Biscuits & Gravy

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Wherever they went, Christine was always cooking

If you’re ever invited to eat a meal at Christine Stewart’s home, don’t ask what she’s cooking, and for heaven’s sake, don’t go to the stove and lift a lid to see what’s in the pot! She has a plaque on the wall that says, “Today’s Menu: 2 Choices-Take it or Leave it. She absolutely loves to cook, especially for her family, and they learned long ago not to break those two rules. Every week for Sunday dinner she fixes a feast for her family and it generally consists of pot roast and vegetables. “Sometimes I change it up,” says Christine, “but I won’t tell what the menu is ahead of time. I want it to be a surprise. When you come to my house, you eat it or leave!”

Herman "Train" Gates

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Remembered for his "train" whistle, his poems and his kind soul

Herman Gates grew up when times were hard for a black man. Born in Beckville, he was the oldest of five children. His father was a sharecropper and his mother plowed the fields with one hand on a stock plow and the other hand holding his baby brother on her hip. At the age of seven he dropped out of school after only four months so he could work and help support the family. Food was scarce. He dressed in rags, wore shoes that were too large, and pants that were too long. He had every right to have hate in his heart, but it was God who never let hate take a grip on him.

Schubert's Mass

Written by Teresa Dennard.

High School and College choirs collaborate with Community

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Panola College and the Carthage High School Choirs will join together to present Schubert’s Mass in G musical. Hosted by Eric Lawrence and the Central Baptist Church, the concert will begin at 7:00pm. The community is invited to sing with the group. CHS Music Director Tommy Corley says, “With the addition of community members helping us perform, we plan to have at least 100 singing voices present the musical.”

Cajun Fiesta

Written by Judy Stallone.

Come together...right now!

for the 22nd annual Fund Raiser at St. William of Vercelli Catholic Church grounds!   As the Beatles so movingly combined their unique talents, we are reaching to combine, as last year, not only our local ethnic communities, but also our neighboring counties.  The goal is to offer guests a day of family fun with free admission, free music and dancing and an opportunity to sit and relax in a festive setting.

Tim Hooper

Written by Teresa Dennard.

It's important to give back to the community

Tim Hooper is a ‘no-frills’ kinda guy. What you see is what you get. He started school in Timpson, but moved to Gary in the 5th grade where his father was the superintendent and his mother taught English. To make a little money he mowed yards with his brother and hauled hay for Stanley Yarbrough who was principal of Gary Schools at the time. He played baseball, was voted Mr. GHS and Most Likely to Succeed and was Salutatorian of his senior class. ETBU in Marshall offered him a scholarship to play baseball, but he decided he wanted to be an Aggie. He went for a tryout with the baseball team at Texas A&M, but after the first day, he told the coach, “There’s no reason for me to come back. I can bat, but I can’t throw like those guys,” recalls Tim. “They were really big and could throw a baseball through a wall! My daddy stayed mad at me a long time because of that.” Tim completed his degree at A&M and earned a teaching certificate.

Haunted Trails

Written by Teresa Dennard.

No doubt it's going to be good!

When Amy English gets involved in a project, there’s no doubt it’s going to be good. She’s the master at getting people organized and she knows how to raise money. The Beckville Community Playground Project built in 2010 is a perfect example of what Amy’s drive and energy can accomplish when she sets her mind to it. One of the fundraisers she started was the Haunted Trails. “The idea came from people my age who had gone to Deb Coleman’s haunted hayride when we were growing up. They took us down through the river bottom and all the adults would jump out and scare. It was a tradition that had been lost that everybody liked, so we decided to bring it back.”

American Heritage Girls

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Faith-based program for young girls

Stacy Brown began searching the Internet looking for a good, wholesome program in which she and her daughter could get involved when she came across the American Heritage Girls. The mission of the program is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. “It was faith based and seemed like the perfect fit for our family.” Stacy looked for a group nearby they could join, but there was none. According to the literature, she had two choices—go through the material provided on their own or start a troop. “So I said, let’s start a troop. I think I feel God pulling me in that direction. Little did I know how much work was involved, not just in getting the troop started, but in being a coordinator.” Because the program is faith based, a huge questionnaire had to be completed to ensure that the leader is spiritually sound before anything is organized. Determined to make it work, Stacy began the process to get a troop organized.

East Texas OIl & Gas Blast

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Providing family fun for 13 years!

For thirteen years the East Texas Oil & Gas Blast has been providing family fun and entertainment for Panola County. Initially started by local oil and gas companies to give back to the community, the event has grown in size each year. Always held on the second Saturday in October, the festival committee is making plans for this year’s event to be bigger and better than ever. The first event of the day is the Classic Car Show organized by Keith McIlwain. Registration begins at 8:00am with 16 classes of vehicles that must be “Pre 1980” except for motorcycles. The entry fee is $10 per car and awards will be presented at 2:00pm. Come see the amazing cars and trucks that will be on display.

Under the Harvest Moon

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Set for Saturday, October 25

The Beckville Education Foundation is hosting its fourth annual “Under the Harvest Moon” Carnival, Saturday, October 25, at R.C. Beauchamp Stadium. Starting at 6:00pm, the carnival is a family-oriented event with games and activities for all ages. Some of the activities include a laser gun shoot-out, go fishing, the mystery wall, face painting, and lots of inflatables. “We also have the Mystery Cave set up underneath the stadium,” says Lamesia Dodson, Vice President of the Education Foundation. “The kids love it and will spend a huge amount of money going through there. It’s like a mini haunted house, but we scale it down so it’s not too scary.” The older crowd can enjoy bingo and a cake walk. Over 40 booths will be set up for participants to choose.

Gideons International

Written by Teresa Dennard.

When we meet, it's the true meaning of a church

Gideons is an association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus by sharing their testimonies and providing Bibles and New Testaments. Known worldwide for placing Bibles in hotels, they also share Scriptures in schools and colleges, prisons and jails, hospitals, medical offices and wherever groups of people gather. Jerry McMath is president of the local organization that has a membership of 55 men and an auxillary of 25 women. “Our members all come from different churches. When we meet, it’s the true meaning of a church. The main thing we focus on is getting Bibles into people’s hands. That’s all it really takes. It’s nice to have a preacher to explain it, but we have so many testimonies where people have found one of our Testaments and picked it up, read it and turned their lives around.”