East Texas Oil & Gas Blast

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Features food, arts & crafts, shows, & children's area

Oil & Gas BlastThe East Texas Oil & Gas Blast is celebrating its 10th year, and it gets bigger and better every year. The event started in 2001 as a way for the area oil and gas companies to give back to the community. Main Street has since joined forces with the Oil and Gas Committee, thus making the event a fun-filled day for the entire family.

An antique car show will begin the day's events at 10:00 AM. Fifteen classes from Classic Cars, Street Rods, Trucks (Original or Modified) down to the cool-looking Rat Rods will be on display. Vehicles are awarded trophies in two categories for each class: People's Choice Award and Judge's Choice Award. A  "BEST OF SHOW" award is also given in both categories. In order to keep the traditional old-style car show, all vehicles have to be pre-1974.

One Nation Under God

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Remembering the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, the Panola County Conservatives hosted a very moving program at the Carthage Convention Center. Emphasis for the event was on taking America back to a "One Nation Under God" state. Master of Ceremonies Bobby Crow opened the program by saying, "We will begin with a prayer and also end with a prayer," which drew a hardy round of applause from the audience.

Breakfast with Santa

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Tickets go on sale in November

What could be more fun than having your child enjoy a fun-filled 'Breakfast with Santa?' For the past 10 years, Carthage Main Street has sponsored the breakfast for children of all ages. Children are served a breakfast of pigs in a blanket, donut holes and juice or milk. While waiting their turn with Santa, the children make Christmas crafts. Photos taken with Santa come in a themed photo framed card and are ready to take home that day. Main Street Committee Chairman Patsy Meck says, "I've been involved with Breakfast with Santa from the beginning (at least 10 years). I can easily say this is my favorite Main Street event.

Pumpkin Patch

Written by Teresa Dennard.

It Started as Simple Fundraiser Nine Years Ago

What started as a simple fundraiser, has turned into a fun, community outreach that is enjoyed by thousands. The First United Methodist Church of Carthage started the Pumpkin Patch nine years ago as a way to raise funds for various children's activities. The pumpkins are shipped from New Mexico where Navajo Indians work the pumpkin patches as a way to support life on the reservation. Leah Hanks, Associate Pastor at FUMC says," We are the 'pumpkin church.' People may not know where First United Methodist Church is, but they know where the pumpkin church is!"

Ministry Feeds Breakfast to Local Teams

Written by Teresa Dennard.

At 6:30 every Friday morning during football season, a bunch of hungry boys show up at the Missionary Baptist Church to start their day off right. Brother Dale Reed and several of his church members cook biscuits, gravy, sausage and eggs for the local football team members, coaches, cheerleaders, and parents. It's a morning they all look forward to. Brother Dale Reed, pastor of the church, said, "We had a kid come through one morning that said, 'I dreamed about this breakfast last night.' That made our work worthwhile. These kids...we just love 'em!"

Salon Haircut-athon

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Raises $1,525 for Mission Carthage

The "Haircut-athon" hosted by The Village Salon turned out to be a huge success. Held on the Saturday before school started, over 70 school-age kids came to get a new "do." The stylists charged no fees, only asking for donations that would go to help Mission Carthage. Salon owner, Karen Peterson, said, "I've been wanting to do something to give back to the community, and the first thing that came to mind was doing something for the kids. One of the reasons I chose Mission Carthage is that they house abused women and children, and I fall into that category from a long time ago in a previous marriage."

Festivals Offer Music, Food & Fun

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Cajun Fest and Festival of Lights

Fall is the time for festivals in Carthage. The East Texas Oil & Gas Blast is October 8 at the new Convention Center on the loop.  (See story on page...)  The Cajun Fest  at St. William of Vercelli Catholic Church, 4088 NW Loop, is on October 15, and the Festival of Lights is in Downtown Gary on November 19.

New Walmart Opens

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Has 46,000 more sq. ft.

It's finally complete! Walmart Supercenter is officially open for business, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With the relocation and expansion of the store, people in the community have headed to the store in record numbers.  Over 4,200 customers bought merchandise on the first day. Ann Foster, zone manager for the entertainment and home lines commented, "I've worked at Walmart for almost 13 years. It's been a big job for us to get the store ready, but everybody pulled together, worked hard, and overcame a lot of obstacles. We love the new store!" The new layout has added 46,000 square feet of additional space, and has enabled Walmart to employ over 200 people.

Fire Department Maintains ISO2 Rating

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Proud to Be One of "Brodie's Boys"...

October is National Fire Prevention Month and a perfect time to thank local firefighters for the great job they do in protecting our community. Within the county we have several fire departments: Carthage, Gary, Beckville, Clayton, Woods, Flatwoods, Deadwood, Elysian Fields and Community 4. They fight fires because they love it, and it's very rare to find someone who truly enjoys what they do.

Fire Marshal Baushke Recalls Close Call

Written by Teresa Dennard.

In 1970, Duane Baushke graduated from Longview High School. The computer revolution was beginning to take shape, and he decided his next step would be to go to Kilgore College and get a degree  in computer science. He received an Associate's Degree and went to work for an accounting firm. His job consisted of doing payroll, and accounts receivable and payable for a variety of companies. After five years of working at a desk in a building with no windows, he had to make a change. This wasn't the job for him. A co-worker had the same thoughts and told Baushke he was thinking about getting into the police department. Baushke thought it sounded interesting. The co-worker is now the Longview Police  Chief.

City Receives Funding

Written by Debbie Pierce.

to Rebuild, Rehabilitate Homes

How would you like a brand new house?  Would it help if there were very low, interest-free payments or possibly no payments at all?  It makes you think about the TV show ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition,’ but there are a few differences.  You are not sent on an all expense paid vacation while the house is being built, and your house will not be completed in a week’s timeframe.  Even knowing that, most anyone would jump at the opportunity to have a deal like that land in their lap.