A Bond That Can't Be Broken

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Three Generations of Marines

sparks bannerThey say once it gets in your blood, it's hard to shake. That holds true with the Sparks family. For three generations they've been a part of one of the most loyal organizations in the world--the Marines. For three generations they have answered the call of duty. Walter enlisted in the Vietnam era, his oldest son, Scott, served during Desert Storm, his youngest son, Matt, served two tours in Iraq, and now his grandson, Michael, has served in Afghanistan and is currently stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Walter was a junior in high school when he made the decision to join the Marines. The year was 1966. “My dad was in the Army, and I had an uncle that was in the Marine Corps. I admired the tradition of the Marines and what they stood for.

Bits of Hope

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Hometown girl realizes dream

jenice fittsArdy is kind, he’s gentle, and he’s easygoing. He’s got a great personality. He gets along well with others. He loves kids, and they love him. Ardy is a horse—a beautiful, 9 year old bay Quarter Horse gelding. His owner is Jenice Wedgeworth Fitts, Director of “Bits of Hope,” an equine assisted learning program for children and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities, as well as “at-risk” students.

Carthage Service League

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Volunteering service to the community

thrift shopIn 1948, Virginia Brown moved to Carthage from Shreveport. She had been a member of the Junior League in Shreveport and was interested in forming a League in Carthage. At the time, membership was limited to women no older than the age of 35. Even though interest was quite high in joining the League, the organization soon found its members reaching the age limit. There were not enough women without children and without jobs that could be involved with the League, so the members voted to change the organization to the Carthage Service League. The League was formed with the purpose of volunteering service to the community.

Mash Bash Blood Drive

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Carthage wants to make it 4 in a row!

mash bashCarthage is a city known for winning. It doesn’t matter if it’s sports, music or tiddlywinks…if there’s a contest, we’re going to try to win it! And that’s the case with the Mash Bash Blood Drive contest between three cities--Carthage, Marshall and Henderson. Even though Carthage has the smallest population of the three, we were able to pull together and win.

Restoring History

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Cemeteries come back to life

old macedonia cemeteryYou have to see it to believe it. What was once an area completely grown over with weeds and brush is now cleared and marked with over 500 gravesites. It all started in 1976 with Bob Browning wanting to locate where his great, great grandfather was buried. He was told that H.D. Browning was in the Old Macedonia Cemetery, located on CR 225 in the Holland Quarters area. Browning, and his wife Mary Lou, set out to find the cemetery. "Mary Lou saw a few old headstones as we topped the hill. We could barely get in there it was so grown over. What we found was just a bunch of grave markers piled up under a cedar tree."

Take a Kid Fishing Day

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Fun for the family!

kids fishingParents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and anybody in between, what a great way to spend some quality time with a child and teach them some life skills along the way. The “Take a Kid Fishing” day at Lake Murvaul offers just that opportunity. Held on the first Saturday of June each year, the outing brings over 200 kids and adults together for a fun filled day. Organized by the Panola County Fresh Water District, many local sponsors donate money and prizes to help make this a day the kids will long remember. Registration for the fishing event begins at 8:00 am at the Pavilion at the Decker-Hill Park on Lake Murvaul. Fishing will continue until noon, then participants will gather for prizes and food. For registration details and information, contact Debbra Britton at 903.693.6562.


First Class Karaoke Competition

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Coming to the Hall of Fame

karaokeCountry music fans have a lot to look forward to this summer in Carthage, Texas. First up is the John Ritter Tribute Showcase Auditions on June 23, held at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Singing traditional or classic country music only, the contest is only open to amateurs. Finalists in the competition will perform again for celebrity judges on August 17, 2012, at the John Ritter Tribute Showcase on Friday, August, 17, at the Carthage Civic Center. On June 22-23, Grammy award-winning entertainer and Carthage native, Linda Davis will be at the Hall of Fame to offer her services as a consultant to anyone interested in improving their performance skills. Her consulting firm, Stage Performance 101, is designed to offer guidance to entertainers of all ages. For more information on the auditions and Stage Performance 101, visit the Hall of Fame website.

Get a Clue at the Library

Written by Kim Turner.

Summer reading program begins

library readersWho took the cookies from the cookie jar?  What really happened to Humpty Dumpty?  How do dinosaurs say goodnight?  Why can’t I slide down a rainbow?  Where do I go from here?  These and many other intriguing questions can be answered at your local library.

The Sammy Brown Library is gearing up for Summer Reading.  The theme for this year’s program is “Get a Clue at the Library!”  Every summer, children across Texas participate in the Texas Reading Club’s summer program.  This program is for children ages 3 – 12.  Children keep a reading log of the time they spend reading, and receive a certificate for their participation. 

Hats Off Texas

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Hosted by Panola County Republican Women

republican women logoThe Panola County Republican Women are sponsoring a “Hats Off Texas!” event at the Carthage Civic Center on Saturday, June 23, 2012. The event begins at 7:00 PM and will allow the organization to raise funds that will be used to benefit all Panola County schools. Special guests for the program will include Rae Chorneky, Jessie Morton, and Kathy Brugger, President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President, respectively, for the Federation of Republican Women. Also, guests include Carolyn Hodges, President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and June Williams, President of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women. Other invited guests include county and city officials, state and national representatives.

A Concert of Gospel Music

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Featuring Joseph & Renay Joubert

On Sunday, July 8, 2012, Central Baptist Church will host a concert of gospel music with professional musicians Joseph Joubert and Renay Peters Joubert. According to Mr. Harlan Hall, coordinator of the event, “I’ve been a member of the CenturyMen Choir for over 40 years and we travel worldwide doing concerts. Joseph is our accompanist and he’s the best in the world.”

Turner Alumni Reunion

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Reflecting on the history of the 'good ole' days

turner alumniIn 1932, under the leadership of Mr. A.L. Turner, the Carthage Colored High School became a reality. As Principal, Mr. Turner worked tirelessly to see that the school hired good, qualified teachers that would develop a strong academic program for the students.  In 1950, a new building and campus were dedicated to Mr. Turner for his years of hard work and growth he brought to the school. It was also at this time that health problems forced Turner into retirement. Superintendent of Carthage Schools, Q.M. Martin, suggested that the new school be named Turner High, and Arzie Sanders took over the job as principal, a position he held for over 20 years.