ECCC Softball to Host ‘Under the Lights’ Instruction for Grades 1-6

New East Central Community College head softball coach Eric Neel has announced a new camp called Softball Kids Under the Lights that will be held on six Mondays in December and January.

The softball instruction is for those in grades 1-6 and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 2018, and Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2019.

The cost is $100 if paid by Nov. 25, or $25 for each individual session attended.

Those interested in attending can register online at or by sending a check or money order to Eric Neel, ECCC, P.O. Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327. Please include your T-shirt size. Make checks payable to ECCC Softball.

The Way Community Church Fall Festival Has Been Cancelled

The Way Community Church Fall Festival scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 has been cancelled.

Check It Out At The Winston County Library!


The following FICTION books are now available for checkout at the library:
  • John Grisham – The Reckoning
  • John Sandford – Rough Country
  • Carl Weber – Influence
  • Beverly Lewis – The First Love
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan – Trust Me
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon – Stygian
  • Mary B. Morrison – Head Games
  • Pam Hillman – The Road to Magnolia Glen
  • Danielle Steele – In His Father’s Footsteps
  • J. D. Robb – Leverage in Death
  • Janet Dailey – Texas Free
  • Faye Kellerman – Walking Shadows
  • J. A. Jance – Field of Bones
  • Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light
  • M. C. Beaton – The Dead Ringer
  • Stuart Woods – Desperate
  • Andrew Gross – Button War
  • Lisa Black – Suffer the Children
  • Karen Kingsbury – When We Were Young
  • Kate Morton – The Clock Maker’s Daughter
  • Charlaine Harris – An Easy Death
  • Charlaine Harris – A Gift of Bones
  • Ted Dekker – Rise of the Mystics
  • Terri Blackstock – Catching Christmas
  • Tana French – The Witch Elm
  • J. T. Ellison – Tear Me Apart
  • Jeff Abbott – The Three Beths
  • Terry Brooks – Street Freaks
  • Bernard Cornwell – War of the Wolf
  • Ann Rice – Blood Communion
  • Diane Chamberlain – The Dream Daughter
  • Iris Johansen – Vendetta
  • Susan Wittig Albert – The Darling Dahlias & The Poinsettia Puzzle
  • Lauren Childs – Glitter Bomb
  • Leslie Meier – Yule Log Murder
  • Barbara Kingsolver – Unsheltered
  • Frederick Forsyth – The Fox
  • Sara Paretsky – Shell Game
  • Nicholas Sparks – Every Breath
  • Michael Connelly – Dark Sacred Night
  • Elin Hildebrand – Winter In Paradise

The following NON-FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library:
  • 2018 Christmas With Southern Living
  • Beating Anxiety & Depression for Life – Alison Beuhler
  • Fear – Bob Woodward
  • Six Sisters Stuff Copycat Cooking
  • Small Business for Dummies
  • Gun Digest 2019
  • What Color Is Your Parachute 2019?
  • Hunting Charles Manson – Lis Wiehl
  • South Toward Home – Julia Reed
  • Liars, Leakers and Liberals – Judge Jeanine Pirro
  • Campaigns & Hurricanes: A History of Presidential Visits to Mississippi – John M. Hilpert
  • The Plot to Destroy Democracy – Malcolm Nance
  • Unshakeable Hope – Max Lucado
  • You’re On An Airplane – Parker Posey
  • Killing the SS – Bill O’Reilly
  • My Love Story – Tina Turner
  • Job Hunting: An Insider’s Guide to Job Hunting & Career Change – Emily Anderson
  • Racing to the Finish – Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation – Ken Starr

Veteran's Day Celebration and Parade - Nov. 10

The Veteran's Day Celebration and Parade will be held November 10, 2018. Breakfast for the
Veteran's, sponsored by the Louisville Pilot Club will be served at 8:30 AM at the Chamber Office. The parade will begin approximately 9:45 AM at the Chamber office, then proceed left up South Church Street, right onto Main Street and end in front of the Courthouse. The program will begin at 10 AM with the LHS Band playing the National Anthem.

Winston County Veterans' Affairs Officer Larry Veazey noted that this Veteran's Day held special significance as it coincides with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918 which ultimately led to the start of our Country's observance of Veterans' Day.

Veazey also indicated that Vietnam Veterans with a DD214 will receive the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration book "A Time of Honor" at the event.

Later in the day at the Legion Park Music Festival, local Veterans will be honored with a patriotic program and fireworks display beginning at 4:30 pm at the Legion State Park Amphitheater in Louisville.

Family Center " Let's Read!, Let's Learn!, Let's Grow"

November is "Thankful For Books" month in the Family Center.  The Center has a variety of new resources on display. The new resources include library books, reading & math games, family games, manipulative's, and other learning resources. Come take a peek and pick!

On November 8th, 15th, & the 29th, from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM, we will give "Packets of Gratitude" to parents/participants entering and using the Family Center. If you have any questions, please call (662) 773-4018.

Jr. Auxiliary Angel Tree 2018

“Angels” are now available to be adopted for the Christmas holidays at the Winston County Library. You can make a special child’s holiday memorable by “adopting” them and purchasing Christmas gifts for them. The Louisville Junior Auxiliary, in partnership with the School District, has put up their annual Angel Tree in the Winston County Library lobby. Please come by the library and pick up a packet of a special child or children to purchase gifts for. “This is such an important project for Junior Auxiliary and our community”, said librarian Beth Edwards. “Were it not for this wonderful program, these children would not receive any gifts for Christmas.” Individuals or groups of people, such as office workers, Sunday Schools, or businesses, can participate in the Angel Tree Project. Please help make a child’s Christmas truly memorable.

Benefit For Ivey Vowell

Date of Event
November 17, 2018
Hight Assembly of God Church, Noxapater

There will be a benefit for Colon Cancer patient, Ivey Vowell on November 17. We will have chicken plates with all the trimmings for $10 (start serving plates at 4:00) There will be an auction starting at 6:00.

Launchpads Now Available at Winston County Library

Introducing Playaway Launchpad --‐ the kids only learning tablet that both kids and adults will love.

Every Playaway Launchpad is pre‐loaded with high quality, ad-free learning apps and games, providing hours of interactive learning and play.
Apps are grouped onto Launchpads by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. Featuring popular characters and brands, apps content spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and theme from animals to princesses, fantasy, nature and more.

Kids will love the Launchpad experience, which lets them design a personal avatar before game play and choose an app adventure they’re most interested in. Adults will love that Launchpads are 100% secure, ensuring that will not be exposed to unintended content, and that the informational console will let them monitor how time is spent on the tablet.

Launchpad is now available at the Winston County Library!

Check one out today!

National Drug Disposal Event Set for Saturday

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippians can do their part to combat the national opioid crisis and protect their home environments by dropping off unused medications at take-back sites around the state on Oct. 27.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said National Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

“Take Back Day is a great opportunity to collectively focus on the importance of having a safe and clean medicine cabinet,” Buys said. “It’s common to think that hanging on to medicines in case you need them in the future is the right thing to do, but instead, we need to discard most prescriptions and especially pain medicines, when we are through an episode of illness or injury.”

Buys said national events and promotions like Take Back Day are a helpful way to restart practices in our homes that align with recommendations from the experts on how to stay safe and healthy.

Properly discarding prescription medications is also good for the environment, specifically water quality, because many people mistakenly believe it is safe to flush drugs. However, that is not the case.

Waste-water treatment systems typically are not designed to remove these substances. Therefore, the chemicals can ultimately end up in ground and surface waters.

MSU Extension has an online publication addressing safe disposal of medicines and personal care products. Find “Safe Disposal of Medicines and Personal Care Products” at

To locate the nearest take-back site, go to and for more information about MSU Extension’s efforts, visit

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

Whitehall Bazaar - Saturday Oct 27

The Whitehall UMC Annual Bazaar will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m.. There will be a delicious breakfast buffet, crafts, homemade goodies, a white elephant sale, silent auction and lots of fun & fellowship. Lunch will be available at 10:30 a.m. Veterans receive a 1/2 off discount on breakfast-limit 1. Bring a friend and come and enjoy our annual bazaar Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

UDC Meeting - Nov. 5

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

ECCC’s 2nd Annual Warrior Wellness Symposium Set for Oct. 29

Noted cardiologist Dr. Mike McMullan and author and evangelist Dr. Stan Buckley will present East Central Community College’s second annual Warrior Wellness Symposium at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. The free event is open to the public and will be held in Thrash Auditorium in Newton Hall on the campus in Decatur. McMullan and Buckley will talk about opportunities in medical missions.

For more information on Warrior Wellness Week and the symposium, contact Fitzgerald at or 601-635-6126.

ECCC Softball to Host Thankful Prospects Camp Nov. 17.

The East Central Community College softball program is hosting its 2018 Thankful Prospects Camp the Saturday before Thanksgiving for several age groups.

The camp will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the ECCC Softball Complex on the campus in Decatur. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $100 per player if paid by Nov. 3, or $110 per player if paid on the day of the camp.

The camp is open to all softball players who will graduate high school from 2019-2024.

Register online at Make checks payable to ECCC Softball and mail to: Eric Neel, East Central Community College, P.O. Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327. Please include T-shirt size with check.

ECCC Basketball Teams to Host Preseason Jamborees

The East Central Community College women’s and men’s basketball teams will host JUCO Jamborees on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Women’s Basketball JUCO Jamboree will be held Friday, Oct. 26, in Brackeen-Wood Gym. General admission is $5 per person and concessions will be sold.

The lineup of games for the Women’s JUCO Jamboree includes Pensacola State College vs. Meridian Community College at Noon, Hinds Community College vs. Southern University Shreveport (La.) at 1 p.m., East Central vs. Northeast Mississippi at 2 p.m., Meridian vs. Southern University Shreveport at 3 p.m., East Central vs. Pensacola State at 4 p.m., and Northeast vs. Hinds at 5 p.m.

The ECCC Men’s Basketball JUCO Jamboree is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, also in Brackeen-Wood Gym. General admission is $8 per person and concessions will be sold.

The schedule of games includes East Central vs. Shelton State Community College (Ala.) at 10 a.m., Jones College vs. Taylor Made Prep at 11:30 a.m., Jones vs. Shelton State at 1 p.m., and East Central vs. Taylor Made Prep at 2:30 p.m.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors open regular season play on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Bishop State Community College in Mobile. The women tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. The home openers in Brackeen-Wood Gym are Thursday, Nov. 8, when East Mississippi visits Decatur. The games will be at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

ECCC Tennis Hosting Woods and Whites Doubles Fundraiser Nov. 10

The East Central Community College tennis program is hosting its second annual Woods and Whites Doubles Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the new Tennis Complex on the ECCC campus in Decatur. The Woods and Whites event will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon and lunch will be provided. The recommended donation is $25 per player. All proceeds go to support the ECCC men’s and women’s tennis programs and facilities.

Woods and Whites is a fun, social doubles tournament played like Wimbledon in the old days. Players must wear white clothing and hit with wood racquets. White tennis balls will also be used. Wood racquets will be provided if needed. The doubles tournament will be a round robin format with four-game pro sets and old school nine-point tie breaks. The draw will be determined the morning of the event. Those without doubles partners will be paired with other players.

“This is a fun event that was well received last year when we hosted our first Woods and Whites Doubles Tournament to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims,” said ECCC head tennis coach Jay Pacelli. “This year all proceeds will support the college’s men’s and women’s tennis programs, specifically our plans to build a facility at the new Tennis Complex to house locker rooms, a concession stand, restrooms and a coach’s office.”

To register for the tournament, contact Pacelli at or 601-572-7592. You also can register online at the men’s or women’s tennis page at

ECCC to Participate in Statewide MI-BEST Week Oct. 15-18

East Central Community College’s MI-BEST program is participating in the statewide MI-BEST Week 2018 scheduled for Oct. 15-18 on community college campuses around the state.

ECCC MI-BEST representatives will have an information booth set up in the East Mall area outside of Mabry Cafeteria on the Decatur campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. In addition to information on MI-BEST and give-a-ways, prospective and qualified students will receive a pass to the East Central vs. Jones College football game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in Bailey Stadium on campus.

Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, or 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 various fields. At East Central Community College, MI-BEST students can train for jobs in the collision repair technology, business and office technology, certified nurse assistant, culinary arts technology, hotel and restaurant management, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) fields.

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.

Testing and interviews for students interested in enrolling in the ECCC MI-BEST program for the spring 2019 semester will be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8 and Nov. 9 in Room 12 of Etheridge Hall on the Decatur campus.

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