Summer Basketball winding down for high school teams

basketball city

Bruce, Calhoun City and Vardaman basketball teams worked to improve this summer by participating in a summer league at Calhoun City this June.

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Bailey Nix earns scholarship


baileyBailey Nix, center, a 2016 graduate of Bruce High School, was awarded a $500 Mississippi Association of Supervisors scholarship by the Calhoun board Monday morning in Pittsboro. Pictured, from left, are Tony Morgan, Ernest Fox, Bailey Nix, Gwin Longest, Jennifer Rogers, and Barney Wade.                                                                             Photo by Joel McNeece

Supervisors agree to refinance bonds, save county more than $231,000


Calhoun County Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to refinance the county’s general obligation bonds at considerable savings.
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Mayor explains water issue in Bruce; Vanlandingham talks technology to chamber

Jay Vanlandingham

Bruce Mayor Rudy Pope told the Chamber of Commerce Monday that a problem with a water line on Clay Street over the weekend caused some outages and low pressure for residents.
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Aleen Prophet

Aleen Prophet, 95, of Corinth, died Monday, June 20, 2016, at Magnolia Regional Hospital-Corinth. She was born November 25, 1920 in Vardaman, the daughter of the late Fillmore Dye and the late  Sally Dye. She was the wife of the late Samuel Prophet. She was retired manager - from Memphis Linen Supply, a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church, also a member of the Vardaman  City planning board. [Read more...]

Robert Benz

Robert Tod Benz, 42 of Englewood, California died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Ronald Regan Medical Center.
Born Thursday, December 27, 1973 in Oxford, the son of the late Charles "Tookie" Benz and Patricia
Turner Zinn. He was owner of Contract Engineering Assoc. where he was a Civil Engineer. [Read more...]

Classified Ads

HOUSE– 106 Rowe Ave, Calhoun City, 3 BR 1B. Appliances included. Call 662-414-8766.

HOUSE FOR SALE– 3 BR 2 B, 2 story. AC/Heat zoned. Asking $96,500. Negotiable. Young Ave. in Calhoun City. Call 662-744-0462.           1,8,15,22c-fh
SUPER NICE HOUSE– 4 BR 2B, Trane Central Heat/Air. 86 CR 151, Chickenbone Road. Call Sonny Burt, 662-456-6822.

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 HW 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
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1 BR 1 B APT. in BRUCE. Furnished. $300 month. Call 850-368-2096.                     8tnc-ch
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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.

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

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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

•PICKIN’ SHED will be having live music Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m. House Band and multiple entertainers providing music. Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. hosting Karaoke. Singers invited. Potluck meal both nights at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite dish. Donations accepted on Friday night, Cover charge ($5) for Saturday night. No alcohol.

•Jesse Yancy Memorial Library will be hosting a Celebration of Summer party Saturday, June 25  from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library. A waterslide/jumper and free snow cones will be available to anyone who comes into the library that day. Please enter the library for a sticker before going on the slide.

•Masonic Family Community Picnic is Saturday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Willis Park in Calhoun City. All children are invited. Free food–hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, chips. Event hosted by Lawrence Woodard Lodge 598A and Lawrence Woodard Court 199.

•FERGUSON FAMILY REUNION will be Sunday, June 26 at the Multi-Purpose Building in Pittsboro beginning at 10:30 a.m. All descendants of Thomas Newton and Zara McGreger Ferguson, as well as friends, are invited to attend. The day will include fellowship, reminiscing, and door prizes with a pot luck lunch at noon.

•DESCENDANTS OF JOHN & VERDA KELLY will have their annual reunion Sunday, June 26 at the Cecil Davis Community Building in Bruce. Potluck lunch begins at approximately 12:30.

•Pieces and Patches Quilt Club will meet Monday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building. Everyone is invited.

•Jesse Yancy Memorial Library continues Summer Reading Programs this week with Theresa Nicks presenting the Toddlers program Monday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m. At 2 p.m. Regina Moore-Capell will have a game day for the Children’s class. Tuesday, June 28 Beginners’ program presented by Lee Glass at 10:30 a.m. with Ann Beckett Willis.  At 2 p.m. Jennifer Rogers will host the Teen Class with a guest dietitian who will show the teens some health snacks. Family Night Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. at the Old Bruce Theater will be Animal Tales.

•New Start Resource Center... June 27 Dress Up/Tea Day noon-3 p.m. July 2 Farmers Market 11-2.

•Gardener’s Delight and Master Gardeners will meet Monday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. Call if you will be attending for supplies.

•blood DRIVE Monday, June 27 from 3:30-7 p.m. at The Methodist Corner in Calhoun City. Event is sponsored by Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church.

•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. 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. The program will be on mosquitoes and Zika.

•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.

•Hellums family reunion will be  at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church on Pontotoc CR 885 (Robbs Road) Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. until. Lunch is potluck. Bring food, photos, 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. Stay for music and fireworks on square later that night. Event is sponsored by Bruce First.

•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 Chamber of Commerce at 983-2222.

•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.

•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. The pig scramble will be held at the Livestock Barn at the Fairgrounds in Pittsboro. For info contact Trent Barnett at at 412-3177.

•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.

•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 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.

•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.

•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. participate.

•South Calhoun head start center is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. 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. Contact Patsy Zeidman at 662-628-1378.
•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 information, call the church office. 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.

•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.

•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 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
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Man charged with rape of daughter


A man living in Vardaman has been charged with the rape of his daughter.

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Kenny “Cornbread” Thornburg

Kenny Thornburg, AKA “Cornbread”, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born October 24, 1962 in Rockford, IL to Johnnie and Donna Hada Thornburg. He was an avid Indiana Colts fan who enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, NASCAR racing and playing with his dog “Boo-Boo”. He was a fun-loving person and always the “life of the party”. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his grandchildren. [Read more...]