Leaders of the Bands

Julien Jennings

Taylor Haire loves the competition, Chelsea Tillman thrives on becoming a leader and Julien Jennings cherishes the opportunity to be more involved in his top passion – music.

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Lonnie Patton

Lonnie Buford Patton, 76, of Pittsboro,went to his heavenly home  Tuesday, Sept.  23, 2014, at the
State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born January 25, 1938 in Banner, the son of Harold Patton and Ruby Joblin
Patton. He was a member of Pittsboro First Baptist Church where he was a dedicated deacon for 43 years, serving as
chairman numerous times. He also served as Youth Sunday School Teacher, and Director of Discipleship Training.
He served his country in the Army National Guard for six years, attaining the rank Sargent E-6. He served on active
duty during the Berlin Crisis. He retired from Kellwood Co. after 42 years of service, where he held numerous
management positions. During his work week years he traveled to several South and Central American countries
where he met many friends that contributed to the work in the garment industry. He enjoyed spending time with his
family, church family and friends. To his family he was considered a strong and wise man, a man of integrity, a loving
husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. A man who made this world a better place to live.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nelda Harrelson Patton, Pittsboro; one daughter, Melanie (John)
Bollinger, Calhoun City; brother, George (Carol) Patton, Kosciusko; two grandchildren, Amanda  Bollinger and Jonathan Bollinger; special niece and nephew, Jessi Stevenson and Timothy Parker; sisters-in-law, Margaret Patton, Nancy Patton, Martha (Quincy) Parker, Tilda Harrelson and Betty Harrelson; six nieces and seven nephews, and several great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Roy, Ernest  and Jimmy Patton, and sister, Sarah Rasberry.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.  Funeral services will be Friday 11 a.m. at Pittsboro First Baptist Church with
Dr. Buford Usry and Bro. Randy Futral officiating. Interment will be in Pittsboro Cemetery, Pittsboro, MS.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 196 Charmant Pl. Ste. 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com

Corps hosting “Veterans’ Hunts” around Grenada Lake in November


The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Grenada Lake Field Office is organizing a special draw hunt to reduce deer herd numbers and slow habitat degradation within approximately 1,235 acres of forested and open land adjacent to the Grenada Lake Dam.

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Absentee voting underway for Nov. 4 election


Absentee voting is now underway for the Nov. 4 general election.  The ballot currently features five contested races, one statewide initiative and four races with only one candidate.

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Michelle Good

Michelle Good

Michelle Good has been cooking the Wednesday night meal at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church in Calhoun City for the past several months.

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Bruce High School Homecoming

BHS hc maids

Bruce High School senior homecoming maids are, from left, McKenzie Morris (Paul and Melissa Morris), Tamera Talford (Byron and Rita Talford), Cara May (Greg and Jennifer May), and Torie Patton, (Tommy and Paula Patton). The homecoming pep rally will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Bruce Square. Homecoming festivities are set for 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. game vs. Amory. The 2014 homecoming theme is “How Sweet It Is.” Photo by Celia D. Hillhouse

George Thomas honor more than deserved

Joel McNeece

When you need a little pick-me-up, Becky Thomas of Vardaman is better than a strong cup of coffee. I was reminded of that last week when I was honored to take part in a ceremony naming the drive outside Vardaman Elementary in memory of her late husband George Thomas – a renowned educator in this area.

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Excited to receive April McGreger’s “Sweet Potatoes” book

Lisa McNeece

We got a treat in the mail Monday– a cookbook by Vardaman native April McGreger. Simply titled “Sweet Potatoes,” the cookbook is part of the highly praised Savor The South Series.

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Understanding health insurance numbers key, plotting state’s future

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In 2013, the Census Bureau reports in their Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement that about 500,000 Mississippians or around 17.1 percent don’t have health insurance of any kind. Nothing.

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State’s win at LSU the latest of the “red-letter days” for the Big Three

Rick Cleveland

In history, we call them red-letter days. In college football, we call them program makers. They are the most especial of special days and games. They are the most meaningful of victories.

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