Headlines – 2/28/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 28, 2003

The Panolian Headlines: February 28, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 2/28/03  issue of The Panolian


In the Panola Playhouse production of "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" Ruth, portrayed by Brittany Boggan (r), bargains with her sister Tillie, portrayed by Jessica Caldwell, for sole ownership of their rabbit.

The show opened Thursday night and will continue through Sunday, March 2. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 general, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. This is a season ticket offering.
 


North Panola Superintendent to Resign at School’s Year End
BY MYRA BEAN
SPORTS EDITOR

SARDIS – The North Panola School District is about to enter a new era.

Superintendent of five years, Bonnie Smith, announced her resignation at the monthly school board meeting, Monday, Feb. 24.

Smith entered the administration ranks of the North Panola School District during tumultuous times. She was appointed assistant superintendent by state-appointed Conservator Ray Strebeck in 1996.

Smith said she has met the goals for the school she was charged with when first hired.
"I was charged with accreditation, operate in the black and a successful schools," Smith said.

All the schools have become fully accredited under Smith’s leadership with no citation on record, the system operates in the black and have three successful elementary schools.

"Now I feel like it is time for a change," Smith said. "As with anything, there comes a time for change. I have reached that point."

Smith was appointed the permanent superintendent five years ago, but said it does not seem that long ago.

North Panola High School principal John Sullivan said he will miss Smith’s leadership tremendously.

"Mrs. Smith has worked hard to make the district strong after the conservatorship," Sullivan said. "I have learned from her leadership to help the district grow."

According to Sullivan, he and Smith have a great working relationship when it comes to making decisions for the high school.

She had a vision to see the students succeed," Sullivan said. "That’s why I made the decision to come here. She has handled the leadership quite well."

With the "No Child Left Behind" approach to education, Smith said the schools will need the support of the faculty, board, students and the community.

"Everyone needs to put their arms around it and embrace it," Smith said.

As for her future plans, Smith was not prepared to discuss what they may be.

"I can tell you I am not relocating," she said.
In other news from the board meeting, Como Jr. High principal Jesse Orange announced his retirement.
 


Hospital’s Future, Study Status Joint Meeting Topics
BY KATE B DICKSON
EDITOR

"Public relations, perception by the community versus the facts," and "customer satisfaction," were all discussed when city and county officials met with the Tri-Lakes Medical Center board.

That’s according to Mayor Bobby Baker who said the city-county committee met with board members Monday night.

Committee members include Baker, Alderman Bobbie Jean Pounders, County Supervisor Dennis Lott and County Administrator David Chandler.

Also attending was former Batesville resident J.C. Burns of Burns Development Group, Ridgeland, Miss.
 


 
   

Firefighters from Batesville, Sardis and Curtis Locke Station battled a house fire shortly after noon Thursday at the home of Dennis Pearson, 3243 Old Panola Road.

BFD Capt. Steve Whitworth said the fire "gutted the house". No one was home at the time of the blaze of unknown origin. Whitworth said Fire Investigator Gerald White is working to determine the cause.


Road Placement Debate on Tap
BY KATE B DICKSON
EDITOR

Unless positions change, just how the road to the new Lowe’s store will be configured likely will draw differences of opinion when interested parties meet Tuesday with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The meeting is set for 1 p.m. at City Hall in advance of the regular board meeting scheduled for 2 p.m., according to a memo from Mayor Bobby Baker.

"We have to try to get everyone together," Baker told The Panolian. "The issue facing us is one the board needs to solve."

A store site grading permit has been issued and dirt work has started just off Highway 6 east across the road from the Wal-Mart Supercenter area.

No building permit has been issued but the city has the building plans in hand, said Pam Comer, code enforcement office administrator.

"We’re reviewing them right now," Comer said, noting the plans must be checked by the water and gas departments, city engineer, fire inspector and others.

With regard to placement of the road, Baker said Lowe’s representatives want the road to enter store property and stop.

Meanwhile, Baker said it will be best for the city if the road continues to extend north.
 


Fast Response Foils Robbery at Sardis Bank
BY JASON C MATTOX
SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Two have been charged with domestic violence as result of an altercation at Harry B’s on Monday at about 6 p.m.

According to Elaine Darby of the Batesville Police Department, Veronica Egerson, 21, of Egerson Drive, Water Valley, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and discharging a firearm in the city limits. She is out of jail on an appearance bond. A spokesman at the sheriff’s office said he didn’t know the bond amount.

Darby said Egerson allegedly fired shots into the air; no one was injured.

"Jamalyh Pollard allegedly jumped on Lamorian Jones because he was in the car with Egerson," Darby said.
 


Shooting Ends With Charges
Two have been charged with domestic violence as result of an altercation at Harry B’s on Monday at about 6 p.m.

According to Elaine Darby of the Batesville Police Department, Veronica Egerson, 21, of Egerson Drive, Water Valley, was arrested and charged with domestic violence and discharging a firearm in the city limits. She is out of jail on an appearance bond. A spokesman at the sheriff’s office said he didn’t know the bond amount.

Darby said Egerson allegedly fired shots into the air; no one was injured.

"Jamalyh Pollard allegedly jumped on Lamorian Jones because he was in the car with Egerson," Darby said.