Headlines – 10/11/2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 11, 2002

Panolian : October 11, 2002

For complete stories, pick up the 10/11/02  issue of The Panolian

The alertness of Armistead Flint (front, left) and the quick response by the Batesville Fire Department possibly saved the Soul Food Cafe building from burning Thursday morning, October 10, in downtown Batesville. After smelling something burning, Flint alerted the fire department. Some bad wiring was found smoldering. Other than having to break in the front door of the building, there was no other damage.

Antique Engines, Tractors
Annual Show Set for Oct. 18, 19

SARDIS – The 13th Annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show will be held Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, on Industrial Park Road in Sardis.

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The event, sponsored by the Sardis Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sardis, will feature a variety of crafts and flea market items.

A fish fry will be held Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m.

An antique tractor parade will begin Saturday, October 19, at 10 a.m.

The popular tractor pull, by Dixie Iron of Tupelo, begins at 11 a.m.

A variety of entertainment will be offered for event goers, including family entertainment, children’s peddle races, displays and concessions.

Admission is $1. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. There is no charge for parking.

Nightly security will be provided. Restrooms are available.

The event will be held on Industrial Park Road in Sardis.

For more information about the event, contact the Sardis Chamber of Commerce at 487-3451.


This white vehicle found itself facing North off of Highway 51 South in Pope during the heavy rains Wednesday, October 9. Local fire departments responded to the call around 12:45 p.m. No information was available from the local fire department. The local Highway State Patrol office did not return the call from The Panolian.

Older workers needed, too

BATESVILLE – If you are 55 years of age or older and looking for a job, Experience Works, formerly known as Green Thumb, has a position for you.

Program director Wilma Hentz has worked for Experience Works the past five years. Hentz, herself, is over 55.

"I’m here to help the 55 and older generation," Hentz said, "and businesses need help, too."

Some of the businesses that have benefited from Experience Works include Fairfield of Batesville, an assisted living center, and Beverly Healthcare.

Lila Birdsong, for example, is a sitter who is 80 years young and goes to work every day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. She drives herself to Longtown to sit with an elderly woman who has had a stroke and is partially paralyzed on one side.

"They have the best time," Hentz said.