“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

– Dr. Seuss

IT’S entirely possible that Gene Keenon is the busiest guy in East Texas – surely he drives more miles than any non-truck driver we know.

AS the community relations guy for Republic Waste, Gene is involved in community activities across what seems like dozens of East Texas counties. In those counties he is prevailed upon for countless volunteer hours.

THIS week, just as an odd example, he judged McDonald’s “front line” employees at a competition in Palestine. Meanwhile, the rest of us had no idea such a competition was even staged.

RESIDENTS and visitors in parts of 14 states will see a total solar eclipse August 21. But you don’t have to go to one of those 14 states to see the eclipse. Assuming we’re not covered by rain and overcast, the eclipse will be visible here beginning at 11:40 and ending at 2:45. At its maximum darkness here – at 1:14 p.m. – the moon will obscure about three quarters of the sun.

THIS is the first total eclipse above the U.S. since a June, 1918 eclipse followed a path from Washington state to Florida – close the path of this year’s eclipse.

THINK of this as a once-in-a-lifetime event; the next total solar eclipse will be 2035 and will only be visible across Asia, part of Russia and the Pacific Ocean.

Yes, you licensed handgun carriers can now carry (concealed only) your weapon on Kilgore College campus… except in the campus police station, the testing center and the Health Science Center.

PERHAPS you’ve heard of the English caterpillars exploding as a result of a baculovirus infection.

THE infected caterpillars essentially lose their mind and climb higher than normal in their weedy and woody environment. Then they die. And then they explode. The virus bursts from the now melting host and falls onto caterpillars below and those caterpillars are then infected and the process repeats itself.

HAPPILY the virus does not infect humans.



August 5 - Micah Thurston, Dana Wright, Donna Cooley, Kathy Barham, Ledell Carpenter, Ray Patterson, Della Coleman, Eric Jerome Ector, Jordan Anne Gabriel, Joseph P. Adams, Jason Luis, Laure Clark, Kyle Beale, Sharon Patterson, Jana Gae Walker, Gary Hales, James Dykes, Ann Patterson, Lovella Williams, Daniel Morris, Rhonda Pierce, Joyce Ann Dickey

August 6 - David Frankenhoff, Susie Stracener, Ruth Lomax, Virginia Belcher, Dallas Rodgers, Eric Smith, Brenda K. Ivy, Noma Horton, Larry Cain, Earl Petty, Jerry Bynum, Charles Howard, Nancy Williams, Joyce Ann Dickey, C.H. Tims, Kera Brown, Ricky Watson, Traci Lynn Portley, Chris Burkett, Robert Watson, Angela Morgan, Janet Clayton, Steve Brown, Ty Sharp, Debbie Reese, William Carl Bryant, Joe Suriano, Kyler Little

August 7 - Bonne Hart, Angela Hearne, Gregory Guinn, Kathryn Maxwell, Tamara Lynn Talley, Janette Jones, Jason Dean Henson, Samantha Rae Morrow, Martha Swaim, Donald Cox, Randy Hinton, Carol Stetson, Mike Anthony, Trey Copeland, W.E. “Gene” Whitworth, Billie VanMeter, Denise Croley

August 8 - Vicki O’Neal, Keith Stokes, Thelma Jones, Sue Boyd, Debbie Boren, Kim Carroll, Sue Logan, Elise Reinbach, Horace Bryant, Phillip Lacy Jr., Kenny Robinson, Diane Agee, Bryan Redd, Barbara Edney, Robbie D Jackson, Grace Arrington, Tim Reese, Tatum VanMeter, Allison Guthrie, Quavion Sheffield, Bradley T. Bryant, Tra Gordon


August 7 - Donna and Ross McFarland, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brantley, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. McDonald

August 8 - Dorothy and Henry Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Hensley


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