheyenne, Wyoming is charged with 580 alleged violations of the No-Call law. Should the company be found to have violated the law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call fine—totaling $2.9 million.

“Our staff is actively seeking out those companies and individuals who continue to violate our No-Call law. We remain vigilant and will ultimately bring those who violate it to justice. These illegal calls against the people of our state will stop,” said Commissioner Presley.

Presley continues to encourage citizens to download the Public Service Commission’s app for smartphones. The app helps people immediately report calls to the PSC from their cell phones. It can be found by searching “PSC No-Call” in the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices. Landlines can be registered at www.psc.state.ms.us 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.

Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR April Meeting

The April meeting of the Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR met at the Market Cafe on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11:30 AM. The guest speaker was Billy Ganann who gave an interesting talk about the history of gypsies in Mississippi. One interesting fact that was learned was that the King and Queen of the gypsies are buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian, Mississippi. 

Pictured are the new 2019-2020 Nanih Waiya Chapter DAR officers: 
Regent, Theresa Bridges: Vice-Regent, Gwynn Hall;
Chaplain, Deanie Graves; Registrar, JanisTabor; 
Recording/Corresponding Secretary, Mary Tabor 
and Treasurer,Susan Clark (not pictured)

Also pictured is the outgoing Vice-Regent, Pam Kirk 
pinning the 2019-2020 new Regent, Theresa Bridges.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Winston-Choctaw Correctional Facility Receives High Score for Inspection

Every 3 years the Winston-Choctaw Correctional Facility must go through an intense inspection consisting of over 500 standards needing to be met.

Not only did the facility pass its accreditation, it did so with an impressive score of 100%.

In order to continue housing state inmates, the correctional facility must maintain high scores through the Americans Corrections Associations's accreditation process. 

This process includes thorough inspections of security measures, housing standards, facility programs, and the facility's ability to provide proper medical attention when needed. 

The corrections officers and some other staff members were in charge of giving the auditors background information and tours of the facility. 

Sheriff Jason Pugh of Winston County said he is very proud of all of the employees who helped make this high-hitting score possible. Pugh said the facility is responsible for many jobs in this area and he could not be happier that these people were working and doing so well at their jobs. 

Warden Neil Higgason said it is very important to maintain these strict standards everyday so when audit day comes, everyone will already be prepared. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Tony Turnbow gave Talk about New Book on April 12

There were over 50 people in attendance for Turnbow's talk on his new book “Hardened to Hickory” about Andrew Jackson on Friday, April 12th. He will return to our library in November to give a talk about the history of the Natchez Trace. Friends of the Library also hosted free brown bag lunches for all participants at this event. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Pear Slug Sawfly in Area

Some folks are beginning to notice pear slugs feeding on peach, plum or pear trees in their yard.
These are rather unique-looking insects and this often prompts inquiries.

Pear slugs are shaped like caterpillars and are slimy-looking like slugs, but they are really the larvae of a special type of wasp, known as a sawfly. Pear slugs are often observed feeding on the leaves of plums, peaches, pears, or cherries, and occasionally on apples and crab apples. Fully mature larvae are only about ½ inch long and green to dark-green, but it is not uncommon to have multiple larvae feeding on individual leaves. Usually, they feed on the upper surface of the leaves, leaving behind a network of lacy, brown leaf veins and the epidermis on the underside of the leaf. Although infestations are often light and damage is not usually serious, heavy infestations can cause large areas of dead, brown leaves affecting entire branches or areas of trees, and this level of defoliation can be detrimental.

Often it is too late to treat by the time damage is noticed, because the larvae have matured and pupated. In cases where damaging numbers of pear slugs are present, they can be easily controlled by spraying with an insecticide containing the active ingredient spinosad (GreenLight, Monterey, Bonide, and Ferti-lome all sell this product).

Malathion is an even better choice for peaches and plums if you hope to harvest some of the fruit because malathion will also control plum curculio, which the little weevil that produces those legless white grubs inside the fruit. Gardeners who regularly spray their peaches or plums for plum curculio do not normally have to spray specifically for pear slugs.

See Extension Publication 2858, Disease and Insect Control for Homegrown Peaches and Plums, for more information on pest control in homegrown peaches and plums:


Attala County Extension Agent Speaks on Gardening Techniques

Taylor Casey, center, gave a National Library Week program on raised bed gardening and container gardening at the Winston County Library on Tuesday, April 9th. Taylor is the Attala County Extension Agent.

Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Celebrates National Library Week

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Weather Update - 10:00 am 4-18-19

The following is the latest information from the National Weather Service concerning our area for today. Winston County and much of Mississippi is in an enhanced threat level for severe weather later today. We are currently under a FLASH FLOOD WATCH through this evening.

A line of storms to our west should reach far western Mississippi by approximately 11:00 am. Winston County can expect severe weather later in the afternoon in a time frame from 4:00 pm til 9:00 pm. Severe Thunderstorm watches and possibly warnings should be expected.

These storms could potentially bring heavy rain, hail and high winds with possible gusts in excess of 60 mph. There is a potential for tornado activity as well with some risk just in front of the line of storms.

The Louisville Municipal School District has announced that students will be released an hour early to day in anticipation of weather issues.

We will continue to monitor and update and bring info on shelter openings if necessary.

Author John Floyd at Winston County Library on May 21

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Local Pilot Club Members Attend District Convention

Members of the Pilot Club of Louisville joined more than 100 Pilot members from Mississippi at the MS District, Pilot International 31st Annual Convention held at the Summit Conference Center in Tupelo on April 12 and 13, 2019. Governor Miriam Garner, Pilot Club of Houston, presided during the weekend. Those attending from the Pilot Club of Louisville were: Beverly Wilkes, Heather Thompson, Brandi Krajewski, Toni Jackson, Alice Wooten, Kristin Knox, Equilla Miller, Tara Woodward, Kathy Sinclair, DeLaine Woodruff and Mary Blanset. 

Theme for the weekend was “The Gift of Pilot”. Attendees took part in a service project, officer training sessions, election of district officers, and conducting district business. Holly Baker, Pilot International Executive Director for the 2018-19 year from Moline, Illinois attended as the Executive Committee Representative for the MS District. A special fundraiser was held on Friday night for the Pilot International Foundation Fund. Monies raised will go toward scholarships and grants.

Cindy Widdig of the Mississippi Chapter Alzheimer Association was the keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet on Saturday. The Pilot Club of Louisville received the following awards: Yearbook Award-2nd Place, Club of the Year-2nd Place, Newsletter-1st Place  and Attendance Award- 1st Place. The Winston County Anchor Club received the 2nd Place Award for the Anchor Club of the Year. The Pilot Clubs of Booneville and Houston served as hostesses for the successful weekend.

The 2018-19 Newly Elected District officers are: Governor Allyson Leitner,Tippah County, Governor Elect; Michelle Estes, West Point; Lt. Governor, Patti Bennett, Fulton; Secretary, Barb Atkins, Starkville; and Treasurer Cindy Ford, Booneville. They will serve from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020..

Founded in 1921, Pilot International’s mission is to influence positive change in communities throughout the world. To do this, we come together in friendship and give people an outlet for service. We focus on encouraging brain safety and health, preparing the youth for service and supporting those who care for others.

ECCC Baseball Rebounds With Sweep of No. 14 Hinds

After being outscored 38-11 by the nation’s No. 4 ranked team just 24 hours earlier, the East Central Community College Warriors rebounded in a big way with an MACJC doubleheader sweep over the No. 14 ranked Hinds Eagles on Tuesday, April 16, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Rain makeups forced East Central to play two MACJC and nationally ranked teams on back-to-back days, with the Warriors dropping games to No. 4 Itawamba a day earlier by scores of 12-4 and 26-7. But the resilient Warriors hit the diamond on a mission against Hinds, grabbing a 13-3 five-inning run-rule win in game one and then a 3-0 shutout in the seven-inning nightcap.

With the sweep, East Central improves to 19-15 overall on the season and 12-8 in MACJC play. The two conference wins push the Warriors into sixth place in the league standings. No. 14 Hinds falls to 22-10 overall and 10-7 in conference play.

East Central used just two pitchers in getting the sweep, as sophomore left-hander Javian Stone (Jackson, Provine, Highland Community College) pitched a five-hitter in the opener and freshman right-hander Tanner Knight (Eupora) followed with a five-hitter in game two.

Alex Hay carried the big bat for the Warriors in the 13-3 opening game win. The sophomore catcher out of Lewisburg had five RBI on a single and a couple of doubles.

Hay got the Warriors on the scoreboard first with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first inning. A two-run home run by Hinds tied the score 2-2 in the top of the third, and after that it was all Warriors.

