Jon Bland brings hard work, discipline to fast growing Bruce band

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Band didn’t exactly come naturally to Jon Bland.
“I wasn’t a very good player, average at best,” Bland said of his days of playing trombone in his youth. But what he may have lacked in natural talent, he more than made up for with hard work.
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New county dance team looking to entertain this basketball season

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Area basketball games this winter will have a new form of entertainment on the court in the name of the Calhoun County Prancers.
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Vardaman’s Larry Gann utilizing old school approach to restore proud program

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It was an unseasonably cool Mississippi evening in mid-September and Larry Gann searched for the right words to address his Vardaman football team.
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New Liberty to host annual stew cooking this Saturday

R.T. Ramage, Grover Edington and Steve Ramage are among those that will gather this Saturday for the annual stew cooking at the old New Liberty Schoolhouse.
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Every year in October a small group gathers to make stew at the old New Liberty Schoolhouse three miles west of Vardaman.
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Shane Childs loves his job, despite the occasional vicious dog

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Shane Childs is now in his 20th year leading Derma’s public works department, making him the most tenured in that position among all the county’s municipalities.
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Mary Gordon’s creativity touches many forms of art

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Bruce native Mary Gordon is currently a senior at Ole Miss completing a degree in secondary education. Like many creative individuals her age, she has changed her major once or twice which allows her to remain a student two more semesters.
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Grahams give back to NICU after receiving great support

Speech therapist Dana Hobby, holding Jaden, and Christina Graham, holding Caden, used new pacifier-activated technology in the NICU to help Jaden learn to bottle feed.

TUPELO, Miss.—Everyone knows that music soothes the soul, but for fragile newborns in North Mississippi Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, it can do so much more.

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Phillips’ passion is art

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Everyone has something they are passionate about. Whether it is music, dance, band, cheer, sports, or art, talents can come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone has a different point of view.
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Cheetah determined to show support for kids


Cheetah – that’s how everybody knows her. Juanita Norris’ nickname came to be when she was a small child and one of her cousins – Eddie Lawrence, who lives in Memphis now – couldn’t pronounce Juanita.
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Edmondsons share passion for children’s needs at Vardaman event

Pictured from left, back, are Denise Lee, Palmer Home Choir Director; Drake Bassett, Palmer Home CEO; Carter and Bettye Edmondson; Emily Ferril; Lynn Atkins, Palmer Home Development; Josh Whelan, Palmer Home Human Resources; front, Stephanie and Tim Jack Edmondson.                               Photos by Breana Caradine

The first time Stephanie and Tim Edmondson heard the children’s choir from Palmer Home perform, they knew it was something they wanted to help support.
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