Editorial-Opinion

Some problems new ambulance service cannot fix

Some problems new ambulance service cannot fix If I had not been informed by other sources, I would surely know from the sound of the ambulances passing through the Highway 6/Eureka intersection that Panola County’s ambulance service has changed hands. The intersection lies about 50 yards from Annie-Glenn’s Bed and Breakfast, and my bedroom is…

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‘Liquid Loophole’ aided Monque’D’s mule driving career

‘Liquid Loophole’ aided Monque’D’s mule driving career City hall talk on Tuesday rambled around to adopting an employee drug test policy, something city officials and their attorney been kicking around for three or four years. It took me back to the time that J. Monque’D decided go back to his old job driving tourist carriages…

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Vance/Fowler story chronicles epic experiences

Vance/Fowler story chronicles epic experiences Today’s Blast from the Past on page A6 begins the remarkable story of two Panola County men whose common experience was having been prisoners of war during World War II, Brooks Vance III and Miles Fowler. Ruth Bradley wrote the story for publication in the February 25, 1971 edition. We…

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Giant sucking sound comes from different source

That giant sucking sound you hear is not today, July 11, the same sound that H. Ross Perot claimed to hear during his unsuccessful 1992 bid to win the presidency — the sound of U.S. jobs heading south to Mexico because of the NAFTA treaty. Today is Amazon Prime Day and the sound is being…

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Talk of city improvements likely to resume

Talk of city improvements likely to resume Major capital improvement projects discussed at (or near) Batesville City Hall during the last couple of years, then put on the back burner until after election, will likely resurface in the near future. City hall renovation, construction of a new depot building on the Square, city purchase of…

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‘Bully pulpit’ abused when used to berate trustees

‘Bully pulpit’ abused when used to berate trustees “Board members, y’all need to look into some of this stuff. Ya’ hear?”  the man stated during the public hearing about North Panola School District’s budget for the coming year. The man was Julius Harris and he is no stranger to the North Panola trustee board. He…

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Murder stats bring sobering truths that hit close to home

Murder stats bring sobering truths that hit close to home Orleans Parish, Louisiana between 2009 and 2015 had the highest murder rate per capita of all U.S. counties,  cities or districts, according to a study published on the law enforcement web site PoliceOne.com. Even with Chicago’s reputation, when you compare murders with population, with 43…

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Local government closest to ideals of country’s founders

Local government closest to ideals of country’s founders It was my privilege to photograph elected officials of the Town of Pope this week, just as we hope to make photos at the swearing in ceremonies for all the elected officials of Panola municipalities as new terms begin following this year’s election cycle. I say privilege…

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Gift of hindsight says we should have raised goats

Gift of hindsight says we should have raised goats It took a change of neighbors before we started seriously asking ourselves about our choice of animals for husbandry. Only it is not really husbandry. Husbandry involves the raising of animals for food, fur, eggs or something consumable or useful. Damncats don’t count. On one side,…

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State’s shortfalls foreshadowed by Louisiana, Kansas

State’s shortfalls foreshadowed by Louisiana, Kansas Elsewhere in this edition you can read about the Mississippi State Department of Health’s decision to eliminate its District I Health Office in Batesville and consolidate it with other offices, reducing the number of district offices from nine to three. Also mentioned are consolidation of some county services, immunizations…

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