The hub of activity


“Busy” is the word coming from the mouths of many this week as Kilgore has been in full swing with fall activities. The “busy” has brought home those who can boast of established roots here and an area they can always call home.

For Ann Burns Cagle, the 55th Kilgore High School reunion place last weekend was one that will forever be etched in her mind.

“This was my very first school reunion,” she said. “I was so happy and pleased that I went. It was an awesome experience to reconnect with former classmates from so many years ago. All were so welcoming, friendly and helpful; I was actually wishing I had made more of an effort through the years to attend and I immensely enjoyed it. Now I look forward to the future reunions and the Girls’ Getaway Weekend.”

The reunion took place last weekend at The Backporch Restaurant on Friday evening with Jack and Judy Thurmon opening their home for the Saturday gathering.

The graduating class of 1962 had 142 members. Fifty-five classmates and spouses attended the reunion according to Mary Ann Eckert, a.k.a. the List Maker of the Class.

“We prayed for rain to stay away until after the party at the Thurmons’ so we could enjoy the outside barbecue,” said Mary Ann. “That it did until 10 p.m.,” she laughed. “We just had such a good time.”

CELEBRATING her 80th Birthday last week was Nadine Adamson. The celebration took place in the former Meadowbrook Country Club, now the Pump House of Kilgore.

“Approximately 125 guests arrived,” said Nadine. “I just cannot believe that many would come to see me.

In recognition of Nadine’s artistic talents the tables were beautifully decorated with arrangements. An exquisitely designed cake and a full array of hors d’oeuvres were served to the guests. Entertainment was provided by Pianist/Soloist Jim Holder. Family and long-time friends spoke of enjoying being around Nadine throughout the years and spoke of the fun she invoked with each visit. One guest even told of her signing a guest registry at a hotel as Elizabeth Taylor.

“So far, it was the largest event we have held at the Pump House of Kilgore,” said Greg Kachurik, manager. “We were very pleased with the turnout for such a special lady of Kilgore,” he said.

NIKKIA FAIN was recently featured in the Columbia Southern University Alumni Magazine. The article spoke of her dedication to the Armed Services; her determination to continue education even during a time of being a single mom and of seeking for a university to help her obtain degrees while juggling the Air Force Specialty Code as a material manager. Nikkia, a retired Air Force veteran of 21 years has obtained her lifetime goal of receiving a Bachelor’s degree in business and her MBA in Human Resources Management at CSU. She lives and works in North Carolina.

Nikkia is the daughter-in-law of Nora and Greg Fain. She is married to their son, Stacey. They have four children. Stacey still serves in the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant.

IN PREPARATION of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program, Kilgoreite Jonny Ferguson was one of eighteen “old flight attendants and flight controllers” called in to do taped interviews for a video that will be seen by visitors to the Apollo Control Center after the refurbishing has taken place.

“It is a personal highlight for me,” said Jonny. “I spent many hours in that control room.”

SAMARITAN PURSE Operation Christmas Child is in full swing with the shoe box ministry. The Shoebox Ministry began with Franklin Graham and continues to be an integral part of reaching children in foreign countries.

To fill a shoe box is easy – just pick a girl or boy ages 2-14 and add a “wow” item, socks, school supplies, hygiene items. Add $9 for shipping and take the unsealed box to the nearest drop-off location. In Kilgore, that drop-off spot will be Forest Home Baptist Church under the watchful of eyes of Kim Gore. She may be reached at 903-984-6433 for further information. Other locations and ideas for the boxes may be found at

– 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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