Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tax Sale Information - Delinquent Tax List for Winston County

 State of Mississippi, Winston County,

I, Darlene Bane, Tax Collector of Winston County, in said state, will sell on the last Monday of August (Aug. 31st, 2020) at 8:30 A.M. and ending at 4:30 P.M. and continue from day to day until completed on the GovEase website, www.govease.com/auctions, pursuant to Mississippi Cole 27-41-49 to 27-41-89, as amended by the Winston County Tax Collector will conduct an online tax sale.  The GovEase website will allow bidders to submit bids, view, and download auction results. 

The tax sale listing of delinquent properties can be viewed, downloaded or printed by clicking the following link: 2019 delinquent tax list

Former LHS Student Meets with Chancellor Glenn Boyce and Other Black Student Leaders


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Asia Eichelberger


Asia Eichelberger, graduate of LHS 2017, was one of the nine Black student leaders to meet with Chancellor Glenn Boyce of Ole Miss. These students met with Boyce on July 20, 2020 to discuss the future of minority representation and administrational transparency at the University of Mississippi. Their requests included representation on every university committee and the construction of a multicultural building on campus. They also asked that efforts be made to increase Black student recruitment and retention at the university. These leaders are interested in more than just removing a statute or names from buildings but want to see more Black teachers and staff hired and more scholarships made available for Black students.

Nickolas Crasta, leader of Black Student Union stated that Black students represent 13% of the university which is the same as the population of the United States; however, Mississippi is 37% Black. The original meeting was to be about Boyce glorifying the confederacy cemetery but they broadened the meeting topics after the university confirmed on July 17 that it will not install headstones or other memorials in the cemetery. They were also concerned that Boyce had a history of working at segregated academies and also that he recruited students predominately from white private school on a recruitment trip to Jackson. Chancellor Boyce has agreed to meet with these student leaders monthly to discuss their concerns and to establish a meaningful relationship.

Asia exhibited leadership skills throughout her Louisville High School days serving as president of her class, president of the Wildcat Cheerleaders and starting her own Ambitions Cheerleader business. Presently, Asia is the president of the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir; member of the Youth and College Chapter NAACP, member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class (CLC), and member of the Educated Successful Talented Evolving Empowered Motivated (ESTEEM). Asia stated that she is delighted to be on the leadership team representing Black students at the university. She is pursuing a BS Degree in Sports and Recreational Administration and will graduate May 2021. Asia is the daughter of Paul and Rita Eichelberger.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Holy Ghost Temple Thanks Donors

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The pastor, Rev. Lorene Guyse and members of Holy Ghost Temple would like to thank the family, friends and the community for making a dream come true by donating to help build the ramp to the front of the temple which has long been needed. There are many people that attend events and more who would attend at the temple if there was a ramp. Rev. Lorene Guyse continues to ask for donations to help replace the sign in front of temple which needs to be updated.

Rev. Charles L. Guyse founded the Holy Ghost Temple in 2000, where he remained faithful until his death on November 17, 2012. He preached his last sermon on October 21, 2012. Rev. Guyes was ordained on August 12, 1956 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL. After his death Rev, Lorene Guyse, his spouse, became the pastor and continues with Early Sunday Morning Worship at 9:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

175 Hill Street
Louisville, MS 39339
Telephone 390.408-9880

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Presley Announces $5.9 Million in Second Round of Broadband Grants for 13 North MS Electric Co-ops

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that thirteen North Mississippi electric cooperatives have received more than $5.9 Million in a second round of funding from the MS Electric Cooperatives Broadband COVID-19 grant program. The program was established by the Mississippi Legislature to increase expansion of high-speed internet service to areas which lack service.

The grant program will enable awardees to begin construction in some of Mississippi’s most isolated and disconnected areas. Areas that received funding are certain census blocks not covered with broadband service as defined by the FCC (25 mbps download, 3 mbps upload). To be awarded the grant, the electric cooperatives must first agree to spend the monies in areas that lack service, match every dollar of grant funds with private funds and provide symmetrical speeds of 100 mbps upload and download to locations in the area. The portion of each project funded by the grant program must be operational by December 30th.

