Headlines – 2/14/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 14, 2003

The Panolian Headlines: February 14, 2003

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Love was in the air at Batesville Elementary a day early as classes held Valentine’s Day parties on Thursday.

During a party for one section of the first grade, Sergio Alvarado (left) and Kathy Munoz (right) exchanged Valentine cards.

Panola Incumbents All Seek Re-Election
Filing Open Through March 1

All of Panola County’s incumbent officials seeking re-election have filed their statements of intent with the Circuit Clerk’s office.

District One Supervisor Jessie Lyons was the final incumbent to qualify.

Others qualifying over the last week include Michael Purdy for Coroner, Arthur S. "Steve" Chancellor for Sheriff, Richard McCarty for Supervisor District Five and Ted Stewart for Supervisor District Five.

Those seeking offices include: (* indicates incumbents)

  Gracie Grant Gulledge Michael Purdy
  Donna Stevens* Donna Tisdale
  Pat Yates  
Supervisor District One
  Jessie Lyons*
Supervisor District Two
  Robert Avant* Curtis D. McCrite
Supervisor District Three
  Mack Benson* Mike Darby
  Larry Key Gary Kornegay
Supervisor District Four
  Joe B. Horton Roosevelt "Smitty" Galmore
  Robert E. "Red" Hudson Calvin P. Land
  Jerry G. Perkins*
Supervisor District Five
  Dennis Lott* Richard McCarty
  Ted Stewart Ronald W. Williams
Justice Court Judge
  James W. Appleton* Everette D. Hill
  Willie E. "Bill" Joiner*
  Raye Hawkins* Cleve Gale*
  Ezell Pegues
Panola County Attorney
  Charlie Gaines Baker
Chancery Clerk
  Dennis Baker II David Chandler
  Russell T. Gray Timothy N. Grogan
  Charlotte "Skip" Hearn Robert McMillan
  Jim Pitcock
  David M. Bryan* Arthur S. Chancellor
Tax Assessor/Collector
  David Garner*
Circuit Clerk
  W. Joe Reid*

Those wishing to seek election can qualify until 5 p.m March 1. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 5, with the general election taking place Nov. 4.



The Batesville Friends of the Library held a planning session for "A Valentine for Chocolate Lovers."  From left are Librarian Mollie Gillespie, Alderwoman Bobbie Jean Pounders, Etta Jones and R.D. McMinn.

"A Valentine for Chocolate Lovers" will take place Sun., Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Batesville Public Library. Chocolate and non-chocolate goodies will be available for sampling. Entertainment for the event will be provided by Casey Lipe and Calvin Flint.

Anyone interested in attending can purchase tickets at the library or from any of the Friends of the Library. Tickets are $3.50 per ticket or 3 for $10. Money raised will go to the library.

Man Guilty in Cable Thefts

A guilty plea to two counts of stealing cable services from Cable One has landed a Batesville man on the city’s work program for 128 days.

Reginald Henderson, 35, who lives on Patton Lane, entered the plea Wednesday in Batesville City Court, according to BPD Major Tony Jones.

Though Henderson was convicted on a misdemeanor, Jones said the crime "is a felony" and will be prosecuted as such in the future.

"Cable service theft is costing Cable One a fortune," Jones said. "The company will prosecute vigorously."

City Judge Bill McKenzie also sentenced Henderson to one year suspended jail time, Jones said. It’s time he’ll have to serve if he doesn’t successfully complete the work program days.

Henderson, Jones said, was damaging Cable One property and "hooking up other people" so they could get free cable and charging them to do so.

New Retail Centers in Works for City
Developers Like Batesville
Market; Its Growth Potential

Two new retail centers – one associated with the new Lowe’s store and the other behind Back Yard Burgers – are set to go up in Batesville.

That’s the word this week from two developers who see Batesville as a good market for growth.

Dirt work was set to start behind the restaurant this week on the new strip mall which will house 10-12 retailers near the new Super Wal-Mart.

"We’re just waiting on a few days of dry weather to get started," said developer Jim Chambers of Southstar L.L.C. in Brentwood, Tenn.

Chambers said he can’t release a list of tenants just yet but said some contracts have been signed " … and we’re in negotiations with a half dozen others.

"There will be a mixture of new retailers and possibly some relocations," Chambers said.