Headlines – 3/11/2005

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2005

Panolian Headlines: March 11, 2005

  From the 3/11/05 issue of The Panolian :             

Parker Hannafin employees support
     ‘Walk America’
     Employees of Parker Hannifin in Batesville show their bright-green support for the March of Dimes Walk America campaign. The walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at the Factory Stores in Batesville. Parker’s employees raised $3,800 last year for the March of Dimes. Their goal this year is $5,000.
Hospital Board releases 2004-present official minutes
By Billy Davis

The Board of Trustees of Tri-Lakes Medical Center has released the minutes from its 2004 board meetings, complying with a request made last month by The Panolian.

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Because Tri-Lakes is a public-owned hospital, its public board is not required to follow the Open Meetings Law, which forbids most public boards from meeting privately.

The minutes from hospital board meetings are public, however, and The Panolian made its request on that understanding of the law.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to release the minutes, said David Chandler, the board chairman who is also county administrator.

Financial records requested by The Panolian are also being gathered, Chandler said.

for an overview of the board minutes.

Lines redrawn for school board trustees
By Rupert Howell

New trustee subdistrict lines were approved by school trustees of the South Panola District following complications with approval of an earlier plan submitted to the United States Justice Department.

According to school board attorney Colmon Mitchell, the previous sub-district data compiled by an employee of North Delta Planning and Development District could not be confirmed by the Justice Department.

"Its a good news, bad news sort of thing," Mitchell told trustees at the Tuesday, March 8 meeting.

"We had to start from scratch, but we now have a good set of drawings," the attorney said after explaining that the local development district had hired someone different to work with the plans.

The school board’s five members represent the school district that occupies approximately half the land mass of Panola County with an imaginary line roughly

Shooting suspect appears in court
By Rita Howell

The defendant in last weekend’s shooting near the Lester Street Apartments was bound over to a Panola County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated assault and trespassing following a preliminary hearing before Judge Bill McKenzie in Batesville Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Sean Wheeler of Henry Heafner Road, Batesville, remains in custody at the Panola County Detention Center.

Judge McKenzie heard from Det. Paul Shivers who investigated the case for the Batesville Police Department. He testified that witnesses at the scene last Saturday, and the shooting victim, Kenya Burkes, identified Wheeler as the shooter.

Wheeler did not testify.

For a complete report from Wednesday’s city court session, see page A 12.

Clean-up captains lead garbage war
     A bag of roadside trash gets the proper treatment from Sy Burnworth, who was picking up trash along File Road Thursday. The Cole Point resident has picked up more than 100 bags of trash in past weeks in the Sardis Lake area. To clean up the county’s trashy roads, hundreds more volunteers will need to join Burnworth in the effort.
By Billy Davis

All right, volunteers, now it’s your turn.

"Clean-up captains" from across Panola County met last week to finalize plans for a county-wide cleanup, and now they’re recruiting "lead volunteers" to join the effort.

"A lead volunteer is someone who is well organized, is a good leader, and is a real people person," said Lygunnah Bean, the county road manager and a co-organizer of the cleanup.

The county’s Solid Waste manager, Dean Joiner, is assisting Bean.

Both men are "team leaders" in the cleanup, which Bean has named Clean Up Panola, or CUP.

Bean is slowly moving the CUP program forward, attempting to build a solid base of volunteers in anticipation of a countywide cleanup in April.

With the CUP captains now in place, the lead volunteers are needed to help the captains recruit, organize

As city election nears, town-hall debate, special section planned
For the first time in three decades, the City of Batesville will soon operate under new leadership when voters select a new mayor of the city.

Voters will also elect four ward aldermen and an alderman-at-large, filling the five positions from a list of 13 candidates.

With such change coming to Batesville, The Panolian announces plans to publicize the candidates’ positions on issues ranging from budget priorities to the pending search for a new police chief.

To give the candidates a platform to speak – and to help clarify the issues for its readers – The Panolian  will publish a special political section, on Friday, April 15.

This newspaper will also host a town-hall debate for the candidates on Tuesday, April 19. That event will be held at the TVEPA auditorium.

The Democratic and Republican party primaries will be held on Tuesday, May 3.

If necessary, a run-off is scheduled for May 17.

The general election is June 7.

Candidates, incumbents to receive varying questions

On April 15, The Panolian  will publish "The Candidates Speak," a special section quoting the candidates’ 100-word answers to questions crafted by the newspaper’s editorial staff.

The candidates for alderman and the incumbent aldermen will receive differing questionnaires, and a separate questionnaire will be given to the mayoral candidates as well.

The candidates and incumbents can pick up their questionnaires beginning Friday, March 18 at The Panolian  office, 363 Hwy. 51 North.

The questionnaires must be returned by Friday, April 1 to allow time for the April 15 publication.

That stretch of time will allow the candidates three weeks to thoughtfully fill out their answers and return them in time for publication.

Advertising space will be available for the candidates in the special issue.

Public can suggest questions for candidates

This newspaper is also planning a town-hall debate for Tuesday, April 19 at the TVEPA auditorium.

The debate is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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