Ruel Allen

Ruel Clifton Allen, Sr., 59, died Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born in Indianola, he lived in Bruce, where he was a self-employed truck driver. Some of the things he enjoyed were music, hunting, fishing and riding horses. He enjoyed life and was known as a jokester. [Read more...]

Baptizing at County Jail

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jail baptize231The Calhoun County Jail hosted its first baptism last week as its jail ministry continues to grow. Read the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Jessey Higdon’s music career began when he opened for Buck Owens

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“I’ll never forget opening up for Buck Owens,” said Jessey Higdon of Bruce. “That was a big deal for a 15-year-old kid.”
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Diving With Great White Sharks in Mexico

If you love Jaws as much as I do, how can you not like this?

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Garnell Flowers

Edmon Garnell Flowers, 86, of Vardaman, died Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. Born March 4, 1930, in Vardaman, he was the son of the late Jessie  and  Madie Winter  Flowers. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Vardaman, He served in the US Army in the Korean Conflict. He was a devoted husband and loving father. [Read more...]

Moore honored as Calhoun Teacher of the Year; other teacher honorees recognized by school board

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Anamaria Caradine Moore, of Vardaman High School, was recognized as the Calhoun County School District Teacher of the Year Tuesday night at the school board meeting in Pittsboro.
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Teachers of the Year

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teachers of year webAnamaria Moore, of Vardaman, was introduced as the Calhoun County Teacher of the Year at Tuesday's school board meeting in Pittsboro. Teachers of the Year honorees are, from left, Kevin Hall, Tina Wolfe, Sunny Rea, Anamaria Moore, Tonya Hogan, Carla Blackwelder, Annie Anderson, and Jon Barnett. Not pictured is Laura Denley.

Vardaman FFA places in Envirothon

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Vardaman FFA Envirothon 2ndVardaman FFA Envirothon Team recently competed in the Mississippi Envirothon Competition where they competed in two groups winning a 2nd and a 3rd place. The competition was March 23 at the University of Mississippi Biological Field Station in Oxford. 2nd place, from left, Briley Gordon, C.J. Weddle, LaShaun Cooper, Nigel Hankins, Will Vanlandingham and John Austin Bray. The teams were coached by FFA teacher Amanda Taylor. Mississippi Envirothon, a program of the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts, is a hands-on natural resource competition designed to challenge students in grades 9-12 to explore the natural world around them. Competitors are tested in the categories of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and current environmental issues.

Nolan Baker

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Nolan Baker said his official start to cooking was helping his dad, Mark, at The Countree Store in Bruce (formerly Bruce Jr. Food Mart), and watching Food Network, namely Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri. At the store he would help with breakfast, and late night food like chicken and hamburgers.
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Thankful for Bud and our other makers of local music

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Calhoun County is blessed with more than our fair share of marvelous musicians. This week’s CCJ feature, Jessey Higdon, is no exception.

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