Headlines – 1/16/2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2004

Panolian Headlines: January 16, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 1/16/04  issue of The Panolian

Panola Playhouse Plays Nominated for 14 Awards Including Best Director, Actress
Pam Hawks was nominated for best lead actress for her role in "Oliver Twist" at the Panola Playhouse.
Long hours and hard work have paid off for the Panola Playhouse directors, actors, actresses and backstage crew.

Northwest Mississippi Theatre Alliance has nominated the Panola Playhouse for 14 awards to be presented at the Awards Banquet, Friday, Jan. 23.

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The banquet will be held at the Desoto Civic Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

The nominations were for four plays sponsored and set to stage by the Panola Playhouse.

Nominations include:

"The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Merigolds"
Best Director – Robert Allen Holder
Best Lighting – Penny Linville
Best Set – Debi Caldwell
Best Ensemble
Best Lead Actress – Deby Klyce
Best Performance 12-under – Katherine Dixon
Best Performance 13-17 – Brittany Boggan and Jessica Caldwell
Best Supporting Actress – Myra Bean;

"Southern Exposure"
Best Director – Lee W. Dixon
Best Supporting Actress – Anglea Bean;

Best Choreography – Robert Allen Holder
Best Supporting Actress – Kellie Warren; and

"Oliver Twist"
Best Lead Actress – Pam Hawks.

Pam Hawks has tickets to the performance and she can be reached at 560-8966 (leave message) or pamhawks@midsouth.rr.com. Reservations for the catered meal needs to be made by Monday, Jan. 19.

Musgrove set to teach at UM
Ponders other offers
By Kate B. Dickson

A smiling Ronnie Musgrove greeted well wishers and political supporters this week in Jackson on his last night as governor of Mississippi.

"That’s just the way it is," Musgrove cheerfully said of "politics" when one Panola Countian shook hands with him and told him his service will be missed in the state’s top job.

Musgrove was one of a large crowd of state officials, state employees and others who turned out for the annual Panola County Open House.

But it wasn’t too long before the crowd started to thin out with some leaving for the Mississippi Coliseum to attend a musical celebration in honor of Haley Barbour.

And it was Barbour, a Republican from Washington, D.C., and Yazoo City, who in November defeated Democrat Musgrove.

As newly-sworn Barbour is settling in and dealing with a legislative session after Tuesday’s inauguration, Musgrove is turning toward a new phase in his life.


Land Use Commission to Seek
Meditation Center, Retreat Plans
By Jason C. Mattox
Senior Staff Writer

A meditation center and retreat proposed for a 118-acre tract of land left the Panola County Land Use Commission puzzled.

The commissioners agreed and will ask for the plans to be presented before making their decision on the matter.

Bin Ho appeared this week on behalf of the property owners to answer questions the board might have had about the proposed Magnolia Community Church.

"We want to open up a church that would be for anyone who wanted to come," he said. "There they would be able to learn meditation techniques from masters of the art."

Ho told the board that people are already meeting together to practice meditation based on their Buddhist beliefs.

Commission member Danny Jones asked Ho what the owners wanted to do with the land.

"Basically what we would do is build restrooms to start and then a place that could serve as an overnight retreat to people who are looking to relax," he said.

"But we would not be doing this all at one time."

The commissioners told Ho they would not be able to give him an answer on the proposal during the meeting, but said they would inform him of any decision when it is made.


Malone Named Youth-of-the-Year
Monae Malone, 15, has always been somewhat of a star but now it is official!

Monae Denise Malone has been selected as the 2004 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Batesville. Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation and administered by Boys & Girls Club of America (BOCA), the national program recognize superior leadership skills, academic achievement and outstanding service to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community.

A one year member of the Boys & Girls Club of Batesville, Malone is a positive role model for today’s young people. She is also a student at Batesville Jr. High.

"Monae is a person of exemplary character," said Belinda Morris of the Boys and Girls Club. "She always has a pleasant and pleasing smile. I have never seen her with a despondent outlook. Monae carries herself as a well-respected lady.

Hospital Negotiations Near End
Burns Says He’ll Recommend Triad
     or Baptist Health Care
By Kate B. Dickson

First there were three on the table. Then there were two. And possibly by month’s end there will be one proposal recommended as best to either buy or lease Tri-Lakes Medical Center.

In the running are Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. of Memphis, a not-for-profit company, and Triad Hospitals, Inc., a private corporation based in Plano, Texas.

Last year, the city and county hired former Batesville banker J.C. Burns, owner of Burns Development Group, to seek proposals and negotiate the best deal for the county.

The hospital is owned 60 percent by Panola County and 40 percent by the city. The 80-bed facility, opened in April 2002, is financed with a $22 million revenue bond issue.

Burns told The Panolian this week no date has been set for a joint meeting of the Panola County Board of Supervisors and City Board where he’ll present his recommendation. But he hopes it’s before the end of January.

A third entity, the current hospital board with Dr. Bob Corkern as its administrator wants to keep management of Tri-Lakes and submitted a proposal.

That proposal was eliminated when the players were narrowed to Baptist and Triad.

Summit Places Focus
     on Youth Development
By Jason C. Mattox
Senior Staff Writer

A group of nearly 20 people from four counties in North Mississippi gathered at the Batesville Public Library for a youth development summit.

The summit, led by the Delta Workforce Investment Area, Mississippi Development Authority-Employment Training Division and School and Main Institute Inc.

According to Robin Nateau and Constance Davis of School and Main of Boston, Mass., the premise behind youth development is that young people are deemed competent and healthy when they develop "a positive sense of self and a sense of connection and commitment to others."

"Young people must develop the abilities and motivation to succeed in school and participate fully in family and community life," Nateau said.

Nateau explained the "mini-summits" are designed with a focus on positioning a community to build a youth investment system with a foundation of local workforce investment strategies and youth-focussed initiatives.

Local Delegation Readies
     for Session Work
By Kate B. Dickson

While State Representative Warner McBride’s bid for Speaker of the House didn’t work out, he says the experience was a valuable one and predicts it will prove beneficial to his constituents.

The Batesville businessman is back in Jackson for the current session of the legislature in which the Democrat-controlled body is working with new Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.

Lawmakers haven’t gotten down to much serious business yet awaiting committee appointments to be made this week and the filing of more proposed legislation. The budget will come later.

McBride was among local lawmakers, including Rep. Leonard Morris, Sen. Nolan Mettetal and Rep. Clara Henderson Burnett, who were attending Monday’s Panola County Open House in Jackson. The event was at the Mississippi Trade Mart building.