5 Gold Rings

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Scott Surratt's Tribute to the Hardworking Staff Who Made the Dram Possible

Five gold rings! What an accomplishment! As head coach Scott Surratt and the Carthage Bulldogs claimed their historic fifth state football championship, pictures and stories galore appeared online, on television, and in newspapers, magazines, and most every other medium. Surratt was rightfully acclaimed a great and historic coach, interviewed and quoted incessantly, and surely envied by other coaches seeking this pinnacle of success while trying to replicate what he does.

Panola College, SFASU Partner

Written by Teresa Beasley.

Great News for Panola Applied Sciences Students

The year 2017 marks the beginning of a new direction for Panola College as the community college enters into a partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University to offer Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degrees.

Bob Baker

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Even When He Doesn't Close the Sale, He Opens a Relationship

Perpetual baby brother, quintessential salesman, devoted family man, avid Carthage Bulldogs fan, local weather specialist, cancer survivor, bold Christian witness, and survivor of a parent’s worst ordeal—death of a child. All are among the many hats worn by Carthage resident Bob Baker.

Legacy Tumble and Cheer's Community Service Group

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Leaving a Legacy of Their Own

What greater joy can we have than to watch young people pouring themselves into doing good? Really emptying themselves to help others in need? A local group is doing just that and receiving some national notice for their efforts. Legacy Tumble and Cheer's Community Service Group, made up of members of the gym's competitive cheer teams of various ages, earned second place in the nation of the small gym cheer groups participating in raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis last year. The team is participating again this year in the fundraising challenge and has already surpassed last year's total during the first few months.

Jessica Pace

Written by Teresa Beasley.

A Rockin' Mom Advocate for Down Syndrome Families

A week after Christmas in 2014, Jessica Pace anxiously awaited a phone call from her doctor. She and daughter, Sarina, then four years old, were enjoying time together when the phone rang.

“If you have ever received life-changing news, you know it is a day you never forget,” Jessica says. Pregnant with their second child, Jessica and Michael Pace had learned during a routine sonogram that the baby boy she was carrying had an intestinal blockage that was a marker for Down syndrome. Also known as trisomy 21, Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a third copy of chromosome 21. “I was 21 weeks pregnant. I wish I had known then what I know now so that when the doctor told me our test result was positive over the phone that day, I would not have been so scared or sad,” she affirms.

The True Gentleman

Written by Shelbye Porter Almeida.

The Legacy of Garrett Williams

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from goodwill and an acute sense of priority, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies:

who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity;

who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power or boast of his own possessions or achievements;

who speaks with frankness, but always with sincerity and sympathy;

whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others rather than his own; and who appears well in any company;

a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue is safe. – John Walter Wayland