Ready for a New Challenge

Written by Teresa Dennard.

 Retired Teacher Blues

What is one thing that you will remember about the summer of 2011? First thing that comes to my mind is—HOT and DRY! Whew—what a summer this has been! As I get older, the weather seems to play a larger part in my activities. One of the things I found to do indoors is the Country Music Hayride. I remember going to the Esquire Theater as a teenager to watch the latest movies. Everything looks pretty much the same, except for the added stage area. The Hayride folks put on a good show—I was pleasantly surprised and vowed to go again. If you like country music, give it a try some Saturday evening.

Hall of Fame Capitalizes on Country Music Heritage

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Honoring Tex Ritter's Birthplace

hall of fameThe Texas Country Music Hall of Fame has been a mainstay in promoting local tourism in Carthage since its inception. Thousands of visitors come each year to view the artifacts and memorabilia of each artist that has been inducted. Some come by the bus load, some are just passing through. Whatever the reason, each person walking through the museum doors discovers a rich history of Texas country music.

Hayride Features Country & Gospel Talents

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Branson, Family-type Shows

hayrideIf you love country music, downtown Carthage on Saturday nights is the place to be. Each week musicians from the area gather to play for the Country Music Hayride in the Esquire building located off the square on W. Sabine Street. Bob Gober, president of the Hayride says, "It's like a country music show you would see in Branson, but on a smaller scale. We have some fantastic musicians that play here, and we put on a family-type show. It's a night for people that love music that don't want to go to a club or drive a long way to get it."

Tex Ritter Statue Gets Community Involved

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Harnesses find the right place to call home

harnessBob and Martha Harness wanted to retire in East Texas. Their kids lived in Dallas and wanted them to come there, but they'd had enough of the big city. They had lived in Kansas City for 35 years where Bob was a commercial artist and designer. The decision was made to travel through several East Texas towns, visit the different Chambers of Commerce, look around some...find someplace that they could call home. Carthage was on their list, because they had read in a magazine it was voted "Best Small Town in Texas."  

Jim Vanover Takes Over as Police Chief

Written by Teresa Dennard.

...loves being able to serve the public

vanoverNacogdoches was Jim Vanover's home—born, raised, graduated from high school there. In his first job he trained to be a firefighter, making assistant fire marshal in only a short period of time. From there he moved to the police department, worked patrol, and was promoted to detective. During that time, he met and married the love of his life and best friend, Mamie. They have a son, Jake, who wants to follow in his dad's footsteps. He is a Criminal Justice major at LSU-Shreveport and is hoping to work for the US Marshal's Service after graduation.

College Offers a Diversity of Classes

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Register now: Earn a certificate, learn a trade, or start a new career...Today!

Panola College is currently conducting registration for the fall 2011 semester. Students can register online at, or call 903.693.2038 to schedule an appointment with an adviser.  Academic advisers are available to discuss specific program requirements or provide assistance with the registration process from 7:30 am until 4:45 pm M-TH and 7:30 am to 12:30 pm on Friday.

Otis Amy Hired as High School Principal

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Carthage ISD uses summer to make improvements

cisdFor fifteen years, the student population in Carthage schools had been decreasing, but because of strong academic and athletic programs in the district and an upswing in the local economy, enrollment  numbers are on the rise. In May, the district ended the school year with 2850 students. To accommodate these students, new construction, along with renovations to current buildings, is in full swing.  

Technology Gives BISD Students Tools to Succeed

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Technology plays an important role

beckvilleBeckville ISD has a long tradition of meeting the needs of its students and teachers. In 2010, the school district was awarded a "Connections" grant from the Texas Education Agency that allowed technology to be in the hands of all students in grades 6-12. Additionally, the community approved a five million dollar bond for new classrooms at the high school.

Gary ISD Stresses College Readiness with Curriculum

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Faculty and staff attend workshops to prepare for students

gary isdThe Gary Independent School District is looking forward to an exciting and dynamic new school year. The faculty and staff have been attending workshops this summer to learn more about the C-Scope Curriculum that the district has implemented. The district has also been actively attending training pertaining to the new STAAR and STAAR end-of-course state exams to be implemented during the 2011-2012 school year.

Susie Evers Selected Finalist in National Quilt Contest

Written by Debbie Pierce.

Cast your vote

quiltIf you take a career of teaching chemistry and physics at Panola College and mix it with paper, angles and coordinating colors, what would you have? A challenge, a mess or a work of art? How about an award winning quilt that was a challenging original work of art! That is exactly what Susie Evers of Carthage has done. She has been selected as a finalist in the national McCall's Quilt Design Star contest, which is no easy feat. She challenged herself to create an original design which she calls the "Compass Stars" quilt. It was seen by many at the 2011 Piney Woods Quilt Festival where it won an award.