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.

Wintry weather forces delayed opening for schools
Posted March 4, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge/Blake Holland

A wintry mix of frozen precipitation is forecast for the Carthage area Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and that has caused some delays in the start of school.

winter weather

Carthage ISD is opening at 10 am, instead of 8 am Thursday. The buses will be running two hours late. Beckville ISD is also delaying opening two hours with a 10 am start time. Elysian Fields ISD is opening at 11 am Thursday. Panola Charter School will have a 10 a.m. start on Thursday, with teachers reporting at 9:30. Tenaha ISD delayed until 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Marshall ISD: Due to the forecast of inclement weather overnight, MISD delay the start of classes Thursday until 9:30 a.m.. Staff will report at 9.

Panola College is opening at 10:30 am on Thursday.

Sammy Brown Library is opening at 10 am Thursday.

Nana’s Playhouse will also open at 10 am. Kids Journey and Peppermint Fencer are both opening at 9:15 am Thursday.

The Panola County Junior Livestock Show will begin at 10 am Thursday instead of 8 am.

Carthage City Hall will open Thursday at 10 am.

TxDOT crews are currently applying brine solution to Panola County bridges and overpasses, in preparation for the predicted winter weather.

Stay tuned to KGAS News for further weather updates.


Bernie Tiede Pre-Trial Moved to March 31st
Posted March 3, 2015 by kgasradio |   

bernThe pre-trial hearing for convicted Carthage murderer Bernie Tiede has been moved from March 3rd to March 31st.

The request for additional time was made in a joint continuance motion filed by both Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson, and attorney Jodie Callaway Cole.

The motion states that more time is needed to investigates issues raised in a January motion filed by Bernie, regarding secret plea negations involving the son of his victim, Rod Nugent Jr.

According to the motion, the request for additional time was made not as a delay but to allow the ends of justice to be served.

LISTEN to Blake Holland’s report by clicking here…PRE-TRIAL DATE MOVED

Two steps, one sticker – Texas, what you need to know
Posted March 2, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Texas’ new Two Steps One Sticker inspection sticker program has gone into effect as of March 1st, 2015. Here is everything you need to know about the new guidelines from the Crime Prevention Guy.
Crime Prevention Guy

KGAS honors area FFA students during FFA Week
Posted February 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

This is National FFA Week, and KGAS has gone around to all the schools to talk the students who make up this incredible organization. Here are pictures of each school’s Future Farmers of America.

“Through FFA programs, members begin to discover their unique talents, their values, and their ambition in life. Programs provide them with the opportunity to travel, discover careers in agriculture, and develop their leadership skills.”

FFA events, like the State Convention and FFA Week, celebrate the amazing accomplishments of members, teachers and the agriculture industry. During FFA events, members receive awards and recognition for their hard work, and draw inspiration from the ideas and enthusiasm of their fellow, members, teachers and mentors.

KGAS salutes our local FFA students.

Posted February 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   



According to County Judge Lee Ann Jones, the Panola County Courthouse is CLOSED for the rest of the day.

According to County Judge Lee Ann Jones, the Panola County Courthouse is CLOSED for the rest of the day.

Superintendent Todd Greer: No delay or closure for Gary ISD on Wednesday.

Northside Christian Academy: CLOSED

Panola Charter School: CLOSED, all campuses

All Panola College locations CLOSED on Wednesday due to anticipated inclement weather.


Nana’s Playhouse/Learning Center: CLOSED

Kid’s Journey Daycare closing at 2 p.m. today.

Panola County Appraisal District closed at 11 a.m.

Tatum ISD CLOSED on Wednesday

Elysian Fields ISD has canceled classes.

Hallsville ISD has cancelled classes..

Marshall ISD has canceled classes.

Panola Charter School has cancelled classes on all campuses for Wednesday. This includes both Carthage and Marshall.

East Texas Baptist University CLOSED

Shelbyville ISD- CLOSED

Longview ISD: Closed on Wednesday

Panola Ponies basketball game for tonight has been canceled due to inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in Corsicana.

The Panola Fillies basketball game scheduled for tonight has been canceled. It has been rescheduled for tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Carthage High against San Jacinto.

All activities have been cancelled for tonight at:

Stillwaters Cowboy Church
Antioch Baptist Church
Galloway Baptist Church
Eastside Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
First United Methodist Church
Central Baptist Church
Hopewell Baptist Church

Carthage Missionary Baptist

Northside Church of Christ

No Awanas tonight at Southside Baptist Church

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick tells KGAS News Reporter Blake Holland that school officials are currently monitoring the weather.

Posted February 22, 2015 by kgasradio |   

WinterWeather2-400x300Blake Holland-KGAS News

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for most of the area from 9 p.m. this evening until 6 p.m. on Monday.

