Headlines – 1/24/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 24, 2003

The Panolian Headlines : January 24, 2003

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Area National Guard Units Get Call to Mobilize
223rd Engineer Battalion


Panola Countians are among the 650 Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers who will report today to the units of the 223rd Engineer Batallion, headquartered in West Point.

They are eventually headed to an undisclosed overseas location, according to a public affairs office news release. They are expected to remain on active duty for about a year.

The mobilization orders come under a Presidential Partial Mobilization of Reserve Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The batallion has units in Charleston, Clarksdale, Webb, Aberdeen, Bruce and Calhoun City.

Lt. Col. Tim Powell, guard spokesman, told The Panolian Thursday that soldiers are to report to their individual units today.

The soldiers will spend several days in "soldier readiness processing," he said, which includes making wills, powers of attorney, updating family information as well as medical records.

Speeding Tickets Keep Clerks Busy
"No Tolerance" Law Reason

The staff at Panola County Justice Court is handling thousands of tickets each month. (front) Carrie Ann Davis, (back l to r) Jada Miller, Stella Lee and Linda Owens look at the drawers of tickets for January.


With January not over, the staff in Panola County Justice Court already had more than 1,064 speeding tickets in their office so far in 2003.

According to Justice Court Clerk Carrie Ann Davis, that is nearly triple the number of tickets the court would handle per-month prior to the summer of 2002.

And because of the workload, Davis appeared before the Panola County Board of Supervisors earlier in the month to ask for more help.

The reason for such a dramatic increase is the implementation of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol’s "zero tolerance" policy.


This house at 3376A Eureka Rd., owned by Willie Benson, went up in flames Thursday. According to Lt. L. Lee Garner of the Batesville Fire Department the fire was called in to 911 at 11:20 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene within three minutes. No one was home at the time, he said.

Garner said the house was gutted by the fire and was "pretty much gone." The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Assisting Batesville were Courtland, Mt. Olivet, Bynum and Curtis/Locke Station Volunteer Fire Departments.

Highway 6 Rollover Kills College Student
Pair Ejected From Vehicle
An accident about five miles east of Batesville Monday night left one Ole Miss student dead and another hurt.

According to Lt. Andrew Shackelford of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the car was traveling on Hwy. 6 east toward Oxford at the time of the accident.

Shackelford said the car rolled over and off the road ejecting both passenger Charles W. Cannada, 20, of Oxford, who was injured, and driver Kaley D. Wilt, 19, of Brentwood, Tenn., who was killed.

Shackelford said it appeared neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Cannada remains at The Med in Memphis at press time and is listed in stable condition.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Chief Takes Aim at Troublemakers

Batesville police are "going to work" in an effort to find some of the people the police chief says are "causing trouble" in the community.

Police Chief Roger Vanlandingham told the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that officers "have some names" with which to work.

One crime that police want to solve is a recent "drive-by shooting" at the Lester Street Apartments, Vanlandingham said.

"Fortunately, no one was injured," he said of the incident.

Another crime involved a "serious cutting" last weekend in which a woman was injured, he told the city board.

Also, three windows were shot out of businesses last weekend at Johnson Furniture on Highway 6 West, at Helmes Grocery on Panola Avenue and at Check Cashers on the Public Square.

"We have some names of people who are stirring things up and we are fixing to go to work," the chief said.