Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 General Election Sample Ballot

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


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Construction is expected to be completed within two years.

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


Friday, September 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 21, 2020

ECCC Announces 2020 Football Ticket Distribution Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Local Leader Meets a National Icon

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

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

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

By Elmetra Patterson

Monday, September 14, 2020

Airport Improvements Continue

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

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

ECCC Warriors Open Unprecedented 2020 Football Season Oct. 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nanih Waiya Chapter of the DAR Celebrates Constitution Week

 The national celebration of Constitution Week begins on September 17, 2020. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D, Eisenhower.

The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the  foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September, 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

All citizens across the country are encouraged to take time during the week of September 17-23 to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to celebrate America.

Friday, September 11, 2020

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Winston Countian Elected as Delegate for 1st Congressional Democratic District

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The 1st Congressional District of the Mississippi Democratic Party met this summer elected and swore in Linda Floyd as Mississippi’s 1st Congressional Delegate. Linda is a resident of Winston County. As a Democratic County Executive Committee member, she is on the Legislative Committee and the Young Democrats Committee. The Executive Committee members:
  • run the democratic primaries and precinct caucuses,
  • support Democratic candidates on all levels, 
  • identify and recruit new and promising talent, 
  • work closely with elected Democratic officials and 
  • serve as the foundation leadership of the party.
Mississippi's 1st Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, DeSoto, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Lowndes, Marshall, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Webster, and Winston counties and a portion of Oktibbeha County.

Linda is excited about holding this position. Locally, she is a member of the Winston County Branch NAACP and the Winston County Voters League. She stated that she believes in inclusion vs exclusion with fair representation and she is striving to make things better and not so divisive. She also, said, “I am a democrat and I believe in doing what’s right.” She finds it a great responsibility to certify candidates in primaries and to improve the chances that democrats are elected. Linda was a candidate for Winston County Supervision for District #4 in 2016. Her slogan was, Striving to Move Winston County to the Next Level with her platform: Youth Enrichment Program that includes: Summer employment, Monthly community Meeting, Community Collaboration with School District, A visual road maintenance improvement plan and public safety. When asked if she would run again she said, “Probably, if the Lord say so”.

Linda is a member of Center Hill Church of God in Christ. She is the daughter of Mrs. Catherine Floyd Cork and granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Floyd, Sr. She has one daughter, Sunda-Symone Floyd and two grandsons. She is a graduate of Louisville High School, Class of 1987 and was a student at East Central and East Mississippi Community College. Her work experience has been in management over thirteen years and public relations over twenty years with proven detailed researching, auditing and organizational skills.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Friday, September 4, 2020

Registration Open for These ECCC Short-Term Training Classes Offered Through ReSkillMS

The Workforce Development Center at East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several short-term training courses through the new ReSkillMS program.

The training being offered through December is intended to put Mississippians who lost their jobs or were displaced due to COVID-19 back to work. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

The following courses are currently open for registration:

Welding—Begins Monday, Sept. 14, and meets from 6 to 9 p.m. each Monday for 10 consecutive weeks at the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career-Technical Center located at 900 Valley View Dr. in Philadelphia. Joey Irby will serve as instructor. Participants need to wear boots, jeans, and long sleeves. No shorts and no jeans with holes or frays.

Manufacturing Skills Basic—Begins Monday, Sept. 14, and meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 12 consecutive weeks at the Louisville Career Advancement Center located at 1475 South Church Ave. in Louisville. Robert Kilpatrick will serve as instructor. This class requires a Silver on the Workkeys test.

Manufacturing Skills Basic—Begins Monday, Sept. 14, and meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for 12 consecutive weeks at the Integrated Technologies Training Center located at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw. Robert Kilpatrick will serve as instructor. This class requires a Silver on the Workkeys test.

Basic Machining—Begins Monday, Sept. 28, and meets from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four consecutive weeks at the Tucker Applied Technology Center on the Decatur campus located at 275 West Broad St. Jody Addy will serve as instructor.

Construction Trades—Begins Monday, Sept. 28, and meets from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for four consecutive weeks in the Career-Technical Annex Building on the Decatur campus located at 275 West Broad St.

Advanced Welding—Begins Monday, Oct. 5, and meets from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks at the Winston County Career & Technology Center located at 204 Ivy Ave. in Louisville. Meeting days are to be determined. Freddy Thomas will serve as instructor. Participants must have auto-darkening welding helmets and will need to wear boots, jeans, and long sleeves. No shorts and no jeans with holes or frays.

Industrial Maintenance—Begins Tuesday, Oct. 6, and meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight consecutive weeks at the Louisville Career Advancement Center located at 1475 South Church Ave. in Louisville. Greg Forsythe will serve as instructor.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)—Begins Monday, Oct. 12, and meets from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday for six consecutive weeks at the Sutphin ADN/Childcare Building located at 275 West Broad St. in Decatur. Niva Alexander and Theresa Cole will serve as instructors.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)—Begins Monday, Oct. 19, and meets from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday for six consecutive weeks at the Louisville Career Advancement Center located at 1475 South Church Ave. in Louisville. Alan Krajewski will serve as instructor.

Additional courses in Certified Nursing Assistant, Basic Welding, Advanced Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Manufacturing Skills-Basic, Forklift Operation, Machine Shop, and Construction Trades will be announced throughout the fall semester.

For more information, contact the ECCC Workforce Development Center at 601-635-6429 or complete and submit the form located at

ReSkillMS was recently announced by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves to help individuals who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to find jobs and to support employers who want to hire and train new employees on the job. Funds to support the program come from the federal CARES Act.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Award Ceremony -Sept 13 in Honor of Louisville Native William E. Tabor - WWII Veteran

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of American Ex-Prisoners of War in Japan after WWII, the City of Louisville, First Methodist Church and the family of William E. Tabor, Jr. (now deceased) will host an award ceremony honoring the recent posthumous award of Mr. Tabor's Third Bronze Star Medal by the U. S. Army. You are invited to attend and join in this patriotic and inspiring ceremony.

Date: September 13, 2020 (Sunday)
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: First Methodist Church; 16449 West Main Street; Louisville, MS 39339
Persons in Charge: Mayor Will Hill, Rev. Mike Childs and William E. Tabor, III (son)

Singer STEVE GREEN, an early member of the Gaither Vocal Band, will be performing. Steve was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and was a vocalist for evangelist Billy Graham.

Mr. Tabor was captured by the Empire of Japan in April of 1942 and endured the infamous Bataan Death March in the Philippine Islands. He was a prisoner for 3 and 1/2 years, and was liberated by the Army on September 15, 1945 at Niigata, Japan. Honorably discharged in May of 1946, Mr. Tabor was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, two Bronze Star medals, the Philippine Defense Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal and other decorations. On April 29th, 2020, in recognition of his extraordinary service in the defense of the Philippines, Mr. Tabor was posthumously issued his third Bronze Star Medal. The award will be presented to the family at this ceremony. Military officers and Congressional members may be present. Business casual attire is requested. Social distancing and masks are expected. A reception in Fellowship Hall will follow in Fellowship Hall.
Please mark your calendar.  You are cordially invited to attend.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

New Colorful Library Cards at the Winston County Library

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System, which includes the Winston County Library, now has new, colorful library cards with their new logo. Monday, September 1st, was the first day cards were handed out. The first card was given to Jennifer Wright, pictured here (left). Her four year-old son, Harper, was there to get Pete the Cat books. With them is librarian Beth Edwards. "We love the new cards!" said Edwards. There are two different cards - one for children and one for adults and they are so fun and colorful." Everyone who has a library card can swap theirs out for one of the new cards - for free.