Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

New ECCC Budget Holds Tuition, Room and Board Steady for 2019-20

The East Central Community College Board of Trustees has approved the college’s 2019-20 budget plan, which includes no increase in tuition or room and board for the upcoming academic year.

ECCC will hold tuition and room and board steady for the 2019-20 academic terms, while one fee will increase and a new fee for proposed career and technical dual credit courses has been added to the budget.

“We are always pleased when we do not have to raise the cost of tuition, but especially this coming year as we have implemented increases the two previous years,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “We were also able to hold room and board rates steady for the second straight year. These recommendations were possible because of the anticipated increase in state funding and because of the effective fiscal planning and budget management by everyone at the college.”

The board-approved budget plan for 2019-20 includes a $40 increase in the student activity fee, from $5 to $45, to support the college’s wellness program, as well as other student activities. The Warrior Wellness initiative was created in 2016 and supported through 2018 by two grants from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. The fee increase will help ECCC sustain the program, which provides a campus fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and fitness classes, a wellness coordinator, expanding intramural options, indoor and outdoor activity areas such as sand volleyball courts and disc and foot golf, and various other health-related student activities and programs that promote a healthier and more active learning environment.

The plan also includes a new $35 per credit hour fee for Career & Technical dual credit courses that ECCC will begin offering to high schools in the five-county district in fall 2019. Dual Credit courses are those taught on the campus of the local high school by a local high school instructor who meets SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) faculty credential guidelines utilizing the postsecondary curriculum and student learning outcomes. The $35 per credit hour fee does not include the costs of textbooks, tools, educational supplies, or certification testing. All costs associated with these items will be the responsibility of the student or the high school.

The new budget was developed based on an anticipated $200,000 increase over last year in general education funds the college will receive from the state of Mississippi. Much of this additional revenue will be used to provide incremental salary and benefit increases for each employee classification at ECCC.

In addition to general education funds for recurring costs, East Central is also slated to receive $262,160 in repair and renovation funds and $1.3 million in bond funding to be used for campus construction and maintenance projects. Stewart said the new bond funds would be combined with an existing $2.2 million in bond money to construct a new Band Hall on campus.

“We’ve had bond money set aside for a much-needed Band Hall on campus for several years,” said Stewart. “We are very appreciative to receive the additional $1.3 million in bond money that we believe will now allow us to move forward with this project through the Bureau of Building, Grounds, and Real Property Management. The new facility will be located behind the existing Vickers Fine Arts Center and provide learning and practice areas for our various instrumental bands and vocal groups.”

The 2019-20 budget plan approved at the board’s May 14 meeting on the Decatur campus goes into effect on July 1, 2019. The fall 2019 semester at ECCC begins on Monday, Aug. 12.

New Books for May at Library

Check It Out At The Winston County Library!
MAY 2019

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

Beverly Lewis – The Tinderbox
Anne Perry – Triple Jeopardy
Karen Kingsbury – Two Weeks
James Patterson – Miracle at St. Andrews
David Baldacci – Redemption
Ann B. Ross – Miss Julia Takes the Wheel
Lisa Scottoline – Someone Knows
James Patterson – The 13-minute Murder
Karen Vogel Sawyer – A Silken Thread
Marie Bostwick – Hope On the Inside
Jo Jo Moyes – The Peacock Emporium
Davis Bunn – Outbreak
Claiore Gibson – Beyond the Point
Robert Dugone – The Eighth Sister
Rachel Caine – Wolfhunter River
Alafair Burke – The Better Sister
Eric Jerome Dickey – Before We Were Wicked
Claudia Gray – Star Wars: Master & Apprentice
John Sandford – Neon Prey
E. L. James – The Mister
Mariah Stewart – The Sugarhouse Blues
Jennifer Robson – The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Family
Jill Marie Landis – Heat Wave
Karen Harper – The It Girl

The following NON-FICTION BOOKS are now available for checkout at the library:

First: Sandra Day O’Connor, An Intimate Portrait of the First woman Supreme Court
Hungry Girl Simply 6 – All Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less – Lisa Lillier
Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse – Timothy P.
#IMOMSOHARD – Kristen Hensley and Jen Snedley
Challenge Accepted!  - Celeste Barker
Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing The Wild West One
Meal at a Time – Stephen Fried
The Trump Tax Cut: Your Personal Guide to the New Tax Law – Eva Rosenberg
Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America – Jaren Cohen
Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service – Gary Sinese
The Ditchdigger’s Daughter: A Black Family’s Astonishing Success Story – Yvonne
S. Thornton, M.P.
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Crushing: Good Turns Pressure Into Power – T. D. Jakes
The Clean Palate – Eat, Reset, Heal – Gwyneth Paltrow
Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End –
Tia Powell, M.D.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Shooting Suspect Captured This Morning at Local Retailer By WCSO

A shooting suspect from Attala County was apprehended by the Winston County Sheriff’s Office this morning at the Louisville Wal Mart. Ryan Steen (21) was the subject of a B.O.L.O. issued by Attala County authorities in connection with a shooting of a female overnight at a residence on Hwy 12 West.

