Bud Worley

Bud Worley was recently named the new Superintendent of Panola Charter Schools.

Panola Charter Schools getting new superintendent

Bud Worley will replace current Panola Charter Schools Superintendent Bob Browning in May. Worley has been in education for 36 years and lived in Panola County all his life, he said.

“I had an opportunity to serve on the board here — I think about three years — and I have realized that there’s a definite need for the charter school here in Panola County,” Worley said.

“I guess the nicest part and the neatest part is I think, and a couple of the staff said it, that we’re the best kept secret in Panola County because they are able to get their high school credits but then also to be able to get college credits at the same time.”

The Panola Charter Schools System includes three schools: Panola Charter High School and Panola Early College High School in Carthage and Texas Early College High School in Marshall.

Worley said he is excited to become the new superintendent.

“(I know) that we have a very quality staff that can provide good education for the students, a great opportunity for not only Carthage but the surrounding community as well,” he said.

Panola Charter Schools is also getting a new principal at Texas Early College High School in Marshall. Bob Garcia was chosen to serve as principal, and school officials said he has enjoyed a successful career in education in both the Marshall and Tatum ISDs.

TSTC technical programs recognized

Five technical programs at Texas State Technical College were recently recognized by the Office of the Governor’s Texas Workforce Investment Council at a ceremony in Austin.

Associate of Applied Science degree programs for Biomedical Equipment Technology, Electrical Lineworker Technology, Process Operations, Solar Energy Technology and Wind Energy Technology were recognized for merging industry-defined skills standards into hands-on learning.

“Being recognized by the TWIC is the culmination of hard work and dedication of the program leads and instructors,” said Tony Abad, a member of TSTC’s Board of Regents. “The best part is that the students are the real winners.”

Other TSTC programs receiving the recognition are the Process Operations program in Marshall, the Solar Energy Technology program in Waco and the Wind Energy Technology program in Harlingen and Sweetwater.

The TWIC promotes the development of a highly-skilled, well-educated workforce and meets the needs of Texas businesses of all sizes. The TWIC carries out these mandates through strategic planning, reviewing local and state workforce plans and maintaining the Texas Skills Standards system.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu .

UT Tyler Model UN students recognized

University of Texas at Tyler students in the Model United Nations Program were recently recognized at the 2019 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

The group was awarded the Outstanding Delegation Award for their representation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, according to a release from the school. The distinction is presented to the top delegations at the conference and acknowledges outstanding character involvement, teamwork, leadership, speaking and negotiating abilities as well as knowledge of the issues and proper usage of procedure rules.

UT Tyler students honored were Awa Badjie of The Gambia, West Africa; Samantha Myers of Palestine; Danielle Guerra of Houston; Aryn Walker of Caddo Mills; Erika Cerrillo of Athens; Chris Nafrady of Longview; Keaton Shelley of Kilgore; Melanie Escobar of Niche; Sean Coplen of Ennis; Natoya Inglis of Desruisseaux, Saint Lucia; Mariama Bah of Sukuta, The Gambia; Halie Moore of Beckville; and Abbey Marrs, Madison Jobe and Mindy Campos, all of Tyler.

NMUN-NY is the largest inter-collegiate Model UN simulation with more than 5,000 students from colleges across six continents in attendance. Jobe, Guerra and Coplen also were awarded “Outstanding Position Papers” in their respective committees. This award acknowledges outstanding work in research and writing.

Panola College to host book debut

Panola College will host a book debut and reception at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 25, in the Murphy-Payne Community Rooms of the M.P. Baker Library. Author Gary L. Pinkerton will share the story behind his newest release, “True Believers — Treasure Hunters at Hendricks Lake,” and provide books available for purchase and signing.

Since he first learned that a rut across his family land was the route of a historic road, Pinkerton’s passion for research and writing about Texas history has resulted in the publication of two books.

This second book is the story of people who believed in a Texas treasure legend enough to search for it. For more than 150 years, people have heard the tale that Jean Lafitte plundered the Spanish brig Santa Rosa in Matagorda Bay in 1816 and eventually stashed a load of silver at Hendrick’s Lake near Tatum.

The book is also available from the author from his website, www.hendrickslake.com .

The event and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call (903) 693-2052 or email library@panola.edu .