Headlines – 10/19/2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Panolian Headlines: October 19, 2004

For complete stories, pick up the 10/19/04  issue of The Panolian
Fundraiser for Haley
Members of the "Pray for Haley" campaign would like to thank those who came out to purchase the 208 Boston butts sold Saturday. Helping out with the grills the day of the sale were (l to r) April Capwell, Kelley Capwell, Allison Horton, Courtney Capwell and Lindsey Parrish. Not pictured but assisting with the effort were Sara Howard, Ali Ross, Brittany Harris, Amber Alford, Allie Heafner and Amanda Hardy.

All money raised by the sale will go to the family of Haley Carlini who was injured in an ATV accident earlier this month. She is presently in rehab at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
    

Poll Workers Readying for November 2
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

editor@panolian.com

Poll workers for the upcoming general election are required to attend training. This year there will be two days of training for the workers. One will be conducted on October 19 at the Batesville Courthouse and one on October 20 at the Sardis Courthouse.

Election commissioner Mildred Moore said the training is very important for the upcoming election.

"This is the first year that it has been required for everyone that works the polls to have this specialized training," she said. "They are required to know what their job duties will be on November 2.

"We have already heard that people will be checking up on the elections this year," Moore added.

Moore said another way for the elections to run smoother than the previous county election is for everyone to know where they are supposed to vote.

"With the redistricting that just took place, there might be a lot of people that are really unsure about where they are supposed to go vote," she said. "Voters can simply call the Panola County Circuit Clerk’s office to find out what precinct they need to report to.

"This will be the best way to cut down on the confusion during the election process," she said.

Moore added that the reason for most of the confusion during the last county election was a lack of training for the poll workers.

"The election commissioners are only responsible for the general election," she said. "We don’t handle the primaries.

"Last year the party people responsible for the primaries just needed more training," Moore added. "We are going to do our best to prevent that mass confusion."
    

     
Cable Service Back on After Elongated Interruption
Cable customers lost service last week after a bush hog near Marks caused damage to markers and fiber optics. Service was lost for several hours before the connection was secured.
    
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor

editor@panolian.com

Cable customers in Batesville were angry with their provider following a recent prolonged outage.

According to Mark Haley of Cable One, the outage was caused by tractors working in the area of one of the main cable lines.

"At 2:07 p.m. on Thursday, October 14, tractors mowing grass on the Highway 6 Right of Way, just West of Marks, bush hogged down four posts with the fiber warning signs attached to them," he said. "Next to one of these posts sat a pedestal that housed the fiber optic line feeding all of CableOne’s cable customers in the Batesville and Marks areas.

"This pedestal was destroyed causing a catastrophic outage for CableOne," Haley added.

Service was restored in less than four hours due in part to special training and and what CableOne calls its "fiber-cut contingency plan."

"It’s difficult to locate an underground cut fiber within a 39 mile distance without the necessary equipment and training," Haley said.

"Though normally rare that accidents like this happen, we put together a plan after the first fiber cut in the event this should ever happen again," he said. "It paid off last night."

Services were restored just before 6 p.m. that night, but crews worked until nearly midnight tweaking the repairs and securing the damaged area.

Final restoration of the damaged fiber will continue until the site is returned to normal, Haley said.
    

Land Running for Election Post
Voting is an important responsibility, one that should not be taken lightly. I am Bonnie Land and I need your vote on November 2, for Election Commissioner District Four.

My husband, Calvin Land, and I live on Good Hope Road. We have four daughters and five grandchildren. We are active leaders in the Terza United Methodist Church, where I presently serve as Church Treasurer/Secretary and children’s Sunday school teacher.

I am Worthy Matron of the Oxford Chapter number 188 , Order of the Eastern Star. Spending time with my grandchildren and traveling are my hobbies.

I have been employed by the Mississippi Department of Corrections for seven years, and am presently the Drug Treatment Program Coordinator for 12 counties in North Mississippi.

I have been employed with the State of Mississippi for 21 years. Prior to this, I was a Deputy Clerk in the Chancery Clerk’s Office of Yalobusha County; a legal assistant for an attorney; and business manager for Yalobusha General Hospital. I am very familiar with the court system and courthouse workings.

The duties of an election commissioner are to purge the rolls of deceased individuals, people who have moved to another area or state and to govern the general elections.

With the experience that I have in the legal field, I am qualified to hold this position. I will work diligently to correct and create unquestionable rolls and to govern the general elections as the statute of the State of Mississippi state they should be.

Remember the ballot is your way to voice an opinion. So make your vote count. Vote Bonnie Land, Election Commissioner, District Four. Thank you in advance for your help and support.