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“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.”

THERE were three that never gave it a second thought, three gals who stood at the end of a grocery aisle perusing the multitude of jars and trying to decide which one to purchase that was the closest to what they were accustomed to eating.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.”

The title and illustrated cover of the book could easily be defined as an attention grabber. It is one that piques the curiosity enough to draw you in, to curtail the desire of wanting to know the rest of the story and even more so after hearing the author speak.

To visitors from all over the world, the city of San Antonio is a salsa-infused melting pot of Texas history, art, and culture. To the delight of my three daughters, however, it is so much more. In fact, they could do without the history, art and culture altogether as long as they’re within walking distance of a Starbucks, a fashion retail center, and an appropriate backdrop for a cute selfie. Luckily for them, San Antonio has it all, and all of it accepts my credit cards.

Kilgore’s eighth annual Special Abilities Family Fun Event is just over a month away but organizers have been hard at work since last year to prepare for the event, which offers free activities, games, fun and food to people with special needs and their families.

Over the years this traveling pair has seen some unusual sites and at the end of each trip have plans made for the upcoming year. This year, Kilgoreites Carol Hinton and Pat Applewhite chose Russia for their vacation spot and recently spent nine days learning as much as possible about the culture.

“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” – Dory (“Finding Nemo)

The 34th season of the Texas Shakespeare Festival has drawn to a close and company members are embarking on the final task of the summer: striking the sets and storing items away for next year.

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”

Cast and crew of the Texas Shakespeare Festival's 34th season took the stage in Van Cliburn Auditorium for two performances of the Talent Showcase Wednesday. The "Stage to Screen" showcase included performances of famed music from Broadway and Hollywood films. 

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.”

THERE were three that never gave it a second thought, three gals who stood at the end of a grocery aisle perusing the multitude of jars and trying to decide which one to purchase that was the closest to what they were accustomed to eating.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.”

The title and illustrated cover of the book could easily be defined as an attention grabber. It is one that piques the curiosity enough to draw you in, to curtail the desire of wanting to know the rest of the story and even more so after hearing the author speak.

To visitors from all over the world, the city of San Antonio is a salsa-infused melting pot of Texas history, art, and culture. To the delight of my three daughters, however, it is so much more. In fact, they could do without the history, art and culture altogether as long as they’re within walking distance of a Starbucks, a fashion retail center, and an appropriate backdrop for a cute selfie. Luckily for them, San Antonio has it all, and all of it accepts my credit cards.

Kilgore’s eighth annual Special Abilities Family Fun Event is just over a month away but organizers have been hard at work since last year to prepare for the event, which offers free activities, games, fun and food to people with special needs and their families.

Over the years this traveling pair has seen some unusual sites and at the end of each trip have plans made for the upcoming year. This year, Kilgoreites Carol Hinton and Pat Applewhite chose Russia for their vacation spot and recently spent nine days learning as much as possible about the culture.

“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” – Dory (“Finding Nemo)

The 34th season of the Texas Shakespeare Festival has drawn to a close and company members are embarking on the final task of the summer: striking the sets and storing items away for next year.

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”

Cast and crew of the Texas Shakespeare Festival's 34th season took the stage in Van Cliburn Auditorium for two performances of the Talent Showcase Wednesday. The "Stage to Screen" showcase included performances of famed music from Broadway and Hollywood films. 

During an era where 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce, it is refreshing to find those who have made a marital commitment and stuck by those words “for better or worse, in sickness and in health.”

“If I have an EMS call right now, how long do I have to get out of the station?" Kilgore FD Capt. Michael Stanley didn’t have to wait long for an answer. In the time it takes to get a healthy lungful of air, 19 young voices were shouting the number at him: “45 SECONDS!”

My family is currently experiencing an outbreak of a condition most parents dread.  No, I don’t mean the 24-hour stomach bug–although it sometimes lasts about as long and has similarly repulsive symptoms.  Instead, my two older daughters have come down with a serious case of the boyfriends.

I knew it would happen eventually, but I was hoping it would be closer to when I reach the latter stages of decomposition.  It seems like yesterday when I was the only male of any species that my three daughters were interested in, and all other boys were still “icky.”  (They still are icky, by the way, but as girls age, they develop a resistance to boy cooties.)

“The big print giveth, and the small print taketh away.”

There is no place like home and when you can call a workplace home as well it becomes a dream come true. That is exactly how Marla Sers is feeling about returning to Willow Nursing & Rehab in Kilgore, but this time – instead of the seven years previously worked at the facility – she now …

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilli…

“Most theater companies when they say they're 'rotating rep,' they do one show, they finish it, they take it off the stage, and then they load the next one in," Texas Shakespeare Festival's Meghan Potter says. "But we do, depending on where we are in the season, three different shows on the same stage every day. So, changeover is the process of taking all of the scenery off of the stage, changing colors in the lighting instruments and putting the new set on stage for the afternoon or evening performance."

Petrichor: a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period…

The Chinese visitors took a lot of photographs of the various rooms and equipment during the tour of Kilgore Middle School.

The water of Kilgore City Pool will glow red Thursday as “Jaws” pays a visit to the City of Kilgore. Granted, the ominous effect will be thanks to the color-adjustable LED porthole lights illuminating the local amenity for City Hall’s second, free dive-in movie at the recently-revitalized venue July 18.

The word, written or spoken, creates and brings out of the invisible everything that operates a world of activity. Words can be ugly or beautiful and words can be life or death to any given situation. This week, the sweltering heat of summer bore down on Texas soil. Along with the rising hea…

When I was dating my wife (and still pretending to be charming), I once suggested we grab an old blanket, purchase a generous supply of processed lunchmeat and go on a picnic.  In my romantic desperation, I had apparently forgotten that we live in East Texas, where being outside anytime between the months of April and December is likely to involve projectile sweating and a raging case of chiggers.

Entertain, and elevate – there’s plenty of pratfalls and slapstick comedy for children to enjoy in Grace Abele’s latest venture, but the playwright and director has also layered in wit and wisdom into her latest venture for Texas Shakespeare Festival.

“The Girl Who Cried Throgmonster” debuts in one week, and Abele’s hearing the tick of the clock. Everything will come together by 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, but the free-admission show isn’t quite ready. Almost.

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

Children can satiate their thirst for knowledge of where nearly ‘no man has gone before’ with another special space event at Kilgore Public Library Wednesday morning. The interactive experience ‘To the Moon and Back’ will be a celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing’s 50th anniversary, set from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 10 at 301 N. Henderson Blvd. The traveling presentation is intended for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years-old.

Back in 1961 or thereabouts, I won a competition among my sixth grade peers and my brother won one over his fourth grade classmates. Of the school population, I think we were the two best in that event. As a prize, our elementary school principal in Maysville, Oklahoma – Roy West – offered u…

“No amount of patience will ever persuade an idiot.”

There was a crowd of superheroes dancing to the beat of their own drum in First Christian Church’s gym this week. They came to join the ‘Jesus League,’ to become super-followers of Jesus in the sixth annual Special Needs Vacation Bible School hosted by the Main Street congregation, and they found many sidekicks waiting to celebrate alongside them

Who would have thought the works of  Jackie Gleason, an American comedian,  actor, writer, composer and conductor would have such an impact in Kilgore, but last month a very important piece of equipment spawned by one of  his ideas arrived at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications.