Tedder retires from Vardaman

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Barbara TedderRetiring town clerk Barbara Tedder was honored with a reception at the Front Porch in Vardaman recently. Vardaman Mayor James Casey expressed his appreciation for Tedder and her 17 years of service to the town.

Ervin Wright

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ervin wrightErvin Wright, a native of Bruce, wasn’t ordained to preach until 2010. He’s led Grace Southern Baptist in Calhoun City ever since. For most of its history the church, located across the street from the Calhoun City Cemetery, was known as Second Baptist, but changed its name a decade ago just prior to Wright’s arrival. Read the related story in our Calhoun Pastors section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Hardins earn yard honor

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hardin yardRoncie and SaDeanna Hardin’s was chosen June Yard of the Month by the Bruce Twentieth Century Club. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Fourth of July

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front sandy15Sandy Aron sets out some new rockets at Arons’ fireworks stand north of Bruce. You should hear them bursting in air next Tuesday on the Bruce Square and throughout the county as everyone celebrates July 4th.  Photo by Joel McNeece

Fire destroys home near Sabougla

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goodwin fireFire destroyed the Irby Phillips’ home on CR 386 near Sabougla on the morning of June 21. Calhoun City, Sabougla, and Derma fire departments all responded to the scene which was fully engulfed. The house and adjoining trailer were completely destroyed. All escaped the fire uninjured. Pictured is Calhoun City Fire Chief Larry Goodwin spraying water through the door way of the house. Photo by Joel McNeece

Fallen trees

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bruce treeThere were reports of several trees down around the county last Friday as a result of tremendous amounts of rain in the county throughout the spring. Bruce and Chickenbone Fire Departments were on CR 130 Friday evening removing this tree that fell across the road.

1952 Chancery Clerk’s office

1952 Chancery Clerk office

1952 Chancery Clerk officeStanding, Doug Wilson and Jim Ray, sheriff, and seated, Virginia Carter, J.E. Carter, Calhoun County Chancery Clerk, and Mary Lou Starks. Picture provided by John Carter.

Thomas Tillman


tillmanThomas Tillman was raised in Bruce and attended Bruce Chapel as a child singing in the choir. He leads Jackson Chapel in Bruce today with his wife Romona, Calhoun’s Chancery Clerk. He became pastor at Jackson Chapel, which has more than 300 members, in 2004. Read the related story in our Calhoun Pastors section.

Body Canvas opens in Bruce

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Body CanvasKim Wells Tutor, center, has opened Body Canvas boutique on Center Street in Bruce, next to Mt. Comfort Water. With her are Deana Thacker, left, and Jessica Bollinger, right. Body Canvas carries clothing, jewelry, accessories and more.          Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Bruce VFW


received_1547402395272850.jpegA group of locals recently attended the Mississippi VFW and Auxiliary State Convention in Tupelo. From left, Kat Shettles, guest; Sherry Shettles, auxiliary chaplain and District 8 senior vice president; Madison Cox, Bruce auxiliary conductress; Emily Henry, auxiliary president and District 8 president;  James “Jim” Brown, Bruce VFW Quartermaster; Robert Henry, Bruce VFW Commander and District 8 senior vice commander; Michael Huffman, Bruce auxiliary trustee; Rhonda Huffman, auxiliary trustee and District 8 trustee; Patrick Nichols, Bruce VFW trustee. Emily Henry also received the Most Improved Auxiliary President Runner-Up award.