Written by Teresa Dennard.

50 Years of Excellence

It all started in 1953 when Superintendent Q.M. Martin wanted to include an Industrial Arts program at Carthage High School. He needed a teacher and contacted David Johnson who had just graduated from college. Johnson had an offer at Austin High in Houston, but decided to go for the interview in Carthage. “Mr. Martin called me every day asking me not to sign a contract with Austin High. I wasn’t even sure where Carthage was, but I decided I’d give it a try.” Mr. Johnson stayed eight years teaching drafting, woodworking and metals. Lots of students signed up for the classes and they were all boys. “We always took students to the state competition on the A&M campus,” recalls Johnson. “The most outstanding piece that was built during my tenure was a big dining room cabinet made of cherry lumber by Billy Hudson who was one of the really outstanding students I had. I left after 8 years to work for a textbook publishing company and George Smith took over. I always said the reason George stayed as long as he did was because it took him that long to straighten up the mess that I left!”

Living the Dream

Written by Teresa Dennard.

One shot at it and that's all you get

For a good part of his 20 years, Bryce Barney has been sitting on top of a horse either riding or roping. Starting in the six and under age group in the Piney Woods Youth Association, Bryce competed in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping. From there he progressed to riding steers and junior bulls. He didn’t care much about calf roping till he turned 15. “One day we went to an open rodeo in Jacksonville,” recalls Bryce, “and it was the first time tie-down calf roping went smooth for me. We were on the way home and I told Dad that I was gonna quit riding bulls and focus on roping. I’m glad I did even though there’s more money in riding bulls in this day and time. The pure factor of what it does to your body made me rethink what I was doing. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore.”

Sabine Riding Club

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Provides lots of fun for the family

It all started with Ovid Evans and his love for riding horses. One morning in 1966, he invited Roger Choice to go with him to find a place where adults and kids alike could ride and have some good family fun on horseback. They pulled up to Mr. H.C. Ray’s place and found him out discing up a garden plot on his tractor. “Mr. Ray pulled up right beside me and I asked him if he would sell us 8-10 acres of land for a riding club. He said NO and left on his tractor to make another round. Roger was ready to go, but I said I know him…he’ll come back. He did and this time killed the engine on his tractor. He told us if you’ll let my kids ride in it, I’ll let you have it for $1 a year lease just to make it legal. I asked him to give us at least 10 years because of the work we would put in it. He said NOPE and made another round. The next time he stopped, we finally agreed on one year at a time for $1 a year and it’s been going ever since.”

It's time for a little spring cleaning

Written by Teresa Dennard.

In conjunction with "Don't Mess with Texas"

Spring is usually a time when folks get in the mood to do a little spring cleaning. The weather is warmer, the flowers are blooming and most everybody likes to be outside to enjoy it. This is also the time when the Keep Texas Beautiful organization focuses on educating and engaging Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. To help do our part in this effort, the City of Carthage and Main Street are hosting the 4th Annual Keep Carthage Beautiful Campaign on Saturday, April 6.

Music Club Presents Charles Galetar

Written by Teresa Dennard.

in concert at Central Baptist Church

On Friday, April 26, 2013, the Carthage Music Club will host a benefit concert featuring Organist Charles Galetar. The event will be held at Central Baptist Church at 7:00 pm and will feature organ arrangements on well-known hymn tunes as well as Bach’s Now Thank We All Our God and his Toccata and Fugue in D-minor. Other composers represented will be Mendelssohn, Antonio Soler, George Thalben-Ball, Antony Baldwin, John Cook, Eugene Gigout, Dale Wood and Charles Galetar.

It's like a club

Written by Teresa Dennard.

but one you don't really want to be in

You never know what twists and turns life is going to bring your way. Travis and DeShana Penner discovered the truth in that statement when their son was 3 ½ years old. Tripp seemed to be sick all the time, more so than the normal coughs and sniffles of a two year old. He also had unexplained bruises on his body. The daycare called and asked DeShana to come get Tripp because he was running a low-grade fever. She took him to a local doctor who ran blood tests, but showed nothing. He suggested she keep Tripp out of daycare for six weeks to let his body recover. “Travis and I both had jobs,” she recalled, “and I couldn’t see either of us telling work that we don’t know what’s wrong with our child, but we can’t come in.” Her motherly instincts kicked in—she knew she needed a second opinion. “I didn’t know any doctors in Longview,” said DeShana, “so I just took the blood test results with me and went to the Diagnostic Clinic, looked at the list of pediatricians and picked Dr. D’Antoni.”


Written by Teresa Dennard.

Not your ordinary horror film

Barry Sagan is a pleasant man. He loves photography, scrapbooking, and doesn’t have many friends. Mick Hedgeworth is obnoxious, loves explosions, and doesn’t have many friends. Naturally the two opposites make a great team. Renting a house from Barry, Mick and his wife Maggie are a happy couple raising their son Hunter. Life seems pretty swell, that is, until women in the area start going missing. Believing she has witnessed a murder by a masked monster, Maggie becomes paranoid and the Hedgeworth family begins to unravel. Who, or what, is the masked monster and what will become of Barry and the Hedgeworth family?

The Shady Ladies

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Know the true meaning of giving

There’s a church on Highway 315, a few miles west of Clayton whose congregation is small in number, but great in service.  The Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Longbranch, Texas, has been established since 1882, and through the years, members of the church have made sure that each generation has maintained the same standard of morals and principles as the last. That is evident in a group of ladies known as the “Shady Ladies.”

Spiritual Renewal for Panola County

Written by Teresa Dennard.

We need it now, and we need it here.

Mark your calendars for April 28 thru May 5—a county-wide revival is coming! Sponsored by the Panola County Ministerial Fellowship, the revival will be held in a different church each evening with pastors from local churches bringing the message. Also, each weekday at 11:00 am, various churches will host a revival meeting for those whose schedule can’t accommodate the evening meetings. Thursday, May 2, is the National Day of Prayer and all are encouraged to attend the event at Anderson Park in downtown Carthage at 11:00 am. On April 25, a 24-hour prayer service will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 201 S. Shelby. So that this revival can include everyone in Panola County, Rick Aguilar will be available at each service to translate the message into Spanish.

Rodeo Week

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Has something for everyone

Rodeo week has a full slate of activities and events that is sure to include a little something for everyone. Trying to get back to the days when everything was on the square, committee members and downtown merchants are putting their heads together to come up with some great fun. Events for the week:

Quilts are becoming more sophisticated

Written by Susie Evers.

Holding on to traditions of our mothers

When first proposed a little over ten years ago, the quilt show was conceived as a simple local event to be a showcase for the work of the local quilt clubs.  At that time, most of our quilters were beginners and the quilts displayed in the early shows were simple traditional quilts.   The Panola Squares Quilt Club and the Busy Quilters Guild had each organized and held regular meetings where the members learned basic quilting patterns and discovered new tools and techniques.  Supported by Carthage Main Street, the early shows were held at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and attracted a local audience and a handful of vendors.