Saturday, September 14, 2019

Let's Play Ball!!

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Mayor Will Hill welcomed tournament players to new Ivy Park ball fields, which were made possible by a received grant after the 2014 tornado.
Mayor Hill throws first pitch to start the tournament.
The children are really enjoying the Ivy Park Splash Pads and Playground at the tournament.

Public Reports of Suspicious Activities Lead to Arrest

The Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at #6 Walnut Street Apartments on Wednesday September 11, 2019. Alexander Eiland was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Cocaine, digital scales and packaging material were found during the search. Eiland is currently on probation after serving time for aggravated assault and multiple counts of sale of cocaine.

This investigation was initiated by information from the public. Sheriff Pugh encourages the public to report any suspicious activity and appreciates those willing to come forward and provide the information needed to prosecute drug violators. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information through CrimeStoppers at (662)773-9999.

Don’t Miss 2019 ECCC Wall O’ Sound Halftime Show “Guido’s Last Stand”

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band include (first row, from left) Jasmin McDonald, Olivia Adams, Hanna McKinion, Shaela Roberts, Nina Moore, Maggie Lott, Tori Seale, Chloe Gressett, Abby Null, Alexis Gaines, and Kaitlyn Kyzar; (second row, from left) Luke Wall, Sarah Sanders, Carly Greenwood, Tiara Dawkins, Kayleigh Sellers, Jasmin Brooks, Lydia Bishop, Amberlee Akin, Megan Boulton, and Jorian Jackson; (third row, from left) Victoria Wright, Tykeia Hathorn, Janiya Palm, Jamiah Bloodsaw, Helen McGee, Tristan Sanderson, Jesmy Bravo, Amy Salvador, Destiny McKee, Destiny Parrott, Magen Burnham, Abigail Clarke, Katelyn Massey, and Kolton Peyson; (fourth row, from left) Abbie Newell, Lauren Bounds, Anson Deering, Olivia Ferguson, Jeremy Boler, Lexi Hannah, Kelly Rosas, Ashley Marin, Katelyn Frederick, Alison Watson, Cameo Odom, Kaitlyn Irwin, and Lakenya Triplett; (fifth row, from left) Dakota Brown, Robert Ward, Kyle Skinner, Allison Pickle, Lillie Chapman, Angel Mondragon, Cheyenne Brown, Hannah Blythe, Dalton Fayette, Lauren Gilmer, Katie Evans, Dakota McMiller, Lauren Foley, and Hannah Mitchell ; (sixth row, from left) Danielle Copeland, Sophie Wilkerson, Jon Collins, Ethen Nicholson, Timothy Johnson, Na’Tya Smith, Maiya Campbell, Taylor Smith, Kyle Jensen, Richard Kienle, Jacob Crout, Crystal Pierce, and Rhianna Gentry; (seventh row, from left) Kaitlyn Goforth, Ashton Massey, Khamiyah Walker, Mason Rover, Jamerius Clemons, Taylor Goss, Britney Patten, Wesley Akins, Martez Nichols, Josh Mitchell, Jovani Mondragon, and Naziah Gunn; (eighth row, from left) Madyson Warren, Destinie Lloyd, Ethan Gentry, Zack Malone, Mitch Gentry, Cameron Jackson, LaDarrious Washington, Jacolby Jenkins, Zane McElhenney, Taylor Clark, and Camille Dixon; (ninth row, from left) Anilya Lindsey, Asa Keats, Chris Johnson, Samantha Olmedo, Giuliana Donato, Emily Williams, Keely Spears, Lauren Baysinger, Emma Long, Shakia Norman, Kaitlyn Morris, and Justina Dixon; (tenth row, from left) Genesis Lyons, Christopher Windham, Evan Miles, Audry Pugh, Zach McLain, Kirsten Loper, Lance Sanders, Ethan Wysocki, Japheth John, Harper Todd, Juiliann Pohlig, Camilla Addy, and Alex Evans; and (back row, from left) Connor Phillipson, Angel Kelly, Malachi Beasley, Jeremy Collins, A’Dontay Williams, Roderick Edwards, Jerry Davidson, Ciara Viverette, and Denniah Campbell. (EC Photo)

After 37 years as a music educator, Ed Girling is bowing out in style as his 2019 East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Marching Band presents “Guido’s Last Stand” for its halftime show.

