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.

GPS Tracking Details Revealed Within Marshall PD
Posted April 24, 2017 by East Texas Today |   

TMPS Continues Call for Change in Leadership

By Ashli Acker Dansby

In October of 2015, StarChase, the maker of GPS tracking technology, held a demonstration for the Marshall Police Department.  At the time, Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa told Shreveport’s KTBS News he “had some discretionary funds available and would like to see a few StarChase’s on a select number of vehicles in the next few months, for a trial run.”


TSO Mobile device

Campa told KTBS, if the hypothetical trial was successful, he said he would like to add StarChase to all MPD vehicles. Campa did not disclose to the media that exactly one year prior, he had already purchased eight TSO Mobile GPS trackers and, for nearly a year, he had been tracking MPD patrol and criminal investigation vehicles and the officers driving those cars.

Through an open records request, KMHT Radio recently obtained roughly 30 invoices spanning more than two years, from October of 2014, to January of 2017 relating to the installation and use of TSO GPS tracking

On October 13, 2014, shortly after being hired in August as MPD’s chief, an invoice from Florida based TSO Mobile, confirms a sales order for six TSO Mobile GPS tracking devices at a cost of $1,764.94.  A second invoice dated November 3, 2014 confirms the purchase of two more of the devices, costing $599.98.   By December the first six devices ordered had been placed on MPD units, and the second two devices were placed on vehicles within a few months of their

When officers began discovering the gps devices affixed to their units in late 2016, they were told those with tracking devices had only been tracked for about six months, when in reality, at least seven of those, for the most part, had been tracked for the better part of two years.  All told, the total cost of the TSO devices was $7,575.62.


TSO Mobile Invoice

“Law enforcement is held to a high standard and leadership within law enforcement has to be held to an even higher standard.  We’ve been given multiple reasons why the tracking devices were placed and what that information was for or was not for, and so far the many excuses and the conflicting answers, none of them have proven to be true, and a lot of them in fact don’t make sense.  It’s hard to expect people to follow you when you’ve deceived them, you’ve lied to them, and they feel targeted.  It’s not a good environment to work,” said Clint McNear, Field Representative with the Texas Municipal Police Association.

In March, KMHT first told you TMPA was looking into claims from several Marshall police officer’s that they were being targeted by the chief for investigation without their knowledge; because police officers are civil servants, they are to be notified when being investigated.

TMPA was aware four or five officers had found the TSO devices on their vehicles, and KMHT’s open records request revealed eight total devices were affixed to MPD vehicles at.  In the weeks since our original report in mid-March, officers have found at least two more of the TSO devices affixed to vehicles.

“A lot of these guys are afraid for their jobs, their paychecks and their families, and wonder why they are being targeted,” McNear said.

Following KMHT’s March report, Campa told many local media outlets the gps tracking devices were a part of the rollout of a new AVL radio system that was considered and approved during the late summer of 2016.  Campa said the rollout was about officer safety.  McNear says the 2014 purchase of the TSO trackers, and the fact that dispatchers has no access to the TSOP trackers, shows this assertion is not transparent.

“There are many departments that utilize GPS tracking either through their mobile data terminals (MDTs) in the car or through the radio system, and that can be real time tracked by dispatch, so if an officer is in trouble or not answering, or a citizen says there is an officer injured, dispatch can access that data real time and send the nearest units, or determine where the officer’s location is.  Chief Campa had indicated he was doing this for officer safety, and for various other reasons, but if in fact dispatch can’t access that data, it has absolutely no bearing on officer safety at all.  Dispatch, who would needs the information would not know where the officers are, there is no real time information being displayed to them, which really leads to some of the original concerns we had as to why he is tracking these people,” McNear said.  “The GPS systems that he is using are completely unrelated to computer or the radio system, so one is not needed for the other.  You wouldn’t purchase and secrete GPS systems to roll out a new radio system or to roll out a new MDT system to your vehicles, those are completely separate systems.”

While dispatchers couldn’t access the TSO trackers, Campa did have access.  In an email dated January 19, 2017, Lieutenant William Huffman provided Campa with a login password and user name to access a mobile app allowing Campa to see the TSO gps data.  The username was JCAMPA, the username is MPD1.  Both the username and password have since been changed.

“One of the excuses he gave was he did this to track some of the officer’s activity and how busy they are, because they are very active officers, when in fact one of the devices was secreted in a Criminal Investigation Division Lieutenant’s vehicle who is assigned to the police station.  That vehicle stays at the station, and it’s interesting that if you are trying to track the activity of patrol officers and their high activity that you would secrete on in a CID Lieutenant’s vehicle that is assigned to the station and probably isn’t going to be an active vehicle.” said McNear.

McNear says Campa has given multiple conflicting reasons why he has used the devices, calling his integrity into question.

“He indicated during my meeting with him that he’s not sure he wants to be the chief anymore, and we know that he’s applied elsewhere.  With these glaring integrity issues, the community, the citizens and the officers there, they deserve better leadership.  I think people would expect the person at the highest level to have the most integrity and really, we’ve seen that completely eroded away, there is none,” said McNear.

The day after KMHT aired our earlier March story, Chief Campa met with officers in a session which was meant to “clear the air.”

“He held a meeting with the officers that was supposed to be an open forum, you could say anything you want, they were going to clear the air; several officers that spoke were called in and chastised and chewed out.  They feel somewhat threatened for their jobs now after being told it was an open forum to speak, the problems just continue to mount,” said McNear.

 “Almost the entire police department met with the City Manager, and it was made glaringly obvious to her that there is an almost 100% dissatisfaction with the leadership at the police department.  The chief has made comments that other chiefs have survived multiple votes of no confidence, and he’s kind of brazenly dug his heels in.”

 Within a week of our story airing, Marshall City Manager Lisa Agnor met with officers about these issues.  Since that time, she’s met with officer’s individually about their concerns.

“We are aware of continued concerns expressed by some of our police officers and as stated earlier, we take these concerns seriously. We continue to work through the appropriate channels to address the concerns,” said Agnor.

Last Thursday afternoon, KMHT contacted Chief Campa via email and requested an interview with him regarding the TSO GPS device.  KMHT also attached 25 written questions we intended to ask Campa during that interview.  He responded on 8:06 p.m. Friday, and said he would be unavailable for interview all this week, but might be available next week.

KMHT informed Campa of our intent to release this week a news article about the TSO GPS devices, but offered to do a follow up story featuring an interview with Campa, or allow him to answer our written questions via email, he did not respond.

After MPD officers contacted TMPA with their original concerns regarding police department leadership, McNear became concerned officers were being retaliated against by Chief Campa and his administration; due to fears of retaliation, KMHT is not releasing the name of the majority of police officers that were tracked with the TSO devices, however a well respected MPD officer has given us permission to use his name; that officer is Sergeant Jeff Ash, 2016’s G.O. Cooper Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Ash is not alone though, another G.O. Cooper Law Enforcement Officer of the Year was also tracked by Campa.

Center Crimestoppers Offering Reward for Wanted Timpson Man
Posted April 15, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Crimestoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of 42-year-old Rick Eugene Warren, of Timpson, who has an active felony warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Rick Eugene Warren

Rick Eugene Warren

Warren is described as white, five feet, 9 inches tall weighing 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Center Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. If you have any information, you are asked to call Center Crimestoppers at 936-598-SAFE, that’s 7233, or submit a tip online at Center Crimestoppers dot com.


Center PD Celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Posted April 13, 2017 by kgasradio |   
This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW). Held every year during the second week of April, NPSTW is a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession.
L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley  Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and  Deanne Evans

L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger
Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and
Deanne Evans

Telecommunicator Week provides an opportunity to recognize the men and women who staff our Police Departments, Sheriff’s Office, EMS Offices and 9-1-1 centers across the Nation.
It highlights a profession that demands unique professional skills and personal attributes of people willing to make sacrifices like working weekends, shifts, and holidays, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
It is to help to instill a sense of pride and personal satisfaction in telecommunications, knowing that their essential, and often heroic work, is being recognized and not forgotten.”
The Center Police Department and the PD’s Ladies Axuiliary extends its appreciation to the telecommunicatiors and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day to keep their communities safe and secure.

Traffic Stop in Marshall Leads to Big Drug Bust
Posted April 10, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A traffic stop in Marshall has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of of more than 87 grams of Methamphetamine. On Saturday at around 1:45 am, Marshall Police conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang in the 1700 block of East End Blvd. South.

Tobias Prudencio

Tobias Prudencio

When officers approached the vehicle, there was a strong smell of marijuana. The driver, identified as Tobia Prudencio, 30, of Marshall, refused a search of the vehicle, claiming there were no drugs inside.

Prudencio and his passenger, Stephani Carbajal, 19, of Maryland, were both detained at the scene while a police K9 was deployed.

The K9 alerted on both the driver and passenger side doors. As a result, approximately 87.5 grams of Methamphetamine, two digital scales, a .45 caliber handgun and small bags commonly used in the sale of narcotics were found inside the vehicle. Soon after searching the vehicle, police learned the car had been reported stolen in Maryland.

IMG_1895Prudencio was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Carbajal was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

Both Prudencio and Carbajal were booked into the Harrison County Jail.

Bernie Appeals Re-Sentencing
Posted March 22, 2017 by East Texas Today |   

An appeal on behalf of Bernie Tiede has been filed in the 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana. The filing was submitted by Houston attorney Jonathan Landers on March 15 and accepted on Tuesday morning, March 21.

Tiede was re-sentenced to 99 years in prison in 2016 by a Rusk County jury for the 1996 murder of Marjorie Nugent. The motion for appeal states “The evidence shows that Mr. Tiede and the Panola County District Attorney reached a mutually accepted sentencing agreement” among other items.

The filing continues and states:

“All that was left was for the prosecution to recommend a sentence of twenty years in the event of a new punishment hearing. The District Attorney made clear he planned to make such a recommendation: ‘Therefore I am agreeable to considering his sentence to be time served.’ SSCR 45-46.”

The filing then suggests that because of “pressure from outside sources,” the District Attorney did not follow through with the agreement and removed himself from the case.




TMPA: Time for Leadership Change at Marshall PD
Posted March 15, 2017 by East Texas Today |   

By Ashli Acker Dansby

For approximately six weeks KMHT has been looking into claims the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) was requesting documentation and information regarding the Marshall Police Department, specifically Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa.

Following concerns of retaliation against officers who voiced their complaints to TMPA, and a recent meeting with Chief Campa and City Manager Lisa Agnor; Clint McNear, TMPA’s North Texas Representative, told KMHT the association, which represents more than 24,000 police officers statewide, believes it is time for a the Marshall Police Department to have new leadership.

“It’s time for a leadership change at the Marshall Police Department. It’s no secret that Chief Campa has applied at other police departments, it’s a statement to those that you lead when you’re actively trying to leave the organization and trying to leave those that you are trying to lead,” McNear said. “In that he wants to leave, they (officers) are ready for a change as well. There are numerous issues that have taken place, and ultimately, he’s trying to leave and the officers there, I believe they agree with him that it’s time.”

Some of the issues discussed by officers with TMPA had to do with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) being placed on some patrol cars without officer’s knowledge. Earlier this year, TMPA sent an open records request to the City of Marshall asking for all Marshall Police Department policies and/or Standard Operating Procedures for GPS tracking devices being used on Marshall Police Department fleet vehicles.

TMPA also requested all emails sent to or from Campa’s personal and city email accounts that contained the words “GPS,” “Global Positioning System,” “tracker” or “tracking” in either the body and/or subject line of the emails. TMPA asked for all such emails dating from January 1, 2016.

“There were four or five officers that discovered GPS tracking systems secreted on their vehicles. That is not a common practice to conceal a GPS tracker on a police vehicle. Now typically, the computer system or radio systems in a police car will have GPS on them, which Marshall does not at this time. To intentionally place a GPS tracker on a vehicle is usually for one of two reasons: either law enforcement uses them to place on a suspect’s vehicle, after obtaining a court order, to determine if they believe they are human trafficking or an automobile theft ring or narcotics dealing; or when it would be applicable to law enforcement is if someone felt a police officer was maybe a dirty cop,” McNear said.

“There were four or five officers at Marshall PD that discovered GPS trackers on their vehicles that had been secreted on their vehicles unbeknownst to them, when they contacted TMPA, and when we questioned the chief about it and they (officers) questioned the chief about it, he had conflicting excuses or reasons for doing that. He gave various officers different reasons why he was doing that, but at the end of the day, there is no transparency, and that’s not the way you conduct yourself professionally.”

“(These are) respected officers that are very active in the community and have done many great things. The chief made it clear they are not under any investigation, but in some instances said he was wanting to see what they are doing or monitor their activity; well our stance is that is an investigation, and then he hasn’t notified the officer they are under investigation, and that is a violation of the government code for civil servants that he has not notified the officer he is under investigation,” McNear said. “So then he decided they were not under investigation, he was just doing it to see how busy and how good his officers were doing.”

McNear added if the department wanted to use GPS tracking devices, it was TMPA’s stance a system should be purchased and installed on every car, saying it was inappropriate to “target officers for various reasons.” In the past several months, Marshall PD has begun to use a new radio system, approved for purchase late last year by the Marshall City Commission. The new radio system does have a GPS tracking device for each vehicle, according to Campa.

“Well, the GPS tracking system, they are equipped in all of our units now due to our radio system upgrade. It’s an AVL system that all the vehicles with our new radios now have,” Campa said.

TMPA requested last month from the City of Marshall records of all grants received by MPD since January 1, 2015, all donations received for the K9 unit since January 1, 2015, donations received for the specified purchase of K9 ballistic vests since January 1, 2015, all donations received for the use of hosting community events since January 1, 2015 and a list of expenditures of D.A.R.E. account funds from February 2015 – November 2015.

“There are still some allegations out there concerning the use of funds, the use of donated funds. We’re still working to resolve that, which of those allegations might be true, and the facts surrounding those, and we’re not quite ready to speak on that yet,” McNear said.

TMPA also sent an open records request to the City of Marshall seeking any expense reports filed by Campa for a recent trip to Melbourne, Fla. McNear said the City of Marshall reported no city funds were spent on the trip, and he found no taxpayer monies had been spent. According to McNear, at the time of the trip Campa maintained on social media that he visited the Melbourne department to exchange ideas and policing techniques, when in reality he was applying for a chief’s job that was open there.

On February 9, 2017; McNear contacted both Agnor and Campa via email, regarding concerns he had that police officers would be retaliated against for speaking out to TMPA. In the email, obtained by KMHT through an open records request to the City of Marshall, McNear wrote “I’m deeply troubled after receiving texts from law enforcement attending an FBI LEEDA class in Bossier this morning. I was informed that there was public classroom discussion/comments, made by Chief Campa and his administration, about alleged personnel issues at Marshall Police Department. Obviously this lack of professionalism is not the norm of most law enforcement administrations. I hope this is not indicative of retaliation and continued problems to expect.”

McNear said he’d hoped Chief Campa would have provided TMPA with a plan for drastic change but so far, his concerns have not been alleviated.

“There are so many issues at this point, a failure of leadership, that it’s really time for a change of leadership (at MPD), but nothing has been communicated to us. Every time I meet with the officers there, they want to be there, they want to serve that community. They love the support they have in their community, and the city council has been very supportive of public safety there in general,” McNear said. “We all know that chiefs have a shelf life from two – six years, or two – seven years, and depending on their ability to lead and the decisions they make, sometimes their shelf life is shorter than others. It’s nothing personal, it’s strictly all business; the people there (officers) are ready for and thirsty for new leadership.”

“We have been made aware of concerns that have been expressed by some of our police officers,” Agnor told KMHT in a statement. “We take all employee concerns seriously, and are working through the appropriate channels to address these concerns.”

KMHT asked Campa on Tuesday for comment regarding TMPA’s stance that it is time for a change of leadership at MPD, Campa declined to comment.

According to their website, the mission of TMPA is to protect the rights and interests of Texas law enforcement officers by providing the best legal assistance in the country, effective lobbying at state and local levels, affordable training and exemplary member support. TMPA was founded in 1950 and has protected the interests of law enforcement officers ever since. As the largest law enforcement association in Texas, TMPA represents more than 24,000 local, county and state law enforcement officers across Texas.

Marshall Police Investigate Fatal Shooting Early Friday Morning
Posted March 4, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Marshall Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead. At around 1 am Friday, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Paula Street in the Belaire Manor Apartment complex regarding a possible shooting.

Leon Bowman

Leon Bowman

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 22-year-old Michael Phelps, Jr., dead inside one of the apartments from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. After interviewing witnesses, detectives concluded that 30-year-old Leon Bowman caused the death of Phelps. Bowman was booked into the Harrison County Jail, where he is charged with manslaughter.

Chief Jesus  “Eddie” Campa stated, “I’d like to thank the community for their cooperation during this investigation. Without the community’s help and our diligent detectives, the suspect probably wouldn’t have been apprehended so quickly. I’d like to offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Phelps’ family during this time of grief.”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Phelps’ death. This is the first homicide in Marshall for 2017. The case remains under investigation.

Carthage Junior High Cheerleaders Announced for 2017-18
Posted March 4, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Carthage Junior High held cheerleaders tryouts Friday afternoon. April Bagley announced the 2017-18 cheerleaders.

cheerThey are Emily Anderson, Melissa Salizar, Alissa Parker, Destiny Haso, Kaylie Heathernack, Chandler Glaze, Lydia Foley, Latasha Sanchez, Haley Smith, Sadie Smith, Heaven Ingram and Maki Lewis.

Henderson Chamber of Commerce Banquet Held Thursday
Posted March 3, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Henderson Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday evening. Here’s a photo gallery.




Carthage High School Announces 2017-18 Bulldog Belles
Posted March 3, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Carthage High School held tryouts for Bulldog Belles on Thursday. Roberta Collinsworth, director of Carthage High School Bulldog Belles, announced the new line for 2017-18.

bellesThey are: Tabitha Atkins, Constance Barber, Taylor Barton,  Crosbey Beatty, Brooke Cabello,  Kailee Dowdy, Lissed Gonzalez, Lt. Savanna Gwen, Katelynn Harris,  Niki Heim, Tony Jeter, Kayla Jones, Chaylan Luker, Capt. Annie Mahaffey, Lt. Emily Pyle, Lt. Madison Smith, Mary Smith, Megan Spradlin, Kristin Wall, Lt. Shelby Walters, Laurna Wolback and Tristan Wolback.

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Carthage Bulldog Belles.

Carthage ISD Announces Changes in Administration
Posted February 22, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Carthage ISD has announced changes in campus leadership effective for the 2017-18 school year.

CHSJason Harris has been named high school prinicipal. Wade Watson is now junior high prinicipal. Clarinda Collins is principal of Baker-Koonce and Mike Baysinger is the new PACE Academy principal.

Current high school principal Otis Amy requested an assignment change and will be  vice principal at Libby Elemertary. PACE Academy principal Michelle Little is retiring.

Beckville Man Charged with Trying to Run Over Sheriff’s Deputy
Posted February 21, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

A Beckville man is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer after fleeing police in a chase that ended in Tatum early Tuesday morning.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_nPanola Co. Sheriff Kevin Lake says Steven Mullican, 28, was driving on the wrong side of the road on FM 959.  Deputy Josh Nagle tried to stop him, Mullican fled, turning onto Hwy. 149, and then turning right just before Hwy. 43, crashing through a cyclone fence.

As Deputies Chad Gray and Nagle approached the vehicle, Mullican reversed his vehicle striking two Panola County patrol units. Nagle was struck by the vehicle and knocked to the ground.  Mullican went forward again, trying to run over Nagle. Nagle and Gray fired at Mullican, hitting him in the side, according to Lake.

Mullican is in stable condition at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview. Nagle was treated for non-life threatening injuries at ETMC, Carthage.

The vehicle Mullican was driving was found to be stolen.

Lake said more charges will be filed against Mullican.

Police Chase Ends in Tatum, Suspect Shot
Posted February 21, 2017 by easttexastoday |   

Clay Ihlo photo

Rusk County officials and the Texas Rangers are currently investigating an incident after a police chase involving two Panola County deputies ended in Tatum.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the Beckville area on a vehicle suspected to be involved in a theft attempt. That vehicle led deputies on a chase north on Highway 149 into Rusk County and the City of Tatum.

Once in Tatum, the suspect turned left off the roadway prior to reaching the intersection with Highway 43 and drove into a cyclone fence at the office building of Justice of Peace, Precinct 2, Bonnie Miller. The suspect continued his attempt to flee, knocking down a deputy before he was subdued. Damage was sustained to both sheriff office vehicles as well.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_n“This evening we had officers investigating a possible unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Officers indicated that they observed a vehicle in the Beckville area that matched the description of a possible suspect involved in this attempted theft of a vehicle,” Panola County Sheriff Lake said. “They attempted to make a traffic stop on that vehicle and it fled toward Tatum.”

“They pursued the vehicle into Tatum where Tatum PD assisted. The vehicle ran into a fence inside the city limits where the suspect proceeded to attempt to travel. Subject’s vehicle struck two Panola County patrol units. Also struck one Panola County deputy, knocking him to the ground.”

The suspect was transported to a Longview hospital by Champion EMS with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The deputy, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to ETMC Carthage.  16831944_1342107445847110_3862214489892371244_n 16832132_1342107449180443_4789857415480708860_n

Updates on this story will be given as they become available.


Panola County 71st Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet
Posted February 17, 2017 by easttexastoday |   

The 71st Annual Panola County Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held Thursday night at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients:
Ambassador of the Year — Debbie Allums
Chairman’s Award — Doug Spradley
Shining Star — Emily Andrus
Employee of the Year (Sponsored by KGAS)– Walter Weston
Citizen of the Year (Sponsored by The Panola Watchman) — Bob Harness
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Panola County Chamber Ambassadors Hold Tuesday Ribbon Cutting
Posted February 14, 2017 by kgasradio |   

Panola County Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting today at Foley Rentals Tire Shop.

ribbon cutting

Carthage Police Initiate Big Drug Bust, Net Illegal Drugs, Money, Arrest
Posted February 14, 2017 by kgasradio |   

By Elaine Etheridge

Carthage Police, Panola County Sheriff’s deputies and Constable Bryan Murff conducted a raid on a house on Tribble Alley on Thursday, Feb. 9, and busted a man on a variety of drug charges.


Illegal Drugs Taken in Raid on Tribble Alley

Justin Bernard Gilstrap, 30, was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance PG2, Possession of Controlled Substance PG3, Money Laundering and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Chief Jim Vanover said officers recovered Ecstasy, Xanax and Marijuana, as well as a large amount of cash, multiple baggies, digital scales and a vacuum seal often used for packaging illegal narcotics.

“The Carthage Police Department and Panola County Sheriff’s Office have dedicated employees to fight the war on drugs and we intend to try to alleviate the problem in Carthage and Panola County,” said Vanover.



M.P. Baker Library to Exhibit Once Upon A Playground
Posted January 13, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

Exhibit PicThe classic metal and wood structures that have populated playgrounds for most of the twentieth century—towering metal slides, giant jungle gyms, whirling merry-go-rounds, bouncing seesaws—have become beloved artifacts of childhood. They are part of the personal histories of most Americans over the age of 30, as well as a tangible piece of the country’s cultural and industrial design heritage. In celebration of this heritage, Once Upon a Playground opens January 30, 2017 in the Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library of Panola College.

Once Upon a Playground offers a visual tribute to these vanishing playgrounds of our past, celebrating their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations. Co-curated by Brenda Biondo, author of Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920–1975 and Carol Johnson, recently retired curator of photography at the Library of Congress, the exhibition combines contemporary photographs of classic equipment, vintage images of playground scenes from the Library of Congress’ collections, and images from period playground catalogs and other ephemera. By bringing together these diverse sources, the exhibition highlights a playground vernacular that developed over decades, while providing historical context and cultural insight.

Playground equipment often reflected the popular culture of the times, as geometric metal and wood apparatus of the 1920s and 1930s gradually gave way to pieces in the shape of cowboys and Indians, storybook characters, rocket ships and satellites, motorcycles, and geodesic domes.

Unfortunately, as communities have renovated their parks and schoolyards, classic playground equipment has virtually disappeared from many parts of the country. Yet these icons of childhood still trigger fond memories for countless Americans and remain a ubiquitous product of America’s industrial design heyday.

Once Upon a Playground is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, MO. This exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display until February 28, 2017. For additional information please call the library at 903-693-2052 or email Sherri Baker at sherri.baker@panola.edu.

Image Credit: Brenda Biondo, Miracle Lifetime Whirl, Hudson, CO, 2011; color

Log Truck Overturns on FM 31 in Deadwood, No Serious Injuries Reported
Posted January 11, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

An overturned log truck blocked traffic for nearly two hours on Wednesday afternoon in Deadwood

logtruck1The accident happened around 2 p.m. on the Farm-to-Market Road 31, just north of the Farm-to-Market Road 2517 intersection. DPS Trooper Daniel McBride says the driver of the truck was traveling at an unsafe speed around a curve when the truck overturned.

The driver did suffer some minor injuries, but refused to be transported to the hospital. The roadway was cleared around 4 p.m.

DPS, TxDOT, and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Photo: Blake Holland/KGAS

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Panola County Home Destroyed in Sunday Fire, Family of Three Displaced
Posted January 9, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

housefireA Panola County family of three is without a home following a Sunday fire. The blaze broke out around 11:15 a.m., on County Road 459 in eastern Panola County.

Homeowner Fan S. Stephens says he was sitting in his living room with his wife Tonya, when his son came in saying there was a fire in his room.

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Stephens says the family made it out with nothing more than the pajamas they were wearing. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.  Stephens says the family did lose several dogs in the fire. Crews from Flatwoods VFD, Inter-Community VFD, and Caddo Parrish were called in to help fight the blaze.

The family plans on purchasing a mobile home, but doesn’t have the money for a down payment. For more information on how you can help the Stephens family call Brenda at 903-263-8143.

Friends and family plan on collecting money for the Stephens on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Beckville four-way stop.

Clothing sizes can be found below:

Fan- XL shirts, 36-34 jeans, 10.5 shoes

Tonya- 3X, 1X pants, 8 shoes

Son- 4X, 44 pants, 10.5 shoes

Texas Schools Receive Preliminary Letter Grades, Carthage ISD Responds
Posted January 6, 2017 by Blake Holland |   

The Texas Education Agency debuted a new controversial letter-grade accountability system on Friday. The new report rates districts in four different domains.

  • D1: Student Achievement
  • D2: Student Progress
  • D3: Closing Performance Gaps
  • D4: Post-secondary Readiness

The preliminary report shows Carthage ISD received a C in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps, and an F in post-secondary readiness. Beckville ISD received a B in student achievement, a C in student progress, a B in closing performance gaps, and an A in post-secondary readiness. Gary ISD received a c in student achievement, a B in student progress, a D in closing performance gaps, and a C in post-secondary readiness.

Carthage ISD Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick sent out the following statement to his faculty and staff concerning the ratings.

“The newly developed A-F State Accountability System is NOT an accurate reflection of quality education, dedicated staff, supportive parents and students with a vast array of talents, interests and opportunities. This system does NOT take into consideration the vast diversity of our state or the available resources for meeting the high expectations required to achieve the desired outcomes.

Carthage ISD does not embrace a rating or ranking of our schools based on a state test administered on one specific date. Our focus is to provide a quality 21st century education that far exceeds the limited parameters of this state accountability design. Our schools are so much more than one test; our students are so much more than one score!”

These ratings represent a work-in-progress and are predicted to change before becoming effective in August 2018.