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.

Search Underway for Suspects in Cherokee County Equipment Theft Case
Posted April 27, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and authorities with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information on the theft of a skid steer worth approximately $45,000 from Kiepersol Enterprises located in Bullard.

COWSAccording to Dickson, the theft occurred between April 1, 2016 and April 4, 2016. The unknown suspect(s) stole a yellow and black 2004 model Case 95XT skid steer loader with dual hydraulic clamps on the front bucket. The serial number on this equipment is JAF0386335. The skid steer is a 4-wheel-drive and had approximately 34 hours on the hour gauge at the time of the theft.

Dickson said the machine was located on a construction site on the property of Kiepersol Enterprises, located south of CR 3801 in Bullard. The machine was loaded on a trailer and stolen from this location.

Anyone with further information regarding this theft case should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Dickson at 903-721-2155. A cash reward may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspects. Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.

Berri O’Neal Announced as Panola College 2016 Alumna of the Year
Posted April 25, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Berri-ONeal-835x1024April 25, 2016 Carthage, TX – The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Berri O’Neal as the 2016 Panola College Alumna of the Year. Dr. O’Neal will be recognized by Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College at the spring commencement ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 7pm in the Carthage Civic Center.

My memories at Panola College are truly too many to put into words….I’ve often said that my years as a Panola College student were two of the best years of my life. They were filled with some of the best times and best life lessons that have shaped me throughout my life,” states O’Neal.

Dr. Berri O’Neal is the Executive Director of Extended University for Texas A&M University-Commerce. She oversees off-campus locations for the University, in Downtown Dallas, McKinney, Rockwall, Midlothian, Corsicana and Mesquite.

O’Neal graduated from Panola College in 1995, then transferred to Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Radio/Television, a Master’s degree in Theatre/Management and a Doctorate of Education in Secondary and Higher Education with a specialization in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction. She earned post-doctoral hours in the field of Management.

For two decades, O’Neal has pursued her passion by working in higher education at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the University of North Texas in the areas of Student Services, Enrollment Management, Admissions, Registration and Orientation. She has also taught as an adjunct professor for the College of Business for Texas A&M University-Commerce. Berri served as the Executive Director for the state’s oldest Multi-InstitutionTeaching Center, the Universities Center at Dallas, for 11 years since 2005. O’Neal has been a consultant to numerous businesses in the region and speaks at state and national conferences on the topics of hiring, motivating and empowering effective employees in the workplace. She served as President of the Chi Omega Commerce Alumnae Chapter for five years and received the Chi Omega Distinguished Alumnae Award.

Attorney General Paxton Statement on Bernie Tiede Verdict
Posted April 23, 2016 by easttexastoday |   

Friday, April 22, 2016 Austin – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement regarding the verdict reached in Bernie Tiede’s second sentencing trial, which was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office:

“Our office is on a mission to achieve justice for victims and families in Texas,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Our prosecutors and staff work tirelessly for the people of Texas, and we thank the jury for their service and diligent work in ensuring a just verdict.”

Following a murder punishment trial that lasted three weeks, prosecutors with the Texas Attorney General’s Office obtained a sentence of 99 years or life in prison in TDCJ from a Rusk County Jury against Bernard Tiede.

Bernard Tiede became a companion to the elderly and recently widowed Mrs. Marjorie Nugent of Carthage, Texas, in 1990. In 1993, the thirty four year old appellant left his job at the Hawthorn Funeral Home to work full-time for Mrs. Nugent. In November 1996, the defendant shot Mrs. Nugent in the back four times and stuffed her in a deep freeze in her home. In July, 1997, Mrs. Nugent was reported missing. In the course of investigating her disappearance, the Panola County Sheriff talked to Tiede on several occasions. Tiede first said that Mrs. Nugent was visiting a relative. Later he told officers that Mrs. Nugent had suffered a stroke and was recovering in a Temple, Texas, hospital. On August 18, 1997, Mrs. Nugent’s son, granddaughter, and sheriff’s officers found Mrs. Nugent’s body in her freezer. Captain David Jeter questioned appellant, who ultimately confessed to shooting Mrs. Nugent after initially claiming that she had been kidnapped. A jury convicted apellant of murder in 1999 and sentenced him to life in prison.

In November 2014 the Court of Criminal Appeals granted Tiede a new hearing on punishment. Assistant Attorney Generals Lisa Tanner, Jane Starnes, and Daniel Brody represented the State of Texas as District Attorney Pro Tem in the new punishment trial after the elected District Attorney for Panola County recused himself from the case in 2015. During the new punishment hearing evidence was introduced that Tiede had misappropriated approximately $3.8 million from Mrs. Nugent, with $550,000 of that amount being after he murdered her.

Bernie back behind bars, jury gives him 99 year to life in prison
Posted April 23, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Bernie Tiede is back behind bars after a Rusk County jury delivered a 99 year to life in prison sentence late Friday evening in his re-sentencing trial.



Tiede was escorted from the court room to the Rusk County Jail to begin serving the rest of his sentence for the 1996 murder of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent of Carthage.

Tiede will stay in the Rusk County Jail until he can moved to Panola County to await his assignment at a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison facility.

Before being released to deliberate, Tiede’s attorneys asked the jury for time served or a maximum of three more years. The prosecution asked the jury to give Tiede life in prison again.

In closing arguments, prosecutor Jane Starnes characterized the defendant as cold and calculating and detailed lies told by Tiede. Lies about money and Nugent’s whereabouts in the nine months that she was missing after he killed her. Defense attorney Jodi Cole told jurors the case is not about giving Tiede a free pass, it’s about allowing his re-entry into society after a tragic incident.

Tiede did not testify on the witness stand.

A San Augustine jury convicted Tiede in 1999 for killing his companion in Carthage. The former mortician was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder. On appeal in 2014, Tiede’s new lawyer, Jodi Cole, obtained a new sentencing trial in light of new evidence of Tiede’s childhood sexual abuse which was not disclosed at the first trial.


Panola College Recognized in Top Tech-Savvy Community Colleges
Posted April 12, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Carthage, TX – Panola College earned a spot in the top 10 ranking of Digital Community Colleges in the most recent survey and competition. Panola was awarded ninth place in the small college category of schools with under 5,000 students. Allen West, Panola College Director of Information Technology, made the announcement on Thursday, April 7.

Now in its eleventh year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff and the community at large.

“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are making great strides in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this year’s survey winners.”

Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks.

This year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support and website redesign are their top priorities in the coming year, followed by cyber security tools and testing, network infrastructure modernization, server consolidation and virtualization, and disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey also revealed that, 59% of colleges now offer professional development courses on how to use mobile apps for instruction; while 93% offer professional development courses on how to integrate technology into curriculum and instructional practices.

All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on enrollment size. CDE thanks last year’s first-place winners who abstained from participation to contribute as members of the development panel for this year’s survey: Northern Virginia Community College, Va.; Lord Fairfax Community College, Va.; and Carl Sandburg College, Ill.

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. For more information and a complete listing of colleges that earned distinction, visit the Digital Community Colleges Survey 2015-2016.

2016 Panola College Academic Excellence Award Nominees Named
Posted April 12, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Carthage, TX – The 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipients are nominated by faculty members. Bobby Phillips, a member of the Panola College Board of Trustees, will speak, and the Panola College Chamber Singers will perform at the ceremony.

Nominees include Chris Barnes, Music-Instrumental, nominated by Sandra Bauer; Brittany Barreraz, CIT, nominated by Dr. Denise Wilkins; Liliana Casteneda, Office Professional, nominated by Dwayne Ferguson; Summer Croley, Art, nominated by Ann Boland; Anna Crumbie, Communications, nominated by Teresa Beasley; James Davis, Chemistry, nominated by Amy Calhoun; Ryan Dickinson, Criminal Justice, nominated by Mark Dickerson; Laura Fryman, Government, nominated by Brian Naples; Dusty Garrett, Math, nominated by Karen O’Neal; Kastley Greer, OTA, nominated by Cheri Lambert; Kollin Hurt, Accounting, nominated by Jennifer Coon; Jena King, Psychology, nominated by Don Cocklin; Lauren Latham, Petroleum, nominated by Daniel Hall; Matthew LeTourneau, History, nominated by Bill Offer; Laura Lindsey, Drama, nominated by Karen King; Jessica Long, Medical Assistant Program, nominated by Shelly Alexander; Ronna Phillips, Health Information Technology, nominated by Lynn Davis; Jessica Porter, Associate Degree Nursing, nominated by Annissa Jackson; Kyle Walker, General Business, nominated by Dwayne Ferguson; and Samantha Whitaker, Medical Laboratory Technician, nominated by Jo Ellen Russell.
These students have earned a 3.5 GPA in the discipline for which they were nominated. To be eligible for the award, students must have an overall GPA for non-developmental courses of at least 2.5.
“The student’s character must be exemplary,” said Don Cocklin, chair of the Academic Excellence Award committee. “We want this honor to reflect not only on the GPA of a student, but also that they demonstrate what it means to have academic excellence in the classroom.”

