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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.

What's Your Bid will air again Thursday, July 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and then on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Panola athletes named to NJCAA All-Academic Team

Panola Teams named NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year

Eleven Panola College student athletes have been named on a NJCAA All-Academic Team. Student athletes from around the nation contributed to a new NJCAA record as 6,656 participants earned a spot on one of the three NJCAA All-Academic teams. Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams are First Team: 4.00 GPA, Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA, and Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Panola College All-Academic First Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Hayden Collins – Cypress, TX, Thomas Grilli – Toronto, Canada, Edward William – Garrison, TX; in volleyball: Hannah Floyd – League City, TX.
Panola College All-Academic Second Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Jarret Whorff – Winnsboro, TX.

Panola College All-Academic Third Team athletes include the following: in baseball: Blaine Parker – Hallsville, TX, Cameron Stansberry – Port Neches, TX, Chase Hodges – Bossier City, LA, Raphael Leblanc – Trois-Rivers, Canada; in basketball: Alicja Falkowska – Lomianki, Poland, Maryia Adashchyk – Minsk, Belarus.

Three Panola College teams were also recognized as 2018-19 NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year by achieving a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher as a team. Teams honored were baseball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.
“We are honored to have athletic teams and student athletes who work hard not only in their sport, but also in academics,” said Don Clinton, Panola College Athletic Director and Vice President of Student Success.

Carthage Lions Club Awards

Carthage Lions Club Awards

Paul Beatty, outgoing Carthage Lions Club President, presented awards to members who helped him throughout the year.

Carthage Lions Club announces new officers

Carthage Lions Club announces new officers

Officers, from left to right:
Dustin Burns, Tail Twister
Ben Wooten, Second Vice President – Program Chair
David Fleming, Director
Olden Adams, Director
Ben Donald, Secretary
Dwaine Hubbard, Lion Tamer
Rodney Wooten, Incoming President
Don Clinton, First Vice President
Paul Beatty, Outgoing President

Clayton Fire Responds to Crash

Clayton Fire Responds to Crash

By Elaine Etheridge

Clayton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a crash that happened on State Hwy. 315 near CR 153 on Sunday. Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Murff.

"When units arrived there were just minor injuries. EMS checked out the occupants of the car, The fire department assisted in traffic control until the wrecker could get the car out. After that all units were back 10-8 to the station," Murff said.

Highway 79 to receive road improvements

Highway 79 to receive road improvements

Highway will also be restriped to improve safety and flow

A section of US 79 northeast of Carthage will receive a new riding surface and a change in traffic control this year according to plans approved in May by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“We will be resurfacing a 9.1-mile section of the highway from Farm to Market Road 31 to the Louisiana State Line,” said Ray Brady, area engineer for TxDOT in Marshall. “We will also be restriping the roadway to make it into a super two-lane highway to improve safety and traffic flow. This means one direction will two lanes of traffic for a distance while the opposing traffic will have one lane. The two will then switch, with one having a single traffic lane and the opposing traffic have two.

“There will also be a continuous left-turn lane between opposing traffic and will provide a safe location for motorists to sit while they wait for traffic to clear before making their turn,” Brady said. “And left-turn lanes will be added to the intersection at State Line Road in Bethany.”

Madden Contracting Company of Minden, La., was awarded the contract for the construction project with a bid of $4.6 million.

Work on the project should begin in July and take about four months to complete, Brady said.

DPS Urges Texans to Prepare Their Families, Properties As Hurricane Season Begins

With Saturday marking the start of the 2019 hurricane season, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging all Texans to take steps now to protect themselves and their families from potential hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.



“As hurricane season approaches, emergency management professionals across the state are prepared to assist in the event of severe weather,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “Our first responders and emergency management teams in Texas are second to none, as is the resolve of our local and state leaders to protect our communities from harm. I urge Texans to heed all warnings from local and state officials, and to ensure they have a plan in place to protect their loved ones and their property in the event of a hurricane.”



All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and tropical storms. It is possible for a storm to severely impact our state, even prior to or without making direct landfall in Texas. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines, and winds can vary from 74 to 157 miles per hour (or higher). In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms can also spawn tornadoes, create dangerous coastal water conditions, including storm surges, and cause extensive flooding damage. Additionally, the rainfall associated with a tropical system can have an extremely wide reach, so monitoring changing weather conditions during hurricane season is critically important for all Texans.



“Texans know firsthand that the damage from a hurricane can be both catastrophic and long-lasting,” said DPS Director Steve McCraw. “There are a few steps everyone can take now that can make all the difference — like assembling an emergency disaster kit and reviewing hurricane evacuation maps and routes. By helping your family plan ahead, you will be ready to respond quickly should a storm head your way.”



Here are several measures residents can take now to prepare for potential storms:

Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions.
Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route for you and your family.
Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate safely.
Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and around your area.
Follow the instructions of local officials if a storm develops.



Residents are also encouraged to review their property’s flood risk and current insurance coverage, and to consider whether a separate flood policy should be part of their home protection plan. (Remember most flood policies have a 30-day waiting period before taking effect.)

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

The 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. They are:

Jeannie C. Riley
Claude Gray
Rodney Crowell

The Gatlin Brothers will be the special performers this year.

Guatemalan National Guilty of Transporting Illegal Aliens

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 27-year-old Guatemalan national illegally in the United States, has pleaded guilty to immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.



Jorge Gonzalez-Ramirez pleaded guilty to transporting illegal aliens and illegally reentering the United States. The plea was entered today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.



According to information presented in court, on Feb. 12, 2019, Gonzalez-Ramirez was stopped for a traffic violation in Corrigan, Texas. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that Gonzalez-Ramirez and his six passengers were all in the United States illegally. Among the passengers, was a seven-year-old child traveling with a purported relative, without proper safety restraints. Federal immigration agents arrived at the Corrigan Police Department and took custody of all individuals and transported them to the Montgomery Processing Center in Conroe, Texas. Their investigation determined that some of the passengers, including the minor, had traveled through Mexico from Guatemala, crossed into the United States illegally, and then illegally transported to Houston. Gonzalez-Ramirez admitted that he picked up the illegal aliens from an apartment in Houston and was promised money for transporting them. Gonzalez-Ramirez had previously been deported from the United States to Guatemala in March 2011, and had reentered the United States illegally.



Under federal statutes, Gonzalez-Ramirez faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentence will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office



This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration, Customs Enforcement HSI/ICE, and the Corrigan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tommy Coleman.

Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education Schedule

Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education Schedule

CPR - Flexible schedules on Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Carthage Campus/Smith Building
Phone: CPR Coordinator 903-693-1194



Truck Driving (CDL) - Flexible Schedules/Classes begin every two weeks at Marshall Driving Campus
PHONE: Tammy Hicks 903-578-0525



CNA - Starting in June on all Campuses
PHONE: 903-693-2067



Med Aide Update - June 17 – 21, 2019 on Internet
PHONE: 903-693-2067



Paraprofessional - Starting every two weeks at Carthage Campus
PHONE: 903-693-2067



Real Estate Licensing Program - Flexible Schedules on the internet
PHONE: 903-693-2067



Paint With Kate - Friday June 7, 2019 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Carthage Campus
PHONE: 903-693-2067



Paint With Kate - Friday July 12, 2019 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Carthage Campus
PHONE: 903-693-2067



Kids Summer Camps - All summer at Carthage Campus
PHONE: 903-693-2067


If you need any additional information, call Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education: 903-693-2067.

Mexican National Guilty of Transporting Illegal Aliens

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 25-year-old Mexican national illegally in the United States, has pleaded guilty to immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.



Joel Sanchez-Guzman pleaded guilty to transporting illegal aliens and illegally reentering the United States after having been deported. The plea was entered today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.



According to information presented in court, on Feb. 16, 2019, law enforcement officers discovered Sanchez-Guzman transporting eight individuals he knew to be illegally in the United States. Further investigation revealed Sanchez-Guzman had been paid to transport the illegal aliens through Texas to the northeastern United States. They also determined that Sanchez-Guzman had transported illegal aliens in this manner on prior occasions.



Under the federal statute, Sanchez-Guzman faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office



This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI/ICE, the Nacogdoches Police Department and the Lufkin Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.