The search continues


TEXANS – especially Kilgoreites, we have discovered – love to keep history alive. Such was the case this week during conversation with James Campbell.

“I just have a hard time accepting what I keep reading and hearing about the (Crim) theater closing in 1972,” said James. “I just can’t get my brain wrapped around it; I used to work there."

James ran the projectors at both the drive-in and the Crim theater while attending college and as he pondered the date in his mind he pulled on his own personal experience to attempt to get the date corrected.

“I know I dated my wife Elaine in 1973 and we went to the drive-in. We married in November 1974. The theater was closed when we married.

A search through Kilgore News Herald files showed the last ad ran for the theater was in February 1974 after a two-week showing of the movie “Billy Jack” starring

“The Crim Theater was sold but I don’t remember who bought it. I know the manager at the Drive-In was Mr. Wheeler. At the tail end of my working there, we had a little trouble getting paid and I had to insist on getting paid in cash from the new owner. It had nothing to do with the Crims. But, even after I went to work at Hank-Murphy Furniture store, occasionally they called me back in,” he laughed.

“One time I received a call from Mr. Weaver asking me to go reel up and can a film called 'Last Tango in Paris' starring Marlin Brando. The movie was determined to have shown too much nudity and it had to be canned before it could be confiscated. I managed to get it done on a lunch hour,” he laughed. “There was much less nudity in it than what you see now, that’s for sure.”

“I STILL have a vision,” said Charlie Whiteside. “I am just off to a slow start.”

Charlie has recently returned from a three-day trip to San Antonio where he attended the Baptist General Convention training seminar for Chaplains. His vision is to become a Chaplain to local businesses.

“They broke the seminar into groups, for example one to address military needs another for hospital, etc. but nothing for the workplace,” he said. “I felt like a fish out of water, but I learned a lot.”

If you know Charlie, there is nothing slow about him.

ON MONDAY, KNH staffer Nora Fain was jumping for joy as she celebrated her ninth anniversary in cancer remission. She is the first survivor in three generations of her family. Nora found the cancer herself and followed up immediately with medical attention. She continues to help others and fully supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Congratulations Nora!

“I am still here!” she informed all within hearing distance.

PEOPLE LOVE FESTIVALS especially during autumn when the weather tends to be cooler.

Soon to be here is the 80th Gilmer Yamboree, to be held on October 18- 21 this year. The City of Gilmer and the Yamboree host thousands of visitors each year for the contests and events or to enjoy the activities that range from Queen coronations, parades, carnivals, music and livestock judging and so much more.

For the men and women in our area that like to enter the contests, specific details can be found at We have plenty of Kilgore quilters and your handiwork needs to be delivered to the Exhibit building between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 along with a small entry fee. The same with home canning as it needs to be at the Exhibit Building on Oct. 18 from 1-4 p.m. and those delicious Yam pies must be there between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, October 20. For further questions call the Gilmer Chamber at 903-843-2413.

If you haven’t entered before, don’t worry the judges make it well worth the while.

May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes Throughout the Week. We may be reached at or 903-984-2593.


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