Friday, May 14, 2021

ECCC Holds 92nd Commencement Ceremonies May 7

More than 550 graduates were awarded degrees and/or certificates during East Central Community College’s 92nd Commencement Ceremonies held Friday, May 7, 2021, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

Dr. Teresa Mackey, vice president for instruction, presented the candidates for graduation, and ECCC President Dr. Brent Gregory awarded degrees and certificates during the ceremony.

This year’s graduates included those who completed degree requirements following the spring 2021 and fall and summer 2020 terms.

Students who completed degree requirements following the Spring 2021 term in Winston County:

LOUISVILLE: Jonathan Preston Blaine, Jesse Suttle Boydstun, Anna Claire Bucklew, Joseph Lee Copeland, Tanner Chase Covington, Lauren Marie Devine, Ethan Cole Ellingburg, Janie Cardenas Espino, Chappell Causey Garofalo, Hoyt Davis Hendrix, Kristian Dominic Hopkins, Star Sykeria Latham, Leslie Anne McGahey, Patience Shardenay McIntosh, Anna Claire Morgan, Braeden Frances Nabers, Shadacion Crantez Pledge, Glory Rebecca Richardson, Lance Christopher Sanders, Colby Keith Stanley, Bailey Danielle Wood and Jeffrey Brian Woodward

NOXAPATER: Jarrod Brice Alford, Roper Dee Ball, Tyler Scott Henry, Zachary Kyle Kimbriel, Abria T.M. Lewis, Kenneth Cattrelle Spiva and Addy Suzanne Webb

Students who completed degree requirements following the Fall 2020 term in Winston County:

LOUISVILLE: Pamela Morgan Carter, Tia Hunt, Erika Keyanna Jordan, Lakesha Shavona Love, Bridget Delisha Moore, Zari Andrea Norton, Jasmire LeShon Pledge, Hailey Brooke Reel and Deonte K. Yarbrough

NOXAPATER: Justin Dean Mayo

Students who completed degree requirements following the Summer 2020 term in Winston County:

LOUISVILLE: Precious Aniya Dshanay Floyd, Victoria Louise Luke, Marion Bethanna Ming, Hailey Jewell Myers and Kineta Lacristie Sherrod


NOXAPATER: Thomas Fredrick Thomas

Thursday, May 13, 2021

ECCC Announces 2021 Spring Semester Honor Roll

Students named to the 2021 spring semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur.


LOUISVILLE: Anna Bucklew, Janie Espino, Emma Fulcher, Taylor Gregory, Billy Houston, Magdelyn Kirk, Anna Morgan, Thomas White and Bailey Wood

NOXAPATER: Zachary Kimbriel


The Dean’s List includes the following students who achieved a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average.

LOUISVILLE: Tanner Covington, Aaliyah Dorsey, Chappell Garofalo, Kaylee Gregory, Star Latham, Patience McIntosh, Lindsey Mills, Braeden Nabers, Glory Richardson, Hamilton Roberts, Lance Sanders, Naila Walker and Jeffrey Woodward
NOXAPATER: Sebastian Gunnin and Addy Webb


LOUISVILLE: Jonathan Blaine, Joseph Copeland, Adrienne Forsythe, Hoyt Hendrix, Kristian Hopkins, Cameron Jackson, Leslie McGahey, Ericka Miller, Makayla Parks, LaDarrien Paten, Amaziah Sierra and TaBoris Smith

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Pecan Pies

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery announced today the recall of specific lots of select Sara Lee, Chef Pierre and Devonshire pecan pies produced between March 4 and April 1, 2021, because the product may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

Product was distributed nationwide through food service distributors. Recalled product details are as follows and consumers who believe they have purchased recalled lot codes are urged to confirm the lot code with the place of purchase.

