Calhoun County History – Turn of fate denies Beadle chance in 1964 Olympics

July 25, 1996 – Dr. Gene Beadle of Bruce almost made it to the Olympics representing the U.S.A. in judo.
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Lawman Richard Mooneyham also wounded hero of WWII

When it comes to war, Calhoun County has many heroes who answered the call.
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Calhoun County History – Bruce gospel composer featured in music book produced by the state

Elvis was the star of a large format paper back entitled “All Shook Up,” recently released by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
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Ellard gets closure in brother’s death in Japanese Prison Camp in 1942

May 11, 2000 – The monument on the Bruce Square displays the names of the valiant soldiers from Calhoun County who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.
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Student researches history of Bruce High; BHS was Compilation, 10 Community Schools

June 22, 2000 – Bruce High School was erected in 1928. It was a consolidation of ten different community schools. The communities- Sarepta, Antioch, Ellard, Old Town, Banner, Loyd, Mt. Moriah, Lantrip, Reid and Pittsboro- were scattered across the county.
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Concord Church among county’s oldest

Concord Baptist Church, west of Ellard, turned 180 years old this year. The late Rev. L. E. Roane, wrote in his column in the CCJ in 1957, that Concord was the third oldest church in the county. First was Slate Spring in 1836, he wrote.
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Photo of 19th Century courthouse in Pittsboro shared by CCJ reader

I recently found an article printed in The Journal dated Jan. 5, 2012 regarding a photograph of the Calhoun County Courthouse in 1894. [Read more...]

Calhoun County History – Early Bluegrass band Wilson Brothers’ interrupted by WWII

October 7, 1999 – In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s a musical group in Banner known as the Wilson Brothers entertained with their blue grass and country singing and guitar playing at dances and school events north of the Skuna River. [Read more...]

Calhoun County History – Ford Harrelson was a World War II supplier

June 24, 1999 – With the economic woes of the onset on World War II casting a shadow of gloom over Calhoun City it was the inventive genius of the county’s own Lee Ford Harrelson who established a vitally important war manufacturing plant which turned out precision airplane hydraulic fittings for bombers for the Army and Navy by the millions. [Read more...]

William Ottis Hurst recalls Bruce, Ole Miss Glory Days

August 21, 2003 – The memories come back to William Ottis Hurst of Bruce frequently.
“Sometimes I’ll be driving down the road and I’ll start thinking about one of those games.”
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