Attempted break-in at Stepp Saver

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Bruce Police are investigating an attempted break-in at Stepp Saver Pharmacy. Entrance was attempted through the air conditioning duct in the rear of the building, but failed. Police captured DNA from blood at the scene where the suspect(s) cut themselves trying to get in the duct. The collected DNA is being transported to the crime lab. Photo by Joel McNeece

Snowflakes coming down

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With temperatures failing to climb above freezing today, it makes sense that snowflakes are coming down in Bruce, but these are of a different variety. PEPA workers are busy taking down holiday decorations from utility poles in the frigid temperatures. Today’s high hasn’t escaped the 20s and the day started in single digits. High temperatures are expected to stay in the 30s through the weekend. Photo by Joel McNeece

William Ruth retiring

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William Ruth is retiring as postmaster in Pittsboro at the end of this week after a 30 year career with the U.S. Postal Service that included stops in Vardaman, Big Creek, Derma and Bellefontaine. Shelia Steen, of Bruce, will take over as postmaster in Pittsboro beginning next week, but that won’t be the only change. The office hours will also be reduced. See the related in the headlines section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Scout group tours naval base


Boy Scout Troop 40 from Calhoun City toured the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola over the weekend and spent Saturday night aboard the Battleship Alabama in Mobile Bay. Back, from left, are Ricky McGee, Vardaman; Jordan Lucius, Vardaman; Kaison Parker, Calhoun City; Mike Gosa, Calhoun City; Levi Gosa, Calhoun City; and Tom Morgan, Starkville; front, Koby McGee, Vardaman; and Conner and Cooper Caviness, Calhoun City. The troop meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW, beside the Calhoun Career and Technical Center. Call Tim Hardaway, scoutmaster, for more information.

Calhoun County wins the Cal-Chick Challenge

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Calhoun County won the Cal-Chick Challenge in Houlka Saturday winning four of the six games. Bruce, Vardaman and Calhoun City all won the girls’ games and Calhoun City boys won their game to give Calhoun the title. See the sports section for a recap of the six games with pictures from each. You can also see pictures from the days’ action on The Journal’s instagram account. Photo by Joel McNeece

Fire at County Jail

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Pittsboro firemen responded to a minor fire at the Calhoun County Jail this morning. The fire was in an upstairs window with most of the damage showing on the outside. No one was injured and it was quickly contained. Photo by Joel McNeece

Look Who’s Cookin’

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Shrimp Chowder and Pierogi are just two of the recipes Christy Scribner shares in this week’s Look Who’s Cookin’. Read the full story in the “Recipes” section.

Williams gets 8-point

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A lot of big deer were killed around Calhoun County during the holidays including this eight point by Daryl Williams.

Cal-Chick Challenge

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Ladavius Draine and the rest of the Calhoun City Wildcats, along with the Bruce and Vardaman teams will all be in action Saturday at the Cal-Chick Challenge in Houlka. Click on the sports section for the full schedule. Photo by Joel McNeece

Happy New Year