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PTK sponsors children’s book drive

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 8:29pm

The Panola College Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring “Hooked on Books,” a children’s book drive from now until the end of the spring 2018 semester. The PTK service project will collect new and gently used children’s books to donate to local daycare centers and after-school programs.

“We are especially asking for children’s books that are appropriate for early childhood through sixth grade readers,” said Emily Zabcik, one of the faculty sponsors of PTK. “We hope to spread the love of reading to young children so that their passion for learning will grow. Many children do not have access to books in their environment or the books may be well-used and in need of replacement.”

The drop-off locations for donated books will be in the Monk Science Building and in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. Look for the blue tub at the front desk of the Student Center and in the lobby of the Monk Building.

Panola College students, including members of the Panola College Fillies Volleyball team, have been actively involved in the Carthage ISD after-school program called AYEP for several years. AYEP is one of the programs that will benefit from this project.

“Our mission with ‘Hooked on Books’ is to inspire children to learn to love reading and to promote the love of learning and knowledge,” said Zabcik.


Band presents Jazz on the Quad

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:51am

Tuesday, April 17 was the perfect day for an outdoor picnic with live music from the Panola College Jazz Band. Sitting under the shade of the oak trees in the Quad, the audience members sat on benches, lawn chairs or lounged on blankets during the performance.

The hour-long show featured “A.M. Attitude” with soloists Josh Wood and Whitney Thomas; “Basin Street Blues” with soloists Esmeralda Acosta and Savana Hanaway; “Come In From the Rain” with soloists Maggie Sims and Josh Wood; “Four with soloists Branton Reeves, the Sax Section, and Maggie Sims; and “April in Paris” with soloist Joshn Wood.

The program continued with “Mas Que Nada” with soloist Kassi Orbaugh; “Traces” with soloist Whitney Thomas; “Vehicle” with soloists Maggie Sims and Kassi Orbaugh; “Night Train” with soloist Maggie Sims, and “Blues March,” with soloists Nick Powell, Josh Wood, and Whitney Thomas.

The Panola College Jazz Band is directed by Dwaine Hubbard, professor of instrumental music. Musicians include: flute: Esmeralda Acosta, Center, and Savana Hanaway, Carthage. On saxophone: Kassi Orbaugh, Carthage; Elijah Johnson, Shelbyville; Whitney Thomas, Center; James Lilly, Jasper, and Dakota Brown, Marshall. On trumpet: Josh Wood, Carthage; Maggie Sims, Center; America Cabriales, San Augustine, and Sarah Allen, Henderson. On trombone: Urias Quetzala, Garrison; Delaina Truitt, Center; Jaqui Alejaldre, Center; Cole  Donald, Carthage, and Colby Taylor, Carthage.

On drums: Nicklaus Powell, Shelbyville, and Michael Iwalesin, Lagos, Nigeria. On piano: Carrie Hudman, Cleveland. On guitar: Alexis Barlow, Center. On bass guitar, Branton Reeves, Beckville.

Kick back and enjoy Jazz on the Quad

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:22am

Bring a blanket and your lawn chairs at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 17 and enjoy “Jazz on the Quad” featuring the Panola College Jazz Band under the direction of Dwaine Hubbard. The Quad is between the M.P. Baker Library and the Miller Administration Building.

“The music will be fun and light with a mix of rock, jazz and Latin. The best way to enjoy the concert is to bring something to eat and drink and have a picnic,” said Hubbard. “It would be cool to see some dancing while we’re there, too!”


Murphy Payne to bring aerial dance to Panola College

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 9:58am

Panola College will host an outdoor aerial dance performance as the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture event for 2018. Set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, the performance features dancers with Blue Lapis Light of Austin.

The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the free outdoor event.

The costumed dancers, wearing harnesses, will perform dance and acrobatic movements across the face of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. Music and special light effects will enhance the performance. Entitled “Twilight,” the site specific aerial dance is designed especially for the campus structure. Artistic Director Sally Jacques said, “The architecture of the building collaborates with the concept of the piece. Twilight is a time that transitions day into night, as the moon begins to rise and the sun slowly sets, there emerges a sense of timeless beauty and wonder.”

Throughout the choreography, dancers touch on the theme of twilight through aerial dance, gestures and coordinated acrobatic movements.

