Monday, April 12, 2021

Voluntary Recall of Hostess® SnoBalls® Due to Undeclared Allergen

 Hostess Brands, LLC (”Hostess Brands“) has become aware that certain Hostess® SnoBalls® were inadvertently manufactured in the packaging for Hostess® Chocolate CupCakes and the packaging does not list ”coconut“, an ingredient in SnoBalls®, as an allergen. Hostess Brands is voluntarily recalling the following SnoBalls® manufactured on March 13, 2021:

ProductItem UPCBatchBest By Date
Hostess® SnoBalls® (single-serve)888109010096I031221000May 27, 2021
The products were sold to convenience stores, dollar stores, and distributors throughout the United States. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to discontinue consumption and contact the place of purchase about returning them for a full refund.

Friday, April 9, 2021

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Information

FEMA has updated its information regarding Funeral Assistance. The 800 number is out there but it goes live on April 12th.

Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 

For COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, Click Here

If you need a copy of a death certificate, Click Here

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

City of Louisville Primary Election Results (unofficial) of April 6

 There will be a runoff on April 27th for the Alderman At-Large position. The General Election will be held on June 8th.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

ECCC Students Garner 11 Top Awards at Virtual State PBL Competition

Students from East Central Community College in Decatur placed first in 11 of 13 categories at the annual Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference Feb. 24-26.

This year’s competition was held virtually, with entries being judged live through video conferencing and through entries uploaded to YouTube for judging.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business education association for students interested in careers in business and business-related fields. It is the largest career student organization in the world.

All 12 students from ECCC’s Theta Chi Chapter of PBL who competed placed in both events they entered, with 10 of the 12 students placing first in both events entered.


ECCC’s award-winning students included:


  • Carmen Rodriquez of Carthage, First Place in Accounting.
  • Sydni Goldman of Pelahatchie, First Place in Communications.
  • Cezar Torres of Morton, First Place in Community Service.
  • Lakayla McCune of Decatur, Brian Pace of Collinsville, and Rodriguez, First Place in Financial Services.
  • Thomas White of Louisville, First Place in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Ashley Aycock of Rose Hill and McCune, First Place in Integrated Marketing Campaign.
  • Keisha Torres of Morton, First Place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report.
  • Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia, Sierra Mallory of Philadelphia, Pace, Luke Wall of Decatur, and White, First Place in Parliamentary Procedures.
  • Goldman, First Place in Small Business Plan.
  • Chapman, Mallory, and Wall, First Place in Strategical Analysis and Decision Making.
  • Kristi Davis of Enterprise, Cezar Torres, and Keisha Torres, First Place in Website Design.
  • Aycock, Second Place in Client Service.
  • Davis, Second Place in Job Interview.

All 12 students will compete virtually at the PBL National Leadership Conference to be held June 24-27.

Chapman and Cezar Torres were also recognized as Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda.

Several current and former ECCC students were recognized with entry into the Mississippi PBL Hall of Fame for placing first nationally at last summer’s virtual National Leadership Conference. They were Chapman, Toni Hilliard of Wesson, Genesis Lyons of Decatur, Pace, and Wall. May 2020 ECCC graduates who received Mississippi PBL Hall of Fame honors included Tucker Cain of Carthage, Janna Ford of Carthage, Beth Fortner of Port Gibson, Carly Greenwood of Philadelphia, Caleb McGrew of Meridian, Nathan Lampley of Louisville, and Hannah Stokes of Philadelphia.

As a chapter, East Central was recognized at the state conference with second place in fundraising for the March of Dimes, second place in Largest Chapter in Membership, and received Foundation Member status.

ECCC Phi Beta Lambda students receiving top awards at the recent virtual Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference were (top row, from left) Cezar Torres of Morton, Ashley Aycock of Rose Hill, Brian Pace of Collinsville, and Lakayla McCune of Decatur; (middle row, from left) Sierra Mallory of Philadelphia, Luke Wall of Decatur, Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia, and Thomas White of Louisville; and (bottom row, from left) Kristi Davis of Enterprise, Sydni Goldman of Pelahatchie, Keisha Torres of Morton, and Carmen Rodriguez of Carthage. (Submitted Photo)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

ECCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Captures Regional Awards

East Central Community College’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently won several awards at the virtual Mississippi/Louisiana PTK competition.

PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Among the honors earned by the ECCC PTK chapter were:


  • Advisor Horizon Awards presented to chapter advisors James Miller, dean of students; Dr. Amanda Walton, director of housing and student activities; and Dr. Jenna Wright, mathematics instructor.
  • First Place in the Theme category for the chapter’s Honors in Action Project “Helping Students with Special Needs Thrive During the Pandemic”.
  • Fifth Place in the Most Distinguished Chapter category.
  • Eighth Place for Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project.
  • 10th Place for Most Distinguished College Project.


The PTK chapter at East Central in Decatur has one of the highest acceptance rates of any of the more than 600 chapters in the nation.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Mid-MS Regional Library System Announces, “The End of Late Fees” and “The Return of Browsing” to Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021) is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library supporters play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to Your Library,” and the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) is announcing two important initiatives to celebrate this event.

First, to make the library more accessible and inviting for all, the library is announcing the elimination of all overdue or “late” fees for library materials owned by MMRLS. Any guest who currently owes a late fee on any MMRLS item will have that fee waived. Going forward, any guest with an overdue MMRLS owned item will not be charged a late fee.

“Our goal at MMRLS is to make everyone feel welcome to visit and use the services of their local library,” said MMRLS Executive Director Josh Haidet. “While customers will need to bring overdue items back before checking out more items or using other library services, as well as to continue to pay for lost or damaged items, we hope this change will encourage more people to check out more items without having to worry about facing a financial penalty. Our Administrative Board and I recognize that the hectic lives of our patrons sometimes make it difficult to avoid late fees, which often served to discourage use of our library system. Obviously, that is the last thing we want to happen,” Haidet said.

Second, the library system is welcoming patrons back into the book and DVD shelves, as full browsing will again be available at all locations. “In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, the library system had to make some difficult choices over the past year,” said Haidet. “Our patrons have been extremely patient with us, and while we’ve been offering limited browsing collections plus curbside service for quite some time now, we’ve also heard from many patrons asking when they’d be able to browse our bookshelves again. We’re so happy to again be able to give everyone the freedom to view the entirety of our vast collections and choose what materials they need or want for themselves.”

For more information about National Library Week, including virtual library programming, follow MMRLS on social media @midmisslib, call or visit your local branch library, or the library’s website at All library services are made possible thanks to the continued financial support of our local elected officials.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Welcome to Your Mississippi Library

April 4-10th, 2021 is National Library Week and the Winston County Library will be celebrating a little differently this year. While there will be no large gatherings in our meeting room for author events or luncheons honoring our City and County leaders for their continued support for the library, we will be hosting a few events that everyone can enjoy.

Beginning Monday, April 5th, you can go on our faceBook page and guess the number of candy pieces in the jar on our circulation counter. Once you see the jar of candy online, then call 662-773-3212 and tell us your guess. Or you can come in the library and see it for yourself! The winner gets the jar of candy!

On Tuesday, April 6th, our children’s librarian Andrea McHenry will do a special virtual storytime on our faceBook page, so be sure and watch for this!

On Thursday, April 8th, we will host a mobile blood drive from 11-2pm in front of the library. Please call 662-773-3212 to make an appointment.

And on Friday, April 9th, there will be a plant swap from 9-1 in front of the library. Thanks to our local garden clubs for participating in this fun event. Just in time for your spring garden planting!

We are so blessed to have this wonderful building here in Louisville. I’ve been to many libraries in Mississippi, and The Winston County Library is one of the most beautiful ones there is – inside and out. People visiting from out of town marvel at how warm and inviting it is. But more important than having an impressive piece of architecture, the staff and patrons and local officials who support the library services are priceless to this community. We offer so many free services to everyone that cannot be found anywhere else.

We truly do want to Welcome You To Your Mississippi Library!

Submitted by: Beth Edwards

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Library Closing Today

The Winston County Library will be closing at 12:30 today due to severe weather coming our way.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Missing Child

 Ten year old Bane Ingram has been missing since around 4 pm yesterday from his residence on Rural Dempsey Road in Winston County. He is a possible runaway. If anyone has info or has seen this child, please call the Winston County Sheriff Dept at 662-773-5881 or Chief Deputy Keith Alexander 662-263-6236.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Weather Issues Today!!

 Much of Mississippi and parts of Alabama are under a level 5 severe weather/tornado risk today and into the morning hours tomorrow. Please continue to monitor all sources of information. The major concerns for Winston County begins this afternoon and into the evening. 

Make any preparations now and look out for those that may be more vulnerable. Area storm shelters will be open when and if necessary but remember - pets are not allowed.

