K4 visits The Journal


lisa-ccjKindergartners from Bruce Elementary visited The Journal on Friday to learn about newspapers. Editor Lisa McNeece is pictured speaking to the class.

Baptist officially takes over hospital


baptist-ceremonyBoard of Supervisors President Barney Wade and Baptist CEO Jason Little tie a ribbon symbolizing the new partnership between Calhoun County and Baptist Health Systems as they officially take over operations at the hospital in Calhoun County. See the related video in our video section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Softball Power Hitters


softball-power-wideThere's been no shortage of power in Bruce, Calhoun City and Vardaman this slow pitch softball season. Read about the year's top long ball hitters, from left, Sarah Wooten, Avery Bullard, Nora Blake Parker, Bailey Massey and Abby Vance in our sports section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Sweet Sorghum


sorghum-1Ronald Jenkins, of Bruce, is producing several thousand pints of sorghum this fall that are available in local stores. Andy Davis, who along with Ricky Tuggle, assists Jenkins, is seen inserting cane into the mill where the extracted juice is pumped into a cooling tank.

sorghum-7Jenkins, who built nearly the entire operation by hand himself, is the lead cook and his wife Janet does all the bottling. See more pictures of the operation in this week's CCJ and video of the process on this website.

Forestry & Wildlife Field Day


field-trip-2Jimmie Dee McCormick, front left, of the Robbs Community was one of more than thirty landowners from several counties attending a Forestry & Wildlife Field Day recently. Attendees toured a Certified Tree Farm owned by Dr. Dennis & Sandra Wright near Sarepta.  At several stops, experts discussed pine & hardwood management, prescribed burning, herbicide usage, wildlife enhancement, pond managememt and pest control.  The event was hosted by the Calhoun County Forestry Association and Mississippi State Extension Service. Photo by Steve Gulledge

Julianna Cain on Northeast Homecoming Court


juliannaJulianna Cain, of Bruce, represented the freshman class on the 2016 Homecoming Court at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Her escort was Colt Chrestman of Starkville. Julianna is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Cain of Bruce.

Farmhouse General Store opening


griffin-ribbon-cuttingA ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Norman and Melissa Griffin’s Farmhouse General Store & Cafe on Hwy. 8 last week. The store and restaurant are scheduled to open this Thursday. Great granddaughters Charli Easterly and Emery Easterly cut the ribbon for the new business. Others attending included Bobby Phillips, Dixie and Toby Easterly, Ashlee Baldwin and Derek Klipstein, Supervisor Tony Morgan, Gene Childs with Bank of Okolona, Joyce and Gene Hendrix, and Norman and Melissa Griffin. Photo by Joel McNeece

Pittsboro board meeting


pittsboro-bd0The Pittsboro board of aldermen spent much of Tuesday night's meeting discussing the need to replace a fire plug and water meter at Bruce Community Living Center. Read about the actions of your town board in our news section.

City Band wins at competition


ne_nemsmarchingbandchampionships_class1a2a3a_calhouncityNortheast Mississippi Community College president Ricky Ford (fourth from left) along with representatives from the college’s marching band the “Showband from Tigerland” present Calhoun City High School’s marching band with the Sweepstakes Trophy for Classes 1A/2A/3A at the Northeast Regional Marching Band Championship held at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 1.

Jerry Fleming retires


jerry-fleming7Jerry Fleming received congratulations all last week as visitors stopped by to wish him well on his retirement from Pryor Funeral Home after nearly 37 years. Among those enjoying cake last Thursday were, front, from left, Diane Harmon, Cathy Fleming, Jerry Fleming, Frances Burt; back, Raenell Moore, Robert Earl Alexander, Randy Hubbard, John Burt, Brandy Riley, Jackson Burt.                                                        Photo by Joel McNeece