Memories Made at Prior's Lake

Written by Bruce Hawkins.

Passed on to Future Generations

Ask any Panola County native about Prior’s Lake and more than likely you’ll need to pull up a chair, get comfortable, and be ready to hear memories about how the small body of fresh water impacted their life in some way.  It might be a story about friends having fun swimming or grandparents meeting while listening to a fiddle player on the shoreline. It might even be how a family member accepted Christ and was baptized in Prior’s Lake.

Located in a forest off of F.M. 699, Prior’s Lake was built in 1909 on property owned by Wade Boren Prior. Wade Boren and his second wife Viola owned and lived on the property in an ornate Victorian house separated from the lake by a forest. It is speculated that Wade Boren might have used money that he earned while working in the West Texas oil field to have the lake built.

Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

Mike McGowan's mantra

Mike McGowan’s mantra is “Make the rest of your life the best of your life.” McGowan has devoted his life to music, first as a student, then as a teacher, performer, and composer. His love for music started when his dad gave him a mandolin.

“My dad was an insurance adjuster, and he brought home a mandolin from a storm salvage,” he says. The young McGowan taught himself to play the instrument, and it became immediately obvious to his parents that their son had a natural talent for music.

Red Poppies for a Worthy Cause

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Ladies Auxiliary Unit 353

The bright red poppy is a flower that adorned the battlefields of Flanders Field in France during World War I, and was looked upon by those serving as a living symbol of their fallen comrades’ sacrifices. These flowers, distributed in exchange for donations around Veteran’s Day each year by the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 353, are handmade by veterans at the VA Medical Center in Temple. All the proceeds collected go to help the Veterans of Panola County.

Historical Marker

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

Panola County Native Walter Prescott Webb

People launching their boats at the Lake Murvaul ramp on FM 1971 may not notice the Texas State Historical Marker at the edge of the water, but the man honored by this marker holds an important place in the history of Texas.  Walter Prescott Webb, a famed naturalist, historian, and author, was born on a farm near the site of the marker on April 3, 1888.

A Heart for Volunteering

Written by Rick Fennell.

National Home Care and Hospice Month

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It is a time to honor those who have chosen to make a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. Three ladies all have one thing in common.  They all have a heart for volunteering.  They were blessed to be served in a time of need, and they all feel compelled to serve likewise. 

Charity Wreath Contest

Written by Teresa Dennard.

at Sammy Brown Library

On November 2, the Sammy Brown Library will begin its wreath contest and silent auction.. The wreaths, which are for sale, have been made by different organizations, schools, and individuals.  The Board of Directors voted to donate the proceeds from this year’s contest to, The Samaritan House, a local food bank.

Really Good Years

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Madeline Hart Shares her Story

Madeline Hart is 92 years of age. She may not be able to tell you what she’s having for supper tonight, but ask her to recall memories from her high school years and she can tell you anything you want to know. She graduated from Carthage High School in 1940 in an era where life was simple. As teenagers they didn’t have electronics for entertainment and smartphones to communicate. They talked and laughed and made lifelong friendships that are still in tact today. Madeline is one of only a handful left of the class of 1940 and she likes reminisce about the “good ole days.”

Whatever they asked, I always gave it all my best

Written by Ann Morris.

An Interview with Mr. Welton Sanders

Prior to coming to work for First State Bank, 22-year-old Welton Sanders had worked at Carthage Basket Factory, Carthage Drug (Rexall), and served a two-year stint in the U.S. Army. Uncle Sam released Welton in June 1955 and he returned to his hometown of Carthage. One day, walking down the alley behind Carthage Drug, he came upon a man who would direct him to the place where he would spend the next 60 plus years of his life.

Community Prayer Renewal

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A need in the community for unified prayer

One doesn’t have to look far to see the pain and struggle that many Americans face every day. People are struggling to make ends meet, losing jobs, suffering from depression, dying of cancer, committing suicide, dealing with broken homes, and the list goes on. For two years, Buddy Hall has felt God calling him to bring the community together in prayer.

Panola College

Written by Jessica Williams Pace.

Improvements and Renovations

Panola College students are now enjoying the facilities in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center after the soft opening on Monday, September 21. The new facility is the second largest building on campus at approximately 54,000 square feet and two stories tall. It combines several offices and areas that were previously scattered across campus. Students have only a short walk from their campus apartments past the recently erected Frances B. Ross Millennium Clock Tower to the front entrance of the Student Center. The Panola College Store immediately greets students entering the building boasting the latest collegiate fashions, boutique apparel, supplies, and textbooks. When asked what area was a student favorite, one student responded, “The bookstore! I like going in there and browsing. It looks amazing, and they have a good selection of clothing.”