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Four Panola Men’s Basketball players earn conference selections

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 1:46pm

Four Panola College Men’s Basketball players were recognized with All Conference selections for 2018.

Marlon Taylor was named to the 2nd Team All Conference.

Earning Honorable Mention All Conference were Juwan Williams, Alex Holcombe, and Shandon “Biggie” Goldman.

Congratulations to these players and the entire Panola College Men’s Basketball Team.

Fillies earn At-Large bid to National Tourney

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:46am

The tension was high in the foyer of the A.J. Johnson Gym at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 12, as the NJCAA went live on television to announce the bracket for the National Tournament. Several At-Large spots were on the line. When the announcer said the Panola College Fillies had earned one of the spots, the room erupted with applause, tears and screams of joy.

Here’s the link to the NJCAA Women’s Basketball site:

And here’s the link to the bracket. The bracket is a PDF link:

The Fillies will leave for Texas Tech University in Lubbock on Saturday, March 17, and will play Northwest Florida at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

The Panola College Fillies were ranked all year and won the Conference Championship for the first time since 1978, earning them accolades and votes for one of the At-Large spots.

Congratulations to Coach Eddie Kite, Assistant Coach Chelsea Hudson, Jaye Cage, Destiney Ephrom, Weronika Nowakowska, Nailah Beyah-Blount, Patience Okpe, Daria (Dasha) Eremeeva, Stefany Lourenco, Jalynn Estrada, Ekaterina (KK) Karchevskaya, Maryia (Masha) Adashchyk, and Victoria Rushing.

(Photos by Kraig Cain and Teresa Beasley)

NJCAA Live Stream Selection Monday – 10 a.m., Monday, March 12

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 9:15am

Tune in to the NJCAA Live Stream for important announcements about the National Tournament!



Eddie Kite: Region 14 Coach of the Year

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 8:53pm

Eddie Kite was named NJCAA Region 14 Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the Region Tournament in Jacksonville on Saturday, March 10.

Patience Okpe received All-Region 14, All-Conference, and Region 14 Conference All-Tournament.

Dasha Eremeeva received All-Region 14 and Region 14 All-Conference.

Masha Adashchyk received Honorable Mention All-Conference.

The 2017-2018 Panola College Women’s Basketball Team won the Conference Championship for the first time in 40 years.

“Coach Kite and his staff did an excellent job this year and put in a lot of hard work,” said Athletic Director Don Clinton. “He really recruited a tremendous group of young ladies that played extremely well this year and won the first conference championship for Panola College since 1978.”

Congratulations to Coach Kite, Patience Okpe, Dasha Eremeeva, Masha Adashchyk and the entire Panola College Fillies Basketball Team.


Rock your socks Wednesday, March 21

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 2:11pm

Bring your wildest pair of socks back to campus after Spring Break because Panola College is participating in a “Rock Your Socks” event on Wednesday, March 21. It’s all part of World Down Syndrome Day, and it’s a way to celebrate the differences and abilities of all students.

Panola College has set a one-day goal for students, faculty and staff acting together to perform 321 random acts of kindness and by rocking your most colorful socks on Wednesday, March 21! Post your photos on social media — Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, wherever you want, but be sure to tag your photos with #PanolaRocks321.

All photos with the hashtag will be entered into a drawing to win a gift basket sponsored by the Panola College Store.

You can wear different socks, brightly colored socks, long socks, printed socks, mismatched socks, any kind of fun socks in honor of our friends who rock an extra chromosome. Wearing mismatched socks reminds us to celebrate the things that make us each unique.

World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21, to symbolize a third copy of the 21st chromosome in people with Down syndrome. Communities all over the world will be celebrating the acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome by “Rocking Their Socks” and doing random acts of kindness.

To make a donation to help support Down syndrome awareness go to


Fillies end season with loss to San Jac

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 1:47pm

The Panola College Fillies ended their season on Friday, March 9, in round two of the Region XIV Tournament in Jacksonville, losing to San Jacinto College. Final score was San Jac 73, Panola 58.

Photos from the game can be found at Panola Fillies vs San Jac – 3-9-18.

Daylight Saving Time begins

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:21am

What perfect timing for college students! Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 11, the day before Spring Break. The idea of changing the clocks to start the day when the sun comes up is not new. Benjamin Franklin proposed the concept in the 1700s. It was first adopted during World War I as an energy saving tool to conserve fuel for the war effort.

