Leo “Bud” Welch has been playing music ever since picking up his first guitar at age 12.
Stephanie Cannon has long believed in the therapeutic power of animals. Today she is pursuing a dream to complete a pet therapy course with her 1-year-old bulldog Polka Dot so that she can share that power with others.
Trent Barnett has been involved with 4-H all his life with a great passion for horses and working with youth.
“I showed horses, dairy cows and competed in shooting sports as a kid. I loved it all,” Barnett said. “I was president of my 4-H club and my parents were volunteers. It was important to me then just as it is now.”
Antioch Baptist Church has experienced a renaissance over the past year. The 135-year-old church, under the leadership of Jay Parks, has taken a modern approach to worship.
Around 8:15 every Friday night, Bruce High School senior Haylie Brown steps to the forefront with her trumpet. With the Trojan Marching Band standing at attention behind her, she delivers her solo.
Football in Calhoun County has always had an abundance of familial traditions with numerous sons following in the footsteps of their fathers at their respective schools. The family atmosphere has reached a new level however in 2013, with eight father son tandems on Calhoun football teams.
The Bruce of today isn’t the Bruce Katie Mae Rose knew when she first moved here 70 years ago. She and her husband Norman Rose moved here in the early 1940s when he went to work at the Bruce Company sawmill. They lived in a Bruce Company “shotgun house” that among the modern amenities it was missing was running water.
School safety and maximizing educational possibilities for each child are priorities for new BES Principal Sandy Aron
Sandy Aron considered a career in education when she was in high school, but it was years later, after separate stints as an office manager and working at a sawmill, that she returned to that ambition of her youth.
Larry Goodwin finds peace sitting behind a scroll saw for hours in the tiny shop tucked away in the backyard of his Calhoun City home.
Eva Covington traces her love for aprons back to her mother, Dell Mitchell Wright.
“She wore an apron every day,” Eva said. “I remember she made me a little one. Those memories of my mother– that’s what makes these special.”