Headlines – 4/6/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Panolian Headlines: April 6, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 4/06/04  issue of The Panolian

Show of Support
    
North Delta School first-grader Spencer Rushing, (bottom) and his family admire his First Place artwork which was on display at the Panola Partnership on Tuesday. The event, A Celebration of Art, was sponsored by The Batesville Main Street Program and The Batesville Woman’s Club and featured artists from area schools, and was held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month. Also pictured are his parents, Lewis and Camie, and his brother Reid.
    

No New Plant on Shiloh Rd.
Residents Still Concerned
   
 
By JASON C MATTOX
NEWS Editor

Residents of Shiloh Road can breathe a sigh of relief.

According to Panola County Board of Supervisors President Jerry Perkins, he and supervisor Mack Benson were informed by Memphis Stone and Gravel that the company intends to go another route with its new asphalt plant.

Perkins said he was told by company representatives that they were 99 percent sure the new asphalt plant would be constructed on their present site located on Farrish Gravel Road.
"They wanted to come speak to us today [Monday], but I told them to wait until they were 100 percent ready to make whatever request they needed to make," Perkins said.

Becky Curtis, who acted as spokesman for a group of concerned citizens from Shiloh Road, presented the the supervisors with a petition containing 120 signatures of persons in opposition of the asphalt plant.

"This is something that I find shocking," she said. "But I am still concerned about the decision that the Land Commission didn’t really listen to us when they made their decision.

"I think they should be held accountable for their decisions," Curtis said. "The people on Highway 35 [where the new plant was proposed] complained about the same things we did and the commission voted against it.

"I just don’t understand how the commission can vote against something one time and, for some reason, support it if it is in a different location," she said.

Curtis said she believed the commission acted hastily when making the decision.
    


   

Pickin’ and grinnin’
    
Steve McGregory, left, and Jamie "Lightning" Bright pick a Merle Haggard tune during the live broadcast of the Local Yocals radio program aired Saturday on WBLE-100.5. The show, hosted by Ricky Swindle and John Ingram, celebrated its first year anniversary.

Several artists performed an "unplugged" version during the celebration including Mike Callihan, Randy Boyette, Ladd Rogers, Scotty Aldridge, Rick, Cheryl Martin and daughter Kelley and Swindle. See Friday’s edition for a special picture page.
    


Avant Wants Minority
     on NWMCC Board

   

By JASON C MATTOX
NEWS Editor

One Panola County Supervisor is openly opposing Robert Massey as an appointee to fill a vacant seat on the Northwest Mississippi Community College Board of Trustees.

Supervisor Robert Avant told fellow board members and others in attendance he felt like the county needed to appoint a person of color to represent northern Panola County.

North Panola School District Trustee Cecil Dowden said his board felt appointing Massey would help open more doors for graduating seniors.

"We have some concerns and would like to see Mr. Massey appointed to the position," he said. "We at North Panola believe he is the best choice for the position."

Avant said he had spoken with Massey and told him personally that he would not support Massey’s selection.

"I believe we need someone from the black community to represent north Panola County," he said. "That part of the county is 73 percent black and I think it would be fair to appoint someone to represent them fairly."

Avant suggested Julius Harris and Harry Davison as candidates to fill the vacancy.