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. Man Arrested Following Dinner Dispute
Posted May 1, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Police-Chase-Graphic-285x213Dinner plans are being considered the cause of a domestic dispute that occurred last Friday, April 24th in the Deadwood community.

According to Chief Deputy John DePresca, deputies with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance involving a husband and wife on County Road 445. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with a complainant who advised that her husband had became angry with her dinner plans, and had thrown a spotlight at her.

The complainant advised that she attempted to leave the residence, when her husband began punching and hitting her. The woman stated that her mother, who lives nearby, heard the altercation and called 911. The suspect then left the residence in his truck. He was later located in a nearby church parking lot, where deputies arrested him for assault.

LISTEN HERE…Dinner Dispute

State Approves Funding for Panola County Airport
Posted May 1, 2015 by kgasradio |   

airport1The Texas Department of Transportation announced on Friday that funding has been approved for upgrades at the Panola County Airport.

According to Airport Manager John DePresca Jr., the grant would come close to a million dollars and help replace the 11-year-old pavement at the airport, and install a new weather observation system.

Listen here….Airport Funding Approved

Panola County Airport Facts:

  • According to DePresca, approximately 10-15 aircraft land at Sharpe Field on an average day.
  • Located two miles east of Carthage on Highway 79 North.
  • Airport was “activated’ in September of 1963.
  • Classified as a publicly owned airport.

Texas Community Airport Facts:

  • Approximately 275 airports in Texas are eligible for funding.
  • Arrivals and departures for community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agriculture, medical, business, and commuter use.
  • In 2015, TxDOT is expecting to provide approximately $60 million in funding for panning, constructing, and maintaining community airports.







High school girls learn about women in energy at Panola College
Posted April 29, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola College was the place to be Wednesday if you’re a young woman seeking a career path.

Natalie Oswalt, Dean of Professional and Technical Programs, said some 11 different school districts with 256 high school juniors and seniors were on the campus today to learn about jobs that are available for women in energy.

“This is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors from area districts to come face to face with women that are successful right now in the energy industry. Our sponsors for this event are Chevron, Anadarko and XTO. We have representatives from each of those companies here today to share with the students, and then we also have representation from Eastman Chemical, Baker Hughes and Slumber J, and so the students are going to hear those ladies speak, they’re going to have the opportunity to ask them questions. It’s just an excellent opportunity for them to find out what’s happening in the energy industry and how they can get involved,” Oswalt said.

At Panola College, women can become field technicians by taking Petroleum Technology.

“They could go into a financial area, they could go into human resources, but have the knowledge that they need to be successful in those areas,” Oswalt sad.


Authorities Investigating Fatal Shooting in Murvaul Community
Posted April 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

shoot2Blake Holland KGAS

The Panola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Tuesday night shooting that left one man dead.

According to Sheriff Kevin Lake, around 9:10 p.m. dispatchers received a 911 call from a woman screaming she had just shot her husband at her home on County Road 121.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered 49-year-old Sarah Gilpatrick Venable in front of the home stating she had shot her husband in the head. Inside, deputies discovered one white male with an apparent gunshot wound to the back of the head. The man was later identified as James Venable. On the kitchen counter, deputies observed a .380 semi-automatic pistol with a spent shell jammed in the receiver.

venable (2)Venable told authorities that she and her husband had got into a verbal argument over her losing her job, and her husband had exited the living room and entered one of the bedrooms. Ms. Venable then stated that she went into the master bedroom and retrieved the gun from under the mattress, walked into the other room, and fired one shot.

The body of James Venable was transported to Southwest Forensics in Dallas for autopsy. Ms.Venable was transported to the PCSO for questioning, and was later placed under arrest for murder.

Venable is a former Center ISD teacher who resigned in February. Her last day was March 2nd.

Homeowners targeted by scammers after storms
Posted April 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

As East Texans continue the painstaking task of cleanup up after recent storms, scammers are also busy targeting homeowners with home repair schemes.

scammerPanola County Sheriff Kevin Lake tells KGAS News anytime a major storm front moves through and there is damage in the area, “it’s not uncommon for scam artists to come out wanting to do unnecessary repairs to your home, or even maybe to your vehicle…typically it has to do a roof on your home.”

Lake says if you think there’s damage, contact your insurance agent.  It’s also a good idea to never give anyone promising to do work cash up front, and make sure you get references.

Early Voting Underway for CISD Bond Election
Posted April 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Carthage_ISD_LogoBlake Holland KGAS

Early voting for the Carthage ISD Bond Election is now underway. The early voting period will continue through Friday from 8am to 4pm. And then again on May 4th from 8am to 4pm, and May 5th from 7am to 7pm.

Carthage ISD Business Manager and Voting Clerk Kathy Ballard says that voters are deciding on the following there propositions.

Proposition 1: $8.57 million for maintenance bond, including renovations and additional school buses.

Proposition 2: $19.75 million for high school fine arts facility and auditorium.

Proposition 3: $905,000 for football field turf replacement and press box expansion.

View previous article on bond election here>http://www.easttexastoday.com/article.php?articleID=10809

Benefit Planned for Keith McIlwain
Posted April 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

kmBlake Holland KGAS

Community members are invited to stop by the Carthage Civic Center this Saturday for the Keith McIlwain Benefit. The event will get underway at 10am and wrap up at 3pm.

McIlwain is a longtime City of Carthage employee who was recently diagnosed with cancer. This Saturday’s benefit will feature live music, vendors, food, door prizes, a car show, and a 5K run/walk. Registration for the 5K will be at 9am at Carthage High School.

City Secretary Debbie Pierce invites everyone out>LISTEN HERE

For more information call 903-754-1948.

Carthage PD Expands Investigative Unit
Posted April 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

A recent change within the Carthage Police Department has led to an increase in the number of criminal cases being investigated.

According to Police Chief Jim Vanover, former patrol officer Sgt. Carl Harris now joins Investigator Lt. James Carpenter. Vanover said a large case load prompted the change.

Listen to Blake Holland’s report here…CPD Expands


Sgt. Carl Harris


Lt. James Carpenter


One Dead in Early Morning Wreck in Harrison County
Posted April 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

fatalaccOne man is dead following a one vehicle wreck 3.3 miles West of FM 450 on Davidson Road in Harrison County this morning.

Justice of the Peace Megan Pinson responded to the scene where Allan Douglas Rambin, 56, of Big Sandy was driving an 18-wheeler when it somehow rolled, trapping him inside. Pinson pronounced Rambin deceased at the scene at 6:50 a.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Jimmy Bennett is leading the investigation.

Davidson Road has been shutdown due to oil spilled as a result of the accident.

Severe Storms Leave Thousands Without Power
Posted April 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

treeBlake Holland KGAS

Strong storms brought down several trees and left thousands without power on Sunday night.

As of 3 PM on Monday, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative reported that approximately 8,000 customers were still without power.

Panola Co. – less than 5
Shelby Co. – approx. 900
Nacogdoches Co. – approx. 1300
San Augustine Co. – approx. 1200
Sabine Co. – approx. 3000
Jasper Co. – less than 20
Newton Co. – approx. 500

Contractors are working alongside DETEC crews to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. Crews are reporting trees on the lines and broken power poles due to the high winds.

As of 4:30 PM, Southwestern Electric Power Company was reporting no outages in Panola County. Although nearly 500 customers in Gregg County were still without power.

Carthage Book Club holds ribbon cutting at Civic Center
Posted April 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A special ribbon cutting and reception was held at the Carthage Civic Center on Monday morning to highlight some new graphics and pictures that have been placed by the Carthage Book Club inside the east and west foyers.

CIVIC CENTER4The Carthage Book Club also placed benches in each foyer.

Wanda Hanszen, civic committee chair, was on-hand to describe the project, which took three years to complete. On the east side of the building, there are cut outs of Tex Ritter and Jim Reeves, and graphics and pictures of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, the Jim Reeves Memorial, the Panola County Heritage Museum, the old jail museum, Lake Murvaul, and Panola College.

The west foyer, which was just completed last week, featuers the Veterans Memorial, the Footprints Monument, the Anderson Park gazebo, Sammy Brown Library, the Best Small Town in Texas, Home of Champions, the oil and gas industry and the agricultural and forestry industry.

“We’re very pleased and proud and we hope it enhances this building for all our visitors,” said Mrs. Hanszen. “We hope it will promote tourism.”

Head-on collision near Midland kills Carthage Man
Posted April 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A head-on collision over the weekend near Midland has claimed the life of a Carthage man.

fatal crashDPS Troopers say 37-year-old Jason Wayne Pope died after the truck he was driving crashed head on into another vehicle on a service road of Interstate 20 near Midland.

Troopers say the accident happened Saturday morning around 3:30 about two miles east of Midland.

The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle were transported to a Midland hosptial for treatment of injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

The DPS report states Pope wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Two-Vehicle Accident Sends Child to ETMC Carthage
Posted April 25, 2015 by kgasradio |   

acc1Blake Holland KGAS

One child was transported to East Texas Medical Center in Carthage on Saturday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident at Highway 79 North and the loop. The accident happened just after 3:30 in the southbound lanes of Highway 79, when the driver of a red Chevrolet pickup truck rear-ended a black Dodge car.


Officers with the Carthage Police Department diverted traffic briefly while the accident scene was cleared. According to family members, the female child was transported to ETMC Carthage by ambulance with a minor head injury. An initial investigation conducted by police shows that the male driver of the Chevrolet truck was at fault in the accident.



Carthage Man Receives Maximum Prison Sentence for Child Porn
Posted April 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

farmerBlake Holland KGAS

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sentenced 40–year-old James Randall Farmer of Carthage, to a maximum 50 years in federal prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for producing and possessing child pornography.

According to court records, an FBI agent discovered approximately 18 images of child pornography posted on the internet on April 28, 2013, by an unknown individual. Upon further investigation, authorities determined that Farmer was, in fact, responsible for making those visual images, as well as several videos of a 4-year-old girl and 6-year-old girl engaging in sexually explicit conduct, available online. Investigators were also able to confirm that some of the videos depicted a room inside his victims’ mother’s residence in Austin where he was residing at the time.

On November 6, 2014, authorities executed a federal search warrant at the defendant’s current residence in Carthage. Evidence gathered included an assortment of computer related equipment and a cell phone belonging to the defendant. A subsequent search of the defendant’s phone revealed the presence of several videos depicting child pornography produced by the defendant, including the videos referenced above which involved the same girls. The defendant also possessed other images and videos of child pornography.

On February 11, 2015, Farmer pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography. Today, Judge Sparks sentenced Farmer to 30 years imprisonment for the production charge and 20 years imprisonment for the possession charge to run consecutive.

The case was investigated by the FBI Austin Child Exploitation Task Force. Members of that task force include the FBI, Texas Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit and the Austin Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Devlin.

PHOTO: Gregg County Jail

Two Prosecutors Appointed in Tiede Case
Posted April 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

11164073_970819596284173_1437024142_nTwo new prosecutors have been appointed in the Bernie Tiede case, after District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson recused himself last month. According to documents obtained by KGAS News Reporter Blake Holland, Texas Assistant Attorney General Jane Starnes and Lisa Tanner underwent oath’s of office on Tuesday to be appointed as Panola County District Attorney Pro Tem’s.

Starnes is a former Harris County prosecutor who also served as a trial prosecutor in the murder of American Sniper, Chris Kyle.

It was back on March 30th, when DA Danny Buck Davidson recused himself prosecutor with the the approval of Judge Diane DeVasto. Davidson said that through no fault of his own, he had becomes a witness in the case, and justice would be better served with the appointment of a new prosecutor.

As of Friday afternoon, no court dates have been set.


Easter Sunday 2000 Tornado Outbreak: 15 years later
Posted April 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Radar01April 23rd, 2000. Easter Sunday. Twenty-eight tornadoes touched down across the Arklatex, leaving a path of destruction. One of those storms first touched down in Panola County just before 5 pm, and would later redevelop into a destructive F-3 twister.


Listen to Blake Holland’s special report here…EASTER TORNADO 2000Track01

Emergency Crews Respond to Residential Gas Leak
Posted April 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

imagesBlake Holland KGAS

Crews with the Carthage Fire Department responded to 406 Overland Street on Thursday afternoon to a report of a residential gas leak.

Upon arrival, crews discovered that a gas line had been hit while workers were demolishing a house. According to Firefighter Rodney Russell, crews were able to temporarily plug the leak.

CenterPoint Energy was later dispatched to repair the line.

Stolen Panola County Vehicle Recovered in Shelby County
Posted April 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Police-graphic5Blake Holland KGAS

Authorities in Shelby County have recovered a vehicle that was reported stolen recently in Panola County.

Chief Deputy John DePresca says that DPS Troopers in Shelby County were attempting to stop a black 2013 Ford Expedition on Highway 59 near Tenaha on Monday night, when the driver sped up and led them on pursuit, that at times exceeded 100 miles per hour.

The chase continued along Highway 96 to County Road 4293, where the driver was able to escape after hitting a tree.

Still inside the vehicle was a passenger who told authorities that he had been hitchhiking and didn’t know the drivers identity.

According to PCSO records, the Ford Expedition was reported stolen on April 12th from County Road 455. Authorities are still investigating.


Funeral fundraiser nets more than $8,000 for Ponce family
Posted April 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Organizers of the funeral fundraiser for the Ponce family say the Panola County community raised $8,148.06 to help offset funeral expenses for 33-year-old Josefa Ponce and her 11-year-old daughter Eliannette.

The two were killed in a four-vehicle accident on Hwy. 79 South at County Road 104 on Friday, April 17th. A barbecue on the square fundraiser was held Wednesday to raise funds that will go to Hawthorn Funeral Home, and organizer ShelIa Porter wants to thank everyone for their donations.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. William of Vercelli Catholic Church.

Pony Express ribbon cutting in Carthage on Thursday
Posted April 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The Panola County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomed a new business in Carthage Thursday morning with a ribbon cutting at the new Pony Express, located at 1206 West Panola Street.

Dennis Landtroop, president of the chamber ambassadors, introduced the manager of the Pony Express, Crystal Mayer.

“We’re excited to be open. Our store hours are from 5 am until 11 pm Monday through Thursday and 5 am to midnight Friday and Saturday,” said Mayer. “We’ve got a great deli.”

The store’s cook is Kelly Abernathy. “She makes the best hamburgers in Carthage,” said Mayer.

Pony Express will offer a variety of baskets, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, steak sandwiches, fish sandwiches, and on Fridays they will offer specials like fish baskets, shrimp baskets and fish and shrimp po boys.

“We’ve got a good variety of lunches and we also serve breakfast.”

Pony Express is also offering special gas prices all day Thursday of $2.17 a gallon.