Another Hay double in the bottom of the third drove in two more runs. Sophomore right fielder Ken Scott (Clarkdale) brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, a fielder’s choice grounder by sophomore designated hitter Ryan Cupit (West Monroe, La.) scored a run, and freshman first baseman Evan Keith (Vancleave) gave East Central a 7-2 lead with a solo home run to left field.

The Warriors continued to build the lead in the fourth as Hay picked up his fifth RBI of the game with a single and Scott stole home. East Central ended the game by run-rule in the fifth as a Hinds’ balk brought in a run and then back-to-back doubles by freshman center fielder Al Dumas (Eupora) and sophomore second baseman Anderson Shelley (Greenville, Washington School) plated three runs to end the game 13-3.

Shelley and Hay both had three-hit games for East Central.

Keith broke a scoreless tie in the nightcap with his second home run of the day, this one coming in the bottom of the third with one out. It would be the only run East Central would need. The Warriors tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, as a single by Shelley scored freshman shortstop Roper Ball (Nanih Waiya) and Dumas who opened the inning with singles.

East Central will go out of conference to face Baton Rouge (La.) at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. The Warriors will then play their next four MACJC doubleheaders on the road, beginning with Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, and then Northwest in Senatobia on at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Most East Central home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Louisville Garden Club Donates to Library

Ouida Donald (left) of the Louisville Garden Club, presented Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards with a gift check for the purchase of a gardening book for the library’s collection. “The Louisville Garden Club faithfully supports the library,” said Edwards. “We appreciate all they do for us.”

Monday, April 15, 2019

Library Hosts Luncheon for National Library Week

The Winston County Library hosted a luncheon for government
officials, Friends of the Library and patrons on Monday for National Library Week. City and county officials were in attendance along with State Representative Joey Hood and representatives from U.S. Representative Trent Kelly's office and the office of  U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Update 4-18-19 - Also in attendance were state leaders, Senator Sampson Jackson of District 32, Representative Carl Mickens of District 42 and Senator Jenifer Branning of District 18. We apologize for the oversight.

Scott Colom to Speak at Winston County's 39th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 27th

Scott Colom is native of Columbus, MS. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Millsaps College. After college, Scott was selected to teach in Guyana, South America by World Teach, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. While participating in the program, Scott taught English in a small rural town in Guyana.

Scott is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, Scott interned with the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and was one of twenty-five students nationwide awarded a summer honors internship with the United States Department of Justice. He was also a member of the school’s Mock Trial and Moot Court team.

After law school, Scott was one of 28 young legal professionals nationwide to be awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice. During the fellowship, Scott worked with a group of non-profits to help develop affordable, asset building alternatives to predatory lending.

In 2011, Scott Colom was appointed the youngest and first African American justice court judge in Lowndes County history. In 2013, he was appointed the first African American prosecutor for the city of Columbus. In 2015, he was elected District Attorney for Circuit Court District Sixteen, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties.

Friday, April 12, 2019

LHS 2019 Mississippi Aspirations in Computing Award Winners

Dr. Sarah Lee, MSU Asst. Dept. Head for Computer Science and Engineering, presents 2019 Mississippi Aspirations in Computing awards to Louisville HS senior Kristyana Ingram and teacher Kristi Jernigan. 

Congratulations to LHS TSA and STEM students Kristyana Ingram, Shakindra Hunt, Tyianna Foster, Charity Doster, Kamaria Hardin and STEM teacher and TSA advisor Mrs. Kristi Jernigan for receiving 2019 Mississippi Aspirations in Computing Awards. 

The regional award event was held Saturday, March 23 at MS State University. Kristyana, Shakindra, Tyianna, and Charity were among 75 other Mississippi 9-12th grade female students who received recognition for interest and achievements in computing, an engraved award for both her and her school, and will receive a $500 scholarship to MS State University for computer science, software engineering, or computer engineering majors.

Mississippi Author John Floyd Visits Louisville With New Book

Mississippi State University graduate and Attala County native John Floyd, who in 2018 was named the winner of The Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in the writing of short mystery fiction, is coming to Louisville to sign copies of his latest collection of mystery/suspense short stories, The Barrens (Dogwood Press, 2018). 

Floyd will visit the Winston County Library on Tuesday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. Autographed, first-edition copies of The Barrens are $24.95 plus tax. This is Floyd’s seventh book-length collection, all of which have been published by Dogwood Press of Brandon.

