Sports for 2/21/2020

Sports for 2/21/2020




Important March Election Dates

Important March Election Dates

2/21/2020: Deadline to request mail out ballot (received in Voter Registration office)

Saturday, 2/22/2020: Early Voting hours - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, 2/23/2020: Early Voting hours - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2/24 to 2/26/2020: Early Voting hours - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, 2/27/2020: Early Voting hours - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, 2/28/2020: Last day of Early Voting hours - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday - Election Day, 3/3/2020: Election Day at the polls (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Trane donates HVAC system to Panola College School of Energy

Trane donates HVAC system to Panola College School of Energy

On Wednesday, Feb. 19 Trane, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and building management systems, donated a 15-ton system to the Panola College School of Energy. The system will be used by Panola College students for testing and training purposes.

"The HVAC system donated by Trane will meet a huge need at Panola College," said Michael Pace, School of Energy Instructor. "I've always discussed HVAC systems in class, but have never had one on site. It will be a tremendous help now that students can put their hands on one."

Clint Cage, System Sales Account Manager at Trane, was on site to present the donation to the School of Energy. Cage attended Panola College from 2012 to 2014.

"Panola College served as a launching pad for me, and I saw this as an opportunity to give back," said Cage. "My hope is that the HVAC system will help Panola students prepare for their future."

Photo: Clint Cage, System Sales Account Manager at Trane, photographed with Panola College School of Energy students and instructors in front of the donated HVAC system.

Panola County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on February 11, 2020 to welcome Uber of Carthage. Shown in the picture is owner of the business, Natasha Smith, cutting the ribbon. For more information, call 845-587-8791 or email

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.

Panola Rodeo Team wins the Team Roping, Bullriding, and Saddlebronc at TVCC rodeo this past weekend to kick off the Spring semester!

Panola's Clayton Lowry, of Wills Point, TX and his partner showed out as they won the Team Roping by sweeping the long go, the short go and the average. Logan Cook, of Alto, TX took the saddlebronc trophy and Micheal Deshotel, of Cleveland, TX, took home the belt buckle for the bullriding.
Clayton and his partner from Hill College roped a 5.9 in the long and a 7.1 in the short. Clayton roped in the points and it is paying off, he is now siting first in the Southern Conference standings as he chases that return trip to the College National Finals!

In the saddle bronc, Cook won again as he solidified his rankings in the top of the conference and is looking for his 4th trip back to the CNFR. Panola had 2 other teammates place in the saddle bronc. Michael Womack, of Bastrop, LA, was 4th in the long go which moved him to 6th in the standings, and Garret Golliher, of Stoutland MO, was 6th in the long go.

Deshotel took home the belt buckle as he scored a 76 in the finals to get the win. His teammate Chase Runfola was the only other cowboy to cover a bull in the finals and finished second in the bullriding.

The Ponies found more points for the team in the bareback riding with Isaac Ingram, of Basile LA. taking third place.
We also had some girls show up and show out in the goat tying and breakaway roping. Maison Davis, of Kilgore, tied her goat in 7.1 seconds to split 8th/9th in the long go. Sadly, Maison was down on her luck in the short go with an 8.2 second run. Kat Mackenzie, of Grand Prairie, TX was ready to rope in the long go with a 2.1 on her calf. Her sharp roping had her split 2nd/3rd. Regrettably Kat missed her short go calf.

The Panola team finished second overall at the rodeo hosted by Trinity Valley Community College this weekend and will return to action February, 21st and 22nd in Sulphur Springs at the Texas A&M - Commerce Rodeo!

College residence hall space available

It's not too late to live on campus. Panola College offers three housing options for students enrolled in the spring semester. Classes began on January 13, so students who move into the residence halls now will pay a prorated amount for the room and meal plan.

Katy Chance, Residence Life Coordinator, says space is available in Sharp Hall, the campus apartments, and O'Neal Hall (the newest apartment on campus.) Depending on residence hall choice, weekly cost ranges from about $160 to $200, which includes the room and 19 meals per week in the dining hall.

"The meal ticket is $5.58 per meal. It's hard to beat that at home," said Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Success.

Chance said living on campus helps students become more engaged in the learning process and build a sense of community. "Studies have shown that students who live on campus tend to have higher graduation rates, achieve greater academic success, are more involved in campus life, and tend to use campus resources more frequently than those not living on campus," she said.

Campus resources include the M.P. Baker Library, the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center, computer labs, high-speed WiFi, study rooms and recreational facilities including the weight room and Fitness Center gym.

Chance encouraged commuting students to consider the cost of fuel along with wear and tear on their vehicles in addition to the time wasted on the road. "Living on campus is a safer alternative, and when students really look at the numbers, they often realize they could save money and time by living in the residence halls," she said. "Where else can you find a rental unit that provides safety, convenience, all utilities including high-speed internet and cable, and 19 meals a week for less than $1,000 a month?"

Living on campus expands opportunities to participate in cultural and academic events sponsored by the College, according to Clinton. "Students can walk from their dorm rooms to the auditorium for fine arts performances or to the Arthur Johnson Gym for games," he said. "Living on campus gives you an opportunity to experience the complete collegiate environment that you would get at a university. We encourage all our students to get involved on campus, whether it is in the residence halls, extracurricular programs, student activities or intramural games, as well as attend athletic and performing arts events, and get involved in clubs and organizations."

Find out more by contacting Katy Chance at, or 903-693-1176.

Panola College Scholarship Application Now Available

The 2020-2021 Panola College scholarship application is now available through March 31. Visit to apply. Scholarships are open to students attending Panola College during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, encourages students to apply in order to take advantage of this opportunity. "Last year, Panola College awarded over 120 scholarships because of the generosity of our donors," she said. "This year, we hope to be able to award even more."

First State Bank & Trust Co. Endows Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Chris Dickerson at Panola College

First State Bank & Trust Co. Endows Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Chris Dickerson at Panola College

On Thursday, January 30 First State Bank & Trust Co. presented Jessica Pace, director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be used to endow the Chris Dickerson Memorial Scholarship, honoring fallen deputy, Chris Dickerson.

Chris Dickerson was born January 17, 1991 in Marshall, Texas. He was killed in the line of duty December 31, 2019 in Gary, Texas. Chris graduated from Carthage High School in 2009 and attended Aviation School in Norfolk, Virginia while serving in the Texas Army National Guard. He graduated from the Kilgore Police Academy and served as a deputy and member of the Panola County Honor Guard for the Panola County Sheriff's Department. On September 18, 2010 Chris and Krista LaNae Edge married and have two daughters, Kensley and Chelsey Dickerson.

"First State Bank felt that after the tragedy of Chris Dickerson, we wanted to make an effort to support the first responders of Panola County. We felt that establishing a scholarship with Panola College would be a great way to offer support for generations to come," said Gene Giles, President of First State Bank. "First State Bank has always been supportive of first responders. In fact, we have several currently working at the bank. We felt that it was not only our responsibility, but that we wanted to do something for the community."

The Chris Dickerson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola College student. Dependents of Panola County first responder(s) are eligible to apply. First responders include peace officers, firefighting personnel, and paramedics.

Photo (Left to Right): Kevin Smith, Jim Payne, Jessica Pace, Gene Giles, and David Murphy

Apply to Panola College nursing by March 1 deadline

Apply to Panola College nursing by March 1 deadline

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

VN classes will begin August 19 on the Carthage campus. Application requirements can be found on the Vocational Nursing page at Applications can be picked up and returned at the Carthage campus in suite 1100 in the Health and Natural Sciences Building and at the Shelby College Center campus in Center.

Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 ext. 6006 on the Center campus for further information.

ADN applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019. Prospective students may apply to the ADN traditional two-year track or begin the ADN one-year hybrid LVN-RN transition track. Students admitted to the traditional track will start the program in August. Students who are admitted to the LVN-RN transition track will start in summer 2020. Details about program requirements are available at, under Programs, Health Sciences.

Prospective nursing students have until March 1 to apply for the upcoming Vocational Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs.

Statement from Carthage ISD's Facebook on January 13, 2020

Carthage ISD is aware of a social media message sent to one student saying do not come to school today. We are taking all precautions to ensure everyone's safety. We are currently working with law enforcement and extra security measures are being taken.

From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones: As of February 15, 2020, the severe weather warning CODERED will be replaced by RAVE. Please go sign up today at the Panola County website and sign up with RAVE.

Click on the RAVE ALERT at the bottom of the screen and fill out your information to receive alerts. Your CODERED sign up will NOT transfer so you will need to re-sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Management Coordinator, Tommy Earle, at 903-693-0318. Please feel free to share. Thank you and have a blessed day.



The Panola County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 74th year with a banquet to be held on Tuesday, February 18th at the Texas County Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum.

The annual membership meeting will give Chamber members and guests plenty of opportunities for networking, learning more about their Chamber and community, plus having fun! The evening will be highlighted by lots of good food, fellowship, and entertainment.

The Chamber Banquet will honor the Ambassador of the Year, Chairman's Award, Main Street Rising Star Award, Employee of the Year (sponsored by KGAS Radio), and Citizen of the Year (sponsored by the Panola Watchman).

Our special guest will be 2015 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Tracy Byrd. Byrd has charted more than 30 hit singles in his career including "Holdin' Heaven," "Watermelon Crawl," "Don't Take Her She's All I've Got," and "I'm From the Country." His hit single "The Keeper of the Stars" was awarded the Academy of Country Music's Song of the Year in 1995. Six of Byrd's studio albums were certified Gold and his album "No Ordinary Man" reached Double Platinum status which signifies over 2 million copies sold! In 2016, Byrd released the album "All American Texan" which was recorded completely in Tyler, Texas. All 8 of the tracks on this album were written by Byrd.

The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception including heavy hors d'oeuvres. The awards ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each and may be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce or by calling 903-693-6634 for reservations.

Message from State Representative Chris Paddie

Message from State Representative Chris Paddie

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Panola County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Dickerson who was shot and killed in the line of duty early this morning. We will stand with the family and the Panola County Sheriff's Department as they cope with this unthinkable and senseless loss.

I will continue to support our law enforcement heroes who put themselves in danger everyday to keep our families safe. I am also grateful for the swift and brave action of our fellow East Texans who were on the scene and did all they could to save Deputy Dickerson and ensure the apprehension of the suspect. Their actions show how much East Texans care for each other and our community.

I ask that all East Texans join me in sending their prayers to Deputy Dickerson's family and all of our law enforcement community.

12/31/2019 UPDATE:

from Elaine Etheridge

Authorities say Gregory Newsom is in custody in this morning's fatal shooting of a Panola County sheriff's deputy.

12/31/2019 By Elaine Etheridge


The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Panola County Sheriff's deputy this morning was apprehended off Bumcombe Road near Shreveport after crashing his car and being chased on foot. A K-9 bit the suspect and he was taken into custody. DPS Sgt. Jean Dark says the deputy was shot and killed off FM 10 just outside Carthage. Sheriff Kevin Lake confirmed the deputy was killed in the line of duty at a traffic stop during the line of duty this morning at around 2 am. The Sheriff says he will have more in a news release later, but he says multiple Texas Rangers are currently on the scene conducting an investigation. He says they are not releasing the deputy's name until it's confirmed that all family have been notified.

At around 9:20 a.m. the Carthage Fire Department responded to a fire at the KGAS FM tower on County Road 110. KGAS-FM 104.3 will be back on as soon as possible.

Panola College Students Selected to Perform in All-State Choir

Panola College Students Selected to Perform in All-State Choir

Six Panola College Chorale Members were selected to perform in the 2020 Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir. The performance will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in the Stars at Night Ballroom of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The performance is in conjunction with the Vocal Division of the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention in San Antonio each February.

Panola College students performing with the choir are, Nathan Pinkston, Timpson, Bass 2; Kacia Johnson, Tatum, Alto 2; Loren Caserta, Beckville, Soprano 1; Jorden Bonds, Carthage, Soprano 2; Erica Lee, Center, Alto 1; and Sky Bishop, Carthage, Tenor 1.


Back row, from left: Kacia Johnson, Nathan Pinkston, Loren Caserta
Front row, from left: Jorden Bonds, Sky Bishop, Erica Lee