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Carthage Noon Lions Club recently elected new officers.

A ribbon cutting was held on June 24, 2020 for East Texas Fireworks.

Fan drive by HeartsWay Hospice, Briarcliff Nursing Home, Winkler Place, Texas Home Health and Panola County Sheriff's Department collected 299 fans.These fans are to be distributed by Mission Carthage and TriCounty Community Action.

Robby Smith Memorial Scholarship Established at Panola College

Robby Smith Memorial Scholarship Established at Panola College

Panola College is proud to announce the establishment of the Robby Smith Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was formed by Robby Smith's close friends and family.
Robby Smith graduated from Carthage High School with the class of 1966. He earned a BBA from Baylor University in 1970. He worked in the farm and ranching business his entire life and was also employed in the banking industry for several years. Robby was also a member of Still Waters Cowboy Church.
Robby served the community in several different capacities. He served as president of the Carthage ISD school board, was a member of the Carthage Noon Lions Club, Panola County Cattleman's Association, Panola County Junior Livestock Show, and ringleader of the Beef Bunch. He enjoyed his hunting trips, playing forty-two, and talking cattle with his buddies. His priority was God first and then his family. He adored his wife, Joy, his sons & daughters-in-law, and his precious grandchildren, who lovingly called him Popsy.


The Robby Smith Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola County resident who participated in the Panola County livestock show. The selection of the recipient will be made in the spring each year.

Photo: Robby Smith

A Juneteenth Prayer Rally was held on the Panola County Courthouse lawn. Otis Amy was emcee.

Carthage Police Department show the protective vests purchased with money donated by the Service League.

PRESS RELEASE

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

UPDATE:

The McMillian family has offered a reward up to $5,000 for creditable information leading to the discovery of Mr. Joe Roy McMillian.

If anyone observed the vehicle in the surveillance camera image below in the Clayton area around 3:10 pm on Thursday, 5/21/20 please let us know. Mr. McMillian left the saw shop on FM 1970 in Clayton at 3:10 pm and drove toward the intersection at Hwy 315 in Clayton. Another photo has been added below of Mr McMillian in the clothes (red shirt) he was last seen wearing. Information should be reported to the Panola County Sheriff's Office at 903-693-0333.


PRESS RELEASE - SILVER ALERT

The Panola County Sheriff's Office is searching for missing person Joe Roy McMillian, black male, 79 years of age. McMillian is 5'11" in height, approximately 280 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 Blue single cab 2004 GMC Sierra truck with Texas license plate DMK 2975. The Panola County Sheriff's Office has entered McMillian as a missing person 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 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.

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

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

June 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

June 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones:

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES as of June 2 at 7:00 pm

As a result of Governor's order to test every nursing home I am sad to post results of Carthage Healthcare who was recently tested.

They had 22 Residents and 16 Employees test positive for the COVID-19 virus.
In addition we had three (3) positives added to the Public sector.
Total cumulative positives 240
Briarcliff 72 with 11 deaths
Panola NH 38 with 8 deaths
Public 75 with 3 deaths
Carthage HC 38 with 0 deaths
Tyson 15 with 0 deaths
UTHealth 2 with 0 deaths

Please continue to pray for our County especially those residing in and working for our nursing homes.

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 www.tcmhof.com or www.easttexastoday.com 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 www.tcmhof.com, 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
soon.

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

PRESS RELEASE

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:

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES

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

Panola College announces spring 2020 honor graduates

Panola College announces spring 2020 honor graduates

Panola College proudly announces the spring 2020 honor graduates. These students have maintained a high grade point average (GPA) while completing their academic studies at Panola College.
View the full list below:

Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.00)
Mitchell Brown Fountain, Center
Abigail Garcia, Carthage
Kaitlynn Renee George, Sulphur Springs
Justin Alejandro Gonzales, Point
Tristin Hughes, Brookeland
Miguel Mendoza, Tenaha

Magna Cum Laude (3.75-3.89)
Kaden Richard Arvello, Center
Daniel Quetzala Castillo, Garrison
Nash Joseph Coultas, Carthage
Ashlee Marie Downing, Garrison
Alan Flores, Tenaha
Esther Hernandez, Carthage
Katelyn Rae Martinez, Tenaha
Taylor Mills, Carthage
Railey Breanne Oates, Lufkin
Elizabeth Nicole Offer, Bethany, La
Alyssa Joy Oliver, Mount Enterprise
Toree Meshell Scott, Athens
Dominick Shortridge, Beckville

Cum Laude (3.50-3.74)
Jonathan Quincy Ariza, Center
Nathaniel Lee Bergeron, Tenaha
Christopher Blackmon, Carthage
Lani Rene Blohm, Marshall
Laiton Parker Braddock, Timpson
Amber Bragg, San Augustine
Taylor DeAnne Bragg, Shelbyville
Demetre Dominique Brewster, Marshall
Brooke Nicole Brown, Marshall
Jessica DeAnne Burns, Marshall
Abbey Elizabeth Bybel, White Oak
Keith A. Coleman, Carthage
Misty Nicole Coleman, Beckville
Jeremy Wayne Dean, Beckville
Lucy Okimodimome Eke, Carthage
Luz Herendira Gomez, Center
Cheryl Grubbs, Longview
Jenny Harvey, Center
Amber Jones, Mount Enterprise
Clayton Trent Jones, San Augustine
Milagros Aide Lune, Joaquin
Martha Diana Moreno, Marshall
Abigail Christine Parrish, Nacogdoches
Kamryn Nicole Powell, Diana
Karla S. Raines, Beckville
Lizbeth A. Salgado, Marshall
Christopher Scroggins, Hemphill
Cameron Scott Stansbury, Groves
Mary Morgan Straughan, Loranger, La
Andi Tomplaint, Sour Lake
Ashlee Brooke Williams, Chandler
Hailey Anne Woodworth, DeBerry

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

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES

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

Panola College recognizes spring 2020 graduates

Panola College recognizes spring 2020 graduates

Panola College had to cancel its 85th Commencement, which was planned for Thursday, May 7, because of COVID-19 and the social distancing rules in place. Spring Commencement recognizes 359 degree and certificate candidates.