In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law a “Fast Time” bill, but it was repealed a few months later. In 1942, as the U.S. was entering World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt mandated the return of Daylight Saving Time. Once the war ended, various states used DST while others did not, a situation that caused confusion for transportation, media and other corporate organizations, according to

From 1966 through 2006, Congress continued to tinker with DST. The current schedule, introduced in 2007, states that DST starts on the second Sunday in March, and ends on the first Sunday in November.

More than 70 countries around the world use DST, and their schedules for implementation vary. In the U.S., Arizona and Hawaii opted out of participation in DST. The continental United States spans four time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain and Pacific.

While many electronic devices with internal clocks are programmed to automatically change the time according to the current DST rules, some, including many vehicle clocks, do not. Citing the confusion surrounding the practice of changing clocks twice a year, writer Allison Schrager proposed in 2013 that the U.S. needs to abandon the practice. She further proposed combining the current four time zones into just two — an Eastern and a Western time zone for the continental United States.

Nicholas Wells, writing for, said that the Spring Forward weekend creates disruption in financial markets, noting that since 2007, the S&P 500 dropped an average of 0.24 percent after the spring time change.

Whether you agree with the system or not, Panola College students will have the week of Spring Break to get used to the new time change. When their alarms go off on Monday, March 19, maybe that loss of an extra hour of sleep won’t be so hard to take.

Panola Men fall to San Jac in OT 90-82

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:52am

Jacksonville, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team fell to San Jacinto College at the Region XIV Tournament Thursday night, March 8, in overtime, 90-82. The loss finishes Panola’s season with an overall record of  20-12. “We gave plenty of effort tonight, but we didn’t execute in vital times during the second half,” Head Coach Grant McMillan said.

In the first half of play, both teams went back and forth the entire frame. Neither team had a lead bigger than six points in the half and found themselves tied at 38 heading into the locker room. Both teams battled in the second half before San Jac took a 74-66 lead with just under 6 minutes remaining. Panola closed the second half on a 14-6 run to tie the ball game. The Ponies had a chance to win the game but didn’t get a shot off.

In overtime, Panola struggled offensively only scoring two points in the extra frame.

Shandon Goldman led the way in scoring with 20 points. Marlon Taylor recorded a double-double in the loss netting 19 points and chasing down 11 rebounds.

Panola finishes the season 20-12. They finished fourth in Region 14 regular season standing.

See more photos in the Panola College Men vs San Jac Region Tourney 3-8-18 Photo Gallery. (Photos by Teresa Beasley)

Theatre students excel at TCCSTA contest

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:30pm

Panola College theatre students took their show on the road to Texas A&M University Commerce on February 28 through March 3 to compete in the Texas Community College Speech & Theatre Association competition. The cast and crew of “Vinegar Tom” brought home awards for acting and technical theatre.

The Professors Excellence Awards went to Jesse Waters, sound; Kassandra Escobar, lighting design; Kacie Sepulvado, scenic design, Cody Osburn, tree design; Zach Holmes, tour management; Zach Holmes, construction lead.

Maelbi Calderon won a Respondents Excellence Award for stage management. Kacie Sepulvado won a Respondents Superior Tech Award for property design.

Ten Panola College students won Professors Superior Awards, including Nikki Lawhorn, dramaturgy; Maelbi Calderon, stage management; Nikki Lawhorn, transition coordinator; Taylor Foster, lobby display; Taylor Foster, program design; Lacie Sepulvado, costume design; Emmalee Tomaszweski, choreography; Maelbi Calderon, assistant dramaturgy; Jasmine Ryan, make-up and hair design; and Kacie Sepulvado, property design.

Tying for the Professors Acting Award were Emmalee Tomaszweski and Katyln Smith.

“Vinegar Tom,” by Caryl Churchill, examines the role of women in society during the seventeenth century witch hunt era in England.

“I am pleased with the abundance of individual awards our students brought home from TCCSTA,” said Karen King, drama professor. “The adult subject matter of this play made it especially challenging and our students rose to the task in grand fashion.”

(Note: More photos are available on the Panola College Theatre Vinegar Tom Gallery. All photos are courtesy of Katy Chance.

Fillies advance to round 2 with win over BPCC

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:42pm

The Panola College Fillies defeated Bossier Parish Community College on March 7 to advance to round two of the Region XIV Basketball Tournament.

The Fillies will face San Jacinto College at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9.

