M.P. Baker Library to present 'Daluschronicles'

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host "Daluschronicals," an exhibit of photographs by Chukwudalu Egbejiogu, Feb. 9 through March 11 in the Fay Allison Gallery. Egbejiogu, also known as Dalu, is a Panola College student from the western part of Africa.

"As a young artist, my passion is to document authentic moments and experiences," said Egbejiogu. "I love to capture stories within the images, a moment frozen in time, and in turn capture your mind and attention." Through his photographs, he hopes to share stories that go untold, because "people need to know these stories."

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library's normal operating hours, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Library by calling 903-693-2052 or emailing The exhibit will also be available to view at

Panola College Green Jackets, SGA donate $500 to Veterans group

The Green Jackets and Student Government Association, two on-campus student organizations at Panola College, donated $500 to the Panola County Texas Veterans Relief Fund on Thursday, Jan. 28. The donation was accepted by Bill Morris, the founder of the Panola County Texas Veterans Relief Fund and the Veterans service officer for Panola County.

"The Panola County Texas Veterans Relief Fund does so much for Panola County and its Veterans, and we want to ensure that the organization can continue helping out in the future," said Katie Wright, sponsor of the Green Jackets.

The funds were raised through sponsorships that were sold for the annual Veterans Day Dinner, an event coordinated by the Green Jackets and Student Government Association and free to attend for any East Texas service member. Sponsors for the event included the Panola College Foundation, Carthage Service League, Carthage Missionary Baptist Church, First State Bank & Trust Company, Gene and Brenda Giles, DPT Services, Brian and Jodee Naples, and 30 Flag of Honor sponsors.

"The Green Jackets value and acknowledge all that these Veterans have done and continue to do in our community," said Ainsley Ross, president of the Green Jackets. "We hope that this donation will better the lives of the Veterans in our community and that it will impact, support, and wrap their hearts with love and security."

Elliott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Carthage donates parts to School of Energy

Elliott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Carthage donated an array of Mopar parts to the Panola College School of Energy. The donation was accepted on Tuesday, Jan. 11 by Daniel Hall, School of Energy Chair at Panola College.

"This donation will be used for training in our engine and mechanical courses," said Hall. "The parts donated include a transmission, a multitude of sensors, and other electrical and mechanical parts we can train our students on. We are very thankful for the local support of our energy program."

UT Health East Texas donates $500 to Panola College Foundation toward endowed scholarship

UT Health East Texas donated $500 to the Panola College Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Rotary Club's weekly meeting. For the past several months, the Rotary Club of Carthage has been raising funds in order to complete the endowment of the UT Health Carthage Auxiliary Scholarship. With the contribution of UT Health East Texas, the endowment has been fully funded. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola College nursing student.


From left to right, Cameron Phillips, President of the Rotary Club; Dr. Barbara Cordell; Shelbea Comer; Mark Leitner, CEO of UT Health East Texas; and Jessica Pace, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Panola College.

Free COVID-19 tests

Panola College to complete 'Walkway of Honor' with personalized pavers

Ahead of its seventy-fifth anniversary festivities this fall, Panola College will complete the Walkway of Honor located outside the M.P. Baker Library with personalized clay and granite pavers which are available to the public for purchase.

"Purchasing a paver is a great way to leave an enduring legacy that will forever link the past with the future," said Jessica Pace, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. "There are a limited number of pavers remaining, so if you are interested in being a part of the Walkway of Honor, we encourage you to secure your spot soon."

The cost of a clay paver is $75 and the cost of a granite paver is $150. Each stone will include an engraved personalized message, with clay pavers consisting of a 45-character space and granite pavers consisting of an 80-character space. Most common is the placement of a name on the stones, but others have also requested phrases such as "In honor of," "In loving memory of," "Class of," or the inclusion of an individual's years of service or their titles or positions.

Proceeds raised from the pavers will be used by the Panola College Foundation to fund student scholarships and individual program grants.

Those interested may visit to complete the online form to reserve their paver today. The form will close on April 30, unless all pavers are sold prior. Those with questions may contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 903-693-2029.

Winners of the Carthage Courtesy Club coloring contest:

Early Childhood
1st Place - Ayden
2nd Place - Rafe
3rd Place - Hunter

1st Place - Natalie
2nd Place - Griffin
3rd Place - Brooklyn

1st Place - Edgar
2nd Place - Kally
3rd Place - Emma

First Grade:
1st Place - Olivia
2nd Place - Aryanna
3rd Place - Everic

Second Grade:
1st Place - Khloe
2nd Place - Malayna
3rd Place - Elianna

Third Grade:
1st Place - Allison
2nd Place - Ellen
3rd Place - Stellar

Each student is asked to be present at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Monday, January 17, 2022 on the downtown Carthage Square at 11:45 a.m. to receive his o her award. In the event of inclement weather, awards will be delivered to the school by Friday, January 21, 2022.

Panola College seeking alumni to feature during 75th anniversary

Panola College is seeking a number of alumni to feature on outdoor banners during its seventy-fifth anniversary festivities this fall. The banners will be displayed on light posts across campus.

"We are looking forward to featuring alumni who span Panola College's seventy-five-year history," said Jessica Pace, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. "This is a great opportunity for us to showcase our alumni's accolades to our students and the community while we commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the College."

Panola College was established in 1947, and later launched off-campus locations in Center and Marshall, Texas. A lineup of events is scheduled for this fall on the Carthage campus to celebrate the milestone anniversary, including an outdoor event that will be open to the public. Information regarding the events will be announced in the coming months.

Alumni who are interested in being featured on an outdoor banner, or those who would like to submit a nomination, may complete the online form found at The form will close on Feb. 28.

At a joint meeting of the Carthage Rotary and Lions Clubs, Cindy Deloney announced inductions for the Main Street Arts Walk of Fame. Derek Johnson and Wanda Hanszen are to be inducted at a ceremony on February 18.

Gas Compressor Association donates $17,000 to School of Energy

The Gas Compressor Association donated $17,000 to Panola College's School of Energy on Thursday, Dec. 2. The donation was presented by Joni Rice and Roy Saxon, representatives from McClung Energy Services LLC and Estis Compression.

"The Gas Compressor Association has been a great supporter of the School of Energy," said Daniel Hall, School of Energy Chair at Panola College. "With these funds, we will be able to provide hands-on equipment for students to complete the training they will need before entering an ever-evolving workforce, as well as to provide scholarships within the energy program."

Hall, along with Dr. Gregory Powell, Panola College President, and Michael Pace, School of Energy Instructor, accepted the donation on the Panola College campus in Carthage.

"We are proud to be a part of the Gas Compressor Association and partners with McClung Energy Services and Estis Compression," continued Hall. "The energy program at Panola College would not be possible without the industry support that we have."

IMAGE CAPTION: From left to right, Dr. Gregory Powell, Joni Rice, Roy Saxon, Michael Pace, and Daniel Hall.

In the spirit of the holiday, Waste Connection donated bikes to the Angel Tree in Carthage.

Panola College's M.P. Baker Library will host 'Striations,' an exhibit by Christina Herrera

The M.P. Baker Library, located on the Panola College campus, will host an exhibit of stained glass by artist Christina Herrera in the Fay Allison Gallery beginning Oct. 6 and running through Nov. 19. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Library.

"In my career as an artist, I have heavily identified as a metalsmith," explained Herrera. "I love the durability and preciousness of metal - it is pliable, yet strong. Though I still consider myself a metalsmith and continue to work in that field, I decided to challenge myself with something new."

Herrera said she chose stained glass because of how opposite it is to metal, and since stained glass cannot be formed in the same pliable way that metal can be, it challenges her to think of designs in terms of lines and color fields instead of curves and intricate details.

"This body of work represents stained glass through the eyes of a metalsmith," Herrera said. "The glass is so beautiful, with its natural striations and subtle variations in color. I wanted to make work that celebrated and showcased the beauty of glass, while still referencing my roots as a metalsmith."

Herrera grew up in Kilgore, Texas and currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Art Education, and Master of Fine Arts in Metalworking from Stephen F. Austin State University.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library's operating hours, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact the Library for more information by calling 903-693-2052 or emailing The exhibit will also be available to view through the Library's webpage,

Photos provided by the artist

Carthage Main Street Halloween on the Square 2021

Carthage Main Street and the downtown Carthage merchants are excited to announce the return of Halloween on the Square. This year's event will take place on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 from 4:30pm-6:30pm around the square in Carthage.

