John Wayne Kelley

John Wayne Kelley, 96, of Banner, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born August 21, 1920 in Banner,  the son of the John and Ida Verda Kelley, and he was the husband of the late Nova Wright  Kelley. He was a devoted member of Paris Baptist Church and Banner Masonic Lodge. He retired from the civil service providing support for the U.S. Marines base operations. He loved the outdoors and his hobbies were hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. [Read more...]

Julia Aron hired as next BUES principal; BHS to get two lead teachers

Julia Aron

The Calhoun County School Board approved the hiring of Julia Aron as the new principal of Bruce Upper Elementary and scrapped its idea of an assistant principal at Bruce High and instead endorsed two “lead teacher” positions on the recommendation of new BHS Principal Dallas Gore.
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Moore tells school board he doesn’t recommend tax increase

Mike Moore

Superintendent Mike Moore told the school board he couldn’t recommend the proposed tax increase in the budget presented to the public Thursday night but that it is needed.
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If we delay maintaining our roads we will eventually all be driving off-road vehicles on dirt roads


Mississippi voters need to get up to speed on the debate about highway funding. There’s a lot of money on the line.
How much money? TRIP, a national transportation research group, just completed a study claiming deficient roads are costing Mississippians $2.9 billion a year in vehicle repairs, traffic delays and crashes. That’s about $1,500 per vehicle.
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We have met the enemy

Ray Mosby

“Hello, darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again..”—Paul Simon

I sometimes think the best metaphor for contemporary America is two neighbors, perpetually and with increasing anger and invective, arguing across a fence about property lines.

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Rosie Freelon

Rosie Marie Freelon, 67, of Bruce, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Baptist Hospital-Desoto. [Read more...]

Margurite Womble

Margurite Womble, 85, passed away Wednesday, June 21 at Merit Health Systems in Brandon. Doodle, as she was fondly called, left this world peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior after battling dementia for many years at The Brandon Nursing and Rehab Center. She graduated from Derma High School and moved to Grenada shortly after graduation to begin a successful career with Penaco Industries, where she served as a supervisor. While living in Grenada, she was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church. She was a little lady with a big heart and loved by everyone she met. [Read more...]

Marcia Shipp Burns grows pineapple with patience

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Marcia Shipp Burns, of Calhoun City, said she’ll “try anything one time,” but had she known it would take three years to grow a pineapple she might not have started.
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Nominations underway for local FSA Committee


The nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees started last week.
Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice.
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1952 Chancery Clerk’s office

1952 Chancery Clerk office

1952 Chancery Clerk officeStanding, Doug Wilson and Jim Ray, sheriff, and seated, Virginia Carter, J.E. Carter, Calhoun County Chancery Clerk, and Mary Lou Starks. Picture provided by John Carter.