Linda K. Ballard

Linda K. Ballard

Mild Days and crisp nights can’t be beat weather-wise or otherwise this last week in our fair metropolitan city.

Streets and business windows are lined with pumpkins, scarecrows and hay stacks with a trickle of Halloween mixed in. And like an old wooden door creaking open from a strong blast of wind a resurgence of activities are being planned.

While eyes have been on the Kilgore College Rangerettes’ 80th anniversary, another milestone in the way of celebrating a 70th anniversary for the East Texas Treatment Center is well on the way

COVID took away a year of fun and events that had been planned surrounding this year according to the facility’s Marketing & Event Manager Ashton Griffin. Not ready to let the year get entirely away an open house is currently being discussed for the month of December.

Ashton said, “Right now, we are digging through articles, photos and artifacts, trying to determine the actual day of the anniversary. We discovered an old box filled with the items stuffed away in a cabinet. It contains scrapbooks from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, but articles in them have been clipped without the dates and the photos have no names. We sure need help identifying these people in these photos. We do know the treatment center originated in Longview and was moved to Kilgore and we are enjoying gathering in the history.

She puts forth an open invitation for anyone who would like to help identify them to “come on by” and “dig in.” She said, “Please do, we would love it!”

“ Also, we need to dispel some rumors. The East Texas Treatment Center is not closing. We look forward to another 70 years plus. Therapy will always be needed. We are a non-profit organization and donations are very much appreciated. Your donations help those whose insurance don’t quite cover the costs or those who have no insurance. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at 1200 Dudley Road, Kilgore, Tx. 75662.

LONDON MUSEUM is again showcasing the wood carvings of James E. Trammel for October according to Joe M. Jones, former KNH reporter/staffer. Free viewings of 120 items including animals, cowboys, American Indians, Nativity scenes, Santas, snowmen, nudes, and walking sticks, among others. There’s even a Trammel self-portrait carved in wood! Plus Mr. Trammel is showing off his first-year charcoal etchings of five London Explosion victims. All items are inside the Museum’s dining area and (again) there is no charge to see the art. One Museum employee called Mr. Trammel’s talents “God-given” and the results speak for themselves. Trammel’s Custom Wood Carvings has long-based in Longview, but there is talk he plans to relocate to Kilgore.

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS of Peatown Christian Church are invited to Homecoming Worship on Sunday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Face masks are required and social distancing to be observed inside. John Cunyus, pastor of First Christian, Henderson will deliver the sermon. Peatown Church is the Mother of Christian churches in Kilgore, Henderson and Longview; and is located on FM 2011, two miles north from FM 2204 which links Kilgore with East Texas Regional Airport.

A LOVELY VISIT took place with former Kilgoreite Delaine Smith recently when she called the KNH office to request an address change for herself and her mother, Elaine (Maxwell) Smith. Delaine spoke fondly of her Aunt Ramona and Uncle Mickey Smith. Her father was County Commissioner Denny Smith.

Delaine said, “We cannot do without our Kilgore News Herald! No matter where we go, it goes, too. Otherwise, how are we to know what is going on in the place we love so much!

We do hope she calls back and tells us more about Kilgore in the “good-ole-days.”

CHARLIE WHITESIDE pulled a letter from his pocket recently and said, “Read this. You may not be interested, but it may save your life.” So, I have added his letter as follows:

“I did not have a heart attack, but consulted my physician about chest pains. I had 2 cardiac by-passes 30 years ago. The surgeon said the by-passes were good for about 10 years after the surgery.

About that time, I read an article about enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP). I showed this to my cardiologist, who totally dismissed it. So, I reasoned — I know how to get more blood to my heart. For the last 20 years, I have spent 3-4 hours per week lying with my feet on the back of the sofa, at about 45 degree (angle) from my body.

I told this story to my local Rotary Club. An RN in the audience commented, “If it’s good for the heart, it’s probably good for all the internal organs.” I am 88 years old and enjoy almost perfect health.

My Ph.D. is in Biochemistry and Nutrition so maybe I eat a healthier diet than most, and I take a low dose of generic equivalent of Crestor. Nevertheless, I feel strongly that propping my feet up has been a major factor in my good health. It’s painless and doesn’t cost a thing — try it!” Well, that’s enough incentive to just want to go home and do just that. Thanks, Charlie.

THOSE pumpkins are going fast at St. Luke’s Pumpkin patch. The patch is open October 1-31 through the week from 4 — 6 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and Sundays noon — 6 p.m. Events at the patch are scattered throughout the month, so watch for their ads in the Kilgore News Herald and website.

REMEMBER, to add the Vintage Market in Downtown Kilgore to your calendar for Saturday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Love vintage — this is the place to be. It is organized by the Downtown Merchants. Social Distancing Guidelines will be in place.

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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