Headlines Cont. – 1/23/2007

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Panolian: INSIDE STORIES – January 23, 2007


City to provide services to development property line
By Jason C. Mattox

Batesville’s Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 at their January 17 meeting to provide water and sewer to Wade Aldridge’s 10-home development on Lakewood Drive near the U.S. Post Office.

Aldridge will be responsible for extending the lines from the property lines to the homes. The board’s decision does not include future development after those 10 initial lots.

"The plans call for all of the first 10 homes to be on the road frontage," said Blake Mendrop, representing city engineering firm McBridge Engineering.

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"Wade wants the city to provide water and sewer to the property lines of those individual lots," he continued. "That is something that was not discussed previously."

Aldridge said he was not aware that the developer would be responsible for paying the tap fees.

"It was my understanding that the buyers would be the ones expected to pay the tap fees," he said. "These first lots front on a city street, and I believe the city should provide the water and sewer services up to the lots."

Mayor Jerry Aldridge asked what the city usually does when a development fronts on a city street.

"When it is usually one house and it was facing on the city street, we would run the lines to the property," Water and Sewer Department Superintendent Rickey Shirey said.

Valentine dinner for two is prize in Panolian’s subscriber contest
By Billy Davis

A sweetheart of a deal is being offered to readers of The Panolian who place a new subscription or renew a subscription through February 12.

Anyone who orders a new subscription or renews one is eligible to be placed in a drawing for a free dinner for two at a local restaurant in Panola County.

The winning name will be drawn February 13.

To enter the contest, look for the "Valentine" subscription form in The Panolian, fill it out, and bring it by the newspaper office or mail it along with payment for a subscription.

You may also just mention the code (021407) if renewing without the form.

A one-year, in-state subscription is $39.95, which provides 104 issues of The Panolian delivered to your mailbox every Tuesday and Friday. Seniors are encouraged to ask about the senior rate.

The Panolian newspaper office is located at 363 Highway 51 N. in Batesville. Call 563-4591 for information.

District Livestock Show set for Thursday-Saturday here
The Northwest Mississippi District Livestock Show will be held Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27 at the Batesville Civic Center.

Winners from Saturday’s Panola County Livestock Show will advance to district competition.

The schedule of events for the district show is as follows:

Thursday, January 25
  Market Hog Show, 3 p.m.
Friday, January 26
  Market Lamb Show, 3 p.m.
  Following lamb show, Market Goat Show
  Dairy Goat Show, 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 27
  Market Steer Show, 10 a.m.
  Following steer show, Commercial Heifer Show
  Following heifer show, Beef Breeding Show
  Following beef breeding show, Beef Showmanship

For more information, call the Panola County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Service at 563-6260.

Watch for coverage of the Panola County Livestock Show in Friday’s edition of The Panolian.

Father-daughter banquet set at B & G Club
The Batesville Boys and Girls Club will host a Father-Daughter Banquet on February 10 for girls ages six-16 and their dads.

"The sole purpose of this event is to build and strengthen relationships between dads and their daughters," spokesman Mary Murphy said.

Interested girls are asked to write an essay on "why my dad is the greatest" and submit an entry form by February 2.

The fee for the formal banquet is $20.

For registration and other information, call Dennis Hoskins at 934-6474.

Unused portion of McBride Street closed off
By Jason C. Mattox

Batesville officials voted to close part of a city street after complaints of littering and parking were made by the police department.

Police Chief Gerald Legge brought up the complaints about McBride Street during last Wednesday’s meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen.

"We have a lot of trash being thrown out and people are going back there parking," he said. "This is a dead end street and there is nothing out there past the industries."

McBride Street is a short dead-end street located off Eureka Road.

Legge suggested closing off the unused portion of the road until the property is developed.

"With the shape that area is in, the city will have to do some work to make it a usable road in the future."

Aldermen unanimously voted to accept the chief’s recommendation to temporarily close the undeveloped portion of the road.


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