Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

ECCC Softball Coaches Named South Region Staff of the Year

First year East Central Community College head softball coach Eric Neel and assistant coach Emily Church have been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II South Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Neel and Church led the ECCC Lady Warriors to a 28-14 record, including 21-7 in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges league play. East Central compiled a 13-game winning streak in April and finished the regular season ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA Division II Top 20.

The Lady Warriors, with only one sophomore and 14 freshmen on the roster, finished fourth in the 15-team MACJC league and qualified for the 2019 MACJC State Tournament.

“Coach Neel and Coach Church did an outstanding job of molding this group of almost entirely freshmen into one of the best teams in the state and country by the midpoint of the season, said Paul Nixon, ECCC’s director of athletics. “The team took some lumps early, playing mostly NCAA Division I programs in the fall and several NJCAA Division I schools in the preseason, but with the guidance and leadership from the coaches, the student-athletes came together and played some truly outstanding softball. Seeing firsthand how hard Coach Neel and Coach Church worked this past school year, it is gratifying to see them recognized by their coaches association for the team’s achievements this season.”

ECCC Head Softball Coach Eric Neel

ECCC Assistant Softball Coach Emily Church 

East Central Community College Announces 2019 Football Schedule

For the first time since the 2016 season, the East Central Community College football team will open the season at home.

Head Coach Ken Karcher and his Warriors will open the 2019 season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium as the Northwest Rangers visit Decatur for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on Thursday, Aug. 29.

East Central opened both the 2017 and 2018 football seasons with two straight road trips. For the third straight fall, all East Central football games will be played on a Thursday night.

The Warriors are coming off a 4-5 season and a fourth-place finish in the seven-team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division.

After hosting the 2015 NJCAA National Champion Rangers, the Warriors will remain at home to play Itawamba at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 5.

The first road trip of the year will be Thursday, Sept. 12, when East Central travels to Summit to play Southwest at 7 p.m. The Warriors will return home the following Thursday, Sept. 19, to face Pearl River in Bailey Stadium at 6:30 p.m.

Two road trips will follow, including the first visit to Scooba since 2013. East Central will face two-time defending national champion East Mississippi at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. The following Thursday, Oct. 3, the Warriors will be in Wesson to battle Copiah-Lincoln. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

Gulf Coast will visit Decatur on Oct. 10 for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff in Bailey Stadium, before the Warriors celebrate their annual Homecoming game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, against Hinds.

The 2019 regular season will close on the road with a trip to 2018 MACJC South Division Champion Jones on Thursday, Oct. 24. Kickoff from Ellisville is slated for 7 p.m.

Tickets to all home games are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and under. All ECCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid college ID.

All East Central Community College football games in 2019 can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3. The audio, as well as live stream video for all home games, will be streamed online at at

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Louisville/Winston Airport to receive $4.2 Million in Grant Funds

Mike Forster of the Louisville/Winston Airport Board shared good news with the Louisville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. The local airport has been awarded a sizable share of the recently announced $779 million of supplemental spending provided by the the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds are primarily earmarked for small and rural airports across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Per press release by DOT, 127 airports across the country received funds. The Louisville/Winston Airport was one of only three in the state of Mississippi to receive these federal grants.

Foster indicated that the Louisville facility will receive $4.2 million and that there will be no matching requirement for local funds. ( Often grants require local authorities to match a percent of the funds as a requirement - Louisville and Winston County will not have to contribute additional funds to receive the grant.)

Foster noted that there were specific uses required for the funds. The runway at the facility is "crowned" - affecting the line of sight from one end of the runway to the other. Runways need to meet grading standards so that objects and aircraft can be seen along the entire runway. Currently the runway does not meet those standards. The funds will be used to elevate the south end of the runway by as much as fifteen feet, add 150 feet of runway, resurface the entire runway and add LED runway lights to save utility costs. The funds will also be used to correct some ongoing drainage issues.

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Red Hills Festival Coming Up This Weekend!!

