David Ring is a nationally recognized evangelistic, author and motivational speaker. He was born dead until 18 minutes later he showed the world he was meant to live and to overcome the challenges of cerebral palsy. Since 1973, Ring has challenged thousands of people with his message, “I have cerebral palsy…What’s your problem?” He shares his story of challenges, losses and depression with the ultimate outcome of friendship, courage and triumph. He currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and four children.

David came to Kilgore to bless the merging of two churches last week into one. That church is now Go Forth Baptist Church. The celebration did not get to take place because of a weather breaking snowstorm wreaking havoc across East Texas. After several attempts to get back to Nashville to no avail, David has resided in a Kilgore hotel for the week and determined to give his talk to those who will brave the roads this Sunday, Feb. 21.

If you have never heard David Ring, this is an opportunity you will not want to miss. Go forth Sunday morning and meet this incredible person and celebrate the merging of the two churches to the betterment of one. Go Forth Baptist Church is located at 3800 Goforth Road.

SO, here we are facing situations most of our generation have never seen before in Texas — major power outages, busted water lines and ice sculptures protruding from the ceilings when along comes this simple way of making snow ice cream without it being too icy. That simple little idea of mixing the sugar, vanilla and milk together first before pouring it on the snow was just genius and put a whole new light on the situation. Then the next thing I know people are saving food by putting them in trash bags to set in the snow and bringing in pails of snow to melt into useable water until pipes thaw out. Using socks for mittens if you have none, etc.etc. Oh, my, what was once considered “redneck” is now the thing to do.

Staying warm is one of our biggest concerns. East Texas Hardware was without generators on Thursday but had plenty of duct tape, pipe connections, insulation and weather strips. The crew was hopeful to have a couple of generators, bottle water and other needed supplies by Friday afternoon if roads were clear enough for them to travel to to the warehouses to pick up supplies. They are currently open from 9 a.m. until (?) as the weather clears. Call ahead first.

Kilgore Feed Company has been open every day until 3 p.m. according to owner Eddy Holley. He said, “We had to be open to help take care of the animals. In my 70 years, I have never seen it like this.” Eddy lost two of his own cows during the freeze even though he doubled the feed and the hay.

Always ready with a helpful comment he said, “We have range cubes for cows — Atwoods have ran out. Ours are a little higher, but of a better quality and size. When feeding with the cubes you do not want to spread them on the ice/snow covered ground. Clear a spot to pour them otherwise they will sink through the snow and the animals will not find them. And if a farmer runs out of firewood do you know they burn dry cow manure? It must be dry to burn and can usually be found in a barn. It works really well and does not smell like you think it would.”

CIRCLE CAFÉ will continue to remain closed until they can find out when a part to her cooler and the repairman can arrive safely to fix her cooler. The damaged cooler was discovered after the electricity came back on. All of the contents were lost. A lot of people in this community depend on her doors to be open to provide them with at least one good meal a day. We need to support them in prayer and help throughout this time.

IN the Liberty City area the Pioneer Market was open on Thursday stating they were fully stocked with meat and produce but did not have bread, milk, eggs or water. They were also awaiting supplies as soon as road clears. The Dairy Queen of Sabine was hoping to open at 11 a.m. on Friday.

We would also like to extend our thanks to City Manager Josh Selleck, who worked tirelessly with the city crew and becoming a heavy equipment operator through the storm. And to Mayor Ronnie Spradlin and other city officials trying their best to meet the needs of others. Thank you to all first responders and all those who just lent a helping hand.

A special thanks go out to my rescuers this week. Thank you to Jeanie and Frank Thompson who saw to it I arrived safely at the home of Cindy Gilmore where I could spend some warming-up time after no electricity and water. Cindy insisted on catering to me like I was royalty and kept us in good food and movies throughout my stay. Although one of her puppies would give me “the evil eye” if I dared to put anything on her spot where she sat to watch television with us, we had a delightful time in spite of the circumstances. Jeanie and Frank not only provided the transportation, but delicious breakfast casserole and bottle water upon my return. Thank you to all the others who checked on me by phone or e-mail.

By the way, Kilgoreite Jim Baker said his mother believed in an old wives tale that if snow stays on the ground three continuous days, we will have another spell of snow before Spring. We have been warned; take nothing for chance. Oh, yes, thank you, Betty, for snow ice cream being the laughter of my day.

Please keep sending those ideas of survival (and heroism) our way.

May His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.

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May His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.


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