Bill Graves

William Frye Graves, 93, of Asheville, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Givens Estates Health Center. A native of Montgomery, AL, Bill was the son of the late Henry Norman and Lee Frye Graves. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ann Taylor Graves. He attended Stark University School and Sidney Lanier HS, both in Montgomery, AL before earning his BS in Chemical Engineering from Alabama Poly Technic Institute in Auburn, AL in August of 1950 [Read more...]

Lakyn Burt

Miss Lakyn Danielle Burt, 18, of Bruce,  died Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham, Al. She was born August 11, 1998 in Oxford. She was the daughter of Jody D. (LaDonna) Burt and Nicole Bennett (Sammy) McGreger, all of Bruce. She was a graduate of Bruce High School Class of 2016 and a member of Mt, Moriah Baptist Church. [Read more...]

Kendall places second in Mrs. Mississippi America

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Allie Hillhouse-Gregory Kendall of Vardaman, and formerly of Bruce, recently had the “incredible honor” to compete as Mrs. Calhoun County in Mrs. Mississippi America 2017 in Tupelo.
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Bobby Murphree

Bobby Dean Murphree, 83, of Houlka,  passed away surrounded by his family Tuesday, June 27, 2017,  at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born September 27, 1933, in the Reid Community, the son of Dee and Ethel Odell Brown Murphree. He was a retired truck driver and dispatcher, and member and deacon of Schoona Valley Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his family, camping trips, and attending the National Singing Quartet Convention. He was a 1951 graduate of Houlka High School. [Read more...]

Rebellion created greatest nation the world has ever seen

The Committee of Five: (from left) 
John Adams, Roger Sherman, 
Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson 
and Benjamin Franklin

The Declaration of Independence was written by five men: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. We know a lot about Adams, Jefferson and Franklin. Sherman and Livingston, not so much.
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Theresa Nicks – from radio station, music columnist, working in unemployment office to jewelry making

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Theresa Nicks, of Bruce, has never met a bead she didn’t like. She’s been making her own jewelry since 1995.
“I have so many things,” she said opening drawer after drawer, showing her endless collection of beads and materials used in making her unique designs.
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Tedder retires from Vardaman

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Barbara TedderRetiring town clerk Barbara Tedder was honored with a reception at the Front Porch in Vardaman recently. Vardaman Mayor James Casey expressed his appreciation for Tedder and her 17 years of service to the town.

Bramlitt attends MSU basketball camp

Bramlitt at MSU Camp

Layla Bramlitt, of Bruce, was among attendees at a basketball camp at Mississippi State recently.

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Ervin Wright

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ervin wrightErvin Wright, a native of Bruce, wasn’t ordained to preach until 2010. He’s led Grace Southern Baptist in Calhoun City ever since. For most of its history the church, located across the street from the Calhoun City Cemetery, was known as Second Baptist, but changed its name a decade ago just prior to Wright’s arrival. Read the related story in our Calhoun Pastors section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Bruce native honored at Scott Air Force Base

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MSgt. Brad Ledbetter, native of Bruce, was recently honored with a retirement ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, IL. [Read more...]