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.

Carthage police investigate Sunday accident caused by dog
Posted February 8, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Sunday afternoon crash in Carthage is being blamed on a dog that ran out in front of the driver.

Assistant Police Chief Blake Smith said the crash happened on South Market Street just south of Wellington behind the post office at around 3 pm. A 2016 sliver Ford Escape was traveling south on FM 10 (South Market) and the driver advised that a dog ran out in front of him and he swerved to miss the dog but went off the roadway, jumped the curb and struck an AT and T utility pole.

The pole was broken and did extensive damage to the vehicle. Smith said the driver was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage to be checked out., AT and T responded and replaced the pole and re-attached the fiber optic cable that was running across Market Street.

Smith said the road was barricaded for most of the day because the fiber optic line was hanging down about 6 feet over the roadway. The road was finally reopened at around 2 am.

Swap Shop Rules Defined
Posted February 3, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Here are the newly announced rules for Swap Shop on both KGAS and KPXI: 

1)No firearms

2)Four items only

3)No businesses or services, even those seeking a service

4)Calls limited to only 30 seconds

5)Turn your radio down to prevent feedback

Failure to follow these rules will result in your call not being aired on the Swap Shop program. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for being a loyal Swap Shop listener and participant.

Swap Shop airs Monday through Friday from 9 to 10 on KGAS 104.3 FM in Carthage and KPXI 100.7 FM in Henderson.

Five people injured in 2 separate wrecks on Hwy. 149 at CR 202
Posted January 28, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage fire fighters were called out to two separate accidents with multiple injuries on Hwy. 149 at County Road 207 near Riderville Thursday morning. Two people were trapped inside separate vehicles and fire fighters used the “jaws of life” to free them.

Photos courtesy of Amy Moreno.

Air One was dispatched to the scene to life flight multiple victims to area hospitals. Two ambulances were also sent to transport injured people to hospitals.

The roadway was shutdown for a while as emergency crews worked to clear the scene.

Click here for KGAS interview with fire figher Randy Liedtke

Randy Liedtke

Check out these videos of Air One landing and taking off from Hwy. 149 at CR 207 to transport multiple victims to area hospitals.








Beckville High cheerleaders place 2nd in U-I-L competition
Posted January 25, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The Beckville High cheerleaders have taken second place at U-I-L competition last week.

Principal Phillip Works said the cheerleaders traveled to Arlington on Jan. 14th to compete in the first U-I-L state spirit compeition against 28 teams in division 2A.

Beckville placed second. A school had to be in the top 20 to make it to the finals.

The areas of competition were fight song, cheer and band dance. Congratulations to the Beckville High cheerleaders.


Pictured are back row: Hannah Humphries, Riley Seegers, Keera Brown, Jordan Tondreau. Front row: Keri Dixon, Haley Gregory, Caroline Develin, Kinley Pepper

Rock Hill Water Supply boil water notice lifted
Posted January 25, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Rock Hill Water Supply Corporation has lifted the water boil notice for customers who live on or off Hwy. 59, FM 124, and east of the Rock Hill plant on FM 1794.

water boilThe notice was issued on Jan. 20th due to electrical trouble. The system has taken the necessary actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or  bacteriological quality and has provided the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling.

If you have questions, contact Wade Allums at 903-678-9073.

Carthage Fire fighters respond to fire involving hoverboard
Posted January 23, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage Fire fighters responded to a call of a fire at house located at 904 Greenbriar Saturday morning.

hoverboard picFire fighter Jake Vanover tells KGAS News says a report of a hoverboard fire came in at around 10 am Saturday.

“Upon arrival the fire was out on the hoverboard. It was outside of the home. Carthage fire units used a fan to blow smoke out of the home and documented the scene, and after that we cleared and headed back to the station,” Vanover said.

“The homeowners said they had the hoverboard charging on the wall when they heard a pop and came in and saw the fire.”

