CA state reading fair participants

Calhoun Academy students Abby James, Keegan Hubbard, Ethan Parlker, Tate Porter, Brody Parker, Ellen Harrell, Sara Jane Parker, and not pictured, Georgia Ellard participated in the Overall State Reading Fair January 26 at the Muse Center on the campus of Hinds Community College in Pearl. Each student had to choose and read a book, design a storyboard and dress as a character from the book. Students had to speak as that character when questioned by the judges. Junior Ellen Harrell won first place overall nonfiction and 2nd Best Character for her portrayal of Kate Gosselin in I Just Want You To Know; first grader Ethan Parker won 2nd place Best Character as George Washington in George Washington; sixth grader Abby James placed 2nd as Best Character for her portrayal of Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and junior Tate Porter won 3rd overall fiction and 2nd as Best Character for Tobias in Divergent. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Legacy Dance teams compete

Legacy Dance Academy’s competition team traveled to Murfreesboro, TN recently entering eight different dances and competed against some top elite teams. LDA girls walked away with High Gold adjudications and several overall placings. They will now begin to prepare for their next competition in Hattiesburg in February. Front, Aubre Pass, Caylee Smith, Bella Clark, Lyla Tidwell, Landri Denton; center, Mary Taylour Wilbourn, Rayna Ragon, Ellie Tidwell, Madi Goodson, Lily Clark, Laci Lee; back, Teacher Suanne Messer, Lexie Bollinger, Faith Clark, Sarah Kate Watkins, Kayleigh Hill, Anna Scott Lee, and teacher, Madison Gettys.

National Signing

Three Calhoun City Wildcats signed on national Signing Day (Wednesday, Feb. 7) to continue their football careers in college. Pictured from left, are Treshon Cooper, Jo Gray and Keshun Parker. Cooper signed with Co-Lin Community College. Gray signed to play QB at Holmes Community College and Parker signed with ICC in Fulton. They were joined by Calhoun City coaches, from left, Chad White, Perry Liles and Justin Purvis. Photo by Joel McNeece

Late night fire

A Bruce woman died as a result of burns from this house fire early this morning (Wednesday) on Mt. Moriah Road. Read the related story in the news section and see video from the scene in our video gallery. Photo by Joel McNeece

Books in memory of Tink Massey

100 books were purchased for Bruce Elementary School library with money that was donated by people in the community, family and friends in memory of the late Tink Massey. L to r, are BES librarian Nancy Logan, K4 teacher Emily Snellings, Amanda, Emory and Fisher Gulledge. Each book has a label on the inside cover and all were presented January 30, on the 100th day of school. “Mom LOVED books! “ said Amanda Massey Gulledge, her daughter. With the remainder of the money, Gulledge said three metal gray and pink benches have been purchased and one will be placed on each of the three playgrounds at BES.

Picking up leaves

Town of Bruce workers Emmitt Humphries and Tommie Scales were busy all last week removing leaves and other debris from area ditches and culverts. It’s an endless job until well into spring.

Grain Bin Rescue

Calhoun County emergency responders rescued a Vardaman man who had fallen into a grain bin Monday afternoon in Vardaman. The excavation took nearly three hours. The victim was transported to the hospital as a precaution where he was treated and released and is back at work today. See more on this story in this week's CCJ.


Bruce's Camryn Harris looks to lead the Lady Trojans back to state. They've already won the district title. Read about her in the sports section.

100th day of school

Celebrating 100 days of school Shadda Dunn’s first graders were among the Bruce Elementary students dressed as 100-year-olds Tuesday. L to r, are Jhordan Wofford, Ally Collins, Bennett Clanton, Jada Fitzpatrick, Hadley Clark, Jake Ferguson, Lucy Beth Deaton and Bella Daughdrill. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

District Goat Show

Trent Barnett, Extension Agent ANR/4-H, Jensyn Cain, Parker Winter, Layla Bramlitt, Jillian Bramlitt, Hayden Barnett, Conner Shelton, and Mikayla Shelton.