Linda Ballard

Linda Ballard

It was such a relief to see that culprit in jail this year. Not only was he in jail, but he was paraded down the streets of Overton and then Kilgore and, if lucky, you will see him again at 2:30 p.m. during the Liberty City Parade on Sunday, December 8th. We are not sure who actually captured him, but cell and all was being hauled by a truck and a trailer by John Wayne Valdez, candidate for Rusk County Sheriff. All of the floats and participants were spectacular in both parades. This one had to be listed among the favorites.

The Overton parade, which was the largest in its history with 50 entries, was very nice. The emcee, Dr. Monty Roqueford from the Texas A & M Agricultural Center could be heard for quite a distance and there were no snags in the parade with the exception of having to try to move a calf across the road in between floats. It did not want to leave the area and the kids loved it!

The emcee for the Kilgore parade was our Chamber of Commerce President, Jill McCartney. The parade was just as spectacular, with 97 participating entries and 89 of those entries being judged according to Lisa Morgan, Chamber Membership Manager. Those two gals worked hard through that parade and hats off to them this year!

This last week was also the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and week of prayer in many of our churches.

Lottie Moon was a Southern Baptist missionary to China with the Foreign Mission Board who spent nearly 40 years living and working in China.

As a teacher and an evangelist, she laid a foundation for missions among southern Baptists, especially through its Woman’s Missionary Union.

And a way to earn the trust of the people, Lottie Moon made tea cakes for the children in her village in China. She would then be invited into homes where she could share the gospel with their mothers. The children began calling Lottie “the cookie lady.”

Kilgore’s Mayor Ronnie Spradlin has a love for tea cakes, as it was his grandmother who made sure she kept him supplied with tea cakes on special occasions.

This Lottie Moon’s Tea Cake Recipe was sent in by Kilgoreite Kim Gore:

Plain Tea Cake (As made by Lottie Moon)

Three teacups of sugar

One teacup of butter

Four pints flour

Three eggs, well beaten

Half a teaspoon of soda

Flavor to taste

Roll thin, bake in a quick oven.

Adapted Recipe:

2 c. flour

1/2 c. butter

1 heaping c. sugar

1 well beaten egg

1 T. cream.

Cream the butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add the flour and cream. Dust a board with flour. Roll the dough very thin. Cut with a round cookie cutter. Place on a buttered or nonstick cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes.

Enjoy! I am ready for the next cookie recipe for the season. In the meantime, May His Love and Laughter fill your hearts and your homes.

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