“Aerial dance is art that literally takes place in the air,” Jacques explained. Blue Lapis Light specializes in aerial silks (similar to those used in the aerial yoga classes at Panola College), Spanish web and harnesses. Spanish web movements involve the performer spinning, suspended, on an aerial rope. Each technique requires extensive training to gain strength and beauty in movement, while maintaining awareness of personal safety.

The 2018 Murphy Payne event marks 16 years that the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture has funded artistic performances at Panola College. This year’s Blue Lapis Light show links back to the first Murphy Payne event in 2002 – “Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer,” which featured the music of World War II, performed by the Sounds of Swing, and a lecture by the late Dr. Archie McDonald.

Foster and Mary Frances Payne Murphy established the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture to acknowledge the role the arts have played in the development of Texas.

From saluting the veterans of World War II, to honoring cowboy poets and Texas storytellers, the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture has enhanced the lives of the people of Panola County through its collaboration with Panola College.

“Panola College is grateful for the continuing support of the Murphy family to bring high caliber performances to our campus that expand our understanding and appreciation of history and the arts for all our citizens,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President.

In Memoriam: Ashlen Kyndal Branton

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 2:40pm

Panola College student Ashlen Kyndal Branton was killed in an accident on State Highway 315 Monday afternoon. She attended Panola College in the fall on a theatre scholarship.

“Red was a beloved member of our theatre family here at Panola College. She played the Lady in Waiting in Kabuki Lady Macbeth. She will be greatly missed by all of us,” said Karen King, professor of theatre.

CUSHING – Funeral services for Ashlen Kyndal Branton, 19, of Trawick will be Friday, April 13th, at 3 p.m. at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home in Cushing with Rev. Sonny Scarborough officiating. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Ms Branton passed away Monday, April 9th, near Mt. Enterprise.

She was born July 15, 1998 in Nacogdoches to the late Luther Dalton Branton and Tambra Lynette Vaught . Kyndal attended Pre K through 12 grade in Cushing and graduated in 2016. She enjoyed cheerleading, theater arts, track, cross-country and spending time with her friends.

Kyndal was awarded a scholarship from Panola College for theater and attended nursing classes there. She had attended church at the Trawick Presbyterian, Lillie Grove Baptist Church and Oak Grove Baptist Church. Kyndal loved her family and friends. She was always there for a shoulder to cry on or to lend a helping hand. Most of all she was ready to have a good time. She loved life and didn’t want to miss a moment with someone she loved. She gave her life to Jesus as a young girl, and He has her a place in heaven. You can bet, as many have said, “She’s working the social network up there.”

Kyndal is preceded in death by her father, grandfather Wendell Vaught and  grandparents J.L. and Hilda Branton. She is survived by her mother Tambra Vaught of Trawick, grandmother Sarah Vaught of Trawick, sister Kolby Rab (Todd) of Nacogdoches, brothers Case and Zayden Richardson of Trawick as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Pallbearers will be Todd Rab, Slayton Vaught, James Lilly, Jonathan Bryant, Trey Ellis and Clint Singleton. Honorary pallbearers are Case and Zayden Richardson and Reagan Box. Burial will be at the Linn Flat Cemetery following services.

Ponies defeat North Lake College 17-6

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:49pm

See Kraig Cain’s photos at the Panola Ponies vs North Lake College Photo Gallery.

Ponies slay Dragons to finish 4-0 on the week

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:42pm

The Panola Ponies began the week by heading to Longview, Texas to take on the Yellow Jackets of LeTourneau. The pitching staff dominated this game by striking out 15 over the course of the 9 innings. Garrett Hermes got the start and cruised through 4 innings only allowing 2 hits, no runs, and striking out 6. Lyle Hibbits, Juan Mateo, and Blaine Tomlin combined to finish the last 5 innings of the game. They tallied 9 punchouts on 5 hits and allowed 1 unearned run. The offense continued to do what it does best and find ways to score. Kade Simons and Michael Lawson both had multiple hits in the game and Lawson also added 2 RBIs. The Ponies stole 11 bases which is the most in a game this season. The Ponies went on to win by a score of 9-1.

Thursday’s matchup against Paris started the second of conference play. The ponies finished the first half 8-7 and the start to the second half could never be so important. Chris Henderson took the mound for the Ponies and was very good. He went 5 strong innings only allowing 2 hits and striking out 6. The only hiccup Henderson made was giving up a homerun in the second inning following 2 walks. Henderson gave way to left hander Zach Goree and Goree proceeded to give no hope. He went 4 innings, 2 hits, 0 walks, and 4 strikeouts. The pitching staff and defense held their own allowing the offense to do its thing. The ponies pounded out 9 hits to a tune of 8 runs. Kade Clemens hit his 9th long ball of the season and Jordan Wiley had a big day going 3-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. The Ponies would go on to take game 1 by a final of 8-3.

Game 2 of the series was a big win for the team. After leading for 4 innings of the game (7 inning game), the Ponies surrendered the lead back to the Dragons. Coming to bat in the last inning the Ponies were down 2 with their last three outs at the Plate. After leading off the inning with a walk from Boulware and a single from Wiley, Kade Clemens stepped to the plate and hit a big time 3 run Homerun to give the team the lead back in the last inning. Zach Goree finished the game for the Ponies on the mound leading to a crucial game 2 win over the Dragons.

The series finale was all Panola. Jarrett Whorff was the main attraction. The freshman right-hander went 7 innings giving up no runs on 5 hits while striking out 8. He gave way to sophomore righty Gannon Reiswig. Reiswig had a perfect final 2 innings to close the game out for the Ponies. The offense was once again steady scoring 7 runs in the game. The big hits of the game were Ryne Ray and Clemens hitting long balls. It was Rays 5th of the year and Clemens hit his 11th of the year and 3rd of the series. The Ponies shutout the Dragons in the final game by a score of 7-0.

The Ponies are 27-13 on the year and tied for second at 11-7 in conference play.

See more photos at the Panola Ponies vs Paris Photo Gallery by Kraig Cain.

Panola Choral Department presents concert

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:23pm

The Panola College Choral Department performed in a spring concert to a packed house at the Q.M. Martin Auditorium on Tuesday, April 10. Under the direction of Sandra Bauer, the singers performed a variety of works from classical to rock and roll.

The program included “Music’s Echo,” with percussion accompaniment by Whitney Thomas, Nicklaus Powell, Maggie Sims and Carrie Hudman. The Brahms piece, “O wusst’ ich doch den Weg zuruck” was performed in its original German language, followed by “O Lux Beatissima,” sung in Latin.

The Panola Chamber Singers performed “Tango To Evora” with soloist Nichole Painter; “Amazing Grace” with soloist Jame’Cia Taylor, and “Bumble Bee.”

The Panola Pipers sang popular tunes including “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Mack the Knife,” “Seven Bridges Road,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featuring soloists Nichole Painter and Hunter Moon.

Concluding the program were “I Dream a World,” a song that was written after the September 11, 2001, tragedy, followed by “Benediction,” with soloist “Jame’Cia Taylor.

Ginger Cook, pianist, accompanied the singers in the concert, and Dwaine Hubbard, Panola College Band Director, sang with the chorale. Student singers include Oluwaseyi Adedayo, Susan Adewale, Ronke Ajoniloju, Aderonke Akinyemi, Funminiyi Alabi, Lily Allphin, Emily Averitt, Michael Awotula, Toluwani Ayodele, Dakota Brown, Meosha Brown, Shelby Brown, Destiny Buffin, Ahmadreion Casel, Loren Caserta, Victor Chinaka, Zakayla Cooper, Kaitlyn Cox, Kassidee Cox, Afrikina Dotson, Lucy Eke, Charles Felix, Brittany Fendall, Christopher Fischer, Latiffannie Gardner, Jamya Gossett, Emma Harden, Lauren Harris, Carrie Hudman, Shannon James, Kacia Johnson, Awele Kachikwu, Whiteny Kenani, Valarie Kirkwood, Hunter Moon, Bamise Oderinde, Osamudiamen Oriakhi, Walker Pahlman, Pamela Nichole Painter, Autumn Romine, Ademola Sanni, Mia Sartor, Maggie Sims, Ahna Stacy, Christion Taylor, Jame’Cia Taylor, Sydnee Taylor and Whitney Thomas.

Upcoming events scheduled by the Panola College music department includes a voice recital at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the Murphy Payne Community Room; Jazz on the Quad at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 (bring a blanket or chair); the band concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium; and an instrumental recital at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in the Murphy Payne Room.

See more photos in the Panola College Choral Department Spring Concert Photo Gallery.

Students recognized for academic excellence

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 4:48pm

Panola College faculty honored outstanding students in various disciplines with 2018 Academic Excellence Awards in a ceremony at 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium.

Don Cocklin, chair of the Academic Excellence Committee, introduced speaker, Dr. Billy “Bubba” Adams, Vice President of Instruction, who discussed the character traits needed to achieve excellence in life.

