Walmart opening

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Linda Hervey of Derma and Dorothy Steen of Calhoun City look over the selection at the new Walmart in Derma during their “soft opening” Monday night. The store’s grand opening is Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Photo by Lisa McNeece

The Shining Stars

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The Shining Stars, a gospel group first founded in the 1940s, was among the honorees at Saturday night’s MLK Banquet in Pittsboro. See the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

MLK Banquet

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Tina McBride, accompanied by Michael Armstrong, entertained the audience at the annual MLK Banquet in Pittsboro Saturday night with two musical selections including “Take Me to the King.” See the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Calhoun Endowment pays off Excel note

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Members of the Calhoun Endowment Foundation visited EXCEL in Calhoun City this week to present a $3,000 grant to allow the organization to pay off its remaining debt for the building on the Calhoun City Square. Among those in attendance were, from left, Bill Williams, Romona Tillman, Michael Watkins and John Burt. Photo by Joel McNeece

Board of Supervisors meeting

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Calhoun County Supervisors met Thursday morning where the dominant topic of conversation was improvements needed to the multi-purpose building and overall drainage around the fairgrounds. See the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Volunteer readers helping third graders

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Amanda Bennett is one of many volunteers at Calhoun County Schools reading with third graders to help them prepare for the upcoming assessment related to the Third Grade Reading Gate. Bennett volunteers at BES and is shown reading with Steven Hobson and Summer Corbitt. See the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Walmart manager Tim Weeks

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Tim Weeks, manager of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Derma, will host an open house for “friends and family” Monday, Jan. 19 and the store’s grand opening is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 21. See the related story in the news section. Photo by Joel McNeece

BUES Reading Fair

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Among the winners at BUES’ Reading Fair were, Group and Family Category Winners, from left, front, 1st- Lily Tutor, 2nd-Abigail Maddox, Jenabeth Peden, and Honorable Mention Janey Beth Stacy; back, 2nd-Kaylee Jo Baker, 3rd- Conner Shelton, Honorable Mention- Max Nichols and Cambry Clarke.

House fire in Banner

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Banner, Bruce and Chickenbone Fire Departments responded to the fire at Oneal Hillhouse’s home on CR 283 north of Banner Saturday around 11 a.m. No one was injured in the fire which was contained to one room of the house. Photo by Joel McNeece

Garbage truck accident at Bruce High School

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A Calhoun County garbage worker was injured this morning when the truck he was riding crashed into a utility pole at Bruce High School. See the related story in the “news” section. Photo by Joel McNeece