School Board raises superintendent’s salary to $90,000

By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun County School Board voted unanimously following an executive session in this week’s meeting to raise the superintendent’s salary from $85,000 to $90,000 per year.

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Karen Norman is fascinated by peoples’ histories and eager to solve the mysteries within

By JOEL McNEECE
Karen Norman, of Big Creek, loves Civil War history, but it’s not the battles at Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Bull Run or Shiloh that fascinate her. It’s the people.

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School Board approves $19.8 million budget, lots of personnel moves

By JOEL McNEECE
The Calhoun County School Board approved a $19.8 million budget for fiscal year 2012 Monday night. Superintendent Mike Moore said the district has been cautioned the past three years that 2012 would be the “funding cliff,” meaning it’s the last of the three years with federal stimulus money included and projected to be the final year of “deep funding cuts.”

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Family stories plentiful and mostly true at Denley Reunion

July 6, 2000 —On a recent Saturday night, four of my 16 living first cousins and their spouses gathered in Memphis at the home of Jimmy and Barbara Denley in Harbor town. Jimmy conceived the idea at the second family funeral this year (both of his parents only six months apart) that it would be good for our generation to get together for something other than a funeral.

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Lt. Governor’s race is the most interesting of the statewide contests

Sen. Billy Hewes said his opponent, Treasurer Tate Reeves, has no leadership experience, particularly when it comes to the legislative process and a poor record of controlling the state’s debt. Reeves said he and Gov. Haley Barbour are most responsible for curtailing the state’s debt. One of the two Republicans, who exchanged barbs during a forum last weekend at the Mississippi Press Association’s convention in Biloxi, will be Mississippi’s next lieutenant governor.

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Clarke wins second straight Junior Golf Tour event

By JOEL McNEECE
For the second consecutive week Cameron Clarke, of Pittsboro, won the 12-13-year-old division in the week’s Coca-Cola Junior Golf Tour event.

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Trojans earn victories over Calhoun City, Tishomingo County

By JOEL McNEECE
The Bruce Trojan baseball team collected a couple wins last week as they come down the home stretch of their summer schedule.

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Primer to play in Junior’s All Star Game

tavionTavion Primer, of Calhoun City, pictured here during the 2011 State Tournament game against Piney Woods, will play in the “Junior All-Star Basketball Game” Saturday, July 9 at 3 p.m. at A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton. He is the son of Cynthia Primer and Stanley Pulliam of Calhoun City. Photo by Joel McNeece

Camp Trojans

camp_trojansnixBryan Nix has this deep pass just slip through his fingers on the final day of “Camp Trojans” in Bruce recently. More than 20 campers turned out for the three-day football camp sponsored by the Bruce Trojan coaching staff. Photo by Joel McNeece

James Earl Petty

James Earl Petty of Sumters, SC, departed this life  on June 10, 2011 at his home. He was born to the late James and Liza Armstrong Petty of Big Creek on February 13, 1946. He joined Bryant Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at an early age after graduating from North Calhoun High School in 1967. He later moved to New York, then to South Carolina.