Headlines – 5/21/2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Panolian : May 21, 2002

For complete stories, pick up the 05/21/02  issue of The Panolian

National recording artists Exile played their number one songs Saturday night, May 18, during the 5th Annual SpringFest, held on the downtown Square in Batesville. Thousands of fans were on hand to hear the group from Kentucky play all of their 10 number one records. See Friday’s issue of The Panolian for more coverage of this event.

Director Steps Down from Position

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SARDIS – The North Delta Choral and Arts Council is seeking a new executive director and a pianist for two positions open at the organization.

Jackie Reed, who is currently the executive director of the Arts Council, has announced she is stepping down from the position.

The Arts Council also announced the United Voices of Praise choral group accompanist position is open.

"Ride and Drive"
Sales and technical personnel from TOYO Tires were at the Panola County Airport last week testing three of their performance tires.

The "Ride and Drive" event was held to let Dunlap & Kyle sales people actually feel the difference in handling between the tires. The tires were placed on 2002 Mustangs.

Dunlap and Kyle, based in Batesville, is the second largest TOYO tire dealer in the nation.

The "Ride and Drive" testing will also take place this year in Nashville, Tennessee, and Shreveport, Louisiana, for the Dunlap & Kyle dealerships in those regions.

Murder Conviction Upheld
Decision Affirmed

BATESVILLE – The Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed a murder conviction of a Sardis woman last week.

The decision was handed down Tuesday, May 14, on the case of Vernora Michelle Watson, who was convicted of murder in Panola County Circuit Court on August 16, 2000.

Watson was convicted of killing her husband, Eric Watson, on May 3, 1999, by shooting him three times, twice in the chest and once in the back.

Deshea Townsend (l) of the Pittsburgh Steelers returned home to conduct the second annual All-American Sports Camp Saturday, May 18. Townsend, along with Dwayne Rudd of the Cleveland Brown, took youngsters through some drills they go through on a daily basis.

Morris Joins Economic Development Co.

BATESVILLE – Batesville real estate broker and businessman Leonard Morris has joined a Ridgeland-based planning and economic development company as a consultant. Morris, who serves as a state representative, joined Burns Development Group, owned by former Batesville banker J.C. Burns.

Burns Development Group is a comprehensive consulting firm that utilizes innovative technology to offer economic development and business consulting services to a wide variety of regional clients.