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Panola College students explore their new school in this August 2018 file photo.

Crime continued to be down last year at Panola College, based on statistics released this week by the school.

The annual release is federally mandated under the Clery Act, requiring colleges and universities who receive federal funding to release information about crime and security and safety policies each October.

“We are very proud of the fact that Panola College is an extremely safe place to study, work, learn, and live.” President Greg Powell said in a statement.

The college reported one aggravated assault, which was the only major criminal offense reported for the past three years. The school reported no criminal offenses within student housing, the same as the past two years.

No hate crimes were reported, staying consistent with the past two years. And the school reported no domestic violence offenses, down from one incident last year.

The school also saw fewer arrests in 2018 compared to 2017. There was one drug abuse violation arrest in 2018, while 2017 had three such arrests. 2017 also had one weapons-related arrest. The school had no such arrest in 2018.

Disciplinary actions were down from both 2016 and 2017 levels. The school reported 12 violations in 2016, for drug abuses and liquor; four in 2017, for drug abuses and liquor; and none in 2018.


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.