Headlines – 10/31/2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 31, 2003

Panolian Headlines: October 31, 2003

For complete stories, pick up the 10/31/03  issue of The Panolian

Sheriff’s Race Tops Local Ballot

Bryan Says This is Final Time He’ll Seek Election

With a win in the general election on Tuesday, Sheriff David Bryan said he will begin his final four-year term in January.

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Bryan, who has served as Panola County’s sheriff for the past 28 years, said it is the overwhelming support of people in Panola County that influenced his decision to seek another term.

"I had so many people ask me to stay on and run one more time, that I couldn’t say no," he said. "If it is what the people want, then it is what I will do."

The sheriff said his 28 years of on-the-job training and experience make him the logical choice for the position especially when paired with his 40 year residence in the county.

     Experience Makes Him Best for Job

One candidate believes it is time for a change in the Panola County Sheriff’s Department, that’s why he threw his hat in the ring as a challenger to incumbent sheriff David Bryan.

And on election eve, Chancellor said he’ll be at the Batesville Public Library Monday at 9:30 a.m. for a rally and to meet members of the public who want to come by to talk with him.

"I know first-hand that there is a need for change," Steve Chancellor said. "I was a victim of a crime, and didn’t get the first bit of help out of the Sheriff’s Office."

Chancellor said after a period of 14 months, no one from the department has come out to take a written statement, and that helped him make his decision to run.

Participants sought for annual Veteran’s Day parade
Organizers of the Nov. 11 Veterans Day parade are inviting area businesses, churches and civic groups to participate.

The parade will assemble at 11 a.m. on Watts Street near The Panolian and make it’s way to the Public Square where ceremonies will take place at noon at the veterans monument, said Retired Sgt. First Class Aubrey Howe.

The ceremonies will include a prayer, a wreath laying, a guest speaker and a 21-gun salute, Howe said. Honor guard members will be made up of a team from the South Panola High School ROTC. The SPHS band will also perform.

"All veterans of military service and their families are invited to attend or participate as are the general public, church and civic groups," Howe said.

To sign up to participate in the parade with a float or company or individual vehicle call Howe at 662-563-3825 or VFW Post 4968 Commander Sgt. Richard McCarty at 662-578-6582.


Pitcock wins – again
Panola County Chancery Court Clerk-elect Jim Pitcock says he’ll spend lots of time in the office learning his duties before he takes over in January.

Jim Pitcock won – again.

That was the outcome this week which marked the third time that Jim Pitcock and David Chandler appeared on the Democrat ballot seeking the party’s nomination for Panola County Chancery Court Clerk.

Because there is no opposition from the Republican Party and no Independent candidate on Tuesday’s general election ballot, Pitcock will take office in January.

Jim Pitcock  – 4,926
David Chandler  – 3,229

Pitcock will replace retiring Chancery Clerk Sally Fisher in the job that can pay up to $80,000 a year.

Elected Officials to Hear Hospital Proposals Today

Two corporations seeking to buy Tri-Lakes Medical Center and another that wants the management contract will have representatives at the Batesville courthouse today to make oral presentations to city and county officials.

The meetings – in three different sessions – are open to the public.

9 a.m. Triad Hospital, Inc., of Plano, Texas.
10:30 a.m Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation of Memphis
1 p.m. Tri-Lakes Medical Center Board of Trustees under the management of Dr. Bob Corkern

Depending upon the time taken by each, City Attorney Colmon Mitchell said it is possible the second and third presentations could come earlier than scheduled.

Gov. Teaches a Civics Lesson to 4th Graders
Despite his years of work with the South Panola School District Board of Trustees, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove had his first chance to teach this week.

Musgrove returned to Pope School, his former school, to give fourth grade students a civics lesson.

"It is always good to come back to the school where you started," he told the students. "The teachers here treated me like I deserved an opportunity, and that is something that is hard to find."

During his lesson for the morning, the governor discussed the three branches of government and what a governor does.

"It is my job to listen to the concerns of the people throughout the state and do whatever I can to provide them with a better life," he said. "I work for and with the people of the state to make this a better place for everyone to live."