If you do not have CodeRed Weather alert - here is a link to download:

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Stellar Hitting Highlights Split with Jones College

The East Central Community College Warriors split games with the No. 12 Jones College Bobcats on Wednesday. After a dominating, 20-3, ECCC victory in game one, the Bobcats grabbed a win in the nightcap, 9-3. The games move the Warriors to 10-6 overall on the year and to the top spot in MACCC play with a 7-1 conference record. Jones moves to 13-9, 6-2.

Game One | W, 20-3

Scoring was no issue for the Warriors in the series opener as back-to-back three-run frames started things off for ECCC. Amani Larry (Bossier City, La.), Jesse Boydstun (Louisville), and Clayton Cook (Mize) all picked up early RBIs in the high-scoring contest.

Jones scratched in three in the third, but the Warriors' big innings did not come until the fourth and fifth as the team plated five and seven runs, respectively. Most runs were manufactured from solid hitting by ECCC, while a few were walked in from Bobcat pitching. Kade Turnage (Picayune) and Conner Hicks (Stringer) both hit RBI-doubles in the scoring onslaught, while numerous Warriors posted RBI singles, groundouts, and sacrifices.

The Warrior defense got a double-play in the bottom of the fifth to help wrap the game up with a 20-3, run-rule victory.

Cook and Larry led the Warriors with two hits each, while Cook posted a team-high three RBIs. Hicks, Larry, Turnage, and R.J. Fletcher (St. Martin) all finished with a pair of runs driven in, while six other Warriors posted one.

Jeremy Martin (Slidell, La.) was the winning pitcher for ECCC. The southpaw went two innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two. Hayden West (Decatur) and Miles Miller (Toomsuba) entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Zach Flaskamp took the loss for Jones. He went one and one-third innings, allowing six runs on four hits and striking out three.

Game Two | L, 9-3

East Central kept the pressure on the Bobcats as game two started with a run on an error and a sacrifice fly from Boydstun in the top of the first.

The Bobcats hit back in the bottom of the second with five runs, their biggest frame of the day. Only two of the Bobcats runs were driven in during that rally.

Eli Harrison (Little Rock) posted a groundout-RBI in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-3, but that was the Warriors' last run on the night.

Jones poured in an additional four runs in the bottom of the sixth, and ECCC could not answer in the top of the seventh, finalizing the 9-3 score.

Cook, Larry, Fletcher, Hicks, and Austin Lee (Madison) all posted hits in the game, while Boydstun, Larry, and Harrison had the lone RBIs for ECCC.

Roper Ball took the loss on the bump as he surrendered five runs on five hits over four innings, striking out three. Walker Johnson (Mantee) entered the game in relief and fanned two batters.

Up Next

The Warriors are back at home this Saturday, March 13 as the team plays host to the ICC Indians at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. The first pitch of the MACCC doubleheader is set for 2 and 5 p.m. Fans that cannot attend the games can watch live at

For more information on East Central's athletic teams please follow our social media pages on Twitter (@ECCCAthletics) and on Facebook (ECCCAthletics).

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Named a Star Library

The Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) was recently named a “Star Library” by the Mississippi Library Commission for FY2019, marking the first time in the system’s history it has received the award. The Mississippi Star Library award is given to libraries with outstanding statistical performance in a several categories, including the number of registered users, items circulated, program attendance, public computer and internet usage, database use, books lent throughout the state, and items withdrawn.

“It is truly an honor for our library system to be recognized as a Star Library,” said Josh Haidet, Executive Director. “We could not possibly have attained this status without our dedicated library staff, the guidance of our trustees, the backing of our elected officials, and the support of the local communities we serve.”

Haidet also credited the evolution of the library system over the years as a factor in winning the award. “Our focus has always been on serving our guests and meeting the needs of the residents in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston County,” said Haidet. “We are constantly changing and adapting to meet the needs of our communities. For example, we have recently been focused on adding improved digital content such as our new eBook and eAudiobook offerings, free online tutoring sessions, and the library’s new website. We are excited for the future.”

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

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

McElroy Seals Victory for ECCC

McElroy winning dunk
With just six seconds on the clock, ECCC sophomore Timothy McElroy (DeKalb) threw down a right-handed dunk to put the Warriors up by one point over the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves. The 6'9 center followed the big play with another as he blocked the would-be Co-Lin game-winner at the buzzer, securing the Warriors' second win of the year, 82-81. The Warriors move to 2-10 overall on the year while the Wolves fall to 3-9.

