Chris Keating

Community Correspondent

9:23am

Fri February 27, 2015
Local

Country music icon Ray Price's memorabilia goes on display in Carthage, Texas

Tommie Ritter Smith shows off some Ray Price memorabilia on display at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Credit Chris Keating

Country music icon and Texas native Ray Price will be honored in a new exhibit that opens Saturday at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage. Price died in 2013 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, at the age of 87.

Artifacts set to go on display include some of Price’s Nudie suits.  These were the decorative rhinestone-covered suits – custom-made couture for the icon who defined two major eras of country music, according to Carthage Chamber of Commerce president Tommie Ritter Smith.

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9:05am

Thu January 3, 2013
Local

Carthage, Texas, man overhauls forgotten cemeteries

E.J. Adams, 81, restores cemeteries in Panola County. He stands by cedar logs that were part of the original fencing at Gary Family Cemetery in Carthage.
Credit Chris Keating

E.J. Adams of Carthage, Texas, spends his days cleaning up forgotten cemeteries. He uses an age-old technique to locate unmarked graves. Dowsing rods guide him as he slowly treads through the cemeteries. He began cemetery cleanup work in 2005. That’s when he restored his family’s cemetery, and he couldn’t stop at just one. Today, his process is streamlined and comprehensive.

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