The Panola County Livestock Show and Sale

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Kids learn the value of hard work and responsibility

While most of ukori hookers are nestled in our homes during the dead of winter trying to stay warm, local 4-H and FFA students are outside taking care of animals and preparing for the upcoming livestock show. According to Lee Dudley, County Extension Agent, over 250 entries have been registered for the Panola County Livestock Show and Sale. The event will be held on February 22-24, 2012, at the Panola County Expo Hall. In order to be eligible to show an animal, exhibitors must live in Panola County or attend a Panola County public school, private school or home school and be a member of 4-H or FFA, also within Panola County. They must be at least in the third grade and in good standing in their respective school with regards to attendance and grades.

The amount of time a student has to work with an animal depends on which type of project is chosen.  If showing a steer, the animal is selected in early spring, soon after the February show is over. Dudley says, "With cattle, parents go out and pick their own because you're dealing with a lot more money and investment. The price of the animal usually starts at $1,500. When you figure in the cost of feed times the 300 days the kids have the animals, the investment reaches well over $2,500. We only have 10-12 kids that show steers because of the cost involved."

Don't go tellin' little lies

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A formula for success for 103 years

coila crawfordShe turned 103 years old on January 30. She doesn't remember too much about what she did last week, but ask her about her childhood, and she can recite all kinds of details. Coila Crawford was born to Leo and Checkie Bird in 1909, the only girl, between two brothers. The family raised cotton on land which extended from Adams Street over to where BRAC's restaurant is presently located. Bird Drive is named after her family. The house stood where the Panola College athletic dorm is now. It had 14 steps going up to the front door. The auction barn was located next to their house, and cattle were driven down the clay roads to the loading area at the railroad. Automobiles were rare. Coila recalls, "I never milked a cow and never had to pick cotton. Mother didn't think that was a girl thing to do."

The Other Industry

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Louisiana Pacific plays a vital role in the community

When induslouisiana pacifictry in Panola County is mentioned, generally oil and gas is the first that comes to mind. But another successful industry in the area is Louisiana Pacific.  The 56 acre plant, located just north of the loop on CR 201, manufactures oriented strand board, or OSB, which has become a very popular and cost-effective substitute for plywood.

4-H Involves the Entire Family

Written by Teresa Dennard.

County Extension Agents work to help the community

 gold star winnersPanola County Extension Agents Lee Dudley and Sarah Colley Jones spend much of their time working with youth in the community. With 188 active members involved in eight different 4-H  clubs, much of their time is spent overseeing and coordinating various projects and activities. They help young people develop skills that will be useful the rest of their lives such as how to set goals, how to plan and organize, and how to speak in front of a group. It's a great experience in which the entire family can participate.

Getting involved & making a difference

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Students learn the meaning of service & helping others

kade hogg collecting can tabsIt's amazing how collecting such a little thing as a can tab can make such a difference in a person's life. It all started with Kade Hogg and his family. His great-grandmother, Annette Tanner, lives in Shreveport and has a neighbor whose grandson is fighting leukemia. His name is Cameron Varnell, and he is a typical 11-year-old who loves to play and have a good time.  She asked that they help collect can tabs to send to St. Jude's Research Hospital. They had been doing this for over a year when Kade decided it would be neat to get all of Baker-Koonce  involved.

Bernie Movie Debuts in March

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Based on actual events

jack black & danny buckThe city of Carthage has become "famous" for many things over the years—three state football championships in a row, two state baseball championships, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, the Best Little Town in Texas, Margie Neal, the first woman senator in Texas.  Unfortunately, what has probably played the biggest role in putting Carthage 'on the map' is the murder of Mrs. Marjorie Nugent, an 81 year old widow who was very rich and had few friends.  Her killer, 39 year old Bernie Tiede, stuffed her in a freezer and left her there for nine months.

Rich in Family History

Written by Teresa Dennard.

First State Bank & Trust Company celebrates 110 Years

jim and b.f. payneFebruary, 2012, will mark the 110 year anniversary of the First State Bank & Trust Company. R. E. Trabue, known as the richest man in Carthage at the time, organized the bank in 1902 under the name Merchants & Farmers National Bank. The bank building was located on the west side of the square, and the majority of the customers were farm families who made their living with cotton, cattle and timber. Deposits at the time were $93,000.

It's a Family Affair

Written by Teresa Dennard.

4-H and FFA Projects teach responsibility and hard work

4HWhen talking to kids about their 4H projects, it's easy to see that it's a family affair. They start in third grade, progressing each year with skills that are learned.  Parents like the idea of getting their children involved with a group that teaches responsibility and hard work. These are the stories of kids that love working with animals and reaping the rewards.

City Purchases Emergency Messaging System

Written by Teresa Dennard.

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Recently the City of Carthage purchased a new emergency messaging system called Tele-Works. According to Data Processing Manager Debbie Pierce, "The original system was cost-prohibitive, so we found a cheaper alternative with the same results. The Christmas holidays were the first time we used this new system so we could inform our residents of our office and garbage pickup schedules.  We use the phone numbers that are associated with our utility bill accounts."

Panola Rodeo Team Experiences Success

Written by Teresa Dennard.

NIRA sanctioned event coming March 2-3

dameon whiteDameon White has found his dream job.  He coaches a sport that doesn't make the headlines often, but possesses the same thrills and excitement as any other.  This is his first year as the Panola College Rodeo Coach. He has a team of 30 members that come from all over the United States and as far away as  Canada. Dameon knows the sport as well as anybody. He started rodeoing when he was five, and  competed in every event except bareback and saddle bronc riding.  He went to Cisco College on a rodeo and basketball scholarship and is still competing in team roping, recently returning from a rodeo in Denver. His wife, Courtney, who grew up competing in barrel racing and goat tying, is his assistant coach. "I really love it," says Dameon, "It's an experience, going back to when I was rodeoing in college and then coming here to coach it. I see both sides of it. I love helping the kids and trying to get them on the right path."

Rotary Motto is "Service above Self"

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Local Service Organization

rotary clubThe Rotary Club is an international service organization made up of business and professional leaders interested in the welfare of their local community and the world. It is the largest international volunteer service organization in the world with over 1.2 million members. Weekly meetings are held for the purpose of fellowship and to feature programs about issues and topics of interest to members.