Donald Pendergrast returns “home” to Calhoun Academy

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Donald Pendergrast has returned home. For 36 years he has worked to educate Mississippi, whether it be in schools, from the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) headquarters in Jackson, or in the state’s prisons.

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Arthur Newman can grow most anything in tubs

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Arthur Newman has been experimenting with tub gardening for the past six years, tweaking his soil mixture to get it just right.

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1948 tornado in Calhoun City among worst storms in memory, Part Two

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After the original article on the Tornado of 1948 was published in The Journal on May 9, 2013 there have been many people who called to say their home, or a home of a relative or neighbor was also damaged or destroyed by this tornado.

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Bruce’s Grey Tedford cycles Coast to Coast in 40 days to raise funds for Amputee Coalition


Grey Tedford’s emotions were overflowing as he hopped off his bicycle to take the final few steps across the sandy beaches of St. Augustine, Fl. into the Atlantic Ocean. The 19-year-old from Bruce had just completed a 40-day trek across America that started in San Diego.

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Vardaman native April McGreger earns national acclaim for Farmer’s Daughter Brand

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April McGreger has created a little bit of Mississippi for herself in North Carolina. The Vardaman native, who learned the art of preserving from her mother and grandparents, founded Farmer’s Daughter Brand pickles and preserves five years ago and has since earned national acclaim for her homemade products.

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Dot Courson’s passion for art born from father, cultivated at Bruce schools

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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.

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Michael Gillespie is new principal at Bruce High School

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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.

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Bridget Brown Fulton discovers talent and passion for art


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.

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Wesley Ruth injured at Normandy in World War II; visits DC on “Honor Flight”

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Wesley Ruth, of Calhoun City, landed on Normandy Beach on June 14, 1944.
“You could hear the rifles popping like popcorn,” Ruth said.

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Bruce native Keith Tillman takes pride in his military service as he begins 4th combat tour

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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.

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