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.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Welcome to Your Mississippi Library

April 4-10th, 2021 is National Library Week and the Winston County Library will be celebrating a little differently this year. While there will be no large gatherings in our meeting room for author events or luncheons honoring our City and County leaders for their continued support for the library, we will be hosting a few events that everyone can enjoy.

Beginning Monday, April 5th, you can go on our faceBook page and guess the number of candy pieces in the jar on our circulation counter. Once you see the jar of candy online, then call 662-773-3212 and tell us your guess. Or you can come in the library and see it for yourself! The winner gets the jar of candy!

On Tuesday, April 6th, our children’s librarian Andrea McHenry will do a special virtual storytime on our faceBook page, so be sure and watch for this!

On Thursday, April 8th, we will host a mobile blood drive from 11-2pm in front of the library. Please call 662-773-3212 to make an appointment.

And on Friday, April 9th, there will be a plant swap from 9-1 in front of the library. Thanks to our local garden clubs for participating in this fun event. Just in time for your spring garden planting!

We are so blessed to have this wonderful building here in Louisville. I’ve been to many libraries in Mississippi, and The Winston County Library is one of the most beautiful ones there is – inside and out. People visiting from out of town marvel at how warm and inviting it is. But more important than having an impressive piece of architecture, the staff and patrons and local officials who support the library services are priceless to this community. We offer so many free services to everyone that cannot be found anywhere else.

We truly do want to Welcome You To Your Mississippi Library!

Submitted by: Beth Edwards

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Library Closing Today

The Winston County Library will be closing at 12:30 today due to severe weather coming our way.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Missing Child

 Ten year old Bane Ingram has been missing since around 4 pm yesterday from his residence on Rural Dempsey Road in Winston County. He is a possible runaway. If anyone has info or has seen this child, please call the Winston County Sheriff Dept at 662-773-5881 or Chief Deputy Keith Alexander 662-263-6236.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Weather Issues Today!!

 Much of Mississippi and parts of Alabama are under a level 5 severe weather/tornado risk today and into the morning hours tomorrow. Please continue to monitor all sources of information. The major concerns for Winston County begins this afternoon and into the evening. 

Make any preparations now and look out for those that may be more vulnerable. Area storm shelters will be open when and if necessary but remember - pets are not allowed.

If you do not have CodeRed Weather alert - here is a link to download:

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Stellar Hitting Highlights Split with Jones College

The East Central Community College Warriors split games with the No. 12 Jones College Bobcats on Wednesday. After a dominating, 20-3, ECCC victory in game one, the Bobcats grabbed a win in the nightcap, 9-3. The games move the Warriors to 10-6 overall on the year and to the top spot in MACCC play with a 7-1 conference record. Jones moves to 13-9, 6-2.

Game One | W, 20-3

Scoring was no issue for the Warriors in the series opener as back-to-back three-run frames started things off for ECCC. Amani Larry (Bossier City, La.), Jesse Boydstun (Louisville), and Clayton Cook (Mize) all picked up early RBIs in the high-scoring contest.

Jones scratched in three in the third, but the Warriors' big innings did not come until the fourth and fifth as the team plated five and seven runs, respectively. Most runs were manufactured from solid hitting by ECCC, while a few were walked in from Bobcat pitching. Kade Turnage (Picayune) and Conner Hicks (Stringer) both hit RBI-doubles in the scoring onslaught, while numerous Warriors posted RBI singles, groundouts, and sacrifices.

The Warrior defense got a double-play in the bottom of the fifth to help wrap the game up with a 20-3, run-rule victory.

Cook and Larry led the Warriors with two hits each, while Cook posted a team-high three RBIs. Hicks, Larry, Turnage, and R.J. Fletcher (St. Martin) all finished with a pair of runs driven in, while six other Warriors posted one.

Jeremy Martin (Slidell, La.) was the winning pitcher for ECCC. The southpaw went two innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two. Hayden West (Decatur) and Miles Miller (Toomsuba) entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Zach Flaskamp took the loss for Jones. He went one and one-third innings, allowing six runs on four hits and striking out three.

Game Two | L, 9-3

East Central kept the pressure on the Bobcats as game two started with a run on an error and a sacrifice fly from Boydstun in the top of the first.

The Bobcats hit back in the bottom of the second with five runs, their biggest frame of the day. Only two of the Bobcats runs were driven in during that rally.

Eli Harrison (Little Rock) posted a groundout-RBI in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-3, but that was the Warriors' last run on the night.

Jones poured in an additional four runs in the bottom of the sixth, and ECCC could not answer in the top of the seventh, finalizing the 9-3 score.

Cook, Larry, Fletcher, Hicks, and Austin Lee (Madison) all posted hits in the game, while Boydstun, Larry, and Harrison had the lone RBIs for ECCC.

Roper Ball took the loss on the bump as he surrendered five runs on five hits over four innings, striking out three. Walker Johnson (Mantee) entered the game in relief and fanned two batters.

Up Next

The Warriors are back at home this Saturday, March 13 as the team plays host to the ICC Indians at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. The first pitch of the MACCC doubleheader is set for 2 and 5 p.m. Fans that cannot attend the games can watch live at

For more information on East Central's athletic teams please follow our social media pages on Twitter (@ECCCAthletics) and on Facebook (ECCCAthletics).

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Named a Star Library

The Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) was recently named a “Star Library” by the Mississippi Library Commission for FY2019, marking the first time in the system’s history it has received the award. The Mississippi Star Library award is given to libraries with outstanding statistical performance in a several categories, including the number of registered users, items circulated, program attendance, public computer and internet usage, database use, books lent throughout the state, and items withdrawn.

“It is truly an honor for our library system to be recognized as a Star Library,” said Josh Haidet, Executive Director. “We could not possibly have attained this status without our dedicated library staff, the guidance of our trustees, the backing of our elected officials, and the support of the local communities we serve.”

Haidet also credited the evolution of the library system over the years as a factor in winning the award. “Our focus has always been on serving our guests and meeting the needs of the residents in Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston County,” said Haidet. “We are constantly changing and adapting to meet the needs of our communities. For example, we have recently been focused on adding improved digital content such as our new eBook and eAudiobook offerings, free online tutoring sessions, and the library’s new website. We are excited for the future.”

For more information, 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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

McElroy Seals Victory for ECCC

McElroy winning dunk
With just six seconds on the clock, ECCC sophomore Timothy McElroy (DeKalb) threw down a right-handed dunk to put the Warriors up by one point over the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves. The 6'9 center followed the big play with another as he blocked the would-be Co-Lin game-winner at the buzzer, securing the Warriors' second win of the year, 82-81. The Warriors move to 2-10 overall on the year while the Wolves fall to 3-9.

"Our guys are starting to learn lessons from these challenging losses we've had this year, and are starting to apply those lessons, so I believe some winning is coming to this program," said ECCC head coach Rahim Lockhart. "McElroy has a lot on his shoulders, he missed a layup late but dug deep and got that dunk and block, which showed me that he is really improving especially when he is fatigued late in the game...I'm just very proud of our guys and our sophomores that stepped up tonight."

The Warriors were on fire from the opening tip as just five minutes into the contest the lead was 21-2. The hot start came from several Warriors, but Landyn Shows (Petal) let his presence be known as he netted back-to-back three-pointers early. The sophomore would go on to make two more in the first half. Other big baskets in the opening minutes came from Devin Carter (Louisville), Darien Newchurch (Jackson), Tate Ryder (Hattiesburg), Matthew Mackey (Flowood), and JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.). The impressive team effort and hustle on both ends of the floor allowed the Warriors to grow the lead to 27-6 at the midway mark in the first half.

The Wolves made some big threes late in the first half and chipped at the lead, but ECCC was up by 14, 44-30, going into the locker rooms.
The second half saw another explosive start as ECCC leaped back up to a game-high 21-point lead, 51-30. The Warriors would hang on to that advantage until an 11-1 Co-Lin run that featured three, three-pointers from Dee Merriweather cut the lead to eight, 72-64, with just six minutes remaining. The Wolves continued to knock down shots in the final minutes and cut the lead until another Merriweather three put Co-Lin on top, 81-80, with just 42 seconds on the clock, the Wolves' first lead of the contest. After some misses, the Warriors had possession with 10 seconds on the clock. Carter drove to the basket and dropped a dime to McElroy for the go-ahead score before McElroy swatted the game away from Co-Lin.

The Warriors finished the night shooting 45 percent from the floor and 87 percent from the stripe, making 13-of-15 free throws. Carter finished the night with 18 points to lead the team in the scoring column, while Shows' four three-pointers helped him net 14 off the bench. Demajion Topps (Winona) and Wilson finished with 13 points each. McElroy finished the night with a game-high 13 rebounds.

Co-Lin was led by Merriweather's 28 points as he rattled home seven three-pointers. Demarcus Ellzey hit an additional five three-pointers for the Wolves to finish with 15 points. Overall Co-Lin shot 39 percent from the field and was 16-for-38 from three-point range for 42 percent.

The Warriors are on the road next Monday, March 15 as the team travels to Utica to take on the Hinds Bulldogs in one of the final two regular-season games of the year. That contest tips at 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Warriors Take Down No. 7 PRCC

Jesse Boydstun
The East Central Community College Warriors silenced the big bats of No. 7 Pearl River Community College as they picked up two wins to sweep the Wildcats. The wins move the Warriors to 7-5 on the year and to 4-0 in MACCC play. Pearl River falls to 10-4.

Game One | W, 7-5

The Warriors jumped all over the Wildcats early in the game one as three runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the first. A pair of singles from 
Clayton Cook (Mize) and Amani Larry (Bossier City, La.) along with Roper Ball (Noxapater) reaching on an error loaded the bases. A passed ball scored Cook before Jesse Boydstun (Louisville) cleared them out with a standup double to push the lead to 3-0.

 Pearl River threatened in the top of the second by loading the bases, but solid pitching from Hayden West (Decatur) got the Warriors out of the jam to hold on to the lead. The Warriors kept the offensive momentum going in the second frame as an RBI single from Larry grew the lead to 4-0.

PRCC's Von Seibert cut the lead to three with one swing in the third with a solo homer to right field, but that was all the damage the Wildcats could do as Ball fanned the last batter to get out of the inning.

In the top of the fourth, John Griffin Bell knotted the game at 4-4 with a three-run homer to left-center field.

ECCC was able to respond with an RBI single from Cook. Cook advanced to third on an error before he decided to head home as the Wildcats seemed to think the play had ended. The heads-up baserunning put the Warriors on top, 6-4.

Pearl River's bats kept them in it in the top of the sixth as D.K. Donaldson hit a solo shot to pull the game within one, 6-5, but Kade Turnage (Picayune) stole home in the bottom of the eighth for an ECCC insurance run.

The Warriors got the Wildcats three-up-three-down in the top of the ninth with two strikeouts from Walker Johnson (Mantee) to seal the win.

Ball earned the win for the Warriors. Ball surrendered five runs on five hits over four innings, striking out five and walking zero. Johnson and West entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Johnson recorded the last nine outs to earn the save.

Turner Swistak picked up the loss for the Wildcats.

A pair of hits each from Cook and Larry led the Warriors at the plate, while Boydstun's two RBIs were a team-high.

Game Two | W, 4-3

The Warriors were the first on the scoreboard yet again in the nightcap with an RBI single from Austin Lee (Madison) in the top of the first. The score started some back-and-forth action between the clubs as the Wildcats got one in the top of the second before Cook picked up an RBI with a line-drive single to center field to regain the lead for the Warriors. As before, PRCC responded with a run in the top of the third, tying it at 2-2. 
Jeremy Martin

After several scoreless innings, Turnage drew a walk in the bottom of the sixth. J.T. Vance (Union) followed with a big-time triple to plate Turnage and put the Warriors on top, 3-2.

The Wildcats tied the game in the top of the seventh, 3-3, and the Warriors loaded the bags in the bottom of the frame but were unable to score which sent the game to extra innings.

Ty McCollough (Greenville) reached base on a single to lead things off in the bottom of the eighth. After a walk and another single, he was standing on third with just one out. A passed ball allowed him to bolt home and secure the 4-3 walk-off win.

Miles Miller (Toomsuba) earned the victory on the hill for the Warriors. The right-hander surrendered one run on zero hits over two and two-thirds innings, striking out two. Gates Pee (Clinton) and Jeremy Martin (Slidell, La.) entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Cook was electric for the Warriors as he posted four hits in five at-bats with an RBI to lead the way at the plate.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

PSC Charges Six Companies with Alleged No-Call Violations, Possible $7.4 Million in Fines, Issues Default Judgement Against Violator For $280,000

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission has charged six companies with 736 alleged violations of the Mississippi No-Call law.

The PSC’s investigation found that these companies made hundreds of illegal calls to Mississippians. Should these entities be found to have violated the No-Call law, they are subject to a combined total of $7,490,000 in fines. Additionally, the PSC issues a default order against Arrowbridge Holdings for thirty-two violations and a fine of $280,000.

Notices of alleged violations have been filed against
  • Alpha Marketing Group
  • Atlantic Auto Protection
  • Turnkey Auto, LLC
  • Student Loan Financial Assistance
  • National Brokers of America
  • CS Marketing, LLC
“Illegal telemarketers should know that we take consumer complaints seriously and that we will spare no effort in tracking them down and prosecuting them. While today’s announcements center on prosecutions, we also are taking steps in court to order payment of $280,000 also owed to the state,” said Commissioner Presley. “We intend to continue an aggressive effort in our investigations and in the courts to prosecute illegal telemarketers to the fullest extent of the law.”

Presley continues to encourage Mississippians to download the PSC’s smartphone app, which can be found by searching “PSC No-Call” in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. The app allows citizens to immediately report calls to the PSC from their mobile phones. Also, landline phones can be registered at or by calling Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722

A charge is an allegation in an enforcement action. The companies involved in this investigation will be afforded all rights of due process of law.