“The last round of grants completes the package to accelerate broadband expansion in some of our most disconnected communities,” said Commissioner Presley. “Many of the electric co-ops are already off and running on broadband expansion and these additional funds will help their mission of getting to the last house on the most rural road. Again, I want to thank Lt. Governor Hosemann, Speaker Gunn, Sen. Joel Carter, Rep. Scott Bounds and the members of the Legislature that fought so hard for this funding.”

The amount of each second round award is listed below.


Provider Name Award Amount
  • Alcorn County Electric Power Association                    $519,799.59
  • Delta Electric Power Association                                   $468,994.00
  • East Mississippi Electric Power Association                 $574,174.00
  • 4-County Electric Power Association                            $574,174.00
  • Monroe County Electric Power Association                  $402,559.00
  • Natchez Trace Electric Power Association                    $417,209.00
  • North East Mississippi Electric Power Association       $392,217.78
  • Northcentral Electric Power Association                       $263,163.00
  • Prentiss County Electric Power Association                 $478,478.00
  • Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association            $431,851.00
  • Tippah Electric Power Association                               $574,174.00
  • Tishomingo County Electric Power Association          $453,835.00
  • Tombigbee Electric Power Association                        $401,825.00

                                                                                     Total $5,952,453.37

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Thomson International Inc. Conducts Voluntary Recall of Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions Because of Possible Salmonella Risk

Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020 through the present. The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

The onions were distributed in 5 lbs. carton. 10 lbs. carton. 25 lbs. carton. 40 lbs. carton, 50 lbs. carton. bulk, 2 lb. mesh sacks, and 3 lb. mesh sacks, 5 lb. mesh sacks, 10 lb. mesh sacks 25 lbs. mesh sacks, 50 lbs. mesh sacks under the brand names Thomson Premium, TLC Thomson International, Tender Loving Care, El Competitor, Hartley’s Best, Onions 52, Majestic, Imperial Fresh, Kroger, Utah Onions and Food Lion.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve red, white, yellow, or sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. or products containing such onions. If you cannot tell if your onion is from Thomson International Inc., or your food product contains such onions, you should not eat, sell, or serve it, and should throw it out.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that may be linked to these onions, so Thomson International is recalling the onions out of an abundance of caution. As of now no specific source of contamination or contaminated shipment has been identified, and FDA is also investigating other potential sources of contamination and has not yet reached a final conclusion.

State Health Officer Issues Immediate Statewide Order

JACKSON, Miss. – Today State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs MD, MPH, issued a statewide order for the Isolation of Individuals Diagnosed with COVID-19 effective immediately.

The Order – issued to everyone living in Mississippi – stipulates that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home.

Dobbs explains, “We have a lot of COVID activity throughout the state right now, so it is absolutely critical that anyone infected with COVID-19, and not hospitalized, must remain in the home or other appropriate residential location for 14 days from onset of illness (or from the date of a positive test for those who are asymptomatic).”

The failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is, at a minimum, a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500.00 (41-3-59) or imprisonment for six months or both. If a life-threatening disease is involved, failure or refusal to obey the lawful order of a health officer is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.00 or imprisonment for up to five years or both (41-23-2).

Persons infected with COVID-19 should limit exposure to household contacts. No visitors should be allowed in the home. Please stay in a specific room away from others in your home. Use a separate bathroom if available. If you need to be around others in your home, you should wear a facemask. Please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html for guidance on preventing transmission in the home.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

FDA MedWatch: Hand Sanitizers:

The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination.

The agency is aware of people ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due
to its toxic effects. FDA maintains a list of FDA-tested and recalled hand sanitizers on the agency’s website, which will be continually updated as dangerous products are discovered. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing.

Do not use any products on this list of hand sanitizers with potential methanol contamination, and continue checking this list often as it is being updated daily. This list outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product that has been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol. FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers from these companies, or products with these names or NDC numbers.

The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

The FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
After going to the bathroom
Before eating
After coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose
If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

Health professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report online.
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

ECCC PBL Students Receive National Honors During Virtual Awards Competition

Eighteen East Central Community College Phi Beta Lambda students were honored recently when the group held its national awards night Friday, July 24, on the Decatur campus.