Shelby, Harrison Counties Among Those Eligible For Disaster Assistance
Posted April 11, 2016 by kgasradio |   

AUSTIN, Texas – Many Texas residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from March 7-March 29, may have registered for assistance with state or volunteer agencies. State and federal recovery officials want survivors to know this is not the same as registering for federal disaster aid with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While FEMA, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and volunteer agencies often work together, their missions, programs and funding are not the same.

The disaster declaration on March 19, put in place several sources of federal funding for survivors in 13 counties. Homeowners, renters and businesses in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties must register with FEMA to start the process to be considered for federal assistance.

Apply for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information on Texas recovery, visit the disaster web page at fema.gov/disaster/4266, Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion6 and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website, txdps.state.tx.us/dem. Visit fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation for publications and reference material on rebuilding and repairing safer and stronger.

USDA To Host Housing Workshop In Henderson
Posted April 11, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Henderson, TX – The USDA, Rural Development Henderson Area Office will be hosting a Housing Workshop on Tuesday, April 19th from 10:00am to 1:00 p.m. It will be held at the Rusk County Library, located at 106 E. Main Street in Henderson. The office proudly provides service to Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk and Upshur Counties.

Potential applicants, builder/contractors, realtors, and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Topics include how 100% financing can be used to purchase an existing or newly constructed home in an eligible rural area, the requirements, areas that are considered eligible, and how to apply.

Please call the Henderson Area Office with any questions at (903) 657-8221, ext. 4.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. For information on this and other USDA Rural Development programs in Texas, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/tx.

Former Tatum teacher indicted for improper relationships with students
Posted April 9, 2016 by kgasradio |   

A Rusk County Grand Jury has indicted a former Tatum Middle School science teacher for allegedly having multiple improper relationships with students.

Kallie Boxell

Kallie Boxell

Kallie Lynn Boxell, 24, of Tatum, turned herself in to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and was released on $10,000 bond.

Boxell had resigned from her teaching position prior to Monday’s indictment. If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison.


TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline Tip Assists in Arrest of Suspect
Posted April 8, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Marvell Galloway, 60, of Carthage, Texas was arrested Tuesday in Sandusky, Ohio after Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand received an anonymous tip on Monday through the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline on where the suspect was located.

Marvell Galloway

Marvell Galloway

The tip came to Hand on Monday and provided detailed information showing the suspect was living in Sandusky, Ohio. Panola County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Ivy worked with Hand and Detective Sgt. Dana Newell of Sandusky, Ohio Police Department to locate and arrest Galloway.

Sgt. Ivy called the Sandusky Police Department Tuesday and asked them to assist Texas authorities. Sgt. Newell arrested Galloway within 30 minutes of the request.

Galloway is being held in the Erie County Ohio Jail on a preset $25,000 bond, awaiting extradition. He will be transferred to the Panola County Jail to post bond on the charge of theft of livestock of less than $100,000 with the likelihood of enhancement  to a 2nd degree felony of exploitation of an elderly person.

Authorities had searched for Galloway for approximately three years after he was accused of stealing four head of cattle from his employer, an elderly rancher in Carthage, Texas.  The victim was away from his property in Carthage for five days, and after returning he realized the cattle were missing from his herd. Hand helped the victim file a report with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department and TSCRA.

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake will facilitate the transfer of Galloway on his 1,047 mile return to Texas from Ohio to face justice in the court system. The person who provided the tip through the Operation Cow Thief hotline will be compensated.

“This suspect was arrested due to a tip from the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline,” said Hand. “This proves how well the system works and how valuable it is for citizens to communicate with authorities. TSCRA appreciates Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Ivy and Sandusky Police Det. Sgt. Dana Newell for their assistance with this arrest and supporting the ranching industry in the southwest.”

Carthage Book Club Literary Spring Event
Posted April 7, 2016 by easttexastoday |   

Gus & Martyn sep 2Carthage, TX – The Carthage Book Club’s Literary Spring Event will be held on April 21st at 10:00 AM at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Featuring Author Gae Lynn Woods with music by jazz guitarist Martyn Popey. This event is free to attend and refreshments will be served after the program.

Gae-Lynn earned Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University, and a Masters in Executive Leadership from the Gallup Leadership Institute at the University of Nebraska.

