Headlines – 6/3/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 3, 2003

The Panolian Headlines: June 3, 2003

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In Memory
In recognition of those who died while serving our country, a special tribute was held on Memorial Day by local veterans. Doyle Sibley and Sam Dodd are pictured placing a wreath on the Veteran’s Memorial located on the square in downtown Batesville.

Supervisors Deny Additional Pay for Dana Project

More questions about the Dana project hit the Panola County Board of Supervisors during their meeting on Monday. This time, the problem is money.

"The project has started and stopped at least a half-dozen times," John Hudson said. "We wanted everything physically done by last July 4, but that got postponed."

Hudson told the board the continuing starts and stops on the project created additional work for him and his employees, and he wanted payment for the additional work.

"The extra work was really just time spent on paperwork and in meetings," he said. "There is no telling how many hours I spent working with the people from Jackson.

"I’m just saying we had done a lot of extra work on the project and we were originally told the money would be in the grant," Hudson said.

"The people in Jackson and at the planning district said we deserved the extra money, now there isn’t any," he said. "Someone didn’t do their job."

Como Resident Off to NYC

Como resident and Mississippi State student, Paige Brandie Dugger, has secured an internship at House of Field, the design company of Patricia Field, costume designer for the Emmy Award winning HBO comedy, "Sex and the City."

"I will be working directly with Patricia and David Dalrymple, the head designer, on the upcoming fashion show in September, and other daily projects," Dugger said.

Her internship will begin in early summer, starting June 2 until August 25. "I will be doing such things as cutting patterns and fitting models," she said.

On April 4 of this year, Dugger participated in the Fashion Group International of Dallas Student Fashion Show in Dallas, Texas. Design students were the only people allowed to take part in the competition. All garments had to be their original design and had to be constructed by the student as well.

There were over 600 garments entered in the contest, but only 256 made the fashion show. "I sent one outfit, and it qualified for the show," said an excited and proud Dugger. The pieces were judged on originality and quality.

Last summer, Dugger and other design students from Mississippi State went to London. "We visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Museum of Modern Art, and other art museums all over London," she added.



$73,000 Grant to Fire Station
To Be Used Toward Education
Fireman William "Scooter" Stewart introduces Pluggie the Fireplug to Ja’Shon Taylor. Pluggie is a radio remote controlled learning tool used to teach children about fire safety.

BATESVILLE – Batesville Fire Station No. 3, located near industrial park, has been awarded a $73,000 grant toward fire safety in Panola county, that was acquired through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"We saw a need for fire safety education for all ages and all walks of life," said Fire Chief Tim Taylor. "Fire knows no boundaries."

Also acquired was a radio controlled robotics training aid for fire safety for children called "Pluggie the fireplug." Pluggie is approximately three feet tall and squirts water to demonstrate to the children how fires are extinguished.

Fire Station No.3 has 28 active members, ten salaried and 18 volunteers. Their target groups are civic clubs and community gatherings, such as the recent SpringFest.

There is a trailer set up to fully simulate severe weather and smoke filled rooms. It not only teaches fire safety, such as when and what to do if fire breaks out in one’s home, but also what to do if there are torrential rains and high winds.

A four minute simulation is designed specifically to imitate thunder, lightning, and excessive wind. "It is designed for children to prepare them for a storm and what to do during a storm," said Fireman William Stewart.