Aldermen approve May 5K, 'Relay for Life' event
By Billy Davis
Batesville aldermen approved the annual 5K run at SpringFest, and approved a “Relay for Life” for the American Cancer Society, at their Tuesday meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen.
Working their way through a list of visitors, aldermen also approved budget requests for the Batesville Main Street Program and the Boys and Girls Club.
Yvonne Taylor, representing the Panola County Humane Society, requested permission to hold the 5K on Saturday, May 18.
“Racing for Paws” is a fund-raiser for the Humane Society. Taylor said 82 runners have registered already, which she said is “way ahead” of last year’s pace.
She said the Humane Society placed 182 dogs with owners during 2012, most of them saved from Batesville’s pound.
Other appearances before the Board of Aldermen included:
•Batesville Main Street manager Collen Clark asked for annual funding for Main Street and for the annual SpringFest music festival.
Aldermen approved both requests without comment.
•Belinda Morris, representing the Boys and Girls Club, told city leaders the club continues to struggle with finances after enduring cuts to the program by government agencies. Satellite clubs in Sardis and Crenshaw have already been closed, she said.
Morris said a U.S. Department of Justice grant is giving $16,000 to the Batesville club this year. “It got cut again,” she said.
“What was it?” asked Alderman Eddie Nabors.
“Thirty-two,” Morris replied, meaning $32,000.
Reached after the city meeting, Morris said Batesville has contributed $25,000 annually in the past but further stated she did not know how much was budgeted this year. She did not request a figure Tuesday.
Victor Sullivan appeared on behalf of the American Cancer Society to announce the “Relay for Life” on May 10 and 11. The event will start at 6 p.m. and conclude at midnight, he said.