Born a Texas girl, Gae-Lynn worked in the financial services sector in the U.S. and around the world for almost two decades. She has traveled to over 35 countries and worked in North and Central America, Asia, India, Europe, and Africa.

Gae-Lynn lived in London with her husband, British jazz guitarist Martyn Popey for seven years before moving to a ranch in East Texas.

Martyn Popey began playing guitar in his teens. The discovery of 1950s rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly had a profound impact on his young ears. He couldn’t get enough of the playing of Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, James Burton and the like. He learned solos by ear and was soon gigging most weekends in a local rock ‘n’ roll band.

Through jump jive and swing, Martyn became intrigued with jazz, and especially jazz guitar. He decided to pursue a music career and began his education at Southeast Derbyshire College, studying both guitar and upright bass.

From Derbyshire, Martyn went on to Trinity College of Music in London where he studied jazz guitar with Dave Cliff, classical bass with John Bakewell, and jazz bass with Simon Woolf.

Bryan Anthony Performs To Packed House
Posted April 7, 2016 by easttexastoday |   

Murphy-Payne-Group- Bryan AnthonyCarthage, TX – Entertainer Bryan Anthony and his band performed before a packed house in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium at Panola College on Tuesday, April 5. Presented by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, Bryan Anthony and his band paid tribute to the American Songbook, classic musical numbers from the 1940’s and 1950’s Big Band Era.

Bryan Anthony has devoted his life to preserving the “Great American Songbook.” When not on the road with his quartet, Bryan regularly tours with the Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Glenn Miller Orchestras. His tours have taken him around the world where he puts his unique stamp on the greatest songs of the 20th century written by the greats such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, and Jerome Kern. All of the music in the program consists of songs– and stories of songs– mostly composed during the “Tin Pan Alley” days of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Bryan and his band provided an evening of music that pays homage to the life and times of the “golden age” of American songwriting.

“Bryan Anthony’s performance to the packed house at Q.M. Martin Auditorium was well received,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. “Panola College appreciates the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Murphy, which allows us to bring high quality performances to our community each year.”

Image: (L to R) B.F. and Mary Payne Murphy, Bryan Anthony, David Murphy, Ryan Elizabeth Murphy, John Murphy and Dr. Greg Powell. (Photo by Teresa Beasley)

Med Safe Now Available To Carthage Residents
Posted April 7, 2016 by kgasradio |   

MedSafeCarthage, TX – Carthage residents can now safely dispose of medications they no longer need by taking them to a Med Safe that’s located in the lobby of the police station.

The Med Safe was provided by Sharps Environmental Services of Carthage.

According to Assistant Chief Blake Smith,  by dropping off your unused medications instead of flushing them or throwing them in the trash, it will keep the drugs out of our water supply.

The Carthage Police Department is open twenty-four hours per day and you may come in anytime and dispose of your your unused medications.

Pictured from left to right: Chief of Police, Jim Vanover and Assistant Chief of Police, Blake Smith.

Carthage City Commission Names New City Manager
Posted March 28, 2016 by easttexastoday |   

Carthage, TX – The Carthage City Commission met in regular session Monday evening and named Steve Williams as Carthage City Manager, effective May 2nd.  Mayor Lynn Vincent commented, “Brenda Samford, who has worked for the city for over thirty years is retiring. We are going to miss her immensely, but we know Steve will do an outstanding job for us and we look forward to working with him.”

Williams currently serves as Vice President of Fiscal Affairs at Panola College. He is a graduate of Panola College with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University. He has served in his current position at Panola College since 2007.

Samford Honored as ETCOG Regional Citizen of the Year
Posted March 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

brendaCarthage City Manager Brenda Samford has been named the  Regional Citizen of the Year by the East Texas Council of Government.

According to a news release, this award is designed to honor a citizen of East Texas who has contributed to the well-being of the East Texas region. Samford has served the Carthage community in various capacities for 30 plus years, starting out at the age of 16 as a vocational education student in high school.

Samford has served in every capacity in City Hall from Water Clerk, to City Secretary, and became the City Manager on June 2, 2004.

