It's not just a painting class

Written by Teresa Dennard.

It's a Passion!

Gloriann Spiller has been a teacher of something all her life. She’s soft-spoken and easy-going and it comes naturally to her. She started as a second grade teacher, but now concentrates on a different type of teaching – painting. Gloriann and her husband, Wilburn, once owned Grandfather’s House, a local picture framing shop where he did the framing and she taught “a little oil painting.” She was able to instill her passion for painting into her students and develop a loyal following that is still going strong today, over 25 years later.

A True Hometown Pharmacy

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Ken Turner has been downtown for over 50 years

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Ken Turner worked with his dad farming peanuts and cotton. He was a responsible young man, going to school during the day, driving a school bus at 16 to make extra money and then coming home in the evenings to work in the fields. Because of all the sand and dust that goes along with farming peanuts, he developed what was called dust pneumonia. The doctor, who was a good family friend, told him that if he ever decided to do something other than farming, he should try being a pharmacist. At the time, his dreams were set on being a professional baseball player. He was good enough at pitching in high school to get a college scholarship, but an accident which injured his shoulder put an end to that dream. So pharmacy school it was.

Let's Get Moving!

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Community has opportunities to participate in physical activity

According to a recent study, Texas is the 10th fattest state in the country. Thirty percent of us are obese. An additional thirty percent are overweight. Where does Panola County fit into that statistic? Take a look around you. How many people do you see that are overweight and/or out of shape? Too many? Well, it’s time to do something about it! A committee of local citizens is ready to take action. Initiated by Pat Whitaker, RN with the Department of State Health Services, and Andy Garr, chairman of PATCH (Panola Alliance Toward Community Health), the group is making plans to get Panola County fit and healthy.

Can I Interest You in a Friendly Game of Golf?

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Latex Golf Course open to the public

Located on Highway 79 about 20 miles northeast of Carthage is a small 9-hole golf course named the Latex Golf Club. Built in the late 1950’s on United Gas Pipe Line property, the course intertwines amongst oil top roads that once were lined with houses and occupied by employees who were there to maintain the compressor station. According to, the golf course “is wide open and plays to a par 36. The two sets of tees allow for a second go-around, with the full 18 holes playing around 5,600 yards. The trick is in holding the small Bermuda greens, since approach shots must be perfect. Your short game will definitely get a workout here. There are no bunkers, and water comes into play only once.  The most difficult hole is from the number 11 tee box--a slight dogleg left that requires a perfect tee shot to avoid the huge sycamore tree in the fairway.”

Canines Fighting Cancer

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Bark for Life - June 15, 2013

If you’re a dog lover, the Civic Center is the place to be on Saturday, June 15. Gina Smith, along with other Relay for Life organizers, is hosting the first-ever Panola County Bark for Life event. Bring your dogs, bring your kids, create a team of dog lovers and join the fun. All the money raised will be added to the funds that were collected for the May Relay for Life event. The total to date is over $87,000 and organizers would like to reach the $90,000 mark. All monies collected go to the American Cancer Society.

Culinary Crossroads

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Macie Peavy's Recipe is a Hit

When there’s a special occasion at the First State Bank, Macie Peavy likes to bring her special strawberries for everyone to enjoy. They are always a big hit with everyone. These make a great summertime treat for family gatherings or special parties.

16th Annual Hall of Fame Show

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Features All-Star Lineup

Tickets are on sale for the 16th Annual Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Show to be held at the Carthage Civic Center, Saturday, August 17. No artists will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the second year in a row due to space constraints at the TCMHOF Museum. Expansion plans are in the works for this year which will nearly double the size of the museum.


Written by Teresa Dennard.

Cities Plan to Give Carthage a Run for their Money

It’s time once again for Carthage folks to show Marshall and Henderson that “we’re in it to win it!” For the last four years, the Carter BloodCare Center has held a blood drive competition between the three cities, and Carthage has come away with the trophy each year. Mayors from each of the cities, Mayor Carson Joines of Carthage, Mayor Ed Smith of Marshall, and Mayor Pat Brack of Henderson will challenge each other to see who can bring in the most people to donate blood. The two losers will have to sweep the downtown streets of the winner. The competition two years ago was a close race between Carthage and Marshall, with Carthage winning by only 4 pints of blood. In last year’s race, Carthage won by a wide margin, but Marshall and Henderson both have new people in charge that plan to give Carthage a run for their money this year!

Bound to Serve

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Military Service Spans 5 Generations

Military service in the Bounds family spans five generations. A great, great grandfather served in the Revolutionary War in a North Carolina militia with Francis Marion, known as the “Swamp Fox”. A great grandfather served in the Mexican War and the Civil War. Grandfather, Caufman Marion Bounds, was named after the Swamp Fox. Father, John Grady Bounds, served in World War I in the American Expeditionary Force in France as a Private First Class in the 344th Field Artillery. His marriage to Willie B. Nail produced nine children, all of which served in the military except for one daughter. The one thing that John Grady Bounds passed on to his family was the truth, “There is no greater honor than being an American. There is no greater responsibility than being an American. We as Americans have a responsibility to serve our country, not only in its time of need, but each and every day of each and every year. That service can be in the military, government service, or most important of all, just being a good, responsible, everyday citizen of these United States.”

New State-of-the-Art Facility

Written by Teresa Dennard.

The Sammy Brown Library is Open for Business

The long awaited opening of the new Sammy Brown Library has finally arrived. Located at 319 S. Market, the 14,400 square foot building has been transformed into a beautiful state-of-the-art facility. Upon entering the building, the original terrazzo floor with the National Guard logo inset has been kept to honor the history of the building. Decorated in earthy tones, the interior features a high ceiling which includes windows and skylights for natural lighting, and the spacious floor has several Wi-Fi seating areas equipped with power outlets for personal laptop users. The community room used for meetings and programs will accommodate twice as many people and is equipped with a small kitchen area. A new feature is the drive-up book return slot and canopy on the south side of the library.