Friday, August 30, 2019

High School Football Finals

Noxapater 32 - Eupora 15
Louisville 38 West Point 28
Union 35 Nanih Waiya 24
Winona Christian 32 Winston Academy 13

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Door of No Return 400 Year Anniversary of First Africans to Land in North America

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Emotions are raw as NAACP travelers tour Cape Coast Slave Dungeons in Ghana and participate in 
ancestry reveal as they commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Africans arrival to North America

It was August 1619, 400 hundred years ago that the first Africans arrived on the Dutch Man-of-War ship originating from Angola, arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, VA. According to most historians, these colonists were freemen and indentured servants. Some historians state that some were already slaves. For most, from indentured servants to slaves was a gradual process. They were seized from a captured slave Spanish ship by the Dutchmen and bought to Jamestown, VA. There were approximately 20 of them. Even though there were white and African indentured servants, the whites were viewed differently treated differently and in fact the blacks became slaves. Slavery developed quickly into an institution, into the normal labor relationship of whites to blacks in the so called New World. This bought about the racial feelings of hatred, superiority by whites, and contempt. Unfortunately, racism became important and necessary in the United States for economic reasons and for greed. People in Virginia were desperate for free labor to grow enough food to live. They needed labor to grow corn for subsistence, to grow tobacco for export. They could not force the natives to work for them. They could not capture them and keep them enslaved because the natives were tough and at home on the land. Therefore, it was easier to use Africans who did not know the land.

William Tucker was perhaps the first African to be born in the English colonies. In New York’s Hudson River Valley, Africans were imported as slaves to work on the farms of Dutch settlers. By 1649 the colony of Virginia had over 300 African slaves.

Later, most of the slaves were transported in the transatlantic slave trade from central and western Africa, who had been sold by other West Africans to Western European slave traders who bought them. According to the 1860 Census, there were 3,953.760 slaves counted which accounted for 2.6 percent of the national population.

Those racial feeling that started back in 1619 still exist today even though laws have been changed to eradicate injustice. Many laws were passed for the protection of runaway slaves and laws were passed to punish those who protected slaves. Slaves endured much abuse until after the Civil War which was all about slavery – although many claim it was just about state rights. Emancipation Proclamation and the Confiscation Acts in 1863 effectively ended slavery. However, a constitutional amendment was still needed to eradicate the institution from the entire nation. The 13th Amendment which was passed in 1865 ended slavery Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. During reconstruction, African Americans received more liberties than since their arrival in this country in that some radical Republicans were able to get legislation passed in congress which would; Civil Rights Act - passed in 1866; prevents states from denying rights and privileges to any U. S. citizen - 14th Amendment - ratified in 1868; gives the right to vote to all citizens (except women) regardless of their color, race, or condition of former servitude - 15th Amendment - passed in 1870; and empowers federal authorities to prosecute for violations of 14th and 15th amendments - Enforcement Act - passed in 1870.

Because the two great political parties sort of united after the Reconstruction ended, many African American felt as if their needs had been forgotten. Many of the legal decisions that had advanced African Americans rights during Reconstruction had been overturned and the Republican governments had failed to correct the problem of unequal land distribution in the South, a measure that might have given blacks the economic leverage they needed to protect their rights. Therefore, many African Americans became discontented and afraid for their lives and left the South by the thousands. Many moved to northern urban centers, such as Chicago and New York. Others moved to Kansas, a state in which there was an abundance of fertile land open to homesteaders and a strong Republican government that promised to treat African Americans fairly. During the 1870s, more than 20,000 southern blacks made the exodus to Kansas. There, many began to enjoy a decent existence.

This writer is the granddaughter of a slave whose name was Sam Eichelberger. It seems unusual since I am only 73 years old. My father, William James Eichelberger (a World War 1 Veteran) was 56 years old when I was born which gives me the status of a slave’s granddaughter. According to the census, Sam was 8 years old when slavery ended. He had been brought with his parents to Noxubee County with a white slave owner, W. H. Eichelberger from Newberry, South Carolina in 1860.

To commemorate the 400 Year Anniversary of the first Africans bought to the so called New World, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with 300 African Americans made its way down to Cape Coast, Ghana to tour the site where many of their ancestors were held in captivity before being transported across the Atlantic. This tour took place August 18-25, 2019.

Vanessa Mbonu, who serves as the Senior Communications Associate, blogged about the trip as follows:

After being welcomed by the Chiefs of Cape Coast at the local palace, the ambiance amongst the group soon turned somber as the group walked in unison from the palace to the Slave castles where millions of Africans suffered in dungeons at the hands of Europeans.

As the group went from chamber to chamber, hanging on to every word as the guide narrated the painful history of the ground they walked on; the agony in the air was almost tangible.