All games are played in the John Alexander Gymnasium, 811 Farnsworth, Jacksonville, Texas.

Here is a Photo Gallery from Fillies vs Bossier Parish Region – 2018.

(Photos by Kraig Cain and Teresa Beasley.)

Phi Theta Kappa to induct new members

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:43am

The Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will induct new members in a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom in the Student Center at Panola College.

Any Calhoun will serve as guest speaker prior to the induction ceremony.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor fraternity which recognizes junior and community college students who have attained high scholastic achievements. Membership is by invitation to those who qualify.

Faculty sponsors include Emily Zabcik, Tonya Fotinos and Roberta Collinsworth.

Panola men advance at Region XIV tourney

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:59am

Jacksonville, TX – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Coastal Bend College here Tuesday night, 95-83. The victory improves Panola’s overall record to 20-11 and puts the team in the quarterfinals in the Region 14 conference tournament. The 20th win marks the third straight season with 20 or more wins in each of Head Coach Grant McMillan’s tenure, a first time accomplishment in school history. “We handle their punches and got in a good flow. It took us a while to close the game but we took care of business,” McMillan said.

Both teams came out on fire scoring a combined 48 points in the first 9 minutes of the game. In that stretch, there were eight lead changes and three ties. Panola began to pull away taking a 50-40 halftime lead. The Ponies never kept their foot off the glass as they extended their lead to 72-47 midway through the second half. Coastal Bend made a run but never got any closer than nine points. Panola won 95-83.

Four players scored in double figures and were led by Marlon Taylor’s 32 points. Jeremy Roscoe recorded a double-double netting 11 points and dishing out 12 assists. Juwan Williams scored 14 while Alex Holcombe added 10. As a team, the Ponies shot 58 percent from the field.

Panola advances to the quarterfinals of the regional tournament. They take on San Jacinto at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. The game will be played at Jacksonville, Texas ISD gymnasium.

See more photos at 2018 Region Tournament – Game 1 vs Coastal Bend 3-6-18.

Ponies take win from TJC

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:52pm

The Panola Ponies played Tyler Junior College on Wednesday, Feb. 28, taking an 8-7 win. See Kraig Cain’s photos in the Ponies vs TJC 2-28-18 Photo Gallery.

Panola baseball begins conference action

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 3:28pm

The Ponies opened up Region 14 East Conference Play. Rain-soaked fields caused scheduling and venue changes. The Ponies traveled to Whitehouse Sunday, March 4, to take on the Paris Junior College Dragons in a double header followed by a single nine inning game on Monday.

Game 1 started out with the Dragons jumping out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, but starting pitcher Jarret Worth was able to settle in, striking out six and walking only one with six hits in his six innings of work. Garret Hermes finished the game with one inning pitched allowing only one hit.

The Pony bats were swinging away and hitting balls hard, but didn’t have much to show for it. Christian Boulware had a hard hit double in the second inning and Austin DeLeon had an opposite field home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the team’s only run of the game. The Ponies dropped game one by a final score of 6-1.

Game 2 of the double header was a different story. The Ponies pounded out 19 hits with 10 of them earning extra bases (4 home runs, 6 doubles). Michael Lawson led the way with a 5-hit game and many of his teammates followed with a multi-hit game (Sibley 3, Deleon 2, Boulware 3, Wiley 3). The Panola Ponies got off to a hot start on offense sparked by lead off hitter Cam Sibley. Sibley worked a full count before depositing a ball deep over the right field fence to get the Ponies on the board right for the start. The team continued to rally putting up 5 total runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the fourth inning Christian Boulware and Jordan Wiley went back to back hitting consecutive home runs to extend the lead over the Dragons 10-5. Josh Walker wanted his piece of the long ball and extended the game to a 13-9 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Pony bullpen was able to shut down the last three innings to secure the victory for the team. Chris Henderson threw two innings while striking out five  hitters and Nick Barnes came in the final inning and struck out two batters in a quick 3 up 3 down inning to give the Ponies their first conference win of the season.

Game 3 for the Ponies did not start how they had hoped. The Dragons of Paris put up 7 runs in the bottom of the first and the Ponies were in a hole early. Nick Barnes and Zach Goree were able to come in and shut down the Paris offense for the rest of the game. After 1 run in the second, Goree tossed five  scoreless innings striking out seven and only allowing three hits. The Pony offense got heated up in the 6th by a long home run off the bat of Kade Clemens (4th) and a two-out hit by Austin DeLeon scoring a run. The Ponies were able to scratch one more across in the top of the seventh on an RBI single from Michael Lawson. The Ponies fought back but came up short after falling in a hole early. The Ponies finished up the weekend going (1-2) in the conference opener.

