Calhoun City Elementary recognized their students who earned honors in various contests held during the annual Sweet Potato Festival in Vardaman. Pictured, from left, back, Naimi Flowers (honorable mention), Jakiyah Pittman (2nd Place), Evelyn Medrano (honorable mention), Lora Leigh Melton (2nd place); front, Caleb Rogers (honorable mention), Alantis Platt (honorable mention), Michelle Torres (honorable mention), and Marleigh Moore (3rd place). Not pictured is Nadia McNamee (2nd place).
Members of the Itawamba Community College All-American Band include, front, from left, Sha’Raina Shelly of Fayette, Ala.; Cameron Hutcheson of Iuka; Melissa Tipton of Walls; Vanndrika Robinson of Taylor; Anna Leesa Jones of Kosciusko; Nay Buchanan of Hamilton, Ala.; Anastasia Madkins of Vardaman; Micaela Mendez of Olive Branch; Alexus Blanchard of Winfield, Ala.; Krista Woods of Sulligent, Ala.; Montana Gray of Red Bay, Ala.; Nicketia Cannon of West Point; Cara May of Bruce; Destiny White of West Point; Marley Hood of Houlka; Marayna Betts of Southaven; Katelyn Swanson, Torie Patton, both of Pittsboro; Taylor Hayman of Southaven; McKenzie Morris of Houlka; second row, Claire McIlwain, Lee DeRossette, both of Clinton; Nick McLain of Calhoun City; Megan Obiedzinski of Hernando; Regan Holcomb of Hamilton, Ala.; Kendall Taylor of Hernando; Robert Smith of Horn Lake; JaVonis Adams of Philadelphia; Russ Estes of Hernando; Taylor Haire of Pittsboro; Gabe Brown of Columbus; Gavin Burton of Southaven; Hanna Kagey of Nettleton; Nicole Rosenberg of Southaven; Isabella O’Neal of Killen, Ala.; Stacy Brown of Calhoun City; third row, Michael Head of Hamilton, Ala.; Justus Wright of Randolph; Justin Bennett, Caleb Millus, Josh Smith, all of Hernando; Justin Frederick, Zach Terrell, both of Hamilton, Ala.; Ian Cullagh of Hernando; Eddie Caveness of Booneville; Lloyd Jones of Walls; Chelsea Little of Columbus; Madison McKay of Hamilton, Ala.; Cortez Spence of Corinth; Jacob Loveless of Hamilton, Ala.; Eden Blakely of Eupora; back, Breana Jones of Senatobia; Desmone Matthews of West Point; Christen Green of Columbus; Chelsea Jones of Hickory Flat; Adrian Thompson of Noxapater; Lydia McClatchy of Natchez; Alex Logan of Coffeeville; Lakin Wood of Dennis; Ty Jernigan of Hamilton; Joshua Wilkins, Johnny Dennis, both of Oxford; and Brett Causey of Clinton.
Vardaman teacher Kayla Long and Angie Owen of Bruce look over the Gavin Caples’ science fair project that earned Best In Show Monday in the district fair at the multi-purpose center in Pittsboro. Caples is an eighth grader at Vardaman. Long and Owen hosted the event where students presented their projects to a team of judges.
Supervisor District Two has a new shed honoring the late J.B. Rogers. Jennifer Rogers, who succeeded her husband as supervisor, said the shed was something J.B. always wanted and was badly needed to protect county equipment. It was recently completed with mostly in-kind labor and mostly donated materials. Pictured, from left, are district two employees David Green, Rocky Moore, Jennifer Rogers, Homer Moore and Jimmy Ray Moore.
Bruce High School Marching Band from Bruce, MS, entertained thousands of Walt Disney World Resort guests with their performance at Magic Kingdom on November 18. The group of students, alongside band director Jon Bland, marched down iconic Main Street U.S.A., currently decorated for Christmas, playing holiday songs. During their four-day stay, the Bruce High School students also enjoyed exploring Walt Disney World Resort and its theme parks.“The kids really enjoyed themselves, I could see it in their eyes,” said Bland. “They were a little intimidated by the amount of people here because we’re not used to performing in front of a great number of people but they had a good time. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” The group of 45 students traveled over 700 miles from Mississippi to Florida to participate in the popular program. This was the school’s third visit to the Walt Disney World Resort with Disney Performing Arts.
Weyerhaeuser recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Bruce Policeman Corey Alexander and K9 officer Ero. The funds will go toward all expenses for the police dog from food to equipment. Attending the presentation were, from left, front, Randy Darracott, Alexander and Ero, Barbara Bryant, Trey O’Neal; back, Wes Clay, Ken Edgeworth, Diane Gulledge, Benjy Herrin, Dwayne Williams, Barry Lenard and Brian Harrison. Photo by Joel McNeece