Elizabeth Whitten will preside over the 23rd Annual Bruce Sawmill Festival this week as queen. She is the daughter of Renee Whitten and Steve Whitten. Photo by Joel McNeece


Calhoun County Supervisors met Monday where they considered a construction project at the sheriff’s department, a $140,000 renovation at the county airport, and appointed Calhoun Countians to serve on regional boards. Read the stories below. Photo by Joel McNeece


Nick Phillips, Ruel Allen and Ben Pratt perform with Midnight Run during the Fourth of July celebration on the Bruce Square. A large crowd turned out for the parade, kids’ games, hamburgers from the BHS band, concert and fireworks show. Photo by Joel McNeece


Three Rotarians received certificates for perfect attendance  at the annual Bruce Rotary Banquet. They are, from left, Bill Cooper, 31 years; Tommy Hallum, 32 years; and Don Bell, 37 years. Photo by Jo Ann Denley


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Laura Edwards and Rose Diamond were among the many volunteers tying yellow ribbons to trees and lamp posts around the Calhoun City Square Wednesday evening to welcome the 858th National Guard unit home. Weather delayed the soldiers flight, but they did land in Tupelo shortly after 2 a.m. Photo by Joel McNeece


Mississippi Dairy visited the Bruce Farmers’ Market (Throwback Thursday) where children could feed the calf with a bottle, as Jackson Hillhouse of Bruce takes a turn doing here, make some butter or pickup several items including sunglasses, cow masks and coloring books. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

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One of the Mississippi Development Authority teams conducting the asset mapping project in Calhoun County last week was treated to an impromptu concert by local Bluesman Leo “Bud” Welch at his home in Bruce. Photo by Celia Hillhouse


Nic Morris, Jake Poteete, Emily Mixon and Emma Kate Pratt hold a Burmese Python during the Animal Science program in the Bruce Theater hosted by the Jesse Yancy Memorial Library. See the related video below. Photo by Joel McNeece

Republican Women

Rita Wray, right, of Jackson, MS was recently the guest speaker at an open meeting of the Calhoun County Republican Party and Calhoun County Republican Women in the Pittsboro Courthouse.  She spoke on voter identification and also answered questions from the audience.  Ms. Wray is one of the top 10 leading business women and co-chaired Gov. Phil Bryant’s 2012 Inaugural Committee. From left are Republican Women officers, Cathy Blackwelder and Shelia McCain, Janie Yates and Linda Haire, president.