Headlines – 8/22/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 22, 2003

Panolian Headlines: August 22, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 8/22/03  issue of The Panolian

Lowe’s to Open Nov. 19
Over 2,000 Apply for 130 Job Slots
    

BY JIM BEAVER
PUBLISHER

Lowe’s Home Improvement store will help make Batesville a destination point.
 
That is the word from the home improvement store’s new manager, Chris Robinson, who spoke Tuesday to Batesville Rotary Club members.

Meanwhile, people are lining up for jobs there.

In the last few weeks, over 2,000 people have filled out job applications to work for the Fortune 100 company that was recently named number one for best customer relations.

"We plan on hiring at least 130 employees, most of them locally, that will draw a total payroll of approximately $50,000 per week," said Robinson.

"There will be about 30 percent who will be part-time," he added.

"Of course we are looking for the most experienced people, such as electricians, plumbers, and other people that have expert knowledge in their particular field, but I realize that everyone we hire is not going to have a lot of experience, but Lowe’s does offer a superb and ongoing training program," said Robinson.

Robinson is a nine-year veteran with Lowe’s, hailing from Mobile, Ala.

    


Sheriff’s Report
All information is taken from the open records of the Panola County Sheriff’s Department records. An arrest does not mean a conviction. All individuals are innocent until proven guilty. Names will not be left out of the records upon request. If a name appears in the arrest logs, it will appear in The Panolian.
 
Aug. 18
Carolyn Oliver, 706 Letha Wiley Rd., Sardis, was arrested and charged with malicious mischief. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Frank Webster Jr., 2585-A Chapel Town Rd., Courtland, was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Gary Lindley, 186 Carlisle St., Courtland, was arrested and charged with DUI, no proof of insurance, reckless driving and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Jason Stovall, 726 Oakview Dr., Como, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Aug. 19
Kiethrick Petty, Hwy. 310, Como, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Temetric Williams, Hwy. 310, Como, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Titus Avant, 9872 Hwy. 51, Courtland, was arrested and charged with sale of a controlled substance. The case will be heard in Circuit Court.

Eva Mae Davis, 615 N. Pleasant St., Charleston, was arrested and charged with false identifying information. The case will be heard in Batesville Municipal Court.

Brad Bell, 920 Pine Lake Dr., Batesville, was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated assault. The case will be heard in Justice Court.

Austin Blake, 14 CR 1100, Oxford, was arrested and charged with false pretenses. The case will be heard in Circuit Court.

Renee Wilson, no address given, was arrested and charged with shoplifting and false identifying information. The case will be heard in Batesville Municipal Court.

Aug. 20
Lakeisha Starks, 616 Carruthers St., Sardis, was arrested and transported to Parchman. The case will be heard in Circuit Court.

Paul Patrick Lantrip, 205 Court St., Sardis, was arrested and charged with embezzlement. The case will be heard in Batesville Municipal Court.

Robert Simmons, 2076 Nelson Spur Rd., Pope, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. The case will be heard in Pope Municipal Court.

Edward Donahou, 122 Krozer Rd., Sardis, was arrested and charged with contempt of court. The case will be heard in Sardis Municipal Court.
    

   

Firm Asks City to Reconsider
     Tower Site Plan
    
BY KATE B DICKSON
EDITOR

The proliferation of cell phones in the area has Cellular South asking city officials, who agreed, to reconsider a decision denying placement of a new tower.

Though no date was set for a vote, Mayor Bobby Baker said a decision will be made soon pending legal research by Assistant City Attorney Colmon Mitchell.

The conditional use permit application was rejected in June when some members of the board were opposed on the grounds of aesthetics.
    


Not Guilty Plea Entered
     to Capital Murder, Kidnap
    
With a new court-appointed attorney at his side Wednesday, accused killer Bobby Waldron entered a not guilty plea in a near-empty county courtroom in Sardis.

Waldron, 41, of Pontotoc, who was represented by Clay Vanderburg during the arraignment, is facing charges of capital murder and kidnapping for the alleged abduction of Tina Marie Dover, 15, of Ecru.

Vanderburg will assist public defender David Walker.

The victim was a 10th grader at Pontotoc High School.

The Pontotoc Progress said Waldron was arrested without incident around on June 4 on Benjamin Road after police said they did not find him at his home in the Smith Apartments on Hwy. 6 West in Pontotoc.

Her body was found that day at Batesville’s Hampton Inn.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Kelly told Circuit Court Judge Ann Lamar the state will be ready to proceed with its case on the previously determined Oct. 6 court date, but said they are still waiting on DNA evidence and an autopsy report.

"The DNA evidence should get to the prosecutors soon," Vanderburg said.

As for having a defense ready Oct. 6, Vanderburg said he fells strongly a motion for continuance will be filed due to his recent appointment to represent Waldron.

"I think there will be a need for more preparation time," he said. "If that is the case, a motion for continuance will be filed in the matter."

Waldron is a convicted felon who reportedly served four years of a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 1981 to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

According to court and newspaper accounts in Pontotoc, Waldron was originally charged with murder in connection with the 1980 death of John W. Hollingsworth, 39.

Hollingsworth was believed to have been beaten to death with a tire tool. His skeletal remains were found about six weeks after his death by squirrel hunters hunting in the Pinedale Community.