The Old TV Man

Written by Carlton Shamburger.

People of Panola County made his life enjoyable

Raised in the Woods Community, Pete Williams was the second of thirteen children born to Dudley Williams and Myrtis Nolan Williams. His mother’s family was farmers from Tenaha. His dad was a sawmill man. At the age of nine, the Williams family settled in the Murvaul, Mt. Bethel community where Pete took the school bus to Gary every day. “The school bus drove us,” recalls Pete, “but I had my regular job every day, milking the cows by hand and feeding the hogs, horses, mules and chickens.”

Mt. Zion - Still Standing

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

Celebrating 147 years of ministry

Mount Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated 146 years of ministry in a special anniversary celebration on January 24, 2016. Founded on November 2, 1870, Mount Zion was built on the rock of faith, and the dedication of its members and pastor, the Rev. Desral Barriere.

Lexi Phillips

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Doing what makes her happy

Growing up in the Snap Community as the youngest of three children of Terry and Diane Philips, Lexi was like most other kids. She lived in the country, rode 4 wheelers, played outdoors with her friends. In school she played softball, was on the flag team and in the band--as she says, “Typical Carthage things,” but not anything leading to a career. “I wasn’t going to be a professional anything that I tried to do,” says Lexi.

Project String Power

Written by Stephen George.

A cultural gem in East Texas

Music plays a vital role in the cultural life of a community, and Panola County boasts a rich and varied musical history. This area can be proud of the musical group Project String Power and the impact it has on the lives of those who want to learn how to play stringed instruments. This year marks Project String Power’s 10th anniversary, and looking at its upcoming schedule, the group looks to be busier than ever. From its inception in 2006 with a handful of students to the large and successful group into which it has grown, Project String Power has impacted the musical landscape of this area in a positive way. Leonard Kacenjar and Nancy Spanial Blake, co-founders of Project String Power, continue in various leadership roles within the organization, and several other accomplished musicians teach various instruments.

VFW Contest

Written by John Foster.

Top Finalist in the State Voice of Democracy contest

Grace Harris, a 17-year-old junior at Carthage High School, was named the local winner in the Voice of Democracy competition conducted by VFW Post 5620 in Carthage.  Her entry advanced to the VFW District 19 competition where it was selected as the best.  She was invited to read her essay at the district’s mid-winter meeting in Henderson where she received a plaque and a $300 check for winning that contest.

Main Street Activities

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Busy month for activities

April is a busy month for Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney. With three functions to organize, she has been busy, busy, busy making sure everything is ready.

Accordians & Chainsaws

Written by Teresa Dennard.

He got the "jive" in his bones

At 11 years old, Ted Mauritzen began his fascination with the accordion. His mother, Fanalou, was a piano teacher and she tried her best to get Ted interested in playing the piano, but he wasn’t having it. Ted’s first encounter with an accordion was on a trip with his family to Barstow, California to see his sister, Doris, and her husband who was stationed there in the army. They were expecting their first child. On those long days with nothing to do, Doris entertained herself with an accordion borrowed from a neighbor. “When she went to playing that accordion,” recalls Ted, “it sparked my interest and my mother took notice. When we got home, she bought me one just like it.”

Small Church, Big Kingdom Work

Written by Gina Sue Rogers Bradley.

New Life Baptist Church partners with Good News in Action

“He then said, ‘I will rob you, kill you, and cut you into tiny pieces and no one will care. No one will know. The police won’t care, and no one will know what happened to you.’ And then I turned to watch my interpreter sprint far the other direction!” recounts New Life Baptist Church of Carthage’s Pastor John Ulrich of his latest mission trip in Bogotá, Columbia.  Thankfully, the angry would-be-murderer eventually sprinted away himself without following through on his threats, but it left Brother John with a desire to reach even more Columbians with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  “They are angry and bitter.  They have been lied to.  They need Jesus.”

Spreading God's Word

Written by Bruce Hawkins.

Reaching people is why he enjoys singing gospel music

Panola County resident Mike Burkhalter spends his weekdays as a Texas Department of Transportation employee working on area roads. What some people may not know about this Garrison native is that he has a long history of singing gospel music with his family, performing with various well-known groups, and even touring the country on a bus spreading God’s word through gospel music.

Panola College

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

Health care industry is booming

The Health Sciences Division of Panola College will host a “Second Career Open House” for community members who are interested in finding out more about options for health careers. The Open House will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, in the new Health and Natural Sciences Building. Advisors will be available to assist people with degree plans and to provide information about how to apply and register for classes, as well as financial aid options.