Sheriff officers received a tip that Steen was seen outside the Louisville Wal Mart at around 10:30 am this morning. Law enforcement was able to identify Steen and isolate him at the south side of the structure away from the public and make the arrest.

A heavy law enforcement presence resulted in little resistance from the suspect. A weapon was confiscated and Steen was taken to the Winston Choctaw County Regional Correctional Facility. Since that time, officials from the Attala County Sheriff's Office have arrived to return Steen to Attala County.

The victim in the Attala County shooting was airlifted  to a Jackson Hospital and last reports indicated that she was in critical but stable condition.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dial-A-Story May 14

Red Hills Art Competition Underway

Pictured is Larry and Barbara Howell and the art contest judge, Jeffrey Hodges, lead art instructor at EC since 2015.

Jeffery Hodges, art judge for the Red Hills art competition.

Season Ends for ECCC Softball Team

Season Ends for ECCC Lady Warriors in State Softball Tournament

Losses to Northeast and No. 3 Jones College in the 2019 MACJC State Tournament ended the season for the No. 14 ranked East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team.

East Central surrendered a four-run lead in the last two innings in an opening game 10-8 loss to the Northeast Lady Tigers that ended late in the night on May 8.

The Lady Warriors had to wait five days to get back on the diamond as rain forced the tournament to eventually be moved from the campus of Jones College in Ellisville to the turf fields of the Magee Sportsplex.

When the tournament resumed on Monday, May 13, East Central had to face defending national champion Jones College in an elimination game, with the No. 3 ranked Lady Bobcats taking an 8-3 win.

East Central, with only one sophomore on the 15-player roster, finished the season with a 28-14 overall record.

Weather forced the tournament to be shortened to one day, with a winners’ bracket and losers’ bracket finals. The two teams in the winner’s bracket final and the winner of the loser’s bracket, along with No. 1 ranked LSU-Eunice, advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Tournament at a site to be determined.

Leading 8-4 and needing just six outs to advance to the winners’ bracket, East Central gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and another in the top of the seventh as Northeast rallied for the 10-8 win. The Lady Tigers got five of their 12 hits in those final two at-bats, including a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner.

Trailing 2-0, East Central got three runs in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded single by freshman shortstop Hannah Dufault (Hurley, East Central) and a Northwest error. After the Lady Tigers regained the lead 4-3 with two runs in the top of the third, a three-run homer by Dufault in the bottom of the frame put the Lady Warriors on top 6-4. An RBI double in the fourth by sophomore designated hitter Annika Jones (Leake Academy) who later scored on an error put East Central up 8-4 before Northeast began its rally.

In the elimination game loss to Jones, the Lady Warriors led 2-1 after two innings thanks to a two-run single off the bat of freshman first baseman Kailee Swindle (Hattiesburg, Presbyterian Christian School). But the Lady Bobcats responded with four runs on four hits in the top of the third to grab a 5-2 lead.

Jones added another run in the fifth and then took an 8-2 lead in the top of the sixth when LP Trammell hit her 21st home run of the year, a two-run shot to left field.

East Central mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh as Swindled opened the inning with a single and eventually scored on an error on the Jones pitcher on a hard ground ball by freshman left fielder Olivia Houston (Northwest Rankin). With two outs and the bases loaded, freshman catcher Anna McNeer (Canton Academy) hit a hard line drive that was snagged by the Lady Bobcats’ third baseman to end the game.

Swindle led the Lady Warriors at the plate with three hits.

City of Louisville Appoints New Police Chief

New LPD Chief Sean Holdiness
Pursuant the planned retirement of Police Chief L.M. Claiborne, the Mayor & Louisville Board of Aldermen appointed the next Chief of Police in a recessed Board Meeting on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2019, at Louisville City Hall.

The recommendation was presented by Mayor Will Hill and after discussion the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Sean E. Holdiness as the new Police Chief. Sean E. Holdiness is retiring from an outstanding career with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and is currently Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi Air National Guard.

Mayor Will Hill along with current Chief L.M. Claiborne will introduce Police Chief Holdiness to the Louisville Police Department at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

The official start date has not yet been established for Chief Holdiness as he makes his many preparations. Chief Claiborne plans to retire at the end of June, 2019.

The City of Louisville Mayor & Board of Aldermen are grateful for Chief L.M. Claiborne's service to the City of Louisville for the past 13 years and applaud his lifetime commitment to law enforcement. The City is also grateful for the outstanding candidates who expressed interest in the position and look optimistically ahead to a smooth transition for the Police Department and the City of Louisville.