Mitch Hall

Written by Kay Hubbard.

 Major Dad” and His Destiny for Flight

Carthage High School Class of 1993 graduate Mitchell Hall, according to his father, Eddie Hall, “didn't take a normal road to his destiny.” He adds, “Mitch was never really interested in sports, except weightlifting and martial arts, and while most of his peers were out on the gridiron, Mitch was learning to fly.” As a distributive education student, he worked at his father's auto parts store each day, but he couldn't wait to get to the airport for flying lessons, which he started at age 15. He was also interested in learning everything he could about aircraft and engine repairs. He received his pilot's license at 18, right after high school graduation. His passion for flying ultimately led to a remarkable career path that continues today.

These Panola County Runners Are True 'Sole Mates'

Written by Kay Hubbard.

They haven't given their running group an official name, but there is an absolute fraternity of runners here in Panola County, as dedicated and faithful to this three-day-a-week “club” as to any formally chartered organization imaginable.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 5 a.m., 13 women and five men meet at Panola College, divide into groups based on the training schedule and goals they are pursuing at the time, and head off running for miles in different directions.

Panola College: A Banner Year

Written by Teresa Beasley.

Legendary Coach Vince Lombardi said it best: “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Panola College paid the price this year, with stunning results. The college has experienced a banner year in athletics, academics, and the fine arts. Dedicated coaches, faculty sponsors, and students accomplished great things with the support of the College’s administrators, Board of Trustees members, and the community.

Youth Force Carthage

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Teen "God Squads" with a Mission to Serve

Take a large group of high-energy teenagers who want to see a big purpose and make a big difference somewhere. Mix in a large number of homes and properties in huge need of a “fix-up” or “clean-up.” Throw in a dash of fun recreation, some new relationships to build, and some really meaningful worship experiences. It's a recipe for a very successful, highly memorable summer mission week, and it's available right here in Panola County for any available youth the week of June 18-23.

Ashley Brightwell and Music Is Our Weapon

Written by Kay Hubbard.

"Fighting for Quality of Life. Armed With Music"

As a youngster of only 10 or 11, Beckville native Ashley Brightwell had an intense interest in music. “I spent all my money in the record store,” he says. “I would go in and browse and buy both favorites and ones I didn't know anything about. In class at school, I was the guy who was always passing out mixtapes to everyone.”

A Day in the Life of a Panola County Sheriff's Deputy

Written by Gina Sue Bradley.

Lieutenant Jeff Scarborough sees the time is 7:30 a.m., so he checks his belt: phone, flashlight, badge, firearm, extra ammunition magazine, handcuffs, and walkie talkie, before heading for the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. As he climbs into his unit, he remembers his days as a night shift patrol deputy, when he would not likely even be home at this time after a twelve hour shift, exhausted, ready to peel off his 40-pound rig and get some rest before the next shift or pre-shift call.

Blair Cope and The Neptune Project:

Written by Kay Hubbard.

A Young Girl's Love of Reading and Powerful Tenacity Pay Off Big for Gary Elementary Students

A longtime habit for nonstop reading. An enormous natural creativity and energy. A tremendous passion for research and writing. A tenacious refusal to ever give up. These qualities add up to an almost certain recipe and predictor for success in life pursuits. Add a maturity beyond her years and an obviously high intelligence, and Gary Elementary fourth grader Blair Cope has SUCCESS written all over her present and her future!