The news was all good where William Winter was concerned Sunday evening. He continues to improve and doctors at University of Mississippi Medical Center still expect a full recovery from the scary fall he had Saturday morning.

Close friend Dick Molpus, speaking for the Winter family: “The Winter family is profoundly touched by the outpouring of support from friends and well-wishers. He is progressing well. His tests are all positive and the family has every expectation for a full recovery. The Winters wish to express their admiration and gratitude for Gov. Winter’s caregivers at UMMC.”

Winter, 93, widely considered one of Mississippi’s most progressive governors, was still in intensive care and remained sedated Sunday afternoon.

Winter, an avid walker, suffered a concussion when he slipped and fell on the ice on his northeast Jackson driveway, headed out for a walk.


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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.

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