New GED program, student transfers and long list of personnel moves addressed by school board

By JOEL McNEECE
A new GED program, student transfers and a long list of personnel moves were the biggest items approved at Monday’s meeting of the Calhoun County School Board.

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Shea Jenkins Nix

Shea Jenkins Nix of Bruce likes to cook what she knows everybody likes and “whether you like it or not you fix what the kids like.” She learned to cook on her own at home when she was probably 12 because she wanted to. She would fix supper for her mother when she was working, and had mostly vegetables, because they always had a garden. She never had a problem making cornbread, but says she can’t do biscuits like her mother, Sandra Jenkins.

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Cougars will try to earn first win at Marvell Friday after heartbreaking loss to Central last week

By JOEL McNEECE
Calhoun Academy led Central virtually the entire game until the final minute when the Vikings scored on a 3-yard run to earn the victory.

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Lady Cougars fall to Kemper

lady_cougars47Regan Hubbard fires a throw to second for the Lady Cougars during their 14-4 loss to Kemper last week at Bruce Park. Regan Hubbard had a triple in the game for Calhoun and Hunter Robertson and Haley Tedder each hit singles. The Lady Cougars dropped to 4-13 on the season. The JV?team tied 8-8. Photo by Joel McNeece

Shoemake makes it to finals of basketball tournament in New Orleans

Taylor Shoemake, a junior at Bruce High School, recently participated in the Red Bull King of the Rock basketball tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana. He went with his former coach Forrest Daws.

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Pay increase a curious move, but town faces bigger issues

Bruce Alderman Gary Edwards summed it all up when he said “we just spent 30 minutes discussing something that shouldn’t have taken 10 minutes.”
The board was contemplating a pay raise for themselves, but struggled for a while to get someone to pull the trigger on a motion. After a lot of beating around the bush, John Earl Armstrong finally made a motion, and the board approved a $50 per month increase with Alderman Lyn Parsons casting the lone dissenting vote. Parsons made it clear, however, he didn’t object to the increase, just the timing.

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Bruce Board raises their own pay with 4-1 vote despite mayor’s objections

By JOEL McNEECE
The Bruce Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 Monday night to give themselves a $50 a month pay raise.

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James W. Baker

James W. Baker, 77, of Calhoun City, died August 29, 2011 at Golden Living Center in?Eupora. He was born ?February 28, 1934 in Chickasaw County, the son of William and Elsie Mae Nichols Baker. He was a retired metal worker for Heatcraft and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Louise Wells

Louise Baygents Wells, 85, a native of Waynesboro, MS and a resident of Bruce, died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Calhoun Health Service in Calhoun City. She was retired as a sales clerk at Watkins Department Store.

Sybil Fleming

Sybil Schwalenberg Fleming, 90, of Vardaman, died August 23, 2011 at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born June 9, 1921 in  Elzey Community in Vardaman, the daughter of John Edward “Ed” and Oda Clark Schwalenberg. She was a homemaker, and was retired from Seminole Mfg. She was a member of Poplar Spring Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting and needlework.