Picnic in the Park May 16, 2018
Posted May 16, 2018

A picnic in the park was sponsored by Heartsway Hospice, Kim Henigan and Texas Home Home Health on May 16 at Davis Park. All Panola County nursing facilities were invited to attend. Those in attendance were served hot dogs and all the fixings courtesy of Randy Liedtke.


Peace Officer’s Memorial 2018
Posted May 15, 2018

The annual Peace Officer’s memorial was held on May 15, 2018.


Mission Carthage Hearts of Hope
Posted May 10, 2018

On May 10, 2018, Mission Carthage held Hearts of Hope Fundraiser in memory of Janet Shrewsbury. By 2:00 pm, donations totaled more than $17,000 and by 5:00 pm, the total was $41,326.

If you would like to donate or for more information, please see



Sheriff’s Statement on Arrest of Man for Murder in Wednesday’s Shootings
Posted February 23, 2018

News Release from Panola County Sheriff’s Office Regarding Arrest of Murder Suspect


fatalshootingOn 2-21-18, at approximately 10:00 pm, the Panola County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting on Private Road 622 off of County Road 222. It was also reported that there were possible multiple victims and that the actor had left in one of the victim’s cars with a small child still in the car seat. A description of the vehicle was given to responding officers. Prior to arriving on the scene, officers discovered a gray Volkswagen sedan with shattered glass on the passenger’s side and an empty car seat in the back seat abandoned in the ditch on CR 222. It was later determined that a passerby who lives in the community noticed the child in the car seat and removed her from the car and took her to his house to call 911.

Upon arrival at the scene, two victims were discovered. One victim was deceased lying face down on the ground in front of a residence on PR 622, and was later identified as Elania Johnson, age 44, of Longview, who had been shot six times, and another, identified as Raven Dotrey, age 21, of Longview, who was shot three times in the torso, but was alert and able to speak to officers. The two year old child was Dotrey’s daugther who had been removed from the car seat in the abandoned Vokswagen. She was transported to Good Shepard Medical Center in Longview. She told deputies the suspect was Elania Johnson’s boyfriend, possibly with the name of “Jeff.” She stated he was about 40 years old with a beard and dreadlock haircut. The suspect was later identified as Jeffrey Mickens, 47, of 158 PR 622, Carthage.

Dotrey said when they got to Mickens’ residence, he and Johnson got into an argument and he fired numerous shots into the car with the child still in the car seat in the back of the car. Both Dotrey and Johnson were struck by the bullets, but the child was not hit. Dotrey managed to get out of the car while Mickens reloaded his six shot revolver. Johnson was able to put the car in gear but eventually struck the corner of an adjacent house. Mickens ran to the car and pulled her out of the driver’s seat onto the ground. Dotrey was able to run to a nearby house and call 911.

.Mickens then got in the car, with the baby still in the car seat, and fled the scene, but abandoned it on CR 222. He then apparently traveled back to the scene on foot and snuck into the house of his next door neighbor. When deputies began searching the houses near the crime scene, when they approached the neighbor’s house, a shot rang out from inside the house, through the front door, narrowly missing a deputy who was standing just next o the door. Deputies took cover and were eventually able to establish cell phone contact with Mickens. He told the Sheriff’s Office negotiator he intended to commit “suicide by cop” and fired more shots through the front door. For the next 10 hours communication between Mickens and the negotiator continued with him firing at least 9 more shots from inside the house.

A tactical team from Longview Police Department arrived to assist Panola County Sheriff’s deputies and at about 10:20 am it was decided that the tactical team would use tear gas in an attempt to have Mickens surrender. The projectiles were fired through the windows of the residence and within minutes, Mickens threw his weapon out of a window and surrendered with no resistance.

Mickens was transported to the Panola County Detention Center where he was charged with Murder, Attempted Capital Murder of a Peace Officer, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping.