Director Ed Girling said, “This is the final show I will design. I have taken some favorite tunes from past shows here and my other schools and even tunes that I have arranged for other groups. This is a show that audiences will want to experience again and again.”

Tunes include “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi, “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione, “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers, “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry, “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal, and “We are the Champions” by Queen, among others.

The band performs at halftime of all ECCC home football games. In addition, the full band will travel to Scooba on Sept. 26 to perform at halftime of the East Central vs. East Mississippi Community College football game. A Pep Band travels to all away games.

The 2019 Wall O’ Sound features 137 musicians and auxiliary members from the college’s district of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, as well as other towns throughout the state.

In addition to Girling, staff members include assistant director Zach Langley, Centralette coordinator Tayler Stephens, color guard coordinator Stacey Sanders and percussion coordinator Malcolm McBride.

For more information on how to become a member of the Wall O’ Sound, contact Girling at 601-635-6123 or email

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College Centralettes dance line and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) Tiara Dawkins, Newton County; Nina Moore, Newton County; Shaela Roberts, Enterprise; Hanna McKinion, Nanih Waiya; Amberlee Akin, West Lauderdale; Alexis Gaines, Newton County; Chloe Gressett, Newton County; Megan Boulton, Newton County; and Lydia Bishop, Sebastopol; and (back row, from left) Maggie Lott, Clinton; Sarah Sanders, Newton County; Jasmin Brooks, Newton County; Abby Elizabeth Null, West Lauderdale; Olivia Adams, Neshoba Central; Tori Seale, Neshoba Central; Carly Greenwood, Neshoba Central; and Kayleigh Sellers Neshoba Central. Tayler Stephens serves as coordinator (EC Photo)

Submitted by: Maria McLeod

Friday, September 13, 2019

High School Football Scores

Louisville 7  Starkville 35
Winston Academy  35 Sylva Bay 7
Nanih Waiya 67 TCPS 28
Noxapater 22   Smithville 14 overtime

FDA MedWatch: Zantac (ranitidine) - Safety Information

MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

TOPIC: Zantac (ranitidine): Safety Information - NDMA Found in Samples of Some Ranitidine Medicines

AUDIENCE: Consumer, Patient, Health Professional, Pharmacy

ISSUE: FDA has learned that some ranitidine medicines, including some products commonly known as the brand-name drug Zantac, contain a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at low levels. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests. NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.

BACKGROUND: Ranitidine is an over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drug. Ranitidine is an H2 (histamine-2) blocker, which decreases the amount of acid created by the stomach. Over-the-counter Ranitidine is approved to prevent and relieve heartburn associated with acid ingestion and sour stomach. Prescription Ranitidine is approved for multiple indications, including treatment and prevention of ulcers of the stomach and intestines and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The FDA has been investigating NDMA and other nitrosamine impurities in blood pressure and heart failure medicines called Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARBs) since last year. In the case of ARBs, the FDA has recommended numerous recalls as it discovered unacceptable levels of nitrosamines.

RECOMMENDATION: The FDA is not calling for individuals to stop taking ranitidine at this time; however, patients taking prescription ranitidine who wish to discontinue use should talk to their health care professional about other treatment options. People taking OTC ranitidine could consider using other OTC medicines approved for their condition. There are multiple drugs on the market that are approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:


Rong Shing Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs and Milk in FuPaiYuan Nougat Candies

Rong Shing of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 450g packages of FuPaiYuan Nougat candy because they may contain undeclared eggs and milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to eggs and milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

FuPaiYuan Nougat candy was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product comes in 450g, clear plastic package marked with lot #20190424 on the top and a “Best Before: 01/23/2020” stamped on the box. The product UPC code is 6926098773012.

No illness or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling be New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared eggs and milk in the 450g packages of FuPaiYuan which did not declare eggs and milk ingredient on the label.

Consumers who have purchased 450g packages of FuPaiYuan are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-308-1177.

Rong Shing Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs and Milk in FuPaiYuan Matcha Candies

Rong Shing of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 450g packages of FuPaiYuan Matcha candy because they may contain undeclared eggs and milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to eggs and milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

FuPaiYuan Matcha candy was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. The product comes in 450g, clear plastic package marked with lot #20181126 on the top and a “Best Before: 08/25/2019” stamped on the box. The product UPC code is 6922828864784.

