Headlines – 8/8/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 8, 2003

Panolian Headlines: August 8, 2003

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Lessons Learned Accompanying
Grandmother Pave Career Path    

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Candice Lorelle Fountain of Batesville has been accepted into the School of Health Related Professions at the University Medical Center (UMC) in Jackson.
One of 32 students selected from a field of 60 applicants, Fountain began coursework in May. Upon completion of the three-year program, she will receive a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Fountain is a 1999 honor graduate of South Panola High School where she was a member of the Band, Tri-Hi Y, Science Club, and National Honor Society. After graduation, Fountain attended Northwest Community College on full scholarship. She completed her baccalaureate studies in biology with a minor in psychology at the University of Mississippi in May 2003.

During her two years at Ole Miss, she was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. where she served as vice-president. She was also a member of the Grammy-nominated Ole Miss Gospel Choir.

Fountain recalls traveling to meetings and appointments as a small child with her grandmother, the late Leola Burney James who gave much of her life as a social worker. She credits her grandmother with inspiring her to pursue a career in the health field.

"Following my grandmother around and seeing how she worked with children and their parents made me want to do the same – make a difference in someone else’s life. That’s when I discovered that I wanted to work in a capacity where I could help people."

Fountain also knew that whatever her goals and aspirations would be, it would take hard work and perseverance.

Opponents Working Against Asphalt Plant

Residents who don’t want an asphalt plant in their neighborhood plan to plead their case before the Panola County Land Development Commission Monday night at 6 at the courthouse in Batesville.

But before that, Pate Cole, one of those living near the proposed site on Highway 35, says she hopes others of like mind will call the commissioners prior to the meeting.

"We want the commissioners telephoned," Cole told The Panolian. " … Because it’s in their hands."

At issue is a proposal by Lehman-Roberts, owners of Memphis Stone and Gravel, to place a gravel mining operation and a hot-mix asphalt plant on property owned by Kenneth Brassell.

Brassell’s property was left out of city annexation at his request but most of the surrounding land is in Batesville’s city limits, Cole said.

If the plant is built, Cole and others in the neighborhood believe the noise, smoke and odor will "decrease our property value."

"A Lot’s Changed in 32 Years …"

It took a while – 32 years to be exact – but Panola County native Molly Lipe Dawidow was once again speaking to Batesville’s Rotary Club.

While a few there were on hand for the missionary’s first talk when she was "fresh back from a year in Europe" most were not.

And what a different Rotary Club it is now, she said at Tuesday’s meeting at the country club.

"A lot’s changed in 32 years," she said. "I was the only woman in the room. There were no African-American members and I believe everyone had on a coat and tie."

Dawidow lives in Poland with her Polish-born husband, Mike, a preacher. And she teaches English using the Bible. They are affiliated with the Church of Christ.


Three Supervisors in Run-Off
Courtland Fire Department poll worker Mary Sanford looks up Gov. Ronnie Musgrove‘s name as he prepares to vote early Tuesday morning. Working with her is Reginald Jones. Musgrove, who won his party’s nomination, garnered 6,256 Panola County votes while the closest of his four opponents received 543 votes. Musgrove will face Republican Haley Barbour in November. Barbour received 398 votes in Panola County where 21 ballots were cast for Mitch Tyner.
At 102 years old, Faye Russell (front) is the oldest voter in District Four. Russell said she votes in person for every election. Back (l to r) Bobby Russell, Sue Slaughter and Bettye Kelly help their mother to the booth Tuesday. Russell said the first person she voted for was Teddy Roosevelt.

Two members of the 2004 Panola County Board of Supervisors have been elected but three posts will be decided during the Aug. 26 run-off election.

The run-off will decide the make-up of the five-member board as there are no Republicans seeking those offices.

According to returns from Panola County Circuit Clerk Joe Reid, District Two incumbent Supervisor Robert Avant was re-elected and District One will be represented by James Birge who defeated incumbent Jessie Lyons.

Supervisors in Districts Three, Four and Five will be involved in the run-off as District Three incumbent Mack Benson faces off against Gary Kornegay; District Four incumbent Jerry Perkins will face Calvin Land; and District Five incumbent Dennis Lott will face William "Bubba" Waldrup.

Clerk, Coroner Races in Runoff

Two of the hottest contested races in Panola County will head to a run-off on Aug. 26, while other offices were decided during the first primary.

To avoid a run-off a candidate needed to capture 50 percent of the vote plus one. If that did not occur the top two vote-getters meet in the run-off election.

Chancery Clerk
Jim Pitcock, who garnered 3,107 votes, will meet David Chandler who took 2,751 votes Tuesday.

Seven candidates campaigned for the position splitting 9,089 votes among them.

The winner in the run-off election will replace retiring Chancery Clerk Sally Fisher.

Incumbent Coroner Donna Stevens and Gracie Grant Gulledge received 3,463 votes and 2,019 votes respectively. They will meet during the run-off election to determine the Democratic representative who’ll be on the November general election ballot.