Monday, April 12, 2021

Voluntary Recall of Hostess® SnoBalls® Due to Undeclared Allergen

 Hostess Brands, LLC (”Hostess Brands“) has become aware that certain Hostess® SnoBalls® were inadvertently manufactured in the packaging for Hostess® Chocolate CupCakes and the packaging does not list ”coconut“, an ingredient in SnoBalls®, as an allergen. Hostess Brands is voluntarily recalling the following SnoBalls® manufactured on March 13, 2021:

ProductItem UPCBatchBest By Date
Hostess® SnoBalls® (single-serve)888109010096I031221000May 27, 2021
The products were sold to convenience stores, dollar stores, and distributors throughout the United States. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to discontinue consumption and contact the place of purchase about returning them for a full refund.

Friday, April 9, 2021

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Information

FEMA has updated its information regarding Funeral Assistance. The 800 number is out there but it goes live on April 12th.

Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 

For COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, Click Here

If you need a copy of a death certificate, Click Here

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

City of Louisville Primary Election Results (unofficial) of April 6

 There will be a runoff on April 27th for the Alderman At-Large position. The General Election will be held on June 8th.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

ECCC Students Garner 11 Top Awards at Virtual State PBL Competition

Students from East Central Community College in Decatur placed first in 11 of 13 categories at the annual Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference Feb. 24-26.

This year’s competition was held virtually, with entries being judged live through video conferencing and through entries uploaded to YouTube for judging.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business education association for students interested in careers in business and business-related fields. It is the largest career student organization in the world.

All 12 students from ECCC’s Theta Chi Chapter of PBL who competed placed in both events they entered, with 10 of the 12 students placing first in both events entered.


ECCC’s award-winning students included:


  • Carmen Rodriquez of Carthage, First Place in Accounting.
  • Sydni Goldman of Pelahatchie, First Place in Communications.
  • Cezar Torres of Morton, First Place in Community Service.
  • Lakayla McCune of Decatur, Brian Pace of Collinsville, and Rodriguez, First Place in Financial Services.
  • Thomas White of Louisville, First Place in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Ashley Aycock of Rose Hill and McCune, First Place in Integrated Marketing Campaign.
  • Keisha Torres of Morton, First Place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report.
  • Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia, Sierra Mallory of Philadelphia, Pace, Luke Wall of Decatur, and White, First Place in Parliamentary Procedures.
  • Goldman, First Place in Small Business Plan.
  • Chapman, Mallory, and Wall, First Place in Strategical Analysis and Decision Making.
  • Kristi Davis of Enterprise, Cezar Torres, and Keisha Torres, First Place in Website Design.
  • Aycock, Second Place in Client Service.
  • Davis, Second Place in Job Interview.

All 12 students will compete virtually at the PBL National Leadership Conference to be held June 24-27.

Chapman and Cezar Torres were also recognized as Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda.

Several current and former ECCC students were recognized with entry into the Mississippi PBL Hall of Fame for placing first nationally at last summer’s virtual National Leadership Conference. They were Chapman, Toni Hilliard of Wesson, Genesis Lyons of Decatur, Pace, and Wall. May 2020 ECCC graduates who received Mississippi PBL Hall of Fame honors included Tucker Cain of Carthage, Janna Ford of Carthage, Beth Fortner of Port Gibson, Carly Greenwood of Philadelphia, Caleb McGrew of Meridian, Nathan Lampley of Louisville, and Hannah Stokes of Philadelphia.

As a chapter, East Central was recognized at the state conference with second place in fundraising for the March of Dimes, second place in Largest Chapter in Membership, and received Foundation Member status.

ECCC Phi Beta Lambda students receiving top awards at the recent virtual Mississippi Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference were (top row, from left) Cezar Torres of Morton, Ashley Aycock of Rose Hill, Brian Pace of Collinsville, and Lakayla McCune of Decatur; (middle row, from left) Sierra Mallory of Philadelphia, Luke Wall of Decatur, Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia, and Thomas White of Louisville; and (bottom row, from left) Kristi Davis of Enterprise, Sydni Goldman of Pelahatchie, Keisha Torres of Morton, and Carmen Rodriguez of Carthage. (Submitted Photo)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

ECCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Captures Regional Awards

East Central Community College’s Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently won several awards at the virtual Mississippi/Louisiana PTK competition.

PTK is the international honor society for two-year colleges.

Among the honors earned by the ECCC PTK chapter were:


  • Advisor Horizon Awards presented to chapter advisors James Miller, dean of students; Dr. Amanda Walton, director of housing and student activities; and Dr. Jenna Wright, mathematics instructor.
  • First Place in the Theme category for the chapter’s Honors in Action Project “Helping Students with Special Needs Thrive During the Pandemic”.
  • Fifth Place in the Most Distinguished Chapter category.
  • Eighth Place for Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project.
  • 10th Place for Most Distinguished College Project.


The PTK chapter at East Central in Decatur has one of the highest acceptance rates of any of the more than 600 chapters in the nation.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Mid-MS Regional Library System Announces, “The End of Late Fees” and “The Return of Browsing” to Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021) is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library supporters play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to Your Library,” and the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (MMRLS) is announcing two important initiatives to celebrate this event.

First, to make the library more accessible and inviting for all, the library is announcing the elimination of all overdue or “late” fees for library materials owned by MMRLS. Any guest who currently owes a late fee on any MMRLS item will have that fee waived. Going forward, any guest with an overdue MMRLS owned item will not be charged a late fee.

“Our goal at MMRLS is to make everyone feel welcome to visit and use the services of their local library,” said MMRLS Executive Director Josh Haidet. “While customers will need to bring overdue items back before checking out more items or using other library services, as well as to continue to pay for lost or damaged items, we hope this change will encourage more people to check out more items without having to worry about facing a financial penalty. Our Administrative Board and I recognize that the hectic lives of our patrons sometimes make it difficult to avoid late fees, which often served to discourage use of our library system. Obviously, that is the last thing we want to happen,” Haidet said.

Second, the library system is welcoming patrons back into the book and DVD shelves, as full browsing will again be available at all locations. “In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, the library system had to make some difficult choices over the past year,” said Haidet. “Our patrons have been extremely patient with us, and while we’ve been offering limited browsing collections plus curbside service for quite some time now, we’ve also heard from many patrons asking when they’d be able to browse our bookshelves again. We’re so happy to again be able to give everyone the freedom to view the entirety of our vast collections and choose what materials they need or want for themselves.”

For more information about National Library Week, including virtual library programming, follow MMRLS on social media @midmisslib, call or visit your local branch library, or the library’s website at All library services are made possible thanks to the continued financial support of our local elected officials.