Headlines – 8/6/2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Panolian : August 6, 2002

For complete stories, pick up the 08/02/02  issue of The Panolian

Elizabeth Potts of Pope had a "large" surprise waiting for her when she uncapped her bottle of Pepsi Thursday, August 1. She clutched in her hands a cap bearing the letter "M" – the only letter missing in the caps she had collected in Pepsi’s Cool Million Cash Caps contest.

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Contestants tried to collect Pepsi bottle caps spelling the words "Cool Million" to win the right to try for the $1 million prize. The winning cap was purchased at Crowson’s Grocery in Batesville.

Land use regulations adopted

BATESVILLE – The second phase of a two-step process to develop land use ordinances in Panola County has been put in place, says community planner Bob Barber, who is working with the Panola County Land Development Commission on the project.

Barber said the Panola County Board of Supervisors began working on the project five years ago.

Stallings to coach SP ladies basketball

South Panola High School Lady Tiger basketball team has a new coach.

Ralph Stallings spent the last five years coaching the Bruce High School ladies to a 150-19 record and the state 2A championship two of those five years, 1998 and 2002.

He is originally from Maben, which is about 18 miles from Starkville. Stallings is beginning his 25th year of coaching this year. He spent 13 years in Prentiss County and two each at Baldwin and Thrasher.

Stallings decided to come to South Panola because he wanted to try coaching on a higher level.

Kevin Fant speaks at First Baptist

Kevin Fant, Mississippi State Bulldogs starting quarterback, spoke to a standing room only crowd, Sunday night, July 28, at First Baptist Church.

He spoke of his life on the field and off the field. He talked about his relationship with God and how it has helped him get through some tough times. Fant is a devoted Christian who travels around speaking to young people about his life and how to stay on the right track.

Golf Tournament
The Panola Country Club will sponsor the second annual Club Manger’s Budweiser Shoot-Out, Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11. The 3-person Chicago 4-Ball tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m and 1 p.m. Saturday and a Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. A full weekend of events is slated.

Violent storms cause power outages

BATESVILLE – In recent weeks, members of Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association (TVEPA) have experienced an unprecedented number of power outages.

These outages have been caused by the sudden, short but violent thunderstorms that the area has experienced.

Because TVEPA has many miles of rural lines, an isolated thunderstorm with severe lightning can cause the power to be off in an area that has experienced no lightning at all.

According to TVEPA general manager Tom Underwood, if there is a thunderstorm several miles from your home, but it is on the same line as you are on, the damage caused by the lightning and strong winds can cause the power to be off at your home, as well as the area affected by the storm.

An example of the kind of trouble caused by these storms occurred on the morning of August 1. Underwood said a thunderstorm caused equipment that belongs to the Tennessee Valley Authority, who supplies power to Tallahatchie Valley substations, to malfunction.

Open up landfill to public?

SARDIS – Conner Vick, owner of an independent trash service company based in Pope, formally approached the Panola County Board of Supervisors Monday, August 5, requesting the use of the county’s new garbage transfer station in Courtland.

Vick hauls off approximately 40 tons of garbage each month.

"I offered the citizens of Panola County trash service 10 years before the county did," said Vick. "I begged the county to give the service to the people. I was told, ‘H___, if you want to do it, do it yourself.’"

So he did.

According to Vick, he ran a survey in the newspapers asking people if they would be interested in a county trash-pickup service. He said he was flooded with calls.