“If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.”

– Doug Larson, Wisconsin newspaper columnist

FUN STUFF: Reel East Texas Film Festival has received a film submissions from Nepal, one from France, one from Macedonia, and entries from Canada, Spain, Hungary, U.K., Hong Kong and Iran.

IF YOU haven’t set aside the weekend of Nov. 16-18 and made plans to spend those days – or parts of those days – at the film festival… doggone it, you should.

WAY out west, at the Whiteside farm a half-dozen miles from Kilgore, Charles and JoAnn Whiteside measured 7.95 inches of rain in August. That’s a bunch of rain for an August in East Texas. They’ve recorded 43.7 inches through eight months – “It’s made for a great gardening year.”

And now, a word from Editor James Draper:

YOU saw it and heard it everywhere throughout the night – painted on banners, slipped into goodie bags, blasted over the speakers, squeezed into the grip of a handshake and falling from the lips of scores of civilian volunteers surrounding islands of camouflage in St. Luke’s UMC Thursday night.

“Thank you for your service.”

THERE was another common refrain throughout the evening: “It makes me proud of Kilgore,” both as the home of the National Guardsmen of Bravo Co., 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry and of those who gave support, time, donations and a stockpile of food to say ‘Thank you’ and send the unit off in style from “The Most Patriotic Town in Texas.”

THE organizers lost count quickly. More than 150 Guardsmen, 300-plus family members, 125 (and counting) volunteers, 20 cakes, plus plate upon plate of Tex-Mex, burgers, casseroles and other home cookin’. Throw in more than 1,100 cookies , dozens of snow cones … and pony rides, too.

AMID the carnival atmosphere of the deployment, those of us who wished the members of the unit “Good luck” can’t really understand what they, their spouses, children, parents, grandparents and best friends were feeling Thursday night, what they faced at their departure Friday morning.

WE can, and we do, wish them all “Godspeed,” and plans are underway for the ‘Welcome Home’ party.


September 9 - Celiess Pina, Shirley Mack Pierce, Sarah Brenstap, Richard Martin, Belle Waldo, Anna Matney, Dan Beach, Ruth Annwood, Mrs. Jewel Hill, Elizabeth Neal, Debbie Oglesby, Dennison Harris, Vollena Geter, Sharon Wilburne, Bobby Sheffield, Kasey Hinson, Lorene Goode, Vicki Raymond, Kelly Cranberry, Richard Crutcher, Kim Franks, Cindy Tugwell, Teresa Packer, Tasha Wheat, Zollie McCarty Jr., Bryan Beard, Michall Woolridge, Royce Baxley

September 10 - Jennifer Henry, Holly Hinton, Bill Smylie, Riley Lawrence, Flora Howell, Mrs. C.E. Howell, Mrs. Luther Tucker, Kathy McClure, Kimbra Clark, Mike Rodgers, Faye Rhodes, Hull Barbee, Mike Poland, Glenda Butts, Harold Anderson, Annie Lois Hall, Nadine Henderson, Laura Kiger, Joe W. Roberts, Loretta Webb, Charles M. Farland

September 11 - Sheila Dillard, Joe Cline, Broderick “Rick” Thomas, Jaid Curtis, Kelly Cruise, Amy Leak

September 12 - Webb Mosley, Jimmy Bessire, Lennie Allen, Peyton Bryant Carter, Joan Still Smith, Mike Woolridge, Carol Copeland, Robert Bagwell, Tino Tabares, Pam Mason, Brian Sims, Lola Turner, Tammy Coleman


September 9 - Tommy and Kathy Alexander

September 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Loy Gordon


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