Photo of the Year

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 2010

“Crying Sue.” South Panola High School senior Sue Curry reacts as announcement is made September 24 that she is the 2010 homecoming queen. William Porter is her escort. (Published September 28)

“Daddy Is Home.” Nick Hughes arrived home March 19 after serving his second tour in Iraq with the National Guard. The first place he stopped along with his wife, Jennifer, and family, was Jesus Loves Me Daycare to see his three year old, Rylan Claire and one year old, Levi Gunner after nine months in Iraq. As tears filled Rylan’s eyes, her daddy asked, “You ready to go fishing?” (Published in the March 23 edition)

“Cory and the Frog.” To the surprise of his pre-K teachers, Christy Burnett and Shirley Wall, Cory Langley brought his frog to show something that begins with the sound “f.” At the end of the day this happy little frog took up residence in the pond in the Outdoor Science Classroom at Batesville Elementary School.  “We are all hoping that on ‘s’ day, no snakes come to school,” said a BES spokesman. (Published in September 10 edition.)

“Up In Flames.” Batesville firefighter Troy Vest douses what remains of Louis Wilson’s ’88 Ford Ranger outside AutoZone in Batesville September 16. (Published Sept. 17)

“Busted in Courtland.” Marcus Lorenzo Davis, 22, is placed in custody outside a mobile home in Courtland October 29 by Panola sheriff’s deputy Bubba Moore and investigator Albert Perkins. Authorities allege Davis and Steve Flowers, 19, robbed a store clerk at Moore’s Grocery in Courtland earlier that day. (Published November 2)

“Sgt. David Holmes Memorial.” ShuRissa Holmes receives a flag from Col. Keith E. Knowlton of the Georgia Army National Guard following memorial services honoring her father, Sgt. David A. Holmes Jr., on July 18 at the Batesville Junior High School Auditorium. Sgt. Holmes, a native of Batesville, was killed June 26 in Afghanistan where he was serving with the Georgia National Guard. Col. Knowlton presented a second flag to ShurRissa’s sister, ShuQuita, seated right. (Published in the July 20 edit

“Griffin Elected Sheriff.” Catherine Shegog embraces newly installed Panola County Sheriff Otis Griffin shortly after he was sworn in by Circuit Judge Andrew Baker in the Panola County Courthouse in Batesville on December 2. Baker said it was a “historic occasion” for Panola County. Griffin is thought to be the first county-wide African American elected official. (Published on December 3.)

“We Are The Champions.” South Panola players (from left) C.J. Easley, No. 4 Lageffery Glover, C.J. Leland and Lakedrick Flowers celebrate with the state championship trophy. South Panola defeated Meridian 28-7 in the 6A State Championship game December 3. (Published December 7.)

Readers invited to pick Panolian’s photo of year 

By Billy Davis

Readers can go on-line starting today and cast a ballot for The Panolian’s 2010 photo of the year.

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The second annual contest includes eight entries from the front pages of The Panolian.  

Among the entries are:

•“Crying Sue.” When Sue Curry was named South Panola High homecoming queen, she let everybody know how she felt.

•“Daddy is home.” Nick Hughes, a sergeant with the Miss. Army National Guard, returned from his second tour of Iraq.  Among his first stops, he surprised his children, Rylan Claire and Levi Gunner, at their daycare.

•“Cory and the Frog.” Cory Langley’s pre-K teachers told the class to bring something that begins with the letter “F.” So he did.  

Those entries, and five others, can be viewed at

The contest will start when the photos are uploaded Tuesday morning. It will end Wednesday at 5 p.m

The winning photo and voting results will be published in the New Year’s Eve edition of The Panolian.