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Headlines – 7/26/2002

Panolian : July 26, 2002

For complete stories, pick up the 07/26/02  issue of The Panolian

Enid Lake Baptist Church held its Vacation Bible School (VBS) last week. Members of the preschool class prepare for the final program, which they performed for church members. The theme for this year’s VBS was "The Amazon."
 

Aug. 1 deadline approaches
BY KIMBAL BILLINGSLEY
COUNTY EX. DIRECTOR, FSA

August 1 is a very important date for farm owners, operators and producers in Panola County. August 1 is the final date to report your acreage of planted crops, idled acres and acres devoted to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to the Panola County Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
 

Library Expansion Project Nears Completion
 
BY KAREN DUNN
EDITOR

BATESVILLE – Construction of the expansion at Batesville Public Library is nearing completion, First Regional Library System representative Jim Anderson told city leaders last week.

The City of Batesville project is funded with a library grant approved by the State of Mississippi.

City officials had to match 40 percent of the funds, which was done through a bond issue.

The expansion project will add 6,300 square feet to the existing library facility.
 


Wilson Places First in Regional Fitness Competition
BY PATRINA TOWNSEND / BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Members of the Batesville Boys and Girls Club who participated in the regional Sports Authority Fitness Challenge at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. include (front, l to r) Terrance Lamar, Xavier Hooks, Aaron Wilson, Andrea Leland; (back, l to r) Ashley Bobo, Nina Patterson, Tamara Townsend and Sabrina Townsend. Wilson placed first and qualified to participate in National Sports Authority competition to be held at the University of Miami.
 


BY WILLIAM FINKEL / NAT’L FITNESS AUTHORITY

With national headlines heralding the rise of childhood obesity (nearly 15 percent of our nation’s youths are obese), it’s hard to find any stories about kids who are doing something to buck that trend.

Well, 11-year-old Aaron Wilson of Batesville is a great example of the exception to the rule. Wilson has outperformed more than 250,000 kids internationally to qualify for the Fitness Authority National Championships.
 


 
What a Melon!

Olen White of Pope was grinnin’ like a ‘possum when he found this 21-pound cantaloupe in his garden. This is the second large cantaloupe he found this year.

What’s the secret to his "huge" success? "Miracle Grow," he says.
 


Parents, kids urged to attend event
BY KAREN DUNN
EDITOR

BATESVILLE – A variety of games and activities are planned for the Back to School Carnival, supported by the Boys and Girls Club of Batesville and Panola County.

The event, sponsored locally in part by the Family Coaching Program, will be held Sunday, August 4, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Patton Lane Park in Batesville.

"This event is being held to help bring parents and their children together for an afternoon of fun," said organizer Terry Townsend. "We’re encouraging parents to bring their children to the event."
 


West Nile Virus

Birds from Panola and Hinds Counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) through Mississippi State Department of Health routine surveillance.

The State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory found four horses from Scott, Wilkinson, Hancock and Pearl River Counties to be infected with WNV. Additionally, tests are pending on two horses from Rankin and Jackson Counties suspected of having a mosquito-borne infection.
 


NFL Sendoff Reception honors local NFL signees

Representative Warner McBride (l) and Senator Nolan Mettetal (right) presented proclamations from the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate to Josh Bright (second from left) and Antuian Bradford.


BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

The Panolian staff hosted a NFL Sendoff Reception for recent NFL signees Josh Bright and Antuian Bradford Wednesday, July 17.

Community people from all over attended the reception and sent the two locals to their respective camps with warm well wishes.

Bright, of the Baltimore Ravens, and Bradford, of the Tennessee Titans, were attended by their immediate families and friends.