The Rev. James Brown, pastor of Chapel Springs Baptist Church in Beckville, got a very loud surprise Saturday as a group of well-wishers brought him birthday tidings via a parade of cars. 


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.