Honorees in academic departments include Peyton Barrett, Ranch and Land Management, presented by Jody Harris; Dena Bradley, History, presented by Bill Offer; Shelby Brown, Music, presented by Sandra Bauer; Melissa Burt, MLT, presented by Jo Ellen Russell; Vanessa Cox, OTA, presented by Cheri Lambert; Ryan Florence, Chemistry, presented by Amy Calhoun; Sarah Funderburk, Drama, presented by Karen King; Deborah Greathouse, ADN, presented by Annissa Jackson; Josh Havins, Accounting, presented by Jennifer Coon, and Julie Hernandez, Criminal Justice, presented by Don Cocklin on behalf of Mark Dickerson.

Others include Melanie Juays, General Business, presented by Jennifer Coon on behalf of Dwayne Ferguson; Courtney Pipkin, Medical Assistant, presented by Lynn Davis; Lucretia Royal, MLT, presented by Jo Ellen Russell; Tina Sandidge, Office Professional, presented by Jennifer Coon on behalf of Dwayne Ferguson; Shana Smith, Petroleum, nominated by Daniel Hall; Nancy Vang, Government, presented by Brian Naples; Krissi Williams, Medical Assistant, presented by Lynn Davis; Israel O Keshinro, Psychology, presented by Don Cocklin, and Evan Young, Agriculture, presented by Jody Harris.

The program included invocation by Bill Offer, welcome by Jennifer Coon, a performance by the Panola Chamber Singers under the direction of Sandra Bauer, and a closing prayer by Brian Naples.


Ponies take two from BPCC

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:24am

The Ponies defeated Bossier Parish 14-1, and 11-1 in a doubleheader on April 2. Photos courtesy of Kraig Cain. See more in the Ponies vs BPCC Photo Gallery.


Ponies defeat LSUA 10-5

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:04am

The Panola Ponies took down the LSU Alexandria baseball team 10-5.

Thanks to local photographer Kraig Cain for sharing his photos from the game. See more at Panola Ponies vs LSUA Photo Gallery.


Ponies split with Navarro: Photo Gallery

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:51am

Thanks to photographer Kraig Cain for photos from the Panola Ponies vs Navarro doubleheader.

See more photos Panola vs Navarro Photo Gallery.


Panola Legends – The Boys Are Back In Town

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:41am

On March 23-24, 2018, Panola College alumni baseball players reunited on the Field of Dreams. On Friday night, the group congregated at Coach Don Clinton’s home. Saturday started with a 7:30 a.m. tee time at the Carthage Country Club for a little golf.

Lunch was served at the ballpark at noon, followed by player introductions between the doubleheader games between Panola College and Navarro.

Thanks to local photographer Kraig Cain for the photo gallery!

Foundation sponsors field trip to Michelangelo exhibit

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 9:54am

A grant from the Panola College Foundation allowed three professors and their students to visit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday, March 27. The Museum is currently hosting a visiting exhibit entitled “Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples.”

Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Languages and Humanities, Amanda Clements, Professor of Art, and Teresa Beasley, Professor of Communication and Humanities escorted students including Kaycee Deas, LaTonya Christopher, Brandon Castillo, Maryia Adashchyk, Esther Akinyemi, Morgan Ray, LaTiffannie Gardner, Madison Buck, Melonie Caserta, Davin Moody, Matt Tyson, Lynda Seidel, Tyler Ryan, Daphinie Correa, Ibrahim Akande, Dasha Eremeeva, Edwin Morin, Whiteny Kenani, Weronika Nowakowska, Shelby Kite, Nicole Horner, Mia Sartor, Kayleigh Isbell, Sheli Caserta, Kacie Caserta, Brandy Willard, Ariel Rodriguez, Wanda Weeks, Evelyn Coleman, Mauricio Rojas, and Desiree Stephney.

“Many participants had never visited a major city museum, so the experience opened their eyes to the broad range of art and artifacts on display in large museums,” said Clements.

“One goal of the experience is to broaden students’ viewpoints of other people and cultures, and we believe this particular exhibit at the Houston museum accomplished that goal,” added Watlington.

Students participating in this semester’s event included international students from Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Nigeria, along with diverse students from the art, languages, humanities and communication classes.

The Michelangelo exhibit included drawings, cartoons, paintings, sculpture, and printings by the Renaissance master, and other artists including Raphael, Rubens, Tintoretto, and Titian. The exhibit showcased 40 works from the 16th century, many that were commissioned during the papacy of Pope Paul III, the pope who oversaw the completion of The Last Judgment on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.

