Canzas Williams

Canzas Williams

“We are peas and tater folks, with cornbread,” said Canzas Williams. “Cornbread is a must,” and says she has been making it “forever.” Since daughter Skylar has also learned to make cornbread, she wants to be the one making it every time.
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Sorting out the race for president

Joel McNeece

Figured out who you’re going to support for president next year? I can tell you there are no shortage of choices thus far, but are there any good ones?

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Terry Martin was a lot more than just our carpenter

Lisa McNeece

I am so heartbroken over the tragic death of Terry Martin last week. The first work Terry Martin ever did at my house was before I moved in. It was 1989, and Jo Ellen, Marshall and I were moving from my parents’ house, to the house across the street where we now live.

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Fallout from Epps scandal had roots in private prison expansion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In great measure, the emerging judicial and political fallout from the bribery scandal surrounding former Mississippi commissioner of public safety Chris Epps had its origins in Mississippi’s private prisons expansion that began some 20 years ago.

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Former Trojan Armstrong among top Juco receivers

Donta Armstrong

Donta Armstrong, of Bruce, is among several Northeast Mississippi Community College football players to receive preseason honors from the national governing body of athletics for two-year institutions.
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Bruce Cheerleaders

bruce cheer

bruce cheerBruce Trojan cheerleaders for 2015-16 are, from left, front, Briana Pulliam, Logan Collins, Bailey Massey, Keyziah Armstrong; middle, Lakyn Burt, Brooke Bennett, Marley Hood, Taylor Haire, Julianna Cain; back, Ashton Griffin, Jalynn Aron, Anna Carol Corder, Chassidy May. Photo by Addy Photography

Third arrest made in Calhoun City robbery, shooting case as victim improves


A third man has been arrested in the burglary and shooting case that put a Calhoun City woman in the hospital last week.
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Classified Ads

LOST EARRING in TNT, Fred’s or Piggly Wiggly. Gold and diamond.  $50 reward. Call 413-4030.                            26c-od
5.5 ACRES LAND, 1 acre cleared with electric, water and sewer, $25,000. 88B CR 257 Bruce. Call 662-983-2485 or 662-983-0643. 26tnc-fm                   ________________________

HOME FOR SALE WITH LAND in your area! Big Creek, MS. 4 BD, 2 B with 1,300 sq ft. built in 2006. Financing available (with approved credit). Low down payment and easy terms. Contact Brett at 855-847-6808 for more information.    19,26,2,9p

FOR SALE or RENT! Building next to Pullen Dental Clinic in Bruce. New AC and roof. Call 983-4330.                   19tnc-pp

3 BR 2 B, DOUBLE CARPORT, brick house for sale. Tin-top roof, portable shed on 1 acre, Hwy 341, 1-1/2 miles from Vardaman. Asking $45,000. Call 662-414-1713 or 662-414-5635.                     5,12,19,26p

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.             9tn

97 FORD F150 PICKUP, $1,850. Terry Joe Blount. Call 662-628-0783.                               26tnc

2007 LINCOLN MKX, fully loaded. Garage kept, excellent condition. Serviced regularly, lady driver. 98,000 miles. $12,000. Call 662-048-5822, leave message.                  26,2,9,16p-ar


2012 HARLEY DAVIDSON wide glide. 7,300 miles, $10,500. Call 983-8339 or 414-1224.

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.

WOOD DUCKS $100 pair, Quail $3-$4, Chickens $3-$10 each. Joe T. Massey. Call 983-3266.                        16tnc
HOSS PEN FARMS– Obsession II Sweet Corn. James E. Shaw, owner; 1373 James Rd. Gore Springs. Call 662-226-1709 or 662-809-6607.                26,2p

PALLET JACK like new $150 OBO; 72 Ford Maverick, 4 door, cranks and runs, needs gas tank, $1,400 OBO; 2001 Harley Davidson Dyna Lowrider, 30,000, miles, $6,000 OBO. Call 414-6332.                -Aug 26p-cp

RARE FIND! Blaupunkt German-made working console stereo, lighted with bar; Henredon Dining Table with 11 chairs. Timbeau’s, Downtown Winona, Tim James, 662-417-9518; James Nero, 337-945-2377.
1 BR TRAILER, Paris area. All appliances furnished. Only single or couple need apply. No pets, no yard work. Call 662-417-0200.                               26p-ck
RV & CAMPER SPOTS available at The Shade Tree Farm, Hwy 9W Banner, 6 miles from Bruce. Monthly rates. Call 662-473-6660.                               12tnc

1-2 BR UNITS AVAILABLE. Utilities included. Stove, fridge and other furnishings available. $150-$165 per week. Call 662-832-4096.                     8tnc-nt


MINI-STORAGE at Derma available. 8-1/2x10; 10x10; 10x12-1/2; 10x15. Call 628-6635 or 456-6319.                     31tnc-fn

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

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

COLLINS DOZER WORK. Drive-ways, house lots. Cleanup and clearing. Joey or Joe Collins, 927-0856 or 800-4109.   20tnc

ROOFING! Metal or shingle. Call Joey Collins for building, remodeling, repairs, plumbing and electrical needs. Free estimates. Call 662-927-0856.             tnc

WILL SIT WITH ELDERLY in their home. Have references. Call 628-1906 or 835-9404.
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
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.   ________________________

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

•Macedonia Water Association annual meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at well site. All members of the association are encouraged to attend.