The 39th Annual Red Hills Festival is coming up this weekend. Make plans to attend. Activities start on Friday night, May 24th with a street party featuring music from Jason Turner and Chad Wesley. Crawfish and shrimp will be available and provided by Gregory's.

The Festival will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. and run till 4 p.m. There will be a 5K run starting at 7 a.m. And as always the Red Hills Car Show will be in the First Baptist Church parking lot. Check out the following flyers for more information on events and sponsors. There will be a wide variety of vendors and for the younger ones, a carnival will be available starting Friday night and through the day on Saturday located on Park Street just south of the Courthouse.

The festival will again include the First United Methodist’s Antique and Collectibles Show held in the Family Life Building of the Church on West Main and there will be a display of Art by the Red Hills Art Association in the Winston County Library.

Make plans to spend your day in downtown Louisville.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

NAACP 39th Freedom Fund Banquet Held

NAACP 39th Freedom Fund Banquet Held

By Elmetra Patterson
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L to R: Elmetra Patterson, Volunteer of the Year Award, NAACP President Dean Miller

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L to R: Frank Taylor, the Vernon Dahmer Award, and Elmetra Patterson

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  SSG Ivan D. Harrell, National Guard                 SFC Wilbert D. Holmes, National Guard

The 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Winston County Branch NAACP was held at the Mt. Olive Bethel Harmony District Association Building on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The building was packed with NAACP members, guest, elected officials and those running for elected positions. Police Chief L. M. Claiborne, who is retiring, was the Master of Order. He received praises for his service to the City of Louisville. The Honorable Will Hill sent a welcome from the city by Vice Mayor Eugene Crosby. The Honorable Julie Cunningham, Chancery Clerk, who is retiring also, brought greetings from Winston County.

President Dean Miller proudly greeted the crowd, “I consider it a high honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Winston County Branch of the NAACP and I warmly welcome you. Keeping our mission as a guidepost, we continue to work in many different facets to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of right for all persons, as well as to eliminate race-based discrimination. Together we have made significant strides in furthering causes that positively impact our community, such as providing free school supplies to area children, cultivating our youth in the Afro-Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) supporting our community by encouraging social and political awareness and action, as well as working with community leaders to ensure that our national strategic plan can be translated locally to benefit all residents of Winston County. This great work cannot be done without the hands, the hearts, and prayers of people like you. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I salute you for your steadfast support. Thank you for your attendance tonight.”

Entertainment was performed by the NAACP youth – The fabulous Sunshine Boys and Maya Clay, the 2019 Valedictorian of Louisville High School dramatized a poem. The Prince Voices of Victory sang the Negro National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Awards were presented by President Dean Miller and 1st Vice President Mother Anita Terrell.

1) Elmetra Patterson-Littleton received the Volunteer of the Year Award given to the individual who volunteers their time to help carry out the mission and vision of the Winston County Branch NAACP. This award was specifically for her work with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) which maintaining the landscape of Dean Park, which also includes partnering with other organizations for causes and teaching gardening skills and landscaping to seniors and children. She serves as the host agency supervisor for a grant from the Senior Community Service Employment (SCSEP) federal government program for seniors. This program is managed by The National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA). She and Dr. Richard Moncrief have trained seniors to be landscape assistants for nearly 11 years in this program. She is a member of the Winston County Master Gardeners Association. She, also, received the award for the Black History Month Exhibit at the Winston County Library that she curates yearly according to the National theme of the year. She is involved in voters’ registration and voters’ education. She writes articles for the local news media and assures that the TV Stations get press releases about positive activities and people in Winston County especially as it relates to African Americans.

2) Frank Taylor received The Vernon Dahmer Award presented to the individual, institution, or organization contributing most to both the youth and adult citizens of the African American community. This award is for his years as Team Leader of the Winston County Self-Help Coalition (WCSHC). Frank has provided outstanding leadership in the field of agriculture to help permeate positive change from within the community. WCSHC is based in Louisville, MS. According to Frank, its purpose is to save rural America and leave a legacy for future generations. Many small farmers in Winston and surrounding counties have benefited from his leadership. The youth have learned from the yearly Saving Rural America Conference that is held in January of each year. 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.

3) SFC Wilbert D. Holmes of Louisville and SSG Ivan D. Harrell of Starkville received an award in honor, appreciation and recognition of their military service in the National Guard. They belong to Company F-106, 2nd 114 Field Artillery Battalion. SFC Holmes graduated from Louisville High School in 1994 and has 24 years in the National Guard. He is the son-in-law of President Dean Miller being the spouse of Chiquita Long. They have one daughter. SSG Harrell has been National Guard for 12 years. Their plaque read that their dedication serves as an example for us all.

The guest speaker was introduced by Charles Hampton, former Mississippi State Conference NAACP and former president of the Winston County Branch NAACP. Speaker Scott Colom, was elected District Attorney for Circuit Court District Sixteen, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties in 2015. His speech was centered on the ideology of two African American men – Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Dubois – and their importance in American history. Jaiden Clemons, a freshman of Louisville High School entertained during Dinner.

The evening ended with remarks by Carolyn Hampton, Banquet Chairperson and President Dean Miller. Benediction was by Minister Bernard O’Neal of Hope Mission Ministries.

(All photos by Elton Rash of NeeCreations Photography, Noxapater, MS)

ECCC Men’s Tennis Finishes in Top 20 at National Championship

What is believed to be the first East Central Community College tennis team to compete at a national championship, the ECCC men’s tennis team returned to Decatur after reaching its goal of a top 20 finish.

The No. 22 ranked East Central Warriors finished in 19th place at the 2019 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men’s Tennis Championship held May 13-17 at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

“East Central went to its first national tournament and showed that it belongs with tennis programs that have student-athletes from all over the world,” said ECCC head tennis coach Jay Pacelli. “We battled on every flight and got some significant victories along the way. Our efforts enabled us to achieve our goal of a top 20 finish. The arrow is pointing up for EC tennis as we look forward to future trips to nationals!”

East Central finished third among the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges teams in the national tournament, including ahead of the Jones College and Itawamba Community College squads that bested the Warriors in the MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 Tournament in April.

Among the notable performances at the national championship, freshmen Chris Lawrance (York, Western Australia) and Isaac Santitto (Innisfail, Queensland, Australia) won their first match in the No. 1 Doubles Main Draw over the team from Pima Community College (Arizona), before falling in the next round to the team for Hinds Community College (Mississippi).

Freshman Peyton Chaney (Newton County) won his first match at No. 6 Singles Main Draw against an opponent from Kaskaskia College (Illinois), and then lost in the next round to the eventual national champion from Tyler Junior College (Texas).

East Central had four semifinalists in the Back Draw, including Lawrance at No. 1 Singles. He defeated his opponents from Pima and Wallace State Community College (Alabama), before falling to the eventual Back Draw Champion from USC Sumter (South Carolina).

Santitto advanced to the semifinals at No. 2 Singles Back Draw with a bye and a win over an opponent from College of Lake County (Illinois), before falling to his opponent from Iowa Central Community College.

The No. 2 Doubles team of Chaney and fellow freshman Dylan Barnett (Newton County) advanced to the semifinals with a bye and a defeat of the team from Pima, before falling to the team from New Mexico Military Institute.

The No. 3 Doubles team of sophomores Will Ladner (Stone County) and Jake Wofford (East Webster) also advanced to the semifinals with a bye and then a win over the team from Kaskaskia, before losing to the duo from Hinds.

Members of the 2019 East Central Community College Men’s Tennis Team that competed in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship in Tucson May 13-17 and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) freshman Kayro Serrano-Arteaga, Forest; freshman Jacob Gardner, Wayne County; freshman Dylan Barnett, Newton County; sophomore Jake Wofford, East Webster; and sophomore Isaac Keen, Winston Academy; and (back row, from left) freshman Peyton Chaney, Newton County; freshman Chris Lawrance, York, Western Australia, Scotch; freshman Dominick Donaldson, Florence; freshman Isaac Santitto, Innisfail, Queensland, Australia, Good Counsel; and sophomore Will Ladner, Stone County. (EC Photo)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

New ECCC Budget Holds Tuition, Room and Board Steady for 2019-20

The East Central Community College Board of Trustees has approved the college’s 2019-20 budget plan, which includes no increase in tuition or room and board for the upcoming academic year.

ECCC will hold tuition and room and board steady for the 2019-20 academic terms, while one fee will increase and a new fee for proposed career and technical dual credit courses has been added to the budget.

“We are always pleased when we do not have to raise the cost of tuition, but especially this coming year as we have implemented increases the two previous years,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “We were also able to hold room and board rates steady for the second straight year. These recommendations were possible because of the anticipated increase in state funding and because of the effective fiscal planning and budget management by everyone at the college.”

The board-approved budget plan for 2019-20 includes a $40 increase in the student activity fee, from $5 to $45, to support the college’s wellness program, as well as other student activities. The Warrior Wellness initiative was created in 2016 and supported through 2018 by two grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The fee increase will help ECCC sustain the program, which provides a campus fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and fitness classes, a wellness coordinator, expanding intramural options, indoor and outdoor activity areas such as sand volleyball courts and disc and foot golf, and various other health-related student activities and programs that promote a healthier and more active learning environment.

The plan also includes a new $35 per credit hour fee for Career & Technical dual credit courses that ECCC will begin offering to high schools in the five-county district in fall 2019. Dual Credit courses are those taught on the campus of the local high school by a local high school instructor who meets SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) faculty credential guidelines utilizing the postsecondary curriculum and student learning outcomes. The $35 per credit hour fee does not include the costs of textbooks, tools, educational supplies, or certification testing. All costs associated with these items will be the responsibility of the student or the high school.

The new budget was developed based on an anticipated $200,000 increase over last year in general education funds the college will receive from the state of Mississippi. Much of this additional revenue will be used to provide incremental salary and benefit increases for each employee classification at ECCC.

In addition to general education funds for recurring costs, East Central is also slated to receive $262,160 in repair and renovation funds and $1.3 million in bond funding to be used for campus construction and maintenance projects. Stewart said the new bond funds would be combined with an existing $2.2 million in bond money to construct a new Band Hall on campus.

“We’ve had bond money set aside for a much-needed Band Hall on campus for several years,” said Stewart. “We are very appreciative to receive the additional $1.3 million in bond money that we believe will now allow us to move forward with this project through the Bureau of Building, Grounds, and Real Property Management. The new facility will be located behind the existing Vickers Fine Arts Center and provide learning and practice areas for our various instrumental bands and vocal groups.”

The 2019-20 budget plan approved at the board’s May 14 meeting on the Decatur campus goes into effect on July 1, 2019. The fall 2019 semester at ECCC begins on Monday, Aug. 12.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Shooting Suspect Captured This Morning at Local Retailer By WCSO

A shooting suspect from Attala County was apprehended by the Winston County Sheriff’s Office this morning at the Louisville Wal Mart. Ryan Steen (21) was the subject of a B.O.L.O. issued by Attala County authorities in connection with a shooting of a female overnight at a residence on Hwy 12 West.

Sheriff officers received a tip that Steen was seen outside the Louisville Wal Mart at around 10:30 am this morning. Law enforcement was able to identify Steen and isolate him at the south side of the structure away from the public and make the arrest.

A heavy law enforcement presence resulted in little resistance from the suspect. A weapon was confiscated and Steen was taken to the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility. Since that time, officials from the Attala County Sheriff's Office have arrived to return Steen to Attala County.

The victim in the Attala County shooting was airlifted  to a Jackson Hospital and last reports indicated that she was in critical but stable condition.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Red Hills Art Competition Underway

Pictured is Larry and Barbara Howell and the art contest judge, Jeffrey Hodges, lead art instructor at EC since 2015.

Jeffery Hodges, art judge for the Red Hills art competition.

Season Ends for ECCC Softball Team

Season Ends for ECCC Lady Warriors in State Softball Tournament

Losses to Northeast and No. 3 Jones College in the 2019 MACJC State Tournament ended the season for the No. 14 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team.

East Central surrendered a four-run lead in the last two innings in an opening game 10-8 loss to the Northeast Lady Tigers that ended late in the night on May 8.

The Lady Warriors had to wait five days to get back on the diamond as rain forced the tournament to eventually be moved from the campus of Jones College in Ellisville to the turf fields of the Magee Sportsplex.

When the tournament resumed on Monday, May 13, East Central had to face defending national champion Jones College in an elimination game, with the No. 3 ranked Lady Bobcats taking an 8-3 win.

East Central, with only one sophomore on the 15-player roster, finished the season with a 28-14 overall record.

Weather forced the tournament to be shortened to one day, with a winners’ bracket and losers’ bracket finals. The two teams in the winner’s bracket final and the winner of the loser’s bracket, along with No. 1 ranked LSU-Eunice, advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Tournament at a site to be determined.

Leading 8-4 and needing just six outs to advance to the winners’ bracket, East Central gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and another in the top of the seventh as Northeast rallied for the 10-8 win. The Lady Tigers got five of their 12 hits in those final two at-bats, including a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner.

Trailing 2-0, East Central got three runs in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded single by freshman shortstop Hannah Dufault (Hurley, East Central) and a Northwest error. After the Lady Tigers regained the lead 4-3 with two runs in the top of the third, a three-run homer by Dufault in the bottom of the frame put the Lady Warriors on top 6-4. An RBI double in the fourth by sophomore designated hitter Annika Jones (Leake Academy) who later scored on an error put East Central up 8-4 before Northeast began its rally.

In the elimination game loss to Jones, the Lady Warriors led 2-1 after two innings thanks to a two-run single off the bat of freshman first baseman Kailee Swindle (Hattiesburg, Presbyterian Christian School). But the Lady Bobcats responded with four runs on four hits in the top of the third to grab a 5-2 lead.

Jones added another run in the fifth and then took an 8-2 lead in the top of the sixth when LP Trammell hit her 21st home run of the year, a two-run shot to left field.

East Central mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh as Swindled opened the inning with a single and eventually scored on an error on the Jones pitcher on a hard ground ball by freshman left fielder Olivia Houston (Northwest Rankin). With two outs and the bases loaded, freshman catcher Anna McNeer (Canton Academy) hit a hard line drive that was snagged by the Lady Bobcats’ third baseman to end the game.

Swindle led the Lady Warriors at the plate with three hits.

City of Louisville Appoints New Police Chief

New LPD Chief Sean Holdiness
Pursuant the planned retirement of Police Chief L.M. Claiborne, the Mayor & Louisville Board of Aldermen appointed the next Chief of Police in a recessed Board Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2019, at Louisville City Hall.

The recommendation was presented by Mayor Will Hill and after discussion the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Sean E. Holdiness as the new Police Chief. Sean E. Holdiness is retiring from an outstanding career with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and is currently Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi Air National Guard.

Mayor Will Hill along with current Chief L.M. Claiborne will introduce Police Chief Holdiness to the Louisville Police Department at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

The official start date has not yet been established for Chief Holdiness as he makes his many preparations. Chief Claiborne plans to retire at the end of June, 2019.

The City of Louisville Mayor & Board of Aldermen are grateful for Chief L.M. Claiborne's service to the City of Louisville for the past 13 years and applaud his lifetime commitment to law enforcement. The City is also grateful for the outstanding candidates who expressed interest in the position and look optimistically ahead to a smooth transition for the Police Department and the City of Louisville.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Crimestoppers Offers Reward for Info on Trailer Theft

Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a trailer theft that occurred on  May 5th in Winston County. A black enclosed 16' trailer was stolen from a property on Shuqualak Road. The trailer had some light damage to the front end.

If you have any information on this theft, contact Winston County Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's office at 6620773-5881.

Monday, May 13, 2019

WE CARE Summer Program

WE CARE will begin its summer tutoring program June 3rd and will run through July 31st.

M-W-F 10 am til 2 pm lunch is provided.

Subjects include Math, reading comprehension and added this year history.

Grades K-9 will be served.

Cost is $50 per month per family.

Volunteers needed if interested.

Call Carnette Hudson for more information at 662-705-1709.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Master Gardeners and Rainbow Partner with Louisville Group Home

L to R:  Master Gardeners Diana Northcutt, Letitia Jackson and Gail Smith
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

L to R:  Master Gardeners Diana Northcutt, Letitia Jackson and Gail Smith
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

The Winston County Master Gardeners Association donated two ‘raised salad beds’ for the Louisville Group Home (LGH), 465 Robinson Road. The gardeners plan to teach the residents gardening skills. The gardeners have communicated with Carol Mills of LGH and a decision has been made on the kind of plants the residents will want for this seasons. The rainbow present the day of the photos indicated to the gardeners that the project will be successful.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Master Gardeners Tour MSU Flower Beds

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L to R: Master Gardeners, Richard Moncrief, Diana Norcutt, Letitia ‘Cookie’ Jackson and
Jim Bo Hearnsberger, MSU Horticulturalist

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L to R: Master Gardeners, Letitia Jackson, Elmetra Patterson, Diana Norcutt, Johnna Williamson

The Winston County Master Gardeners Association members were encouraged by County Agent Jim McAdory to seek educational hours by touring Mississippi State University’s (MSU) grounds to see the flower beds. It was arranged by the Associate Director of Campus Landscape, Bart Prather for the gardeners to meet with horticulturalist, Jim Bo Hearnsberger, who would be their guide. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, five of the gardeners took advantage of this opportunity and found it to be a beautiful day for the adventure.

They learned that MSU, in 2015 and 2016, had been awarded a Green Star Award from the Maryland-based Professional Ground Management Society which is for exceptional grounds maintenance among U. S. universities and colleges. The society was founded in 1911 and has since dedicated it’s time to advancing the grounds management profession.

MSU is nearly a 142-year-land grant institution and takes tremendous pride in keeping its grounds beautiful. Landscape operations are part of the Campus Services division directed by Vice President Amy Tuck. The Winston County master gardeners were grateful that Winston County Agent Jim McAdory arranged the tour for them.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Spring Beautification Day with Walmart at Dean Park

On Good Friday, April 19, 2019, approximately sixty people came to Dean Park for the Spring Beautification Day on a chilly windy rainy day. Flowers were transplanted in beds and along the sidewalk to the pavilion by State Champions Louisville Wildcats girls and their coaches Hunter, Davis and Miller. Pine cones and pine needles were racked from around and near the playground. However, the rain deterred those who wanted to paint the swings and replace mulch on the playground.

This event was sponsored by Friends of Dean Park, Inc. and Walmart #183. Manager Matthew Wisecup and volunteers from Walmart prepared and served food which consisted of hamburgers, hotdogs polish sausage, nachos and cheese and assorted drinks.

Manager Wisecup took the opportunity at the event to present three community grants and later stated on Walmart’s Face book page, “We were honored to support the Spring Beautification Day at Dean Park and proud of our associates and community for coming together for such a worthy cause. Special thanks to our Louisville basketball team for their help at this event! Walmart is also excited to provide our annual community grants to the Louisville Fire Dept, Junior Auxiliary, and Friends of Dean Park!”