“The ideas, as I always tell my students, come from anyplace and everyplace,” Floyd said of his fiction. “People you know, headlines you see in the newspaper. Things that happen to you or your friends and family. And if the situation doesn’t sound quite interesting enough, ask yourself, ‘What if such-and-such happened?’ and go from there.

“With The Barrens, most of the fun in writing these was in creating plot twists and reversals that I hoped the reader wouldn’t see coming. That’s the kind of thing I myself like to run into when I’m reading a story.”

The work of Floyd, who has written well over 1,000 published short stories and features since 1994, can be found in nationally-read publications like Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Woman’s World, The Strand Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post.

“John set the bar awfully high with Rainbow’s End, his first story collection, but The Barrens just might be his best,” said Joe Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Dogwood Press. “From the first page to the last keystroke, it’s remarkably visual writing that never once loses momentum from story to story, genre to genre. If you’ve never read short stories, this is the place to start.”

“We are thrilled to host John Floyd at our library!” said librarian Beth Edwards. The Friends of the Library will offer free brown bag lunches to the first twenty participants.
The Winston County Library is located at 100 W. Park Street. To reserve signed copies of The Barrens, call 662-773-3212. For information about all Dogwood Press titles, visit www.dogwoodpress.com.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Winston’s Agriculture Ambassadors, Cultivating Knowledge, Yielding Success

When polled, more than 90% of students between the ages of 14 and 18 can only list an average of three careers that are agriculture related. A huge misconception among young people is that to have a career in agriculture you must own land, and farm multiple acres. This misconception is keeping young people from exploring agriculture’s literally hundreds of career options that are available to them in the private or public sectors.

Knowing this, a partnership of local agriculture professional’s and Winston County Schools was formed to address this need. In addition, students interested in learning more about the options available to them in the professional world of agriculture wanted the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.

Winston County USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and MSU Extension office recently developed and introduced a new program for these youth to see career opportunities in agriculture first-hand.

Winston Agriculture Ambassadors (WAA) program is designed to provide youth with literal hands on experience with a current professional working in an agriculture career. This not only introduces the young person to future options, but also puts a face to the career. This makes learning about the professional side of agriculture personal, and gives a sense community, and purpose.

WAA’s first program was held recently, and local high school students had an opportunity see the office side of these careers, and some on the ground conservation practices at a local farm. Prior to this experience, the students stated they were unaware of MSU Extension’s educational mission, and the purpose behind the USDA’s technical assistance, and cost-share programs.

Students got to see how USDA uses topographical maps, computer programs, engineering, and the process for signing up for federal cost-share assistance. Also, the students learned about Mississippi’s Land-Grant Universities and the Extension programs offered in all 82 Mississippi Counties.

As this program progresses, the students participating in WAA will develop their own outreach effort to introduce agriculture to younger students within local schools. This will ensure these students not only learn about agricultural opportunity and educational pathways, but become ambassadors for agriculture, where our mission will be to cultivate knowledge, and yield success for Winston’s future agriculture community.

All together, these students were introduced to approximately 20 different careers in agriculture, and helped take the first step in growing agricultural awareness and opportunity for Winston’s youth.

I’d like to say thank you to the local FFA programs and USDA staff for devoting their time and effort to bring about awareness of the importance of agriculture, education, and career options to Winston’s future agriculture professionals. Lastly, I’d like to thank the students for wanting to learn about agriculture, and their willingness to share what they learn.

If you’d like more information about this program, contact the Winston County Extension office, 662-773-3091.

Submitted by: Jim McAdory, MSU Extension Agent

Pilot Club 2019 Pageant Winners

Wee Miss Winners
Winners are from left to right:
3rd Alternate: Evelyn Ryan Elisabeth Kelley,
1st Alternate: Lillian Stuart Watkins,
Winner: Kinsley Blake Watkins, 2nd Alternate: Ansley Lynn Massey, 4th Alternate: Mackenzie Grace Blackwell

Tiny Miss Winners
Winners are from left to right:
3rd Alternate: Kallie Marie Edwards, 1st Alternate: Harper Anne Heard, Winner: Lynlee Drew Cefalu, 2nd Alternate and Heart of Pilot Winner Embry Brianna Smith, 4th Alternate: Rhylee Elizabeth Warren

Little Miss Winners
Winners are from left to right:
3rd Alternate: Lena Grace Smith, 1st Alternate: Kierra Janae Humes, Winner: Adeline Davis Perkins, 2nd Alternate: Carlee Lynn McDaniel and 4th Alternate Mary Flynn Yates

Young Miss Group 1
Winners are from left to right:
3rd Alternate: Kayla Michelle Blanton, 1st Alternate: Sally Ann Harris, Winner: Corabella Papalmbros, 2nd Alternate: Jaycee Claire Flake, 4th Alternate: Emily Ann Langford.

Young Miss Group 2
Winners are from left to right:
3rd Alternate: Stella Claire Williamson, 1st Alternate: Brooklyn Marie Woods, Winner: Braley Raye Dickerson, 2nd Alternate: Ava Renae Chancellor, 4th Alternate: Carleigh Rae Blanton

Young Teen Miss Group 1
Winners are from left to right:
1st Alternate: Sydney Lynn Curran, Winner: Alice Ann Haab, 2nd Alternate Logan McKenzie Wall, 3rd Alternate Kalee Jewell Hall

Young Teen Miss Group 2
Winners are from left to right:
1st Alternate: Emma Glynn Stapp, Winner: Mayson Walker Smith, 2nd Alternate: Kaleigh Elizabeth Swearigen, 3rd Alternate: Kayleigh Jo Prisock.

Teen Miss Winners
Winners are from left to right:
1st Alternate: Ramsey Elizabeth Roberts, Winner: Abby Nicole Childs, 2nd Alternate: Lilly Caroline Sisson, 3rd Alternate: Marion Bethanna Ming.

Love and Peace Ministries – Doors of Hope Celebrates Founders 81st Birthday

Rev. Lorene Guyse, pastor of Holy Ghost Temple Non-Denominational
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4 p.m., the Love and Peace Ministries – Doors of Hope will sponsor the 81th Birthday Celebration for their Executive Director Rev. Lorene Guyse. Lorene became licensed in the ministry March, 1984; she was ordained in December 1984 at the Greater Saint John Baptist Church and served twenty-eight years under the leadership of Rev. C. L. Guyse in Markham, Illinois. She attended Moody Bible Institute for ten years, receiving many degrees, and certificates. She moved to Louisville, MS and married Rev. C. L. Guyse in 2005.

The Love and Peace Ministries – Doors of Hope is a nonprofit charitable organization that was founded by Rev. Lorene Guyse. After many years of community service, the organization received the acknowledgement of city and state officials of Markham, Illinois. With Love & Peace’s success, she was moved to establish the same organization in Louisiana. Love & Peace was organized in the Bienville Parish, serving eight towns. The ministry consisted of many services including home health care. In May, 2005, Lorene opened the Doors of Hope Center in Louisville, MS under the umbrella of Love & Peace Ministries. Its main focus was Prison Ministry. She stated, “Prison Ministry has always been close to my heart. The change that I see in men and women truly has blessed me”. The Doors of Hope Center has provided food, clothing and shelter to many residents of Louisville, MS.

In 2005, 2008 and 2011, Rev. Lorene Guyse was diagnosed, treated and later healed from breast and lung cancer. Her favorite saying is, “I have known for a long time that prayer works. I have a heart that just will not give up. We are marching on.” However, after her bouts with cancer, she has discontinued some of the services that were provided and presently, only food and clothing is being given to seniors of the community. There are currently three branches of the Love & Peace Ministry which are located in Chicago, Illinois, Bienville Parish in Arcadia, Louisiana, and Louisville, Mississippi. On February 26, 2019, The Love and Peace Ministry acknowledged its 22nd Anniversary.

Please come celebrate with Rev. Lorene Guyse at the Holy Ghost Temple Non Denominational, 175 Hill Street, Louisville, MS on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4 p.m. Special guests: Green County Mass Choir of Eutaw, AL and the Sunshine Boys of Louisville, MS. Dinner will be served in the fellowship hall. For further information, please call 662.831-0283.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Airport Board Recognizes Eaves for His Support

At the March Airport Board meeting, board president Mike Forster recognized Robert Eaves,
Louisville Public Works Director, for his contributions to the airport over the past 2 years. Forster made note of the fact that Robert had taken on much of the responsibility for air show preparations including the fencing, bleacher placement, and general site prep for the show. “We couldn’t have done it without the help from Robert and the city’s equipment and resources", said Forster. “He’s always there when you need him and he knows more about setting up the show now than I do.” Forster then presented Robert with an official Wings over Winston staff polo shirt.

The board expressed its approval with a round of applause.