Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Arrest Warrant Issued in Monday's Homicide in Louisville

An arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Rushaka Dehawn Cobb in connection with the
shooting death of Lee Andrew Hughes, Jr. that happened on North Court Street on Monday in Louisville. Hughes was found dead in a home on North Court Street on Monday morning. The initial investigation determined that the death was the result of a homicide and not self-inflicted.

If you have information, please contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

ECCC Holds Pinning for Surgical Technology Graduates

2019 Surgical Technology Graduates

Graduates of East Central Community College’s Surgical Technology program received special recognition during the annual pinning ceremony held Dec. 12 on the campus in Decatur. Students who completed the 12-month program and their hometowns included (front row, from left) Rebecca Gunter of Philadelphia, Ragan Barrett of Philadelphia, Shey Nichols of Newton, and Brooklyn Walker of Louisville; (second row, from left) Kyndall Staats of Philadelphia, Tiffany Hardin of Louisville, and Katlyn Jackson of Conehatta; (third row, from left) Katie Sanders of Carthage and Meagan Barnhart of Florence; and (fourth row, from left) Nanette Lane of Ackerman, Chuck Glover of Decatur, and Bracklin Bufkin of Pulaski. 

Surgical Graduate of the Year

The East Central Community College Surgical Technology program posthumously honored Jesse Ladd of Union as its Student of the Year during the annual pinning ceremony Dec. 12 on the campus in Decatur. Ladd was a student in the program when he died in an automobile accident in January 2019. Members of Ladd’s family were on hand to receive his honor. Shown (from left) are Surgical Technology Program Director and Instructor LeAnn Shirley, brother Danny Ladd, mother Gigi Ladd, brother Ryan Ladd, and Surgical Technology Instructor Kristie Pilgrim. The Jesse Ladd Memorial Scholarship was established at the college in his memory.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Sheriff's Office Searching for Suspect

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's assistance in locating Adam Shaw Devine, Jr. - Devine is a 21 year old white male wanted for questioning in a series of burglaries in the Nanih Waiya community. Devine could possibly be in the Union, Decatur or Philadelphia areas.

Winston County Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information leading to his capture. Contact Winston County Crimestoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662- 773-5881.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Reception Held for Zoe Bigham Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2020

A reception was held on December 16th at the Winston County Library in honor of Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2020, Zoe Bigham. The event was sponsored by the Louisville/Winston County Chamber of Commerce.  Zoe also made an appearance at the City of Louisville Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 17th.  An eleventh grader at Winston Academy, Zoe’s platform is “Zoe’s Closet”, which distributes clothing, backpacks and other essential items to local elementary schools. Pictured here are (l-r) Zoe’s mother, Michele Mosley, Zoe, and the Executive Director of the Winston County Economic Development, Glen Haab.

East Central Basketball Teams Pick Up Home Wins Over Delgado

The East Central Community College basketball teams closed out 2019 play with a sweep over visiting Delgado Community College Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Lady Warriors never trailed in defeating the Delgado Lady Dolphins from New Orleans 57-46 in the opener. The Warriors picked up a 97-72 win over the Dolphins in the men’s contest.

Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) led East Central with 16 points as the Lady Warriors improved to 5-5 overall. Sophomore forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) added 11 points in the win. The Lady Dolphins fell to 3-9.

Six freshmen guards led the way for the Warriors in the men’s action as East Central improved to 5-5 overall. Tate Ryder (Hattiesburg, Oak Grove) scored 18 points with eight assists, Kareem Thompson (Florence) and Lee Cotton (Cleveland Central) had 14 each, Darien Newchurch (Terry) scored 13, Landyn Shows (Petal) had 12, and JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.) scored 11.

East Central hit 15 three-point shots in the win. The Delgado Dolphins are now 2-9 on the season.

The East Central teams return to action on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, when they travel to Poplarville to face Pearl River in MACJC South Division games. The women will tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and the men follow at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dean Park Gets Decorated for Christmas

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On Saturday, December 14, 2019, a beautiful afternoon was spent at Dean Park decorating the pavilion and a beautiful blue spruce Christmas tree that was donated by Evergreen Nursery. Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP) provided pizza, cookies, cupcakes and drinks. The youth of the Black Girls Read Group enjoyed the task and received community service hours.

FODP wishes all of its members, volunteers and supporters a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year!

