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It was called Bob’s Gulf Station back in the day, as the old-timers would say. It was a full service station which meant more complete costumer service – get the windshields washed, an engine checked if needed, tires checked and fuel. Bob’s was located in Kilgore on Hwy 259 N. where Mr. Bubbles Laundromat and Car Wash now sits. There were several things that made this particular station unique. First and foremost was the owner, Luther Terry, who was a fireman for 30 years, kept up the gas station and owned a hot-shot service. more
Before I left home this morning, I gave myself one final mirror-check, just to be sure the belt buckle was centered, hat properly canted and collar correctly not-popped. There I stood: penny loafers, almost-white socks and blue jeans. Had the socks been whiter and a bit bulkier, I’d have been dressed pretty much as I most likely dressed on my last day of high school. Were it not for the belly, from the neck down I looked pretty much like the boys in the Class of 1969. more
When leaving my mom’s home recently, I drove by a church in her community whose sign listed both “traditional” and “casual” worship services. Struck by what I thought an unusual contrast (“casual” instead of “contemporary”, for example), as I drove home I reflected on the words’ etymologies. more
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), about half of Americans are currently trying to lose weight, many of them employing strategies like switching from peanut M&M’s to the plain variety, or drinking more Cherry Coke to increase their intake of fruit. Unfortunately, most diet plans fail, and any calories burned through the exhausting process of signing up for a gym membership are quickly regained through the consumption of a recovery donut on the way home to take a nap. more
Valentine’s Day, which is one of my favorite of the holidays took on a sour note this year with Necco’s announcement the original boxed Sweetheart Conversation Hearts would not be found on the shelves. I made a mad dash to nearby stores to validate the fact only to find other companies like Brach’s and Nestle’s stepping up the pace to fill the void. more
Ralph Northam is in the eye of a political and media hurricane because he allegedly appears in his medical school year-book in blackface. Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine, Nancy Pelosi and many other names in the democratic party, and a few republicans, are now calling for Northam’s resignation. He’s now in survival mode over an incident that occurred over 30 years ago, well before he entered politics. Ralph Northam’s political quandary raises interesting questions. When is repentance and demonstrated change over a course of decades not enough anymore? Does our secular culture no longer have a category of grace and forgiveness? more
WE each have our own journey in life to make and although we try our best to alter it as long as we have faith, there is one mightier that keeps bringing us back to the right path. SHE likes to sell purses and shoes as a way of meeting people and getting out of the house these days as if she doesn’t already have enough to do as a wife, grandmother and pastor of Greater Faith Ministries Church. more
By the time I met them, they were without a chimpanzee. Eva Romanova Graham was a Czechoslovakian world champion figure skater. With her brother, Pavel, she won four World Figure Skating Championships in ice dancing between 1962 and 1965. When they retired from competition, ice dancing was still a sub-genre of figure skating, not yet an Olympic sport. more
One need not be a fan of the New Orleans Saints in particular, or the NFL in general, to have taken notice of the most-controversial “no call” in the January 20 NFC Championship Game between the Saints and the Los Angeles Rams. As the replay showed, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman not only interfered with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis’s catching a pass but also made forbidden helmet-to-helmet contact. more
“It’s never too late to honor a member of the greatest generation,” said John Hanisee, Chief Warrant Officer IV when approached by the family members of Bill Wilson. John recently conducted a military service honoring the late Navy veteran, his wife “Mama Lou,” four daughters and extended family at the Rosehill Cemetery in Tyler. more
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