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Coming Events

April 15-17

First Security Bank’s Relay for Life Team is selling chances to win a cake to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Chances are $1 each and multiple cakes will be given away April 18.  Tickets can be purchased at the First Security Bank Main Branch in Batesville.  

Thursday, April 17
A weight management support group meets with a registered dietitian from the University of Mississippi’s Nutrition Clinic at 6 p.m. in the South Panola High School library. The group meets monthly, is open to anyone in the community and is offered free of charge.
Kindergarten registration at Batesville Elementary and Pope School will take place from 9-2. Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014 to be eligible. Parents must bring: certified birth certificate, immunization compliance form, social security card, two proofs of 911 address.
Panola County Democratic Executive Committee
will meet at 6 p.m. at the Sardis Courthouse.  All board members are urged to be present.  The public is invited.

April 17, 18
Pride Tumble and Cheer will hold clinic and tryouts  at Pride Tumble and Cheer, 23655-A Highway 6 East, for ages 5-18. For questions e-mail to

Saturday, April 19
Community Easter Egg Hunt will be sponsored by the Finch-Henry Job Corps Center and five Greek fraternal organizations from 9-11 a.m. at Trussell Park for ages 0-14. There will be games, a bouncer, face painting, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cossar State Park will hold its annual Easter activities with egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m.
South Panola High School’s horticulture department will hold a plant sale at greenhouse on campus from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22
Batesville Caregivers Support Group for Alzheimer’s will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Batesville Public Library. A video will be presented, giving a “virtual tour” of the brain.

Thursday, April 24
FFA banquet
will be held at 6 p.m. at the South Panola High School Cafeteria. The cost is $5.

Saturday, April 26
Mt. Olivet Fire Department
will have its annual meeting with a fish fry and gospel singing fundraiser for the station at 5 p.m. Call in orders for delivery to the Mt. Olivet community can be called to Judy French at 609-2657.
Black Jack Community Center will have karaoke with pot luck at 6 p.m. For more information call Doris Wagner at 578-0223.

Tuesday, April 29
A mobile food pantry will visit Como’s Cistern Hill Church from 1-3 p.m. Pre-screening is required. Call 526-5256 for dates and times of screenings.

Saturday, May 3
The Thirteenth Annual Marvin Hayes Scholarship Banquet
will be held at the Como School Cafeteria at 7 p.m.  Galloway Beck, director of human resources for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia, will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $25 each. For information, call 487-2656.
Como Cleanup Day begins at 7:30 a.m. at Como United Methodist Church. Volunteers will receive bags and road assignments, and return to the church for lunch at 11 a.m. Call 526-5256 for information.

Sunday, May 4
Jackson State University’s Panola County Alumni
will meet at 4 p.m. at the Sardis Public Library. Refreshments will be served. For information call 487-1348.

Tuesday, May 6
A cancer survivors’ dinner honoring all Panola County cancer survivors will be held at 6 p.m. at Batesville Church of Christ.
Panola County’s chapter of the American Cancer Society is hosting the event and anyone interested should call 934-1177 to reserve a spot. There is no charge.

Saturday, May 10
Relay for Life
to benefit the American Cancer society will begin at 6 p.m. on the Batesville Downtown Square.

Saturday, May 17
Racing for Paws
registration is now open for the 5K benefiting the Panola County Humane Society. Race starts Downtown Batesville, 8 a.m. Go to to register.

Saturday, June 28
SPHS FFA/Vo-Ag 25-year Reunion Fish Fry
at Chickasaw Hills east of Sardis on
Hwy. 315 from 3-10 p.m. Proceeds benefit scholarship and FFA/Vo-Ag Dept. at
SPHS. Plates are $10, $5 for children and current students. All past and present members welcome.

Saturday, July 19
The SPHS Class of 1965
will meet for a luncheon at Batesville First United Methodist Church. For information contact Jim Pitcock or Pat Hardy.

Ongoing meetings

Gymnastics for kids is held in Batesville Intermediate School gym. Call Kim Carver at 662-710-6121.
Al-Anon support group for family and friends of alcoholics meets at 8 p.m. every Monday at Batesville First United Methodist Church.
Citizens Militia of Mississippi will meet every second Monday at the Batesville Public Library at 7 p.m. Call 654-6574 for information.
Panola County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at the VFW. For more information call 662-609-1594.

The American Legion
will meet the third Tuesday  of every month at the VFW at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Martial Arts classes are held from 6-7 p.m. at Batesville Intermediate School gym. Allen Grantham is instructor. Call 563-7273 for information.

The Election Commissioners meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Batesville Courthouse at 9 a.m.

Batesville Luncheon Civitans
will meet every first and third Thursday of the month at Western Sizzlin’ in Batesville from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
The Panola County Tea Party meets the second Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at Burn’s Barbecue.
Batesville VFW Post 4968 and Auxiliary meet the first Thursday of every month at the VFW building at 6 p.m.

Monday - Friday
Panola County Alcoholics Anonymous
meetings are held at Batesville First United Methodist Church at noon daily. For information call 662-234-8585.

Panola County Alcoholics Anonymous “Saturday Night Live” meetings begin at 6 p.m. at Sardis First United Methodist Church. Call 662-234-8585 for information.

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