The doctor is in...for over 60 years!

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Dr. W.C. Smith--making a difference in the lives of Panola County residents for decades.

smithsIf you were sick, he'd help you. You could reach him any time day or night. When you called, he'd answer the phone himself. He'd come to your house if you couldn't make it to the clinic. And if you couldn't pay, that was okay too. He never refused to treat someone because they weren't able to pay. This is Dr. William Cecil Smith, physician to many Panola County residents for over 60 years.

He met his sweetheart, Eugenia Gill, while attending Baylor University. On a visit to Eugenia's parents in Carthage in 1948, Dr. Smith met with local physician, Dr. D. B. Daniel and was persuaded to take over his practice. Plans for a new hospital for the county also influenced Smith's decision to stay in Carthage.

Mission Carthage

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Neighbors helping neighbors

mission carthageMission Carthage—a place where the poor and needy can find help. The organization began with ministers from Central Baptist and First United Methodist Churches having a vision to help people in the community. They talked about it, prayed about it, and spoke with local service organizations in hopes to instill interest in their ideas. In October of 2003 their vision became reality.

Changes that make a difference

Written by Teresa Dennard.

New Destinations helps those in need

 new destinationsNew Destinations is a local nonprofit organization that provides ramps, medical equipment, air conditioning and other crucial items for disabled elders who are financially struggling in our community. It is supported by a Community Service Fund which is privately financed and accepts no tax payer funded Government monies for its outreach.

Historical International Boundary Marker

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Right next door!

markerIt seems to be a well kept secret, but the only international boundary marker "within" the United States is right here in Panola County. Located in the south-east corner of the county where FM 31 leaves Texas as it enters Louisiana, is a granite shaft that today separates Texas and Louisiana. The marker bears the date of 1840, but it was not actually set until April 23, 1841. The initials "US" are carved on the east side while the letters "RT" are on the west side—Republic of Texas. At one time there were several of these markers up the Sabine River from the Gulf of Mexico, but, over time, all have been eroded and claimed by the river—save this one.

Christmas Angel Tree

Written by Teresa Dennard.

The spirit of giving brightens the holidays for many in Panola County

angel treeOnce again, Panola County will open their hearts and pocket books and generously give to help fund the Christmas Angel Tree. Organized by Leah Hanks and the First United Methodist Church, gifts for over 300 boys and girls will be bought and distributed to be enjoyed on Christmas morning.

Carthage Book Club Home Tour

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A fun and festive holiday tradition

fireplaceA great way to kick off the Christmas season is to attend the annual tour of homes sponsored by the Carthage Book Club. Homes on the tour include: Paul and Penny Cain, 115 Whitetail Court,  Jim and Judy Holder, 681 County Road 103, Rodney and Brandy Socia, 106 Whitetail Court, all of Carthage, and Dustin and Amanda Powell, 453 County Road 2151, of Beckville.

Panola College Health Science Center

Written by Van Patterson.

Tremendous impact on community

panola college health science centerEstablished in 1995, the Panola College Health Science Center houses the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN), Emergency Medical Technician, and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs.

Madrigal Dinner Presented by CHS Choir

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A musical holiday treat!

On Saturday, December 3, the Carthage High School Choir will perform a "Madrigal Dinner" for the community. New director Donna Kushner wanted something different than the traditional Christmas program. She and her crew will transform the high school commons area into a medieval castle complete with a king and queen and everyone speaking in English accents.

Service of Remembrance

Written by Teresa Dennard.

The 17th Annual Memorial Candlelight Service

Hawthorn Funeral Home presents the seventeenth annual Service of Remembrance, a memorial candlelight service honoring loved ones we have lost in past years. Each year Carlton and Karen Shamburger with the staff and Ladies Auxiliary of Hawthorn Funeral Home invite the bereaved community to a special program in their honor.

Special Church Services

Written by Teresa Dennard.

for the Christmas season

Carthage Missionary Baptist Church
916 W. Sabine
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service—11:30 pm—special prayer service to begin Christmas Day

Cedar Grove Baptist Church
1050 CR 108
December 18—6:00 pm, Children's Christmas Pageant
Christmas Eve Communion Service—11:00 pm

To the Ends of the Earth

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Monroe experiences mission trip

brianna trip to egyptNot many 17 year olds can say they've been to a foreign country, much less travel there without any family along. Brianna Monroe has done just that.  As a member of Central Baptist Church, she had attended a church camp called "Progressive Hearts"  which in turn introduced her to "iGo Global," an organization that sends teens out on missions across the world. "I went to one of their meetings and thought what they had to say was really cool. My initial trip was to Tokyo, Japan. I wanted to go really badly, but I thought sure my parents would say no. To my surprise, they agreed to the trip."