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Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – July 12, 2005


Class of ’73 celebrates 50th b-day with weekend events in Memphis
     Members of the South Panola Class of 1973 recently met for a 50th birthday celebration. Class members include (first row, l. to r.) Janice Ales-Black, Earniece Hoskins-Foster, Joyce Parker-Hoskins, Barbara Gleeton-Deloach, Lillie Leland-Hoskins; (second row) Ernestine Malone-Myers, Ruby Frison-Norwood, Larry Swearenger, Joe Norwood, Herbert Curtis, Tyrone Bean, Shire Ann Staples-Sanford, Genevia McDaniel-Jackson, Pam Ford-Mackey; (third row) Wayne Anderson, Donald Walker, Milton Mackey, Lawrence Hoskins and Willie Madison.
The SPHS Class of 1973 met in Memphis July 1 and 2 to celebrate their collective 50th birthdays. The weekend event was hosted by Earniece Hoskins-Foster and Barbara Gleeton-Deloach.

The group kicked of the event with a meet and greet night at the home of Jerry and Earniece Foster. Old photo albums and pictures from the ’70s were provided by Mrs. Deloach and Mrs. Foster.

"It was a wonderful evening," Deloach said.

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The following night the group met for a reception/ dinner – and birthday cake – at the Tower Room Grille atop the Clark Tower in Memphis.

Tyrone Bean flew in from California to celebrate the milestone with the class of ’73.

In his own words, "I wouldn’t have missed this for the world."

Donald Walker traveled from Chicago, Larry Swearenger from St. Louis, Pam and Milton Mackey from Houston and Wayne Anderson from Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Sam Boyd, Herbert Curtis and Larry Swearenger had not been seen by some of their classmates for over 30 years.

Willie Madison arrived in Memphis with what appeared to be a wagon train blazing behind him. He was instrumental in rounding up his classmates who resided in Batesville and leading them to Memphis.

Deloach said, "What makes us unique is that time has only strengthened the bond. The majority of us began first grade together in 1961 and we have become a strong family. There is a tie that binds us and will bind us forever. Happy Birthday Class of ’73."

Tri-Lakes Auxiliary offers opportunities for volunteers
By Myra Bean

Do you find yourself with some free time on your hand?

The Tri-Lakes Medical Center Auxiliary has the cure for you.

The auxiliary is made up of volunteers who work to help meet the needs of the hospital, its administration and staff and the patients, and more volunteers are needed.

At present, there are only 22 active auxiliary members for both the Tri-Lakes Medical Center and the West Campus.

The auxiliary’s members work four hour shifts of floor duty visiting patients, offering juice and coffee, delivering mail and furnishing magazines.
The group also assists with the annual Mississippi Blood Services Drive, which will be held at the hospital Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21.

The auxiliary members are very active in the fund raising department. They raise funds through jewelry sales, book sales, bag sales, luggage sales and other projects. They are able to donate the money or products bought with the proceeds to the hospital for necessities.

Some items they have bought and donated are a VCR, funds toward helicopter pad, drapes for the hospital and rockers to rock newborns.

Since this is a voluntary organization, volunteers are recognized with various service award pins for the amount of hours served and for the different projects on which they worked.

Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary may contact president Dot Watson at Tri-Lakes, 563-5611, or at home, 563-9615.

Panola Playhouse to present ‘Godspell Junior’ next week
The Panola Playhouse on Main Street in Sardis will present Godspell Junior, a musical play, July 28-31.

Directed by Carlton Dixon, this production is enacted by 20 children and teens from several area towns, including Batesville, Water Valley, Courtland, Sardis, Crenshaw, Como, Senatobia, Hernando, Walls and Southhaven. The first three performances each begin at 7:30 p.m., and will be staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The last performance is a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $10. Call 487-2611 for information.

North Delta School tells back-to-school events, new plans, programs for year
The startup of a new school year is less than a month away at North Delta School in Batesville.

Open House for parents and students in 1st through 12th grades is set for Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5-6 p.m. Registration and orientation will also be conducted for new students on this day, but registration before this time is strongly encouraged.
On the evening of Open House, the ND Booster Club will be serving dinner in the cafeteria.. Following the meal, "Meet the Wave" activities will be conducted on the football field beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 12, students in 1st through 12th grades will report to school on a half-day schedule, with dismissal at noon. Students in those grades will begin full school days on Monday, Aug. 15.

Orientation for preschool students (K3-K5) will also be held on Friday, Aug. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. beginning in the school gym, with parents and students then visiting classrooms. Registration for Extended Care, North Delta’s after-school care program, will also be conducted during the morning’s activities. The normal preschool schedule begins Monday, Aug. 15.

Parents interested in enrolling their children are encouraged to contact North Delta School at 563-4536 as soon as possible. While slots in some grades were full or nearly full at presstime, openings still remain in most grades. North Delta offers families a school choice that features a caring, small-school environment, a curriculum and faculty that promote Christian values, a track record of success in academics, and many extracurricular and athletic opportunities for children.

There are some new programs and changes planned for the 05-06 school year at North Delta, including:

A new Resource Program designed to assist children with possible learning disabilities. The teacher for this program is Ashley Drumheller.
Deanna Devazier has joined the North Delta faculty as a teacher in the school’s Essential Learning Systems (ELS) program. This computer-based, self-paced supplemental reading program has a proven record of helping students improve reading skills, especially in the area of reading comprehension.
Elementary Principal John Howell will serve as the administrator for the school’s Extended Care program, which provides after-school care for students ages K3 through 5th grade. The program has been reorganized for this school year, with three preschool areas/rooms devoted to this program to allow smaller class sizes. Rates for the program are unchanged.

For more information about educational services at North Delta, contact Headmaster Herman Coats at 563-4536. For information about preschool and elementary services, contact John Howell Jr. at 563-9994.


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