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