Carthage, Texas, plans to nearly double the size of its Texas Country Music Hall of Fame that opened in 1998. Groundbreaking for the $1.1 million expansion is set for Wednesday.
Tommie Ritter Smith runs the museum and is president of Carthage's chamber of commerce. She says it’s been a challenge to display memorabilia from all 50 current inductees.
“We just ran out of room! We’ve got to expand to continue honoring Texas country music legends. So, the city is adding on 3,000 square feet to our already existing about 4,000 square feet of display space," Ritter Smith said.
Officials at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, urge hundreds of students to finish their high school equivalency test and buckle down this summer to prepare for it. The GED has been overhauled. The changeover to the new test will occur in January. Students who haven’t passed all portions of the current GED by then will have to start over again.
James Carroll, 26, was able to pay off most of his debt when he was dispatched to west Texas as a landman. He lived in a hotel for more than a year and that saved a lot of money.
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A 26-year-old independent petroleum landman in Carthage, Texas, has held 17 jobs in his life. LSU alumnus James Carroll was recently featured in a CNNMoney article about job-hunting millennials. It profiled 20-somethings from across the country who’ve held numerous jobs over relatively short periods in search of the ideal job. Carroll thinks he’s found his calling as a landman.
“I really enjoy it. It’s really challenging and dynamic. Every situation is different. We’re reviewing titles and deeds and determining ownership," Carroll said.
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.
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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.
Retired Panola College history instructor Bill O'Neal will serve a two-year term. He was sworn in this week by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. O'Neal will crisscross the state attending historical meetings and speaking to groups as the state historian. He calls it a "dream job."