Conner Shelton competing

conner shelton cow

conner shelton cowConner Shelton, of Bruce, walks his cow around the ring at the fairgrounds in Pittsboro in preparation for Tuesday’s beef cattle show at the county fair. It’s the first time in a decade the beef show has returned to the fair. Photo by Joel McNeece

Busy meeting

supervisors budget

supervisors budgetCalhoun County Supervisors had a busy meeting Monday addressing a number of road issues, including a major project on CR 306, as well as receiving budget requests from county departments.

Supervisors commit to major road project as two county bridges are closed


Calhoun County Supervisors agreed Monday to accept a $4 million grant to overhaul CR 306 (old Hwy. 8 from Calhoun City to Big Creek) that will require the county to provide 20% in matching funds ($800,000) over three years.
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Carole Davis

Norma Carole Oliver Davis, 71, went to her heavenly home Monday, July 17, 2017, at North Delta Hospice in Southaven.  Born September 16, 1945, she was the daughter of David Oliver and Odelle Kennedy Oliver.  Carole grew up in Calhoun City before moving to Southaven many years ago. [Read more...]

Classified Ads

GREAT Starter Home. 3BR, 1BA, LR, Den, Kitchen, Laundry Room, Storage Room, and Spacious Back Yard. Located inside the City Limits of Calhoun City at 105 Aycock Avenue. $40,000 firm. Contact Jamaal or Alisha Jackson 628-3618. Leave  message, and we’ll return your call. Serious inquiries only.   17tnc-aj

VISIT for Auction Dates, Mini-Storage Rentals, Mattress Sets, Rent to Own Cabins and Storage Buildings. Coffeeville, 662-417-1256.                               12tnc

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.

OBSESSION II SWEET CORN and tomatoes. James E. Shaw. 1373 James Rd, Gore Springs, 662-226-1709, 662-809-6607.

HOUSE IN BRUCE available August 1. 2 BR 1 B on N. Pontotoc Rd, $450 month. First month rent and one month security deposit due upon moving in. Contact Chad 601-520-5905 for more details.               19tnc-ck

APT IN BRUCE. 1 BR 1 B; $300 deposit, $300 month. Chris, 850-368-2096.           19tnc-ch

2 BR HOUSE IN BRUCE on Hwy 32W; also 1 BR Apt. in Calhoun City. Call 662-414-6725.

DUPLEX FOR RENT– 4 BR 3 B with garage, all appliances, $740 month, 162 Hwy 9W, Bruce. Ph. 662-801-4899 or 662-801-9304.           5,12,19p

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.

WANT TO BUY 1-2 acres in Bruce area. Call Rick or Faye Melton, 662-983-0643 or 2485.
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MUSIC LESSONS for ages 6-up. Piano, voice, choreography for musicals and pageants. Instructor Debbie West. For info, 628-1345 or 542-4848.     19,26,2p

SMALL BUSH-HOGGING JOBS. Grading drive-ways, cutting and rowing up gardens. Call Phillip Ledbetter, 662-927-0362.

HARRIS HEATING & COOLING Heating & Cooling. Ph. 662-983-8446 or 662-413-4140.

HILL’S HEATING & COOLING. David Hill, Sales & Service. Call 662-983-5882.          -Dec 31p

LYNN INMAN COOLING & HEATING. Service and sales. Free estimates! Call 662-983-2894.

PAIR. Kenny Neal, 983-9184.

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

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

DOZER AND TRACKHOE WORK. Dirt moving, 40 years experience. Call  662-473-6658.

BLOUNT PROPERTY– All land owned by Bobbie Blount and A.D. is posted against trespassing of any kind. Violators will be prosecuted.               13tnc-adb

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

•YOUTH RALLY at the Calhoun County Fair will be Wednesday, July 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. Several speakers and bands will perform.

•Calhoun County Fair Biscuit Making… Calhoun County Happy Homemakers MHV club will be making homemade biscuits at the Calhoun County Fair July 20-21 at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come watch. Free sample. For info, 412-3177.

