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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