School board looks at students’ art

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School board member Precious Thompson, of Calhoun City, looks over one of the art displays in the meeting room at the district office. Superintendent Mike Moore told the school board Monday night that they would like to offer art and music to all students K-12, but limited education funding from the state prevents it. See the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Superintendent says more teachers, programs hinge on improved state funding

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Superintendent Mike Moore told the school board Monday night that increased school funding looks likely for next year, based on legislative budget meetings he’s attended the past few weeks.

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Creighton University students spend their Fall Break in Calhoun City


A group of students from Creighton  University in Omaha spent the past week in Calhoun City assisting at Excel and Calhoun City Middle School.

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Bro. Alexander honored for 50 years at Lantrip Baptist Church

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Bill Williamson, right, pastor of Concord Baptist Church, was among the many that came by to visit with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander during a reception Sunday honoring his 50 years as pastor at Lantrip Baptist Church north of Bruce. The many visitors enjoyed refreshments, visiting under the tall, shade-providing oaks surrounding the church and looking over some memorabilia from Alexander’s career as pastor. Photo by Joel McNeece

Classified Ads

FOR SALE                       2
Houses, Land, Mobile Homes

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                       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
POLISH & BANTY CHICKENS, also ducks. Call 983-3266.
FOR SALE                     7

706 TRACTOR FOR SALE, $3,500. Call John Tucker, 637-7395.                                 22tnc
FOR RENT                     8

HOUSE FOR SALE OR RENT, 149 Young Ave. Calhoun City. 3 BR 2 B, zoned central H/A, large front porch, back porch, 2-story.  $108,500 or $600/mo. rent. Call 662-258-5566 or 662-617-0050.                 29,5,12,19c-rh

HOUSE FOR RENT– 112 W Countiss. 2 BR 1 B, screened in front porch. Stove, refrigerator and dishwasher furnished. $450 month plus deposit. Call 662-414-7196.                 15tnc-bm

FOR LEASE– 1 BR 1 B APT in Bruce, water furnished. Deposit $300. 662-832-1290.   15tnc-lh

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

WE ARE SEEKING TO HIRE a pianist/organist to play during our Sunday morning services in Water Valley. Contact us at or call the church office, 662-473-2682.                              22tnc
NOTICE                        11
JO’S COSTUME SHOP– 2526 University, Oxford, MS. 4,500 adult rental costumes. Open M-F. Call 662-234-8826.      29c

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
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SERVICES                   12
METAL ROOFING, HOME REPAIR, for all your needs, call Kenny Neal, 662-983-9184. 29p
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 662-414-1831.                             6tnc-jh
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

•BRUCE FOOTBALL is selling chicken plates as a fundraiser. Chicken plates will include a grilled chicken quarter, corn on the cob, baked potato and a roll. Cost is $10. Plates can be picked up Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4-6 p.m. at the football field concession stand. Please make checks payable to BHS Booster Club. Money and orders due Wednesday, Oct. 29. For information contact Phillip Beatty at 214-215-4849 or Coach Ray at 601-452-0561.

•QUICK BITES will meet Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Interested in Pinterest Lara Bowman, will show the group how to use the fastest growing social media site. You will learn how to discover pins and create boards about topics and ideas that interest you.

•BRUCE annual fall festival sponsored by Bruce civic clubs, will be Friday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. on the Bruce Square. For info, call Tonya Camp 662-927-0036 or e-mail

•Toy Drive… Fine Arts Club of Bruce will hold its 5th Annual Toy Drive benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Saturday, Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of Fred’s and Piggly Wiggly in Bruce. Club members will be collecting new small toys (no stuffed animals) as well as monetary donations for toy purchases for children receiving treatment at the hospital.

•CPR CLASS with AED for a two year certification will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Excel in Calhoun City. Cost is $35 to be paid when registering. Deadline is noon on Thursday, Oct. 30. For info call 628-5165.

•J.D. BROWN MEMORIAL TRAIL RIDE for St. Jude will be Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Mud Creed Bottom Rd, north of Pontotoc Stock Yard. Lunch following ride, then auction. Wagons welcome. Hay rides available. Prizes for participants. Each $100 donation gets chance to win a saddle. For info: 489-1995, 419-3822, 488-1001, 489-2309 or 308-7084.

•RETIRED TEACHERS’ ASSN  will meet Monday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at Jeffery’s in Bruce. Dr. Charlotte Oakley will be the speaker. All are invited.

•Pieces and Patches will meet Mondays, Nov. 3  and 17 at 1 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building. Everyone is welcome to attend.

•Calhoun County MHV Council will meet Monday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Linda Doler.  All members are urged to attend. Officers for president, treasurer, historian, environment, health and nutrition, international, awards and recognition and nominating will be elected. Also discuss MHV Awards Banquet.

•QUICK BITES will be Thursday, Nov. 6 at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro with Lynette McDougald,The University Florist, will talk about Mississippi’s Bounty with center pieces for your holiday tables.

• Salad Luncheon… Fine Arts Club of Bruce will hold a Fall Salad Luncheon Friday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Bruce First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Tickets are $6, dine in or carry out and are available at Jeffery’s or from any club member.  Proceeds go to Local Reading Programs.

•1st Jimmy Don Hardin Memorial Trail Ride  will be Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Reid Community. Twentieth Century Club and friends of Jim are sponsoring the ride with all proceeds going to Calhoun County Relay for Life.

