Headlines Cont. – 9/6/2005

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 6, 2005

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – September 6, 2005


Community Chest includes Renasant
Renasant Bank is included in the local banks where donations can be made to assist with the Katrina Hurricane disaster through the Panola County Community Chest.

Renasant Bank was erroneously excluded in the original listing of banking institutions that are accepting funds for the Community Chest.

Donations can be made to any local bank according to Mickey Aldridge.

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The Community Chest is an ongoing tax exempt fund set up to assist people with catastrophic needs.

Donations are completely tax deductible and each donation will be contributed to the specific need of the donor’s choice.

Questions can be directed to trustees who serve the Panola County Community Chest Fund representing local bank offices including: John Burchfield, BancorpSouth; David LaVergne, Covenant Bank; Teresa Boggan, First Security Bank; Renasant Bank, Calvin Flint; David Morgan, State Bank and Trust; and Ann Hill, Regions Bank.

North Panola Schools make room for refugees
By Jason C. Mattox

Among the influx of Hurricane Katrina refugees from Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are school-aged children, some of whom are seeking enrollment in local schools.

North Panola School District Superintendent Robert Massey said last week that his district is beginning to accept some of these students, and that the school district is sponsoring a collection effort for food and clothing items for those remaining in shelters and the affected areas.

"We feel like our students can really help those less fortunate by collecting items they can send to those who are in need," he said.

In addition, the district can help by finding places for the evacuees in local classrooms, Massey said.

"It’s easy to understand that there are a lot of students out there that will be with us for a while as their schools are repaired or rebuilt," Massey said. "North Panola wants to do whatever it can to make sure those students receive the best education possible."

Massey said he had spoken with several parents last Thursday who were looking for schools for their children, but added he wasn’t sure just how many new students would enter the district.

"I would say right now we will have less than 20 new students as a result of the hurricane," he said. "But as more and more people come this way, we could see an increase."

Massey said the most affected school in the district could be Green Hill Elementary.

"Most of the people who are looking for schools have elementary-aged children," he said. "The staff in the district office have been directing those parents to Green Hill."

Massey echoed similar sentiments expressed by his South Panola counterpart Dr. Keith Shaffer, saying if a need for new teachers and staff arose, the district will look at the matter seriously.

"We are going to do whatever we have to do to accommodate the potential new students in the North Panola School District," he said.


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