Christmas Culinary Crossroads

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Recipes from Ol' Friends & Relatives

There’s no better time to be in the kitchen than during the holidays, so I’ve asked some of my family and friends to share their favorite recipes. According to Becky Patrick, the PERFECT Thanksgiving is waking up to the smell of a baking turkey. “To prepare a turkey the old-fashioned way,” says Becky, “you must butter it, add salt and pepper and baste every 30 minutes. This makes it golden and tasty and BEAUTIFUL. You are very tired but have a beautiful bird.” Next comes the dressing. There are as many variations of dressing as there are cooks in Panola County. One of my favorites is made by Leann Marshall. Leann says her goal is to make her dressing as close to Mrs. Ruby Sue Wedgeworth’s as possible. So many recipes were submitted, there is not room to print them all, so they are all listed here.

A. J. & Friends

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Toys for every child

Acts 20:35--“ is more blessed to give than receive.” That verse is a favorite of Beckville youngster, A.J. Travis, who has lived those words for the past several years. A.J. was diagnosed with chronic autoimmune disease when he was just a year and a half old. With this disease, the body attacks its healthy cells by mistake. “It’s like people who have had transplants,” tells A.J.’s mother, Casey. “They take anti-rejection medicine to keep their body from attacking the new organ. A.J.’s body does that to his own organs.” He acquired autoimmune hepatitis and pancreatitis and has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. “It took a couple years to get it all diagnosed, but it is really debilitating. Because of his suppressed immune system, A.J. can’t fight off even a simple cold.”

Love You to the Moon & Back

Written by Teresa Dennard.

So much pain and heartache

You can’t say that God doesn’t have a plan. Phyllis Griffith is living proof that He does. When Phyllis was in her twenties, a visit to Dr. Keith Keeling revealed she had polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder that has no known cure. With this disorder, water-filled cysts develop and cover the kidneys and can grow to be very large. The disease causes a variety of serious complications including kidney failure.

Skylar Castillo

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A very tough little girl

Doctors don’t always get it right. Scott and Amanda Castillo were told that kids in their daughter, Skylar’s, condition don’t usually live very long, but she’s proving them wrong. In second grade at Libby Elementary in Carthage, Skylar is a beautiful, lively young lady that has lots of living ahead of her. Skylar was born July 10, 2007 with spina bifida, a type of birth defect that occurs when the bones of the spine don’t form properly around part of the spinal cord.  

A Lot to Be Thankful For

Written by Teresa Dennard.

David and Holly Bonner face some difficult challenges

Holly was a beautiful, healthy baby when she was born, but it took only a few days to discover that something was amiss. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, a routine check by the nurse discovered that Holly was blue. The doctor was called in. Of the eight major congenital heart defects, Holly had three of them--PDA (patent ductus arteriosus), coarctation of the aorta and VSD (ventricular septal defect) or hole in the heart. In a PDA, the vessel does not close and remains "patent" or open, resulting in irregular flow of blood between two of the most important arteries close to the heart, the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Coarctation is a narrowing of the aorta that makes the heart pump harder to force blood through the narrow part of the aorta. The PDA and coarctation needed to be repaired immediately.

The Hanszens

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Voted cutest married couple on campus

Music has always been a major part of Jerry and Wanda Hanszen’s lives. Jerry was a drum major at Carthage High School; Wanda was a drum major at Center High School. Their lives crossed paths on the field, but their courtship actually began when Center’s band director, Troy Lilly, arranged a blind date. They went to a revival in Timpson where Lyle was leading the singing.  When the Hanszen’s graduated from high school, they both went to college at Stephen F. Austin. Jerry majored in Music and made drum major as a freshman; Wanda majored in Fine Arts and was a Twirler Jack. Their romance kindled and by their senior year at SFA they were married and voted as the “Cutest Married Couple” on campus.

Service of Remembrance

Written by Teresa Dennard.

The real meaning of Christmas

For 20 years, Hawthorn Funeral Home has held a Service of Remembrance to honor loved ones that have passed. Carlton and Karen Shamburger along with the staff and ladies’ auxiliary of Hawthorne’s invite the bereaved community to this special program in their honor on Friday, December 5, at 7:00pm.

Meet the Robersons

Written by Teresa Dennard.

You realize how good it is here

It’s been 30 years since Steve and Jerrilyne Roberson made the decision to move their company from Houston to Carthage. They had grown up here, had gone to high school here, had fallen in love here. They never regretted making that decision. Steve and Jerrilyne got married right out of high school and moved to Austin where Steve received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. His first job was with the University as an electrical engineer. After three years he went to work for a distributor in San Antonio and learned the ins and outs of the business. From there, he and Jerlyn moved to Houston, joined two other partners and built their own company from the ground up.