President Donald Trump Rally in Dallas

President Donald Trump Rally in Dallas

President Donald Trump arrives in Dallas. One of our local resident is attending and sent a few pictures.

Photo credit: Cindy Green

Ryan Harris receives Built Ford Tough Player of the Week

Ryan Harris receives Built Ford Tough Player of the Week

Ryan Harris of the Beckville Bearcats was named the Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for the State of Texas. Baylor Bardwell and Kiesha Burchette of Excel Ford presented the award.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5620 sponsoring youth essay contests

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5620 is again sponsoring two youth essay contests for Panola County students in grades 6-12. Local winners receive cash awards and advance to district and state competition for thousands of dollars in scholarship awards.

The Voice of Democracy contest is open for students in grades 9 through 12 who write an essay on a patriotic theme and record their essay on a CD or thumb drive. The state winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete on the national level. The national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.

The Patriot's Pen contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8. Students express their opinions on a patriotic theme in a written essay. State winners compete for a total of $91,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds with the national winner receiving a $5,000 award.

Entries for both contests are available by contacting contest chairman John Foster at 903-693-8607. The contest is open to all public school, private school and home-schooled students who are encouraged to participate. The entry deadline is Oct. 31 for both contests.

Reward Offered

Reward Offered

From the Panola County Sheriff's Department:

This is an updated missing person poster for Lauren Thompson. Her family has now posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Lauren Thompson. No new information has been obtained in the past few weeks. We continue to follow-up on this case.

Panola College inducts new members to honor society

Panola College inducts new members to honor society

Panola College inducted new members into the Pi Beta Chapter of the national Phi Theta Kappa honor society on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The induction ceremony was held in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

Phi Theta Kappa advisors Emily Zabcik, Chasity Klingler and Roberta Collinsworth, professors of math, along with Mitchell Fountain, Phi Theta Kappa President, inducted the new members. Cristie Ferguson, Panola College Director of Library Services was the speaker.

New inductees include Corey Branton, Timpson; Sarah Kushner, Carthage; Cami Hicks, Carthage; Jason Tillman, Beckville; Perla Mateos, Center; McKenzie Ingram, Beckville; Covie Latham, Beckville; Jaycee Coleman, Beckville; Hannah Menefee, Tenaha, and Hunter Gibson, Shelbyville.

The Pi Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is a long-standing organization at Panola College. Members may attend monthly meetings and participate in community service projects. To be eligible for Phi Theta Kappa membership, Panola College students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above, and have completed a minimum of 12 transferable hours through Panola College.


From left, Phi Theta Kappa President Mitchell Fountain, Jason Tillman, Perla Mateos, Sarah Kushner, Cami Hicks, Corey Branton, and PTK Treasurer Milagros Luna.

Panola College to host Sonja Howard art exhibit -

Panola College to host Sonja Howard art exhibit - "Do You See What I See?"

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of artwork by Sonja Howard from October 14 - November 8, 2019 in the Fay Allison Gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 2:30pm.

Sonja Howard was born in East Texas. Having grown up in a small town she developed her love of nature, art, and the outdoors. Throughout her life, Sonja has always been interested in art and admired how the various styles, mediums, and techniques used by artists can help to open the eyes of others. She was originally drawn to oil painting, but then began to branch out into other areas, such as watercolor, acrylic, ink, charcoal, and colored pencil. Her artistic influences began in grade school, where she was told there would be very little opportunity for her to improve her talent in the arts. This only increased her desire to prove the doubters wrong, which she has done.

In retirement Sonja began developing the many options available to her using the different painting mediums, and advancing her skills by painting still life, landscapes, and portraits. (Many of these have been sold in Houston). She has in recent years studied under various artists, including Gaye Sekula in New Braunfels, Tommy Thompson and Patty Lowrie in Port Lavaca and Amanda Clements at Panola College. She also studies other artists' works and continues to attend workshops to learn new techniques.

Under Gaye Sekula she was introduced to color theory, and impressionistic oil painting. Sonja continues to attend workshops of Gaye's when possible. Her favorite workshop was in Taos, New Mexico where she painted the beautiful red hills made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe. These oils were all done in plein air.

While living in Port Lavaca she belonged to the Port Lavaca Art League, receiving several ribbons at their Spring Art Show: Judge's Choice, Best of Class, and First Place. Her winning entry was "Beyond the Dunes", an oil seascape.

