Winston County Library Delayed Opening Sept. 19

Winston County Library will have a delayed opening tomorrow morning 9/19/18. Instead of opening at 8:30 am,they will open at 9:00.

ECCC to Hold Two MI-BEST Test/Interview Dates in Fall 2018

East Central Community College in Decatur will host testing and interviews Oct. 8 and Nov. 9 for prospective students interested in enrolling in the MI-BEST program beginning spring 2019.

MI-BEST allows qualified applicants to take courses they need to prepare for the high school equivalency exam while at the same time training for jobs in fields such as collision repair technology, business and office technology, certified nurse assistant, culinary arts technology, hotel and restaurant management, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

There is no cost for tuition for students who qualify for MI-BEST. MI-BEST students also receive a $200 incentive when they successfully complete the High School Equivalency Exam, thanks to a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.

The testing and interviews on both Oct. 8 and Nov. 9 begin at 9:00 a.m. in Room 12 of Etheridge Hall on the Decatur campus.

The computer-based general knowledge test includes four parts: math with a calculator, math without a calculator, language, and reading. The test takes approximately two and a half hours, followed by a 15-minute interview. Prospective students should bring a photo ID and be prepared to complete initial paperwork before testing begins.

Prospective MI-BEST students should contact Whitney Amis at 601-635-6395 or

REPM Meeting - Oct. 4

Retired Educational Personnel of MS will meet Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Louisville City Hall. For further information, call 662-773-9343.

Winston Guards Meeting - Oct.1

Winston Guards #2643, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will meet Monday, October 1, 2018, at 5:30, at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. For further information, call 662-773-9343.

ECCC Baseball, Softball Teams Hosting Golf Scramble Fundraiser

The East Central Community College softball and baseball teams are hosting a 27-hole golf scramble tournament Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Decatur Country Club, with all proceeds going to support the two programs.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Each two-person team will play nine holes before taking a lunch break. The teams will then be flighted before the final 18 holes of the tournament are played in the afternoon.

The cost is $75 per team. Teams also may purchase four mulligans for $20 that may be used anytime during the 27 holes. Golfers may enter closest to the pin and longest drive contests for $5 each contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first through third place teams in each of the three flights.

The tournament is limited to the first 36 paid teams, and the deadline to enter is Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

To register, send a check and the names of both golfers to Eric Neel, ECCC Head Softball Coach, East Central Community College, P.O. Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327.

Individual hole sponsors are available for $100. Corporate sponsorship is also available. Contact Neel at or 601-410-7141 for information on sponsorships.

We Care Hosting Suicide Prevention Panel Discussion

September is Suicide Prevention Month therefore, WE CARE is sponsoring a panel discussion on the subject. Location will be World Outreach Christian Fellowship, 250 S Jones, Louisville, MS at 6 pm, Thursday, September 27th. County Administrator of Community Counseling, Andrew Levine, along with, Rekeka Tate, Antionette Eiland, Yen-Chu Chen are the panel for this discussion. Join us for the informative evening. Everyone is invited to come and have your questions answered. For more information call Carnette Hudson at 662-705-1709.

Zama Baptist Church Presents - Williamson Branch - Sept. 23

Williamson Branch, the internationally known touring family bluegrass band, from Nashville, TN., will be performing at Zama Baptist Church on Sunday September 23rd 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Williamson Branch features soaring family harmonies, sparkling personalities & songs that will touch your heart. "What a wonderful family full of talent and energy! If you are looking for bluegrass or bluegrass gospel, look no more- Williamson Branch is your answer!"

Everyone is welcome to attend to see this classy, sassy, bluegrassy group. Admission is free, however there will be a love offering taken up for the band. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

Oktibbeha Audubon Society to Meet - Sept. 13

The Oktibbeha Audubon Society will meet Thursday September 13 at 7:00 pm in MSU's Clay Lyle Entomology Building. Cori Speights will present "Hot and Bothered Beetles: Effects of Warm Nights and Loud Noises on Local Ecosystems." The public is invited.

Registration Underway for ECCC’s Fall Intensive Term II On-Campus and Online Terms

Registration is underway for Fall 2018 Intensive Term II on-campus and online courses at East Central Community College in Decatur.

The last day to register for on-campus courses in the Fall 2018 Intensive Term II is Thursday, Oct. 4. Classes begin on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Among the on-campus classes offered during the eight-week accelerated on-campus term include Architectural Design II, Microsoft Word I, Intermediate English, English Composition I and II, College Algebra, Calculus II, Calculus IV, and Computer Aided Design II among others.

The last day to register for online courses in the Fall 2018 Intensive Term II is Tuesday, Oct. 16. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 15.

Among the online classes being offered during the eight-week accelerated online term include Accounting I and II, Art Appreciation, General Biology I and II with Lab, Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, Introduction to Microsoft Office, Business Accounting, Medical Terminology I and II, Desktop Publishing, Business Statistics, Introduction to Business, General Chemistry I with Lab, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Child Psychology, Human Growth and Development, English Composition I and II, American Literature I and II, World Literature II, World Geography, Personal and Community Health, Western Civilization I and II, American History I and II, Web and Programming Concepts, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Business Calculus I, Calculus I, Spanish I and II, Music Appreciation, New Testament Survey, General Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Marriage and Family, and Public Speaking I among many others.

A complete list of Fall Intensive Term II classes can found at the myEC tab at To apply for admission or to register, visit

For more information, please contact ECCC Student Services at 877-GO-2-ECCC or

Joan Agent to Give Women's History Program - Sept. 18

Huge No Reserve Auction - Louisville, MS - Sept 8

Bo Land Auctions will hold an Estate Auction at the home of Mr. Milton Bouchillion, located at 19377 Hwy 14 E (2845 Hwy 14 E), on September 8, 2018 beginning at 10AM. All proceeds from the auction will go the Palmer Home for Children.

Bevill Hill to Hold Revival Sept. 9-11

Bevill Hill Methodist Church will hold a Revival on September 9-11, each night will begin at 7:00 pm. Bro. Mike Dowd will bring the message all three nights. Everyone is invited to attend.

"The Importance of Vulture Cleaning Service for Humans and Wildlife Communities." - Sept. 6

The Friends of Noxubee Refuge will meet Thursday September 6 at 6:30 pm in the Refuge Visitor Center. Carolina Baruzzi will present "The Importance of Vulture Cleaning Service for Humans and Wildlife Communities." The public is invited.

Area High School Students Invited to ECCC’s ‘Be Our Guest’ Night Sept. 13

The Neshoba Central High School band will perform and one lucky student will get a chance to win an Achievement Recognition Scholarship for the fall 2019 semester as East Central Community College hosts its annual “Be Our Guest” night Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Warrior football home opener.

All area high school students are invited to attend and will be admitted free to the game between the East Central Warriors and the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears in a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges South Division battle. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

“We encourage all area high school students to come enjoy a night of exciting football on us,” said Dr. Randall E. Lee, vice president for student services. “In addition to exciting Warrior football, those attending will also see our amazing cheerleaders, Centralettes dance line, and one of the best marching bands in the state, the Wall O’ Sound!

“The highlight of the night is always when one high school student gets a chance to kick a field goal at halftime and win a scholarship for fall 2019!”

Lee said that in addition to being admitted free, the special guests (9th through 12th grade students) will be recognized throughout the game. Door prizes will be awarded and one of the high school students will have an opportunity to win an Achievement Recognition Scholarship—a $1,000 value—for one semester by successfully kicking a 20-yard field goal during halftime activities.

Students attending should check-in and receive their ticket to the game at the Student Services tent at the main Bailey Stadium entrance.

East Central Community College serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties and the surrounding area.

For more information on “Be Our Guest” night, contact Romonica Evans in Student Services, 601-635-6300 or call toll free 877-GO-2-ECCC, ext. 300. Her e-mail address is

Smartphone Training- Sept. 19

Come learn about some useful apps, tech tips for your smartphone, and much more. We will look at a variety of apps and how you can become a better user of your device. When? Wednesday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m. , Where? Winston County Extension Office, located at 155 Vance Street, How? Just call 662-773-3091 and let us know you are coming! This training is FREE and space is limited so call and reserve your spot now! Please bring your own device.

ECCC Announces Season Ticket Sales for Football, Soccer, Basketball

East Central Community College in Decatur has announced that season tickets are now on sale for all 2018 regular season home football games and home men’s and women’s soccer matches and for the 2018-19 regular season men’s and women’s home basketball games.

Season tickets to football, soccer, and basketball can be purchased online at, or from the college’s Department of Athletics office in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on the campus in Decatur. Season tickets can also be purchased at the main ticket booth at a home contest for each respective sport.

Season tickets ordered online must be picked up in the Department of Athletics office in Brackeen-Wood Gym Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the main ticket booth of a home contest for the respective sport.

Season tickets to home football games in Bailey Stadium this fall are $20 each. Each season ticket admits one person to all four regular season home football games. Single game tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and under.

Season tickets to men’s and women’s home soccer matches at the ECCC Soccer Field are $35 each. Each season ticket admits one person to all nine men’s and women’s regular season matches. Single match tickets are $5 per person.

Season tickets to the regular season home men’s and women’s basketball games in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium for the 2018-19 season are $35 each for general admission seating and $45 each for reserved chairback seating. Single game tickets are $7 per person, $5 for ages 18 and under, and $10 for a chairback seat.

Schedules for all ECCC sports teams can be found at The 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball schedules will be released at a later date.

Check It Out At The Winston County Library!

The following FICTION books are now available for checkout at the library:


Rick Algood – An Angel With No Name
Rick Algood – The Christmas Angels
Rick Algood – The Midnight Angel
JoAnn Ross – Heron’s Landing
Fiona Davis – The Masterpiece
Heather Graham – Pale as Death
Victoria Helen Stone – Jane Doe
Flynn Berry – A Double Life
Jonathan Kellerman – A Measure of Darkness
Laurell K. Hamilton – Serpentine
Ben Coes – Boody Sunday
Louise Candlish – Our House
Lisa Scottoline – Feared
Stuart Woods – The Money Shot
Marcia Muller – The Breakers
Sandra Brown – Tailspin
James Patterson – Texas Ranger
Margaret Weis – Privateer
Julia Keller – Fast Falls the Night
Julia Keller – Bone on Bone
Rae Anne Thayne – The Cottages on Silver Beach
Linda Lael Miller – Cowboy Ever After
Lori Foster – Mr. November
Maisey Yates – Untamed Cowboy
Megan Abbott – Give Me Your Hand
Nancy Atherton – Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransome
Rosie Walsh – Ghosted
V. C. Andrews – Echoes in the Walls
Sandie Jones – The Other Woman
Melissa Cobb – Girls In Blue
Karin Slaughter – Pieces of Her
Wanda Brunstetter – The Hope Jar
Christina Dalcher – Vox
J. Jefferson Parker – Swift Vengeance
Tracie Peterson – In Dreams Forgotten
Catherine Coulter – Paradox
J. P. Delaney – Believe Me
Linwood Barclay – A Noise Downstairs
Kimberla Lawson Barclay – Better Late Than Never
Beth Harbison – Every Time You Go Away

The following NON-FICTION BOOKS are now available for
checkout at the library:
  • The Girl On The Balcony: Olivia Hussey Finds Life After Romeo & Juliet – Olivia Hussey
  • Blue Collar Resumes – Steven Provenzano
  • Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Muirder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency – Dan Abrams
  • Fake News, Propaganda and Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age – Donald A. Barclay
  • Women in the Blue and Gray – True Civil War Stories of  Mothers,
  • Medics, Soldiers and Spies – Marianne Monsor