East Texas Oil & Gas Blast

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Promises Fun for the Family!

Plans for the 11th Annual East Texas Oil & Gas Blast are in full swing and will be held on Saturday, October 13 at the Carthage Civic Center. Many area oil and gas companies have donated monies to support the event and have joined with the City of Carthage, the Chamber of Commerce and Carthage Main Street to make this a fun event for the entire community. Festivities begin at 10:00am and will continue until 4:00pm. Admission is free of charge and the day will feature arts and crafts booths, a Classic Car Show, a costume contest, a cake baking contest, a free children’s area and live entertainment on the stage of the Civic Center.

Fall Festivals

Written by Teresa Dennard.

October Bash – Oct. 27

The Carnival is held at the Turner Alumni Building from the hours of 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Fun activities include games in the gym, bounce houses, face painting, plus a snow cone machine. “We really transform this place into a fun day,” says Isha Brown. The haunted house starts at 9:00 pm.  Tickets for the festival games are 2 tickets for $1.00   Cost for the haunted house is $7.00. For more info: 903.693.3351

Fire Prevention Month

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Emphasizes "Have Two Ways Out"

October is the month for emphasizing national fire safety and prevention. Since 1922, the nation has been commemorating the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire which started on October 8, 1871. Legend has it that one late afternoon, Mrs. Kate O’Leary was milking her cow, Daisy. While in the barn, Daisy kicked over and broke a lantern which quickly set the barn ablaze. Mrs. O’Leary was home alone, so she had no help to put out the fire. It quickly spread throughout the town killing over 300 people and destroying homes and buildings that were in its path.

Anderson Celebration to Honor Ancestors

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Event planned for Saturday, October 27

It all started 166 years ago with a man named Jonathan Anderson. He came to Texas in 1818 with his family and settled in an area that was in Shelby County at the time. Later when Panola County was formed from Shelby and Harrison Counties in 1846, Anderson’s land was near the very center of the new county. Pulaski had been established as the temporary county seat since it was one of the two major settlements at the time, but, according to the State Legislature, the seat should be no more than five miles from the geographical center of the county. Anderson stepped forward and donated 100 acres of his land for the use of the county. An election was held and Carthage was voted the new county seat. Anderson later was elected sheriff and continued to serve in various county offices until 1862.

Cajun Fest promises fun

Written by Katherine Titterington.

Family fun that never goes out of style

What started as a party for “displaced Cajuns” in Carthage has been going strong as a community festival for St. William of Vercelli Catholic Church.  On October 20, 2012, the 20th annual Cajun Fest will be going strong.  When the church moved to its current location in 1980, Father Blumm and his parishioners started working toward growth and filling the needs of the community. Over the past 20 years, Cajun Fest has been a major fundraiser to help fill needs within the parish, especially creating educational programs and building a parish hall with classrooms.  Food, fun, and music have helped create one of Carthage’s longstanding traditions. This year, the 20th anniversary of Cajun Fest, there will be lots of all three elements. 

Allison Chapel Members Celebrate 175 Years

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Oldest Continuous Church in Panola County

Small country churches struggle to stay alive in our present day and age. Once thriving with ample memberships, these churches are seeing fewer and fewer people sitting in the pews on Sunday mornings. The old folks are dying off and the young folks are moving to larger churches in town to take advantage of the opportunities that are available. And so it is with the Allison Chapel Methodist Church in Fairplay. Lifetime member James Browning says, “We have 23 members. Janie and I are in our mid 60’s and we’re the second youngest couple in the church. I grew up here as a member and I’ll die a member unless it dies before I do. We only average about eight people in attendance on Sunday mornings, but there are three of us that have said, ‘it ain’t gonna die on our watch.’ We plan to keep it going.”

New Scoreboard

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Creates Opportunities for Students

Carthage has a new claim to fame—a 58 foot high resolution video scoreboard that is said to be the largest of any high school in the United States. Excessive? Some say “yes,” but ask the students in Stuart Stanley’s Advanced Broadcasting class at CHS and they’ll tell you “no way!” After two weeks of intense training on the video equipment, the eight students involved in the class have mastered the necessary techniques and are in full production mode come game time.

Hedges Instills Love of Ancestry in Granddaughters

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Sarah and Abbye inherited the passion for history

One of Liz Hedges’ passions is researching her ancestry. She has spent many years connecting past generations with the present. Her granddaughters, Sarah and Abbye Funderburk, have inherited that passion and are following in her footsteps.

Aftershool Program offers STEM Initiative

Written by Teresa Dennard.

AYEP-Afterschool Youth Enrichment Program

According to Isha Brown, program director, “We’re one of the best kept secrets in Carthage.” She’s referring to the Afterschool Youth Enrichment Program available for students in kindergarten thru eighth grades held at the Turner Alumni Building. “We are the only ‘official’ afterschool program. So many people are unaware of who we are, where we are and that we exist to help young people expand their vision of themselves and their world.”

Available Monday thru Thursday, the program fills a critical after-school need for kids and the community, operating as a safe haven during the “danger zone” hours of 3-6 pm.  AYEP empowers young people with opportunities to make a positive impact on the community and beyond through education and service.

He's Just an Average Joe

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Troy Dean Kees has been singing all his life

Pull into Sonic for a half-price drink some afternoon and you just might run into Troy Dean Kees. He’s a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, always well mannered, and always wearing a smile. When he brings your drink to the car, ask him what he likes to do more than anything and he’ll tell you it’s to sing.

Hats off Texas

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A huge success!

The Panola County Republican Women want to thank everyone who helped make the “Cowgirls meet Cajuns” and the “Hats Off Texas!” events a success. Sponsors who donated money, merchandise, advertising, printing, and/or their time, those who loaned items for decorating, local merchants who allowed posters to be displayed, those who decorated the donated hats, and those who bought the silent auction items and cowboy hats. Total attendance for both events was approximately 400. The organization was able to raise over $10,000.