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Ginger Cook, chair of the scholarship committee for the Carthage Music Club, presents Austin Adkison with the Carthage Music Club Spring 2021 Scholarship.

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Ah, January! The holidays are behind us, spring is still in the distance, and here we are, shivering. But on those freezing, sleety, rainy days, everything seems better with a bowl of hot soup and a pan of crusty cornbread.

Having realistic goals and expectations, especially with the limitations brought on by the pandemic, and being emotionally ready to change, are essential to keeping New Year’s resolutions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Residents at Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center were treated to a Christmas parade the Tuesday before Dec. 25. Families, friends and even Santa Claus paraded around the facility singing Christmas carols and playing Christmas music. Residents enjoyed seeing everyone and were treated to hot coc…

Sabine Oil & Gas out of Kilgore has a rig set up in Panola County, and they wanted to help Panola County. The company gave Mission Carthage a generous donation of toys and bikes to serve to families in need this Christmas.

The holiday season is a time to show appreciation to our loved ones, both people and pets. Handmade toys and treats are a wonderful way to do so -- they allow owners to avoid busy stores during the pandemic, ensure their gift is pet-safe, and add a personalized touch.

TOPS 1677 Carthage had a Christmas brunch at Masters Blend. A small gathering — but this is, of course, 2020. They had joy and laughter andweight loss. Ella Sherley (left end of the table) became a KOPS, which means she reached her goal and kept it off. TOPS (Take Off Pound Sensibly) meets W…

Proceeds from The Carthage Rotary Club and The Panola Watchman's Stellar Spellar County Bee fundraiser were given out last week to Mission Carthage, Panola College and the Book Blessings project. Accepting checks from Watchman Editor Meredith Shamburger and Rotary President Keri Vance on beh…

Hochheim Prairie Branch 107 recently presented a $500 check to the First United Methodist Church’s Angel Tree project. These funds will help in giving gifts to children at Christmas. Tiffany Brown and Bill O’Neal presented the funds to Carrie Perry Kinney and Shannon Jacks. Hochheim Prairie …

The Carthage Music Club, affiliated with the National and Texas Federations of Music Clubs, met on Dec. 8 in the Sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

First Baptist Church in Carthage hosted a Christmas drive-thru nativity on Sunday, a shortened version because of rain. Motorists pulled up near the sanctuary's portico to view the manger scene.

The Carthage Book Forum met Nov. 23 at the Sammy Brown Library. After a welcome from president Sherry Mahaffey, the group was served soup, salad and brownies by hostesses Vicky Lacy, Barbara Cordell and Mary Moss.

Six college students received a scholarship on Sunday, Dec. 6, each in the amount of $250. Scholarships are awarded each spring and fall semester to college students who participate in the First Baptist Psalm 150 Orchestra. Receiving scholarships were Robby Cox, Abigail Garcia, Anna Bardwell…

Editor’s Note: Bright Spot is a new series we’re introducing that looks at good news amid this year’s challenges, especially COVID-19. Have a suggestionfor a story? Email it to us at news@panolawatchman.com.

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Volunteers helped organize the 2020 Carthage Christmas Parade after COVID-19 cancelled the Chamber of Commerce's official event, and thousands of people turned out Monday for the annual tradition.

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The 2020 Carthage Christmas Parade, organized on the fly after the official Chamber of Commerce parade was cancelled, featured more than 75 floats.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, and you’re looking forward to Christmas now. I would like to share a couple of recipes that are tried and true, and hope you will enjoy them with your family.

The Phillips Law Firm was crowned Bee Champions on Monday night at the inaugural Stellar Speller Law Firm. Attorney Cameron Phillips clenched the title by correctly spelling "intermezzo," a short connecting instrumental movement in an opera or other musical work. Phillips's team members were…