Texas Bar Foundation Grant Press Release, Grant No. 51 20

The Rusk Panola Children's Advocacy Center recently received a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation. These funds will be used to purchase new technology from Cellebrite. These two units, along with the necessary training to use the technology, will enable our local law enforcement to gain immediate access to cell phone data pertinent to ongoing cases. Currently, it can take two weeks or more to gain access to cell phone data as the phones must be sent out for data retrieval. With these Cellebrite units, data retrieval will be almost instantaneous, enabling law enforcement to act quickly on time sensitive cases. With cellular phone use presenting in a large number of crimes against children, we felt that more expedient access to this data should be a priority. The Rusk Panola Children's Advocacy Center, along with all of our team members from law enforcement, local district attorneys' offices, and Child Protective Services are grateful to the Texas Bar Foundation for their support as we all work together to protect the children and families of Rusk and Panola Counties.

"Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation's largest charitably-funded bar foundation."

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 College sponsors Angel Tree

Panola College students who have children under the age of 12 are eligible to participate in a new Angel Tree program this Christmas season.

"We understand that paying for college often creates a financial burden on students, and we don't want their children to miss out on having Christmas gifts," said Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Dean of Health Sciences.

The project's goal is to provide "something they want, something they need, and something to read" for children under age 12.

To participate, Panola College students should fill out an application form at

The form asks for the child's first name, gender, clothing and shoe sizes, and a toy wish or other needs such as diapers or formula.

College students who don't have children may use the form to request items from the "Comfort Closet," which provides food, toiletries, basic needs items, towels, blankets, etc.

The form will be available through November 17. Faculty, staff, students and community members may select angels from November 18 through December 9. Angel Trees will be available in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center in Carthage, and in the Marshall Mall and Shelby Regional Training Center locations.

Tax-deductible online donations to the project may be made at When making an online donation, indicate in the notes line that the donation is in support of the Angel Tree Project.

For more information, contact Reed-Hirsch at 903-694-4022 or Whitney McBee at 903-693-2000.

"If you are a Panola College student - whether you're full-time, part-time, or online - at any of our campuses, you are eligible to submit an application to be considered," said Reed-Hirsch.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Panola College Angel Tree project will help make Christmas a little brighter for eligible students' children.

As of Tuesday, November 19, Hanszen Broadcasting and Fox Sports Southwest (the UIL video sponsor for Texas Football Playoff games) have entered into a contract to video stream the Area football game between Carthage and Lumberton scheduled for Friday night in Lumberton. The game will be aired live on

The viewing of the game will be free - just click on Watch Carthage Football Live.

This is the first time that KGAS/Hanszen Broadcasting has video streamed a live football game which also includes the commentary of Larry Allen, Mark Harris, Otis Amy and Jason Wade.

Travel to the game if you can, but if you can't, tune in to and watch the game - FREE!