First Lady visits Vardaman Elementary

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Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant was in Vardaman Tuesday morning where she visited with third graders at VES. Mrs. Bryant told the class about what it’s like to be the First Lady and then read them a book. Photo by Joel McNeece

Librarians’ yearbook search

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Janice Vaughn, seated, Calhoun City Public Library branch manager, shares her personal yearbooks with Emily Sutherland, Jesse Yancy Memorial Library branch manager. The three county public libraries are uniting in a drive to get the county’s school yearbooks digitized and would appreciate the help of the public. Still needed are Bruce 1944, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1953, and CC: ’52, ’53, ’73, ’74 ,75, ’79, ’81, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’97, ’98, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’14. See the related story in the “news” section.

Vardaman street named for the late George Thomas


Vardaman schools named its new drive in honor of the late George Thomas, a longtime teacher, coach and principal. The new drive, built with school, town and county help, is used as the pickup/dropoff point for Vardaman Elementary students. Participating in the dedication were, from left, Lisa Pettit, VES Principal Dedee Lee, Robert Doolittle, Supervisor Tony Morgan, George Thomas’ widow Becky Thomas, Mayor James Casey, VHS Principal Porter Casey and school board member Whit Casey. Photo by Joel McNeece

Wildcats Win Again

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Calhoun City celebrates its 20-12 Homecoming victory over Ripley Friday night. The Wildcats improved to 5-0 on the season. Photo by Lisa McNeece

Calhoun City Homecoming Queen

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Adaysia Edwards was crowned Homecoming Queen at Calhoun City Friday night. Pictured, from left, are CCHS Principal Mike Ray, 2013 Queen Chelsea Vance, Anthony Edwards, Adaysia Edwards, and Wiley the Wildcat. Photo by Lisa McNeece

Bruce Junior Cheerleaders

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The junior cheerleaders entertained at Trojan Field Friday night prior to Bruce’s 25-12 win over West Bolivar. Photo by Joel McNeece

Calhoun’s Public Defender Kevin Howe

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Kevin Howe is in his 17th year as Calhoun County’s public defender. He said he was first drawn to the law profession as a child watching Perry Mason reruns on television. Read Kevin’s story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Homecoming at Calhoun City

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Calhoun City High School will celebrate homecoming this Friday night when the Wildcats host Ripley. The five seniors up for Homecoming Queen are, from left, Jenna Beth Hamilton, daughter of Joey and Connie Hamilton; Adaysia Edwards, daughter of Anthony and Felicia Edwards; LaDahja Varnado, daughter of Catreva Varnado and Chauncey Harper; Kayla Denton, daughter of Doug and Brandy Denton; and Britian Graefe, daughter of Stacy Graefe. Homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Photo by Joel McNeece

Calhoun City QB Chakel Gates


Wildcat QB Chakel Gates is motivated to lead the Wildcats to success based on last season’s disappointing loss to Bassfield in the Class 2A State Championship game. Read his story in the sports section. Photo by Joel McNeece