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Heavy traffic expected for grad

Heavy traffic expected for grad Approximately 265 graduates are expected to walk the aisles of Batesville Civic Center this Saturday, May 27 when they will receive diplomas at Batesville Civic Center who is hosting the event. The Saturday ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with school officials suggesting attendants allow ample time to arrive at the…

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Drivers should expect safety checks

Drivers should expect safety checks By John Howell Batesville police and Panola County deputies will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in various locations on city streets and county roads during the Memorial Day weekend, according to Sheriff Dennis Darby and BPD Chief Jimmy McCloud. “It’s not about giving tickets; it’s about keeping people safe,” McCloud…

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Panola County at crossroads, Flint says

Panola County at crossroads, Flint says By John Howell Panola County leadership faces unprecedented challenges with the loss of two key advisors and a significant portion of its ad valorem tax base, according to Panola County Board of Supervisors President Cole Flint who spoke Wednesday to the Batesville Exchange Club. Kelley Magee retired in 2016…

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Name is added to county’s memory

Name is added to county’s memory By John Howell Monday’s 40th anniversary observance of the unveiling of the Batesville Exchange Club Memorial Monument on the Public Square includes a Memorial Day program that connects with a hot day in May, 1977 when it was first dedicated. Monday’s observance will also include an unveiling — this…

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BPD arrests teen on kidnapping charge

BPD arrests teen on kidnapping charge By John Howell Batesville police charged a man arrested at Springfest Friday night with kidnapping after an 18-year-old victim signed an affidavit against him. Kwincy Quarles, 19, was charged with kidnapping and simple assault after his victim contacted a BPD officer on the Public Square. The victim told BPD…

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Woman’s Club celebrates 80th birthday Wednesday

Woman’s Club celebrates 80th birthday Wednesday Batesville Woman’s Club is turning 80 and members will celebrate Wednesday by serving cake at the Downtown Memorial Park beginning at 2 p.m. The civic club was organized in May, 1937. “Please come by, have some cake, and help us celebrate our anniversary,” said Jackie Sergi, club president.

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SP third graders beat state average

SP third graders beat state average By Rupert Howell South Panola School District’s 3rd graders scored above the state average on the 3rd Grade Reading Assessment (gateway reading test). Statewide, 92 percent of 3rd graders passed the test. The initial pass rates for the previous two school years was 85 percent in 2014-15 and 87…

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