Monday, December 7, 2020

DAR November Meeting

The Nanih Waiya Daughters of the American Revolution conducted their November meeting at the Market Cafe on November 19th. Janice Fortenberry, Mississippi State Society DAR School Committee Chairman, spoke to the group about the DAR Schools program. Sam Clark spoke about his journey to becoming a potter and showed the group how to throw a clay pot.

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Local Resident Receives Unexpected Package

 A Winston County Resident received an unexpected package over the weekend that prompted a call to law enforcement. A Fed Ex package arrived to the stated address but was a surprise to the occupant. Upon opening the package, the individual found 18 separate and securely wrapped packages containing a suspicious substance. 

Winston County Sheriff's deputies were called and it was determined that each package contained roughly one pound of marijuana. Deputies confiscated the drugs valued at roughly $20,000 at street value and an investigation is ongoing. The home's occupant is not a suspect.

Chief Deputy Keith Alexander indicated that drugs are often sent through the mail or package services to incorrect addresses with the intent of retrieving the package after delivery and warns local residents to be wary of unusual or unexpected deliveries.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Winston County On List for Mask Mandate

As you are all aware Covid has been an ongoing problem with rise and fall in new cases everyday. At one point the entire state was under mandated protective measures that of course has been lifted some time now. The task force in Jackson and the Governor have monitored the rise in certain areas and added those restrictions back on a county by county basis. Today Winston County has made that list. As a reminder that mandates all persons SHALL wear a mask in public unless eating or drinking or one of the other exceptions listed in Executive Order 1527(attached below) allows otherwise. This will also limit inside gatherings to 10 people outside to 50 people where social distancing is not possible. This restriction does not apply to religious entities, students in classroom or voting precincts. This Order does not change the way restaurants are currently operating they are governed by an earlier order. The new Executive Order is not available yet as soon as it is I will make it available.

Thank You

Chris Young
City of Louisville
Director of Public Safety
2373 South Church Ave.
Louisville, Ms 39339

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Summary Results of Tuesday's Election

 The unofficial summary results of Tuesday's election in Winston County is now available online for viewing or to download. To access the report - click here

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Final Unofficial Results for Winston County

 All precincts reporting - Total are unofficial - We will have more detailed info and uncontested races tomorrow.

Winston County Election Results

 Only contested races will be posted tonight!! 4 of 12 boxes reporting

Monday, November 2, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

LMSD to Begin a Hybrid Schedule for High School Students on Monday

Beginning Monday, November 2, all 9th through 12th grade students in the Louisville Municipal School District will follow a hybrid schedule until Thanksgiving. This includes students at Louisville High, Noxapater and Nanih Waiya.

LMSD Superintendent David Luke indicated that this action was taken as a preventative measure and not due to an outbreak within the District’s students and staff. Luke noted the increase in COVID-19 cases across the area and the District made the decision to follow a hybrid schedule that reduces the level of social contact between students and also staff. Out of a student population and staff of over 3000, there are only 12 reported cases. The goal is to take early measures that may prevent an increase in cases over the coming weeks.

The hybrid schedule shown below will take effect on Monday and continue til the Thanksgiving holiday. Current plans are to return to a normal schedule on November 30th. For more information , visit the District’s website at

Monday, October 26, 2020

Library Zoom Book Event with Steve Robertson

Winston County Library Will Hold A Book Event with author Steve Robertson Via Zoom on November 13, 2020 beginning at 10:30 AM. See flyer below for instructions.

Alpha Dawgs Synopsis

From bestselling author, Steve Robertson comes his next explosive book. Alpha Dawgs: More Dawg Tales from the Rivalry with Ole Miss picks up where Stark Villains left off, but with a heavy dose of controversy. Stories from the rivalry between the Bulldogs of Mississippi State and the Rebels of Ole Miss are told as only Steve Robertson can. The book is jam-packed with hot-button issues, previously unpublished missives, interviews with legends, riveting history, and much more.

Alpha Dawgs exposes prominent Mississippians for their role in promoting segregation and attempting to prevent the Bulldog’s participation in the 1963 “Game of Change.” A former player reveals how the basketball team successfully beat the establishment and defiantly played in the game.

These pages chronicle the firing of Allyn McKeen—the best football coach in MSU history. Bulldog great, Rafael Palmeiro, talks about why he chose MSU. And so much more.

Alpha Dawgs delivers tales from the rivalry that fans of both schools will enjoy, although Mississippi State wins every chapter.

Steve Robertson’s Bio:

Steve Robertson has covered Mississippi State sports and college football recruiting in Mississippi for over 20 years. Alpha Dawgs is Robertson’s third book.