“The cartoons included in the exhibit are not what we think of today as cartoons. In the 16th century, artists prepared large and detailed drawings that were used by artists to create frescoes and large paintings,” Beasley explained.

A follow-up survey of students revealed that many had never visited a large city museum. In answering the question about the benefits for college students of visiting a major city museum such as the Houston Museum of Art, one student commented, “The benefit was learning to appreciate fine arts and maybe wanting to learn a certain art form on our own.” Another student said, “Modern technology isn’t necessary to create beautiful things.”

Pipers, Jazz Band perform ‘Sundaes and a Song’ concert

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:40am

The Panola College Jazz Band and Pipers joined their musical talents on Tuesday, April 3 for a “Sundaes and a Song” concert in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom.

The program started with the Pipers singing “Love Will Keep Us Together.” Next, the Jazz Band performed “Basin Street Blues” featuring Esmeralda Acosta on flute and Savana Hanaway on piccolo. The Pipers sang “Mack The Knife” and “When I Fall in Love,” followed by the band with “Blues March,” featuring Josh Wood on trumpet and Whitney Thomas on tenor saxophone. “April in Paris” showcased the talents of Urias Quetzala on trombone and Josh Wood on trumpet.

The Pipers returned to the stage with “I Love Rock ‘n Roll Medley,” “Seven Bridges Road,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with soloists Hunter Moon and Nicole Painter. Maggie Sims was featured on trumpet for the band’s “Come In From The Rain.” Soloists Lily Allphin, Shelby Brown, Nicole Painter and Kacia Johnson performed in “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman.

The band wrapped up the show with “Mas Que Nada,” featuring Cassie Orbaugh on alto saxophone, and “Night Train,” with Maggie Sims on trumpet.

The Panola Pipers are directed by Sandra Bauer, professor of vocal music. Singers include Funminiyi Alabi, Nigeria; Lily Allphin, Henderson; Shelby Brown, Tatum; Ahmadreion Casel, Jacksonville; Emma Harden, Lindale; Lauren Harris, El Paso; Shannon James, California; Kacia Johnson, Tatum; Hunter Moon, Beckville; Pamela Nicole Painter, Marshall; Mia Sartor, Carthage; Jame’Cia Taylor, Georgia, and Sydnee Taylor, Carthage.

The Panola College Jazz Band is directed by Dwaine Hubbard, professor of instrumental music. Musicians include: flute: Esmeralda Acosta, Center, and Savana Hanaway, Carthage. On saxophone: Kassi Orbaugh, Carthage; Elijah Johnson, Shelbyville; Whitney Thomas, Center; James Lilly, Jasper, and Dakota Brown, Marshall. On trumpet: Josh Wood, Carthage; Maggie Sims, Center; America Cabriales, San Augustine, and Sarah Allen, Henderson. On trombone: Urias Quetzala, Garrison; Delaina Truitt, Center; Jaqui Alejaldre, Center; Cole  Donald, Carthage, and Colby Taylor, Carthage.

On drums: Nicklaus Powell, Shelbyville, and Michael Iwalesin, Lagos, Nigeria. On piano: Carrie Hudman, Cleveland. On guitar: Alexis Barlow, Center. On bass guitar, Branton Reeves, Beckville.

See more photos at Panola Pipers and Jazz Band – Sundaes and a Song photo gallery.

Earn government, history credit with May field trip

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 2:16pm

Panola College professors Bill Offer and Brian Naples are collaborating on a May term adventure that will allow students to earn three hours of credit in either Texas government (GOVT 2306) or Texas history (HIST 2301). The coursework will culminate in a week-long field trip to prominent Texas museums and places of interest.

Offer and Naples will host an informational meeting about the courses with field trip at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 in Classroom 1110 in the Miller Administration Building.

Class dates are scheduled for May 14 through June 1, with the field trip scheduled for May 21 through May 26. In addition to tuition and fees, cost per student will be $400 for the transportation and hotel rooms. Students will be responsible for their own meal and snack costs on the trip. For the $400 rate, students will be booked three or four to a room. Naples said people who would like to reserve single or double rooms will be accommodated for additional fees and upon availability at the hotels.

“We will book hotels that include a free breakfast, and will visit budget friendly eateries,” said Naples. “We recommend students budget $10 to $15 per meal, and students are welcome to bring sack lunches to save on expenses.”

