Lucius crowned Homecoming Queen at Vardaman

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Laken Lucius was crowned Homecoming Queen at Vardaman Friday night. Pictured, from left, are Tae Armstrong, Maid of Honor Shylysses Rimmer, Queen Laken Lucius and Chad Lucius. Photo by Stephanie Lucius

Talford crowned Homecoming Queen at Bruce

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Tamera Talford was crowned Homecoming Queen at Bruce Friday night. Pictured from left are 2013 Queen Linesha Miller, Byron Talford, Queen Tamera Talford and BHS Principal Michael Gillespie. Photo by Joel McNeece

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Bruce Homecoming Pep Rally

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Walt Maddox prepares to get a shaving cream pie in the face from cheerleader Julianna Cain during the Bruce Homecoming pep rally on the Bruce Square Thursday evening. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Wildcats whip North Panola

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Calhoun City remained perfect on the season with a dominating win at North Panola Friday night. Brieton Sykes played a big role in the win. Read the story in the sports section. Photo by Lisa McNeece

Bruce Trojans’ Josh Byrd

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Bruce Trojan defensive lineman Josh Byrd thrives on contact. “I like to hit and be hit,” he said. Coming off a major knee injury last season, Byrd is back 100% and focused on helping the Trojans reach their goals in 2014. Read his story in the sports section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Vardaman Homecoming

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Vardaman High School will celebrate homecoming this Friday when the Rams host Thrasher. The homecoming pep rally will be held Friday at 2:15 p.m. Pregame festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Carter Field. Senior Homecoming maids are, from left, Alyssa Alford, Laken Lucius; football maid Jade Ruth; and senior maid Shylysses Rimmer. Not pictured is senior maid Madison Halvorson.  Photo by Joel McNeece

Bruce High School Homecoming

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Bruce High School senior homecoming maids are, from left, McKenzie Morris (Paul and Melissa Morris), Tamera Talford (Byron and Rita Talford), Cara May (Greg and Jennifer May), and Torie Patton, (Tommy and Paula Patton). The homecoming pep rally will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on the Bruce Square. Homecoming festivities are set for 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. game vs. Amory. The 2014 homecoming theme is “How Sweet It Is.” Photo by Celia D. Hillhouse

First Lady visits Vardaman Elementary

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Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant was in Vardaman Tuesday morning where she visited with third graders at VES. Mrs. Bryant told the class about what it’s like to be the First Lady and then read them a book. Photo by Joel McNeece

Librarians’ yearbook search

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Janice Vaughn, seated, Calhoun City Public Library branch manager, shares her personal yearbooks with Emily Sutherland, Jesse Yancy Memorial Library branch manager. The three county public libraries are uniting in a drive to get the county’s school yearbooks digitized and would appreciate the help of the public. Still needed are Bruce 1944, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1953, and CC: ’52, ’53, ’73, ’74 ,75, ’79, ’81, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’97, ’98, ’04, ’05, ’08, ’14. See the related story in the “news” section.

Vardaman street named for the late George Thomas

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Vardaman schools named its new drive in honor of the late George Thomas, a longtime teacher, coach and principal. The new drive, built with school, town and county help, is used as the pickup/dropoff point for Vardaman Elementary students. Participating in the dedication were, from left, Lisa Pettit, VES Principal Dedee Lee, Robert Doolittle, Supervisor Tony Morgan, George Thomas’ widow Becky Thomas, Mayor James Casey, VHS Principal Porter Casey and school board member Whit Casey. Photo by Joel McNeece