Dalye Alfaro

Written by Kay Hubbard.

A 'Big Gun' in Embassy Construction in Pakistan!

Even though she was an outstanding student in high school—smart, athletic, talented, popular—and a graduate of a world class university, it is doubtful that anyone could have ever predicted the incredible job situation that 22-year-old Beckville native Dalye (pronounced “daily”) Alfaro is experiencing today. She is Assistant Superintendent of the construction of Phase II of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and the only woman on a job site with 3,000 men, in a country and culture which historically has neither thought highly of women nor treated them well.

Bill and Betty Bailey

Written by Kay Hubbard.

'Mr. & Mrs. Beckville' Finally in Full Retirement after 63 Years

Bill and Betty Bailey insist that they have never been known as “Mr. and Mrs. Beckville,” but several sources say that this multi-talented, true Renaissance couple has earned this unofficial accolade many times over in the 63-plus years of amazing and uninterrupted service to their community.

Terry Holland

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Taking the Bull by the Horns Since the Age of 8

Long-time champion bull rider, lover of all things rodeo, and current president of the Panola County Cattlemen’s Association Terry Holland says that his enormous passion for all those things began in the mid-1960s when his father, Leland Holland, held that same position. “What built my passion to become a professional bull rider was being exposed to the rodeo put on every year by the Cattlemen’s Association,” he says. “I became obsessed with bulls, bull bucking behavior, bull riders, and everything connected with them. It was all I could think of!”

Katie Bagley

Written by Kay Hubbard.

An 'Overnight' Literary Success Story

McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc once said, “I was an overnight success, all right, but 30 years is a LONG night!” Twitter founder Biz Stone seemed to concur, but decreased the timeline a bit: “Timing, perseverance, and 10 years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success!” The late Jessica Savitch, one of the first women to anchor a network news broadcast, said, “I worked half of my life to become an overnight success, and it still took me by surprise!”

Sutton Travis

Written by Shelbye Almeida.

Adventures in Study and Travel Abroad Definitely Not in Kansas...or Carthage... Anymore!

When Sutton Travis was student at Carthage Junior High School and auditioned for and won the part of Dorothy in the production of The Wizard of Oz, I had no doubt that the sweet, brown-haired, timid beauty was perfectly cast. As director of the play, I saw her evolve from the timid child into a young lady who loved the challenge of discovering the wonders of the Land of Oz. Getting to know her, I knew without a doubt that this gifted, multi-talented student was destined to experience amazing things in her future.

Panola College Camps

Written by Teresa Beasley.

 For Kids Available in June

 I’m bored…” It never fails.

School’s out for summer, and kids can’t wait for all the fun. Two weeks later…”I’m bored.” Panola College offers families a great option—Camps for Kids throughout the summer. This enrichment program has a decades-long tradition at the College.

George Wlf

Written by Kay Hubbard.

30-Year Navy Veteran Still Lively but Finally 'Settled In' at 90

As Memorial Day approaches, American hearts yearn to honor veterans, specifically the dead, but also the living, who have served their country unselfishly. Carthage resident George Wolf, who will be 90 years old this summer, certainly qualifies, having served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years in many different locations and two wars.

Panola College President Dr. Greg Powell

Written by Kay Hubbard.

An Approachable, Available, Highly Effective Servant-Leader

Editor’s Note:When I called Panola College and asked for the President’s Office, I was expecting to go through at least one or two more people asking who I was and what my business was with Dr. Greg Powell. Instead, a very friendly-sounding man’s voice immediately answered, “Panola College; how may I help you?” I was momentarily taken aback but finally gathered my wits and asked, “Is this Dr. Powell?” He said, “Yes, this is Greg. What can I do for you?” I suspected at the time that this simple act spoke volumes about his approachability, availability, and general willingness to be a servant-leader. The interview confirmed that suspicion many times over.