Thursday, April 30, 2020

Louisville PD Make Armed Robbery Arrest

On Tuesday April 28th, 2020 at approximately 3:00 PM, the Louisville Police Department arrested
Dearius Phillips
Dearius Phillips for two counts of armed robbery. The first armed robbery occurred on September 30th, 2019 at CK's convenience store located on North Church Street. The second armed robbery occurred on March 30th, 2020 at 24 North Montgomery Avenue.

Dearious Phillips was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

On Thursday April 30th, 2020 Dearious Phillips had an initial appearance before Judge David Wilson in Louisville Municipal Court where his bond was set at $250,000 per count of armed robbery and $5,000 for possession of a controlled substance. Phillips is seventeen years old but will be charged as an adult.


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 29

There are 227 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 6569. Eleven additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 250. There are two additional positive cases in Winston County with a total of 43.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.



Monday, April 27, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 27



There are 183 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 6094. Two additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 229. There are two additional positive cases in Winston County with a total of 40.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County. On Sunday, the Ms. dept of Health website reported one occurrence of COVID-19 in a long term care facility in Winston County. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. THERE ARE NO REPORTED CASES IN ANY WINSTON COUNTY LONG TERM CARE FACILITY.


Sunday, April 26, 2020

"Safer at Home" In Place Till May 11

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1477 on Friday. The new executive order urges all Mississippians to stay home except for essential travel. The order known as “Safer at Home” will begin on Monday as the previous “Shelter in Place Order” expires and remain in effect until Monday, May 11.

The new order loosens some restrictions in an effort to slowly re-start the Mississippi economy. The order can be seen by clicking here.

Here are the key points:

  • Those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 -- people with pre-existing conditions, compromised immune systems and others over age 65 should continue to shelter-in-place based on the CDC guidelines.
  • Guidelines for social distancing and staying away from groups of 10 or more people remain in place.
  • The order allows most businesses to open as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Restaurants and bars are still limited to take-out and drive-thru operations.
  • Travel is permitted but limited to essential needs only
  • Gyms, tattoo parlors, spas, salons, barber shops and other personal care businesses are to remain closed to the public.
Local governments still have the authority to establish and maintain their own guidelines.  Winston County Supervisors and City of Louisville officials will meet early next week and will likely review their current status.


Friday, April 24, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 24

There are 281 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 5434. Eight additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 209. There is one additional positive cases in Winston County with a total of 38.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Don't Forget the Census - Your Information is Important to Your Community

Although our response to COVID-19 is the priority for most of us right now, we don't need to forget that we are in the middle of the 2020 Census. Providing census data is extremely important. An accurate and complete count of our population dictates everything from our political representation at the federal and state levels, to distribution of federal funds and business decisions for employers and companies to locate in our area.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill provided some information as to the status of  the Census across Mississippi and Winston County. The data was provided by "One Voice".

The most recent data indicates that slightly less than one half of households across the state have responded. (48.4%). This is slightly below the national response at 50.7%. Most households received a request invitation in March.

While there is still a long way to go, Winston County response at 52.5% has been better than most counties across the state and slightly higher than the national average. See the map below for Mississippi response rates.

Due to the virus, Census workers have not been in the field. Weather issues have also slowed response across the state.  All these factors have made the 2020 census a challenge.

It is easier than ever to complete the census however, as you have the option to complete a written form, or respond by telephone or online.  The following link provides information as to how to respond to the Census:
Or you can go directly - to complete your Census online at
https://my2020census.gov/


Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 23

There are 259 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 5153. Eight additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 201. There is one additional positive cases in Winston County with a total of 37.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 20

There are 238 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 4512. Ten additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 169. There are three additional positive cases in Winston County with a total of 36.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.


Online Registration Underway for ECCC’s Fall, Summer, and May Terms

Students interested in attending East Central Community College for the Fall 2020 Term can begin registering for classes on Monday, April 20, 2020. Registration for ECCC’s Summer 2020 June and July terms and the May Three-Week “Maymester” Term is ongoing.

The college’s Fall 2020 academic schedule includes Full and Intensive Term on-campus classes in Decatur and at centers in Philadelphia and Carthage, as well as Full, Intensive, and Five-Week Online terms. The Summer 2020 June Term and the Maymester Term will be online classes only due to the COVID-19 situation. A decision concerning whether July Term courses will be offered on-campus has not been made; however, students can still register for the July Term.

“Because we are unable to hold on-campus New Student Orientation sessions due to the coronavirus, we decided to open up registration for Fall 2020 Term courses to all admitted students for their convenience beginning April 20,” said Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services.

