Thank you Carthage Service League for your donation to the All-Abilities Park coming soon! Harriet Huff of the Service League presented City Manager Steve Williams and Park Coordinator Jessica Pace with a check for $10,000.

Would you like to help with getting this park completed? Click the PayPal link below to make your donation or contact City Hall at 903.693.3868.

Panola College to host heART by Emmarie Rossiter

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of collected works by artist Emmarie Rossiter beginning March 3 and ending April 20 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

Born in Houston, Rossiter moved with her family to Corpus Christi, Texas when she was thirteen and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 2020. Rossiter, known by family and friends as Emma, is currently a freshman at Baylor University majoring in studio art with plans to move into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and study graphic design.

"I always loved drawing as a child, but when I was in about third grade I was staying with my grandparents and my Mimi let me paint and garden with her," Rossiter said. "She always used acrylics and taught me how to use them. From then on, I loved painting and would continue to paint with her when I got to visit. That is probably also when I became enamored with flowers and nature scenes. In high school, I had an amazing art teacher, Mr. Heslip, who taught me about my favorite artists as well as how to use oil paint. I instantly fell in love with oil paint and that is primarily what I paint with now. He also taught me about Georgia O'Keeffe, who is a big inspiration to me with nature scenes."

The show exhibited will include a variety of pieces featuring Rossiter's love of color and nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the M.P Baker Library's operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 903-693-2052 or email for additional information. The exhibit will also be available through the Library's webpage:

The Panola County Elections Office will be closed February 15th - 18th due to inclement weather. If the weather is better than expected, our office will be open.

Loretta Mason
Panola County Elections Administrator

Elysian Fields ISD, February 12, 2021:

Good afternoon Jacket Nation -- EFISD has made the decision to transition to remote learning next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday based upon the likelihood of snow and ice in the area. Students may either complete virtual assignments in Google Classroom and SeeSaw, or they may complete the paper packets teachers sent home yesterday. All remote learning activities must be completed when students return to in-person learning.

We will make a decision regarding next Friday later in the week. Stay warm and stay safe, Jackets.

Tenaha ISD, February 12, 2021

Due to the imminent winter weather threat that is coming this weekend and next week, Tenaha ISD will be on "Virtual/Remote Instruction" on Monday, February 15. Parents should be prepared to remain on Remote Instruction all week, but we will wait to make that official call as the forecast develops. Also, the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, February 15 is going to move to Monday, February 22.

Tenaha will be on Remote for Monday, February 15.

Stay tuned for updates as the weather progresses.

The Panola County Elections Office will be closed February 15th - 18th due to inclement weather. If the weather is better than expected, our office will be open.

Loretta Mason
Panola County Elections Administrator

Panola County AgriLife Extension will be closed Tuesday, February 16th due to severe inclement winter weather conditions.

Mission Carthage:

Due to upcoming weather forecast, Mission Carthage will be CLOSED Monday and Tuesday. There is a possibility that we will have to close Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Please call 903-693-4673 BEFORE you come to make sure we are open. Stay warm!

The Panola County Veterans Office will be closed Monday February 15 for Presidents Day, as well as the following Tuesday and Wednesday. We will re-open Thursday or Friday as weather and road conditions permit.

Message from Charles Worley, Superintendent of Panola Charter Schools:

Panola Schools, at each campus, will be using remote instruction February 15-18 because of inclement weather. Please keep checking school email for any other instructions for next week.

Our instructors will be available during regular school hours for assistance and help. Please be safe!

Just received an email from Panola College:

Panola College will move to altered operations February 15-18, 2021 due to inclement weather. All courses will move to virtual instruction during this time. Faculty and staff will be available by phone and email. All locations will be closed to the public during altered operations. Regular operations will resume Friday, February 19, 2021.

Email message from Mr. Jim Dunlap, interim Carthage Independent School District Superintendent.

The weather service predicts severe weather for several days. No classes were scheduled for Friday for staff development, and there are no classes for Monday due to Presidents' Day.

The predicted precipitation and cold weather could make it very difficult to have school as usual later in the week. There are many unknowns at this point in time, but we want parents to know that there will be no regular face to face classes in CISD on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Rather, students will transition to remote learning for these days as we did earlier in the year. All athletic events for these days have been cancelled or rescheduled. As conditions change on a daily or hourly basis stay tuned to KGAS for the latest information.

All CISD classes will transition to remote learning on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Carthage ISD Sports:
Per Coach Surratt, all activities scheduled for next week, Monday - Thursday, at this point are cancelled. (February 15 through 18, 2021)

Registration for Spring Flex Term now open

Panola College will offer a total of 24 courses during the Spring Flex Term, the majority of which will be offered online. The eight-week courses will begin March 8 and end May 6.

Spring Flex Term courses cover the same material as their full semester counterparts but are condensed into an eight-week timetable. These accelerated courses are beneficial to students who work full time while simultaneously working toward earning a degree or certificate.

Courses being offered during the Spring Flex Term are:

Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301)

Business Computer Applications (BCIS 1305)

Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 2402)

Anatomy & Physiology, non-majors (BIOL 2404)

Composition II (ENGL 1302)

Federal Government (GOVT 2305)

Texas Government (GOVT 2306)

U.S. History I (HIST 1301)

U.S. History II (HIST 1302)

Intro to Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Walking I (KINE 1119)

First Aid (KINE 1306)

Walking II (KINE 2119)

Quantitative Reasoning Foundations (MATH 0332)

Algebraic Functions (MATH 0314)

College Algebra (MATH 1314)

Contemporary Math (MATH 1332)

Elementary Statistics (MATH 1342)

Music Appreciation (MUSI 1306)

The Solar System (PHYS 1404)

General Psychology (PSYC 2301)

Lifespan Growth & Development (PSYC 2314)

Intro to Sociology (SOCI 1301)

Public Speaking (SPCH 1315)

For more information, call student services at 903-693-2048, email or visit to request an appointment with an academic advisor. Registration is open now through March 11.

On Friday, February 6, a ribbon cutting was held for Quick Visit Urgent Care in Carthage.

Panola College ADN and VN programs accepting applicants until March 1

The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until March 1, 2021.

Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in August. Applications can be picked up beginning Feb. 1 on the Carthage campus and on the Center campus.

Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 on the Center campus for additional information.

Students accepted to the ADN traditional two-year track will begin the program in August. Students accepted to the ADN one-year hybrid LVN-RN transition track will begin the program during the summer.

Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019.

Admission requirements can be found for both programs at under Programs, Health Sciences.

Panola College scholarship application now available

The 2021-2022 endowed scholarship application is available now through Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Students planning to attend Panola College during the 2021-2022 academic year are strongly encouraged to complete the application and take advantage of this opportunity.

Through the generosity of alumni and friends of Panola College, over 145 endowed scholarships have been created throughout the years. The scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to students for various reasons such as financial need, academic standing, and participation in a fine arts or student activities group.

"We were able to award around 100 scholarships to students last year due to the generosity of our donors," said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. "We hope to be able to award even more this year."

The application may be found online at by clicking 'Explore Scholarships' near the bottom of the homepage. All applications must be received online through the provided form by the March 31 deadline.

On the morning of January 27, 2021, an auto vs pedestrian accident occurred on the Carthage downtown square. Carthage police and EMS responded. One person was transferred to Nacogdoches,

Carthage Receives $25,000 Donation for All-Abilities Park
The City of Carthage is excited to announce that over the holidays a $25,000 donation was received from the Crain Foundation and R. Lacy Services in support of the all-abilities park that will be located at Kelley Park.

The all-abilities park is a collaboration between the City of Carthage and the Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant program. "We are very appreciative of the generous contribution from the Crain Foundation and R. Lacy Services," said Steve Williams, City Manager. "It is only with the support of charitable donors, like the Crain Foundation and R. Lacy Services, and our community that the all-abilities park will become a reality. We know this will be a park that our entire community, and surrounding communities, will enjoy for decades to come."

Pictured are Dana Clark, City Secretary, Teresa Dennard, Administrative Assistant for the Carthage Economic Development Corporation, Steve Williams, City Manager, and Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College.

Panola College's Fay Allison Gallery to host Where We've Been

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of collected works by artist Mary Jean Davis beginning Jan. 19 and ending Feb. 26 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

Mary Jean grew up in Shreveport, La. and earned a BFA in Art Education with Cum Laude honors at Louisiana Tech University. She has over thirty years teaching experience in public schools and has taught private lessons in her home, at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and the Marshall Visual Arts Center. She currently lives in Texas but loves to travel and is continually learning.

Working primarily in soft pastels, Mary Jean has had her work accepted in national and international shows from Cape Cod, Mass., New York City, Sedona, Ariz., Texas, to Santa Fe, N.M. She even has collections of her work as far away as India.

"Oh, The Places You'll Go came to mind when I was working on a new title of an exhibit at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. However, I'm at a place in life where I can still look forward to the places I'll go, and look back at where I've been. Dr. Seuss has so many underlying messages in his seemingly simple books. Many pieces of art do as well," said Mary Jean.

The show that will be exhibited will include some of Mary Jean's earlier pieces from places and times of her and her husband's grandparents and families. Other pieces are also reflections of objects, people, and places that she has seen and where they've been.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the M.P. Baker Library's operating hours Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For additional information call 903-693-2052 or email

On Monday, January 18, 2021 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Carthage Chief of Police, Blake Smith, was notified by a supervisor that DPS Troopers and FBI agents were gathering in the Carthage Police Station parking lot.

According to reliable sources, several cars, an armored vehicle and an EMS ambulance had arrived at the Carthage Police Station.

Information gathered indicated that officers conducted a raid on a house in the city and one person was taken into custody.

According to Panola County Sheriff, Kevin Lake, FBI personnel did interview one person at the Panola County Sheriff's office on Monday. After that interview, that person was taken by FBI agents to another location.

We hope to have more details on Friday during the Panola County Sheriff's report on Panola Pride.

Stay tuned to KGAS for more information.

On January 5, 2021 issued a boil Deadwood water issued a notice the customers that live on FM 2517 & all road off FM 2517 & North of FM 2517 & FM 31 including County Road 444, County Road 445, County Road 446 & County Road 4462. This notice has been rescinded.

Jerry Hanszen presented Weston Gibson with his $2500 check for the KGAS Christmas Cash.

Panola College announces President's, Dean's Lists

Panola College announces President's, Dean's Lists

Panola College is proud to announce students named to the President's and Dean's Lists for the fall 2020 semester.

To qualify for the President's List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.8 and 4.0 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in this computation.

The President's List is as follows:
Blake Aaron, Carthage
Matthew Abshire, Rayne, La
Chad Adams, Carthage
Kara Adams, Marshall
Austin Adkison, Garrison
Jennifer Alvarado, Marshall
Diana Alvarado, Tenaha
Jessica Alvarado, Tenaha
Chandler Amos, Timpson
Jack Angus, Haslet
Alaina Arceneaux, Carthage
Anna Bardwell, Tenaha
Jewel Bass, Joaquin
Lauren Bearden, Carthage
James Beasley, Marshall
Aubrey Bennefield, San Augustine
Tayton Best, Henderson
Baylea Bishop, Carthage
RichardBlain, Carthage
Mahamalea Bliss, Marshall
Randy Broadway, Center
Kassidy Brooks, Marshall
Taylor Burch, Center
Brooke Cabello, Carthage
Jesus Castillo, Marshall
Annette Castillo, Tenaha
Emily Cervantes, Center
Brandie Chambliss, Center
Aislyn Clynch, Marshall
CassidyCole, Longview
Camden Cordray, Center
Jacob Cox, Joaquin
Brent Dance, Center
Mister Davis, Longview
MaisonDavis, Kilgore
Cody Deen, Shreveport, La
KristinaDodge, Carthage
Darbi Dorrough, Longview
Chase Dunn, Spring
Barbara Dyke, Carthage
Jobeth Eddings, Marquez
Hanna Elliott, Carthage
Presley Elliott, Carthage
Somali Fletcher, Marshall
Angel Garcia, Tenaha
Maria Ghaleb, Las Vegas, NV
Asia Grigsby, Shreveport, LA
Garner Hancock, Garrison
Rhiannon Harber, Marshall
Ashley Harkness, Center
Gracen Harris, Beckville
Dylan Heim, Pasadena
Jackelyn Hernandez-Cervantes, Center
Alexis Hollaway, Center
Tasha Howell, Center
Samantha Hudson, Carthage
William Jackson, Carthage
Charles Jackson, Rusk
James Jeans, Carthage
Jayla Jenkins, San Augustine
Corben Johnston, Jefferson
Erielle Kawaja, Joaquin
Promise Keshinro, Ikorodu,
Sarah Kushner, Carthage
Mallory Lambeth, Henderson
Erica Lee, Center
Justin Malnar, Garrison
Morgan Malott, Garrison
Joel Martinez Gonzalez, Tenaha
Corey McDonald, Tenaha
Jacie McGraw, Sulphur Springs
Brooklyn McNeely, Carthage
Carla McWilliams, Grand Cane, LA
Keli Miller, Timpson
Mallory Moore, Garrison
Thazin Mu, Center
Duyen Nguyen, Marshall
Cristal Noriega, Marshall
Easton Parrish, La Vernia
Alexander Patterson, Carthage
Valerie Persilver, Shreveport, LA
Maria Piedra, Carthage
Nathan Pinkston, Timpson
Roselyn Postell, Center
Lauren Powell, Carthage
Rachel Powell, Center
Ashton Powell, Decatur
Makena Radican, San Augustine
Tori Ramirez, Center
Valerie Ramirez, Center
Baylee Reed, Carthage
Shemeka Renfro, Tatum
Brandon Renteria, Center
Omar Rios, Garrison
Michael Robey, Purmela
Elisabeth Robinson, Beckville
Paulina Salazar, Center
Lah Say, Center
Harley Seaman, Beckville
Ian Simpson, Carthage
Abra Soape, Carthage
Lacey Spencer, Gilmer
Tyler Spivey, Garrison
Hannah Stallings, Santa Fe
Abbie Suggs, Kirbyville
Peyton Swearingen, Center
Aaron Tello, Center
Ryan Thompson, Frisco
Gunner Thompson, Houston
Angela Trevino, Carthage
Ethan Twomey, Tenaha
Andres Valenzuela, Carthage
Ariana Wells, Emory
Emily Wheeler, Etoile
Destini Whitehead, Joaquin
Kaci Williams, Carthage
Cassiopeia Woodworth, DeBerry
Thomas Wrehe, Keller
Talon Wright, Garrison
Zachary Zea, Rusk

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.
The Dean's List is as follows:
Jeremy Abreu, Carolina, Pr
Andrew Acosta, Scurry
Jaylon Allison, Beckville
Claudia Alvarez, Carthage
Leia Arnold, Nacogdoches
Chesney Baker, Carthage
Baileigh Barrera, Timpson
Joshua Bartolacci, Coppell
Allison Bass, Joaquin
Calashuwa Bell, Center
Haley Binning, Logansport, La
Kaneshia Blackshire, Lufkin
Kirwa Boiwo, Grand Prairie
Jakaitlon Bolton, Shelbyville
Kimberlyn Bourliea, Carthage
Madisyn Bridges, Beckville
Sarah Brittain, Mount Enterprise
Trent Bryant, Jasper
Destiny Burton, Mansfield
Elizabeth Bustos, Center
Colby Coleson, Beckville
Luis Coronado, Marshall
Sahara Coultas, Carthage
Allison Daniels, Tyler
Nina DeJesus, Longview
Dallas Dennis, Timpson
Ashleigh Earle, Carthage
Benjamin Edwards, Longview
Crystal Galloway, Lufkin
Allyson Garrett, Joaquin
Shamry George, Joaquin
Latisha Gilbert, Gary
Jonica Glaze, Center
Neely Grover, Purvis, MS
Camden Guarnere, Baytown
Haylee Hanzel, Hemphill
Gill Hassell, Tyler
Hunter Hathcoat, Beckville
Jose Hernandez, Carthage
Shelby Horn, Carthage
Brittany Hutto, Timpson
David Jacobs, Center
Cesceily Jennings, Tatum
Kinsley Johnson, Henderson
Kayla Jones, Carthage
Sarah Kayadibi, Tyler
William Kimzey, Gary
Tucker King, Waskom
Jose Landin, Center
Brittney Leming, Waskom
Emily Lobato-Rodriguez, Nacogdoches
Caneisha Love, Marshall
Gavin Machado, Houston
Avery Malone, Carthage
Yesenia Martinez, Marshall
Molly Mason, Joaquin
Elizabeth Miles, Carthage
Melissa Mills, Shelbyville
Abram Morales, Center
Hannah Morrow, Tatum
Abbie Muckelroy, Center
Helen Muckleroy, Henderson
Summer Murray, Chireno
Dashawn Myers, Tenaha
Joseph Newman, Forest Hill, LA
Yves Nkomba, Leeds,
Kaitlyn Nutt, Carthage
Esther Oluade, London,
Ashley Ortiz, Marshall
Marlene Ovide, Longview
Kaylin Patty, Wakevillage
Tripp Penner, Carthage
Meghan Penney, Henderson
Erin Perez, Corpus Christi
Jordan Phillips, Pasadena
Amanda Pierce, Beckville
Johnnie Pollard, Marshall
Morgan Price, Mansfield, LA
Raquel Rafael, Center
Esmeralda Ramos, Center
Carter Ramsey, Timpson
Alayna Rash, Center
Kimberleigh Reed, Joaquin
Angelica Reed, Tenaha
Laura Retana, Carthage
Leslie Rhoades, Marshall
Taletha Rickards, Carthage
Riley Rieken, Arp
Alexis Russell, Marshall
Maria Sanchez, Marshall
Leah Simmons Nacogdoches
Timothy Smith, Carthage
Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales, La
Kennedy Stanley, Carthage
Lacy Stapleton, Panola
Jeremiah Steph, Tatum
Jamie Stephens, Timpson
Kaitlynn Strong, Gary
Jason Sylvester, Evadale
Miguel Tamez, Marshall
Blaine Thomas, Frisco
Thadd Turner, Nacogdoches
Chimmuanya Uwakwe, Lagos
Sergio Velazquez, Marshall
Caytlen Vowell, Waskom
Harrison Whitlock, Carthage
Abigail Wilkerson, Carthage
Holly Wink, Carthage
Danelle Womack, Marshall
Elisha Wood, Henderson
John Woodworth, DeBerry
Higinio Zamarron, Tenaha

A ribbon cutting for AmeriSpec Inspection Services was held at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce on January 6, 2021.

Received 11:00 p.m. 1/5/2021

Boil water notice for Holland Quarters Water on 959 until further notice.

Congratulations Carthage Bulldogs
4A Division II State Champions

Panola County Nursing and Rehab presented the National Honor Society with $500.

Panola Sheriff's Department, Texas Home Health, Briarcliff Nursing Center, Winkler Place and HeartsWay Hospice collected toys for Mission Carthage the month of November.

David Anderson of the Carthage Fire Department was honored as Fireman of the Year at the 2020 Fire Banquet last night.

Gene Giles presented the Chris Dickerson family with a special fireman helmet with #49 which represented Chris' badge number.

Panola College presents service awards

Panola College honored 19 faculty, staff, and board members with service awards that totaled 290 years. The awards were presented on November 17, 2020 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center during a luncheon meeting.

Dr. Greg Powell, President, and Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, presented the awards.

The recipients include:
Ten years: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith

Fifteen years: Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Johnny Middlebrook

Twenty years: Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood

Twenty-five years: Darrell Hudson

Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith, Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood, Darrell Hudson

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On Thursday November 12th, John Wink signed a "voluntary separation agreement" and "release of claims". The agreement was between CISD and John Wink, individually.

During a special-called Board of Trustee's meeting that began at 3:00 PM on Thursday afternoon, the CISD Board of Trustees voted to accept Wink's "voluntary separation" with a vote of 6 to 1 with Board Trustee Elzie Hicks voting against the acceptance of Wink's letter.

In a second motion during that same meeting, Jim Dunlap was chosen as interim superintendent. That was a unanimous vote by the Board.

Wink, who was hired in January of 2019 was given at that time a 3-year contract at $190,000 per year. The "voluntary separation agreement" and "release claims" stated that Wink would receive $199,500 and that he would remain on call by phone through the effective resignation date, which would be the earlier of (1) January 20, 2021 or (2) the first day of Wink's employment in another school district.

Carthage Independent School District Superintendent, John Wink, who was hired January 7, 2019, voluntarily separated from the school district on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

The Carthage Independent School District Board of Trustees voted at approximately 3:35 p.m. in open session Thursday afternoon to accept Wink's voluntary separation agreement and release of all claims.

In a second motion during that same meeting, the board appointed Jim Dunlap as Carthage Independent School District Interim Superintendent.

Mr. Dunlap is a Carthage High School graduate, graduating in 1965. He attended both Panola College and Stephen F. Austin, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree.

Dunlap did post graduate work at Texas A&M and Lamar Universities. Mr. Dunlap has worked in Public Education for over 48 years.

Jim Dunlap named interim Superintendent for Carthage Independent School District.

Carthage ISD School Board, November 12, 2020

Carthage ISD School Board, November 12, 2020

After public comment and closed session of the Carthage ISD School Board this afternoon, John Wink, Superintendent voluntarily resigned effective immediately. Jim Dunlap has been selected as interim Superintendent.

Just received an email from Carthage ISD Athletic Department:
Due to Covid-19, Gatesville has cancelled our football game for Friday, November 13, 2020 and Gatesville has forfeited.

Panola College Drama to present 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine

Panola College Drama presents 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine by Don Zolidis, produced by special permission from Playscripts, Inc. The production will livestream Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $6.00 and may be purchased at

If you are spending a long time at home, it can be a challenge to keep yourself occupied. Luckily, 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine is full of handy solutions, from putting on a musical with your dog, to becoming an announcer for a made-up sport, to falling in love with an inanimate object. Whether or not you are inspired to take up origami and squirrel observation, this flexible new play by Don Zolidis, specifically written for actors to perform online, is sure to bring a laugh to anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly indoors.

The production takes the audience through 10 scenarios hosted by Zachary Zea, Sophomore, Rusk, and Austin Graham, Sophomore, Emory who visit their classmates via Zoom to see how they're handling quarantine. The show stars in order of appearance Peter - Jadeon Lewis, freshman, Mt. Enterprise; Lou - Nick McCalister, Rusk, sophomore; Ella - Ashton Powell, Decauter, sophomore, Josie - Bethany Crowe, Kennard, sophomore; Cameron- Seth Sanders, Shelbyville, sophomore; Jolene - Faith Gatlin, Mt. Enterprise, sophomore; Pascal - Evan Howell, Lindale, sophomore; D'Angelo - Jonathan Hicks, Waskom, sophomore; Tash- Allison Teasdale, Kennard, freshman; Marvin - David Bordelon, Broaddus, freshman; Alain- Riley Morgan, Kennard, freshman; Bailey - Allison Endlsey, Huntington, freshman; Sahra - Arianna Wells, Emory, freshman; Reagan - Ashley Harkness, Shelbyville, freshman; Alison - JoBeth Eddings, Deleon-Jewitt; sophomore; Torrance - Maverick Johnson, Cushing, freshman; Jules - Alissa Lee, Center, freshman; Neima - Sarolyn Musick, Gary, freshman; Anna- Emily Wheeler, Huntington, freshman; Lucas - Omar Rios, Garrison, freshman; Lyn - Tayla Jones, Mansfield, LA, freshman; Toby - Matt Keepers, Centerville, freshman; Rachel - Leah Simmons, Broaddus, freshman; Anya - Carli Morton, Woden, freshman; Jeff - Peyton Swearingen, Timpson, sophomore; and Ashley - Mercy Cross, Broaduss, freshman. Technical Crew consisted of Assistant Director/Dramaturge - Caitlyn Jackson, Winnie, sophomore; Stage/Production Manager/Background Designs - Eric Dominguez, DeLeon-Jewitt, sophomore; Technical Director - Zach Zea, Emory, sophomore; Cinematographer - Evan Howell, Lindale, sophomore; Best Boy/Clapper - Nick McCalister, Rusk, sophomore; Props - Lyn Birmingham, Burlington, freshman; Background Designs/Costumes - Laura Eddings, Broaddus, sophomore; Sound - Jermaine Lawrence - Broaddus, freshman. The show is directed by Karen King.

The production may be viewed via a Smart TV with internet capabilities, desktops, laptops, tablets, or phones. Upon receipt of payment, each patron will receive an email with a link to the livestream. Tickets are limited in viewing availability - make your reservation today.

Panola College names new music building "Frances B. Ross Music Building"

At its monthly meeting on Monday, October 26, the Panola College Board of Trustees officially named the soon-to-be constructed music building the Frances B. Ross Music Building, after long-time benefactor Frances B. Ross.

Mrs. Ross regularly and generously supported Panola College. In fact, those fortunate to hear our band perform are listening to instruments purchased with financial contributions made by Mrs. Ross. She has also established two scholarships that will continue to help students in perpetuity. Her final legacy to the College was a gift that made the construction of the music building possible. The College is forever grateful to Mrs. Ross.

Additionally, the Board named the band hall located inside the music building the Evelyn Sharp Band Hall, after long-time Trustee Evelyn Sharp.

Mrs. Sharp served on the Board of Trustees for twenty-six years. The Sharp family's affiliation with the College dates back to its beginning. Mrs. Sharp's father-in-law was among the initial 1948 faculty. The family, and of course Mrs. Sharp, have been strong and generous supporters of Panola College for many decades. The College appreciates Mrs. Sharp and her dedication to its success.

Instruction in the Frances B. Ross Music Building is set to begin in January 2022.

On Saturday, October 24, 2020, US Representative Louie Gohmert spoke at the presentation of the State Antiquities Landmark plaque at the Old Jail in Carthage.

He stated that Panola County has been blessed as there is so much history here and emphasized how important it is to preserve that history.

Gohmert stated, "Everybody knows the old saying... those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it. Most of those folks don't know the corollary to that which is... those that do learn from history will find new ways to mess it up. However, that's another lesson for another time."

The Congressman continued, "Preserving history is a lot of work and it takes money but it is so critical that we remember our past and preserve our past. We should remember it as not always perfect and good but we should remember the good, bad and ugly. That's how you learn from history. That's how you avoid making future mistakes, you study those of the past."

Panola College Concert and Jazz Bands to present fall concert

Panola College Concert and Jazz Bands to present fall concert

The Panola College Concert and Jazz Bands will present their fall concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will be presented on the outdoor quad, located between the Martha Miller Administration Building and the M.P. Baker Library on the Panola College campus.

The concert band will perform "Flight of Eagles" by the American composer, Elliot Del Borgo, who wrote the music for the closing ceremonies at the 1980 Olympics. The band will also perform Robert W. Smith's "Encanto." Both pieces contain exciting rhythms very suitable for the outdoor event.

The jazz band will also perform "I Feel Good" by James Brown, as well as "I Dreamed a Dream," and "Here's That Rainy Day." The band will feature soloists on "The Way We Were," as well as "Boogie Shoes" and the Beatle's hit, "Lady Madonna."

"We are hoping to provide a safe and enjoyable opportunity for members of the community to come out and take part in an evening of music," said Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College Band Director.

The concert is open to the public with admission being free of charge. Due to concerns regarding Covid-19 and the health and safety of the audience and musicians, social distancing is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on.

Tenaha High School Facebook posting, October 5, 2020 at 5:11 p.m.

Tenaha High School to Enter Remote Learning Through Thursday, October 8
Out of an abundance of caution, and in light of the fact that there were multiple gatherings of members of various communities over the weekend, Tenaha High School students will be placed into remote instruction for the next 72 hours in an effort to monitor symptoms and prevent a potential surge of Covid-19. At this time, there are two confirmed positive cases in the high school (one student, one staff) that have come to light after the weekend gatherings, but hardly an outbreak of any kind to cause a concern. The concern is prevention. If state-wide trends tell us anything, it is that a second wave of Covid-19 infections is possible if not likely. So, in light of the social gatherings of the weekend and the knowledge of new cases today, we feel it is in the best interest of all Tenaha High School students to engage in remote learning for a time long enough to evaluate symptoms and exposure from those gatherings.

High School students will be required to log-in and complete class work on Google Classroom for these three days remotely. Anyone who has device needs may come to the building to check out a chrome book from Ms. Jacobs tomorrow morning. High School staff will be on hand in their classrooms conducting remote instruction throughout the day.

Tenaha Middle School (Grades 5-8) and Tenaha Elementary (Grades PK-4) will carry on with school in a normal setting. We do not have any reason to think any students on these campuses have a reasonable risk to exposure based on the data and information we have at this time.
Tiger Football games vs. West Sabine on both Thursday and Friday night will continue as scheduled and Mr. Sours and Coach Jeremy Jenkins will be communicating practice times and expectations to the high school team and band members.

Again, this decision is made for two reasons: 1) an overabundance of caution to get in front of any potential surge that may come with Covid-19 and recent social communal gatherings, and 2) in the event that students in substantial numbers begin to develop symptoms as the week progresses, we may have successfully been able to isolate exposure to just those effected students.

Students at Tenaha High School will return to regular school on Friday, October 9 barring any new information that could arise.

We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this might cause, but it was a part of our summer planning to be prepared for just this type of scenario and contingency. Stay diligent and stay confident that together, we can all beat Covid and the disruptions it causes.

Find your precinct's sample ballot at:

Written statement from Janet Reddell's attorney, David E. Moore.

Today Vistra announced an $850M investment in solar generation and battery storage in Texas that includes a project in Rusk County. You can read the news release here:

Carthage ISD statement on the actions at the 9/28/2020 special board meeting.

The Panola Rodeo Team Kicks off the 2020-21 Rodeo Season with a Victory

The Panola Rodeo Team Kicks off the 2020-21 Rodeo Season with a Victory

The Panola Rodeo Team had the home field advantage this weekend as they won both the Men's and Woman's Championships at the first Southern Region Rodeo of the year. Panola hosted the rodeo this past weekend at Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, Tx. Panola's Men's Team, which is the defending National Champions, took the victory and were followed by Wharton County Junior College finishing in second place, Hill College third, Texas A&M University fourth, McNeese State University fifth, Sam Houston State University sixth, Trinity Valley Community College seventh, and Southwest Texas Junior College eighth to finish out the men's standings. On the women's side, Panola took its first victory followed by Hill College second, McNeese State University third, Texas A&M University fourth, Wharton County Junior College fifth, Southwest Texas Junior College sixth, Sam Houston State University seventh, and Texas A&M Commerce in eighth.

Josey Murphy, a freshman from Keatchie, LA, had an amazing weekend to lead the women's team and wrap up the All Around Women's Title with a victory in breakaway roping and a 4th place finish in the goat tying. She won the breakaway with a sharp 2.2 and was 4th in the goat tying with a 6.9 second run.

Freshman, Kincade Henry, from Mount Pleasant, TX won the tiedown roping with an 8.6 second run. Kolt Dement, another rookie from Rusk, TX, won the bareback riding with an 82-point ride. Freshman, Gauge McBride, from Kearney, NE split 2nd place with a 77-point ride.

A few season veterans for the Panola Ponies racked up points in other events. Michael Womack was 4th in the saddle bronc. As well as Maison Davis, being a 2.7 in the breakaway placed her 7th for the weekend. Others receiving points in the team roping included rookies Jacques Trahan and Thomas Wallace finished 6th with an 8.1, Jayden Gould and her partner Colt Leach from Tyler Junior College roped an 8.4 to be 7th, and Trace Clark and Bradford Fisher placed 10th.

The Panola Rodeo Team will be back in action this coming weekend Oct. 2-3 at the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo in Uvalde, Tx. Then they will be in Mt. Pleasant at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo on Oct. 16-17.

From the Elysian Fields ISD Facebook page on September, 25, 2020

Due to safety concerns and protocols in place for COVID-19 mitigation, no parents or students from other campuses or non-students will be allowed entry to today's high school pep rally. Only current Elysian Fields High School students will be allowed to attend.

Thank you for your cooperation.

September 25, 2020

The City of Carthage's web page is presently down.

Those who are trying to pay their water bill online should call the city and make payment over the phone. The number to call is 903-693-3868.

Stay tuned to KGAS Radio for updates.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5620 is again sponsoring two youth essay contests for Panola County students in grades 6-12. Local winners receive cash awards and advance to district and state competition for thousands of dollars in scholarship awards.

The Voice of Democracy contest is open for students in grades 9 through 12 who write an essay on a patriotic theme and record their essay on a CD or thumb drive. The state winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete on the national level. The national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.

The Patriot's Pen contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8. Students express their opinions on a patriotic theme in a written essay. State winners compete for a total of $91,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds with the national winner receiving a $5,000 award.

Entries for both contests are available by contacting contest chairman John Foster at 903-693-8607. The contest is open to all public school, private school and home-schooled students who are encouraged to participate. The entry deadline is Oct. 31 for both contests.


Carthage ISD is making several changes to ticket purchasing procedures for their 3 home games for the 2020 football season. Due to the UIL policy of crowd capacity being 50%, reserved season tickets will be eliminated for the 2020 season. However, season ticket holders will have the FIRST opportunity to repurchase their season tickets for the 2021 season, next August.

Students involved with Friday night activities, such as football team members, trainers, band members, auxiliary, cheerleaders, Belles, and the Crew, will have the first chance to buy 4 tickets per player/member for their family members. The remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public at 8 am at the Bulldawg Stop on the Tuesday prior to the Friday night home game. If there are any remaining tickets, those will be sold at the gate.





Tenaha Tigers set to open District play on Friday vs. Lovelady

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning. (Adult $5/Student $3)

Tuesday: Football/band/cheer families

Wednesday: General Admission

Friday at Noon: All sales final

Tickets at gate? Only if there are tickets not sold during the week. Fans can purchase tickets at the TISD Administration Building and Students can purchase tickets for families during their lunch period starting Tuesday from Mrs. Tovar in the high school office.

Fatality Accident - September 18, 2020

From Jean Dark, Texas DPS:

TYLER - At 4:37 yesterday afternoon, Troopers responded to a one vehicle fatal crash on FM-451, approximately two miles north of Elysian Fields in Harrison County. The investigators preliminary report indicates that the driver of a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500, Daniele Kathleen Fottenbury, 19, of Marshall was traveling east on FM-451. The roadway curved and the driver, for an unknown reason, crossed the center stripe, overcorrected and entered the south barditch in a left side skid. The vehicle rolled multiple times. The driver was transported to Good Shepherd - Marshall in stable condition. A passenger in her vehicle, identified as Nickolas Joseph Fottenbury was pronounced at the scene by Judge Nancy George and was taken to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall. The crash remains under investigation.

Panola College named a

Panola College named a "2020 Great College to Work For"

Panola College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program. Panola College has received this honor for the 9th year in a row.

The results, released Wednesday, September 16 in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 221 colleges and universities. In all, 79 of the 221 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Panola College included among the small universities with 500 to 2,999 students.

Panola College was also placed on the Honor Roll as one of only 42 colleges across the nation as a stand out college in its size category. Of those, only 12 are two-year colleges.

Panola College won honors in 10 categories this year:
•Collaborative Governance
•Compensation and Benefits
•Confidence in Senior Leadership
•Facilities, Workspace, and Security
•Job Satisfaction
•Professional/Career Development Programs
•Respect and Appreciation
•Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
•Teaching Environment
•Work/Life Balance

"This is a very satisfying affirmation of Panola College, but our real goal is not recognition - it's being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense, everyone at Panola helps to make this a great place to work," said Panola College President, Greg Powell.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all current and previous recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website at

ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

The Road To The CNFR Starts Here!

The Road To The CNFR Starts Here!

The Road to the College National Finals Rodeo starts here with the Panola College Rodeo, on September 25 and 26, 2020. Hosted by the defending National Champions Panola College Rodeo Team at the Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, TX, with the slack beginning Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Performance at 7 p.m.

Admission is free for all fans, however, the seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements of Covid-19.

Panola College would like to thank this year's corporate sponsor, Calamity Jane's Boutique Store located in Kilgore, TX, and all other sponsors for this year's rodeo. "It has definitely been a different year already for the preparations for the rodeo, and we are confident that it will be a safe family environment for all," says Coach Jeff Collins.

The Panola College Rodeo is the first of ten rodeos in the Southern Region and is normally one of the largest rodeos of the year. The Southern Region is traditionally known as one of the toughest regions in the country for college rodeo and consist of Hill College, Louisiana State University of Alexandria, McNeese State University, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas Junior College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University- Commerce, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Trinity Valley Community College, and Wharton County Junior College.

Coach Jeff Collins and his men's team at Panola College are still the defending 2019 National Champions entering this season, since the rodeo season was cut short last March. Coach Collins is excited about his men's and women's teams for the coming year and is looking forward to defending that men's national championship. "The kids are definitely ready to compete. We have a very talented group of sophomores and freshmen. They are looking sharp and crisp and ready to compete, and our sophomores are adding great leadership in the arena in all events. I am excited to finally get to see both the men and women teams compete as both will be fighting for the national championship. We would like to thank all of the sponsors for standing behind our team and supporting our program," says Coach Collins.

Panola College ADN and Center VN programs accepting applicants until Oct. 1

The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Center Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until October 1, 2020.

Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in January 2021 on the Center campus. Applications can be picked up at either the Center or Carthage campus beginning September 1, 2020.

Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 on the Center campus for additional information.

Students accepted to the ADN traditional track will begin the program in January 2021. Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019.

Admission requirements can be found for both programs at under Programs, Health Sciences.

August 25, 2020

Panola County is now exempt from Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-29, which requires all Texans to wear masks in public spaces, according to the Texas Department of Emergency Management website.

Panola County Judge, LeAnn Jones, filed for a waiver with the state of Texas after the county's total of active COVID-19 cases dipped below 20. Judge Jones issued this statement in the form, "I understand that if the county exceeds 20 active cases then the county will be required to comply with all aspects of GA-29. After a 30-day waiting period, if the county has less than 20 active cases, I am eligible to reapply for exemption."

So once again, as of now, Panola County is no longer required to wear masks in public places.

Rutherford, Lambert named Panola College 'Faculty of the Year'

Rutherford, Lambert named Panola College 'Faculty of the Year'

Panola College presented its 2019-2020 Faculty of the Year awards on August 12 during fall convocation to Dr. Kevin Rutherford and Cheri Lambert. The awards were originally scheduled to be presented during the spring but were moved due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The awards were presented by Darrell Hudson and Dwayne Ferguson, the 2018-2019 recipients.

Dr. Kevin Rutherford was named Academic Faculty of the Year. He has been at Panola College since 1999 and is an instructor of biology.

"He was particularly helpful in lending a hand to both students and faculty during the sudden switch to online learning that took place during the spring," said a colleague. "He was instrumental in helping me get through the end of the spring semester during the pandemic. I couldn't have made it through without his help."

"He is extremely knowledgeable in his subject and his technology skills have been a lifesaver for me," said a second colleague. "I appreciate his exemplary leadership during this very difficult time."

Cheri Lambert was named Technical Faculty of the Year. She has been at Panola College since 1996 and is the chair of the OTA (occupational therapy assistant) program.

"She continuously expands her skill level through continuing education courses and implements what she had learned in the classroom," said a colleague. "She has amazing leadership ability and interpersonal skills. She has created a widely respected program that has produced many excellent students that are valuable members of the healthcare community."

"We appreciate our incredible faculty and all that they do to serve our students," said Dr. Bubba Adams, Vice President of Instruction. "We are looking forward to kicking off another successful year at Panola College."

Carthage Sports Cancelations

The Carthage vs. Liberty-Eylau football scrimmages (9TH grade, junior varsity and varsity) on August 20th, have been canceled.

The Carthage volleyball games at Paris, Friday August 21, 2020 have been canceled.

Breaking News

Press Release from Panola County Sheriff, Kevin Lake

Also, from this morning's arrest report:



Charles C. Matthews Foundation establishes scholarship at Panola College to support future educators

Charles C. Matthews Foundation establishes scholarship at Panola College to support future educators

In anticipation of the partnership between Panola College and the University of Texas in Tyler (UT Tyler), the Charles C. Matthews Foundation has established the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Teaching Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to support students at Panola College who are enrolled in the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program. There were almost 100 students majoring in the AAT program this past spring.

Panola College is partnering with UT Tyler to bring their Early Childhood - Grade 6 bachelor program to the Panola College campus in Carthage beginning the spring 2021 semester. This partnership is intended for students who are completing the AAT program at Panola College to continue their education towards a bachelor's degree through UT Tyler more conveniently on the Panola College campus.

Individuals seeking to obtain the BSIS degree through UT-Tyler and Panola College must:
·Be enrolled in the AAT degree program at Panola College at the time they apply to UT Tyler;
·Apply to UT Tyler through ApplyTexas; and
·Meet the formal criteria to be admitted into the UT Tyler's EC-6 teacher preparation program.

"We believe that the scholarship established by the Charles C. Matthews Foundation is an excellent way to begin this partnership with UT Tyler to Panola College," said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. "Educators are a valuable and essential part of our community and we appreciate the Foundation's generosity in supporting future educators for generations to come."

The Charles C. Matthews Foundation Teaching Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the associate of arts teaching program at Panola College with a preference going to a student who intends to continue into a baccalaureate teaching program.

Photo: (L to R) Richard Ballenger, Robert Underwood, David Bush, Vern Reeder, and Jim Payne

Permanent public restrooms now near the Splash Pad at Davis Park.

Panola College's MLT program accepting applications until Aug. 15

Panola College's MLT program accepting applications until Aug. 15

In the fall of 2012, Panola College and its Health Information Technology department launched a new program: Medical Lab Technician (MLT). Eight years later, this program is still going strong.

Students who complete the MLT program will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology. The MLT program requirement courses are offered exclusively online. This gives students the opportunity to balance family life and/or work life while pursuing a career in clinical lab science. Students meet 3 Saturdays per semester on the Panola College campus in Carthage to perform hands-on lab activities that prepare them for clinical experience and future employment.

The MLT is a critical member of the healthcare team. These lab technicians collect, receive, and process specimens in various forms (i.e. blood, sputum, cerebrospinal fluid, and more). Physicians routinely order tests on these specimens in order to get a picture of the overall health of a patient, or to diagnose any acute illnesses or disease processes that may be going on inside the body.

The MLT program is now accepting applications for the fall semester. The final deadline to apply is August 15. Information about the program, along with the application, can be found at If you would like additional information or have a question, email Kim Bishop at

On July 27, 2020, a ribbon cutting was held to welcome B's Pitt Crew BBQ to the Panola County Chamber of Commerce. B's is located at 2699 SE LOOP in Carthage.

A ribbon cutting was held on July 22, 2020 to welcome USA Donuts to the Panola County Chamber of Commerce. USA Donuts is located at 204 South Shelby Street in Carthage.

Shreveport Police Department presented a painting of Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dickerson to his family and the Panola County Sheriff's Department.


In response to Governor Abbott's most recent executive order requiring Texas citizens to wear a face covering in public, we have been receiving calls asking about our local enforcement of this order. The Panola County Sheriff's Office STRONGLY encourages all citizens to practice safe social distancing, proper personal hygiene, and to use all necessary precautions during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While we encourage the public to take all necessary precautions, we will encourage VOLUNTARY compliance regarding wearing a mask, but we WILL NOT be issuing warnings OR citations for failure to comply.

The order states that a verbal warning must be issued to each violator first, then a citation to be issued for repeated violations. That would require a database to be created to keep up-to-date names of each individual warned, then the database would have to be manually checked prior to a citation being issued. While we encourage precautions, we do not have the staff to enforce the basic mask order, much less to keep up with a database who has received a warning for not wearing a mask and who has not, along with conducting our regular duties.

We will continue to respond to emergency calls of service, enforce criminal laws, etc, as we have since 1846, but we will not be actively enforcing this latest mask order in the public. However, places of business have the right to require a mask to be worn while conducting business at their establishment. Should a business refuse to serve someone for failure to comply with the mask order, they do have the right to do so, just as businesses have required wearing shirts and shoes to be worn in order to be served for years. We would only intervene in this instance if a breach of the peace occurs, if the business owner asked for someone who is causing a problem to be removed, and/or a criminal trespass warning is requested to be issued for their place of business.

We will also not be responding to enforce gatherings of more than 10 people, of course unless a breach of the peace or a criminal act has occurred. Again, we strongly recommend practicing social distancing, proper personal hygiene, and other safe practices while in the public, in an effort to protect yourself and others. We continue to practice social distancing and other safety protocols at our office for the safety of our staff and the public. We all must work together to combat this and other contagious diseases. However, this office will not force restrictions on our citizens that should be voluntarily decided by each individual.

We hope this answers some of the many questions we have been receiving since this order went in to effect.

Sheriff Kevin Lake

July 6, 2020 Press Release from Carthage Police Department

July 6, 2020 Press Release from Carthage Police Department

Carthage Noon Lions Club recently elected new officers.


On Monday evening at approximately 11:00 p.m., Panola County dispatch received a call reporting an elderly female had wondered off from her residence on CR 158 in the Longbranch area, and had not been seen for approximately 3 hours. The caller reported that the missing person is Bettie Kemp Smith, B/F age 72, 5'8", and approximately 110 lbs. It was reported that when last seen, Mrs. Smith was wearing white pants, black and white tennis shoes, and a possible pastel colored shirt.

Mrs. Smith is reported to have advanced stages of dementia, and has walked away from her residence on previous occasions, but was always located a short time later. An immediate search of the area by family members did not reveal the discovery of Mrs. Smith, so they notified the Sheriff's Office of the situation. Upon officer's arrival, a search of the immediate area was conduct, but Mrs. Smith was not located. A Texas DPS helicopter out of Garland, Texas responded to assist in the search, and a K-9 team from TDCJ also responded and is currently conducting a K-9 search of the area.

If anyone in the area of CR 158 has seen, or does see Mrs. Smith, please contact the Panola County Sheriff's Office at 903-693-0333. We also ask all the residents in the area to check your unlocked vehicles and outbuildings, due to it being reported that Mrs. Smith has sometimes hidden when she has walked away from her home.

Kevin Lake - Sheriff

Photo shows 80th birthday, but he is actually 79.

Truck photo from stock photos, not necessarily matching exactly to the one he was driving.

Tommie Ritter Smith announces plans for the 2020 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Classic Country Music Festival

Tommie Ritter Smith announces plans for the 2020 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Classic Country Music Festival

CARTHAGE, TEXAS - Tommie Ritter Smith, President/CEO of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & The Tex Ritter Museum has just announced plans for the 2020 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Classic Country Music Festival to be held on Friday, August 7, 2020. Preliminary auditions for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

"Fighting COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge and the safety and wellbeing of our fans, bands and crew and all of the volunteers who help pull off our shows should always be the top priority", Smith stated. "Health organizations and governments around the world have strongly discouraged large public gatherings for an undetermined period of time. With many events throughout the world already cancelled, we have made the decision to change our 2020 John Ritter Tribute Showcase and Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Show to a live stream concert for all to enjoy . We hope to have everyone back together next year for an even bigger and better weekend than ever!"
The one night only Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Classic Country Music Festival will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 that you can tune in to from the comfort of your home. The show will feature the John Ritter Tribute Showcase Contest with the top 15 contestants from the preliminary auditions to be held on July 11, The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band, some of the past Ambassadors and much more, to be announced soon. All you need to do is go to the website at or and click on the link that night at 7PM and start watching. There is no cost to watch the live stream. The shows will also be broadcast on KGAS Radio 104.3 FM in Carthage, KMHT 103.9 FM in Marshall and KWRD 98.5 FM in Henderson.
They do need your support for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and their continued
dedication to provide a first-rate museum to honor those Texans who have made outstanding
contributions to country music. The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame asks that you consider
making a donation, maybe the cost of a ticket you would have purchased to their shows.
Donations can be made to The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, 300 W. Panola St., Carthage,
Texas 75633.

Those wishing to try out for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase can sign up now for the
auditions to be held on Saturday, July 11 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Sign up
forms can be found on, just scroll down to the Showcase link and click on
the "download form" button. You can also pick up a form at the Panola County Chamber of
Commerce or the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Social distancing protocols will be in place for all events. More information will be announced

Press Release from the Panola County Sheriff's Office - May 22, 2020


The Panola County Sheriff's Office is searching for missing person Joe Roy McMillian, black male, 80 years of age. McMillian is 5'11" in height, approximately 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. McMillian was last seen on Thursday, 5/21/2020, on FM 1970 in the Clayton area. McMillian left his residence off county road 302 to run errands and never returned home. His family contacted authorities after exhausting all options for his whereabouts.

McMillian was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra truck with Texas license plate DMK 2975. The Panola County Sheriff's Office has entered McMillian as a missing persons as well as his vehicle. Texas Department of Public Safety has also issued a Silver Alert for McMillian. McMillian is a diabetic and is showing early signs of dementia. McMillian's truck was possibly seen in the Nacogdoches Texas area later that same date. If you have seen or know of the whereabouts of Joe Roy McMillian please contact the Panola County Sheriff's Office at 903-693-0333.

Sheriff Kevin Lake

May 19, 2020 at 3:30 a.m.

May 19, 2020 at 3:30 a.m.

Update from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones:


As of 3:30 am on May 19th

An additional five (5) positives which consists of three (3) nursing home residents and two (2) Public; plus four (4) nursing home employees

Total Cumulative Cases 185

Briarcliff 72 with 11 deaths
Panola Nursing Home 34 with 7 deaths
Public 62 with 3 deaths
Tyson 15
UT Health 2

Deaths 21

Briarcliff Recoveries 24
Panola Nursing Home Recoveries Unknown
Tyson Recoveries 10
Public Recoveries 8

Peace Officers Memorial, May 15, 2020

Peace Officers Memorial, May 15, 2020

The family of Chris Dickerson

Reported by Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones on May 17, 2020 at 10:00 am:


Total Cumulative Cases 176
Briarcliff 67
Panola NH 32
Public 60
Tyson 15
UT Health 2

Deaths 20
Briarcliff Recoveries 20
Tyson Recoveries 10
Public Recoveries 8

The UT Carthage Respiratory Clinic at 812 N. Daniels Street, Carthage, Texas (Dr. Royce Hill's old office) has updated hours of Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon effective immediately. The respiratory clinic phone number is 903-694-4863.

Panola College announce plans for reopening

As the spring semester comes to a unique end at Panola College, the College is already making plans to carefully resume face-to-face instruction on August 19.

"The health and safety of Panola College students, faculty, and staff is always our first priority," said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College president. "We want our students to enjoy the full college experience including face-to-face classes, sports, fine art events, and living on-campus. Our re-opening committee is working hard on ways to do this safely."

Panola College plans to reopen all locations to the public on June 15th following social distancing guidelines. The College will remain working remotely on Fridays throughout the summer to allow for deep cleaning each week. Most courses this summer will be held strictly online with the exception of a few courses that require hands-on experiences, such as cosmetology. Cosmetology services will remain closed to the public throughout the summer and all summer camps have been canceled including Kids College and athletic camps. Financial aid and student advising appointments are still encouraged to take place by phone and email whenever possible.

"Despite our plan to return to normal operations this fall, no one knows how the pandemic will progress through summer and into the fall, but our committee is preparing plans for multiple scenarios," stated Dr. Powell
"We know that being flexible will be important as the situation continues to evolve. It is our intention to balance a safe and healthy campus while maintaining a great college experience for our students. We miss the energy our students bring to Panola College and look forward to its return this fall."

The College will be reviewing the spring semester transition to online instruction and how the process could be improved in the future. Instructors will receive additional distance learning training and will be prepared to move online should another outbreak occur this fall.

Additional safety measures listed below will be put in place to help the College reopening:
•Face-to-face classes size will be smaller and more courses will be in a hybrid format this fall.
•Hand sanitizing and disinfectant wipe stations are being placed in high traffic areas throughout all buildings.
•Plexi glass shields are being installed between students and staff at many locations.
•Students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus are encouraged to wear a face mask per CDC guidelines.
•Campus signage is being placed around campus to promote CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and covering your cough.
•A hygiene package will be given to all students, faculty, and staff which will include a face mask, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes at the beginning of the fall semester.
•Faculty and staff will be asked to complete a health screening.
•The entire college will be sanitizing on a nightly basis.
•Protocols are also being put into place should a student or employee test positive for COVID-19.

Safety precautions and protocols will be further developed and refined over the summer as the College closely monitors the situation and will follow the guidance from federal, state, and local health officials. More information may be found at

Panola College to receive $1,507,332 grant to assist students impacted by COVID-19

Panola College will receive a $1,507,332 federal grant to provide direct emergency cash to students, and to cover school expenses related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. The funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Half of the funding received will provide direct cash payments to students to help with housing, utilities, food, and other expenses they may have incurred during the coronavirus crisis. The application will be available on the Panola College website from April 27 to May 22, 2020.

Eligibility requirements, set by the U.S. Department of Education, are as follows:
•Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at Panola College as of March 13, 2020.
•Be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 13.
•Be eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. (This excludes international, DACA, and dual credit students.)
•Must NOT be enrolled in high school - dual credit students do not qualify.
•Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
•Must have a valid Social Security number.
•Male students must be registered with Selective Service.
•Must have a high school diploma, GED or have documentation of completion of high school in an approved home school setting.

The online application will be a simple form asking for name, student ID number, and current mailing address. The form will include boxes for applicants to check indicating what financial needs they have that are related to the coronavirus.

Students will have 30 days to complete and submit the form. Once the applications are verified and grant amounts are determined, the Panola College business office will send the funds directly to the students by debit card, direct deposit or check. Students may indicate their choice of fund delivery by logging into their Campus Connect accounts on the Panola College website.

"With this funding, we will be able to award individual relief grants," said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. "The CARES Act will not only help our students, but the funding will also assist the College in expanding remote learning programs and identifying technology needs that will help us serve our students in the future."

Panola College recognized early the potential negative impact on students. On April 1, the Panola College Foundation announced a plan to provide emergency financial relief to students through grants from the Foundation.

"We were fortunate to already have the Panola College Foundation step up to provide the first wave of emergency relief to our students," said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. "Now the CARES Act Student Relief Fund will provide additional grant funds to help us implement a second wave of support to our students."

Beverly Eugene Brown, 92, passed away at his home in Carthage, surrounded by his loving children, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Joyce Ann; son-in-law, Dennis McLaughlin; and sister, Laura Wilson.

Bev was born on August 30, 1927, in Kilgore to the late Frank Beverly and Clyde Aten Brown. He was a lifelong resident of Northeast Texas, spending his early years in Jacksonville and teen years in Kilgore. He graduated from Kilgore High School in 1944, and then attended Texas A&M College. In 1945, he moved to Carthage and in 1948, married Joyce Ann Hooker.

Bev served as president of Texas Association of Broadcasters, which honored him as Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year in 1986. He served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Broadcasters and as its Radio Board Chairman in 1986-1987. Bev built and managed the Carthage Cable Television System from 1973-1985. He was a founding member of Panola National Bank, and he was on its Board of Directors until his death.

Bev was active in the First United Methodist Church of Carthage and Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on numerous local boards and committees, several of which he chaired. He served 18 years on the Panola College Board of Trustees.

Bev worked 10 years in the timber industry, manufacturing baskets and rising to plant manager. In 1955, he began his 33 years career in radio on the staff at KGAS in Carthage. He became managing partner in 1957. In 1963, after a year in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis, he became the manager of KOCA Radio in Kilgore. In 1965, he purchased KGAS, which he operated until retiring in 1988. At that time, he had been the voice of Carthage Bulldog Football for 30 years. After retirement, he remained active in broadcasting, writing and producing a weekly commentary, "Talking It Over," which was syndicated on several area radio stations. This popular program continued until shortly before his passing.

Bev was a sought after public speaker at service clubs and patriotic affairs. He was often invited to speak at Veterans' and Memorial Day observances and at school events.

Bev served in the Texas Army National Guard for 20 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel of Artillery in 1968.

In the 1990's, Bev fulfilled a lifelong desire to play drums in a swing dance band. He was instrumental in forming and also managed the Sounds of Swing Orchestra composed of area musicians. Bev produced and marketed the band's 4 CD recordings. He was active in the band until Joyce Ann's health failed in 2005.

October 24, 1982, was designated "Bev Brown Day" by the City of Carthage. Over the years came other honors, among them the highest honor given to a non-mason, the Community Builders Award by the local Masonic Lodge on April 26, 2016.

In recognition of his lifelong dedication and service, which he always called his labor of love, Bev was honored in 2015, as Panola County Citizen of the Year, a fitting climax to his career.

He is survived by three children, Beverly Eugene (Gene) Brown, Jr. and wife Judy of Spring; Ginger McLaughlin of Carthage; James Gayland Brown and wife Julie of Maypearl; 7 grandchildren, Erin Brown of Austin; Chad Brown and wife Melissa of Austin; Blair Lamb and husband Lane of Ft. Worth; Lauren Franklin and husband Robert of Banks, Arkansas; Mark Patrick McLaughlin of Carthage; Kristen Brown of Dallas; and Dylan Brown of Dallas; and 4 great-grandchildren, Braden Mercer, Madisyn Franklin, Brandt Lamb, and Evan Brown.

"To everything there is a season..." Ecclesiastes 3:1

A private family graveside service will be held at Restland Memorial Park near Carthage with Bro. Freddy Mason officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. A come and go viewing will be held from 12 noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a public memorial service at a later date

Due the current COVID-19 outbreak, everyone is encouraged to exercise good judgment and follow CDC guidelines with regard to large gatherings and social distancing. Should you choose to instead pay your respects in some private manner, the family respects your choice.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heart's Way Hospice and Alysha Cockerham for the loving care shown to Bev during his final days.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Carthage Education Foundation, #1 Bulldog Drive, Carthage, Texas 75633 or the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Shelby, Carthage, Texas 75633.

A guestbook may be signed online at

Per Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, Panola County is under a Shelter in Place Order effective 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020.

Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, has confirmed Panola County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

If you are in need of a physician, UT Health has a new Telemedicine line. Call 903-694-4892.

Press Release from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones

Press Release from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones

March 18, 2020

All UIL Activities Suspended Due to COVID-19

Updated information as of 3/16/2020 - 2:30 p.m.


Reward Offered

Reward Offered

From the Panola County Sheriff's Department:

This is an updated missing person poster for Lauren Thompson. Her family has now posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Lauren Thompson. No new information has been obtained in the past few weeks. We continue to follow-up on this case.