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Vardaman Elementary students recently studied the life cycle culminating with watching baby chicks hatch in an incubator. Pictured, from left, front, Bryanna Petty, Xiavion Kimble, Jose Gonzalez, Anibal Rios; back, Yuridia Gutierrez, Heaven Blakeney, Cameron Hastings, Jeffrey Stewart. Photo by Joel McNeece

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Chakel Gates scored a team-high 20 points in the Wildcats’ 62-58 loss to SV Marshall Friday in the Class 2A State Semifinal in Jackson. See more pictures from the game below in sports. Photo by Lisa McNeece

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Calhoun City’s basketball season came to end at the state tourney in Jackson this morning. The Wildcats lost to S.V. Marshall 62-58. Austin Burl, pictured,  had six points in the game. Chakel Gates was high scorer for the Wildcats with 20 points. Photo by Lisa McNeece

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Pat Quillen Parvin, of Bruce, likes to pull from multiple recipes to come with a finished product. Read about some of her favorites and why she enjoys cooking so much in the recipe section below.

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Allen Hendrix and Sara White were recently named Most Handsome and Most Beautiful at the 2014 Vardaman Beauty Revue. See pictures of all the winners in today’s edition of The Journal. Photo by Tania Nelson

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Bruce Elementary School kindergarteners got a visit from the Cat in the Hat Monday. Lisa McGee, with Bruce Twentieth Century Club, reads to Tammy Byars’ K-4 class. From left, Chelsea Walls, A’Kaylia Crowley, JaDarius Glaspie, Shelby Baker; center, Ta’Yuntis Pierce, Brooklyn Starnes; and at back, Bret Byars. Photo by Lisa McNeece

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Bruce Chamber President Becky Wright presents Leah McCormick with the Citizen of the Year award at the Bruce Chamber Banquet. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

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The annual Celebrate Excel event drew a large crowd for speakers M.D. Jennings, of the Green Bay Packers, and Calhoun School Board Member Precious Thompson, right. They are pictured with Excel director Sister Judy Sinnwell. The event raised more than $7,000 for the after school program.

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Vardaman FFA students Israel Gonzalez, Ty Ward and Daniel Gutierrez attended the FFA Legislative Breakfast recently in Jackson. FFAers met Sen. Russell Jolly, Rep. Preston Sullivan and Rep. Jim Beckett. They had breakfast with Sen. Jolly, and he invited them to the Senate Session. The members were introduced to the Senate during the session. They also got to tour the state capitol.

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Riley Joe Bennett, son of Josh and Amanda Bennett of Bruce, gets in on the bidding for a JAKES item on the NWTF auction list during the recent turkey banquet in Pittsboro. Photo by Steve Gulledge