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.

Carthage ISD Announces Changes in Administration
Posted February 22, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Carthage ISD has announced changes in campus leadership effective for the 2017-18 school year.

Jason Harris has been named high school prinicipal. Wade Watson is now junior high prinicipal. Clarinda Collins is principal of Baker-Koonce and Mike Baysinger is the new PACE Academy principal.

Current high school principal Otis Amy requested an assignment change and will be  vice principal at Libby Elemertary. PACE Academy principal Michelle Little is retiring.

Beckville Man Charged with Trying to Run Over Sheriff’s Deputy
Posted February 21, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Beckville man is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer after fleeing police in a chase that ended in Tatum early Tuesday morning.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_nPanola Co. Sheriff Kevin Lake says Steven Mullican, 28, was driving on the wrong side of the road on FM 959.  Deputy Josh Nagle tried to stop him, Mullican fled, turning onto Hwy. 149, and then turning right just before Hwy. 43, crashing through a cyclone fence.

As Deputies Chad Gray and Nagle approached the vehicle, Mullican reversed his vehicle striking two Panola County patrol units. Nagle was struck by the vehicle and knocked to the ground.  Mullican went forward again, trying to run over Nagle. Nagle and Gray fired at Mullican, hitting him in the side, according to Lake.

Mullican is in stable condition at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview. Nagle was treated for non-life threatening injuries at ETMC, Carthage.

The vehicle Mullican was driving was found to be stolen.

Lake said more charges will be filed against Mullican.

Police Chase Ends in Tatum, Suspect Shot
Posted February 21, 2017 by easttexastoday |   

Clay Ihlo photo

Rusk County officials and the Texas Rangers are currently investigating an incident after a police chase involving two Panola County deputies ended in Tatum.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the Beckville area on a vehicle suspected to be involved in a theft attempt. That vehicle led deputies on a chase north on Highway 149 into Rusk County and the City of Tatum.

Once in Tatum, the suspect turned left off the roadway prior to reaching the intersection with Highway 43 and drove into a cyclone fence at the office building of Justice of Peace, Precinct 2, Bonnie Miller. The suspect continued his attempt to flee, knocking down a deputy before he was subdued. Damage was sustained to both sheriff office vehicles as well.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_n“This evening we had officers investigating a possible unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Officers indicated that they observed a vehicle in the Beckville area that matched the description of a possible suspect involved in this attempted theft of a vehicle,” Panola County Sheriff Lake said. “They attempted to make a traffic stop on that vehicle and it fled toward Tatum.”

“They pursued the vehicle into Tatum where Tatum PD assisted. The vehicle ran into a fence inside the city limits where the suspect proceeded to attempt to travel. Subject’s vehicle struck two Panola County patrol units. Also struck one Panola County deputy, knocking him to the ground.”

The suspect was transported to a Longview hospital by Champion EMS with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The deputy, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to ETMC Carthage.  16831944_1342107445847110_3862214489892371244_n 16832132_1342107449180443_4789857415480708860_n

Updates on this story will be given as they become available.


Panola County 71st Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet
Posted February 17, 2017 by easttexastoday |   

The 71st Annual Panola County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Thursday night at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients:
Ambassador of the Year — Debbie Allums
Chairman’s Award — Doug Spradley
Shining Star — Emily Andrus
Employee of the Year (Sponsored by KGAS)– Walter Weston
Citizen of the Year (Sponsored by The Panola Watchman) — Bob Harness
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Panola County Chamber Ambassadors Hold Tuesday Ribbon Cutting
Posted February 14, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Panola County Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting today at Foley Rentals Tire Shop.

ribbon cutting

Carthage Police Initiate Big Drug Bust, Net Illegal Drugs, Money, Arrest
Posted February 14, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage Police, Panola County Sheriff’s deputies and Constable Bryan Murff conducted a raid on a house on Tribble Alley on Thursday, Feb. 9, and busted a man on a variety of drug charges.


Illegal Drugs Taken in Raid on Tribble Alley

Justin Bernard Gilstrap, 30, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance PG2, Possession of Controlled Substance PG3, Money Laundering and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Jim Vanover said officers recovered Ecstasy, Xanax and Marijuana, as well as a large amount of cash, multiple baggies, digital scales and a vacuum seal often used for packaging illegal narcotics.

“The Carthage Police Department and Panola County Sheriff’s Office have dedicated employees to fight the war on drugs and we intend to try to alleviate the problem in Carthage and Panola County,” said Vanover.



M.P. Baker Library to Exhibit Once Upon A Playground
Posted January 13, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

Exhibit PicThe classic metal and wood structures that have populated playgrounds for most of the twentieth century—towering metal slides, giant jungle gyms, whirling merry-go-rounds, bouncing seesaws—have become beloved artifacts of childhood. They are part of the personal histories of most Americans over the age of 30, as well as a tangible piece of the country’s cultural and industrial design heritage. In celebration of this heritage, Once Upon a Playground opens January 30, 2017 in the Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library of Panola College.

Once Upon a Playground offers a visual tribute to these vanishing playgrounds of our past, celebrating their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations. Co-curated by Brenda Biondo, author of Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920–1975 and Carol Johnson, recently retired curator of photography at the Library of Congress, the exhibition combines contemporary photographs of classic equipment, vintage images of playground scenes from the Library of Congress’ collections, and images from period playground catalogs and other ephemera. By bringing together these diverse sources, the exhibition highlights a playground vernacular that developed over decades, while providing historical context and cultural insight.

Playground equipment often reflected the popular culture of the times, as geometric metal and wood apparatus of the 1920s and 1930s gradually gave way to pieces in the shape of cowboys and Indians, storybook characters, rocket ships and satellites, motorcycles, and geodesic domes.

Unfortunately, as communities have renovated their parks and schoolyards, classic playground equipment has virtually disappeared from many parts of the country. Yet these icons of childhood still trigger fond memories for countless Americans and remain a ubiquitous product of America’s industrial design heyday.

Once Upon a Playground is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO. This exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display until February 28, 2017. For additional information please call the library at 903-693-2052 or email Sherri Baker at sherri.baker@panola.edu.

Image Credit: Brenda Biondo, Miracle Lifetime Whirl, Hudson, CO, 2011; color

Log Truck Overturns on FM 31 in Deadwood, No Serious Injuries Reported
Posted January 11, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

An overturned log truck blocked traffic for nearly two hours on Wednesday afternoon in Deadwood

logtruck1The accident happened around 2 p.m. on the Farm-to-Market Road 31, just north of the Farm-to-Market Road 2517 intersection. DPS Trooper Daniel McBride says the driver of the truck was traveling at an unsafe speed around a curve when the truck overturned.

The driver did suffer some minor injuries, but refused to be transported to the hospital. The roadway was cleared around 4 p.m.

DPS, TxDOT, and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Photo: Blake Holland/KGAS

Click here to listen to the full radio story….Log Truck Overturns

Panola County Home Destroyed in Sunday Fire, Family of Three Displaced
Posted January 9, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

housefireA Panola County family of three is without a home following a Sunday fire. The blaze broke out around 11:15 a.m., on County Road 459 in eastern Panola County.

Homeowner Fan S. Stephens says he was sitting in his living room with his wife Tonya, when his son came in saying there was a fire in his room.

*Click here to listen to the full radio story and interview…*

Stephens says the family made it out with nothing more than the pajamas they were wearing. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.  Stephens says the family did lose several dogs in the fire. Crews from Flatwoods VFD, Inter-Community VFD, and Caddo Parrish were called in to help fight the blaze.

The family plans on purchasing a mobile home, but doesn’t have the money for a down payment. For more information on how you can help the Stephens family call Brenda at 903-263-8143.

Friends and family plan on collecting money for the Stephens on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Beckville four-way stop.

Clothing sizes can be found below:

Fan- XL shirts, 36-34 jeans, 10.5 shoes

Tonya- 3X, 1X pants, 8 shoes

Son- 4X, 44 pants, 10.5 shoes

Texas Schools Receive Preliminary Letter Grades, Carthage ISD Responds
Posted January 6, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

The Texas Education Agency debuted a new controversial letter-grade accountability system on Friday. The new report rates districts in four different domains.

  • D1: Student Achievement
  • D2: Student Progress
  • D3: Closing Performance Gaps
  • D4: Post-secondary Readiness

The preliminary report shows Carthage ISD received a C in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps, and an F in post-secondary readiness. Beckville ISD received a B in student achievement, a C in student progress, a B in closing performance gaps, and an A in post-secondary readiness. Gary ISD received a c in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps, and a C in post-secondary readiness.

Carthage ISD Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick sent out the following statement to his faculty and staff concerning the ratings.

“The newly developed A-F State Accountability System is NOT an accurate reflection of quality education, dedicated staff, supportive parents and students with a vast array of talents, interests and opportunities. This system does NOT take into consideration the vast diversity of our state or the available resources for meeting the high expectations required to achieve the desired outcomes.

Carthage ISD does not embrace a rating or ranking of our schools based on a state test administered on one specific date. Our focus is to provide a quality 21st century education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design. Our schools are so much more than one test; our students are so much more than one score!”

These ratings represent a work-in-progress and are predicted to change before becoming effective in August 2018.


DeBerry Woman Sentenced to 40 Years for Murder of Waskom Man
Posted January 5, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

A DeBerry woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for the 2015 murder of a Waskom man.

murderkmhtAccording to KMHT in Marshall, Marilyn Marche Kirkland, 26, of Deberry, plead guilty earlier this week to the December 2015 murder of Waskom resident Clinton Wayne Saizon. Saizon was found dead at his mobile home by a family member after being shot one time. Kirkland was arrested a few days later by Waskom Police for the murder.

Kirkland says she and Saizon were shooting up meth and reading the bible on her phone, when they decided one of them needed to be sacrificed. She claims her drug induced state led her to shooting Saizon.

The jury deliberated less than two hours on Thursday before returning the sentence. Kirkland was facing a punishment of 5 to 99 years in prison.


Panola College Receives $20,000 Donation from Chevron
Posted January 5, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

News Release: On December 8, 2016 Mike Milliorn, Chevron Operations Supervisor and Kim Smith, Operations Assistant, presented Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College and Dr. Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction with a $20,000 donation for Panola College’s School of Energy.

panloladon“Chevron has been a wonderful support of Panola College for many years, and we are very appreciative for their continued generosity. It is with the help of partners like Chevron that we are able to be at the forefront of training students in the energy industry,” said Dr. Shannon.

Photo: (L to R) Dr. Greg Powell and Dr. Joe Shannon

Carthage VFD Releases Number of Calls for 2016
Posted January 5, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

The Carthage Volunteer Fire Department recently released their 2016 summary of calls. In total, the department responded to 197 alarms.

The report shows that 120 of those calls were in the city limits, while 77 were out of the city limits. The busiest month appears to be October, with a total of 27 alarms.

For the Year 2016

House Fires-11


Mobile Homes-6


Vehicle Fires-14

Vehicle Wrecks-11

Fire Alarms-36

False Alarms-13

Haz-Mat Calls-22


General Alarms-2

EMS Type Calls-6

Total alarms-197


Pilot Escapes Without Injury in Nacogdoches Co. Plane Crash
Posted January 4, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating a plane crash that occurred in Nacogdoches County on Wednesday evening.

According to Texas DPS spokeswoman Stephanie Davis, the crash happened around 4 p.m. in a wooded area on Terry Crawford Road. Preliminary reports indicate that a 1981 Mooney aircraft was attempting to land at the Nacogdoches County airport, located just off of State Highway 7.

According to the pilot, 63-year-old Donald Irby of Sugarland, the engine lost power as he was making his final pass before landing. Irby was able to land the plane in a wooded area away from any structures.

He was treated on scene for minor injuries. Davis says Irby was the only person inside the plane at the time of the crash.

Center Police Arrest Shooting Suspect
Posted January 4, 2017 by Blake Holland |   
mugNews Release: On January 2, 2017 at approximately 9:15 p.m. Center Police Department Officers were conducting a traffic stop at the baseball field located on County Road 1000 in Center. While out with the vehicle Officers heard rapid gun shots coming from a wooded area across the roadway toward their location.
Officers called for backup and assistance came from Texas DPS and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The short time later officers located the suspected shooter at his residence located on the same County road.
The suspected shooter was identified as 37-year-old white male Michael Creel of Center Texas. Center Police Department officers arrested Creel and transported him to the Center Police Department where he was booked in for Aggravated Assault against a Police Officer Felony One.
This case is still under investigation and this is all the information detectives can release at this time.

TxDOT Pretreats Highways Ahead of Winter Weather Threat
Posted January 4, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

TxDOT News Release: With winter precipitation being predicted for Friday, TxDOT’s Atlanta District has trucks out Wednesday and Thursday spraying local major highways, bridges and overpasses with a brine solution. The solution is a mixture of salt and water that binds to the pavement and helps prevent any precipitation from freezing on the pavement and structures.

Pretreating roadways and bridges with brine has proven to be an effective way to prevent early icing on these facilities. The brine mixes with the precipitation creating a solution that requires much lower temperatures to freeze. The brine solution is also much more environmentally friendly that using rock salt on roadways.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when driving in winter weather, and to always slow down and drive according to conditions. Drivers should never slam on their brakes which can cause the vehicle to begin skidding. If the vehicle begins sliding, the driver should take their foot off the accelerator and turn their steering wheel in the direction they want their vehicle to travel without oversteering.

To stay atop road conditions in Texas, motorists can log onto www.DriveTexas.gov and can view more winter driving tips at www.TxDOT.gov.

Texas Country Music Association, Inc. Appoints New Executive VP
Posted January 3, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

tcmaNews Release:  (Carthage, Texas) – The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. is proud to announce Nathan Hunnicutt as their new Executive Vice President. Hunnicutt is the founder of the already established ETX Music Awards, which just had it’s own fifth annual red carpet event. Nathan Hunnicutt holds an MBA from Harding University and has the business development and marketing experience to move TCMA forward.

The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. President, Linda Wilson said, “Nathan Hunnicutt has joined us to further develop our growing portfolio of services and membership accounts, both statewide and nationally. Together, we will be launching the Texas Country Music Awards. Nathan’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the TCMA family. And, having country superstar Mark Chesnutt as our official TCMA Spokesperson, 2017 will be quite exciting.”

Hunnicutt comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge within TCMA and I look forward to working with the team to further develop and fulfill their service suite and goals. I am fortunate to be joining such an association that prides itself on highlighting great music.”

The Texas Country Music Awards is currently implementing a Song Contest and will expand categories in the Spring of 2017, followed by an awards banquet in the Fall. Judges of the Song Contest are Heather Little, Rod Phelps, Tommie Ritter Smith, Del Way, Brad Maule, Nathan Hunnicutt, Chris Christian, Hal Willis, ‘Phat’ Matt Ganssle, Linda Wilson and Richard Wilson.

“The timing is perfect as we move into 2017. With experience of the ETX Music Awards bringing in nearly half a million votes, we are aiming to serve the Country music scene well here in Texas,” said Wilson.

UPDATE: Motorcycle Pursuit Ends with Two Arrests
Posted January 3, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

Two people were jailed on Sunday night after leading authorities on a motorcycle pursuit across Panola County.

motoIt started in the city limits of Carthage, when a police officer attempted to pull the motorcycle over for a traffic stop. The chase later resumed in the county and eventually came to an end on County Road 229, off of Highway 79 South.

EMS was dispatched to the scene as a precaution. Officials say a Panola County Sheriff’s deputy did suffer some minor scrapes and cuts to the leg while taking down one of the suspects.

mugJail records show the motorcycle operator, Justin Jarrod Booty, 28, of Carthage was arrested and charged with evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. His passenger, Brittany Nichole Wallace, 22, of Henderson was jailed on a charge of evading arrest/detention.

It’s still unclear why the pair fled from authorities.

Photos: Blake Holland KGAS/Panola County Detention Center

Boss Hog BBQ and Restaurant Set to Open in Carthage
Posted January 3, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

A DeBerry barbecue restaurant will soon open a second location in Carthage. Owner James Peloquin says he first opened Boss Hog BBQ and Restaurant in September 2015 on Highway 79 in DeBerry.

Peloquin recently sealed the deal on opening a second location in the former Comer’s BBQ building at the corner of West Panola and Maple Street. He hopes to open the new location on Monday, January 9.

Peloquin says the restaurant will offer a full line of barbecue, hamburgers, baked potatoes, and fish plates. They also plan on offering delivery and eventually catering.

Peloquin plans on initially splitting his crews, but hopes as business grows to hire extra people. Listen to the full radio story below….





Authorities Investigate Hit-and-Run Accident near DeBerry
Posted January 3, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

Local authorities spent Tuesday morning investigating a hit-and-run accident in northeast Panola County. The crash happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Farm-to-Market Road 31, about five miles north of DeBerry.

axWitnesses say a white Dodge van struck the trailer of a passing utility truck. The driver of the van abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.

DPS Trooper Brandon Norman says alcohol was found in the back of the van. No injuries were reported, although the condition of the van driver is unknown.

Officials believe the driver fled to the Elysian Fields area.