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.

One man arrested, three injured in stabbing Tuesday night
Posted November 4, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

One man has been arrested after injuring three people during a stabbing incident that happened Tuesday night on County Road 3023 off Hwy. 59 North.

David Allen Hill

David Allen Hill

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake says 43-year-old David Allen Hill was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The call came in at around 7:18 pm.

“Upon arrival deputies discovered that there were three victims with numerous stab wounds. The scene was secured while the victims were transported to a nearby trauma unit,” Lake said.

Tips led investigators to the suspect in a vehicle hiding behind a building about two miles from the crime scene.

Time to fall back this weekend, Daylight Savings Time ends
Posted October 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. It’s time to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night before you go to bed.

clockOfficially, the time change happens at 2 am, when it will magically become 1 am.

Here are five quick facts about Daylight Saving Time:

1. Daylight saving is observed in only 48 states (Hawaii and Arizona are the exceptions) and 78 counties around the world.

2. The thought that turning our clocks back in the fall and ahead in the spring saves energy is false, according to the History Channel.

3. April  will mark the 100th anniversary since the first country began observing Daylight Saving. Englishman William Willett pushed for it in his home country in 1907 but Germany began using it first on April 30, 1916.

Weeks later, their World War I enemy began what they termed “summer time.”

4. The United States first used it in 1918 but Congress passed a law overturning it a year later. From then until the Uniform Times Act of 1966 was passed, the decision whether or not to use daylight saving was handled by local officials.

5. Only one-third of Americans think Daylight Saving is “worth the hassle,”  according to a 2014 Rasmussen poll. Two years earlier, 45 percent did.

KGAS giving away free corn dogs Saturday at Carthage Sonic
Posted October 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

KGAS has a treat for trick or treaters Saturday. Beginning at 10 am, the first 200 people will get a free corn dog from the Carthage Sonic.

corn dogsIt’s also 50 cent corn dog day at Sonic, and you can get corn dogs for 50 cents all day long.

The Carthage Sonic is trying to be the top Sonic in the corporate chain Saturday with the most corn dog sells. In fact, the Carthage Sonic has previously come in the top percent on corn dog sells with the 50 cent corn dog promotion.

Halloween on the Square in Carthage set for trick or treaters
Posted October 31, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Halloween on the Square in Carthage is Saturday night. Children will be trick-or-treating merchants on the downtown square from 5 to 7 pm.  The movie, “Halloween Town,” will be shown indoors at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame at 7:30 pm.

trick or treatCentral Baptist Church is having “Trunk or Treat” in the gym with games, candy, popcorn, and live music from 5 to 7 pm.

Trick or treaters will also find lots of fun, candy, games, prizes, and free hot dogs at Faith Assembly of God on the corner of the Loop and Market Street from 6 to 8 pm.

Carthage Police Department will be handing out candy on the Sabine Street side from 6 to 8 pm with candy donated by merchants around Carthage.

In Timpson, the Halloween Zombie Walk will start from the downtown plaza at 8 pm and everyone is invited to take part.



Bernie Tiede re-sentencing trial moved to Henderson
Posted October 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The re-sentencing trial for convicted murderer Bernie Tiede has been moved to Henderson in Rusk County.

Bernie Tiede

Bernie Tiede

Judge Diane DeVasto made the ruling Tuesday morning in the 123rd District Court of Panola County after the defense made a motion to have the re-sentencing trial moved to Harris or Galveston Counties.

Tiede has been out of prison since May 2014, when a judge ruled that his penalty may have been too harsh after new evidence was submitted suggesting Tiede had been sexually abused as a young man and this led him to snap and shoot Marjorie Nugent in 1999.

Another pre-trial hearing will be held on Dec. 11, The trial is set to begin in January.

Bernie Tiede pre-trial re-sentencing hearing set for Tuesday
Posted October 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The Bernie Tiede case is back in the news as the pre-trial motions will be made and heard at 10 o’clock Tuesday at the Panola County Courthouse.

Tiede was released from prison in May of 2014 after serving 15 years when new evidence was submitted that showed he was sexually abused as a young man and that’s why the defense says he snapped and killed Marjorie Nugent.

The judge ordered a new sentencing trial. It is possible that Tiede could be released on time served.

In 1999, Tiede, a funeral home worker and popular church singer, was convicted of fatally shooting Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy, 81-year-old widow. After shooting her at close range in the back, Tiede tucked Nugent’s corpse beneath vegetables and pot pies inside a freezer at her home, where police found her nine months later.

Prosecutor Danny Buck Davidson has recused himself from the case as he may be called as a witness. High powered attorneys Lisa Tanner and Jane Starnes have been appointed as the new prosecutors in the case.

The hearing at 10 am Tuesday will include motions, possibly one asking for a change of venue.

Beckville football player’s condition improving after injury during Friday night’s game
Posted October 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Beckville High School football player who was injured during Friday night’s game against Shelbyville continues to improve.

Ben Travis

Ben Travis

Senior Ben Travis took a hit and suffered an injury during the game. He was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview and then later by ambulance to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Beckville Head Coach Lance Gamble tells KGAS News, Travis, who wears the number 10 for the Bearcats, had suffered a head injury after a motorcycle accident some time ago, and that it appeared he had been hit in that same spot.

Gamble says Travis is doing well and will be released to go home on Tuesday.  Hear Elaine Etheridge’s interview with Coach Gamble by clicking here:



Center police bust up an illegal gambling ring at a convenience store
Posted October 23, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Center Police with help from Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies have broken up an illegal gambling ring.

At around 5 am Thursday, officers made arrests at the Shady Oaks Convenience Store. 56-year-old Younus Moton and 52-year-old Lidia Moton were arrested for Keeping a Gambling Place, Possession of Gambling Device/Equipment, Gambling Promotion, and Engaging in organized Criminal Activity.

Twelve gambling machines were seized along with $9,100 in cash.

28-year-old Bilal Moton was later arrested at the Center Police Department for Keeping a Gambling Place, Possession of Gambling Device/Equipment, Gambling Promotion and Engaging in Criminal Activity.


Single vehicle rollover accident Saturday morning injures woman
Posted October 17, 2015 by kgasradio |   

A woman has been injured after crashing her vehicle in a rollover accident that happened Saturday morning on Henderson Highway.

KGAS News reporter Elaine Etheridge responded to the scene and grabbed this interview from Panola County Constable Brian Murph.


The vehicle was demolished after slamming into a church sign and rolling over onto the church property. No word on what caused the accident, or how severe the driver’s injuries were.

DPS Troopers are investigating.

UIL Marching Band Coverage
Posted October 12, 2015 by easttexastoday |   

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

Performance Schedules:

October 13, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant High School
October 17, 2015 – Homer Bryce Stadium, SFASU
October 20, 2015 – Pine Tree High School 

Amber Alert issued for Houston girl, may be headed to Louisiana
Posted October 12, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

An Amber Alert has been issued for 6-year-old Alexis Johnson, who was last seen in Houston riding with her mother’s ex-boyfriend in a 2000 Ford F-150, blue pickup truck with Louisiana license plate #F163202.


Alexis Johnson

The child’s mother and her ex-boyfriend (the suspect), got into an argument and the suspect was told to leave. The suspect left in the blue pickup with the child inside the vehicle.

The suspect is not the child’s father and is believed to be driving to Louisiana. If you have information, contact: Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

East Texas Oil and Gas Blast set for Saturday in Carthage
Posted October 8, 2015 by kgasradio |   

The East Texas Oil and Gas Blast will take place at the Carthage Civic Center this Saturday, Oct. 10. Some of the many events available to attendees include a car show, a kids Halloween costume contest, and a karaoke contest with a $1,000 grand prize. Several door prizes will also be won during the event.

oil and gas blast

Several musical groups will perform throughout the day. The Panola Pipers will start off the day with a performance at 10 a.m. Other performers include Project String Power, the Calvary Boys Quartet, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band, the John Ritter Tribute Showcase of Stars, recording artist Tommy Cash, and Brandon Rhyder.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entry is free. Main Street Carthage is sponsoring a free children’s play area. The Oil & Gas Blast will feature concession stands, rides, and many arts and crafts vendors, so be sure to bring some spending money.

UIL Marching Band Contest – October 20, 2015
Posted October 6, 2015 by easttexastoday |   

Click For Live Video Feed.
Tuesday October 20, 2015 – Pine Tree High School
Broadcast on:  * KGAS 104.3 FM, ** KPXI 100.7 FM, *** KMHT 103.9 FM

Time            School                   Result
10:00 am     Harmony  2
10:15 am     Daingerfield  1
10:30 am     Sabine  1
10:45 am     Jefferson***  2
11:00 am     Linden-Kildare***  3
11:30 am     Hughes Springs 1
11:45 am     DeKalb  2
12:00 pm     Hooks  2
12:15 pm     Waskom***  3
12:30 pm     New Diana***  1
1:15 pm       Mineola  1
1:30 pm       Redwater 1
1:45 pm       Elysian Fields*** 1
2:00 pm       Queen City*** 1
2:15 pm       Mt. Vernon 1
2:30 pm       New Boston 1
3:00 pm       Pewitt 2
3:15 pm       Quitman 2
3:30 pm       Winnsboro 1
3:45 pm       Alba-Golden 1
4:00 pm       Chisum 1
4:15 pm       Prairiland 1
4:30 pm       White Oak*** 1

Marshall man sentenced for aggravated sexual assault of child
Posted October 6, 2015 by kgasradio |   

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Zachary Ryan Roberts

Zachary Ryan Roberts

Zachary Ryan Roberts, of Marshall, pleaded guilty before 71st District Judge Brad Morin Thursday. The judge, who presided over the case, accepted the plea bargain agreement made between the state and the defense in the case, sentencing the defendant to 10 years. In addition to his prison sentence, Roberts will have to register as a sex offender for life.

According to the indictment, Roberts allegedly committed the offense on April 15, 2014, and March 26, 2014. He was arrested in June of this year for the crime and indicted in August on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. As part of the plea bargain agreement, prosecutors abandoned count two of the indictment, relating to the March 26, 2014 allegation and moved forth with count one, which alleged that Roberts had sex with a child younger than age 14 on April 15, 2014.

According to court documents, the victim’s mother reported him to authorities after learning that his friendship with her child had become sexual. As part of the plea bargain agreement, the defendant will receive credit for time he’s already served in jail.

UIL Marching Band Contest – October 17, 2015
Posted October 5, 2015 by easttexastoday |   

Click For Live Video Feed
Saturday October 17, 2015 – SFA in Nacogdoches, TX
Broadcast on:  * KGAS 104.3 FM, ** KPXI 100.7 FM, *** KMHT 103.9 FM

Time          Band                              Result
9:40 am    Mt. Enterprise **                 2
9:55 am    Timpson *                           1
10:15 am  Shelbyville                          1
10:30 am  Cushing                               2
10:45 am  Carlisle, Price**                   1
11:00 am  Joaquin                                3
11:15 am  Beckville*                             2
11:30 am  Tenaha*                                2
11:45 am  San Augustine                      2
12:00 pm West Sabine, Pineland         2
1:00 pm   Hemphill    3
1:15 pm   Elkhart  2
1:30 pm   West Rusk**  2
1:45 pm   Troup**  2
2:00 pm   Arp**  1
2:15 pm   Frankston  2
2:30 pm   Garrison*  1
2:45 pm   Winona  1
3:00 pm   Crockett  4
3:15 pm   Westwood Palestine 1
3:45 pm   Chapel Hill 1
4:00 pm   Carthage* 1
4:15 pm   Athens 1
4:30 pm   Bullard 1
4:45 pm   Henderson**  1
5:00 pm   Rusk 2
5:15 pm   Center* 1
5:30 pm   Van 2
5:45 pm   Brownsboro 1
6:00 pm   Palestine 2
6:15 pm   Tatum * 2
6:30 pm   Nacogdoches 1
7:15 pm   Lufkin 1
7:30 pm   Longview 1
7:45 pm   John Tyler, Tyler 2
8:00 pm   Jacksonville 2
8:15 pm   Whitehouse 1
8:30 pm   Lindale 1
8:45 pm   Hallsville*** 1
9:00 pm   R.E. Lee, Tyler 1

UIL Marching Band Contest – October 13, 2015
Posted October 5, 2015 by easttexastoday |   

Click For Live Video Stream Of This Event.
Tuesday October 13, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant High School

Time            Band                                Result
9:30 am       Union Hill                                 3
9:45 am       Rivercrest                               2
10:00 am     Maud                                       3
10:15 am     Como-Pickton                         1
10:30 am     Hawkins                                   2
11:00 am     Ore City                                   1
11:15 am     James Bowie                           2
11:30 am     Big Sandy                                2
11:45 am     Union Grove                             1
12:00 pm     Harleton                                   1
12:15 pm     Clarksville                                1
1:00 pm       Liberty-Eylau                            1
1:15 pm       Paris                                         1
1:30 pm       Gilmer                                       1
1:45 pm       Pleasant Grove                         1
2:00 pm       North Lamar                              1
2:30 pm       Pittsburg                                    1
2:45 pm       Kilgore                                       1
3:00 pm       Gladewater                                1
3:15 pm       Spring Hill                                  1
3:30 pm       Atlanta                                       1
4:00 pm       Marshall                                     1
4:15 pm       Pine Tree                                   2
4:30 pm       Texas High                                 1
4:45 pm       Sulphur Springs                         1
5:00 pm       Greenville                                   1
5:15 pm       Mt. Pleasant                               1

Marshall woman in custody for firing gun outside residence
Posted October 5, 2015 by kgasradio |   

A woman is in custody after allegedly firing a gun outside a residence on Beaver Street in Marshall Sunday.

arrested-logo2Marshall Police Public Information Officer Becky Holland says the SWAT team was called out, but the woman surrendered before they got there.

“We got a call probably about 12:40 pm that there was a woman outside of a residence shooting a gun. Our officers responded and the subject had barricaded herself inside her house. Allegedly she had fired some shots at a male subject, but there are no injuries. We called out our SWAT team, but before they got there, she surrendered. Our officers were able to take her into custody without incident,” Holland said.


Bark for Life set for Saturday at Panola Expo Center
Posted October 5, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Bark for Life cancer fundraiser is set for Saturday at the Panola Expo Center.

bark for lifeThe American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps them move closer to their ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

So bring your best canine friend and join in the Bark for Life this Saturday in Carthage at the Panola County Expo Center. It will be a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.



Center police searching for man who tried to lure 14-year-old girl into car
Posted October 5, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Center Police are seeking information about the whereabouts of a Hispanic man who attempted to talk to and lure a 14-year-old girl into his vehicle Saturday in the area of Crest Well Street.

stranger dangerPolice say the victim describes the suspect as having a medium build with brown skin, speaks English, in his 20s, about five feet, eight and driving a white Chrysler 300.

Detectives are searching for the suspect. If you have any information, call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE, or send a web tip to centercrimestoppers.com.

Weekly Roadwork Report from TxDOT Atlanta District for Oct. 4-10
Posted October 3, 2015 by kgasradio |   

TxDOT_Color_LOGO-150x150Bowie 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.
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 – at IH 30 interchange, sealing joints on bridges. Various lane/ramp closures.

Camp County


Cass County

US 59 – At FM 3129 in Domino, constructing new overpass.
SH 77 – From FM 251 to FM 1841 in Atlanta, widening highway.
FM 2328 – From US 59 to SH 43, widening highway.

Harrison County

FM 450 – At Little Cypress Creek, replacing bridges and relocating roadway.
FM 450 – At IH 20 south of Hallsville, widening bridge and approaches.

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.

Morris County

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

Panola County

Bus. 59 – From US 79 to US 59 South, resurfacing highway. Nighttime work only.
SH 43 – Rusk County Line to FM 959, repairing pavement.

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.

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.