Showcase Auditions

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Set for Saturday, June 25

lindsey hardingAuditions for the John Ritter Tribute Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas. The contestants will sing traditional country music and will be judged on vocal performance, stage presence, appearance, and song selection. Thirty finalists will be selected to compete at the Showcase, and the winner will perform at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

A Visit to Fort Hood

Written by Courtney Stacy.

Students experience opportunity of a lifetime

ft.  hoodA group of 29 Students and 6 youth sponsors from the Student Ministries of First Baptist Church of Carthage recently traveled to Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, Texas during Spring Break. “We wanted to show a little appreciation to our soldiers for their service and hard work that so often goes unnoticed,” Heath Bailey said.  “I received so many blessings from the work we did and the many people we were able to meet on this trip.”

Sunday afternoon, the group handed out welcome packets to families new to Fort Hood that contained information about chapels in their area and events taking place on post.  The students were able to talk to soldiers’ families and build relationships with them during this time.

Child Advocacy Center Seeks Support

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Mission is to reduce the trauma for the abused child

One of the most devastating things for a child to experience is abuse. Statistics show that one in four girls will be sexually abused before her 18th birthday. One in six boys will be abused before his 18th birthday.  Only one in ten will have the courage to talk about it. The Children's Advocacy Center is a place that can help. Housed in Henderson, the Rusk-Panola Children's Advocacy Center is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to reduce trauma for the abused child and make recovery easier. Children are able to come to the center and tell their story one time to a trained forensic interviewer.  The atmosphere is child-friendly so that it's easy to talk about the incident.  Sara Fields, Investigator with the Panola County Sheriff's Department, says, "I've been to several of these centers over the years, and this is by far the best. The child doesn't have to be drug from entity to entity--to hospital to courtroom telling the same story over and over.  It keeps a child from being so traumatized, and they're always so friendly."

Cody Baldree is a Cancer Survivor

Written by Teresa Dennard.

He never gave up his faith

cody baldreeCody Baldree was a man full of life that had everything going his way.  During baseball season, he pretty much lived at the ballpark. He was either on the field coaching or in the stands cheering one of his three kids....his wife Shannon, always at his side.  At age 36, his life was full and rich-- he never dreamed things would take such a drastic turn.

It started with a nagging pain in his side. Like most of us do, he ignored it for a while, but the pain became severe enough that he thought he should see a doctor. A few tests were run--no definitive problems were apparent. That was in August, 2008. By October, he was experiencing shortness  of breath, and his energy level was dropping. Dr. Wessman, local physician, sent him for an x-ray. It showed that his right lung was completely collapsed and full of fluid. He was told to go immediately to Shreveport.  After many tests, it was determined he had APL - acute promyelocytic leukemia, a rare bone marrow cancer.

Sammy Brown Library

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Kids' summer adventures are waiting

 creature teacherHave you visited the public library lately? If not, load up the kids this summer and head that way--a world of adventure is waiting on the shelves!

The Sammy Brown Library has scheduled some exciting events for the summer months. Each Wednesday at 2:00 PM, Mrs. Kyle Walker, new children's coordinator, will host a summer full of fun for children ages 3-12.

Fire Chief Akins

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Serves because he loves it

For over 50 years, Brodie Akins has been a fireman. He says, "It gets in your blood. I know I'm getting old and ought to go home, but if I was at home and heard that siren go off, I've got enough old fire hound in me, I want to go see what's going on. As long as I can get around, I'm going to keep going." And  that's just what he's been doing. For 46 of those years he has been Chief of the Carthage Fire Department.

Relay for Life

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Event Set June 10-11

relay for lifeThe Relay for Life organization was established to honor cancer survivors, and this year marks the fourth year for the event in Panola County. Joni Reed has been the catalyst for the program. Reed states, "I’ve had a lot of cancer in my family. My daughter Nicole had cancer as a young child. At that time, I was a single parent, and I had no idea there were things out there available to help me.  With the help of my family, I just kinda muddled through it. My sister was diagnosed with colon cancer. She fought really hard for two years, but we lost her in May, 2003. 

Cleaning for a Reason

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Free Services for Women Undergoing Cancer Treatment

cleaning for a reasonHelping women simplify their lives—that’s one of the goals of DNC Cleaning, but Carla Holmes, President of the company, has taken that goal to a new level. Two years ago, Holmes met Deborah Sardone, founder of Cleaning for a Reason, and saw her passion for helping women in need and knew that she wanted to get involved. Cleaning for a Reason is a national non-profit organization that provides free professional housecleaning or maid service to women currently undergoing treatment for any kind of cancer.

Carthage Book Club

Written by Liz Hedges.

First Civic Organization in Carthage

carthage book clubThe Carthage Book Club was organized in 1907. The Circulating Book Club, as it was called when it was founded, had a two-fold purpose:  to promote literary and social advancement. However, because of needs soon perceived, civic and humanitarian issues rapidly assumed equal importance with books. The Carthage Book Club became the first Chamber of Commerce, Booster Club and Board of Development. The book club was the first civic organization in Carthage, long before the Lions (ca. 1936) or the Rotarians (ca. 1944), joined in their efforts to make their hometown a better place for all to enjoy.  One of the charter members was Miss Margie Neal, who was the first woman senator in Texas. She served for eight years before she returned home to care for her ill parents. With her interests in government and civic improvements, she was interested in establishing the book club.