UIL Region IV Marching Band Competition Streamed Live- Updated with Results
Posted October 25, 2012 by easttexastoday |   

Hanszen Broadcasting Company and Tatum Music Company are proud to provide live coverage of Texas U.I.L. high school marching band competitions held in this area.

The Region IV competition will be this Wednesday and Thursday, October 24th & 25th at Sam Parker field at  Mt. Pleasant High School..

Click Here For Link To Live Marching Band Video.

If you’d like to attend this event, admission is free.  Hanszen Broadcasting Company’s family of radio stations will be broadcasting many of the bands’ performance live on the radio, but you can watch the entire event live, for free, by clicking here.  Commentary will be provided by Jerry Hanszen & Doice Grant, both former band directors.

RESULTS 10/25/12

Mt. Vernon = 1
Prairiland = 1
DeKalb = 2
Hawkins = 3
Harmony = 1
New Boston = 1
Alba-Golden = 2
Waskom = 2
Hooks = 2
Paul Pewitt = 1
Elysian Fields = 1
White Oak = 1

RESULTS 10/24/12

James Bowie = 1
Maud = 2
Harleton = 1
Big Sandy = 3
Ore City = 2
Jefferson = 2
Chisum = 2
Sabine = 2
Clarksville = 1
New Diana = 1
Queen City = 1
Como-Pickton = 3
Quitman =  1
Dangerfield = 2
Union Grove = 1
Redwater = 1
Hughes Springs = 2
Rivercrest = 4
Linden-Kildare = 2
Winnsboro = 1


Watch The Game! Carthage vs Huntington Is Online!
Posted October 15, 2012 by easttexastoday |   

Carthage, TX – On Friday October 12, 2012 the Carthage Bulldogs hosted the Huntington Red Devils.  This game was broadcast live on KGAS 1590 AM, Carthage Cable TV’s Channel 21 and on this website.  This game was also recorded on video with the KGAS broadcast team providing commentary.  Your play-by-play announcers are:  Larry Allen, Mark Harris, Jerry Hanszen & Tate Barber.  This game was also the Carthage Homecoming Game.  Homecoming activities precede the actual game play on this video.  Actual game play begins 43 minutes into the video.

TxDOT Approves $70 Billion For Transportation Projects
Posted August 25, 2016 by kgasradio |   

The Texas Transportation Commission today approved the 2017 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) with $70 billion worth of projects to help TxDOT meet the state’s growing transportation demands. The plan is the largest of its kind in the agency’s history that addresses capacity, maintenance and safety needs around state.

TxDOT_Color_LOGO-150x150The 10-year plan, developed with extensive public input, targets congestion in the state’s most-populated areas and includes projects to better connect the major interstates in rural areas with local roads and highways. Also outside urban areas, the program calls for enhancing and completing interstate highways, and addressing the continuing needs within the energy sector and along hurricane evacuation routes.

“The actions today by the Texas Transportation Commission represent a historic investment in our state’s infrastructure,” said Governor Abbott. “Texans have sent a loud and clear message that they are tired of sitting in traffic, and this funding plan will significantly address safety, maintenance, connectivity and congestion on our crowded highways. The plan presented by the commission will allow Texas roads to keep pace with our population growth, provide much-needed congestion relief for working Texans and put the Lone Star State well on its way towards having a first-in-class highway system for decades to come.”

“The Unified Transportation Program reflects TxDOT’s commitment to planning for and meeting the mobility needs of our fast-growing state,” said Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis.

With more than $70 billion in total funding, the 2017 UTP represents a significant increase from last year’s 10-year plan, which included more than $33 billion worth of projects. The bulk of the additional funding will come from legislative- and voter-approved initiatives to allocate portions of oil and gas taxes, sales taxes and other taxes to the state highway fund. Ending the practice of appropriating state highway funds to agencies other than TxDOT and the passage of long-term federal transportation legislation also contributed to the additional funding.

The new funding in the 2017 UTP is largely allocated into program areas that address safety, maintenance, congestion and rural connectivity needs. It includes funding for all 25 TxDOT districts and 25 metropolitan planning areas throughout the state.

East Texas Coach, Teacher Wife, and Daughter Arrested for Burglary
Posted August 24, 2016 by kgasradio |   

An Avinger ISD coach, his teacher wife and their daughter were arrested this week after police said they broke into a home in Marion County and stole several items.

Marion County Sheriff David McKnight said Coach Tim Davis, 42, and his wife, 27-year-old Amber Davis, who is a teacher, were arrested Monday at the Avinger school building in southern Cass County. Their daughter, Drew Davis, was arrested Tuesday at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. They were each being held on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

McKnight said the family broke into a home owned by the widow of musician Bugs Henderson on Reeves Lane north of Jefferson, and took personal and household items, including musical instruments , photographs and other person documents.

Police searched the Davis home and found many of the stolen items. The investigation continues and more arrests may be made.

Two Marshall Men Arrested in Beckville Home Burglary
Posted August 24, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Marshall men for the burglary of a home in Beckville. Chief Deputy John DePresca said the Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call at around 9 Tuesday morning from a resident on FM 124 in Beckville.


Keith Bernard Jones


Marvin Jones

The caller said she saw two people breaking into her neighbor’s house. “She said the suspects were wearing gray gloves and were seen leaving in a green Honda,” DePresca said.

Deputies Robert Duncan and Alan Smith responded by traveling on Hwy. 149, while Sheriff Kevin Lake traveled north on Hwy. 59. At the intersection of FM 124 and Hwy. 59, Sheriff Lake observed a vehicle that fit the description of the green Honda and stopped the vehicle.

The occupants, identified as Bernard Jones and Marvin Jones, of Marshall, stated they were at the residence, but were only looking for a yard sale. Another witness told deputies that she observed a vehicle leave the residence and turn on CR 214.

Deputies then searched CR 214 and discovered a number of hand tools that had been thrown on the side of the road. The tools were recovered, and identified by the home owner as belonging to him. A search of the Honda also revealed a pair of gray cotton work gloves.

The suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the Panola County Detention Center. They were both charged with burglary of a habitation.


2016 Football Scores
Posted August 23, 2016 by kgasradio |   

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Panola Co Commissioners Adopt Budget, Pass Tax Increase
Posted August 23, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola County Commissioners adopted a budget for the fiscal year 2017 and with that a tax increase.


Judge Lee Ann Jones

A public hearing was held Monday afternoon at which time 10 or 15 citizens spoke against a tax increase.

Following the hearing, County Judge Lee Ann Jones made a motion to pass the new budget with the tax increase. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Ronnie LaGrone. The motion passed 3 to 2, with Commissioners John Gradberg and Frank Langley, voting against the tax increase.

That new tax rate is $0.59830 per $100. That’s an increase of $0.11446.



Panola County Back to School Bash Saturday at Carthage Civic Center
Posted August 20, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The annual Back to School Bash hosted by Mission Carthage is being held Saturday from 10 am until noon at the Carthage Civic Center.

backtoschoolLocal businesses and groups will be on hand, giving out school supplies to children, along with information about themselves to parents. That’s according to Jennifer Randall, Executive Assistant at Mission Carthage.

Here are some of the items local merchants and churches will be giving away: mechanical pencils, calculators, notebooks, notebook paper, pens, markers, crayons, construction paper, erasers, glue, glue sticks and more.

Randall suggests looking at the school supply lists for Panola County schools for an idea of what to get. The event is for Panola County schools only.

Parents are asked not to arrive with their children before 9 a.m. due to the safety of the children and to ensure they aren’t standing in the heat, she said. They are asked to bring their children with them to ensure that the supplies are actually going toward kids, Randall said. It is also asked that parents do not bring the young ones in daycare since the event is aimed toward children in Pre-K through 12th grade.

There will also be door prizes available that were made possible by donations, she said. For a child to win they have to be present at the event, so she suggests not getting there before 9 a.m.

If someone wants to donate to the event, but can’t participate, whether it’s school supplies or money, they can bring their donations to Mission Carthage.

This year Project String Power will be performing at the event, along with games and activities for the children.


Beckville Man Arrested Following High-Speed Pursuit
Posted August 19, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A 20-year-old Beckville man was arrested on Thursday evening after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit.

RICHARDMUGAccording to Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake, the chase started when an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on Highway 79 North near the Carthage loop. The suspect turned onto the southeast loop and eventually onto Hills Lake Road. Lake says at times the chase exceeded speeds of 80 mph. Deputies backed off at that point and eventually lost sight of the vehicle.

Officers continued to look in the area and eventually found the driver along with a passenger. Jail records show that the driver, Richard Blayne Anderson, 20, of Beckville was booked on charges of Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle and transported to the Panola County Detention Center. He was later released on bond.

Keithville, La Man Found Guilty of Theft from XTO Energy
Posted August 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Keithville, Louisiana man was found guilty of felony theft this week by a Panola County jury.

garciaAccording to the district attorney’s office, Ronnie Harrell Garcia, 34, was charged with felony theft of pipe, straps, angle iron, and tubing from XTO Energy. Jail records show Garcia was booked for the offense in May 2014. Testimony concluded on Tuesday and the jury deliberated approximately two hours before returning a guilty verdict.

Garcia is set to be sentenced by Judge Terry Bailey on Wednesday, August 24th at 9 a.m. He faces a range of punishment from confinement of no more than two years or less than 180 days in state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

The theft case was investigated by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. In a news release, Criminal District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson said, “They did an excellent job of putting this case together which made the prosecution much easier.”

Photo: Panola Co. Detention Center

Grand Jury Clears DPS Trooper in Shooting Death of Tatum Man
Posted August 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Panola County grand jury cleared a DPS Trooper on Thursday for the February shooting death of an unarmed Tatum man.

The grand jury returned the “no bill” decision after considering the evidence this morning, according to District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson.

The shooting occurred around 8 pm on Feb. 13th, when Trooper Daniel McBride attempted to stop a Chevrolet Impala for a traffic violation on State Highway 149. The driver refused to stop and evaded the trooper. The driver then exited his still-running vehicle in a residential neighborhood in the city of Beckville. The car traveled a short distance and struck a tree.

According to the preliminary investigation, the suspect then fled on foot for approximately 300 yards when he fell to the ground and then tried to get back up. The trooper said he gave verbal commands to the suspect to show his hands. When the suspect did not comply with his commands, the trooper stated he thought the suspect was going for a gun and, fearing for his life, fired his handgun in reaction to the perceived threat.

The suspect, Calin Roquemore, 24, of Tatum, was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview where he later died. DPS officials say no weapon was found at the scene.

The Texas Rangers conducted an investigation and their final findings were sent to the DA’s office this month for review. Both the Department of Justice and the FBI’s Dallas Field Office were notified at the time of the incident.

In a news release, District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson said, “We respect the grand jury process and their decision.”

Missouri Fugitive Arrested in Panola County
Posted August 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

On Tuesday, Panola County Sheriff’s Office investigators received notification from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force that they had information that a man wanted by their agency was in Panola County.

fugitiveThe fugitive had warrants from Missouri charging him with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance. Panola County Sheriff’s Office investigators, members of the fugitive task force, and Constable Bryan Murff responded to a residence on Highway 79 North, where the suspect was located and arrested.

Sheriff Kevin Lake says officers recovered suspected methamphetamine, 82 capsules of Adderall, and also other suspected controlled substances. Officers also found a bag containing $6,300 and items used to pick door locks.

The suspect has been identified as Jeffery Robert Baumann, 52, of Roberstville, Missouri. As of Wednesday afternoon, Baumann remained in the Panola County Jail.


Panola College to Host Lunchbox Lecture Remembering 9/11
Posted August 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The M.P. Baker Library will host Remembering 9/11 with special speaker Dr. Alex Korniyenko on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in the Murphy-Payne Community rooms of the library. Dr. Korniyenko is a cardiologist with Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants. He is affiliated with six hospitals in the East Texas area and visits Carthage regularly to see patients at the local ETMC offices. Dr. Korniyenko began his medical career as an EMT with the New York City Fire Department. He was serving in his second week with this special group when tragedy struck and he was called to participate in the 911/WTC rescue mission. As the fifteenth anniversary of that fateful day approaches, Dr. Korniyenko will share with our community his eye-witness account of the event that launched America’s war on terror.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 12:00 pm with the lecture beginning at 12:15pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees arriving. The library staff would like to extend a special invitation to all of our community’s first-responders. So that adequate seating may be provided, please RSVP. For additional information please call 903-693-2091 or email cferguson@panola.edu.

