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.

Former CISD Band Director Honored at Spring Concert
Posted May 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.39.34 PMFormer Carthage ISD Director of Bands Raymond Thomas was honored at Thursday night’s Spring band concert at Carthage High School. Thomas served as director of bands from 1975-1980 and then again in the early 1990’s.

Battelin Bulldog Band Director Nick Durham presented Thomas with a plaque at Thursday’s concert. View the video here…https://www.facebook.com/KGASRADIO/videos

Rusk County Electric making progress restoring power to thousands
Posted May 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Progress is being made in getting power restored to those who’ve been without electricity since Monday night’s tornado swept through Rusk and Panola Counties.

TWISTER3Ricki Keeling, manager of member services for Rusk County Electric Cooperative, says as of Thursday afternoon, 1,200 or 1,300 are still without power. That’s down from more than 12,000 who lost power when a tornado hit Monday night.

“We have crews in from different parts of the state…we have everybody we have access to working on this,” Keeling said.

Some 40 to 50 crews continue working to replace poles and re-establish the infrastructure that was wiped out by an F2 tornado that tracked through Henderson.



Panola County Road 241 now open after construction
Posted May 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola County Commissioner John Gradberg says County Road 241 is now open after being closed for a while Thursday morning.


cr 241“We had to replace some culverts and get ready for re-doing 241 this summer and I appreciate everybody’s patience, but it’s passable right now,” Gradberg said.

The severe storms and flooding issues created problems with culverts, Gradberg said.

“Right there in front of the new Enbridge plant we were having some flooding issues and I think that we’ve got sufficient culverts in there now to be able to get that water under the road instead of over the road.”

Highway 59 Resurfacing Planned for Summer 2015
Posted May 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

txdotBlake Holland KGAS

A section of Highway 59 in Carthage will receive new riding surfaces this summer according to plans approved this month by the Texas Department of Transportation.

“We will be resurfacing a 3.4-mile section of Business 59 in Carthage from US 79 (north loop), through downtown to US 59 South (south loop),” said Michael Anderson, area engineer for TxDOT in Marshall.  “Some of the old pavement will be removed and then the entire roadway will be repaved.

This work was made possible by additional funding received from the Proposition 1 that Texas voters overwhelmingly approved in November. This allocation directs a portion of oil and gas tax revenues into the State Highway Fund in an effort to address roadway congestion, safety and the growing demands on the state’s infrastructure.

Drewery Construction Company of Nacogdoches was awarded the contract for the construction project with a bid of $1.8 million.

Work on the project should begin in July and take about three months to complete, Anderson said.

Panola County unveils new web alert system for severe weather warnings
Posted May 28, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Panola County has a new web alert system to send you warnings during bad weather. Judge LeeAnn Jones tells KGAS News it’s as simple as signing up for alerts via a website.


“In light of the recent storms, we would encourage everyone to go the county or city website and register for the Code Red weather alerts. This service sends weather alerts to your land phone as well as to your cell phone in the event of storms or severe weather,” Jones said.

If you don’t have computer access and would like to get this service, call Pat Malone in the Veterans Office at 903-693-0360, or Vicky Hinkle in the County Judge’s Office at 903-693-0391 and they will register for you.

The county’s website address is http://www.co.panola.tx.us/


UPDATED: One Person Killed in Head-On Collision Near DeBerry
Posted May 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   


Blake Holland KGAS

The identity of a DeBerry woman who was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday afternoon has been released.

According to DPS, Ida Freeman, 56, of DeBerry was killed when she was struck by an 18-wheeler who had veered into oncoming traffic.

The collision occurred on Highway 79 North near County Road 338 around 2 p.m. Freeman was reportedly traveling northeast on Highway 79 North in her silver Ford Focus when a 18-wheeler veered into her lane of traffic and struck her head-on. Investigators believe the crash was caused by the 18-wheeler being on the wrong side of the road, and Freeman had no time to take evasive action.

acc3According to Jason Barnett with the Inter-Community VFD, emergency crews had to use the jaws of life to extract Freeman from the vehicle. The 56-year-old was pronounced dead by Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not seriously injured in the crash.

Funeral services for Freeman are currently pending.



One Person Injured in Memorial Day House Fire
Posted May 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Blake Holland KGAS

One person had to be transported to a local hospital on Monday night after being involved in a house fire. It happened shortly after 11 o’clock in the loop near Farm-to-Market Road 699. According to officials, the person who was inside the home was transported by EMS to a local hospital with what appeared to be third-degree burn. According to CFD, the cabin suffered significant damage.

UPDATE: EF-1 Tornado Confirmed in Panola County
Posted May 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

tornadoBlake Holland KGAS

The National Weather Service has now confirmed that an EF-1 tornado traveled across Panola County on Monday evening. According to the weather service, the storm formed a half mile south of Beckville at around 7:18 p.m and then traveled nearly 22 miles to the northeastern portion of Panola County near DeBerry. Ending at around 7:43 p.m.

The weather service has also confirmed that an EF-2 Tornado traveled across Rusk County on Monday.

Listen to an interview a National Weather Service surveyor here…SURVEYING THE DAMAGE


Henderson tornado confirmed F2, power still out for many
Posted May 27, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

The National Weather Service says the tornado that ripped through Henderson Monday night, damaging some 100 homes and knocking out power to thousands was an F2.

TWISTER1KGAS News has confirmed that with David Chenault, public information officer for Rusk County Emergency Management Services.

“The National Weather Service assessment teams were in the area yesterday. We also had aerial assessment where we were in cooperation with DPS to get up above those sites and kind of see some video footage of the destruction path there and according to the National Weather Service preliminary update, they said that they do believe it was an F2 size tornado that came through the area basically stretching from the airport, right across town to the east side of town and so that’s where we are at this point,” Chenault said.

There is a shelter set up for those who were displaced by the twister.

“The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the request of the city at the Henderson Civic Center. Last night at the peak, we had about 36 people that were at the shelter. Not all of those people spent the night. Many of those just coming to take a shower and maybe get a hot meal and then go on back to their homes. Most of the homes that were damaged were damaged in a way that makes them still liveable, but there may not be power,” Chenault said.

Many remain without power in the Henderson area and Chenault says it could be Monday before power is restored to everyone.

“As of this morning at about 8:30 the count was right around 10,000 customers without power. That’s about 7,500 customers of SWEPCO and about 4,000 customers from Rust County Electric Coop,” Chenault said.

He said it could be next Monday before power is restored to everyone, simply because entire poles were knocked down and so much infrastructure has to be rebuilt.

Nearly 70 crews are still working to clean up debris and Chenault says there is a debris collection site set up where folks can take their debris. The sites are located at CR 417 B and FM 1716 and Hwy. 43.

Possible tornado hits Henderson, 100 homes damaged
Posted May 26, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Strong thunderstorms rolled through Rusk County and the City of Henderson, downing trees and power lines and doing significant damage to some 100 homes.

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David Chenault, public information director for the Rusk County Emergency Services, says “quite a large swath of area that had damage and downed tree limbs and damaged homes and residences as well as businesses in its way.”

“We had some folks who even had some video camera footage that seemed to indicate that it was a tornado that moved through the area last night,” Chenault said.

Fire crews,  and emergency management crews were activated immediately and went door to door to check on people.

“The good news is that no injuries were reported,” Chenault said.

Hundreds of homes were damaged in a line from FM 13 to the west of Henderson, stretching down Main Street, large areas south of town, west main, east main, with trees down.

The major thoroughfares are open now. It may be several days before power is restored to SWEPCO customers. There were 20,000 people without power in Rusk County Tuesday morning.

The City of Henderson was closed today, but will be open Wednesday. Rusk County offices were closed as well, but will be open at noon on Wednesday.

Henderson ISD was closed today and will remain closed on Wednesday as well.

Click here for Elaine’s interview with David Chenault:

David Chenault

Strong Winds Damage Panola County Home
Posted May 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

pc4Blake Holland KGAS

Strong winds brought down several trees and left at least one home damaged on Sunday afternoon in northeast Panola County. Shortly before noon, dispatchers with the PCSO received a report of a tree on a mobile home on Highway 79 North near DeBerry. Despite major damage to the home, no injuries were reported.


pc1Downed trees and power lines created traffic problems on Farm-to-Market Road 31 near Elysian Fields. Several customers served by Panola-Harrison Electric are now without power due to the downed lines.

Send you storm damage photos to info@kgasradio.com.

Authorities Confirms Tornado Sighting in Marshall
Posted May 24, 2015 by kgasradio |   

m1A tornado was spotted by Marshall Fire/ EMS personnel at FM 2625 crossing Hwy 59 in a northern direction. Several trees and debris were reported down in that area, and across the city of Marshall.

“Damage assessment teams noted damaged houses from trees and debris from the area of Cox road continuing across Marshall causing damage in the Jasper Heights area,” said Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper. “There was noted damage at the golf course and some houses in the area. There is damage at and near airport park causing power outage issues for a potentially moderate size area of residents.”

m2There have been no reported injuries associated with these storms.

Photo: KMHT Radio

Bernie Tiede Final Pretrial Set for December 2015
Posted May 21, 2015 by kgasradio |   

bernBlake Holland KGAS

Judge Diane DeVasto has granted a motion for continuance in the new sentencing trial of convicted Carthage murderer Bernie Tiede.

In an order signed on Tuesday, Judge DeVasto rescheduled the final pretrial hearing for December 1, 2015, and the jury trial for January 11, 2016.

Last month, Texas Assistant Attorney General Jane Starnes and Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner were appointed to prosecute the case after Panola County DA Danny Buck Davidson recused himself in March.

Marshall Police Warrant Round-Up Picks Up Speed
Posted May 20, 2015 by kgasradio |   

mpdMarshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa  said his police officers were out in full force arresting those in Marshall with active warrants.

Patrol officers, along with members of the Marshall Criminal Apprehension Team, are searching for those in Marshall with active warrants, deriving from Class C offenses, such as speeding tickets, traffic violations  or  other Class C misdemeanors.

Chief Campa urged those who might have an outstanding warrant to pay now. “We will pick you up at your home ,school, church, work or anyplace we find you,” Campa said.

Individuals, who think they may have a warrant, can take care of it through the City of Marshall Municipal Court at 303 W. Burleson St. or  can call the court for details at (903) 935-4535.

Shelby Co. Authorities Make Drug Arrest
Posted May 20, 2015 by kgasradio |   

JAMESShelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to report that on the May 12th at around 12:00 A.M., Sergeant Michael Griffin while on routine patrol made a traffic stop on a vehicle for an expired registration on Martin Luther King Drive in Center. Sergeant Griffin identified the driver as James Allen Watson of Joaquin with passenger Crystal Monique Steffen of Center. During the course of the traffic stop, Sergeant Griffin observed the driver to be nervous and was denied consent to search the vehicle.

Sergeant Burkhalter and K9 Taz with the Center Police Department was contacted to perform an open air sniff around the vehicle. K9 Taz alerted on the vehicle as containing possible narcotics and a search of the vehicle was performed.

During the search a usable amount of methamphetamine was located along with several items of drug paraphernalia. James Allen Watson was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance (state jail felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia(class c misdemeanor).

This illustrates the inter-agency cooperation between different law enforcement agencies committed to make Shelby County a better place. We would like to stress if you observe anything you believe to be suspicious or believe there is illegal drug activity in your neighborhood to please feel free to call your local agency or report it to the Center Crime stoppers.



Marshall man in custody for sexually assaulting a child
Posted May 20, 2015 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Marshall man wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child has been taken into police custody.


Anthony Eric Villareal



Police say Anthony Eric Villarreal, 30, turned himself in Wednesday morning after being last seen April 8th.

Police say they were told by Villarreal’s lawyer that the suspect was going to turn himself in after Marshall Police released more information through news releases and social media.

In a statement, Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa said, “There was a lot of pressure put on the suspect, thanks to the efforts of our investigators and officers, but also the community who played a huge part in getting the information out about Villarreal, so he had no choice but to turn himself in.”

Villarreal is in the Harrison County Jail.


Carthage and Henderson Make Top Towns to Live in in Texas List
Posted May 19, 2015 by kgasradio |   

A national ranking website has released a list of the top cities to live in the Lone Star State. Several East Texas cities made the list including Carthage which was ranked #52.

The rankings are based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a town offers a high quality of life to its residents.

Other East Texas cities making the list include Henderson at #21, Lindale at #23, and Diboll at #44.



Carthage Band to Honor Raymond Thomas
Posted May 19, 2015 by kgasradio |   

Marshall PD Issues Warning About New ‘Street Drug’
Posted May 19, 2015 by kgasradio |   

flakka.0.0Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa has issued a warning about a new synthetic drug that has made its way into Texas.

The drug, known as flakka, initially reported as hitting the streets of Florida, has made its way into Texas according to a report earlier this month from the North Texas Poison Control Center at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Though there haven’t been any reports of the drug in Marshall as of yet, Chief Campa warns citizens to be on the look-out as flakka can cause fatal side effects, which include agitation, incoherence, violent behavior, increased strength; increased body temperatures (up to 105 degrees) and paranoia.

PHOTO: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Intruder fights with East Texas Homeowner, Gets Shot By Wife
Posted May 19, 2015 by easttexastoday |   

Source:  Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Cherokee County — On Tuesday May 19, 2015 at approximately 8:30am a home owner on CR-4808, several miles south of Troup, called 9-1-1 to report that a man had broken into their house and she shot him.  The caller stated that the unknown man was still inside the house and her husband had the man detained until Deputies arrived.

Cherokee County dispatchers kept the caller on the line until Deputies and Investigators arrived on scene.  Once Deputies arrived, an ambulance from ETMC was brought in to treat and transport the suspect to Tyler.  An Investigator with Cherokee County rode with the ambulance in the event the suspect became violent or combative with the EMS personnel.

It appears from the initial investigation that the suspect broke through the front door of the residence and confronted several people that were inside the home at the time.  The husband arrived at the home several minutes later and was attacked by the suspect at the back door to the residence.  The two fought for several minutes before the husband was able to break free and ran back inside the home and locked the back door.  The suspect ran through the back door and again attacked the husband in the living room.

The wife ordered the suspect to stop but he continued the assault.  She fired one shot, hitting the suspect who then fell to the floor.  She handed her husband the gun and she stayed on the phone with 9-1-1.

The names of the home owner and the suspect are not being released at this time.

The latest information available on the condition of the suspect was that he is in stable condition and would remain in the hospital for an undetermined length of time.

Charges will be filed through Cherokee County for Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Assault.  Other charges may be forthcoming once the investigation is completed.