The Panola County Fresh Water Supply District No. 1 hosted its annual Take A Kid Fishing event on Saturday, June 1. The annual event provides free fishing poles to kids 16 and under. Families enjoyed a morning of fishing before lunch, raffles and visits with several cartoon friends, including Smokey the Bear and Paw Patrol friends.


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.