Andrea Williams of WTOK-TV in Meridian served as keynote speaker for the annual Black History Month program held Feb. 19, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur. Williams’ message for the evening was “Be Better, Not Bitter.” She said, “Black history is American history. It’s not saying that one group is better than another or that one group is more superior. It means that we all have worked together to make this country what it is today.” She continued, “Right has no color – black, white or any other. Right is what right is.” Williams also emphasized the importance of following the words of the Bible in everyday life. “The Bible is our guiding post in life and God shows us how to be better and not bitter. His son Jesus, who suffered so much, became better not bitter. That’s the example we all have to follow.” Williams joined the WTOK-TV staff in 1999 and currently serves as host of the popular Good Morning Meridian program. The ECCC Black History Month event is sponsored by the college’s Gospel Choir, which also performed. Mrs. Brenda K. Johnson serves as gospel choir sponsor.
Captains for the 2014 East Central Community College baseball team are sophomores (from left) Maxwell Harmon (10) of Meridian, an infielder/outfielder and product of Enterprise High School; John Morgan Berry (27) of Madison, a first baseman/outfielder from Madison Central High School; and Mason Woodrow (9) of Taylorsville, a right-handed pitcher and product of Taylorsville High School. The ECCC Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims. ECCC is located in Decatur.
Dr. Max Grivno, professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, will present Workshop of the Confederacy: East Mississippi in the Civil War, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Dr. Grivno’s presentation will be held in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria and is one of several special programs scheduled in association with The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition utilizing photographs from the National Archives and Records.
Dr. Grivno teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American History at USM. He is a former instructor at the University of Maryland, where he received his PhD.
He is a recipient of several honors at USM, including the Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award (2011) and the Faculty Senate/University President Award for Junior Faculty Research (2010).
Dr. Grivno is the author of The Gleanings of Freedom: Free Labor and Slavery along the Mason-Dixon Line, 1790-1860.
He has also published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly publications and has received numerous fellowships and grants.
Dr. Grivno is currently working on Bandits, Klansmen, Rioters, and Strikers; Violence in the Mississippi Black Belt, 1830-1916.
He is a member of the American Historical Association, Labor and Working Class History Association, Mississippi Historical Society, Organization of American Historians and Southern Historical Association.
The Smithsonian exhibit was officially unveiled during a Grand Opening ceremony held Monday, Feb. 24.
The free exhibition will be open to the public and on display from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Friday, March 28, in the Gordon Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. (The exhibition will be closed from March 8 – 16 due to the Spring Break holiday but will reopen Monday, March 17.)
The Way We Worked explores how work has become a central element in American culture during the past 150 years through documenting the lives of ordinary American workers.
The exhibit is a part of the “Museum on Main Street” project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.
Additional presentations and special events associated with The Way We Worked include the following:
Workforce Appreciation Day – Reception and Guest Luncheon, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. The featured speaker is Dr. G. Wallace Morgan, Professor Emeritus of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, who will discuss The Scope and Significance of the Poultry Industry in Mississippi.
Ovid Vickers, retired ECCC English instructor and local historian/author who will present, Work in Literature, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.
Senior Day – Exhibition is open to all visiting high school seniors during special activities planned Friday, March 28 and featuring former NFL coach and NBC’s Football Night in America commentator, Tony Dungy. Coach Dungy will provide remarks to the visiting seniors as part of the annual event.
For more information or to arrange a tour of the exhibit, please contact event coordinator/art instructor Chris Brady, at 601-635-6229 or email email@example.com, or Dr. Teresa Houston, vice president for instruction, 601-635-6202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sophomores on the 2014 East Central Community College baseball squad include (seated from left) first baseman Caleb Woods (22), a product of Leake Central High School; left-handed pitcher Cory Kitchens (15), Heidelberg Academy; outfielder/left-handed pitcher Jake Bush (4), Brookwood (Ala.) High School; outfielder Cojuante McMillian (5), Hamilton; outfielder Zach May, Newton County; and first baseman/outfielder John Morgan Berry (27), Madison Central; and (standing from left) infielder/outfielder Maxwell Harmon (10), Enterprise; right-handed pitcher Conner West (18), Taylorsville; right-handed pitcher Courtney Forbes (7), Columbia; right-handed pitcher Kale Fultz (34), Covington, Tenn.; right-handed pitcher Ty Hendrix (20), East Webster; and right-hander pitcher Mason Woodrow (9), Taylorsville. The Diamond Warriors are the defending MACJC State Baseball Champions. Neal Holliman serves as head coach. Assistants are Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims. ECCC is located in Decatur.
