Written by Teresa Dennard.

A boy's rise over  his life's giants

Anyone that listens to KGAS Radio is familiar with the World Famous Swap Shop that airs weekday mornings at 9:00 am. Although many enjoy listening to the program, no one is a bigger fan than Victor Turner. A vivacious, 12 year old who listens to Swap Shop any time he’s not attending classes at Baker-Koonce, Victor fell in love with the ‘buy, sell or trade’ show and claims Mark Bownds to be his “Main Man.” Knowing how much Victor loves Swap Shop, his grandfather, James Speer, made arrangements for him to visit the KGAS studio to see Bownds in action. “When I took him up there,” recalls Speer, “I thought we would sit in the other room and watch Mark through the glass, but he told us to come on in.” Victor was in heaven. Not only did he get to be in the newsroom and watch Bownds in action, he also got to participate. The listening audience loved him.

If I Build It They Will Come

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Rick Kuper, Local Chainsaw Artist Extraordinaire

Drive north on State Highway 79 a few miles; when topping the hill past the river bridge, you’ll see it. Pull in the driveway and take a look around. Rick Kuper has created everything you see. From bears to pelicans to owls to cigar store Indians, he is a master sculptor and artist extraordinaire. His medium of choice is the chain saw.

The Magna Carta

Written by Teresa Dennard.

On Display in Houston

A rarely seen piece of history is making its way to Texas. The Magna Carta, which is considered by many to be the greatest constitutional document of all time, is coming to the Houston Museum of Natural Science from February 14 to August 17, 2014. Originally signed in 1215, the document established the most fundamental concepts of law—due process, trial by jury of one’s peers, the importance of a speedy and unbiased trial, and protection against excessive bail or fines or cruel and unusual punishment. It is the model upon which the United States Constitution was based.

The Magic of Believing

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Primary students experience Christmas train ride

The Polar Express is a story of a young boy on Christmas Eve who boards a magical train that takes him on the ride of his life. Traveling to the North Pole he experiences an extraordinary adventure with other children who are dressed in their pajamas just like him. On this adventure to the North Pole he realizes the magic of believing. The book, written by Chris Van Allsburg, was chosen as the Caldecott Medal winner in 1986. This award is given each year to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for children published in the United States.

KGAS Radio

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Tuning in for 58 years!

The first radio station in Carthage was started in 1955. Two men who were brothers-in-law, Tom Alford and F.E. Barr, put their money and knowledge together and applied for a license. They put up a tower and transmitter on Hill’s Lake Road and rented studios above First State Bank on the west side of the square. At 1590 AM, the 1,000 watt station was on the air from daylight to dark. Alf Jernigan, Jr., manager of the Chamber of Commerce, suggested the call letters KGAS because Carthage was the gas capital of the nation. They were in business.

Woods and Popey

Written by Teresa Dennard.

The most expensive cup of coffee he ever bought!

How does one go from living in London, England, to living in Gary, Texas? Why, love, of course! Martyn Popey was raised in Norfolk, England, a place not too different from East Texas. He learned to play the guitar at 15 and joined his brother’s rock ‘n roll band. When finished with school, Martyn became an electrician and did his apprenticeship until he was 21. He’d soon had enough of being on a construction site, so he went to London to get a music degree at Trinity College of Music. He played all kinds of music—from jazz and rock to country and rockabilly.  

Hawthorn's Service of Remembrance

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Unique Service Honors Loved Ones Passed

The Service of Remembrance, presented by Hawthorn Funeral Home, is a memorial candlelight service honoring loved ones who have passed. The program is scheduled for Friday, December 6, at 7:00 pm in the Hawthorn Funeral Chapel. For 19 years, Carlton and Karen Shamburger, along with the staff and Ladies’ Auxiliary of Hawthorn Funeral Home, have invited the bereaved community to this special program in their honor.

Relay for Life

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Fighting back against cancer

Participating in Relay for Life is a great way to join other community members in the fight against cancer. The annual kick-off is just around the corner with committee members making big plans for the upcoming Relay event. This year’s theme is “Give Cancer the Boot.” Anyone interested in joining the effort, or just wanting to find out more about it, is invited to attend the kick-off on January 17, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Southside Presents the Living Nativity

Written by Teresa Dennard.

December 7th, 14th & 21st

A drive-thru Living Nativity coming in December is the first of its kind in Panola County. Hosted by Southside Baptist Church, Pastor Kirby Hill presented the idea to the church back in January. When Hill challenged the church he said, “We have the perfect place for this with our circular driveway. We can place scenes from the life of Jesus around the outer edge of the church parking lot for the cars to drive through and have characters in each scene telling the story of Jesus. The church worked hard on this project all year. We will be ready. Everyone is on board and there is a growing excitement among the members.’

Home Tour

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Festive occasion kicks off the holiday season

The Carthage Book Club Christmas Home Tour, usually held on the first Sunday in December, is scheduled for Sunday, December 8. The Home Tour has been pushed back a week to avoid a conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Additionally, club members voted to change the venue from the Chamber of Commerce building to the Central Baptist Church.

Lions Club Variety Show

Written by Teresa Dennard.

67th Year for Show

On Friday, January 24, the Panola County Lions Club will host its 67th variety show that is guaranteed to be full of slapstick comedy and top-notch talent. First started in the pre-World War II era, the showboat style program is produced solely by the local Lions and is the major fundraiser for the year. Complete with an Interlocutor, End Men, and Storytellers, the show has 32 talent acts that are sure to be showstoppers! Show Director Jerry Hanszen says, “We have a lot of surprises this year, so people need to come see what we have planned.”