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 Co. Commissioners Court Meets in Special Session on Monday Morning
Posted July 25, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Panola County Commissioners Court met on Monday morning at 9 o’clock in a special session.

Judge LeeAnn Jones reported that certified values are now available. Jones says the values were only $300 million more than the preliminary numbers. Jones says unless the court can find four million dollars to cut, there could be an increase in property taxes.

The court approved an election agreement between the City of Beckville and Panola County to hold a wet/dry option election in November 2016.

The court also approved the purchase of 17 electronic poll book tablets for Elections Administrator Cheyenne Lampley. The purchase will be made out of the election services contract fund. These tablets will replace the notebooks currently in use.

The county’s morgue services agreement was also acted on. Judge Jones says morgue services have been handled by Hawthorn Funeral Home for the past ten years. The court approved for services to now be handled by Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home.

Listen to the full report from Judge Jones here>Court Report 7/25/16



Carthage Man Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation Charges
Posted July 22, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

METCALF, ALLEN LEE (2)On Thursday, Allen Lee Metcalf, 40, of Carthage appeared before 123rd District Judge Charles “Brick” Dickerson and entered guilty pleas to 12 felony cases related to molestation of a child.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Metcalf was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for the 9 sexual assault counts. Judge Dickerson also ordered him to serve 10 years in prison on the three counts indecency with a child. Metcalf will serve the sentences consecutively for a total of 30 years per count.

Panola County Criminal District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson commended the outstanding work of Panola County Sheriff’s Investigators and the victim for taking the stand.

“Their excellent case preparation has led to the removal of a child predator from our streets,” Davidson said. ” I also commend the Judge’s decision to stack the sentences on this defendant to ensure that he never molests another child. The victim, now age 22, was very brave to come forward to report horrible crimes that began in 2008.”

Jail records show Metcalf was first booked on a charge of sexual assault in September 2015. He was then booked in November 2015 on 8 other charges of sexual assault and 3 counts of indecency with a child.

Photo: Panola County Detention Center

Panola College Named “Great College to Work For”
Posted July 22, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: Panola College was once again named a great college to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. This is Panola College’s fifth consecutive year to receive this outstanding award. The results in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 46,000 employees of 281 colleges and universities. Panola College was among only 25 two-year institutions in the nation that applied for the program and achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition.

According to the Chronicle’s criteria, Panola College won honors in 10 of the 11 two-year college categories studied. These included: 

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Facilities, Workspace & Security
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Professional/Career Development Programs
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
  • Teaching Environment
  • Work/Life Balance

As a result of achieving recognition in so many different areas, Panola College was also listed on the Chronicle’s “Honor Roll” as a stand out college in its size category. 

“Panola College is extremely pleased to be recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of only 12 community colleges in the nation to be named to the 2016 Honor Roll as a Great College to Work For, said Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College. “I think that this award speaks highly of our Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and administration that this is the fifth consecutive year to receive this national recognition.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

“Nine years in, The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program is well known as a mark of a college or university that puts thought and effort into serving the needs of its faculty and staff,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “The colleges and universities that make the list are highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and administrative talent.”

“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,” said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC. “And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site at http://chronicle.com/AW16.

Lake Board Votes to Close Murvaul Marina
Posted July 21, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

marinaOn Tuesday night, the Panola County Fresh Water Supply District voted to close the Lake Murvaul Marina due to an unspecified ‘conflicting interest.’

A letter delivered to Marina operators on Wednesday read:

“The Board of Panola County Fresh Water Supply District #1 has decided to end the verbal agreement between the District and the Bait Shop and Marina due to a conflicting interest.

You must have the property vacated by August 1, 2016.

All property must stay with the building and all improvements made to the building must remain on property.”

On Wednesday morning, Marina operators Jarell and Tabitha Jones posted an announcement on Facebook concerning the decision:

“As of August 1, 2016 Lake Murvaul Marina will close per request of the Murvaul Lake Board. I’m am very sad that this will happen I have enjoyed serving and meeting so many of you. We will still be serving food and be open regular hours until then. Thank you so much for your business and friendships we have made.”

Members of the Panola County Fresh Water Supply District Board declined comment. The future of the Lake Murvaul Marina is unknown.

Citizens Gather for Discussion on Police-Community Relations
Posted July 20, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

discussion1On Tuesday night, community members of different races and backgrounds gathered in a vacant lot at the corner of MLK Jr. Boulevard and Cook Street for a discussion encouraging positive behavior.

Carthage resident Omowali Lumumba organized the gathering to have a proactive conversation concerning attitude and conduct when being stopped by law enforcement.

discussion“None of that stuff that actually happened in the past several weeks, happened here in Panola County,” said Lumumba. “So what I want to say is that before something does happen here, let’s be proactive in getting together and talking about the issues.”

Lumumba says he hopes the conversation will continue with other community discussions like the one on Tuesday night.

Chamber Ambassadors Welcome East Texas Professional Credit Union
Posted July 20, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

credit1The Panola County Chamber of Commerce welcomed East Texas Professional Credit Union to the community with an official ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

Grand opening festivities included special account offers, prizes, and refreshments. The new Carthage branch is located at 1925 West Panola Street, next to Tractor Supply.

“We’re excited about this new full-service branch location,” said Byron Norton, ETPCU President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to serving the financial needs of Carthage and Panola County residents.”

credit3ETPCU was established back in 1953 as an education-based credit union and now has a membership base of more than 60,000. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in Anderson, Angelina, northern Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Smith and Upshur counties.

Lobby hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Drive thru hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 8:00 to 1:00 Saturday.




Marshall PD Obtains Handheld Translators
Posted July 20, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: The Marshall Police Department recently requested and received four Voxtec Phraselators and four SQUID Handheld Translators. These translators were provided, at no cost, to the police department through the Federal Government Surplus Property Program.

mpdThese handheld translators are programmed to translate several languages, including Spanish. Officers will be able to use these translators during traffic stops, interviews, emergency situations and any other situation where there is a language barrier.

“The ability to communicate with individuals we contact is essential,” said MPD Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa. “By accepting these translators, the Marshall Police Department is taking steps to ensure we are able to communicate effectively in almost every situation. These translators will be great tools that our officers can utilize to better serve the needs of our

Panola College Men’s Basketball Program Offering Summer Camps
Posted July 19, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: The Panola College men’s basketball team will be conducting two separate summer camps next week. Both camps will be held on July 25th and 26th.

Youth skills camp will begin at 9:00 AM and go until Noon each day. Skills camp will include campers between grades 4th-8th. Boys and girls are both welcome to attend. Camp will consist of athleticism, overall skill development and position work.

High school elite camp will consist of grades 9-12 and run between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Again, both boys and girls are welcome to attend. Elite camp will showcase high level development, full court simulation and individual instruction.

Registration will take place in the Charles Mathews Student center. Both camps are $50 and campers will receive a T-shirt among completion. Please arrive 15 minutes early as no pre-registration is required. If you have any questions you may reach out to Coach Adam Blaylock at 903-693-1147 or ablaylock@panola.edu

East Texas Professional Credit Union Celebrates Grand Opening
Posted July 19, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: East Texas Professional Credit Union will celebrate the grand opening of its new branch facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will include special account offers, prize registration, and refreshments.

The Carthage branch is located at 1925 West Panola Street and offers account and teller services, consumer loans, drive-thru service and an ATM.

“Our credit union began serving school system employees in Panola County 55 years ago,” said Byron Norton, ETPCU President and Chief Executive Officer. “In 2015 the Texas Credit Union Department approved our request for a field of membership expansion to a community charter in Panola County. This charter allows us to open membership to everyone who lives or works in Panola County.”

Lobby hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Drive thru hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 8:00 to 1:00 Saturday.

“We’re excited about this new full-service branch location,” said Norton. “We look forward to serving the financial needs of Carthage and Panola County residents.”

East Texas Professional Credit Union is a full service financial institution with twelve offices located throughout East Texas and a membership base of more than 60,000. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in Anderson, Angelina, northern Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Smith and Upshur counties. Visit etpcu.org for membership information.

Marshall Police Seek Community Help in Locating Missing Person
Posted July 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

missingmanThe Marshall Police Department is requesting the community’s help in locating a missing person.

Police say Frank Ellis Jr., 27 of Marshall was reported missing on Saturday by his girlfriend. The last time anyone spoke to Ellis was by telephone on Wednesday, July 13th. Ellis is described as a black male approximately 5’9 172 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what Ellis was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

If anyone has any information on his location, please call the Marshall Police Department at (903) 935-4575 or the Marshall/Harrison County Crime stoppers at (903) 935-9969.

Carthage Man Killed in Crash Near Mount Enterprise
Posted July 18, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Carthage man was killed last week in a two-vehicle collision near Mount Enterprise. According to DPS Trooper Jean Dark, the accident happened on Thursday, July 14th just before 10 p.m. on State Highway 315, two miles outside of Mount Enterprise.

The preliminary crash investigation shows that a 2009 Infiniti G37 was traveling northeast on SH 315 coming into the right curve, at the same time a 1993 Honda Civic was traveling southwest also approaching the curve. The Infiniti drove further left and struck the Honda in the southbound lanes. The Infiniti then spun around and came to rest on the northeast bound shoulder. The Honda flipped to the right coming to rest partially on the southbound shoulder.

The driver of Infinti was identified as Yessenis Angwin, 28, of Houston. She was transported to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. He has been identified as Luis Hernandez, 21, of Carthage.

A mass of Christian burial is set for Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at St. William of Vercelli Catholic Church in Carthage. DPS is investigating the crash.


Shreveport Man Leads Harrison County Authorities on High-Speed Chase
Posted July 17, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A Shreveport man was arrested on Sunday after robbing a Marshall EZ Mart and leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Police say at approximately 12 p.m. dispatchers received a report of a robbery  at the EZ Mart on West Pinecrest. A witness to the robbery followed the suspect’s vehicle southbound on HW 43. Sheriff Tom McCool located the vehicle at HW 43 South near Cave Springs Road and several HCSO deputies began pursuing the suspect vehicle.

The pursuit continued south through Tatum, where road spikes were deployed causing the vehicle to wreck into a yard. After a brief foot pursuit the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as Broderick Maximillian McHenry, 31, of Shreveport, Louisiana. McHenry was booked into the Harrison County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery, Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle, and additional charges relating to his activities in Rusk County.

MPD Chief Campa was quoted as saying, “Despite the difficult times we in the law enforcement community are currently facing, our area law enforcement agencies work tirelessly and in concert to make our communities safe. I am proud of the work done today and that this violent suspect was taken into custody before he could injure anyone else.”

Two-Vehicle Crash at HW 59 and HW 84 in Timpson
Posted July 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 84 in Timpson slowed traffic on Friday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 11.02.17 PMTimpson Police Officer Jake Metcalf says the crash happened just before 6:30 p.m. involving a silver 2011 Nissan Sentra and a silver 2015 Dodge Dart.

The driver of the Dodge was identified as Taylor Wilson, 21, of Gary with a passenger Devon Lablanc, 17, of Timpson. The driver of the 2011 Nissan was identified as Ashton Griffin, 19, of Tenaha. Griffin was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital with minor injuries by private vehicle.

Responding agencies include Timpson PD, Timpson VFD, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. No citations were issued.

‘Super Load’ Expected to Move Through Panola County
Posted July 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Another ‘Super Load’ is expected to cause traffic headaches across Panola County starting on Sunday.

Super Load EdwardsOn Friday, Edwards Moving and Rigging began moving a Cold Box from The Port of Caddo-Bossier to Eastman Chemical in Longview.

Officials say the convoy will average 5 mph each day. The transporter will have one truck pulling and one truck pushing the combined weight of 539,000 lbs.

Route and Schedule:

Sunday 7/17/2016
8:00AM – Enters Texas at 79 from Louisiana heading South
8:30AM – Transporter passes through Panola, TX
11:00AM – Transporter nears De Berry, TX.
2:00PM – Transporter parks between De Berry and Carthage for the evening.
Monday 7/18/2016
6:30AM – Transporter will start again
7:00AM – Transporter continues towards Carthage at NE Loop (La Salle)
10:30AM – Transporter will turn right onto Route 59 towards Marshall, TX then onto FM 1794
1:30PM – Transporter will turn North on 959 near Tatum, TX
2:30PM – Transporter will turn left on 43 towards Tatum, TX
4:00PM – Transporter parks in Tatum, TX overnight
Tuesday 7/19/2016
6:30AM – Transporter will start again moving North from Tatum,TX
8:30AM – Transport past Knox Lee Power Plant
11:00AM – Transporter crosses Sabine River on 149 towards Longview, TX
2:00PM – Transporter arriving at Callahan Rd/Eastman Chemical entrance

TxDOT Public Information Officer Marcus Sandifer says the convoy will be accompanied by law enforcement and that power lines will have to be raised along the route.

This ‘Super Load’ is similar to the one Edwards Moving and Rigging transported in July 2015.


Two-Vehicle Collision Snarls Traffic on Friday
Posted July 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

friaxA two-vehicle collision at Highway 149 and the Carthage loop snarled traffic on Friday morning. The accident happened just after 11:15 a.m. involving a red Chevy Camaro and a black Cadillac sedan.

Officials say the driver of the Chevy was coming down the off-ramp from the loop and failed to yield the right-of-way to the Cadillac headed into town on Highway 149. The front-end of the Chevy collided with the front passenger side of the Cadillac.

friax2No serious injuries were reported. EMS was dispatched to the scene, although no one was transported. The driver of the Chevy was issued a citation for failure to yield right-of-way.

DPS continues to investigate the crash.

Youth Advisory Council Hosting Homecoming Street Dance
Posted July 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

The Carthage Main Street Youth Advisory Council announced this week that they will host a Homecoming Street Dance in September.

The dance will take place the day after Carthage High School’s homecoming on Saturday, September 10th in downtown Carthage.

Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney says there will be line dancing with Southern Impact Band performing at 5:30 p.m. and also Shotgun Rider at 7 p.m. Deloney says the event is free to the public.

Sponsorship opportunities and VIP Tables available. For more information, call 903-736-2273

Carthage VFD Receives Donation from XTO Energy
Posted July 15, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

On Thursday, XTO Energy announced that the company had given over $57,000 to 35 fire departments across East Texas.

According to XTO Spokesperson Suann Guthrie, $4,000 was donated to the Carthage Volunteer Fire Department. Other area departments receiving donations include Center VFD, Henderson VFD, and Joaquin VFD.

“Volunteer fire departments play an extremely important role in providing emergency response services to rural areas that are not easily served by city or county fire departments,” said Keith Underwood, vice president, XTO Energy Eastern Division. “We understand the challenge these volunteer fire departments have working with tight budgets, and we are pleased to provide some assistance to help them continue to provide important services.”

In 2016, XTO contributed $201,000 to 84 emergency response organizations in Texas.

Two-Vehicle Crash Sends Teen to ETMC Carthage
Posted July 14, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

714ax2A two-vehicle crash sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened around 12:15 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 315 and Farm-to-Market Road 1970. Witnesses say a Chevy Malibu was traveling on FM 1970 and failed to yield the right-of-way to a Dodge Ram 1500 traveling along SH 315. The Malibu struck the Ram on the side, causing the truck to rollover into the ditch.

The three men inside the truck all escaped without injury. A 17-year-old passenger inside the Malibu was transported by ambulance to ETMC Carthage with minor injuries.

714axThe driver of the Malibu was issued a citation for failure to yield right-of-way and also driving without a license.

Clayton VFD and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash along with DPS.

Photos: Blake Holland KGAS


Helicopter Used to Move AC Units at Two CISD Campuses
Posted July 14, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

chopper2Carthage residents woke up Wednesday morning to the sound of a helicopter hovering over two CISD campuses.

The chopper spent nearly two hours lifting rooftop AC units at both Carthage Primary and Baker-Koonce Intermediate.

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick says using the helicopter allowed crews to take the units off much easier and faster. Hambrick added that it is less expensive to use the chopper opposed to renting a crane.

The use of the helicopter was the decision of the contractor. View video from the lift below.

Northside Christian Center Prepares to Break Ground for New Building
Posted July 14, 2016 by Blake Holland |   

Northside Christian Center will break ground later this month on the new Billy and Betty Shoffner Christian Education Center.

Pastor Aaron Bequette says the 12,000 square foot facility will include five classrooms, a gymnasium, and also a kitchen. The Northside Christian Academy will use the facility for physical education classes, athletic events, and assemblies. The building will also be used for ministry, meetings, and training sessions.

northsidefacilityThe new facility will be named after founding Northside pastor Billy Shoffner and his wife Betty. Shoffner pastored the church from 1961 to 2000. He established the Northside Christan Academy for students K-12 in 1985.

Bequette says the center is being built in phases as the money comes in. The church is trusting God will provide for the facility through the generous giving of like-minded people with a vision for Christ-centered education.

A chamber of commerce groundbreaking for the new center is set for Tuesday, July 26th at 9 a.m.

AUDIO: Click here to listen to Pastor Aaron Bequette’s comments