Carthage Bulldogs Headed to State After 46-39 Win Over La Vega
Posted December 16, 2017

Carthage settled an old score against La Vega Friday night beating the Pirates 46 to 39.  La Vega had topped the Bulldogs 39-3 two years ago and ended up winning the state title.

DRLeubAUQAA9tbgBut this time it was sweet revenge as the Bulldogs pulled out in front after scoring on the opening kickoff, and establishing  a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Carthage recovered an onside kick for another shot at starting an offensive drive on the La Vega side of the 50.

Now it was La Vega’s turn to force a turnover as the Pirates recovered a fumble by the Bulldogs. La Vega got on the board seven plays later off a 45-yard run.

Overall, La Vega outgained Carthage, 463-266. The Pirates had more rushing yards alone (317). But it was the 21-0 start by the Bulldogs that sealed the state championship game berth for Carthage.

Carthage (15-0) is set to face Kennedale, a 54-28 winner over Stephenville in its semifinal match, Friday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in an 11 a.m. kickoff.

This marks Carthage’s seventh trip to the state finals in school history and its sixth in Scott Surratt’s 11-year tenure.



Two People Dead, One Injured in Shooting in Panola Friday Night
Posted July 29, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

Two people were shot to death and a third injured in a shooting that happened at a trailer in Panola, west of Bethany Friday night.

fatalshootingPanola County Chief Deputy John Depresca says a 9-1-1 call came in at around 8:45 pm that shots were fired on a private road near County Road 334 between Panola and Bethany.

Deputies arrived to find two victims lying on the ground in front of the trailer house.  Depresca said additional deputies searched the trailer and discovered there were no shooters in the house, but a man’s body was found face down in the living room with two gunshot wounds.

Medical personnel determined one of the victims found outside was still alive and the other was deceased, according to the chief. Air Ambulance was called and the victim was flown to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

Depresca said numerous shell casings were discovered on the ground in front of the trailer house and a passing motorist reported he saw three black males leaving the driveway of the residence in a gray or black vehicle, possibly a Nissan.

The identities of the two deceased and the surviving victim are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Depresca said investigators will be trying to interview the surviving victim to find out a description of the shooters, who haven’t been identified.

No arrests have been made.




at a trailer in Panola.


Center Crimestoppers Offering Reward for Wanted Timpson Man
Posted April 15, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

Center Crimestoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of 42-year-old Rick Eugene Warren, of Timpson, who has an active felony warrant for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Rick Eugene Warren

Rick Eugene Warren

Warren is described as white, five feet, 9 inches tall weighing 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Center Crimestoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. If you have any information, you are asked to call Center Crimestoppers at 936-598-SAFE, that’s 7233, or submit a tip online at Center Crimestoppers dot com.



Center PD Celebrate National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Posted April 13, 2017
This week marks the annual National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW). Held every year during the second week of April, NPSTW is a time to recognize telecommunications personnel in the public safety community for their service and commitment to the profession.
L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley  Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and  Deanne Evans

L to R: Karen Shields, Bailey Lee, Tiffany Ryals, Communication Supervisor Donna Dugger
Daniel Williamson, Jolene Tindol, and Amy Lindley Not pictured: Jennifer Stroud and
Deanne Evans

Telecommunicator Week provides an opportunity to recognize the men and women who staff our Police Departments, Sheriff’s Office, EMS Offices and 9-1-1 centers across the Nation.
It highlights a profession that demands unique professional skills and personal attributes of people willing to make sacrifices like working weekends, shifts, and holidays, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
It is to help to instill a sense of pride and personal satisfaction in telecommunications, knowing that their essential, and often heroic work, is being recognized and not forgotten.”
The Center Police Department and the PD’s Ladies Axuiliary extends its appreciation to the telecommunicatiors and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day to keep their communities safe and secure.


Traffic Stop in Marshall Leads to Big Drug Bust
Posted April 10, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

A traffic stop in Marshall has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of of more than 87 grams of Methamphetamine. On Saturday at around 1:45 am, Marshall Police conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang in the 1700 block of East End Blvd. South.