•4-H/FFA Meat Goat and Swine Show will be at the Calhoun County Fair at the Calhoun County Agri-Center in Pittsboro Wednesday, July 19. The show will begin at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. For more info, 412-3177.

•Baking Contest at the Fair… Make an iced cake from any of the recipes published in the Calhoun County Journal and win a subscription for a year to the Calhoun County Journal. Entries must include a copy of the recipe along with the name of the featured cook that was published in the Calhoun County Journal to be eligible for the prize. For information, 412-3177.

•Yalobusha Historical Society Yalobusha will meet Thursday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in its headquarters the former Coffeeville Presbyterian Church. Speaker is Mark Lawson director of the future North Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery being constructed in Kilmichael. Lawson will talk about who can be buried in the cemetery and who can be buried with a veteran and gives other info. Refreshments served. Visitors welcome.

•County Fair Pet Show Children under age 18 are invited to enter their pets in the Calhoun County Fair Pet Show Thursday, July 20 at 6 p.m. at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds in Pittsboro. Prizes awarded for all classes: Cats, Dogs, Miscellaneous (All Other Pets, no snakes). Each class will compete in Most Well-Behaved, Most Unusual, Waggiest Tail, Prettiest Eyes, Saddest Eyes, etc. Best Costume prize to one pet (regardless of class). Participants multiple pets, but pets must belong to the person showing them. Pet must be domestic, no livestock. No entry fee. For info call Extension Office at 412-3177. Entry forms may be picked up at the Extension Office or filled out just before the contest.

•Youth Pig Scramble will be held at the Calhoun County Fair Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. or immediately after the Pet Show. Participants must be 12 and under. Pig scramble will be held at the Livestock Barn at the Fairgrounds in Pittsboro. For more info contact Trent Barnett at the Calhoun County Extension Office at 412-3177.

•4-H Pot Luck Supper will be Thursday, July 20 from 5-7 p.m. for $5 plate. This 4-H fundraiser project is being held at the Calhoun County Fair. Come to the Calhoun County Multi-Purpose Building to purchase your supper plate. For info contact Trent Barnett at 412-3177.

•Calhoun County Fair Jackpot Barrels and Roping will be Friday July 21 at 7 p.m. at the arena.

•Bentley community center gospel singing and fish fry fundraiser July 22 at 6 p.m. Featured groups are The Slaton Family and The New Gospel Travelers. For info, Maxine McFall 341-2387 or Helen Spencer 628-6830.

•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 22. Registration 11 a.m.- noon. Categories include breads, cookies, cakes, pies and candy.

•Calhoun County Fair Rodeo will be July 22 beginning at 7 p.m. with sheep riding starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in bull riding, bareback horses, roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Kids’ activities offered. For info, contact Trent Barnett at the Calhoun County Extension Office at 412-3177.

•Calhoun County Fair Youth Cook-Off will be held at Calhoun County Fair at the Fairgrounds, Saturday, July 22 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Fair Association will provide grill, meat and plates. Participants do not have to be a resident of Calhoun County to participate. For info call Trent Barnett, 4-H Youth Agent at the Extension Office at 412-3177.

•Thirteenth Annual Turner Reunion  will be held in Pittsboro, MS at the Agri Center Multi-Purpose Bldg. on Sunday, July 23. Bring a picture of  your family or any ancestor to add to the family History project. (Names indicated on back please.) Building will be open by 10:30 a.m. Pot Luck Lunch at noon. Business, events, and fellowship. All family and friends invited to attend.

•Pieces and Patches Quilt Club will meet Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. Everyone who loves to quilt is invited to attend.

•ABE/GED CLASSES orientation/registration dates are set. Day orientation/registration for new students is July 24-25 from 9 a.m.-noon or night students from 5-8 p.m. Classes are offered by Northwest Community College at the Adult Ed Center on North Newberger Ave. in Bruce. Must be at least 17 years old and not currently enrolled in school. Must attend one of the orientation/registration dates. For more info, call Ada Armstrong 414-6063.