“This has been the most life-changing moment of my life,” whispered an elderly woman to her daughter as they exited the female dungeons and walked towards the Door of No Return – the last port of exit before being taken away from their homeland forever. Beyond the door of no return was a beach washing ashore to a fishing town. Locals cast their net into the ocean for the catch of the day, others sat on the steps of the castle looking upon their brothers and sisters, generations removed. A soft breeze blew as blew, and the waves of the ocean crashed ashore – a scene so serene it stood in stark contrast to the atrocities which occurred at that castle four centuries ago.

“They called this the ‘Door of No Return.’ They didn’t want you to come back but look at us now. You have returned. You have survived, and you have returned to us.” On the other side of the door stood a placard that read ‘Door of Return.'”

Walking through the Door of Return, they took their seats, heavyhearted, as they waited for the results of the African Ancestry reveal. People traced their roots to Cameroun, Togo, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and more. The Haynes family, a multigenerational family of women traveling from Howard County, MD, were the last participants to be called. The crowd erupted in cheers and tears of joy when it was announced they were matrilineal descendants of the Akan people of Ghana.

At a gala during the tour, Vice President of the Board of Directors of NAACP Karen Boykin-Towns stated, "What a privilege it is to be in this country. As we make this journey, it's important that we take what we learn here, and use it to fuel the fight when we get back to America." Another traveler stated, "It’s truly ironic that as this country celebrates 400 years of democracy, the Black community is still fighting for equal rights, justice and freedom."

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Door of No Return, the door the slaves passed through as they departed their country to become slaves

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

American Beautyberry Shines in Late Summer

One of my favorite Mississippi native plants is just starting to show its true landscape value. Of course, I’m referring to our native Callicarpa americana, known commonly and affectionately as the American beautyberry.

This plant is commonly found along the edges of woodlands and wild areas, and I think more gardeners need to grow it. Supporting this idea is the fact that American beautyberry has been named a Mississippi Medallion winner for 2020.

This deciduous shrub starts the year off as a leafless wallflower. New growth starts pushing out in midspring and joins the green background while gardeners are planting and enjoying all the colorful annuals.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Winston County Final (Unofficial) Runoff Election Results

With only one local race at stake, turnout for Tuesday's runoff was light.  Only 17.33% of registered voters participated with a roughly equal turnout of  Democrat and Republican voters. 2,109 out of 12,168 registered voters cast a ballot. The following are the unofficial final counts for those offices:

Winston County East Post Constable (5 Precincts only)
Deterron "Ty" Hardin 582
Lester K. Holdiness 579

Republican Governor
Tate Reeves  628
Bill Waller, Jr. 411

Republican Attorney General
Lynn Fitch    534
Andy Taggert 498

Republican Transportation Comm Northern Dist
John Caldwell  460
Geoffrey O. Yoste  547

Sen. Hyde-Smith Participates in ECCC Dedication of New Diesel Equipment Technology Facility

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (second from left) of Mississippi was among those helping East Central Community College and its partners celebrate the college’s new Diesel Equipment Technology program and new facility during ceremonies held Friday, Aug. 23, at the former U.S. Motors Plant site in Philadelphia.

Also participating were (from left) Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC president; Scott Boatner, pastor of West Philadelphia Baptist Church, who gave the invocation; John Rounsaville, state director for USDA Rural Development in Mississippi; and David Vowell, president of the Community Development Partnership. The project was a joint effort between ECCC, the city of Philadelphia, Neshoba County, Community Development Partnership, and USDA Rural Development. 

For more information on the Diesel Equipment Technology program, which runs from August to July each year, contact Wayne Eason, director of Career & Technical Education, at 601-635-6210 or email

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pair of Brothers Charged in Shooting - More Arrests Possible

A pair of brothers, Joe and Justin White have been charged in the shooting of two juveniles on
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 August 22 in a drive-by incident at the intersection of Goss Road and Minnie Miller Road in Winston County. They have been charged two counts of aggravated assault, drive-by-shooting, and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Both victims (ages 12 and 13) remain in serious condition in a Jackson hospital.

Sheriff Jason Pugh indicates that the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges are possible. The White brothers are currently held in the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility.

Monday, August 26, 2019

LPD Check Point Produces Drug Arrest

On Friday, August 23rd 2019, Officers with the Louisville Police Dept were conducting a safety
checkpoint, and were alerted by the smell of what they believed to be marijuana, coming from a vehicle.

Upon further investigation of the vehicle, Officers discovered a large quantity of suspected ecstasy tablets and THC oil. Officers also found approximately 1 1/2 ounces of suspected marijuana, suspected crack cocaine and a firearm. 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Odell Steen of Louisville. Steen was charged with the following: possession of marijuana more than 30 grams, possession of controlled substance schedule 1, possession of controlled substance schedule 2, trafficking a controlled substance.

