Youth Advisory Council

Carthage Main Street is excited to announce the formation of its first Youth Advisory Council. The council consists of 12 Carthage High School students that will be in 10th-12th grade in the upcoming school year. Each student was chosen by completing an application which was approved by the Carthage Main Street Advisory Board. Their first meeting was held on Tuesday, May 31 where officers were chosen by the Council. The officers for 2016-2017 are; Emily Andrus, Chairman; Kayleigh McCormick, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Twomey, Secretary; Payton Travis, Accountability Manager; Chaitali Patel, Scheduling Coordinator; Payton Jones, Social Media Coordinator and Sha’ketria Sparks, Scrapbook Coordinator. Each officer will also serve as a Junior Chamber Ambassador. The Youth Advisory Council (or YAC) is looking forward to getting involved in the community and have hit the ground running with many ideas for their project for the year. They will have a planning day in August and will announce their project soon after.

The Carthage Main Street YAC will also help with existing events in the downtown area such as the John Ritter Tribute Showcase Auditions, Halloween on the Square the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame weekend, downtown promotions and the Rodeo Jamboree. 

yac members
Seated (l to r) Kayleigh McCormick, Vice-Chairman; Natalie Twomey, Secretary; and Emily Andrus, Chairman.
Back row (l to r) Taylor Ryals, Drew Jackson, Christina Bowman, Emily Pyle, Sha’ketria Sparks, Scrapbook Coordinator; Payton Travis, Accountability Manager; Callam Barber, Payton Jones, Social Media Coordinator and Chaitali Patel, Scheduling Coordinator. 

 Youth Advisory Council Application          Youth Advisory Council By-Laws

Main Street Receives National Recognition

Carthage, Texas has been commended for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community. The Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Main Street Program made the announcement January 29 at the winter gathering of Texas Main Street managers in Seguin, an original 1981 Texas Main Street city.

Sixty-three designated Main Street programs in Texas were recognized. The TMSP will recommend its Texas accreditationselections for 2014 National Accreditation to the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The national announcement for all designated Main Street programs across the country will be made at the National Main Street conference in Detroit, MI May 18-20.

“National Accreditation and the recognition that goes along with it is a statement that the local Main Street program is working hard and consistently moving forward to achieve downtown revitalization goals that are grounded in historic preservation,” said Debra Drescher, TMSP state coordinator. “Over more than 30 years, the national Main Street model – which has been in place in Texas since the inception of the nationwide effort – has been an effective way for communities of all sizes to restore and maintain vitality and economic health in their historic downtowns. We are so proud of the staff and volunteers of Texas’ Main Street programs who work hard every day on these objectives and so thankful to the elected officials, city management and other stakeholders who support them in their work. Accreditation recognizes that hard work and progress.”

Accredited programs show above average performance in ten categories on an annual report. Selection criteria focus on planning, partnerships, staffing, volunteer effort, preservation ethic, training and program assessment through reporting. The state office also works with programs throughout the year by providing various services based upon local needs.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Carthage Main Street Program is to implement downtown revitalizationmain street logo under the Main Street Four-Point Approach--Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring, all with the context of historic preservation. The Carthage Main Street Program will strive, along with an organized community effort, to:

  • Assure quality design of public places and private properties;
  • Encourage economic vitality through business retention, recruitment and development;
  • Promote activities that instill community pride and invite visitors.

The Carthage Main Street Advisory Board has 17 members with each member serving on either the design, organization, promotion or economic restructuring committee. It meets monthly on the fourth Monday and committees meet at other designated times. The Main Street Manager works closely with the Board and its Committees, the City Manager, Chamber of Commerce, downtown merchants, and the Texas Main Street Office.

Vision Statement: The Carthage Main Street Program sees historical downtown as the hub of the city and the county where social, economic and civic activities generate a welcoming environment in which local citizens and visitors can enjoy diverse experiences.


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October 14, 2017

Piney Woods Quilt Festival

April 21-22, 2017
Carthage Civic Center
1702 S. Adams (at SW Loop)

Breakfast with Santa

2nd Saturday in December
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame