Confusion, Convolution And Lots Of Fun

Interesting comments from Gov. Haley Barbour, entertaining stories from
Jim Abbott of Indianola, and lots of good food and friends were among
the many highlights of the 143rd Annual Mississippi Press Association
convention last week in Biloxi.

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Kathy Poynor

Kathy Poynor of Banner learned to cook from her mother, Lyda Weeks, to
keep from having to work in the garden.?Kathy would fix vegetables and
cornbread, and that is mainly what she fixes for her family now.

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Willie Townsend

Willie C. Townsend, 69, of Okolona, died Friday, June 19, 2009 at NMMC in Tupelo. He was a farmer and enjoyed singing. His funeral service will be Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at Hopewell M.B. Church with Rev. Gerald Valliant officiating. Burial will be in Lower Prairie Creek in Mantee with Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen in charge of arrangements.

Van Scallon

Van Delaine “Slim”?Scallon, 63, of Oxford, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at his home. He was born May 10, 1946 in Calhoun County. he was a retired employee of the University of Mississipi Book Store. He was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church.

Johnnie Russell

Johnnie Bill Russell, 66, of Saulsbury, Tn., died Friday, June 19, 2009 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He was born December 6, 1942 in Calhoun County, the son of Merrill Thaddeus “Bus” and Virgie P. Bentley Russell. He was a former machinist and a Baptist.

Summer Jobs Program Helping Kids, Calhoun Co.

Cheyenne Thomas, 23, was sweeping fresh cut grass off a sidewalk on
South McSweyne Street in Bruce Monday as co-workers continued to mow
down the weeds in the near 100-degree heat. Thomas, who hopes to start school at Itawamba Community College this
fall to pursue a criminal justice degree, said the summer-jobs program
for youth implemented in Calhoun County this summer with federal
stimulus funds has been a life-saver.

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Relay Make-Up Tentatively Set For Aug. 8

Calhoun County’s Relay For Life is looking at a possible make-up date of Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Supervisors Still Waiting For USDA Approval

Calhoun County Supervisors said Monday they are still awaiting approval
from USDA officials to advertise for bids for the new courthouse
project.

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Parents Asked to Support Summer Reading

Students at Calhoun City High School have been issued a required summer
reading list in an effort to maintain learned skills during the break
and prepare students for the next school year. Each student going into grades seven through 11 must select one book to
read and prepare a journal to turn in at the beginning of next school
year. Students entering the 12th grade must choose two books and
complete two journals.

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Seven On Seven

seven_on_seven.jpgVardaman players surround Calhoun City wide receiver Demarius Howard as a pass approaches during seven-on-seven drills Monday afternoon in Bruce. Photo by Joel McNeece