Danny Harrelson

Danny Harrelson, of Bruce, has worked at Weyerhaeuser in Bruce for 42 years. He started as a sorter when he was 18-years-old for $3 an hour and now leads what many consider the “heart of the sawmill” – the saw filer team. He’s held that position for the past decade. Read the related story in the features section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Miss Arkansas vists VES

Lillian Patton and Madison Easley watch as Miss Arkansas Claudia Raffo joins Azalea Ewing flossing. After a Q&A session, Raffo visited with and had photos made with each grade during her visit to Vardaman Elementary.

Spelling bee

Calhoun Academy District Spelling Bee participants were, l to r, Novie Gray, Bailey Parker, Dawson Nichols, Layla Bramlitt and Abby Nichols. The Bee was hosted by Columbus Christian Academy in Columbus on December 5. Layla Bramlitt placed third and will advance to the State Spelling Bee later this month. Photo submitted

Randy Skinner

Randy Skinner leads the county’s emergency management efforts and also is the “computer guy” for the school district. His passion for public service stems from his family. He is a third generation county employee and takes great pride in the service of his father and grandfather before him. Read the related story in our features section. Photo by Joel McNeece

Dobbs retirement

Dr. Jim Dobbs was honored with a retirement reception last Friday evening at Calhoun City First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Pictured, staff members, Carron Tedford, Gretchen Purtee, Mary Ann Wilkie, Roxanne Watkins, Dr. Julia Brandon, Dr. Jim Dobbs and Julie Coleman.

Beckett retires

Shirley Beckett has retired after serving over 30 years as a Medical Lab Technician at Wells’ Medical Clinic with Dr. Willie Wells in Bruce.

Vardaman FCCLA community project

As part of a community service project, Vardaman FCCLA students recently cooked and delivered soup for members in the Vardaman community.  This organization guides students to participate in projects that will improve the quality of life in their community. FCCLA members, from left, front, Shakhodie Armstrong, Community Members Peggy Smith and Melinda Jeffcoats, FCCLA Members Bridgette Hernandez, Addison Earnest, Nora-Blake Parker; back, Sean Galloway, Jacob Watkins, Jayelin Lucius, Haley Beam, Bethany Grace Gordon, Sierra Allred, Hanna Johnson, Tyler Hawkins, Cristal Solis.

New Century

The New Century Club of Calhoun City was recently recognized for their contribution of Christmas lights for all the lamp posts on the interior of the Calhoun City Square. Pictured above with one of the decorated lamp posts are Kim Parker, club president, Carmon Miller, Stephanie Lucius, Kimberly Ruth and Pam Shaw.

Jody’s Dancers

JODY’S DANCERS recently performed their annual Christmas Show at Bruce Community Living Center. First graders pictured dancing are Annsleigh Mallory, Aubree Earnest, Mary Elise Haire and Joley Clark. See more dancers photos inside.                                       Photo by Whitney Bailey

Farm Bureau honored

Calhoun County Farm Bureau received Outstanding County in region 2 for 2018. In addition, they  received the 2018 Mike Blankenship Outstanding Safety Award for Outstanding Safety Education Efforts. Left to right are, Terry Norwood, Regional Manager District 2; Perry Bailey CCFB President; Rita Leachman, Membership Secretary and Mike McCormick, MSFBF President.