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 College Volleyball Camp Kicks Off
Posted June 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

volleyball-netNews Release: The annual Panola Volleyball Camp kicked off Monday with approximately 95 participants.  “It is exciting that we continue to grow.  We strive every year to put on an excellent camp so all the kids interested in volleyball in our community will get something out of it, whether they are 8 or 18,” says Head Coach Amber McCray.

Our community has been great support of our volleyball program, and it plays an important part in our effort to remain one of the top programs in the country,” noted Vice President of Student Services/Athletic Director Don Clinton.
With over 90 participants this year’s camp has exceeded all attendance expectations especially with the construction on the Panola College campus.  Next year space will not be a problem.  Panola College expects to move into its new Charles C. Mathews Foundation Student Center this fall.  The Mathews Student Center will include a new fitness gym and renovated AJ Gym that will house 4 volleyball courts and give the program an opportunity to continue growing camps.

One-Vehicle Accident Sends One to ETMC, Two to Jail
Posted June 30, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

van2A one-vehicle accident sent one person to the hospital and two others to jail on Monday night.

It happened shortly after 9 o’clock, on Highway 149 at Farm-to-Market Road 959, near Beckville.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was traveling southbound on FM 959 and failed to slow down at the curb, went across the Highway 149 airborne and into a ditch.

One of the vehicle’s occupants was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage with non-life threatening injuries.

van1The vehicle’s driver, 56-year-old John D. Smith was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving at an unsafe speed, while a 51-year-old passenger, Mardell Turner was arrested for public intoxication. DPS is investigating the accident

Panola County Clerk Not Issuing Any Marriage Licenses At This Time
Posted June 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

Statement from the Panola County Clerk: “We are not able to issue ANY license at the present time to anyone. We will follow the law and will be issuing them as soon as possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding.”

The statement included a list of area counties that are issuing marriage licenses. The clerk is currently awaiting to hear from the Attorney General’s Office before proceeding.

Williams Sentenced To 13 Years For Throwing Brick at CPD Officer
Posted June 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

williamskgasJacorey DeWayne Williams, 23,  has been sentenced to 13 years in the state penitentiary by Judge Charles Dickerson for throwing a brick at a Carthage police officer in 2014.

Judge Dickerson sentenced Williams for the first degree felony charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer. Williams was arrested in June 2014 after he threw a brick at Carthage Police Officer Brack LaGrone during a traffic stop.

LaGrone was attempting to arrest Williams on an warrant, when he fled on foot and threw a brick towards the officer.

Williams testified at Monday’s hearing, along with several family members and members of law enforcement. The court also viewed video of the incident, which was captured by LaGrone’s patrol car dash-cam.

WILLIAMS, JACOREYThe attorney representing Williams, Michael Bernoudy Jr., had asked Judge Dickerson for deferred adjudication, a type of probation that is not considered as a conviction.

Criminal District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson complimented the outstanding work of the Carthage Police Department and Officer Brack LaGrone.

“The Police Department did a great job as always and helped put away what I  believe to be a violent offender,” said Davidson. “The officers showed a great deal of restraint and for that they are to be commended. I also want those who consider it fashionable to pelt officers with rocks, bottles, bricks, etc. to understand that I have a zero tolerance for this. If you do it, you will go to prison.”

Williams has already served about 9 months in the Panola County Detention Center for the offense. Judge Dickerson said Williams would receive credit for time served.

Following the reading of the sentence, Williams hugged his mother, father, and younger brother, and was then handcuffed and taken into custody.

Williams was also arrested in April 2014, after he admitted to disposing a weapon used in a Longview robbery that resulted in the death of Joey Hollister, a 15-year-old Carthage High School student.

Two-Vehicle Accident Sends One Person to Carthage Hospital
Posted June 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

jeepOne person was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage on Friday evening, after begin involved in a two-vehicle accident.

It happened shortly before 6 o’clock at the intersection of West Panola and Davis Street.

According to Police Chief Jim Vanover, the driver of a Jeep Cherokee ran a red light and struck a Mercury Marquee on the right-hand side.

mercuryAn occupant inside the Mercury Marquis was transported to East Texas Medical Center by ambulance. Their condition is currently unknown.

