Editorial-Opinion

Quiet Spring nights come with reminder from BPD

Quiet Spring  nights come with reminder from BPD It’s was a quiet weekend in Batesville, my hometown. The highlight was Saturday’s Lokel Yokels’ 14th anniversary show. They packed radio station WBLE FM 100.5 so full of singers, pickers and grinners and their instruments that I just decided to stay away and listen, which I did…

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Panola, Quitman, Coahoma still wait turn on Hwy. 6

Panola, Quitman, Coahoma still wait turn on Hwy. 6 This year — 2017 — was once the projected completion date for the Batesville bypass project that would carry through east/west traffic south of the present route of Highway 6 through Batesville and relieve the traffic volume that we see crawling through town today. That is…

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Spring cleaning goes county-wide Saturday, April 8

Spring cleaning goes county-wide Saturday, April 8 Keep Panola Beautiful Day is swiftly approaching and serious efforts are being made to make the idea of a clean and beautiful Panola County take hold and stick. Some may be wary as some sort of cleanup effort is announced every year. But this spring cleaning is different.…

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‘Skywarn’ trains storm spotters, open to public

‘Skywarn’ trains storm spotters, open to public The National Weather Service (NWS) will host free storm spotter training in Sardis open to the public Thursday, March 23 at the Panola County Emergency Operations Center, 100 MSg William J. Ferrell Drive, Sardis (behind Performance Marine), from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Panola County Emergency Operations Director Daniel Cole, whose…

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Executive sessions, once rare, have now become routine

Executive sessions, once rare, have now become routine We live in the era of ever-increasing lip service to transparency in government while lawmakers at all levels continually chip away at the public’s right to access information about their government. Nobody ever got themselves elected on a platform of keeping the public away from the public’s…

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New FEMA RATE map will finally be adopted. Really

New FEMA RATE map will finally be adopted. Really At the risk of reminding readers of Peter who too often cried “WOLF!” for no reason, I am again offering encouragement to seriously consider buying flood insurance now if you live or own a business anywhere along Sand Creek in Batesville. The new FEMA RATE flood…

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Free market forces like water seeking lower level

Free market forces like water seeking lower level It is little consolation, but Batesville Casket Company has handled its exit with as much class as could be expected under the circumstances. The severance packages given to the Panola employees in exchange for, among other considerations, a strict confidentiality clause putting it at risk of forfeit…

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Monque’D and Charlie Brown, all on a Mardi Gras day

Monque’D and Charlie Brown, all on a Mardi Gras day I thought I was all set for a nice, quiet Mardi Gras day. The only activity in or even near our neighborhood when Fat Tuesday finally arrives is the early morning march-through by the Jefferson City Buzzards Marching Club. They gather across Wisner Playground at…

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Big Easy returns to its ‘near normal’ after today’s excess

Big Easy returns to its ‘near normal’ after today’s excess Bob’s party lived up to best expectations Sunday — Dimanche Gras — after the Okeanos, Mid City and Thoth parades and before the start of Bacchus. A half dozen musicians who comprise the Storyville Stompers gathered at the end of the block to await the…

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Honoree missed his surprise birthday for good reason

Honoree missed his surprise birthday for good reason It seemed likely to me that a plan by Mark Heafner and several co-conspirators to catch Ricky Swindle in a surprise birthday party was, well, not likely to succeed. The affable host of the Local Yokels radio program just knows too many people who know people who…

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