"Under normal circumstances, we would see over 220 of those candidates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas with friends and family in the audience," said Greg Powell, Panola College President. "While we can't hold the ceremony this spring, we want to honor these students for their hard work and their success during difficult times."

At the conclusion of the semester, the list of honor graduates will be released and published. Those students are being highlighted in posts on the Panola College Instagram site.

The 2020 Spring graduates include:

First Name, Last Name, City, St
Chad Adams, Carthage
Shellie Adams, Waskom
Tommy Adams, Carthage
Lanee Adkins, Longview
Klayton Adkison, Carthage
Leslie Ady, Nacogdoches
Austin Akridge, Center
Mauricio Alejaldre-Robles, Carthage
Jade Allen, Longview
Macalan Amick, Tatum
Latoya Anderson, Mount Enterprise
London Andrews, Beckville
Juan Apolonio, Center
Hislander Arellano, Carthage
Jonathan Ariza, Center
Kayce Armstrong, Carthage
Rachael Arnold, Shreveport, La
Gabriela Arroyo, Marshall
Kaden Arvello, Center
Savanna Ashley, Harleton
Daryna Bachkarova, Mogilev
Tara Ballard, Nacogdoches
Jamie Barrett, Marshall
Jose Barrueta, Center
Bailey Barton, Timpson
Rachel Baugher, Tatum
Yolanda Baxter, Nacogdoches
Corey Bearden, Shelbyville
Danielle Beck, Lufkin
Brylee Behrens, Timpson
Latrice Bell, Shreveport, La
Nathaniel Bergeron, Tenaha
Ashlynd Berns, Carthage
Christian Berry, Timpson
Hayden Bixby, Tatum
Makayla Blackburn, Longview
Christopher Blackmon, Carthage
Lani Blohm, Marshall
Bradley Boatman, Garrison
Laiton Braddock, Timpson
Amber Bragg, San Augustine
Taylor Bragg, Shelbyville
Angelica Bravo Rivera, Waskom
Samuel Brazzel, Joaquin
Demetre Brewster, Marshall
Jaxon Brittain, Center
Brooke Brown, Marshall
Denecia Brown, Carthage
Kamari Brown, Tallahassee, Fl
Krystal Brown, San Augustine
Krystle Brown, Tyler
Madison Brown, Center
Meosha Brown, Carthage
Quanterrius Brown, Carthage
Lindsey Bryan, San Augustine
Jose Bueno, Center
Kaide Bullock, Carthage
Jessica Burns, Marshall
Maisie Burns, Joaquin
Sarai Burran, Carthage
Kimberly Cadena, Longview
Tikia Caldwell, Nacogdoches
Ashley Camp, Center
Jalee Campbell, Center
Kacie Caserta, Beckville
Chelbi Cates, Nacogdoches
Travis Chapman, Woodville
Elizabeth Chavez-Gomez, Center
Madison Christopher, Nacogdoches
Brianna Clamp, Garrison
Jessica Coats, Henderson
Bryce Cockrell, Center
Tiara Colbert, Texarkana
Keith Coleman, Carthage
Misty Coleman, Beckville
Christopher Coley, Plano
Christian Connell, Waskom
Jacob Cook, Garrison
Christy Corliss, Carthage
Jacob Corpus, Timpson
Nash Coultas, Carthage
Kaleb Crafts, Joaquin
Bethany Crowe, Kennard
Baylee Daehn, Sulphur Springs
Laporsia Davis, Longview
Laronica Davis, Marshall
Madison Davis, Carthage
Maison Davis, Kilgore
Jeremy Dean, Beckville
William Denison, Waskom
Mckenzie Dimery, College Station
Zakeri Dingler, Garrison
Britnie Dixon, Beckville
Cole Dixon, Gary
Ashlee Downing, Garrison
Jermaine Drewey, Houston
Collin Durham, Tyler
Amber Dyson, Carthage
Shelton Earl, Timpson
Amy Early, Marshall
Alricka Edwards, Shreveport, La
Dawson Eells, Hemphill
Lucy Eke, Carthage
Minerva Elizondo, Henderson
Max Emanis, Shelbyville
Yolanda Escobedo, Marshall
Samantha Espinosa, Center
Amanda Evans, Tenaha
Ashley Evans, Carthage
Martha Fajardo, Harleton
Alicja Falkowska, Kosow Lacki,
Bryce Farmer, Carthage
Lacey Felder, Center
Charles Felix, Carthage
Darbie Fenton, Mcallen
Cheyenne Finley, Cushing
Victoria Fischer, Carthage
Melissa Flakes, Lufkin
Kenaiya Fleets, Deberry
Alan Flores, Tenaha
Francisco Flores, Timpson
Kaytlin Ford, Pineland
Mitchell Fountain, Center
Abigail Garcia, Carthage
Pedroangel Garcia, Carthage
Abel Garduno, Gary
Melissa Garth, Hallsville
Hunter Gates, Joaquin
Allena George, Carthage
Kaitlynn George, Sulphur Springs
Lashaunda George, Carthage
Shamry George, Joaquin
Kesiah Giles, Tenaha
Daniel Gillis, Center
Ryan Golden, Center
Garrett Golliher, Stoutland, Mo
Luz Gomez, Center
Justin Gonzales, Point
Carlos Gonzalez Hernandez, Center
Savannah Green, Center
Brittany Gregory, Milam
Chavis Gregory, Center
Kaci Griffin, Center
Sydnee Griffin, Carthage
Morgan Grigsby, Marshall
Cheryl Grubbs, Longview
Sharmetria Hall, Carthage
Krysta Hammock, Carthage
Emily Hannah, Nacogdoches
Candace Harkness, Nacogdoches
Maggie, Harkness, Center
Chase Harper, Deberry
Antawon Harris, Tenaha
Rayvene Harris, Longview
Timothy Harsh, Carthage
Laci Hartley, Beckville
Jenny Harvey, Center
Kristina Head, Deberry
Elizabeth,Hernandez, Tenaha
Esther Hernandez, Carthage
Hernan Hernandez, Tenaha
Monica Hernandez, Marshall
Jamarian Hill, Center
Hampton Holcomb, Carthage
Joyia Holden, Shreveport, La
Casey Holladay, Marshall
Michael Hooten, Kilgore
Sarah Howard, Shreveport, La