"This year's event will feature some great photo stations and of course lots of candy" Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said, "the downtown merchants always do a fabulous job of making downtown a fun and festive place to be for Halloween and you never know what surprises are in store."

If any businesses or organizations would like to join in downtown, they are welcome to do so. Just contact Cindy Deloney at 903-693-0160.

Panola College Theatre to present 'Dearly Departed'

The Panola College Drama Department will present Dearly Departed, written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones and produced by special permission from Dramatists Playservices Inc., as its annual fall dinner theatre and dessert matinee production on Sept. 24, 25, and 26. The dinner theatre performances will take place on Sept. 24 and 25, with dinner being served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m., and the show beginning at 7 p.m. The dessert matinee performance will take place on Sept. 26, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Dearly Departed is a comedy that is set in the backwoods of the Bible Belt. The beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the south are rarely tidy, but always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for the funeral of their father, the Turpins' array of other problems continually overshadow the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn to their friends and neighbors for comfort, an eccentric community of misfits who manage to pill together and help each other through their hours of need.¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬

Dinner will be a fried chicken meal, served with mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, green beans, and banana pudding, and a choice of coffee, tea, or water. The dessert matinee will be a choice between a variety of pies and cakes, and a choice of coffee, tea, or water.

Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Tickets for the dinner theatre performances are $40.00 for adults, and $30.00 for senior citizens, high school students, and those younger. Tickets for the dessert matinee performance are $20.00 for adults, and $12.00 for senior citizens, high school students, and those younger. The show will also be livestreamed on, and streaming tickets are $35.00.

The cast of Dearly Departed includes: Raynelle, Sarolyn Musick of Gary; Delightful, Allie Endsley of Huntington; Bud, Riley Morgan of Broaddus; Royce, Omar Rios of Garrison; Aunt Marguerite, Talaya Jones of Mansfield, La.; Lucille, Leah Simmons of Nacogdoches; Ray-Bud, Maverick Jackson of Cushing; Suzzane, Emily Wheeler of Etoile; Junior, Dawson Windham of Shelbyville; Rev. Hooker, Jacob Phillips of Mt. Enterprise; Veda, Alexsandra Fabian of Timpson; Norval, Seth Sanders of Milam; Nadine, Abigail McCalister of Rusk; Clyde, Caleb Ridgeway of Shelbyville; Juanita, Carli Morton of Nacogdoches; Joy of Life Singer, Gerardo Salgado of Tatum; Joy of Life Singer, Kaleb Ward of Rusk; Joy of Life Singer (Chorus), Leland Parker of Nacogdoches; Joy of Life Singer (Chorus), Mark Essery of Gary; and Joy of Life Singer, Shelton Ballard of Gary.

Assistant Director, Nicholas McCalister; Tech Director, Caden Worley; Stage Manager, Eric Dominquez; Costume Design, Laura Eddings; Property Masters, Sydney Smith and Mackenzie Fitzgerald; Light Tech, Donovan Williams; Assistant Stage Manager, Julien Lawrence; Hair and Makeup, Chelsey Caldwell and Tony Jeter; Stage Designer, Ashley Harkness; Set Construction, Jase Fair and Jermaine Leonard; Scenic Arts, Katy Chance.

Panola College to receive $122,500 in emergency aid for students

Panola College will receive a total of $122,500 over a three-year period from the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant program. The funds will be distributed to students who face unexpected and untimely crises that could prevent them from completing their education.

The program will require students to complete a brief application, identifying their unanticipated financial emergency. The program is expected to launch on Oct. 1.

"Panola College was selected to participate in the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap for demonstrating a strong commitment to student success and a thoughtful approach to meeting students' needs," said Leslie Gurrola, the Director of Programs and Strategy for Greater Texas Foundation. "We're excited to extend the reach and impact of the good work that is already happening here."

The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap is a three-year, $1.5 million grant program funded by Greater Texas Foundation to help ten community colleges across Texas develop efficient, equitable, and sustainable emergency aid programs to ensure students receive the support they need to persist through financial crises. Panola College was one of ten Texas community colleges selected to receive the grant.

Greater Texas Foundation supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete a postsecondary education. Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has approved over $100 million in grants to support Texas students.

"Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our students' financial challenges have increased," said Jessica Pace, the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. "In fact, on our most recent financial wellness survey, 63 percent of our students indicated that their family's finances have worsened since before the pandemic. With this grant, we hope to establish a permanent emergency funding program to support our students and help them stay on their educational journeys."

M.P. Baker Library of Panola College to host exhibit by artist Steven Barker

M.P. Baker Library of Panola College to host exhibit by artist Steven Barker

The M.P. Baker Library, located on the Panola College campus, will host "True Is It That We Have Seen Better Days: Watercolors by Steven Baker," an exhibit of works by artist Steven Barker. The exhibit will be open to view Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2021 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

Barker grew up in Mount Pleasant, Texas and earned an Associate of Arts degree at Northeast Texas Community College in 1997. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas A&M University - Commerce in 2000, and then a Master of Fine Arts at Northern Vermont University in 2004. While in graduate school, Barker was an art assistant in the Bronx, New York.

"I tend to choose subjects that are very regional. I have been making art that captures the accent of East Texas with the use of wasp nests, venomous snakes, cicadas, native trees, birds, and flowers - sometimes straight out of my backyard," said Barker. "I create a tension between the delicate process and certain subjects that make the skin crawl or carry a visceral or tactile realness. These familiar local characters carry a great deal of baggage with most viewers; I want all of this brought to bear with experiencing these pieces."
Barker's many talents include mural design, custom art crating, art handling and installation, photography, graphic design, and watercolor. He has his own art studio and a small business known as Artpanel Studios.

A closing reception will be held in the M.P. Baker Library on Sept. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library's operating hours, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact the Library for more information by calling 903-693-2052 or emailing The exhibit will also available to view through the Library's webpage,, beginning Sept. 10.

On Friday 08-13-2021 at approximately 4:00 am, Carthage Police Officers while on patrol observed a vehicle leaving the SWEPCO yard on E. Sabine Street. Due to a recent copper theft at the location and time of day with the facility closed, the vehicle was stopped to investigate. The vehicle was occupied by Hannah Parker. Ms. Parker stated she was the cleaning service for the SWEPCO facility. Officers however observed several rolls of copper in the backseat of the vehicle in plain view which she admitted to taking from SWEPCO. Ms. Parker was arrested for the Theft of Copper, a State Jail Felony. Panola County Sherriff's deputies responded as well and assisted with the investigation.

On Friday 08-13-21 at approximately 9:00 am, a Carthage Police Detective interviewed Ms. Parker at the Detention Center. Ms. Parker also admitted to the first copper theft at the SWEPCO yard.

Both cases are being forwarded to the Panola County District's Attorney office for prosecution.


Panola College announces new hires and promotions

Panola College announces new hires and promotions

Panola College is proud to announce 14 new hires and two promotions for 2021.

Amber Clark, Professor - ADN
Breanna Crain, Assistant Volleyball Coach
Jamie Deville, College Store Clerk
Randy Ford, Professor - OTA
Bethan Hand, Instructor - Vocational Nursing
Kay Hawthorne, Instructor - Vocational Nursing
Charlie Hurd, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Lauren Johnson, Admissions/Dual Enrollment Specialist
Jeffry Oney, Instructor - MA
Jeff Price, Police Officer
Texas Reardon, Director of Distance and Digital Learning
David Rogers, HVAC Technician
Charde Salone, Professor - ADN
Rickey Smith, Security Officer
Amber Wilcots, Advancement Coordinator
Katie Wright, Recruiter/Advisor

Photo (from left to right, top to bottom):
Katie Wright, David Rogers, Randy Ford, Jeff Price, Rickey Smith, Kay Hawthorne, Amber Wilcots, Jamie Deville, Breanna Crain, Lauren Johnson, Bethan Hand

On Wednesday, August 11, Jerry Hanszen was presented the Outstanding Audio Broadcast Award by the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas. Pictured with Hanszen are Carolyne Taylor and Amy Podlewski.

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KGAS owner/operator Jerry Hanszen has been honored by the Phi Beta Mu Band Director fraternity during the Texas Bandmasters Association convention at the Henry Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. Hanszen was recognized on Friday morning for his contribution of radio station KGAS video streaming and live coverage of high school UIL band competitions each year.

