Auburn, Alabama To Battle For West Crown

brad logan.jpgThe Southeastern Conference has a storied history, both past and
present. The SEC Western Division is synonymous for a tactic known as
“three yards and a cloud of dust.” While philosophies have changed,
don’t expect the coaching brethren to shy away from the running attack.
A former coach once summed up the SEC a few years ago in reference to
the dedication of the players that light up the scoreboard each
Saturday. “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would
do it. The ‘hard’ is what makes it great.”

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Local Teams Play Well At World Series

Bruce 7-8 (Cal Chick Bratz), 9-10 (Gator Girls), and 11-12 (Twisted
Sisters) year old girls’ softball teams all participated in World
Series play this past weekend in Southaven.

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Mattie Usher

After over 30 years at Kellwood in Calhoun City, Mattie Usher of Bruce
is doing what she loves–cooking. She is a part-time cook at Rainbow
Kids’ Day Care and at Westside Grill both in Bruce. She’s been cooking
since she was 10 years old and the first thing she learned to cook is
something that she says she just can’t make turn out right
anymore–biscuits.

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Barbour, McCoy Play Chicken With Medicaid

Gov. Haley Barbour and Speaker of the House Billy McCoy’s battle over
how to solve the $90 million shortage in the state’s Medicaid budget
has little to do with Medicaid. It is simply a game of political
chicken in which each is waiting to see if the other will flinch.

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Evelyn Poteete

Evelyn Hayles Poteete, 90, of Bruce, died Monday, July 28, 2008 at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born October 8, 1917 in Springdale community, the daughter of James Carter and Lillie Mae Jenkins Hayles. She was a homemaker, an Avon sales representative, and a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

James “Fat” Thomas

James C. (Fat) Thomas, 61, formerly of Calhoun City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2008 at St. Mary Hospital in Milwaukee, Wi. with his family at his side.

Ruby Thompson

Ruby McGee Thompson, 77, of Orem, Utah, died July 19, 2008 at her home. She was born July 16, 1931 in Calhoun County, to Ethel and James Branyon McGee, and was raised in Bruce. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Blue Mountain and taught high school business for two years. After marrying, she moved to Louisiana, then Utah, where she worked at Geneva Steel for 25 years, retiring in 1986. She was a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Provo for many years and during recent years, enjoyed activities with the Red Hat Club and her friends at the Orem Senior Center.

Lee Edward Jackson

Lee Edward Jackson, 68, of Bruce, died Thursday, July 24, 2008. His funeral service is today, Wednesday, at 1 p.m. at Jackson Chapel in Bruce with Rev. Tony Tillman officiating. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sue Upshaw

Susan “Sue” Boland Upshaw, 64, of Calhoun City, died Monday, July 28, 2008 at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born June 1, 1944, the daughter of Emmett and Mary Lester Boland. She was a homemaker and member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church and the Tri-Community Homemakers Club.

Bobby Joe Hughes

Bobby Joe Hughes, 49, of Sallis and formerly of Vardaman, died Saturday, July 26, 2008 at his home. He was a retired factory worker.