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Pittman named new BPD deputy chief

Pittman named new BPD deputy chief By John Howell Batesville aldermen  during their Tuesday meeting promoted Kerry Pittman to the post of deputy police chief and Sadie Willey as communications supervisor. The promotions were announced following an executive session near the end of the Third Tuesday meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen. Pittman…

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Splashpads coming to two parks

Splashpads coming to two parks By John Howell City officials voted unanimously Tuesday to buy “Splashpad” water recreation playground equipment for Trussell and Patton Lane parks. The two pads will be purchased from and installed by Great Southern Recreation of Murphreesboro, Tenn. for $150,000 total. Great Southern Recreation was the only company to submit a…

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City and county tackle mowing

City and county tackle mowing By John Howell Growing concern over the appearance of the I-55/Highway 6/278 interchange during warm weather when grass Is growing prompted Panola County Board of Supervisors President Cole Flint on Tuesday to propose a joint county/city maintenance agreement. Flint met with Batesville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen and said that…

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Whitten helps lead Miss. College his senior season

Whitten helps lead Miss. College his senior season By Myra Bean Chance Whitten of Batesville is one of eight seniors on the Mississippi College baseball team this year. This squad is 1-10 after the weekend run-in against No. 17/19 ranked West Florida. The Choctaws lone win was one game against Florida Tech opening weekend. Early…

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Obituaries

Obituaries James R. Childres James R. “Crawdad” Childress, 68, passed away at Methodist Hospital in Memphis on February 15, 2017. Funeral services were held February 18, at Wells Funeral Home.  Interment was at Forrest Memorial.  Reverend Cain Wheeler officiated the service. Mr. Childress was born June 25, 1948 to the late George R. Childress and…

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Rodeo coming Sat.

Rodeo coming Sat. Anticipating another sell-out crowd like last year, the 13th annual Bill Lipscomb Memorial Rodeo is scheduled this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Batesville Civic Center. The annual rodeo honors the memory of Como businessman and rodeo competitor Bill Lipscomb who died in an automobile accident in 2002. A fund in his memory…

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Sales tax receipts down in Dec. ‘16

Sales tax receipts down in Dec. ‘16 By Rupert Howell Sales tax collections in December in Batesville show a five percent decrease from December 2015 according to Mississippi Department of Revenue which also recorded a statewide decrease of one percent. The City of Batesville received $427,842 as its share (approximately 18 percent of the total…

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Como may reap benefits from mayor’s trip

Como may reap benefits from mayor’s trip By John Howell Como Mayor Everette Hill has returned from a trip to Washington with an upbeat report about the town’s probability of qualifying for a long-sought USDA loan to finance water and sewer rehabilitation. “I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be approved,” Hill said Tuesday…

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