Tobias Prudencio

Tobias Prudencio

When officers approached the vehicle, there was a strong smell of marijuana. The driver, identified as Tobia Prudencio, 30, of Marshall, refused a search of the vehicle, claiming there were no drugs inside.

Prudencio and his passenger, Stephani Carbajal, 19, of Maryland, were both detained at the scene while a police K9 was deployed.

The K9 alerted on both the driver and passenger side doors. As a result, approximately 87.5 grams of Methamphetamine, two digital scales, a .45 caliber handgun and small bags commonly used in the sale of narcotics were found inside the vehicle. Soon after searching the vehicle, police learned the car had been reported stolen in Maryland.

IMG_1895Prudencio was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Carbajal was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1.

Both Prudencio and Carbajal were booked into the Harrison County Jail.


Marshall Police Investigate Fatal Shooting Early Friday Morning
Posted March 4, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

Marshall Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead. At around 1 am Friday, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Paula Street in the Belaire Manor Apartment complex regarding a possible shooting.

Leon Bowman

Leon Bowman

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 22-year-old Michael Phelps, Jr., dead inside one of the apartments from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. After interviewing witnesses, detectives concluded that 30-year-old Leon Bowman caused the death of Phelps. Bowman was booked into the Harrison County Jail, where he is charged with manslaughter.

Chief Jesus  “Eddie” Campa stated, “I’d like to thank the community for their cooperation during this investigation. Without the community’s help and our diligent detectives, the suspect probably wouldn’t have been apprehended so quickly. I’d like to offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Phelps’ family during this time of grief.”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Phelps’ death. This is the first homicide in Marshall for 2017. The case remains under investigation.


Carthage Junior High Cheerleaders Announced for 2017-18
Posted March 4, 2017

Carthage Junior High held cheerleaders tryouts Friday afternoon. April Bagley announced the 2017-18 cheerleaders.

cheerThey are Emily Anderson, Melissa Salizar, Alissa Parker, Destiny Haso, Kaylie Heathernack, Chandler Glaze, Lydia Foley, Latasha Sanchez, Haley Smith, Sadie Smith, Heaven Ingram and Maki Lewis.


Carthage High School Announces 2017-18 Bulldog Belles
Posted March 3, 2017

Carthage High School held tryouts for Bulldog Belles on Thursday. Roberta Collinsworth, director of Carthage High School Bulldog Belles, announced the new line for 2017-18.

bellesThey are: Tabitha Atkins, Constance Barber, Taylor Barton,  Crosbey Beatty, Brooke Cabello,  Kailee Dowdy, Lissed Gonzalez, Lt. Savanna Gwen, Katelynn Harris,  Niki Heim, Tony Jeter, Kayla Jones, Chaylan Luker, Capt. Annie Mahaffey, Lt. Emily Pyle, Lt. Madison Smith, Mary Smith, Megan Spradlin, Kristin Wall, Lt. Shelby Walters, Laurna Wolback and Tristan Wolback.

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Carthage Bulldog Belles.


Beckville Man Charged with Trying to Run Over Sheriff’s Deputy
Posted February 21, 2017

By Elaine Etheridge

A Beckville man is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer after fleeing police in a chase that ended in Tatum early Tuesday morning.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_nPanola Co. Sheriff Kevin Lake says Steven Mullican, 28, was driving on the wrong side of the road on FM 959.  Deputy Josh Nagle tried to stop him, Mullican fled, turning onto Hwy. 149, and then turning right just before Hwy. 43, crashing through a cyclone fence.

As Deputies Chad Gray and Nagle approached the vehicle, Mullican reversed his vehicle striking two Panola County patrol units. Nagle was struck by the vehicle and knocked to the ground.  Mullican went forward again, trying to run over Nagle. Nagle and Gray fired at Mullican, hitting him in the side, according to Lake.

Mullican is in stable condition at Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview. Nagle was treated for non-life threatening injuries at ETMC, Carthage.

The vehicle Mullican was driving was found to be stolen.

Lake said more charges will be filed against Mullican.