Riding With God – Pastor Ken Hanks feels “close to God” on his motorcycle

By JOEL McNEECE
Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Ken Hanks said he feels close to God when he’s cruising down the road on his motorcycle.
“I can get on that bike and it doesn’t take 15 minutes and it eases your mind,” Hanks said. “I feel close to God at that moment. There are no distractions, no cell phones. It’s just me and God.”

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Open House for all county schools to be held Aug. 2

Calhoun County Schools will hold open house next Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Northwest, ICC are top choices for local graduates

By JOEL McNEECE
Exactly half of the 164 students that graduated from Bruce, Calhoun City, Vardaman and Calhoun Academy last May will be attending college at either Northwest or Itawamba Community Colleges.

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Derma traffic stop leads to three arrests

By JOEL McNEECE
A traffic stop in Derma last Friday afternoon led to three drug arrests by local law enforcement.

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Aug. 2 is an important vote for Calhoun County

Calhoun Countians will be offered the opportunity to go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 2 and make their selection of who they want to represent them in county and state government, but the unfortunate reality is almost half of those eligible to vote won’t.

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Shadda Dunn

“You know you’re doing it right if someone asks for your recipe,” said Shadda Poindexter Dunn of Bruce, whose cooking was influenced by her mother, Cathy, her grandmothers Patsy Poindexter and Doris Shoemake, and her great-grandmother, the late Clara Melton. She can make Mamaw Melton’s teacakes now, but once got the canisters confused and used all powdered sugar instead of flour.

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Josh Dowdy hired as new Bruce baseball coach following resignation of Sid Burt

By JOEL McNEECE
Josh Dowdy, of Pontotoc, has been hired as the new head baseball coach at Bruce High School succeeding Sid Burt who resigned last week.

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Cal-Chick Shockers win World Series

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The Cal-Chick Shockers won the 2011 12U girls softball World Series Championship last weekend in Southaven. Shockers team members are, from left, front, Darby Claire Caviness, Caylee Leachman, Chassidy May, Bailey Massey, Jessica Aron, Abby Free; back, Essence Armstrong, Paige Graves, Avery Bullard, Abbie Patton, Ladestiny Carter, Brooke Logan, Shaina Russell; Coaches Jeremy Aron, Doug Bullard, Tommy Patton, and Roger Armstrong.

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Newlin, Hill, Easley stand out at MJGA event

By JOEL McNEECE
Several area golfers were among the top competitors at the MJGA event at Old Waverly in West Point last week.

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M.D. Jennings expected to sign with Green Bay Packers

md_jennings_flaLate Tuesday afternoon M.D. Jennings, of Calhoun City, who played college football at Arkansas State as a defensive back, was reportedly close to a free agent deal with the Green Bay Pakers.