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Walmart manager Matthew Wisecup presents Community Grant to Friends of Dean Park, Inc.
To members: Elmetra Patterson, Richard Moncrief, Mary Waldrip and Jackie Eichelberger

It’s a Family Affair – a Mother’s Day Story

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L to R: Asia, Rita and Montana Eichelberger

This mother and daughters trio ended the school year triumphantly. Mother Rita Eichelberger graduated from Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies. Rita is known throughout the Louisville Municipal School District as being Parent of the Year for 4 years. After her youngest daughter Asia graduated from high school, she decided to complete her degree. Her graduation was, Saturday, May 4, 2019, with her daughters Asia and Montana, husband Paul Eichelberger, mother Johnny Kate Jackson, sisters Camille Jackson Loving and Danyell Jackson Logan, nephews Brent Logan and Dustin Loving, niece Adrianna Liddell and other family members in attendance. Her nephew Dustin Loving graduated with her.

Daughter Asia Eichelberger, a sophomore at the University of Mississippi-Oxford, this week was the recipient of the Rose Flenorl – Member of the Year Award and the Best Soprano Award both from the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir. Asia is embarking on a Cheerleader Camp this summer at the Louisville Coliseum June 17-21 and June 24-28. Check her face book page for application coming soon.

Daughter Montana Eichelberger, a junior at University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, was recently accepted into the Study Abroad program at the Universidad de Cadiz in Cadiz, Spain where she will participate in their 5-week program the summer of 2019. The study abroad program is an international exchange program that offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spain’s rich culture and heritage. Students will experience the excitement of Spanish music, beaches, mountains, countryside and the generosity of Spanish people.

It is a family affair.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Security Guard Injured at Local Club

Jermain Jackson

A Winston-Choctaw County Correctional Officer employed as a part-time security guard at a nightclub located on HighPoint-Weir Road was seriously injured on Sunday morning.  In the early morning hours at a club operated by David Goss, an altercation broke out between a man and a woman.

The guard, who is regularly employed with the Winston-Choctaw Correctional Facility was moonlighting as security for the club when the fight broke out.

As the security guard was attempting to diffuse the situation, the female subject's brother pulled out a small knife and proceeded to cut the guard's face and neck. The injuries sustained were extensive.

The guard was transported to Winston Medical Center and then eventually transported by ambulance to University Medical Center in Jackson due to the extent of his injuries.

He is currently out of ICU and doing well according to Sheriff Jason Pugh of Winston County. Pugh said this incident really hits home for many officers.

"He is a great security guard and also a volunteer firefighter. You couldn't ask for a better guy. He was just a man trying to make a little extra money for his family and it is so sad to see something like this happen," said Pugh.

The suspect in the case turned himself in to Captain Ed Hunt of the Louisville Police Department around 10 am on Sunday morning. He is identified as Jermain Jackson.
Bond was set for Jackson at $30,000.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Monday Morning Chase Leads to Arrest

Monday, April 29, Sheriff Jason Pugh of Winston County received a call from an individual from the Ellison Ridge community about a 16 ft. trailer that had gone missing.

Later that day, Pugh received another call from the owner saying he had possibly seen his trailer located in a yard on Puckett Road.

Sheriff Pugh and Chief Deputy Keith Alexander responded to the call. While driving down Highway 14 East, Pugh and Alexander spotted a truck with a trailer matching the description of the missing driving west bound.

The truck turned down Ellison Ridge Road as Pugh and Alexander turned around to try to make the traffic stop. The vehicle fled, going off-road into a barbed-wire fence, into a field and eventually through several individual's pastures and one homeowner's front yard.

As the truck reached Eaves road, the Sheriff's Department was able to box the vehicle in and ultimately take Will Ford and John Carnes into custody.

The owner of the 16 ft. trailer was contacted and was able to meet deputies to retrieve his stolen possession.

Chief Deputy Keith Alexander said that Ford and Carnes are currently under further investigation for multiple other thefts that have taken place in Winston County.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

LPD Officer Trainees Sworn In

Police Officer trainees Kylan K. Harris and James C. Mask were sworn in by Mayor Will Hill in the courtroom of Louisville City Hall this afternoon April 30, 2019 with family and friends in attendance. The two will attend the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy in August. Upon successful completion of this program, the officers will have received training in a wide range of law enforcement programs.They will then be certified Law Enforcement Officers for our fair city.

Officer trainee Kylan Harris

Officer trainee James Mask