•BLESSING OTHERS YOUTH & RANCH RODEO will be Saturday, Nov. 8 in the at the Agri-Center in Pittsboro. Speed events at 4 p.m., barrels, poles, arena race, junior steer riding, $5 per entry. Age groups for speed events– 8 & under, 9-13, 14-18, 19 & over. Awards in each group. Ranch rodeo 5-event competition begins at 6 p.m. $50 per person or $200 per team. Buckles to overall average team and payout to fastest time in each event. Open 4D barrel race (payout) at halftime of ranch rodeo. For info, call Kristi Gore, 786-1462, Joe Hood, 297-6684 or Steve Faddock, 414-6349. Western vendors on site.

•RICHARD CLARK BENEFIT  will be Saturday, Nov. 8 at First Baptist CARE Center in Calhoun City. BBQ plates $10 starting at 5 p.m. Auction at 7 p.m. Donations appreciated. For info, call 983–9413 or 628-3870.

•SWEET POTATO COOKING CONTEST will be Saturday, Nov. 8. Categories are: Cakes, Miscellaneous (Desserts), Men’s, Pies, Miscellaneous (Others), Youth (12-18), Low Calorie and Children (under 12). The Mayor’s Cup will be presented at the Banquet Saturday night to the over-all winner.  The contest is open to the public. The recipe must be original and unpublished. The prepared dish and the recipe (without personal information) should be brought to the Vardaman School cafeteria between noon-1:00 p.m. Refrigeration not available. Have product assembled and ready to be put on judging table. For more information, contact Mitzi Hardin 682-9611 (day).

•BENTLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, 788 CR 418, Calhoun City, will have a Womanless Beauty Review Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Concessions open at 5 p.m. Admission $3 for ages 12 and up. For info, call Scott Echols 628-6741, Maxine McFall 628-1922 or Helen Spencer 628-6830.

•QUICK BITES will be Thursday, Nov. 13 at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro. Topic will be Instagram with Lara Bowman. Learn to use Instagram, the popular social photography/video app.

•HOLIDAY BAZAAR… Holiday Bazaar will be held Friday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m -6 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building in Pittsboro. The MHV will set up on November 13 at 2 p.m., and will need plenty of help. Happy Homemakers will be serving soup and sandwiches for lunch. Lunch available for dine in or carry out, $6 per plate.

•BRUCE BURST OF COLOR 5K RUN/WALK will be Saturday, Nov. 15. Event begins and ends at BHS. Registration at 7 a.m., run/walk at 8 a.m. Proceeds to build pressbox and new lights for BHS softball field. For info, Angie Owen  662-414-0990 or or Maria Baker 662-816-0500,

•Create Club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Community Building up on the hill by the Sheriff’s Office. Group will be making Christmas tree from pallets. If you know where we could get some pallets from, please let us know. You must RSVP by Friday, Nov.14 if you plan to participate. This project will involve a lot of prep work and there will be no time for last minute additions. Fees will be added as soon as supplies are added.

•QUICK BITES will be Thursday, Nov. 20  at noon at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro with Dr. Wayne Porter, talking about backyard fruit production.

•Gardener’s Delight and Master Gardeners will meet Monday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building in Pittsboro for the yearly planning meeting with a potluck meal.  Everyone is invited to attend.

•Bruce Christmas Parade will be Saturday, Dec. 6, starting from Bruce High School at 4:30 p.m. Theme will be “Christmas at Grandma’s.” Grand Marshal for the parade will be Lakyn Burt.

•VARDAMAN Christmas Parade will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. More details will be released later.

•FOOD FOR FAMILIES FOOD DRIVE… Calhoun County Extension Office is again participating in the WTVA Food for Families Food Drive. Bring any canned good or non perishable food item for our food container. All donated items will stay in Calhoun County.

•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 James Hardin, 983-7536.

•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:

Dr. ‘Fella’ Armstrong

Dr. George Wells “Fella” Armstrong III, 79, of Coffeeville, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at his residence.  He was born October 10, 1935 to the late George Wells and Georgia Criss Armstrong. He was a graduate of Coffeeville High School and received his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College. He earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Mississippi then earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He practiced medicine in Denver for over 25 years before moving back to Coffeeville in 1993 to open Dr. Fella’s Medical Clinic. He was a member of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church, a Mason and US Air Force Reserves Veteran.  [Read more...]

Inez Baker

Inez Simmons Baker, 94, of Batesville, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Batesville. She was born November 5, 1919 in Denison, TX to the late William Alfred and Johnnie Thelma Moore Simmons. She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and a retired retail salesperson. [Read more...]

Winfred Patterson

Winfred Patterson, 88, of Calhoun City, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Dugan Memorial Nursing Home in West Point.  He was born August 23, 1926 in Calhoun County, to Irby Vernon Patterson and Connie Dorcus West Patterson. He was retired farmer, a member of Calhoun City First Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy World War II Veteran. [Read more...]

Kathleen Mason

Kathleen Kelly Mason, 88, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. A Tupelo native, Kathleen was born September 28, 1926 to W.O. and Maude Galloway Kelly. She was a retired Human Resources Director at Grenada Lake Medical Center and a member of First Baptist Church in Grenada. She was a former member of the Grenada Pilot Club in which she headed up the Lifeline Program for many years. She was deeply involved with her family, church and friends.  [Read more...]