Constance Hudson, Hallsville
Tristin Hughes, Brookeland
Andre Hunter, Joaquin
Jaydon Jacks, Carthage
Kelsea Jackson, Karnack
Tomika Jackson, Longview
Quindon Jefferson-Bowers, Marshall
Hannah Johnson, Carthage
Kacia Johnson, Kilgore
Keith Johnson, Carthage
Markita Johnson, Marshall
Victoria Johnson, Garrison
Amber Jones, Mount Enterprise
Clayton Jones, San Augustine
Hannah Jones, Timpson
Kayla Jordan, Keatchie, La
Melissa Jordan, Henderson
Edgar Juarez, Carthage
Angel Kammer, Kennard
Donnell Keggler, Timpson
Bryan Kelley, Center
Jerrel Kelly, Sumter, Sc
Levi Kerlick, Carthage
Zachary Kruebbe, Carthage
Devon Lampley, Tenaha
Trevor Lampley, Tenaha
Johnathan Landreneaux, Carthage
Raul Lara, Center
Keri Leadon, Henderson
Haley Leblanc, Center
Erica Lee, Center
Lindsey Leslie, Hallsville
Trey Lindsay, Beckville
Holly Lopez, Marshall
Jessica Luna, Joaquin
Milagros Luna, Joaquin
Marissa Macias, Center
Katherine Mackenzie, Grand Prairie
Laura Malone, Lufkin
Alison Maloney, Marshall
Penny Mann, Marshall
Jillian Martin, Gary
Erasmo Martinez, Timpson
Jacob Martinez, Tenaha
Katelyn Martinez, Tenaha
Wilmer Martinez, Deberry
Erin McCracken, Marshall
Tamiko McGee, Center
Ashley, McGriff, Jefferson
Valerie McLaughlin, Carthage
Katelynn McWhorter, Marshall
Jolene Meisinger, Ore City
Maria Mejia, Mount Enterprise
Abigail Mendez, Center
Brenda Mendez, Waskom
Jose Mendoza, Tenaha
Miguel Mendoza, Tenaha
Kinsley Middlebrooks, Tyler
Varshey Miles, Marshall
Christian Miller, Carthage
Taylor Mills, Carthage
Briana Montalvo, Marshall
Desiree Moon, Longview
Chuck Moore, Carthage
Rachel Moore, Marshall
Paola Morales, Center
Martha Moreno, Marshall
Britney Morris, Marshall
Zachary Mosier, Beckville
Briley Murray, Nacogdoches
Maria Navarro, Center
Kenna Naylor, Carthage
Lorrie Neal, Tatum
Derrick Noel, Carthage
Keiler Norman, Carthage
Mckayla North, Deberry
Chailey Norton, Mount Enterprise
Eder Nunez, Center
Railey Oates, Lufkin
Armond,Odom, Gary
Elizabeth Offer, Bethany, La
Monica Olalde, Center
Alyssa Oliver, Mount Enterprise
Mariela Oviedo, Marshall
Meagan Owens, Center
Tatiana Page, Nacogdoches
Mally-Catherine, Parker, Stonewall, La
Abigail Parrish, Nacogdoches
Tanner Partee, Marshall
Shikella Patton, Center
Tachala,Pauley, Longview
Kelyn Pennie, Grand Prairie
Billie Phillips, Carthage
Torey Phillips, Avinger
Tiffani-Amber, Pinson, Carthage
Jacob Pleasant, Nacogdoches
Dustin Pledger, Timpson
Kamryn Powell, Diana
Rachel Powell, Center
Tavanna Prince, Mesquite
Jeremy Puckett, Shreveport, La
Dylan Puffer, Carthage
Daniel Quetzala, Garrison
Karla Raines, Beckville
Kellymar Ramirez, Caracas
Lauren Ramsey, Logansport, La
Tanner Ransom, Gary
Caniya,Reed, Tenaha
Patience Reese, Longview
Shonnyvelle Regalado, Brooklyn, Ny
Xander Reid, Henderson
Courtney Rhodes, Center
Cayla Risinger, Center
Stormie Rivers, Marshall
Caehlen Roberts, Carthage
Kenisha Rodgers, Dallas
Ana Rodriguez, Joaquin
Jennifer Rodriguez, Gary
Yadira Rojas, San Augustine
Taylor Roth, Timpson
Zachary Runnels, Center
Lizbeth Salgado, Marshall
Gaybrielle Salone, Carthage
Paulina Samford, Carthage
Daniela Sandiego, Center
Emily Sanford, Hallsville
Selena Santamaria, Tenaha
Toree Scott, Athens
Christopher Scroggins, Hemphill
Nicholas Sewell, Dallas
Joe Shanley, Marshall
Dominick Shortridge, Beckville
Payton Sirmans, Marshall
Sarah Slade, Scottsville
Allison Smith, Carthage
De'asha Smith, Shreveport, La
Jessica Smith, Mount Enterprise
Kisma Smith, Marshall
Kyle Smith, Henderson
Lionette Smith, Carthage
Kalli Sonmor, Center
Ryan Stamps, Timpson
Cameron Stansbury, Groves
Jeffrey Stephens, Carthage
Tyler Stokes, Garrison
Tori Stoute, Deberry
Mary Straughan, Loranger, La
Victor Tapia, Waskom
Haley Taylor, Joaquin
Hannah Taylor, Carthage
Brittney Thomas, Joaquin
Zachary Thomas, Marshall
Abbey Thompson, White Oak
Ciera Thompson, Jefferson
Shelby Thompson, Deberry
Jason Tillman, Beckville
Andi Tomplait, Sour Lake
Jose Torres, Tenaha
Brandon Tyler, Nacogdoches
Rosalba Valdez, Tenaha
Cesar Valles, Carthage
Kalie Vaughn, Center
Karen Verdin, Henderson
Collin Vickers, Joaquin
Sandra Wade, Longview
William Wall, Nacogdoches
Alexus Wallace, Timpson
Kayla Wallace, Marshall
Kristen Wallace, Carthage
Rebecca Weatherford, Henderson
Madison Weems, Carthage
Brittany Whitsett, Carthage
Jaren Whitton, Etoile
Ashley Wilke, Mount Enterprise
Tray Wilkerson, Joaquin
Doris Willess, Center
Ashlee Williams, Chandler
Demetric Williams, Carthage
Hannah Williams, Gary
Jada Williams, Center
Bailey Williford, Carthage
Andrew Wilson, Center
Hannah Wink, Carthage
Allyson Woodworth, Deberry
Hailey Woodworth, Deberry
Ashlynn Wynn, Deberry
Sarah Yarborough, Timpson
Sascha Young, San Augustine
Anaicia Zamora, Center
Crystal Zepher, Waskom
Catalina Zoyoquila, Mount Enterprise

