Weyerhaeuser issues local grants

Weyerhaeuser in Bruce issued four grants last week totaling nearly $32,000. Included was a $10,900 grant for Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at all the elementary and middle schools in the county, as well as new charging mounts for the three existing AEDs at the high schools. Pictured, from left, Mill Manager Benjy Herrin, school nurses Allie Kendall, Kristy Barnett, Lori Peden, Kim Springer with the school district, and Teresa Reedy, materials manager for Weyerhaeuser. Grants were also issued to Bruce Police Department, Big Creek Fire Department, and the Career and Technical Center. See those pictures in this week's CCJ. Photo by Joel McNeece

Octoberfest Costume Winners

Among the winners at Octoberfest's Costume Contest in Calhoun City were, (8-up)  Jalailah Pierce, Cleopatra; Isabella Lafayette, Clown, Anna Grace (along with Lucy dressed as a hot dog and winner of the pet costume contest), Ketchup bottle; Leland Hood, Killer Clown; Miley Bungart, Luigi; Cheyenne Sansing, Mario. See more winners in this week's CCJ.

Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival

Anamaria Moore, Jackie Murillo and Tonya Kirby at the Sweet Potato Tasting Booth at last weekend's festival. See more pictures in this week's CCJ.

Williams receives scholarship

Northwest Mississippi Community College Director of Recruiting, Jere Herrington, left, presents a half-tuition scholarship voucher to Vardaman High School senior Michael Williams. His name was drawn from all of the participants. Williams was among more than 1,250 high school students who came to Northwest’s “We are Northwest” Recruiting event recently. (NW Photo by LaJuan Tallo)

Sweet Potato Festival

Lots happening today at the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival.

Calhoun City advances

Calhoun City ran through Riverside Friday night in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs. They will travel to Union next week.

Storm damage at Academy

Calhoun Academy's batting and storage facility was rolled down the hill by the high winds in last night's storm.

Heaviest storm damage south of Calhoun City

Last night's storm produced an apparent tornado that caused lots of destruction along CR 361 south of Calhoun City.

Pictured above is the drive up to the Curtis Sturdivant home where trees are sawed off at the top. The home's front yard was full of a variety of trees but there are hardly any left that aren't completely broken off at the top or damaged to some degree. The home itself was hit in a couple places by fallen trees. Windows across the front of the house were sucked out.

Emergency crews arrived shortly after the 4 a.m. storm to try and help clear the road and open paths to the homes. The Sturdivant's daughter Keely and her husband Bill Fleming, who live across the road, have two trees on their house.

Brent Parker's farm shed and equipment, just behind the Sturdivant's also suffered significant damage. MEMA officials were on scene as well as local emergency crews assessing the damage.

Power outages have been reported in several areas of the county due to fallen trees taking down lines.

Calhoun Academy Carnival

Patton and Jennifer Nelson were among students and parents at Calhoun Academy’s Annual Halloween Carnival Saturday night. The Carnival was a success, raising over  $126,000, which was more than the school raised last year. Photo by Joel McNeece

Sabougla Baptist honors first responders

Sabougla Baptist Church held a special service on Sunday in which it honored first responders. Special recognition was paid to R.M. England, who donated the land for the Sabougla Fire Dept.; the department's first chief Russell Denton; current chief Jess Moore; the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department and more. See more coverage in this week's CCJ.