Ken Andrus

Written by Kay Hubbard.

His Stem Cell Procedure was a Valentine's Day Miracle

Valentine's Day of 2013 will truly always be “Heart Day” in the eyes of Carthage businessman Ken Andrus and his family. On February 14, 2013, Ken had a double-blind stem cell procedure done as part of a research program through The Texas Heart Institute at St Luke’s Hospital in Houston. (The term “double-blind” means that neither the patient nor the physician knows whether the patient is receiving actual stem cells or a placebo.)

Ken’s heart issues began when he was 38 years old with his first heart attack. It was sudden and unexpected; he had never had previous problems, symptoms, or indications of heart problems. His heart history after that, however, is intense: a second heart attack, countless tests and procedures, open heart surgery in 1994 after his second heart attack (after tests revealed five blockages), and a major incident in January of 2010 resulting in implantation of a pacemaker and defibrillator. At that time his Longview cardiologist gave his family the grave diagnosis:

Kristy Cawthon and the Pride of Panola

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Children's Honor Choir: A Musical 'Match Made in Heaven'

People are generally amazed at the number of incredibly talented and trained musicians our small rural area is fortunate to have in its midst. Included in this group is local vocal and instrumental musician Kristy Cawthon. Kristy spent the first part of her childhood in Bowling Green, Kentucky and her junior and senior high years in Florence, Alabama.

Bill and Donna Arnold

Written by Kay Hubbard.

“Busy Enjoying Retirement Together”

On June 1, 2017, an iconic Carthage landmark closed after 63 years of continuous service to the community, and its beloved proprietor joined his wife in the ranks of the retired. James William “Bill” Arnold, Jr. says that his father, James William “Billy” Arnold, Sr. opened the Billy Arnold Garage in 1954, and Bill began working full time there around 1970, after graduating from CHS in 1969 and attending Panola College.

Panola College

Written by Teresa Beasley.

There's No Place Like Home

There’s no place like home for families searching for affordable higher education opportunities that will lead to long-term financial stability. Panola College offers academic classes leading to associate degrees, as well as applied science degrees and certificates that prepare students for immediate hiring in well-paying jobs from nursing to petroleum technology.

Staci Davis and Kiley Schumacher

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Sisters Giving Back and Making a Difference in CISD

Two out of the five Carthage school campuses are under the leadership of two of Marlin and Sharon Bush's three beautiful, intelligent, and vivacious daughters. Staci Bush Davis is principal at Libby Elementary, and Kiley Bush Schumacher is principal at Carthage Primary. The third sister, Amy Bush Clinton, is a registered nurse employed by Heartsway Hospice.

Vickie Lacy

Written by Kay Hubbard.

A Creative Visionary Giving Back to Her Community

Dynamic Panola County Extension Agent Vickie Lacy is a perennial student, teacher, creative dynamo, and extraordinary visionary—a true Renaissance Woman who always keeps many irons in many fires.

Joy Parker Schellhorn

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Our County's Very Own Dog Whisperer

“I always had a dog,” says local dog obedience expert Joy Parker Schellhorn, “And I have always loved them! I can remember as a very small child putting on dog shows with my neighborhood friends and our dogs.”

The Lipsey Family

Written by Kay Hubbard.

A Story of Multi-Generational Leadership

Local civic, church, family, and community leadership is alive and well in Carthage in multiple generations of the family of Don and Sallie Lipsey. While Sallie was raised in Palestine, and her father's family from there, her mother's family has deep Panola County roots in the Snap Community. Her grandparents and great grandparents are buried in Bethlehem Cemetery; the latter, William Randolph and Sarah Emmaline (“Miss Sallie”) Page gave the property to start the cemetery.

Dr. Keith Keeling

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Making a 'Practice' of Building Beautiful Cabins

Retired Carthage physician Dr. Keith Keeling says he has had a lifelong fascination with wood, carpentry, and “building things.” He adds, “I remember going to the Soape Woodmill and Cabinet Shop from the time I was a very young child, spending most of my spare time watching carpenters and woodworkers. Jody and Grace Soape were like grandparents to me, and I spent a lot of time there learning and practicing how to construct things from wood. It just never got old!” (The Soapes also happen to be the grandparents of Keith's wife, Lynda Soape Keeling.)