Headlines – 7/1/2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 1, 2003

Panolian Headlines: July 1, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 7/1/03  issue of The Panolian

Shooting Fireworks OK in County, Not City
Officers Encourage Being Mindful
   of Neighbors to Defuse Problems

Bill Wigley, Kara Tapp and Scarlett McCachren look over the large assortment of fireworks at their stand located at Shoppers Square parking lot in Batesville.

With the Fourth of July holiday just days away, several people throughout Panola County have begun frequenting the many fireworks dealers in the area.

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With the start of fireworks season, law enforcement officers throughout Panola County have seen an increase in calls.

"On any given day, we can receive anywhere from 10-15 calls from people complaining about fireworks noise," said a spokesmen for the Sardis Police Department.

According to the spokesman, the majority of the complaints fall between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

"It seems like the most calls happen in the late afternoon and early evening hours, but when it really gets dark, the complaints just stop coming in," he said.

"People need to remember that it is illegal to set off fireworks in the city limits," he said. "So this is something that might not seem like much, but they can be arrested if caught."

The Sardis Police Department also said if people have a complaint about anyone shooting fireworks, they should contact the department.

"People having problems with this should just call the police and let us handle it appropriately," the spokesman said. "They should never try to take the matter into their own hands."

According to the Sardis Police Department, some people have tried to resolve the issues themselves and it has not ended well.

"People try to handle it themselves sometimes, and it turns out really ugly," he said.

According to Investigator Craig Sheley of the Panola County Sheriff’s Department, there is no ordinance in the county pertaining to fireworks, but he warns people to be considerate of the people around them.


Pair of Pope Teachers Retire;
Leave With 37 Years in School
Recently Pope School faculty and staff honored two of their teachers with a retirement luncheon in the school cafeteria. Dr. C.L. Stevenson presented certificates of retirement to the two teachers, Mrs. Beatrice Reeves and Mrs. Geneva Baird. In addition to the luncheon, the faculty and staff also presented each of the retiring teachers with gifts in honor of the special occasion.

Mrs. Beatrice Reeves started her teaching career in Quitman County where she worked as a Migrant Reading Teacher and later as a kindergarten and second grade teacher for six and one half years.

Mrs. Geneva Baird started her teaching career in St. Tammany Parish, La., where she taught home economics for two years. Upon moving back to her home state of Mississippi, she taught home economics and English for 15 years in Quitman County.

Blood Donors Sought

Tri-Lakes Medical Center is looking for blood donors of all types to take part in an upcoming blood drive.

The community is urged to participate in this drive to help stop the summer blood shortage.

Anyone wishing to donate can do stop by Wednesday at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, 1-8 p.m. Inside the front hallway of the hospital.

Every donor must be at least 17 years old, weigh no less than 109 pounds and be in general good health. Every donor receives a t-shirt.