Seven vie for chili chalice


Overton Healthcare Center inaugurated its first Chili Cook-off Thursday afternoon, welcoming in-house employees and the public to compete their bowls of red in the center’s dining room.

Seven competitors answered the invitation of Administrator Melba Killyon, her staff and the residents. No entry fee was required to enter the contest. Killyon, Overton Chief of Police Clyde Carter, Police Captain Gabe Wallace and center resident Tammy Watson were the judges.

First prize of $100 was presented to Tyler’s Hospice of East Texas; Second prize ($75) was won by center therapist Josh Baker and the $50 third prize went to Luke Jackson, a food vendor from Laneville. Other entries were submitted by Lynn Gomez, a center nurse; Irene Leach, on behalf of Heart to Heart Hospice in Tyler; George Nye of Overton; and J. M. Jones, a volunteer worker at the London Museum.

“I appreciate everyone for coming out and participating. And I’m grateful to the support of Overton City Hall and the Overton – New London Chamber of Commerce,” praised Killyon.