Per Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, Panola County is under a Shelter in Place Order effective 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020.

Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones, has confirmed Panola County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

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

Schedule Changes/Closures

Schedule Changes/Closures

Updated Saturday, March 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

March 31 Commissioners' Court Meeting

March 31 Commissioners' Court Meeting

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

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

This update from the City of Carthage.

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

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

For all emergencies, CALL 911.

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

Press Release from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones

Press Release from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones

March 18, 2020

Information from Carthage Main Street

Information from Carthage Main Street

March 17, 2020

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

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

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


A message from First Baptist Church of Carthage

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

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

All UIL Activities Suspended Due to COVID-19

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


Workforce Centers Operations During COVID-19 Situation

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

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

The Carthage Book Club met on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the lovely home of Robert and Mary Ella Sherman. Hostesses Twink Ross and Mrs. Sherman greeted members with a cup of Irish coffee. Tables were adorned with beautiful embroidered table cloths and fresh flower arrangements in Spring colors. Mrs. Ross gave the invocation and everyone was invited into the dining room for a traditional Irish Tea of blueberry scones, cucumber sandwiches, and cookies.

After everyone had finished eating, President Twink Ross presented her program "When Irish Eyes Are Calling: From Ireland to Texas". She began by saying that her favorite place to travel is Ireland. She loves the full Irish breakfasts, the thatched roof cottages, the sound of sheep on the mountainside, the lighthouses, and all the beautiful shades of green. Hence the nickname for Ireland - The Emerald Isle. The cities of Dublin and Belfast are also favorites. She and her husband, Taylor, enjoyed the friendliness of the people, their zest for life and their love of music. From light and cheerful "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" to the more somber and melancholy "Danny Boy".

Mrs. Ross told how the Irish suffered a great catastrophe in the 1840's with a potato blight that destroyed the main food source for the people of Ireland. Within a few years, over one million died of starvation. Many survivors left and emigrated to Britain, Australia and the United States for a better life. Over 34.5 million Americans claim some Irish ancestry.

The predominately Presbyterian Scotch-Irish became the quintessential frontier people in America. They were constantly moving West in search of farm land. These adventurous Scotch-Irish included such legendary names as Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Stonewall Jackson, Jim Bowie, Colonel William B. Travis, Stephen F. Austin, and President Andrew Jackson.

Then Mrs. Ross told how her Scotch-Irish ancestors left Georgia after the Civil War headed to Texas searching for a better life. She told of the struggles they had and the lives that were lost before the Sittons finally settled in Nacogdoches County in 1867. Her large family was very close and the love of music was evident, with each of her Dad's 7 siblings having a piano in their home. Music was the common denominator in each home. She ended with the thought that as individuals, we know we are a result of our own experiences, but hopefully, we will also realize we are partially a result of the experiences of our ancestors. And we are richer for this.

After her program, President Ross called the meeting to order. Kay Hubbard lead the club in the Collect.
Secretary Jean Bunyard called the roll and read the minutes. Tresa Joffrion gave the Treasurer's report.
Kay Thomas gave an update on the Spring Event planned for April 24. The guest speaker will be Rose-Mary Rumbley. It will be at 1:00pm in the Murphy-Payne Room in the M. P. Baker Library on the Panola College campus.

After the business part of the meeting, President Ross thanked her other hostess Mary Ella Sherman. She also gave a special thank you to Mary Ella's mother, Mary Lou Davis. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Toni Biggs, Reporter

Picture: Twink Ross and Mary Ella Sherman, Hostesses

M.P. Baker Library to Host Asian Art Exhibit

M.P. Baker Library to Host Asian Art Exhibit

A unique collection of Asian Art will be on display in the Fay Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. The collected items are derived from several Asian countries including Korea, Japan, and China. These items have been generously donated to Panola College by Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln King. Featured items include a Korean Celadon dish from the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) with a floral interior, a Korean pale Celadon dish from the Yi Dynasty (1392-1597), Japanese woodblock print of "Early Autumn at Itako" (Itako no Hatsuaki) by Kawase Hasui, a picture of a Japanese woodblock print scroll of five war scenes by Migita Toshihide, as well as a variety of other paintings, scrolls, and artifacts.

Mr. King taught history at Gary for 30 years. While serving there he initiated the Loblolly magazine, a local oral history project inspired by the "Foxfire Book". It was first published in 1973 and ran until fall of 2003. After rearing the couple's three sons, Mrs. King returned to college and completed her Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees. She then taught English for Panola College until her retirement in 2002. Lincoln and Mary Nell were well traveled and able to acquire many interesting collections. The Asian Art Collection on exhibit was collected by Mr. King while serving with the United States Army and stationed in Korea.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library. Friends and family of Mr. King are cordially invited to celebrate the exhibit with him and hear the stories associated with the collection. The exhibit is 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 4-9pm. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email

Message  from Sheriff Lake

Message from Sheriff Lake

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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

Book Blessings is in full swing

Book Blessings is in full swing

The countywide project distributes free summer reading books for kindergarten and first grade students through a book fair, which will be held at Carthage First United Methodist Church May 4-7. This is the second year for Book Blessings, which gave five reading books of their choosing to every kindergarten and first grade student at Carthage Primary. In addition, all students received two grade appropriate books selected for them by educators. Books were made available through community donations of new and gently used books and through monetary donations by individuals and organizations.

The success of last year's project led the Book Blessings committee to expand this year's fair to Beckville and Gary kindergarten and first grade students.

All book fair participants receive a book bag to decorate, participate in a story time with related activities, have refreshments, and play on the playground.

Books may be deposited in collection boxes at the following locations: Carthage Primary, Beckville Sunset Elementary, Gary Elementary, and the Sammy Brown Library. Also Deadwood, St. Andrew's, Murvaul, Rehobeth, Mt. Zion, Bethel, and Carthage First United Methodist churches. Monetary donations may be made at Carthage FUMC, 201 South Shelby. Checks should be made to Carthage FUMC with Book Blessings on the memo line. Questions may be directed to 903-693-5227. Deadline for donations is April 24.

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.

Updated Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm:

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. today, Panola County Deputies attempted to stop a passenger car on Business 59 north, just shorth of Carthage. The vehicle appeared to have been involved in a collision due to extensive damage to the passenger side and the front bumper partially hanging off. The vehicle failed to stop for deputies and continued to travel into Carthage on Business 59. The pursuit continued through the city of Carthage and back on to the loop at FM 10. The vehicle began swerving at oncoming traffic and driving on the wrong side of the loop as officers pursued. It was also traveling up the opposite traffic exit ramps on the loop and then back on to the loop numerous times. This vehicle was later stopped on US Highway 79 North just past the river after colliding with one of the Panola County Sheriff's units. Suspect then fled on foot but was quickly apprehended by Panola County Deputies. The suspect has been giving different names, so he is still being properly identified by detention staff. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident, We are very thankful for that. We want to thank both of our Constables, the Carthage Police Department and DPS for assisting in this pursuit.

This is Sheriff Kevin Lake reporting


Car chase around loop over 100 miles an hour, sometime on the wrong side of the road ends Tuesday at approximately 3:30 just east of the Sabine River on highway 79 North. Panola County Sheriff's Office, DPS, Constable and the City of Carthage were all involved in the pursuit. Stay tuned at 5:00 for full story.

Panola College to host mobile mammography

Panola College to host mobile mammography

The Christus Good Shepherd Mobile Breast Center mammography van will be at Panola College from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. To schedule an appointment, call 903-315-2130. Appointments are limited to ensure adequate time for each exam, so anyone interested is encouraged to call soon.

Christus Good Shepherd will accept and file insurance at the normal rate for a mammogram and radiologist reading, or women may pay $99 for a discounted cash rate.

The Mobile Breast Center is equipped with advanced digital technology. Screenings are performed by all-female, advanced level certified mammography staff members. Digital mammography provides early diagnosis, saving thousands of women's lives each year.

Women who are 40 and older should have a mammogram annually. Women are not eligible for the Mobile Breast Center mammogram if they have been diagnosed with breast cancer; are currently being treated for breast cancer; have a problem such as a lump, skin changes or discharge; are currently breast feeding or have breast fed within the past nine months.

"We are proud to offer this much-needed diagnostic tool at Panola College," said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. "Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. We encourage women to call and make their appointments early. The last appointment for the day will be scheduled at 2:45 p.m."

Cook takes Home the Gold!

Cook takes Home the Gold!

Logan Cook, of Alto, TX, won the Tie Down Roping, Saddlebronc, and Men's All-Around this past weekend at the Texas A&M-Commerce Rodeo to lead the Panola Rodeo Team to a third place finish overall.

Teammates Daylon Swearingen, Blake Griffin, Grayson Royer, Michael Womack, and Macon Murphy added points to the team's success. Swearingen, the reigning National Champion Bull Rider, scored big in the long go by winning the bull riding and tied for third in the bareback. Blake Griffin, a sophomore from Center, Tx, along with his partner took third overall in the team roping. Grayson Royer, a freshman from Tyler, scored points by placing 2nd in the long go in bareback. Michael Womack, a sophomore from Bastrop, LA, added points to the team totals with a 5th place finish in the saddle bronc. Macon Murphy, of Keatchie, LA, wound up the points for the team as he placed 6th in the long go in the tie down roping.
McKynzie Bush, of Center, TX, finished second in the barrel racing to lead the Women's Team this weekend.
As the race for the College National Finals comes down to the final three rodeos, the Panola team is currently sitting 4th in the Southern Region, and only the top two teams qualify for Nationals. In each event the top three qualify for the National Finals. The Panola Team has several pushing for those top spots. Team Roper Healer Clayton Lowery and his partner are ranked #1; Logan Cook, who has qualified for the CNFR 4 straight years is currently sitting 2nd in saddle bronc; Freshman, Chase Runfola is 4th in the bullriding; Blake Griffin and his partner are ranked 7th in the team roping; McKenzie Bush has moved to 6th in the barrel racing as the only member of the women's team ranked in the Southern Region.

The Panola Ponies are getting in the practice over the next few weeks before they head to the Texas A&M Rodeo March 14th and 15th.

Panola College Men's Basketball to host open tryout

Are you interested in becoming part of the Panola Ponies Men's Basketball team? Panola College will be hosting an open tryout on Sunday, Apr. 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. To register, visit and fill out the online form. A registration fee of $45 is required and must be paid online. The tryout will be limited to 40 participants.

The Carthage Service League presented a $20,000 check to the Carthage Police Department to go toward purchase of protective gear.

The Carthage Service League also presented a $20,000 check to the Panola County Sheriff's Office for purchase of protective gear.

These funds are made possible by proceeds from the Thrift Shop on the Carthage Square.

ACLU files suit against the cities of Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Rusk, Gary, and Wells over anti-abortion ordinances.

Panola College Scholarship Application Now Available

The 2020-2021 Panola College scholarship application is now available through March 31. Visit to apply. Scholarships are open to students attending Panola College during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, encourages students to apply in order to take advantage of this opportunity. "Last year, Panola College awarded over 120 scholarships because of the generosity of our donors," she said. "This year, we hope to be able to award even more."

First State Bank & Trust Co. Endows Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Chris Dickerson at Panola College

First State Bank & Trust Co. Endows Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Chris Dickerson at Panola College

On Thursday, January 30 First State Bank & Trust Co. presented Jessica Pace, director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be used to endow the Chris Dickerson Memorial Scholarship, honoring fallen deputy, Chris Dickerson.

Chris Dickerson was born January 17, 1991 in Marshall, Texas. He was killed in the line of duty December 31, 2019 in Gary, Texas. Chris graduated from Carthage High School in 2009 and attended Aviation School in Norfolk, Virginia while serving in the Texas Army National Guard. He graduated from the Kilgore Police Academy and served as a deputy and member of the Panola County Honor Guard for the Panola County Sheriff's Department. On September 18, 2010 Chris and Krista LaNae Edge married and have two daughters, Kensley and Chelsey Dickerson.

"First State Bank felt that after the tragedy of Chris Dickerson, we wanted to make an effort to support the first responders of Panola County. We felt that establishing a scholarship with Panola College would be a great way to offer support for generations to come," said Gene Giles, President of First State Bank. "First State Bank has always been supportive of first responders. In fact, we have several currently working at the bank. We felt that it was not only our responsibility, but that we wanted to do something for the community."

The Chris Dickerson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola College student. Dependents of Panola County first responder(s) are eligible to apply. First responders include peace officers, firefighting personnel, and paramedics.

Photo (Left to Right): Kevin Smith, Jim Payne, Jessica Pace, Gene Giles, and David Murphy

Statement from Carthage ISD's Facebook on January 13, 2020

Carthage ISD is aware of a social media message sent to one student saying do not come to school today. We are taking all precautions to ensure everyone's safety. We are currently working with law enforcement and extra security measures are being taken.

From Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones: As of February 15, 2020, the severe weather warning CODERED will be replaced by RAVE. Please go sign up today at the Panola County website and sign up with RAVE.

Click on the RAVE ALERT at the bottom of the screen and fill out your information to receive alerts. Your CODERED sign up will NOT transfer so you will need to re-sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Emergency Management Coordinator, Tommy Earle, at 903-693-0318. Please feel free to share. Thank you and have a blessed day.

12/31/2019 UPDATE:

from Elaine Etheridge

Authorities say Gregory Newsom is in custody in this morning's fatal shooting of a Panola County sheriff's deputy.

At around 9:20 a.m. the Carthage Fire Department responded to a fire at the KGAS FM tower on County Road 110. KGAS-FM 104.3 will be back on as soon as possible.