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.


SFA Alumni Hosts Panola County Student Send-Off
Posted July 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

sfaEach year, hundreds of Panola County students further their education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Thursday night, the Panola County SFA Alumni Chapter hosted a send-off for freshman and transfer students headed to the campus this fall. University President Dr. Baker Patillo says that students have a lot to look forward to in the new academic year.

“This is an exciting time at our university,” Patillo said. “We will have close to 13,000 students on campus this fall. And something that’s very exciting is as a result of the recent legislative session we are going to be building a new science, technology, and engineering building, that will cost about 46.4 million dollars. We’re also starting work on a new housing facility on campus, and also will be doing a student referendum in regard to athletics, to make improvements there. It’s going to be an important year for our students, and a very exciting year also.”

Patillo says that each year Panola College sends nearly 100 trasnfer students to SFA. Currently Panola County is ranked 27th out of 254 counties in regards to sending students to SFA.

 


Police Release New Details on Rollover Involving Vehicle on Test Drive
Posted July 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

Police have released new details on a Thursday afternoon rollover that involved a vehicle that was out on a test drive.

Updated: A vehicle belonging to Excel Ford in Carthage was involved in a rollover on Thursday afternoon while out on a test drive. The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m., near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and the northeast loop.

acc1According to Assistant Carthage Police Chief Blake Smith, the driver of the maroon 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling southbound on the loop at an unsafe speed when he came up behind another car and was unable to stop. The male driver then took faulty action and went into the median, over-corrected, and then skidded approximately 150-200 feet, hit a pipe rail, and flipped into the parking lot of McJunkin Red Man Corporation.

The black male driver of the vehicle, James Samuel Cherry, was able to escape without any injuries. Smith says the vehicle did sustain extensive damage.

According to the Excel Ford website, the pre-owned vehicle was priced at $14,995. Carthage Police continue to investigate.

Listen to the newly released details below…

 


Panola County Man Arrested For Misusing 911
Posted July 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

HEAD, CHARLESA Panola County man was arrested on Monday for misusing 9-1-1, after he falsely reported that three individuals were burglarizing his residence on Farm-to-Market Road 699.

Deputies with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and made contact with the man. A physical search of the home was conducted by Deputy Alan Smith and Constable Bryan Murff. The search revealed no suspects inside the home.

Following the initial incident, a second 911 call from the same residence and the same individual was made, reporting that there were once again three people inside his home who were burglarizing it.

Upon arrival, Lt. Joe Mims observed the complainant who was standing a at the end of his home against the woods. According to Sheriff Kevin Lake, when the complainant observed Lt. Mims he ran towards the back of the residence and threw something on the ground.

The object was discovered to be an RG .22 caliber revolver. The complainant continued to  look at the house saying, “I hear them in there,” pointing to the back of the home closest to the woods. Deputy Alan Smith arrived at this time and conducted another physical search of the residence, and was unable to locate anyone inside. Deputies observed the complainant sweating profusely and rambling in his speech. Deputies then placed the subject under arrest for Silent/Abusive Calls to 911.

The man was identified as Charles William Head Jr., 47, of Carthage. According to jail records, Head was released on Tuesday on a $1,500 surety bond.


Bridge Rails, Guard Rails to be Upgraded on Two Panola Co. Bridges
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Two Panola County bridges will soon have new guardrails, according to plans approved by the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We will be replacing the guard rails on the bridges and the metal beam guard fences leading up to the bridges,” said Kenny Icenhower, area engineer for TxDOT in Texarkana.

Bridges schedules for the upgrades in Panola County are on US 79 at Sabine River Relief and Hoggs Bayou.

CDM Holdings of New Boston, TX was awarded the contract for the construction project with a bid of $762,433.

Work on the project should begin in September and be completed by the end of this year, Icenhower said.


TxDOT: Super Load Part 2 Hitting the Road This Weekend
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

-prestographictrafficalert.jpg20140513The second “super load” being transported from the Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview hits the road at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and is expected to roll into Texas Sunday morning. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) advises motorists to avoid the route scheduled for the convoy.

