Law and Order

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Restored to rough and tumble town

In the mid 1940’s, Carthage was a rough and tumble town. World War II had ended and the oil boom was flourishing. Roughnecks were moving to the area in droves to take advantage of the money to be made. The only law enforcement was Sheriff Corbett Akins, his two deputies and Homer Porter, a night watchman who made rounds on the square making sure doors were locked.

Brenda Milstead

Written by Kay Whitaker Hubbard.

Choosing Joy Every Day

In 1949, Brenda Harrigan was born in Houston to A. W. (June) and Roselyn Harrigan. Ten years later, the family sold their several South Main Street businesses in Houston and moved their four children to the community of Woods (“Woods Post Office”), 12 miles south of Carthage. Brenda says that life in this small community of friends, neighbors, and relatives had a great impact on her and helped prepare her for all the joys, trials, and blessings to come in her life. “We were like the Waltons on tv, as close and loving as possible. Our family even said goodnight like the Waltons!”

Holiday Recipes

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Great ideas for the holidays

Mom's Chocolate Cocoa Brownies
By Phyllis Samford Welch

Mom’s brownies were the best ever. They were not only a holiday treat but a treat all year long. They are chewy, moist & chocolaty not cake-like. Mom’s recipe came from an old cookbook that I still have today. The cover is now gone, but the brownie recipe is there with chocolate stains on the pages from so much use. Part of the page has now been torn away. 

Kaydence Hammers

Written by Shelbye Porter Almeida.

One in a Million

On the outside, Kaydence Hammers looks like a beautiful 10 year old All-American girl with a bright and bubbly personality, but on the inside her body is in constant turmoil fighting for survival. She has incurable Diabetes Insipidus combined with Type 1 Diabetes. Kaydence was diagnosed at the age of two with conditions so uncommon, she was deemed one of the rarest cases at the Tri-State Pediatric Endocrinologist Conference in 2009. One in 100,000 are born with Diabetes Insipidus. Having both Diabetes Insipidus and Type 1 Diabetes, she is the epitome of 1 in 1,000,000.

How do you give thanks?

Written by Gina Sue Rogers Bradley.

The Many Ways Panola County Celebrates

Some days “there is a praise on the inside that I can’t keep to myself; a holler stirring up from the depths of my soul…because praise is the way I say thanks!” (Listen to J Moss sing that in his song “Praise on the Inside”.)  Yes, giving thanks happens year round, but how awesome is it that the month of busy and parties and gifting and gatherings is preceded with a month devoted to Thanksgiving!?  Even though commercialism would have us skip right over November and Thanksgiving, it is my absolute favorite time of year!  To go into December with a heart of thanksgiving seems almost appointed.  Don’t let media and stores and time push you into missing it – November, a time to give thanks!

The Great Loop

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

McClellans plan 5,200 mile journey of a lifetime

It’s called America’s Great Loop, a navigable waterway that traverses rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. For Karen and Lee McClellan, the Great Loop will be their retirement adventure and the journey of a lifetime.

Karen, a professor in the Panola College Associate Degree Nursing Department, plans to retire in May 2017, and that’s when the fun will begin.

“I love working at Panola College. I love my job. I’m in good health, but I don’t want to miss this opportunity,” she said. “Lee is retiring first. He’s going to start getting the boat ready while I finish out this academic year.”

Alzheimer's - The New A-Bomb

Written by Gae-Lynn Woods.

An Agonizing Topic

My dad has the A-word. Alzheimer's.

There. I've said it. It's out in the wide world. Do I feel better? Not even a little bit - would you?

It's an agonizing topic and one so many of us still find hard to talk about. Because dementia and hardening of the arteries and Alzheimer's and the dirty old man down the street with his fly open and the crazy old woman next door who screams nonsense at your kids are part of that ocean of topics so uncomfortable that they're best avoided, not just at dinner parties, but at all times.

Dr. Jan Jones Forester

Written by Stephen George.

From Panola County to the World

If living in exotic foreign countries, studying at prestigious schools, and meeting famous people equates to a life well-lived, then Dr. Jan Jones Forester has lived life well.  If sharing your talents and being a productive asset to your community and world means that you’ve lived a meaningful life, then Dr. Jan Jones Forester has lived a meaningful life.    And it has been a good and meaningful life for the only daughter of the late Mrs. Frances Dennard Jones and the late Mr. Cassity Jones of the Longbranch community, the founder of the Cassity Jones Companies.  

Do You Intend to Vote?

Written by Bev Brown.

November 8, 2016

I'm not a political junkie, but I have voted in every presidential election since 1948.  I've won some and I've lost some, but I've voted in them all.

Christmas in Carthage

Written by Kay Whitaker Hubbard.

Panola College Christmas Gala

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”  The words in that song title capture a truth that just about everyone who celebrates Christmas believes.  And in scores of other carols, songs, poems, books, and quotes, people have tried to capture the magic of Christmas in words.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder