Illinois joins Texas for cruise


VISIONS OF THE SEA cruise ship left Galveston carrying forty members and friends of the Baby Boomers group from First Baptist Church of Kilgore. The trip was a 5-day trip beginning February 9 and ending on Valentine’s Day.

“Twenty of us rode the bus to Galveston and another twenty decided to drive so they could stay longer and shop in the area,” said Linda Niles. “Two of my friends, Paula Bergman and JoAnna Tering flew in from Illinois to go with me,” she said.

“We have been friends for nineteen years and this cruise was part of our bucket list! It was wonderful! We had such a good time. Every night there was something to do like shows, comedy acts, and entertainment. And the group met for special prayer and devotional while on board.

“Oh my, yes, I am ready to go again!” she exclaimed. “My friends and I usually go someplace special every year and we have fun wherever we go because we know the Lord is watching over us.”

The Baby Boomers had such a good time they are planning another cruise for next year.

THE STAFF at REGIONS BANK hosted a Morning Brew for the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce members and prospective members on Thursday of this week. This is a time when fellow business women and people gather to enjoy coffee and refreshments and to catch up with what is going on with each other in a relaxed atmosphere.

This was also the last event Chamber President Cindy Morris would be attending to complete her tenure in Kilgore. If you didn’t catch it in earlier articles, she is moving back to Oklahoma and one of the main topics of the meeting seemed to zero in on Oklahoma especially when Regions Bank President Chad Cargile noted his wife was from Oklahoma and quite a few others in the room had connections to the state. Naturally, the discussion went to talk of Oklahoma weather and tornadoes – chasing a storm is on Cindy’s bucket list.

“Yes, I am almost packed,” she laughed. “I have fifteen boxes packed and six of the boxes are clothes. That is after I gave 6 garbage bags full to Hope’s Closet with 3 more ready to give,” said Cindy. She plans to keep in touch on her new endeavors.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE to head to Overton for their Black History Celebration this Saturday, February 17. Beginning at noon, the celebration will feature speakers, praise dancing, food, and fun entertainment.

Since rain is in the forecast, plans have been made to take it inside Massage World located across the street from the Overton/New London Chamber of Commerce building in downtown Overton.

Directors for the event are Sandra Jackson and Ilene Merchant.

“I attended this function last year for the first time and I learned a lot,” said Jeannie Barber, VP of the ONLCC. “I will be at this one, too.

THE OVERTON COMMUNITY GOLF COURSE garage sale is also being held Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. if you want to venture over early enough to grab a few bargains before the celebration.

IT’S NEW, mark your calendars now. Come Worship With Us Coffee Break Devotionals will take place every Thursday morning beginning March1.

The devotions will start at 10 a.m. at McKay’s Ranch House, 1603 U.S. Highway 259 N. A second session will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. for those unable to attend the first one according to Dr. Charles Whiteside (dbaA Caleb’s Mountain Chaplaincy).

“The devotions are designed for the convenience of employers and employees within a short distance of McKay’s and brief enough so that people can return to work without significant loss of time,” said Whiteside. “They are also available to any local business with 10 or more employees.”

For additional information, Whiteside may be reached at 903-985-1727.

Rain, rain, rain and more rain has been forecasted for East Texas . Just think, Spring is due to arrive in a little over a month; it we will be more appreciated then.

May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes. In the meantime, we may be reached at or 903-984-2593.


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