The 'Keith Steptoe Classic'

Written by Kay Hubbard.

 Golf Tournament: 25 Years of Fun, Friendship, & Generous Giving

On the Saturday before Easter for 24 consecutive years (in sunshine, in rain, or even in snow), the family, friends, and community of Keith Steptoe have gathered at Carthage Country Club for a golf tournament to honor his memory. On March 31 of this year, they will gather again to celebrate the event’s Silver Anniversary.

Twenty-five years of close camaraderie among workers and volunteers in a tournament that some have described as “more like a reunion than a golf tournament.” Twenty-five years in which several generations of a large, tightly-knit local family have worked together diligently behind the scenes, as well as at the scene, to make sure the event flourishes.

Liz Hedges

Written by Shelbye Almeida.

'Acting Up and Playing Around'

If you live in Panola county, and the word “theatre” passes your lips in a sentence, I can almost guarantee that the word in some way can be linked to Elizabeth Rector “Liz” Hedges. Since 1978, Liz has played a principal role in the Panola County theatre and historical communities.

Liz was born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas, in Longview. Her mother was the principal of the elementary school she attended from the third through the sixth grade.

Michael Powell

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Dynamic Leader, Significant Servant Taking the Long Way Home to Play His Part at Gary ISD

Gary Independent School District has long been known for having, and certainly for appreciating, longevity in the careers of its employees. The district has a history of people going there to be teachers or administrators and having very long—sometimes lifelong—tenures. At least two of the more recent hires there hope to continue that trend in their own lives. New-this-year high school principal Michael Powell, who also continues to teach theater, is enamored with the community and the school district and has no plans to depart. His wife Mandy, a fourth grade teacher, feels the same way.

Cline McMurry

Written by Kay Hubbard.

In Need of a Lifesaver that Could Be YOU!

Elena Zurita McMurry is a fourth generation Carthaginian, daughter of the late Diana Davis, granddaughter of the late Robert and Patricia Davis, and great granddaughter of the late A.L. and Julia Davis. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1998 and attended Panola College before moving to Fort Worth to complete her degree at Texas Christian University. There she met her husband, Cliff, a native of Nacogdoches, and they welcomed their son Cline to their family in 2008.

Be a Potential Lifesaver

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Get 'Swabbed' on March 7

For the most part, Panola College’s annual Spring Fling on March 7 fits the dictionary definition of a “fling” pretty well: “a short period of unrestrained pursuit of one’s wishes or desires.” The two-hour event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. is filled with food, fun, and games. Jody Harris, Student Activities Coordinator at Panola College, says, “Twice a year—at Fall Frolic and Spring Fling—we give students a few hours of pure fun and camaraderie as a short break from studying for mid-term exams.

Kevin & Ginger Cook:

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Four Years of Hard Work Resulting in a Masterpiece!

After four years of hard work renovating the stately historic home on West Sabine that they purchased in 2013, Carthage residents Kevin and Ginger Cook can finally relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors in their exquisitely restored house.

2018 Murphy Payne Event at Panola College

Written by Teresa Beasley.

Artistic Outdoor Aerial Dance

In a departure from tradition, Panola College will host an outdoor aerial dance performance as the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture event for 2018. Set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, the performance features dancers with Blue Lapis Light of Austin.

Arnold Shrewsbury

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Defying the Old Adage 'Jack of All Trades/Master of None'

Editor’s Note: Just two days after this article was written, Arnold’s wife—his sweetheart, lifemate, and absolute anchor of 53 years, Janet—was diagnosed with a very aggressive and virulent cancer. Then within another few days, Janet passed away. Of course Arnold has been devastated by this huge upheaval, and he and I weren’t sure whether to proceed with publication of such an upbeat article at a time when his whole life and perspective had been turned upside down. However, we remembered the joy with which she approached life, knew that she would have loved reading the article herself, and decided to proceed with publication, dedicating it to the memory of the gracious, beautiful, faithful love of his life, Janet Shrewsbury.