Published 12:00 am Friday, July 31, 2015

Their smiles were not meant to abrogate the solemnity of the occasion, Exchange Club President Danny Jones (right) said after reviewing the photo. They were spontaneous reaction to encouragement the Exchange members have received since the city gave the club the go-ahead to maintain the sign that announces veterans’ funerals. With Jones are (from left) Andy Hosler, Alicia Wood and Jimmy Smith.

Exchange Club takes on posting of vet names

when funerals scheduled

Members of the Batesville Exchange Club have agreed to assume responsibility for posting the names of veterans whose funerals will be held that day.

Exchange Club representative Ed Casteel met with city officials Tuesday, July 21, to request permission to be allowed to assume the responsibility and to modify the sign by adding flags to each side.

“We think that way it will draw more attention,” Casteel said.

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The club will depend on local funeral homes to inform about the date of veterans’ funerals, he said.
Aldermen unanimously approved the Exchange Club’s request.

The Exchange Club sponsored in 1978 the original project to establish the memorial to Panola County’s war dead. Inscribed in the stone are names of men from the county who died in wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
In other business at the July 21 meeting:

• Aldermen approved Angie Inman’s request on behalf of Panola County Relay for Life to hold a 5K walk/run at Trussell Park on October 10. The event will help raise awareness of breast cancer;

• Aldermen also approved a credit card processing system introduced by Wayne Belk at their May 19 meeting;
• Engineer Blake Mendrop told city officials that his environmental survey of the Patricia Traylor property was complete and no problems were discovered. The survey’s completion allows the city to accept donation of Traylor’s lot on Lomax Street;

• Assistant City Attorney Colmon Mitchell presented to city officials the draft of an ordinance prohibiting solicitation of donations on public streets;

• Aldermen approved a starting time change for the Batesville Jr. Auxiliary’s annual 5K run. The 5K run will begin at 8:30 p.m. and the kids run will begin at 9:30 p.m.

City officials had approved at their July 7 meeting the date of Saturday, October 17 event.