Headlines Cont. – 7/21/2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 21, 2006

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – July 21, 2006


Attorney’s trial postponed until October
By Billy Davis

An Oxford city court trial for attorney Jay Westfaul has been postponed until October to allow more time for his defense, an attorney for Westfaul said this week.

Westfaul was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Oxford Municipal Court on a DUI-first offense charge, but the trial date has been moved to October 4, said attorney Rhea Tannehill.

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Tannehill said he requested the continuance until he has time to review evidence, namely a police video of the DUI stop and Westfaul’s arrest.

Westfaul entered a not guilty plea April 12 on the DUI charge and a charge of not using a turn signal, both misdemeanors. He was pulled over and arrested April 1.

Westfaul serves as a fill-in judge in Batesville Municipal Court, where he oversees similar cases in the absence of Judge Bill McKenzie. A guilty verdict in Oxford could put Westfaul at the mercy of the Miss. Commission on Judicial Performance, which oversees judges’ actions both on and off the court bench.

According to Tannehill, his client has been "very forthcoming" with the commission since his arrest in April.

Blood Drive
     Michael Morrow, seen here with Mississippi Blood Services phlebotomist Sharon Austin, was one of 52 people who donated blood to help Brandon Taylor Wednesday at the Batesville Wal-Mart. There will be another drive Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Batesville and another Sunday, July 23, at Hosanna Family Worship Center from 12:15 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Taylor was one of four local teens injured in a wreck in Neshoba County on July 13. The four remain hospitalized. See story on .
Jr. hi students new to district:
     register July 24
Students new to the South Panola School District and planning to enroll at Batesville Junior High are asked to register on Tuesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school office.

Parents should bring with them verification of the child’s grade, proof of residency, proof of immunization, birth certificate and Social Security card.

Schools starts for sixth graders on Wednesday, August 9. Seventh and eighth graders begin school on Thursday, August 10, while sixth graders stay home that day.

All students in grades six through eight attend school on Friday, August 11.


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