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.

Panola County Jury Finds Kilgore Man Guilty of Indecency with a Child
Posted May 26, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Kilgore man has been found guilty of molesting an 11-year-old child and is set to be sentenced to time in prison next week.

Jones, Lewis LavonOn Monday, a jury was selected for the State of Texas vs. Lewis Lavon Jones. Jones, 53, of Kilgore was charged with molesting an 11-year-old child following an investigation by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. Testimony concluded on Wednesday and the jury deliberated approximately three hours before returning a guilty verdict.

Judge Terry Bailey is set to sentence Jones on Tuesday, May 31st at 1 p.m. He faces a range of punishment from 5 to 99 years or life in prison.

Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson commended the 11-year-old child’s courage to take the witness stand and also thanked the jury for their work.

“We are one step closer today to removing a child predator from our streets.” Davidson said.

Two-Vehicle Crash on HW 149 Slows Traffic on Wednesday
Posted May 26, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A two-vehicle crash on Highway 149 in Beckville sent several people to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened around 4 o’clock in front of the Beckville Sunset Elementary involving a maroon Ford Escape and a silver Nissan Altima.

According to DPS Trooper Kaleb Bullock, the driver of the Ford had braked when a car pulled out in front of them. The Ford was then struck from behind by the Nissan.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan were transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage with minor neck and back injuries. The passenger inside the Ford was also transported to the hospital by private vehicle for neck pain.

Traffic on Highway 149 was temporarily slowed while officials worked the accident scene.

Forecasters Predicting Rainy Holiday Weekend
Posted May 26, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Shreveport are predicting several inches of rainfall across the area through Monday.

NWS Meteorologist Davyon Hill expects the scattered showers and storms to begin moving into the area on Thursday afternoon. Rain chances will then carry over into Friday with the possibility of isolated thunderstorms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the area under a slight risk for severe weather on Thursday and a marginal risk on Friday.

Rain chances decrease by Saturday evening, leaving us with only a 20% chance of precipitation on Sunday. Although, the chance of isolated summertime showers and storms increases to 30% as we head into Memorial Day.

Primary Runoff Election Results
Posted May 25, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Unofficial final totals from both Panola and Shelby counties in the race for 123rd Judicial District Judge:

Leann Rafferty –2,285
Mike Parker –1,961

Unofficial final totals in the race for Panola County Commissioner Pct. 3:

Craig M. Lawless — 306
Frank R. Langley Jr. — 274

Railroad Commission

Wayne Christian — 192,599

Gary Gates — 185,887

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 5

Mary Lou Keel — 185,257

Ray Wheless — 178,272

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 5

Scott Walker — 207,195

Brent Webster — 150,722

State Board of Education, District 9

Keven M. Ellis — 36,842

Mary Lou Bruner — 25,420

State Senator District 1

Bryan Hughes — 27,348

David Simpson — 12,105

-Democrat Ballot-

Texas Railroad Commissioner

Grady Yarbrough — 101,401

Cody Garrett — 86,683




UPDATED: Shelby County Authorities Capture Escaped Inmate
Posted May 25, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

UPDATE: Suspect captured at 11:12 a.m, in the area of Highway 7 East in Center.

Authorities in Shelby County are actively searching for a jail trusty who escaped earlier this morning.

inmateAccording to a news release, at approximately 6:08 a.m. Giovani Angel, an inside trustee at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, escaped while putting trash out. Angel was in jail on city charges of arson and burglary of a building.

Angel is described as a 19 year-old Hispanic male, medium build, 5’10 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a mow-hawk haircut. Angel was last seen in the area of Pine Street in all black clothing and carrying a black backpack. His last known address was on Park Street in Center.

If anyone has information on the location Angel, they are urged to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598- 5601 or the Center Police Department at 936-598- 2788.

City Commission Approves Speed Limit Reduction
Posted May 24, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

cityMonday evening, the Carthage City Commission got together in regular session. Items on the agenda included the administering of the oath of office for City Manager Steve Williams and City Secretary Dana Clark.

The commission also approved an agreement with KS engineers for a study of waste-water treatment plant improvements.

An ordinance was also passed that will reduce the speed limit to 35 mph on West Panola in front of Carthage High School during school hours.

Find a copy of the ordinance here>>>ORD 2016-04 SPEED LIMIT CHANGE-2

Local Law Enforcement Sponsoring Church Safety Presentation
Posted May 24, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Safe to Worship: Protecting Your Congregation

June 7th from 6 until 8 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage.

Reservations can be made by calling the Panola County Chamber of Commerce at 903-693-6634. The presentation will be made by Robert Bob Hurst with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office.

This event is sponsored by the Carthage Police Department, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office, and the Panola County Chamber of Commerce.

Listen to CPD Chief Jim Vanover discuss the program by clicking here>>>Church Security

City of Carthage Steps Up Mosquito Spraying in Response to Zika Virus
Posted May 23, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Health officials on Governor Abbott’s Zika task force have recently expressed concerns about a possible Zika outbreak across Texas.

Carthage City Manager Steve Williams says that this year’s spraying for mosquitoes started earlier than usual in an effort to help decrease the local mosquito population.

“We started spraying 30 days earlier than we usually do and we’ll spray about 30 days later than we normally do,” Williams said. “One of the things we also do is change out the chemical every other year so the mosquitoes don’t build up a resistance.”

Spraying for mosquitoes takes place across the city Monday through Thursday, with half the city being spayed on Monday and Wednesday and the other half on Tuesday and Thursday.

Carthage Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Roadside Grassfires on Saturday
Posted May 23, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A report of multiple grass fires along Highway 59 North sent out emergency crews on Saturday afternoon.

grassfireAccording to Carthage Firefighter Clint Lawhorn, the call went out around 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival, crews discovered four different fires on the shoulder of the northbound lanes.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires in a matter of minutes. The cause is unknown.

I-69 Supporters Press for Federal Grants
Posted May 23, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Last week, more than twenty representatives of Texas communities and a member of the Texas Transportation Commission were on Capitol Hill urging federal officials to continue and accelerate ongoing development of Interstate 69.

i69Local leaders participating as members of the Alliance for I-69 Texas pressed for approval of federal grants for two specific Texas projects that will improve freight movement along segments of I-69. The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking funding under the Fastline grant program for the I-35/I-69W interchange project in Laredo and for a portion of State Highway 99 which will connect I-69 directly to the Port of Houston.

Interstate 69 in Texas is being developed as a series of incremental upgrades to existing highways glowing the US 59 corridor from Texarkana to Houston and south to Victoria.

Since 2010, the Texas Transportation Commission has programmed a total of $1.47 billion in funded I-69 system projects.

Fatal Crash Shuts Down Highway 315 Near Carthage, Four Confirmed Dead
Posted May 21, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Four people are dead and several others are seriously injured following a major crash on State Highway 315 at Deer Crest Drive near Carthage. The crash happened around 10:15 a.m, involving a blue GMC Savana, a maroon Chevy Tahoe, and an 18-wheeler.

satax1According to an eyewitness, the driver of the GMC Savana had slowed for a vehicle turning into a residence off of Highway 315. The Savana was then struck from behind by the Tahoe, pushing it into the path of an 18-wheeler traveling westbound.

Carthage Fire Marshal Duane Baushke says three people were ejected from the Savana and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while several others were transported by ambulance to ETMC Carthage and eventually airlifted to trauma centers.

satax3The pastor of Clays Mill Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky confirms with WKYT-TV that the family involved in Saturday’s crash was from Lexington, Kentucky.

The pastor tells WKYT-TV that 46-year-old Isreal Avaliar and his three sons, Kevin, Daniel, and Matthew, were killed in the crash. He says Avaliar’s wife, Hilda, his daughter, Kimberly, and his mother were injured. Hilda and his mother were taken to a Tyler hospital, while Kimberly was taken to Children’s Hospital in Dallas. Israel Availar was the pastor of the Temple Baptist Church in Lexington. Church member Luis Romero tells KGAS News that the church is planning a special service on Sunday to remember the victims.

familyThe driver of the 18-wheeler was identified as Reynaldo Rodriquez, 43, of Edinburg, Texas and the driver of the Tahoe was identified as Brenda Kenner, 58.

State Highway 315 was temporarily shut down while hazmat crews cleared the scene. DPS is still investigating the crash.

Accident Photos: Blake Holland/KGAS

Family Photo: Pastor Jeff Fugate

Preliminary DPS Investigation Report: On May 21, 2016 troopers responded to a three vehicle fatality crash on TX-315 in Panola County, four miles east of the city of Carthage.

Preliminary crash investigation revealed that a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling eastbound on TX-315. A GMC van was traveling eastbound on the same roadway, ahead of the Tahoe. A 2012 Kenworth truck tractor towing a semi-trailer was traveling westbound on the same roadway.

The GMC van was stopped behind a vehicle attempting to make a left turn, waiting on the Kenworth to move pass, when it was struck from behind by the Tahoe. This caused the GMC van to travel into the path of the Kenworth where it was struck. The impact caused three passengers to become ejected onto the roadway.

The driver of the Tahoe was identified as Brenda Lea Kenner, 58 years-old, of Crockett. Kenner was taken to ETMC-Carthage with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the GMC was identified as Kevin Avelar, 17 years-old, of Lexington KY. Avelar was pronounced dead by Lora Taylor at ETMC- Carthage, his body was taken to Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, KY.

A passenger in the same vehicle was identified at Israel Avelar, 46 years-old, of Lexington, KY. He was pronounced dead by Lora Taylor at ETMC- Carthage, his body was taken to Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, KY.

Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as Lazara Abaraca, 66 years-old of Lexington, KY. Abaraca was taken to ETMC in Tyler.

Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as an 11 year-old female of Lexington, KY. She was taken to Childrens Hospital in Dallas.

Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as a 13 year-old male of Lexington, KY. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lora Taylor, his body taken to Kerr Funeral Home in Lexington, KY.

Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as a 6 year-old male, of Lexington, KY. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lora Taylor, his body taken to Kerr Funeral Home in Lexington, KY.

Another passenger in the vehicle was identified as Hilda Avelar, 41 years-old of Lexington, KY. Avelar was taken to ETMC- Tyler. The driver of the Kenworth has been identified as Reynaldo Rodriquez, 43 years-old of Edinburg, TX. He was taken to ETMC-Carthage.


Carthage ISD Honors Retirees
Posted May 20, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

On Wednesday afternoon, Carthage ISD honored staff members retiring at the end of this school year.

Staff members retiring include:

Brian Caver-Teacher/Coach, 27 Years of Service

Kaylee Godwin-Teacher at Baker-Koonce, 25 Years of Service

Rebecca Godwin-Custodian at CHS, 30 Years of Service

Judy Kelley-Special Ed. Secretary, 19 Years in Carthage, 26 Total

Illene Richter-Teacher at CHS, 30 Years of Service

John Simpson-Maintenance, 27 Years of Service

Gary Woman Arrested After Leading Deputies on High-Speed Pursuit
Posted May 20, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Gary woman was arrested on Thursday after she led local authorities on a high-speed pursuit through the city of Carthage and onto Highway 79 South.

longAccording to jail records, Rachell Rae Long was charged with evading arrest, possession of marijuana, and also two charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Panola County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Mojica first attempted to stop Long on West Panola Street at North Market. The 33-year-old refused to stop and a pursuit ensued down West Panola, across the loop, and onto Highway 79 South.

Long was eventually stopped on Highway 79 at County Road 278 near the Anadarko plant. The Panola County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.



Carthage Book Club Year-End Meeting
Posted May 19, 2016 by kgasradio |   

News Release: The Carthage Book Club met on Friday, May 13th for lunch. Hostesses Jackie Rodriguez and Adelyn Duke welcomed the ladies to Cafe Barron’s in Longview. Members enjoyed a delicious meal of Tomato Basil or Onion Soup, Maple Roasted Pecan Chicken Salad, followed by a choice of desserts.

In the absence of President Jo Nell Phillips, First Vice President Becky Jones chaired the business portion of the meeting. Following the business meeting Mrs. Jones installed the new officers for next year. Filling the position of President will be Nancy Gregg, Second Vice President Pat Reeves, Reporter Tresa Joffrion, and Historian Jean Bunyard.

Ladies were encouraged to turn in the title of their book to circulate next year.

Other members in attendance were Allene Bankhead, Sarah Baker, Brenda Giles, Kay Hubbard, Twink Ross, Kay Thomas, Nancy Mills, Sandy Payne, Pam Goodson, Sandra Chamness, Toni Biggs, Wanda Hanszen and Sallie Lipsey.

Two Arrested Following High-Speed Pursuit in Panola Co.
Posted May 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Two men have been arrested after being involved in a high-speed pursuit on Wednesday afternoon that started in Carthage and ended near Gary.

1According to Carthage Police Chief Jim Vanover, the pursuit started when an officer attempted to pull over a dark green GMC Tahoe displaying fictitious license plates on South Market Street. The driver then fled from police down South Market, where a white substance believed to be narcotics was thrown from the vehicle. The chase then continued across the loop and onto FM 10. At the intersection of FM 10 and FM 2517, a passenger inside the vehicle bailed and was later apprehended by authorities. The vehicle then continued down FM 10 towards Gary and eventually went onto an oil lease road where another white male was taken into custody.

2Authorities searched a wooded area off of FM 10 where it was believed a third suspect had fled, although Sheriff Kevin Lake says there is no evidence suggesting that there ever was a third suspect. Lake says authorities will continue to monitor the area and if anyone in the area of FM 10 and CR 1161 does see suspicious activity they should call the sheriff’s office.

The two men arrested have been identified as John Kirby Keene, 36 and Eric James Martin, 32. Both men are said to have Shreveport adresses. Keene was jailed on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martin was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Beckville ISD Board Swears in New Member
Posted May 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

On Wednesday, the Beckville ISD Board of Trustees met in a special session to swear in a new board member and also reorganize the board. According to Superintendent Devin Tate, newly elected board member Justin Davis was sworn in to fill the position left vacant by Justin Pierce.

The board was also reorganized for the upcoming term. Jackie Harris will now serve as board president, Terry Wayne Elliot as vice president, and serving as secretary will be Jane Cammack.

Following a closed executive session, the board offered a teacher/coach contract to Shawn Hairgrove for the upcoming school year.


Panola College Foundation Receives $10K Donation
Posted May 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: On Tuesday, Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford presented Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, and the Panola College Foundation with a check for $10,000 towards the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship.

Charlie Woods MemorialCharlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock.Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock Bass.

The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship was established four years ago by his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola College’s petroleum technology program.Scholarship funds are raised through the annual Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held on Toledo Bend each May.

Photo: (L to R) Nat Lankford and Harley Wilson present Greg Powell with a check for the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation.

Chamber Ambassadors Welcome Comer’s BBQ and Catfish
Posted May 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

comersOn Wednesday morning, the Panola County Camber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed Comer’s BBQ and Catfish to town with an official ribbon cutting. Comer’s is located at the former location of Daddy Sam’s BBQ on West Panola Street.

The restaurant has been open since April 28th and is owned by Gary native Teddy Comer and his wife Kelly. Comer’s is open Monday through Saturday 10:30 to 8 and Sunday from 10:30 until 2. Starting Monday, they will begin offering delivery service on the loop and within. Listen to the radio story here>>>>Comer’s Ribbon Cutting


Carthage ISD Addresses Transgender Bathroom Access
Posted May 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

AUDIO: Carthage ISD Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick is addressing the hot-button issue of transgender bathroom access in public schools. Listen to his comments from Monday night’s school board meeting by clicking the link below…

Carthage Band to Honor Stuart Bird at Spring Concert
Posted May 16, 2016 by kgasradio |   
Stuart Bird

Stuart Bird

Carthage, TX – The Carthage Band will have the annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in the Carthage HS Gymnasium. The concert will begin at 6 PM with the Baker-Koonce Beginner Band, followed by the Carthage JH 7th Grade band. After a quick set-up change, the concert will continue with the Carthage JH 8th Grade Band, and conclude with the Carthage HS Battlin’ Bulldog Band.

This year, the Battlin’ Bulldog Band will honor Mr. Stuart Bird, former Director of Bands and High School Principal. The band will perform the world premiere of the newly commissioned march titled “Bird’s Battlin’ Brigade,” written by Dr. Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands at Texas A&M University.