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More than 500 degrees, certificates awarded at Kilgore College graduations

Kilgore College held three commencements to honor its spring graduates May 13.

The processions included a majority of 467 graduation applicants and 511 degrees and certificates were awarded.

“Congratulations, graduates,” Dr. Brenda Kays, KC President, told the assembly.

“Every member of our faculty and staff is proud of you and your accomplishments. We all extend our heartiest congratulations.”

In lieu of a graduation speaker, KC presented Blue Ribbon Medals of Excellence for Alumni Success and Blue Ribbon Medals of Excellence for Student Success

At the 2 p.m. ceremony, the recipient of the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Alumni Success was Floyd Wingo, and Judge Bill Stoudt was honored with the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Student Success.

For the 6 p.m. ceremony, the recipient of the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Alumni Success was Kenneth C. Raney, Jr., and Judge Robert J. “Duke” Bodisch, Sr. was honored with the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Student Success.

Maj. Gen. Robert Bodisch Sr., recipient of the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Student Success, spoke to students about his efforts to pass Texas House Bill 3601, which creates more opportunities for military service members to attain degrees and certifications from Texas institutes of higher learning.

To watch a replay of the ceremonies, visit the Kilgore College YouTube page.

The 2 p.m. graduation was for students earning Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) and Certificates. At 6 p.m., the graduation was for students earning Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees.

Kilgore ISD employee fired after arrest on charges of child sex assault, improper relationship
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Kilgore ISD fired an employee who was arrested during the weekend on charges of child sex assault and improper relationship between an educator and student.

In a statement issued Monday, the district said the employee was arrested Friday evening in an “unrelated off-campus incident that led the Kilgore Police Department to launch an investigation into allegations of a possible improper relationship between the employee and a student at Kilgore High School.”

According to the statement, the investigation led to the employee being “charged with an improper relationship with a student and sexual assault of child.”

The district did not name the employee; however, 21-year-old Monica Ann Sanchez of Kilgore was booked early Saturday into Gregg County Jail. Monday afternoon, online jail records listed sexual assault of a child, assault causing bodily injury and three counts of improper relationship between educator and student as Sanchez’s charges.

She was released Saturday from Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $26,000.

Kilgore ISD’s website on Monday afternoon continued to list Sanchez as an aide for English as a second language.

“Once KISD officials were made aware of the arrest and charges against the employee, their employment with the district was terminated,” the statement said. “This is an on-going investigation by Kilgore Police, and Kilgore ISD will continue to cooperate with law enforcement authorities.”


Kilgore High School seniors took part in a senior parade on Sunday in downtown Kilgore.

Police release name of man fatally shot in Kilgore
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Police on Monday released the name of a man who was fatally shot Saturday in Kilgore.

Police are investigating the death of Dario Morales, 34, of Kilgore, according to a statement from Kilgore police.

Officers responded shortly before 6 p.m. to a report of gunshots on Sceyne Road in Kilgore, according to police. Responding officers found a man, later identified as Morales, lying on his driveway with a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

“The initial investigation revealed unidentified suspect(s) fled the area before police arrived at the scene,” the statement said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Kilgore police detective Joseph Johnston at (903) 218-6906 or Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.

Anonymous information can also by submitted through Kilgore Police Department’s website, Facebook page or through tip411.