Headlines – 10/24/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 24, 2003

Panolian Headlines: October 24, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 10/24/03  issue of The Panolian

Don’t lease, sell Tri-Lakes …
Trustees implore of local officials
Dr. David Ball tells city and county leaders it will be "a drastic mistake" if they allow someone other than interim administrator Dr. Bob Corkern to run Tri-Lakes Medical Center. Listening (l) is Supervisor Mack Benson.

Don’t mess with Tri-Lakes Medical Center now that it’s on the money-making track, making the bond payment and adding jobs and services.

That was the message Tuesday night when the hospital’s board of trustees broke bread with the Panola County Board of Supervisors, Batesville Mayor and Board of Aldermen and others.

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Trustees asked the two governing bodies to allow the hospital to continue operating as is as long as there is no problem making bond payments.

Tri-Lakes Medical Center was financed with a $22 million bond issue and it’s owned 60 percent by Panola County and 40 percent by the City of Batesville.

McBride seeks speaker’s post
Although State Rep. Warner McBride says his "number one" priority is winning another term in the Nov. 4 general election, he’s also looking ahead to another election – that for Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives.

While taking nothing for granted, Batesville’s McBride does concede he doesn’t have strong Republican opposition in November. He’s challenged by Ole Miss political science student Chris Lawrence of Oxford.

McBride, 46, has quietly been going around the state this summer and fall talking with other House members and getting a feel for the support he has for the top spot in the House.



Fire safety’s serious business to these men
Batesville Firefighters William Stewart, James Snyder and Rip Copeland are the nucleus of the departments Fire and Life Safety team.

Besides being dedicated firefighters, Rip Copeland, William Stewart and James Snyder have something else in common – they all have big hearts where children are concerned.

So with that mix, the three are well suited to form the nucleus of the Batesville Fire Department’s Fire and Life Safety Team.

They’re particularly busy this time of year with October’s Fire Prevention Week that has turned into "Fire Prevention Month," Fire Chief Tim Taylor recently told the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Educating children about fire safety has always been important to the BFD but this year’s addition of a new, $36,000 fire education training trailer has given the effort a new dimension.

Round three …  Democrats will elect Chancery Clerk Tuesday
Chandler touts his experience


With just a few days remaining before the Oct. 28, Democrat run-off election to determine just who will be Panola County’s next Chancery Clerk, both candidates are doing their best to get voters to the polls for a third time.

The ringing question has been just why is the Chancery Clerk’s office so important to each of the candidates.

County Administrator David Chandler said at this point in his career, the Chancery Clerk’s office is important to the people of the county and himself because of the service it provides.

Pitcock says he’s best pick


With the conclusion of the long, drawn-out race for the Chancery Clerk’s office entering the home stretch each candidate hopes for a high voter turn out.

Candidate Jim Pitcock said the race is not about him, it is about who will do the best job for the people of Panola County.

"I don’t consider the office important to me," Pitcock said. "It is important to everyone in Panola County, and they deserve the best they can get."

Officer pulls weapon during Eureka arrest
A Batesville police officer was forced to pull his weapon after a group of about "10-to-15" men at The Eureka did not heed the officer’s second warning for them to stop advancing on him and a woman he was arresting.

That’s according to BPD Major Tony Jones who said a fight between a husband and wife sparked the incident that occurred shortly before midnight Saturday.

It all started when Officer Michael Gurley was on routine patrol and saw a man and woman fighting outside the bar downtown at 98 Eureka, Jones said.

Gurley turned his car around and by the time he returned the man and woman had "run inside," Jones said.

Gurley attempted to enter The Eureka but his entry was blocked by a patron who later followed Gurley’s command that the officer be allowed to enter.

Once inside, Gurley saw the woman and man, who were arguing and using profanity, and the officer grabbed the woman’s arm as she attempted to strike her husband, Jones said.