Headlines – 12/24/2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 24, 2004

Panolian Headlines: December 24, 2004

  Excerpts from the 12/24/04 issue of The Panolian :             

Sardis helps reduce risk of stroke
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Residents living in and around the Sardis, Miss., community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening will be at the Sardis United Methodist Church on January 7th. The site is located at 237 South Main Street in Sardis. Appointments will begin at 9:00 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a "brain attack", is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.

Screenings are fast, painless and low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.

"I might never have known I had a blockage if it were not for your screening." James R. Neal, Sr. ? Ripley, Miss.

Each screening requires ten minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $109. Sign-up for a complete vascular package; include the osteoporosis screening and pay only $129.

Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of vascular screenings. Over 45 ultrasound teams are on staff to travel to your local community, bringing the screenings to you. These non-invasive, inexpensive and painless ultrasound tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-697-9721. Pre-registration is required.
Shephard indicted
By Jason C. Mattox
News Editor


A 38 year-old Panola County man was hit with a 12 count indictment by a jury of his peers.

Robert S. "Bob" Shephard of 116 Fowler Rd., Courtland, was indicted on 12 counts for violations relating to taxes due to the State of Mississippi.

According to Kathy Waterbury, director of communications for the Mississippi State Tax Commission, The indictment covers tax years 1999-2002.

"For each year, Shephard was charged with felony violation of attempting to evade or defeat taxes imposed by the state tax commission," she said.

According to Waterbury, Shephard was also charged in each year with misdemeanor violations of willfully and unlawfully failing to make sales tax returns, and failing to make a personal income tax return.

"The case was investigated by agents of the Criminal Investigation Section and the Senatobia District of the state tax commission," she said.

According the indictment handed down by the Panola County Grand Jury, the first three counts pertain to failure to make a sales tax return, failure to make and income tax return, and attempting in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by the state tax commission in the year 1999.

Counts four through six pertain to identical violations that took place in the year 2000. Counts seven through nine relate to identical charges in 2001 while counts 10-12 concern charges from 2002.

With the indictment handed down, Shephard will next proceed to a trial in Panola County Circuit Court for the alleged violations.
Junior Women’s League announces winners
"What Christmas Means to Me" Essay Contest

The Batesville Junior Women’s Leauge sponsors an essay contest each December to encourage children to express themselves through writing. The contest is for fifth grade students at South Panola, Pope and North Delta. The first place winner receives a $100 savings bond, and the runner up receives a $50 savings bond.

This year, the winners were:

Katelyn Still
from North Delta

If you want to know what Christmas means to me, read this. My way I see Christmas is giving a lot of people things. It’s not about getting. If I see it written on a sheet of paper, I think "C" stands for Christ Jesus’ birthday. "H" stands for hearing children laugh sitting on Santa’s lap. "R" stands for reading Bible stories when you’re sitting by a fire. "I" stands for insisting nothing much for Christmas. "S" stands for standing strong when the cold winter wind blows you down. "T" stands for telling everyone your favorite Christmas stories. "M" stands for how mad you get when there’s no snow. "A" stands for arranging your gifts in the order you going to open them in and "S" stands for singing Christmas carols. Christmas night means something else to you, but this is how I see it.

Anna Katherine Baglan
from Pope School.

What Does Christmas Mean to Me?

I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year. Everybody is always so cheerful and happy. Christmas means a lot to me. These are some of the things that make Christmas special to me.

My first reason is, I get to see all of my family and I like that because I love my family. I don’t get to see my whole family that much, so at Christmas I do. We always have Christmas at either my house, my Aunt Susan’s, or my Gran’s. It’s really fun.

My second reason is, it’s the night that Jesus was born. Jesus is our Savior and the son of God! We should all love Jesus for what he did for us. Jesus was born to teach us about God. He did a good job, too. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a manger.

My last reason is, putting the star on top of the tree with my mom. It’s tradition. We do it every year together. We do it after we decorate the whole tree. Our tree is always so beautiful. We put it up in our living room so that everyone can see it.

That’s what Christmas means to me, family, Jesus, and putting up the star. I love Christmas so much.




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