Pony baseball is back in action this week taking on UT Tyler on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in Tyler. They will continue conference play by taking on Northeast Texas Community College. Game 1 of the series is scheduled to be a 9 inning game Thursday in Carthage  starting at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Ponies will travel to Mount Pleasant to take on NTCC with a double header starting at 12 p.m.

See the complete Photo Gallery – Panola vs Parish 3-4-18 – courtesy of Kraig Cain, Photographer.

Region Tournament Schedule – March 6-10

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 10:31am

Here’s the game schedule for the 2018 Region XIV Tournament in the John Alexander Gymnasium in Jacksonville.

Tuesday, March 6 – Men’s First Round Games

Session 1

Game 1 – 1 p.m. – #8 BPCC vs #9 Kilgore

Game 2 – 3 p.m. – #5 Paris vs #12 Angelina

Session 2

Game 3 – 6 p.m. – #7 Navarro vs #10 Lamar-PA

Game 4 – 8 p.m. – #6 Panola vs #11 Coastal Bend

Wednesday, March 7 – Women’s Quarterfinals

Session 1

Game 5 – 1 p.m. – #1 Panola vs #8 BPCC

Game 6 – 3 p.m. – #4 San Jac vs #5 Angelina

Session 2

Game 7 – 6 p.m. – #2 TVCC vs #7 TJC

Game 8 – 8 p.m. – #3 Kilgore vs #6 Blinn

Thursday, March 8 – Men’s Quarterfinals

Session 1

Game 9 – 1 p.m. – #1 TVCC vs Game 1 Winner

Game 10 – 3 p.m. – #4 Blinn vs Game 2 Winner

Session 2

Game 11 – 6 p.m. – #2 TJC vs Game 3 Winner

Game 12 – 8 p.m. – #3 San Jac vs Game 4 Winner

Friday, March 9 – Women’s and Men’s Semifinals

Session 1

Game 13 – 1 p.m. – Women’s Game 5 Winner vs Game 6 Winner

Game 14 – 3 p.m. – Women’s Game 7 Winner vs Game 8 Winner

Session 2

Game 15 – 6 p.m. – Men’s Game 9 Winner vs Game 10 Winner

Game 16 – 8 p.m. – Men’s Game 15 Winner vs Game 16 Winner

Saturday, March 10 – Women’s and Men’s Championship

Game 17 (Women) – 4 p.m. – Game 13 Winner vs Game 14 Winner

Game 18 (Men) – 7 p.m. – Game 15 Winner vs Game 16 Winner

Tournament Pass tickets are $25. Tickets per session are $6 for adults, $3 for children over age 5 and students (with ID), children under age 5 are free.


Fillies win Conference Championship

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 5:08pm

The Fillies finish at the top of Region 14 play for the first time in 40 years with a 16-4 record after completing the week with two wins. Panola defeated Bossier Parish CC 69-65 on Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Paris 67-61 on Saturday, March 3.

Wednesday night, the Fillies jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the game against BPCC, one of only two leads that the Fillies would have as the game progressed in the first half. At the break the Fillies trailed by 10.

The Fillies trailed by 20 points, but,after regrouping, the Fillies would turn up the heat and cut the deficit to single digits. Panola took the lead for the first time since the start of the game with a just under 1 minute left to play. Free throws by Patience Okpe secured the win at the end of the game.

The same night the Fillies honored nine sophomores as they played their final game in the A.J. Johnson Gym. The Fillies ended regular season play undefeated at home with a 13-0 record.

In Paris, the Fillies jumped out early and secured a solid lead for most all of the game with tight execution and defensive steals. However the Dragons of Paris would not give up that easy. Paris cut the lead to four with about four minutes left in the game. The Fillies made one last unanswered run, securing the win and the Conference Championship.

The Fillies begin the Regional Tournament Wednesday, March 7, as the number one seed. The will play Bossier Parish at 1 pm in Jacksonville.

Photo Gallery from the Fillies vs Bossier Parish 2-28-18 game.

Ponies to play in region tournament

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:37pm

Carthage, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team split region games this on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 3. On Wednesday, the Ponies, in their final home game of the season, defeated Bossier Parish and on Saturday the team fell to Paris on the road. After this week’s action, Panola finishes the regular season at 19-11 and 11-8 in Region 14 play.

