Headlines – 8/3/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Panolian Headlines: August 3, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 8/3/04  issue of The Panolian
Crenshaw Int’l Might Select Fla. Location
Decision Hinges on Ability to Lease DANA Facility
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


The Dana Corporation building in Crenshaw could be providing employment again soon if the investors of Crenshaw International and the Board of Supervisors can reach a lease agreement- soon.

Steve Plumley, one of the partners in the new company that would produce rubber products similar to those manufactured by Dana Corp., told the supervisors that some of his partners in the venture were becoming restless.

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"They all of a sudden see a real sense of urgency to complete this transaction," he said.
Plumley explained that the ownership trust wanted a lease agreement completed within a matter of days.

"This doesn’t mean just collecting all of the signatures," he said. "It is important that every last detail be ironed out."

Plumley added that one of the partners owns a facility in Florida and has shown interest in locating the company there.

"I am not trying to add any extra pressure to the situation," he said. "I am pushing the other owners to keep the company in Crenshaw because they need the jobs.

"But we are going to do what is in our best interest," Plumley said.

Language in the lease agreement was the next topic of discussion for the supervisors.

"There are a few things that our attorney sees as minor details that need to be changed," he said. "I think this is something we can work through."

The lease agreement was presented to board attorney William McKenzie with the proposed changes.

"I thought we had worked through some of the problems outlined in this agreement, but now there are changes needed," he said.

B & G Club Asks County
     for Old Armory
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


With the Batesville National Guard unit moving into its new facility this month, the old building has drawn the interest of a local organization.

David LaVergne appeared before the Board of Supervisors on Monday asking the status of the building.

"I am here with my Boys & Girls Club of Panola County hat on this time," he said.

LaVergne said he would like to have the building leased to the group.

"The Boys & Girls Club is in need of a new home," he said. "We are growing a lot."

Board attorney William McKenzie said the ownership of the building makes it difficult for the county to say the club could have the facility.

"I think everyone is aware that the building is owned by both the county and the City of Batesville," he said. "So you have to know what the city wants to do before we can make a ruling of any sort."

LaVergne said if the lease was allowed and the club could have use of the building, they would like the four acres of land and the right to make improvements.

"We want to be able to add services and options to the facility and the property," he said. "That way if we want to add baseball or softball fields we can do so."

LaVergne also said the club had no problems with the Boy Scouts using the huts behind the armory as their meeting place.

"The city and county will have to reach an agreement about the future of the building and whatever we do will have to be in accordance to the law," McKenzie said. "We are not sure right now if this is something we will have to put out for bids or not."

No action was taken and the matter will be discussed again at a later date.

Open Road
After being closed to the public for nearly three years, the scenic route of Hwy 315 S. that goes over the Sardis Lake dam is open again.

In 2001 the dam was being refaced with rip rap. The project took longer than anticipated due to heavy rains and high lake levels. In the process, the road was torn up by the heavy trucks moving the huge boulders. The three-mile strip of highway was closed shortly after 9-11 for resurfacing.

It was just a coincidence that the road was closed after the terrorist attacks on 9-11, say Sardis Lake officials, although closing the dam due to a terrorist threat is something that could take place in the future.

Guard Send-Off
National Guard send off day will be held at Tiger Stadium Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to hang a banner supporting our troops as they ready for their trip to Iraq is encouraged to do so. This will be the last time most troops see their hometown friends prior to their departure. Troops are expected to be gone for up to two years. In the event of inclement weather the program will be moved inside the school auditorium.
Sardis Club Seeks Pedal-ers
     for Event
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


Local politicians, bank employees and other citizens will be wheeling and dealing for the Sardis/Como Boys & Girls Club.

Reed Dorr told the Panola County Board of Supervisors about the group’s plan to hold a tricycle race as part of the National Kids Day Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Dorr said the Boys & Girls Club hopes to sign up between 20 and 30 for the race.

"We have already had six commitments including the local banks and the mayor of Sardis," he said. "We would like to see all of the supervisors join in as well."

Dorr said the race will take place at the Boys & Girls Club in Sardis and will be a down hill race.

Dorr said the reason behind the event was to promote community involvement and the spirit of giving from businesses and organizations.

The winning contestants will receive a traveling trophy he/she can display for one year. The highest contributor will receive a plaque.

"If any of you want to, you can even bring your own tricycle," Dorr said.

Interested parties can take part in the race by making a minimum donation of $50 to the Sardis/Como Boys & Girls Club.

For more information on this event contact Jackie Reed or Libby Dorr at 487-1094. The deadline to enter is no later than 10:30 a.m. the day of the event.