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Potlatch Committee seeking volunteers for 2022 event

The Potlatch Committee is looking for dedicated volunteers who can help plan the 2022 festival.

Anyone interested in joining the Potlatch Committee should come to their monthly meetings, held on the first Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. at Carthage City Hall, 812 W. Panola St.

Gary Trade Day is Saturday, Oct. 9

Gary will host its community wide trade day on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Bird Park.

Vendors can sign up at Gary City Hall. Fees are $10 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space or $20 for a 10-foot by 20-foot space. Cash only.

Rotary Club begins hydrant painting project

The Rotary Club of Carthage has begun a community service project with the Carthage Fire Department to adopt local fire hydrants and repaint them.

Anyone interested in helping must sign up by emailing or messaging the Rotary Club's Facebook page..

After signing up and getting approval, instructions, supplies and paint will be provided to volunteers.

Calvary Boys to perform at October Hymn Sing

The Calvary Boys will perform in concert on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Carthage as part of a special October Hymn Sing.

Mac & Cheese Drive to benefit Mission Carthage

Texas Home Health and Carthage Healthcare Center are teaming up to host a macaroni and cheese drive to benefit Mission Carthage.

The groups will be collecting boxed macaroni between Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 to help families in need ahead of the upcoming holidays.

Drop off donations at Texas Home Health, 1505 W. Panola, or Carthage Healthcare Center, 701 S. Market.

Cowboy Carnival is Oct. 27 at Still Waters

Still Waters Cowboy Church will host its annual Cowboy Carnival event on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 1699 Texas 315 in Carthage.

The family-friendly festival will include free hot dogs and nachos, games, pony rides and a costume contest for kids ages 2 to 18.

Under the Harvest Moon Carnival is Oct. 30

The Beckville ISD Education Foundation will host its 10th annual Under the Harvest Moon carnival on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Beckville football stadium.

This family-friendly event will include games and activities for all ages.

Halloween on the Square is Oct. 31

Carthage Main Street’s Halloween on the Square is returning after taking last year off due to COVID-19.

This will be their eighth Halloween on the Square, said Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney. It’ll be Sunday, Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Deloney said all the stores around the square will be participating, as well as other businesses around town.

“Anybody who wants to join in with us is welcome to contact me and we’ll be happy to have them join us,” she said, “Just to join in with us there’s no cost, but if they want to buy in to the candy, it’s $25, and what we do is we take all the money and we buy in bulk. It gets them about 1,000 to 1,2000 pieces of candy for the $25, but they don’t have to do that to join in with us.”

Cedar Grove to host Wild West Fall Fest

Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 1050 County Road 108 in Carthage, will host a Wild West Fall Fest from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

VFW sponsors student essay contest

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5620 is again sponsoring two youth essay contests for Panola County students in grades 6-12. Local winners receive cash awards and advance to district and state competition for thousands of dollars in scholarship awards.

The Voice of Democracy contest is open for students in grades 9 through 12 who write an essay on a patriotic theme and record their essay on a CD or thumb drive. The state winners receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete on the national level. The national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.

The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8. Students express their opinions on a patriotic theme in a written essay. State winners compete for a total of $91,000 in U.S. Savings bonds with the national winner receiving a $5,000 award.

Entries for both contests are available by contacting contest chairman John Foster at (903) 693-8607. The contest is open to all public school, private school and home-schooled students who are encouraged to participate. The entry deadline is Oct. 31 for both contests.

Carthage Christmas parade announced

The Panola County Chamber of Commerce has announced the 75th annual Christmas Parade will take place Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme will be “The Best Christmas Parade Ever” in honor of the 75th anniversary.

Parade participants will be able to choose their own theme from a list of previous themes from years past. Applications will be available by calling the Panola County Chamber of Commerce at (903) 693-6634 or by going to the chamber’s Facebook page.

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