"Our guys are starting to learn lessons from these challenging losses we've had this year, and are starting to apply those lessons, so I believe some winning is coming to this program," said ECCC head coach Rahim Lockhart. "McElroy has a lot on his shoulders, he missed a layup late but dug deep and got that dunk and block, which showed me that he is really improving especially when he is fatigued late in the game...I'm just very proud of our guys and our sophomores that stepped up tonight."

The Warriors were on fire from the opening tip as just five minutes into the contest the lead was 21-2. The hot start came from several Warriors, but Landyn Shows (Petal) let his presence be known as he netted back-to-back three-pointers early. The sophomore would go on to make two more in the first half. Other big baskets in the opening minutes came from Devin Carter (Louisville), Darien Newchurch (Jackson), Tate Ryder (Hattiesburg), Matthew Mackey (Flowood), and JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.). The impressive team effort and hustle on both ends of the floor allowed the Warriors to grow the lead to 27-6 at the midway mark in the first half.

The Wolves made some big threes late in the first half and chipped at the lead, but ECCC was up by 14, 44-30, going into the locker rooms.
The second half saw another explosive start as ECCC leaped back up to a game-high 21-point lead, 51-30. The Warriors would hang on to that advantage until an 11-1 Co-Lin run that featured three, three-pointers from Dee Merriweather cut the lead to eight, 72-64, with just six minutes remaining. The Wolves continued to knock down shots in the final minutes and cut the lead until another Merriweather three put Co-Lin on top, 81-80, with just 42 seconds on the clock, the Wolves' first lead of the contest. After some misses, the Warriors had possession with 10 seconds on the clock. Carter drove to the basket and dropped a dime to McElroy for the go-ahead score before McElroy swatted the game away from Co-Lin.

The Warriors finished the night shooting 45 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the stripe, making 13-of-15 free throws. Carter finished the night with 18 points to lead the team in the scoring column, while Shows' four three-pointers helped him net 14 off the bench. Demajion Topps (Winona) and Wilson finished with 13 points each. McElroy finished the night with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Co-Lin was led by Merriweather's 28 points as he rattled home seven three-pointers. Demarcus Ellzey hit an additional five three-pointers for the Wolves to finish with 15 points. Overall Co-Lin shot 39 percent from the field and was 16-for-38 from three-point range for 42 percent.

The Warriors are on the road next Monday, March 15 as the team travels to Utica to take on the Hinds Bulldogs in one of the final two regular-season games of the year. That contest tips at 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Warriors Take Down No. 7 PRCC

Jesse Boydstun
The East Central Community College Warriors silenced the big bats of No. 7 Pearl River Community College as they picked up two wins to sweep the Wildcats. The wins move the Warriors to 7-5 on the year and to 4-0 in MACCC play. Pearl River falls to 10-4.

Game One | W, 7-5

The Warriors jumped all over the Wildcats early in the game one as three runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the first. A pair of singles from 
Clayton Cook (Mize) and Amani Larry (Bossier City, La.) along with Roper Ball (Noxapater) reaching on an error loaded the bases. A passed ball scored Cook before Jesse Boydstun (Louisville) cleared them out with a standup double to push the lead to 3-0.

 Pearl River threatened in the top of the second by loading the bases, but solid pitching from Hayden West (Decatur) got the Warriors out of the jam to hold on to the lead. The Warriors kept the offensive momentum going in the second frame as an RBI single from Larry grew the lead to 4-0.

PRCC's Von Seibert cut the lead to three with one swing in the third with a solo homer to right field, but that was all the damage the Wildcats could do as Ball fanned the last batter to get out of the inning.

In the top of the fourth, John Griffin Bell knotted the game at 4-4 with a three-run homer to left-center field.

ECCC was able to respond with an RBI single from Cook. Cook advanced to third on an error before he decided to head home as the Wildcats seemed to think the play had ended. The heads-up baserunning put the Warriors on top, 6-4.

Pearl River's bats kept them in it in the top of the sixth as D.K. Donaldson hit a solo shot to pull the game within one, 6-5, but Kade Turnage (Picayune) stole home in the bottom of the eighth for an ECCC insurance run.

The Warriors got the Wildcats three-up-three-down in the top of the ninth with two strikeouts from Walker Johnson (Mantee) to seal the win.

Ball earned the win for the Warriors. Ball surrendered five runs on five hits over four innings, striking out five and walking zero. Johnson and West entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Johnson recorded the last nine outs to earn the save.

Turner Swistak picked up the loss for the Wildcats.

