Headlines – 2/15/2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 15, 2002

Panolian : February 15, 2002

February 15, 2002

Severe weather plans set
BY CAYE HOBBS
Staff Writer

BATESVILLE – Severe Weather Awareness Week kicks off Monday, February 18, according to Civil Defense / E911 coordinator, Son Hudson. 

“We plan to have a statewide tornado drill Wednesday, February 20,” Hudson said. “I have written letters to school principals to encourage them to participate in the activity.”


Blood Drive T-shirt Winners
First place winner in the Mississippi Blood Drive Poster Contest is Opal Winters (l), student at North Delta School. Renea Simmerman of Miss. Blood Services presented Winters with a $500 Scholarship and a $50 Wal-Mart Card.

More blood drive t-shirts winners on page A3 of February 15 The Panolian.


Water bill problems discussed
BY KAREN DUNN
Editor

BATESVILLE – Problems with a water bill brought one Batesville resident to seek help from city officials. 

David Still requested that the Batesville Board of Aldermen “straighten out” his water bill.


 
Best calf born and bred . . .

Miles Respess brought home top honors during the Panola County Livestock Show held recently at the Northwest District Livestock Showbarn in Batesville. Respess’ grand champion Gelbvieh heifer was named Best Calf Bred and Born in Panola County. for more photos, and for coverage of the event, see Page A12 of The Panolian.


Roads damaged by flooding
BY CAYE HOBBS
Staff Writer

BATESVILLE – Panola County Road Manager David Chandler advised supervisors the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had completed its survey of Panola County roads that had been damaged by flooding.

“We have the opportunity to get these roads fixed and put back into shape with the help of FEMA funding,” Chandler said. “We will need to add six to eight more people in part-time positions.


Fashion Show set for Feb. 23

A 2002 Ladies Fashion Show will be sponsored by the Batesville Head Start Center Saturday, February 23, at 6 PM.  All contestants will participate in dressy and casual wear. Entry fee is $5 for all contestants. Contact the Batesville Head Start for more information at 563-8166.


Loans available for farmers

The Panola County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers loans to eligible farm producers to build grains bins or other similar grain storage structures. If approved, these loans could assist producers with a loan of up to 85 percent of the cost to build a grain bin or similar storage structure. 

The maximum term of the loan cannot exceed seven years. Loans approved during the month of February, 2002, will accrue at the interest rate of 4.875 percent. 

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Panola County
FSA Office at 487-2651 or 578-8045.