Panola College Foundation funds student aid

The Panola College Foundation announced a second round of direct funding opportunities to students affected by COVID-19. Applications are open now and will remain open until funding runs out.

"The Foundation has disbursed almost $20,000 in aid to over 70 students so far," said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Development. "When the relief applications first opened we started seeing a significant need for students to have summer scholarships. They may have been laid off, they no longer have work hours, and many are working in vital health care fields. Some health care programs don't allow students to skip a semester and require clinicals and other summer classes that are crucial to course completion."

Originally the Foundation allocated $20,000 to help with student relief and now the Foundation has added an additional $10,000 to assist with summer scholarships. "We can only award funds that we have, and we are inviting the community to help by making tax-deductible donations to the Foundation Student Relief Fund," she said.

One student expressed her appreciation for the grant, saying, "I just want to say a big thank you. My family is very grateful. I appreciate your urgent response to my appeal. May God bless you and the Foundation. I feel very supported and I'm very touched and thankful that Panola College cares about the welfare of her students beyond academics. I am extremely grateful. Thanks again. This means a lot. It will go a very long way."

A community member who donated to the fund said, "My daughter will complete her first year at Panola in May 2020. Thank you for looking after her and helping her this year. May the Lord keep us all in His hand."

To apply for these grants, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online. For detailed information and a link to the application form, visit https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/covid19studentrelief.html.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Panola College Foundation to assist in this effort, log in to Foundation@panola.edu and complete the form. Donations may be made through PayPal, check or money order. Receipts are automatically generated to donors for their tax records. In addition, all donations to the Panola College Foundation qualify for matching grants from employers.

The CARES Act includes a line item allowing people making a cash donation of up to $300 to claim a tax deduction on their 2020 taxes, even if they do not itemize their taxes. "This above-the-line deduction applies to any donations made to tax deductible donations," Pace explained.

"The Foundation's Student Relief Fund goes above and beyond what the CARES Act provides. We recognize that the CARES Act won't alleviate all obstacles our students are facing as they work to complete their education. The Foundation is able to help because of the support from the Designer Purse Bingo fundraiser, and the generous donations from the Sustainers Group, memorial donations and other general donations," Pace said.

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 https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/coronavirus.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Buxie (512) 463-0556

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Buxie (512) 463-0556

May 5, 2020

REP. PADDIE TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND MEDICAL WORKERS; MAKES MATCHING DONATION TO MISSION CARTHAGE FOOD PANTRY

MARSHALL -- Rep. Chris Paddie invites Panola County first responders and healthcare providers to come by the Texas Tea Room to pick up a meal as a small token of our community's appreciation for all that they are doing during these difficult times.

The restaurant will be open to the public, as they are every day, but this Thursday, May 7th, the first 100 healthcare workers and first responders will receive a free meal. The Texas Tea Room is located at 100 E Sabine Street and will be open from 11a.m. to 6p.m. First responders and healthcare workers are encouraged to bring an ID to show when they order their meal.

In addition to these meals, Rep. Paddie will make a matching donation to the Mission Carthage Food Pantry. Those who are in need of assistance can contact Mission Carthage at 903-693-4673 or https://www.missioncarthage.com/food_pantry.
"These are difficult times for many in our community. As we continue to ask many to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many folks have lost their livelihood through no fault of their own. I am making this donation to Mission Carthage to help them continue to serve our neighbors," said Rep. Paddie. "I am also pleased to provide a hot meal for law enforcement, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, and so many more who are working diligently to keep us all safe and healthy as we make our way through these difficult times. While this is just a small token of our community's appreciation, it is one way that we can say thank you for all that you do for us day in and day out."

May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Update just received from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones:

Received confirmation of two (2) additional cases of the COVID-19 virus.

Panola Nursing Home Inpatient
Tyson employee quarantined at home.

Cumulative Total is 168


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From LeeAnn Jones, Panola County Judge - May 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

COVID-19 CASES UPDATE

Please forgive me for my sporadic postings the last couple of days. Due to reporting errors and lack of certain details, I have spent my weekend and past couple of days pouring over spreadsheets. I now have what I believe to be the correct totals for the COVID-19 virus in Panola County.

Cumulative Total of Panola County is 166
Tyson has 14
Panola Care and Rehabilitation is at 29
Briarcliff has 74
Public is at 49

The totals above include an additional Tyson worker and three (3) Panola Nursing and Rehab residents.

At the time of this post, we have only ad four positive test results confirmed out of approximately 70 something test administered through the drive thru test last week.

They are here again this week for two (2) additional days! They will be at First Baptist Church in Carthage on Wednesday and Thursday and this time you can pre-register.

Have a blessed day.

May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020 - 7:00 p.m.

Just in from Judge Jones:
Two (2) new positive COVID-19 tests.
Cumulative total is 190

May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

Panola County COVID-19 Breakdown
May 3, 2020:

Briarcliff 86
Panola 40
Other 51
Tyson 13
Total 190

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

Five (5) additional positive test results for residents of a nursing home and local citizens:

Female, 54 (DeBerry)
Male, 63
Female, 26 (Carthage)
Female, 89
Female, 41 (DeBerry)

Cumulative Total is 177

April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020

Update from Judge Jones, April 29, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.:


One (1) additional positive test result for the COVID-19 virus. 28 year old female.


Cumulative total is 164


Still waiting on results from drive thru testing this past Friday.


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April 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.:

Further statement from Judge Jones regarding Tyson:
Out of the 22 COVID-19 positives, only 13 were residents of Panola County and we already had confirmation from the State on them.


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April 29, 2020 - 7:00 a.m.
Briarcliff nursing home confirmed 20 additional positive test results for the COVID-19 virus.
These include residents and employees.
Cumulative Total is 163
Deaths: 7
Recoveries: 10

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April 28, 2020 - late evening
State confirmed three (3) additional positive test results for the COVID-19 virus.
30 year old female
79 year old male
23 year old female
Cumulative positives: 143
Deaths: 7
Recoveries: 10
Tests Pending: 68

April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020

An additional 39 cases have been confirmed by two nursing homes counting residents and employees.

Cumulative Total: 140
Deaths: 7
Recoveries : 10
UT tests pending: 3
Nursing Homes Tests Pending: 65

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, notified KGAS of another positive COVID-19 case Monday afternoon. This person is an 84-year-old female.

Cumulative Total: 101
Deaths: 6
Recoveries: 7
Tests Pending: 3

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State confirmed additional positive, a 37 year old female.

Cumulative Total is 100
Deaths: 6
Recoveries: 7

Panola College opens applications for CARES grants

Panola College opens applications for CARES grants

Panola College is now accepting applications for the CARES Act Student Relief Fund grants that will provide direct financial support to students impacted by the coronavirus and COVID-19. The application is available on the Panola College website and will remain open until May 22, 2020. Funds will be dispersed after the application has closed and applicants have been verified.

To apply, follow this link: https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/pccares

Funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the grants will be awarded to students to help cover for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including technology, housing, utilities, food and other expenses.

According to the Department of Education, in order to be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

• Applicants must be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours at Panola College as of March 13, 2020.
• Students must be enrolled in at least one face-to-face course as of March 13.
• Students must be eligible to apply for financial aid through FAFSA. (This excludes international, DACA, and dual credit students.)
• Dual credit high school students are not eligible.
• Applicants must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
• A valid Social Security number is required.
• Male students must be registered with Selective Service.
• Documentation of high school completion is required, such as a high school diploma, GED or have proof of completion of high school in an approved home school setting.

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

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 should indicate their choice of fund delivery by logging into their Campus Connect accounts on the Panola College website.

April 26, 2020

April 26, 2020

COVID-19 STATISTICAL UPDATE

Cases by zip code:
Beckville (75631): 02
Carthage (75633): 85
DeBerry (75639): 06
Unknown: 06

Ages of confirmed cases:
Ages 1 to 20: 02
Ages 21 to 40: 08
Ages 41 to 60: 22
Ages 61 to 80: 25
Ages 81 to 100: 24
Unknown: 18

Gender of confirmed cases:
Female: 57
Male: 31
Unknown: 11

Cumulative Total Cases still at 99

April 25, 2020

April 25, 2020

April 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

There have been five more Panola County positive COVID-19 residents since earlier today. One positive at Panola Nursing Home and three are employed at Tyson.
Cumulative Case Total: 99
Deaths: 6
Recoveries: 7
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April 25, 2020 at noon

This morning, Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, reports six (6) additional COVID-19 positive cases.
Cumulative total is 94
Deaths: 6
Recoveries: 7

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES - April 24, 2020

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES - April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 at 8:30 p.m.
In an update from Judge Jones: Additional two (2) positives and one (1) death.
Cumulative Total is 88
Deaths: 6
Recoveries: 7

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From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, on April 24 COVID-19 testing:

They told me around 2:30, they had tested 50 plus and had 18 more scheduled which was good because that's all supplies they brought. They were shutting it down at 5:00 and there is officer at Airport with tests waiting on plane to pickup at 7:00.

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From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones - 7:00 a.m.:

Ten (10) new positives. Six (6) in nursing home and four (4) in community.

Cumulative positive cases: 85
Deaths: 5
Recoveries: 5
Tests pending: 13

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."

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES - April 23, 2020

PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES - April 23, 2020

Update;

At approximately 4:00 p.m. today (April 23), Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, reported two new positives for COVID-19.

Cumulative Total Positives: 75
Deaths: 5
Recoveries: 5
Tests Pending: 13


From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones:

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Panola County Daily Update: April 23, 2020 @ 5:15 am

Total Active Positive Cases in Panola County: 64
Deaths: 5
Recoveries: 4
Tests pending: 12

COVID-19 Updates for April 22

COVID-19 Updates for April 22

Panola County 4:30 p.m. update:

One (1) additional positive test result for COVID-19 virus. Total active positive cases now 56.

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Panola County 4:00 p.m. update:

Two (2) positive test results for the COVID-19 virus. One (1) additional recovery.

Total active positive cases: 55
Deaths: 5
Recoveries: 4
Tests pending: 12

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Update: Panola County Update 1:00 p.m.

One more positive test for the COVID-19 virus.

Total Active Positive Cases: 54
Tests pending: 12

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Update: As of 9:30 this morning, KGAS has learned of 2 more COVID-19 cases in Panola County.

Total active positives: 53

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This morning Briarcliff confirmed three (3) positive cases for the COVID-19 virus. One (1) is an inpatient and the other two (2) are isolated at a nursing home.

Total Active Cases: 51
Deaths: 5
Recoveries: 3

Panola County COVID-19 Update - noon, April 21, 2020

Panola County COVID-19 Update - noon, April 21, 2020

The State just confirmed four (4) more positive COVID-19 cases for Panola County bringing the county total at this time to:

47 cases; five (5) deaths; and three (3) recoveries.

The Country Music Hayride at the Esquire and Carthage Main Street to host Summer Theatre Camp

The Country Music Hayride and Carthage Main Street will host the third annual Summer Theatre Camp at the Esquire Tuesday, July 14 through Friday, July 17, 2020 for 3rd-8th graders for the 2020-2021 school year.

This camp is designed to give children the opportunity to work and perform with professionals in theatre, marketing, lights and sound, stage design and costume design while they rehearse and present a play on the last day of camp

Acting campers will present a play that includes some singing and dancing! No experience necessary, we will have experts to teach them the ropes.

Lights and Sound campers will create the light and sound effects for the performance, work with computers, recording and editing sounds for the show, record and take pictures of rehearsals and rehearse their effects with the actors as well as run them during the performance.They will also write and produce their own video commercial for social media.

Stage and costume design campers will find and/or create props for the show, design the stage set, and make costumes. No sewing required but they must love glue and sparkles.

Please see complete registration forms online at https://form.jotform.com/200865467082156 or click the link on the Country Music Hayride Facebook page, or email cdeloney@carthagetexas.com.

Completed registration forms are due now as spaces are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. No payments are being taken at this time due to COVID-19 concerns, in case camp will have to be cancelled.

Cindy Deloney
Carthage Main Street Manager/
Civic Center Marketing Specialist
Cell 903-736-2273

Panola County Daily Update from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones on April 21, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.:

Total Active Positive Cases in Panola County: 40
Fatalities: 5
Recoveries: 3
Tests Pending: 5

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:15 a.m.

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:15 a.m.

COVID-19 update 11:15 am: One more positive test for Panola County. Seven are still pending. This brings our county to 36 positive and 3 fatalities.

April 16,  2020 at 2:00 p.m.

April 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Just received from Panola County Judge, Lee Ann Jones: Confirmed one additional COVID-19 positive case now an inpatient at UT Health Tyler. Total positive is 33 with 5 tests pending at this time.

Panola County Judge, Lee Ann Jones, just informed KGAS: Just received confirmation of six (6) new positive test results for the COVID-19 virus. This brings our total to 29 positive cases and three (3) deaths.

Wednesday, April 15:

From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones: Two more positives from Panola Nursing Home and Rehabilitation. We have total of 23 confirmed cases of the virus and three (3) deaths from the virus.

Tuesday, April 14:

Shelbea Comer of UT Health East Texas informed KGAS that a resident of Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center has died of COVID-19.

Two new Panola County citizens have tested positive, one from Panola Nursing Home and another who is at home.

The current count is now 20.

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 www.jimerson-lipsey.com.

On Friday, April 3, a three vehicle accident at the loop and 699 occurred just after 2:15 pm. Injuries were minor.

A PANOLA COUNTY RESIDENT HAS DIED FROM COVID-19 ACCORDING TO THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES. THE PATIENT CONTRACTED THE VIRUS IN SHREVEPORT AND WAS BEING TREATED AT A SHREVEPORT HOSPITAL. THE PATIENT DIED EARLIER THIS WEEK ON MONDAY MARCH THE 30TH. THE IDENTITY OF THE PANOLA COUNTY RESIDENT HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

Judge LeeAnn Jones stated to KGAS News "We have been charged with death by virus on resident who was in LSU and died while in hospital from virus."

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.

Per Jessica Pace at Panola College, the Panola College Board of Trustees election scheduled for May has been postponed to November 3, 2020.

Schedule Changes/Closures

Schedule Changes/Closures

Updated Saturday, March 28

Businesses offering their Wifi service - park in their parking lot and do school work:
Circle M Café - 1122 W. Panola
Deadwood United Pentecostal Church - 1322 CR 445
Foley Rentals - 2178 SE Loop in Carthage
Main Street Café - 433 W. Panola
Pippen Motor Company - 1300 W. Panola
Popcorn Place - 1116 W. Panola
Sammy Brown Library - 319 S. Market
Garrett's Wrecker Service - 511 E. Sabine
All Carthage ISD campuses have WiFi turned on


MEETINGS:
The Carthage Noon Lions Club meetings are canceled until at least May 10.
Rotary Club is not meeting for the time being.

EVENTS:
The Piney Woods Quilt Festival scheduled for April 17 and 18 has been canceled.
Preliminary auditions for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase have been rescheduled for July 11. The final audition will be August 7.
The Bunny Run (sponsored by the Rotary Club) scheduled for April 4 has been postponed.
The Panola County Shrine Club postponed their Hospital Benefit Day (paper drive) until a later date to be determined.
All league play for baseball, softball, and soccer at the Carthage Municipal Ballpark have been postponed until further notice.
All events that have an attendance of greater than 50 people at the Carthage Civic Center, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Davis Park Community Center will be cancelled for the next 30 days. At that time, the situation will be evaluated and determine the need for further closures. All other events are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame has discontinued all museum tours through March 28, 2020.
Sammy Brown Library - closed until further notice.
Panola County Historical and Genealogical Association and its museums will be closed until April 1, 2020.
National Wild Turkey Federation sBanquet moved from Friday, March 28 to Thursday, May 28, 2020.
Panola College has canceled all community events. More information coming later in the week. https://www.facebook.com/PanolaCollege/. Online classes will resume Monday, March 30. Students should visit https://www.panola.edu/public-relations/coronavirus.html for the most up-to-date information.
Texas Motor Speedway and NASCAR have postponed their March races.

CITY/COUNTY GOVERNMENT:
The Panola County Courthouse and Judicial Center will remain closed to the public March 30 through April 3. Check www.co.panola.tx for the phone number to request entrance from that Elected Official or Department Head.
The Panola County Auto Registration and Property Tax Offices will be closed to the public and will be closed until further notice. Both offices will be working behind closed doors and will be answering any questions by phone or email. A drop box will be available for renewals, title work or tax payments. Auto Registration 903-693-0345 - Property Tax 903-693-0340
The Panola County District Clerk's office will temporarily close its doors to the public. The District Clerk's office will continue to work behind closed doors and will provide the usual and customary clerk functions and processes.
According to City Manager, Steve Williams, Carthage City Hall lobby is closed. Business may be transacted through the City Hall drive through window.
Carthage Fire Department and Police Department lobbies will also be closed. For any emergency, call 911. Other business for Carthage Police and Carthage Fire Department can be handled through their business only phone lines.
According to an email from Justices of the Peace, David Gray and Toni Hughes, all scheduled court proceedings prior to May 1, 2020, except for 'essential court proceedings', will be reset to another date after May 1, 2020. If you have a case that has been set for hearing or trial before May 1, 2020, you will be notified of the date and time your case is reset. Please note that Civil cases may be filed but will not be fully processed until after the Orders are lifted, which at this time is May 1, 2020. This includes Eviction suits. Any pending Eviction suits will be postponed and reset after the Governor's State of Disaster has been lifted.

SCHOOLS:
Carthage ISD - closed through 4/3/2020 per John Wink, Superintendent. Carthage ISD is offering Grab and Go meals at no cost to any student or community child 18 and under. Breakfast/Lunch "grab and go" meals are available from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Carthage High School (bus ramp by cafeteria / gym), Libby Elementary Cafeteria (drive through bus ramp) and school buses from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. through their normal bus routes..
Tenaha ISD - return to learning on March 30 in a remote or "homeschool" fashion. Additionally, the TISD cafeteria will resume services on March 30 with breakfast and lunches available via drive thru at the bus run.
Elysian Fields ISD - per their web page, Elysian Fields ISD will remain closed through Friday, April 3. Online learning will be available on their web page as well as paper learning packets which will be distributed on Tuesday.
Timpson ISD: Beginning Monday, March 30, grab and go lunches can be picked up at the middle school parking lot between 1:00 and 3:00. This will be in drive through fashion. Each morning at 9:00 am, the district is hosting a Facebook Live broadcast Monday through Friday until returning to school. If you cannot tune in at 9:00 am, the video will be available on the Timpson ISD Facebook page.
Gary ISD - Closed through April 3. Students and parents may pick up their student work packets between the hours of 10:00 to 11:30. Instructional materials will be delivered to your car at meal pick up time.
Beckville ISD - closed through 4/3/2020. Grab-N-Go lunches for any child 18 or younger from 11:00 am to 1 pm. Drive through location will be at Sunset Elementary. All assignments and information for the week posted on the Home Learning section of the Beckville ISD website. Please reach out to your student's teacher if you have not received any information by Tuesday. All teachers will be available by email from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday, and by appointment if you need to schedule some other time for additional help.
Panola Charter School - Closed through April 3. Online classes will continue on March 30. For more information, see the Panola Charter School web page and Facebook page.

BANKS:
First State Bank Drive through lanes of Convenience Bank are fully operational. Main Band and Convenience Bank lobbies will be closed to public traffic. Accessibility inside the bank will only be possible with a scheduled appointment. Please call 903-693-6606 to schedule appointments.
Farmer's State Bank's drive through remains open during business hours. Appointments in the lobby by appointment only.
Panola National Bank's lobby of the Carthage and Marshall branches closed through April 3. As of Monday, March 30, Panola National Bank lobbies in Carthage and Marshall will remain closed until further notice. The drive through will remain open at both locations. In Carthage, Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 3:00 p.m. In Marshall, Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. In Marshall, Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.

LOCAL BUSINESSES:
The Thrift Shop is closed until further notice. Donations are not being accepted at this time.
Brookshire Brothers of Carthage is open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
HEB is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Corporate office of Dollar General Stores made the decision to open at 9:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. The hours of 9:00 am to 10 am are for Seniors only.
Dollar Tree is now open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Family Dollar is now open from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Miss Mary's Child Care Center is closed until April 3. .
Walmart hours have changed to 7:00 am to 8:30 pm.
Texas Farm Bureau offices are open, but the lobby is closed. A drop box is located outside the office. If there are any questions, call the Carthage Farm Bureau office at 903-693-7868.
SWEPCO, Panola-Harrison Electric Co-Op have suspended disconnects.
Rusk County Electric Co-op Carthage office doors are locked. They will be answering phone calls and accepting payments thru the drop box located on the front door. They highly encourage members to use our online services to make payments (see list below) and new services can be handled by phone.

CHURCHES:

Murvaul Missionary Baptist Church to the list of churches that have cancelled all in person activities until orders have been lifted. There will be a Facebook Live service Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Carthage Missionary Baptist Church will suspend services until April 5.
Stillwaters Cowboy Church will have online Sunday services on March 29 at 10:00 a.m.
Cedar Grove Baptist Church will not be having church service this Sunday morning. There will be a live stream on Facebook, CedarGroveCarthage.
New Hope Baptist Church of Gary will not have services on Sunday, March 29.
First United Methodist Church - KGAS Radio, Cable Channel 19 and Facebook services only through March 31.
First Baptist Church has canceled all church events, services, and activities. Online services will be available on their web page. firstbaptistcarthage.com/
Rehobeth Methodist Church will not have services on March 29, 2020.
Central Baptist Church services will be by social media.

CHURCH SERVICES ON KGAS, March 29, 2020 via KGAS-FM 104.3, KGAS-AM 1590 and EastTexasToday.com:
1:00 p.m. - Cedar Grove Baptist Church
1:30 p.m. - First Baptist Church
2:00 p.m. - Word Alive Global Ministry
2:30 p.m. - Northside Christian Center
3:00 p.m. - The Sanctuary of Pentecost
3:30 p.m. - First Christian Church
4:00 p.m. - Carthage Missionary Baptist Church
4:30 p.m. - Southside Baptist Church
5:00 p.m. - First United Methodist
5:30 p.m. - Central Baptist Church
8:00 p.m. - Carthage ISD - John Wink

March 31 Commissioners' Court Meeting

March 31 Commissioners' Court Meeting

As of Monday, March 30, Panola National Bank lobbies in Carthage and Marshall will remain closed until further notice. The drive through will remain open at both locations. In Carthage, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Marshall, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

This update from the City of Carthage.

According to City Manager, Steve Williams, Carthage High Hall lobby will be closed starting Monday, March 23. Business will be transacted through the City Hall drive through window.

Carthage Fire Department and Police Department lobbies will also be closed. For any emergency, call 911. Other business for Carthage Police and Carthage Fire Department can be handled through their business only phone lines.

For all emergencies, CALL 911.

The Carthage City Commission Meeting set for March 23 has been canceled.

Press Release from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones

Press Release from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones

March 18, 2020

Information from Carthage Main Street

Information from Carthage Main Street

March 17, 2020

In the interest of keeping our city safe, we have talked to the following Carthage Main Street businesses and they are open and offering curb side service, please call them directly. You can even shop on Facebook and give them a call to order:

Texas Tea Room 903-693-8689
Candy & Cakes by Carrie 903-693-2253 or Facebook messenger
Sunflower Mercantile 903-690-1484
The Violet Shop 903-693-5768
Carthage Flower Shop 903-693-3248
USA Donuts has a drive-thru 903-309-1575
Pure & Simple 281-908-7665
Boo-Yay's/The T-Shirt Place 903-631-0257
P6 Creations 903-241-2419
Revival Threads & Co. 903-631-2020
The Hobby Horse 903-693-9327
Don's Photography/R&R Music: 903-693-9620
The Fudge & More Store 903-694-2818
Chicken Row Market 903-693-3333
Steptoe's Jewelry 903-693-5322
The Spotted Zebra 903-693-2141
Beauty Sense by Patricia 903-693-2871
COR Boutique 903-263-0228
Pretty Paws 903-265-7387
Kimberly's 903-693-0108
Dazzle's 903-693-9499
Lone Star Outfitters 903-693-3892
GAD Tees 903-754-9876
Rags To Riches 903-693-5678
Cain Hardware 903-693-6641

Remember, this covers some of our Carthage Main Street district businesses, we've tried to contact everyone in our Main Street District, however, we compiled this in a hurry and we will update as we can. Chances are, most local businesses will be accommodating, just give them a call!

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A message from First Baptist Church of Carthage

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-10), we want to let you know how First Baptist Church is responding. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is available for you to receive answers to commonly asked question. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community.

Are we having services at First Baptist Church?
No. Until April 1, 2020, we are canceling all church events, services, and activities. Your physical welfare is just as important to us as your spiritual welfare. We are continually monitoring the situation and will keep you informed through our website.

All UIL Activities Suspended Due to COVID-19

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

TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES, THE UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE (UIL) IS SUSPENDING ALL UIL SANCTIONED CONTESTS, REHEARSALS, PRACTICES AND WORKOUTS DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) IN TEXAS. EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, ALL UIL INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH MARCH 29.

Workforce Centers Operations During COVID-19 Situation

Plans, effective at close of business, March 18, 2020, are to have East Texas Workforce Centers move to an in-person, staff-only status. IT believes they will be ready to go. They will, however, continue to serve the public.

You'll see announcements of being physically closed to the public and hear reports of the Center doors being locked. While these statements will be technically true, it will also be true we have not been exposed to the COVID-19 and are discovering methods to assist in every conceivable way.

PRESS RELEASE
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

Message  from Sheriff Lake

Message from Sheriff Lake

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake tells KGAS News a man who was fishing on the south side of Lake Murvaul has drowned and his body was recovered by divers Wednesday morning. The man's wife had reported him missing Tuesday evening. The man's name hasn't been released yet pending full notification of family members.

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.