Draine signs with Southern Miss

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draine signLadavius Draine, of Calhoun City, signed a basketball scholarship with the University of Southern Mississippi Wednesday morning in the CCHS library. Draine was joined by family, friends, coaches and teammates for the signing. See more in the sports section. Photo by Joel McNeece

SWC Poster Winners


NCRS VESWinners in the Soil and Water Conservation Poster Contest from Vardaman 5th grade Elementary: Brandon Ruth, Honorable mention; Angel Montero, 1st Place, and Haley Gaskin, County Winner.  Haley will advance to the State Poster Contest. See more winners in this week's CCJ.

New patrol cars in Derma

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derma car95Derma Police recently acquired two new patrol cars via grant. The matching money required by the grant to purchase the vehicles was taken from the police department’s drug fund of seized money. Pictured with one of the cars are officers, from left, Steven Faddock, Corey Alexander and Juston Robertson.      Photo by Joel McNeece

Box rescues owl

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box owlRoy Box discovered an injured owl in his backyard Sunday night. Box tried to get the bird to fly away but it obviously couldn’t, so he placed a crate over it to protect it from his dog and contacted the Department of Wildlife. Box fed the owl a couple servings of hamburger meat until MDWFP Officer Jon Parker arrived Monday afternoon to pickup the owl and transport it to the rehab facility. Photo by Joel McNeece

Former Countians named DeSoto Parents of the Year



Two former Calhoun Countians were named Parents of the Year at DeSoto County Schools Parent of the Year reception yesterday. Emily Moore Parker, third from left, formerly of Calhoun City, was named Hernando Hills Elementary School Parent of the Year, and to her right, Casey Crump Lafoe, formerly of Pittsboro, was named DeSoto Central Primary School Parent of the Year. Casey was also named DeSoto County Schools Overall Parent of the Year from their 42 schools. She will go on to compete as Mississippi Parent of the Year. On hand to celebrate were, from left, Kerry McCormick Baker, formerly of Bruce, DCS Director of Human Resources; Donna Neal Foster, formerly of Bruce, who attended the event to celebrate with her daughter-in-law Emily; Jennifer Keeton Weeks, formerly of Calhoun City, DCS Assistant Superintendent, and Amber Vaughn Melton, formerly of Bruce, DCS Positive Behavior Specialist.


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cc flagIn recognition of Mississippi celebrating 200 years in December, bicentennial celebrations have been set statewide. The North Celebration will be held June 24 at the Gertrude Ford Center in Oxford. In connection with this, Calhoun City Mayor J.R. Denton obtained two bicentennial flags from the Mississippi Economic Council to be flown the remainder of 2017. He shows it with Patsy Zeidman.

Retiring Coaches/Educators Honored

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Retiring CoachesFormer Bruce Coach Richard Russo, at left, and family honored two coaches with Bruce connections retiring this year with a dinner at the Russos’ home in Batesville. Coach Bryan Maddox is retiring from Bruce High School and education. Former BHS Coach and Principal Mark Grubbs is retiring from Ingomar High School and Education. Also attending the event was retired Coach Clarence Harmon, right, who was a former Bruce assistant coach. Coach Russo is now head coach at Independence High School.

Bruce Golf

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bruce golfBruce Trojans’ 2017 golf team, from left, front, Nick Tunnell, C.C. Clarke, Mikayla Walls, Hayden McCostlin; back, Rudy Ferguson, Nathan Hill, Cameron Clarke, Coach Allan Clarke, Austin Winter, Barrett Box and Broc Peden.Read more about the golf team in the sports section.

Another storm leaves damage behind

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tree on 300Fallen trees were the biggest cause of damage Monday morning following a severe thunderstorm that passed through Calhoun County during the middle of the night. See more in the news section.

Beautiful weekend in store

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courthouse azaleaBeautiful weather is forecast to provide Calhoun County with a sunny weekend with temperatures in the 70s Saturday and Sunday and clear, blue skies.