His bestselling book Flim Flam led to the end of the Hugh Freeze era at Ole Miss and exposed the culture of non-compliance that has been pervasive at Ole Miss for decades.

Robertson’s second book and long-running bestseller, Stark Villains, details the in-state rivalry between Mississippi State and Ole Miss from a Bulldog perspective.

He has worked for since 2001 and has developed a considerable following among Bulldog fans. The Boneyard, Robertson’s podcast, is available on all platforms where quality podcasts are found.

Steve and his wife Dana have four children and live in Starkville, Mississippi. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

WE CARE Temporary Shelter Announcement

WE CARE has been donated an apartment building!! 103 Kennedy!! Come see the progress we're making.

WE CARE Back Story:

Many years ago, the Lord spoke to me using the Holy Spirit. He said that He wanted me to do everything that I had been through. I laughed and said do You know how much I have been through? Of course, He did because He had been with me every step of the way.

I raised my 4 children alone with many struggles. There were activities and events that they wanted to be a part of but, a lack of money often made these things impossible. Some events they were able to partake because someone helped, and we are still grateful for their kindness.

I started my walk not knowing what to do or how to do it. This was in 1999. This was a long time ago and a slow walk to the present. I learned tidbits by working at Prairie Opportunity, Families First, Wal-Mart and Community Counseling.

My life and family trials showed me steps that I use in Winston Educational Christian Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. known as WE CARE. You never know what a person is going through unless they decide to reach out and ask for help. I would ask for help and there were times when I did not know where to go seeking that help. That is a major component of WE CARE. Having been through so many trials I can now be the hand up, not hand out, that you may need.

In 2015, WECARE became incorporated with the state of Mississippi and began writing the narrative for the IRS to become a nonprofit. I knew all the services that WE CARE would provide. Tutoring, informational workshops, various adult classes, housing for different sectors of our community, helping inmates reenter society and help in the mental health area. I am sure it is hard to believe that I have had some type of issue in all the above listed areas but, I have. Rededicating my life to Christ is the reason I have made it this far. I know now that this is my mission from God. It is for this reason I share a portion of my story and the reason for WE CARE.

Recently, WE CARE received by donation an apartment building that when refurbished will become a shelter for the community. We need your help as a community to make this happen. WE CARE has since 2018 helped with our homeless population. If you have donated to, WE CARE in the past you have helped with housing our homeless and you have helped to give our students schools supplies. You know who you are, and we still thank you!

Did you know that WE CARE is a nonprofit? You can donate to help with this project by giving in-kind or monetary donations. Checks can be made out to and mailed to

PO Box 1124
Louisville, MS 39339
Cash App $WECAREWinston

All donations to WE CARE are tax deductible. WE CARE gives documentation at the end of the year to file with your taxes. If you would like to see the future shelter or hear more about, WE CARE call 662-705-1709. You can also visit shelter and facility for after school tutoring at 256 S Jones Ave., here in Louisville.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

ECCC Breaks Ground on Thomas W. Carson Band Hall

A groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 13 marked the official start of construction on the new Thomas W. Carson Band Hall at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The ceremony was held at the site of the future 13,000 square-foot facility on the north side of the Vickers Fine Arts Center.

The building will be named in memory of the late Carson who was associated with East Central for more than half his life, including two years as a student and 30 years as Director of Bands and music instructor. He passed away on May 6, 2013, at age 57.

The estimated $3.5 million band hall will house the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band practice hall, music practice studios, music teaching studios, instrument storage, a music library, and office space.

Construction is expected to be completed within two years.

Participating in the groundbreaking for East Central Community College’s Thomas W. Carson Band Hall were (from left) Grace Everett of Decatur, Wall O’ Sound Band drum major; Zach Langley, ECCC director of bands; Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Brent Gregory, ECCC president; Brenda Carson, wife of the late Tom Carson; Carson’s sons Chris Carson and Jeremy Carson, granddaughter Margo Timidaiski and daughter Jennifer Carson Timidaiski.

Friday, October 9, 2020

East Central Warriors Pitch Football Shutout Over Southwest

East Central’s Desmond Williams (No. 8) returns the game’s opening kickoff 95 yards to give the Warriors an early 7-0 over Southwest.

Desmond Williams returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and the East Central Community College defense forced four turnovers as the Warriors picked up a 21-0 shutout win over the visiting Southwest Bears in MACCC South Division football action Thursday, Oct. 8, at Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

East Central rebounded from a season-opening loss at Jones College last week to improve to 1-1 overall on the season and 1-1 in Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference South Division play. All six games during the abbreviated 2020 season are division contests. Southwest fell to 0-2.

It was the Warriors third straight win over Southwest and fifth in the last six meetings. East Central was victorious 19-0 last September in Summit.

Before fans were settled in their seats East Central was in the end zone. Sophomore wide receiver Lee Tanner (Madison-Ridgeland Academy) fielded the opening kickoff at the five yard line and handed off to sophomore defensive back Desmond Williams (Forsythe, Ga., Mary Persons) who did the rest on a 95-yard kickoff return. The point after by sophomore kicker Robens Beauplan (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale) was good. The Warriors led 7-0 with just 15 seconds off the game clock.

After the opening play fireworks, the two teams managed just five first downs between them and punted the ball 10 total times over the next 28 minutes of play.

That was until sophomore linebacker Devonta Stancel (Natchez) picked off a Southwest pass and put the Warriors in business on the Bear 15 with 1:58 to play before halftime. Six plays later, East Central found the end zone with just seven ticks remaining when sophomore quarterback Holman Edwards (French Camp Academy) hit sophomore tight end Alex Henton (Fort Valley, Ga., Peach County) for the touchdown to give the Warriors a 14-0 halftime lead.

Southwest managed just one first down and 68 total yards of offense in the first 30 minutes of play.

Southwest put together three first downs on its opening drive of the second half, but were thwarted when sophomore linebacker Equandric Ross (Jefferson Davis County) picked up an errant pitch by the quarterback to stop the Bear threat.

Neither team could muster points in the third quarter. East Central put the game out of reach with 8:39 to play in the game. Edwards scampered 22 yards for the score and the 21-0 lead. An interception by freshman safety Zak Morris (Eupora) put the Warriors in business at midfield.

On the night, the Warrior defense forced 10 punts, three interceptions, and a fumble. Freshman cornerback Sadarion Magee (Columbia) also had a fourth quarter interception for the Warriors.

It was Sophomore Night at Bailey Stadium as the Warriors honored 22 football players, three managers, and nine cheerleaders during pre-game ceremonies.

East Central will take on the Pearl River Wildcats next Thursday, Oct. 15, in Poplarville. Kickoff is 7 p.m. from Dobie Holden Stadium. Pearl River is 0-2 on the season.

All East Central Community College football games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 radio. Links to the audio and live stream video for all home and away games can be found at Home game live stream can also be accessed at

Thursday, October 8, 2020

MMRLS to Join Digital Lending Partnership with The Library of Hattiesburg

Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) is excited to announce a new digital lending partnership with The Library of Hattiesburg Petal & Forrest County via the free cloudLibrary app starting October 7th. This partnership will start six days after the full launch of the new eBook and eAudiobook app for residents in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston County. 

During the month of October, library guests will gain access to over 100,000 eBooks and audio books, a virtual library card, the ability to view digital checkout history, plus receive app notifications for digital item holds and library events. In addition to the full cloudLibrary digital collection MMRLS offers, guests will also get to enjoy that of the Hattiesburg based library system.

"We are happy to be able to expand our digital collection for our patrons. This new digital lending partnership with Hattiesburg through the cloudLibrary service is hopefully the first of many to come. We are excited about the future growth of our digital collection and the potential of digital lending throughout our state," said Josh Haidet, Executive Director.

For more information, call or visit your local MMRLS branch library or the library’s website All library services are made possible thanks to the continued financial support of your local elected officials.

Friday, October 2, 2020

East Central Warriors Drop Football Opener 34-5 at Jones

The Jones College Bobcats pushed out to a 24-3 halftime lead on their way to a 34-5 win over the East Central Community College Warriors Thursday, Oct. 1, in MACCC South Division football action at Bobcat Field at Sim Cooley Stadium in Ellisville.

It was the opener for both schools in an abbreviated six-game season of Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference South Division contests as the conference hopes to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The season also started five weeks later than usual.

The Bobcats have now won the last four games in the annual series, including a 35-13 win last October in Ellisville. East Central’s last win over the Bobcats came in 2016.

Only four Warriors who started at Jones a year ago were back in the starting lineup for the contest, which saw 10 ECCC freshmen earn starting roles. There were a lot of new faces on the Jones sideline as well, as the Bobcats returned only 14 players from last year’s team that went 7-3, advanced to the conference semifinals, and finished at No. 10 in the final NJCAA poll.

East Central got on the scoreboard on the opening drive of the game, moving to the Jones’ 16-yard line before settling for a 33-yard field goal off the foot of sophomore Robens Beauplan (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale). On the drive, sophomore quarterback Holman Edwards (French Camp Academy) connected with sophomore wide receiver John Hilbert (Brookhaven) for what appeared to be a 10-yard touchdown pass that was nullified by a penalty. Jones would score the next 31 points in the game.

Bobcat running back Romal Webb scored from the four to cap a 10-play, 76-yard drive and put Jones up 7-3 with 8:39 to go in the opening stanza.

Neither team would score again until the 9:31 mark of the second quarter when the Bobcats tacked on a 42-yard field goal to move in front 10-3.

Jones scored twice more in the first half and just 51 seconds apart. Webb scampered 50 yards for a touchdown to give the Bobcats a 17-3 lead with 4:26 to play in the half. Just two plays later, Hershey McLaurin picked up a Warrior fumble and returned it 27 yards to the end zone to give Jones its 24-3 halftime cushion.

East Central moved into scoring position twice more in the first half and came away without points. The Warriors failed on a fourth and two from the Jones 14, and a Beauplan 49-yard field goal attempt fell just short.
Jones didn’t lose any momentum during the intermission. The Bobcats needed just three plays to score to open the third period with a 49-yard scoring strike from Quaterius Hawkins to Markel McLaurin to lead 31-3.

East Central’s only other points of the game came on a third quarter safety. Jones added a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to close the scoring at 34-5.

Offensively, East Central managed 370 total yards with 280 of those coming through the air. Edwards connected on 15 of 28 passes for 214 yards. Sophomore Deonte Yarbrough (Louisville) hit on three of eight passes for 66 years. Hilbert had a big game for the Warriors with 139 yards receiving on seven catches. The Warriors managed just 90 yards on the ground.

Freshman defensive back Josten James (Stone) had nine total tackles for East Central. Sophomore linebacker Equandric Ross (Jefferson Davis County) totaled six tackles, including two tackles for a loss of eight yards. East Central turned the ball over five times in the loss with three interceptions and two fumbles.

Beauplan, an All-American punter last season, had another big night averaging 52 yards on three punts with two downed at the one-yard line.

East Central will now host Southwest on Thursday, Oct. 8, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium in Decatur. The Bears lost their home opener 41-3 to Co-Lin.

Attendance for the home opener will be limited to 25 percent capacity, or about 1,000 fans, as required to Mississippi Executive Order 1519. Three-game home season ticket packages are on sale for $25 online at Tickets may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from the main Athletics Department Office in Brackeen-Wood Gym located adjacent to Bailey Stadium.

Any remaining tickets under the 1,000 capacity will be on sale for $10 each regardless of age at the main Bailey Stadium ticket window starting one hour prior to kickoff.

All East Central Community College football games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 radio. Links to the audio and live stream video for all home and away games can be found at Home game live stream can also be accessed at

Pictured: East Central sophomore wide receiver John Hilbert (Brookhaven) pulls down a long pass from sophomore quarterback Holman Edwards in first half action in Ellisville. Hilbert had seven catches for 139 yards in the loss.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 General Election Sample Ballot

The General Election is scheduled for November 3rd. Below is a Winston County sample ballot for offices and ballot measures. (The sample ballot does not contain an image of the proposed state flag but it will be included on the actual ballot)


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

ECCC to Break Ground Oct. 13 on New Thomas W. Carson Band Hall

East Central Community College in Decatur will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to mark the beginning of construction on the new Thomas W. Carson Band Hall on campus.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will be held at the future site of the 13,000 square-foot facility on the north side of the Vickers Fine Arts Center. Visitors are asked to use the parking lot to the east of the Vickers Center, which was formerly the college’s tennis courts.

The ECCC Board of Trustees unanimously approved naming the new Band Hall after Carson at its November 2019 meeting on campus.

The late Carson was associated with East Central for more than half his life, including two years as a student and 30 years as Director of Bands and music instructor. He passed away on May 6, 2013, at age 57.

The estimated $3.5 million Thomas W. Carson Band Hall will house the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band practice hall, music practice studios, music teaching studios, instrument storage, a music library, and office space.

Construction is expected to be completed within two years.

                      Architect’s rendering of the new Carson Band Hall at East Central Community College.


Friday, September 25, 2020

Mid-MS Regional Library System Offers Online Tutoring for Students Through Brainfuse HelpNow

Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) is excited to introduce a free one-on-one virtual tutoring service for students of all ages and levels through the experts at Brainfuse HelpNow. Public school, private school, homeschool, and college students in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston County can begin accessing this new homework help resource on October 1.

The Brainfuse HelpNow service allows students to access on-demand, live tutoring (2pm-11pm) with homework help available 24/7 throughout the year. All students need to get started is a valid library card and PIN.

Students can learn at their own pace, in a relaxed one-on-one setting, at a time that is flexible and convenient for them. All live tutoring sessions are saved and can be replayed as well as shared with friends and teachers. The subjects covered include math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and more!

"The library is dedicated to helping all students continue to learn, grow, and thrive. We believe the Brainfuse HelpNow live tutoring outreach service will benefit students, parents, and teachers in our communities during this time of distance learning and beyond. We also have great digital resources already available with the state funded MAGNOLIA academic journal/magazine article database and the LearningExpress test/career prep database," said Josh Haidet, Executive Director.

For more information, call or visit your local MMRLS branch library or the library’s website All library services are made possible, thanks to the continued financial support of your elected officials.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Youth With Local Roots Hired as Gulf Coast Park Guide Ranger, Florida

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Jeremiah Edwards was recently hired as the new permanent Gulf Coast Park Guide for the Division of Interpretation. Jeremiah started his new position, Sunday, August 30, 2020. He announced to his family and friends that, “Everglades National Park is my first federal job where I’ll be a Park Guide. I am thoroughly excited to work with everyone and really want to share the story of diversity within Everglades National Park. When I am not at work you can find me leading Bible studies, talking with my family, or working with arts and crafts. I am very excited to meet and work with everyone while here.” It is believed that Jeremiah is the first African American park guide ranger to become employed in the Everglades National Park. The Everglades National Park constitutes the largest subtropical wilderness left in the United States – located in Florida City, FL.

Jeremiah, of Snellville, GA, graduated from Hampton University, June 1919, with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He previously worked with the Greening Youth Foundation at the Everglades National Park where he independently prepared and presented ranger talks, facilitated a variety of tours, and issued backcountry permits in compliance with park regulations. Jeremiah learned critical thinking and data analysis skills as a Ronald McNair Scholar. Also, he was an outstanding public speaker at Hampton and used those skills to give talks at Minute Man National Historical Park. As an intern, he used his skills as an event photographer and Hampton University’s Marching Force Announcer.

Jeremiah was elected as president of the NAACP Youth and College Chapter at Hampton University. Under his leadership, they were able to rebuild the NAACP on campus with the mindset that all lives can’t matter without black lives, and every goal that was set was achieved. The chapter sponsored tutorial programs, conducted voter registration drives and hosted a campus wide Mr. and Miss NAACP pageant. The chapter arranged workshops for college bound student, focusing on financial aid, curriculum selection and scholarship applications. They also offered consultation for at-risk students, youth seminars on the cause and effects of racial discrimination and facilitated multiracial meetings. The chapter hosted Rev. Jesse Jackson on campus and he spoke on the importance of voting and health care.

Jeremiah is the grandson of Charles and Carolyn Hampton of Louisville, MS, both of whom are very involved members of the NAACP. Charles was president of the Winston County Branch NAACP and President of the Mississippi Conference NAACP. Carolyn is the president of Women in the NAACP (WINN) of Winston County. Jeremiah was active with them as a youth in Louisville with the NAACP during summer vacations. He also attended the NAACP National Convention with them. He has been mentored to be a leader by his grandparents. His parents are Terrell Edwards and Charee Hampton. His sister is Tamera Edwards.

Like some other graduates, Jeremiah stated, “When I graduated from Hampton University, I really had no idea what I was about to do. I wanted, still want to, to be a minister and go to law school; however I was not ready to go back to school. Thankfully, my friend Whitney Bronson introduced me to the Greening Youth Foundation which was a 10 week internship at Minute Man National Historical Park. After those 10 weeks, I applied for another internship at Everglades National Park. This position was supposed to last 6 months and now almost one year later I am a permanent park guide ranger. Trust the process, do what you’re supposed to be doing at this present moment and always have faith in God. I am a living witness that He will handle everything else.”

Monday, September 21, 2020

ECCC Announces 2020 Football Ticket Distribution Plan

East Central Community College has announced plans for the distribution of tickets to the Warriors three home football games this fall in Bailey Stadium on the campus in Decatur, as well as tickets to the three away contests.

A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend each game as required by Executive Order 1519 signed Aug. 20 by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. The order limits attendance to 25 percent of stadium capacity, in addition to other restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Executive Order 1519 means that about 1,000 fans will be allowed to attend each home game in Bailey Stadium. This number does not include members of the football team, coaches, and support staff; the cheerleading squad; or credentialed game-day workers.

East Central will reserve an allotment of tickets for family members of the football team, cheerleading squad, and Wall O’ Sound Marching Band to purchase online. There will also be an allotment of tickets for ECCC students and employees with valid college ID, and information about the distribution of those tickets will be communicated by campus email.

All Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference members will allot 160 tickets for visiting teams for each football game this fall.

All other fans are encouraged to purchase a three-game home season ticket package for $25. Season tickets can be purchased online at There is a limit of two home season ticket packages per person. Tickets may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from the main Athletics Department Office in Brackeen-Wood Gym located adjacent to Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus.

Any remaining tickets under the 1,000 capacity will be on sale on a first-come, first-served basis for $10 each regardless of age at the main Bailey Stadium ticket window starting one hour prior to each home game.

All ticket and concession transactions at Bailey Stadium will be cashless.

Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools passes will be accepted provided the pass holder reserves entrance before 4:30 p.m. on the day of each home game by calling the college’s Athletics Department at 601-635-6310. Those pass holders who have reserved entrance will enter through the large rolling gate to the left of the main Bailey Stadium entrance. Only one person will be admitted per pass.

East Central hosts Southwest on Thursday, Oct. 8, Gulf Coast on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Hinds on Thursday, Nov. 5. All home games kick off at 6:30 p.m.

Season tickets to ECCC’s three away games this fall can also be purchased online at The three-game away season ticket package costs $30. The limit is two away season ticket packages per person. Tickets may be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from the main Athletics Department Office in Brackeen-Wood Gym.

The Warriors will play Jones in Ellisville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, Pearl River in Poplarville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, and Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

All East Central Community College football games in 2020 can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3. Links to the audio, as well as live stream video for all home games, can be found online at and at

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for each of ECCC’s three home games this fall. Ticket holders will enter through the left side ticket window at the main Bailey Stadium entrance, while those wishing to purchase available tickets and visiting fans with tickets will enter through the right side ticket window. ECCC students and employees with tickets and all essential game-day workers with passes will enter through the large rolling gate to the left of the main entrance.

Parents of Warrior football players with tickets should park in the lot to the north of Warrior Hall and enter through the designated gate at the northwest corner of Bailey Stadium.

All fans are asked to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus and to not enter Bailey Stadium if they exhibit any of the symptoms as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Everyone over the age of 6 must wear a face mask at all times when not seated and when it is not possible to maintain six feet of separation from persons not in the same household. Face masks are encouraged while seated.

Social distancing is required at all times, especially when entering and exiting the stadium, at the concession stands, and at the restroom facilities.

Tailgating or other fan gatherings outside or inside of Bailey Stadium are prohibited.

Access to the sidelines will be strictly limited to the two football teams and their support personnel and to those with special credentials issued by the college’s Office of Public Information.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Local Leader Meets a National Icon

Most citizens are now aware that Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Robert Lewis, who spent more
L to R: Charles Hampton, Congressman John Lewis
than three decades in congress, passed on July 17, 2020 and was eulogized by former president Barack Obama on July 30, 2020 at the historic Ebenezer Church, Atlanta, GA. He was the first lawmaker to lie in state at the U. S. Capitol Rotunda. He also laid in state at the Alabama State Capitol and the Georgia State Capitol. Congressman Lewis is known for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement which started in Nashville, TN when he was a student and continued on to the Selma March that galvanized support for the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He was also implemental in the passing of the Fair Housing Act which as of recently was rescinded by President Donald Trump. Congressman Lewis was brutally beaten by law enforcement agents and the Ku Klux Klan on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL and was jailed repeatedly. This did not stop him from committing to six decades of non-violent protests. 
Congressman Lewis was one of the original Freedom Fighters that traveled through southern states in 1961 to force the issues of segregation which was regulated by federal law. He was also one of the “Big Six” who organized the March on Washington and was its youngest leader and speaker. One of his last marches was, June 13, 2018, to the headquarters of U. S. Customs and Border Protection to protest the Trump administration’s separation of family policies. One of his favorite tweets to inspire others was in response to Trump’s criticism of him, “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” Before his death, at 80 years old, he made his last public appearance at the Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C. in June 2020 which has become a symbol of the nation’s fight for racial justice. He was in awe of the young people’s fight for justice and for police reform which included a diverse group of people.

Local resident, Charles Hampton reminisced about meeting Congressman Lewis at the Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, MS. Congressman Lewis was being honored at the museum on February 23, 2018, considered the 2nd opening which was sponsored by the Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights. Charles stated that he adored Congressman Lewis and considered him an American Hero. Charles is well known in Louisville, MS as the former president of the Winston County Branch NAACP, and former president of the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. He presently serves as the State Chair Revitalization of Branches, Mississippi State Conference and the Chair Legal Redress, Winston County Branch NAACP.

Charles stated that Congressman Lewis’ bravery and dedication to equality is an inspiration to him to continue his work in the NAACP. He said, “One thing I noticed when meeting him was that he was a humble man. I was encouraged by his words good trouble and his concern for us to be concerned about our children. He also encouraged us to speak up so we can bring about a change for justice. My heart is feeling sad today but all we need to do is keep moving forward. I regret that Congressman Lewis did not make it to speak in Louisville as promised.” Charles’ hope is that pressure continues in order to restore Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. The 1965 law required that lawmakers in states with a history of discriminating against minority voters get federal permission before changing voting rules. Since then, voter suppression rules have been passed and they are discriminatory against minorities. Congress has approved Congressman James Clyburn’s proposal to rename voting rights bill after John Lewis. Charles also hopes that the Edmund Pettus Bridge will be named after Congressman John Robert Lewis.

By Elmetra Patterson

Monday, September 14, 2020

Airport Improvements Continue

In 2019, the Louisville-Winston County Airport was selected as one of only 3 airports in the state of Mississippi to receive a special supplemental grant for airport improvement.  The grant which totals nearly $5.4M will allow for extension of the runway by 151 feet to the south and alleviate a line of sight problem with the existing runway elevations.  In addition, work will be done on the northwest end of the airport property to improve the safety of runoff areas, eliminate some unstable terrain features and enhance storm water drainage.  In addition, new runway LED lighting will be installed and the entire 4,700 feet of runway will be resurfaced with new markings.

The work is progressing rapidly with recent good weather.  A total of 250,000 cubic yards of fill material is being sourced from 65 acres  of property to the west which was recently acquired by the airport authority. The general contractor estimates the runway extension work will be completed by mid to late October, allowing jet aircraft to once again take off and land at KLMS.  The airport will remain open for propeller driven light aircraft and turboprops during most of the construction.

ECCC Warriors Open Unprecedented 2020 Football Season Oct. 1

The long and unprecedented road to the start of the 2020 football season for the East Central Community College Warriors will finally end Thursday, Oct. 1, when they hit the gridiron against the Jones College Bobcats. Kickoff from Bobcat Stadium at Sim Cooley Field in Ellisville is 7 p.m.

It will be the start of just a six-game season, all Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference South Division contests as the MACCC hopes to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The season is also starting five weeks later than usual amid concerns about the pandemic.

Each of the 13 MACCC teams competing this fall will have an open week, with the North and South division champions playing for the MACCC Championship on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the home of the South Division Champion. East Mississippi Community College opted out of the fall football season.

The MACCC will be the only National Junior College Athletic Association league playing football in the fall. Thus, no MACCC school will be eligible for a national championship this season as that title will be awarded in spring 2021.

Ken Karcher enters his eighth season as ECCC head coach and will be looking to take the Warriors to the postseason for the third time since 2013. It won’t be an easy task against the always tough South Division lineup. It begins with preseason No. 7 Jones as ranked by Street & Smith’s magazine. Also on the schedule are defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast and No. 18 Hinds, both at home. ECCC is ranked No. 21 nationally going into the first game. The entire ECCC schedule can be found at

Jones defeated ECCC 35-13 in Ellisville in the 2019 season finale.

East Central is coming off a 4-5 2019 season that included a 3-3 mark in the South Division. The Warriors faced seven ranked teams during the season, including the last five games in a row.

The Warriors will enter the contest with Jones without several key players from a year ago, including a dozen who signed with four-year programs. Gone are linebacker Anthony Blakely, wide receiver Depodray Coburn, wide receiver Dontrell Green, defensive back Fred McGee, and linebacker Ronnie Thomas, Mississippi Valley State; offensive lineman TyKeem Doss and defensive lineman Joshua Ratcliff, Southern Mississippi; defensive end John Cartwright, Memphis; offensive lineman Carrington Davis, Mississippi College; defensive lineman Alvin Dempsey, Florida Atlantic; offensive lineman Fabian Pickering, Louisiana Monroe; and linebacker Payton Rogers, Ole Miss.

Despite the loss of talent, Karcher said he is optimistic about the 2020 version of the Warriors.

“I feel really good about our football team,” he said. “Obviously, there will be obstacles and challenges to work through, this year especially, but I think we have a good nucleus of players returning and some talented new players coming into the program. We lost several starters from last season and two returning starters who signed with four-year programs over the summer, but overall I feel good about the season.”

The Warriors return both quarterbacks from last year, including starter Holman Edwards (French Camp Academy). Sophomore tackle Jacqui Graham (Montgomery, Ala., Jefferson Davis), Second Team All-State last year, will anchor the offensive line, which returns three starters.

“Our offense will be experienced and I expect them to play with a lot of maturity and confidence as a unit,” noted Karcher. “We should be able to give other teams some problems with the type of skill players we have.”

Defensively, Karcher said the Warriors have a good nucleus of players returning from a unit that finished No. 14 in the nation in total defense last year, giving up 18.3 points and 354 yards per game. Among those is defensive back Desmond Williams (Forsythe, Ga., Mary Persons), who earned Second Team All-State last fall with 45 total tackles and a team-leading four interceptions.

Maybe the biggest weapon for ECCC this year will be sophomore kicking specialist Robens Beauplan (Lehigh Acres, Fla., Riverdale). The NJCAA First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Region 23, and First-Team All-State specialist averaged 45 yards per punt as a freshman and hit 9 of 14 field goals and 15 of 18 extra points.

“I believe we have the best punter in the country by far and he’s improving all the time as a place kicker,” said Karcher of Beauplan. “He’s a threat in any game at any time to help with field position. He’s definitely a weapon for us.”

The Warriors are in their new home for the 2020 season, the 12,300 square-foot Warrior Hall football operations center located just outside the north end zone of Bailey Stadium. The facility houses locker rooms for players and for coaches, a team meeting room, position conference rooms, coaches’ offices, an equipment room, a players’ lounge, and a laundry room. It also houses a state-of-the-art training room with hydrotherapy pool to be used by student-athletes in all nine varsity sports at the college.

“Warrior Hall is huge for the players because anyone who runs an organization knows that having everything in one place makes it so much easier to be successful,” said Karcher. “We are much more organized logistically having all our meetings, locker room, training, and offices in one location.”

Karcher will have three new faces on his coaching staff this season.

Blaine Miller will coach the defensive line. He most recently was a defensive graduate assistant for the University of Colorado Buffaloes and has been on the staffs at the University of Georgia, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and University of Alabama in Birmingham.

McComb native and former Mississippi State special teams standout Deontay Evans will coach safeties. He played defensive back for Mississippi State for three years and his senior year at Middle Tennessee State. He has coached at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and at South Pike High School in Magnolia.

Khalil Pope of Hattiesburg will coach running backs. A collegiate place kicker for Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., he was on the staff at Southern Mississippi a year ago.

Information on tickets to ECCC’s home and away games will be available at and

All East Central Community College football games in 2020 can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3. The audio, as well as live stream video for all home games, will be streamed online at and at

Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR Celebrates Constitution Week

 The national celebration of Constitution Week begins on September 17, 2020. 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 (DAR). 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 are encouraged to take time during the week of September 17-23 to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to celebrate America.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Presley Issues Investigative Subpoena to AT&T After Telecom Giant Refuses to Provide Regulators Information Related to $283 Million in Internet Expansion Funding

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has signed an investigative subpoena for records from telecom giant AT&T regarding the company’s acceptance of $283,780,632 from the Connect America Fund to expand internet service in Mississippi. Presley’s subpoena requests detailed information related to the company’s claim to have made internet service available to 133,000 locations in the state. Specifically, the subpoena demands production of documents showing the number of actual subscribers to AT&T’s fixed wireless service within the 133,000 locations where the company claims to have provided service, the number of complaints filed with the company by customers who have taken service and the number of Mississippians who applied for fixed wireless service based on AT&T’s assertion that it was available and were later determined not to be in an area covered. Prior to issuing the investigative subpoena, Commissioner Presley informally asked AT&T for documentation related to the actual number of locations benefitting from the $280 million project. AT&T refused to provide any of that information prompting the investigative subpoena. Furthermore, some items in today’s subpoena were part of data requests filed by the Public Utilities Staff that went ignored by AT&T. The Mississippi Public Service Commission is currently reviewing AT&T and other carriers’ prior and future utilization of the federal Connect America and Universal Service funds in accordance with state and federal law.

“AT&T has pocketed $283,780,632 of public money with a promise to expand internet service, yet they refuse to answer the most basic questions of a regulator surrounding the use of these dollars and the actual success of their plans. With their claim that they have exceeded making service available to 133,000 locations, it is natural to ask these questions, especially in light of the lack of internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, AT&T refuses to answer. It is very clear to me that AT&T’s position is to take as much public money as possible and answer as few questions from regulators as possible.”, Commissioner Presley said. “AT&T entered into a contract with the public when they took the public’s money and yet I still have constituents who were told by AT&T that their home was eligible for fixed wireless service only to find out later that they were misled by company materials and representatives. These are very basic questions that you and I would ask of anyone we gave our personal money to and AT&T should not be treated any different when they take government money.”

To aid in the investigation, Presley asks any Mississippian who was promised fixed wireless internet service from AT&T, but did not receive it or had poor fixed wireless service to contact him at 1-800-637-7722 or by email at northern.