Derma House Fire

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derma fire 8-26An unoccupied house on West Enochs Avenue in Derma burned to the ground this morning. Derma Fire Chief Shane Childs confirmed no one was living in the house that was fully engulfed by flames shortly before 4 a.m. this morning. The cause of the fire was not known. Photo by Joel McNeece

Bruce Cheerleaders

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bruce cheerBruce Trojan cheerleaders for 2015-16 are, from left, front, Briana Pulliam, Logan Collins, Bailey Massey, Keyziah Armstrong; middle, Lakyn Burt, Brooke Bennett, Marley Hood, Taylor Haire, Julianna Cain; back, Ashton Griffin, Jalynn Aron, Anna Carol Corder, Chassidy May. Photo by Addy Photography

Ray recognized for 10th anniversary

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james rayBruce Trojans Head Football Coach James Ray was recognized by the booster club prior to Friday night's game for his 10th anniversary at BHS. Ray was joined on the field by former players of his for the pregame ceremony during which he was awarded a gift card and certificate.

Wildcats win with ease

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cats frontCalhoun City showed they're still among the teams to beat in 2015 opening with a dominating 49-8 win at Coffeeville Friday night. Read the recaps from all four county games in the sports section. Photo by Lisa McNeece

Brieton Sykes


brieton10Read about Brieton Sykes' motivation for the 2015 season in our sports section. The Wildcats all-state running back recorded more than 2,000 all purpose yards last year and aims for bigger success in his senior campaign. Photo by Joel McNeece

Country Basket

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country basket06Cindy Smith and Calhoun City Chamber President Laura Edwards look at some of the many baked items at The Country Basket, Smith's new store that opened today on Academy Road. Photo by Joel McNeece

Slow Pitch Softball


softballIt was a busy week for slow pitch softball around Calhoun County. Bruce and Vardaman played each other last night while Calhoun City hosted Houlka. Tuesday night Calhoun City and Vardaman met with Bruce playing Houston. Vardaman swept their games. Photo by Joel McNeece

No decision yet on budget

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supervisors 8-20Calhoun County supervisors met for more than two hours this morning working on the proposed budget for next fiscal year before ultimately recessing until 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. No decision was made on the new budget as the board continues to work to adjust millage to prevent a potential tax increase. Photo by Joel McNeece

The Farm Supply

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Bennett FamilyJosh Bennett and his family, wife Amanda, son Riley Joe and daughters Addie and Maggie are the new operators of The Farm Supply in Bruce, which has undergone a makeover since it changed from Bruce Farm Supply. They're planning a grand opening in the near future.

Vardaman Ram Cheerleaders

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ram cheerleadersVardaman Ram cheerleaders for 2015-16 are, from left, front, Johnna Landreth, Kristin Russell, Sydney Huffman, Abby Haire, Jessica Rodgers, Alaysia Madkins, Madison Bullard; back, Rowdy: Jacey Lucius, Maegan Stroup, Megan Havens, Kayla Gaskin, Christa Blansett, and Carlie Jane Higginbotham. Photo by Tania Nelson