Sonja's time in Clayton, Texas although short, has proven to be very productive for her. She now has her own studio and was fortunate to attend Panola College and study drawing under Professor Amanda Clements. Recently she joined the Marshall Art League, and paints and sketches with the league's live portrait and still life groups. Sonja enjoys every minute she spends in her studio, where she can paint anything she wishes on any given day. Her paintings are admired by all who see them. Some of her favorite moments include searching resale shops for old frames to refurbish for her paintings, and most of all, meeting other artists, some of whom become close lifelong friends.

When in retirement Sonja Howard started studying art and soon realized that no two people see things the same. Our understanding of what we see is influenced by our life experiences, the value we place on details, and especially the emotion we feel at the time of observation. This began Sonja's search of different mediums, styles, techniques, and subject matter. Please join us for this exhibit. It includes something for everyone: oil, colored pencil, watercolor, and acrylic mediums, and subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes, to still life and portraits. Sonja would like to meet as many of you as possible. She encourages you to make comments on her work and let her know "how you see it."

Sonja's desire as an artist is to paint something that has feeling and soul for the viewer.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public during the library's operating hours Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm and Sunday 4-9 pm. For additional information please call 903-693

TheatreFest 2019

TheatreFest 2019

King, students recognized at statewide theatre event

Panola College students, along with drama professor Karen King, earned recognition at the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) Theatrefest 2019 in Dallas, September 25-29. King was presented with the 2019 TETA Founders Award.
Students participating were selected to serve as interns during the event. They include Bethany Crowe, Eric Dominguez, JoBeth Eddings, Raven Farmer, Justin Gonzales, Austin Graham, Haley Green, Tony Jeter, Clayton Jones, Keath Kibbey, Nicholas McCalister, Maria Mejia, Sarah Owens, Abigail Parrish, Peyton Proffitt, Hannah Williams and Catalina Zoyoquila.
Bethany Crowe, a current Panola student, won the TETA's GOT TALENT Show. Universities were on hand for student auditions during the event, and Keath Kibbey received an acceptance letter from the University of Texas at Arlington, and scholarships offers from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Lutheran, University of the Incarnate Word, Texas A&M Commerce, and others.
"Our Panola College students were chosen to go to TETA and were awarded internships, which meant that these students had rooms at the Hyatt Regency Reunion Tower, convention fees of $120 per student, and eight meals comped for the five-day event. This amounted to a value of around $12,000," King said.

Karen King, Panola College drama professor, accepts the 2019 TETA Founders Award. With her is Matt Perry, theatre director for Martinsville High School.

Bonnie & Clyde come to Carthage!

Bonnie & Clyde come to Carthage!

Texas Comedies (who brought you last spring's Murder in Carthage) returns to the Esquire Theater November 2nd, 2019 with Gangsters: A Bonnie & Clyde Musical Comedy.

From the opening scene in a Carthage, Texas barbershop (true story), you'll experience the Bonnie and Clyde saga like never before. Loosely based on the memoir of lawman Ted Hinton, as well as eyewitness and newspaper accounts of their villainous exploits, this "mostly true" production brings mixes comedy and live music with robbery, murder and mayhem.

About Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious outlaws from West Dallas who, as part of the Barrow Gang, traveled across central United States, committing robberies and murders during the Great Depression. Their exploits riveted the entire nation in the early 1930s, until.... well, you know...

Cast and Ensemble
The cast includes: Heath Allyn, Shelley Auer, Taylor Baker, Dan Dalbout, Joshua Meindertsma, Megan Moore Ortiz and Phil Rodriguez. The live band features Jonathan Hoyle, Gabe Ceballos and John Cecil.

About Texas Comedies
Texas Comedies is led by producing director John Cecil. They produce shows in Austin, and perform throughout Texas. Recent original shows include The Feud (about the Sutton-Taylor feud in the 1870s), Prohibition (about banning booze in Texas in 1918), Alamo Aftermath (yup) and Murders & Moontowers (later becoming Murders in Carthage). Texas Comedies' touring shows are partially supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Beginning Monday, September 30, 2019, the Splash Pad will be open only on weekends. Saturday hours: 10am-7pm; Sunday hours: 1pm-6pm

Splash Pad will close for the winter in November.

Panola College named a

Panola College named a "2019 Great College to Work For"

Panola College is once again named one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Great Colleges to Work For program.

The results, released today in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education are based on a survey of 236 colleges and universities. In all, 85 of the 236 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies, only 25 of these were two-year colleges. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Panola College included among the small universities with 500 to 2,999 students.

