Jaron Croft (left) of Decatur, a graduate of Newton County High School, is the recipient of the Dr. Conrad C. Barnes, Jr. Math and Science Scholarship at East Central Community College in Decatur. The $1,000 scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the life and work of Conrad Clement Barnes, Jr. D.M.D, and is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in math or one of the basic sciences at East Central. Dr. Barnes was a long-time resident of Newton County and practiced general dentistry in Natchez for more than 30 years. Also pictured is Romonica Evans, ECCC Career Center Director/Recruiter. For more information on the many endowed and other special scholarships available at ECCC, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, Executive Director for Foundation and Alumni Relations, at 601-635-6327 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The above students currently serve as members of the President’s Council at East Central Community College in Decatur. The President’s Council is comprised of leaders of all campus clubs and organizations and was established to provide better communications between student groups and the President’s office. Members and their respective organizations include (front row, from left) Jessica Brown of Lake, Business Club; Allie Killens of Saltillo, Student Body Association; Dr. Randall Lee, Vice President for Student Services; Conor Bell (secretary) of Carthage, EC Encore/Wo-He-Lo; Brooke Wilson (vice president) of Goodhope, Sigma Sigma Mu Tau; Dr. Billy Stewart, President; Emily Jacome-Cluff of Hickory, Wall O’ Sound Band; and Felica Robinson of Hickory, Diamond Darlings; (second row, from left) Taleesha Rice of Columbus, EC Surgical Technology Student Association; Chris Tramill of Newton, “Bon Appetite” Culinary Club; Hope Linch of Louisville, LPN Association; Yashica Ickom of Lake, Phi Beta Lambda; Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, Freshman Class; Mary Margaret Bailey of Philadelphia, Phi Theta Kappa; Brianna Parkman of Lake, Wesley Foundation; Kara Miller of Decatur, Ac’cents; Chelsey Smith of Brandon, Art Club; Delaney Kilgore of Hickory, ECCC Players; Emilee Cox of Forest, Centralettes; Joseph Aulds of Decatur, Alpha Alpha Epsilon; and Mantika Bell of Philadelphia, Native American Club; and (back row, from left) Thomas McClelland of Meridian, Gospel Choir; Warner Parkes of Louisville, Student Education Association; Kurt Simoneau of Louin, Association of Student Nurses; Duston Call of Philadelphia, Newman Society; Matthew Morris of Meridian, Baptist Student Union; Bailey Laird of Meridian, Environmental Club; Caleb Stallings of Enterprise, Students Against Destructive Decisions; Claire Griffin of Decatur, Concert Choir; Matthew Evans of Forest, Warrior Corps; Daniel Myrick of Flowood, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Taylor Gressett of Chunky, Sophomore Class; Tell Matuszewski of Raleigh, Resident Assistants; Michael Buntyn of Newton, Collegians; and William Milner of Lena, SkillsUSA. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Lee serve as sponsors of the President’s Council.
East Central Community College freshman baseball player Chance Whitten (right) is shown working the inflatable slides during Newton County Elementary School’s annual Fun Day. Whitten, a graduate of South Panola High School, was among several ECCC Diamond Warriors who assisted in the day’s activities as part of the team’s commitment to community service. Neal Holliman serves as ECCC head coach.
