The Garbage Guys

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Working out the kinks

Trash is just ugly, any way you look at it. And boy do we generate a lot of it.  According to statistics, the average American generates 4-7 pounds of trash per day. So where does it all go? The City of Carthage contracts Progressive Waste Solutions to collect your garbage and transfer it to the East Texas Regional Landfill, which is on FM 2867 west of the Long Branch community. It’s a tremendous job that takes a great deal of planning and organization to complete. Does it always work smoothly? No. Does it occur without problems? No. But we’ve got some guys who have taken on this task and managed to work out most of the kinks.

The King Nursery

Written by Family & Friends.

A Century of Timeless Tradition & Dedication

The King Nursery, located in Tenaha, Texas, has been a family tradition for 100 years.  It was started in 1915 by J.B. (Bernard) King, Sr. and his wife Katie Davis King.  They were strawberry growers for a number of years who sold strawberries to Fish Produce in Shreveport which were transported by a train that stopped in Tenaha.  He hired every kid in the area who wanted to pick them for five cents a pint. When he had sold the prime strawberries from the first good crop, he gave the patch to his wife who sold enough locally to buy furniture for their new house.  Bernard was a farmer at heart and began grafting trees. His slogan on The King Nursery stationery was “The name of the firm indicates the Class of Stock.”  He wanted everyone to know that the products were fit for royalty. In later years, the business came to be called simply King’s Nursery & Florist.

Fall Festivities

Written by Teresa Dennard.

October is time for fun, family activities

October is the month for festivals. The weather gets a little cooler and people are ready to get out and enjoy some good family fun. Starting off the festivities on October 10 is the annual East Texas Oil and Gas Blast. Held at the Carthage Civic Center, the event includes an antique car show, a free kids area, a costume contest for kids as well as dogs, a karaoke contest with $1000 in prize money, retail and arts and crafts vendors, lots of good food, door prizes and a $1000 cash prize drawing. Each weekend thereafter is full of fun, family activities that raise money for some really good causes.

Permits for Shaking Cans

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Everybody needs a permit

Times are hard, and everyone seems to be pulling at our pocketbooks. The increase in solicitors in the community has made it a necessity for the City of Carthage to revamp its policies and procedures. The new policy requires everyone to obtain a permit from City Hall at least seven (7) days in advance of any sales or fundraising event.

The Buck Stops Here

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

Improving the deer population in Panola County

Travelers on Highway 79 are likely to see a herd of deer grazing peacefully inside a high fence on Joe and Pam Allison’s property. Those deer and others like them throughout the vast Allison Deer Ranch and the Double A Hunting Ranch are the products of intensive efforts to restock and improve the deer population in Panola County. “My dad, Conrad Allison, told me that in the mid-1930s, there were zero deer in Panola County,” Joe said.

Early settlers to East Texas eliminated native wildlife through extensive land clearing and hunting. In 1938, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) began a deer restoration program that continued into the 1990s, expanding deer herds throughout the state, including the Pineywoods Region of East Texas. Improved forestry management, law enforcement, the enactment of game laws, public awareness and improvements to habitat have allowed the deer population to increase.

Where I'm Supposed To Be

Written by Teresa Dennard.

James Bogs, Beckville Band Director

James Bogs knew from a very young age there was something special about music. His grandmother had given him a keyboard and he loved to pretend he was playing the programmed songs. He was in the first class held at Northside Christian Academy when Brother Billy Shoffner started the school, and it was there that James fell in love with worshiping God and being a part of the worship ministry.

The family relocated to Cleveland, Texas and James joined the band in 6th grade. Cleveland’s band had a reputation for excellence, winning a Division I rating 51 straight years with their military style marching band. Their director was Jim Jones, who later came to Carthage as director of bands. “The high school jazz band came over and performed for us and talked about the different programs at school,” says James, “and I knew I wanted to be a part of that.” He first thought about playing the saxophone, but found out he wasn’t built for it, so he tried the trumpet. “I was a lot better trumpet player so that’s what I was born to play.”

Healing Waters Across the River

Written by Teresa Cage Beasley.

Originally known as Breckenridge Springs

Imagine riding in a covered wagon across the deep, forested region of Panola County in the early 1800s and hearing the sound of trickling water. The horses pulling the wagon strain to reach the water, and there, like a miracle, a stream of icy cold, crystal clear water bubbles from the ground.

Midyett Springs, originally known as Breckenridge Springs, formed the nucleus for a thriving community in the northeastern edge of Panola County as early as 1850. A Texas State Historical Marker was erected in 1980 to recognize the significance of the springs to the surrounding area. The springs nurtured Native Americans long before pioneer settlers found their way to the Pineywoods. High in iron content, the springs became a health resort and the center of the surrounding farm community in the 1880s.

A Passion for Archery

Written by Teresa Dennard.

Cedar Grove 3D Bow Shoot

Since the age of 15, Steve Reed has had a passion for archery. A lifelong hobby, he’s still ‘tinkering’ with it 45 years later. He built a walk-thru range in the woods behind his house. Several years ago he invited a few of the guys from Cedar Grove to do some practice shooting before hunting season. Out of that gathering came the idea to start a men’s fellowship with other bow hunters. “The first time we had a couple dozen people, cooked hamburgers and had a little devotional,” recalls Steve. “It just grew from there.”

Heart of a Servant

Written by Jessica Williams Pace.

Cheri Lambert believes in giving back to the community

When Cheri Lambert tells people that she is an occupational therapist, their first comment is usually “is that like a physical therapist?”  Her reply is, “We are more like first cousin”.  Then she explains that sometimes people have problems with activities or occupations that they engage in every day. When those problems significantly affect a person’s ability to live life to the fullest, occupational therapy can help. Lambert was guided into the occupational therapy profession by her desire to connect with people and becoming an OT gave her the ability to establish meaningful relationships with patients.