East Central Community College in Decatur recently held Grand Opening ceremonies for “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, which will be on display for several weeks on the Decatur campus. Executive director Stuart Rockoff (shown above) spoke on behalf of the Mississippi Humanities Council, which helps sponsor the event. The exhibit is designed “to rediscover the strength and spirit of American workers through rare archival images, compelling videos and fascinating interviews.” Several presentations and events are planned to supplement the Smithsonian exhibition. For more information, contact Chris Brady (601-635-6229 or email email@example.com) or Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction (601-635-6202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball team split decisions with Gadsden State Community College Tuesday, Feb. 25 on the Gadsden, Ala., campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors were edged 2-1 in the opener but rallied for a 7-2 victory in the nightcap.
Ty Buckley ripped an RBI double to lead EC’s offense in the first contest. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School.
Other hitters were Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, Morgan Porter of Enterprise and Makayla Kelly, a product of Nederland (Texas) High School, singles each. Porter scored the lone run.
Kendra Wilson took the loss on the mound. Wilson allowed two earned runs on five hits during the seven-inning matchup. She also fanned two batters and walked three. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.
In the second contest, EC’s offense came alive with Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School leading the attack by belting three singles each.
Buckley contributed a double and a single, and was credited with an RBI.
Also recording multiple hits were Amber McBroom of Brandon and Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, Each had two singles and an RBI.
Other hitters were Turner and Porter, RBI singles each.
Hayley Stephens of Union was also credited with an RBI.
Kelly picked up the win and allowed no earned runs on six hits. She also fanned three batters.
The Lady Diamond Warriors are now 12-2 on the 2014 campaign under head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley.
EC hosts Jones County Junior College Saturday, March 1. The twin bill begins at 1 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
These sophomore cheerleaders at East Central Community College received special recognition during the season-ending basketball games held Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus. Honorees and their respective high schools include (front row, from left) Jordan Landry, Newton County; Lindsey McCool, Winston Academy; Heather Johnson, Newton County; Mary Margaret Bailey, Philadelphia; Laken Fulcher, Nanih Waiya; and Kamaran Malone, Leake Academy; and (back row, from left) David Williams and Madison Stringer, both of Newton County; Payton Smith, Scott Central; Madison Herrington, Union; Hanna Kemp, Leake Academy; Maxey Parker, Noxapater; and Hannah Smith, Leake Academy. Pauline Karcher serves as cheer coach.
East Central Community College’s tennis squads split decisions with Hinds Community College in matches held Tuesday, Feb. 25 on the Decatur campus.
The Warriors cruised to an 8-1 victory while the Lady Warriors fell by a 6-3 margin.
EC winners in men’s singles were Juan Miranda of Morton, who beat Devonte Thomas, 0-6, 6-3, 12-10; Javon Yarbrough of Louisville, a 6-1, 6-2 victor over Aaron Gray; Brandon St. Clair, a product of Newton County High School, who defeated Jonathan Bethea, 6-2, 6-1; Ethan Rigdon of Union, who posted a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Melvin McNair; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy, who edged Austin Pevy in by a 6-3, 6-3 decision. Daniel Giles of Union dropped his match to Julian Johnson by a 7-5, 6-2 score.
The Warriors won all three doubles matches, as Miranda and Giles defeated Thomas/Gray, 9-7; Yarbrough and Moore beat Johnson/McNair, 8-4; and St. Clair and Rigdon clipped Bethea/Pevy, 8-3.
In women’s singles, EC winners were Amber Pierce of Leake Academy, who beat Jenneast Lofton, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; and Lauren Peterson of Forest, who edged Reagan Chisolm, 6-4, 6-4.
