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Sardis is one of two county seats for Panola County, Mississippi, the other being Batesville. The community began as a train depot north of the Little Tallahatchie River known as Danville, named for its first school teacher, Dan Killebrew. The town was incorporated in 1866 but the postal authorities considered Danville to be too long of a name, so residents chose Sardis, which was one of the Seven Churches of the New Testament. Sardis became a county seat in 1871. Today, Sardis is served by Interstate Highway 55, which passes through the eastern portion of the town, while US Highway 51 passes through the western part of the town, both intersecting East Lee Street, which goes through the center of town in an east-west direction. Sardis Lake is east of the city. Nearby communities include Ballentine, Batesville, Como, Glenville, Horatio, Kings Corner, McGhee, and Pleasant Grove. Clarksdale, Mississippi is about fifty miles southwest of Sardis.

 

 

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