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March 19, 2013 A dog saved from a house fire on Rollins Drive in Batesville last Friday gets attention from BFD firefighter Jackie Chapman. Firefighters pulled two dogs out of the home, and both were evidently overcome by smoke and acted lethargic. A neighbor took the dogs until the homeowner could arrive. No one else was in the home, but a resident was asleep in a backyard swing when firefighters arrived. The fire started in the kitchen and smoke damaged much of the home, firefighters sai
Oct. 8, 2013 On the field at Dunlap Stadium Friday night during a state-wide pause in support of Coach Robert Lightsey prior to high school football games were his children (at right), Brad Lightsey and Sandra Lynn Lightsey Bright. Lightsey, who is being treated for acute leukemia, is director of Batesville’s Parks and Recreation Department and formerly coached baseball at South Panola High School and football at Batesville Junior High. The Panolian photo by Angie Ledbetter
July 16, 2013 Guests at the Magnolia Grove Monastery open house last Saturday viewed the newly constructed bell tower. The bell is rung twice daily to call the monastics to contemplation. The Buddhist retreat is located in the Red Hill community and is home to about 30 nuns and monks. The Panolian photos by Emily Williams
Oct. 22, 2013 Haley Lloyd, 2012 South Panola High School Homecoming Queen, crowns the new queen, Amy Yeoman, during festivities at halftime last Friday night. Amy’s escort is Benton Blaylock. The Panolian photo by Angie Ledbetter
Feb. 8, 2013 South Panola five-star recruit Tony Conner (front, center) gave the Ole Miss landshark sign after announcing he will play his college career at Ole Miss on National Signing Day Wednesday. Conner made the announcement live on ESPN and in front of a room full of fans, teammates and spectators in the high school media center. On hand to witness the occasion which gave Ole Miss its best recruiting season in history were his parents (l. to r.) David Conner Sr. and Mary Conner; and (b
Readers asked to help to pick photo of the year

By Rita Howell

The Panolian readers are asked to help the newspaper staff determine the 2013 Photo of the Year. Editors have combed through the year's published pictures and narrowed the field to five. Readers are asked to go online and vote for their favorite. The photo with the most votes will be published in the New Year's Eve edition of The Panolian.

The "finalists" are: college football signing day photo of Tony Conner and his family at South Panola High School; Batesville firefighter Jackie Chapman with a chihuahua rescued from a housefire; Magnolia Grove Monastery's open house; football game officials and members of the Lightsey family on the field during a moment of prayer for Coach Robert Lightsey; South Panola High School's homecoming queen.

View all the photos online at and vote for your favorite. Only one vote per computer per day will count. Voting starts today and ends at 3 p.m. Friday, December 27.

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