The Panola Country Retired School Employees Associations met on Thursday, Oct. 7 in the board room of the Carthage ISD administration building. President John Ray welcomed everyone and introduced some of the new retirees who were in attendance for the first time. As per September meeting, checks for $250 were presented to the Carthage ISD and Panola College Education Foundations. President Greg Powell accepted for Panola College and Cynthia Harkrider accepted for CISD.

Harkrider, director of the Carthage ISD Education Foundation, spoke to the group about the foundation. Teachers write grants requesting funds to plan field trips, order equipment and supplies. A board reviews the request and grants the money. She gave some of the history of the foundation and how it had grown over the years. Ray presented Harkrider with a beautiful flowering pot plant.

After the meeting, members enjoyed refreshments of sugar cookies, apples, caramel dip, candy corn, sugared nuts, pumpkin sugar candy, coffee and water. Refreshments were furnished by Kay Hubbard and Sarah Baker.

Ray announced the next meeting will be at noon on Nov. 4 in the Murphy Payne Room of Panola College. Blake Holland, a newscaster from KLTV in Tyler, will be the speaker. Holland is a Carthage native and a graduate of Carthage HS.

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