ECCC to Close for Christmas Holidays Beginning Dec. 13

East Central Community College in Decatur will close all offices for the Christmas holidays beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.
Orientation for new students for the spring 2020 semester will be held Friday, Jan. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. As part of Orientation, new students will register for spring classes. Students can still apply to attend ECCC for the spring 2020 semester by using the online application at

Day and evening classes for the spring semester begin on Monday, Jan. 6. The last day to register is Jan. 7.

Online courses begin on Monday, Jan. 13. The last day to register for online classes is Jan. 14.

For more information on registering for the spring 2020 semester, email Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at

Christmas Decorations at the Library

I want to encourage everyone to visit the Winston County Library and see all the Christmas Trees and other decorations throughout the building. “It’s like Christmas wonderland!” said librarian Beth Edwards. “From the moment you open the lobby door, all the way to the back of the library. It’s so much fun!”

Reminder: Holiday Social and Noxubee Nature Series Program - Dec. 5

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - The Holiday Social will start at 5:30 in the Visitor's Center with a soup/sandwich/dessert buffet.

Quarterly Noxubee Nature Series program will begin at 6:30 with a short business meeting electing new board members for next year. The Nature Series speakers will be from Barge Timberlands, a Refuge neighbor and friend of the environment.

Rotary Club Dream Raffle Fundraiser

Here's a great opportunity to give back to our community through your local Rotary Club! For $20, you can buy a raffle ticket and a chance for a grand prize of $40,000 in cash or a new BMW X2! Any member of Louisville Rotary can help you or call me directly and i can arrange. Buy 5 chances for $100 and increase your odds. Drawing is January 10th, 2020, and the cut off to participate is December 15th of this year. Don't miss the chance to help Rotary help others and get yourself a new ride!

Anyone interested in buying a ticket, please contact Mike Forster at 610-703-4759.

Noxubee Nature Series

The Friends of Noxubee Refuge will meet at the Refuge Visitor Center at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 5 for our annual Holiday Social consisting of a soup, sandwich, and dessert buffet followed by our Noxubee Nature Series. Steve Prestridge from Barge Timberlands will speak on the history of the area and how the Refuge and Barge have cooperated through the years. The public is invited.

ECCC Board of Trustees Opens Search for College’s Ninth President

The East Central Community College Board of Trustees today opened its search for the ninth president of the Decatur college.

Dr. Billy Stewart, the college’s president since February 2012, recently announced his retirement effective July 1, 2020.

Application packets are being accepted through January 31, 2020. More information on the search, including a Presidential Profile and Job Description, can be found at

In February 2020, the ECCC Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee will review completed applications and conducts initial interview(s) with preferred candidate(s), compile a list of finalist(s) for the position of President of ECCC, and conduct background checks on each finalist.

In March, the full Board of Trustees will conduct interviews with finalist(s) during the regular monthly meeting on campus. East Central’s ninth president will be announced at the conclusion of the Board meeting contingent upon successful contract negotiation.

The next president will start their term on July 1, 2020.

For more information, contact Carole Germany, ECCC Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee Liaison, at 601-635-6201 or

East Central Community College will be closed for the Christmas Holidays from Dec. 14, 2019, through Jan. 1, 2020.

Citizens Bank Serving Hot Chocolate and Coffee at the Parade

As in years past, Citizens Bank will be serving complimentary hot chocolate and coffee for the parade. Their stand will be located on the corner of Main and Columbus in front of the bank.

Friends of Legion State Park Christmas Party - Dec. 5

The Friends of Legion State Park will hold their annual Christmas Tree Decoration/Party on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Legion State Park Lodge. Please bring a covered dish/finger foods. Come out and help decorate the tree and join in fellowship. 
Hope to see all there.

Nanih Waiya Christmas Market

The Nanih Waiya Christmas Market will be held December 7th from 9AM-3PM at Ebenezer Pentecostal Church Family Life Center. BBQ plates and bake sale will support the church building fund. There will be 20 local crafters on hand for all your Christmas shopping needs.

For more information please contact: Amanda Rigdon at 662-361-4559 or

2019 Louisville Christmas Parade

The Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Mississippi Christmas”.

Just a reminder that it's not too late to sign up for the Christmas Parade on Monday, December 2nd. Pick up your application at the Chamber of Commerce office. Deadline is November 27th.

Please call Amy at 662-773-8719 with any questions.

What's Happening at the Noxubee Refuge

The December newsletter can be found in a link on our Friends' homepage at:

Wyatt Waters at Winston County Library - Dec. 13

ECCC Gospel Choir Concert Scheduled Dec. 4

The East Central Community College Gospel Choir will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Pastor Jermaine Jones, an ECCC alumnus, will be guest speaker. The evening will also include special performances by Jamal Roberts, BET’s Sunday Best Top 20 Contestant, and J&J Mime from Morton.

Brenda Johnson serves as sponsor of the ECCC Gospel Choir.

UDC Meeting - Dec. 9

Winston Guards #2643, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will meet Monday, December 9, 2019, at 5:30 at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. For more information, call 662-773-9343.

We Care Inc. Sponsors Health Insurance Seminar - Dec. 7

We all know how everything is going up, especially insurance. I want to invite everyone, who has health insurance or any other type of insurance out to this free event on Saturday, on Dec. 7, 2019. This event is sponsored by We Care Inc. It will take place at World Outreach Christian Fellowship at 1 pm. This event will cover primarily health insurance. It does not matter if you have insurance through work, on Medicare, or have any other type of health insurance. Come out and see if you qualify, to get your insurance lowered or even at $0 per month.

At this event you will be able to see if you qualify for the various types of insurances available to you and to know the cost if any. I am here to educate and assist in any way possible, to provide the services needed, to make sure that people are aware of the programs that they may qualify for. This is why I am holding this seminar to help people get the benefits that they deserve and would like to just help any and everybody get the necessary coverage.

Please make plans to come out to this event, to get the services that you rightly deserve. I greatly appreciate all of the support in making this event a success. I look forward to seeing and meeting each of you, at this event.

For more information or questions please contact Lakisha Scott 662-312-2245

WalMart Community Mural Program

Matt Wisecup, our local WalMart Manager, shared an exciting opportunity for our local artists. Walmart has created a Community Mural Program! This program is designed to give our store a unique identity that celebrates our community while at the same time promoting local education and the arts. The program is open to local artists of all ages, skill level, and experience, including art students and art organizations. Selected submissions will be reproduced as large, in-store murals which will be seen by thousands of customers every day!

Submissions will be accepted through 12/17/19. Don't forget to include our store number on the poster. Our local number is 183. 

ECCC’s 4th Warrior Wonderland Dec. 6

East Central Community College is excited to announce the 4th Warrior Wonderland scheduled Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, on the Decatur campus. New rides and games will highlight this year’s edition of this special celebration of Christmas, which will begin immediately following the Decatur Christmas Parade, about 6:30 p.m., and conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Holiday Social and Noxubee Nature Series - Dec. 5

Make plans to join us at the Refuge Visitor Center on Thursday, Dec. 5 for our annual Holiday Social and Noxubee Nature Series.

We'll begin at 5:30 with a soup, sandwich, and dessert buffet. If you'd like to contribute a crock pot of soup or a plate of sandwiches, let us know so we can make sure we have plenty. Otherwise, it's not necessary to bring anything unless you'd enjoy doing so.

Then at 6:30, we'll have our Noxubee Nature Series presentation by Steve Prestridge from Barge Timberlands, a Refuge neighbor. Steve is an interesting speaker and knows the history of the area and how the Refuge and Barge have cooperated through the years.

Come join us for this fun evening. It's very likely that Santa's helpers will provide some fun door prizes for this event!

Winston County Library Holiday Hours

The Winston County Library will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 28, 29 and 30, 2019 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2109.

Check It Out At The Winston County Library!


The following FICTION books are now available for checkout at the library:
  • John Sanford – Bloody Genius
  • Lee Child – Blue Moon
  • Nelson DeMille – The Deserter
  • Jude Deveraux – Met His atch
  • Michael Connelly – The Night Fire
  • Debbie MaComber – A Mrs. Miracle Christmas
  • Laura Childs – Mumbo Gumbo Murder
  • Meg Cabot – No Judgements
  • Tess Gerritsen – The Shape of Night
  • John Grisham – The Guardian
  • Kristin Higgins – Life and Other Inconveniences
  • Danielle Steel – Child’s Play
  • Jojo Moyes – The Giver of Stars
  • Deborah Crombie – A Bitter Feast
  • Elin Hilderbrand – What Happens in Paradise
  • James Patterson – 19th Christmas
  • Sophie Kinsella – Christmas Shopaholic
  • John Connolly – A Book of Bones
  • Kat Martin – The Deception
  • Joyce Carol Oates – Pursuit
  • Susan Isaacs – Takes One to Know One
  • Alexander McCall Smith – The the Land of Long Lost Friends

The following NON-FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library:
  • Country Stars in an Empty Sky: Trusting God’s Promises for Your Impossibilities – Michael Youssef
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Ree Drummond
  • The Body – Bill Bryson
  • Game Day Eats: 100 Recipes for Homegating Like a Pro – Eddie Jackson
  • Rescue Dogs: Where They Come From, Why They Act the Way They Do, & How to Love Them Well – Pete Paxton
  • Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and the Creation of America’s
  • Public Lands – John Clayton
  • Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant – Anne Gardiner Perkins
  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know - Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage & Resilience –Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton