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


Day Lilies are in full bloom at the home of Earl and Barbara Swanson on Rocky Mount Road in the Reid community. His parents, the late A.C. Swansons began growing and selling day lilies in the late 1990’s. Earl’s brother, A.C., Jr.., hybridizes them, and this year they have some new ones with ruffled edges. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Laura t-shirts

Calhoun City Chamber of Commerce is donating T-shirts to be worn by the translator staff of the Rice and Beans Ministry in Costa Rico next month. Chamber president Laura Edwards made the presentation last week to the mission team members of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. With Edwards, right, are standing Charles Diamond and Michelle Good, and seated, Debra Dearing and Trista Tidwell. Photo by Celia D. Hillhouse

studio dance

Studio on the Square recently held their Dance Recital “Rule the World.”Four-year-old performers were, from left, front Addison Conner, Lizzy Edmondson; middle, Jacey Watkins, Caylee Smith, Hannah Morgan Lowe, Piper Cannon, Maggie Mae Nichols, Landri Rutherford; back, Mattie Beck Gore, Annie Reese Wilson, Emma Alderman and Genna Brooke Waters. Photo courtesy of Photography by Trent

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Inis Roane of Bruce still loves flower gardening at 95 years old. Read her story below. Photo by Joel McNeece