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.

Boil Water Notice LIFTED
Posted April 16, 2014 by kgasradio |   

The boil water notice issued by the Rock Hill Water Supply has been lifted. Samples of the water were tested and came back clear.


BOIL WATER NOTICE: Rock Hill Water Supply has experienced an electrical outage and is asking all customers that live on or off of FM 124 east, US Highway 59 & FM 1794 west to boil their water until further notice

Rusk County Couple Robbed At Gun Point During Home Invasion
Posted April 15, 2014 by easttexastoday |   
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Henderson, TX – The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a home invasion and armed robbery that occurred on County Road 137 in the Leverette’s Chapel area.

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Sheriff, Jeff Price said deputies were dispatched at 10:16 p.m. on Monday, April 14th.  Deputies were advised by the victims that the female victim was approached outside of the residence by two to three suspects dressed in dark clothing, face mask and gloves.

The suspects displayed a rifle and pistol and forced the female back into the residence. The female victim and her husband were bound and the suspects made the female lead them through the house as they began to select items and money to be taken.

The suspects left the residence, instructing the victims to remain there and take no action for a short period of time.

It was discovered that the suspects had left with an undisclosed amount of money and jewelry and had taken the victim’s work truck to escape the area.  The truck is described as a gray, 2012 Ford, F150, Platinum Edition bearing Texas license plate BLG6943. *** Vehicle Located By Overton Police Department 4/15/14 on CR 137 ***

If you have any information on this case, please call the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 903.657.3581 or Crimestoppers at 903.657.3581.

ICE Arrests 40 Criminal Aliens in East Texas During 3-day Operation
Posted April 15, 2014 by easttexastoday |   

ICE-ARRESTTYLER, Texas — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) officers arrested 40 convicted criminal aliens during a three-day operation which concluded Saturday.  The operation was conducted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)

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Fugitive Operations Teams in eight east Texas cities as part of the agency’s commitment to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration violators.  These arrests occurred in the following Texas cities:  Tyler (14), Longview (12), Rusk (6), Canton (2), Henderson (2), Marshal (2), Kilgore (1) and White Oak (1).  They range in age from 21 to 60 years old.

Of the individuals taken into custody, all were criminal aliens whose convictions include: driving while intoxicated (DWI) and felony DWI (three or more convictions), assault with bodily injury, burglary, theft, injury to a child, failure to identify, and others. The group also included four previously deported aliens.  Anyone who re-enters the United States after having been deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

Following are four examples of criminal aliens arrested by ERO fugitive operations officers during this east Texas operation (in accordance with Department of Homeland Security privacy policies, names are not included):

  • A 37-year-old man from Mexico was arrested April 10 in Canton, Texas.  He had been convicted and sentenced multiple times between 1999 and 2013 for various crimes, including:  failure to ID, assault causing bodily injury, DWI and felony DWI, and theft of property.  As an illegal criminal alien, he will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his immigration proceedings.
  • A 42-year-old woman from Mexico was arrested in Tyler, Texas, April 11. She was convicted in December 2010 of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and sentenced to 10 years’ incarceration (suspended) and 10 years’ probation.  As an illegal criminal alien, she will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of her immigration proceedings.
  • A 31-year-old man from Mexico was arrested April 11 in Tyler, Texas.  He had been convicted and sentenced multiple times between 2006 and 2014 for various crimes, including:  assault causing bodily injury, illegally entering the United States, and DWI. He has been deported twice.  He will remain in ICE custody pending potential federal prosecution for illegal re-entry.
  • A 31-year-old man from Mexico was arrested April 11 in Longview, Texas.  He has multiple convictions, including:  hindering the apprehension/prosecution of a known felon (sex offender), DWI (twice), and driving while license invalid.  As an illegal criminal alien, he will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of his immigration proceedings.

“These ICE operations target criminal aliens who prey upon and threaten our local communities,” said Thomas P. Giles, field office director for ICE ERO Dallas.  “Ultimately, these operations help improve public safety by removing these criminals from our streets and from our country.”  Giles oversees 128 counties in north Texas and the state of Oklahoma.

All of the 37 men and three women arrested during this operation were from Mexico.
The following law enforcement agencies assisted ERO with this operation:  Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas police departments of Gladewater, Kilgore, Longview, Tyler and White Oak.

