Green thumbs keep projects in bloom

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Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation’s annual Spring plant sale netted $2,642 Saturday for ongoing renovations at the historic Dean-Keener-Crim Home.

It’s the third time volunteers have staged the fundraiser for the structure, believed to be the community’s oldest home, located at the intersection of Lantrip Street and Commerce Street.

According to KHPF volunteer David Reeves, spearheading ongoing renovations at the house, gross proceeds Saturday were $5,880, including about $300 raised from an ongoing raffle – Reeves is offering one $100-value floral arrangement monthly for a year for the winner.

Tickets for the raffle are $25 and will be on sale at Reeves’ 213 E. Main St. store, The Shops on Main & Flowers By Design, through the drawing May 31.

Meanwhile, Reeves and other volunteers will be at work on a handful of ongoing projects at the DKC home, particularly two bathrooms already under reconstruction amid KHPF’s plans to use the residence as a community venue.

At the same time, “We desperately need to repaint the exterior,” Reeves told the foundation’s board members Monday evening. “It’s really gotten bad in the past year.”

Learn more about the Dean-Keener-Crim Home and other projects at KilgoreHistory.org.

– By JAMES DRAPER

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