Wendell G. Blount, of Calhoun City, who was serving a 10-year sentence for manslaughter in a federal prison in North Carolina, has died.

Blount was convicted of manslaughter in April 2010, but authorities said he fled house arrest to avoid sentencing. He was captured in October 2010 in Baton Rouge, La. Legal wrangling in the case added more delays to the sentencing, which ultimately took place in October 2011.

On Friday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected Blount’s argument that he was denied a fair trial when the trial judge barred testimony from witnesses who would have testified they saw Hageman 30 minutes before the accident riding in the middle of the road and failing to get out of the way as vehicles passed.

Blount said the testimony could have influenced the jury’s decision about whether he acted negligently or recklessly.

The three-judge panel said the witnesses’ testimony about Hageman’s conduct at a time and place relatively remote from the accident scene would not help the jury determine what she was doing when she struck by Blount.

Raymond Newman

Raymond Newman, 64, of Houston,?Tx., died February 4, 2014 at Park Manor Nursing Home, The Woodlands, Tx. He was born April 6, 1949 in Jackson, MS, the son of Raymond Roane Newman and Thelma Davis Newman. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, and was a retired IRS?agent. After retirement he was a substitute school teacher. [Read more...]

Collums home destroyed by fire Thursday night

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Bruce and Chickenbone firemen responded to a house fire on CR 270 last night.

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L.W. “Chick” Collins

Leslie Wayne Collins, known as “Chick” to his family and friends, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the age of 89.  He was born in Calhoun County, January 4, 1924 to the late Jesse Leland and Jettie Valeria Kimsey Collins. He is the beloved father of Ava Jo Collins of New Orleans, LA and Dr. Steven Wayne Collins of Slidell, LA.  He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 40 years, Geraldine Collins and all of his brothers and sisters. [Read more...]

State Championship Game tickets available at Calhoun City High School

Perry Liles

Calhoun City will play Bassfield Friday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in Mississippi Veterans’ Memorial Stadium in Jackson for the Class 2A State Championship after defeating Baldwyn 31-0 last Friday night in the North Half Title game.

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Weyerhaeuser was recently recognized as the Business of the Month by the Bruce Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Becky Wright, right, presented the sign to Weyerhaeuser employees to be displayed for September. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Syble Massey Brasher

Syble Massey Brasher, 89, of Bruce, died August 18, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North MS in Oxford. She was born July 6, 1924 in Merigold, the daughter of Truman Zack and Alpha Card Massey. She was a homemaker, member of Bruce First Baptist Church, and was a 1938 graduate of Bruce High School. She attended Jackson Commercial College.

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Supervisors hear budget proposals; new software could lessen amount of license plates renewed

Sheriff Pollan

Calhoun County supervisors began work on the budget for next fiscal year by hearing requests from each of the county departments last Friday.

Thursday’s Bruce Farmers’ Market will be held from 8-11 a.m.

Carol Shoemaker

The Bruce Farmers’ Market will look slightly different this week.

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Judge Jim Roberts, center, visits with Tommy Hallum, left, and Bob Logan, right, prior to the Bruce Rotary Club’s annual banquet. Roberts was the featured speaker. Photo by Jo Ann Denley