Filmmaker Derek Wayne Johnson to begin filming new movie in Panola County

Cinema 83 Entertainment has announced that their next feature film, Blood Streams, will begin shooting in Panola County.

Shooting will take place July 13-29 in Carthage, Texas and locations in Panola County including Lake Murvaul.

Directed by Derek Wayne Johnson, Blood Streams is a fictional drama, thriller, suspense set in a fictional East Texas town.

A Casting Call for extras is set for Wednesday, July 7 from 5pm-7pm at The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. All ages and ethnicities needed. Everyone welcome. Come be part of making a movie!

Watch for further announcements regarding the main cast of the movie soon.

On June 8, the Carthage Service League presented a $15,000 donation to the City of Carthage in support of the all-abilities park that will be located at College View Park. This is the second donation made by the Carthage Service League to the all-abilities park.

"The City of Carthage expresses their sincere thank you to the Carthage Service League," said Steve Williams, City Manager. "The Service League has helped support several deserving projects over the years, and we are grateful to have such a wonderful organization in our community."

The Panola College Rodeo Team will be traveling to Casper, WY June 12-19 for the College National Finals Rodeo. For more than twenty years, the College National Finals Rodeo has made its home and legacy in Casper, Wyoming. Nowhere else in the world can you find the most elite college athletes and animals going head-to-head in the dirt, competing to be crowned the best. Champions will be crowned in saddle bronc, bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Team championships will be awarded to the top Men's and Women's team competing at the CNFR. Over 400 cowgirls and cowboys from over 100 universities and colleges will compete to be Champions.

The Panola Men's Team is the 2019 defending National Champion. The CNFR was canceled in 2020 due to Covid-19. This year, the Men's Team won the Southern Region to qualify in the top spot, which the top 2 teams from each of the 11 regions across the country qualify. Coach Jeff Collins will be taking 7 men's team members and one young lady to represent Panola College. The top three individuals in each event in a region qualify for the CNFR.

The Panola Men's Team competing at the CNFR include: Kolt Dement, a freshman from Rusk, TX, won the Southern Region Bareback Championship; Gauge McBride, a freshman from Kearney, NE, won the Southern Region All Around Championship; Kincade Henry, a freshman from Mt. Pleasant, TX, took second place and teammate Macon Murphy, sophomore from Keatchie, LA, took third in the tie down roping; Team Roper Riley Rieken, a freshman from won 2nd in the Southern Region; Michael Womack, of Bastrop, LA, took 2nd in the saddle bronc, and Seth Rustin, a sophomore from Nacogdoches will be competing in the bull riding.

Tie-down roper, Macon Murphy is the only team member returning to the CNFR from the 2019 Championship Team. In 2019 at the CNFR, Macon stunned the crowd and brought them all to their feet with the fastest time ever at the CNFR and went on to win the Tie Down Rookie of the Year.

Jayden Gould, a sophomore from Lufkin, TX, will be representing the women's team for Panola this year in the breakaway roping. Jayden finished 2nd in the Southern Region to qualify for the CNFR.

The CNFR begins Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and will continue each day down to Championship Night on Saturday, June 19. The College National Finals Rodeo is expanding live television coverage on ESPN. This year, all performances of the CNFR-Tuesday through Saturday (June 15-19)-will air on ESPN3. ESPN3 is available by using the ESPN App. Download the ESPN App from the App Store or Google Play. ESPN3 is also available on your computer. To view ESPN3 on a computer: Go to, click on 'WATCH', scroll down to 'CHANNELS', Select ESPN3 and click on "College Rodeo". CNFR performances will stream live and replay the following day. Watching ESPN3 is easy using iOS, AppleTV, Andoid, Chromcast, Roku, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, and Xbox. You may need to register to watch, using your cable or satellite provider sign in. Additionally, the CNFR telecast production team will be producing two programs to air later in the summer on ESPNU. These programs will feature interviews, premier action from Casper, Wyoming, and the crowing of the CNFR champions. The CNFR telecast team would like to thank our corporate partners: Cinch Jeans & Shirts, Wyoming Division of Tourism, VisitCasper, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Platinum Performance, Cactus Saddlery and Ram Rodeo.

ADLER & HEARNE to perform in Anderson Park/Art Exhibit part of the experience

As part of the Piney Woods Tour by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Adler & Hearne will be performing a free concert in Anderson Park downtown Carthage on June 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Anderson Park Gazebo. Bring your lunch, chairs or a blanket and enjoy lunch and entertainment downtown.

In addition to the concert, there will be an art exhibit, participants are encouraged to bring their art to display starting at 10:30am, at the close of the exhibit at 1pm, participants are encouraged to then "stash" their art as part of the Facebook community "Panola County Art Stash N Dash" and post a clue on the Facebook page for "dashers" to find. This is a fun "scavenger hunt" type group based right here in Panola County where people can "stash" art somewhere, post clues, and others "dash" to find it.

Rules for the art to display at the park and later "stash" are the same as the Face book group including:

No perishables. Stashes must be art of some kind, paintings/drawings, vinyl work, clay, wood, altered art, photography. Anything goes as long you or someone has created it. No nudity or anything offensive.

Please see complete rules on the Panola County Art Stash N Dash group on Facebook. Not a member? Ask to join today, it's a fun activity with your kids in the Summer and we hope you get your kids creative juices flowing for the art show Thursday, June 3. We will have tables and some easels but if you have easels for your art you are welcome to bring them for display.

From Texas' upper east side near the arts hamlet of Winnsboro, award-winning singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne connect with audiences coast to coast. Honored to be selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts to serve on the state's official Texas Touring Roster, the husband-wife duo enjoys the title of Official Texas Touring Artists for the September 2020-2022 touring season. (Adler & Hearne have served on the roster since 2014.) Their music is a signature blend of original folk, jazz and blues with deep Texas roots. With 12+ recordings and decades of touring between them, their repertoire is playful, poignant and poetic - including sparky love ballads, historically based tributes, quirky story songs, and anthems of justice and peace. Raised by musical families and nurtured by music ensembles through college, the husband-and-wife duo met in Nashville, and now pay it forward together in performances from listening-room venues, festivals and community events to churches, libraries, schools and house concerts. Lynn co-wrote the theme song for the hit PBS children's TV series Wishbone. Her diverse writing background brings added experience to the duo's workshops and presentations. Lindy sang in the famed Texas Boys Choir as a child, and for several years he and his band were Roy Clark's backup group performing with Roy from Las Vegas to Hee Haw to Carnegie Hall. Adler & Hearne's songs share a common bond with the human experience of us all. The vibe of their shows is a thoughtful balance: equal parts campfire song circle and concert hall polish, punctuated with humor and spirit.

Panola College announces President's and Dean's Lists

Panola College is proud to announce the students named to the President's and Dean's Lists for the Spring 2021 semester.

To qualify for the President's List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.8 and 4.0 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate's degree or certificate are included in the computation.

The Spring 2021 President's List is as follows:

