Thursday, December 12, 2019


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 (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 (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

Mylisha Hammond
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.”