Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Henry Booth Appointed to ECCC Board of Trustees

Henry Booth of Lawrence has been appointed to the East Central Community College Board of Trustees representing Newton County.

Booth, a retired schoolteacher and coach and current full-time cattle farmer, assumes the term of Rodney Bounds of Newton, who recently announced his retirement from the Board.

“We are excited to have an individual with such a high commitment to community service join the Board of Trustees,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “Mr. Booth is an outstanding addition to what I believe to be the best community college Board of Trustees in the state of Mississippi.

“I want to also thank Rodney Bounds for so many years of selfless service to East Central Community College and to its Board. He has played such an important role over the years in the success this college has achieved, and has been an ardent supporter our mission to serve the educational needs of not only Newton County, but the college’s entire five-county district.”

A native of Holmes County, Booth was a standout athlete which led to a career in education. His Durant High School basketball teams won several state championships. He also coached and taught at Pearl High School and Forest Hill High School and spent more than 19 years teaching in high schools in Newton County.

Booth is a member of the Friendship Breakfast Club in Newton, chair of the National Resource Conservation Service for Newton County, and deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Newton. He is actively involved in community service.

He and his wife, Margaret, also a retired educator, are the parents of Brandon, a senior at Newton County High School who will attend ECCC in the fall of 2020.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

All Junior Auxiliary Angels Adopted!

We are happy to report that all 150 “angels” on the Jr. Auxiliary Tree have been “adopted” for Christmas. “Thanks so much to all the individuals, businesses and churches who will make these children’s Christmas a little brighter,” said Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Town & Country Christmas Tree At The Winston County Library

Town & Country Garden Club recently put up their annual Christmas tree at the Winston County Library. It features white magnolia blossoms, silver and gold Christmas bells and ornaments, with a white embroidered skirting underneath. “It feels like Christmas when you walk in the front door!” exclaims librarian Beth Edwards. “I thank the Town and Country Garden Club for doing this every year.”

Pictured (l-r)  Town & Country Garden Club members Shirley Hawkins, Debbie Moody, Patricia Holton and Dale Shumaker.

Town & Country Garden Club Donates Children's Book

Town & Country Garden Club donated a wonderful children’s book to the Winston County Library recently. “It’s titled The Saved Seed and is written by Brenda Moore and illustrated by Emily Lackey,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “It tells the story of how to start maintain and harvest a garden using saved seeds. I love the illustrations and the simple text, making it fun for children to learn about gardening.”

Pictured here (l-r)  Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards, Town & Country Garden Club members Dale Shumaker and Shirley Hawkins.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

ECCC Students Complete Certificate in Electrical Utility Lineman

These students recently completed requirements in East Central Community College’s 16-week course in Electrical Utility Lineman and were honored during a ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 21, on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Jaylin McGill of Heidelberg, Hunter Smith of Conehatta, Caleb Chandler of Noxapater, Trace Wallace of Union and Tavarus Jones of Heidelberg; and (standing, from left) Will Burton of Mize, Ethan Ferguson of Brandon, Ryan Overby of Toomsuba, Joshua Mitchell of Meridian and Tanner Bullock of Houston. Also pictured (back row, at right) is instructor Curtis Bradley. (EC Photo)

Friday, November 22, 2019

ECCC Student-Athletes Honored at 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet

Several East Central Community College student-athletes received honors during the college’s 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Nov. 21 in Mabry Cafeteria on the campus in Decatur.


East Central Community College football players honored at the 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur, and their respective high schools, include (front row, from left) sophomore linebacker Elijah Keyes of Mize, Luke 2:52 Award and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Second Team All-Conference South Defense; sophomore defensive lineman Ronnie Thomas of Clinton, Captain Award for Defense and MACJC First Team All-Conference South Defense; freshman running back JD Martin of Wetumpka, Ala., Captain Award for Offense and MACJC Second Team All-Conference South Offense; and freshman kicker/punter Robens Beauplan of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale, MACJC First Team All-Conference South Offense and National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team; and (back row, from left) sophomore linebacker Anthony Blakely of Green County, Most Improved Defense Award; sophomore offensive tackle TyKeem Doss of Aliceville, Ala., Most Improved Offense Award, MACJC First Team All-Conference South Offense and Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, and NJCAA All-Region 23 Team; and sophomore linebacker Payton Rogers of Forest, Scholar-Athlete Award. (EC Photo)

Men’s Soccer

East Central Community College men’s soccer players honored at the 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur, and their respective high schools, include (front row, from left) freshman goalkeeper Chase Graham of Vicksburg Warren Central, Most Valuable Player; freshman forward/midfielder Dorian Cox of Jackson Jim Hill, Best Defense Award; sophomore midfielder/defender Joel Hill of Newton County, Scholar-Athlete Award, Team Captain, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Conference, and MACJC All-Star Team; and sophomore midfielder Terrell Johnson of Jackson Murrah, Golden Boot Award, MACJC All-State, and MACJC All-Star Team; and (back row, from left) sophomore midfielder Jake Cockroft of Kosciusko, MACJC All-Star Team; freshman midfielder Raphael Salles of San Paulo, Brazil, Hustle Award; and freshman goalkeeper Jacob Vickers of Biloxi, Warrior Award. The Warriors also received the MACJC Tom Shepard Award for sportsmanship. (EC Photo)

Women’s Soccer

East Central Community College women’s soccer players honored at the 2019 Fall Sports Awards Banquet held on the campus in Decatur, and their respective high schools, include (front row, from left) sophomore goalkeeper Emily Pitts of Pearl, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Team; sophomore midfielder Leah Anderson of Leyland, United Kingdom, Golden Boot Award, National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team, MACJC All-Conference, MACJC All-Star Team, MACJC Player of the Week, and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week; freshman defender Susie Stevison of Long Beach, Defensive Player of the Year, MACJC All-Conference, and Team Captain; and sophomore midfielder Lia Richardson of Huntingdon, United Kingdom, MACJC All-Star Team; and (back row, from left) sophomore defender Hayden Sullivan of Florence, Scholar-Athlete Award and Team Captain; freshman forward Hannah Herren of Florence, MACJC Player of the Week; sophomore midfielder Macey Spencer of Florence, Most Valuable Player, NJCAA All-Region 23 Team, and MACJC All-Star Team; and sophomore defender Katelyn Morson of Vicksburg Warren Central, Warrior Award. (EC Photo)

Tony L. Turnbow Guest Speaker for DAR Meeting

Tony L. Turnbow is shown here with DAR Regent, Theresa Bridges. He was the guest speaker for the November meeting of the Nanih Waiya DAR. He spoke to the group about the history of the Natchez Trace. Mr.Turnbow has practiced law in Franklin, Tennessee for over 29 years. He has served on the board of directors for several regional, statewide, and local non-profit and civic organizations, and is past president of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association. Mr. Turnbow currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc., and is a member of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Turnbow is an amateur historian. He has published articles related to the history of the Natchez Trace and written and produced a play about the death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. He is the author of Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life.

Mr. Turnbow told the group that the Natchez Trace is one of the oldest trails in North America. To provide a route for moving troops and delivering mail, in 1801 President Jefferson ordered the Army to build a road along the trail. Jefferson dispatched soldiers down the road in 1803 to protect the Louisiana Purchase, and Andrew Jackson and his troops followed it to battle the British in the War of 1812. As an 1800-era link for settling much of what we know as the South, the road served as a pathway between Nashville, Tennessee, and Natchez.

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall

Thursday, November 21, 2019

City of Louisville Holiday Schedule

Author P.J. DeVere Visits Library

Meridian attorney and author P. J. DeVere (real name Pam Bittick), stopped by the Winston County Library for a book event Wednesday, November 20th. “Pam was so much fun and everyone loved her. She writes romance novels with sassy characters and a wild twist at the end.” Said librarian Beth Edwards. “Pam said she is writing her third novel now in her Starkford series, so we hope to have her back again in 2020.” Starkford is a fictional town based on Starkville and Oxford, with a little bit of Meridian thrown in, according to Pam.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Travis Carpenter Named Project Leader for Noxubee

Travis Carpenter has been named the Project Leader of the newly merged Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee and North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complexes. The NWRs include Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee, Choctaw, Dahomey, Tallahatchie, and Coldwater.

Travis is a 20-year veteran of the National Wildlife Refuge System, having worked in two different Regions, three different Refuge Complexes, a Wetland Management District, and in multiple states as a Refuge Manager, Private Lands Biologist, and a Law Enforcement Officer. Currently, Travis serves as the Refuge Manager of North Mississippi Refuges where he manages a diverse array of wildlife habitats at three refuges and 126 Farmers Home (FmHA) lands spread across 26 counties in northwest Mississippi. Prior to joining the Service, he served as a Wildlife Biologist with USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services in both Florida and Mississippi.

In addition to his knowledge of Mississippi natural resources and culture, Travis also served as an Instructor for the National Conservation Training Center NWRS Conservation Easement Course, and the National Easement Team to develop national step-down guidance from our easement policy (601 FW 6). Travis has excellent communication skills and strong partnership building abilities in addition to his diverse land management experiences. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Mississippi State University.

Travis is married and has three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and supporting his kids in their tennis, soccer, and band events almost daily. Other hobbies include tennis, gardening, and high-end yard maintenance. Congratulations Travis!

Louisville Garden Club Planter Project

Louisville Garden Club filled planters with pansies at the Winston Medical Center-Senior Care Cottages on Tuesday, November 19th. Louisville Garden Club is proud to take on service projects that enhance, serve, and beautify the Louisville community.

Mississippi PSC Chair Brandon Presley Elected to Lead U.S. Utility Commissioners

Announces Creation of New Taskforce on Rural Broadband Service

Members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners have elected Mississippi Public Service Commission Chair Brandon Presley as the Association’s next president. The election was part of NARUC’s 131st Annual Meeting and Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas, November 17-20. NARUC is a national advocacy and education association that represents the interests of utility regulators in U.S. states and territories.

During his installation speech, he spelled out a yearlong theme: Bridging the Divide, aimed at ensuring that all undeserved communities—including rural areas such as those in many parts of Mississippi—benefit from modern utility services. He also noted a goal of identifying and closing other gaps (resources, training, technology, etc.) that impede regulators and industry alike from best representing the public interest. He also announced his plan to assemble a taskforce looking at rural broadband service across the nation.

In his installation remarks, Presley said that “many challenges exist for the least, the last and the left out” and he expressed a dislike for the term ‘ratepayer.’ “They’re a customer—a person. We’ve got to keep that in the forefront of our minds.”

Further elaborating on his theme, he observed the “growing gulf between connectivity in urban areas and suburban areas and rural areas in this country to what is the electricity of the 21st century: high-speed Internet service. I hope in the next year, we can be progressive, we can be alert and on the lookout for opportunities to make real, impacting decisions and policies that translate back to the people.

He pointed out the important end-users of utility services who should not be overlooked, such as the family farmers, small business owners, industries and working families who rely on decisions made by regulators. “There’s no greater satisfaction in life than knowing that you left something better than you found it,” he concluded.

The installation speech was preceded by Monday’s election of NARUC officers, which included nominations from North Carolina ToNola Brown-Bland and Connecticut Commissioner and former NARUC President John (“Jack”) Betkoski. These remarks are often filled with humor, bits of trivia and insights into the personality of the new leadership.

Presley, who was appointed to NARUC’s Executive Committee earlier this year, was elected to the Mississippi PSC for the Northern District of Mississippi in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011, 2015 and 2019. Before joining the PSC, he served as the mayor of Nettleton from 2001 to 2007, at the age of 23, one of the youngest individuals to hold that post. He also serves on the NARUC Board of Directors and is a member of the Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest and the International Relations Committee. He is a former member of the board of directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute and serves on the advisory committee for the New Mexico’s State University Center for Public Utilities, as well as the advisory committee for Midcontinent Independent System Operator. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School program for State and Local Government Executives.

Presley will officially succeed Iowa Utilities Board Member Nick Wagner, at the close of the meeting on November 20 and will preside over NARUC’s next meeting, the Winter Policy Summit, February 9-12, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of state public utility commissions before the three branches of the federal government.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New Business - Winston Wrecker - Comes to Winston County

We would like to welcome Winston Wrecker to our family of advertisers here at WinstonWebNews. If you are in need of a tow, give these folks a call at 662-724-4000. Visit their Facebook page for more info. 

New Rides, Games to Highlight ECCC’s 4th Warrior Wonderland Dec. 6

After having to cancel last year’s event due to inclement weather, East Central Community College is excited to announce the 4th Warrior Wonderland scheduled Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, on the Decatur campus. New rides and games will highlight this year’s edition of this special celebration of Christmas, which will begin immediately following the Decatur Christmas Parade, about 6:30 p.m., and conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Following the parade, activities will kick off with a fireworks display and visitors will have a variety of activities from which to choose.

A $5 armband will provide unlimited access to a train ride, and five new rides and games including Human Foosball, Hippo Chow Down, Meltdown, Wrecking Ball and Mindwinder.

The Mississippi National Guard will once again partner with the college and provide a gaming trailer, football toss, basketball toss, baseball toss, and punch machine.

“We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the activities and fun our campus community has planned for this special holiday evening at East Central,” said East Central Community College President Dr. Billy Stewart. “It’s always a joy to partner with our local communities, especially during the Christmas season.”

East Central Community College music groups, including the Collegians, Vocé, and Concert and Jazz bands will be performing throughout the night on the music stage, and the college’s art department will host a “Christmas Karaoke” booth for those who wish to participate.

There will be a Selfies with Santa station, and various specialty, food, and drink booths sponsored by ECCC student organizations.

For more information, contact Dr. Amanda Walton, ECCC director of housing and student activities, at 601-635-6213 or email

Joy Eichelberger-Hannah Honored at ECCC

Joy Eichelberger-Hannah, a native of Louisville, MS, was honored at East Central Community College’s (ECCC) Homecoming, October 17, 2019. She is a 1982 graduate of Louisville High School and a wildcat basketball player. Joy was honored as she was presented with the ticket for the Warriors Game 5 Football Game which was their homecoming. She excitedly invited her family and friends to attend the game and the tailgate party when she was informed about this honor. They did attend. Joy left a legacy at ECCC as a basketball player from 1983 – 1985. She was also the first African American Homecoming Queen in 1984. To honor her, she was presented with a ticket with her on the ticket for the homecoming game. The ticket is shown below with her biography on the back with a current picture.

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Ironically, Joy broke the school record of attempted free throws her freshman year at ECCC of Esther Thomas - another native of Louisville. As a freshman, Joy scored double figures in all but one game and that was when she sprained her ankle and played only the first part of the game. She holds the record for the most scores in a two year period. Her coach Lucille Wood was inducted into the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and was honored by having the ECCC physical education building named for her and All-American player, Denver Backeen. Coach Wood was quoted as saying that Joy was a true athlete, and was noticed by her when Joy played as a wildcat in Louisville. Coach Lucille passed at 84 years old on May 18, 2015. She, too, was a Louisville native.

Joy graduated from ECCC and continued her education at Ole Miss while also playing basketball there. She graduated with a BS Degree in Business Administration. She presently resides in Tupelo, MS and works for the State of Mississippi as a Case Reviewer for the Division of Medicaid. She also referees basketball, volley ball, softball, baseball, and football. Joy is the daughter of the late Calvin and Grace Eichelberger. She is the sister of Katie, Ronnie (deceased), Lavorn, Oscar (deceased), Roy, Troy, and Pamela Eichelberger.

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Joy Eichelberger at various stages of her basketball career at LHS, ECCC and Ole Miss(Photos courtesy of Joy Eichelberger-Hannah)

Submitted by: Elmetra Paterson

Friday, November 15, 2019

DAR Helps Back Packs of Hope Program

Members of the Nanih Waiya chapter of the DAR help pack backpacks for the Backpacks of Hope Program. Backpacks of Hope is a community program that provides food for school children in Winston County who might not have enough food to eat over the weekend.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Family-Run Jewelry Store Closing in Louisville After 50 Plus Years in Business

Louisville will soon be losing a fixture on Main Street as the Snow's, owners of The Jewel Shoppe will be retiring. On a personal note, WinstonWebNews would like to thank Johnny and Mary for their support over the past years. As one of our first advertisers, they embraced the idea of our service and have been non-wavering in their support. Many preach "Shop Local First" and support for local businesses but don't always follow through. That is not the case with The Jewel Shoppe. Thanks for your support and enjoy your retirement.

Before working in The Jewel Shoppe with her husband in 1991, Mary Snow had no experience in the jewelry business though she loved to rock hunt and her background studying sculpture and painting would lend itself well to her new career path. 

“I realized that I could translate everything I had done in art into jewelry,” said Mary went on to create several award-winning designs fabricated by her husband, Johnny Snow for their clients.

Big retirement sale in the works

The Jewel Shoppe has prospered since the late Jewel Snow­­—Johnny Snow’s mother founded the store in 1961. Both Mary and Johnny felt the time was right to close the store so they can retire.

Shoppers seeking deals on high-quality, unique jewelry should circle Nov. 14 on their calendars. That’s when The Jewel Shoppe begins a storewide retirement sale.

Store fixture of the community for more than half a century

On Nov. 19, 1961, Jewel Snow opened The Jewel Shoppe at the store’s present location on Main Street in Louisville. A few years later, her husband Odell Snow, who had learned jewelry repair and watchmaking, helped run the store. Their son Johnny Snow began jewelry repair and other services in the store in 1977, apprenticing with his father as a bench jeweler and attending several schools.

The store had been a success, so much so that it ran out of space. In 1977, the Snows bought a building that housed a barbershop next door, doubling its size (the wood from the barbershop sign still remains in the brick wall separating the bank next door and The Jewel Shop).

After Jewel Snow retired in 1991, she turned over the company to Johnny and Mary Snow. The store continued to experience growing pains; so, the Snows decided to do a complete renovation and double the size in 1996, along with upgrading jewelry services and equipment.

She and her husband have worked as a team over the years, providing custom design, computer-aided design, casting, and fabrication. Both Mary and Johnny are past presidents of the Mississippi Jewelers Association and they are also purveyors of fine diamonds, gemstones and pearls from ethical sources throughout the world.

Their jewelry has also received industry accolades: The store was the overall winner in 2016 and 2018 in the Mississippi Jeweler's Association ACE Design Awards.

At the end of the day, however, a vital part of the store’s success has been paying close attention to customers’ needs.

“We listen closely, and if we don’t have it, we’ll find it, or we’ll make it,” Johnny Snow said. “We want them to be happy.”

Giving back to the community

The Snows have contributed to many causes over the years. Johnny Snow is a member of the Rotary Club of Louisville and is a past president. Mary Snow heads the Red Hill Arts Foundation, a nonprofit that oversees the Strand Theater—Winston County's community arts center.

She is also coordinator of the MS Scholars and Techmaster program for Winston County…something that she has done for 15 years and something about which she is passionate.

Starting a new chapter

Mary and Johnny Snow will miss their customers but are looking forward to retiring. They plan to remain active in the community, which she described as friendly and close-knit.

“We are just so grateful to have been part of this wonderful and vibrant downtown community,” Johnny Snow said.

”Remembering the Trojans 50 Years Later”

Louisville Heritage Hall of Fame
Trojans Football
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The Trojans with Coaches G. R. Mockabee and Walter Dale Baker, Louisville Colored High School Football 1962

In May 2020, it will be 50 years since our beloved Camile Street High closed its doors due to full integration of the schools in Winston County. Even before the closing of Camile Street High it was labeled as Winston County Training School, Louisville Negro High School and Louisville Colored High School. Even though the name of the school changed several times, the love for the school mascot “Trojan” and the school colors “Blue and White” will forever be carved in our hearts. Regardless of the name, there were many students who walked those halls and later in life experienced success in numerous careers. We had some very academically inclined students who could and still perform in the workforce across the country. The career paths those students pursued speak for themselves.

However, one area that the student-body and the community were proud of was our athletic programs. Unfortunately, those student-athletes have never been recognized for their dedication and commitment for representing the school with dignity. Many current and former high schools across the country have a Hall of Fame program for student-athletes who participated in their sport programs. So, it is time for us to “Remember the Trojans” by starting our own Hall of Fame for past Trojans. This ceremony will take place at the All-School Reunion in July 2020.

Since we don’t have any statistics or records (which were misplaced during desegregation), the only criteria needed to be a member of the Hall of Fame is that you wear a blue and white uniform. Also, those young ladies and men who did not have the opportunity to graduate as a Trojan due to the closing of our dearly beloved Camile Street High, but started their athletic career at Camile Street Junior High will be acknowledged. We will also recognize deceased Trojans at the request of their family or love ones.

We were proud of our sport programs; it was just an internal feeling of self-worth to wear those blue and white uniforms whether it was football, basketball, baseball or track. Even though there were many adversities these student-athletes had to withstand to be a part of this elite group, but they accepted these challenges. The hardships, pain, and the consequences endured by the student-athletes at Camile Street were possibly shared by student-athletes in other black schools in Mississippi and probably other southern states.

Here are some of the adversities student-athletes encountered while participating in one or more sports at Winston County Training School, Louisville Negro High School and Louisville Colored High School: Lack of proper equipment, old raggedy uniforms, shoes that were ripped and/or with missing cleats, football field that had holes and trenches, no gymnasium until the early-sixties, (basketball games were played outside on a dirt court), no track field for practice, baseball players had to use bats that were held together by screws or tape, when lights were installed on the football field they were so dim you could barely see in front of your hands during practice or a game, no dressing room with showers and lockers, and no weights to develop strong players.

During those days the majority of the athletes did not have a vehicle to get home after practice or a game. As a matter of fact, many of the parents did not have any transportation. When we had practice at night which started at 6 p.m. many of the players would hang out at Brown’s Snack Bar, eating bologna sandwiches, The Brown Jug, shooting pool or at Mama Kate’s café, eating fish sandwiches, or relaxing at the gym. I have seen eight or more athletes stacked in a car packed like sardines or on the back of a pickup truck hitching a ride home. Many of the players took the only other option which was to walk home as far as ten-fifteen miles. It was a common practice for players to walk up and down highways (14, 15, 25, and 397) or short cuts through the woods.

As you may have noticed, not one single player was mentioned by their name whether it was football, basketball, baseball or track because there are too many to list and there is a fear of omitting one. While all the Trojans were not super stars, there were many who stood out head and shoulders above the rest in all sports. One was drafted by the NFL and played for several years. We had some players with God gifted talent like you’ve never seen before. The combination of speed and strength was a common site in our athletic programs. The blue and white brought out the best of players; many who I thought were made for TV. Maybe their DNA was altered right before and during the game because several played with uncontrolled anger as if they were damn near insane. Some were small, scrappy and utterly fearless with a mindset that could not be broken. Not only were these Trojans tough but they were multifaceted, and team oriented athletes.

Due to their athletic skills many of these athletes (males and females) were rewarded an athletic scholarship to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) or another university within or out of state. Several had athletic scholarship offers but were instead drafted in the Armed Services. While others chose to stay home to help out on the family farm or got jobs in Louisville to help care for their family. Some even moved north to pursue work that paid wages that they could not make in Louisville. Regardless of the decisions they made or those they could not control, the love of the Trojans is still carved in their heart.

In spite of all of these impediments, we had one goal in mind and that was to wear that “blue and white” with pride and be victorious. We did the best we could with the hand that was dealt to us. If we would have known better, we would have expected better. Then again, how do you know what you don’t know? But, there was one thing for sure, “when the Trojans showed up, the Trojans were going to show out”.

Fortunately, we had some coaches who had a great combination of toughness and compassion. Our coaches lived and endured the same struggles and challenges we faced, but they refused to let us be anything but the best we could be. They knew how to lift some players up and how to calm others down until there was one heartbeat as a team. We were taught to be a team who loved one another, who enjoyed and respected one another and played for and supported one another. The coaches had an energy that was contagious and knew exactly how to get the team motivated. It was infused in us before each kick-off, tip-off, first pitch or the first race; to go out and fight until hell freezes over, and then fight on the ice.

Finally, despite the adversities, all the hardships, challenges and pain that student-athletes encountered, we had a principal who had our best interest at heart. Professor L. C. Eiland, affectionately known as Prof, endured his own hardships while trying to give us the best he could with the restrictions of the Establishment. The frustration showed on his face throughout his tenure. While you could see in his face a sense of hopelessness of wanting to do more, he never gave students a feeling of hopelessness. Perhaps that’s why he focused on “education” believing “education” was our way out of our circumstances.
More information will be coming at a later date with more details of this event.
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First Row: Annie Pearl Young, Velma Goss, Annie Catherine Miller, Earlean McDonald, Annie Cistrunk. Standing: Annie Wells, Callie Hickman, Beverly Roberson, Ruthenia Cistrunk, Mary Miller, Nancy Doss, Mary Joyce Smith, Mrs. Sanders Coach.
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L to R. Front Row: Willie D. Edwards, Allen Spiva, Edward Turner, Charlie Miller. Back Row: Rudolph Triplett, 
Oscar Haynes, William Hughes, Billy Austin, Bernis “Peaches” Hoskin, John Cistrunk, James Spiva, Albert Clay, Trainer, Mr. Eddie Nunnery, Coach.

Written by:   Connie Hathorn, Class of 1969, Camile Street High School
Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson, Class of 1964, Louisville Colored High School

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New Library Patrons!

These four sisters hold up their new Winston County Library cards. (l-r) Khiley Barrett, Alea Barrett, Areil Barrett and Kailey Barriet, are the daughters of Sabrina McNeal and Ronnie Hardin. Khiley and Kailey are 9 year-old twins; Alea and Ariel are 7 year-old twins and they all attend Fair Elementary School. “We are so excited for them to finally get their library cards!” said librarian Beth Edwards. “Their big grins say it all – how excited they are and how grown up they feel having their cards. The library will open up a whole world of possibilities for them as they grow up and we’ll be here to help them in any way we can.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Friends of Dean Park Day Held at Walmart

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L to R: Henry Perry winner with FODP member Eddie Littleton, Jr. 

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) was accepting donations at Walmart on Saturday, November 1 and 2, 2019 which is done quarterly. FODP gives a chance ticket to anyone who makes a donation of $1.00 or more. Above is Henry Perry who won the gift basket which included a 14lb. turkey and about $70. worth of groceries that was donated by members. Ironically, he was the only donor who said to the volunteers that he was definitely going to win when he made his donation.

If you were unable to make your donation, please mail to: Friends of Dean Park, Inc., P. O. Box 365, Louisville, MS 39339. FODP is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible. Membership is $15./yearly or $200./Life. Funds are used for programs, plants, plant food, tools and operational expenses. We also provide refreshments, along with Walmart, when we have Beautifications Days. FODP expressed gratitude to the Black Girls Read Group who faithfully does volunteer work at Dean Park to receive their required Community Service Hours. Other youth groups are welcomed to volunteer by calling Elmetra Patterson, 510-672-2106.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Monday, November 11, 2019

DAR Gives Thanks to Veterans

The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR would like to say thank you to all veterans for their service to our country. We appreciate all of the work you have done and the sacrifices that you and your families have made to keep our country free.

Friday, November 8, 2019

High School football Finals

Noxapater 47, Vardaman 0
Nanih Waiya 54, Okolona 6
Louisville 30, Yazoo City 12