A prayer parade drove through Carthage Thursday afternoon to show appreciation and encouragement for Panola County's healthcare facilities.

The parade, a line of cars with posters, noisemakers and balloons, drove through parking lots at Briarcliff Skilled Nursing, Winkler Place, Panola Nursing and Rehabilitation, UT Health Carthage and Carthage Healthcare Center as staff gathered outside and residents watched from their windows.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.