Calhoun Academy Reading Fair

High School reading Fair winners.

High school winners in the Calhoun Academy Reading Fair are, from left, front, Michael Jones,-HM, Aubrey Schmitz-3rd, John Riley Wilbanks-1st; back, Lindsey Hubbard-1st, Casey Moss-2nd, Darby Caviness-3rd, Macey Chrestman-1st and overall high school winner, Liz Reeder-2nd, Taylor Steffens-2nd, Hunter Robertson-HM, Keely Wagner-3rd and Carley Baker-HM. Photo by Joel McNeece

Look Who’s Cookin’

Isbell cook

Willie Isbell of Bruce is the oldest of nine children and started cooking about age 9. His mother, Mary, showed him how to make peas and cornbread so he could get meals ready while she and his father worked in the field.

She also taught him to make biscuits, chicken and dumplings,  fried chicken, and salmon patties, and he takes pride in what he learned from her. Read the full story on Willie’s cooking experience and see some of his recipes in the Recipe section.

‘City Rotary donates dictionaries

CC dictionaries

Calhoun City Rotary Club handed out dictionaries to Calhoun City Elementary third graders last week. Front, l to r, are Cohen Brown, NyQuasia Williams, Keymaja Whaley, Javion Stovall, Dr. Lisa Langford; back, Rotarian Sheila Inmon, Malayzia Kelly, Tamela West, John Hamilton, and Harry McCarley representing Regions Bank.

Hometown earns Business of the Month

HomeTown award

HomeTown Cafe was named Chamber Business of the Month for October. With Bruce Chamber president Becky Wright, is Chad Whitworth. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Russia and Mississippi come together in Bruce


Katya Koradleva, Russia, second from left, and Hanna Miller, Collins, MS passed through Bruce recently, stopping to visit with Mayor Rudy Pope, left. The girls spent a night at the home of Megan Cannon, Calhoun City, a former classmate of Miller at the MS School of Arts. Koradleva, who attended college at Sewanee, and Miller, who has also lived in Russia, are participating in a six week walk across the state participating in Mississippi Heard: A Cross-Cultural Endeavor, asking people about their image of Russia. Their walk began October 12 on the Natchez Trace, mile marker 310, and will end November 22 in Gulfport. They use Facebook to help set up interviews along the way. To be interviewed, email Photo by Celia D. Hillhouse

VES students hold mock election

caples class

Heather McGreger’s homeroom students and Jill Caples’s 4th grade SPACE students held a mock election at Vardaman Elementary School. Students in grades 4th – 6th entered the mock voting precinct that was equipped with student poll workers and voting booths. Students manned the polls and tallied the results of the Senate’s race and House of Representative’s race. Prior to the mock election, 4th grade SPACE students researched the candidates, different political parties, and the election process in Mississippi. Students were exposed to the requirements for voting and why voting is important. Pictured, from left, front, Monica Gutierrez, Gabby Vazquez, Nelly Soto, Leonardo Gonzalez, Landen Parker, Jim Talamo, Kyndal Hendrix; middle,  Chipper Drake Moore, Ivan Gonzalez, Caleb Moore, Nicholas Mims, Jessica Bowers, Beny Gonzalez ; and back, Mrs. Jill Caples, Chandler Easley, Bobby Good, Yesenia Gonzalez, Analesse Peacock, Kimberly Haynes, Daisy Gonzalez, Juan Medrano, Maddie Terrell, Daniel Hood, Mrs. Heather McGreger, and Miguel Guerrero.

Sweet Potato Queens at the Tasting Booth


Kathy Hamilton with Kenna Bess and Haley Bollinger at the Vardaman Arts and Crafts Festival

Kenna Bess

Calhoun City’s Kemon Hall goes in for a score

Kemon Hall

Tiny Tots Day Care Trick or Treating

Tiny Tots Day Care