Hannah Peoples of Leake Academy fell to Brittany DeCamp, 6-1, 6-1; Alana Turner of Florence fell to Kelly Carlson, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9; Nan Hartness lost to C. Fox, 2-6, 6-2, 10-7; and Hannah Smith of Leake Academy dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to Jessica Parker.
Peoples and Hartness were the lone doubles winner, as they posted an 8-5 win over Carlson/Parker.
In other results, Turner and Pierce fell to DeCamp/Lofton, 8-1; and Katlyn Patrick and Kristine Jenkins, both of Forest, lost to Chisolm/Hicks by an 8-3 margin.
Dianne O’Neill serves as EC tennis coach.
East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball team recorded its second doubleheader sweep of Alabama Southern in 2014 by posting a 4-1 win in the opener followed by a 10-1 thumping in the nightcap Monday, Feb. 24 on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors improved to 11-1 under head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley following the non-division contests.
In the first game, Ty Buckley and Lindsey Beard each had solo home runs to lead the EC offense. Beard also contributed a single.
Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School. Beard is a graduate of Clarkdale High School.
Other EC hitters were Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, double; and Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, single.
Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the win. The sophomore hurler allowed no earned runs and four hits in the seven-inning matchup. She also fanned three batters and walked one. Wilson is a product of South Lamar (Ala.) High School.
The second contest was called after five innings.
EC hitters were Turner, two singles; Beard, Morgan Porter of Enterprise and Amber McBroom of Brandon, singles each.
Beard and McBroom led in RBIs with two each. Hayley Stephens of Union and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School were credited with an RBI each.
Makayla Kelly picked up the win, as the Nederland (Texas) High School product allowed one run on five hits. She also fanned a batter.
The Lady Diamond Warriors travel to Gadsden State Community College for a twin bill scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 25, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Gadsden, Ala., campus.
A doubleheader loss to rival East Mississippi Community College Friday followed by setbacks to Mineral Area and Holmes Community College squads Saturday in Goodman left East Central Community College’s baseball squad with a 4-6 mark on the young 2014 campaign.
In the twin bill with East Mississippi, the Diamond Warriors were edged 6-5 in the opener and were shut out 3-0 in the nightcap at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
Hunter Thrower, Dylan Little, Cody Daigle and Caleb Woods each had two singles to lead EC’s offense in the first contest. Thrower led in RBIs with two.
Thrower hails from Southeast Lauderdale High School; Little, Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala.; Daigle, Parkview Baptist High School in Addis, La.; and Woods, Leake Central.
Other hitters were Ben Cooley of South Jones, Ryan Ward of Madison Ridgeland Academy and Todd Hughes of Clarkdale, singles each.
Cooley, Hughes and Chance Whitten of South Panola were credited with an RBI each.
Jake Bush took the loss in relief. He went 3 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits. The southpaw from Brookwood (Ala.) High School fanned four batters and walked two.
In the second contest, EC hitters were Bush, Little, Woods, Thrower, Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central and Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy, singles each.
Starter Ran Ward was the losing pitcher, as the right-hander from MRA went six innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits. He also fanned five batters and walked three.
East Central participated in the Holmes Invitational held Saturday and Sunday in Goodman.
The Diamond Warriors fell 4-3 loss to Mineral Area and dropped a 5-4 decision to Holmes during Saturday competition.
Whitten doubled and singled and collected an RBI to lead EC’s offense against Mineral Area.
Fazende contributed a two-run double.
Other hitters were Bush and Ward, singles each.
Right-hander Ty Hendrix took the loss. He went five innings and allowed four runs on four hits. He also fanned four batters and walked two. Hendrix is a product of East Webster High School.
In the Holmes game, EC hitters were Thrower, double; and Bush, Ward and Hughes, singles each.
Thrower was also credited with an RBI and McCullough knocked in two runs.
Right-hander Conner West took the loss. West went two innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He fanned eight batters and walked three. He is a product of Taylorsville High School.
The Diamond Warriors travel to Mississippi Delta Community College Thursday, Feb. 27. Doubleheader action begins at noon on the Moorhead campus.
EC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.