Headlines – 6/27/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 27, 2003

Panolian Headlines: June 27, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 6/27/03  issue of The Panolian

Arts Council to Host Local Artist;
Three-Day Workshop Scheduled
Panola County artist Rachel Ballentine will lead a workshop at the Northwest Delta Choral and Arts building located at 101 E. McLaurin St. in Sardis on Monday.

The Northwest Delta Choral and Arts Council will feature Rachel Ballentine, one of Panola County’s local artists and potters in a 3-day workshop on the "Natural Wonders of Clay" from Monday, June 30 through Wednesday, July 2.

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The arts council is located at 101 E. McLaurin Street in Sardis. The time for adult participants is 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children may participate from 1 – 3 p.m.

Rachel teaches part-time in the North Panola School District and is an adjunct instructor for The University of Mississippi (Desoto Center). She has participated in the American Craft Council Show-Navy Pier School in Chicago, Ill. and has been selected as one of the eight Mississippi artists to participate in the Hwy 61 Project which is blues affiliated.

MLK Sewer Line Repair Coming Soon
Aldermen Searching for Contractor to Resolve Problems

About three months have passed and a collapsed sewer line on Martin Luther King Drive still has not been repaired.

So, City Board members voted Tuesday to find another contractor if the job isn’t under way or completed by July 8 – even if it means spending a lot more money.

Meanwhile, the raw sewage is being routed around the collapse via an above-ground line.

The line has been run over at least twice causing raw sewage to spill out – something that Alderman Rufus Manley says he’s worried about.

His health issue concern has gone so far as for him to call state environmental inspectors who have been here, Manley said during a special City Board meeting Tuesday. He’s awaiting the inspector’s report.

The situation has dragged on so long that it even has the City Board’s most outspoken fiscally conservative member – James Yelton – looking at another, more expensive solution if that’s what it takes.

"Let’s go with the $69,000 guy," Yelton said.

He was making reference to a $69,500 proposal to excavate the site and lay new pipe. Another company said they could do the job for about $87,200.


Former Law Office to House School;
City Leaders Vote to Allow Variance
A small Christian school will go in a former law office at 162 Highway 6 West now that Batesville’s City Board unanimously approved a variance request following a public hearing.

The variance was necessary because schools are not allowed in commercial zones, said Pam Comer, code enforcement office administrator.

Lynn Smith told the board Tuesday the school will have about 20 students many of whom she said "are home schoolers who want a group setting."

About 15 pupils, she said, have enrolled to date.

She said the elementary school will have a "Bible-based curriculum" and will operate on the same school calendar as does Batesville Elementary School.

Though the only issue before the board was the variance question, several board members did ask Smith about her background and school plans.

Smith said this will be the third such school she’s helped to start with the others being in Louisiana and Florida.

She said she holds a master’s and doctorate from Pensacola Christian School in Pensacola, Fla.

Deadline Extended
Amateur Photographers Have Chance at $100 Prizes

There’s something new and fun coming in next month’s annual Panola County Pride 2003 issue – A photo contest featuring our readers and others who are amateur photographers.

There are three categories – Friends and Family, Critters and Landscapes/Landmarks/Scenery.

We will give away $100 to the top winner in each of the three categories.

All of the photos must have been taken within the last year and each must have been shot inside Panola County. Various formats are accepted.

The deadline for entry is July 15 and all the details are spelled out on Page A3.

"This is the first time The Panolian has done something like this in Pride and we are hoping for lots of entries," said editor Kate B. Dickson.

Staff members of The Panolian will judge the pictures that will be featured in a special section as part of the Pride issue which to be published in late July.

Employees of The Panolian and their families cannot participate in the contest.