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 email@example.com (903) 808-7812. To sponsor online, the Masterworks giving portal can be found at https://www.letu.edu/fine-arts/fine-arts-masterworks.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Teresa Dennard at email@example.com. 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:
UP COMING COVID-19 SHOT
THURSDAY MARCH 25TH
PLEASE CALL TOMMY EARLE PANOLA COUNTY EMC,
903-693-0318 TO MAKE APPOINTMENT
IF NO ANSWER PLEASE LEAVE MESSAGE
WILL BE CHECKING MESSEAGES ALL WEEKEND
WILL START SCHEDULING THIS WEEKEND
Kristopher Sparks Memorial 5K and Rainbow Run - 2021
Saturday, April 8 - 8:00 a.m.
Northside Christian Academy
108 E Ash - Carthage, Texas
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. The exhibit will also be available through the Library's webpage: https://libguides.panola.edu/ExhibitsandLectures
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.
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.
Panola County Elections Administrator
Panola County AgriLife Extension will be closed Tuesday, February 16th due to severe inclement winter weather conditions.
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 email@example.com or visit https://bit.ly/RequestAnAdvisingAppointment to request an appointment with an academic advisor. Registration is open now through March 11.
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 www.panola.edu 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 www.panola.edu 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
Camden Cordray, Center
Jacob Cox, Joaquin
Brent Dance, Center
Mister Davis, Longview
Cody Deen, Shreveport, La
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
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
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.
Just received an email from Carthage ISD Athletic Department:
Due to Covid-19, Gatesville has cancelled our football game for Friday, November 13, 2020 and Gatesville has forfeited.
Panola College Drama to present 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine
Panola College Drama presents 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine by Don Zolidis, produced by special permission from Playscripts, Inc. The production will livestream Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $6.00 and may be purchased at http://panola.booktix.com/.
If you are spending a long time at home, it can be a challenge to keep yourself occupied. Luckily, 10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine is full of handy solutions, from putting on a musical with your dog, to becoming an announcer for a made-up sport, to falling in love with an inanimate object. Whether or not you are inspired to take up origami and squirrel observation, this flexible new play by Don Zolidis, specifically written for actors to perform online, is sure to bring a laugh to anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly indoors.
The production takes the audience through 10 scenarios hosted by Zachary Zea, Sophomore, Rusk, and Austin Graham, Sophomore, Emory who visit their classmates via Zoom to see how they're handling quarantine. The show stars in order of appearance Peter - Jadeon Lewis, freshman, Mt. Enterprise; Lou - Nick McCalister, Rusk, sophomore; Ella - Ashton Powell, Decauter, sophomore, Josie - Bethany Crowe, Kennard, sophomore; Cameron- Seth Sanders, Shelbyville, sophomore; Jolene - Faith Gatlin, Mt. Enterprise, sophomore; Pascal - Evan Howell, Lindale, sophomore; D'Angelo - Jonathan Hicks, Waskom, sophomore; Tash- Allison Teasdale, Kennard, freshman; Marvin - David Bordelon, Broaddus, freshman; Alain- Riley Morgan, Kennard, freshman; Bailey - Allison Endlsey, Huntington, freshman; Sahra - Arianna Wells, Emory, freshman; Reagan - Ashley Harkness, Shelbyville, freshman; Alison - JoBeth Eddings, Deleon-Jewitt; sophomore; Torrance - Maverick Johnson, Cushing, freshman; Jules - Alissa Lee, Center, freshman; Neima - Sarolyn Musick, Gary, freshman; Anna- Emily Wheeler, Huntington, freshman; Lucas - Omar Rios, Garrison, freshman; Lyn - Tayla Jones, Mansfield, LA, freshman; Toby - Matt Keepers, Centerville, freshman; Rachel - Leah Simmons, Broaddus, freshman; Anya - Carli Morton, Woden, freshman; Jeff - Peyton Swearingen, Timpson, sophomore; and Ashley - Mercy Cross, Broaduss, freshman. Technical Crew consisted of Assistant Director/Dramaturge - Caitlyn Jackson, Winnie, sophomore; Stage/Production Manager/Background Designs - Eric Dominguez, DeLeon-Jewitt, sophomore; Technical Director - Zach Zea, Emory, sophomore; Cinematographer - Evan Howell, Lindale, sophomore; Best Boy/Clapper - Nick McCalister, Rusk, sophomore; Props - Lyn Birmingham, Burlington, freshman; Background Designs/Costumes - Laura Eddings, Broaddus, sophomore; Sound - Jermaine Lawrence - Broaddus, freshman. The show is directed by Karen King.
The production may be viewed via a Smart TV with internet capabilities, desktops, laptops, tablets, or phones. Upon receipt of payment, each patron will receive an email with a link to the livestream. Tickets are limited in viewing availability - make your reservation today.
Panola College names new music building "Frances B. Ross Music Building"
At its monthly meeting on Monday, October 26, the Panola College Board of Trustees officially named the soon-to-be constructed music building the Frances B. Ross Music Building, after long-time benefactor Frances B. Ross.
Mrs. Ross regularly and generously supported Panola College. In fact, those fortunate to hear our band perform are listening to instruments purchased with financial contributions made by Mrs. Ross. She has also established two scholarships that will continue to help students in perpetuity. Her final legacy to the College was a gift that made the construction of the music building possible. The College is forever grateful to Mrs. Ross.
Additionally, the Board named the band hall located inside the music building the Evelyn Sharp Band Hall, after long-time Trustee Evelyn Sharp.
Mrs. Sharp served on the Board of Trustees for twenty-six years. The Sharp family's affiliation with the College dates back to its beginning. Mrs. Sharp's father-in-law was among the initial 1948 faculty. The family, and of course Mrs. Sharp, have been strong and generous supporters of Panola College for many decades. The College appreciates Mrs. Sharp and her dedication to its success.
Instruction in the Frances B. Ross Music Building is set to begin in January 2022.
On Saturday, October 24, 2020, US Representative Louie Gohmert spoke at the presentation of the State Antiquities Landmark plaque at the Old Jail in Carthage.
He stated that Panola County has been blessed as there is so much history here and emphasized how important it is to preserve that history.
Gohmert stated, "Everybody knows the old saying... those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it. Most of those folks don't know the corollary to that which is... those that do learn from history will find new ways to mess it up. However, that's another lesson for another time."
The Congressman continued, "Preserving history is a lot of work and it takes money but it is so critical that we remember our past and preserve our past. We should remember it as not always perfect and good but we should remember the good, bad and ugly. That's how you learn from history. That's how you avoid making future mistakes, you study those of the past."
The Panola College Concert and Jazz Bands will present their fall concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. The concert will be presented on the outdoor quad, located between the Martha Miller Administration Building and the M.P. Baker Library on the Panola College campus.
The concert band will perform "Flight of Eagles" by the American composer, Elliot Del Borgo, who wrote the music for the closing ceremonies at the 1980 Olympics. The band will also perform Robert W. Smith's "Encanto." Both pieces contain exciting rhythms very suitable for the outdoor event.
The jazz band will also perform "I Feel Good" by James Brown, as well as "I Dreamed a Dream," and "Here's That Rainy Day." The band will feature soloists on "The Way We Were," as well as "Boogie Shoes" and the Beatle's hit, "Lady Madonna."
"We are hoping to provide a safe and enjoyable opportunity for members of the community to come out and take part in an evening of music," said Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College Band Director.
The concert is open to the public with admission being free of charge. Due to concerns regarding Covid-19 and the health and safety of the audience and musicians, social distancing is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on.
Tenaha High School Facebook posting, October 5, 2020 at 5:11 p.m.
Tenaha High School to Enter Remote Learning Through Thursday, October 8
Out of an abundance of caution, and in light of the fact that there were multiple gatherings of members of various communities over the weekend, Tenaha High School students will be placed into remote instruction for the next 72 hours in an effort to monitor symptoms and prevent a potential surge of Covid-19. At this time, there are two confirmed positive cases in the high school (one student, one staff) that have come to light after the weekend gatherings, but hardly an outbreak of any kind to cause a concern. The concern is prevention. If state-wide trends tell us anything, it is that a second wave of Covid-19 infections is possible if not likely. So, in light of the social gatherings of the weekend and the knowledge of new cases today, we feel it is in the best interest of all Tenaha High School students to engage in remote learning for a time long enough to evaluate symptoms and exposure from those gatherings.
High School students will be required to log-in and complete class work on Google Classroom for these three days remotely. Anyone who has device needs may come to the building to check out a chrome book from Ms. Jacobs tomorrow morning. High School staff will be on hand in their classrooms conducting remote instruction throughout the day.
Tenaha Middle School (Grades 5-8) and Tenaha Elementary (Grades PK-4) will carry on with school in a normal setting. We do not have any reason to think any students on these campuses have a reasonable risk to exposure based on the data and information we have at this time.
Tiger Football games vs. West Sabine on both Thursday and Friday night will continue as scheduled and Mr. Sours and Coach Jeremy Jenkins will be communicating practice times and expectations to the high school team and band members.
Again, this decision is made for two reasons: 1) an overabundance of caution to get in front of any potential surge that may come with Covid-19 and recent social communal gatherings, and 2) in the event that students in substantial numbers begin to develop symptoms as the week progresses, we may have successfully been able to isolate exposure to just those effected students.
Students at Tenaha High School will return to regular school on Friday, October 9 barring any new information that could arise.
We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this might cause, but it was a part of our summer planning to be prepared for just this type of scenario and contingency. Stay diligent and stay confident that together, we can all beat Covid and the disruptions it causes.
Find your precinct's sample ballot at: http://www.co.panola.tx.us/page/panola.Elections
Today Vistra announced an $850M investment in solar generation and battery storage in Texas that includes a project in Rusk County. You can read the news release here:
The Panola Rodeo Team had the home field advantage this weekend as they won both the Men's and Woman's Championships at the first Southern Region Rodeo of the year. Panola hosted the rodeo this past weekend at Bar None Cowboy Church Arena in Tatum, Tx. Panola's Men's Team, which is the defending National Champions, took the victory and were followed by Wharton County Junior College finishing in second place, Hill College third, Texas A&M University fourth, McNeese State University fifth, Sam Houston State University sixth, Trinity Valley Community College seventh, and Southwest Texas Junior College eighth to finish out the men's standings. On the women's side, Panola took its first victory followed by Hill College second, McNeese State University third, Texas A&M University fourth, Wharton County Junior College fifth, Southwest Texas Junior College sixth, Sam Houston State University seventh, and Texas A&M Commerce in eighth.
Josey Murphy, a freshman from Keatchie, LA, had an amazing weekend to lead the women's team and wrap up the All Around Women's Title with a victory in breakaway roping and a 4th place finish in the goat tying. She won the breakaway with a sharp 2.2 and was 4th in the goat tying with a 6.9 second run.
Freshman, Kincade Henry, from Mount Pleasant, TX won the tiedown roping with an 8.6 second run. Kolt Dement, another rookie from Rusk, TX, won the bareback riding with an 82-point ride. Freshman, Gauge McBride, from Kearney, NE split 2nd place with a 77-point ride.
A few season veterans for the Panola Ponies racked up points in other events. Michael Womack was 4th in the saddle bronc. As well as Maison Davis, being a 2.7 in the breakaway placed her 7th for the weekend. Others receiving points in the team roping included rookies Jacques Trahan and Thomas Wallace finished 6th with an 8.1, Jayden Gould and her partner Colt Leach from Tyler Junior College roped an 8.4 to be 7th, and Trace Clark and Bradford Fisher placed 10th.
The Panola Rodeo Team will be back in action this coming weekend Oct. 2-3 at the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo in Uvalde, Tx. Then they will be in Mt. Pleasant at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo on Oct. 16-17.
