He was a Country Boy

Written by Teresa Dennard.

With over 50 years service to people

He was a country boy. Born in the hills of North Mississippi in Tallahatchie County, he, along with his five brothers and sisters, were raised by parents who were hard-working Christians. They had very little in the way of possessions and worked hard to make a living. He spent his childhood working around the farm, picking and chopping cotton, raising vegetables, feeding the chickens and gathering eggs. They had no electricity, no running water. Much of his time was spent with his brother and sister carrying water from a well a quarter mile away. Hunting and fishing were not for recreation—they were for putting food on the table. “We always looked for things to be happy about,” says Ellett. “We went to church on Sunday, school during the week and worked around the farm after school. Even though we had very little, we were happy. We loved each other and were raised to have a Christian outlook on things.”

You Don't Have to Speak the Same Language

Written by Teresa Dennard.

to understand what music says.

Carthage has always been known for its country music roots. Nine years ago a man named Leonard Kacenjar changed all that. He graduated from Julliard, lived in Boston for a while, then made his way south and became the concertmaster in the Shreveport Symphony. It’s here that he met Nancy Spanial, one of his students taking violin lessons. She wanted her son to learn to play also, but couldn’t make the drive into Louisiana on a regular basis. With a dozen kids signed up and a promise to make supper, Spanial convinced Kacenjar to come to Carthage to teach lessons. Thus began Project String Power, a group of local artists whose ages range from 5 to 75.

The Madrigal

Written by Sutton Travis.

CHS choir performs dinner theater

Carthage High School choir students will perform a Madrigal Dinner in the high school commons area Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m.  The performances will be an estimated two hours in length, and there will be no need to arrive early, as seating the audience at their tables is part of the performance.  Tickets will cost $15, and the proceeds will fund the choir trip to Cozumel and other choir activities. 

Tickets must be pre-purchased, and the purchaser must be prepared to choose their seats and know exactly how many people will be in their party. Tickets will be sold Nov. 5-16 on Monday-Friday in the high school library from 12-1 p.m., and on Nov. 8 and 15 from 4-6:30 p.m., also in the library.

Brewing in the Tea Room

Written by Phyllis Samford Welch & Terea Samford Dennard.

Historical Building has new management

The building which houses the Texas Tea Room has long been a historical presence in the downtown area. Located on the southwest corner of the  square, it first began business as the Bank of Carthage in 1903. Later it became the First National Bank, and in 1983, the bottom floor of the building was transformed into a lunchtime eating establishment that has drawn visitors from around the world to our quiet little town.

"Texas Our Texas" is Lions Club Theme

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Held Friday, January 25, 2013

Some of the best talent in the area can be found in the membership of the Noon Lions Club. On Friday, January 25, at 7:30 pm, they'll showcase that talent with the annual Lions Club Show. Held at the Carthage Civic Center,  this year's theme is “Texas Our Texas” and is sure to produce another sell-out crowd.

Reading with Elvis

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Successful program at Beckville Elementary

You Ain’t Nothin But a Hound Dog was a song made popular by Elvis Presley in the 1950’s. In Panola County, we’ve got a popular Elvis as well….but he’s far from being a hound dog. A beautiful Golden Retriever owned by Gina Smith, Elvis is a certified therapy dog who goes to Beckville’s Sunset Elementary School and helps children with their reading skills. Two Fridays a month, Gina and Elvis, along with Deana Smith and Prince, visit the Beckville school and spend time with students who read aloud to the dogs.

Taking it to the Extreme

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Jane Gallenbach makes the Sabine River her home

Fishing in the Sabine River is a common practice for many folks in Panola County, but to Jane Gallenbach, it’s a way of life. Growing up in the river bottom, Jane watched her father, Delbert Twomey, hunt and fish to put groceries on the table. “My brothers hunted and fished also, and I wanted to be like them,” recalls Jane. “I was a tomboy--it was in my blood.” As an adult, she’s never strayed very far from home. She grew up only three miles from where she currently lives.

Culinary Crossroads

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Apple Spice Pear Cobbler

Panola County boasts some really terrific cooks...Reba Tarjick being one of them. She recently entered the Cobbler Baking Contest at the East Texas Oil & Gas Blast and won 1st prize, plus $100, for her delicious entry.

Filling Ingredients:                                Crust Ingredients:
4        cups sliced pears                         2    cups flour
1 1/4  cups water                                 1/2 cup Crisco
2        tbsp flour w/dash of salt               1/2 tsp. salt
3        tbsp butter                                3 tbs. water (or enough to
1/4     tsp. apple pie spice                      hold crust together)
1       cup sugar (or to your taste)

They Weren't Going to Let the Music Die

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Local Musicians form group to play music of the Big Band Era

In the late 1930s, the musical sound of the era was called “Swing.” Known as the Big Band era, the music was wildly popular and easy to dance to. Some of the orchestra leaders of the time were Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington. Their music uplifted the spirits of a nation during the World War II years.

Latest Frenzy to hit Carthage

Written by Casey Dennard Falgout.

Bodyfit BootCamp organized by Meagan Leggett Smith

Panola County has been hit by a fever and I don’t mean one that is caused by the flu or West Nile virus. It’s an epidemic that the area has never before witnessed. Scores of women (and even a few men) are flocking to the downtown square to be a part of the latest fitness craze—BodyFit Bootcamp and Cross-Training by Meagan Smith. People in larger cities have been enjoying this indulgence for some time. One bootcamp participant stated, “I moved to Carthage from a big town, and when I got here, the only thing missing was a bootcamp. I’m so glad that I don’t have to miss out.” And she really does mean miss out.  The people in these classes look forward to coming to class every day, as you can tell from the BodyFit Bootcamp Facebook page. There are posts declaring how much they missed their workout and their bootcamp “family” on the rare occasion someone misses class. 

The New Doctor in Town

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Dr. Adam Duran specializes in Rural Family Medicine

Remember the time when you were sick and the one local doctor you had could fix everything? They could deliver babies, take out your tonsils, splint a broken arm...they could fix whatever ailed you. Nowadays you've got to see a specialist for every body part! That is, until now.

Dr. Adam Duran is the new doctor in town and he specializes in Rural Family Medicine. He likens himself to the old country doctor who took care of everything. His original plans were to be a surgeon, but when it came time to do his residency, he was invited to a small 25-bed hospital in Vivian, Louisiana, for an interview. "I was a little concerned about the size of the hospital and if I would get enough training in everything," says Duran. "Other doctors said when I walk out of here I'll be able to treat 98% of what's wrong with patients, and the other 2% I can learn through research. After the 2nd year I felt I was ready for practice. It's a testament to their program."

Christmas Book Club Home Tour

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Slated for December 2

The Carthage Book Club has announced the local couples that have so graciously opened their homes to the community and allowed them to be featured on the Carthage Book Club's Annual Christmas Home Tour. The Allison Family Homeplace, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Allison, 1450 U.S. 79 South, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Buck Davidson, 1011 Baylor, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Davis, 2983 FM 10, and Mrs. Milton Payne, 215 N. Daniels.

The Christmas Home Tour will be held on Sunday, December 2, from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be served at the Hawthorn-Clabaugh-Patterson House in Carthage during the tour with a drawing for a special gift to be held at 4:30 pm. Tickets are available from any book club member at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, or at KGAS Radio. Proceeds from the home tour benefit local scholarships and community service. The public is invited to attend.

Battlin' Bulldog Band

Written by Teresa Dennard.

First win at NAMMB

Left. Left. Left, right, left. Marching to the drum cadence, the musicians line up like tiny toy soldiers across the field. Everyone stops, and takes a collective breath as they prepare to begin. Your very own Carthage Band is ready to put on their performance for the contest crowd.

The Carthage High School Battlin' Bulldog Band placed third at the National Association of Military Marching Bands contest that was held in Bryan on November 3. It was originally believed that we were the first Carthage band in over 20 years to place at this particular contest, however this record has yet to be proven. “After reviewing NAMMB records, they are incomplete,” Nicholas Durham, head band director stated. “Therefore I hesitate to speculate whether this is the first time we've placed under the new scoring format or not. I think we may be better off just appreciating the job we did this year.”