Headlines – 4/1/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 1, 2003

The Panolian Headlines: April 1, 2003

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SpringFest Plans Almost Complete

The Batesville Main Street Program’s annual SpringFest is just over one month away and planning is entering the final phase.

During a meeting with the Batesville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Main Street Manager Colleen Clark said due to the number of activities, SpringFest will require the use of both sides of the downtown square.

"Main Street is proposing to use the same layout that has been used for the last two years," Clark said.

The layout locates the stage and civic clubs on the east side of the square while the rides and games will be located on the west side of the square.

Streets will close Thursday night, May 15 and re-open Sunday, May 18.

During SpringFest, a stage will be in front of the gazebo for the musical portion of the event.
Acts already confirmed for SpringFest include Mr. Wiley and the Checkmates, Gabby Johnson, Trucker, The Taylor Grocery Band, Bill Durham and the Lane Chapel Quartet, Undertow, Ingram Hill and Steve Azar.

A schedule of times is expected to be released soon.

JA Health Fair on Tap Saturday
Screenings, Info Booths

The members of the Batesville Junior Auxiliary (JA) have announced plans for their annual Health Fair.

This year’s event will be held Friday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

According to JA member Colleen Clark, there will be a rollover simulator to show people exactly what happens during an accident of that type.

Also on hand will be Q 93 radio, Woodsy the Owl, the South Panola Peer Leadership Puppets, face painting and the Batesville Fire Department will have a display with Fire Pup.

"We will have fingerprinting, blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings and a lot more," Clark said. "And everything is free."

Booths from the following organizations will be available: Tri-Lakes Pediatric Clinic, The Wright Stuff, Inc., Panola County Family First, Sardis Lake Corps of Engineers, Healthworks, Magnolia Counseling, Northwest Region B Home Health, Batesville Vision Clinic, Panola County Sheriff’s Department, Hospice South.

Iraq War Put-downs Move Local Man to Act
Dain Chastain of Batesville chose to publicly show his support for the soldiers fighting the War in Iraq by marching with this sign in downtown Batesville..

Dain Chastain got tired of hearing all the negative opinions of the United States declaring war and did something about it.

He took a handwritten poster and planted himself in front of the war memorial on the square in Batesville and declared his support of the war and the president.

"I am sick and tired of reading in the newspapers and hearing on TV people putting down [President George] Bush and the War," the New Orleans native said. "There are guys over there dying and giving their all for this cause."

Chastain, who moved to Batesville 10 years ago, carried a sign which said "I support our troops. Those who are fighting now and those who have already fallen!! God bless them all!"
Chastain said it was pitiful to hear people put down the military men and women fighting this war.

As of Monday morning, the Pentagon has identified 43 U.S. personnel killed or missing in action with more than 100 wounded, according to a published report.