Law Enforcement - It's Who I am, It's What I Do

Written by Teresa Dennard.

There's a New Sheriff in Town

Serving the public is all that Kevin Lake has ever known. His dad, Maxey Lake was the Gary Fire Chief when Kevin was born. He was raised as a little snotty-nosed kid playing on the fire trucks, and at home he spent his time riding his bicycle up and down the driveway with little sirens mounted on the handlebars. He was Starsky and Hutch. He says, “It was one of those deals that was meant to be.” It was in his blood.

Oil and Gas Blast

Written by Teresa Dennard.

New Event Added - 5K Run/Walk

The 12th Annual East Texas Oil and Gas Blast will be held at the Carthage Civic Center, October 12, 2013. Festivities begin at 10:00 am and continue until 4:00 pm with a variety of activities that have something for every member of the family to enjoy. Activities include a Classic Car Show, a Halloween costume contest, arts and crafts vendors, a free children’s area and live entertainment on the stage of the Civic Center. All activities are free of charge thanks to generous donations from the area oil and gas companies.

It's not about the job...

Written by Teresa Dennard.

It's about the people.

Not many people can say they love going to work every day. Pat Whitaker did. She put her heart and soul into helping others, and she was good at it. Raised in Tennessee, Pat went to Bethel College after graduating from high school because her mother thought it would be a good place to “grow up” for a year. She spent the next three years in Memphis going to nursing school. Her supervisor was Mrs. Smith, originally from Tenaha, who was there because her husband was getting certified in radiology. After graduating as an Registered Nurse, Pat received a call from Mrs. Smith who had returned to live in Tenaha. Nearby Carthage had a new hospital and was looking for good nurses. The pay was $10 more than what Pat was making in Tennessee, so she asked another nurse friend to go to Texas with her and off they went.

Bauer-A Cornerstone of Carthage

Written by Teresa Dennard.

They've learned the key to success

When Max Bauer got out of the service in 1954, his uncle invited him to go to work in one of his two stores—either in Vivian or Haynesville, Louisiana. He chose Haynesville, and that proved to be a wise decision. One day a cute, young school teacher walked in the store needing to purchase a dish rack. The manager, who had known the young lady all her life, insisted that she “come back here and meet this fella.” Nell Morgan was introduced to Max in October, 1955, and by December of 1956 she was Mrs. Max Bauer.

Cajun Fiesta

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Bigger & Better

The Cajun Fiesta is a celebration that will bring local Cajun and Hispanic cultures together for an event that promises to be bigger and better than ever. According to Father Thomas Jesudoss, Priest for the St. William Catholic Church, the two groups are combining their annual festivals, Cajun Fest and Cinco de Mayo, to create a multicultural experience guaranteed to be fun for the entire family. Accepting the challenge of pulling all this together are Parishioners Judy Stallone and Joyce Granier, chairpersons for the festival.

Set Free

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Janet's Story of Recovery

She grew up in a wonderful home and had a wonderful childhood--so wonderful that her nickname was Princess. She felt special for most of her life. So how had her life come to this? She was married with two children; she was a preacher’s wife for goodness sakes! Things like this just don’t happen to preacher’s wives! Janet Shrewsbury was addicted to drugs—prescription drugs.  

Marian Place

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A Place of Mary

She already had plenty on her plate. How could she possibly take on any more? Judy Stallone was a Registered Nurse who was good at what she did and was at the top of her profession. She had been married 36 years, was going to be a brand new first-time grandmother, had a mother-in-law dying in the master bedroom of congestive heart failure, and had just finished 14 years of taking care of her father-in-law who had cancer and had died. And now her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “She’s into everything,” recalls Stallone. “She’s upsetting the marriage, the children, the house. It was bizarre. This was my mother who had raised and well-cared for 8 children, put herself back thru college, became a paralegal and did that for 12 years until daddy died.” Judy knew nothing about the disease when it tapped on her door.

Cruise Night

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Grab a root beer float and enjoy the night

Cruise downtown on the third Thursday of this month and take a step back in time. Some of the finest vehicles in Carthage will be on display. From classic cars and trucks, to muscle cars, rat rods, and motorcycles, there’s something for everyone to ooh and ahh over! Organized by Keith McIlwain, enthusiasts are invited to bring their precious rides out for public viewing on South St. Mary Street from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Join Our Campaign for Change

Written by Isha Brown.

Making a Difference to One

The Starfish Story

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”


Written by Teresa Dennard.

Deer season is here!

Around my house, deer hunting is a year-round topic of discussion. In the spring and early summer months, the discussions wane a bit, but when September rolls around…don’t expect the talk to be about anything else. The hunters are making sure the food plots are planted, feeders are set up, corn is bought, game cameras are mounted, trails are checked and mowed, stands are in place, the 4-wheeler is ready, the guns are sighted, the camo is dug out of the closet and the hunting license is purchased. It’s unbelievable how much planning, preparation and skill goes into hunting a deer.

Opening day is November 2. By the time that day rolls around, the guys have been in the woods on numerous occasions checking for scrapes and rubs and any number of other “signs” of the elusive deer. It’s a big occasion when the game camera shows deer in a frame, especially if any of them have antlers. A big buck in a frame gets looked at over and over and over. The daydreaming begins—will that deer come by my stand while I’m there? What kind of shot will I get? Oh, the story I’ll be able to tell!