Headlines Cont. – 4/5/2005

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 5, 2005

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – April 5, 2005


SP Drumline and Color Guard
     to perform April 9
     Members of the South Panola band’s Indoor Color Guard and Drumline include (first row, l. to r.) color guard members Ellen Farrish, Jasmine Walton, Megan Tutor, Danielle Bean, Tiffany Tillman, Jenny Flint, Tamara Townsend;
(second row) drumline members Trie Tunson, Ashley Bobo, Jennifer Westerfield, Nicole Dover, Jessie Lloyd, Matthew Dooley, Kayla Draper, Tatiana McKinney, Mikki Jones, Jamie Cox;
(third row) drumline members Jamie Jones, Antonio LeSure,
Rashad Bell
, Erin Bailey, Dion Sanford, James Gaters, Ebonie Shegog, Jesse Martin, Shumeka Johnson, Travonya Nash, Monique McClinton, Holly Henning and Marlon Nash.
By Tatiana McKinney
SPHS band student

The South Panola High School Indoor Drumline and Color Guard will be showcased in the band’s fifth annual Indoor Drumline and Color Guard Show on Saturday, April 9.

Fifteen schools in 21 events will make up the show.
The show will start at 5:30 p.m. in the South Panola High School gymnasium.

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The South Panola group will not compete but will present an exhibition program. This gives band students who never thought to pick up sticks a chance to excel in percussion and gives the marching percussion members a chance to improve their skills and play different drums.

Indoor drumline teaches discipline and shows the audience the students do not have to be born drummers in order to have fun.

Directors Carey and Rebecca Allen have given students the opportunity to show their talents by encouraging change and cooking good foods.

Mrs. Allen helps the students get in shape and insists they look good while doing the show.

Mr. Allen pushes the students to go beyond "the normal" and see themselves being better than mediocre.

"The show will show the audience you don’t have to be a born drummer but a born leader," Carey Allen said. "It will be a night to remember – from the one twirling the flags to the cool tricks of the snares and even to the ones watching."

In the past year, a new addition was incorporated into the indoor program. The indoor color guard helps members learn to twirl flags and rifles, and helps them trust each other.

Mrs. Allen and Ashley Drumheller, color guard instructor, have pushed the guard members to believe in themselves and their abilities.

On Saturday, the South Panola Indoor Drumline and Color Guard will exhibit their shows at the end of the program as the judges make their decisions.

The judges will be flown in from Pennsylvania.

Admission is $5 ages 7 and up. Six and under enter free.

Little Miss Batesville
     Little Miss Batesville 2005 is Addison Bailey Cook (second from left), daughter of Phil and Tracy Cook. She won the pageant sponsored on Sunday as a fund-raiser by the Batesville Junior Woman’s League.
     Alternates were (l. to r.) Megan McGee, first alternate, daughter of Scotty and Becky McGee; Addison Cook; Mackenzie Alexander, second alternate, daughter of Brad and Ashley Alexander; and Aubrey Layne Austin, third alternate, daughter of Michael and Krissy Austin.
Business sells after 58 years in Batesville
By Rupert Howell

For almost 60 years the Taylor family has been in the building supply business in Batesville.

That era came to an end last week when the business was sold to Gil and Nancy Bridges of Batesville.

The Bridges are planning a full-service rental store with complementary building materials at the Highway 51 south location in Batesville where they will begin selling inventory Thursday.

They own a similar business, Magnolia Rental and Sales, in Oxford.

Former owner Marilyn Taylor said Friday that she plans to spend time with grandchildren in retirement. She has managed the business since the death of her husband, the late C.M. "Mac" Taylor, Jr., and each of her children have moved away.

According to Ms. Taylor, a native of Panola County, her late husband’s family began in the lumber business in 1927 in Coffeeville.

Her late father-in-law, C.M. Taylor, Sr. built Taylor Lumber Company on Van Voris Street in 1947 and sold the Coffeeville business in 1950 when he moved his family to Batesville.

Mac Taylor was drafted in 1958 and took over the family business upon his return to Batesville in 1961when his parents retired.

The younger Taylor added a new store in Batesville and four others under the Nu-Way Cash and Carry name. Those stores were located in Mantee, Oxford, Eupora and Houston.

Lonnie Ales of Batesville worked with the Taylors for 37 years. He said the current building was built in 1967 shortly after he began working for Taylor Lumber Company.

Ales admitted that the company had sold, "…a world of lumber," and had a number of employees over the years.

"Can’t even think of their names there was so many of them," Ales said.

Mac Taylor scaled the businesses back over the years and finally closed the original Batesville business on Van Voris using that space for stocking extra inventory. The other businesses were also closed with the Taylors concentrating on the Highway 51 store.

Ales was among employees and family who recently honored Mrs. Taylor with a retirement luncheon at the Batesville business. He has also retired with the sale of the business saying that its possible that he’ll go back to work somewhere part-time. He also let it be known that it’s also possible that he won’t.

Meanwhile Mrs. Taylor is trying to find time to visit children and grandchildren. Her daughter Sandy Wheeley and two children from Lawrenceburg, Tenn. visit often. Her son Don is the financial officer for his Jackson church and her son Brent owns Hernando Funeral Home and is a Memphis city councilman and lives in Cordova.




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