Runoff Elections Tomorrow - Sample Ballots

Runoff elections are set for Tuesday, August 27 across the state. Candidates that did not recieve a 50% majority (plus 1) in the August 6th primary are on the ballot. In Winston County, there is only one office on the ballot and it is limited to 5 precincts. The position of East Post Constable will be voted on at Fairgrounds, Nanih Waiya, Mill Creek, East Winston and Lovorn. (There will be no Democratic ballot in all other precincts as there are no contested state races in the Democratic Party)

On the Republican side, while there are no local races on the ballot, but there are a number of contested state races including the Governor's Office. 

If you voted in the August 6th primary, you must vote in the same party runoff as you voted in the primary. For example, if you voted in the Democratic primary - you must vote in the Democratic Runoff.

If you did not vote in either primary and are a registered voter, you may vote in either runoff.  See sample ballots below:

Friday, August 23, 2019

Two Juveniles Injured in Shooting on Thursday Night

The Winston County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting around 8:30 pm last night (Thursday) at the intersection of Goss Road and Minnie Miller Road. Two juveniles, ages 12 and 13 were shot from a vehicle traveling on the roadway. Both youths are in serious condition and were transported to Jackson.

Sheriff Jason Pugh indicates that 2 adult suspects are in custody,Lakelvin Hughes and Joe White and more arrests are likely. The vehicle believed to be used in the incident is in possession of law enforcement as well as a gun that may have been used in the crime.

The possible motive for the shootings is still under investigation.

There is no update on the condition of the victims as of 10 am this morning.

Nanih Waiya Chapter DAR August Meeting

The August meeting of the local Nanih Waiya DAR Chapter was held on August 22 at Market Cafe. Guest speaker David Teske spoke to the group on the topic "Star Gazing in the Summertime!". Two new members, Linda White and Beverly Ballard, were scorn in by Deanie Graves.

Linda White and Beverly Ballard,

David Teske

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ice Cream Social

The Pilot Club of Louisville helped sponsor the Anchor Club of Winston County Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social was to inform and recruit new Anchor Club members for the upcoming year.

 Pictured are: Laura Brown, Alice Wooten, Maddie Edwards, Gail Massey and Kathy Sinclair.

Treats for Teachers

The Education Committee of the Pilot Club of Louisville provided donuts and orange juice to the Special Education teachers and shared extra donuts with the police department and the caregivers at BeeHive.
Pictured from l to r: DeLaine Woodruff, Kathy Sinclair, Heather
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Pilots pictured l to r:  Babs Fulton, Connie Estes, Heather Bouchillon, DeLaine Woodruff and Kathy Sinclair.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Casseroles for Caregivers

The Pilot Club of Louisville prepared Casseroles for Caregivers and distributed them to caregivers in the area.

Celebrate “Library Card Sign-Up Month” with the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

“Library Card Sign-Up Month” starts September 3rd and runs through September 30th at all Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) locations. During this month long event, MMRLS would like to invite and encourage all residents of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston counties to visit their local branch location and ask any of our staff members about signing up for a library card.

A library card opens up a world of free movies, television shows, e-books, audio books, comic books/graphic novels/manga, high speed internet access, online databases, programming for the entire family, and over 3 million books. A visit to your local library also provides you and your family with a sense of community, an event to build family time around, and the opportunity to advance in your education, job, or hobbies using your local resources.

Ready to sign up? It’s easy! All you need is a photo ID and proof of address. Lose your library card? No problem! During the month of September current library users who have lost their library card may obtain a replacement card completely free of charge. Visit or call your local library for more information.

Why not visit your local Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) branch and see everything we have to offer you and your family? You may just be surprised by the selection of options that are available locally for free. Also be sure to check out our online offerings at

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Full House for G.E. Johnson Book Event

Had a full house for the author event with G. E. Johnson at the Winston County Library Monday, August 19, 2019. The author is seated in this photo, signing a book for Judy Post (right). Behind her stands her “Louisville family”, Mary Tabor, Brenda Tabor Hunt, Kathleen Read and Bill Tabor..

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Music Festival Sponsors Pre-Festival Event - Sept 27

Tickets available at Lake Tiak O'Khata, Winston Furniture and WinstonWebNews location

Sturgis Bike Rally Popscile Run

The Lion's Club of Louisville and the local Boy Scout troop served popsicles and cold water to the participants of the Sturgis Bike Rally Popsicle Run on Friday, August 16 at the Louisville Coliseum.

Friday, August 16, 2019

69th McMillin & Related Families Reunion ~ 2019

Ninety-four McMillin kin gathered for a two day annual reunion on July 28th & 29th at Lake Tiak O’Khata. There were 25 children attending this year – the largest number in many years. This annual gathering first began in 1951 and is a branch of the Clan McMillin Society of North America, which itself was founded in 1958. Both groups are branches of Clan MacMillan International. founded in 1892. The MacMillan clan is one of the oldest clans in Scotland.

