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.

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.

The National Weather Radio transmitter for Shreveport-based WXJ97 is out of service.

That means it is temporarily non-operational due to problems such as a power outage, antenna damage, etc.

In this case, the outage is because of a telephone line issue; and the Weather Service is waiting on AT&T to help fix the problem, said Mario Valverde, of the National Weather Service office in Shreveport.

As the "voice of the National Weather Service," NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards continuously broadcasts weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office.

The nationwide network of radio stations broadcasts official National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Weather alerts will still go off for cell phones, and folks are urged to monitor television. am/fm radio, mobile apps, sirens and wireless emergency alerts for weatherupdates.

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.

Rock Hill Water Supply

Rock Hill Water Supply



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.

Beckville, Texas is under a boil water notice until rescinded. There was a major leak and an equipment malfunction. Customers will be notified when all tests are good and testing is complete.

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

Panola College announces Dean's List

Students making the Dean's List at Panola College for the Fall 2019 semester earned grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.

Beckville: Mya Boyd, Jeremy Dean, Amanda Pierce, Kaden Ridgway, Dominick Shortridge, and Jason Tillman.

Bryan: Nyah Walker.

Carthage: Susan Adewale, Kayce Armstrong, Christopher Blackmon, Austin Buchanan, Nash Coultas, Ashleigh Earle, Lucy Eke, Sam Fuller, Joshua Garcia, Alexis Miller, Taylor Mills, William Rogers, Angela Trevino, Kristen Wallace, Brittany Whitsett, Kaci Williams, and Blakely Young.

Center: Juan Apolonio, Roxana Arcibar, Kaden Arvello, Angela Campos, Samantha Gonzalez, Maggie Harkness, Bryan Kelley, Jaqueline Morales-Aviles, Monica Olalde, Aileen Palacios, Peyton Swearingen, and Laura Wilson.

Chireno: Justine Moore.

Coppell: Joshua Bartolacci.

DeBerry: Kenaiya Fleets and Brea Rettelle.

Garrison: Cynthia Stott.

Groves: Cameron Stansbury.

Hemphill: Kaylee Moroski.

Jefferson: MacKenzie Hulett.

Joaquin: Benjamin Smithhart and. Destini Whitehead.

Kirbyville: Abbie Suggs.

Marquez: Jobeth Eddings.
Marshall: Demetre Brewster, Kassidy Brooks, Julian Mierop, Jacob Morgan and Ashley Ortiz.

Mesquite: Tavanna Prince.

Mount Enterprise: Maria Mejia.

Nacogdoches: Jessica Box, Haley Green, Emily Hannah, Carsyn Mason, Isaac Patterson and Heather Ray.

San Augustine: Clayton Jones.

Shelbyville: Sawyer Hendricks.

Tatum: Brooklyn Killen.

Tenaha: Nathaniel Bergeron and Katelyn Martinez.

Timpson: Dallas Dennis and Alexus Wallace.

Waskom: John Carter and Trevor Deal.

Winnie: Caitlyn Jackson.

Yantis: Caden Worley.


Matthew Abshire, Rayne; Jeremy Puckett, Shreveport.


Odeth Betancourt, Rubio Tachira, Venezuela; Raphael John LeBlanc, Shawinigan, QC, Canada; Barbara Zieniewska, Sokolow Podlaski, Poland.

Panola College announces President's List

Students making the President's List at Panola College for the Fall 2019 semester earned grade point averages between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.

Beckville: Loren Caserta, Misty Coleman, Lacey Dean, Alyssa Harris, McKenzie Ingram, Covie Latham, Jacie McGraw and Miranda Mize.

Carthage: Kristina Dodge, Ueoma Dunumba, Britney Everitt, Victoria Fischer, Abigail Garcia, Krysta Hammock, Yareli Hernandez and Baylee Reed.

Center: Randy Broadway, Jalee Campbell, Camden Cordray, Reyna Duarte, Lacey Felder, Luz Gomez, Jenny Harvey, Edwin Morin, Eugene Nunez, Roselyn Postell, Julia Ramos and Rosalba Valdez.

DeBerry: Edward Oden.

Decatur: Ashton Powell.

Groves: Grant Rogers.

Harleton: Micah Lorenzi and Landry Sloan.

Henderson: Elisa Lynn, Chad McRae, and Jessica Whitaker.

Houston: Tam Phan.

Joaquin: Mikalya-Grac Alexis Atkinson, Alisa Mazie and Fatima Nunez.

La Vernia: Easton Parrish.

League City: Hannah Floyd.

Lufkin: Rylee Vines.

Marshall: James Beasley, Somali Fletcher, Amanda McFarland, Katelynn McWhorter, Billy Patterson, Haylie Rich, Emilee Sellers, Hannah Sellers and Leneve Williams.

Milam: Brittany Gregory.

Mount Enterprise: Kaylee Cox

Nacogdoches: Madison Christopher and Phillip Najvar.

Pineland: Kaytlin Ford.

Point: Justin Gonzales.

Pollok: Amanda Granger.

Rusk: Zachary Zea.

Shelbyville: Taylor Bragg.

Tatum: Brandy Boatwright and Lucero Luna.

Tenaha: Lisseth Amaya Benitez, Laney Cockrell, Alan Flores, Elizabeth Hernandez and Miguel Mendoza.

Timpson: Jeremy Jordan and Nathan Pinkston.

Tyler: Adesola Fashola.

Waskom: Jonathan Hicks, Brenda Mendez and Pedro Rodriguez.

Woodlawn: Cassidy Lonsway.

Yantis: Caden Worley.

Luke Vazquez, Keatchie.

Paris Thompson, Fayetteville.

Boluwatife Babalola, Lagos, Nigeria.