•QUICK BITES will meet Thursday, July 27 at noon via videoconference at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Program will be diseases of backyard fruits and vegetables.

•SHOEMAKE FAMILY REUNION will be Saturday, July 29 at Bruce Community Building beginning at 10 a.m. All family and friends are invited. Bring a dish.

•ANNUAL SCHOOL PRAYER WALK Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m. Please meet at the high school of your choice--Bruce, Calhoun City, Vardaman or Calhoun Academy. Please come and pray for the students, workers, teachers and leaders of these schools.

•3rd annual Calhoun county teacher’s luncheon will be Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Multi-Purpose building in Pittsboro.  If you, your church or civic group are interested in helping in any way, please contact Sonja Chrestman by email at

•BIG CREEK SCHOOL reuNION will be Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Paisley’s Steak House in Big Creek. Lunch at noon, $10 plate. All are invited.

•CORTEZ MOSS ROAST will be Saturday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Corner on the Calhoun City Square. $50 per person, casual dress. RSVP by July 21 to 662-414-1648 or Make checks payable to Excel.

•4-H Sewing club meeting will be Monday, Aug. 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro.  Call 662-412-3177 for more information.

•SOUTH CALHOUN HEAD START CENTER is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school years for children 3 and 4 years old. Children must be age eligible on or before September 1 to apply. Applications are being accepted from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For info, call 628-6585. Location: 125 Carter Street, Calhoun City.

•4-H Kids in the Kitchen club meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 17,  at 3:30 P.M. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Call 662-412-3177 for information.

•4-H Handy Helpers club meeting is  Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Call 662-412-3177 for more information.

•BENEFIT PROGRAM FOR LATARUS SYKES son of Ida Sykes and Earl Campbell will be Saturday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Calhoun City. Music, food and auction. All groups, choirs, soloists invited. for info, call Deborah Pittman 809-0631.

•VFW #4100 BINGO every Friday night. Cards available at 6, play begins at 7. Ends at 10 p.m. For info, call 662-786-1545.

•Republican Party/Republican Women meetingS... Women meet the first Tuesday in each month at the courthouse in Pittsboro at 5:30 p.m. The county party meets the third Tuesday in each month courthouse at 7 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

•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 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.

•WEIGHT?WATCHERS?IN BRUCE meets every Monday night at 5:30 p.m. at Jody’s Dance Studio.

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

•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?CITY?ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meets Tuesday nights at 7 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:

Car Show Winners

sawmill fest car show62

sawmill fest car show62Lions Club President Jerry Janci awards the People’s Choice Award to Wayne Hardy of Randolph for his 1957 Chevy at the Sawmill Festival’s annual car show.

sawmill fest car show61Bruce native Dewayne Coleman earned the Mayor’s Cup trophy from Mayor Rudy Pope for his entry in the car show.

James Wade

James Edmond Wade, 90, went to his heavenly home July 14, 2017 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. His parents were Ed and Ollie Wade. He had a loving wife of 49 years, Clara McFall Wade, who passed away September 3, 1999. He was a hard worker--a true MS dairy man, cotton, and grain farmer. He was a World War II veteran. He enjoyed flying his airplane and riding his motorcycle. [Read more...]

Bruce Sawmill Festival

oxford all stars

oxford all starsThe Oxford All Stars capped off a wonderful first day of the Bruce Sawmill Festival. Day two starts early with the 5K Run, Car Show, Sawmill demonstrations, arts and crafts and lots of live entertainment on the square.

Aqua Queen Pageant

aqua queen 2017

aqua queen 2017Many Aqua Queens were crowned Thursday night on the Bruce Square at the annual pageant sponsored by the 20th Century Club opening the 2017 Bruce Sawmill Festival. Pictured are, from left, Emory Gulledge, Parker Grace Long and Jaylee Grace Warren. See more pageant winners in next week's CCJ.