One man’s junk is definitely another man’s treasure, and this year it seems to be making its way back to Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin.

He was sitting in the News Herald office catching us up on downtown happenings when he received a text of a most recent garage sale find — a framed resolution issued by the Kilgore College Board of Trustees signed by his father, R. E. Spradlin, board president at the time. The date was October 26, 1989, and the resolution honored world renowned pianist Van Cliburn and his parents Harvey Lavan Cliburn and Rildia Bee O-Bryan Cliburn.

The resolution established the Cliburn Scholarship Fund in their honor with the intent to assist young piano students in their musical endeavors at Kilgore College. The resolution was unique in style that it ended with Rildia Bee’s actual words regarding music with the lettering of the resolution written over a photo of Van.

At first glimpse of the text, Ronnie jumped from the chair to go get it when he remembered he had in his car the termite habitat for the Kilgore Public Library. It was just one of what he feels was his mayoral duty to personally deliver. However, he took the time to bring them in and let us see them busily working away in their glassed-in habitat before running out the door. For family fun this spring/summer, you will want to add the library at the top of the list.

IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, this Sunday is the last day you can purchase gas at our local Walmart Center. The station will be undergoing a complete transformation through the month of May with hopes of re-opening during the month of June. Old pumps will be re-placed with new ones, and a walk-in convenient store complete with roller grills for fast food will add an out-of-the-weather environment for your purchases. The Walmart in Center did the same a couple of years ago, and it has been a successful venture.

Staff at the Kilgore pumps are glad to see the out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new facelift.

KILGOREITES Charles and JoAnn Whiteside traveled to Royce City recently for a family reunion and celebration of a 99th birthday for his brother, Darwin Whiteside.

Charles said, “No, he is not my younger brother! However, I am quite proud of all he has accomplished. He is a WWII Veteran, outlived two wives and married his third one at the age of 89. With all seriousness though, Darwin’s mind is excellent.”

The reunion took place at his son Jack’s house in Murphy. Due to COVID concerns and with some still unable to get the vaccine, only the older family members and two of three of his sons could attend the event. According to Charlie, it was well worth the trip.

Charles also said, “This last weekend, my daughter Nancy Brickhouse came to visit us. Always good to see her. She is what I call my “Baylor Provost” and can you imagine a Whiteside finding a Brickhouse to marry?” It is always good to see Charlie; he will leave you with a smile on your face every time.

THE OVERTON CITY COUNCIL is seeking donations and/or sponsors for Overton’s 2021 Fireworks in the Park event that will be held this year on July 3. The council appreciates each business and citizen that desire to be involved in and give back to their local community and greatly appreciate your support during these unprecedented times.

If for some reason the event has to be cancelled, all donations will be set aside for next year’s event with full recognition. For more information contact Deb Vondrasek, Event Coordinator at (903) 834-3171 ext. 234.

OKLAHOMA storms prevented me from venturing on up to Ree (Pioneer Woman) and Ladd Drummond’s ranch last week. That’s quite alright, as I had a wonderful, quick visit with family I haven’t seen in almost a year in Lindsay, Oklahoma. I was chaperoned across our own family acreage by my grandnephew, 5-year-old Konnor Kuykendall.

He took his job seriously to protect me from any snake that may have crossed our path as I tried to teach him about Indian lore and nature. He made sure we inspected the creek bed thoroughly to make sure water was flowing through the culvert on both sides before allowing me to cross. And that mask everyone in Kilgore saw me wearing before going was well worth the effort of getting to see my brother Frank and taking a granddaughter to see the new Godzilla movie.

Now, even after returning, that mask has become such a habit it is still on — although I do value it more during lawn mowing.

Let us know of your ventures out. If you would like to stop by, our office is located in the Professional Building at 1100 Stone Road, Suite 103 at the East Entrance.

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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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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