Panola College was also placed on the Honor Roll as one of only 42 colleges across the nation as a stand out college in its size category.

Panola College won honors in 9 categories this year:

•Compensation and Benefits
•Confidence in Senior Leadership
•Facilities, Workspaces and Security
•Job Satisfaction
•Professional/Career Development Programs
•Respect and Appreciation
•Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship
•Teaching Environment (Faculty only)
•Work/Life Balance

"This is a very satisfying affirmation of Panola College, but our real goal is not recognition - it's being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual. In that sense, everyone at Panola College helps to make this a great place to work," said Panola College President, Greg Powell.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

"An institution's "human capital" is its most important asset and often its largest expense. It only makes sense to protect that investment," said Rich Boyer, Senior Consultant at ModernThink. More than simply protecting that asset, the colleges and universities recognized in this year's Great Colleges to Work For program demonstrate their commitment to the day-to-day experience of their faculty and staff and the overall health of their institution's culture."

The Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit the Great College Program website at

ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

High School Football on October 18, 2019 - all games begin at 7:30:

High School Football on October 18, 2019 - all games begin at 7:30:

High School Football Schedule for Friday, October 18 - all games begin at 7:30

The broadcast of the Carthage Homecoming game vs Chapel Hill will begin at 6:45. The game will begin at 7:30 on KGAS-FM 104.3 and live streamed at

Timpson @ Joaquin can be heard on KGAS-AM 1590, KGAS-FM 103.7 and Teamline

Tenaha @ Harleton will be broadcast on Teamline

Beckville @ Garrison can be heard on Teamline

Elysian Fields @ Waskom will be broadcast on KMHT-AM 1450 and Teamline



The Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc. has announced Karen King as the recipient of the 2019 Founders Award. King came to Panola College in 2013 as professor of drama and director of the theatre department.

TETA will present her award during Theatrefest 2019, Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 26-29 in Dallas.

King is an active member of TETA, the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials organization, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She also works closely with the University Interscholastic League and hosts one-act play contests at Panola College each year. She is house manager for the 4A-6A UIL OAP State Meet. She has also served as an adjudicator for the State Film Festival. King edits Texas Theatre Notes, and currently serves as communications officer for the Two-Year Colleges Focus Group at ATHE.

The Houston native graduated from Cy-Fair High School, where she studied under Elizabeth R. Hedges, long-time Panola College drama professor. She earned her bachelor's degree from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University - Commerce), where she double-majored in drama and English literature. She worked for MGM/UA in California, starting in accounting, co-edited the studio's newspaper, and, in 1986, was hired as the first employee of The Bedford Falls Company. As assistant to the producers, she worked on "About Last Night," "Legends of the Fall," and "Glory." She also earned an Emmy Certificate for 1987 Best Drama for her work as assistant producer on "thirty-something." She worked closely with the Academy's Education Program, and in 1990, became a student mentor with the American Film Institute, working with graduate students on films including the award-winning "In the Name of the Father."

In 1993, King returned to Texas and began her education career with a Dallas charter school before moving to Hillsboro High School as theatre director. She continued her education, joining the inaugural class for the University of Houston's master's degree program for theatre educators. She completed her Master's in Theatre Arts in 2010.

In 2013, King joined the Panola College faculty as drama professor and director of theatre. To date, her students have won numerous awards at both the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Texas Community College Theatre Association Play festivals. In 2016, their production of Kabuki Lady Macbeth was chosen as the showcase production for the Regional Festival, and Nikki Lawhorn was chosen as the Regional Dramaturgy winner, and was afforded a trip to the National KCACTF in Washington, D.C. For TCCTA, Panola College has brought home four Superior Play Ratings as well as over 142 awards for students and productions, including last year's Best Director of a Play and the Sherrie White Memorial Award for Best Ensemble of a Play.

Karen King lives in Carthage with her husband Paul and her cairn terrier, William Wallace II.

PHOTO CAPTION: Karen King, professor of drama, Panola College.

M.P. Baker & Sammy Brown Libraries to Co-Host Local Author Event

M.P. Baker & Sammy Brown Libraries to Co-Host Local Author Event

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will be co-hosting a local author showcase with the Sammy Brown Public Library on Monday, October 21st from 2:00 - 4:00 PM in the Murphy-Payne Community Rooms at Panola College. Five East Texas area authors will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their various works. Authors include Ryan Burchett, Dr. Barbara Cordell, Bill O'Neal, Elizabeth Powell, and Louis Powell. Several genres will be represented at the event.

