It's All About Horsemanship

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Shawntel Peace organizes drill team

Shawntel Peace has a love for horsemanship that would be hard to match. The love began when she was just six months old. Her dad returned home from serving in Vietnam and put her on her first horse. She was hooked. “Mama said I would cry if anybody took me off.” Her passion continually developed from there, learning all she could about riding and caring for a horse. When her daughter, Andy, turned 9 and old enough to join 4H, she got involved with the local Equestrian Drill Team, coached by William and Melinda Gatewood. “Darcy Parker asked Andy to come ride,” recalls Shawntel, “and we’ve been involved in drill ever since. Our vacation every summer was going to the State Show in Abilene.”

Dr. Wayne Kyle

Written by Teresa Dennard.

More than just your neighborhood Veterinarian

Born in 1932, James Wayne Kyle was the youngest of five children of Berta and Kit Carson Kyle. They lived in the Woods Community and farmed cotton. Fortunately for Kyle, by the time he was old enough to have responsibility to help on the farm, cotton had pretty well gone away. “I chopped a little cotton and followed a mule just a very little bit because I wasn’t big enough. I did just enough to know I was glad I didn’t have to.” When World War II started, all the hands left to work in the shipyards in Houston or California so his father began turning their cotton fields into pastureland for cattle. Kyle gained experience that proved to be helpful years later.

Running for the Spirit of Hope

Written by Teresa Dennard.

5K runs planned for community fitness

Most any day, in the early hours of the morning, groups of runners can be seen in different areas around town. Some run for the exercise, some run to prepare themselves for an upcoming race. One of those races is the Spirit of Hope 5K Health Walk and Run organized by Shannon Singh. A runner herself, Shannon began the event three years ago to raise funds for cancer research while encouraging the community to be healthy and active. Two years later she organized the event again, but this time monies raised went to Mission Carthage. Over 200 people participated and raised $6,000.

Born with a Guitar in His Hand

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Family ties run deep

Country music roots run deep in Martha Melton’s family. Her father A.C. Cheshire was known as “Cherokee Red.” He began his music career while going to school in Gary. Mr. R.C. Beauchamp was the principal and recognized several of the high school boys had some real musical talent. He loaded them up, carried them to Shreveport and entered them in a contest. After high school, Cheshire joined the military, and when he returned, he played in every honky tonk in East Texas. During one stint in Beaumont, he played with Jim Reeves.

A Big Night for Country Music Fans

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Hall of Fame weekend begins August 16

One of the biggest draws for tourism in Carthage is the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Built in 2002, the Hall is home to hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia from the 45 Country Music Stars that have been inducted since its inception. From guitars to rhinestoned apparel, each piece showcased within the glass cabinets is a walk back in time and a history lesson in itself. Each month over 500 visitors register at the Hall of Fame for a tour of the building. Records kept since the initial opening of the building show that people from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries have passed through the Museum.

Holly Tucker

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Headed for Stardom

When Holly Tucker came to Carthage to compete in the John Ritter Tribute Showcase, little did we know what was in store for this talented young lady. Those that heard her sing could tell she was headed for stardom.

Her parents, Johnny and Cheryl Tucker, are musicians themselves. They met in the early 80’s while singing in a Christian music group. When Holly was 7, they knew she had a gift and a talent that was special, so they began taking her to sing at contests and different events in their area so she could get some stage experience. When Holly turned 16, the Tuckers heard about the local auditions through friends that were bringing their kids to compete.

Back to School Bash

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Set for Saturday, August 10

Calling all Panola County kids ages kindergarten through 6th grade – the Mission Carthage Back-to-School Bash will kick off the new school year on Saturday, August 10, from 10:00am – 12 noon. Held at the Carthage Civic Center, local businesses, organizations and churches are partnering together to donate their time and money to help make this event a huge success.

Phala Mae Nail

Written by Teresa Dennard.

 Never lets things upset her

One day Dennis LaGrone was driving down University Drive and noticed a lady in her yard tending to her cotton plants. Now, lots of folks have plants growing in their yards, but cotton is usually not one of them. He stopped to chat and met Mrs. Phala Mae Nail.

Born May 18, 1919, in the Murvaul community, Phala Mae Morris Nail is now 94 years old. She was the oldest of 10 children of Joseph Morris and the only girl until the baby came along 22 years later. “She’s like my child,” Phala Mae said, “I helped raise her." Ancestors of the family came to Panola County in 1830, one of which was Isaac Reed. He bought the first league of land from Mexico. George Walton was another ancestor. Walton Community and cemetery was named after him. When he came to Texas he settled on John Tom Ross’s land.

Pippen Motor Company

Written by Teresa Dennard.

 A business with some great mileage

Back in 1951, B.B. Pippen purchased the local Pontiac dealership from Ed Fitch on South Shelby Street in Carthage. He discussed the plans with his wife, Eula, but said he would only buy it if she would agree to keep the books. He sold the cars, she did the books and they hired a mechanic and a guy to do cleanup. They were in business. Daughter, Walta Nell, remembers being 11 years old when her daddy bought the dealership. “It was such a big deal to us. Back then there were 7 or 8 car dealerships in Carthage—Chrysler, Ford, Mercury, Studebaker, Dodge, Plymouth. I don’t know how we survived.”

Haircut-athon at the Village Salon

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Raising money for Mission Carthage

School is about to start and kids are trying to get used to the idea of getting up early again after a summer of sleeping late. It’s usually about this time, a new haircut is in the plans. Karen Peterson and her staff at The Village Salon have come up with an idea to make it easy to get that new “do.” It’s the “Haircut-athon” available to school children ages 5 thru 18.

Concert Series Features Asleep at the Wheel

Written by Panola College Pony Express Staff.

Sept. 14 sponsored by Panola College Fine Arts Program

Asleep at the Wheel, the GRAMMY Award-winning “Kings of Texas Swing” will perform in concert at the Carthage Civic Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. Tickets are available from the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, 300 W. Panola, 903-693-6634. Reserved floor seats are $35, and general admission seats are $25.