•7th CALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL REUNION will be Sept. 4-6 at multi-purpose building in Pittsboro. Cost is $50 per person. Will be dedicating our memorial stone to be installed at the school on Sept. 5. You may mail registration to North Calhoun High School Reunion, PO Box 1020, Bruce, MS 38915.

•Jesse Yancy Memorial Library will be closed Saturday-Monday, Sept. 5-7 in observance of Labor Day.  Regular hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.

•MT. COMFORT WATER ASSN. Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the association office.

•Springhill School class reunion will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 in the Springhill Schoolhouse in Webster County. The school operated from 1927-57. Anyone who attended is invited. Spouses are welcome. Potluck will begin at noon; bring your favorite dish.
For more information, call 662-226-4393 or 662-258-3893.

•2015 MRS. calhoun cares pageant September 12 at 6 p.m. at Vardaman Gym. Register on or before August 28. Entry forms available at HomeTown Cafe in Bruce or Hudson’s Flowers in Calhoun City. For info, Tammy Tallant 983-0864, Chad Whitworth 983-7777, Brenda Ellett 628-3511.

•2-mAN SCRAMBLE Mid-South Chapter ITPA Golf Tournament, at Creekside Golf & Swimming Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. shotgun start. 18-hole event with $10,000 hole-in-one prize on #15. $80 per team. Lunch provided. Cash prizes each flight. Mulligans 2/$5. Golf carts $10 (unless a premier cart member.) Contact Deanna Wooten 662-983-1211 or

•STOVALL, CORBITTS, MHOONS, BURSONS, WORTHAMS, STEELS will have their family reunion Saturday, Sept. 19 at Bruce Community Center. Country style BBQ served. Event starts at 11 a.m. For info, call Ron Mabry 662-209-0131, Helen Spencer 628-630, Larry Corbitt 800-4787. $25 for a family of four, and $5 per person. Send fees to Mary Cole, 134 Parkview Dr., Calhoun City, MS 38916.

•calhoun cares 5k glow run/walk October 3 at 8 p.m. Bruce Square. Entry $25 before September 24 guarantees shirt. Race day registration $30. Proceeds to Calhoun Cares benefiting county cancer patients. FMI Tracey Bailey 983-8736 or email Registration forms available at HomeTown Cafe.

•FREE ADULT READING AND WRITING HELP... Bruce First Baptist Church is currently 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. There is no charge for the tutoring, but there is a small fee for the workbook. All tutors have been certified by the MS Baptist Literacy Missions Board. For more information, call the church office. 662-983-2218.

•NORth CALHOUn GRADUATES of 1952-1970 are raising funds to place a memorial stone on the grounds of the school in Bruce. An account has been set up by Leon Harris for donations at BancorpSouth, and the address for mailing is PO Box 368, Bruce, MS 38915.

•SOUth CALHOUn GRADUATES from the school beginning to 1970 are raising funds to place a memorial stone on the grounds of the school in Calhoun City. An account has been set up by Ada Armstrong, Earnest Fox, Carl Roberts and Frank Morgan. Bring donations to Renasant Bank in Calhoun City. For info, call Ada at 662-414-6063. Dedication will be Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

•DUSTY GOODSON BENEFIt will be Saturday, Oct. 17 at Vardaman Community Center. They plan to have an auction and a meal. If you want to help, contact Charles Mahan, 983-0931. Proceeds will go to buy medical equipment for Goodson, who is a paraplegic.

•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.

•CALHOUN ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival building. The club is setting up a senior scholarship fund and has begun fundraising. 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. Call 628-412-3183 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.

•FREE ADULT BASIC EDUCATION/GED preparation classes are held at the Bruce Adult Education Center on Newburger Ave. Call Ada Armstrong 414-6063 or the center 983-2038. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday 9- noon, 5-8 p.m. Counseling 2 Career (C2) for ages 17-21 (out of school) available. Teachers are Ada Armstrong and Margaret Mays.

•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.

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

• 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:

Column: Vardaman Rams look to turn moral victories into realized results

Ty Allushuski

CUMBERLAND – The scoreboard in the distance read 25:35 until kickoff. A menacing wolverine with gnashed teeth and blood red eyes cast a stare from between the words “East” and “Webster.”

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