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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.


Renasant Bank of Bruce was named June’s Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month. Chamber president Becky Wright, is with Michelle McGreger, bank president. Photo by Celia Hillhouse


Elizabeth Whitten, 2014 Sawmill Festival Queen, shows the new festival t-shirts that arrived this week and are now on sale at the chamber office in the Bruce Museum building, Jeffery’s, TNT and Piggly Wiggly. Shirts are available in different shades of green and range in price from $10-$15 depending on size. Photo by Joel McNeece

Junior Entrepreneurs

Bruce “Throwback Thursday” Farmer’s Market Junior Entrepreneurs Janey Stacy, Abigail Maddox, Emmie Shaw, Jayla Norris, and Emma Kate Pratt were recognized last Thursday at the Farmer’s Market. The girls were presented certificates by Bruce Mayor Rudy Pope.  The girls took weekly turns selling lemonade and cookies at the markets, and some donated a portion of their profit to an organization or charity. Photo by Celia D. Hillhouse


Mark Hendrix, of Vardaman, has been promoted to lieutenant effective July 1 with the Mississippi Department of Transportation Enforcement Division. Hendrix will be over the Southern Batesville district which includes nine counties. Pictured, from left, are Col. Hilliard White, Hendrix, and MDOT Enforcement Director Willie Huff at the promotion ceremony.


Josh Lindsey, a Calhoun City graduate, is opening a new taxidermy shop on Main Street in Vardaman. Lindsey has already won some major awards for his work and is taking aim at a national championship in July. Read his story below. Photo by Joel McNeece

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CCHS class of 1964 had their 50th class reunion recently. Attending were, front, from left, Virginia Hendricks Beavers, Brenda Helms Biffle, Nell Morre Holland, Barbara Hardin Parker, Dian Brand Long and Linda Ramage; 2nd row: Patsy Hood Williams, Nancy Boland Doles, Patricia Stribling Bowlin, June Vance Sturdivant, Alma Bailey Gordon, Bebe Bryant Maxwell, Betty Sheffield Dismuke and Charlsey Terry Nix; 3rd row, Buddy Dye, Jerry Vance, Jimmy Mawk, Robert Allen Langston, Erma Nalley Hudson, Thomas Lee Parker, Sandra Walters Hendrix andThomas Earl Doles; back, Roy Bailey, Larry Taylor, Bruce Dickey, Leslie Blaylock, Doug Ruth, Jimmy Taylor, Johnny Boyles and Charles Parker. Not pictured: Randy Hubbard and Royce Marshall.

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Leah McCormick’s Patchwork store opened in Bruce last week on 112 S. Newberger Ave. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Patchwork features USA made products, Mississippi art, jewelry, pillows, linens, antiques and more. It is also home of The Fabric of Hope. Photo by Lisa McNeece