Three Arrested Following Sunday Afternoon Pursuit
Posted June 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

pursuit1 On Sunday afternoon, authorities managed to stop a vehicle on Lawrence Street that had evaded officers and led them on a short pursuit. According to a deputy on scene, three people were arrested.


pursuit2Officers could be found searching for items that were reportedly thrown out of the vehicle during the pursuit.

Stay with KGAS News for further details.

Storage Building Destroyed in Saturday Morning Fire
Posted June 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

fire1A small storage building was completely destroyed in a Saturday morning fire.

Shortly before 7 o’clock, Carthage Firefighters were dispatched to the fire on County Road 273, off of County Road 279. According to Assistant Fire Chief Gene Giles, the cause of the blaze is currently under investigation.


Sources say that a some items inside the building were potentially stolen at the time of the fire.

Photos: David Johnson/KGAS

One person arrested after shooting Friday morning in Arp
Posted June 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

One person has been charged following a shooting in Arp on Friday morning. Smith County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Middleton tells KGAS News police were investigating a shooting at around 2 am Friday in the 100 block of Cook Street near a post office.

Johnny Roberson

Johnny Roberson

“Someone had fired multiple rounds into the residence and around the residence there and had left the scene. No one was injured, thankfully,” Middleton said.

After an investigation, detectives interviewed witnesses and arrested 50-year-old Johnny Coy Roberson, Jr., and charged him with burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault.

Bond has been set at $250,000 by District Court Judge Kerry Russell.

Mash Bash bet pay off time; McCool, Price wash Lake’s truck
Posted June 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool, along with Rusk County Sheriff Jeff Price made good today on a lifesaving bet they made last summer. In 2014, Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake challenged McCool and Price during our annual three city competitive blood drive, Mash Bash.

Lake and the other officials bet that whichever city won, Marshall, Henderson or Carthage, the sheriff’s representing the two losing cities and counties would wash the winning sheriff’s jail truck.

Carthage was victorious, so McCool and Price spent time Friday morning in Panola County jail uniforms, washing Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake’s vehicle.


Texas DPS Troopers out in force for Fourth of July holiday
Posted June 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Texas DPS troopers will be out in force this Fourth of July holiday. In fact, the beefed up enforcement is already underway Friday. DPS Sgt. Lonnie Haschel says people are looking forward to getting out after having some rainy weather lately, and he urges them to stay safe.

dwi“We want folks to be prepared and be aware that drinking and driving and that sort of thing is still a problem,” Haschel said.

He said the beefed up DWI enforcement began Friday and will continue for 12 days through July 7th.

“Go out and enjoy your summer, but at the same time don’t drink and drive. Give the keys to someone else if you’ve had anything to drink at all, and never get behind a wheel,” Haschel said.

While there won’t be any checkpoints, there will be more officers on the roads not only in Texas, but all across the country.

“If you’re headed off to El Paso, or the Dallas area, or Houston even to see relatives, or friends, or whatever, you’ll notice an increased presence out on the roadway. And it includes also all 50 states. The Department of Public Safety participates in project CARE, which is a combined accident reduction effort, so if you head across over into Louisiana, if you’re headed to Shreveport, or your headed up north to Arkansas or Oklahoma, you’re going to notice additional law enforcement out there as well. The goal is safety,” Haschel said.



Surratt Receives Community Builders Award
Posted June 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

surr2 Sharon Ivey/Blake Holland KGAS

Thursday night, the Carthage Masonic Lodge presented CISD Athletic Director and Head Coach Scott Surratt with the Community Builders Award.

Listen here>Surratt



Short Pursuit Ends In Wreck, One Suspect On The Run
Posted June 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Authorities are now searching for a suspect who fled from a Panola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy on Thursday night.

Blake Holland reports…Listen below.

Panola College Hosts Kids’ College 2015
Posted June 25, 2015 by kgasradio |   

kids college pic  224 Press Release: This week Panola College’s Workforce and Continuing Education department hosted Kids’ College 2015. The camp was a great success and all participants had a great time. This year participants took part in learning art, music, animal science, technology, forensic science, character building and fitness. Panola College would like to express their appreciation to each and every person who helped and contributed to this event.

Kids College Pic K9-1A special thank you to this year’s sponsors -Reliable Healthcare, Hawthorn Funeral Home, Toledo Automotive Supply – NAPA, Denny’s, Louisiana Pacific Corp, McDonald’s, Chicken Express, Chris Mauritzen – HALO Branded Solutions, H-E-B, Patsy Meck – State Farm Insurance, Tate Barber – State Farm Insurance, Panola National Bank, Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, Courtney Construction, Boles Feed Company, McAdams Propane Company, The Law Office of Jeff Adams, PLLC, Borders Poultry Supply, Shelby Savings Bank, Texas State Bank, Farmers State Bank, ACE Hardware of East Texas, Devon Energy, First United Methodist Church of Center, TX, and First Baptist Church of Center, TX.

Farm Service Committee Nomination Period Now Open in Panola County
Posted June 25, 2015 by kgasradio |   

NEWS RELEASE: Panola County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Director Ralph Jordan, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Panola County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015.

“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level.” said Jordan.

To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated.

This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 2, which is the area north of FM 2517 and east of Hwy 59 and includes Deadwood, De Berry, Grand Bluff and Walnut Grove.

Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations representing minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at:  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees consist of three to 11 members.

“It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community,” said Jordan. “All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.”

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 9. Ballots are due back in the Panola County Office by mail or in person no later than Dec. 7, 2015. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2016.

KMHT What’s Your Bid Items
Posted June 24, 2015 by Fran Hurley |   

1.     Chicken Cooker
2.     One Gallon Jug
3.     Tortilla warmer
4.     One Gallon Belly Pitcher
5.     One Gallon Straight Pitcher
6.     Chip & Dip
7.     Set of Four Ice Cream Bowls
8.     Grease Jar
9.     One Gallon Cooler
10.    One Gallon Churn
11.    Bean Pot
12.    Popcorn Bowl
13.    Medium Pig Bank
14.    Brides Bowl

Full Service – up to 5 quarts conventional oil or $ 37.95 in value

Dental Cleaning – Must be current on rabies vaccine; extractions subject to additional charges.  Includes blood work, pain meds, antibiotics, and sample food.  General anesthesia.

$10.00 Gift Certificates

1.     Mother’s Dress by Ursula – Size 14 Dupioni print, V neck, sleeves short sheath – Color: Sandalwood
2.     Wedding Dress by Maggie Sottero – Size 11 1-pc satin strapless A-line formal gown, corseted with butterfly bustle – Color:  Lt. gold (runs small)
3.     Wedding Dress by Maggie Sottero – Size 7 Tea length Organza with satin ribbon trim on skirt with flowers & crystals – Color:  White (runs small)
4.     Prom Dress by Alyce Designs – Size 3 Asymetrically shirred crinkle taffeta mermaid with tiers of ruffles – Color: Fushia (runs small)
5.     Prom Dress by Dave & Johnny – Size 5 Iridescent tulle ballgown with sequined sweetheart top and shirred cumberbund – Color:  Sapphire Blue (runs small)
6.     Prom Dress by Flirt – Size 6 Strapless mermaid formal with black print on aubergine iridescent taffeta – Color:  Aubergine (runs small)
7.     Quinceanera Dress by Mary’s – Size 15-16 Elongated corseted bodice with asymmetrical ruffles and beaded bolero – Color:  Royal Blue
8.     Quinceanera Dress by Precious Formals – Size 11 Tulle strapless ballgown with corset top and bolero jacket – Color:  Sun Lime
9.     Quinceanera Dress by Precious Formals – Size 9 Corset top 3-piece ballgown, which includes separate short full tulle skirt – Color:  Pink Glow

1.     Reservations for 2 at “The Art Event” July 18th
2.     Reservations for 2 at “The Art Event” August 15th
3.     Reservations for 2 at “The Art Event” September 12th
The Art Event is a painting session led by artist Susan Pool.  The attendees paint the same picture as presented by the artist.  She instructs the positioning of the brush, the color, and direction of movement.  She leads the participant through each step for them to re-create the original painting.  The session lasts from 1 pm to 4 pm and when the participant leaves, they take home their completed artwork.  For more information go to info@theartevent.com or contact the Marshall Convention & Tourist Bureau or The Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

$25.00 Gift Certificates – May be used towards trophies, shirts, hats, fragrance lamps or refills, engraved glass items, bags, or other specialty items.

One night stay in a Jacuzzi Suite.  Good until October 31st, 2015. Must call for availability and reservation.

Certificate for 5 Cajun Cowboy Meat Pies with Jalapeno Ranch Dip – one certificate per visit per group

1.     Auto Air Conditioning check and service including up to 2 pounds of Freon
2.     Front or rear disc brakes installation including pads
3.     Two or four wheel alignment and rotate tires

Complete Exam – includes full mouth x-rays and complete exam by the dentist BUT doesn’t include any treatment.

1.     $25 Gift Certificate –
2.     $350 Gift Certificate toward one catered event

Lift Chair

1.  4 Day Rental – 21′ slide out Camper – based on availability
2 . 4 Day Rental – 26′-28′ No slide out Camper-based on availability

1.  Septic Tank Pump Out
2.  Aerobic Pump Out

$30 Gift Certificate

Truck Bedliner

1.  1LB of fudge – any flavor
2.  3-Mix of jams, jellies or relishes

$10 Gift Certificate

Certificate for Oil Change & Lube

Annual Banquet Ticket

$10 Food Coupon

Cluster Repair

1.  Big V Forage Tubs
2.  Bog V Persimmon Deer Corn
3.  5 Gal. Back Water Bucket
4.  Pet & Garden Electric Fence Kit
5.  Deer Desire-Deer Attractant

Transmission Computer Scan

1.  Slime Emergency Repair Kit
2.  24 LED Work Light
3.  Cargo Organizer
4.  Performance Tool Roll Around Stool
5.  Mother’s Wash Bucket
6.  Parts Master Oil Change Kit

$40  worth of fun- Green fees, cart rental, range balls, & snacks

Amana Washing Machine

$20 Gift Card

1.  Turkey Cooker N Pot
2.  Trolly jack in case
3.  36″ Creeper
4.  Creeper Seat
5.  100 Qt. Cooler
6.  Pack of 2-way Radios

Stihl Trimmer

Senior Portrait Package

$10 Gift Certificate

$25 coupon off -vehicle detailing

$25 Gift Certificate

1.  Catering for 20 person
2.  $25 Gift Certificate

1.  Hunter Safety Harness
2.  Life Jacket set (family of 4-(2Adults,2Children)
3.  Tru Glo Tactical Rd Dot Sight
4.  Flextone Thunder Chicken – “Strutting Jake” Decoy
5.  Lynch Wold Champion Turkey Call
6.  Apex Covert 1 pin sight – Archery

Residential General Pest Control Service- inspection and treatment inside your home

$250 Gift Certificate to go toward set of tires

$25 Gift Certificate toward groceries

1.  City Girl Jacket and Shell
2.   Sweater and Pant set by Yest





































Murvaul Woman Charged with Husband’s Murder Will Undergo Mental Evaluation
Posted June 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

venable (2)A Panola County woman charged with the fatal shooting of her husband will soon undergo a mental evaluation by a Longview doctor.

On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Charles “Brick” Dickerson granted a motion for Sarah Gilpatrick Venable, 49, to undergo a psychological examination to determine if she is competent to stand trial, and whether she was insane at the time of the alleged offense.

shoot3Venable was arrested on April 28th for the murder of her husband, James Albert Venable. The 49-year-old reportedly shot her husband in the back of the head following a domestic dispute at their Murvaul home.

Venable’s court-appointed defense attorney, John Moore, had made the motion recently requesting a mental evaluation, which is set to be performed by Dr. Frank Murphy of Longview.

Judge Dickerson also granted a motion on Wednesday authorizing Venable’s attorney to obtain the services of an investigator.

Venable is a former Center ISD teacher who resigned in February. Her last day was March 2nd. She is currently being housed in the Panola County Detention Center.

Photos: Panola Co. Detention Center/Blake Holland KGAS

Marshall Police Arrest One Man Following Drug Bust
Posted June 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

mugMPD Media Release: A six week narcotics investigation culminated in a search warrant being executed at a residence in the 2200 block of Grafton St. in Marshall, Texas at approximately 5:45 am on Wednesday, June 24.

The investigation began with Marshall Police Department and involved the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The search warrant was obtained for the residence and with the assistance of DPS and the ATF, the warrant was executed against the heavily fortified residence.

Evidence June 24During the warrant execution one occupant, Colby Demon Williams Jr. a 19 year old black male, was detained while the search was conducted.  Marshall Police Department crime scene detectives located 7.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine, a shotgun, and an undisclosed amount of cash inside the residence.

Mr. Williams was placed under arrest and transported to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into jail charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, PG 1, greater than 4 grams and less that 200 grams.

Marshall House Fire Displaces Occupant
Posted June 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

fire1A Wednesday morning house fire in Marshall has left one person displaced. Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper says it happened it just before 3 a.m. on Jefferson Avenue.

“One occupant was fortunate to awaken before being succumb to smoke,” said Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper. “Though the occupant is displaced, thankfully there were no injuries or fatalities reported.”

Cooper reminds area citizens to ensure they have properly functioning smoke alarms inside their home.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, KMHT News reported that fire crews were still on the scene of the blaze.

Numerous Scams Targeting ETX Residents
Posted June 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

checkAt least half a dozen scams are active in our area, including email scams selling gift cards or claiming a long, lost foreign relative has died and left you a fortune, scams through the mail where a check is sent to you, and you are asked to cash that check and become a mystery shopper, to the classic phone scams where you are told you’ve won a prize, or you are told you have an outstanding debt or criminal case, and you are threatened. Whatever the type, these are all nothing but scams.

“We are continually getting calls from victims and targets, and it’s the same scams over and over again, don’t give money to people,” said Lieutenant Jay Webb of the Sheriff’s Office. “Certainly if you get a call from Jamaica, or a number you don’t recognize and then the caller tells you you’ve won a prize, it doesn’t matter what the prize is, they are going to want you to go buy a gift card for them, them call them back at a different number and it just goes on and on. There are so many scams and they all have the same basic line. The scam could be anything from the Jamaica International Lottery, the Florida Sweepstakes, whatever, they all have the same theme and tone, and that’s call us back and give us money or some verification that includes sending them money. Don’t do it.”

One area resident has lost nearly his entire life savings, more than $500,000.00, and Webb said it’s devastating to tell someone nothing can be done to recover the money.

scam2“It is a hard thing to tell someone that they have lost their life savings to someone in another country. These people are very crafty and they are confrontational with you and they tend to bully you,” said Webb. “People here have given these folks hundreds of dollars, if not thousands or tens of thousands. We have one person who has lost his life savings to these people because they called and threatened him. There is just no recovery of the money, you can’t go to a foreign country and invoke the United States’ laws in another country.”

Spoofing has also become a major part of scamming. Caller ID spoofing is a service that allows a caller to masquerade as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient’s caller ID display, so you may receive a call where caller ID says the call is coming from a local law enforcement office, but it’s really not.

“Spoofing is becoming very commonplace thing in how scammers operate. They will actually have some calls that will say the call is from Harrison County, or the Red Cross, etc. They have numerous different methods on how they cover it up, and it’s very simple to do. From what I understand, the FCC created this opportunity to change phone numbers for a lawful purpose, and unfortunately it’s now being used for a very unlawful, unscrupulous purpose,” said Webb.

At least two listeners have reported to us they received checks in the mail, claiming to be from a retail store and asking you to be a mystery shopper. The envelope contains a check supposedly from that retailer, and you are instructed register the check you’ve received online, then deposit it in your bank account and use some of the money to complete a mystery shopping assignment. The post mark on the envelope however, is from a foreign country, and the check, of course, is a fake.

One-Vehicle Accident Sends Local Man to ETMC Carthage
Posted June 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

car1Blake Holland KGAS

A 55-year-old man has been transported to an area hospital after being involved in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon.

It happened shortly before five o’clock on Highway 59 North near the Sabine River at the Harrison County line. Frederick Williams, 55, was reportedly traveling southbound in a white Chevrolet van when he had a blowout and lost control of the vehicle. The van then went into a nearby ditch and over an embankment, eventually landing on it’s side in a low-lying area near the river.

car2The 55-year-old was able to escape the van on his own. A passerby spotted smoke rising from behind the embankment and stopped to assist. Williams was transported by Allegiance Ambulance to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage with non-life threatening injuries.

DPS Troopers from both Panola and Harrison County responded to the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with The Heartbeat of East Texas for further updates.