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Presley Alerts Public of Text Message Scam Involving Locked Credit Cards

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is alerting the public of the latest text message scam. Multiple people reported that they received text messages saying their Visa card has been temporarily locked and to call the number given to get their card unlocked. These text messages are not legitimate. 

These fraudulent text message are coming from a phone number with a 410 area code. Do not respond to these text messages. Commissioner Presley is urging the public to never call numbers back from a link that was sent. Instead, individuals should call their local bank using a reliable website or directory.

“It is imperative consumers stay alert and on the lookout for these types of scams. We are doing everything in our power to go after these scammers and stop the harassment of innocent Mississippians. I ask the public to please protect themselves by being alert to the tricks of these thieves,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley.

If you receive one of these fraudulent text messages, you should immediately block the number and delete the message. If you have any further questions, please contact Commissioner’s Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.

Friday, December 13, 2019

MLB Batting Champion Tim Anderson to Highlight ECCC Baseball Fundraiser

The East Central Community College baseball program is hosting Around the Diamond with Tim Anderson Jan. 17, featuring the former Warrior All-American baseball player and current Major League Baseball batting champion.

Anderson, the starting shortstop for the Chicago White Sox, will headline the event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia.

The evening includes dinner, a question-and-answer period with Anderson and ECCC Head Baseball Coach Neal Holliman, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, and an autograph session.

The question-and-answer session will be moderated by Bart Gregory, an assistant athletic director at Mississippi State University, a 20-year broadcasting veteran of the Mississippi State Radio Network, and a play-by-play announcer for the SEC Network. Gregory, a Nanih Waiya native, is a 1997 graduate of ECCC, where he was selected to the college’s Student Hall of Fame.

Reserved seating in front of the stage with steak dinner is $75 per person. General admission seating with a ballpark meal of hamburgers and hotdogs is $30 per person. High school and travel teams can attend for $20 per player. Teams bringing 15 or more players receive two complimentary tickets for coaches.

“Base Hit” table sponsorships for eight can be purchased for $1,000 and include dinner, recognition in the event program, and entrance to a special meet and greet with Anderson at 5:30 p.m. prior to the Around the Diamond with Tim Anderson event. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting Holliman.

All proceeds go to support the ECCC baseball program and facilities.

Individual reservations for Around the Diamond with Tim Anderson can be made online at www.eccc.edu/estore. Team reservations, as well as individual reservations, can be made by contacting Holliman at nholliman@eccc.edu or 601-575-6722. The deadline for reservations is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Anderson hit a Major League Baseball-best .335 during the recently completed season, with 18 home runs, 32 doubles, and 56 runs batted in.

He became only the third White Sox player to win the American League batting title. MLB Hall of Famers Frank Thomas (1997) and Luke Appling (1936 and 1943) also accomplished the feat.

Anderson played for East Central in 2012 and 2013, helping lead the Warriors to a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship his sophomore year. He was first team National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 and MACJC All-State both seasons, and first team NJCAA All-American in 2013. He led the nation in batting with a .495 average and was named the NJCAA Male Athlete of the Year in 2013.

Anderson was drafted by the White Sox in 2013 as the 17thoverall selection in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Retirement Reception at Courthouse

A Retirement Reception honoring Julie Cunningham, Larry Duran, Melisa Fulton, and Roy Dale Fulton  was held Friday, December 13, from 2:00 pm til 4:00 pm in the Board Room of the Winston County Courthouse. Many attended showing all four of the retirees appreciation for their year's of dedicated service to Winston County.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

PSC Charges Two Telemarketers $235,000 in No-Call Violations

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

The PSC’s investigation found that these two companies made 47 illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a combined total of $235,000 in fines. Notices of alleged violations have been recently filed against Subscription Ink Co. and Long Distance Gurus, LLC

“Our staff will continue to do everything they can to actively seek out companies and individuals who continue to violate our No-Call law. Other companies should take these fines as a warning sign that we remain vigilant and will ultimately bring those who violate it to justice. These illegal calls against the innocent people of our state will stop,” 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 www.psc.state.ms.us or by calling Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722

A charge is an allegation in an enforcement action. The companies involved in this investigation will be afforded all rights of due process of law.


The Sturgis Road in Winston County is closed from Gum Branch to Pleasant Hill due to a Bridge closure. Please be aware and use alternate route..

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

ECCC’s Beauplan, Doss Earn Football All-America Honors

East Central Community College freshman kicking specialist Robens Beauplan has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association First Team All-America Special Teams squad, the NJCAA announced today.
Warrior sophomore offensive tackle TyKeem Doss was named to the NJCAA Second Team All-America Offense.

A product of Riverdale High School in Lehigh Acres, Fla., Beauplan was twice named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Special Teams Player of the Week during the season and was also an NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week. He was named to the MACJC All-Conference South Offense as both a punter and a placekicker. For the season, Beauplan was 9 of 14 on field goals, 15 of 18 on extra points, and averaged 45 yards per punt.

Doss, a 6-5, 332-pound offensive tackle from Aliceville, Ala., was previously named MACJC Most Valuable Offensive Lineman and MACJC First-Team All-Conference South Offense after a stellar sophomore season.
Both Beauplan and Doss were named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 Football Team in November.

East Central Basketball Teams Drop South Division Games at Gulf Coast

The East Central Community College basketball teams dropped a pair of MACJC South Division contests to the undefeated teams from Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday, Dec. 9, in the Weathers-Wentzell Center on the Gulf Coast campus in Perkinston.

The Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs won the opener 52-44, while the Gulf Coast Bulldogs took the men’s game 102-90.

In the low-scoring women’s contest, the East Central Lady Warriors led 17-9 after one quarter of play. An 11-3 run by Gulf Coast in the second quarter tied the game at 20. The Lady Warriors managed to take a 23-22 lead into the locker room after scoring just five points in the quarter. The game remained close until the fourth quarter when Gulf Coast went on an 11-5 run and took a 10-point lead and control of the game.

No Lady Warrior was able to get in double digits in scoring. Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) scored nine for East Central and sophomore forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson, Murrah) had eight.

The ECCC Lady Warriors are now 4-5 overall on the season and 0-1 in MACJC South Division play, while the Lady Bulldogs are 9-0 and 1-0.

The men’s affair saw a combined 29 three-pointers, with the East Central Warriors hitting 17 shots from beyond the three-point line. East Central actually led 51-48 at the half before the Bulldogs opened the final 20 minutes of play on a 16-4 run to seize control of the basketball game. The difference in the game was at the free throw line, where Gulf Coast hit 20 of 28 shots to only 10 of 14 for East Central.

Warrior freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) poured in 29 points to lead East Central, with 21 of those coming in the first half. Freshman guard Landyn Shows (Petal) added 15 points on five three-pointers.

The ECCC Warriors fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the MACJC South Division. The Gulf Coast Bulldogs improved to 8-0 and 1-0.

The final action before the holiday break will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, when Delgado (New Orleans, La.) visits Brackeen-Wood Gym for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pilot Club Activities This Year

Participated with the Stop the Knock program provided by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Pilots handing out the Stop the Knock bracelets were Kathy Sinclair, Connie Faye Estes, Beth Haggard (not pictured) and Tara Woodward.

The Pilot Club of Louisville and Winston County Anchor Club sponsored the Veterans Breakfast for veterans who attended the Veterans program at the Dome.

 Hosted the annual Safety Town program at the Louisville Coliseum. Safety helmets were given to students that attended the program and was provided by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation. The Pilot Club would like to thank the Louisville Police Department, Louisville Fire Department, Winston County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol in their assistance with this wonderful program.

           Pictured is Toni Nicholson-Jackson and Beverly Wilkes with the helmets.

The Pilot Club of Louisville hosted the annual October Birthday Party at Louisville Health Care. The club gave presents to the residents that had birthdays in October and Ella Gregory entertained the residents with songs. The residents were also treated with birthday cake and snacks.

Mayor Will Hill signing the Proclamation recognizing the Pilot International Founders Day.

