Academy students advance to State Spelling Bee

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Calhoun Academy students, from left, Layla Bramlitt 3rd, Bella Nichols 2nd, Megan Stribling 2nd, Conner Caviness and Amber Farmer 4th each competed in the District Spelling Bee last week at Columbus Christian. Bramlitt, Nichols and Stribling each advance to the state competition on April 28.

Dill taken into custody

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Former Vardaman Softball Coach Bill Dill was charged with fondling, sexual battery and enticement of a child Wednesday morning at the Calhoun County Courthouse and taken into custody. Bond for the case involving a Vardaman student was set at $240,000. Read the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Easter Pageant

Easter 2-3 girls & boys

Among winners in the Easter Pageant recently held at Bruce National Guard Armory for a BHS prom fundraiser, were, 2-3 year old division, from left, Savannah Vanlandingham, photogenic; Summer Gail Moore 1st alternate; Khloe Woodard, winner; Jaxon Levi Williams, winner and photogenic; and Natalya Hatchett, 2nd alternate. See all the winners in this week’s Journal.

The Little Mermaid

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Calhoun Academy Music and Drama Class will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” this Friday, April 10 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Admission is $8.               Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Minor fire on Cook Street


Chickenbone Fireman Manuel Mata finishes putting on his equipment in preparation of entering a smoke-filled house on Cook Street in Bruce Monday afternoon. The smoke was found to becoming from a basket of smoldering laundry next to the dryer. There were no injuries or significant damage. Photo by Joel McNeece

In memory of Kanaria

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Sixth graders from Calhoun City Middle School planted a very special tree this past week.  The tree, a pink magnolia, was planted in memory of their classmate, Kanaria McBride, who recently lost her life in a car accident.  Kanaria’s homeroom classmates assisted in planting the tree while other sixth grade students watched.

Rams win


The national anthem plays prior to the Vardaman Rams 14-10 win over Hamilton Thursday night. Photo by Joel McNeece

Lady Trojans win Calhoun Tourney

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The Bruce Lady Trojans defeated Calhoun City 6-0 and Vardaman 8-7 Friday to win the 2015 Calhoun County Softball Tournament at the Vardaman Sportsplex. Lady Trojan Abbie Patton was named tournament MVP. Photo by Joel McNeece

Playing for Caylee

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Bruce Lady Trojans Abbie Patton, Camryn Harris and Tori Tutor sport the #12 on their faces, along with a purple ribbon embroidered with that number in honor of teammate and friend Caylee Beth Leachman. The team has dedicated the season to their teammate who was killed last month in a car accident.