“We had a good week. We played well in both games and came up short against Paris. I think our guys are mentally prepared for the regional tournament,” said Head Coach Grant McMillan.

In a seesaw first half of the Bossier Parish game, Panola began to pull away using a 13-2 run to end the half taking a 42-31 lead. The Ponies maintained their lead the entire second half. Bossier Parish never threatened en route to the 82-68 victory. Marlon Taylor led Panola in scoring with 30 points.

Saturday afternoon, Panola went to Paris Junior College and fell behind late in the first half trailing at halftime, 48-40. The Ponies fought back to take a 76-70 lead with under 6 minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on. Paris hit a three pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining, taking an 85-82 lead. Panola’s three-point attempt to tie the ball came fell short. Taylor led the Ponies in scoring with 29 points.

Panola now competes in the Region 14 conference tournament. As the sixth overall seed, The Ponies will take on Coastal Bend College at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 6 in Jacksonville. The game will be played at the Jacksonville ISD gymnasium. More details regarding the tournament can be found at the following website:

(All photos in this photo gallery are by student photographer Lexie Dawson)

Sophomore Men’s Basketball players honored

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:04pm

Six sophomores on the Panola College Men’s Basketball Team were recognized before the February 28, 2018, game against Bossier Parish Community College.

#1 – TJ Killings – from Bridgeport, Conn., is a two-year letterman for Panola, and was a key member of last year’s team that won the North Division and a trip to the National Tournament. TJ is signed to play next season at Portland State University.

#2 – Juwan Williams – from Houston, was a part of last year’s record-setting team. He is the Ponies’ second leading scorer and is signed to play next season at Portland State University.

#5 – Marlon Taylor III – from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., was an All Conference Player as a freshman on the record-setting Panola team. He is currently this year’s leading scorer. He will sign with a school this spring.

#12 – Christian Hammett – from Mt. Enterprise, is a two-year letterman at Panola. He will graduate in May with honors and will sign with a school this spring.

#20 – Shandon “Biggie” Goldman – from Evansville, Ark., is in his first year at Panola. He came to Panola as a transfer from Arlansas Little Rock. He is shooting 41 percent from 3 and averaging 9.2 points per game for the Ponies. He will graduate in May and sign with a school this spring.

#42 – Alex Holcombe – from Houston is in his first year at Panola. He transferred from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Alex is top five nationally in blocked shots, and top three in Region 14 in field goal percentage. He will graduate in May and will sign with a school this spring.


Lester featured in Center Light & Champion

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:35am

Editor’s Note: Cancee Lester was featured in the Center Light & Champion’s “Focus on Women” special section in February. Steve Fountain, Editor and Publisher, gave permission for Panola College to publish his article. The newspaper’s website is at

As the Director of Shelby County Operations for Panola College, Cancee Lester is a huge advocate for the school’s ability to help students to learn and grow.

“I see the benefit this school has for the community,” Lester said. “also, I feel they do the same things with their employees. They see people and their skills and give people room to grow and develop.”

Lester learned that first-hand since assuming her leadership role at the college in July 2017.

“I absolutely see that,” she said from her office in Panola’s Regional Training Center in Center. “Definitely in leadership. My comfort level there has increased. My confidence — and just trusting myself. If there is something I don’t know, I will find and ask the right people to learn about it to study it.”

Lester has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in school psychology. She spent the previous 10 years working for Center ISD. In 2011, she also started working part time at Panola as an adjunct professor.

Lester said she had long been interested in working at the college.

“I always watched what was available,” she said. “Center (ISD) had an excellent team. That is where I wanted to work, if not Panola. Finally the right position became available.”

Natalie Oswalt, the former director, moved to Panola’s Carthage campus as the Dean of Arts, Science and Technology. Oswalt, according to Lester, also left a smooth running operation in place in Shelby County. Lester said that Oswalt continues to be a mentor in her new role.

“Natalie was the director at the time I came on here working as an adjunct professor,” Lester said. “I was very impressed by her. She’s very calm and supportive.”

Lester grew interested in moving into a leadership role while at Center ISD. While she did not directly supervise employees, she worked independently across the district with administrators, staff, teachers, parents and students.

“I felt the leadership skills were starting to develop,” she said. “I felt more comfortable in that role and I felt I was ready to go to that next step.”