Award recipients and their respective categories include Beth Fortner of Port Gibson and Caleb McGrew of Meridian, first place, Business Law; Luke Wall of Decatur and McGrew, first place, Business Sustainability; Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia and Janna Ford of Carthage, first place, Community Service; Hannah Stokes and Carly Greenwood, both of Philadelphia, first place, Integrated Marketing Campaign; Tucker Cain of Carthage, Ford, Brian Pace of Collinsville, and Carly Greenwood and Hannah Stokes, both of Philadelphia, first place, Parliamentary Procedure; Toni Hilliard of Wesson, Nathan Lampley of Louisville, and Genesis Lyons of Decatur, first place, Strategic Analysis and Decision Making; Justice Battle of Lake and Daniel Triplett of Nanih Waiya, second place, Computer Animation; Camilla Addy of Decatur and Jerry Davidson of Philadelphia, second place, Social Media Marketing; Davidson and Cezar Arroyes-Torres of Morton, third place, Financial Services; Wall, fourth place, public speaking; Arroyes-Torres, sixth place, Local Chapter Annual Business Report; and Jamie Pogue of Forest, seventh place, Administrative Technology.

Christy Ferguson, Thomas Fortenberry, Judy Hurtt, Lisa Lampton and Bobby Hebert serve as advisors.

ECCC Phi Beta Lambda students receiving national awards included (top row, from left) Beth Fortner of Port Gibson, Caleb McGrew of Meridian, Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia, and Luke Wall of Decatur; (second row, from left) Brian Pace of Collinsville, Hannah Stokes of Philadelphia, Tucker Cain of Carthage, and Carly Greenwood of Philadelphia; (third row, from left) Genesis Lyons of Decatur, Nathan Lampley of Louisville, Toni Hilliard of Wesson, and Justice Battle of Lake; and (bottom row, from left) Jerry Davidson of Philadelphia, Camilla Addy of Decatur, Cezar Arroyes-Torres of Morton, and Jamie Pogue of Forest. Award winners not pictured are Janna Ford of Carthage and Daniel Triplett of Nanih Waiya.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hostess Brands, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Hostess® Raspberry Zingers® Due to the Potential for Mold

Hostess Brands, LLC (“Hostess Brands”) is voluntarily recalling certain Hostess® Raspberry Zingers® because the product may develop mold prior to the best by date.

This recall applies to the following Raspberry Zinger® products:
ProductItem UPCBatchBest By Date
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Multi-Pack fresh)888109110604H06122400008/26/2020
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Multi-Pack frozen)888109110604H061524000 
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Single-Serve fresh)888109010089H06122400008/26/2020
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Single-Serve frozen)888109010089H061424000 
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Single-Serve grocery 3 count)888109010089H0612240008/26/2020
The products were sold to mass merchandisers, grocery stores, distributors, dollar and discount stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States.

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.

This recall does not affect any other Hostess Brands products.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Just In - Louisville Municipal School District Delays School Start Until At Least August 20th

The following statement has just been released by the Louisville Municipal School District:

Although the return to school safety plan was approved, the actual start date of school remains a matter of consideration. Due to the rising number of COVID cases and continued preparation for a safe return to school, the LMSD will delay the start date of school to August 20, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates through social media.

Winston County Added To Mandatory Mask List

Governor Tate Reeves added six more counties to the list of counties where the mandatory use of masks in public is required. Expressing concerns over the capabilities of health care to provide ICU services due to the number of COVID-19 across the state. this brings the total number of counties with mandates to 29. the six newest counties added to the list include Calhoun, Lamar, Holmes, Montgomery, Winston and Yalobusha. These counties have infection rates equivalent to 500 per 100,000 population.

Reeves also announced additional restrictions statewide - limiting social gatherings to 10 individuals inside and 20 individuals outdoors, prohibiting alcohol sales after 11:00 pm in restaurants and bars and requiring that customers be seated before alcohol is served. Reeves noted that the largest outbreak across the state is in the 20-29 age group.

