Dot Courson’s passion for art was born from her father and cultivated by teachers at Bruce Schools and influences throughout her adult life. Now one of Mississippi’s best known artists, Courson shared stories of her upbringing and her love for painting during a recent visit with the Bruce Rotary Club.
Michael Gillespie credits former Vardaman High School teacher Becky Thomas and his professors at Ole Miss for inspiring him to enter the field of education.
Nine months ago, Bridget Brown Fulton, of Bruce, didn’t know she could paint.
“I was looking at my grandmother’s paintings and told my dad, ‘I’d like to do that,’” she said.
Wesley Ruth, of Calhoun City, landed on Normandy Beach on June 14, 1944.
“You could hear the rifles popping like popcorn,” Ruth said.
The meaning of Memorial Day is not lost on Keith Tillman. The Bruce native has walked the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and lived to tell about it.
Louise Baskin’s home at first glance looks like the typical country house, sitting high on a hill surrounded by farm land and bright, colorful flowers. But the truth is, it’s very different. It was ordered from a catalog.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, 1948, a deadly tornado struck around Martin Lake on the west side of Calhoun City, then touched down on the north side of town at Burke Road and Hwy. 9 destroying Bro. and Mrs. Richard Carter’s store and residence.
Tommie Lynn Reedy, of Vardaman, has always loved the feel of a knife slicing through a piece of wood.
Danny Redwine of Bruce has been trapping animals since he was 12 years old catching foxes in his grandmother’s chicken pen.
Gail Spencer has attended every Relay For Life event in Calhoun County since its inception and has no plans of ever missing one.
“I go every year because it means so much to walk that first lap as a cancer survivor and say I’m alive and well,” Spencer said. “It’s a blessing to be there.”