Calhoun City Middle School celebrated Unity Day last week. The school raised awareness of bullying by wearing orange and also through numerous anti-bullying activities. Guest speaker Deirdre Peggen from the Family Resource Center of Tupelo spoke with students at an assembly about bullying and offered ways to get help. Students also created posters that were on display in the halls of CCMS. Pictured working on a poster from Mrs. Kaylin Sims’ 7th grade English class are, from left, Naomi Thompson, Jobi Cook, Abby Vance, Sarah Grace Ruth, Maya McNamee and Arkevius Gray.
Calhoun City has a new police vehicle on the road and it doesn’t look like any of the others. Chief Benny Langford said the department recently purchased this Ford Explorer )police interceptor) on state contract price for a few reasons. Among them was it was available immediately and at a lower price than a truck, Tahoe or other makes used by law enforcement today. Langford said he also believes when it’s time for the city to replace the vehicle the Explorer will bring a higher bid than previous vehicles that have more often than not had to be scrapped because of no value. Photo by Joel McNeece
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 5571 recently hosted a brunch honoring local Vietnam Veterans. Each veteran was presented a certificate of appreciation from the VFW Ladies Aux. of Post 5571. Vietnam veterans present were, from left, front, Charles Smith, Freddie Buchanan, James Hardin, James Weeks and Chick Hensley; back, Jerry Mitchell, Elbie Dickerson, Billie Hitt, Mike Winter, Joe Barnett, Bobby Cook and William Boyd Mann.
Gerard Louis and Philip Sugg kneel beside the spot where Louis found Army dog tags belonging to Clayton “Judge” Hellums of Sarepta and Donald Lawrence who were killed in action in October of 1944 during World War II when their tank was hit by a German attack. Oct. 9 was the 70th anniversary of the soldiers’ death. Louis and Sugg hold a memorial for the men every year on Oct. 9. “It is important to us that we do not forget the sacrifices of your compatriots for our freedom,” Louis wrote in an email to The Journal. The story of Louis’ discovery was first reported in The Journal in April of 2006.
Bruce fireman Chad Stewart gave Bruce Elementary students a tour of the fire station Wednesday morning talking to them about fire safety and the various equipment firemen use to battle fires. See video of there visit here. Photo by Joel McNeece
Calhoun Academy will celebrate homecoming this week when the Cougars host Central Academy. Festivities will begin Thursday night with the annual homecoming parade at 6 p.m. in Bruce. It will begin in the Farm Bureau parking lot. The homecoming pep rally will be Friday at 10:15 a.m. on the football field. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. This will also be their “Tackle a Cure Pink Out” game with a ceremony at halftime. Senior Homecoming Maids are, from left, Jocie Ellett, Keely Wagner, Taylor Steffens, Jesse Rodgers and Lindsey Hubbard. Not pictured is Carly Baker. Photo by Joel McNeece
Grand Opening ceremonies were held for Bridgett Fulton’s Judge’s Creations store on the Calhoun City square last week. Attending were, from left, Chamber President Laura Edwards, Mayor J.R. Denton; Owner Bridgett Fulton and her husband Dan, her parents Charlie and Sherry Brown, Charlotte Hill, Patsy Zeidman and Sister Judy Sinnwell.