Editorial-Opinion

State’s misguided tax cuts keep piling up

State’s misguided tax cuts keep piling up When Mississippi government looks at its current budget pinch, it’s pretty obvious what the two causes are. • A painfully slow recovery from the Great Recession of a decade ago. • A Republican-driven series of tax cuts, mostly for corporations, that have yet to live up to the…

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‘Full-speed’ marked Camp’s life; tragic death serves as caution

‘Full-speed’ marked Camp’s life; tragic  death serves as caution For Panola County Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Bean, Wednesday’s call to come to the scene of an accidental death was ironic. It came from Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark who was tied up and unable to investigate. (Panola County Coroner Gracie Gulledge, having been temporarily placed on…

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Part 2: Parchman death row ‘Sanctuary City’ for too many murderers

Parchman death row ‘Sanctuary City’ for too many murderers (Editor’s note: In today’s second of a two-part series, Ricky Swindle list inmates who have been on death row for 20 years or more and their crimes. He also shares his view on why the state’s ultimate punishment is appropriate. See last Friday’s edition for the…

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Judge, board attorney, friend will be missed

Judge, board attorney, friend will be missed Many loving tributes have appeared across social media over the past few days in the memory of local attorney William H. “Bill” McKenzie III who passed away last Friday following a lengthy bout with cancer. Bill had served as Panola County Board of Supervisors’ attorney and as Batesville’s…

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SpringFest fun on many fronts, just one week away

SpringFest fun on many fronts, just one week away We are one week away from SpringFest, Batesville’s premier community entertainment and homecoming event that provides an umbrella for so many fun activities in two short days. People who infrequently visit Batesville’s Square are in for a special treat this year: all the landscaping, repaving, improved…

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Sleep Center study led to better rest, for patient, partner

Sleep Center study led to better rest, for patient, partner Panola Medical Center is a functional new name for our hospital in that it reflects the new owner’s emphasis on providing quality health care in the smaller, local rural hospitals that it specializes in operating. Last summer I spent a couple of nights in its…

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Annexation right move to protect Pope’s unique identity

Annexation right move to protect Pope’s unique identity Pope Mayor Jamie Howell and the board of aldermen are wisely moving ahead with annexations plans — the first in decades, if ever — that will take areas surrounding the town into its corporate limits. It is a move long overdue that should benefit both present citizens…

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ACT Workforce testing challenges, improves chances

ACT Workforce testing challenges,  improves chances The ACT testing for our workforce that we have been hearing about from the Panola Partnership and from leaders of local government and writing about in this newspaper should give this county an important edge in recruiting business and industry. Evaluating our workforce with standardized testing so that we…

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The death penalty: its history and methods in Mississippi

The death penalty: its history and methods in Mississippi (Editor’s note: In today’s first of a two-part series, Ricky Swindle examines the history of the death penalty in Mississippi. In the second part, scheduled for Tuesday’s edition, he reviews Parchman’s current death row population and names inmates who have been there 20 years or more,…

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Dept. of Labor postpones FHJCC management change

Dept. of Labor postpones FHJCC  management change Those who have followed the development of the Finch-Henry Job Corps Center in Batesville now for 40 years are concerned about an abrupt Department of Labor decision to end the contract with Minact, Inc. for its management and award it to DESI (Dynamic Education System, Inc., and Exodyne…

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