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 Plans Highway 59 Resurfacing in Harrison County
Posted July 1, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release:  A section of US 59 in southern Harrison County will receive new riding surface during the coming year according to plans approved in June by the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We will be resurfacing a 4.2-mile section of US 59 from Farm-to-Market Road 1186 to the Panola County Line,” said Paul Wong, area engineer for TxDOT in Marshall. “Repairs will be made to the existing pavement and then the entire roadway will be resurfaced.”

Madden Contracting Company, Inc. of Minden. La. was awarded the contract for the construction project with a bid of $4.9 million.

Work on the project should begin in August and take about a year to complete, Wong said.

Woods VFD Inviting Community to July 4th Fireworks Show
Posted July 1, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

flag-fireworksThe Woods Volunteer Fire Department Fireworks is set to host their annual fireworks celebration this Monday, July 4th at fire station.

Festivities get underway at 7 p.m. Fireworks will start at ‘dark thirty’ Activities for children will be available along with concessions.

The department is located at 208 County Road 425 in the southern portion of Panola County.

The show is funded through donations and any contribution is greatly appreciated. For more information call Jason Pitts at 903-693-1949 or Rodney L. Puryear 903-692-0941.

July 4th Closings in Panola County
Posted July 1, 2016 by Blake Holland |   
  • First State Bank and Trust Company convenience bank will be closed on Saturday, July 2nd and Monday, July 4th.
  • Panola National Bank closed on Saturday and Monday
  • Farmers State Bank drive-thru will be open as usual on Saturday from 9 to 1, although they will be closed on Monday, July 4th.
  • Sammy Brown Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th.
  • Panola County Courthouse and city offices closed on Monday also.

Have a closing you’d like to make the public aware of? Email us at info@kgasradio.com

Rusk and Harrison Sheriffs Wash Sheriff Lake’s Truck After Losing Mash Bash
Posted July 1, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

mash3Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool and Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price made good this morning on a lifesaving bet they made last summer involving the annual Mash Bash Blood Drive. The bet was that the sheriffs of the counties that lost would wash the winning county sheriff’s vehicle.

This year’s blood drive is set for Wednesday, July 6th and Thursday, July 7th from 11am to 7pm each day. The blood drive location will once again be inside the First Baptist Church activity building on South Market Street.

The goal of the annual drive is to boost the community blood supply during summer when blood needs can become urgent if blood donors are in short supply.

mash2Hanszen Broadcasting has hosted and participated in the event since it started 14 years ago. Once again, the sheriffs of Harrison, Panola and Rusk Counties are involved. The sheriffs are pushing the communities in their respective counties to give blood, so they can avoid donning jail attire once again while washing the winning sheriff’s truck. The hype has included each sheriff taking to his local radio airwaves to challenge the competition.

mash5While the competitive nature is an important part of Mash Bash, the annual blood drive has a history of turning out the donors needed to help maintain a sufficient summer blood supply.

Laneville Home Damaged in Wednesday Night Fire
Posted June 30, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Four Rusk County fire departments spent several hours on Wednesday night fighting a house fire in the Laneville community.

lanevilleAssistant Emergency Management Coordinator Patrick Dooley says it happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 1100 block Farm-to-Market Road 225.

When crews first arrived on scene, 50% of the home was discovered to involved in the fire. Dooley says the blaze was harder to fight because of the home’s solid roof, making it harder for crews to get inside the attic.

Crews from the Laneville VFD, Mount Enterprise VFD, Recklaw VFD, and the Henderson Fire Department battled the blaze for several hours.

Dooley says the residents were not at home at the time of the fire.

Mash Bash Blood Drive Planned for July 6th and 7th
Posted June 30, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The annual Mash Bash blood drive is set for Wednesday, July 6th and Thursday, July 7th from 11am to 7pm each day. The blood drive location will once again be inside the First Baptist Church activity building on South Market Street.

The goal of the annual drive is to boost the community blood supply during summer when blood needs can become urgent if blood donors are in short supply.

Hanszen Broadcasting has hosted and participated in the event since it started 14 years ago. Once again, the sheriffs of Harrison, Panola and Rusk Counties are involved. The sheriffs are pushing the communities in their respective counties to give blood, so they can avoid donning jail attire while washing the winning sheriff’s truck. The hype has included each sheriff taking to his local radio airwaves  to challenge the competition.