Mayor Vincent states she has “always been a leader in working with private and governmental organizations within the community. Her vision has always helped to maintain good working relationships between other governmental and non-profit agencies.”‘

Samford currently serves on the:* TML Small Cities Advisory Council

* The Texas Municipal League Multistate Intergovernmental Employee Benefit Pool Board
* Deep East Texas Self Insurance Fund Board
* The East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Board
* Served East Texas Council of Governments as a member of the East Texas Economic Development District Board
* Vice President of East Texas Regional Development Corporation (issuing small business loans)
Listen to Executive Director David Cleveland’s comment by clicking here…LISTEN HERE

One Person Injured in Thursday Afternoon Accident on Highway 149
Posted March 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

AXTHURA one-vehicle accident on Highway 149 sent one woman to the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened south of Beckville shortly after 2:30. According to DPS Corporal David Tompkins, the accident involved a white 2013 Cadillac Ecalade driven by Kristy Nutt.

The DPS investigation reveals that Nutt was traveling northbound when she traveled onto the east improved shoulder, struck the guardrail, spun around, and then struck the guardrail once again before rolling several times. The vehicle landed upright in the northbound lanes of Highway 149.

Nutt was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage by ambulance where she was treated and released. Traffic in the northbound lanes of Highway 149 were temporarily blocked off while authorities investigated the accident scene.

Photo: Blake Holland KGAS



Panola-Harrison Electric Warns Customers of Planned Outages
Posted March 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

Panola-Harrison Electric customers will be temporarily without power over the weekend due to construction work. According to a letter from General Manager Kathy Wood, the Blocker Road, Gill, Elysian Fields, DeBerry, and Deadwood areas in Texas and the Logan and Logansport areas in Louisiana are expected to be impacted by the two planned outages. SWEPCO will be doing construction work at a substation located south of Marshall. The work is needed to support transmission line project to reinforce electric service reliability.

The scheduled outages are set to begin on Saturday, March 19th. The first outage will occur at approximately 4:00 a.m. and last for about three to five minutes. The second outage, when most of the work will be performed, will begin at approximately midnight and conclude four hours later at 4:00 a.m. on March 20th.

Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative apologizes for any inconvenience the power disruptions may cause, and thank customers for their patience and understanding.

Tiede Trial Set to Begin Next Month, Despite Defense’s Request for More Time
Posted March 16, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

btConvicted Carthage murderer Bernie Tiede was back in a Panola County courtroom on Wednesday ahead of his re-sentencing trial next month. The hearing was set to begin at 10 a.m, but did not get underway until nearly one hour later. Bernie Tiede himself was late to court, arriving at around 10:10 a.m.

Several motions were addressed in court, including one from Bernie’s defense requesting more time. Attorney Mike DeGuerin told Judge Diane DeVasto that the extra time was necessary to effectively review new evidence. DeGuerin said the evidence was obtained recently, but the state argued that the defense has had the evidence since September of 2015. Judge DeVasto denied the motion, but did say that Bernie’s defense could make a motion during trial for that particular evidence to potentially be excluded.

Wednesday’s hearing also gave some insight on how Bernie’s defense will make their argument next month. Attorney Jodi Cole said she believes Bernie’s victim, Marjorie Nugent, was using him to launder money.

courtThe hearing was the last of the court proceedings to take place in Panola County. A jury will be selected on April 1st from a panel of 1,000 potential jurors at the Henderson Civic Center. Opening statements in the re-sentencing trial are set to begin in Rusk County on Wednesday, April 6th.

Tiede was convicted in 1999 for the November 1996 murder of Carthage widow Marjorie Nugent. Her body was discovered by authorities in a freezer at her home in August of 1997. Tiede was sentenced to life in prison, but was released in 2014 after new evidence surfaced that might have resulted in a lesser sentence.

Members of the Nugent family were at Wednesday’s hearing, but could not comment due to gag orders from the court.

Photos: Blake Holland/KGAS

ACE Hardware Donates Utility Trailer to Center PD
Posted March 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Center Police Department is proud to accept a much needed donation from ACE Hardware.

ACE donated a utility trailer to the police department after learning that in the past, the department has had to borrow trailers in order to move recovered property, evidence, and equipment.

In a news release, Chief Jim Albers said the department appreciates having such a helpful business community in and around Center.

Gov. Abbott Declares State of Disaster in Several Texas Counties
Posted March 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: As flooding continues to impact parts of East and Southeast Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in the following counties: Angelina, Erath, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Sabine, San Augustine, and Tyler. The Governor also elevated the activation level of the State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin, and is urging Texans to stay on high alert and immediately heed any warnings from their local officials related to this severe flood threat.

“Flooding resulting from historic rainfall in East Texas is having a significant impact on residents,” said Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas continues to do everything it can to assist all the counties affected by this severe weather, and my thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted. I want to thank the first responders for their quick response to this disaster and ask that residents heed the warnings of local officials, particularly concerning evacuation notices.”