One of the greatest honors of my life

Joel McNeece

I am two months into one of the greatest honors of my life – serving the Mississippi Press Association (MPA) as its president – and am reminded daily of the many people who are responsible for this incredible opportunity.

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Celia’s phone disaster at the pool; White House Hotel lived up to expectations

Lisa McNeece

The launch of the SEC network this weekend makes me think I’ll be seeing less and less of my husband.

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Ronnie Musgrove’s zeal over full funding for MAEP hasn’t waned

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The push being spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to gin up lawsuits against the state over the failure of the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is one that is understandable if one simply read his Wikipedia entry on his political views on education.

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Enrollment is up in Bruce and Calhoun City; slight decreases at Vardaman, Calhoun Academy


Enrollment in the Calhoun County School District is up for the third consecutive year with the biggest gains in the lower grades in Bruce and Calhoun City.

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Supervisors proposing 1.2 mil tax increase

Barney Wade

The board of supervisors is proposing a 1.2 mil tax increase for the county, citing an increase in operating cost as the primary reason.

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Bruce Board approves $262,644 deficit budget; grants themselves pay increase

Bruce Mayor Rudy Pope

The Bruce Board of Aldermen voted for a $262,644 deficit budget that includes a 5% pay raise for city employees and a 60% pay increase for themselves.

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Yard Of Month CMYK

Larry and Robin Parker’s home was chosen August Yard of the Month by the Bruce Twentieth Century Club. The Parkers live in the Yoda Creek subdivision. Photo by Celia D. Hillhouse

Classified Ads

FOR SALE                       2
Houses, Land, Mobile Homes
3 BR HOUSE in Pittsboro on 1.4 acre lot. Shop/storage wired. Fenced back yard. Reduced to $45,000. Cal 413-4185 or 414-0001.                         13tnc-lm
60 ACRES LAND, 9 miles north of Vardaman on Hwy 341, Reid community. Land is two miles east from highway on a Weyerhaeuser service road in a gated area. Great for hunting, weekend get-away. Asking $1,200 acre. Dudley Davis, 662-983-0234 or 662-568-2008.                30tnc
5 BR 3-1/2 B one-story home south of Bruce on 2 acres w/mother-in-law wing; greenhouse, beautiful yard. Price negotiable. 901-491-9071 or 901-491-4267.                    16tnc-rb
LARGE LOTS in Country Estates Subdivision, 2 miles west of Calhoun City Hospital, starting at $2,000 per lot; 3 lots in Churchhill Subdivision discounted to sell; 30 lots in Briarwood Subdivision Part II in Vardaman, practically finished, super opportunity. Fred Nabors, 456-6319.                                 9tnc
REDUCED TO $55,000.  3 BR 2 B brick home in Bruce, 1,700 sq. ft. with 2 acres, 433 N. Pontotoc Rd. Call 983-2620 or 628-4171.                          23tnc-ec
FOR SALE                       3
Autos, Trucks, Motorcycles
FOR SALE                       4
Appliances,  Furniture
SAVE $100s, POSSIBLY over $1,000 on name brand mattresses at The Mattress Outlet, Hwy 8, Vardaman. Open every Saturday, 9-4. Tommy Scarbrough, owner.                 21tnc
Used appliances washers, dryers, ranges for sale at Brasher’s Home Furnishings, ph. 983-2368.
FOR SALE                    6
Animals, Pets
FREE KITTENS. Call 983-2881.
POLISH & BANTY CHICKENS, also ducks. Call 983-3266.
FOR SALE                     7
SQUARE BALES OF HAY. Call 699-9839.                           25tnc
FOR RENT                     8
1 BR 1 B APARTMENT. Call 662-983-8800.         20,27,3,10c-js
3 BR HOUSE in Bruce. $400 month, $400 deposit. Call 662-414-1982.                      20c-nj

