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Jim Austin didn’t need long to figure out he’d moved to a different country. He was a brand new graduate, a budding journalist with a fresh degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He responded to our ad and on the phone he sounded promising; I hired him. We had never seen Jim and he had never seen Texas, but – expecting good things – we reserved an apartment in his name. more
It is a once a year event for the Dent sisters and this year they couldn’t quite wait for the designated day of spring before packing bags and heading out to a scheduled destination and an extended weekend at an area lake cabin. Not quite ready to divulge which direction they are heading, six of the eight children of Bobbie (Furlow) and Norman Dent are leaving behind husbands, kids, grandkids and extended family for a twentieth year adventure together. The half-dozen sisters are Vickie Raymond (Kilgore/Liberty City area), Jeanette Miller (Diana), Rachel Hill, (North Richland Hills), Becky Rose (Keller) Lilmah Wyatt (Kilgore) and Kellie Granberry from Mountain City. more
Listening to U2’s 2009 song “Magnificent”, I am repeatedly struck by the following lyric: “From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise.” Although the authors apparently did not intend it, I think of God’s creating each human life, ultimately for the purpose of making a joyful noise praising Him (Genesis 4:1 and Psalm 95:1,2; 98:4,6; 100:1). more
AS the storms raged through East Texas in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, first responders were hitting the ground running before the winds completely died down. The calls began at 3 a.m. for some – calls of damage, road closures needed and yes, fear of what just occurred in a large residential area of Kilgore. more
THERE is nothing like what Grandma used to make when it comes to eating or finding someone who knows the recipe to stir those memories. Passing on family recipes was just as important as a woman … more
People often ask me whether good grammar is important. There’s usually a subtext to their question. It’s “Validate all the sweat and effort I’ve put into learning how to speak and write … more
It has been strange this year. Those are words that have been echoed throughout the area this Christmas season, almost as if something is amiss, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Perhaps the hustle and the bustle of the season has been too long and the parties a little too much and perhaps, just perhaps the reason for the season has become distorted. more
Whether you have already been stuffed or are still waiting to be stuffed, Thanksgiving moves us quickly on into the Christmas season. The focus seems to be more about family involvement and … more
I enjoy reading The Kilgore News Herald, from news-stories such as school budgets to advertisements for flooring or lawn-services – one thing nearly all categories have in-common, is: MONEY. more
I appreciate everyone who participated in and attended a Fifth Annual Symposium in Kilgore last Sunday discussing the topic “Why church?” In answering that question, the main presenter, Dr. Glenn … more
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