OSHA Fines Tyson Foods in Center for Multiple Safety Violations
Posted August 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

OSHA News Release: A gruesome employee injury led federal workplace safety inspectors to discover the nation’s largest meat and poultry processor endangered workers by exposing them to amputation hazards, high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing personal protective equipment.

Responding to a report of a finger amputation at the Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing facility in Center, Texas, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors identified two repeated and 15 serious violations. The company faces $263,498 in proposed fines.

The investigation determined the employee suffered an amputation when his finger became stuck in an unguarded conveyor belt as he worked in the debone area and tried to remove chicken parts jammed in the belt.

OSHA inspectors also found more than a dozen serious violations including failing to ensure proper safety guards on moving machine parts, allowing carbon dioxide levels above the permissible exposure limit, failing to provide personal protective equipment and not training employees on hazards associated with peracetic acid. Used as a disinfectant, the acid can cause burns and respiratory illness if not handled safely.

“Tyson Foods must do much more to prevent disfiguring injuries like this one from happening,” said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “As one of the nation’s largest food suppliers, it should set an example for workplace safety rather than drawing multiple citations from OSHA for ongoing safety failures.”

Inspectors also found employees exposed to slip-and-fall hazards due to a lack of proper drainage, trip-and-fall hazards caused by recessed drains and fire hazards resulting from of improper stored compressed gas cylinders. The inspection falls under OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

OSHA cited the company for repeated violations for not making sure employees used appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards. The agency cited Tyson for a similar violation in a 2012 investigation at its Carthage facility. The company also failed to separate compressed gas cylinders of oxygen and acetylene while in storage – a violation for which OSHA cited the company in 2013 at its Albertville, Alabama, facility.

Panola Co. Republican Party Celebrates Grand Opening of New Headquarters
Posted August 16, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

grandopeningMembers of the Panola County Republican Party celebrated the grand opening of their new campaign headquarters on Monday morning. The new office is located inside the former Carthage Office Supply building on the downtown square.

The building is operated by the Panola County Conservatives, the Panola County Republican Women, and members of the Panola County Republican Party.

Republican Women President Patsy Smith says the headquarters will be used through November for training classes, monthly meetings, and also voter information.

CISD Board of Trustees Adopt 2016-2017 Tax Rate, Budget
Posted August 16, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Carthage ISD Board of Trustees have adopted the tax rate and budget for the 2016-2017 school year. On Monday night, board members adopted the rate of $1.14 per $100 valuation. This rate is composed of a maintenance and operations rate of $0.90 and an interest and sinking rate of $0.24.

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick says the rate will not raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate. He says the average homeowner in the district will see a decrease of approximately $80.

The board also adopted a balanced budget for the upcoming school year, consisting of $34,773,812 of projected revenues and $34,773,812 of proposed expenditures. Hambrick said that includes the recapture payment (Robin Hood) of nearly $11 million, leaving an operating budget of nearly $24 million.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Donna Porter also reported that all CISD campuses met the standard on state accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency on Monday.

Gary Woman Arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Posted August 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Gary woman was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly firing a shotgun at another woman during an argument.

According to PCSO Chief Deputy John DePresca, around 8:40 p.m. on Saturday dispatchers received a 911 call stating that there was a person at the front door of a residence who said she had been shot.

Deputies responded to the home on County Road 175 and spoke with the victim. She told deputies that she had been staying at the house across the street and that she and the homeowner had got into an argument. She said the homeowner chased her outside the house and fired one round from a shotgun at her. DePresca says a few of the shotgun shell pellets struck the woman in the head.

tammymugDeputies went across the street to interview the homeowner, Tammy Fields Abshire, 54, of Gary. Following the interview, Abshire was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Panola County Detention Center. According to jail records, she was later released on a $25,000 surety bond.

DePresca says the female victim was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage, where she was treated and released.

Fresh Water Supply District Board Set to Meet on Friday
Posted August 10, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Panola County Freshwater Supply District Board of Directors are set to meet on Friday, August 12th at 4 p.m.

Items on the agenda include a look at remodeling the Marina building for an office.
The board will also consider a bid for a shower house and review their existing septic contract.

The meeting is set to take place inside the pavilion at 117 CR 1839.

View the full agenda below…panolawater

City of Carthage Announces Sewer and Water Improvement Project
Posted August 10, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: The City of Carthage has entered into a contract to begin construction of much needed sewer and water improvements along West Perry Place from Davis Street to Daniels Street, along Stadium Street north of Perry Place and along Woodyard from Stadium to Daniels.

Temporary partial and full street closures are expected in order to install the new sewer and water improvements. Provisions for access to local residences in the construction vicinity or within portions of the street closures will be provided and maintained throughout the project. Residences in and around the project vicinity may experience brief interruptions to water and sewer services during the process of connecting the new water and sewer mains to the existing system.

In the same vicinity a street rehabilitation and drainage improvements project is scheduled to commence in 60 to 90 days contingent upon substantial completion of the sewer and water improvements. Temporary closure of roadways is expected during the rehabilitation of the streets.

Please contact City Hall (903-693-3868) with questions regarding the project.

Comptroller Distributes $769 Million in Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments
Posted August 10, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on Wednesday that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $769.3 million in local sales tax allocations for August, 1.2 percent more than in August 2015. These allocations are based on sales made in June by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers.

“The cities of San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano and Irving saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations,” Hegar said. “Energy-centric cities, such as Houston and Midland, continue to see decreases in sales tax allocations.”


County Judge Addresses Proposed Budget/Tax Rate Concerns
Posted August 10, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Many Panola County residents are voicing their opposition to a proposed raise in the county’s tax rate. The proposed increase is a result of a budget deficit caused by the declining oil and gas industry.

The proposed tax rate is $0.59830 per $100, which is an 11.4 cent increase from the previous year.

Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones spoke with KGAS News on Tuesday and addressed some of the community’s concerns.

“I want to relay a few facts regarding the county’s 2017 proposed budget. Their is a major reduction in the taxable value which has caused the proposed budget to be cut. The proposed county budget has over 600,000 in line item cuts in the General, Road and Bridge, and FM & Lateral Road funds.

In recent years, at public hearings the public has requested additional law enforcement patrol throughout the county. In previous years, this request was granted. Thus the proposed 2017 budget showed no reduction in patrol deputies.

Panola County often receives calls for repair and improvement of the county roads. Thru the use of road oil Panola County roads are at a much higher quality than some neighboring counties which still have many dirt roads.

Even though budget cuts have been proposed the county still has needed appropriations to maintain the current level of law enforcement and road maintenance.

Several of the county budgets have state mandated items which require budget funds to accomplish the legally required procedures.

Valuation on people’s individual mineral interest has been decreased in most instances and these taxes will be less because of the reduction in oil and gas values. Even with the reduction in overall mineral values the major oil and gas companies with operations in Panola County still bear the majority of the taxes.

The proposed tax levy (total tax dollars) has been reduced in the proposed budget.

For senior citizens who had already turned 65 the taxes are frozen at that age for homesteads. Thus the homes of those who had previously turned 65 will be the same total taxes as previous years for the value at the time they turn 65.”

Commissioners are set to vote on the county’s proposed budget and tax rate on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1 p.m. If taxes are not raised the county would have to make a cut of around $4 million or about 50 employees.

Judge Jones welcomes questions and concerns from the community. You can contact her office at 903-693-0392.

Carthage City Commission Approves Speed Limit Change, Sets Budget Hearing
Posted August 9, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Carthage City Commission met in a regular session on Monday afternoon at Carthage City Hall.

According to City Manager Steve Williams, commissioners set a public hearing on August 22, 2016 for the approval of the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year budget. The hearing will take place at 5 p.m at city hall.

Commissioners also approved an ordinance lowering the speed limit on Tribble Alley from 30 mph to 15 mph. A petition to change the speed limit was first presented to the commission by concerned citizens in July. Williams says once the new speed limit signs are ready, they will be posted.