Precipitation will transition to a wintry mix beginning Sunday night as temperatures fall below freezing. Right now forecast models show that the winter precipitation will diminish by the late afternoon. But there is a chance for a second round on Tuesday morning.

This potential winter mix could cause problems on local roadways, and lead to school closings or delays. For the latest information stay with KGAS News both on-air and online. 


Funeral Services Set for Charles D. Holmes
Posted February 21, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Charles-Holmes-1424192288Funeral services for longtime Carthage ISD Board member, Charles D. Holmes will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21st at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery under the direction of the Gary Masonic Lodge #1101 A.F.& A.M.

Mr. Holmes served his profession as Regional President of the Texas State Teachers Association, and supported teachers and children through his 15 years on the Carthage I.S.D. as a member of the board. Mr. Holmes served as elder and member of the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. He was a Master Mason and member of the Gary Masonic Lodge #1101 A.F.&A.M., and served as a Shriner. Mr. Holmes served as a Chamber Ambassador, Interim head of Panola County Appraisal District, East Texas Council of Governments, Carthage Noon Lion’s Club, and MHMR Community Health Core. Such community involvement lead to his receiving the Citizen of the Year award and the Key to the City of Carthage in 2013.

Holmes is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Holmes of Carthage, son, Mark Holmes of CA and a daughter, Amy Holmes and husband Christopher Kueny of Alameda, CA, borther, Tommy Joe Holmes and wife Sally of Antioch Community.

Charles D. Holmes was 83.

Timpson ISD evacuated after gas leak on Wednesday
Posted February 18, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Timpson ISD evacuated school students Wednesday after a gas leak. School officials tell KGAS News, construction crews hit a gas line and caused a leak, forcing the evacuation of students.


Shortly before noon Wednesday, students were evacuated from the schools to the Baptist church nearby. The evacuation went quickly and smoothy, and buses began transporting students home at around 1 pm.

Parents were told about the gas leak and were given the option of picking up their children.  School officials have received the all clear and classes will resume on Thursday.

Carthage ISD Adopts Order Calling for May Bond Election
Posted February 16, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Carthage_ISD_LogoCarthage, TX- A May bond election for Carthage ISD has now been approved. The election was set for Saturday, May 9th, with early voting in both April and early May.

The approval of the election was just one of the many items on Monday night’s CISD board agenda.

Blake Holland was at the meeting and has more. Listen to the audio below….

Longtime ETPA instructor dies after battle with cancer
Posted February 16, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A longtime instructor at the East Texas Police Academy in Kilgore has died after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

Timothy Young passed away this morning. Tim had a hand in educating most every peace officer who graduated from the police academy at Kilgore College. Many of us have changed our Facebook profile picuters to the ETPA emblem with a black line across it.

Visitation for Tim will be Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Rader Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 pm Friday at Oakland Heights Baptist Church.

Tim has been a teacher at ETPA since 1999. Before that he was a deputy at Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and a peace officer with Longview Police Department. Tim taught many of the traffic law courses and emergency driving classes at ETPA.

He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

KGAS Spring Gospel Concert To Feature The Tribute Quartet
Posted February 16, 2015 by easttexastoday |   


Carthage, TX – Radio station KGAS  will present The Tribute Quartet live in concert on Friday March 20, 2015.  The event will be held at the Carthage Civic Center and will feature special guest:  The Calvary Boys and The Grounded Quartet.  Doors will open at 6:00 PM that evening with the concert starting at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door with children 12 and under admitted free.  For more information, call (903) 693-7176.

Sam Johnson 1937-2015
Posted February 13, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland-KGAS

Funeral services have been set for former Inter-Community Fire Chief Sam Johnson. Memorial services will be Thursday, February 19th at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Carthage.

Listen to current Fire Chief Nick Morton’s comments here…

Sheriff Kevin Lake: “Everything he did wasn’t for Sam Johnson, it was for the benefit of the community.”

Listen to Lake’s comment on the passing of Inter-Community Fire Chief Sam Johnson here…

Crews Search Sabine River for Woman Who Allegedly Jumped
Posted February 12, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Crews have concluded their search for a woman who reportedly jumped into the Sabine River Wednesday night off of the FM 1794 bridge.

Panola County Chief Deputy John DePresca tells KGAS News reporter Blake Holland that at this point the game wardens are comfortable that there is no body under the bridge.


State Rep. Chris Paddie named Legislator of the Year
Posted February 12, 2015 by kgasradio |   

State Representative Chris Paddie has been named Legislator of the Year by the East Texas Council of Governments at their annual reception held on February 11th.

Legislator of the Year Award

“I am honored that our local leaders have selected me as the Legislator of the Year. I have always made it a point to work closely with our county judges, mayors, and community leaders, and to receive this award from them is truly humbling,” said Rep. Paddie.

The Legislator of the Year award recognizes a Texas legislator who has demonstrated valuable and dedicated service to regional cooperation. Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor was on hand to present Representative Paddie with the award.

Award Presentation

“It is my pleasure and honor to present Rep. Paddie with this award. After having worked with Rep. Paddie and having seen his hard work, dedication, and responsiveness to the people of East Texas, it was my privilege to nominate him for this award. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Chris to serve all of our constituents in the most efficient and effective way possible,” remarked Judge Taylor.

Rep. Paddie is serving his second term in the Texas House of Representatives, where he represents District 9, including Cass, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Shelby, and Sabine Counties. 

Rep. Paddie is the Vice Chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee. He also serves on the Transportation and House Administration committees.

Click here for Elaine Etheridge’s interview with State Rep. Chris Paddie


One person injured in two-vehicle collision in Carthage Wednesday
Posted February 11, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

One person has been injured in a two-vehicle collision that happened Wednesday afternoon in Carthage.

KGAS owner Jerry Hanszen responding to the scene says it appeared that a Direct TV vehicle collided with another vehicle on South Shelby Street and West Wellington in front of First United Methodist Church.

photo: Blake Holland

Hanszen reports one person was taken to East Texas Medical Center, Carthage, for treatment of injuries suffered in the accident. That collision occurred a little after 3 pm. Traffic was blocked at South Shelby and West Wellington in front of the church while wreckage was being cleared.

Photo: Blake Holland

Anonymous tip lands Rusk County man in jail on felony drug charges
Posted February 11, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Rusk County man, who was arrested on a failure to pay child support warrant, wound up being slapped with felony drug charges. Sgt. David Roberts with Rusk County Sheriff’s Office says an anonymous tip lead authorities to Justin Heath Barker, 41, of Mount Enterprise.
drug arrest

Barker is now charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance as well as failure to pay child support.

“On Feb. 3rd at approximately 9 am that morning, we received a call from Constable Tim Barton, Precinct 3, down in Mount Enterprise. He informed our deputies that he had received a tip on an individual at an RV Park at the Crater. He was at a school and was unable to go himself to check it out, so our investigators went down, made contact with the individual. There was also at that same time a disturbance call about the same location they were headed to. Once they arrived on the scene, the deputies ID’d the gentleman that was there, found him to have a warrant out for nonpayment of child support, so they arrested him for that warrant, once they arrested him, they went to check him, his person, pockets and things. That’s when they discovered the 11 grams of methamphetamine on him. That was a felony charge. Anything greater than 2 grams is a felony charge,” Sgt. Roberts said.

It’s the roaring twenties at Panola College Gatsby Gala fundraiser
Posted February 10, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The Panola College Foundation held its first annual gala fundraiser on Jan. 31st with a Gatsby inspired theme. The Gatsby Gala brought in almost 100 Panola College supporters dressed in 1920′s attire and raised over $12,000.

The goal of the evening, which took place in the M.P. Baker Library, was to help raise funds for the Foundation’s Floating Granite Fountain campaign, which will mark the occasion of the new Health and Science building currently being constructed.




Panola College Plans 5K Run/Color Run
Posted February 10, 2015 by kgasradio |   

runOn Saturday, March 28th, Panola College will host its annual 5K run to benefit the Panola College Foundation Endowment. This year the college will feature a color run, along with its traditional 5k, to commemorate the fifth year of community support. The event will be held at Panola College in front of the Phoebe Sue Perlman Student Center. The competitive 5K run will begin at 8:45 am. It will be followed by the 5k color run at 9:00 am.

Individuals can register for the events by visiting the “Panola College 5k Color Run” on the webpage Active.com. The cost for either run is $30.00. Each runner will receive a free t-shirt and gift bag. Prizes will be handed out for the top performers. Early packet pick-up for registered runners will be on Friday, March 27, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Student Center. Runners must register online before Tuesday, March 24th. Later registration will take place from 7:00 – 8:15 am on the day of the run and will not include a free shirt.

The 5K run is conducted by the Panola College Student Government Association, and all the proceeds from the run will be used by the College Foundation toward student scholarships, classroom equipment, and other capital improvements to the college.

Fair Play/Clayton Boil Water Orders Lifted
Posted February 9, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland- KGAS

Two Panola County water systems have lifted their boil orders. On Saturday, the boil water notice issued for residents in the Fair Play community was lifted, along with a 2nd order issued by the Clayton Water Supply.

Both water systems have taken the necessary corrective actions and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling.

One-Vehicle Accident Sends Beckville Teen to Longview Hospital
Posted February 9, 2015 by kgasradio |   

accidentBlake Holland- KGAS News

A 17-year-old Beckville boy was transported to a Longview hospital on Sunday night after he collided with a power pole on FM 124.

According to Beckville Fire Chief Robert Fite, the young man had swerved to avoid a deer. Upon arrival, he was knocked unconscious but eventually became responsive and was able to speak with officers about the accident.

Listen to the full update here…