Editorial-Opinion

Be vigilante in flu season

Be vigilante in flu season The flu season of 2018 has arrived in Panola County, meaning vigilance is required. It’s still early in the season, but the flu arrived early to Mississippi, with widespread cases reported by mid-December. In early January, more cases have been reported, including many here in Panola County. If this sounds…

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The Panolian needs community’s support through the change

The Panolian needs community’s support through the change My name is not normally associated with the editorial page, but with the Howells gone I tried to find something to fill up this space. New owner David Magee just married off his daughter Saturday. He had some big responsibilities like dancing with his daughter and writing…

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Changes swirling us around; still ground in B’ville

Changes swirling us around; still ground in B’ville It has been a good run, but it’s time to go to the house, or somewhere different. In the past week I have become orphaned and unemployed. Lots of strange thoughts are going through my mind. My mother’s passing last Friday at age 96 of course left…

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Local community journalism depends on your support

Local community journalism depends on your support “What’s the first job of a newspaper?” a wizened old veteran of this business once asked, speaking to a group of young journalists gathered for some occasion long since forgotten. “Is it to inform and enlighten its readers? To make government accountable?” he offered, anticipating the responses his…

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Difficult knot stalled printing of Tuesday edition

Difficult knot stalled printing of Tuesday edition At least one reader found hissef stumped by my Facebook posting describing our Tuesday production problems as having the “complexity of Gordian knot.” Indeed they did. Somewhere in a malevolent conspiracy by our cloud-based subscription-classified-billing software and our antiquated, limited-capacity server plus application of one or more of…

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Time to move ahead, don’t look back, except maybe a little

Time to move ahead, don’t look back, except maybe a little Elsewhere in this edition you will find the details about this newspaper’s sale to new owners. Don’t get all mushy about it; there’s much room for improvement and we believe that the new owners will be able to expand the newspaper’s reach through all…

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Howells announce sale of The Panolian

An agreement has been reached in principle for sale of operating assets and real estate of The Panolian by its owners John and Rupert Howell. The sale is expected to close effective January l, 2018. The buyer will be Batesville Newsmedia, LLC (BNL), a subsidiary of Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI) and Carpenter Newsmedia, LLC (CNL)…

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Early winter blast chills Big Easy; lemonade, anyone?

Early winter blast chills Big Easy; lemonade, anyone? I saw a slight twinkle of frost on our New Orleans housetop this morning. Fortunately that’s as close as it has been during these last few days which last Friday brought snow from Jackson south to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The swath of wintry precipitation…

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Readers urged to join newspaper in call for city/county cooperation

Readers urged to join newspaper in call for city/county cooperation The relationship of this city’s board of mayor and aldermen and the Panola County Board of Supervisors could deteriorate at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting at the Batesville courthouse unless citizens join this newspaper to insist that the elected officials who comprise these two bodies of local…

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City would do well to study issues of 1996 annexation

City would do well to study issues of 1996 annexation Batesville city officials considering annexation during today’s meeting would do well to learn from the last time the city launched the process. That was in 1996 and the only person then sitting at the board table who is still there is assistant City Attorney Colmon…

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