Nearly six inches of rain fell in Calhoun County Friday. The rain appears gone for the weekend, but overcast skies and high temperatures in the 70s are forecast to continue until Monday morning. Photo by Joel McNeece

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Barry Cannon and the rest of the soldiers with the 858th have returned safely to Calhoun County following their deployment to Afghanistan. Read Cannon’s account of their time overseas in the story below. Photo by Joel McNeece

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Winners in the Aqua Queen Pageant, 0-11 month girls, included, from left, Blakely Swords, photogenic, Matt and Angel Swords; Isabel King, 2nd, Brett and Melissa King; Kenna Bess Bollinger, 1st, Colby and Haley Bollinger; Sophie  Hall, winner, Trey Hall and Hannah Burt. All Aqua Queen/King pageant pictures will appear in the July 23 edition of The Journal.

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Bruce Trojan Jay Johnson, an Ole Miss commit, was today named to the Clarion Ledger’s 2014 Dandy Dozen. Johnson is the first ever Trojan to be named to the annual list of top high school football players in the state. Click here to visit the Clarion Ledger’s announcement. Photo by Joel McNeece

The Calhoun County Fair opens next week and local 4-Hers are preparing their livestock for the competition. This year’s Fair includes a rodeo, goat show and poultry competitions. From left, front, are C.J. Weddle, Alyssa Alford, Ellen Harrell; back, Madison Henry and Austin Bullard. Photo by Joel McNeece


Amry Logan raised more than $300 for St. Jude Sunday afternoon by operating a lemonade stand on Main Street in Vardaman. Logan, left, was joined by her brother Brady White, Maddie Terrell and Jessica Dekker. Amry plans to continue raising fund for the children’s hospital with her lemonade stand in different locations.


Front, from left, Paula Monaghan, Kathy McDaniel, Missy Hughes; back, Susan Wilbanks and Pam Odom were among the many enjoying the Bruce Sawmill Festival last weekend.

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Miles Jeffery and his granddaughter Emmie Shaw check out some of the many cars in the Show and Shine Car Show at Saturday’s Bruce Sawmill Festival. Photo by Joel McNeece

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Bruce Rotary members Don Bell and Bob Logan were busy selling chances on the Henry .22 rifle at this weekend’s Sawmill Festival on the Bruce Square. Logan turned out to be the raffle winner when Daryl Logan drew his name from the entry-filled box. Photo by Joel McNeece

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Chainsaw artist Glenn Smith of Derma begins a piece during Saturday’s Bruce Sawmill Festival. Smith sold several pieces had brought to the festival and custom sawed several more at his booth. Photo by Joel McNeece