2018 ECCC Surgical Technology Graduates

Graduates of East Central Community College’s Surgical Technology Program received special recognition at the annual pinning ceremony held recently on the Decatur campus. Students who completed the 12-month program and their respective hometowns include (first row, from left) Ella Grace Robertson of Philadelphia, Nancy Jimenez of Union, Patricia Martin of Meridian, Gabrielle Pickett of Forest, and Tyla Harrison of Union; and (back row, from left) Trey Kellum of Newton, Lexi Grantham of Mize, Victoria Adams of Decatur, Tanisha McMullan... Read More.

Threatening emails target Mississippi businesses

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood Friday issued a warning to businesses about an international email scam.Emails surfaced Thursday at numerous businesses across the country, threatening to bomb the business if money in the form of bitcoin was not transferred to the sender.“The only action someone who receives this email should take is to report it to local law enforcement,” said Hood. “Our cyber crime investigators worked with local law enforcement yesterday to quickly identify this message as a scam... Read More.
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ECCC to Host High School Basketball Shootout Dec. 21-22

East Central Community College is hosting a girls and boys High School Basketball Shootout Dec. 21-22 in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the ECCC campus in Decatur.Admission is $7 per day.The schedule for the ECCC High School Basketball Shootout is:Friday, Dec. 21: Southeast Lauderdale vs. Natchez (girls), 2:30 p.m.; Southeast Lauderdale vs. Natchez (boys), 4 p.m.; Choctaw Central vs. Newton (girls), 5:30 p.m.; and Choctaw Central vs. Newton (boys), 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 22: Neshoba Central vs. Vicksburg (girls), 1 p.m.; Neshoba... Read More.

Woman arrested in Dollar General embezzlement

A woman was arrested in Clarke County Wednesday for embezzlement at a local Dollar General.Latina Nixon was an employee at the Shubuta store. Chief Deputy Barry White says the store's loss prevention department noticed Nixon was letting customers walk away with thousands of dollars in merchandise.White says the investigation is ongoing, and they're still trying to determine how much was embezzled from the store.Nixon was released on a $2,500 bond.
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Man sentenced for stealing veteran’s benefits

Tierun Bush, 56, of Jackson, was sentenced Thursday to serve 36 months in federal prison for aggravated identity theft and theft of government funds and property. Bush must also make full restitution.U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst says Bush used the name SSN and other identifiers of a military veteran to fraudulently receive narcotics, medical care, medical equipment, and housing assistance from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The fraud happened from 2005 to 2018.Bush, who is not a military... Read More.

Presley Applauds FCC Investigation into Cell Companies, Calls for Probe into Coverage Maps Provided at Point of Sale

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley applauded the Friday announcement by the Federal Communications Commission into possible false coverage maps provided to the federal regulatory body concerning a pending process for the funding of cellular towers. Presley praised the investigation but said that the issues the FCC is seeing in the filings by the companies is the same issue many consumers face daily when they buy a cell phone. Presley says that plenty of proof exists to show that maps... Read More.
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ECCC Closes for Christmas Holidays

East Central Community College in Decatur has closed all offices for the Christmas holidays. Offices will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.Orientation for new students for the spring 2019 semester will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. As part of Orientation, new students will register for spring classes. Students can still apply to attend ECCC for the spring 2019 semester by using the online application at www.eccc.edu/admissions.Day and evening... Read More.

Leake County Libraries dial-a-story “I’m not Santa” read by Mrs. Lachell Boyd

The new dial a story at Carthage Leake County Library this week is “I’m not Santa” by Jonathan Allen. This week’s guest reader is Mrs. Lachell Boyd.  Lachell Boyd and her husband Kendrick Boyd are natives of Carthage, MS.   Lachell Boyd is a proud assistant kindergarten teacher at Leake County Elementary.  She enjoys teaching and enlightening children of all ages.  You can hear this week’s story by dialing 601-267-7208 December 13, 2018 through December 20, 2018. Dial-a-story is available... Read More.