A pair of hits each from Cook and Larry led the Warriors at the plate, while Boydstun's two RBIs were a team-high.

Game Two | W, 4-3

The Warriors were the first on the scoreboard yet again in the nightcap with an RBI single from Austin Lee (Madison) in the top of the first. The score started some back-and-forth action between the clubs as the Wildcats got one in the top of the second before Cook picked up an RBI with a line-drive single to center field to regain the lead for the Warriors. As before, PRCC responded with a run in the top of the third, tying it at 2-2. 
Jeremy Martin

After several scoreless innings, Turnage drew a walk in the bottom of the sixth. J.T. Vance (Union) followed with a big-time triple to plate Turnage and put the Warriors on top, 3-2.

The Wildcats tied the game in the top of the seventh, 3-3, and the Warriors loaded the bags in the bottom of the frame but were unable to score which sent the game to extra innings.

Ty McCollough (Greenville) reached base on a single to lead things off in the bottom of the eighth. After a walk and another single, he was standing on third with just one out. A passed ball allowed him to bolt home and secure the 4-3 walk-off win.

Miles Miller (Toomsuba) earned the victory on the hill for the Warriors. The right-hander surrendered one run on zero hits over two and two-thirds innings, striking out two. Gates Pee (Clinton) and Jeremy Martin (Slidell, La.) entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Cook was electric for the Warriors as he posted four hits in five at-bats with an RBI to lead the way at the plate.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

PSC Charges Six Companies with Alleged No-Call Violations, Possible $7.4 Million in Fines, Issues Default Judgement Against Violator For $280,000

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission has charged six companies with 736 alleged violations of the Mississippi No-Call law.

The PSC’s investigation found that these companies made hundreds of illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a combined total of $7,490,000 in fines. Additionally, the PSC issues a default order against Arrowbridge Holdings for thirty-two violations and a fine of $280,000.

Notices of alleged violations have been filed against
  • Alpha Marketing Group
  • Atlantic Auto Protection
  • Turnkey Auto, LLC
  • Student Loan Financial Assistance
  • National Brokers of America
  • CS Marketing, LLC
“Illegal telemarketers should know that we take consumer complaints seriously and that we will spare no effort in tracking them down and prosecuting them. While today’s announcements center on prosecutions, we also are taking steps in court to order payment of $280,000 also owed to the state,” said Commissioner Presley. “We intend to continue an aggressive effort in our investigations and in the courts to prosecute illegal telemarketers to the fullest extent of the law.”

Presley continues to encourage Mississippians to download the PSC’s smartphone app, which can be found by searching “PSC No-Call” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app allows citizens to immediately report calls to the PSC from their mobile phones. Also, landline phones can be registered at or by calling Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722

A charge is an allegation in an enforcement action. The companies involved in this investigation will be afforded all rights of due process of law.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Warriors Defeat Southwest in Thrilling Fashion

With just seven seconds on the clock, freshman Demajion Topps (Winona) drove to the basket and finished off a left-handed layup to put ECCC up by one, 87-86. The Warriors quickly regrouped on defense and got a steal as time expired to seal their first win of the season. The win moves ECCC to 1-8 on the year and drops the Bears to 7-3 and ends a two-game winning streak for Southwest that included a victory over Pearl River.

"We had an advantage in our guard play getting to the basket," said Rahim Lockhart, ECCC's head basketball coach. "The key tonight was that our guys have come in and got after it at practice. We are finding our groove because we've had several different starting lineups this year and working on some things, but in the end, I know the Warriors are going to be a tough team for opponents to deal with."

East Central was on fire in the early goings of the game as they quickly built a nine-point, 13-6, lead. The advantage came from a pair of three-pointers from Devin Carter (Louisville) and another from Tate Ryder (Hattiesburg). Solid free throw shooting from the Bears kept the Warriors from pushing the lead to double digits, but ECCC's offensive production was stellar as they seemed to capitalize on every trip down the floor. With just under eight minutes remaining in the half, a scoring drought caught up to the Warriors and allowed the Bears to chip back and take a brief lead. ECCC responded over the final three minutes and rebuilt their lead to six, 43-37, going into the half.

The second half saw thrilling basketball as the Warriors built up a 10-point advantage early before Southwest hit back and knotted the game at 63-63 with less than nine minutes to play. The game would stay close from that point on as gritty, hard-nosed basketball was played by both squads. ECCC's Topps and David Berry (Mendenhall) made some key free throws in the final minute, but a basket from Southwest's Javius Moore put the Bears on top by one, 86-85. The Warriors had possession with less than 30 seconds on the clock and a Lockhart timeout set up the game-winning basket from Topps.

The Warriors had numerous strong performances on the night with Carter leading the way with 26 points, a career-high. It is Carter's fourth 20-point game in 2021. Darien Newchurch (Jackson) poured in 22 points, the most since a 20-point performance in November of 2019. JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.) added 13 points, and Topps finished the night with 12. Rebounding was a key for the Warriors and big-man Timothy McElroy (Dekalb) cleaned the boards as he led both teams with 11 on the night. He also played stellar defense with five blocks. ECCC shot 44 percent from the floor to Southwest's 42 and allowed two fewer turnovers.

ECCC is back at home on Monday, March 1 as the men host Jones College in Brackeen-Wood. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game can be watched live at or heard live at WKOZ Crusin 98.3 FM.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

PSC to Review State’s Public Utility Infrastructure in Light of Recent Winter Storms

The three Mississippi Public Service Commissioners unanimously announced today the launching of a comprehensive review of the Magnolia State’s public utility infrastructure in light of horrifying events in other areas of the nation and the lingering after-effects of the recent winter storm. The Commission’s review will begin immediately.

The Commissioners stated that their goal was to ensure that all reasonable steps be taken to protect the reliability of electric, gas, water and sewer service at all times. While Mississippi utilities are accustomed to extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes, winter storms are much rarer. The latest winter storm presented new challenges to Mississippi utilities that the Commission feels must be addressed immediately and forthrightly.

The Commissioners stressed the fact that our State’s electric utilities performed incredibly well during recent, unprecedented weather, even producing more electricity than needed on the coldest day of the year. Additionally, preparations were made in advance to secure resources to assess outages and begin the restoration of electrical service as soon as safely able to do so. Natural gas utilities avoided supply disruptions and kept supplies flow to their customers. However, the Commission said, these facts do not negate the responsibility of state regulators to ensure that utilities are doing all they can ensure its systems are resilient, services are reliable and that Mississippians avoid experiencing large-area outages that take a long time to recover from.

“Grid resiliency and reliability is an incredibly important issue and we must maintain a proactive approach to protect our systems and infrastructure,” Chairman Dane Maxwell said. “The extreme winter weather last week brought to light many issues throughout the region that must be addressed to ensure forced outages on a massive scale do not happen here in Mississippi like we saw in other parts of the country.”

“Although the majority of utilities performed well during the recent extreme weather, the events have raised the bar of preparation and preventative actions utilities should take to minimize outages,” Commissioner Brent Bailey said. “Our emphasis remains on providing Mississippi residents with effective communication, ensuring reliability and preventing the loss of vital public utility services during any inclement weather conditions, particularly for the most vulnerable of customers.”

“It is our highest duty as Commissioners to make sure that we not only solve problems but anticipate them ahead of time,” Commissioner Brandon Presley said. “This latest winter storm has presented challenges that must be addressed in a formal and thorough manner. Mississippians deserve to have every assurance that the public and private power grid, water and other utility services will be there at all times. After all, the customers are the ones paying for it. Working families and small businesses are already financially struggling because of the pandemic, we must protect their pocketbooks along the way.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

January DAR Meeting

Curry Black, son of Stephen and Lori Black, is this year’s DAR Good Citizens scholarship winner. He attends Winston Academy. Curry was honored at the January meeting of DAR. The Nanih Waiya Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored the DAR Good Citizens Program locally. This program honors an outstanding young senior who best demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen.

The DAR program for the month was presented by Susan Clark. She presented the group with some of her entries, many of which placed, in the DAR Women in the Arts Recognition Awards. The purpose of the Women in the Arts Recognition Award is to recognize and honor a woman who has exhibited excellence in her chosen genre. This award is an art award; designed to recognize worthy women for outstanding achievements in the non-performance arts including fiber arts design and creation, fine arts, sculpture design and creation, music composition, literature and drama authorship, artisan design and creation including, but not limited to, jewelry, metalwork, decorative painting, and pottery.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Woodruff Donates Book

Mrs. Frances King Woodruff (left) presented a copy of her new book “They Wore Gray: Confederate Soldiers of Winston County Mississippi”, to Winston County Librarian Beth Edwards this past week. Mrs. Woodruff said that it took six long years and a lot of research to finish the book.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Missing Person

 The Winston County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the location of a missing person.  Heather McCool has not been seen or contacted her family since December 6th. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881 or anonymously at 662-773-9999.