Walt Maddox

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maddox wideWalt Maddox is one of only three seniors on the Bruce baseball team. He said his goal is for the team to make the playoffs and see how far they can go. Read more in the sports section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Back the badge

pollan winter

pollan winterCalhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan and Mississippi Police Chiefs Association Director Ken Winter, of Bruce, were at the Capitol in Jackson Friday as Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 645, known as "Back the Badge" bill doubling penalties against people who commit crimes against first responders.

Calhoun/Coffeeville Upward Bound

Upward Bound

Upward BoundCoffeeville/Calhoun Upward Bound Program recently assisted the City Hall Personnel in Vardaman with clean up and reorganization of the area inside and around the downtown location and their move into their new location. Dr. Tilda Neal is director of the group.Academic advisors are Joy Armstrong and Joni Harrell. The Coffeeville/Calhoun Upward Bound Program will be participating in a Fundraiser at McAlisters in Grenada on March 2 from 5-9 p.m. For more information, call the Upward Bound Office, (662) 675-8941.

Dog Food Drive

Dog Lovers League Volunteers

Dog Lovers League VolunteersCalhoun Academy students recently hosted a dog food drive at grocery stores around the county for the Dog Lovers League in Bruce. They collected 10 bags of food, some canned food and raised $370. Among the students participating were front, from left, Cayley Denton, CJ Bowling; back, Cameron Hughes, Preston Bailey, Katelyn Eubanks, Andrew Haas, Grayce Baker, Drew Enochs, Sara Faye Washington, Hanna Tedder, Anna Marie Langston, Presley Easley, Tate Porter, and Amber Farmer.

Vardaman Dancers with law enforcement

Houston Dancers

Houston DancersStudio 215 in Houston dancers from Vardaman wanted local law enforcement in the ad for their upcoming recital. Back Mina Lucius, Kyndal Hendrix; center, Sheriff Greg Pollan, Mickey Rodgers, Inmate Litter Control Director; Vardaman Police Chief Kenny Scott and Mark Hendix, captain with MDOT; front, Madison Easley, Emma Alderman, Parker Grace Long, Annie Reese Wilson and  Cylee Haire. The young girls in the photo are on the Mini J competition team, Kyndal is on the junior team and Mina is on the senior team.

Austin serves as page

Caden Austin

Caden AustinCaden Austin of Bruce recently served as a page for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Pages generally run errands for officials and House staff.  Caden is pictured with Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, right, and Representative Jim Beckett, left, who sponsored his visit. Caden is the son of Cody Austin and Claire Clark and attends Bruce High School. When asked about the week, Caden said, “It was quite incredible. My favorite part was either meeting the representatives, lobbyists or senators.  Watching session was also fun to sit through.”

Tell Me


futralDr. Jim Futral with the Mississippi Baptist Association speaks to a large gathering on the Bruce Square for the "Tell Me, Tell Someone" Rally. Read more about his visit in this week's CCJ. Photo by Joel McNeece

Insurance cost increases


supervisors99Steve Roberts, right, with Renasant Insurance speaks to the board of supervisors about the county’s insurance coverage. The premium for the current year increased by $1,088. Photo by Joel McNeece

Mission Trip

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dental group topSeveral Calhoun Countians were part of a recent "Dental Mission Trip" to Honduras sponsored by the Calhoun City Rotary Club. Among those going were, from left, Danna Johnson, Sister Judy Sinnwell, Jim Dobbs, Honduran senior dental students Lourdes and Katie, and Maryann Wilkie. Read about their adventure in our "features" section.

Bruce PD

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bruce pd frontShowing some of the drugs and drug-related equipment confiscated as part of a recent arrest are Bruce policemen, from left, Bryan Roberts, Tony Sockwell, Thomas Sosa, Corey Alexander and Ero. Read more about the traffic stop that led to the arrest in our "crime" section.