No illness or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling be New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared eggs and milk in the 450g packages of FuPaiYuan which did not declare eggs and milk ingredient on the label.

Consumers who have purchased 450g packages of FuPaiYuan are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-308-1177.

Stark Group International Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergens in Ritter Sport KAFFEESPLITTER - 3.5 Ounce /100 Gram

Stark Group International of Greenvale, NY is recalling all codes of its 100 gram packages of Ritter Sport -KAFFEESPLITTER because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Ritter Sport KAFFEESPLITTER were distributed nationwide in retail stores. The product comes in a 3.5 ounce/100 gram, brown plastic package. The product UPC code is 000417 927002.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared milk allergens in the 3.5 ounce/100 gram packages of Ritter Sport– KAFFEESPLITTER which did not declare a milk ingredient on the label.

Consumers who have purchased the 3.5 ounce/100 gram packages of Ritter Sport – KAFFEESPLITTER are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 516-626-3704.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mayor's Youth Council Sign Up Deadline - October 4th


Applications are available at Louisville City Hall or visit for application (homepage link).

Applications are to be completed and submitted to:
200 South Church Avenue
Louisville, MS 39339
On or before
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019, by 4:00 P.M.

A Mayor's Youth Council is a group of young people working toward the common purpose of developing their individual leadership skills to strengthen their communities through volunteer service and increased communication with municipal leaders. Youth develop and lead initiatives with the support of adult mentors. A Mayor's Youth Council is more than just a service club because members determine to train and involve their peers in service leadership. They also provide valuable insight on issues affecting youth and the community. The Louisville MYC creates opportunities for personal development, community engagement, and community service hours.

Will Hill, Mayor of the City of Louisville, Mississippi

Fall Gardening with Winston County Master Gardeners

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L to R:  Rebecca Gravett, Letitia ‘Cookie’ Jackson, Dr. Jeff Wilson, Elmetra Patterson, 
Diana Norcutt, Johnna Williamson, Gail Smith and Beverly Combs

On September 5, 2019, the Winston County Master Gardeners had a wonderful dinner and class on Fall Gardening with Dr. Jeff Wilson, Assistant Professor at MSU-Extension in Horticulture as the State Master Gardener Coordinator, and with county agent Jim McAdory. The dinner was sponsored by Firewise which is a program sponsored by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The information from Firewise is very pertinent to gardeners and landscapers. The suggestions to protect homes as suggested in the Firewise Handbook are as follows:

. Create a survival zone around the house by reducing or eliminating vegetation at least 30 feet on all sides of the structure.

. Remove branches that overhang the roof, providing six to eight feet of clearance.

. Choose drought-resistant plants and don’t use plants near your house that have resinous, oily, or waxy leaves.

. Select ignition-resistant building materials.

. Choose building sites away from slopes.

. Provide fire apparatus with safe and easy access to your property.

Fall gardening was the main topic of the evening. Dr. Wilson suggested that gardeners get their soil tested. Some of the suggested vegetables to plant in the fall: beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, turnips, collards, green onions, lettuce, cauliflowers, peas, spinach, green beans, radishes, kale and mustards. Many of the vegetables that are planted in the summer will grow through December in this area - especially tomatoes, squash, herbs, okra and peppers. Winter gardening starts in January. However, some of the fall plants will continue to grow, especially sage, parsley, oregano, collards, mustards and onions.

County Agent McAdory announced that there might be raised beds available in the Cultivating Patch Garden in January 2020. If anyone is interested, please contact him at 662.773-3091.

Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR Celebrates Constitution Week

The national celebration of Constitution Week begins on September 17, 2019. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D, Eisenhower.

The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the  foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September, 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

All citizens across the country were encouraged to take time during the week of September 17-23 to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to celebrate America.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Legion Park Music Festival Set for Sept 28

The 2nd Annual “Runnin' n’ Strummin' – Legion State Park Music Festival is fast approaching.The
 two-day event, scheduled for Friday Evening September 27th and all day and evening on Saturday, September 28 will be held in the shaded confines and the historic CCC Lodge of Legion State Park located on N. Columbus Avenue in Louisville.

The Friday Evening Pre-Festival Event will include dining and music at beautiful Lake Tiak O’Khata. The trio of “Thirty Fingers” is scheduled to perform easy listening and classic rock from 6 - 9. These tickets are available at the locations below, as well as Lake Tiak O’Khata. Tickets are limited for this Pre-Festival event so make your plans now.
The Reed Brothers

The morning kicks off early as runners register for the 5K Runnin’ n’ Strummin’ Race scheduled for 9:00 am. Applications and more info are available on the website.

