MarijuanaCalhoun Sheriff's Dept. found one of the largest loads of marijuana in Calhoun County today. More than 185 plants were found at the home of William Taylor, CR 165, who was arrested late this afternoon. From left, Sheriff Greg Pollan, Deputy Dean Poynor and Deputy Kenneth White.

Banner man arrested, huge amount of marijuana


One of the biggest marijuana finds in the county resulted in the arrest of a Banner man today.

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David Sandidge

Faber David "Dave" Sandidge, 84, passed away August 16, 2016, at Floyd Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. He was born October 4, 1931, in Osceola, AR to James Solomon Sandidge and Bonnie Estell Baker Sandidge. He was a band director for 45 years and began his illustrious career in Bruce in 1957.
He earned a Bachelor`s Degree at Memphis State University, his Master's Degree at Ole Miss, and did further graduate work at Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He went on to lead award-winning band programs in Hazlehurst, Clarksdale, Gulfport and North Richland Hills, Tx. During most of those years, he also served as a choir director for Methodist Churches. After retiring to Houston in 1997, he served as interim director for Houston High School, interim choir director at First Baptist Church and built the band program at Hebron Christian School. He was highly acclaimed by both colleagues and students; was named "Outstanding Band Director in Mississippi" by Phi Beta Mu in 1985; was awarded "Excellence in Music Education" by the National Band Association in 1985, and was inducted into the Gulf Coast Band Directors Hall of Fame in 2000. He greatly enjoyed serving as a director with the Mississippi All-State Lion's Band for 11 years and participated in several wins as top band at international competitions. He was a Marching and Concert Band adjudicator in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida. 

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Slow Pitch Softball

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bruce softballSlow pitch softball season is underway. Thursday night, Bruce defeated Houlka 9-8 thanks to a home run by Bailey Massey. Calhoun City won in Vardaman 19-7 last night. Conley Langford and Raven Arrington each hit home runs. Pictured are Jersey Ferguson and Riley Newman in the Bruce dugout. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set, Aug. 26-27


The newest technology and machinery used to advance the South’s timber industry will be demonstrated August 26-27 at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.
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Northwest Rangers ranked 10th in nation to open season

Benjy Parker

For the seventh time in the last 10 years, the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers will open up the football season nationally ranked. The defending national champions come in at No. 10 in this year's NJCAA preseason poll released Monday afternoon.

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EMCC ranked number one in nation to open JuCo season

East Mississippi Lions

SCOOBA – For the fourth time in the last five years, East Mississippi Community College will kick off the upcoming football season as the nation’s No. 1 team in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Preseason Top 20 Rankings, as announced this week by the national office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night


Now we can add the Zika virus to things that go bump in the night. Headlines abound.
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Stepp Saver

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andy stepp24Read about local pharmacist Andy Stepp, of Bruce, and what brought him to Calhoun County more than 25 years ago in our features section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Calhoun S.O. accepting donations to take to Louisiana flood victims

Sheriff Pollan

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is collecting items to be delivered to law enforcement officials in Livingston Parish, Louisiana this weekend.

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