Three area high schools held commencement ceremonies last week. Things started off on Thursday when early rain left the Union High School football field too soggy to hold the graduation ceremony, moving the event into the high school gym.
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The Newton County Academy tennis teams swept both boys and girls South State titles last week as the host school at East Central Community College.
The NCA girls won two individual events, sweeping both girls doubles events and edging out Brookhaven by half a point to win the Class AA South State title.
The next stop for the East Central Community College baseball team is the region playoffs, as the Warriors split a doubleheader with the Northwest Saturday at Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
East Central won the opener 10-7, while Northwest grabbed the nightcap 12-6 in the final regular season games for both schools.
Longtime women’s collegiate basketball coach and current academic administrator Paul Nixon of Senatobia will be the next Director of Athletics at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Nixon will replace Chris Harris, the college’s Dean of Personnel Services/Athletics who retires next month after 14 years at ECCC.
Newton County’s unemployment rate fell again for March from 4.6 percent in February to 4.5 percent according to date from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
Newton County was tied with five other counties (Jones, Lauderdale, Leake, Lowndes and Webster) for the 32nd lowest unemployment rate in the state.