Saturday evening, the McMillins enjoyed the traditional cookout in the Pine Ridge Lodge… and it was again gifted by an anonymous donor. President, David Carlton McMillin of Monroe, LA, pleased his group with hamburgers, hotdogs, and bratwurst. Mrs. Carol McMillin of Vicksburg, brought an entire sheet cake decorated in MacMillan colors depicting the 69th reunion. Once again, Mrs. Shirley McMillin, of Carthage, delighted all with her Vanilla Wafer Cake. Others brought side dishes and other desserts to share. MacMillan tartans and the McMillin banner hung outside to greet the guests.

Day two began on Sunday morning as Tim Gordon, native of Carthage and frequent traveler to Scotland welcomed the group under the pines with his melodious sounds on the bagpipes.

Bonnie Broadway of Pascagoula and Janet Donoho of Dallas, TX, once again assisted with the registration and name tags.

Presley Alerts Public of Scam Involving Local High School Spirit Items

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is alerting the public of an ongoing scam in the state. A person claiming to be with Concepts, Inc. is contacting local businesses and citizens asking them to sponsor the local high school by purchasing spirit items such as footballs, rally rags, pep rally items, etc. These calls are coming from a 678 or 404 area code or 1-866-397-7330 and are often asking for sponsorships over $800.

“I am asking for the public’s help in prosecuting this scam artist. Anyone called by this number or who has sent money to this fraudulent company should contact our investigators immediately,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley.

If you have been contacted by someone with Concepts, Inc. asking to sponsor a local high school please contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722 or

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Louisville Traffic Stop Results in Multiple Charges

On Tuesday August 13th, 2019 at approximately 532 PM, a Louisville Police Officer made a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Mill Street and North Martin Luther King Drive for failure to stop at stop sign. As a result of the stop, Officers seized a small amount of alleged marijuana and ecstasy.

The vehicle was then impounded and the driver transported to the Winston County Correctional Facility. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Latoya Porter. She was charged with failure to stop for traffic control device, suspended drivers license, no proof of liability insurance, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, and possession of scheduled 1 narcotics. She appeared in Louisville Municipal Court before Judge David Wilson where her bond was set $7,500. 

The Louisville Police Department urges anyone with information on a crime or illegal activity to please contact them at 662-773-3511. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Presley Announces State’s First Two High-Speed/Broadband Providers Formed by Electric Power Cooperatives Following Passage of “Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act”

Commissioner Likens it to When President Roosevelt Brought Electricity to Rural Mississippi

Tupelo, MS (August 9, 2019) – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that Boards of Directors of Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (TV EPA) in Batesville and the Tombigbee Electric Power Association (Tombigbee EPA)in Tupelo have voted and publicly announced that they will form an affiliate company to offer high-speed internet/broadband service to their members and to begin construction on the first phase of construction to offer broadband service to their regions becoming the state’s first two cooperative to begin offering high-speed internet service since the passage of the “Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act” in this year’s legislative session.

“In the last two days, we have begun bridging the digital divide in Mississippi for rural people. I feel as if we are standing at the same point in history as when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the TVA brought electricity to rural North Mississippi. In the 1930s, Tombigbee and Tallahatchie Electric Power Associations brought the modern technology of that day, electricity, to the rural people who didn’t have it. In these past two days, they are embarking on doing the same for today’s technology, broadband internet service. These actions today will be a turning point in the lives of rural Mississippians and we will look back on this as the turning point in saving rural Mississippi.”

Tombigbee EPA is not affiliated with Tombigbee Electric Cooperative in Alabama, the example many Mississippi EPAs reference when looking to models of power cooperatives offering broadband service.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Legion Park Music Festival Set for September 28

Presley Forbids Utilities to Charge Customers for Private, Corporate Jets Expenses

Jackson, Mississippi (August 9, 2019) – Yesterday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission unanimously voted to no longer allow utility companies to charge customers for expenses related to private, corporate jets. Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley stated these expenses should not be the responsibility of customers.

“It’s a shame and a disgrace that utility companies would charge their customers for private, corporate jets and all the costs of operating them. I refuse to allow the customers to fund their luxurious lifestyles. If they want a corporate jet, they can pay for it themselves out of their own pockets,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley.

This idea was first proposed by Commissioner Presley in 2018 in an effort to protect customers from unreasonable costs on their bills. For more information contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.

Friday, August 9, 2019

NAACP’S Back To School/Stay In School Rally

426 Backpacks donated by Project Impact distributed to all schools in Louisville Municipal School District.

Some random photos from the NAACP’s Back to School Stay in School Rally held Thursday, August 1, 2019.
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    Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson