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.

Plasier and Gooch Win Big at Panola College Rodeo
Posted September 26, 2016 by kgasradio |   

pcrodeoPanola College hosted the first of 10 Southern Region Rodeo’s this last weekend September 23-24, at the Panola County Cattleman’s Association Arena. There where over 400 contestants, and over 1000 spectators over the weekend. Panola’s Bailey Plasier and Taylor Gooch won big in the bareback riding and the goat tying as they led the way for the men and women’s teams. The Panola Ponies men’s team ended up in 2nd place, while the women’s team ended up in 3rd place overall.

Panola men started the action off right in the Bareback Riding by winning 1, 3, and 4th in the event. Bailey Plaisier topped the field with a 79 point ride. Bailey, from Manitoba Canada, is a sophomore working for a degree in Ranch and Land management. Travis Chapman, freshman from Spurger, TX, won 3rd place with a 75 point exciting ride. Ethan Andrepont, sophomore from DeRidder, LA., placed 4th with a 73 point ride. Bareback Riding is considered to be the most physically demanding event in rodeo and Panola has an amazing group of young men willing to stand up to the task.

Women’s team member Taylor Gooch, of Hemphill, TX, put on a clinic in the Goat Tying. Taylor tied her very own arena record with a blazing fast time of 6.6 seconds to top the field. Taylor is working on her second degree from Panola College and has big goals of qualifying for the college finals in two events, the Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping

Bull rider Fulton Rutland, of Stillwell, OK, scored an 80 point ride to win 3rd place. Fulton took a bad fall getting of his bull and was taken to the hospital for x-rays. The test where negative for a break, and are still waiting for the final results. Fulton, a CNFR qualifier last year for us and finished 3rd in the nation, is expected to be at the top of this event all season. “I expect Fulton to make a full recovery and to achieve his goal of winning a national title,” stated Coach Jeff Collins.

The Iron Man is back to his old tricks, Caleb Cogbill, a sophomore from Orange, TX, placed 5th in the Steer wrestling event. The typical steer wrestler is 6 foot something and weighs 200 and something. Caleb is 5 foot nothing and 155 pounds and just keeps on coming. Caleb is in his 3rd year at Panola College achieving a degree in Petroleum Technologies. Caleb is a multi-event cowboy who is very beneficial to our team and community.

Logan Cook, a freshman from Alto, TX, won 4th in the team roping by healing a steer in 7.8 seconds. Logan competes in the Calf Roping and the Saddlebronc riding as well. Logan is a very talented cowboy and is expected to be a great asset to the Ponies team. Logan, like Bailey, is working towards a degree in Ag Ranch and Land Management.

The Ponies will be back to action October 7-8, for the SWTJC rodeo in Uvalde, TX.

UIL Marching Band Coverage
Posted September 25, 2016 by easttexastoday |   

Hanszen Broadcasting Company is providing live coverage of the UIL Marching Band Contest as indicated below.  Click Here For Live Video Coverage.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Mt. Pleasant High School
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – Pine Tree High School, Longview

Marshall Police Probe Death of Woman Found in Clay Pits
Posted September 23, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Marshall Police Department is investigating the death of a Marshall woman whose body was found in the clay pits on Bell Cut Off.


Frances Jackson

A release from MPD said a “suspicious” vehicle was found at about 8 p.m. Thursday near the entrance of the clay pits. The vehicle’s owner was identified as Frances Jackson.

“At that point a search of the area began with the help of ESD 3 and Texas Game Wardens,” the release said. “Authorities recovered a body from the water, which was later positively identified as Frances Jackson.”

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Medical Assisting Program Sees Growth
Posted September 20, 2016 by kgasradio |   

ma-class-of-2017-18When the 2016 fall semester began in August at Panola College, the largest class of Medical Assistant students to date was admitted to begin their education.

The Medical Assisting (MA) program began in the fall of 2012 with eleven associate degree students and nine certificate students. The program has since grown to 94 students, more than a 400% increase. According to the Department of Labor, “the employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23% between 2014 and 2024.”

Panola College offers medical assisting students the opportunity to earn either a two semester Administrative Medical Assisting Certificate or a Clinical Associate of Applied Science degree. Students are eligible to take a credentialing exam for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) after earning the certificate or for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) after earning the degree.

Medical Assisting graduates of Panola College generally find work in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as physicians’ offices or clinics. MAs are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties. Contact Panola College at 903-694-4524 for more information about the Medical Assisting program.

Panola College Hires VP of Fiscal Services
Posted September 16, 2016 by kgasradio |   
Mr. Troy Caserta

Mr. Troy Caserta

Carthage, TX – Panola College is pleased to announce the employment of Mr. Troy Caserta as Vice President of Fiscal Services.

As the College’s newest VP, Caserta’s responsibilities are many and vary from advising the College President on matters of College finance and business management to preparation of the annual operating budget and making recommendations on improvements to the physical plant.

Dr. Greg Powell stated, “We are pleased to have an experienced college Chief Financial Officer join our leadership team. I believe that Mr. Caserta will bring us knowledge and the benefit of having worked in two other states in higher education.”

Caserta brings to Panola College more than 12 years of experience working in higher education. Most recently, he spent the past six years at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, LA as Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration.

Caserta holds an Associate Degree in Interpreting for the Deaf from Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth. His Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are in accounting from Southern Utah University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Caserta’s wife and four daughters are looking forward to relocating to Panola County.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity afforded me and my family. I’m excited to make a positive contribution to the fiscal and physical operations of the College,” stated Caserta. “Panola College is such a wonderful institution. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve enjoyed observing how close the community is to the College. I look forward to building a life here with my family and serving the College.”

Rusk County Man Sentenced for Longview Bank Robbery
Posted September 16, 2016 by kgasradio |   

TYLER, Texas – A 54-year-old Mt. Enterprise, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for robbing a bank in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.


Patrick Terry Gilbert

Patrick Terry Gilbert pleaded guilty on May 27, 2016 to armed bank robbery and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider on Sep. 15, 2016. Gilbert was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $16,134.00.

According to information presented in court, on Oct. 23, 2015, Gilbert entered the Capital One Bank in Longview, Texas, dressed in dark clothing, wearing a “Scream” mask and armed with a short-barreled shotgun. Gilbert approached two bank tellers, pointed the shotgun at them and demanded all of their money. Gilbert took more than $15,000 from the tellers and left the bank. Several weeks later, Gilbert was arrested in Nacogdoches County, Texas. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2015.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Longview Police Department, and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.

Panola College Rodeo Season Kicking Off Sept. 23-24
Posted September 16, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Panola College is hosting the first rodeo of the year for the NIRA Southern Region on September 23-24. The rodeo will be held at the Panola County Cattleman’s Arena on Hwy 79 North. Performance times are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm, With the slack each day at noon. Tickets will be available at the gate at $5 a head. Kids 10 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

rodeoFor two days, Carthage, Texas will be home of the largest contestant rodeo ever in Panola County. Five Hundred of the top cowgirls and cowboys in the country representing the Southern Region will begin this year’s race to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming. The Region consist of 14 universities and colleges, including: Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, Sam Houston State University, McNeese State University, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Panola College, Northeast Texas Community College, Wharton County Jr. College, Trinity Valley Community College, Hill College, Southwest Texas Junior College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Angelina College, and Lone Star College.

Texas DPS Releases Dashcam Video of Officer Involved Fatal Shooting
Posted September 15, 2016 by kgasradio |   

Texas Department of Public Safety has released dashcam video of the shooting of a Longview man in Beckville by a Carthage DPS Trooper. The man later died at a hospital.

dashcamThe video shows 27-year-old Trooper Daniel McBride on Feb. 13th attempting to stop a car driven by 24-year-old Calin Rocquemore in Beckville.

The video is about 57 minutes long. It shows McBride attempting to pull Rocquemore over on Texas 149, a car chase through a Beckville neighborhood and Rocquemore getting out of his car and attempting to run away.

The video does not show the actual shooting, but a microphone on McBride’s uniform captures his commands for Rocquemore to stop, the multiple gunshots McBride fired at Rocquemore and the aftermath of the shooting.

Watch the full dashcam video here:https://www.news-journal.com/videos/2016/sep/14/1010/

Three times, McBride asks Rocquemore, “Why didn’t you put your hands up?”

A grand jury chose not to indict McBride on any charges and “no billed” the incident after a full investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Wanted Suspect out of Center Captured in Shreveport
Posted September 15, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police have captured a suspect who was wanted on Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Restraint charges. Anthony Letroy James was apprehended Thursday in Shreveport and was taken to Caddo Parish Correctional Facility.


Anthony Letroy James

James fled Center after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and held her against her will at a residence on Sunday. Center Police had contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Shreveport for help locating the suspect, and they want to thank the U.S. Marshal’s Office for their assistance in capturing the suspect.

Center Police Seek Help Finding Wanted Suspect
Posted September 13, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police are seeking the whereabouts of  31-year-old black male, Anthony Letroy James. James is wanted by Center Police on two charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Restraint.


Anthony Latroy James

James is considered to be armed and dangerous. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of this suspect.

Anyone who has information regarding this fugitive should call (936) 598-SAFE (7233) or submit a web tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com .

Tipsters don’t have to give their names. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. However rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

Center Police Canine Finds Illegal Drugs, Suspect Arrested
Posted September 8, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police make a drug arrest at an apartment complex after Canine Taz finds illegal narcotics hidden in the home.


Officers Williams, Thornburgh and Taz

Officers Andrew Williams and Steve Thornburgh and his canine partner Taz observed a white Dodge Magnum speeding through the Union Acres apartment complex parking lot.

The officers initiated a traffic stop, and discovered one of the occupants, 31-year-old Cedric Gee had in his possession a small amount of methamphetamine.

Officers then learned there was possibly more illegal narcotics in an apartment there, and that the resident was not aware of the illegal drugs, but gave consent to search. Taz quickly identified illegal narcotics that was hidden in the apartment, along with a stolen gun. Gee admitted the narcotics and gun were his.


Cedric Gee

Officers also learned Gee was a convicted felon, making it illegal for him to have a firearm. Gee was arrested and charged with having a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and failure to identify.

Center Police Arrest Two on Drug Charges after Traffic Stop
Posted September 7, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police have charged two men after finding a large amount of drugs in the vehicle following a traffic stop. The incident happened on Aug. 24 at the corner of Logansport and Walker Street.


Marcus Wilson


Corey Wilson

Officer Andrew Williams noticed the two occupants of the vehicle were acting nervous. Upon further investigation, Officer Williams discovered the men were in possession of 47 Ecstasy pills and a small amount of marijuana.

31-year-old Corey Wilson and 32-year-ol Marcus Booker were both arrested. Wilson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and tampering or fabricating physical evidence. Booker was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana.


Two People Arrested in Stabbing of Two in Center
Posted September 7, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police have arrested and charged two people in connection with a stabbing incident that happened on September 1.


Anthony Letroy James


Mackeish Lanne Moore

Detective Haley responded to the scene at 1100 Garrett Street and discovered two victims, 19-year-old Carlos Booth and 18-year-old Mon-Travious Harris had been stabbed and Harris was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center for treatment.

During the investigation, Haley learned that 31-year-old Anthony Letroy James who is a neighbor to the victims had gotten angry and started an altercation with them at their house. James allegedly pulled a knife on both of the victims, stabbing them.

Harris was treated and released, but Booth was later life-flighted to Nacogdoches.

James was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon and his girlfriend, Mackeish Lanne Moore was arrested for Hindering Apprehension.

Center Police Charge Two with Delivery of Marijuana
Posted September 7, 2016 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Police have charged two people with delivery of marijuana and child endangerment after detectives found a large amount of marijuana, some of it pre-wrapped, and two young children nearby.


Whitney Cartwright


Maurice Dodd

The illegal drugs were found after a search warrant was obtained at an apartment in the Union Acres Apartment complex.

28-year-old Maurice Dodd and 25-year-old Whitney Cartwright were arrested and charged in the incident. The children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services. $700 cash was seized from the residence.

Joaquin Native Serves Aboard Ship Named In Honor of 9-11 Victims
Posted August 31, 2016 by easttexastoday |   

Dean_Andrew(NORFOLK, Va.) – As the nation prepares to observe the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a 2012 Joaquin Independent School District graduate and Joaquin, Texas native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of three ships named in honor of the victims and heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Dean is an electronics technician aboard USS Arlington, named for the county of Arlington, Virginia, to honor the first responders and the 184 victims who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

A electronics technician is responsible for all the navigation and communication equipment.

USS Arlington, one of the Navy’s newest and most advanced amphibious ships, is designed to deliver Marines and their equipment where they are needed to support a variety of missions ranging from amphibious assaults to humanitarian relief efforts, Navy officials said. Homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, USS Arlington is longer than two football fields at 684 feet, is 105 feet wide and weighs more than 24,000 tons. It has four diesel engines that can push the ship through the water in excess of 26 mph.

Serving in the Navy and aboard Arlington, Dean is constantly learning how to be the best leader, sailor and person possible by handling numerous responsibilities, meeting deadlines, and forging lasting professional relationships.

“I enjoy all the technical knowledge I get from my job,” said Dean. “I’m a hands-on person. This has given me knowledge and experience in those areas.”

Arlington has a museum onboard that displays steel taken from the wreckage at the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks. It’s motto of “Strength, Honor, Fortitude” embodies the strength and determination of the people of the United States: to recover, rally, and take the fight to the enemy and honor the memory of those who were affected by the attacks. According to Navy officials, USS Arlington forges an enduring alliance between the people of Arlington, Virginia, America, the Pentagon, the ship, and the crew.

“This is my first ship and the people I work with make this ship unique,” said Dean. “There are different personalities, and we get along and get the job done treating each other well.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard Arlington. More than 400 men and women make up the ship’s crew, which keeps all parts of the ship running smoothly, from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the engines. An additional 700 Marines can be embarked. Arlington is capable of transporting the Marines and landing them where they are needed via helicopters, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and landing craft.

“Arlington just completed a deployment that has been both personally and professionally rewarding for all of the sailors and Marines aboard the ship,” said Capt. Sean Bailey, commanding officer of USS Arlington. “Despite the challenges of being deployed far from home for seven months, the level of dedication and commitment to professional execution of our mission never wavered. Arlington’s Maiden Deployment marks the opening chapter in what I’m positive will be a long and outstanding legacy of naval excellence.”

USS Arlington is one of nine San Antonio-class ships, which will replace more than 41 ships providing the Navy and Marine Corps with modern sea-based platforms. The ship is an Amphibious Transport Dock, and according to the Navy, it is designed to embark, transport, and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions. These ships support amphibious assaults, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions and can serve as secondary aviation platforms for amphibious ready groups. Because of their capabilities, these ships have been and will continue to be called upon to support humanitarian and other contingency missions on short notice as well.

“Serving in the Navy means keeping my family safe, free and happy,” said Dean. “Serving in the military has given me the chance to do something for other people in foreign countries and really being the best that I can be.”

AG Paxton: Child Exploitation Unit Makes 37th Arrest of the Year
Posted August 27, 2016 by kgasradio |   

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of David Lloyd Kennedy, 44, for 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The Office of the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit (CEU) received multiple reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Cyber Tipline that Kennedy uploaded images of child pornography to a micro-blogging website. The report prompted CEU investigators to execute a search warrant at Kennedy’s home in Wortham, resulting in the seizure of several digital storage devices.

ATTGENDuring an interview, Kennedy admitted he had observed child pornography in the past, but denied any involvement in this case. A forensic examination of the seized devices found large amounts of child pornography. For the charges of Possession of Child Pornography, Kennedy faces a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.

The CEU works tirelessly to keep predators away from vulnerable children in Texas. Since January, the CEU has arrested 15 offenders of child pornography crimes and 22 offenders of online solicitation. If you suspect or know anyone possessing or producing child pornography or involved in any child exploitation activities, please report it to the NCMEC at https://cybertip.org/.


Upcoming Travel Surveys from TxDOT
Posted August 26, 2016 by kgasradio |   

TYLER – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is sponsoring household, workplace, and commercial vehicle travel surveys that will soon be conducted in the Tyler and Longview areas by two transportation research firms, ETC Institute and Gram Traffic Counting.

TxDOT_Color_LOGO-150x150Beginning this fall, randomly-selected households and workplaces will be mailed notification letters, inviting them to participate in these voluntary surveys. Employees and visitors at participating workplaces may also be given the opportunity to contribute trip-related information as part of this effort. If asked, please consider taking part in this important study. The results will help TxDOT and the Tyler and Longview Metropolitan Planning Organizations prioritize local transportation projects, improve mobility and reduce congestion.

Tyler is quickly becoming a leader in the field of travel research as it relates to helping communities with transportation planning. In 2014, TxDOT conducted the first study of its kind study using Bluetooth, GPS, and cellular data to develop estimates of travel into, out of, and through the study area in Tyler and Smith County. These studies take advantage of emerging technology and have replaced similar studies that were conducted by stopping vehicles at roadside survey stations and asking them where they were coming from and where they were going. TxDOT is currently conducting a similar study in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area and plans to conduct a similar study in the Longview area within the next few years.

For more information about this fall’s surveys, please contact Christeen Pusch, TxDOT Travel Survey Program Manager, at (512) 486-5120 or Christeen.Pusch@txdot.gov or contact Kathi White, Tyler Public Information Officer at (903) 510-9267 or Kathi.White@txdot.gov.

If you have opinions to share but are not contacted to participate in one of these surveys, please visit http://www.txdot.gov/contact-us/form.html to provide input.

Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton Sends Guidance Letter to Texas Schools
Posted August 26, 2016 by kgasradio |   

AUSTIN – On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice issued a guidance letter that told schools across the country that, as a condition of receiving federal funds, they were now required under Title IX to allow students to use intimate facilities corresponding to the gender with which they identify.

ATTGENToday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued his own guidance letter to educational institutions in Texas regarding the nationwide injunction issued by a federal court earlier this week that blocked enforcement of the federal guidance letter. Attorney General Paxton’s letter explains that, in light of the injunction, no educational institution in Texas needs to change its policies regarding intimate facilities to comply with the unenforceable federal guidelines.

As the injunction explains, the guidance letter issued in May is contrary to the actual law. Congress has prohibited “sex” discrimination in Title IX since 1972, but has repeatedly rejected attempts to add “gender identity” discrimination to Title IX, including as recently as 2015.

As Attorney General Paxton explained: “My office brought this lawsuit to stop the Obama Administration from rewriting the laws that have been enacted by the elected representatives of the people—and to stop his administrative agencies from threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. The injunction granted does precisely that.”

To view the guidance letter, click here: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/Significant_Guidance_Letter.pdf?cachebuster:37

To view the nationwide injunction order, click here: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/Texas_et_al_v._U.S._et_al_-_Nationwide_PI_(08-21-16).pdf

Panola College Move-In Day
Posted August 26, 2016 by kgasradio |   

The license plates read “North Carolina.” Unloading boxes from both vehicles were new Panola College student Taylor Morgan and her family members, Uncle Wayne Elliott, whose wife is a Panola College alumna, along with Taylor’s grandparents Raye and Roger Watson-Smyth.

While Taylor’s family was unloading their cars, Evan Mandola and his family were arranging things in his dorm room and meeting his roommates.

Taylor and Evan are just two of more than 200 students that moved into the Panola College residence halls on Saturday, August 20th, embarking on the journey of a lifetime as they begin their college experience.

Panola College faculty, staff and returning students were on hand to help with Move-In Day, along with community organizations. Panola College had almost 2,000 people on campus for this exciting day. Among those groups were several local churches including Still Waters Cowboy Church, New Life Fellowship Church, First Christian Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Church of Christ – Wildwood, Baptist Student Ministries, St. Williams Catholic Church, Southside Baptist Church, Northside Christian Center, First United Methodist Church, and Beckville United Methodist Church.

Other organizations included The After School Youth Enrichment Program (AYEP), 418 Club, Ladies of Strength, ETCADA, Cricket Wireless, Verizon Wireless, and Panola College departments School of Energy, Cosmetology, Office Professional Technology, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and the History Club.

Still Waters Cowboy Church provided free barbecue sandwich lunches, and other volunteer organizations kept everyone’s energy level high with cookies, cold water and snacks.

“This was our first Move-In Day held in our new Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. “We are so proud of our new facilities, and it was a pleasure to welcome students and their families to our campus this fall.”

Image 1: Taylor Morgan, left, comes to Panola College from North Carolina. Helping her move in are Uncle Wayne Elliott and grandparents Raye and Roger Watson-Smyth.

Image 2: Panola College Store staff helped students find their textbooks and supplies.

Image 3: The Panola College Volleyball team assisted new students with move-in.

Image 4: Students visited with organizations and received their room keys in the new Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

TxDOT Approves $70 Billion For Transportation Projects
Posted August 25, 2016 by kgasradio |   

The Texas Transportation Commission today approved the 2017 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) with $70 billion worth of projects to help TxDOT meet the state’s growing transportation demands. The plan is the largest of its kind in the agency’s history that addresses capacity, maintenance and safety needs around state.

TxDOT_Color_LOGO-150x150The 10-year plan, developed with extensive public input, targets congestion in the state’s most-populated areas and includes projects to better connect the major interstates in rural areas with local roads and highways. Also outside urban areas, the program calls for enhancing and completing interstate highways, and addressing the continuing needs within the energy sector and along hurricane evacuation routes.

“The actions today by the Texas Transportation Commission represent a historic investment in our state’s infrastructure,” said Governor Abbott. “Texans have sent a loud and clear message that they are tired of sitting in traffic, and this funding plan will significantly address safety, maintenance, connectivity and congestion on our crowded highways. The plan presented by the commission will allow Texas roads to keep pace with our population growth, provide much-needed congestion relief for working Texans and put the Lone Star State well on its way towards having a first-in-class highway system for decades to come.”

“The Unified Transportation Program reflects TxDOT’s commitment to planning for and meeting the mobility needs of our fast-growing state,” said Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis.

With more than $70 billion in total funding, the 2017 UTP represents a significant increase from last year’s 10-year plan, which included more than $33 billion worth of projects. The bulk of the additional funding will come from legislative- and voter-approved initiatives to allocate portions of oil and gas taxes, sales taxes and other taxes to the state highway fund. Ending the practice of appropriating state highway funds to agencies other than TxDOT and the passage of long-term federal transportation legislation also contributed to the additional funding.

The new funding in the 2017 UTP is largely allocated into program areas that address safety, maintenance, congestion and rural connectivity needs. It includes funding for all 25 TxDOT districts and 25 metropolitan planning areas throughout the state.