“Keep ‘em Flying”

The red and blue license plates with the helicopter bear the slogan my
late father-in-law S. Gale Denley came up with – “Keep ‘em Flying.” He ended his June 2, 2002 column with those words as an encouragement
to the Mississippi Legislature to help support The Med’s “Wings”
helicopter that serves North Mississippi. The Legislature at the time was denying a request to offer some funding
for The Med, which happens to be the primary Trauma I center for North
Mississippi. The next closest in Mississippi is the University Medical
Center in Jackson.

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School Board Wants AP Courses At Vo-Tech

The Calhoun County School Board took its first steps toward offering
students AP?(Advanced Placement) courses at the Career and Technical
Center during Monday’s meeting in Calhoun City. Board member Danny Harrelson, of Bruce, has pressed the issue for
months arguing all county students should have the opportunity to take
the more challenging courses for potential college credits. Currently,
Bruce High School is the only one that offers instructional AP courses
– history, biology, and English.

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Bruce Will Elect Next Mayor Tuesday

The lone mayor’s race in the county will be decided next Tuesday, May 5
when Bruce incumbent Mayor Robert Edward Oakley faces Alderman Jessey
Higdon in the Democratic Primary.  Oakley served Bruce as an alderman for 24 years prior to being elected
as mayor last May following the resignation of Jesse Quillen. Higdon is completing his first term as an alderman.

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Health Department Provides Vital Services

You might know that the Calhoun County Health Department is a good
place to get your child immunized, receive your seasonal flu shot and
obtain your blood tests for a marriage license, but you may not be
aware of just how much your community depends on other, perhaps
lesser-known services.

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Mt. Comfort Approved For Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated nearly $2 million for rural water projects in North Mississippi including Mt. Comfort Water Association in Bruce.

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Paul Douglas

Paul Lester Douglas, 51, of Calhoun City, died Thursday, April 23, 2009 at BMH in Oxford. He attended Vardaman High School and served in the U.S. Army.

Jimmie Terrell

Jimmie Sue Terrell, 76, of Waynesboro, died Friday, April 24, 2009 at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born December 12, 1932 and was a native of Buckatunna, Ms. She was a homemaker and a member of Waynesboro First Baptist Church.

Maurice Barnett

Maurice E. Barnett, passed away peacefully at his home January 30, 2008, surrounded by his family. He began his life May 8, 1913 in Pontotoc County, the eighth of 12 children born to Joseph and Cathie (Reeves)?Barnett. He was a millwright by trade and served his country during WWII in the Navy. He belonged to the Banner Masonic Lodge for 65 years. He was a beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, and loved gospel music, singing and playing his guitar, and he cherished his family.

Frankie West

James Frank “Frankie”?West, 63, of Calhoun City, died Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at his home. He was born March 3, 1946, the son of Everette William West Sr. and Dollie Putman West. He was a self-employed small engine repairman and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs. He was Vietnam Army Veteran, was a double Purple Heart recipient, and was a member of the VFW. He was also a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Danny Stegall

Danny Keith Stegall, 54, of Bruce, died Monday, April 27, 2009 at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born July 12, 1945 in Bruce. He was a 1972 graduate of Bruce High School and attended Northwest Community College.?He was a member of Bruce United Methodist Church and Antioch Masonic Lodge. He was a maintenance planner for Weyerhaeuser for 30 years.