“In addition to Fall 2020 Full and Intensive Term on-campus and online courses, registration also is ongoing for summer sessions in May, June, and July, which are great opportunities for current students who might need to catch up or for university students who are home for the summer.”

Lee added that the college would provide Orientation for all new students for the Fall 2020 Term either in an online format later in the summer or when classes resume on-campus in August.

Registration for any ECCC academic term is done online at www.eccc.edu using the myEC portal under the Student tab, which includes all the information students need to register. Admitted students will be emailed specific information on how to register.

In order to register, students must complete the admissions process: complete and submit the Application for Admission; submit ACT or Accuplacer scores, which are used for placement in English and math; and submit high school or college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the ECCC Office of Admissions on how to log-in to myEC and how to register for classes.

Complete course listings for the Fall 2020, Summer 2020, and Maymester terms and Academic Calendars for 2019-20 and 2020-21, which include start and end dates for all terms, are located under the myEC tab on the college’s website at www.eccc.edu.

Students who need assistance registering for classes once logged in to myEC should contact registration@eccc.edu. Students who have questions about their admissions status or who need help in applying to attend ECCC should contact the Office of Admissions at sholling@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207.




Sunday, April 19, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 19

There are 300 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 4274. Seven additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 159. There are five additional positive cases in Winston County with a total of 33.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.



Friday, April 17, 2020

Shelter -In-Place Extended But with Relaxation of Some Restrictions

In today’s briefing, Governor Tate Reeves announced that the statewide shelter-in-place will be
extended by seven days, while providing some ability for “non-essential” businesses to restart some level of operation and allowing state parks and fishing areas to re-open with restrictions. The new order extends the expiration date of shelter-in-place to Monday, April 27th.

After assurances by state and local officials that they can safely enforce social distancing rules, the executive order allows beaches, state park lakes, state lakes and reservoirs to re-open on a limited basis.

In addition, the Governor announced that “non-essential” businesses could start making curbside, delivery, or drive-thru sales.

“Clothing stores, florists, or athletic goods can do safe sales. If a salon or other business wants to safely sell their excess supplies to stay afloat, they can do that. Call ahead or order online, then safely pick it up. I wish I could open it all back up for everyone. I can’t do it without harming even more people. But we believe that we can safely do this,” said Reeves.

The full text of the Order # 1473 is located here for specific details.


Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 17

There are 169 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 3793. Eleven additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 140. There are three additional reported cases in Winston County with a total of 27.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 16

There are 264 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 3624. Seven additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 129. There are two additional reported cases in Winston County with a total of 24.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.




Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 15

There are 273 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 3360. Eleven additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 122. There are two additional reported cases in Winston County with a total of 22.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 14

There are 145 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 3087. Thirteen additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 111. There are no additional reported cases in Winston County with a total of 20.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County and no cases of COVID-19 are being treated at Winston Medical Center at this time.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 13

There are 161 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 2942. Two additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 98. There is one additional reported case in Winston County bringing the total to 20.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County and no cases of COVID-19 are being treated at Winston Medical Center at this time.




Storm Brings Power Outages and Tree Damage to Winston County

Winston County fared fairly well during Sunday's storms. The National Weather Service is reporting 13 radar defined tornadoes across Louisiana and Mississippi. The majority of tornadoes in Mississippi occurred in the southern part of the state and took as many as eleven lives.

A tornado was also reported in Noxubee County doing some damage along the Hwy 45 corridor north of Macon.

For Winston County, storm related watches and warnings began early and continued until midnight. Limited power outages in mid-afternoon were followed by additional outages later in the evening. At last report this morning, power had been restored to the majority of homes in Louisville and across the county. Excessive rain caused some localized flooding and made streets and county roads dangerous to travel.

Straight line winds across the area from approximately 10:30 to 11:30 pm did much of the damage. Some trees were reported down but as of this morning a full damage report is not available.


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Storm Shelters Will Be Available If Needed - With Some Additional Rules

With the threat of severe weather on Sunday, officials are faced with a concern over the use of public storm shelters during this COVID-19 pandemic. The close contact required increases the risk of the spread of the virus.

The shelters will be open if needed as the danger of  severe weather takes precedent. There are some procedural changes and requirements if you have a need of the shelters:


  • The shelters will be open only during the time of an imminent threat of bad weather.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering.
  • Social distancing will be enforced. Stay with your family group.
  • Use of a mask is required, covering your mouth and nose.  If you do not currently have a mask, attempt to find one now. It is possible some masks will be available at the shelter but supplies are extremely limited. Don't depend on a mask being provided.
  • If you are ill, inform the shelter staff.
  • Limit your movement once inside. 
  • Be respectful of others
  • No pets allowed (as always)
  • Leave immediately once the threat has passed and sanitize again
You may want to consider changing clothes and bathing when you return home.




