Relay for Life

Daniel Thompson and Brandi Ochello ready for tonight’s Relay for Life starting at 6 p.m. on the Square. “Batesville’s Got Talent” starts at 7:30 p.m. Jail Bail lasts through the evening. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. —Photo by John Howell Sr.

Talent show included in Relay For Life weekend

Panola County’s Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society, will be held on the Downtown Square  tonight, from 6 p.m. until midnight.

About 20 teams have been raising funds and getting ready to walk all night, according to Brandy Ochello, who is helping organize the event.

There will be food and entertainment, including a talent show, “Batesville’s Got Talent.”

Relay for Life will begin with a traditional Survivor Lap at 6 p.m. at the Gazebo on the Square.

Luminarias, the lighted lanterns that line the walk course,  are on sale now at Panola Partnership and through any other Relay for Life team.  The lanterns are inscribed with the name of someone who is a cancer survivor or someone who has lost their life to cancer.

For more information, contact Brandy Ochello at the Panola Partnership office (662.563.3126) or

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