Operation Christmas Child 2020 Vision Event - Feb. 28

A 2020 Vision Event for the Operation Christmas Child ministry of Samaritan's Purse will be held on Friday February 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Starkville.

Charlotte Taylor, OCC representative and organizer of this event, will share more of the work the LORD is doing through this ministry.

We are also looking for more local volunteers so if you have friends who are not familiar with Operation Christmas Child, please invite them to join you at the event along with pastors, lay leaders or anyone interested in attending.

Call Dinah Smith @ 662-803-9804 if you have any questions.

ECCC Sports Schedule Changes

Due to the weather, there are some changes in this week’s home ECCC sports schedules.

Thursday, February 13
  • Softball Cancelled
  • Basketball vs. Meridian, 5:30/7:30 p.m., Brackeen-Wood Gym on campus.
Friday, February 14
  • Baseball Cancelled
  • Men’s/Women’s Tennis vs. Southwest, 1 p.m., Tennis Complex on campus.
Saturday, February 15
  • Women’s Tennis vs Snead State, 1 p.m., Tennis Complex on campus.
  • Softball vs. Coastal Alabama-North, 2/4 p.m., Softball Park on campus.
Sunday, February 16
  • Baseball vs. Shelton State, 1 p.m., Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on campus.
  • Shelton State vs. Itawamba Baseball, 4 p.m., Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on campus.
  • Baseball vs. Itawamba, 7 p.m., Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on campus.

Winston County Library Presents Genealogy & Family History Program - Feb 25

The Winston County Library is celebrating Genealogy & Local History Month in February. As part of the celebration, the library is presenting a special program on Tuesday, February 25th from 9-11 am in the meeting room. Five professors from Mississippi State University will be on hand to talk about different aspects of family research, digital research, military research, creating a family tree, and genealogy tools in the MSU Special Collections Archives.

Tax Forms Available at Library

Free State and Federal Tax Forms are now available at the Winston County Library. The free Federal forms and Instruction booklets are the 1040 and 1040-SR. All other Federal forms can be downloaded and printed for 20 cents a page.

"We Care" Presents Gospel Explosion - Feb. 15 - Location Change

" We Care" Self Defense Classes - Location Change

Oktibbeha Audubon Society Meeting - Feb. 13

OAS will meet Thursday February 13 at 7:00 pm in MSU's Clay Lyle Entomology Building.  Lauren Thead will discuss Painted Bunting ecology.  The public is invited.

Arbor Day Observance at Legion State Park - Feb.21

The Town & Country Garden Club and members of the Friends of Legion State Park will be planting a tree at the Pavilion (big lake) in Legion State Park on February 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM. This is in observance of National Arbor Day and in memory of their former member, Mrs. Frances Pierce. The public is invited to attend.

Black History Month Reception at the Library - Feb. 22

A Black History Month Reception will be held at the Winston County Library on 2/22/20 from 9:30 – 12:00.

Rosa Sanders (from the Hathorn Community, south of Noxapater) will host a book event from 10-12 at the library the same day. She will talk about, and sell, her new book, A Journey Without a Destination, on how the Hathorn Community came to be established by 3 runaway slave sisters from South Carolina.

ECCC Offering 4-Week Online TermStarting in March

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering a Four-Week Online Term starting in March where students can complete select classes in less than 30 days.

The term begins on Monday, March 9, and ends on Friday, April 3. The last day to register for classes is Monday, March 9

Classes being offered include Accounting I, The Legal Environment of Business, Human Growth and Development, Career Exploration, College Study Skills, and Introduction to Sociology.

East Central is also offering an eight-week Spring Intensive Term II Online, also beginning March 9, with a deadline to register of March 10. See all the courses available on the myEC link at www.eccc.edu.

To apply for admission or to register, visit www.eccc.edu/admissions.

For more information, contact ECCC Student Services at 877-GO-2-ECCC or go2ec@eccc.edu.

ECCC Gospel Choir to Present BlackHistory Month Program Feb. 19

East Central Community College will hold its annual Black History Month program Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, on the Decatur campus.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. There is no charge for admission.

Tina Gavin, human resource business partner with ESCO-A Weir Group Division, will serve as guest speaker.

The ECCC Gospel Choir sponsors the Black History Program and will also perform.

Mrs. Brenda Johnson serves as gospel choir sponsor.

For more information, contact Johnson at 601-635-2111.

ECCC to Hold Orientations for Adult Education Programs

East Central Community College’s Adult Education Division will hold Orientation sessions during February and March at locations throughout the district for prospective students who wish to obtain their high school equivalency diploma or those interested in the college’s MI-BEST program, which allows students to simultaneously earn the high school equivalency diploma and select associate degrees at the same time.

Students can choose any one of the five locations, which include the Decatur campus Feb. 3-6, in 213 Rives Hall; the Louisville Career Advancement Center located at 1487 S. Church Ave. on Feb. 10-13; the Forest Career Advancement Center located at 316 South Main Ave. Feb. 17-20; the Carthage Career Advancement Center, located at 121 West Main St., Feb. 24-27; and the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Career & Technical Center, located at 900 Valley View Dr., March 3-6. Each session is from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Orientation sessions provide an overview of ECCC’s Career & Technical Education Programs, an overview of Workforce Development classes offered in each location, information on the college’s Healthcare Education Programs, and financial aid information. TABE testing will also be available, representatives with WIOA will provide information on additional forms of financial aid, and representatives from area industries will be on site to discuss job opportunities.

For more information, contact Whitney Amis at wamis@eccc.edu or call 601-635-6395.

ECCC Football Hosting Tryouts for All Positions Feb. 26

The East Central Community College Warrior football program will host an open tryout for all positions on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

Those football players interested in trying out for the ECCC football team should report to the stadium for registration at 10 a.m. The tryouts will begin at 10:30 a.m. There is no cost to tryout.

Prospective players should bring their own cleats and gear to workout in.

For more information, contact ECCC Assistant Football Coach Dennis Alexander at dalexander@eccc.edu or 601-635-6371.

ECCC Men’s Soccer Program to Hold Open Tryout Feb. 21

An open tryout for the 2020 East Central Community College men’s soccer team will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus, announced head men’s soccer coach Kenneth Thompson.

Players will need to bring their own equipment to workout in for the afternoon. All players will have to sign a waiver of liability in order to participate in the tryouts and provide a copy of a current physical.

All prospective players are encouraged to complete a player profile ahead of time by visiting the Warrior Men’s Soccer webpage at www.ecccathletics.com.

There will be a $10 registration fee for those who do not register online in advance. Walk-ups on the day of tryouts are welcome but will pay a $10 late registration fee.

For more information, contact Thompson at 601-635-6370 or kthompson@eccc.edu.

Noxapater United Methodist Church Wellness Fair - Feb. 6

Noxapater United Methodist Church is hosting a Wellness Fair on February 6, 2020. This free event will be held from 1-4 PM. They will have an assortment of different agencies available. Mental health services, blood pressure screening, eye check booth and more. If you have questions please contact Maggie Reece at 601-955-3387 or email at magsb47@hotmail.com.

Winston Garden Club Soup Sale - Jan. 27

The Winston Garden Club will be selling Beef Vegetable Soup with cornbread and crackers for $6 at the Courthouse next Monday the 27th from 11-1.
Proceeds go toward community beautification projects in our county.
For more information please contact Dinah Smith at 662-803-9804 or dinahsmith@maxxsouth.net.

UDC Meeting - Feb.3

Winston Guards #2643, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will meet Monday, February 3, 2020, at 5:30 at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. For further information, call 662-773-9343.