Spirit of Hope

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Involved in RampUp Project

When Shannon Singh gets involved with a project, good things tend to happen. In 2010 she began a 5K run with all the funds raised benefitting the American Cancer Society. “I love running and I love event planning,” stated Shannon, “and that’s how it all started.” She is now on her 4th year and has helped raise thousands of dollars for not only the American Cancer Society but Mission Carthage as well. With the race participants increasing each year, Shannon knew she needed some help and set out to organize a committee. “I’ve got some dedicated, driven, hard-working people that have fallen in love with the project. When they joined, it lit a fire under me. It’s unbelievable what we accomplish when we all put our heads together.” The race has grown from approximately 100 participants in 2010 to over 260 in 2013.

The Esquire

Written by Teresa Dennard.

One of the nicest picture shows in East Texas

The Esquire theater opened its doors in 1949 at a time when going to see the latest movie was just about the only entertainment in town. It was open every day and showed three different movies a week. Jake Walker owned the theater, but this wasn’t his first venture with show business. When he met his wife, Ouida, she already had years of experience in a movie house working for her dad, Robert Allen Gill.

Linda Davis

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Emcee for the Showcase Auditions

Linda Davis was fearless. She had graduated from Carthage High School and had gone to Panola College for a year on a full scholarship, but she’d been bitten by the bug to get to Nashville and there was no stopping her. The small town girl knew it was where she needed to be. She packed up her car and a U-Haul and never looked back.

She took a job at a recording studio and sang demos for local songwriters. The first day on the job she met Lang Scott. “We had run in some of the same circles of friends and just kinda hit it off,” recalls Linda. “He’s from South Carolina and we had enough of the same foundation with our raising that it was easy to find romance. I admired his voice and his talent and he thought I had what it took. In August we’ve been married 30 years.”

Samaritan House

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Feeding the hungry

For almost 30 years, volunteers have worked at the Samaritan House seeing that the people of Panola County don’t go hungry. Located at 314 South Shelby Street, those that are in need or just down on their luck for a while can drop by and receive a sack full of groceries that is intended to get them by for three days. The original idea for the Samaritan House came from Reverend Bobby Weber and Robert Pike who recognized a need for the area.

Mandy Leggett

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Burying Your "I Can'ts"

When talking with Mandy Leggett, it’s hard not to walk away with a smile. Her spirit and enthusiasm are mesmerizing. When she laughs, she doesn’t just laugh; she throws her head back and laughs all the way down to her toes. People love to be around her because she makes them laugh too. Her favorite childhood movie was Pollyanna because “you can play the glad game every day.” Mandy always knew she wanted to be a schoolteacher because she wanted to have fun with kids. For over 30 years she’s done just that.

A Matter of Balance

Written by Teresa Dennard.

 Reduce the fear of falling

A Matter of Balance is a program sponsored by East Texas Medical Center that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Provided as a free service by the hospital, the program is taught by Registered Nurses Ginger Adams and Cindy Diffey. The classes are offered twice a year, with one beginning Friday, August 15, from 10am-12 noon. Meetings are in the Staff Development Room on the 2nd floor of the hospital.

Dr. Mildred Jefferson

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Deserving of recognition

Mildred Jefferson was a very gifted and talented lady that people in Panola County know very little about. Born in 1926 in Pittsburg, Texas, her father was a Methodist minister and her mother was a school teacher. At the age of two, she and her mother, Gurthie, moved to Carthage to live with grandparents George and Fannie Deramus Roberts in the Walnut Grove community. Fannie was also a teacher. Mildred’s father, Millard, stayed behind to accept an appointment with the St. Beulah CME Church. Living with two teachers, learning was always a constant.

Suicide Prevention

Written by Teresa Dennard.

To Save a Life

Suicide claims more than 38,000 lives each year in the United States alone, with someone dying by suicide every 13.7 minutes. A suicide attempt is made every minute of every day. These statistics come from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Local resident, Diana Bonds, has experienced the pain of losing someone close to her.

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Renovated & ready to celebrate

Folks coming to Carthage for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are in for a real treat this year. The $1.5 million renovation of the Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum will have the finishing touches completed just in time for public viewing on the busy weekend. Architect Ted Estep was in charge of the makeover. “This renovation is going to set the museum in the right direction for a number of years. We got fortunate with construction costs and put in some extras that we had not planned.”

Religion Across the River

Written by Rodger McLane.

A family tradition

Faith and religious devotion have long intertwined themselves within the dense forests of Deadwood and have spurred numerous religious revivals during the community’s 177 year existence. Today, Christian devotees have two religious options in Deadwood – the 143-year-old United Methodist Church or the 77-year-old United Pentecostal Church, both of which act as an anchor on either end of County Road 445. 

The Methodist congregation began late in the 19th Century after a community-wide religious conversion while the Pentecostal church’s roots go back to a mid-1920s cotton field. Both churches had strong leaders who held the institutions together during tumultuous times. The Rev. Charles LaGrone, or Preacher Charlie as he was known, led the Methodist church for more than 30 years until his death in 1939. Charlie was a Methodist circuit rider who established the Logan Methodist Church and pastored churches throughout the late 19th and early 20th Centuries in East Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma during the height of the Great Awakening of Frontier Revivals.