“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

WON’T we all miss Jacqueline Carter? What a wonderful spirit and great smile she brought with her everywhere she went.

ALMOST forever a docent at the oil museum, Jackie started there because she cared nothing for football and her husband kept Sunday afternoon television tuned to the game of the day. Looking for something to fill her Sunday afternoons, she found the museum.

WOOT! Jami Shaw won $28,000 in that contest at Brookshire’s.

FRIENDS of Steve Blount will gather for a memorial at 6p.m. this evening (Saturday) to reminisce about the late Steve Blount. Gaylynn Ellerd says Steve was a crane operator for a number of oil field companies through the years and all are welcome.

NOWHERE, Oklahoma is almost as close to Notrees, Texas as it is to Nowata, Oklahoma. (All three are a quite a ways from Mowata, Louisiana.)

TEMPERATURES dropped into the teens here this week – but Sports Editor Mitch Lucas assures me the high school tennis team is at practice and the first matches are but a couple of weeks away.

FRIDAY weather report from Mart Lapin, Kilgore native who moved with wife Mary to Orono, Maine a couple of decades ago:

“18 inches of snow yesterday. We are 23 inches above average so far with a total snow fall of about 53 inches so far. Temp is down to 0 deg and forecast to go to -10 with wind chill of-20.  The snow is about 3-plus feet deep in yard. And I love every minute of it. I am weird. I have a form of arthritis that the colder it is, the better I  do. I was taking 150 mg of Indocin a day in Kilgore, but have taken none since moving here.”

LETOURNEAU University was named yesterday to Kiplinger’s list of 100 Best Colleges Value – #83 on the list which also included Rice, Trinity, Baylor and SMU. Kiplinger’s quality measures, which it says are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

MY favorite part of winter, says the cartoon, is when it’s over.


January 6 – Clint Laird, Kelly Williams, Terry Etheredge, Dona Gordon, Karen Renshaw, Andrea Wylie, B.J. Murray, Justin Davidson, Allen Barrilleaux, Dorothy Camp, Jimmy Golden, Mrs. E.E. Huges Jr., Mrs. Don Connelly, Shannon Kyle Anderson, George Sutton, Robert Wayne Ferrell, Whitney Lynn Lackey, Kendryon Smith, Michael Kusheba, Karen Blanton, Sharen Blanton, Jo Beth Reeves, Doyle Hankins

January 7 – Toby Wallace, Diann Reddic, Judy Lambert, Ron Jereb, Shannon Hooker, Verdna Williams, Donnell Sibley Robertson, Pauline Morgan, Elsie Williams, Ricky Philpot, Jackie Clayton, Leroy Stark, Florence Keep, Gary Collins, Jo Ann Smith, Samira Siddick, Thelma Cole, Jerry B. Roberts, Cecil Gene Matthews Jr., Sylvia Mae Clark, Cooper McRay Rawls, Jennifer Powell

January 8 – Jo Mitchell, Debbie Carter, Mike Blankenburg, Larry Dorsey, John Taliaferro, Ann Carroll, Bo Heisel, Elizabeth Painter, Justin Blanks, Mary M. Osborne, Tammy Turner, Ricky Jordan, Carey Walker, Marilyn Squier, Vickie Haynes, Cody Wayne Crutcher

January 9 – Dave Bagay, Roger Adams, Brenda Hodges, Dan Connelly, Neta Harvey, Patricia Neal, Rev. Eddie George Ferguson, Roger Brigmon Jr., Dee Dee Thomason, Florence Bowlin, Myrtle Smith, Virginia Howell, Wanda Edney, Scott Stallard, Mike Lewis, Quinda Rentz, Katharine Grace Sweet, Brent Jackson


January 7 – Helen and Howard Alexander

January 8 – Ed and Pat Ebel, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Robinson, Robert and Edith Blankenship

January 9 – Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Palmer, Leonard and Irene Farrar


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