Carthage Bulldogs Win

Written by Teresa Beasley.

Back-to-back-to-back state championships

One state championship makes a community proud, but three? Back-to-back-to-back state championships by the 2008, 2009, 2010 Bulldog Football teams have infused Carthage with an unparalleled sense of pride. The thanks for these accomplishments go to Athletic Director and Head Coach Scott Surratt and his staff who have coached these young men, building a state-championship caliber team each year for the past three years.

The three-peat accomplishment is extraordinary--only 12 schools (one percent) have three state championships in a row since the first championship was awarded in 1920. Of the 184 Class 3A schools in Texas that play football, only two schools have won three consecutive championships--Carthage and Silsbee. carthage football

As Larry Allen, master of ceremonies, said during the Community-Wide Celebration on January 20, "Bulldogs, when you do something that only one percent of the schools have accomplished, that is special!"

Winning in 2010 was especially gratifying because the previous year's UIL realignment had created what everyone in Texas dubbed "The  District of Doom." Beating district rival Henderson was the highlight of the 2010 district season, and gave Carthage the rightful claim to the best 3A team in the state for 2010 when Henderson won the 3A Division I state surrattchampionship.

What a ride it's been for these boys from Carthage! The 2008 team won the state championship in Texas Stadium, just before that historic structure closed its doors forever. The 2010 team won state in "Jerry Word," the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium--the $1.2 billion stadium built in 2009. Coach Surratt talked about the awe experienced by the players and coaches as they walked onto the turf of the NFL's largest indoor stadium for the first time and looked up 292 feet to the top of the retractable roof. It was the experience of a lifetime for the boys from Carthage, Texas.

The Carthage Bulldogs have accomplished much in the four years that Coach Surratt has been at the helm, making the playoffs the first year, only to lose to eventual state champion Liberty Hill in a hard-fought contest. Since Surratt arrived on the scene in 2007, the Bulldogs are 39-1 in playoff and district games, and 33-0 for the past three years.

It's not easy winning district. It's not easy winning playoff games. And it's sure not easy to win the state championship in Texas, but the Carthage Bulldogs have pulled off that amazing feat for three years in a row. It's been a Three-Peat to remember, and Coach Surratt and his coaching staff plan to "Repeat" that accomplishment next year--one game at a time. Go Dawgs!

Volunteers to Build Unique Playground in Beckville

Written by Amy English.

Park budget is estimated at $127,000

beckville pride logoWe have exciting news to share with you about our organization, Beckville Pride Playground Project (BP3), sponsored by the Beckville Community Development Foundation. Our goal is to create a community-built playground in Beckville that promotes active play, stimu­lates imagination and is accessible to all children, regardless of ability.

Piney Woods Quilt Festival

Written by Debbie Pierce.

Hundreds compete for award-winning quilt ribbons


They come from all walks of life with one thing in common….their love for creating heirloom quilts.  Teachers, coaches, secretaries, housewives and musicians of all ages gather to share their patterns, technique and skills.  They are the ladies of the Busy Quilters Guild and the Panola Squares Quilt Club who each spring work to bring the Piney Woods Quilt Festival to Carthage.

CISD Education Foundation

Written by Nancy Gregg.

Funds 304 school grants

cisd logoIn eight years the CISD Education Foundation has funded 304 grants for important educational activities, new technology, innovative teacher training, and cultural programs which could not be provided within the budget of CISD. Your tax-deductable gift to the foundation touches every child from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Education Foundation also sponsors the CISD Alumni Association and the Academic Recognition Banquet, which honors students who graduate in the top 10% of their class.

Panola College Offers Award-Winning Curriculum

Written by Teresa Beasley.

Enrollment exceeds 2,300 students

The first students who enrolled in Panola College in January, 1948, could not have imagined the campus today. Back then, classes were held and students were housed in former World War II Army barracks. Now, 63 years later, students benefit from wireless access to the Internet all over campus, attend classes in modern and well-appointed classrooms, study in the newly expanded M.P. Baker Library, reside in comfortable and spacious on-campus housing, and work out in the Fitness Center.

Panola College continues to grow to meet the needs of the citizens in its four-county service area of Panola, Harrison, Marion, and Shelby. In fact, Panola College offers classes and servies from off-campus centers in the Marshall Mall, the Shelby College Center and the Shelby Regional Training Center.

Ray Stone Named Speaker

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for 65th annual chamber banquet

The Panola County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating it's 65th year with a banquet to be held on Thursday, February 24, at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame/Tex Ritter Museum. The chamber banquet will honor the Ambassador of the Year, chairman's awards, Employee of the Year, chamber of commerceVolunteer of the Year, and Citizen of the Year. The Employee of the Year and Volunteer of the Year are sponsored by KGAS Radio. The citizen of the Year is sponsored by The Panola Watchman. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the meal being served at 6:30 pm. The program is set to begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce Office or reserved by calling the Chamber at 903.693.6634. Deadline for reservations is Monday, February 21. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

Guest speak for the evening will be Ray Stone. The upcoming 2011 season will be Ray's 39th year of producing and hosting the "Cowboys Football Report," a syndicated Monday through Friday radio program airing in five states on 201 radio stations. In addition to the "Cowboys Football Report," Ray also produced the nationally syndicated, "Inside the NFL," hosted by Roger Staubach. Over the past 20 years, Ray has traveled the southwest speaking on the humorous stories that never made the sports pages involving the Dallas Cowboys--stories about Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Jethro Pugh, Walt Garrison, Tom Landry, Danny White, Troy Aikman, and current players.

A great night with food, fellowship, and an entertaining speaker, the annual banquet is a highlight in Panola County.