There is a full musical line-up at the Lodge following an opening ceremony at 8 am and music beginning at 8:30 with acts such as “The Reed Brothers, Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers, The Darden Sisters with Jeremy Jernigan and the Starkville Dulcimers.

At lunch time, the music venue moves to the outdoor venue ‘In The Pines’ where food and craft vendors will be available. Performers include Estes Switch, Jodie Ross, Wes Stapp and Ken Sanders, Tracy McCully, Jeffrey Rupp’s Mississippi Blues Band, Dallas Dixon, Jeanne & Daryl Jones and Chuck Luke. Also on hand, will be Alan Winters, a Native American flutist.

As the afternoon winds down we will move from the ‘In The Pines Venue’ back to the acoustically
unique CCC Lodge where Sciples Mill Opry with Seth Holmes will open our evening Jam Session. The evening events in the Lodge are scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm. Bring your guitar, harp, banjo or just your own self to sing and clap along.

There will be a variety of programs available during the day for the kids as well.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased from Winston Furniture Company in downtown Louisville, WinstonWebNews on South Columbus Avenue and from any “Friends of Legion Park members.” You may also contact us directly at or and we will make arrangement for advance tickets.

More detailed information is posted on the website at

or at Legion Music Festival on Facebook

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, your kids, granny, pawpaw and cousin Cletus and plan to make a day of it at Legion State Park on Saturday, September 28 for a "rip-roarin" good time.

Additional Information:
  • · Once admission is paid, attendees may re-enter and exit as needed.
  • · Proceeds go to “Friends of the Park (Nonprofit) to benefit projects within Legion State Park.
  • · Please – no pets or alcohol (alcohol is not permitted on state park grounds)

Friday, September 6, 2019

High School Football Scores

Louisville 32  Columbus  6
Nanih Waiya 27   Choctaw Central 13
Starkville Academy 22 Noxapater 7
Winston Academy 20 East Rankin 21

RHAF Presents "Taste and Toast the Arts" Sept. 24

The Red Hills Art Foundation has announced a special "Taste and Toast the Arts" event to be held Tuesday, September 24, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at The Market Cafe in Louisville. RHAF President Mary Snow explained that proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization's ongoing project to assist the city in restoring and refurbishing the historic Strand Theater in downtown Louisville.

Snow said, "My generation, and those before us, have had the unique opportunity to be exposed to the arts over the course of our lifetimes. Louisville and Winston County have proven themselves over the years to be a bastion for the arts, but perhaps never more so than today. The City of Louisville has purchased the Strand with an inspired plan to convert it to a community arts center. This has been a dream of RHAF for more than 20 years and we truly believe it's going to happen."

The special event is being donated by Johnny and Alice Wooten as a means of supporting the arts in Louisville and Winston County. Johnny Wooten explained, "Everyone who knows me knows how much I love athletics and other recreational activities. But I was fortunate to be exposed to the arts during my childhood and youth. It made a difference in my life and I want to see future generations here in our hometown have that same opportunity through a fully functioning arts center. An athlete who appreciates a good theatrical event or a beautiful painting is an especially blessed person!"

The event will feature delicious hors d'oeuvres created by Chef Wooten and accompanied by many of the offerings from Ala Carte Alice. There will also be complimenting wines and beverages all of which will be served in a festive atmosphere at The Market Cafe on Main Street. Musical entertainment will be provided by Fernando Aloisi and Mark Goldbeck. In addition, representatives from the Red Hills Art Association, Red Hills Arts Theatrical Society, Music Club, Photography Club and one of our city's dance organizations will have booths set up to explain their many programs and genres of art. A nice door price basket, including a Fender guitar donated by Jason Stewart and Burnt Orange Studio will be given away to some lucky attendee.

Snow said, "We can't thank adequately thank the Wootens and Burnt Orange Studios for such phenomenal gifts as this "Taste and Toast the Arts" event. This is an opportunity for our entire community to come out and support the arts in a fun and delicious way!"

