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The fight over local school taxes continues. Following a closed session meeting with legal counsel Monday night, Kilgore ISD board members chose to appeal a recent court decision in an ongoing dispute over homestead exemptions. KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker relayed the board’s direction following the Feb. 18 meeting: the district will continue the legal case stemming from its repeal of Local Optional Homestead Exemptions (LOHE). more
As it stands right now, following Saturday’s ‘A Night Under the Stars,’ Kilgore ISD Education Foundation planners are scrapping Plan B and going back to Plan A. The event went that well, according to foundation treasurer Alan Clark. Originally, the idea was to host an annual gala, but organizers opted for a bi-annual event instead – the 2018 effort was a crawfish boil instead of a full-size gala. more
Momentum is building as organizers and participants prepare for the Gregg County Relay for Life on Monday, March 25. Sara Allen, community development manager at the American Cancer Society, said participants and businesses are steadily joining the effort. more
Veggie lovers rejoice: Kilgore is now home to its very first vegan restaurant. 24 Karrots, located at N. 4630 Hwy. 42, Suite 200, held a soft opening on Valentine’s Day to introduce Kilgoreites to the sweet treats that have made them popular in East Texas. Pastries and cinnamon rolls are on the menu for now but they’ll expand their options soon, said co-owner Desiree Samford. They aim to have a grand opening in two weeks. more
Kilgore Public Library’s Seed Library yielded a nice crop of new, young gardening enthusiasts over the weekend. All-told, almost 100 people visited the library for a rare Saturday opening, director Stacey Cole said. “I was happy with the turnout,” she added, though honestly a bit surprised more regular patrons didn’t take advantage of the extra weekend hours. That said, Cole was glad to see people trying out the new seed check-out setup. “Very positive. Everyone was really happy about it.” more
When brighter weather finally returns, Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation will be ready with flowers, ferns and other greenery on-hand for planting season. Mid-March will feature the fourth Miss Mabel’s Plants in the Patch sale hosted by KHPF volunteers linked to the historic Dean-Keener-Crim House. The event’s set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 101 E. Lantrip. more
The Kilgore Coterie met on February 14, at the home of Margaret Cibele. Pat Boyd served as the co-hostess. The table was set with Valentine decor and delicious treats. more
Local thespians will soon tread the boards in Kilgore College’s Van Cliburn Auditorium to sharpen their theatrical skills as they prepare for UIL competition. For the fifth year in a row, KC Theater Department is offering its One Act Play workshop, a chance for high school students to receive professional critiques of their University Interscholastic League productions. more
The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their animals, influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Kit Darling, infection control coordinator at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has spent years studying the human-animal bond. more
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