Lester moved to Shelby County to move onto property owned by her husband, Dean’s, family. Dean was working with General Dynamics in Kilgore at the time. He has since found a position closer to home.

She cared for the couple’s three boys (one age 14 and twins that are 12) until they were old enough to attend school. That is when she took a position with Center ISD as a school psychologist.

While psychology and a school district have a language all their own, Lester soon learned that overseeing two college sites has its own language, too.

“I’ve learned a lot of new terminology — it was fun,” she said. “When I was at Center, there were a lot of neat acronyms that we used. When I came here, I had a whole new vocabulary to catch up on.

“I’ve really picked up on it quickly. It’s not that far off from what I’ve been doing. Almost everything I do here, I can tell that there were things I did at Center that have developed my ability to pick it up quickly here.”

Her duties run the gamut from ensuring the facilities at both the Regional Training Center on Roughrider Drive and the Shelby County College Center on Loop 500 are operating properly, to advising students, coordinating with counselors at local schools amid a boom in dual-credit courses being taken by high school students through Panola College, working with college staff, networking in the community and even serving as a Shelby County Ambassador through the Chamber of Commerce.

Lester relishes the opportunity help students with their choices.

She credits her thesis chair at Sam Houston State University, Richard Eglsaer, in helping her with a major decision when it came to her master’s degree.

“He was a wonderful mentor,” Lester said. “…He was very instrumental in what direction I went in psychology. I knew in high school that I wanted to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I had to decide whether to go into clinical or school psychology. He talked me through a decision that was one of the best I’ve made.”

And, yes, she still teaches a psychology class.

Panola College has a diverse mission. It helps people earn a General Education Diploma (GED) – often the first step for someone who did not complete a traditional high school education.

The school also offers students the ability to complete the first two years of college locally — and more economically — in advance of transferring to a four-year school.

Panola also offers a range of associate’s degrees and certifications in careers including gas and petroleum, HVAC, welding or nursing, among other.

Through continuing education, people can learn various skills and hobbies to further their employment or entertainment options.

Lester said she is squarely focused on her new position.

She said she loves Shelby County.

“It begins with my commute to work,” she said. “Everyday I get to look at pine trees and pastures. I appreciate the scenery where I live. Everything I need is here. The people are very kind and supportive. I’ve made great friends, my kids have made great friends.”


Fillies honor sophomore players

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:56pm

Panola College honored the sophomore Fillies at halftime of the women’s basketball game against Bossier Parish on Wednesday, Feb. 28. After the game, the Fillies’ record is 23-5 for the season, moving the team to first place in NJCAA Conference standings. The sophomores on this team have won 45 games while wearing Panola green and white.

Jaye Cage, Arlington, transferred to Panola College from Prairie View A&M University this season. She has played in 25 games with a season high 12 points twice against Jacksonville College and Coastal Bend College.

Destiny Ephrom, Baton Rouge, La., transferred to Panola College from Dillard University. She has played in 11 games with a season high of five points and five rebounds in a home game against Tyler Junior College.

Jalynn Estrada, Skokie, Ill., transferred to Panola College from Tuskegee University. She had a season high 10 points against Paris Junior College earlier in the season.

Nailah Beyah-Blount, El Paso, has been an integral part of the Fillies’ program for two seasons. This year, she has played in 25 games, while starting 15 of those games. She has career highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds against Southern University at Shreveport earlier in the season.

Victoria Rushing, Nacogdoches, has been one of the most supportive teammates in the Fillies locker room during her two years at Panola College. She made her biggest impact last Wednesday as she provided the spark that ignited a 28-point fourth quarter victory over Tyler Junior College. She plans to coach after college.

Ekaterina Karchevskaya, Mogilev, Belarus, has been a key part of the Fillies resurgence these past two seasons. KK has played in 26 games with a season high 16 points against #5 Jones County College.

Stefany Lourenco, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been the defensive catalyst during her two seasons at Panola College. She has started every game during her Panola career with a career high 28 points against Jacksonville College last season.

Patience Okpe, Makurdi, Nigeria, has started all 27 games this season for the Fillies, with a career high 52 points scored in a thrilling 28-point fourth quarter comeback against Tyler Junior College. Patience was selected to play in the NJCAA All Star Game last summer in Destin, Fla.

Dasha Eremeeva, Moscow, Russia, has been a mainstay in the post the past two seasons. She has started 27 games this season with a season high 23 points against Coastal Bend College.