Teachers of the Year

Administrator and Teachers of the Year honorees are, from left, DeDee Lee, VES; Janae Winter, BHS; Mindy Leachman, CCMS; Briana Caradine, BUES and district winner; Stephanie Lucius, CCHS; Emily Snellings, BES; Brenda Sprayberry, CCES; Lisa Pettit, VHS; Christy Watkins, VES; and Turner Moore, Career and Technical Center.

Christmas Light Winners

Duke and Dana McCrory’s home earned second overall in the Christmas Lighting Contest sponsored by the Twentieth Century Club of Bruce. The McCrorys live in Yoda Creek subdivision. Dana is pictured with her sons Bailey and Brody Parker. Photo by Joel McNeece

Big Creek’s Annual “Redneck” Christmas Parade

redneck57The annual “Redneck” Christmas Parade in Big Creek attracted a little bit of everything from festively decorated trucks, giant four-wheel drive reindeer, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, rednecks in bath tubs with goats, in outhouses and on horseback. This year’s top prize for the biggest “redneck” went to Freddie Martin, of Banner, and the Glory Train from Sarepta Baptist Church with all its “redneck” add-ons. Among those are Zenda Bethany and Carrie Hickson with their goat Sadie Starr above. Second prize went to the Bullard family for their entry – Randolph the Calico Reindeer.

Weyerhaeuser makes big donation for new fire truck

bruce truck62The city of Bruce will be able to pay off it’s new fire truck more easily thanks to a $150,000 grant from Weyerhaeuser. Officials from the Bruce sawmill met with Bruce firemen and town officials last week at the fire station to tour the new truck. Pictured, from left, are Alderwoman Ellen Shaw, Mayor Rudy Pope, Weyerhaeuser Plant manger Benjy Herrin, Weyerhaeuser Materials Manager Rick Cozine, Alderman Jimmy Hubbard, County Fire Coordinator and Bruce fireman  Chris Williams, Fire Chief Charlie Hill, Alderman Steve Nelson, Asst. Fire Chief B.J. Farmer, fireman Dut Swords.
Photo by Joel McNeece

Christmas Book

Sissy GroupBruce Elementary students recently published a Christmas book. Authors and artists of the book include, from left, front, Takeria Bobo, Layla Smithson, Caitlyn Tutor, Mary Alex Kakales, Emma Logan, Joni Barnett, JaKyra Thompson, Anesia Jackson; back, Bret Byars, Ryan Benson, Doug Williams, Aidyn Collins, Billy Harrison, Cayden Jones, William Eacholes, Joshua Long, Trakeveon Buchanan. Not Pictured - Jayden Grist. Read more about it in the School News section.

Sup. Moore recognized

NWBOTMooreRecogAt the December meeting, Northwest Mississippi Community College President, Dr. Gary Lee Spears, left, recognized Northwest Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Moore of Calhoun County for his service on the board. Moore is retiring after 37 years of service in education. He has served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years. Photo by Julie Bauer

Christmas display

Front 13Janice Vaughn, Jesse Yancy Memorial Library librarian, looks over Christmas tree pins as part of Nellie Pratt’s collection at the library this month. More than 100 pieces of Christmas jewelry are included in the collection. Photo by Joel McNeece

Turner earns Rotary honor

janna turner0The Bruce Rotary Youth Leader for December is  Janna Turner, daughter of Kristi Shelton. Her activities are: ranks second in her class; has  28  ACT score; principal’s honor roll, 4 yrs.; Beta Club 4 yrs.; senior class president; student council president; band, 7 yrs.; color guard, 5 yrs.; color guard captain, 2 yrs.; annual staff, 3 yrs., editor, 1 yr.; 4-H, 10 yrs.; Juniorettes, treasurer, 2 yrs.; member of First Baptist Church. Photo by Joel McNeece

Apartment fire in Vardaman

vardaman fireFire destroyed some apartments behind Mounce Supermarket in Vardaman Thursday night. Everyone got out safely. Derma, Calhoun City and Chickenbone fire departments all provided support to Vardaman FD.

Baptist Calhoun

baptist open houseBeth Dean and Calhoun City Mayor Amye Hill check out the new outpatient rehabilitation service at Baptist Calhoun Hospital in Calhoun City during Thursday night's open house. Photo by Joel McNeece