Looking for Charlie


It was an informative and somewhat delightful start to Thursday morning of this week as the Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly Morning Brew at the Kilgore Police Department.

Chief Todd Hunter set the scene by offering a door prize of a two day/two night stay at the Kilgore Police Department’s Bulldog Bed & Breakfast. He kept his audience’s attention “captive” through a Powerpoint presentation on updated equipment and the various areas of expertise provided by officers and staff both on and off the clock. Although definitely a non-threatening place to start your morning with refreshments, coffee and laughter mixed with seriousness, we always feel more secure with so many officers around us, even in a kind crowd.

Somewhat disappointing to some in the audience, handcuffs were not included in the morning hand-outs.

Curious minds also wanted to know where Charlie Whiteside was. He very seldom misses a chance to share his wit and wisdom at community events and people look forward to hearing what is next.

He certainly wasn’t resting inside a cell nor was he riding around in a patrol car. No, he was nowhere to be found in the vicinity. Outside sources did say later he was lost somewhere in hill country. He was missed; perhaps he will share his trip upon return.

THE POTATOES and other vegetables have been planted in the gardens at the Billy Moore Correctional Facility in Overton, Texas. The produce is sent each year to several food banks in the area.

The offenders are constantly looking for ways to help the community and have made the Son Shine Lighthouse Transitional Women’s Home top priority by helping with donations and repairs. It is so important to the residents of the correctional facility that all proceeds from family photo sales also go to the facility to be used to their discretion. Photos are taken at the correctional facility on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month with family members allowed to purchase them. Special photo shoots are also available for holidays and a wall is decorated to be used as backdrops for each holiday. Since the first of this year $268 has been collected from the sale of photos.

EYES have been upon the Tanline building since the fire that destroyed a tanning, hair and nail salon on Nov. 23, 2018. Fencing that surrounds the damaged structure has curiosity seekers asking questions.

“The building will be knocked down, and we will use the area for additional parking for the Charburger Stock-ade,” said co-owner Kayla Wade. “A little later a smaller building may be constructed, but nothing at the moment is planned.”

CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Jordan Butts who recently received the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Jordan attends Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. She is on the president’s list carrying a 4.0. Jordan majors in pre-law with a minor in criminal justice. She was caught up with this week while in Dallas attending an Academic Excellent Chapter competition called Moot Court and was enjoying the completion. She is the daughter of Kilgoreites Dena & Shannon Butts.

DEBBIE VANDOREN is at it again. She keeps expanding her desire to make the good citizens of Kilgore healthier. She can be seen handing out new menus to Kilgore’s catering kitchen of Downtown D’Lites. She has also added delicious freezer meals when you don’t have time to cook for that company.

A HEAVEN FOR HORSES written by Kilgore author Pat Sheets has just been released. The pictorial non-fiction book deals with the heart-breaking loss of Zip Zip & Zoom Zoom, the main characters in previous books written for children. If you would like to purchase her book she can be reached at (903)399-4736. A horse lover for years, Pat plans on using her love of horses and her books to children’s hospitals.

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


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