Rotary provides dictionaries to students


Bruce Rotary Club recently gave dictionaries to all third graders at Bruce Elementary School. In Melissa Morgan’s room were students Mariska Gaiter and Markeevis Gladney. Others are, standing, Mrs. Morgan, Rotary Club President Doris Walker and Vice-President Luke Rhinewalt.

Fine Arts Project

Bruce Fine Arts Club members June Vaughn (seated), Autumn Baker, Jeanne Cole, Beverly Baker and Becky Wright participated in a day of service on Saturday at the MFWC Headquarters in Jackson. See the related story in the news section.                               

Sweet Potato Festival Tractor Show

Mayor’s Choice Award at the Sweet Potato Festival Antique Tractor show went to Jerry Burchfield, left, of Clarksdale. He was presented the award by Vardaman Mayor James Casey. There were eleven entries in the show, all from Mississippi.                                     

Tater Boy

Benny Graves was given the annual Tater Boy Award at the Vardaman Sweet Potato Banquet. Pictured, from left, are Sylvia Clark, Graves, Jamie Earp and Stephen Myers.

Mayor’s Cup Winner

Mary Keyser, center, earned the Mayor’s Cup this year from Mayor James Casey for her Sweet Potato Tube Cake. Keyser also won two other first place ribbons, two second places and a third. Melissa Edmondson, left, earned a first place prize for her sweet potato cake.

Veterans Day

Elbie Wayne Dickerson, Larry Goodwin and Joe Carnaggio were among the purple heart recipients honored at Monday’s Veterans’ Day service in Calhoun City.

Sweet Potato Queens

SWEET POTATO QUEENS and king recognized at the banquet in Vardaman last Saturday were, front, from left, Mallie Kate Kendall, Eva Kay Hood, Andi Mae Stroup, Jillian Rose Herod; back, Parker Grace Long, Zoey Claire Crowley, Abi Nix holding Charles Mark Gonzalez, and Alayna Nicole Murphree. We’ll have full pageant pictures in next week’s CCJ.    

Arrest made

Deputies Kenneth White and Dustin Pounds made an arrest Wednesday night in Vardaman involving drugs and weapons. Read the story in the news section.

Barnett gets diversity award

Trent Barnett recently received the Mississippi Association of Extension 4-H Agents Diversity Award. Trent was presented the award while attending the Mississippi State University Extension Agents Annual Conference and 4-H Association meeting held October 30 at Mississippi State University.

Home engulfed with fire after explosion

Authorities are investigating an explosion at a house on North McSweyne in Bruce this morning. Bruce and Chickenbone fire departments were dispatched around 2 a.m. to a fully engulfed house fire that began with a loud boom reportedly heard all over town and well beyond. No one was at home nor was anyone injured.