John Ellard recalls Pittsboro of the 1930s

On a Sunday afternoon in early April, as we left the restaurant in Pittsboro, John Ellard pointed to the center of the square, where the courthouse had burned in early 1920s.
The curbing around the building and the well in the front were not removed until 1938, he said as we sat in his car before beginning a tour. Jo Ann sat in front and led the conversation, while I sat in back and took notes.

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Opal Howell

Mary Opal Orr Howell, 91, passed away peacefully at Baptist Hospital Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Born August 12, 1926, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of Jessie Cleland Orr and Ollie Conner Orr. She attended Pleasant Hill School and was a member of Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church. She was retired after working many years at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. In her free time, she loved to work crossword puzzles and tend to her garden. She was also known to be a wonderful cook, and very talented with a sewing needle. Above all things, she loved her family the most. Spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids brought much joy to her life. She will be remembered for her sweet nature and loving heart, and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be Thursday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Elder Calvin Warren and Elder Rusty Wise will be officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Stone, Jeff Howell, Bradley Howell, Will Howell, Mike Howell and Jaron Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be Grover Edington, Tom Reedy, Jimmy Blaylock, Wayne Doler, Kelly Moore, Jonathon Howell and Justin Howell.

She leaves behind a daughter, Marcell (Kenneth) Stone, Calhoun City; sons, Stanley (Sandra) Howell, Raymond, and Jimmy (Jo) Howell, Calhoun City; sisters, Ruth Hodge, Clinton, and Bonnie (Ladurale) Doler, Slate Springs; brother, Harvey Dan (Annette) Orr, Bruce; grandchildren, Wayne (Nikie) Stone, Calhoun City; Jeff Howell, Calhoun City; Laura Howell, Gunnersville, AL; Mike Howell, Raymond; Jonathon (Patricia) Howell, Baltimore, MD; Justin (Jenna) Howell, Louisville, KY; Jaron (Emily) Howell, Charlotte, NC; Bradley (Andria) Howell, Bruce, and 10 great-grandchildren, Lylla, Will, Lilly, Heath, Evan, Lawson, Lylla, Dean, Arianna, Cassidy, and a very special niece, Kay Reedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie Earl Howell; son, Jessie W. “Bill” Howell; brother, J.C. Orr, and a sister, Eloise McFall.

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Lady Wildcats win again

The Calhoun City Lady Wildcats improved to 14-1 on the season with an easy win over East Webster Thursday night. Read about it in the sports section.

Virginia Vanlandingham

Virginia Howard Vanlandingham, 95, passed away peacefully at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Calhoun City Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Born November 5, 1922, she was the daughter of Henry Grady Howard and  Nora Ethel Aycock. She graduated from Derma High School in 1940, and married Eltis Vanlandingham in 1945. [Read more...]

Herbert Hurd

Herbert Donald Hurd, 55, died September 23, 2017 at his home.  He was born November 24, 1961 in Bloomfield, VT to Herbert Clint and Clyde Nahvella Kimbrough Hurd. He was a trucker and was employed by Matt Bollinger as a driver for him. [Read more...]

Larry Goodson

Larry Wyman Goodson, 83, of McGehee, AR, passed away August 29, 2017. He was born February 1, 1934 to Curtis David and Abby Lorene Gillespie Goodson. [Read more...]

Harmon named president of Regions Bank in Calhoun City

John Harmon, has been named city president for Regions Bank, Calhoun City/Houston.

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New coaches pleased with Trojans

Bruce Trojan football coach Clint Faust said he was “proud of how hard our guys played” this spring, overcoming a lot including a coaching change, several injuries and shortened practice time.
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Josie Baker

Josie Chandler Baker, 96, died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at her residence, surrounded by her family and love ones. She was born August 26, 1920 to Abb and Minnie Mae Smith Chandler. She was a seamstress for Seminole, homemaker, devoted mother and a very good cook for her family. She was a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church of Houston. [Read more...]

Bruce woman killed in Thursday evening wreck in Pontotoc County

A Bruce woman died as a result of a one-vehicle accident on Hwy. 9 Thursday in Pontotoc County.

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