MLK oratorical contest held on the square (copy)

2017 participants of a Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest pose for a photo. The Carthage Courtesy Club is planning to celebrate King’s legacy on Jan. 20 in downtown Carthage.

The Carthage Courtesy Club is hosting their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at Anderson Park in downtown Carthage.

The event includes the annual coloring contest for students in grades Pre-K to 3rd. The club will also be selling smoked chicken plates for $8.

What’s Closed?

Several government and school offices will be closed Monday in observance of the MLK Day holiday.

Panola County, Carthage City Hall and Beckville City Hall will be closed. Gary City Hall will be open Monday.

The Sammy Brown Library will be closed Monday, as will U.S. Post Offices.

Carthage ISD, Beckville ISD and Panola College will be closed. Beckville ISD has a planned staff development day, while Gary ISD will have a regular school day.

The Panola Watchman office will be open Monday.