East Central Community College drafting and design technology instructor Chris Ryals (third from left) and several of his students recently traveled to Carthage to map the old cemetery mentioned in the original town layout in 1876. The survey will be used to assist Carthage Main Street and the Carthage Historical Commission in rehabilitating the cemetery, where several markers were vandalized and broken through the years. Ryals said surveys were completed and information gathered pertaining to 156 graves. He and his students plan a return trip to the cemetery to complete the community service project. The final map will show all the data about the graves with a detailed list of all grave data. Assisting Ryals were (from left) Ashley Devine of Carthage, Elizabeth Hunt of Louisville and Ryan McClendon of Forest. “We hope our efforts will provide a chain of evidence of the persons buried in the cemetery for genealogical purposes and a plan for rehabilitation by the city,” said Ryals. (Submitted Photo)
Former Major League Baseball player Marcus Thames visited his former teacher and mentor Lucille Wood following his recent induction in the East Central Community College Athletic Hall of Fame, which also includes the longtime Lady Warrior coach who is recognized as a pioneer in women’s athletics. Thames, a Louisville native as is Miss Wood, spent 15 years in Major League Baseball following a stellar career as a member of the late Jamie Clark’s Diamond Warrior squad at EC. Thames received NJCAA All-American, All-Region and MACJC All-State honors and helped lead the 1997 Diamond Warriors to a runner-up finish in the state tournament and a berth in the Region 23 Tournament en route to a record 40 season victories. Thames is shown displaying a plaque he received during the induction ceremony held as part of homecoming activities Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Decatur campus. Thames is continuing his MLB career as an assistant coach in the New York Yankees’ minor league system in Tampa, Fla. (Submitted Photo)
These Warrior Corps members at East Central Community College in Decatur participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk sponsored by the Newton Municipal School District. From left are Ashlyn Pullin and Taylor Townsend, both of Union; Courtney Elliott, Little Rock; Ben Killen, Union; Kardarius McClendon and Keifer Wolfe, both of Lake; Lauren Cantey, Collinsville; and Emily Gully, Louin. EC Student Services staff members Lanette Hanna and Romonica Evans serve as Warrior Corps sponsors.
Cast members for the East Central Community College production of “Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch,” a western comedy by Shubert Fendrich, include (front row, from left) Danielle Shelley, Sebastopol; Will Stokes, Philadelphia; Shelby Davis, Oxford; George Conner Bond, Brandon; Virginia Easley, Nanih Waiya; and Jeremy Hudson, DeKalb; and (back row, from left) Bristol Buffington, El Paso, TX; Delaney Kilgore, Newton; Chelsea Smith, Brandon; and Stephanie Neal, Edinburg. English instructor Stacey Pollock serves as director. The dinner theatre presentation is scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 14-16 (Thursday - Saturday) in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus. Tickets are $15 each and may be reserved by calling 601-635-6215.
“Hometown Heroes” captured top honors in the intramural flag football completion held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Team members include (kneeling from left) Percy Lewis, Morton; Jonathan Hunt, Louisville; Jeremiah Chapman, Newton; JaDarrias Patrick, Decatur; Davais Scharrer, Louisville; Charles Griffin, Carthage; and Rodrick Young, Newton; and (standing from left) Nick Nichols, Morton; Antonio Parrott, Walnut Grove; William Howington, Little Rock; and Devonte Gardner, Keondre’ Hodges, Kenadaria Watts, Walter Johnson and Coach Javaris Moore, all of Newton.
“Hoopers on the Field” finished second in the intramural football flag football competition held recently at East Central Community College in Decatur. Team members include (kneeling from left) Quintin Darden, Louisville; LaRomeo McKee, Forest; Carnail Minor, Starkville; and Matthew Everette, Winona; and (standing from left) Brian Wright, Kosciusko; Malcolm Stubbs, Jackson; Shedrick Fair, Aberdeen; and Dee Carter, Forest.
East Central Community College sophomore Ryan Godwin of Newton is shown as he performs God Bless America during halftime ceremonies of the Warriors’ football game with MS Gulf Coast Community College Thursday, Oct. 24 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. The season finale was designated as Military Appreciation Night. Military veterans and families were admitted free to the game and provided a meal during tailgating activities sponsored by the Warrior Club. Military veterans also served as honorary team captains and retired U.S. Marine Corps First Sergeant I. E. “Sarge” Wilkinson of Forest presented the game ball to ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart during pre-game activities. Wilkinson, who turns 92 in November, is a 30-year veterans and recipient of numerous honors for his service in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Godwin, a music major, is a member of the Ac’cents Show Choir, Concert Choir and the Collegians. He is a product of Newton County High School.