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.

Marshall Symphony Orchestra’s Jeans & Classics concert set for Sept. 19
Posted September 2, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The Marshall Symphony Orchestra is getting ready to put on its annual Jeans and Classics concert. This year’s show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19th in downtown Marshall.

The concert features music from Queen and begins at 8 pm. Music Director Kermit Poling says the show features something new.

jeans and classics“The original band, Queen, uses a lot of choral music in their music, anyone who has heard songs like “Bohemia Rapsody” in particular. That’s probably the one I think of that’s probably the most choral, but about three quarters of the songs in the concert make extensive use of the choir, and its not just back up singers because Jeans & Classics brings their back up singers too, this gives a whole new feel, a whole new texture too. That’s one of the things that sets Queen aside. That’s one of the things that sets this concert aside,” Poling said.

Tickets may be purchased online at Marshall Regional Arts Council’s website and on Marshall Symphony’s website at http://www.marshallsymphony.com.

You can also get tickets at KGAS studios at 200 West Wellington in Carthage.




Rusk County fugitive sex offender caught by U.S. Marshals near Marshall
Posted September 1, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Rusk County fugitive, who is a sex offender and had been on the run, has been captured and charged.

Jamie Dale Walker

Jamie Dale Walker

Officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Tyler, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and Marshall Police apprehended Jamie Dale Walker on I-20 just outside Marshall late Monday afternoon.

Chief Deputy Steve Tiller of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Eastern Division in Tyler tells KGAS News Walker had eluded authorities on multiple occasions and that Rusk County authorities reached out to the U.S. Marshal’s Office for assistance in nabbing the suspect.

“We were able to put two and two together and got a good lead, a good solid lead that led us over to Marshall, and we were able to safely apprehend Mr. Walker,” Tiller said.

“He went quietly…he was surrounded by a large number of officers we managed to get up on him and surround him and arrest him without incident.”

Walker is charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Rusk County and now he’s charged with multiple counts of evading arrest. Tiller said Walker is also expected to be charged with several crimes in Harrison County, including auto and identity theft.

Click here to hear Elaine Etheridge’s interview with Chief Deputy Steve Tiller:

Chief Deputy Steve Tiller, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Eastern District, Tyler




Panola County swears in Bobbie Davis as new county clerk
Posted September 1, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola County Commissioners’ Court held a special meeting Tuesday morning to swear in Bobbie Davis as the new county clerk.

commissioners courtDavis was appointed to serve out the unexpired term of Paul Brevard, who resigned for health reasons.

Judge LeeAnn Jones said commissioners approved and recorded the bond and oath of office for Panola County Clerk Bobbie Davis, then swore her in with the oath of office.

Kilgore police arrest driver of minivan in death of child
Posted September 1, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Kilgore Police investigators have charged a 25-year-old Kilgore woman with an accident involving death felony after the minivan she was driving struck a child on Sunday afternoon.

Kristen McCarthy

Kristen McCarthy

Kristen Nycole McCarthy was picked up by police Late Monday afternoon and awaits arraignment in the Kilgore Municipal Jail.

The child, Robert Jack Moorhead, later died at Good Shepherd Medical Center Kilgore.

The silver 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by McCarty struck the boy while he was riding his scooter in the 1900 block of Florence Street. That vehicle was located and seized by police.

Panola College dedicates new Health and Natural Sciences building
Posted August 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola College cut the ribbon on a brand new Health and Natural Sciences building on the campus Monday afternoon. President Dr. Gregory Powell said the building is state-of-the-art in its design and construction.

Panola College Ribbon Cutting“It came from a strategic planning meeting on the part of the Board of Trustees, who saw fit to call a bond election that was held in May of 2013. And 84 percent of those who voted approved that $35 million dollar bond. We have several projects. This is the largest one,” Powell said.

“This is the culmination of about 14 months worth of construction that included 89 and a half rain days. So it is a minor miracle that we were able to open on the first day of class.”

Half of the building is primarily health sciences. In the center of the building is the Frances B. Ross Lecture Hall. On the other side of the building both upstairs and downstairs are a variety of chemistry and biology labs.

Powell said he was grateful to the voters and taxpayers of Panola County.

“This obviously would not have been possible without your $35 million dollar investment in the college.”





Kilgore police searching for minivan driver who struck young boy
Posted August 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Kilgore police are searching for the driver of a minivan who struck a five-year-old boy riding a scooter Sunday afternoon. The boy, identified as Robert Jack Moorhead, later died.

fatalKilgore Police spokesman Roman Roberson tells KGAS News the hit-and-run occurred at around 3:10 pm Sunday in the 1900 block of Florence Street.

“Yesterday, at about 3 o’clock we got a call of a pedestrian accident in the 1900 block of Florence Street here in Kilgore. We responded out there along with the fire department and we found a five-year-old child had been hit by a car. The child was riding a scooter at the time. The child was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center and soon succumbed to his injuries and passed. We’re currently investigating this crash. We’re looking for a gray minivan with a white female driver. The minivan may have some front-end damage.  Of course, our investigators are out running down leads currently, but we’re asking the public if they have any information about this case to please give the case detective Lynn Newbill a call at 903-983-1559, or you can call Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP and give information. If you want to remain anonymous, we’re just looking for any information no matter how minute it is to help us with this case,” Roberson said.

Aggravated assault charge changed to murder for Marshall 14-year-old boy
Posted August 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Marshall Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with aggravated assault in the Sunday night shooting of a 55-year-old man. The man died this morning, so the charges are being upgraded to murder, according to Marshall Police spokeswoman Becky Holland.

shooting-graphicThe shooting happened at around 6:20 pm on Aug. 30th in the 200 block of Albemarle Road. Upon arrival at the residence, patrol officers discovered that the victim, identified as Jimmy Thomas Henington had been shot in the lower extremities.The actor in the incident, the 14-year-old male juvenile, was taken into custody immediately. Members of the criminal investigation bureau arrived and began an investigation.

Henington was transported by the Marshall Fire Department’s EMS to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Marshall, where he died from his injuries at 4 am Aug. 31st. Detectives are in the process of amending the charge of aggravated assault to murder.

Marshall police have youth in custody in fatal Sunday shooting
Posted August 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

The Marshall Police Department has detained a juvenile in a fatal shooting on Sunday at a residence in the 200 block of Albermarle Road.


The juvenile was taken into custody immediately after MPD officers arrived on the scene.

MPD received two calls regarding the shooting. The first call came in at 6:21 p.m. from a female stating that her husband had been shot in the stomach. The second call came shortly after from the alleged actor in the incident, who stated he would be waiting outside for the police.

Upon arrival at the residence, MPD officers discovered that a male in his mid-50s to early 60s had been shot. The victim was transported by EMS to the local hospital, where he later died.

Harrison County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Clarice Watkins said the victim was pronounced dead Monday morning. The victim’s identity has not been released.

The shooting is under investigation, so no further information is available at this time.

Henderson woman gets 8 years for intoxication manslaughter
Posted August 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Henderson woman gets eight years in prison for intoxication manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash that killed three people.

Shelby Whitney Taylor entered a guilty plea Wednesday in the 4th Judicial District Court in Rusk County, according to information released by the Rusk County district attorney’s office.

Shelby Taylor

Shelby Taylor

Taylor, 23, was arrested in July 2014 following a crash in Kilgore that killed a mother and her two daughters.

A Department of Public Safety trooper who investigated the crash said a pickup that Taylor was driving south in the northbound lane of U.S. 259 struck a van carrying a family.

Ryera Patel, 5, and and Trish Patel, 12, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their mother, Heena Patel, 43, died later in a Longview hospital.


Weekly Roadwork Report from TxDOT Atlanta District for Aug. 30-Sept. 5
Posted August 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Weekly Roadwork Report – TxDOT Atlanta District

For Aug. 30 – Sept. 5, 2015

TxDOT_Color_LOGOBowie County

US 259 – At Red River north of De Kalb, constructing new bridge.

IH 30 – From SH 8 to Anderson Creek, repairing pavement and installing new guard rails. Various lane closures.

IH 30 – From Spur 86 to FM 44, fog sealing highway.

US 82 – From IH 30 near New Boston to DeKalb, widening highway. Various lane closures.

FM 991 – At Akin creek and US 67, replacing bridge, widening highway and adding lighting. Highway closed for bridge construction, traffic detoured through Redwater.

FM 2253 – From IH 30 to US 82 at Leary, widening highway and overpass.

IH 369 – From IH 30 to SH 93, resurfacing highway. Various lane closures.

Camp County


Cass County

US 59 – At FM 3129 in Domino, constructing new overpass. Traffic restricted to one lane each direction.

FM 2328 – From US 59 to SH 43, widening highway.

Harrison County

FM 450 – At Little Cypress Creek, replacing bridges and relocating roadway.

FM 31 – From the Panola County Line to 1.3 miles north through Elysian Fields, reconstructing pavement. Expect lane closures and delays.

FM 2625 – From FM 31 to FM 9, resurfacing roadway. Various lane closures.

Marion County

FM 726 – At Brushy Creek, replacing bridge. Highway is closed during construction, Traffic is being detoured onto FM 3001, FM 2208, SH 154 through Harleton and FM 1968. Detour route is signed.

US 59 – At FM 2208, reconstructing intersection for concrete pavement.

SH 49 – From FM 1969 to FM 728, resurfacing highway.

Morris County

IH 30 – From Titus County Line to Bowie County Line, repairing pavement and installing new guard rails. Various lane closures.

Panola County


Titus County

IH 30 – From Franklin County Line to Morris County Line, repairing pavement and installing new guard rails. Various lane closures.

Upshur County

SH 155 – From south of Sabine River to US 80, replacing bridges and widening roadway.

SH 300 – From US 271 in Gilmer to three miles north of FM 726, reconstructing roadway.

SH 154 – From FM 852 to US 271, resurfacing highway.

Editor’s note: This is a schedule of work being planned for the dates noted above. Weather conditions and unforeseen problems can cause delays or cancelation of work. For more information about construction projects, contact Marcus Sandifer, Public Information Officer, TxDOT Atlanta District, 903-799-1306, marcus.sandifer@txdot.gov.

Panola County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report for Friday, Aug. 28
Posted August 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   








Panola County and DPS work 2-vehicle accident with injuries on 315
Posted August 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola County Sheriff’s deputies and Carthage DPS Troopers worked an accident on State Hwy. 315 about 3 miles outside of Carthage Friday afternoon.

The accident happened after 3 pm, when a small white Toyota car slammed into a truck that was parked on the side of the road with no one in the vehicle. The driver, Myra Hurst, told KGAS News she had run out of gas and left the truck parked on the side of the road, and had gotten a ride to the store to get gas, but when she returned, her truck was up on its side.

“I mean I just came back and saw my truck flipped over so I don’t know what happened. It was parked and it wasn’t in the road, on the side of the road, wasn’t in the way, so I’m just shocked right now,” Hurst said.

The car slammed into the truck, rolling the truck up on its side and then continued off the road into a ditch, slamming into trees.

EMS arrived on the scene, and according to a deputy on the scene, three people were injured, at least one was transported for treatment of injuries at the local hospital.

The accident is under investigation.

A deputy was directing traffic around the accident on Hwy. 315.

Alleged gang member turns himself in on Rusk County warrants
Posted August 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

One alleged gang member, wanted by Rusk County authorities, has turned himself in to authorities.

Jamarion Houston

Jamarion Houston

Rusk County Sgt. David Roberts tells KGAS News Jamarion Miguel Houston, 20, surrendered to deputies late Thursday afternoon. He will be booked into the Rusk County jail on theft of firearm, credit card abuse of the elderly and burglary of a vehicle.

Another man believed to be in a gang is still at large. Taurus Trevion Roberson, 21,  has 13 warrants out of Rusk County for theft of fire arm, burglary of a vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, and credit or debit card abuse of the elderly. Roberson is described as a black male, about 6 feet 1 inch tall. He lives in the Lufkin area.

Taurus Roberson

Taurus Roberson

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Roberson is urged to call Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477 or the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 903-657-3581.

Carthage fire fighters knock down mobile home fire on North Sunset
Posted August 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage fire fighters responded to the scene of a mobile home fire on North Sunset across from Baker-Koonce Intermediate School Thursday afternoon.

Aiesha Bryant, who lives at the house, said she’s lucky she made it out safely with her young children and her aunt.

“All I remember is waking up, seeing black smoke everywhere and my first thought was to get my babies out of the house, and we all got out of the house as soon as we could. And then we had our aunt in there. She has a mental problem. It was hard getting her out, so  we got her out like right before everything got bad. But everyone made it out, so that’s all that matters. I have two little ones –  a three-year-old and a one-month-old,” Bryant said.

Bryant said she didn’t have any idea how the fire started. She said she thought the fire originated in the kitchen.

Carthage Fire Marshall Duane Bauske said the fire broke out a little after 2 pm.

“Upon arrival, fire fighters found heavy fire coming from one room of the house. They made a quick knock down, kept the fire damage to a bathroom and one bedroom. However, the home did suffer from smoke damage throughout the house. There were four occupants in the house at the time the fire was reported, however they were all able to exit the house safely, and there were no injuries reported in this fire,” Bauske said.

He said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears that it started possibly in a closet off the bathroom, but that’s a preliminary look right now.


Rusk County deputies searching for known gang members
Posted August 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Rusk County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for two men they say are known gang members.

Jamarion Houston

Jamarion Houston

Taurus Roberson

Taurus Roberson







Deputies say 21-year-old Taurus Trevion Roberson has 13 warrants out of Rusk County for Theft of fire arm, burglary of a vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, and credit or debit card abuse of the elderly. Roberson is described as a black male, about 6 feet 1 inch tall. He lives in the Lufkin area.

Deputies are also searching for 20-year-old Jamarion Miguel Houston, who has four warrants out of Rusk County for theft of firearm, credit card abuse of the elderly and burglary of a vehicle. Houston is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall. He also lives in the Lufkin area.

Officers believe the two may be together.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Roberson and Houston is urged to call Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477 or the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 903-657-3581.

Fair Play Water Supply boil water advisory
Posted August 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Here’s a copy of the Water Boil Advisory from Fair Play Water Supply:

Due to (1), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our public water system (2), PWS ID (3), to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption.

glass-of-water-537x355To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and for making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. The rescind notice will be issued in the same manner as this Boil Water Notice.

If you have questions regarding this matter, you may contact (4) at (5).

If a customer wishes to reach TCEQ, they may call 512-239-4691.

Due to a break in the water main Fair Play Water Supply Corporation is issuing a boil water notice to the customers that live on Rusk County Roads 341, 3102,  & 3103.
Fair Play Water Supply Corporation
Wade Allums

Henderson chosen Best Rural Community in Texas by Best Of
Posted August 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The City of Henderson has been named the Best Rural Community in Texas for 2015 by the Official Best Of. Tourism Coordinator Suzannne Cross says it’s a video company that does extensive research for destinations that they feel deserve awards for different categories.

Suzanne Cross

Suzanne Cross

Cross says she was approached by the company after the tornado hit Henderson and she checked out the website and found that Tommie Ritter Smith was on the site with the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame listed as the best museum in 2014.

After speaking with Smith, Cross says she decided to go for the Best Rural Community designation.

“We were so thrilled because this company researches and researches and contacted us and this is how we became the official Best Of Rural Community in Texas,” Cross said.

Henderson is centrally located in East Texas, and all major highways come through Henderson, Cross said. It’s also a Texas Main Street City, and a Certified Retirement City.

“Downtown is beautiful and we get compliments from people who come from all over,” Cross said.

With many fine eateries and parks, the city offers everything in a small community, said Cross, who has lived in Henderson for 45 years.

The Best Of video of Henderson will air on television Saturday morning at 5 on the Discovery Channel, Saturday at 1 pm on KTVT in Dallas, Sept. 12 and 19 at 9:30 am on KUBE in Houston. The video is also available on YouTube at http://www.officialbestof.com/features/texas/2015.php

The video of Henderson will stay on the Best Of website for three years.

Rusk Co. Sheriff’s deputies searching for wanted sex offender
Posted August 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Rusk County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a wanted sex offender who they say fled from law enforcement.

Jamie Dale Walker

Jamie Dale Walker

Deputies are searching for Jamie Dale Walker, who is a registered sex offender.

According to a statement released by the sheriff’s office, “Jamie Dale Walker is wanted out of Rusk County for evading arrest with a vehicle. He is also wanted out of Gregg County for Contempt of Court. Jamie Dale Walker is a Registered Sex Offender. If you have any information on Jamie Dale Walker please call Rusk County Crime Stoppers at 903-655-8477 or the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office at 903-657-3581.”

Carthage police investigating single vehicle rollover on Hwy. 79 South
Posted August 25, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Carthage police are investigating a single vehicle rollover accident that happened on the on-ramp of Hwy. 79 South near Walmart Tuesday afternoon at around 3:15.

Photo: Jerry Hanszen

Photo: Jerry Hanszen

There were no injuries reported, but traffic was backed up due to the accident and increased traffic from school letting out.

KGAS reporter Jerry Hanzen on the scene reported a vehicle lost control on the ramp and hit the bar ditch, and then overturned.



TxDOT and Panola County Coalition to hold impaired driving demonstrations
Posted August 25, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

TxDOT and the Panola County Community Coalition TEAM&PD are getting together to conduct impaired driving demonstrations this Saturday in Carthage.

fatal vision gogglesIt’s all to bring awareness that if anyone is planning to drink and travel during their Labor Day holiday festivities, they need to choose a designated driver. Marcus Sandifer, public information officer for TxDOT, says they’ll be using fatal vision impairment goggles.

Sandifer said there will be activities that people can participate in that show them how they are impaired when they drink alcohol. By wearing the fatal vision goggles, people are able to get a feel for what it’s like to be intoxicated.

“It offsets what you’re seeing, and that’s what alcohol does to your brain…what they’re seeing and what their brain tells them are two different things,” Sandifer said.

Demonstrations with the fatal vision impairment goggles will take place Saturday on the square in downtown Carthage from 11 am until 1 pm.