Due to safety concerns and protocols in place for COVID-19 mitigation, no parents or students from other campuses or non-students will be allowed entry to today's high school pep rally. Only current Elysian Fields High School students will be allowed to attend.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The City of Carthage's web page is presently down.
Those who are trying to pay their water bill online should call the city and make payment over the phone. The number to call is 903-693-3868.
Stay tuned to KGAS Radio for updates.
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
CARTHAGE, TEXAS - Tommie Ritter Smith, President/CEO of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & The Tex Ritter Museum has just announced plans for the 2020 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Classic Country Music Festival to be held on Friday, August 7, 2020. Preliminary auditions for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
"Fighting COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge and the safety and wellbeing of our fans, bands and crew and all of the volunteers who help pull off our shows should always be the top priority", Smith stated. "Health organizations and governments around the world have strongly discouraged large public gatherings for an undetermined period of time. With many events throughout the world already cancelled, we have made the decision to change our 2020 John Ritter Tribute Showcase and Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Show to a live stream concert for all to enjoy . We hope to have everyone back together next year for an even bigger and better weekend than ever!"
The one night only Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Classic Country Music Festival will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020 that you can tune in to from the comfort of your home. The show will feature the John Ritter Tribute Showcase Contest with the top 15 contestants from the preliminary auditions to be held on July 11, The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band, some of the past Ambassadors and much more, to be announced soon. All you need to do is go to the website at www.tcmhof.com or www.easttexastoday.com and click on the link that night at 7PM and start watching. There is no cost to watch the live stream. The shows will also be broadcast on KGAS Radio 104.3 FM in Carthage, KMHT 103.9 FM in Marshall and KWRD 98.5 FM in Henderson.
They do need your support for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and their continued
dedication to provide a first-rate museum to honor those Texans who have made outstanding
contributions to country music. The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame asks that you consider
making a donation, maybe the cost of a ticket you would have purchased to their shows.
Donations can be made to The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, 300 W. Panola St., Carthage,
Those wishing to try out for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase can sign up now for the
auditions to be held on Saturday, July 11 at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Sign up
forms can be found on www.tcmhof.com, just scroll down to the Showcase link and click on
the "download form" button. You can also pick up a form at the Panola County Chamber of
Commerce or the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Social distancing protocols will be in place for all events. More information will be announced
The Panola County Sheriff's Office is searching for missing person Joe Roy McMillian, black male, 80 years of age. McMillian is 5'11" in height, approximately 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans. McMillian was last seen on Thursday, 5/21/2020, on FM 1970 in the Clayton area. McMillian left his residence off county road 302 to run errands and never returned home. His family contacted authorities after exhausting all options for his whereabouts.
McMillian was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra truck with Texas license plate DMK 2975. The Panola County Sheriff's Office has entered McMillian as a missing persons as well as his vehicle. Texas Department of Public Safety has also issued a Silver Alert for McMillian. McMillian is a diabetic and is showing early signs of dementia. McMillian's truck was possibly seen in the Nacogdoches Texas area later that same date. If you have seen or know of the whereabouts of Joe Roy McMillian please contact the Panola County Sheriff's Office at 903-693-0333.
Sheriff Kevin Lake
Update from Panola County Judge, LeeAnn Jones:
PANOLA COUNTY COVID-19 CASES
As of 3:30 am on May 19th
An additional five (5) positives which consists of three (3) nursing home residents and two (2) Public; plus four (4) nursing home employees
Total Cumulative Cases 185
Briarcliff 72 with 11 deaths
Panola Nursing Home 34 with 7 deaths
Public 62 with 3 deaths
UT Health 2
Briarcliff Recoveries 24
Panola Nursing Home Recoveries Unknown
Tyson Recoveries 10
Public Recoveries 8
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.
The Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Merit Life CPR Certification as a new member of the Chamber of Commerce. The business is located at 117 W. Sabine St in Carthage.
Photo credit to The Panola Watchman
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.