Blast from the Past (May 7th, 2019)

Published 4:03 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Compiled by Johnathan Williams

In the 1990s – 20 Years Ago…

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Adam Weed, William Garner, William Graeber, Rashad Bell, and LaRico Treadwell received the Arrow of Light Award at the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet in late April, 1999, according to the issue of the 30th of that month.

“Recognized for achieving the rank of Webelos were Matthew Bell, Heath Bolton, Michael Bolton, Michael Detter, Andrew Henning, Walt Hopper, William Panlener, Evan West, Jim Beard, John Tapp, Everett Mixon, Jake Hodges, Joshua Ratcliff, Cedreic McKinney, Jarrett Taylor, Wesley King, Nicholas Johnson, John Paul Jenkins, Justin Turner, Antonio Austin, and LaRico Treadwell.

Among adult leaders recognized was Arty Tapp, a den leader and dad.

“It teaches values, and it teaches lessons about respect and honor,” Tapp said in impromptu remarks about the value of Scouting.

In the 1980s – 30 Years Ago…

“Robert N. ‘Bobby’ Carlisle was the apparent victor in a four-way race for City Alderman, Ward I, following Tuesday’s balloting in the City’s only contested election,” the May 3, 1989, edition reported.

“Carlisle, an administrator with the South Panola Consolidated School District, was seeking his first political office and faced other political newcomers, Jerry Cooley, James Haynes, and Walter Murphree”

“The Ward I post is presently held by Cowles ‘Pete’ Horton who chose not to seek re-election, leaving the seat open. No other incumbent faced opposition in the primary elections, Ward Four Alderman Calvin Mangrum also chose not to run for re-election and Bobbie T. Pounders is the apparent victor in that post as she also has no opposition.”

“Other apparent winners in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary Election were incumbent Mayor Bobby Baker, Ward Two Alderman Willie King, Ward Three Alderman James Yelton, and Alderman-at-Large Hudson Still who also serves as vice mayor. “

In the 1970s – 40 Years Ago…

“Gov. Cliff Finch, addressing an audience at the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Labor Department’s Batesville Jobs Corps Center on Friday, emphasized that the center was the first in the nation to be constructed “from the bottom up,” the May 3, 1979, edition reported.

“The governor credited Dr. Aaron Henry of Clarksdale with assistance in securing the Jobs Corps in Batesville that would serve northwest Mississippi and the Delta.”

“The center had kind of bogged down”, the governor recalled. ‘Dr. Henry came along one day and we knew that we had never received our fair share for North Mississippi and the Delta section.’ I said ,”Well, you know everybody in Washington, Why don’t you talk to some of those people up there and let’s get something done.” About two days later he brought Mr. Godwin in and we sat down.

After he (Mr. Godwin) understood why we needed it, it wasn’t but a day that we heard from Ray (Young).”

LaMond Goodwin worked with the Job Corps Office of national Programs; Ray Young was the National Director of Job Corps.

In the 1960s – 50 Years Ago…

“The ballpark located on the property of the South Panola Recreation Association, Inc. has been officially named the James P. Hudson Little League Park,” a story in the May 1, 1969, edition reported.

“The official scorer for the games, he was on hand for every game, day and night. His decisions were accepted without argument, as the law of the game. Boys by the hundreds, many of whom are young men and married now, look back with pride on their relationship with J.P.” the story continued.

James Peach Hudson was born on April 25th, 1906, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Peach Hudson. He died in 1966.

That issue also reported that James Yelton had been named manager of the Panola County Airport to succeed L.C. Austin and Bobby D. Tedford had been promoted to Army Specialist Five while serving with the 602nd Maintenance Company at Ft. Hood, Texas.