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.

Twin Cinema Closes After Nearly Five Decades of Service
Posted January 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Audio/Pictures: Blake Holland

cinemaAfter this weekend, there won’t be a movie theater in Carthage any longer. Carthage Twin Cinema is closing its doors after “5 decades of movie magic” like their answering machine says.

Click here for the message

That’s owner David Tompkins, who tells KGAS News he’s not selling his business, just the building.

“I took advantage of a business opportunity that presented itself. I felt like it was time to make a move, but I wanted to keep the business. So, the business of movies in Carthage may appear later. Who knows?”

Thompkins wouldn’t release details, but left it open that there would be another movie theater in Carthage.

The organization that bought the Twin Cinema building is planning on making it into a church.

Carthage movie goers have many memories of watching movies at the cinema. Tompkins bought the theater in 2008.

“It’s been a blessing. It’s been a lot of fun. A lot of great movies there, just a lot of memories for Carthage,” Tompkins said.

Thompkins said that “American Sniper” that plays Saturday night as the last movie at Twin Cinema is one of his all time favorite movies. Other favorite movies that have played in Carthage, Thompkins said, include the “Batman” movies, “Spider Man,” Tom Hanks movies like “The Green Mile,” and Christian movies like, “Fire Proof.”

“American Sniper” is showing Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm both nights. Movie goers Saturday night will be given original tear tickets as a momento.


UPDATE: Listen to Blake Holland’s report below…

Major Accident Sends One Person to ETMC Carthage
Posted January 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland-KGAS

acc2 One person has been transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage after his truck slid off of FM 2517 on Thursday.

The accident happened during the 9 o’clock hour at FM 2517 near County Road 448, just past the Sabine River bridge. According to Constable Bryan Murff, the truck slid off the roadway into a ditch.



Firefighters were able to cut the trucks roof off and extract the individual. Murff says he was responsive and suffered only minor injures.

Patterson Arrested on Federal Warrant
Posted January 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

arrestedmugBlake Holland-KGAS

A Carthage man wanted on a federal warrant was arrested on Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop.

Christopher Jabor Patterson, 39, was placed under arrest after being spotted on Cook Street by PCSO Deputy Richard Mojica.

According to jail records, Patterson was charged with violation of parole/possession of a controlled substance. Jail records show that Patterson has been booked in the Panola County Jail, eight times since 1992. Wednesday’s booking is number nine.


Nugents Respond to Motion Requesting Dismissal of Tiede Theft Charges
Posted January 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Shanna Nugent at Tiede’s January status hearing.

UPDATED: The recently filed motion says the same evidence considered for the murder case re-sentencing, supports the dismissal of the pending second degree theft charge.

The motion is more than 200 pages, and reveals new details and documentation surrounding the Nugent family’s handling of the trial in the 1990′s, including alleged secret negotiations between Marjorie’s son, and attorney “Scrappy” Holmes. Attached with the motion are letters  suggesting that Rod Nugent Jr. was open to a trade with Bernie’s lawyer.

The motion says that evidence suggested that Nugent was agreeable to a 20 year offer or other seemingly reasonable offer in exchange for Bernie saying that he had pressured Marjorie into signing her estate over to him.

Dr. Nugent’s daughter, Addison attorney Shanna Nugent says that her family is unaware of the alleged offer

Listen to Blake Holland’s updated report below…

VIDEO: Longview police video of shooting
Posted January 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

From the City of Longview website

UPDATE: Details released in Longview police shooting
Posted January 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Kristiana Cognard, 17 Source: Facebook

Kristiana Cognard, 17
Source: Facebook

Longview police have released details in the officer involved fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl inside the Longview Police Department lobby.

Chief Don Dingler held a news conference today and described how Officers Glenn Derr, Gene Duffie and Grace Bagley responded to the lobby around 6:30 pm on Jan. 22 when Kristiana Coignard called and said she needed police.

According to Chief Dingler,  the girl said she had a gun and Officer Derr tried to restrain her during a struggle and the girl tried to pull a butcher knife from her waistband. That’s when Officer Duffie entered the lobby and pulled out his stun gun and shot the girl, but Dingler said the taser gun had no effect on Coignard, who charged one of the officers. That’s when Officer Bagley fired her weapon twice, and Officer Derr fired three shots at the girl.

Chief Dingler said the officers behaved exactly as they were trained. Police have also released surveillance video of the lobby that captured the shooting.




Motion Filed Requesting Dismissal of Bernie Tiede Theft Charges
Posted January 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

bernKGAS News has obtained a motion that was filed on Monday by the Austin attorney representing convicted murderer, Bernie Tiede.

The motion says the same evidence considered for the murder case re-sentencing, supports the dismissal of the pending second degree theft charge.

The motion is more than 200 pages, and reveals new details and documentation surrounding Marjorie Nugent family’s handling of the trial in the 1990′s, including secret negotiations between Dr. Nugent, Marjorie’s son, and Tiede’s then attorney, Clifton L. “Scrappy” Holmes. The documents, letters between attorneys for the Nugent family and Tiede, suggest Dr. Nugent was open to a trade with Bernie’s lawyer: Bernie was to help the Nugent family get the money left to Bernie in Marjorie’s will, and the Nugent family would support Bernie receiving a plea deal of manslaughter with a maximum 20 year sentence.

The motion also provides documentation suggesting Bernie’s original confession was inaccurate, and was obtained when Bernie was told if he did not sign the confession exactly as it was drafted, video tapes of Bernie having consensual sex with married men residing in Carthage would be released by Federal authorities.

We’ll be visiting with Nugent’s granddaughter later this morning, be sure to check back for updates.

Listen to Blake Holland’s report below…

Driver Suffers Seizure, Collides with Fire Hydrant in Front of College
Posted January 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   
Car hits fire hydrant, causing water to pour out onto the street in front of Panola College

Car hits fire hydrant, causing water to pour out onto the street in front of Panola College   photo: Blake Holland

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage police responded to a car crash Monday afternoon, in which the driver apparently had suffered a seizure and collided with a fire hydrant in front of Panola College.

Carthage Assistant Police Chief Blake Smith tells KGAS News, it happened at around 4 p.m. on West Panola Street.

“Annie Washington was driving a 1998 red Cavalier when she was pulling out of the Cinema parking lot, one of those driveways there, had a seizure, she crossed West Panola, struck a fire hydrant, at the entrance to Panola College there directly across from the Cinema driveways. From what I understood received minor injuries from the crash itself, and because of that and the seizure she had I believe she did end up going to the hospital by ambulance,” Smith said.



Truck Catches Fire at State Line
Posted January 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

tf1A one-ton truck caught fire on the state line Friday afternoon. The fire broke out during the three o’clock hour on Highway 79 North in the Bethany community. Firefighters from Caddo Parish were dispatched to extinguish the fire.

The driver of the truck tells KGAS News that the was changing a tire on a trailer that was attached to the truck when he noticed the flames. Emergency crews were able to spare the trailer, but the truck was a complete loss.

tf3A nearby saltwater tanker had first responders worried due to the risk of a potential explosion. Those in the area were advised to stay back while crews controlled the flames.

Sheriffs deputies said the cause of the fire was an electrical issue.

Photos: Blake Holland-KGAS

CHS Soccer Team Places 4th in Tatum Tourney; Falls to Tenaha
Posted January 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   



Jan. 15-17 @ Tatum Tournament Won 2  Lost-1
Jan. 20 vs Tenaha Lost 2-6
Jan. 22-24 @ Waskom Tournament

BASKETBALL: Tenaha VS Beckville
Posted January 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

girls-basketball-clipart-5Hitting the hardwood Friday night were the Tenaha Tigers and the Beckville Bearcats. How’d they do? Find out by listening to Mark McClain’s game wrap below…


Listen here…..Tenaha VS Beckville

BASKETBALL: Carthage Falls to Tatum 55 to 37
Posted January 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

bballFriday night, the Carthage Bulldogs varsity boys team hosted the Tatum Eagles at home. In the end, Carthage would fall to Tatum 55 to 37.

The loss makes them 13 and 8 for the season, and 1 and 2 in District 19-4A. Listen to Larry Allen’s recap below…
1-23 Basketball Wrap

Also on Friday night the Lady Dawgs would lose to the Lady Eagles 78 to 31.


ETX Walmart Evacuated; Warrant Issued for Suspected Gunman
Posted January 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland-KGAS

The town of Sulpher Springs, Texas was the scene of a SWAT standoff on Friday night, after a man was suspected of walking inside a local Walmart with a gun. But according to Sgt. Matt Glenn, the man was able to escape during an evacuation of the store.

Listen below…

Shelby County Schools Lock Down After Report of Man with Rifle
Posted January 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Two Shelby County school systems went into lockdown Friday afternoon after a report of a man with a rifle on the property of Joaquin Elementary School.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell says Joaquin Elementary school officials called them after a student said she saw “a white man with a black hoodie, carrying a rifle on school property near the bus lanes.

“He put the school in lockdown. If there was a subject he was never in the school at all,” Blackwell said.

The sheriff said they were still interviewing the student and they will be viewing school surveillance video.

Deputies patrolled the area and all around Joaquin for two hours searching for the suspect, but no one was found.

Tenaha ISD followed suit and went into lockdown as well as a safety precaution, according to Tenaha ISD Superintendent Scott Tyner. Tyner said the schools were only in lockdown from 1:30 pm until 2 pm because of the incident that was reported in Joaquin.

Two CISD Students Arrested for Campus Break-In
Posted January 21, 2015 by kgasradio |   

cisdBlake Holland-KGAS

An investigation into a couple of break-ins at Carthage ISD has led to the arrest of two juvenile suspects.

District Police Chief Chris Hardy says the boys confessed to breaking and entering two Carthage ISD buildings earlier this week, including the Baker-Koonce Cafeteria and the alternative school campus, known as PACE Academy.

It’s still unclear why the boys broke into the buildings. Chief Hardy says nothing was discovered stolen and no major damage was done.

Both of the boys were seen breaking into the buildings on security camera footage. They were transported to an area juvenile facility on Tuesday afternoon.

Hardy was assisted in the investigation by the Carthage Police Department, the Juvenile Probation Office, and the Panola County District Attorney’s office.

Hardy wants to thank CISD staff members and students for helping in the investigation.


Funeral Services Announced for Accident Victim
Posted January 20, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Scott-Wynn-1421768445Blake Holland-KGAS

Funeral services have been set for a 20-year-old Panola County man who was killed in a weekend accident.

Services for Scott Wynn, 20, of DeBerry, will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the Walnut Springs Baptist Church with Rev. Buddy Briggs and Bro. Steve Berry officiating. Burial will follow in the Walnut Springs Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.

Family visitation will be prior to the service from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Walnut Springs Church.

Wynn was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 149, Saturday night.

He was the passenger inside a truck driven by 19-year-old Allen James Frasier of Carthage. Frasier was arrested and charged with intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle.

Along with intoxicated manslaughter, Frasier was also charged with possession of drug  paraphernalia.

According to DPS, Frasier was traveling on Highway 149 when he crossed over the center line and collided with a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, driven by CaDetric Robertson of Tenaha.

Robertson was airlifted to East Texas Medical in Tyler. Family members tells us that he is still in ICU but is responsive.

DPS is still investigating how the accident happened.

CISD Board Approves May Trustee Election
Posted January 20, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Carthage_ISD_LogoBlake Holland-KGAS

The Carthage ISD School Board met in regular session on Tuesday night. One of the items approved by board members was the calling of a board trustee election.

The terms of three board members will soon be expiring. They include Mary Ella Sherman, Frank Willis, and Bill Peace. An election was approved for May 9th, 2015. The board appointed Kathy Worley as the election coordinator, a position she has held for 15 years.

To be in compliance with the state, the board negotiated a joint election resolution with the City of Carthage.

Other items on the agenda included the purchase of a Laser Engraving and Cutting Platform with the price tag of $23,205. The equipment will be used by CHS technology students to make plaques and other engraved items.

Also approved was the 2015-2016 CISD School Calendar. Take a look below…

CISD 2015-2016

Autopsy Results in, Rusk County Man’s Death Ruled Homicide
Posted January 20, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The death of a Rusk County man, whose body was found in his burned home on County Road 291 just west of Lake Cherokee, has been ruled a homicide.

Rusk Co. Sheriff Jeff Price says John Cecil Clements, 56 of Kilgore, was murdered. His body was discovered on January 16th.

Sheriff Price says “quite a bit of evidence collected at the scene,” as well as the autopsy results point to homicide.  An investigation is ongoing.

Those involved in the investigation include the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers, Texas State Fire Marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office or Rusk County Crimestoppers at 903-655-8477.

BREAKING: Daniels Arrested for Murder of LaMarcus Scott
Posted January 19, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland- KGAS News

tjdAccording to authorities, Timothy James Daniels, 23, of Longview has been arrested for the murder of 30-year-old LaMarcus Scott of Carthage.

Scott was found dead inside his closet on January 12th, an autopsy showed that he was strangled to death.

Daniels was arrested by Texas Rangers on Monday night and charged with murder. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail and back to Panola County on Tuesday morning.

One of the sisters of LaMarcus Scott tells KGAS “Justice has been served for my brother. God is so good.”

Stay with KGAS News for further information.



Brush Fire Destroys Two Acres Near State Line
Posted January 19, 2015 by kgasradio |   

fireAccording to Inter-Community Fire Chief Nick Morton, about two acres of vegetation were destroyed by fire this afternoon near the state line.

The fire broke out around 2:15 on County Road 330, when a controlled burn suddenly got out of control. Crews with Inter-Community VFD and Community 4 VFD responded to the scene. The Texas Forest Service was also dispatched to help contain the blaze.

Morton tells KGAS News that no major property damage was caused by the fire, with the exception of some fencing.