Calhoun County Flooding

Many areas of the county are seeing flooding today after excessive rain over the past 24 hours, and more is in the forecast.


Clark’s Chapel Pastor

Gene King Sr. became pastor at Clark's Chapel in Northeast Calhoun County seven months ago. Read about him and the church in our Calhoun Pastors section.

Spring around the corner

The first day of spring is still almost a full month away but there are signs of a change in the season around the county. What doesn't appear to be changing is the amount of rain we are receiving. More storms forecast for tonight (Feb. 21) and this weekend, but temperatures should remain near 70 for the next week during the day.

Empty Bowls

Sisters Sheryl Collins and Anna Collums have made 250 unique bowls in their Deer Run Pottery shop for the March 3 Empty Bowls fundraiser for the food pantry in Bruce. The event will be held at the multi-purpose center in Pittsboro with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the effort to feed the hungry in Calhoun County. Photo by Joel McNeece

Fantastic Four qualify for State Robotics

The Calhoun County all girl robotics team, the Fantastic Four, from left, Lillian Baker, Lilli Bennett, Jacey Bennett and Haley Gaskin, competed in the final qualifying tournament before the State Championship Feb. 17 at Ridgeland High School. They were awarded the Middle School Excellence Award as well as the spirit award. “The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX Robotics program.” This award qualifies them to compete at the VEX Middle School State Championship to be held at the University of Southern Mississippi on March 2-3.

Wildlife Tasting Program and Expo

Lijah Griffin, son of Tim and Christy Griffin of Big Creek, won the drawing for the Winchester Youth 20 Gauge shotgun at the annual Wildlife Banquet Monday in Pittsboro. The youth drawing was sponsored by Parker Motor Company, Bucks One Stop, Calhoun County Farm Bureau and C & E Farm.

Candy Art

Group pictured, at left are, from left, front, Courtney Brown, Dana Jackson, Kristen Westmoreland, Hanna Willis, Caitlyn Burt, Alexis Edwards; back, Taylor Jones, Joshua Plunk, Cade Ozbun, Elliot Morgan, and J.P. Stewart. Not pictured is Quiana Allen (Crunch Bar).

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day will be celebrated at Bruce Schools today with lots of “Coke Crushes.” The girls’ powerlifting team sold more than 1,800 as a fundraiser. Each soda has a personal Valentine’s message for someone special. Pictured getting them ready to go are Diamond Campbell, Lily Kate Tutor and Braeden Faddock. Photo by Joel McNeece

Johnson speaks at Vardaman Library

Charles ‘Wsir’ Johnson of Okolona, and originally of California, was guest speaker for Black History Month last Thursday at the Vardaman Public Library. Vardaman Elementary students visited the library by class to hear him. The sixth graders were in the first group attending, and with Johnson are Carter Helton, Tommy Pina, Trey Coots, Rosie Guerrero and Tatiana Cousin. Among the things he talked to them about were George Washington Carver, and sweet potatoes. Johnson’s artistic interests range from teaching drums from around the world in over 40 elementary schools, to storytelling, musical instrument maker, to personal fitness trainer. For his film “Blue Suede Shows in the Hood” he received recognition on the Tupelo blues marker. Rochella Rounds and Minnie Bounds had different Black History displays set up at the library. Photo by Celia Hillhouse

Fifth graders define what “love is”

A’toria Knox was among Angie King’s fifth grade class at Bruce Upper Elementary that put together a heart display for Valentine’s in which the students wrote their own interpretation of what love is. Some wrote poems, others drew pictures and they all had a unique interpretation. Among their definitions were: “Love is my grandma’s food; Love is my family; Love is helping and caring for other people; and Love is to change the world.” Photo by Joel McNeece