While the competitive nature is an important part of Mash Bash, the annual blood drive has a history of turning out the donors needed to help maintain a sufficient summer blood supply.

View Thursday’s Panola Pride with guest Charlotte Jordan of Carter Blood Care below.
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Two Dead After Drowning in Longview on Wednesday Afternoon
Posted June 29, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Two people are dead following a Wednesday afternoon drowning in north Longview.

According to Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary, it happened shortly before 2 o’clock at a home in the 1000 block of Coleman Drive.

Upon arrival, firefighters found one adult female still underwater. A female child had already been pulled from the pool. Crews immediately pulled the woman from the pool. Zackary says both were in cardiac arrest and transported to local hospitals.

Shortly after 2:40 p.m., both the child and the woman were pronounced dead. No foul play is suspected.

Listen to Fire Marshal Zackary’s comments here…

Lunch Benefit Set for Carthage Restaurant Owner
Posted June 29, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Carthage restaurant owner needs your help in the fight against cancer. Wanda Ehrmann, of Wanda and Renee’s Cafe, has been diagnosed with small cell lung cancer, after already beating skin cancer several years ago.

Her business partner Renee Pierce invites the community out for a lunch benefit this Friday from 10:30 until 1 p.m. at the cafe. For just $10 you can enjoy a hamburger, seasoned fries, along with drink and a dessert. Orders can also be made for delivery and carry out.

Money raised will go towards helping Ehrmann with her costly medical bills. The cafe is located across from Brookshire Brothers at 433 West Panola Street.
For more information on how to help call 903-694-9955.

First State Bank Launches New Online and Mobile Banking System
Posted June 29, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

First State Bank and Trust Company in Carthage is excited to announce that on July 11th they will launch a new and improved online and mobile banking system with new features and enhanced functionality.

In a letter to customers, CEO Jim Payne says the online banking experience will deliver the power and convenience customers need to manage their money more quickly, easily, and securely than ever before.

The new site will offer all of the same functionality you have been accustomed to while introducing great new features to enhance their digital experience.

Online banking users will enjoy:

– New, updated presentation. The site has been visually enhanced
with a clean look. Spend less time searching for information and more
time managing your finances.
– Online Enrollment
– Mobile Banking plus apps for iPhone and Android, also including
Mobile Deposit
– Person to Person Transfers are a fast way to send, request and
receive money using your smartphone, iPad or computer.
– Resetting passwords for immediate access 24/7
– Submitting stop payments
– Debit Card on/off feature will allow quick and easy control to
managing your debit card status.
– Integrated Bill Payment solution provided by iPay will allow you a
user friendly bill payment and presentment system making it easier to
manage your bills electronically all in one system.
– My Finance, A budgeting and account aggregation tool.

Should customers have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact FSB at 903-693-6606.

DPS Increases July 4th Weekend Traffic Enforcement
Posted June 28, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release:

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to make safe driving practices a priority during the July Fourth holiday weekend. From July 1 – July 4, DPS Troopers will join law enforcement from across the state in looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators.

“DPS is calling on Texans to help keep our roadways and communities safe by celebrating responsibly and using extra caution during Independence Day festivities,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “During the holiday weekend, Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers; and anyone who plans to drink alcohol should also plan to take alternate transportation or designate a sober driver.”

During the 2015 Fourth of July enforcement period, DPS Troopers made 496 DWI arrests, and issued 7,211 speeding citations, 1,156 seat belt/child safety seat citations and 1,007 no insurance citations. In addition, Troopers made 268 fugitive arrests and 187 felony arrests.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2015, 960 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 27 percent of the total number of last year’s traffic fatalities.

DPS offers the following tips for a safe July Fourth holiday:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Monitor weather conditions. In the event of inclement weather, avoid high water and use extra caution on roadways.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law…“Click It or Ticket.”
  • Be careful when driving off road since hot catalytic converters can ignite dry vegetation.
  • Do not use personal fireworks – attend sanctioned, professional displays instead.
  • Never toss a cigarette out of a car window, and don’t put cigarettes out on the ground.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and water handy if cooking outdoors or during a campfire.
  • Slow down or move over for tow trucks and police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law.
  • Also, move over a lane or slow down if you see a fellow motorist on the side of the road.

