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 www.eccclive.com/gold 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.









Monday, February 8, 2021

CITY OF LOUISVILLE 2021 ELECTIONS CANDIDATES QUALIFYING FOR OFFICE

 MAYOR

WILLIAM A. “WILL” HILL (INCUMBENT) DEMOCRATIC PARTY

STACY THAMES DEMOCRATIC PARTY

VARDAMAN EUGENE TRAXLER DEMOCRATIC PARTY

RION YOUNG INDEPENDENT PARTY


ALDERMAN- AT LARGE

ROGER CAPERTON DEMOCRATIC PARTY

L.M. CLAIBORNE, JR. DEMOCRATIC PARTY

RAY HARRINGTON DEMOCRATIC PARTY

ALDERMAN- WARD 1

DREW MASSEY      (INCUMBENT) DEMOCRATIC PARTY

ALDERMAN- WARD 2

ROBERT BROWN DEMOCRATIC PARTY

CODY KEITH MING DEMOCRATIC PARTY

RUSS C. NOWELL REPUBLICAN PARTY

ALDERMAN- WARD 3

JAMIE EAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY

GWENITA MAYS     (INCUMBENT) DEMOCRATIC PARTY

ALDERMAN- WARD 4

EUGENE CROSBY (INCUMBENT) DEMOCRATIC PARTY

CHARLIE MILLER DEMOCRATIC PARTY