Flying was in His Blood

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Life was far from boring

On August 17, 1953, Charles W. “Jack” Reeves earned his wings as a United States Air Force pilot at the age of 23. Later that evening he married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Jean Adams. They both grew up in Carthage and were headed for a life that would be far from boring. In 28 years of Air Force life, they moved 23 times.

While living in Bryan, Texas, Jack and Pat owned two cars and two airplanes and were making $424 a month. A farmer who lived out of town had an airport and a hanger he wasn’t using, so Jack rented it to house his planes. They called it “Reeves International.” The Air Force sent Jack to St. Louis for two weeks and Pat decided to visit in Carthage while he was gone.

Jack had left one of his planes in Marshall and Pat thought she would surprise Jack and take some flying lessons of her own. “I realized we were going to be flying as a family and I thought I needed to know how to get a plane down,” recalls Pat. "I soloed with 8 hours and 20 minutes and flew the plane back to Carthage.

Just Get on the Bikes and Go

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Melissa Turner loves the open road

Melissa Turner has had a love for motorcycles for as long she can remember. It wasn’t necessarily something a lot of girls did, but that made no difference to Melissa. She was familiar with a dirt bike because she grew up with the Younts who always had them when they were teenagers. She managed to keep her passion for motorcycles on the back burner till she was in her early 30’s. She wanted a Harley but had never been on one and surely didn’t know how to drive one.

Project Graduation

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Parents strive to keep kids safe

Seniors at Carthage High School have the opportunity this year to experience a safe and fun way to celebrate graduation with their peers. Parents Leah Hanks and Tonia Crittenden are working hard to organize an event that will have the seniors begging to get in. Graduation at CHS is Friday, June 6. Those graduating will have the opportunity to visit with family and friends after the ceremony, then at 11:30, the Commons Area will be opened for a night that guarantees a fun time for all those in attendance.

Rodeo Jamboree

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Headline Act - Calvary Boys

Carthage Main Street and Still Waters Cowboy Church are working together this year to bring a bigger and better Rodeo Jamboree that boasts of having a little something for everyone. Starting at 9am on Saturday, May 17, downtown streets West Sabine and South St. Mary will be closed off to allow the streets to be filled with vendors of all varieties. Still Waters Cowboy Church is creating a “Still Water’s Alley” that will start in front of The Reeve’s building and fill down through the NAPA parking lot with free activities to keep the kids busy all day: pony rides, face painting, bounce houses, stick horse races, dummy roping and much more.

Carthage Music Club

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Major concert for the community

While encouraging musical education in the area, the Carthage Music Club strives to develop and maintain high musical standards and to promote American music and American artists. Except for the World War II years, the Club has met continuously since 1937. Along with providing scholarships to local music majors, the Music Club sponsors at least one major concert for the community each year. This year’s concert features the East Texas Men in Harmony and is set for Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Beckville Bash Egg-Stravaganza

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Set for April 12 at Beauchamp Stadium 

With Easter just around the corner, the Beckville Band Boosters are hosting the second annual Beckville Bash Egg-stravaganza at the R.C. Beauchamp Stadium on Saturday, April 12, 2014. From 10:00am to 3:00pm, many activities are planned for a fun-filled day for the entire family including a bounce house, face painting, bingo, a cakewalk, pony rides, a silent auction and a 42 tournament. Entry fee for the tournament is $10/person or $15/team. The Easter bunny will make a special appearance and also be on hand for photos with photographer Mindy Casterline.

Carson Joines

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Catching a Bus to Carthage

Born in Nederland, Texas, Carson Joines was raised in the small community of Central Garden with two brothers and two sisters. His dad worked down the road in Port Neches at Pere Oil Company for 37 years and his mother was a materials checker and welder’s helper at the shipyard in Beaumont. They lived on a farm with about 50 head of cattle. A railroad track was close to the house and he and his brothers would help get the cows from across the tracks. The trains that would come by fascinated Carson. He wanted to be a locomotive engineer when he grew up. The family moved to Beaumont when Carson turned 12, and once again they lived close to the railroad tracks.

East Texas Basketball Association

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Getting kids ready to play year round

The East Texas Basketball Association is a new program for kids in the area who want to learn the game and take their skills to the next level. It all started with Terrika McLemore, Carthage police officer and a former CHS basketball player who went on to play ball at Southern University in New Orleans. She and Lameshia Sheppard got a few girls together to work on some skills using the goals at the junior high. Interest from other girls began to develop and the idea of getting an organized league started to take shape.

Brother's Keepers MC

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Motorcycle safety is important

With warmer weather headed this way, motorcyclists are hitting the highways, and this serves as a reminder to all drivers be aware and share the road with the riders. Drivers also need to remember that motorcycles are often difficult to see, so look twice and save a life.

Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club is comprised of all firefighters, paid, volunteer or retired. There are currently 26 chapters throughout the US including a chapter in Canada and three in Australia. They enjoy riding and helping the communities in which they live and work. Each year chapters raise money for various charities in their area.

County-Wide Revival

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Reconcile is the theme for this year's revival

Considered a huge success, last year’s community-wide revival was attended by hundreds of people who came together to hear uplifting messages from Christian leaders throughout the community. Average nightly attendance was about 600 and churches were filled to capacity with those yearning to hear the message. The question has been asked all year long, “When are you going to do the community revival again?” Sponsored by the Panola County Ministerial Fellowship, the revival will be held Sunday, April 27 through Sunday, May 4.

My Job is to Distract the Bull

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Bullfighter Travis Adams - one of the greatest cowboy protectors of all time

Travis Adams has spent the last 20 years in a rodeo arena making sure that everybody gets to walk away from an 8-second bull ride. His job is to protect the bull rider from getting injured by a 2-ton bull--and he’s good at it.

Travis grew up in Benton, Arkansas, and played football and basketball, but his best sport was track. He could run…fast…and that skill served him well over the years. After high school he tried his hand at riding bulls, but soon found out he was much better at distracting bulls than riding them. Working with Scotty Lovelace, a contractor out of Marshall and Classic Pro Rodeo Company, he honed his skills and learned the tricks of the trade.

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