Bruce Sawmill Festival was most successful ever; enjoyed short trip to Hot Springs

Lisa McNeece

Bruce’s Sawmill Festival had the biggest crowd in its history on Friday night and Saturday. The square was full of vendors and visitors with quite a festive atmosphere throughout. In addition to the local crowd, there were Calhoun County natives and a lot of out-of towners.

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County failing to completely empty garbage bins an ongoing problem

Lisa McNeece

An on-going problem that complaining doesn’t seem to get permanently fixed– garbage left in your garbage bin after pickup.

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Family beach trip cut short, but still memory making

Lisa McNeece

Our family beach trip was abbreviated last week due to visitation and funeral of Kerry Heinz. We normally leave Wednesday afternoon and return home Sunday, but this year, we left Wednesday morning and came home early Friday morning.

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I feel like a part of me is missing

Kerry Heinz and Lisa McNeece

Kerry Heinz and I have been best friends since elementary school. Along the way, there have been boyfriends, marriages, babies, divorces, deaths, but we’ve always had each other.

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I don’t recall the first Journal office on the square

Lisa McNeece

Part of the renovation in The Journal has included new artwork for the walls. On one of the front walls, we had canvas prints made of The Journal in three different time periods.

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Homemade Butterfinger ice cream makes its first appearance of the summer

Lisa McNeece

I have a new favorite food blog, that I discovered, of course, through Pinterest. The blog is South Your Mouth. And the recipe that caught my attention was Butterfinger Pie with a photo that made my mouth water.

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Scooby Doo comes to my aid at SquareFest in Calhoun City

Lisa McNeece

Calhoun City’s Square-Fest was well attended Friday night for movies on the square and the 5K Glow Run. It rained on and off Friday, but sawdust was brought in on the wettest areas of the square, and the rain held off Saturday for the arts and crafts part of the festival.

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Journal renovation almost complete; attended State of the Region in Tupelo

Lisa McNeece

The Journal interior renovation is 98 percent complete. I gave Tony Martin and crew a deadline, and they made it. I told them they could work past last Friday, but that’s all we were paying them for.

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Bad news from the Neshoba County Fair; Journal renovation ongoing

Lisa McNeece

When Sid Salter called me Thursday and mentioned fair cabin insurance in the first sentence, I knew we were in trouble.

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The Journal is getting a facelift

Lisa McNeece

After 27 years, The Journal is getting a facelift. The blue counter tops, gray walls and gray striped wallpaper that were so “in” in the late 80s are going. The new color scheme will be khaki mixed with some brown and black.

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