“Super load” Part 2 is expected to enter Texas via US 79 at Panola at about 8 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 2, according to the carrier, Edwards Moving and Rigging. The transport is delivering a super long reflux tank from the port to the plant in Longview but will travel a slightly different route for a portion of the trip. The convoy of men and equipment will average 5 mph each day, reaching its destination Monday afternoon. The transporter, which measures about 285 feet long, 13 feet wide and 17.5 feet high, will have one truck pulling and one truck pushing the combined weight of 716,455 lbs.

Motorists are advised to avoid the route of the transporter for safety. Those who travel the route can expect delays and congestion. Law enforcement will be assisting the convoy along the route. TxDOT personnel will also monitor the movement through the area to ensure roadways are clear and that no maintenance issues develop from the heavy load.

Route and Timeline for Texas:

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 8 a.m. – Enters Texas at US 79 from Louisiana heading south

8:30 a.m. – Transporter passes through Panola

11 a.m. – Transporter enters Carthage where it will make a right turn onto US 79/Northeast Loop

12 p.m. – Transporter makes right turn onto US 79 toward Henderson

5 p.m. – Transporter stops in Henderson for the evening at Star Café.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 6:30 a.m. – Transporter continues on route from US 79 in Henderson

7 a.m. – Transporter turns right onto US 259 7:30 a.m. – Transporter turns right onto SH 322 towards Craig and Lakeport

12 p.m. – Transporter makes left turn onto SH 149 in Lakeport

3 p.m. – Transporter turn right onto SH 149 in Longview (just past Walmart)

3:30 p.m. – Transporter turns right onto I-20 S Frontage Road

4 p.m. – Transporter makes right turn onto Callahan Road at I-20


Marshall Police Seeking Information on Missing Teen
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

missingThe Marshall Police Department needs your help in finding a missing teenager.

Born Aug. 20, 1998, Mariah Anne Alvidrez was last seen July 10 in the East Grand/East Houston areas.

She is 5’3″ tall, weighs 120 pounds, has brown hair and hazel eyes.

If you have seen her or have information on her location, please call the Marshall Police Department at (903)935-4575.


Vehicle Involved in Rollover was on a Test Drive
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

acc2A vehicle belonging to Excel Ford in Carthage was involved in a rollover on Thursday afternoon while out on a test drive. The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m., near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and the northeast loop.

According to Carthage Police Chief Jim Vanover, the maroon 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS was traveling southbound on the loop when it left the roadway and skidded approximately 150-200 feet, hit a pipe rail, and flipped into the parking lot of McJunkin Red Man Corporation.

acc1The black male driver of the vehicle, James Samuel Cherry, was able to escape without any injuries. Vanover says the vehicle did sustain extensive damage.

According to the Excel Ford website, the pre-owned vehicle was priced at $14,995. Carthage Police continue to investigate.

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Two-Vehicle Accident Temporarily Blocks Traffic
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

minoraccA minor two-vehicle accident blocked traffic for a short period of time on Thursday morning. It happened just after 11 o’clock at the intersection of Wellington and South Saint Mary Street, involving a white Chevrolet Silverado hauling a trailer and a gray Chevy Cruz.

Officers with the Carthage Police Department did respond to the scene and were able to move the vehicles out of the roadway. A preliminary investigation reveals that the Chevy Cruz was struck on the driver’s side by the pickup truck after failing to yield the right-of-way.

No injuries were reported.


Funeral Services Set for Carthage Native Jack B. Strong
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

Jack-Strong-1438177355Funeral services have been set for former democratic state senator and Carthage native, Jack Boynton Strong.

Strong was born on February 18th, 1930 in Carthage. His father, Jack Garrison Strong, served as the county judge from 1926 to 1932.

Mr. Strong was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1962, where he served until his retirement in 1971. Strong represented Panola, Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties during his time in the Senate.

After leaving the Senate, Strong served on various state committees, boards and commissions, including chairing Lt. Governor Hobby’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Ethics Reform, the Regional Medical Program of Texas, and the Texas State Board of Education.

Memorial services for Strong have been set for 3 p.m., August 7th at First Methodist Church in Longview. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., August 6th at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel on Judson Road in Longview.

Strong passed away on Tuesday at the age of 85.

Photo: Rader Funeral Home

 


Center man wanted for burglary surrenders to authorities
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Center man wanted for burglary of a habitation has turned himself in. Authorities say Tony Pernell McCollister, Jr., 21, surrendered shortly after 6 pm Wednesday.

Tony Pernell McCollister

Tony Pernell McCollister

 

Authorities say he gave himself up to Sgt. Investigator D.J. Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

McCollister was booked into the jail on a warrant for burglary of a habitation, which is a second degree felony.

 


Beckville High Marching Band at band camp at ETBU this week
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Beckville High School Marching Band members are at band camp this week on the campus of East Texas Baptist University. Band director James Bogs says the students are learning and practicing and will give a special concert Thursday night

“We’ve been working real hard on our marches for our marching show this year. We’ll be playing “Peace Maker March” by King and “Invictus,” which is also by King. We’re having a good time learning a little bit more difficult music than we’re used to but these guys are taking it in stride and buckling down and sounding good and looking good,” Bogs said.

Bogs said they let the seniors teach the younger students how to march. The concert tonight is at 6 pm on the ETBU campus.


Harrison County deputies searching for suspects wanted on warrants
Posted July 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etherdge

Harrison County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two people wanted on warrants.

Cecillia Williamson, 46, is wanted for burglary and Deldrine Sanders, 28, is wanted for burglary of a habitation. Williamson’s last known address was in Harleton.

Sanders’ last known address was in Marshall.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Williamson or Sanders, contact investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division by calling 903-923-4000.


Some Texas counties implementing burn bans due to hot, dry weather
Posted July 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

 

From TSN

Burn bans are in effect in some Texas counties even with all the rain and flooding Texas had early in the spring and summer. Travis County now has an outdoor burn ban in place – the first of the year in that area. Fire Marshall Herschel Lee says the rain actually created the problem.

burn ban“Those rains allowed a lot of fine fuels such as grass, weeds, small trees to grow, but now the top eight inches of soil is lacking in moisture, so those fine fuels are drying out,”

He says local fire departments are reporting an increase in calls for out of control burns or roadside grass fires. Roadside grass fires are mostly caused by people tossing cigarettes out of the car window.

 


Authorities Seeking Information on Shelby County Vehicle Burglaries
Posted July 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

On Monday, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Cedar Creek subdivision in reference to several vehicle burglaries. Items stolen from the vehicles were firearms, purse, wallet, and cash. 

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don’t have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at 936-572-1468 or Investigator Kevin W. Windham at 936.572.1972. 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to remind the citizens of Shelby County to be sure to lock your vehicles at home as well as when you are away. Over the past few months we have been working several burglaries where the vehicles that were locked were left alone and the vehicles that were unlocked had items stolen out of them. Don’t make it easy for the thieves. We are living in desperate times where some people would rather steal than work for a living while they supply their drug habit. If anyone has any information in regards to the burglaries or if anyone has been approached to purchase items from someone please call the Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600.


Second Superload to travel through Panola County
Posted July 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

East Texas drivers listen up. A second “superload” is set to move through East Texas this weekend.

SUPERLOADKyle McAfee with Edwards Moving and Rigging says a long reflux tank will leave from The Port of Caddo-Bossier this Saturday at 6 am.

It will travel down Hwy. 79 heading south and will cross into Texas Sunday morning, Aug. 2.  The transporter will make a right hand turn on Hwy. 79 (the Loop) in Carthage and make a right on Hwy. 79 toward Henderson. It will stop for the evening in Henderson.

The convoy will take off again Monday Aug. 3 at 6:30 am and turn right on Hwy. 259, then right on Hwy. 322 toward Lakeport. From there it will travel on and take a right on Hwy. 149 in Longview then right on I-20 Frontage Road and a right on Callahan Road arriving at Eastman Chemical.

McAfee says the transporter will have one truck pulling and another pushing some 716,455 lbs. The equipment is nearly 285 feet long, about 12 feet wide and 17 feet high.

 


Center Crime Stoppers Seeking Man Wanted for Burglary
Posted July 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

TONYBlake Holland KGAS

Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Tony Pernell McCollister, Jr., 21 of Center. McCollister has an active warrant for Burglary of a Habitation, a 2nd Degree Felony.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don’t have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson.

If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Tony McCollister, Jr. of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a 3rd Degree Felony.


Panola County Authorities Arrest Man Wanted in Brazoria County
Posted July 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

hawesA man wanted on a warrant out of Brazoria County, Texas was arrested by deputies with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office this week.

According to Chief Deputy John DePresca, on Monday their office was notified by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office that while they were attempting to take a suspect into custody at the Brazoria County Courthouse the man fled authorities and could not be found. Officials believed the man had traveled back to his home on Highway 59 South in Panola County.

Because of the man’s violent background, Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake authorized that the Special Response Team to respond to the man’s home, along with Constables Mitch Norton and Bryan Murff.

Located inside the home was the Lyle William Hawes, 48, of Carthage. DePrescsa says although Lyles was armed with two large knives and a can of pepper spray he was quickly subdued and taken into custody.

According to jail records, the 48-year-old was arrested by Deputy James Ferris and charged pursuant to a warrant for violation of community supervision and possession of child pornography.

Hawes is currently being housed at the Panola County Detention Center awaiting transport back to Brazoria County.

Braozria County is located in southeast Texas, about four hours from Carthage.

Photo: Panola County Detention Center


Texans urged to stay prepared during hurricane season
Posted July 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is advising residents about the upcoming hurricane season and encouraging the public to begin preparing for any possible storms. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Rita as the Category 3 storm heads northwest toward the Texas and Louisiana borders“Adequate and advance preparation is one of the most significant ways Texans can help mitigate the unpredictable and dangerous nature of hurricanes,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Although residents along the Gulf Coast are the most vulnerable, storms can endanger communities far inland, and DPS is urging Texans to start taking precautions now for the 2015 hurricane season.”

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms. Because the strongest winds in a hurricane are not located precisely at the center, it is possible for a storm to affect conditions over land even if landfall does not occur.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and areas several hundred miles inland, and winds can exceed 155 miles per hour. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create storm surges along the coast, cause extensive damage from flooding and create dangerous rip currents.

Here are several measures residents can take now to prepare for potential storms:

  • Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
  • Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
  • Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
  • Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
  • Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.

For more information on these tips and other ways to prepare for the 2015 hurricane season, visit: www.texasprepares.org.


Medicaid/Medicare Agreement to be Terminated with Good Shepherd Medical Center
Posted July 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

The current Medicare/Medicaid contract with Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview is set to be terminated on Thursday, August 6th.

According to Bob Moos with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, due to ongoing and repeated immediate jeopardy citations of the Medicare Conditions of Participation, and continued noncompliance with Conditions of Participation that do not represent immediate jeopardy, Good Shepherd’s Medicare provider agreement will be terminated effective August 6, 2015.  No revisits will be conducted and no plan of correction is requested.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) conducted a revisit and full survey June 19, 2015, and identified that immediate jeopardy continued at the Condition of Participation for Patient Rights.  Patients were subject to the inappropriate use of chemical and physical restraints for staff convenience that resulted in a second patient being intubated to allow adequate sedation and to control unwanted behaviors.  There was also immediate jeopardy related to failure to provide a safe environment for patients on the dialysis unit that placed patients at risk of exposure to high levels of chlorine and exposure to harmful bacteria.

TDSHS also identified immediate jeopardy at the Conditions of Participation for Surgical Services and Infection Control.  Findings demonstrated the hospital failed to ensure surgical instruments such as scopes used to perform colonoscopy procedures were properly cleaned after each use, thus exposing patients to harmful bacteria; and the hospital failed to monitor all areas where sterile instruments were used including Labor and Delivery, Surgery, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab to ensure that proper sterilization procedures were followed.

On July 22, 2015, CMS issued notice of final termination of Medicare participation to Good Shepherd Medical Center, effective August 6, 2015, with concurrent newspaper notice.

Good Shepherd Medical Center is a 350 bed acute hospital, located in Longview, Texas, and deemed by The Joint Commission.

Click here to find the letter notifying Good Shepherd of the contract termination>>Termination Letter


First Baptist Church: “No immediate plans for acquired property”
Posted July 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

land clearingBeginning last year, the First Baptist Church in Carthage acquired approximately five city blocks adjacent to the church.

Starting this week, heavy machinery could be found clearing the property along South Saint Mary Street near Cotton Street. According to Pastor of Worship and Education David Yarbrough, right now there are no immediate plans for the acquired property.

“The land is being cleared for possible temporary parking and green space,” Yarbrough said. “The church has elected a Visionary Committee that is working on short term and long term options.”

land clearing 2The entire block, with the exception of the Post Office, was purchased by the church in 2014.