Marshall/Harrison County DWI Task Force Announces Increased Patrols
Posted June 28, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Marshall Police and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office will be out this holiday weekend with their newly formed DWI Task Force.

mpd hcsoAccording to Public Information Officer Justin Mills, the DWI surge will begin at 8 PM on Friday, July 1st and continue through 4 AM on Monday, July 4th. The Marshall Police Department and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department encourage people throughout the city and county to celebrate responsibly by having a plan in place to get home safely, before heading out to party, and certainly before consuming alcohol.

According to MPD Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa and Sheriff Tom McCool, the DWI task force will have “zero tolerance” for anyone found to be driving while intoxicated. Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa would like to remind everyone that if are going to be drinking this July 4th weekend, don’t drive.

The DWI Task Force was created in response to recent
DWI related fatalities in the northeast Texas region.

2016 John Ritter Tribute Showcase Finalists Announced
Posted June 27, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame has announced this year’s John Ritter Tribute Showcase finalists. The 30 contestants will compete for a $1,000 cash prize and also the opportunity to represent the TCMHOF at various concerts and events.

This year’s show is set for August 12th beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Those competing in the showcase on August 12th are:

Ahna Stacy
Alexa Grover
Amanda Jo Pynes
Amy Blackwell
Bailey Hull
Beverly Steiner
Callie Jo
Chase Dawson
Crystal Gregory
Dan Grambort
Darren Melton
Jennifer Marler
Hannah Dot Cook
Jami Pace
Kadie Lynn
Kaitlyn Anne
Kolton Hall
Kurtis Bell
Macy Dot Neal
Maddox Ross
Megan Arthur
Roger Rutherford
Ross Tyler Hodgson
Sarah Humphries
Scott Hampton
Summer Franklin
Tamara Mathers
Vanessa Carpenter
Victoria Ford
Zac Clifton

Gohmert Speaks at Panola County Republican Women Fundraiser
Posted June 27, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert was in Carthage over the weekend. He was the featured guest speaker at the Panola County Republican Women’s annual fundraiser at the Carthage Civic Center.

Gohmert’s appearance came just days after he confronted democrats during their house floor sit-in.

Also in attendance at Saturday’s fundraiser was GOP National Convention Delegate Butch Marsalis and Representative Bryan Hughes

Listen to the full radio story below…

Fiery Crash Kills Driver in Harrison County
Posted June 27, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

One man is dead following a fiery crash in Harrison County on Sunday afternoon.

crashIt happened around 3 p.m. just west of Fugler’s Grocery on Highway 154. The male driver of the vehicle has been identified as Dennis Wayne Johnson, 44, of Marshall.

According to DPS in Texarkana, Johnson was traveling westbound in a Nissan Maxima when he passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone while approaching a curve. The vehicle went off the eastbound side of the road, struck a tree, rolled over and was then engulfed in flames.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Photo: Reggie Cooper, MFD

Good Shepherd Selects Duke LifePoint Healthcare as Potential Partner
Posted June 25, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: The Good Shepherd Health System announced on Friday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to be acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare, subject to approval of the amended lease by the Gregg County Commissioners Court. The proposed acquisition would provide additional resources to help Good Shepherd enhance its services and thrive in the future.

This agreement is the result of a strategic planning process initiated by the Good Shepherd Health System’s Board of Directors and leadership team in August 2015.

As a first step, Good Shepherd will be working appropriately through the Gregg County Commissioners Court to amend its current lease for purposes of the acquisition. As part of the acquisition, Duke LifePoint has agreed to continue important community commitments outlined in the lease agreement with Gregg County, including indigent and charity care and 24-hour emergency services.

“Our Board of Directors followed a thoughtful process vetting several suitors before selecting Duke LifePoint as a potential partner for our hospital,” said Good Shepherd President and CEO Steve Altmiller. “Joining Duke LifePoint offers significant benefits to our patients, employees, physicians and community. It can provide Good Shepherd with sustainable access to capital and new resources, enabling us to navigate the challenges of health care today and strengthen our hospital for the future.”

Formed in 2011, Duke LifePoint is an innovative joint venture of Duke University Health System, a non-profit organization and one of the country’s foremost academic health systems, and LifePoint Health, a leading health care company dedicated to making communities healthier. The growing organization draws on the top-ranked patient safety and clinical quality systems of Duke and LifePoint’s operational expertise and experience in helping community hospitals succeed. It has a strong reputation for quality care, operations excellence and financial strength.

“We are confident joining Duke LifePoint will allow us to continue to advance health care services in East Texas for generations to come,” said Bill Huffman, chair of the Board of Directors for Good Shepherd Health System. “We believe Duke LifePoint is the right fit for our system, offering clinical expertise, financial resources and a strong commitment to providing the highest quality care for the community.”

As part of the proposed acquisition, Duke LifePoint has committed to making significant capital investments in technology, equipment and facility improvements. Also, as part of Duke LifePoint, Good Shepherd would become a local taxpayer, providing an important new source of tax revenue to support the local economy.

William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D., executive vice president of Duke University Health System, commented, “Good Shepherd Health System shares Duke LifePoint’s commitment to providing high-quality care and promoting a culture of safety and collaboration. We see tremendous opportunity for it to make an even bigger impact in the East Texas region and are pleased to be working through the next steps of our proposed relationship.”

The parties are now beginning a process of due diligence. They will negotiate the terms of a definitive agreement and begin state and federal regulatory reviews. Once completed, the transaction is anticipated to be finalized later this year.

“We are honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd as their preferred partner for the system,” said William F. Carpenter III, chairman and chief executive officer of LifePoint Health. “Duke LifePoint is committed to keeping quality care close to home, and we look forward to working closely with the talented team at Good Shepherd and together enhancing and expanding the exceptional work already taking place in their facilities.”

Duke LifePoint currently operates 14 hospitals in four states and a company that offers hospital-based catheterization labs and mobile catheterization services.

Marshall Man Dies Following Fatal Incident
Posted June 25, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Marshall police have now determined that a man who they originally thought was fatally wounded by a gunshot actually died after falling through a window.

Police have identified the man as 31-year-old Demarcus Perry.

Perry was found on Friday night lying unresponsive in his front yard. He was transported to the hospital where he later died due to his injuries.

SWAT was called in reference to another subject possibly barricaded inside the residence. The team made entry into the home but did not locate anyone.

Preliminary results of an autopsy indicate that Perry’s death was accidental. It is believed that he died from blood loss after falling through the glass window.

Barricaded Suspect Arrested Following Standoff with Longview Police
Posted June 25, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: On June 25, 2016 at 2:55 a.m., Longview Police were dispatched to an Unknown Problem in the 500 Block of Mamon Drive. Upon arrival Police were told that a white male, later identified as 31 year-old Sonny Dee Edwards, Jr. of Longview, had come to the home and gained access inside the house.

sonnygreggjailPolice were further advised that Edwards was under a protective order and was not supposed to be at that location. With the help of police, two females inside the home were able to escape through a bedroom window. Longview Police SWAT team and the Crisis Intervention and Negotiations team were activated and arrived at the scene a short time later.

Police learned that Edwards was in possession of several weapons inside the home and at one point fired several rounds at the Police robot causing major damage to the robot. Edwards continued to keep himself barricaded inside the home for several more hours. During this time Police were negotiating with him to come out peacefully.

At 10:36 a.m. Edwards agreed to surrender to Police peacefully. Edwards was taken into custody without further incident. Edwards was transported to the Gregg County Jail and charged with Violation of Protective Order and Criminal Mischief.

Fatal Gregg County Fire Started by Child, Determined Accidental
Posted June 22, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A fire that killed a three-year-old boy in Gregg County last week has been determined accidental in nature.

firelocationAccording to Gregg County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Josh Tubb, the fatal fire happened at approximately 2:30 p.m., on June 14th at a home in the 600 block of Victorian Oak. Investigators say the fire was caused by a child playing with an ignition source. The fire resulted in the death of three-year-old Ayden Bounds.

Three people were also transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

A GoFund me account has now been set up to help the family. As of Wednesday morning, $1,550 had been raised over the past week.

Find the page here>>>>https://www.gofundme.com/29jd45fs

Marshall Resident Killed in Sunday Morning Rollover
Posted June 21, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Marshall resident is dead after being thrown from his vehicle in a Sunday morning rollover.

Officials say Brandon Amie, 32, of Marshall was killed in a one-vehicle crash on Farm-to-Market Road 1997 around 4:15 a.m. on Sunday.

A preliminary investigation shows that Amie was traveling north on FM 1997, when for unknown reasons, his vehicle left the roadway. He over corrected, crossed the road and then ended up in a ditch. His truck then rolled over and ejected him.

Amie was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

MISD Teachers To Receive Pay Raise in 2016-2017
Posted June 21, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

According to a news release, all teachers in the Marshall Independent School District will receive a pay increase for the 2016-2017 school year, as the district has adjusted its teacher salary scale in an effort to be more competitive with area school districts.

The Marshall ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the district’s proposal for a teacher pay raise during Monday’s June board meeting. The new scale proposes an increase ranging from $1,600 per year for first-year teachers on the scale to as much as $5,500 as the high mark increase on the new scale in 2016-2017.

“Until this year, our pay scale had been frozen for several years, and this new scale will make our teacher compensation more competitive with other districts in our area,” said Britni Searle, MISD Human Resources Director. “These increases will provide an impact in our teachers’ monthly pay this upcoming contract year while hopefully helping MISD recruit and retain quality teachers in the future.”

The MISD teacher step scale had been “frozen” for five years prior to the scale being unfrozen this past school year.

The action on Monday by the MISD school board is the first in a wave of pay increases for MISD staff this summer, Searle said. While the teacher pay raise was approved Monday night by the board, the district is also working on a plan to provide a pay increase for every district employee for the 2016-2017 year.

Under MISD’s 2015-2016 teacher pay scale, a first-year teacher in MISD earned $35,400 per year. Beginning in 2016-2017, a first-year teacher will make $37,000 – an increase of $1,600, or 6.09 percent.

The maximum increase on the scale occurs in year 12, from $39,000 in year 11 to $44,500 for a teacher in year 12 on the scale, an increase of 14.10 percent.

The average teacher salary in MISD is now $45,128, an increase of an average of $3,811, or a 9.38 percent raise.

Other actions of note from Monday’s Board meeting included:

· Mr. Robert Lisman, Chief Appraiser for the Harrison Central Appraisal District, presented a report on this year’s appraisal process for property taxes.

· Mrs. Elizabeth Vaughn, of the firm of McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, shared a report on this year’s activities for collecting prior year taxes as well as penalties and interest owed to MISD.

· Trustees approved a donation of $15,000.000 from the Marshall Education Foundation for the purpose of compensating master teacher Dr. Robin McClaran.

· Trustees approved the district’s financial report for May.

· Trustees approved the formation of a Temporary Policy Committee for the purpose of examining MISD policies. The committee will present a report with any recommended updates or changes to the full board no later than the Sept. 19 meeting.

· Trustees approved a proposal for a demographic analysis and attendance zone planning from the Population Survey Analysts Company. PASA will assist MISD in creating new attendance zone boundaries for the district’s elementary schools for the Fall of 2017, when the new schools in the Legacy 2017 building program are ready for use.

· Trustees affirmed their unanimous vote to employ Dr. Jerry Gibson as Superintendent and to approve the Superintendent’s contract. Dr. Gibson’s official start date with MISD is Friday, July 1.

· Trustees approved the 2016-2017 Student Code of Conduct revisions and additions. The approved Student Code of Conduct will be available for download on the district’s website at www.marshallisd.com.

· Trustees approved the expansion of the MISD AVID program to include an AVID IV class at Marshall High School. The 2016-2017 school year will mark the first senior class for MISD’s AVID program. Trustees also approved expanding the AVID program to eighth grade students at Marshall Junior High.

· Trustees approved the purchase of a convection steamer and a dishwasher with booster heater at Marshall High School.

· Trustees approved passage of an order authorizing the issuance and sale of Marshall ISD Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016; levying a tax and providing for the security and payment the for the bonds; approving the sale of the bonds; and approving the purchase agreement and official statement.

The July meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m.. An Agenda Review for that meeting will be held on Thursday, July 14, at 12 p.m.