Bruce Sawmill Festival to host 5K July 9

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The Bruce Sawmill Festival and Reconnect Therapy will host its sixth 5K Run on Saturday, July 9 at 8 a.m. during the annual festival on the Bruce Square.
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Calhoun City’s Gray attends ICC Football Camp

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ICC Head Coach Sean Cannon, native of Calhoun City and Jo Jo Gray, of Calhoun City at the annual Summer Position Camp June 10 on the Fulton Campus of Itawamba Community College.

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Summertime Fun

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Marley poolMarley Hurst is caught in hair-slinging action at the  swimming pool of Pat and Gary Ledbetter in Banner with this photograph by her mother, Alex Freeman. Behind is her brother, Drew Freeman.

Move forward from ‘64 Klan murder case, but learn from it

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After 52 years, the announcement of the closing of the investigation of the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was in many ways anti-climactic.
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Calhoun Academy’s Regan Hubbard signs with ICC

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Regan Hubbard, a 2016 Calhoun Academy graduate, signed to play softball with ICC this fall in a ceremony Tuesday.

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Bruce Rotary


rotaryTommy White helped present perfect attendance awards to members of the Bruce Rotary Club recently. Pictured, from left, are White,  Richard Freelon, one year; Bill Ross, two years; Bill Cooper, 33 years; and Don Bell, 39 years.  Not pictured is Tommy Hallum who was hospitalized, but has 34 years perfect attendance.

School Board presents 2016-17 budget; Vardaman to start soccer program this fall

Mike Moore

The Calhoun County school board adopted the budget for this upcoming school year with a unanimous vote during a public hearing last week. No community members were in attendance.
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Classified Ads

2 BR 1 B HOUSE. Washer/dryer, deep freeze and stove included. 105 Cannon Loop, Calhoun City. Call 662-414-5183.     29,6,13p
HOUSE– 106 Rowe Ave, Calhoun City, 3 BR 1B. Appliances included. Call 662-414-8766.
SUPER NICE HOUSE– 4 BR 2B, Trane Central Heat/Air. 86 CR 151, Chickenbone Road. Call Sonny Burt, 662-456-6822.

CIRCLE I AUCTION, 82 Front St., Coffeeville. Closed July 1. On July 8 and 15 at 6:30 p.m. we will be having a court-ordered Estate Auction of the late Patricia Maloney Armstrong, Coffeeville. Go to for more info and to see pictures. 662-417-1256.     29,6c

SAVE $100s, POSSIBLY over $1,000 on name brand mattresses at The Mattress Outlet, Hwy 8, Vardaman. Open every Saturday, 9-4. Tommy Scarbrough. For weekday sales, 901-489-4318 or 662-983-0085.                               21tnc
Used appliances washers, dryers, ranges for sale at Brasher’s Home Furnishings, ph. 983-2368.

FOR SALE AS IS– 05 Chevrolet Silverado 3/4 ton, 2500 HD w/utility bed, pipe racks, 255,300 miles. Sealed bids accepted at Mt. Comfort Water Assn. until noon July 5. We reserve the right to accept or reject any bid
HOGS FOR BBQ, 2000 Mustang, 5 speed, 6 cyl engine. Good shape. Call 983-0772 or 800-6046.                              6tnc-jt

83 CR 311 CALHOUN CITY. 3 BR 2 B Mobile home. $450 deposit, $450 month. Call 662-473-8176.       29,6,13,20c-am
SMALL 1 BR HOUSE in Calhoun City with stove and refrigerator. No pets, no drugs. Call 983-8567 and leave message.
1 BR 1 B APT. in BRUCE. Furnished. $300 month. Call 850-368-2096.                     8tnc-ch
RV & CAMPER SPOTS available at The Shade Tree Farm, Hwy 9W Banner, 6 miles from Bruce. Monthly rates. Call 662-473-6660.                               12tnc

1-3 BR UNITS AVAILABLE in Banner. Utilities included. Stove, fridge, other furnishings available. $150-$225 per week. Call 662-832-4096.               8tnc-nt

MINI-SYSTEMS of Bruce. Short or long term rental storage units. Climate Control Available! Various sizes—5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20. Brasher’s Home Furnishings, ph. 983-2368.

LOOKING TO PURCHASE cut-over land for reforestation or tracts with existing timber. Please call 713-382-7975 to discuss your property.        22,29,6c-km

BUSINESS FOR SALE– Owner wants to retire from well established local floral and gift shop. Great customer base! Serious inquiries only. Call 414-1108.

CALHOUN COUNTY PT Administrator for Small Non-Profit. Qualifications: Educational and Administrative Experience, Confirmed leadership ability, written and oral communication skills, computer skills. Send resumes to PO Box 278, Bruce, MS 38915.                      15,22,29c

COLLINS DOZER WORK. Driveways, house lots, land clearing. Joey Collins 927-0856 or Joe Collins 800-6873.        29tnc-jc
EASLEY HEATING & COOLING. Call Kyle Easley for all your needs. HVAC technology degree. Call 662-983-8634.    tnc
LYNN INMAN COOLING & HEATING. Service and sales. Free estimates! Call 662-983-2894.

METAL ROOFING & HOME REPAIR. Kenny Neal, 983-9184.

FLOORING, TILE SHOWERS & Construction Needs. Call Justin Ferguson, 662-983-8973. 30tnc _______________________

BIG ED’S JANITORIAL SERVICE. Carpet cleaning, cleaning offices, waxing floors, pressure washing. Reliable, dependable, affordable. Ed Parker, 662-567-8309.                                29tnc

VETERANS ELECTRIC LLC. Electrical work and handyman services. Experienced, references. Veteran owned and operated. Free local estimates. Call 662-701-7370, Dustin Dunegan, Bruce.                          1tnc

Bulldozer, Trackhoe and  Tractor and Pan Services available. Also environmental land clearing. MARTIN AND MARTIN CONTRACTING, LLC-Banner, MS, 35 years experience. For quotes or more information, please call Freddie Martin at 662-473-6658.                         6tnc

MARTIN CONSTRUCTION & Home Maintenance. Contact us for all your home repair needs. TONY MARTIN, ph. 413-4644

BLOUNT PROPERTY– All land owned by Bobbie Blount and A.D. is posted against trespassing of any kind. Violators will be prosecuted.                     13tnc-ad
L.W. MORRIS PROPERTY is posted against trespassing of any kind.                      -Aug24p
CODY WEEKS, MIKE WOOTEN, WALTER MOORE land is posted against hunting, fishing and trespassing of any kind.    -Dec31,16p

POSTED– Land in Calhoun and Pontotoc counties belonging to Mitzi Aron, Joe Aron or Jim Jim Aron is posted against hunting, fishing or trespassing of any kind without written permission of the landowners.                  -dec31p
POSTED–The Gullick Place land of Rabon Gullick, Nellie Davis, Lillie Newsome and Sara Quillen is posted against hunting, fishing or trespassing of any kind.

Calendar of Events

•New Start Resource Center in Pittsboro upcoming schedule. All programs free. July 2 Farmers Market 11-2. July 12 Fairy Tale Day noon-3 p.m. July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1 from noon-3 p.m. Kids Writing Group. July 16 Dress Up/Tea Day noon-3 p.m. July 23 Fun Savings Project. July 30,10 a.m.-4 p.m. Video Game Marathon.

•SUITCASE DRIVE through June 30 at The Resource Center on Pittsboro Square, next to City Hall. Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11-2. Need medium-sized rolling luggage bags and/or Rubbermaid storage totes to benefit children in custody of MDHS and those who may come into custody. For info, Chereka Robinson, Social Work Intern at MDHS, 412-3183 or email

•QUICK BITES will meet Thursday, June 30, at noon via video conference at the Multi-Purpose Building at Pittsboro. Program will be on mosquitoes and Zika virus.

•Summer at the Calhoun City Public Library! Fun in the Sun at the Library with a waterslide is Thursday, June 30 from 10 a.m.-noon. Plan to attend with your child as staff cannot be responsible for supervision.

•BAKE SALE in front of Brasher’s on the square in Bruce, Friday, July 1 from 9 a.m.-noon. Sponsored by GFWC-MFWC Fine Arts Club to benefit the July 4th All-American Celebration.

•Calhoun Co. Agricultural High School & Derma School will have a reunion Saturday, July 2 at the Methodist Corner on the Calhoun City Square. Registration will begin at 2 p.m. with meal served at 5:30. For more info, contact Judy Tedford, 662-628-8864.

•Jesse Yancy Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  Regular hours resume Tuesday, July 5 at 10 a.m.

•Hellums family reunion will be  at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church on Pontotoc CR 885 (Robbs Road) Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. until. Lunch is potluck. Bring food, photos and memories.

•BECKEtt REUNION will be Sunday, July 3 at the Bruce Community Building starting at 9:30 a.m. Potluck lunch. All family and friends are invited.

•ASTON REUNION will be Monday, July 4 at the American Legion Building in Calhoun City starting at 9:30 a.m. Potluck lunch. All family and friends are invited.

•July 4th Boom Parade will be held Monday, July 4th in Bruce. Open to everyone. Be there and ready by 4:45 p.m. in front of PEPA. Parade will start there and go to square and back. Walk, push a stroller, ride golf cart, bike, etc. Throw on some red, white and blue. Parade is sponsored by Bruce First. Stay for music and fireworks on square later that night.

•BRUCE SAWMILL FESTIVAL will be July 8-9 and include arts and crafts, kid’s games, live entertainment, a car show, 5K run, lots of food, and more. Call the Bruce Chamber of Commerce at 983-2222 for information.

•OVER THE EDGE Maximum Championship Wrestling Superstars Saturday, July 9 at Bruce VFW Post 5571. Doors open 6 p.m. bell time 7 p.m. $8 general admission. Bake sale on site. Concessions to be sold. Bruce VFW fundraiser.

•Calhoun County Fair Adult & Youth Exhibit Books are available at the Extension Office and public libraries at Bruce, Calhoun City, and Vardaman. The fair will be July 18-23, 2016.