The following excerpt is from the Governor's website and details the mandate for Winston and the additional 28 counties included:

For all businesses:
  • All businesses are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and encouraging sick employees to stay home.
  • All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
  • Based on their duties and responsibilities, employees who are unable to maintain at least 6 feet distance from others must wear a face covering throughout their shift, such as a face mask. Their face coverings must be cleaned or replaced daily.
  • Hand sanitizer must be provided to all employees, which can include a hand rub or soap.
For retail businesses (in addition to measures above):
  • Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
  • All customers must wear a face covering while inside the retail business.
  • Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances, in or near bathrooms, and at cashier stations.
  • Retail businesses are expected to make all efforts to maintain a 6-foot distance between customers at all times.
  • Carts, baskets, and other similar surfaces touched by customers must be sanitized after each use. Other high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.

For people out in public:
  • Everyone must wear face coverings when at public gatherings or in a shopping environment.
  • People must maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others.
  • Further limits on social gatherings: down to no more than 10 indoors and 20 outdoors.

Former Mississippi State Standout Joins ECCC Softball Coaching Staff

Kat Moore, a First-Team All Southeastern Conference outfielder for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs during the 2019 season, is the newest member of the East Central Community College softball coaching staff.

ECCC’s head softball coach Leigh White completed her staff for the 2021 season with the hiring of Moore. Former Lady Warrior and National Junior College Athletic Association Division II First Team All-American Mahalia Gibson joined the staff earlier this month.

“We are extremely excited to have a player of Kat Moore’s ability join our coaching staff at East Central Community College,” said White. “She was an outstanding player at Mississippi State, and she will also be an outstanding softball coach. Kat and Mahalia will help our players to be the best they can be on the softball field, as well as prepare them for productive lives.”

Moore started 55 games for Mississippi State in her senior season in 2019, hitting .343, with seven doubles and career highs of four triples and 13 home runs. The 13 homers in a season puts Moore tied for eighth all time for the Bulldogs. In addition to her All-SEC Team accolades, Moore was named to the NCAA Seattle Regional All-Regional Team during postseason play.

She started 56 contests her junior season in 2018 and hit .334, which was second best on the team. Moore appeared in 49 games in 2017, with 48 starts and hit .304. She played in 32 contests with 13 starts as a freshman in 2016.

Moore’s career batting average of .324 ties for 10th all-time for the Bulldogs.

A native of Holly Springs, Moore prepped at Marshall Academy where she was All-Conference four seasons and All-State three seasons. She hit .560 as a senior.

She received her bachelor’s degree in criminology from Mississippi State in 2019.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Presley Announces Fifteen Mississippi Electric Cooperatives Apply for State CARES ACT Grant Funds for Broadband

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has announced that fifteen Mississippi electric power associations have applied for grants to expand high-speed internet access. Of the applicants, 13 of the 15 serve customers in the Northern District.

These funds were made available by the Mississippi Legislature from Federal money set aside to assist the state with issues related COVID-19 recovery.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital divide has become even more evident,” said Commissioner Presley. “Businesses are trying to reopen and return to normal as much as possible and schools are looking to move forward with plans to teach students in the coming months. Reliable, high-speed internet service is essential to these plans and these funds will go a long way in bringing that service to areas that are currently either making do with what they have or just doing without.”

Presley continued: “One of the biggest issues our co-ops have faced is funding for these projects. The announcement of these funds today is a giant leap forward for these companies.”

“I want to thank the Legislature, especially House Speaker Phillip Gunn, Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann, Senate Energy Committee Chairman Joel Carter and House Public Utilities Committee Chairman Scott Bounds, for setting these funds aside to move rural Mississippi forward,” said Presley. “Without their leadership and forward-thinking on this issue, many of the plans this money will go toward would be sitting on shelves collecting dust. Instead, this will get many shovel-ready projects going to serve our citizens and move our state forward.”


A chart with the project amounts is below.