  • Sara Lee Individually Wrapped 4-ounce Pecan Pie slices, 24-count case SKU #5117 produced on March 5, 2021, marked with lot code #C050641C and carrying unit UPC 032100051118. Individual pie slices have a printed lot code on the top of the package.
  • Sara Lee Individually Wrapped 4-ounce Pecan Pie slices, 48-count case SKU #7144 produced on March 4 and March 11, 2021, marked with lot codes #C050631C and #C050701C and carrying unit UPC 032100051118. Individual pie slices have a printed lot code on the top of the package.
  • Chef Pierre 10” Pre-Baked Southern Pecan Pie 36-ounce, case SKU #9273 produced on March 4, 2021, marked with lot code #C040631C and carrying unit UPC 032100092739.
  • Chef Pierre 10” Pre-Baked 10-Slice Pecan Pie 36-ounce, case SKU #9375 produced on April 1, 2021, marked with lot code #C050911C and carrying unit UPC 032100093750.
  • Devonshire Bake Shop 10” Pre-Baked Southern Style Pecan Pie 36-ounce, case SKU #8994 produced on April 1, 2021, marked with lot code #C040911C and carrying unit UPC 758108399877.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EMCC Spring 2021 Graduation Ceremonies Take Place

East Mississippi Community College held spring 2021 commencement ceremonies for about 600 students Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at the college’s Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses.

Three commencement ceremonies were held in the Lyceum Auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus on May 7. The Scooba campus graduation ceremony took place May 8 in the Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

EMCC’s 2020 graduates were also eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies this year and some did so. In May of last year, the college conducted its first virtual graduation as a result of the novel coronavirus and December graduates were invited to participate in this year’s commencement exercises.

While EMCC has since returned to in-class instruction, EMCC President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks praised the students for rising to meet the challenges presented by last year’s shift to virtual and online learning in response to the global pandemic.

“Your class, more so than any others, is the embodiment of resiliency,” Alsobrooks told the graduates. “Your perseverance during the recent pandemic, your commitment to continuing your studies and your ability to adapt to new modes of instruction are all testaments to your resiliency.”

Here is a list of the Class of 2021 students who applied for graduation from Winston County:

Louisville: Kierra Ball, Noah Dempsey, Dawson Eaves, Billy Fulton, Jacey Garrard, Ronald Gibson, Eric Gregory, Trevor Holdiness, Ny’lexia Howell, Gladies Ivy, Alex McDaniel, Alessandra Norton, Johnathan Peterson, Emmalee Reed, Amber Roberson, Nastaaja Roberts, Deshanta Shannon, Nyisha Spivey, Dylan Tabor, Adria Thames, Theresa Thompson, William Toliver, Christopher Vanlandingham, Tracen Wiggington, Blake Young

Noxapater: Wyatt Ball, Hunter Johnson

                     Adria Thames addresses her fellow classmates at the East Mississippi Community College
       Scooba campus graduation.

       Chanley McDaniel of Louisville, far left, poses with members of his family during the May 8       graduation ceremony on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus. He is the son of EMCC Scooba campus welding instructor Shane McDaniel, second from right.

Nicole Roberson, center, of Louisville with her parents following a May 7 graduation ceremony on East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.

Reese Fulton, at left, with his mother, Amy, at the May 8 graduation ceremony on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Presley Approves States' Largest Solar Farm and Battery Project

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced the approval of Mississippi’s largest solar farm and battery storage project. The Lowndes County project by Origis will be located near the Town of Artesia on 3,900 acres of land with an output of 200 megawatts. The project will generate enough electricity to power 45,920 homes from 650,000 solar panels. Origis’s private investment of $200 million will create approximately 350 construction jobs and 5 to 7 permanent jobs. The project will also include a 50 megawatt battery storage facility to store electricity for peak usage, making it the largest battery storage in the state.

“This project sends a signal to the world that Mississippi is dedicated to smart renewable energy expansion and energy independence. The investment by Origis is an economic development boom for the Golden Triangle and for the development of Mississippi’s resources. With the addition of battery storage, this project will provide new technology, weatherization and harness Mississippi’s solar energy in a way unseen until now,” said Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley.

Friday, April 30, 2021

More Than 130 Inducted Into ECCC Honor Society

More than 130 students were inducted into East Central Community College’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, during ceremonies held recently in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus.

New inductees in Winston County are:

Louisville: Janie Espino, Adrienne Forsythe, Emma Rae Fulcher, Taylor Gregory, Kristian Hopkins, Magdelyn Kirk, Lindsey Mills, Hamilton Roberts, Naila Walker, Thomas White and Jeffrey Woodward

Noxapater: Morgan Duran, Ariel Moore and Addy Webb

ECCC Theta Xi sponsors are Dr. Amanda Walton, director of housing and student activities; Dr. Jenna Wright, mathematics instructor; and James Miller, dean of students.