•FAIREST OF THE FAIR PAGEANT... Calhoun County Fairest of the Fair pageant will be Monday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro.

•4-H/FFA Meat Goat and Swine Show... youth swine and meat goat show will be held at the Calhoun County Fair at the Calhoun County Agri-Center in Pittsboro, Wednesday, July 20 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

•4-H Pot Luck Supper... Calhoun County 4-H will have a Pot Luck Supper Thursday, July 21 from 5-7 p.m. for $5 a plate.

•Calhoun County Fair Pig Scramble... A Youth Pig Scramble will be held at the Calhoun County Fair Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. or immediately after the Pet Show. Participants must be 12 years of age and under.

•County Fair Pet Show... Children under age 18 are invited to enter their pets in the Calhoun County Fair Pet Show Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Pittsboro.

•Calhoun County Fair Pony Pull... A Pony Pull contest will be held at the Calhoun County Fair at the Calhoun County Agri-Center in Pittsboro Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

•Calhoun County Fair Biscuit Making... Calhoun County Happy Homemakers MHV club will be making homemade biscuits at the Calhoun County Fair on July 21-22 at 5 p.m.

•CALHOUN COUNTY FAIR BAKING/CANDY CONTEST with adult and youth divisions will be held at the Calhoun County Fair at the Pittsboro Fairgrounds, Saturday, July 23. Categories include breads, cookies, cakes, pies, and candy. Call the Extension Office (412-3177) for more information and an exhibit book.

•Trademark Concert at the Calhoun County Fair... Mississippi formed country rock band “Trademark” will be July 23 beginning at 9:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

•Calhoun County Fair Rodeo will be July 23 beginning at 7 p.m. with sheep riding starting at 6 p.m. For more information contact Trent Barnett at the Calhoun County Extension Office at 412-3177.

•Calhoun County Fair Youth Cook-Off will be held at the Calhoun County Fair at the Fairgrounds, Saturday, July 23 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

•South Calhoun head start center is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school years for 3 and 4-year olds. Applications accepted from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For info call (662) 628-6585 or stop by South Calhoun Head Start, 125 Carter St., Calhoun City.

•Tai Chi classes will be held at the Calhoun City Public Library at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise to increase balance and flexibility. No charge. Contact Patsy Zeidman at 662-628-1378 or the Calhoun City Public Library at 662-628-6331.

•FREE ADULT READING AND WRITING HELP... Bruce First Baptist Church is enrolling adults who wish to learn to read or improve their reading ability. Each learner will be matched with their own private tutor for confidential tutoring sessions lasting approximately one hour per week. No charge for the tutoring, but small fee for workbook. All tutors certified by the MS Baptist Literacy Missions Board. For info, call 662-983-2218.

•DOG?LOVERS! LEAGUE?FOR?NO-KILL?SHELTER meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the dog shelter on S. Thompson St. For info, call 983-7471.

•DRIVER’S LICENSE RENEWAL station is open in Pittsboro every third Tuesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the old tax assessor’s office/church building near the entrance to the Multi-Purpose Building on Hwy 9.

•LOOSA SCHOONA CHAPTER of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet the second Monday of
each month from September through May at Jeffery’s on Bruce Square at 2:30 p.m. Meal is Dutch treat.

•CALHOUN?VETERANS SERVICE?OFFICER Robert Gosa is at the American Legion Building in Calhoun City on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. until. Call for appointment, 628-1933 or 983-9328.

•CALHOUN CITY AMERICAN LEGION POST #50 and American Legion Auxiliary Post 50 meet the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Meal at 6:30 p.m.

•ANTIOCH LODGE 549... first Monday at 7:30 p.m.

•CALHOUN CITY VFW POST 12032 meets every 4th Thursday at 7 p.m. in the old Kellwood Outlet store building on N. Madison in Calhoun City.

•BRUCE VFW & AUXILIARY MONTHLY meet first Thursday of each month. Pot luck meal at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m. To rent building, call Robert Henry 835-9726.

•BRUCE?LIONS?CLUB meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at Pizza Palace at noon.

•NARCOTICS?ANONYMOUS meets Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. at Mt. Comfort Baptist Church, 38 CR?257, Bruce.

•SONS?OF?CONFEDERATE?VETERANS &?Order of the Confederate Roses meet every third Thursday at 6 p.m. All are invited.

•CALHOUN?COUNTY?SHRINE CLUB meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at Masonic Lodge in Calhoun City.

• BRUCE GROUP ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets Fridays at 8 p.m. at Bruce United Methodist Church.

•CALHOUN?CITY?ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets Monday nights at 8 p.m. at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church, Calhoun City. For info, call 628-4222.

To submit items for the calendar, call 983-2570, fax 983-7667 or email to:

BIPEC recognizes Beckett for his support

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jim beckettRep. Jim Beckett (R-Bruce) was recognized this week by the BIPEC (Business, Industry and Political Education Committee) organization for supporting their interests during the recent legislative session. Pictured, from left, are Clay Wagner, BIPEC Vice Chairman; Dr. Randy Easterling, Chairman of the BIPEC Board; Rep. Jim Beckett (R-Bruce) and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.