In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide. Eighty-two percent of individuals removed from the interior of the United States had previously been convicted of a criminal offense.

ICE is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security. ICE also prioritizes the arrest and removal of immigration fugitives or criminal aliens who have been previously deported and illegally re-entered the country.


Update on Longview Shooting, Carthage Student Among Dead
Posted April 7, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Story by: Blake Holland

 KGAS News has confirmed that 22 year-old JaCorey DeWayne Williams of Carthage has been arrested in relation to a Sunday night shooting in Longview. Among the victims, was Carthage High School student Joey Hollister.

Sunday evening, police were called to the Denny’s parking lot in the 3100 block of S Eastman Road where one person was found dead inside a vehicle. LPD says that a shooting that occurred just a few miles away in the 800 block of Beaumont Street could possibly be connected to the incident on Eastman Road.

According to police, JaCorey Williams has been charged with allegedly tampering with evidence. Williams was released on $5,000 bond.

SEVERE WEATHER: Sunday April 6th
Posted April 6, 2014 by kgasradio |   

1;05Radar Image: 4-6-15 1:05pm


Severe T-Storm Watch until 2pm




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Deadly Panola County Intersection Set To Become a Four-Way Stop
Posted April 2, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Story by: Blake Holland

The intersection of Farm-to-Market Roads 699 and 2517 will become a four-way stop beginning on Friday.

According to TxDOT, stop signs, pavement markings and warning signs will be placed on FM 699. The stop and stop ahead signs will have flashing lights on them to help catch drivers’ attention.

TxDOT advises motorists traveling through the intersection to use extreme caution as drivers get use to the new traffic pattern.

2014 Senior Show Set For This Weekend
Posted April 2, 2014 by kgasradio |   

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The Class of 2014 invites you to attend the “C-Town Senior Revue” this Saturday, April 5 @ 7pm and Sunday, April 6 @ 4pm. All performances will take place at the Junior High Auditorium.

Adult tickets are $8 and student tickets are $5; tickets may be purchased from any cast member or through the CHS Main Office. Tickets will also be available at the door. You may pre-order a DVD copy of the performance from CHS-TV for $10; they will have a table set up in the foyer each day.

Entrapped Worker Freed at Tyson Foods; Recovering from Surgery
Posted April 1, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Story by: Blake Holland

One victim was transported to ETMC Carthage by ambulance after being caught in a piece of equipment. The incident happened shortly after 6:30 am at Tyson Foods on the loop.

According to Asst. Fire Chief Gene Giles, upon arrival the victims leg was trapped. He was freed and transported to ETMC Carthage. The victim, Jamie Guerra was later transferred to a Longview hospital. He is currently recovering from surgery at Good Shepard Medical Center in Longview.

Major Accident Sends Two To ETMC Carthage
Posted March 31, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Story by: Blake Holland

At approximately 6:35 pm Monday, emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 149 in the Riderville community. According to Firefighter Mike Johnson, both drivers were transported to ETMC Carthage by ambulance. The extent of their injuries is currently unknown.

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Panola County Fails to Apply For TxDOT Grant
Posted March 31, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Story by: Blake Holland

TxDOT is reporting that 191 Texas counties applied for their County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant program. Although, Panola County is not one of them.

According to the Texas Association of Counties, The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $225 million for transportation infrastructure projects in counties affected by oil and gas production.

TxDOT says that 75% of Texas counties applied for the grant. However, Panola County did not apply following a decision by the commissioners court. The county would have received $1,892,852, which would have made them 31 out of 254 counties as far as highest dollar amount received. This means that according to the allocation formula, the state identified Panola County as being in the top 12% of counties in need of the funding.

Records show that all adjacent counties to Panola applied, including Harrison, Gregg, Rusk, and Shelby counties. -BH

Harrison County Sheriff Talks Benefield Murder Investigation
Posted March 24, 2014 by easttexastoday |   

crimesceneMarshall, TX – Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool was the guest  Monday during KMHT 103.9FM’s daily talk show The Talk Of East Texas.  Sheriff McCool talked at length today about the investigation into locating Alicia Benefield, as well as the investigation after her body was found nearly one week ago.

McCool talks candidly, and in depth about all aspects of the investigation into Benefield’s death.  To hear the sheriff’s comments click here.  Also, be sure you are tuned into KMHT 103.9FM each weekday morning at 8:30 a.m. to hear the Talk of East Texas, Sheriff McCool is our featured guest each Monday morning.

Stanger Presented with Key To The City
Posted March 23, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Friday afternoon, pilot Dianna Stanger was a guest at the Panola County Airport. Carthage Mayor Lynn Vincent was on hand to present Stranger with a key to the city.

According to the Angel Flight organization, Dianna is strongly motivated by her passion for aviation. She is the Vice-Chariman for Angel Flights in the south central region. She is also the Vice President of Operations for Whirly-Girls International, an organization dedicated to engaging women in rotary wing aviation.

Stranger participates in the annual Air Race Classic, the oldest transcontinental air race in the United States.

Dianna is the Calhoun County Airport Manager and heads up the Cessna Pilot Center for flight training at the county-owned airport in Port Lavaca, TX. Her work with the Texas Department of Transportation to secure over $3.5 million in airport improvements resulted in the Calhoun County Airport being named Texas’ “Most Improved Airport” in 2010.1979546_674043922653469_1208488804_n
Stranger was also nominated “Most Dedicated Female Pilot in the World” in 2011 by Women of Aviation Worldwide. -BH

Photo by: Blake Holland

Beckville Boil Water Notice Lifted
Posted March 23, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Beckville Mayor Gene Mothershed tells KGAS News that the boil water notice has been lifted. The water is now safe to consume.

Benefields Body Recovered; Webster Charged With Murder
Posted March 16, 2014 by kgasradio |   
UPDATE: On March 18 at approximately 10:20 PM, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney Coke Solomon’s office recovered the body of Alicia Benefield after alleged suspect Rodris Webster led investigators to that location.

Webster was booked into the Harrison County Jail on a charge of Murder related to the death of Alicia Benefield and a charge of Felon in possession of a firearm.

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KGAS just spoke to Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool about the search near Waskom for 19 year-old Alicia Benefield who was last seen around 3:30 a.m. on Friday in Elysian Fields. Her vehicle, a blue Dodge Stratus, was left at the DeBerry Baptist Church on Highway 31 in DeBerry. She did not report to work on Friday evening in Carthage, as scheduled.Harrison County Sheriffs deputies along with a Shreveport K-9 unit are currently searching an area off of I-20 in Waskom.

“We are actively searching for an individual, Alicia Benefield, who was reported missing, and we have interviewed numerous individuals who have had contact with her. We don’t know yet if any foul play was involved, but we do want to interview everyone that has had contact with her in the last 48 hours or so,” McCool said

According to information released by Harrison County Administrative Deputy Jay Webb, “Harrison County Investigators are currently speaking with a person of interest about the incident.”

Earlier, Heartbeat News spoke with Benefields mother, Tomeika Hudson, who confirms a jacket belonging to Benefield’s boyfriend was located inside a dumpster at a Burger King on I-20. A set of car keys belonging to Benefield were found inside the jacket.1378265_671294912928370_171952168_n

Administrative Deputy Webb said, “eleven investigators and the Harrison County District Attorney’s investigator have spent over 100 man hours attempting to locate Ms. Benefield.” KGAS Reporter Blake Holland is in Waskom working to gather more details.1888507_670448853012976_675739566_n



Gary Mayor Jean Heaton Passes Away
Posted March 14, 2014 by kgasradio |   
A longtime Panola County mayor has passed away. Jean Heaton began her term as mayor of the city of Gary in 1996. She had previously served on the Gary City Council from 1991 to 1995. Heaton was also a member of the Gary ISD School Board and a member of the Eastside Baptist Church in Gary.

Heaton passed away Wednesday at her home. Services will be held Saturday at 2pm at the Gary Cemetery under the direction of the Hawthorn Funeral Home. Jean Heaton was 80.jean-heaton-obituary

Carthage Man Pleads Guilty In Federal Court
Posted March 14, 2014 by kgasradio |   
A 39 year-old Carthage man is facing 10 years to life after pleading guilty to trying to convince a a police officer posing as a minor to have sex with him.Sammy Mosely, of Carthage, appeared in a federal courtroom on Thursday. Mosely was arrested back in August in Bossier City after he reportedly responded to an advertisement on the internet soliciting a mother and daughter for sex. Mosely thought he was talking with a 13-year-old girl who was actually a police officer. His arrest was a part of a federal program called Project Safe Childhood.

According to court documents, sentencing for Mosely is set to take place in late June. He is facing a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a $250 million fine, and five years to life under parole.

Listen here..Carthage Man Sentenced

Panola County Man Shoots Self in Hand
Posted March 14, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Gun safety is certainly not something that should be taken lightly. One Panola County man found this out the hard way on Thursday when he shot himself in the hand.

Panola County Chief Deputy John DePresca tells KGAS News that two deputies responded to the accidental shooting and discovered that a man was cleaning his gun when he shot himself in the palm of his hand. The man was unaware that the guns chamber was occupied.

DePresca tells KGAS that the bullet made a clean entrance and exit and was later recovered on the kitchen floor.

Safe to Plant? Spring Freeze Possible?
Posted March 13, 2014 by kgasradio |   

As temperatures warm up and the days get longer, folks are preparing to plant. Mid-March is the time of year when we normally see the last freeze of the season.

The National Weather Service is not predicting a freeze anytime soon. Meteorologist Gary Shatelin in Shreveport says that another freeze is possible but he thinks it’s safe for gardeners to begin their spring planting.

A storm system is predicted to move in this weekend, Shatelin says that the system will most likely not affect temperatures drastically. Stay with The Heartbeat of East Texas throughout the day for your latest weather forecast. planting

Six-Year-Old Boy Found Safe After Brief Search
Posted March 9, 2014 by kgasradio |   
Shortly before noon on Sunday, the Panola County Sheriffs Office received a call from a mother on FM 699 in the Old Center Community. The mother reported that her son had ran into the woods and she had failed to find him.


Sheriffs deputies responded along with the Woods VFD, Teneha VFD, and also numerous individuals with ATV’s. Authorities had originally requested a DPS helicopter out of Tyler. That call was cancelled shortly before two o’clock when the boy was found by a volunteer.
The six-year-old was found unharmed and is now back with his family. The young mans family tells KGAS News that they thank all agencies who assisted in the search efforts.
KGAS Reporter Blake Holland is covering this story, and will have more on all of the KGAS Monday newshours.

17-Year Old Kills Step-Father in Defense of his Mother
Posted March 8, 2014 by kgasradio |   

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake says his office has made no final determinations into the shooting death of Leonard Digiliormo, 43, who was shot and killed by his 17-year-old step son, Koby Michael Yoder, on Wednesday evening following a domestic dispute in the River Hill community.

Lake told KGAS News during a Friday morning interview that his office is taking criticism from both families involved in the case, but they are doing their job gathering evidence.

“We’ve received a little criticism from both sides on maybe the charge was too much, or maybe the charge wasn’t enough. Ya know, it’s never easy to keep everybody happy, but our job is not to make the law, but to enforce the law,” said Sheriff Lake. “We as law enforcement officers are evidence gatherers, and we gather the evidence along with the Criminal District Attorney’s office and we turn the evidence over to them for completion in the investigation.”

Sheriff Lake told us the case will go before the Panola County Grand Jury.

“The case will go before a Grand Jury for the Grand Jury to decide what happens. We are not the guilt or innocence, we collect the evidence and we enforce the law and that is what we have done in this case. We will continue to work on this, we are putting a lot of hours into this to make sure everything is done correctly, and to make sure the complete story is told,” said Lake. “The thing that we would ask the public to do is pray for both these families, because it’s a tragedy on both sides.”

The fatal shooting is under investigation, and some news outlets are reporting Yoder was defending his mother from a domestic abuse situation at the time of the shooting.

Sheriff Lake told us Yoder was booked into the Panola County Detention Center Thursday on a murder charge and has since been freed on $25,000 bond.

The KGAS News Team of Blake Holland, Mark Bownds, and Ashli Acker Dansby will continue to bring you the latest on this ongoing story.