“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

– Martin Luther King

WE’RE dealing with mixed emotions at the News Herald. Our hard-working reporter Chelsea Katz is leaving.

SHE’S doing what graduates of respected journalism programs (TCU, in her case) often do – going to bigger jobs with bigger responsibility. After one more week here, Chelsea will be the public education reporter for the Bryan-College Station Eagle. Covering Kilgore ISD and Kilgore College for five years has given her a good understanding of issues facing Texas schools and community colleges.

SHE will be missed. If you’d like to join us in wishing her well, we will be in the ballroom at The Pump House at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

IT should come as no surprise that both Lake Cherokee and Lake O’ the Pines are at 100 percent of storage capacity, according to the Texas Water Development Board…as they should be considering the National Weather Service has recorded 13.14 inches of rain at the airport this year, compared to a normal 7.5.

THAT Debbie VanDoren!

SHE and her shop, Downtown D’Lites, provided the dessert for Thursday night’s special screening of “Loving Vincent.” As an active sampler and a practiced dessert diner, I can confidently say the apple cake was my favorite.

A DEVOUT Christian, Debbie often says her restaurant is a way for her to serve her community – she sees it as a mission. Kudos all around to Debbie and her supportive family.


THURSDAY’S fascinating film was a visual reminder that KilGogh, Kilgore’s art festival on the weekend nearest Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday, is but three weeks away. Much of this year’s art will be displayed in the Texan – the old theater has taken on a whole new life in recent years. The Texan will be in even greater demand when the city, using money set aside a couple of years back, has finished leveling the floor, installing an ADA-approved restroom and adding heating and air conditioning.


March 3 - Misty Patterson, Laurie Holley, Lori Hooker, Kasey Pruett, John W. Jones, Lynn Walker, Carolyn Martin, James Wilson, Lynn Harton, Lindsey Nicole Tucker, Tommy Hayes, Sheila Sullivan, Sentell Harvey, Sherry Smires, Diana E. Helms, Bill Marshall, Patsy Williams, Mark and David Brasfield, Crystal Alexander, Wayne Easley, Eddie Freeman, Laurell Tucker, James Peyton Wood, Debra Linthicum, Peggy Bowne, Richard L. Cooks, Deja Walton, Benjamin Wayne Easley, Brittanie Porter

March 4 - Mrs. Connie Waters, Tracy Waldroup Nestleroad, Jason Cooley, Ken Kettlewell, Sr., Deborah Hamilton, Florence Joiner, John Neal, Alert Madariaga III, Mrs. Walker Ogden, Dorothy Worsham, Channa Finney, Clarence Russell Hooks, Eric Anderson, Josh Forth, Joan Ferguson, Victoria Annaleigh Jamieson, Brittanie Porter, Tracy Elrod

March 5 - n/a

March 6 - Jean Dase, Joan Ruth, Jared Hargrave, Andy Dominy, Dade Myers, Matthew Habenicht, Florence Clayton, Jeannie Whatley, Jennifer Morris, Kristin White, Ron Stephens, Danny Downing, Vesta Lloyd, Kandis Campbell, Josh McCrory, Michelle Marie Sharp, Laura Salmon, Daniel Bryant Contreras, Carl Pdanka, Trystan Dobbs, Jared Hargrave


March 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Odessa Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Hancock

March 4 - Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Silvertooth, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harper, Ken and Peggy Kettlewell

March 6 - Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, Lois and James Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Fortson, Mr. and Mrs. Mark White