Ryan Burchett is the pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. Ryan graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and with his Master of Arts in Church Ministries from the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas.

In Walking Together Through Trials: And How God is STILL Good, Ryan tells the story of the ongoing challenges he and his wife, Lindsie, face through her dealings with ataxic cerebral-palsy with neuropathy. Told from his perspective as the caregiver, Ryan is open and honest about the inner struggles he faces, along with Lindsie's physical challenges and how both endure through various challenges, trials, and some victories.

Dr. Barbara Cordell holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Health Counseling and Education, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas and several certificates in Holistic Nursing.

Dr. Cordell has published 30+ academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, including three on Auto-Brewery Syndrome. Her work has appeared on National Public Radio, 20/20, and BBC. Cordell is a holistic nurse with forty years of experience and dozens of published articles including research on Auto-Brewery Syndrome (ABS). When her husband Joe, was diagnosed with ABS she took a deep dive into the literature and research in order to help him and others get well by writing a book on the science and stories of the rare disease.

In My Gut Makes Alcohol!, Dr. Cordell takes a close look at all the science, new and old that surrounds ABS. She reveals the painful experiences of ABS patients and in doing so, exposes the medical community's resistance to new knowledge and potential for cruelty.

Texas author, Bill O'Neal has written more than forty books and three hundred articles and book reviews on the American West, including gunfighters, lawmen, and ghost towns; Country music, with emphasis on Texas artists; baseball, such as his study of the Texas League, and children's books, including one on the first Thanksgiving held in Texas. O'Neal's latest non-fiction title is Billy and Olive Dixon: The Plainsman and His Lady.

Billy Dixon triggered the most celebrated shot in the history of the West at the Battle of Adobe Walls in 1874. A few months later, while serving as an army scout, Billy earned a Medal of Honor during an even more desperate engagement, as one of six men battling for their lives against a band of 125 warriors at the Buffalo Wallow Fight. Both of these actions took place in the Texas Panhandle, where Dixon became an icon of heroism.

A fellow adventure-seeker, Olive King, came to the Panhandle from back East to visit her cowboy brothers. She became a frontier schoolmarm and she met her famous neighbor, Billy Dixon. Billy and Olive fell in love, married, and had eight children. In later years, Olive persuaded Billy to dictate his memoirs to her, and the result was a classic frontier biography, Life of Billy Dixon: Plainsman, Scout and Pioneer. Their story is captured in Mr. O'Neal's manuscript.

Beth Powell grew up in the small East Texas town of Carthage where she still lives today. In 2005, Beth retired from her career of 34 years as an income tax professional. After retirement, she and her husband, Louis, traveled as much as possible. They have 5 married children and enjoy 15 grandchildren.

In 2010, her husband began going on mission trips. She did not want to go and was not happy being left home alone. But, through time, God changed her heart. In 2018, Beth began a year long journey with a new friend in China. The two have never met, but their hearts are forever joined in friendship and Christian love. This extraordinary friendship caused her to step way outside the box of her happy normal life. Encouraged by her husband, she began to write the story of this friendship. It became a book, Ying Yue and Me. She grew up hearing that God can use anyone, and has chosen to live that truth.

Louis Powell has centered his life around family and work. In July 2010, the day after burying his mother, he left on his first mission trip with his church. It was to Ghana, Africa. The trip changed his life in a profound way and left him with a burning desire to help bring Christian awareness to others, especially those who cannot read. He began to teach about Jesus Christ and the Bible, domestically and then internationally. Through his non-profit organization, Unless They Hear, he distributed thousands of audio Bibles that reached into 50 countries.

Louis has a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University. He has taught and witnessed to people in 17 countries in Latin America, the Amazon Jungle, Europe, and Asia, and specifically China, having made 19 trips there.

His life changed focus when a young Chinese lady asked him, "Will I be alone in heaven while my family and all my ancestors will be burning in hell, since I am the only family member to hear about Jesus?" For the next several years, Louis concentrated his studies on answering this question from the pages of the Bible. Gaining much more than the answer to this one question, he wrote Seven Resurrections, which mixes God's plan of salvation with detailed End Time explanations. Louis explains the seven resurrection events of the Bible and presents them as an important truth that many overlook in their biblical studies.

The casual event will give community members an opportunity to visit with these East Texas authors while hearing about their books. For those interested in learning how to publish their own work, these authors can provide more insight into the process. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please contact the M.P. Baker Library (903-693-2052) or the Sammy Brown Library (903-693-6741).