MINI-SYSTEMS of Bruce. Short or long term rental storage units. Climate Control Available! Various sizes—5×10, 10×10, 10×15, 10×20. Brasher’s Home Furnishings, ph. 983-2368.
OPPORTUNITY                   9
BUSINESS FOR SALE. Owner wants to retire from well established local floral and gift shop. Great customer base! Serious inquiries only. Call 414-1108.
WANTED                     10

NOTICE                        11

BLUEBERRY HILL LANDFILL is closing August 31. House and land for rent. Joe V. Anglin, 662-542-3020.                      13,20c
The Pickin’ Shed, Hwy 9W, Banner. Home Improvement Mdse.  Open Monday thru Saturday 9-5, closed every 4th weekend. Call 662-473-6660  for more info.                          19tnc
The Journal assumes no responsibility for the wording or content of classifieds advertisements.
SERVICES                   12
WANT TO BABYSIT in my home on Hwy 331, one mile off Hwy 9. Janice Poynor, 927-0381.
BUSH-HOGGING! Any type. Free estimate. Call 662-983-2815 or 662-567-8041.     30,6,13c-rm
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
WINTERIZE NOW! Consider a new metal or shingle roof. Call Joey Collins for all your building, remodeling, repairs, metal roofing, plumbing and electrical needs. Free estimates. Call 662-927-0856 today!          14tnc-jc
DO YOU NEED YOUR YARD mowed or other yard work? Call 662-628-5271 or 662-4141831
HOME REPAIR & MAINTENANCE– Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting and more. Tommy L. Roane, 662-983-8326 or 662- 983-7557.


BWS WELDING, STEEL & ALUMINUM, farm equipment repair, portable welder. Bobby W. Sexton, 614 CR 130. Call 662-414-8295 (cell)                   21tnc-bs
MARTIN CONSTRUCTION & Home Maintenance. Contact us for all your home repair needs. TONY MARTIN, ph. 413-4644.
POSTED                     13
Landowner Owners
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

•Pleasant Agers will meet at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Calhoun County Wednesday, Aug. 20.  Meet and greet at 11:30 a.m. Potluck meal at noon.  Guest speaker will be Rev. Jason Collins of Calhoun City.  Pastor Justin Gates and church invite everyone.  The church is four miles west Bruce on County Road 231.

•QUICK BITES meets Thursday, Aug. 21 at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Dr. Wayne Porter, Regional Extension Specialist, will present “Poisonous Plants and How to Live with Them.”

•John Moorman is the Yalobusha Historical Society speaker for the Thursday, Aug. 21, meeting at 2 p.m. in the former Coffeeville Presbyterian Church.  John’s topic is “My Denley Kinfolks.” Visitors are welcome.

•DEMOCRATIC 1st Congressional District Meeting will be Aug. 23 at the new brick courthouse north of the Square in Oxford from 10-11 a.m. The meeting with candidates or their representatives will begin at 11:15 a.m.

•VARDAMAN HIGH SCHOOL SLOW PITCH will host an alumni softball game Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. at the sports complex. Anyone interested, please call Kelsey Nelson Floyd at 542-8234.

•Calhoun City Public Library will host “End of Summer Party” Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m.-noon. Extreme Jumpers will provide a water-slide and free snow-cones for visitors to the library.   Dress appropriately, and come through the library before sliding.  The library is at 113 East Burkitt Avenue.

•Gentiva Home Health’s Calhoun City Office has launched a Food Drive to Benefit Calhoun Baptist Association. Staff members from the Gentiva Home Health office will be blanketing the community through August, distributing food collection bags and gathering donations for Calhoun Baptist Association as part of the company’s 10th Annual Food Drive. Contact Gentiva for more information.

•COLOR FOR A CAUSE RUN will be Saturday, Aug. 23 in Houston. Registration 7:30-8:45 a.m. First group of runners leaves at 9:15. Large portion of each participant’s proceeds will go to a selected charity of choice. 1.5 or 3.2 mile walk/run with color stations. Music, food, kids’ games and awards ceremony 11 a.m.-noon. For info, call  run director Will Montgomery 662-507-1515, or

•Gardener’s Delight and Master Gardeners will meet Monday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Jeffery’s on the square in Bruce. Everyone is welcome.

•Pieces and Patches will meet Monday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building. The group is starting a new quilt, so now would be a great time to join. Everyone is welcome to attend.

•Leader Training will be Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.  at the Multi-Purpose Building. Guest speaker will be Dr. Mariah Morgan, who will talk about cell phone technology.  Everyone is urged to participate.

•MACEDONIA WATER ASSN. ANNUAL MEETING Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the well house.

•QUICK BITES meets Thursday, Aug. 28 at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro.Susan Cosgrove will present “What’s in Your Personal Care Products?”
Learn ingredients to avoid and why. Participants are invited to bring their own personal products for discussion.

•BRUCE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1959 will hold their 55th year class reunion Saturday, Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum. FMI call Ann Herring 662-414-1271.

•SOUTH CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 50 year class reunion Saturday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. Methodist Corner on Calhoun City square. Doors open at 4 p.m. For info, Edna 662-637-2739, Betty 662-523-2278 or 662-800-4148.

•Calhoun City Public Library will be closed August 30-September 1 for the Labor Day Holiday.  Regular hours will resume Sept. 2.

•HALLUM FAMILY REUNION Sunday, Aug. 31 at noon at the American Legion Building in Calhoun City. Everyone asked to bring one dish. FMI David Hallum 662-800-5515.

•JAMES REUNION will be Sunday, Aug. 31 at Vardaman Community Center. All relatives and friends are invited.

•EXCEL Tai Chi Class. Slow graceful movement strengthening balance and enhancing overall health. A series of  four classes on Tuesdays, Sept. 2-23 from   6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost $5 per class/$20 for series. Wear comfortable clothing. Call 628-5165 to register.

•BHS CLASS OF 1994 is planning a class reunion for September. Call Alecia Todd 983-0295 or Tracey Liles 417-1100 for info.

•Managing the Family Forest in Mississippi will be presented at the Calhoun County Extension Office (at the AgriCenter) in Pittsboro Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost of the short course is $29/person or $47/couple (non-refundable) which will cover lunch, refreshments.

•VIETNAM VETERANS will be honored with a brunch Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at Bruce VFW Post. The event is being given by the Ladies Auxiliary Post 5571. All Vietnam veterans and spouses are invited. RSVP by Sept. 4 to 983-7536, 983-7253, 983-2677.

•2-MAN SCRAMBLE Mid-South Chapter ITPA Golf Tournament September 18, Yoda Creek Golf Club. 18-hole event with $10,000 hole-in-one prize on Hole #15. $80 team. 10 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch provided. Cash prizes each flight. Mulligans 2/$5. Doorprizes. Golf carts $10 (unless premier cart member.) FMI or 662-983-1211.

•DOG LOVERS! LEAGUE FOR NO-KILL SHELTER meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Bruce Park Pavilion. 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.

•COUNTRY COUPLES/LINE DANCING classes are being held on the second and fourth Tuesday nights at each month at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Calhoun City. For more information call 628-0617.

•CALHOUN ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival building. Danny Tutor is club president. For more info, call 682-7594. Everyone is invited.

•ARE YOU A CANCER PATIENT? Calhoun Cares is an ongoing non-profit organization to benefit cancer patients. If you are taking cancer treatments and you live in Calhoun County, you are eligible for assistance. Contact Calhoun Cares, Tammy Tallant, 662-983-0864.

•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.

•FOSTER/ADOPT PROGRAM… safe and stable families are sought in Calhoun County for foster families. Contact Natalie Bryant at 628-412-3138 for info about the Mississippi Department of Human Services Resource program.

•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.

•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 Mike Winter 412-2114 or Charlie Carter 414-0642.

•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 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Grace Southern Baptist Church in Calhoun City. 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 Friday nights 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:

Scott Petroleum

Scott Petroleum was named Bruce Chamber business of the month for August. With David Braddock, manager, is Bruce Chamber president Becky Wright. Photo by Celia Hillhouse