Suspect in Custody in Friday Night Shooting


UPDATE: At approximately 1:30 PM
Michael D. Jones
today, Michael Jones turned himself into the Louisville Police Department. At approximately 2:00 PM, Malik Hudson died at University of Mississippi Medical Center.  Jones has been arrested and charged in Hudson's death.

Jones was wanted by LPD for a shooting incident that occurred Friday night in the parking lot of the Ivy Avenue Apartments.

Malik Hudson, 23 years of age, a black male from Houston Texas, was allegedly shot by Michael D. Jones, 40 year old black male from 12016 Five Oaks Drive in Gulfport, MS., while trying to exit the parking lot of the apartments.



Louisville Police Searching for Suspect in Friday Night Shooting

LPD searching for Michael D. Jones
Press Release:
On Friday, April 10th at approximately 9:16 PM, a shooting occurred at 410 Ivy Avenue in Louisville, MS. The shooting was in the parking lot of Ivy Apartments.

Malik Hudson, 23 years of age, a black male from Houston Texas, was allegedly shot by Michael D. Jones, 40 year old black male from 12016 Five Oaks Drive in Gulfport, MS., while trying to exit the parking lot of the apartments. 

The car then turned north onto Ivy Avenue, ran off the right side of roadway, and collided with a light pole. When officers from Louisville Police Department arrived on scene, they secured the area and Mr. Hudson was transported to Winston Medical Center and then airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson for
Suspect may be in this vehicle
gunshot wounds to the head and back. Mr. Hudson is listed in critical condition.

Mr. Jones had left the scene prior to the officers arriving and is currently on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for felony DUI. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Jones, please contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511 or Winston County Crime 
Stoppers.


Ms. Dept. of Health COVID-19 Update - April 11

There are 173 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 2642. Eleven additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 93. There is one additional reported case in Winston County bringing the total to 18.  There are no deaths reported in Winston County and no cases of COVID-19 are being treated at Winston Medical Center at this time.


Friday, April 10, 2020

Arrest Made in Neshoba County in Case of Missing Winston County Woman

The Neshoba County Sheriff's office charged William Craig Snow of Philadelphia of murder in connection with the disappearance of Desiree Eaves of Winston County. Eaves has been missing since November of 2018. She was last seen alive near the Neshoba -Winston County line.

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh indicated that new evidence has surfaced that implicated Snow in her death but that the investigation is ongoing. "Neshoba County has done a good job and we are assisting in any way that we can."

The search for Eaves has been ongoing since that time in both Winston and Neshoba County.

Eaves' body has not been found at this time and searches and investigations are on-going. Pugh indicated that additional arrests may result.


Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 10

There are 209 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 2469. Six additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 82. There are 17 reported cases in Winston County. There are no deaths reported in Winston County.


Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update April 9

There are 257 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 2260. Nine additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to 76. There are 17 reported cases in Winston County. There are no deaths reported in Winston County. As of yesterday, there were no hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the county.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

City's Enforcement Procedures for Violation of Curfew and State Order #1466

The City of Louisville approved their own Curfew Order  that closely mirrors the Countywide Order issued by the Board of Supervisors. That order can be found on the City's website at http://www.cityoflouisvillems.com/.

The City also included enforcement procedures for those in violation of the curfew and the Governor's "Shelter In Place" order. Those procedures are provided below. (also available on City website)

For those establishments and individuals choosing to further the spread of the virus by ignoring social distancing protocols and allowing the gathering of groups, whether a violation of the curfew ordinance or the State of Mississippi Executive Order 1466, the City is instituting a new warning and citation policy. Police Officers have been authorized to issue warning notices to operations in violation of crowd density and social distancing restrictions. Those establishments issued a warning will be posted on the city of Louisville's website. Police officers are authorized to issue citations, that include a fine up to $300 and/or jail time, up to six months for each offense. First offense shall be for the on- premises manager or supervisor. Second offense violations shall apply to the managers, supervisors, property owners, head of household, and all patrons on the premises.


Ms Dept of Health COVID-19 Update - April 8

There are 88 new cases of COVID-19 reported by MSDH for a total of 2003. Eight additional deaths occurred in the last 24 hours bringing the statewide total to sixty-seven. There is some question related to reporting for Winston County. Previously MSDH was reporting seventeen cases in the county but current data shows sixteen. There are no deaths reported in Winston County.