Weekly Roadwork Report – TxDOT Atlanta District for Jan. 24-30
Posted January 23, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Bowie County

US 259 – At Red River north of De Kalb, constructing new bridge.
IH 30 – From SH 8 to Anderson Creek, repairing pavement and installing new guard rails. Various lane closures.
US 82 – From IH 30 near New Boston to DeKalb, widening highway. Various lane closures.
FM 2253 – From IH 30 to US 82 at Leary, widening highway and overpass.
US 59 – From FM 2148 in Bowie County to FM 3129 in Cass County, converting pavement to concrete on the northbound lanes. Traffic restricted to one lane each direction in the southbound lanes. New northbound lanes expected to be opened sometime this week.
Camp County


Cass County

US 59 – From FM 2148 in Bowie County to FM 3129 in Cass County, converting pavement to concrete on the northbound lanes. Traffic restricted to one lane each direction in the southbound lanes. New northbound lanes expected to be opened sometime this week.
SH 77 – From FM 251 to FM 1841 in Atlanta, widening highway.

Harrison County

US 59 – At Loop 390, reconstructing intersection for concrete pavement. Traffic restricted to one lane each direction.
FM 450 – At Little Cypress Creek, replacing bridges and relocating roadway.
FM 450 – At IH 20 south of Hallsville, widening bridge and approaches.

Marion County

US 59 – At FM 2208, reconstructing intersection for concrete pavement. Traffic restricted to one lane each direction.

Morris County

IH 30 – From Titus County Line to Bowie County Line, repairing pavement and installing new guard rails. Various lane closures.

Panola County

US 79 – At Sabine River Relief, upgrading old guard rail.

Titus County

IH 30 – From Franklin County Line to Morris County Line, repairing pavement and installing new guard rails. Various lane closures.

Upshur County

SH 155 – From south of Sabine River to US 80, replacing bridges and widening roadway.

Editor’s note: This is a schedule of work being planned for the dates noted above. Weather conditions and unforeseen problems can cause delays or cancelation of work. For more information about construction projects, contact Marcus Sandifer, Public Information Officer, TxDOT Atlanta District, 903-799-1306, marcus.sandifer@txdot.gov.

Three indicted on federal kidnapping charges for kidnapping Carthage man
Posted January 22, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales has announced the indictment of thee men charged in a kidnapping conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

gavelCory Carnell Mitchell, 27, of Tenaha, Gary Eugene Cutright, 21, of Zwolle, LA., and Quannell Newton, 35, of Many, LA., have been named in the three count indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury late Jan. 20.

According to the indictment, in early December, Mitchell, Cutright, and Newton conspired to kidnap an individual and transport the victim from Louisiana to Carthage. The victim was shot twice during the kidnapping, but survived.

If convicted, the defendants each face up to life in federal prison for the kidnapping and minimum of 10 years for the firearms violation.



Carthage police arrest 3 suspects in robbery and shooting
Posted January 20, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage police have arrested three suspects on federal warrants for the robbery and shooting of a Panola County man, who was found lying in the roadway in the 300 block of West Panola Street on Dec. 7th.

Carthage Police Chief Jim Vanover says Shepherd told police he had been robbed and shot and had jumped from a moving vehicle. He was airlifted to a Tyler hospital for treatment.

Vanover said the crime originated in Louisiana, so federal arrest warrants were issued.

Gary Levon Cutright, of Zawali, Louisiana, Corey Cornell Mitchell, of Tenaha, and Quanelle Terarri Newton of Many, La.. have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping.

The suspects are in federal custody.

Center Police arrest suspects for stealing newspaper machines
Posted January 20, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police have arrested two Center man for stealing newspaper machines from Center and San Augustine.

newspaper1 newspaper2According to a news release from Center Police, Tevin Garrett, 23, and Jeremy Edwards, 35, have been charged with theft after allegedly stealing three newspaper machines from three different locations in Center, a Light and Champion machine and two San Augustine Tribune machines from San Augustine.

Authorities say the machines were retrieved from a creek off FM 138 and off the northeast overpass on the new loop 500.

The incident happened on January 8th. Three machines were taken from Brookshire Borthers, Tec-Co Gas Station and H&S Foods. That same day, someone took the newspaper stand from Shelbyville Grocery and two stands from San Augustine.

Investigators say Garrett confessed to stealing the machines after an informant tipped off authorities. He also identified the other suspect, Edwards, who also confessed, detectives say.


Junior Fillies Club Program Is Set To Begin
Posted January 18, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Jr. High volleyball players in the 6th through 8th grade are being offered a chance to join the Junior Fillies Club, a weekly program that includes detailed instruction and game situations. The program will be every Monday night from 6 to 7 pm and will begin February 1st and run through April 25th. All instruction will given by Panola College volleyball coaches and student athletes. Cost is $50 per player and waivers can be obtained at www.panola.edu.

Superior Grill in Shreveport back open after Saturday morning fire
Posted January 16, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Superior Grill restaurant in Shreveport is back open after a fire Saturday morning.

FIRE_ICON_imagesThe restaurant opened back up by 11 o’clock Saturday morning after fire broke out in the kitchen earlier in the morning. Shreveport Fire fighters were called to the restaurant in the 6000 block of Line Avenue after fire broke out in the kitchen at around 8:30.

According to firefighters, the fire started while employees were cooking on a stove. The fire reportedly traveled up the stove hood.

A Superior Grill manager told KGAS News they were open for business a few hours later.

Two employees were inside at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Panola County Home Destroyed in Thursday Night Fire
Posted January 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

woodhousefireTwo Panola County fire departments worked on Thursday night to contain a fully-involved house fire. The fire broke out around 8:15 p.m, at a home on County Road 150, off of Highway 79 South.

According to Assistant Clayton Fire Chief Bryan Murff, all occupants were able to get out of the wood-frame house before the fire spread.

EMS was dispatched to the scene and transported one man to the hospital on an unrelated medical issue. Crews from both the Beckville VFD and the Clayton VFD battled the blaze for over two hours.

fire`Officials believe that several oxygen tanks inside the home exploded in the fire. The cause of the blaze is currently unknown. The home was a total loss.

The homeowner, Willie Robinson, tells KGAS News that he’s lived in the home with his wife for over 30 years and raised all of his children there. He did have insurance on the house.

Clothing donation information:

Willie- XL shirt, pants 38,32, shoes size 13

Ruby- XL shirt, 14/16 pants, shoes size 9.5

Correy -2X shirt, pants 38/32, shoes size 12

JaCoby- Medium shirt, 30/30 pants, shoes size 10.5

If you have items to donate please call Swanda Williams at 903-399-8518.


Homeowner Catches Burglary in Progress, Holds Suspects at Gunpoint
Posted January 14, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

burglThe Panola County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals on Wednesday after they were caught burglarizing a vacant home near the Panola-Rusk county line.

According to Sheriff Kevin Lake, dispatchers received a 911 call from the homeowner on Farm-to-Market Road 1251 who reported a burglary in progress. The homeowner also said he had both suspects held at gunpoint.

mug1Upon arrival, a white female and a white male were taken into custody without incident. They were identified as Darla Lyn Klecker, 56, of California and Toby Glen Bryant, 44, of Arizona. Despite the out-of-state addresses, Lake believes the residents are both currently residing in Rusk County.

Lake says several items from inside the home were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Deputies also recovered suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana.

mug2Both suspects were booked on charges of burglary of a building, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.


Texas Rangers Rule Center Jail Death a Suicide
Posted January 14, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

The Texas Rangers have ruled the death of inmate at the Center Police Department Jail a suicide. According to DPS Spokesperson David Hendry, the inmate was found dead in in his cell back on December 28th.

The inmate has been identified as Sammie Smith, 39, of Logansport, Louisiana. Smith allegedly hung himself with a towel.

According to jail records, Smith was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Four-Year-Old Child Involved in Four-Wheeler Accident
Posted January 14, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

A four-year-old girl involved in a four-wheeler accident on Wednesday evening suffered only minor bumps and bruises, according to her mother.

The accident happened at a residence on County Road 212, off of FM 124 around 5:45 p.m. The girl was transported by private vehicle to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage.

The child’s mother tells us that she is now home and resting. The girl was riding with her mother at the time of the accident.

Emergency Crews Respond to One-Vehicle Crash on FM 123
Posted January 13, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

ax1A one-vehicle accident in the Centennial community sent out emergency crews on Wednesday.
The accident happened just before noon on Farm-to-Market Road 123 near the state line.

According to DPS Trooper Joey Pace, the driver of a 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling west on FM 123 when he had a blowout and went off the roadway. The truck then plowed through a fence and ended up in a wooded area.

ax2Trooper Pace says the 61-year-old male driver was surprisingly not injured in the crash. EMS was dispatched to the scene to check the man out just as a precaution.

Traffic was temporarily down to one lane while officials worked the accident scene.

New Year, New Ride for CISD Police Department
Posted January 13, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

crv1Carthage ISD Chief of Police Chris Hardy is excited to announce that the district’s police department has a new way of getting around. Hardy tells KGAS News that the department recently began using a new Campus Response Vehicle, or CRV, for the purpose of added visibility and mobility.

The CRV is designed, built and only sold to law enforcement agencies. Hardy says it will provide the department with a quicker response time and more visibility to CISD students and staff. Hardy says the new vehicle is also less intimidating to students than a typical police cruiser.

crvThe CRV is legal for law enforcement to drive on streets posted at 35 mph or under and comes standard with street legal requirements.

The new vehicle will be used not only on a daily basis around CISD campuses, but also at extra-curricular activities such as football games. Hardy says that other law enforcement officers who are contracted out for extra patrol during after-school activities will also have the ability to use the CRV.

Listen to the full interview here>>>Chief Hardy on the New CRV


Wolfe Remains Timpson Mayor Following Tuesday Council Meeting
Posted January 13, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Blake Holland KGAS

tmIn a meeting that lasted less than 10 minutes, the Timpson City Council voted to leave Ronnie Wolfe as town Mayor through May.

Last week, Wolfe was appointed as mayor following the resignation of former Mayor Debra Smith in December.

But the appointment came after Wolfe had already made a motion for community member Marvin Jackson to serve as mayor. That motion was seconded, but City Secretary Leslie Leathers said the appointment had to be made from the council. In the time since that meeting, Leathers discovered that the motion originally made by Wolfe was in fact legal. Although, she also learned that Wolfe’s vote from himself ay interim mayor was not legal.

That led to Tuesday night’s special meeting where the appointment of mayor was revisited. But even with the ability to appoint someone else as mayor, the council decided to make no changes and leave Ronnie Wolfe as Mayor.

Listen here>>>Council Votes

With the decision to not made any changes, the second item on Tuesday’s agenda to appoint a new Mayor Pro-Tem was no longer necessary. Councilman George Willis Grace was appointed to that seat last week and will continue to serve through May.

The council only has four meetings left until the May 7th election.


Harlem Ambassadors Set to Perform in Carthage
Posted January 13, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release:

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Carthage for a game at Carthage High School gymnasium on January 25th at 6:30 P.M. Doors will open at 5:30 and the CHS Key Club will provide concessions.

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play. They want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too, and they invite as many kids as possible to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff they do.

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem-style” basketball teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding Harlem Ambassadors shows as community fundraising events. For this event the Ambassadors have partnered with the Carthage Kiwanis Club to help raise funds for scholarships.

The Harlem Ambassadors have worked extensively with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and American Red Cross as well as Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs in communities throughout the U.S., and perform more than 200 shows a year. Those shows have helped raise millions of dollars – an accomplishment of which Ambassadors’ President Dale Moss is very proud.


Students $5

Seniors $5

Adults $6

Kids 4 and under admitted FREE