CARES Act Project Totals


Grant Amount

Match Amount

Total Project Amount

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Monroe County




Natchez Trace




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Prentiss County




Tallahatchie Valley








Tishomingo County













Tuesday, July 21, 2020

2020 Louisville Lions Club Golf Tournament Winners

The Louisville Lions Club would like to thank all of our sponsors, (Hole Sponsors) - Dan Whitfield, Louisville Dental Associates, McMillin Realty, Winston County Courthouse (Darlene Bane, Kim Ming, & Rusty Foster). (Team Sponsors) - Gentry's Paint & Body, Kansas City Southern Railroad, Renasant Bank and Winston Web News. (Corporate Sponsor) - Lake Tiak O'Khata. (Food & Drink Sponsor) - Vowell's Market Place and (Water Sponsor) - WalMart. We would also like to thank all the participants who came out to play, the Louisville Country Club and the grounds crew. We really appreciate all of you for helping  make this tournament a success, especially this year when COVID-19 has hit all of us hard.

Listed below are the winners of this years tournament.

First Place: Esther and Scott Ming

Second Place: Dan Whitfield and Dusty Rigdon

Third Place Chris Covington and Justin Bates

Fourth Place Jimmy Marlowe and Tommy Marlowe

Closest to the Hole: Jimmy Marlowe

Longest Drive : Esther Ming & Tom Bush

ECCC Announces 2020 Cosmetology Program Graduates

Seventeen students graduated in July from the 12-month cosmetology program at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Those graduates include:


  • Deena Scott Adkins of Union
  • Dakota Brown of Chunky
  • Ta’Erynea Culberson of McCool
  • Emily Daniel of Philadelphia
  • Allyson Dufour of Bailey
  • Precious-Aniya Floyd of Louisville
  • MaryDrew Hall of Meridian
  • Nakita Johnson of Newton
  • Natalie Haiden Kirkland of Philadelphia
  • Marion Ming of Louisville
  • Meredith Reid of Union
  • Kelly Rosas of Forest
  • Makenzie Smith of Decatur
  • Anna-Grace Tingle of Philadelphia
  • Ariana Wells of Forest
  • MiKayla Wilcher of Carthage
  • Anna Wooten of Carthage


ECCC’s cosmetology program prepares students to become licensed cosmetologists and has the approval of the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Mississippi Board of Cosmetology, along with the support and approval of beauty salon owners and operators throughout the state.

Students complete 1,500 clock hours of training during the yearlong program.

For more information on the program, contact cosmetology instructor Aubrie Howell at ahowell@eccc.edu.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020

40 ECCC Student-Athletes Recognized Nationally for Academic Success

Forty East Central Community College student-athletes have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association for their academic performance during the 2019-2020 school year.

In addition to individual awards, the ECCC women’s tennis team garnered the 2019-20 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year award for that sport with a 3.83 grade-point average.

The NJCAA presents awards in three categories: NJCAA All-Academic First Team (for those achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average), NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80 to 3.99 GPA), and NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60 to 3.79 GPA).

Receiving NJCAA All-Academic First Team and their respective high schools were Mackenzie Alford (women’s soccer) of Kosciusko, Dylan Barnett (men’s tennis) of Newton County, Hannah Dufault (softball) of East Central in Hurley, Kelli Ficken (softball) of Central Hinds Academy, Marla Graham (women’s tennis) of Newton County Academy, Vanessa Martinez (women’s soccer) of Kosciusko, Sidney Rone (softball) of Ethel, and Ali Grace Walker (women’s soccer/tennis) of Newton County.

Receiving NJCAA All-Academic Second Team were Landree Amis (softball) of Newton County, Leah Anderson (women’s soccer) of Huntingdon, England, Kelsea Archer (women’s soccer) a home schooler from Purvis, Gracey Baucum (softball) of Purvis, Natalia Beltran (women’s tennis) of Bogota, Colombia, Dylan Bond (baseball) of Lewisburg, Jesse Boydstun (baseball) of Winston Academy, Parker Breland (softball) of Union, Savannah Jones (softball) of Leake Academy, Daelyn Kell (women’s soccer) of Ocean Springs, Brooklyn King (softball) of George County, Jonathan Knight (men’s basketball) of Vancleave, Anna McNeer (softball) of Canton Academy, Raphael Salles (men’s soccer) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Laila Sisson (women’s tennis) of Neshoba Central, Susie Stevison (women’s soccer) of Long Beach, Kailee Swindle (softball) of Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Tri Vaughan (baseball) of Washington School in Greenville, Kaylee Webb (softball) of Ruston, La., and Hayden Sullivan (women’s soccer) of Florence.

Receiving NJCAA All-Academic Third Team were Gavin Bailey (baseball) of Newton County, Kayla Baucum (women’s tennis) of Newton County, Courtney Gill (women’s tennis) of Leake Academy, Lorin Greene (women’s soccer) of Richland, Joel Hill (men’s soccer) of Newton County, Robert Holifield (football) of Stringer, Josie Hurst (women’s tennis) of Newton County, Tanner Knight (baseball) of Eupora, George Mota (men’s soccer) of Fortaleza, Brazil, Payton Rogers (football) of Forest, Alejandra Vargas (women’s tennis) of Bogota, Colombia, and KeiMoya Walker (women’s basketball) of Jackson Murrah.

East Central Community College to Fully Reopen Campus Beginning July 13

The East Central Community College campus in Decatur will fully reopen to students and the general public beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13.

The college’s centers in Philadelphia, Choctaw, Louisville, Forest, and Carthage will also reopen to visitors on July 13.

The ECCC campus has been closed to students and visitors since March 16, with classes transitioning to online and alternate delivery formats for the remainder of the spring semester, and both the June and July summer semesters.

Employees have been transitioning back to work over the past few weeks, with the college fully staffed Monday through Friday beginning Monday, July 6.

Current office hours on the main campus in Decatur are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to Noon on Friday.

“The college’s Pandemic Response Team and now the Reopening of Campus Task Force have worked hard over the past few months to put us in a position to begin reopening our campus,” said ECCC President Dr. Brent Gregory. “Our number one priority remains the health and safety of not only our students and visitors, but also our faculty and staff. We ask that all those who come to campus or one of our centers around the district adhere to the health and safety protocols implemented by the college and posted throughout the campus.”

Those needing to visit an office on campus must adhere to all college health and safety protocols, including, but not limited to, social distancing (at least six feet), wearing a mask, washing hands regularly, and using hand sanitizer provided inside the entrance of each college building. Those individuals with a fever, who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or exhibit any of the symptoms associated with the virus as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mississippi State Department of Health are asked not to come to campus or to one of the off-site locations across the five-county district.

The college also requests that students and visitors come to campus alone if possible to limit the number of people on campus at any one time.

Assistance with admissions, registration, financial aid, online classes, and other areas associated with attending ECCC is also available via email, telephone, or Zoom virtual meeting. Appointments can be scheduled by completing and submitting the form located at www.eccc.edu/go-virtual.

ECCC continues to make plans to resume in-person, on-campus classes beginning with the fall 2020 semester. Fall 2020 full-term day and evening on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 17. Online classes begin Monday, Aug. 24.

The fall 2020 semester will end the week of Thanksgiving so that students do not have to return to campus after the Thanksgiving holiday. The abbreviated fall term calendar will allow students to return home for several weeks to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus during a period when there is predicted to be an increase in the number of cases.

The abbreviated fall term academic calendar will be accomplished by using Fridays and other open dates and holidays to fully complete classes and labs. ECCC moved to a four-day class schedule in spring 2016, with Fridays open for studying and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Online classes conducted by the Mississippi Virtual Community College could extend past the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gregory said the Reopening of Campus Task Force that includes Instruction, Student Services, and Health and Safety committees continues to work on the plan to safely resume in-person classes beginning with the fall 2020 term.

Registration for any ECCC academic term can be done online at www.eccc.edu using the Student tab under the myEC portal, which includes all the information students need to register, including course schedules and academic calendars.

In order to register, students must complete the admissions process: complete and submit the Application for Admission; submit ACT or Accuplacer scores, which are used for placement in English and math; and submit high school or college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who need assistance registering for classes once logged in to myEC should contact registration@eccc.edu. Students who have questions about their admissions status or who need help in applying to attend ECCC should contact the Office of Admissions at sholling@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207.