redstar2 The City of Carthage is known as the Gas Capital of the United States and the friendliest spot in the world. We have it all--temperate weather, lots of jobs, a low tax base, good schools and churches, and the world famous Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The rural setting of our community offers plenty of Texas hospitality and is a great place to settle down or just visit for a while.

Latest City News


  • etecogRecently retired Mayor of Carthage Carson Joines received the "Statesman of the Year" award for Region 15 from the East Texas Council of Governments.

  • mayorsCarthage Mayors Carson Joines and Lynn Vincent attended the Panola County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and got into the theme of the night with the "Brooze Brothers." The lively "oldies" style of music had everyone toe-tapping and singing along with the familiar lyrics. Lynn Vincent recently took over the Mayor position upon the retirement of Carson Joines who served in the City government for 42 years.

  • hanszenRecently Jerry Hanszen was selected as a Commissioner to fill the position on the City Commission vacated by Lynn Vincent, who in turn was moved to the position of Mayor. Carson Joines submitted his resignation to the Commission for his unexpired term after 32 years as Mayor. Commissioner Lin Joffrion was selected to move into the Mayor Pro Tem position. 


  • Fireman Kraig Cain receives the coveted Fireman of the Year award for 2013 from last year's recipient, Mike Johnson.kraigcain
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    Save on Prescription Drugs with our new Prescription Discount Card! 

    The City of Carthage has a new program to offer savings on prescription drugs to residents who are without health insurance, a traditional benefits plan, or have prescriptions that are not covered by insurance. The Prescription Discount Card is made available to residents of Carthage in collaboration with the National League of Cities (NLC) and is made possible through membership by Carthage in NLC.

    The card is FREE to all Carthage residents, regardless of age, income or existing health insurance. By using this card you may save an average of 23% off the regular retail price of prescription drugs at participating pharmacies. To discover the savings and learn more about the program, CLICK HERE to access the program online and print a card, check drug prices and locate participating pharmacies. Residents may also pick up a card at City Hall, 812 W. Panola Street, or call toll free 1.888.620.1749. CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions.
  • mashsignThe MASH Bash competition is complete and once again Carthage residents have won, making this the 4th year in a row to outdo the area cities. Total units of blood collected: Carthage - 167 pints, Henderson - 108 pints, Marshall - 56 pints. The contest is sponsored by Carter BloodCare.

  • smalltexasBeginning the first week in April, the City of Carthage will be upgrading the water system. Residents on the following streets will be effected: Augusta, Beverly, Brassell, Brookwood, Cambridge, Cottage, Covington, Cypress, N. Davis, N. Daniels, Greenbriar, Hunter Road, Jacobs, Kellogg, Hampton, Lexington, Little River, Madison, Mockingbird, Ouichita, Park Place, Perry Place, W. Panola, Rebecca, Tejas, Tomahawk, Willow, Williamsburg and Van Sandt.

    Residents will see crews working in their area and one of the city’s workers will be present. They will be riding in a golf cart at first flagging the houses that need their service upgraded. Our employee will knock on each door to let the resident know that their water will be off approximately 30 minutes while this upgrade takes place. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 903.693.3868

  • bettymonroeCity-Wide Cleanup - approximately 60 residents participated in the city-wide cleanup. At noon, all participants met at City Hall for a hot dog luncheon cooked by the Carthage Fire Department and furnished by Tony Cain, IESI Waste Services. Everyone went home with a door prize. The winner of the $100 grand prize was Betty Monroe.



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  • signFrom the office of Police Chief Jim Vanover: Because of changes in the way Carthage Police Department reports accidents to TXDOT, all accident reports will require 5 business days to process and be made available for sale to the public.
  • redstar2City residents are asked to provide current contact information, whether it be a regular home phone or a cell phone, by selecting the "Report a Problem" link at the top of the page. In the "Please  select" field, choose "Update Contact Information," then provide your current phone number. This information is needed so City Officials can contact residents about schedule changes or an emergency situation that might arise. All numbers are kept confidential and used for no other purpose than to relay information to residents.
  • Chholmesarles Holmes was recently honored by the City of Carthage for his 30 years of service on the East Texas Council of Governments board. During this time he worked with the Agency on Aging as well as the 9-1-1 Emegency Services Committees. Mayor Carson Joines presented Holmes with a key to the City.
  • BBB goldstarRecently, the City of Carthage was awarded a Gold Star Award for an outstanding record of no customer complaints received by the Better Business Bureau in their 3 year reporting period ending July 31, 2012.
  • groupExxon Field Superintendent Charlie Campbell presented a $5,000 donation to the Carthage Fire Department. Accepting the donation are Fire Marshal Duafire2ne Baushke and Fire Chief Brodie Akins. The donation will be used to help purchase a new rescue truck.

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