Tickets for the event are on sale now at the Chamber of Commerce office and are $30 each. The Red Hills Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

PSC Charges 8 Telemarketers for No-Call Violations Totaling in $3.8 Million in Fines

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission has charged multiple telemarketers with violations of the Mississippi No-Call law. 

The PSC’s investigation found that these 8 companies made 775 illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a $5,000 per call fine; totaling $3,875,000. Notices of alleged violations have been recently filed against the following companies:

  • MediaStratX
  • United Support
  • Advanced Marketing Science+Siptones
  • Olufemi Davis Phipps
  • Ameri Help, LLC
  • Emergent Marketing, LLC
  • Fusion Data Services

“I’ve asked our staff to leave no stone unturned. We have doubled our efforts to stop these predators. These companies will get the message that we mean business. We will stop these predatory calls on Mississippians,” said Commissioner Presley.

Presley encouraged Mississippians to download the PSC’s new smartphone app, which can be found by searching “PSC No-Call” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Marketplace. The app allows citizens to immediately report calls to the PSC from their cell phones. Also, landline phones can be registered at 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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Bonzy's Legacy

by Ron Gammill.....

Many of you who grew up in Louisville during the early sixties will likely remember the name -Bonzy Darden. You might remember "Bonzy Darden and the 4-Ds" playing for school dances. Several of us who were getting interested in rock n' roll and playing guitars & drums, and even starting a little dance band, remember Bonzy very well.
Bonzy, along with four of his sons, had a Rhythm n' Blues Band ... a Soul Band if you will, that played for our local dances at the VFW and Armory. Bonzy was playing the bass guitar; the youngest son (if my memory is correct) was on the drums; another son on guitar and an older son doing the vocals. It was great! You name the song and they could play it!

Bonzy and his sons were not only excellent musicians, but were very generous in many respects. For example, I don't remember doing a lot of dancing at those events because I was far too busy trying to figure out how that lead guitar player was playing those chords and moving up and down the guitar neck with such ease. I can still see Bonzy's smile as he played and watched me trying to learn a new lick or two. It was always an encouraging grin.

After getting to know Bonzy and his sons, and learning that they often practiced in the evenings after Bonzy got home from work, several of us would casually drop by to listen to their practice sessions. Bonzy and his wife were always welcoming to us. It was a great time for us aspiring young musicians. We heard the records on the radio or TV, and would go by Bonzy's practice sessions to watch the 4-D's, with great ease, play the songs we were so hungry to figure out.

Fast forward to Louisville's 2019 Red Hills Festival. I had an unexpected reunion with three of

Bonzy's daughters (left to right), Tawona Hickman, Annette Jernigan and Linda Miller. Tawona is the youngest of the Darden sisters and arrived on the scene a little too late to have performed with the 4-D's, and Annette was just a toddler during the time of the 4-D's. Linda Miller was a part of the group when she was about 10. Another sister, Lee Smith (pictured below), was a member of the group at age 14. As the girls married and left Louisville, Linda became the female singer of the 4-D's and at one time the group advertised themselves as The 4-D's featuring "Little Linda". Bonzy was also a marketing genius!

Today, when the Darden Sisters perform, Annette and Linda provide "back ground vocals" for sister Lee who sings at churches, weddings, funerals, and concerts around Louisville and the surrounding area on a regular basis. Most recently, the Darden Sisters performed at the Louisville Nursing Home in June.

Linda remarked, "when Ron asked us to sing at the Legion Park Music Festival we decided to "polish up" our singing to honor and represent our Dad, with some Gospel Music."

Now the musical reach of Bonzy Darden does not stop here. The Darden Sisters will be accompanied on the organ at the Festival by Jeremy Jernigan, Annette's son and
Bonzy's grandson. Jeremy recently graduated with a degree in music from Mississippi State University. Bonzy has just got to be smiling!

Reminiscing, Linda remarked, "We were all probably running around the house when Ron Gammill and his friends were visiting in our home with Dad and my brothers. Our oldest sister Shirley, who now lives in Indiana, was also part of the 4-D's 'back in the day'." Bonzy had six daughters and six sons. Some were a part of the 4-D's and some weren't. The one thing for sure, the house was always full of music.

Be sure to come out and hear The Darden Sisters with Jeremy Jernigan Saturday morning at the CCC Lodge at the Legion State Park Music Festival.

Runnin n Strummin - Legion Park Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 28.

Winston Farm Bureau Recognizes Players of the Week

Drey was 19 for 26 passing with 341 yards and 4 TD’s! Kaleb had 9 receptions for 165 yards and 3 TD’s. Congratulations to all of the Louisville Wildcats on dominating West Point.
Farm Bureau Players of the Week for Louisville High.
Left to right: Scotty Fleming -Farm Bureau, Coach Shorter,
Drey Shumaker, Kaleb Mosley, Hailey Moody - Farm Bureau.

Farm Bureau Player of the Week for Nanih Waiya.
 Left to right -  Shaw Adcock and Hailey Moody - Farm Bureau.
Tanner had 7 tackles, 1 pass deflection, and 31 yards rushing for Winston Academy!! Great job!
Farm Bureau Player of the Week for Winston Academy.
Left to right: Hailey Moody - Farm Bureau, Tanner Boatner,
Scotty Fleming-Farm Bureau

Mt. Olive COGIC Annual Reunion Honors Founder

L to R: Brenda Carter McDonald with 103 year old husband
Major McDonald (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)
The Mt. Olive Annual Reunion was held Saturday, August 31, 2019, with over 150 guests present. The Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ and community have gathered for a fun filled celebration for over 30 years on Labor Day weekend. It was started by Major ‘Jewel’ McDonald who will celebrate 104 years of age on November 1, 2019. 

Mr. McDonald was born November 1, 1915 in Winston County. He moved to Cleveland, OH in 1941 for employment opportunities. He worked for the Kroger Company until his retirement. He moved back to Louisville, MS in 1982. He has spent his retirement years fishing catching mostly croppies from the Tombigbee River. Mr. McDonald is from a family whose members have longevity. He had three sisters who lived to be 100 years old. The oldest one, Georgia is still living at 104 years of age. When asked what he gives credit for his longevity, he stated, “Not because of my goodness but the goodness of the Lord.” He later stated that he presently spends most of his time on the couch under the air conditioner. He had 4 children with one son deceased. He had his youngest son, Bryant, when he was in his 80s with his present wife Brenda.

The story is told that Mr. Major McDonald one day decided to share the ‘horn of plenty fish’ that he caught one year. He loved to fish and had caught too many for his family. He told his pastor that he wanted the church to have a fish fry and he would provide all of the fish, if members would provide the side dishes. He continued to supply the fish for this annual event – except this year he had to purchase some of it because of his health. People come from miles away to attend – as far as Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Cleveland, OH, Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN, Gary IN, Markum, IL and from many cities in Mississippi. A few complained about the many bones in the fish, however, there was a niece of Mr. McDonald’s from Little Rock, Jeanie, who willingly taught a few how to eat the fish with a fork without getting any bones in the mix. Dr. Regina Eichelberger Boyd took quite an interest in the lesson yet decided to take her fish home to eat it in peace without distraction. There were brim, blue gill, catfish and croppies. Also, they had pulled pork from wild hog which was a hit as well as BBQ pork ribs and fried chicken wings. Many delicious cakes and pies were available: caramel, pound, pineapple, chocolate and sweet potato pies as well as, potato salads, baked beans and spaghetti. The Sims men, Fred, Leonard and Gene assured that the gathering had plenty watermelons. They know exactly when to plant them to have them ripe for the Labor Day Weekend. This community consists of: Carters, Cistrunks, Clarks Colemans, Colters, Eichelbergers, Glenns, Hulls, Jernigans, McDonalds, McQueens, Robersons, Sherrods, Sims, Swanigans, and Tripletts.

This writer has attended this event for 7 years and don’t intend to miss any. There is always plenty of food, fun and the children have a wonderful time playing ball and racing for the candy from the piƱata. This is the only event that I have attended where you can eat all you want and nobody complains. There is food to take home for many. Roy D. Eichelberger and Brenda McDonald fried most of the fish and chicken.

Stay tuned for the birthday celebration for Mr. McDonald near November in this news media.

The pastor of Mt. Olive Church of God In Christ is Rev. Freddie Plair, Sr.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Major McDonald with 2 of his children, Jackie McDonald of Oakwood Village, OH
and Barbara Aaron of Cleveland, OH(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Major McDonald with his family including daughters, nieces and nephews (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

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Members of Class of 1964 Louisville Colored High School: L to R: Mary Coleman, Quincy Sims Elmore, 
Fred Sims, Gloria Spiva and Elmetra Patterson (photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson