Friday, February 21, 2020

ECCC to Hold Second Annual District Wide Day of Service March 13

The second annual EC Cares for our Community day, a time when East Central Community College faculty, staff, and students will give back to the communities in the college’s five-county district of Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties, is scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020.

“Community Partnerships is one of five institutional commitments of our 2020 Vision strategic plan at East Central Community College,” said Dr. Billy Stewart, ECCC president. “Setting aside this day to allow our faculty, staff, and students to volunteer in the communities of our district not only meets that strategic initiative, but allows us to give back to and engage the people in our communities as well.”

Service locations for the second EC Cares for our Community day include Coyote Hills Equine Rescue & Therapeutic Riding and Hope Missions, both located in Newton; Carlisle Crisis Center in Forest, New Beginnings Adult Day Care and Neshoba Baptist Association, both in Philadelphia; City of Carthage Parks and Recreation and Main Street Chamber of Leake County, both in Carthage; Winston County Library in Louisville, and Nanih Waiya Community Park in Nanih Waiya.

Service activities will include cleaning, sorting and organizing, pressure washing, building raised flower beds, painting, weeding and mulching, general yard work, and shelving and organizing books, among other requested tasks.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

East Central’s Braelyn Boykin Named MACJC Softball Pitcher of the Week

East Central Community College sophomore pitcher Braelyn Boykin capped off a big first weekend of the 2020 season by being selected as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Softball Pitcher of the Week.

The product of Mize High School compiled a 2-0 record with one save as the No. 15 ranked East Central Lady Warriors opened the season with a 4-0 record in games played Feb. 15-16.

She pitched a one-hit shutout in the season-opening 10-0 win over Coastal Alabama-North in Decatur Feb. 15, and came on in the seventh inning of the 4-2 game two win to pick up a save.

The next day she also got the win as East Central defeated East Central College (Mo.) 13-3 in the Northeast TigerFest in Booneville. She pitched the first three innings of that game and gave up no runs on two hits.

East Central will next play five games over two days in the Rush Invitational in Meridian Feb. 21-22. The Lady Warriors will face No. 13 Trinity Valley (Texas) at 9 a.m. and San Jacinto College-South (Texas) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and then Parkland College (Ill.) at 9 a.m., No. 2 LSU-Eunice (La.) at 11 a.m., and Bishop State (Ala.) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lady Warriors Win, Warriors Fall in MACJC Basketball at Hinds

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors completed the season sweep of the Hinds Lady Bulldogs with a 62-57 win Monday, Feb. 17, while the Warriors fell to the Bulldogs for the second time this season, this time by a score of 73-68.

The games were played at J.D. Boyd Gym on Hinds’ Utica campus.

Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) led the Lady Warriors with 15 points, while sophomore guard Mylisha Hammond (McComb) added 10.

The ECCC Lady Warriors improve to 10-12 overall and 5-8 in the South Division. The Hinds Lady Bulldogs are now 3-17 overall and 1-12 in the division.

Sophomore guard Kareem Thompson (Florence, Ala.) led the Warriors with 16 points, while sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) and freshman guard JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.) scored 15 and 10, respectively.

The Warriors fall to 9-13 overall and 4-9 in the MACJC South Division. Hinds is 13-7 overall and 8-5 in the division.

The East Central teams will play their final games of the season on Sophomore Night against Southwest on Thursday, Feb 20, in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. Those games tip off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The sophomore basketball players, cheerleaders, Centralettes dance team, and Color Guard will be recognized during the evening.

Sophomore Night is a “White Out” game and all East Central fans are encouraged to wear white.

The games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

Shelton State Sweeps East Central in Baseball Action

The visiting Shelton State Community College Bucs picked up a pair of victories over host East Central Community College in baseball action Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on campus.

The visitors from Tuscaloosa, Ala., won the opener 4-1 and came from behind to win the nightcap 8-4.

With the losses, East Central falls to 2-2 on the season. The NJCAA Division I Shelton State Bucs improve to 5-2.

In the opener, the Warriors managed just four hits to 10 for Shelton State. East Central’s lone run came on a steal of home by sophomore second baseman Roper Ball (Nanih Waiya) in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 2-1. Ball had doubled to open the inning.

Shelton State added two runs in the top of the eighth to seal the win.

A two-run homer in the top of the fourth gave the Bucs the lead in the seven-inning game two. A couple of home runs in the bottom of the frame gave East Central a 3-2 lead. Freshman shortstop 

Amani Larry (Bossier, La., Parkway) led off the inning with a solo shot and freshman utility player Branson Sharpley (Taylorsville) had a two-run homer later in the inning.

The Warriors’ lead was short-lived as Shelton State moved back in front 6-3 in the top of the fifth with a pair of homers. An RBI single by freshman designated hitter Jesse Boydstun (Winston Academy) in the bottom of the sixth pulled East Central to within 6-4, before the Bucs scored two more in the top of the seventh for the 8-4 win.

The Warriors travel to the state of Florida to take on Pensacola State on Tuesday, Feb. 18. First pitch of the doubleheader is 2 p.m.

The next home action is the Rush Invitational to be held at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21-23. East Central will face Bossier Parish (La.) at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 and then Jefferson College (Mo.) at 7 p.m. that night. Other teams participating during the weekend include East Mississippi, Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Wallace State (Hanceville, Ala.).

Most all home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

Monday, February 17, 2020

ECCC Softball Remains Undefeated With Two Wins In Northeast TigerFest

A day after sweeping its season-opening doubleheader against Coastal Alabama-North, the No. 15 East Central Community College softball team traveled north Sunday, Feb. 16, to compete in a couple of games in the Northeast Mississippi Community College TigerFest held in Booneville.

The Lady Warriors moved to a perfect 4-0 on the young season with a five-inning 13-3 run-rule win over East Central College (Mo.) in the opener. East Central then defeated Southwest Tennessee 5-0 in the second game shortened to four innings due to time limits on tournament games.

East Central scored in every inning in the opener while collecting 12 hits. Sophomore designated hitter Annabell Watkins (Leake Academy) knocked in four runs with a double and a three-run homer. Freshman second baseman Landree Amis (Newton County) continued her hot start to the season with a single, double, and triple and three RBI. Freshman third baseman Zharia Richardson (Harrison Central) had two hits and two RBI.

Sophomore Braelyn Boykin (Mize) moved to 2-0 in the circle. She pitched the first three innings, giving up no runs on just two hits and three strikeouts.

Game two was scoreless heading to the bottom of the third when sophomore left fielder Olivia Houston (Northwest Rankin) and sophomore catcher Anna McNeer (Canton Academy) opened the inning with singles. After a walk to Richardson, Watkins brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Freshman right fielder Sidney Rone (Ethel) then made the score 3-0 with a two-run double. The fourth run of the inning came in on a fielder’s choice.

East Central added a final run in the bottom of the fourth on a Houston single followed by a Richardson double.

Sophomore Brooklyn King (George County) picked up the win giving up just three hits in the shutout.

East Central will next play five games over two days in the Rush Invitational in Meridian Feb. 21-22. The Lady Warriors will face No. 13 Trinity Valley (Texas) at 9 a.m. and San Jacinto College-South (Texas) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and then Parkland College (Ill.) at 9 a.m., No. 2 LSU-Eunice (La.) at 11 a.m., and Bishop State (Ala.) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The next home action is not until March 6 when Coahoma visits for an MACJC conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at the Softball Park on campus.

Most all home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

Friday, February 14, 2020

ECCC Basketball Teams Sweep Visiting Meridian

The East Central Community College basketball teams got back in the win column with a sweep of the teams from Meridian Community College Thursday, Feb. 13, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The East Central Lady Warriors opened the evening with a come-from-behind 62-55 win. The Warriors followed with an 85-82 win over the Meridian Eagles.

The sweep avenged a pair of losses when Meridian hosted East Central back on Jan. 21.

The ECCC Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Eagles 35-27 in the second half after trailing at the intermission. Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) led a balanced scoring attack for East Central with 15 points.

The Lady Warriors improve to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the South Division. The Meridian Lady Eagles are now 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the division.

In the men’s action, East Central nearly let a 13-point halftime lead slip away against the Eagles. The Warriors led the entire game until Meridian tied the score at 80-80 with under a minute to play. But a big three-pointer from the corner by freshman guard Brandon Tilley (Hattiesburg, Oak Grove) with 20 seconds to play and two free throws from sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) helped seal the Warrior win.

Meridian hit 30 of 34 free throws in the game, including 11 in a row late in the game. East Central was 14 of 18 from the free throw line.

Freshman guard JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.) led East Central with 24 points. Smith added 20, freshman guard Lee Cotton (Cleveland Central) scored 14, and freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence, Ala.) had 12.

With the win, East Central is now 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the MACJC South Division. Meridian is 8-13 overall and 3-9 in the division.

Having been eliminated from postseason play, the East Central teams will close out their seasons next week. The Warriors and Lady Warriors will face Hinds in Utica at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, before closing out the season with Sophomore Night and a  “White Out” game against Southwest on Thursday, Feb 20, in Brackeen-Wood Gym. Those games also tip off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

All home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

LeAnn Sanders Shelton Book Event

The Winston County Library recently hosted Pickens County, AL author LeAnn Sanders Shelton for an event featuring her book “Red Stitches”. The book talks about losing her arm as a child in a lawn mower accident and going on to overcome so many obstacles in order to achive her passion – playing competitive softball. “LeAnn is a true inspiration,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “She played pitcher, batter and outfielder and was inducted into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame.” She calls her book “Red Stitches” because it was the red stitches on a softball that held her life together after the accident.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rev. Sylvester Miller honored at Black History Exhibit Reception

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Rev. Sylvester Miller, III at Lee’s Restaurant
The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. is sponsoring a Black History Exhibit at the Winston County Library throughout the month starting February 5th. Rev. Sylvester Miller, owner of Lee’s Restaurant, will be honored. The Reception will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon. Rosa Sanders will be there signing her newly published book.

Rev. Miller of Louisville, Mississippi was chosen to be honored because he has a rich history in civil rights, especially regarding voters’ rights. He is a businessman who has returned to Louisville after migrating to Flint, Michigan for years. He returned to Louisville in 2018 with his wife Mary Lee Anderson Miller who passed shortly after they moved. He is the owner of Lee’s Restaurant which is named after his deceased wife.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ECCC Baseball Opens 2020 Season With Sweep of Mississippi Delta

East Central outfielder Jesse Boydstun 
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The East Central Community College Warriors scored a pair of 10-2 wins to open the 2020 baseball season with a sweep over the Mississippi Delta Trojans Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on the campus in Decatur.

ECCC scored in every inning on its way to a 10-2 run-rule win in the opener that was called after seven innings. The Warriors used an eight run bottom of the fifth inning in the seven-inning game two to take another 10-2 win.

Four ECCC pitchers combined to hold Mississippi Delta to two runs on just five hits in the opener. Sophomore right-hander Tanner Knight (Eupora) got the win. The Louisiana Tech signee pitched the first three innings and gave up no runs on two hits with five strikeouts.

East Central collected 10 hits in game one, with sophomore second baseman Roper Ball (Nanih Wayia), freshman right fielder Jesse Boydstun (Winston Academy), and freshman first baseman Stephen Wolf (Madison, St. Joseph Catholic) each with two hits. Boydstun knocked in two runs.

The Warriors stole eight bases in the win, with Ball, Wolf, and sophomore left fielder Dakota Kennedy (Choctaw) with two each.

Kennedy got East Central on the scoreboard first in game two with a full count leadoff homer to left field in the bottom of the first. The Warriors led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth when eight runs crossed the plate. Boydstun had a two-run single, Kennedy a two-run double, and freshman shortstop Amani Larry (Bossier, La., Parkway) an RBI single in the frame. Ball stole two more bases in game two.

Sophomore right-hander Walker Johnson (East Webster) had a good outing on the mound to open the season, throwing the first four innings. He gave up one run on three hits with six strikeouts.

ECCC opens the season 2-0, while the Mississippi Delta Trojans are 0-2.

East Central will next host Shelton State (Ala.) in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.
The Warriors then travel to the state of Florida to take on Pensacola State on Tuesday, Feb. 18. First pitch of the doubleheader is 2 p.m.

All home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

ECCC to Officially Open New Football Operations Center with Ribbon Cutting

East Central Community College will officially open its new Warrior Hall football operations center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, on the campus in Decatur.

The 12,300-square-foot facility is located just outside the north end zone of Warrior Field at Bailey Stadium.

The ceremony will include remarks by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, Board Chair Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, Head Football Coach Ken Karcher, and Director of Athletics Paul Nixon in the Thomas E. Hannah and Ray E. Hannah Team Meeting Room, followed by the ribbon cutting and self-guided tours.

Warrior Hall contains 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 will also house a state-of-the-art training room with hydrotherapy pool to be used by student-athletes in all nine varsity sports at the college.

The architect for Warrior Hall was Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi. The contractor was J&J Contractors Inc. of Collinsville.

Monday, February 10, 2020

2020 ECCC Baseball Team

Members of the 2020 East Central Community College baseball team and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) sophomore catcher Gavin Bailey, Newton County; sophomore pitcher Braxton Rose, Newton County Academy; freshman infielder Kiel Reed, Brandon, Hartfield Academy; freshman outfielder/pitcher Tri Vaughan, Benoit, Washington School; sophomore catcher/infielder Eli Harrison, Newton County; freshman infielder Ian Barjam, Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; freshman pitcher Grant Johnson, Hernando; freshman pitcher Calvin McClendon, Leake Central; freshman pitcher/infielder Hunter Barrett, Sumrall; and freshman outfielder/pitcher Robert Sanford, Seminary; (middle row, from left) head coach Neal Holliman; assistant coach Matt Mitchell; freshman infielder Benjamin Luckett, Yazoo County; freshman outfielder Clayton Cook, Mize; freshman utility player Branson Sharpley, Taylorsville; sophomore infielder/pitcher Roper Ball, Nanih Waiya; freshman infielder Amani Larry, Bossier, La., Parkway; freshman catcher R.J. Fletcher, St. Martin; redshirt freshman outfielder/pitcher Courtland Posey, Port Gibson/Hinds Community College; and assistant coach Adam Chamblee; and (back row, from left) freshman pitcher Gates Pee, Clinton; sophomore pitcher Walker Johnson, East Webster; freshman outfielder/pitcher Jesse Boydstun, Winston Academy; freshman pitcher Jeremy Martin, Slidell, La., Northshore; sophomore pitcher Tanner Knight, Eupora; freshman outfielder/pitcher Conner Hicks, Stringer; freshman infielder Dylan Bond, Lewisburg; sophomore outfielder Dakota Kennedy, Choctaw Central; and freshman infielder/outfielder Stephen Wolf, Madison, St. Joseph Catholic.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

ECCC Football Welcomes 20 New Players During National Signing Day

East Central Community College head football coach Ken Karcher announced the addition of 20 new members to the Warrior football team on National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 5. The newcomers are all high school seniors.

“We are excited to welcome these 20 young men to our football family,” said Karcher. “Our staff once again did an excellent job in finding young men who are good football players and a good fit our mission at East Central. We are looking forward to working with each one of them. We will continue to look to meet other needs as we work through the spring.”

Players signing with ECCC Feb. 5 included:

  • Rish Alford, a 5-9, 195-pound linebacker from Houston High School.
  • Ethan Bond, a 6-3, 270-pound offensive lineman from Columbia High School.
  • Keyser Booth, a 5-7, 155-pound running back from Jefferson Davis County High School in Bassfield.
  • Juke Boozer, a 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver from Rockmart High School, Ga.
  • Kyle Brewer, a 5-11, 190-pound athlete from Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia.
  • Demarquese Gibson, a 5-11, 190-pound running back from Grenada High School.
  • Ray Gibson, a 6-2, 270-pound defensive lineman from Neshoba Central High School.
  • Eli Gooden, a 6-0, 270-pound offensive lineman from Hartfield Academy in Flowood.
  • Kristian Hopkins, a 5-11, 200-pound linebacker from Louisville High School.
  • Kedrick Horton, a 6-3, 235-pound tight end from Mize High School.
  • Manuel Hillman, a 6-0, 185-pound long snapper from Petal High School.
  • Josten James, a 5-9, 165-pound defensive back from Stone High School in Wiggins.
  • Phameko James, a 6-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Hazlehurst High School.
  • Ke’Sean Johnson, a 5-11, 205-pound athlete from Quitman High School.
  • Sadarion Magee, a 5-10, 170-pound defensive back from Columbia High School.
  • RJ Proctor, a 6-1, 260-pound defensive lineman from Petal High School.
  • Michael Rush, a 6-1, 285-pound offensive lineman from Union High School.
  • Deandre Shorts, a 5-10, 170-pound defensive back from Jefferson Davis County High School in Bassfield.
  • Kevin Walters, a 6-1, 300-pound defensive lineman from Petal High School.
  • Larry Wilson, a 5-9, 160-pound running back from Hazlehurst High School. 
The East Central Community College Warriors open the 2020 season on Thursday, Aug. 27, when they host East Mississippi Community College at 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Several Mississippi Counties Top List of Most Disadvantaged Areas in the Country

Mississippi communities are among the most disadvantaged in the nation, based on income levels, health and social mobility, according to a recent study.

A recent analysis by researchers at the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative and Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing created a nationwide index for counties it found to be at a "deep disadvantage" in the country.

The study looked at poverty and deep poverty rates, life expectancy and low birth rates, among other factors.
It revealed five separate counties in Mississippi in the top 10 list as the most poor areas in the nation.

Those counties and their rank are:
  • 3. Claiborne County
  • 4. Issaquena County
  • 5. Holmes County
  • 7. Leflore County
  • 9. Coahoma County
The study also listed a total 21 counties in the state in its top 100 index, which represents more than 20% of the entire country. 

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The study— in its analysis— found three trends:

  •  Rural counties are much more likely to be disadvantaged. Of the top 100 most disadvantaged communities, 80 are rural—including 19 rural counties in Mississippi. Only nine are cities. This finding is significant because rural areas are more likely to lack infrastructure and investment to alleviate poverty.
  • Disadvantage is clustered and largely driven by historical context. Regions with high levels of disadvantage include the Mississippi Delta, the Cotton Belt, Appalachia, Tribal Nation Lands, areas near the Texas-Mexico border and the Rust Belt cities of Cleveland; Detroit; Flint, Michigan; and Gary, Indiana. One theme across these areas of deep disadvantage is a long history of racial and environmental exploitation.
  • Disparities in health and economic outcomes: In terms of health, people living in the most disadvantaged areas are more likely to die a full 10 years before their counterparts in the most advantaged areas. The average poverty rate of the 100 most disadvantaged communities (34.8%) is more than four times higher than the poverty rate among the 100 most advantaged communities (7.3%).
All five Mississippi counties in the top 10 are along the Mississippi River. Four of the counties in the top 10 are located in South Dakota, home to the Native American Sovereign Tribal Nations.

Give Us the Ballot

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On May 17, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a group of 25,000 on The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom. It was a non-violent demonstration in Washington, DC and an early event of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, especially for the right to vote.

One of his least known speeches was made that day. It is so appropriate today because of the theme for this year’s Black History Month – African American and the Vote. His speech is named “Give Us the Ballot” which is the demand followed by the different changes that voting rights for African Americans will affect. His call for voting rights for African Americans is not only morally right but will lead to change for the better for all of America. He encouraged the follower to show love and understanding and abstain from violence. His speech to the president of the United States and every member of Congress asking them to give African Americans the right to vote went as follows:

Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights.

Give us the ballot, and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the South and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the hooded perpetrators of violence.

Give us the ballot, and we will transform the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.

Give us the ballot, and we will fill our legislative halls with men of goodwill and send to the sacred halls of Congress men who will not sign a “S o u t h e r n M a n i f e s t o” b e c a u s e of their devotion to the manifesto of justice.

Give us the ballot, and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will do justly and love mercy, and we will place at the head of the southern states governors who will, who have felt not only the tang of the human, but the glow of the Divine.

Give us the ballot, and we will quietly and nonviolently, without rancor or bitterness, implement the Supreme Court’s decision of May seventeenth, 1954.

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, which declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal. The justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional. The decision overturned the 1896 Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson. The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom was exactly three years after the 1954 decision.

Dr. King stated, “In the midst of these prevailing conditions, we come to Washington today pleading with the president and members of Congress to provide a strong, moral, and courageous leadership for a situation that cannot permanently be evaded. We come humbly to say to the men in the forefront of our government that the civil rights issue is not an ephemeral, evanescent domestic issue that can be kicked about by reactionary guardians of the status quo; it is rather an eternal moral issue which may well determine the destiny of our nation in the ideological struggle with communism.”

Submitted by: Jackie "Rip" Eichelberger

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Black History Celebration and Theme with Friends of Dean Park, Inc.

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Carter G. Woodson
founder of Black History Month

Black History Month is the annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. It is the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Woodson believed that his role was to use black history and culture as a weapon in the struggle for racial uplift.

February is Black History Month and the 2020 National Theme for is "African Americans and the Vote," according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The theme highlights the sesquicentennial (150 years) and centennial (100 years) of the fifteenth and nineteenth amendment. The theme will highlight suffrage of Blacks throughout American history. Blacks have been denied the right to vote by various means, e.g., poll taxes, memorizing the constitution, criminal records, property ownership, Voters ID and today there are conniving methods that are more sophisticated. Voter suppression is widely spread in the United States today as a method of denying the right to vote to Blacks and some others.

In 1870, non-white men and freed male slaves are guaranteed the right to vote by the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Disenfranchisement after the Reconstruction Era began soon afterwards. Southern states suppressed the voting rights of black and poor white voters through Jim Crow Laws. The Jim Crow laws enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. They were enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after the Reconstruction period. Jim Crow was enforced until 1965 with the Voters Right Act. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. is sponsoring a Black History Exhibit at the Winston County Library 301 Park Street, Louisville, MS, throughout the month starting February 5th. Elder Sylvester Miller and Lee’s Restaurant will be honored. The Reception will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Rosa Sanders will be there signing her newly published book. We have a special guest speaker to be announced later.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Presley Warns Public of Car Sales Scam on Facebook

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is alerting the public of a scam affecting businesses in the Northern District involving car sales on Facebook.

The scammers are creating Facebook pages and posing as real local businesses, often showing some of the same inventory as being available from them. The scammer collects a sum of money, usually a down payment, and leaves the buyer to collect an automobile from the legitimate business. The legitimate business, in turn, has received no money from the buyer and is unaware of the scam until the buyer shows up to collect the automobile they believe they purchased legitimately.

Here are a few things to look at to help determine if a Facebook page is possibly a scam page:

  • The business page’s name may be slightly different. For instance, instead of John Doe Auto, it could be JD Auto or Jon Doe Cars.
  • Information to contact the business could be suspicious. For instance, a local dealer providing a different number than that listed on their website or a personal or private email address that is not listed on the dealership’s website.
  • The prices of vehicles offered are far lower than the current market value.
  • Is the page itself suspicious? Is it a newly created page? Are there multiple pages found similar to the real one?
  • Check to see if people have left reviews of the business on the page. Are people listing they are satisfied with the business?

“If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is—no matter if it’s in-person, over the internet, or otherwise,” said Commissioner Presley. “With new ways to search for deals and sales online and through Facebook and other social media, there is an opportunity to connect people in communities about what neighbors and others around the area have for sale. But it also presents the prime opportunity for scams and scammers to prey on folks just trying to get a good deal.”

Commissioner Presley continued: “I recommend doing a Google search and verifying the information matches search results, like the dealership’s website or other legitimate websites. And as we regularly advise on all scams, never give personal information over the phone, through Facebook, or on suspicious websites. And if they’re asking for money to be sent over the phone, through social media, or on the internet, that’s also another sign it could be a scam activity. Be alert and vigilant.”If you have been a victim of this scam with a monetary loss, please report it to your local authorities or to Commissioner Presley’s office. To report a scam to Commissioner Presley’s office, please call 1-800-637-7722.

Monday, February 3, 2020

2020 ECCC Softball Team

Members of the 2020 East Central Community College softball team and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) sophomore pitcher Brooklyn King, George County; sophomore utility player Katelyn Morson, Vicksburg, Warren Central; sophomore utility player Kaylee Webb, Ruston, La.; sophomore infielder Annabell Watkins, Leake Academy; sophomore outfielder Olivia Houston, Northwest Rankin; sophomore pitcher/infielder Braelyn Boykin, Mize; sophomore catcher/infielder Anna McNeer, Canton Academy; and sophomore infielder Kailee Swindle, Hattiesburg, Presbyterian Christian; (middle row, from left) freshman manager Cambre Ellis, Neshoba Central; sophomore manager Callie Roach, Louisville; freshman catcher/outfielder Landree Amis, Newton County; freshman infielder Zharia Richardson, Harrison Central; freshman outfielder Savannah Jones, Leake Academy; freshman catcher/outfielder Sidney Rone, Ethel; sophomore manager Kelli Ficken, Central Hinds Academy; and freshman manager Lane McTaggart, Lawrence County; and (back row, from left) head coach Leigh White; sophomore infielder Hannah Dufault, Hurley, East Central; freshman pitcher/infielder Gracey Baucom, Purvis; sophomore outfielder Parker Breland, Union; freshman outfielder Khadajah Cowan, Gautier, Resurrection Catholic; freshman catcher/infielder Morgan Partridge, Enterprise; and assistant coach Ryan McTaggart. (EC Photo)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Presley Highlights One Year Anniversary of Signing of Broadband Act

Today, January 30, 2020, marks the one-year anniversary of House Bill 366, also referred to as the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act being signed into law. The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act made it possible for electric power cooperatives across the state to offer high-speed internet service to its customers. On January 30, 2019, Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law. The bill originally passed 115 to 3 in the House of Representatives and unanimously in the Senate.

In one short year, eight electric cooperatives have created broadband services guaranteeing high-speed internet access to their member-owners. These eight cooperatives are: Alcorn County Electric, Monroe County Electric, North East Mississippi Electric, Prentiss County Electric, Tallahatchie Valley Electric, Tippah County Electric, Tishomingo County Electric, and Tombigbee Electric.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the Broadband Enabling Act has changed and will continue to change the future quality of life of our citizens. No longer will many rural Mississippians have to wait for the big telecom companies to come and serve them. With our electric cooperatives bringing high-speed internet to many areas our state, it will also mean economic development, provide education opportunities, make telehealth more accessible, and so much more for generations to come,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “I commend the eight electric cooperatives who have taken the next steps and agreed to serve their member-owners with world-class internet service and I look forward to even more announcements this year. We cannot stop until the house at the end of every dirt road in our state has access to high-speed internet service.”

“This law would not have been possible without the leadership of Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn, now-Governor Tate Reeves, and now-former Governor Phil Bryant,” Presley continued. “Their actions are a testament to collaboration and cooperation and, without them, it would not have been possible to take this from the idea-stage to passage by the legislature to signing it into law.”

For more information on the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act or to find out if your cooperative is looking into expanding services into broadband, please contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"2020 Kickoff" for Excel By 5

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Louisville/Winston County Excel By 5 would like to thank the attendees, participants, businesses, organizations, and local schools for supporting the 2020 Kickoff!!! This event reintroduced Excel By 5 back to the community. We would like to continue to partner with the early childhood programs, local schools, businesses, organizations, health services, faith-based communities, family and community centers to ensure that our children and parents receive the available resources to enhance their lives during those formative years (Birth-5 years of age). This year’s event was very successful due to the community support that was received. There were 50 + attendees present. We would like to thank the following for their generous donations: Mount Bell M. B. Church, Mt. Olive Church of God In Christ, Center Hill Church of God in Christ, Vowell’s Marketplace, Little Caesars Pizza, Subway, Winston County Self-Help, and other individuals.

We are excited and looking forward to another great Excel By 5 Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by: Dr. Lakicha Jernigan

East Central Basketball Drops Pair of Road Games at Southwest

The East Central Community College basketball teams suffered a couple of double-digit losses to Southwest on Monday, Jan. 27, in MACJC South Division basketball action in Summit.

The East Central Warriors trailed from start to finish in dropping an 84-68 decision to the Bears, while the Southwest Lady Bears picked up a 61-51 win over the Lady Warriors.

Southwest used a 22-4 run in the first half to build a 22-point advantage and took a 51-32 lead into the locker room at the half in the men’s game. The Bears pushed that lead to as many as 29 points in the second half. The Warriors would battle back and get as close as 13 with just under three minutes to play.

Only two East Central players scored in double digits. Freshman forward Kareem Thompson (Florence, Ala.) had 14 points and freshman guard Darien Newchurch (Terry) added 12.

East Central falls to 6-10 overall and 1-6 in the South Division. With the win, Southwest improves to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the division.

East Central took an early 5-0 lead in the women’s game, before Southwest responded with a 15-4 run. The Lady Warriors would tie the game in the second quarter before the Lady Bears took a 33-26 lead at the half.

Southwest built that lead to nine points after three periods and led by as many as 12 in the final 10 minutes.

Freshman guard/forward Ja’Lancia Kohlheim (Tupelo) led East Central with 15 points. Sophomore center Kimberly Green (Greenwood, Amanda Elzy) came off the bench to grab 12 rebounds.

The Lady Warriors fall to 7-9 overall and 2-5 in the South Division. The Southwest Lady Bears are now 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the division.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors return home to Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur on Thursday, Jan. 30, when Gulf Coast visits for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both contests can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

On Monday, Feb. 3, the East Central men will face undefeated and No. 3 ranked Pearl River at 7:30 p.m. in Poplarville. The Lady Warriors and Lady Wildcats will tipoff at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, January 24, 2020

January Meeting of the Nanih Waiya DAR

The January meeting of the Nanih Waiya DAR chapter was held on January 23 at Market Cafe. The DAR ladies had a great time participating in a group art project.

Submitted by: Gwynn Hall

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Weather Siren Reminder

01/22/2020 - Wednesday ----- Repair work is ongoing on the weather sirens in the Louisville area. As a result, the sirens will be tested from time to time. These are only tests. Should there actually be a weather emergency, we will provide updates as needed.

East Central Basketball Teams Swept at Meridian

The East Central Community College basketball teams made the short drive east on I-20 to face MACJC South Division rival Meridian Community College Tuesday, Jan. 21, and came home with a pair of losses.

The Meridian Lady Eagles used a decisive fourth period to pick up a 61-46 win over the Lady Warriors in the opener, while the Eagles came out on top with a hard-fought 87-82 win over the Warriors in the men’s action.

The Lady Eagles broke open a close game by outscoring East Central 19-9 in the fourth period. Meridian led by just one, 29-28, at the half, and by five after three periods.

No East Central player managed to get to double figures in the loss. Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) and sophomore guard/forward KeiMoya Walker (Jackson, Murrah) both had nine to lead the Lady Warriors.

The ECCC Lady Warriors fell to 6-8 overall and 1-4 in the South Division. Meridian is now 5-9 overall and 2-3 in the division.

The Warriors could not capitalize on a 31-point effort by freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) in the five-point loss to Meridian. East Central led by three, 42-39, at the intermission before the Eagles outscored the Warriors by eight in the second half for the victory.

Sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) was the only other East Central player in double figures with 15. Smith also led East Central with eight rebounds.

The Warriors are now 6-8 overall and 1-4 in the division. The Meridian Eagles are also 6-8 and 1-4.

The Lady Warriors and Warriors return home to host Hinds at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Both games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

East Central will travel to Summit to face Southwest in MACJC South Division action Monday, Jan. 27. Those games tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

ECCC’s Jariyah Covington Named MACJC Women’s Basketball Player of Week

East Central Community College sophomore guard Jariyah Covington has been selected as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her play Jan. 13-19.

A product of Starkville High School, Covington averaged 23.5 points per contest as the Lady Warriors split a pair of games during the week.

She scored 24 points and had five steals in a 56-49 road win at Copiah-Lincoln on Jan. 13. It was East Central’s first win over the Lady Wolves since February 2016.

Covington scored 23 points and had two more steals in a 72-68 home loss to No. 11 ranked Jones College on Jan. 16.

For the two games, Covington shot 53 percent from the floor, 42 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 100 percent from the free throw line. She is averaging 16 points a game this season.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Louisville PD Searching for Armed Robbery Suspects

On the evening of Friday, January 17th, the Dollar General Store on East Main Street in Louisville was robbed at gunpoint by three subjects wearing masks. The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspects were believed to be in an older model, Toyota Camry. It was grey in color and appeared to have some body damage to the rear of the vehicle.

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020

East Central Basketball Teams Get Much-Needed Division Wins at Co-Lin

The East Central Community College Lady Warriors and Warriors finally got into the win column in MACJC South Division play with a road sweep of Copiah-Lincoln Monday, Jan. 13, in Wesson.

Freshman guard JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.) hit a 15-foot running jumper at the buzzer as the Warriors got a dramatic 73-71 win over the Co-Lin Wolves in Graydon L. Mullen Gymnasium on the Co-Lin campus. In the women’s contest that opened the evening the Lady Warriors picked up a 56-49 division win, their first over the Lady Wolves since the 2015-16 season.

The men’s contest was close throughout with 17 lead changes and seven ties. Co-Lin tied the game at 71-71 with a three-point shot with 2.3 seconds to go. East Central quickly inbounded the ball to freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence) who found Wilson who banked in the winning shot.

Wilson matched his career-high of 26 points to lead the Warriors. Sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) scored 12 points and Thompson added 10.

The Warriors improved to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the MACJC South Division. The Co-Lin Wolves fell to 5-7 and 0-3.

The ECCC Lady Warriors trailed after each of the first three periods of play, before moving in front 40-38 midway through the fourth period and eventually building a nine-point lead. East Central had lost six straight to the Lady Wolves.

Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington led East Central with a game-high 24 points. Sophomore guard Mylisha Hammond (McComb) added 14 points, with 12 coming in the second half. Hammond also dished out six assists.

With the win, the ECCC Lady Warriors improved to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in the MACJC South Division. The Lady Wolves are now 8-4 and 2-1.

The East Central teams play their first home games of 2020 on Thursday, Jan. 16, when Jones College visits for games at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood Gym in Decatur. Both games can be heard on WKOZ 98.3 or watched via live stream at

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Presley Warns Public of Increased Social Security Scam Activity

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is alerting the public of increased scam calls claiming to be from the Social Security Administration, many of which are coming from an 844 prefix.

He is urging the public to be cautious about answering unknown numbers, returning calls from unusual numbers, or giving personal information over the phone.

“Scammers continue to prey on our citizens each and every day,” said Commissioner Presley. “While my team continues to do everything they can to bring these criminals to justice, I ask the public to be aware of these scams. Do not give out personal information or transfer money to them over the phone. These calls often sound very official, but they aren’t. They are thieves just trying to steal from hardworking Mississippians.”

If you receive these type of calls, you should report those directly to the Social Security Administration using their online report portal at or by calling 1-800-269-0271.

You may also report scam calls to the Public Service Commission by using the No-Call app for smartphones. The app helps people immediately report calls to the PSC from their cell phones. It can be found by searching “PSC No-Call” in the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices. You may also register numbers at or by calling Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Steve Robertson Book Event

Here is Starkville author Steve Robertson with two ardent MSU fans, Britt Hammill (middle) and Jamie McMillan (right). Steve’s new book, Stark Villain, takes an historical look at the State/Ole Miss rivalry, through a Bulldog fan’s eyes.

Steve Robertson pictured here with
Librarian Beth Edwards

Friday, January 10, 2020

Stay Informed of Impending Storms for Friday & Saturday

Our area is forecasted to have high winds starting this afternoon with constant flows of 25 - 30 mph with some gusts up to 70 miles per hour.

These winds can cause damage in falling trees and power lines.
The Super Cell Thunderstorms which have the potential to produce tornadoes will begin passing through our area on early Saturday morning around 7 or 8 am.

Everyone should have several ways of being notified of weather conditions. There are several apps you can install on your phone just for this event and remove them later if you need the space. Below are some of the options available.

If you have not already signed up for Code Red, please do so. Code Red will call or text your phone should a weather emergency happen in your immediate area. You can click the Code Red button on the Winston County main web page. ( and just go to the page and sign up for the service.

If you're on Facebook you can follow the Louisville Community Safe Room page. Chris Young will update this page to let everyone know when the Safe Room will be open, in addition to, keeping us updated on weather conditions. Also, Buddy King has a Facebook page to access for information. If you have a weather radio make sure it's up and running.

We will be paying close attention to the latest weather forecasts and will up-date through Twitter and Facebook as the conditions change.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

WCRW Invite Public to Meet Miss. State Autitor Shad White - Jan. 20

On Monday January 20th, the Winston County Republican Women will host State Auditor Shad White as their speaker. Auditor White will be giving an update on the duties of his office and accomplishments during his service.

 The meeting will be held at Lake Tiak O’Khata, and the public is invited to attend. The meeting is set to begin at 6:00 PM. Guest are encouraged to arrive early or call ahead to order from the menu.

Shad White grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi, in a blue-collar family. His father and grandfather were oilfield pumpers, and his mother and grandmother were teachers. On the weekends, his father was music minister at their small country church, and his mother played the organ. Today his father serves as mayor of their small town. Shad went on to earn degrees from the University of Mississippi, the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School.

 Governor Phil Bryant appointed Shad as State Auditor in 2018. Shad quickly established a tough, no-nonsense reputation. Prior to becoming Auditor, Shad served as a special prosecutor, won ethics cases against politicians who broke the law, and earned a certificate in forensic accounting (the use of accounting to discover fraud) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Drawing on that experience, the Auditor's office made multiple notable arrests in Shad's first year in office. The amount of stolen or misspent public money demanded back for the taxpayers increased by millions under Shad's leadership. The Auditor's office pursued aggressive consequences for embezzlers regardless of whether they were Republicans or Democrats. Shad was elected with no opposition to a full four-year term in 2019.Today Shad, his wife Rina and their daughter live in Rankin County and are faithful members at St. Richard Church. 

Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration at We Care, Inc. with Friends of Dean Park, Inc.

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Friends of Dean Park, Inc. presents a Kwanzaa Celebration

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Students at We Care, Inc.

A pre-Kwanzaa celebration was held at We Care, Inc. Thursday, December 12, 2019 sponsored by Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Minister Carnette Hudson is the administrator of We Care, Inc. There were 12 youth and 7 adults present for this after school tutoring program. The group enjoyed an interactive presentation led by this writer which was done in songs, discussions, questions and answers. The songs were taken from a Kwanzaa CD by Mxolisi and the Sankofa Singers which can be purchased from the internet. The group learned and sang two songs from the CD: Kwanzaa Time and Habari Gani?/Seven Days of Kwanzaa. The singing was enjoyed by adding African dance. All of the officers of Friends of Dean Park, Inc. attended this celebration which included Mary McWilliams, Sandra Howze, Christine Waldrip and Macilean Jordan. The food served was collard greens with smoked turkey, corn on the cob, chicken drumsticks, corn bread, sweet potato pies by Eddie Littleton and mango juice.

Kwanzaa is a week-long African and pan-African inspired celebration beginning December 26 – January 1 which promotes self-esteem, hope, pride and dignity. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair of the Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach, CA, who delivers a yearly message that is related to the yearly theme which can be found at the official site of Dr. Karenga stated in one of his messages, “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.” Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions of African Americans and Pan-Africans throughout the world. The theme for this year is Living Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: An All-Seasons Celebration and Practice of the Good. In most places, Kwanzaa is celebrated daily by using one of the Seven Principles, Nguzo Saba (Swahili) as the focus for the day. The Nguzo Saba is as follows:

1) UMOJA (Unity) - To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

2) KUJICHAGULIA (Self-determination) - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created for and spoken for by others.

3) UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility) - To build and maintain our community together and make our sister’s and brother’s problems our problem; and to solve them together.

4) UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) - To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

5) NIA (Purpose) - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

6) KUUMBA (Creativity) - To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

7) IMANI (Faith) - To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
As part of the celebration whether it is at home, church or in the community, cultural expressions are the entertainment for the day which include poetry, song, dance and drama. Food is generally collard greens, jerk chicken, beans, rice, okra, curry goat or chicken, sweet potatoes and many other foods that are much like southern/soul food. Oftentimes, there is a community pot of food that all gathers around and eat from. Ghanaian groundnut stew is a favorite.

Kwanzaa fashions consist of both African and African American Attire. Many designers, artisans and artists, often state that African fabrics are the most beautiful in the world. Ronke Luke-Boone, author of African Fabrics, Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethnic Flare, stated, “I am fascinated by the textiles and ornamental arts of native people around the world. The intricate details, the craftsmanship, the beauty of the work, and the stories the textiles and ornaments tell intrigues me. In many indigenous societies in Africa, Asia and South America, the choice of colors and motifs in a textile are not always arbitrary or purely aesthetic; they may have meaning and tell stories of everyday life’s struggles and joys.”

An African man, Emeaba Emeaba, contracted with McCall Patterns and designed numerous African patterns that made life easier for many seamstresses. Therefore, in the mid 90s African Attire became a permanent member of many wardrobes. It became all that this writer wore and all that many of my fellow church members wore in Berkeley, CA. Choirs, ushers, deacons, and clergymen switched their wear to African Attire. Sundays’ fashions were beautiful fashions from Benin, Ghana, Togo, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ivory Coast. The most popular African Fabrics: Mudcloth, Kuba, Korhogo Cloth, Fancy Prints, Wax Prints and Kente Cloth. Each student at We Care, Inc. was given a piece of African fabric as a Kwanzaa gift.

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Macileen Jordan and Christine Waldrip of Friends of Dean Park, Inc. with students at We Care, Inc.

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Sandra Howze and Mary McWilliams of Friends of Dean Park, Inc.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson