ECCC Women’s Soccer Hosting Spring ID Camp Feb. 17

East Central Community College head women’s soccer coach Ryan Joiner has announced the ECCC Spring ID Camp set for Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Soccer Field on the campus in Decatur.

The ECCC Spring ID Camp is only for female soccer players in grades 8 through 12 (graduating classes of 2019-2023) and is an opportunity to be evaluated by college coaches and to train with other talented soccer players.

The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $25 per participant and includes lunch and a T-shirt. Payment is due upon arrival at the camp

For more information, contact Joiner at or 228-219-0041. For a printable registration form, visit:

UDC Meeting - Jan. 7

Winston Guards #2643, United Daughters of the Confederacy , will meet Monday, January 7, 2019, at 5:30 at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. For more information, call 662-773-9343.

Make Your Own "Plush Pals" at the Winston County Library

Winston County Library Holiday Schedule

The Winston County Library will be closed Monday, Tues. and Wednesday, December 24, 25 and 26th for the Christmas Holidays.  They will re-open on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 8:30.

ECCC to Hold Spring 2019 Term Orientation Jan. 3

East Central Community College in Decatur will hold an Orientation Session Thursday, Jan. 3, for those new students who wish to attend ECCC during the spring 2019 semester and have yet to register for classes.

The Orientation will be from 9 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. beginning in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. New students can begin signing in for the session at 8:30 a.m. Those participating will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for spring classes.

Following registration, students will tour the campus, weather permitting. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs, parking permits, and textbooks during Orientation. Students should bring a photo ID and their license plate number with them.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for spring term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at; ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation session on Jan. 3.

The Accuplacer exam may be taken to satisfy course placement requirements. Students may take the Accuplacer exam provided that they have applied, been admitted, or been enrolled at ECCC. Accuplacer exams are arranged by appointment and are given in the Success Center located in the Burton Library on ECCC’s Decatur campus. The cost is $20. To schedule a test, call 601-635-6346 or email East Central will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Dec. 12, 2018, through Jan. 1, 2019.

Day and evening classes for the spring 2019 semester begin Monday, Jan. 7. The last day to register is Jan. 8.

Online courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22. The last day to register for online classes is Jan. 23.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at For more information about the Orientation on Jan. 3, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services at

Cider Sippin' And Cookies With Santa - TODAY!!

Check It Out At The Winston County Library!


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

  • Lee Child – Past Tense 
  • David Baldacci – Long Road to Mercy 
  • Vince Flynn – Red War 
  • Jeffrey Archer – Heads You Win 
  • Mary Higgins Clark – You Don’t Own Me 
  • Janet Evanovich – Look Alive Twenty-Five 
  • Clive Cussler – Sea of Greed 
  • Jessica Fletcher – Murder She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder 
  • Kate Wilhelm – Mirror, Mirror 
  • Elizabeth Berg – Night of Miracles 
  • J. A. McKevett – Murder in His Stocking 
  • George Pelacanos – The Man Who Came Uptown 
  • Lisa Unger – Under My Skin 
  • Sarah McCoy – Marilla of Green Gables 
  • Gena Showalter – Shadow and Ice 
  • JoAnn Ross – Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane 
  • Leslie Meier – Silver Anniversary Murder 
  • Elin Hilderbrand – Winter in Paradise 
  • Helen Hardt – Unchained 
  • Kate Atkinson – Transcription 
  • Leif Enger – Virgil Wander 
  • Heather Morris – The Tattooist of Auschwitz 
  • Mitch Albom – The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
   The following NON-FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library:

  • Cook Like a Pro – Ina Garten 
  • After-School Clubs for Kids 
  • My Mad Fat Diary – Rae Earl 
  • Black Klansman – Ron Stallworth 
  • Leadership in Turbulent Times – Doris Kearns Goodwin 
  • Nonprofit Fundraising 101 
  • Your Guide to the National Parks 
  • Grant Writing for Dummies 
  • This Will Only Hurt a Little Bit – Busy Phillips 
  • The Small Business Start-Up Kit – NOLO 
  • Full Disclosure – Stormy Daniels 
  • Hindsight & All the Things You Can’t See in Front of You – Justin Timberlake 
  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – Lysa TTerkeurst 
  • Dr. Cobert’s Keto Zone Diet 
  • Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink 
  • Of Revolution – Tucker Carlson

ECCC to Host High School Basketball Shootout Dec. 21-22

East Central Community College is hosting a girls and boys High School Basketball Shootout Dec. 21-22 in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the ECCC campus in Decatur.

Admission is $7 per day.

The schedule for the ECCC High School Basketball Shootout is:

Friday, Dec. 21: Southeast Lauderdale vs. Natchez (girls), 2:30 p.m.; Southeast Lauderdale vs. Natchez (boys), 4 p.m.; Choctaw Central vs. Newton (girls), 5:30 p.m.; and Choctaw Central vs. Newton (boys), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22: Neshoba Central vs. Vicksburg (girls), 1 p.m.; Neshoba Central vs. Stringer (boys), 2:30 p.m.; Heidelberg vs. Laurel (girls), 4 p.m.; Heidelberg vs. Laurel (boys), 5:30 p.m.; and Newton vs. Seminary (boys), 7 p.m.

For more information, contact ECCC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Robert Thompson at 601-635-6372 or

Winston County Sheriff's Office Coat Drive

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is holding a coat drive for those in need in Winston County. If you have an older coat in average or good condition that you no longer need, please drop it off at the Sheriff's Office located in the Winston County Courthouse. The coats will be cleaned and made available to those in need. If you or someone you know needs a coat, come by the basement of the Winston County Courthouse. Children's coats are especially in need, but adult coats will be accepted as well. For more information call Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881.

ECCC Softball Program to Host College Showcase Jan. 26

The East Central Community College softball program will hold its first Strike Zone Report/Softball Showcase on Jan. 26, 2019, at the ECCC Softball Park on the campus in Decatur.

The event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is for softball players who will graduate high school in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, or 2024.

In the morning, videotape and statistics will be compiled for each participant. Some of the areas to be measured include: 40-yard dash, home to first run, defensive throwing velocity from infield to outfield, tee exit speed, pop time with velocity, pitching velocity, and a round of batting practice. A profile photo will also be taken of each player.

All information and video will be compiled into an online profile to be shared with any college the player chooses.

In addition, campers will receive instruction from college coaches on different areas of the game.

The afternoon will consist of recruiting talks for player and parents, live games, and tours of the ECCC campus.

The cost is $150 per participating player if paid by Jan. 13, 2019, or $160 after that date.

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

ECCC to Close for Christmas Holidays Beginning Dec. 12

East Central Community College in Decatur will close all offices for the Christmas holidays beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Offices will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
Orientation for new students for the spring 2019 semester will be held Thursday, 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 2019 semester by using the online application at

Day and evening classes for the spring semester begin Monday, Jan. 7. The last day to register is Jan. 8.
Online courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 22. The last day to register for online classes is Jan. 23.

For more information on registering for the spring 2019 semester, email Dr. Randall Lee, 
vice president for student services,

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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.

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

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!

Department of Public Safety Drivers License Office New Hours

The Department of Public Safety Drivers License Office will be open on the First, Second and Fourth Tuesday's of the month beginning October 1 in the Winston County Courthouse.

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

Story Time at the Library Every Second Tuesday

Come join Winston County Children's Librarian, Andrea McHenry the second Tuesday of every month from 9:30-10:30 am for Story Time. Children (and parents!) ages 2 and up are welcome to attend. They read stories, have puppet shows, dance, sing songs and do crafts. It’s very educational, and they have an awful lot of fun!
The next Story Time will be August 14. Mark your calendar, make plans to come and enjoy!

First Baptist Daycare Seeking Substitute Teachers

First Baptist Daycare of Louisville is currently in need of substitute teachers. Applicant must be available to work on short notice. Days and hours will vary. Must pass background check. To apply, contact Jennifer Weeks at 662-773-9332 or email

Dean Park Seeking New Members & Officers

Play Matters At Dean Park!

H:\DCIM\130___03\IMG_4679.JPGThe Friends of Dean Park, Inc. are seeking new members and officers as the present officer’s terms are expiring. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a member. This nonprofit has done many things to improve the beauty and safety of the park along with the Dean Park Commission. FODP also partners with other organizations to help make Winston County a better place to live. Please come join us to continue this effort. Elmetra Patterson, 510.672-2106.


2018 Friends of the Library Dues

If anyone has not yet paid their Friends of the Library Membership dues, please do so as soon as you can. You may download and fill out the Membership Form, click here, and mail it in or go by the library and fill out one there. If you would like to become a Friends member the same applies.

NOTE: The mailing address on the membership form has changed from 103 West Park St. to 100 West Park St.