The itinerary will include stops at the Texas State Prison Museum, the George H.W. Bush Library, the Bob Bullock Museum, Texas State Capitol, National Museum of the Pacific War, Pioneer Museum, Dr Pepper Museum, Texas Rangers Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the George W. Bush Library.

Days one and two include travel to Austin and visits to Austin museums. On day three, the group will travel to Fredericksburg, returning that night to the Austin hotel. Day four will involve travel to Arlington with stops in Waco. On day five, after touring the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the participants will have a free afternoon and evening.

“We are planning to stay at a hotel next to Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, and the Texas Rangers Ballpark,” Naples said.

On Saturday, the group will visit the George W. Bush Museum before returning to Carthage.

The coursework will be online via Canvas. Both courses are full-credit that fulfill the core requirements for history and government. These are independent courses that will combine during the week of travel. Students may register for only one course. Enrollment is limited to 20 students per course. Students must be at least 18 years old to participate unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. A few spots have been reserved for people who wish to register and pay the trip fee through continuing education without signing up for the academic courses.

For more information, contact Naples at 903-693-2043,, or Bill Offer at 903-693-2047,

Sundaes and a Song set Tuesday

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:16pm

The Panola College Jazz Band and Panola Pipers will perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom. The Ballroom is in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

The show, “Sundaes and a Song,” will feature favorite pop, jazz and rock-n-roll music, and an array of ice cream treats to make delicious sundaes.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for Panola College faculty, students, and children under 10 years old.

For more information, contact Sandra Bauer, director of vocal music, at 903-693-2061, or Dwaine Hubbard, director of instrumental music, at 903-693-2027.

Author to discuss New London school tragedy novel

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:28am

On March 18, 1937 a natural gas explosion destroyed the New London school, killing 298 children and adults. Odorless natural gas had escaped into the building’s basement and ignited when a teacher in the wood shop turned on an electric sander. The tragedy has been the subject of documentaries, books and articles, and now, Suzanne Morris has written a novel based on the event: Aftermath.

Morris will speak about her new book at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom at Panola College. The presentation is sponsored by the Carthage Book Club and is open to the public.


Panola College inducts new PTK members

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 4:44pm

The Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society inducted new members on March 8 in a ceremony at Panola College. Amy Calhoun, professor of chemistry and a Pi Beta alumna, served as guest speaker.

New members include Nicholas Barnes, Katy; Arturo Benitez, Marshall; Kylie Brixey, Center; Martha Brown, Pineland; Michelle Cherry, DeBerry; Mattison Clay, San Augustine; Caden Clinton, Carthage; Raymond Cowart, Carthage; Wilma Davis, Long Branch; Lacey Dean, Beckville; Annalyn Dechamplain, Carthage; Shayla Eugene, Fort Worth; Kallie Forman, Buna; Kelan Foster, Carthage; Mitchell Fountain, Center; Maricruz Gonzalez, Center; Jayden Grant, Avinger; Brewster Griffith, Carthage; Tana Hairgrove, Center; Stephanie Harbison, Center, and Molly Harris, Whitehouse.

Other inductees include Alex Holcombe, Missouri City; Brock Hughes, Joaquin; Whiteny Kenani, Pittsburg; Michael Lawson, Spring; Kenzy Latham, Beckville; Kristen Leblanc, Marshall; Haley McClung, Longview; Brandon Medrano, Carthage; Lacy Miles, Marshall; Edward Morrison, Beckville; Railey Oates, Lufkin; Kinley Pepper, Tatum; Matthew Silvey, Joaquin; Emily Smith, Jasper; Madison Smith, Carthage; Eniola Sogbesan, Carthage; Anna Sorich, Kilgore; Waldina Soto, Lufkin; Rialie Taylor, Garrison, Kylee Thompkins, Carthage; Kyree Williams, Hillsboro; Joshua Wood, Marshall; Crystal Zapata, Longview.

PTK was established in 1918 to recognize and encourage academic achievement at two-year colleges. Membership in PTK offers students opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership, and service. PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members, and 1,200 chapters in 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany.

For more information, contact faculty sponsors Emily Zabcik at, Roberta Collinsworth at, or Tonya Fotinos at


Spring Fling 2018 – Photo Gallery

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 3:32pm

Thanks to student photographers Alex Morales and Lexie Dawson for the Spring Fling Photo Gallery. It was a beautiful day and a great way to kick off Spring Break!