Hosted a Halloween Party for the Developmentally Delayed Class at Fair Elementary.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Meet the 2019-20 ECCC Basketball Teams

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College women’s basketball team, and their respective hometowns and high schools, include (front row, from left) sophomore guard/forward Makaila Carter, Boutte, La./Hahnville; freshman guard DaMya Riley-George, Mobile, Ala./Blount; sophomore guard Jariyah Covington, Starkville/Starkville; sophomore guard Destini Cathey, Senatobia/Senatobia; head coach LaTaryl Williams; volunteer assistant coach Kristen Sampson; freshman guard/forward Ja’Lancia Kohlheim, Tupelo/Tupelo; sophomore guard Mylisha Hammond, McComb/McComb; and freshman guard Kayla Fisher, Terry/Terry; and (back row, from left) freshman manager Shantasia Ruffin, Philadelphia/Neshoba Central; freshman forward Tahja Coleman, Jackson/Wingfield; freshman forward Mirial Cannon, Madison/Germantown; freshman forward Wynter Taylor, Dallas, Texas/Lewisville; sophomore forward Jamaica Almons, Jackson/Murrah; sophomore center Kimberly Green, Greenwood/Amanda Elzy; sophomore center Timia Dora, Louisville/Louisville; freshman forward Asia Madison, Hazlehurst/Hazlehurst; sophomore guard/forward KeiMoya Walker, Jackson/Murrah; freshman manager Ernesia Murphy, Jackson/Terry; and freshman manager Genesis Mann, Brandon/Brandon. The 2019-20 season schedule can be found at www.ecccathletics.com. (EC Photo)

Members of the 2019-20 East Central Community College men’s basketball team, and their respective hometowns and high schools, include (front row, from left) freshman guard Lee Cotton, Cleveland/Cleveland Central; freshman guard Brandon Tilley, Hattiesburg/Oak Grove; freshman guard Darien Newchurch, Jackson/Terry; volunteer assistant coach Carlton Thornton; interim head coach Rahim Lockhart; redshirt sophomore guard Devin Carter, Pearl/Pearl; freshman guard Tate Ryder, Hattiesburg/Oak Grove; and freshman guard Landyn Shows, Petal/Petal; and (back row, from left) freshman manager Alex Adkins, Union/Union; sophomore forward Jonathan Knight, Vancleave/Vancleave; freshman guard JaMichael Wilson, Rayville, La./Rayville; freshman guard Kareem Thompson, Florence/Florence; freshman center Fredrick Jefferson, Terry/Terry; freshman forward Timothy McElroy Jr., DeKalb/Kemper County; freshman center Robert Finklea, Biloxi/Biloxi; freshman forward William Thompson, Tupelo/Shannon; sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith, Macon/Noxubee County; and sophomore student assistant Matt Riley, Madison/Murrah. The 2019-20 season schedule can be found at www.ecccathletics.com. (EC Photo)

Friday, December 6, 2019

East Central Basketball Swept by EMCC for Second Time

The homecourt was no friendlier to the East Central Community College basketball teams as the Lady Warriors and Warriors were swept by their rivals from East Mississippi for the second time this season in non-division action Thursday, Dec. 5, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur.

The EMCC Lady Lions won the opener 67-43, while the Lions beat the Warriors 90-77 in the men’s game.

The teams from EMCC also swept East Central back on Nov. 14 in Scooba, with the Lady Lions winning 73-57 and the Warriors falling to the Lions 88-85.

In the women’s matchup, East Central led throughout the first half and took at 29-26 lead into the locker room. The Lady Warriors led by as many as a dozen in the first two periods.

EMCC didn’t get its first lead until midway through the third period, and then blew the game open. The Lady Warriors managed only two points in the third period and were outscored 41-14 in the second half in the 67-43 loss.

Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) scored 17 points to lead the Lady Warriors for the fourth straight contest. She was the only East Central player in double figures.

The ECCC Lady Warriors fall to 4-4 on the season, while the Lady Lions are now 7-2.

In the men’s game, East Mississippi led from start to finish picking up the 13-point win. The Lions used a 15-0 run in the first half to break a 10-10 tie. East Central used a 12-2 run of its own to pull to within 28-26 before the Lions moved to a 43-31 halftime lead.

East Mississippi quickly built its lead to 27 points to start the second half. The Warriors were able to get as closes as 10 in the final 20 minutes.

Sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) led East Central with 24 points, including 12 of 16 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) scored 22 and hit four three-point shots. East Central hit 12 threes in the loss.

The ECCC Warriors are now 4-4 on the 2019-20 season. The EMCC Lions improve to 7-3.

The East Central teams return to action Monday, Dec. 9, when they travel to Perkinston to face Mississippi Gulf Coast in MACJC South Division games. The women play at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.

The final action before the holiday break will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, when Delgado (New Orleans, La.) visits Brackeen-Wood Gym for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

ECCC Lady Warrior Soccer Players Sign With MUW

East Central Community College sophomore soccer players Leah Anderson and Macey Spencer have signed to continue their careers next fall at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.

The MUW Owls currently compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, but have provisionally been accepted for full membership in NCAA Division III within the next two years.

Anderson, a forward from Leyland, United Kingdom, scored 16 goals this season for the Lady Warriors, including two hat tricks. She is tied for the most goals in a career with 22 and is in second place all-time in most goals in a season.

She was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 Team, Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Conference Team, MACJC All-Star Team, MACJC Player of the Week, and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week. Anderson also received the team’s Golden Boot Award at the Fall Sports Awards Banquet.

Spencer, a midfielder who prepped at Florence High School, started all 17 matches and scored seven goals. She led the Lady Warriors with seven assists. She was named to the NJCAA All-Region 23 Team for the second year, MACJC All-Star Team, and received the team’s Most Valuable Player Award at the Fall Sports Awards Banquet.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Friends of the Library Fundraiser Drawing

Eight year-old Aiden Estes, a second grader at Fair Elementary School, drew the winning name for the Winston County Friends of the Library Christmas Fundraiser. Aiden is the son of Becca Estes and Dakota White. 

2019 Friends of the Library Christmas Fundraiser Winner

Melissa Foster is shown here with her winnings from the Winston County Library Friends of the Library Christmas Fundraiser, she is the wife of our new Chancery Clerk, Rusty Foster. Congratulations Melissa!!

East Central Basketball Teams Split With Holmes at Home

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Behind the 17 points of sophomore guard Jariyah Covington, the East Central Community College Lady Warriors defeated the Holmes Lady Bulldogs 71-53 in non-division basketball action Monday, Dec. 2, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur. Despite a combined 43 points from JaQuarius Smith and JaMichael Wilson, the Warriors fell to the Holmes Bulldogs 85-81 in the nightcap.

It was the second time the teams had met this season. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Bulldogs 83-59 last month in Goodman. The Warriors beat Holmes 87-75 in the game on Nov. 18.

East Central led wire-to-wire in the women’s contest, using a big fourth quarter to put away the Lady Bulldogs. East Central won the final period 25-12 to blow open a five-point game. The Lady Bulldogs went to the free throw line 31 times in the game, compared to just 15 for the Lady Warriors.

It was the third straight game that Covington (Starkville) has led the Lady Warriors in scoring. Sophomore guard/forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) scored 15 points, while sophomore guard Mylisha Hammond (McComb) had 12 and freshman forward Asia Madison (Hazlehurst) added 10. Sophomore forward Jamaica Almons (Jackson, Murrah) led East Central with 10 rebounds.

The men’s contest saw 14 lead changes and eight ties. The Warriors led by as many as nine, 33-24, in the first half before Holmes went on a 10-0 run to take a 36-35 lead at intermission.

Smith, a sophomore forward out of Noxubee County, scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors. Wilson, a freshman guard from Rayville, La., added 21. Also in double figures were freshman guards Kareem Thompson (Florence) with 14 and Tate Ryder (Hattiesburg, Oak Grove) with 11. Thompson had a team-high five assists.
JaMichael Wilson

The Warriors hit just 6 of 29 three point attempts in the game and surrendered 23 points to the Bulldogs off turnovers.

The East Central teams play their final non-division games against MACJC opponents Thursday, Dec. 5, when East Mississippi visits Brackeen-Wood Gym. The women will play at 5:30 p.m. and the men tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

MACJC South Division play begins Monday, Dec. 9, when ECCC travels to Perkinston to face Gulf Coast at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Winston Plywood & Veneer Team Member Dies in Company Accident

A Winston Plywood & Veneer team member died Tuesday in an accident at the company's facility in Louisville. The mill has been temporarily closed and the company is working closely with local officials, first responder's, clergy and crisis support personnel at this time.

"Winston Plywood is devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague as a result of this accident," said Bruce Warren, CEO of Winston Plywood. "Our team at the mill is a family in every way, and our family has suffered a heart-wrenching loss today. We don’t have any words to express our profound grief, and we are praying with his family.”

We are working with local authorities to assist in its ongoing investigation into the accident and ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.”