Embracing Homegrown Values in Middle America:

Written by Kay Hubbard.

 3 Carthage Folks Bike Across Iowa

Carthage was well-represented at a major event in Iowa this summer, with two separate groups in attendance who did not even know the other was going! The event was RAGBRAI, which is an acronym for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. A non-competitive bicycle ride first sponsored by the Des Moines Register newspaper in 1973, RAGBRAI goes across the state of Iowa from west to east and hosts recreational bike riders from across the nation and even some foreign countries. It is the largest bike-touring event in the world, with more than 10,000 participants. (The organizers claim to limit the number to 8,500 week-long riders and 1,500 day riders, but many people just join the ride on their own, so the exact number is uncertain. Some people claim there might be closer to 20,000.)

Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Peggy Pope Stapleton:

Written by Kay Hubbard.

“What an Impact This Sport Has Had on My Life!”

Carthage native Peggy Pope Stapleton recently joined the elite number of outstanding women’s basketball players to be inducted in the Women’s Professional Basketball League Hall of Fame. The induction was held in Knoxville, Tennessee in June.

Sister, Sister, Sister!

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Those Thoman Girls are Amazing!

Certainly raising a daughter who is beautiful, highly intelligent, funny, hardworking, and successful is a source of great pride and immense joy for a parent. Knowing that she is beautiful inside as well—remaining modest and unassuming about her success and showing kindness, consideration, and love to other people—adds a whole new level to that pride and joy.

Teresa Dennard

Written by Kay Hubbard.

“Whatever You Are, Be a Good One”

Retired teacher, coach, and Panola Crossroads editor Teresa Dennard was born in Concord, North Carolina, where her father, Doug Samford, played semi-pro baseball. He had played football and baseball for Stephen F. Austin State University and served in the Army during World War II before playing professional ball. Teresa says that after his short pro career, he was a lifelong teacher and coach. “Our summer vacations revolved around where coaching schools were,” she laughs.

CISD Education Foundation Grants: ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Science Field Trips: Expanding Horizons, Spotlighting Never-Imagined Career Paths

Editor’s note: This article is the third in a series about some CISD Education Foundation grants from which local students, teachers, and campuses receive such great benefit. It is amazing to see what can be done with these resources donated by generous people in our community when placed in the hands of teachers who think and dream big!

Area Students Benefit from Panola College Dual Enrollment

Written by Teresa Beasley.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Public school students in the eighth grade are starting to think about their future careers as part of the 60x30TX established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB.) The goal of 60x30TX is that by 2030 at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have earned a certificate or degree. To help them chart their course for the future, Panola College offers dual enrollment courses to area school districts.

Dr. J. Glenn Hambrick:

Written by Shelbye Almeida.

The Road from ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ to Superintendent of Carthage ISD


A preacher’s kid, otherwise known as a “PK,” never knew where God would lead his father. Joseph Glenn Hambrick was one of those “PK’s.” Born June 20, 1955 in Fairfield, CA to Pastor Joseph Newton and Rachel “Tutsie” Hambrick, he is the eldest of four siblings. His younger brother, Bobby, lives in Huntsville; sister Sherry Smith lives in Henderson; and the baby, Patience Maples, lives in Guntersville, AL. Glenn maintains that he and his siblings are all very close and see one another on a regular basis. Throughout their childhood they had to adapt to new places because God lead their dad to different locations, and they dutifully followed without complaint. They lived in California for awhile and also in the Texas towns of Paris, Queen City, and Groveton.

From Going Gold to Living Gold:

Written by Gina Bradley.

Local Childhood Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories

Going gold in September for childhood cancer awareness is an easy way to show support for families who are in the battle; it is a good way to remember those who are still surviving the battle, too.

Scott and Kelly Reeves:

Written by Kay Hubbard.

Downtown Renovation Heroes

Scott Reeves says he has enjoyed all kinds of building projects and doing things with his hands since he was a child, always taking things apart and putting things together. He has renovated and knocked out walls in every house he and his wife Kelly have bought. He also loves old buildings and all things vintage. He has collected and saved boxes and boxes of old light fixtures, door knobs, and all sorts of architectural pieces that he loves, believing he will surely use them one of these days.