Matthew Abshire, Rayne, La
Chad Adams, Carthage
Austin Adkison, Garrison
Maritza Aldaco, Center
Jennifer Alvarado, Marshall
Jessica Alvarado, Tenaha
Chandler Amos, Timpson
Chesney Baker, Carthage
Lauren Bearden, Carthage
Aubrey Bennefield, San Augustine
Tayton Best, Henderson
Rylie Blount, Logansport, La
Madisyn Bridges, Beckville
Heaven Briery, Tenaha
Sarah Brittain, Mount Enterprise
Kassidy Brooks, Marshall
Austin Buchanan, Carthage
Destiny Burton, Mansfield
Annette Castillo, Tenaha
Emily Cervantes, Center
Savanna Chadbourne, Joaquin
Aislyn Clynch, Marshall
Corey Cooper, Mount Enterprise
Camden Cordray, Center
Jackson Dannelley, Colmesneil
Mister Davis, Longview
Cody Deen, Shreveport, La
Darbi Dorrough, Longview
Morgan Farr, Carthage
Somali Fletcher, Longview
Kaylii Fuller, Beckville
Angel Garcia, Tenaha
Allyson Garrett, Joaquin
Maria Ghaleb, Las Vegas, Nv
Travis Gillis, Center
Stephanie Gonzalez, Center
Brittany Gregory, Milam
Neely Grover, Purvis, Ms
Aidan Hagler, Center
Garner Hancock, Garrison
Nicolas Hardin, Houston
Ashley Harkness, Center
Tramaine Hawkins, Carthage
Dylan Heim, Pasadena
Jackelyn Hernandez-Cervantes, Center
Alexis Holloway, Center
William Jackson, Carthage
Charles Jackson, Rusk
Carrie Jeane, Carthage
Kinsley Johnson, Henderson
Sarah Kayadibi, Tyler
Sarah Kushner, Carthage
Jarrod Kyle, Marshall
Zachary La Grone, Longview
Mallory Lambeth, Henderson
Jose Landin, Center
Justin Malnar, Garrison
Corey McDonald, Tenaha
Brooklyn McNeely, Carthage
Carla McWilliams, Grand Cane, La
Hannah Menefee, Tenaha
Keli Miller, Timpson
Mallory Moore, Garrison
Hannah Morrow, Tatum
Carli Morton, Nacogdoches
Thazin Mu, Center
Vinh Nguyen, Marshall
Katherine Noakley, Carthage
Todd Page, Carthage
Joseph Palacios, Center
Easton Parrish, La Vernia
Alexander Patterson, Carthage
JyKeeria Patton, Tenaha
Maegan Powell, Carthage
Rachel Powell, Center
Ashton Powell, Decatur
Anthony Pugh, Carthage
Tori Ramirez, Center
Caleb Randall, Carthage
Chloe Reneau, Garrison
Leslie Rhoades, Marshall
Emma Rice, Tatum
Riley Rieken, Arp
Ariel Roberts, Carthage
Elisabeth Robinson, Beckville
Grant Rogers, Groves
Mauricio Rojas-Solis, Center
Isaac Rushing, Center
Gabrielle Sapp, Carthage
Harley Seaman, Beckville
Andrew Searles, Nacogdoches
Emilee Sellers, Marshall
Hannah Sellers, Marshall
Leah Simmons, Nacogdoches
Abra Soape, Carthage
Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales, La
HannahStallings, Santa Fe
Kennedy Stanley, Carthage
Teambria Suell, Tenaha
Blaine Thomas, Allen
Ryan Thompson, Frisco
Angela Trevino, Carthage
Ethan Twomey, Tenaha
Yamilett Villanueva, Henderson
Emily Wheeler, Etoile
Jalen Williams, Summerville, Sc
Jesse Wilson, Carthage

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate's degree or certificate are included in the computation.

The Spring 2021 Dean's List is as follows:

Blake Aaron, Carthage
Makayla Adkins, Pineland
Michael Amox, Marshall
Trey Anderson, Carthage
Jack Angus, Haslet
Javier Avila, San Augustine
Patricia Barrett, Marshall
Joshua Bartolacci, Coppell
Allison Bass, Joaquin
James Beasley, Marshall
Haley Binning, Logansport, La
Magdalena Blain, Carthage
Richard Blain, Carthage
Cassidy Bolick, Jefferson
Tyler Brown, Jasper
Taylor Burch, Center
Jalee Campbell, Center
Atalia Cantu, Mount Enterprise
Katy Cash, Keatchie, La
Grady Clay, San Augustine
Cassidy Cole, Longview
Colby Coleson, Beckville
Aubrey Connell, Waskom
Jacob Cox, Joaquin
Brandi Creech, Carthage
Dallas Dennis, Timpson
Ashley Dollison, Center
Reyna Duarte, Center
Barbara Dyke, Carthage
Jobeth Eddings, Marquez
Victoria Edmond, Longview
Kane Elliott, Beckville
Allie Endsley, Huntington
Isaiah Fairmiles, Marshall
Mallory Fausett, Center
Kennya Fleets, DeBerry
Lady Flores, Cushing
Harlee Franklin, Pineland
Jordan Garvin, Quanah
Austin Gibson, Shelbyville
Dillon Gibson, Shelbyville
Jonica Glaze, Center
Azjha Glenn, Tenaha
Sarah Gray, Carthage
Kemyson Gray, Tenaha
Zackary Harris, Beckville
Laci Hartley, Beckville
Jesica Heim, Carthage
Perla Hernandez, Tenaha
Aubin Hill, San Augustine
Heather Huffman, Carthage
McKayla Huss, Timpson
Jaydon Jacks, Carthage
Monserrath Jaimes, Marshall
Keona Johnson, San Augustine
Talaya Jones, Mansfield, La
Kailey Joyner, New Caney
Jermaine Leonard, Kennard
Shelby Lindsey, Beckville
Kasen Lucas, Center
Yesenia Martinez, Marshall
Joel Martinez Gonzalez, Tenaha
Gracie Martinson, Tenaha
Gabrielle McBride, Roanoke
Tony Monaco, Carmel, Ny
Macon Murphy, Keatchie, La
Jennifer Pace, Nacogdoches
Alyssa Parks, Center
Lana Parks, Center
Maria Piedra, Carthage
Stormy Powell, Waskom
Morgan Price, Mansfield
Jasmine Price, Wells
Makena Radican, San Augustine
Raquel Rafael, Center
Valerie Ramirez, Center
Carter Ramsey, Timpson
Brandon Renteria, Center
Taletha Rickards, Carthage
Omar Rios, Garrison
Seth Rustin, Nacogdoches
Yamilet Salazar, Carthage
Lah Say, Center
Josiah Schumacher, Carthage
Timothy Smith, Carthage
Jaeli Standridge, Timpson
Lacy Stapleton, Panola
Madelyn Stegall, Henderson
Aaron Stewart, Etoile
Caitlen Todd, Longview
Clay Turner, DeBerry
Kelsea Vanderslice, Beckville
Ashley Warren, Center
Ariana Wells, Emory
Brittany Westbrook, Garrison
Destini Whitehead, Joaquin
Ermis Wilson, West Monroe, La
Ethan Wudarski, Carthage
Higinio Zamarron, Tenaha

Panola College hosts high school welding competition

The Panola College Welding Technology Department hosted a high school welding competition on Tuesday, May 18 at Shelby Regional Training Center in Center, Texas.

"Our goal in hosting this competition is for high school students to become better involved in welding technology," said Clint Cassell, Instructor of Welding Technology at Panola College. "It's a great opportunity for students to compete against other students their age, and to improve on the skills that are essential in the welding field."

Over 40 students from Carthage, Center, Joaquin, Shelbyville, Tenaha and Woden High Schools participated in the competition.

Mason Boulware of Woden High School received first place in level 1, Eduardo Sanchez of Carthage High School received first place in level 2 and Hislander Arellano of Carthage High School received first place in level 3. The top competitor in each level was awarded an array of prizes, including coolers and welding equipment.

Overall, Arellano won the competition and was awarded two, $1,000 scholarships to Panola College for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. The scholarships will go toward paying tuition and fees for an associate's degree in welding technology.

Hislander Arellano, the winner of the competition, was awarded two scholarships to Panola College.

Panola College returns to normal operations

With COVID-19 vaccinations now readily available, the state has seen a marked decline in both the number of infections and deaths. Originally, Panola College had intended to end altered operations June 1, 2021. However, pursuant to Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-36 issued Tuesday, May 18, at 12:15 p.m., altered operations will end at close of business hours today, May 20, 2021.

Beginning May 21, Panola College will end altered operations and will return to "business as usual." Panola College will no longer mandate face coverings or restrict activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster. Of course, the individual choice to continue wearing a face covering remains.

"I appreciate how students, faculty, and staff have stepped up and helped us navigate these unprecedented times," expressed Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College. "It has been a long 14 months, and we appreciate everyone's care and commitment to keep Panola College a safe place for our community during the pandemic."

As always, Panola College plans to remain in coordination with our state and local health officials to monitor any changes.

UT Health Carthage Auxiliary works to establish scholarship at Panola College

The UT Health Carthage Auxiliary presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $7,249.75 toward the establishment of an endowed scholarship at Panola College. The group, made up of all community volunteers, has been a generous supporter of Panola College and the community for more than 30 years. Each year the group awards numerous scholarships to deserving Panola College nursing students through funds they raise during their bi-annual jewelry sale at UT Health Carthage.

Due to the changes Covid-19 has brought to the healthcare industry this past year, the UT Health Carthage Auxiliary has been unable to hold their bi-annual fundraiser and has decided to put their remaining funds toward establishing a Panola College endowed scholarship. The endowed scholarship will be an addition to the group's legacy of awarding scholarships to Panola College students, particularly those in nursing.

"For over three decades, UT Health Auxiliary has remained a constant supporter of the nursing program at Panola College, providing the gift of scholarships to our nursing students," said Annissa Jackson, Chair of Nursing at Panola College. "We are grateful for their generosity and investment in our students and are thrilled that through the establishment of this nursing scholarship, the legacy of their support will continue for years to come."

The UT Health Carthage Auxiliary still needs to raise $2,750 in donations to fully endow the scholarship and hopes that previous recipients of its scholarships, as well as community members, will help contribute to make the scholarship a reality.

Those who wish to donate in support of the UT Health Carthage Auxiliary endowed scholarship may do so online at, by calling 903-693-2029, or by mailing a check to Institutional Advancement, 1109 W. Panola, Carthage, Texas 75633.

Joy Cariker, Maudeen Peters, Lynn Getsay, Bobbie Cariker and Ellen Stokes inside the Health and Natural Sciences Building on the Panola College campus. Marge Wilkerson is not pictured.

Rotary Donates $2078 to purchase a piece of new equipment for Davis Park

Left to Right: CIC Board Members Keri Vance, Tate Barber, Jerry Hanszen, Walta Cooke, Olin Joffrion and Dr. Anthony Edwards present a check for $2500 to CHS Principal Justin Smith for sponsorship of the Adulting 101 Program at the High School on May 13, 2021. Also pictured are Toni Biggs, Meredith Shamburger, Tonya Cooke, Isha Brown and City Manager Steve Williams.

Tuesday, April 27th, visit and donate to help support Mission Carthage! We can win an extra $250 just for being one of the first 5 to receive $250 on that day!! Call us if you have any questions...903-693-4402.

On Monday, April 26, 2021, Mayor Olin Joffrion signed a proclamation in honor of Music Club Month.

Dr. Tom Jones donates dental equipment to Panola College

Dr. Tom Jones of Carthage donated a variety of dental equipment to Panola College that will be used for hands-on skills training by the dental assisting program. The equipment -- which includes dental chairs, dental tools and other instruments -- came from Dr. Jones's dental office following his retirement earlier this year.

"Panola College is extremely grateful for the equipment that was donated by Dr. Jones," said Whitney McBee, the Workforce and Continuing Education Director at Panola College. "Each donated item will be of high value to the students in the dental assisting program, as they will be able to use the equipment for hands-on training that will help prepare them for the workforce."

The dental assisting program, which is a part of Panola College's Workforce and Continuing Education department, is 64 hours and takes students approximately 12 weeks to complete. Upon completion of the program, students sit for a national exam in order to become a national dental assistant.

"This donation by Dr. Jones goes above and beyond what we could have imagined," said Cherilyn Caraway, who is a registered dental assistant and the instructor of the program. "I know that Dr. Jones has a passion for education, and we are all so appreciative of this generous gift."

The complete list of equipment donated includes: two amalgam mixers, two autoclaves, automatic film developer, casting vibrator for pouring models, chemicals for film processor and ultrasonic, curing light, three dental chair units, three dental lights, dental x-ray units, intraoral camera system, intraoral x-ray units, restorative instruments, ultrasonic for instruments, ultrasonic scaler, x-ray equipment including film holders and dental instruments including: explorers, scalers, curettes, explorers, hemostats and suction tips.

Members of the Sabine River Authority presented Panola County Judge, LeAnn Jones, with a check for $10,000 to go toward needed repairs following the recent tornadoes.

Those pictured are from left to right:
Don Iles, Regional Manager
Cliff Todd, Board Member
Mac Abney, President
LeeAnn Jones, Panola County Judge
Tom Beall, Secretary/Treasurer

April 14, 2021


LeTourneau University, under its Director of Fine Arts, Dr. Jim Taylor, presents annual Spring Masterworks Concerts that have been said to be among the bright lights of the Longview cultural calendar. This spring's concert on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. promises to be one of the best to date. As in previous years, the LeTourneau Singers and Longview Civic Chorus, full orchestra, and professional vocal soloists will perform in the magnificent Belcher Center free of charge and open to the public. Maryah McHam, soprano, and Jon Starling, tenor, both local stars, will perform the vocal solos.

Three great Romantic masterpieces headline the event-the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin's opera Prince Igor, the swan theme from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, and the first movement of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor performed by LETU Russian/American flight instructor, Elijah Dmitrievsky. The concert will also feature two premieres, one an orchestral tone poem by local composer, David Luna, and the other a choral/orchestral suite by Taylor composed on poems from an 11th century manuscript called the Cambridge Songs.

"When I heard David Luna's Through the Valley of the Shadow, I was impressed by the beauty and moodiness of the piece," says Taylor, who will conduct the program. "It reads like a movie score, which reflects the composer's experience with the medium." Luna, who holds a master's degree from Hardon-Simmons in Theory/Composition, enjoyed a scholarship week with the Society for the Preservation of Film Music in Hollywood, where he met a number of film score luminaries, including John Williams.

Through the Valley of the Shadow started with Luna's study of French composer, Darius Milhaud and his film explorations in the 1920s and '30s; Copland was also an influence on Luna. The son of a father who played in the U.S. Air Force Band, Luna is experienced on a number of instruments and has directed music for churches, theater groups, and jazz bands. He currently directs the music at Longview Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Taylor's Cambridge Songs Suite No. 3 follows its predecessor, which he conducted at Carnegie Hall in New York in June of 2019. The suite is twenty-two minutes long and contains the settings of five of the poems in the ancient manuscript.

"Although the manuscript containing the songs, the Codex Cantabrigiensis, has been studied by scholars for centuries as the first extensive collection of secular Latin poetry, the songs themselves have not to my knowledge been set in a modern context," Taylor states. "It is clear that they are meant to be sung, and some contain neumes (early medieval notational symbols)."

The poems cover a wide variety of subjects, and this suite reflects that in the music. The first movement tells of a nun whose donkey loses a fierce battle with a wolf; the music includes influences of the rock band, Bon Jovi. The second communicates the pain of a lover who scans the horizon in vain for the sails of her lover's ship; this aria shows clear influence of the English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. The third movement, alternating between 4/4 and 6/8 time, eulogizes the beauty of the nightingale, while the fourth admonishes a young man not to live according to the flesh with strong doses of Gregorian chant and echoes of the movie score of Disney's Malificent. The fifth praises Christ's victory at Easter, beginning with African drum rhythms and moving through various styles to end with a broad English march.

Dr. Taylor is slated to conduct this third Cambridge Songs Suite in Florence, Italy in June 2022 through MidAmerica International, the production company that had him conduct in New York two years ago. Experienced choral singers are welcome to join him, as well as those who simply wish to go on the tour, which will include visits to Verona, Venice, and Lake Garda.

The April 29 performance at the Belcher Center will be socially distanced, both in the audience and onstage. Individuals and businesses are sponsoring individual musicians in the orchestra to keep the concert free of charge to the public, with their names and the musicians sponsored listed in the concert program. To sponsor a musician or for more information, please contact Dr. Taylor at (903) 808-7812. To sponsor online, the Masterworks giving portal can be found at

From the Panola County Cancer Coalition: Thank you to everyone who bought tickets to support the Panola County Cancer Coalition - $3000 was raised! All proceeds stay in Panola County!

PEBBLES KNIGHT is our winner of the propane Wok donated by Niki and Morgan Young in the memory of Pervis Young. Congratulations! What a blessing our Panola County Citizens are!

On Tuesday, March 30, Carthage High School students were busy installing handicap railing around the restrooms and walking area at Davis Park. The old archway which was at N. St. Mary and Market was repaired by the students and installed at the new Davis Park entrance on Community Drive.

If you haven't seen their work, take a few minutes and dry by Davis Park. The students are taught by Jolene Davis, Carthage High School welding and fabrication instructor.

The Panola Rodeo Team Holds on to the Top Spot in the Southern Region!
The Panola Men's Rodeo Team held on to the top spot in the Southern Region with a third place finish on March 12th and 13th at the Texas A & M University Rodeo. Kolt Dement took home the bareback championship once again, as he stretches his lead in the region, and Jadyn Gould won the breakaway roping on the women's side.

In the team roping, Macon Murphy and his teammate won 2nd and added to the Panola points. Chase Runfola won 2nd in the bullriding, and Kaul Runfola won 4th in the saddle bronc. Others scoring points included: Team ropers Bradford Fisher and Trace Clark took 4th, Gauge McBride a 5th place finish in the bareback, Isaac Ingram - 6th bareback, Sam Wigans 6th bareback, and Kincaide Henry 5th in tiedown roping.

Abbie Muckleroy split 5/6th in the average and placed 4th in the short go in the Girls Barrel Racing to help lead the girls team to a 6th place finish.

With just three rodeos remaining the race for the National Finals is getting close. Panola's Men's team is still in the lead in the team standings with the top two team qualifying:

1. Panola College 3060.50
2. Hill College 2363.50
3. Sam Houston State University 1847
4. McNeese State University 1673.32
5. Texas A&M - Commerce 1623.50
6. Southwest Texas Jr. College 1397.50
7. Wharton County Jr. College 1393.66
8. Trinity Valley C. C. 1245
9. Texas A&M University 958.66
10. Northeast Texas C. C. 158

The top three in each event qualify for the the CNFR. Kolt Dement and Kincaid Henry are winning the region in bareback and tie down roping for Panola. Those that are in the top three currently are: Michael Womack - 2nd Saddlebronc, Seth Rustin - 3rd bullriding, and Macon Murphy - 3rd in tiedown roping. Several others are just on the outside hoping to shine at the next three rodeos to qualify for the CNFR: Kaul Runfola - 5th saddlebronc, Gauge McBride - 5th bareback, Chase Runfola 6th bullriding, Thomas Wallace - 6th tiedown roping, Jadyn Gould 4th in breakaway roping and Josey Murphy - 8th in breakaway roping.

The Panola Rodeo Team will travel this weekend to Hillsboro, TX to the Hill College Rodeo on Friday and Saturday.

Carthage Receives $215,000 Donation for the All-Abilities All-Ages Park

On March 23, 2021, the Charles C. Matthews Foundation presented the City of Carthage with a $215,000 check for the construction of the All-Abilities All-Ages Park. Stephen Williams, Carthage City Manager, expressed appreciation from the City and the Community for the generous donation of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation.

"We are grateful for the wonderful support from the Matthews Foundation," said Williams. "We believe the park is going to be a wonderful asset to the community that will be here for generations. Building this park has been a dream for two years, and we are looking forward to seeing it become a reality later this summer."

The total cost of the three phases for the All-Abilities All-Ages Park is approximately $800,000. The first two phases include the playground equipment, pour-in-place surfacing, fitness trail, fitness equipment, benches, and a pavilion. The final phase will include a restroom, fencing, landscaping, and picnic tables. The City has secured funding for the first two phases of the project but is still seeking donors to help finish out the final phase.

Anyone interested in contributing to the park can contact Jessica Pace at or Teresa Dennard at You may also call City Hall at 903.693.3868. Some naming opportunities remain for the pavilion and the equipment.

Pictured L to R: Vern Reeder, Jim Payne, Jessica Pace, Steve Williams, Robert Underwood, Richard Ballenger, and David Bush

From Tommy Earle, Panola County Emergency Management:








Kristopher Sparks Memorial 5K and Rainbow Run - 2021
Saturday, April 8 - 8:00 a.m.
Northside Christian Academy
108 E Ash - Carthage, Texas

Registration :


ByDesigns and Gossips were welcomed to the Panola County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting! The business is located at 125 Jones Street in Beckville.

Thank you Carthage Service League for your donation to the All-Abilities Park coming soon! Harriet Huff of the Service League presented City Manager Steve Williams and Park Coordinator Jessica Pace with a check for $10,000.

Would you like to help with getting this park completed? Click the PayPal link below to make your donation or contact City Hall at 903.693.3868.

Panola College to host heART by Emmarie Rossiter

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of collected works by artist Emmarie Rossiter beginning March 3 and ending April 20 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

Born in Houston, Rossiter moved with her family to Corpus Christi, Texas when she was thirteen and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 2020. Rossiter, known by family and friends as Emma, is currently a freshman at Baylor University majoring in studio art with plans to move into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and study graphic design.

"I always loved drawing as a child, but when I was in about third grade I was staying with my grandparents and my Mimi let me paint and garden with her," Rossiter said. "She always used acrylics and taught me how to use them. From then on, I loved painting and would continue to paint with her when I got to visit. That is probably also when I became enamored with flowers and nature scenes. In high school, I had an amazing art teacher, Mr. Heslip, who taught me about my favorite artists as well as how to use oil paint. I instantly fell in love with oil paint and that is primarily what I paint with now. He also taught me about Georgia O'Keeffe, who is a big inspiration to me with nature scenes."

The show exhibited will include a variety of pieces featuring Rossiter's love of color and nature. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the M.P Baker Library's operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 903-693-2052 or email for additional information. The exhibit will also be available through the Library's webpage:

The Panola County Elections Office will be closed February 15th - 18th due to inclement weather. If the weather is better than expected, our office will be open.

Loretta Mason
Panola County Elections Administrator

Elysian Fields ISD, February 12, 2021:

Good afternoon Jacket Nation -- EFISD has made the decision to transition to remote learning next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday based upon the likelihood of snow and ice in the area. Students may either complete virtual assignments in Google Classroom and SeeSaw, or they may complete the paper packets teachers sent home yesterday. All remote learning activities must be completed when students return to in-person learning.

We will make a decision regarding next Friday later in the week. Stay warm and stay safe, Jackets.

Tenaha ISD, February 12, 2021

Due to the imminent winter weather threat that is coming this weekend and next week, Tenaha ISD will be on "Virtual/Remote Instruction" on Monday, February 15. Parents should be prepared to remain on Remote Instruction all week, but we will wait to make that official call as the forecast develops. Also, the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, February 15 is going to move to Monday, February 22.

Tenaha will be on Remote for Monday, February 15.

Stay tuned for updates as the weather progresses.

The Panola County Elections Office will be closed February 15th - 18th due to inclement weather. If the weather is better than expected, our office will be open.

Loretta Mason
Panola County Elections Administrator

Panola County AgriLife Extension will be closed Tuesday, February 16th due to severe inclement winter weather conditions.

Mission Carthage:

Due to upcoming weather forecast, Mission Carthage will be CLOSED Monday and Tuesday. There is a possibility that we will have to close Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Please call 903-693-4673 BEFORE you come to make sure we are open. Stay warm!

The Panola County Veterans Office will be closed Monday February 15 for Presidents Day, as well as the following Tuesday and Wednesday. We will re-open Thursday or Friday as weather and road conditions permit.

Message from Charles Worley, Superintendent of Panola Charter Schools:

Panola Schools, at each campus, will be using remote instruction February 15-18 because of inclement weather. Please keep checking school email for any other instructions for next week.

Our instructors will be available during regular school hours for assistance and help. Please be safe!

Just received an email from Panola College:

Panola College will move to altered operations February 15-18, 2021 due to inclement weather. All courses will move to virtual instruction during this time. Faculty and staff will be available by phone and email. All locations will be closed to the public during altered operations. Regular operations will resume Friday, February 19, 2021.

Email message from Mr. Jim Dunlap, interim Carthage Independent School District Superintendent.

The weather service predicts severe weather for several days. No classes were scheduled for Friday for staff development, and there are no classes for Monday due to Presidents' Day.

The predicted precipitation and cold weather could make it very difficult to have school as usual later in the week. There are many unknowns at this point in time, but we want parents to know that there will be no regular face to face classes in CISD on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Rather, students will transition to remote learning for these days as we did earlier in the year. All athletic events for these days have been cancelled or rescheduled. As conditions change on a daily or hourly basis stay tuned to KGAS for the latest information.

All CISD classes will transition to remote learning on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Carthage ISD Sports:
Per Coach Surratt, all activities scheduled for next week, Monday - Thursday, at this point are cancelled. (February 15 through 18, 2021)

Registration for Spring Flex Term now open

Panola College will offer a total of 24 courses during the Spring Flex Term, the majority of which will be offered online. The eight-week courses will begin March 8 and end May 6.

Spring Flex Term courses cover the same material as their full semester counterparts but are condensed into an eight-week timetable. These accelerated courses are beneficial to students who work full time while simultaneously working toward earning a degree or certificate.

Courses being offered during the Spring Flex Term are:

Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301)

Business Computer Applications (BCIS 1305)

Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 2402)

Anatomy & Physiology, non-majors (BIOL 2404)

Composition II (ENGL 1302)

Federal Government (GOVT 2305)

Texas Government (GOVT 2306)

U.S. History I (HIST 1301)

U.S. History II (HIST 1302)

Intro to Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Walking I (KINE 1119)

First Aid (KINE 1306)

Walking II (KINE 2119)

Quantitative Reasoning Foundations (MATH 0332)

Algebraic Functions (MATH 0314)

College Algebra (MATH 1314)

Contemporary Math (MATH 1332)

Elementary Statistics (MATH 1342)

Music Appreciation (MUSI 1306)

The Solar System (PHYS 1404)

General Psychology (PSYC 2301)

Lifespan Growth & Development (PSYC 2314)

Intro to Sociology (SOCI 1301)

Public Speaking (SPCH 1315)

For more information, call student services at 903-693-2048, email or visit to request an appointment with an academic advisor. Registration is open now through March 11.

On Friday, February 6, a ribbon cutting was held for Quick Visit Urgent Care in Carthage.

Panola College ADN and VN programs accepting applicants until March 1

The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until March 1, 2021.

Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in August. Applications can be picked up beginning Feb. 1 on the Carthage campus and on the Center campus.

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

Students accepted to the ADN traditional two-year track will begin the program in August. Students accepted to the ADN one-year hybrid LVN-RN transition track will begin the program during the summer.

Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019.

Admission requirements can be found for both programs at under Programs, Health Sciences.

Panola College scholarship application now available

The 2021-2022 endowed scholarship application is available now through Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Students planning to attend Panola College during the 2021-2022 academic year are strongly encouraged to complete the application and take advantage of this opportunity.

Through the generosity of alumni and friends of Panola College, over 145 endowed scholarships have been created throughout the years. The scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to students for various reasons such as financial need, academic standing, and participation in a fine arts or student activities group.

"We were able to award around 100 scholarships to students last year due to the generosity of our donors," said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. "We hope to be able to award even more this year."

The application may be found online at by clicking 'Explore Scholarships' near the bottom of the homepage. All applications must be received online through the provided form by the March 31 deadline.

On the morning of January 27, 2021, an auto vs pedestrian accident occurred on the Carthage downtown square. Carthage police and EMS responded. One person was transferred to Nacogdoches,

Carthage Receives $25,000 Donation for All-Abilities Park
The City of Carthage is excited to announce that over the holidays a $25,000 donation was received from the Crain Foundation and R. Lacy Services in support of the all-abilities park that will be located at Kelley Park.

The all-abilities park is a collaboration between the City of Carthage and the Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant program. "We are very appreciative of the generous contribution from the Crain Foundation and R. Lacy Services," said Steve Williams, City Manager. "It is only with the support of charitable donors, like the Crain Foundation and R. Lacy Services, and our community that the all-abilities park will become a reality. We know this will be a park that our entire community, and surrounding communities, will enjoy for decades to come."

Pictured are Dana Clark, City Secretary, Teresa Dennard, Administrative Assistant for the Carthage Economic Development Corporation, Steve Williams, City Manager, and Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College.

Panola College's Fay Allison Gallery to host Where We've Been

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of collected works by artist Mary Jean Davis beginning Jan. 19 and ending Feb. 26 in the Fay Allison Gallery.

Mary Jean grew up in Shreveport, La. and earned a BFA in Art Education with Cum Laude honors at Louisiana Tech University. She has over thirty years teaching experience in public schools and has taught private lessons in her home, at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and the Marshall Visual Arts Center. She currently lives in Texas but loves to travel and is continually learning.

Working primarily in soft pastels, Mary Jean has had her work accepted in national and international shows from Cape Cod, Mass., New York City, Sedona, Ariz., Texas, to Santa Fe, N.M. She even has collections of her work as far away as India.

"Oh, The Places You'll Go came to mind when I was working on a new title of an exhibit at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. However, I'm at a place in life where I can still look forward to the places I'll go, and look back at where I've been. Dr. Seuss has so many underlying messages in his seemingly simple books. Many pieces of art do as well," said Mary Jean.

The show that will be exhibited will include some of Mary Jean's earlier pieces from places and times of her and her husband's grandparents and families. Other pieces are also reflections of objects, people, and places that she has seen and where they've been.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the M.P. Baker Library's operating hours Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For additional information call 903-693-2052 or email

On Monday, January 18, 2021 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Carthage Chief of Police, Blake Smith, was notified by a supervisor that DPS Troopers and FBI agents were gathering in the Carthage Police Station parking lot.

According to reliable sources, several cars, an armored vehicle and an EMS ambulance had arrived at the Carthage Police Station.

Information gathered indicated that officers conducted a raid on a house in the city and one person was taken into custody.

According to Panola County Sheriff, Kevin Lake, FBI personnel did interview one person at the Panola County Sheriff's office on Monday. After that interview, that person was taken by FBI agents to another location.

We hope to have more details on Friday during the Panola County Sheriff's report on Panola Pride.

Stay tuned to KGAS for more information.

On January 5, 2021 issued a boil Deadwood water issued a notice the customers that live on FM 2517 & all road off FM 2517 & North of FM 2517 & FM 31 including County Road 444, County Road 445, County Road 446 & County Road 4462. This notice has been rescinded.

Jerry Hanszen presented Weston Gibson with his $2500 check for the KGAS Christmas Cash.

Panola College announces President's, Dean's Lists

Panola College announces President's, Dean's Lists

Panola College is proud to announce students named to the President's and Dean's Lists for the fall 2020 semester.

To qualify for the President's List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.8 and 4.0 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in this computation.

The President's List is as follows:
Blake Aaron, Carthage
Matthew Abshire, Rayne, La
Chad Adams, Carthage
Kara Adams, Marshall
Austin Adkison, Garrison
Jennifer Alvarado, Marshall
Diana Alvarado, Tenaha
Jessica Alvarado, Tenaha
Chandler Amos, Timpson
Jack Angus, Haslet
Alaina Arceneaux, Carthage
Anna Bardwell, Tenaha
Jewel Bass, Joaquin
Lauren Bearden, Carthage
James Beasley, Marshall
Aubrey Bennefield, San Augustine
Tayton Best, Henderson
Baylea Bishop, Carthage
RichardBlain, Carthage
Mahamalea Bliss, Marshall
Randy Broadway, Center
Kassidy Brooks, Marshall
Taylor Burch, Center
Brooke Cabello, Carthage
Jesus Castillo, Marshall
Annette Castillo, Tenaha
Emily Cervantes, Center
Brandie Chambliss, Center
Aislyn Clynch, Marshall
CassidyCole, Longview
Camden Cordray, Center
Jacob Cox, Joaquin
Brent Dance, Center
Mister Davis, Longview
MaisonDavis, Kilgore
Cody Deen, Shreveport, La
KristinaDodge, Carthage
Darbi Dorrough, Longview
Chase Dunn, Spring
Barbara Dyke, Carthage
Jobeth Eddings, Marquez
Hanna Elliott, Carthage
Presley Elliott, Carthage
Somali Fletcher, Marshall
Angel Garcia, Tenaha
Maria Ghaleb, Las Vegas, NV
Asia Grigsby, Shreveport, LA
Garner Hancock, Garrison
Rhiannon Harber, Marshall
Ashley Harkness, Center
Gracen Harris, Beckville
Dylan Heim, Pasadena
Jackelyn Hernandez-Cervantes, Center
Alexis Hollaway, Center
Tasha Howell, Center
Samantha Hudson, Carthage
William Jackson, Carthage
Charles Jackson, Rusk
James Jeans, Carthage
Jayla Jenkins, San Augustine
Corben Johnston, Jefferson
Erielle Kawaja, Joaquin
Promise Keshinro, Ikorodu,
Sarah Kushner, Carthage
Mallory Lambeth, Henderson
Erica Lee, Center
Justin Malnar, Garrison
Morgan Malott, Garrison
Joel Martinez Gonzalez, Tenaha
Corey McDonald, Tenaha
Jacie McGraw, Sulphur Springs
Brooklyn McNeely, Carthage
Carla McWilliams, Grand Cane, LA
Keli Miller, Timpson
Mallory Moore, Garrison
Thazin Mu, Center
Duyen Nguyen, Marshall
Cristal Noriega, Marshall
Easton Parrish, La Vernia
Alexander Patterson, Carthage
Valerie Persilver, Shreveport, LA
Maria Piedra, Carthage
Nathan Pinkston, Timpson
Roselyn Postell, Center
Lauren Powell, Carthage
Rachel Powell, Center
Ashton Powell, Decatur
Makena Radican, San Augustine
Tori Ramirez, Center
Valerie Ramirez, Center
Baylee Reed, Carthage
Shemeka Renfro, Tatum
Brandon Renteria, Center
Omar Rios, Garrison
Michael Robey, Purmela
Elisabeth Robinson, Beckville
Paulina Salazar, Center
Lah Say, Center
Harley Seaman, Beckville
Ian Simpson, Carthage
Abra Soape, Carthage
Lacey Spencer, Gilmer
Tyler Spivey, Garrison
Hannah Stallings, Santa Fe
Abbie Suggs, Kirbyville
Peyton Swearingen, Center
Aaron Tello, Center
Ryan Thompson, Frisco
Gunner Thompson, Houston
Angela Trevino, Carthage
Ethan Twomey, Tenaha
Andres Valenzuela, Carthage
Ariana Wells, Emory
Emily Wheeler, Etoile
Destini Whitehead, Joaquin
Kaci Williams, Carthage
Cassiopeia Woodworth, DeBerry
Thomas Wrehe, Keller
Talon Wright, Garrison
Zachary Zea, Rusk

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must complete the semester with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.79 with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.
The Dean's List is as follows:
Jeremy Abreu, Carolina, Pr
Andrew Acosta, Scurry
Jaylon Allison, Beckville
Claudia Alvarez, Carthage
Leia Arnold, Nacogdoches
Chesney Baker, Carthage
Baileigh Barrera, Timpson
Joshua Bartolacci, Coppell
Allison Bass, Joaquin
Calashuwa Bell, Center
Haley Binning, Logansport, La
Kaneshia Blackshire, Lufkin
Kirwa Boiwo, Grand Prairie
Jakaitlon Bolton, Shelbyville
Kimberlyn Bourliea, Carthage
Madisyn Bridges, Beckville
Sarah Brittain, Mount Enterprise
Trent Bryant, Jasper
Destiny Burton, Mansfield
Elizabeth Bustos, Center
Colby Coleson, Beckville
Luis Coronado, Marshall
Sahara Coultas, Carthage
Allison Daniels, Tyler
Nina DeJesus, Longview
Dallas Dennis, Timpson
Ashleigh Earle, Carthage
Benjamin Edwards, Longview
Crystal Galloway, Lufkin
Allyson Garrett, Joaquin
Shamry George, Joaquin
Latisha Gilbert, Gary
Jonica Glaze, Center
Neely Grover, Purvis, MS
Camden Guarnere, Baytown
Haylee Hanzel, Hemphill
Gill Hassell, Tyler
Hunter Hathcoat, Beckville
Jose Hernandez, Carthage
Shelby Horn, Carthage
Brittany Hutto, Timpson
David Jacobs, Center
Cesceily Jennings, Tatum
Kinsley Johnson, Henderson
Kayla Jones, Carthage
Sarah Kayadibi, Tyler
William Kimzey, Gary
Tucker King, Waskom
Jose Landin, Center
Brittney Leming, Waskom
Emily Lobato-Rodriguez, Nacogdoches
Caneisha Love, Marshall
Gavin Machado, Houston
Avery Malone, Carthage
Yesenia Martinez, Marshall
Molly Mason, Joaquin
Elizabeth Miles, Carthage
Melissa Mills, Shelbyville
Abram Morales, Center
Hannah Morrow, Tatum
Abbie Muckelroy, Center
Helen Muckleroy, Henderson
Summer Murray, Chireno
Dashawn Myers, Tenaha
Joseph Newman, Forest Hill, LA
Yves Nkomba, Leeds,
Kaitlyn Nutt, Carthage
Esther Oluade, London,
Ashley Ortiz, Marshall
Marlene Ovide, Longview
Kaylin Patty, Wakevillage
Tripp Penner, Carthage
Meghan Penney, Henderson
Erin Perez, Corpus Christi
Jordan Phillips, Pasadena
Amanda Pierce, Beckville
Johnnie Pollard, Marshall
Morgan Price, Mansfield, LA
Raquel Rafael, Center
Esmeralda Ramos, Center
Carter Ramsey, Timpson
Alayna Rash, Center
Kimberleigh Reed, Joaquin
Angelica Reed, Tenaha
Laura Retana, Carthage
Leslie Rhoades, Marshall
Taletha Rickards, Carthage
Riley Rieken, Arp
Alexis Russell, Marshall
Maria Sanchez, Marshall
Leah Simmons Nacogdoches
Timothy Smith, Carthage
Tanzi Stafford, Gonzales, La
Kennedy Stanley, Carthage
Lacy Stapleton, Panola
Jeremiah Steph, Tatum
Jamie Stephens, Timpson
Kaitlynn Strong, Gary
Jason Sylvester, Evadale
Miguel Tamez, Marshall
Blaine Thomas, Frisco
Thadd Turner, Nacogdoches
Chimmuanya Uwakwe, Lagos
Sergio Velazquez, Marshall
Caytlen Vowell, Waskom
Harrison Whitlock, Carthage
Abigail Wilkerson, Carthage
Holly Wink, Carthage
Danelle Womack, Marshall
Elisha Wood, Henderson
John Woodworth, DeBerry
Higinio Zamarron, Tenaha

A ribbon cutting for AmeriSpec Inspection Services was held at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce on January 6, 2021.

Received 11:00 p.m. 1/5/2021

Boil water notice for Holland Quarters Water on 959 until further notice.

Congratulations Carthage Bulldogs
4A Division II State Champions

Panola County Nursing and Rehab presented the National Honor Society with $500.

Panola Sheriff's Department, Texas Home Health, Briarcliff Nursing Center, Winkler Place and HeartsWay Hospice collected toys for Mission Carthage the month of November.

David Anderson of the Carthage Fire Department was honored as Fireman of the Year at the 2020 Fire Banquet last night.

Gene Giles presented the Chris Dickerson family with a special fireman helmet with #49 which represented Chris' badge number.

Panola College presents service awards

Panola College honored 19 faculty, staff, and board members with service awards that totaled 290 years. The awards were presented on November 17, 2020 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center during a luncheon meeting.

Dr. Greg Powell, President, and Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, presented the awards.

The recipients include:
Ten years: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith

Fifteen years: Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Johnny Middlebrook

Twenty years: Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood

Twenty-five years: Darrell Hudson

Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith, Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood, Darrell Hudson

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November 16, 2020 Carthage ISD School Board Meeting  Agenda Page 1

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On Thursday November 12th, John Wink signed a "voluntary separation agreement" and "release of claims". The agreement was between CISD and John Wink, individually.

During a special-called Board of Trustee's meeting that began at 3:00 PM on Thursday afternoon, the CISD Board of Trustees voted to accept Wink's "voluntary separation" with a vote of 6 to 1 with Board Trustee Elzie Hicks voting against the acceptance of Wink's letter.

In a second motion during that same meeting, Jim Dunlap was chosen as interim superintendent. That was a unanimous vote by the Board.

Wink, who was hired in January of 2019 was given at that time a 3-year contract at $190,000 per year. The "voluntary separation agreement" and "release claims" stated that Wink would receive $199,500 and that he would remain on call by phone through the effective resignation date, which would be the earlier of (1) January 20, 2021 or (2) the first day of Wink's employment in another school district.

Carthage Independent School District Superintendent, John Wink, who was hired January 7, 2019, voluntarily separated from the school district on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

The Carthage Independent School District Board of Trustees voted at approximately 3:35 p.m. in open session Thursday afternoon to accept Wink's voluntary separation agreement and release of all claims.

In a second motion during that same meeting, the board appointed Jim Dunlap as Carthage Independent School District Interim Superintendent.

Mr. Dunlap is a Carthage High School graduate, graduating in 1965. He attended both Panola College and Stephen F. Austin, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree.

Dunlap did post graduate work at Texas A&M and Lamar Universities. Mr. Dunlap has worked in Public Education for over 48 years.

Jim Dunlap named interim Superintendent for Carthage Independent School District.

Carthage ISD School Board, November 12, 2020

Carthage ISD School Board, November 12, 2020

After public comment and closed session of the Carthage ISD School Board this afternoon, John Wink, Superintendent voluntarily resigned effective immediately. Jim Dunlap has been selected as interim Superintendent.


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

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.