Tip o' the hat to ya'


This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17. Whether you are Irish or not, there is a temptation to take part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations wherever found. The “wearing of the green” for luck and to assure you are not pinched has been passed down for generations.

Getting a head start on St. Patrick’s Day this week was Chuck Conrad at the Broadcast Museum as he hosted a Morning Brew for fellowship among the Kilgore Chamber members and business owners/associates. The “green” was found on the refreshment table, offering luck and calories to those in attendance.

Overhead screens projected information about the antique television and radio equipment and some in attendance rambled through the rows of broadcasting memorabilia instead of listening to the announcements, which is exactly what Chuck hoped everyone would do.

If you want to take the luck of the Irish to him, the museum offers group tours by appointment and is open Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 416 E. Main Str. in Kilgore.

NOT WAITING for the arrival of Spring or spring break, Jason and Naomi Wooley along with their daughter Molly and son Jay headed to Fort Bliss in El Paso to the oldest son, Pvt.2 Matthew Wooley.

“There is not enough L’s in our name to claim kin to the other Kilgore family with the same name,” laughed Naomi when questioned. “But, we get asked a lot.”

“We left early Friday morning and it was a twelve-hour trip to the base,” said Naomi. “My son had just made it back from the field,” she added. “It was so good to see him. You know, moms just have to know they are OK.”

“I loved the base,” she said. “My stepfather was a Marine and my husband was in the Navy, so military bases feel like home to me. Now, they are home because my son is there,” continued Naomi.

“You really don’t have to leave the base to do things anymore,” she added. “There was an outdoor shopping mall, the commissary, a movie theatre and a huge checkerboard on the walkway by the theatre. You could move the pieces by shoving them with your feet,” she laughed as she demonstrated a mock move of a checker piece with her foot.

The family took an alternate route on the way home and did some unexpected hiking at Guadalupe National Park.

“The weather was dry and the park was beautiful,” added Naomi.

The family spent five days away on this trip and are ready to make the return trip to the base at a moment’s notice.

Dr. Joey deGraffenried, DDS, slipped off to attend one of six dentistry conventions per year in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been going for the past 11 years and helps teach the classes.

“After that length of time, we are friends not dentists,” said Dr. Joey. “And we share and learn from each other. It is really like a big family reunion as we keep up with each other after leaving the convention.”

“I even know the hotel staff by first names,” he laughed. “And I can recognize their voices on the phone when I call for the reservation. We always stay at the Wingate in Atlanta. It may not be the newest one, but it is the friendliest and most accommodating that we have found.”

“It was the convention that had me bring the implant surgery to Kilgore,” he added.

ALSO SKIPPING TOWN for a break was Pastor Scott Brown of Grace Baptist Church. He returned rested and refreshed and ready for Easter. In a newsletter message he reminded readers, “As followers of Christ, Easter is a celebration, not just a collection of teachings. We don’t celebrate an idea. We celebrate and event…an event in history that changed history.”

This is the third year Grace Baptist Church has offered an Eggstreme Easter Egg Hunt with eggs dropped from a helicopter. It has become too big for their campus and it will now be held in conjunction with at least seven other churches. The event will be at Driller Park Saturday, March 31.

IT IS a well-kept secret by some: a new diner on Hwy 42 N. called Anytime Breakfast, soon to be changed to Dunn’s Diner.

If it is breakfast with home-made biscuits and gravy you want, Janie Dunn will whip it up for you anytime between 6 a.m and2 p.m.

“I have worked and managed other places and always wanted a little place of my own,” said Janie Dunn.

“I tried doing full lunches, too, at first, but there was not enough customers at first to warrant making all of the food. Now, I have some regulars and (customer base) growing and so, I will be expanding by adding hamburgers and sandwiches at first…something that can be made by a one-person band in hurry,” she laughed.

We know Janie from her extensive work with Veterans. She is currently the elected president of the VFW Auxiliary Post 12 and with officer elections coming up in May, she hopes to relinquish that spot, allowing more time for the diner.

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


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