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I'm here this morning at the breakfast table, admiring through the window our redbud tree as it transitions from a lovely candelabra of delicate, wispish pink blossoms to a soft, here-is-spring green.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ It’s a power-play day, and your position is elevated. You see your prestige is on the rise. Suddenly you are at the head of a project. On a personal level, a relationship is hot and heavy. Tonight: Decide to make a fresh start.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ An authority figure challenges you on a topic close to your heart. The discussion is cleared by the end of the day and your mood lightens. Check your budget before planning your evening. Tonight: Have some well-deserved fun.

In the fall of 1959 Kilgore’s 3-member city commission decided – doubtless after lots of conversation (today we’d call it consensus building) at barber shops, coffee shops and cafes – it might be time for a new city charter.

Retirement and assisted living communities in Kilgore celebrated Fat Tuesday at the beginning of Mardi Gras season this week with a variety of foods and activities.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You significantly evaluate an investment. Your intuition might be putting up a warning sign that could cause an internal conflict. Slowing down and not immediately committing to a certain path of action would be reasonable. Tonight: Make it your treat.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★ You might be quite assertive, but your mind keeps taking you to distant lands and topics not in sync with the events around you. You might need to address an issue in order to clear your mind. Tonight: As you wish.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Getting you to slow down might not be easily accomplished. You alone can decide when enough is enough. Friends and loved ones surround you, and clearly a loved one wants extra time with you. Make it so. Tonight: A secret is suddenly revealed.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You tend to approach situations in a traditional manner. You could decide to be more avant-garde in your ideas, and that too will work. You seem destined for success if you do not deceive yourself about certain facts. Tonight: Where your friends are.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Do whatever you need to in order to get to the bottom of a problem. Still, you might find it difficult to get to the ultimate cause of the hassle. Stop pushing if unsuccessful. Give others time and space. Tonight: Let go and relax to a good movie.

It turns out there are over 2000 species of lightning bugs, beetles that produce yellow, green or pale red light. As I remember it, those in central Kansas flashed yellow.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Defer to others even though you feel as if you have matters under control. You will learn what motivates others, especially in reference to you. As a result, you can clear away some superstitions or false beliefs. Tonight: Decide who and where.

Marshall, TX- The Celtics Angels are returning to Marshall for a special St. Patrick’s Day concert!! If you missed the sold-out Christmas show, here’s your chance to see them again. This special engagement is Friday March 20 at 7:30pm at Memorial City Hall, 110 East Houston St. on the square…

Like many Americans allergic to adulting, I often zone out on Facebook when I should be doing something more useful — like scooping the litter box or lecturing my children about the dangers of social media. Inevitably, I come across one of those surveys posted by Facebook users who are probably planning to hack into my account and steal my pet selfies.

I'm here this morning at the breakfast table, admiring through the window our redbud tree as it transitions from a lovely candelabra of delicate, wispish pink blossoms to a soft, here-is-spring green.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★★ It’s a power-play day, and your position is elevated. You see your prestige is on the rise. Suddenly you are at the head of a project. On a personal level, a relationship is hot and heavy. Tonight: Decide to make a fresh start.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★ ★ ★ An authority figure challenges you on a topic close to your heart. The discussion is cleared by the end of the day and your mood lightens. Check your budget before planning your evening. Tonight: Have some well-deserved fun.

In the fall of 1959 Kilgore’s 3-member city commission decided – doubtless after lots of conversation (today we’d call it consensus building) at barber shops, coffee shops and cafes – it might be time for a new city charter.

Retirement and assisted living communities in Kilgore celebrated Fat Tuesday at the beginning of Mardi Gras season this week with a variety of foods and activities.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You significantly evaluate an investment. Your intuition might be putting up a warning sign that could cause an internal conflict. Slowing down and not immediately committing to a certain path of action would be reasonable. Tonight: Make it your treat.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★ You might be quite assertive, but your mind keeps taking you to distant lands and topics not in sync with the events around you. You might need to address an issue in order to clear your mind. Tonight: As you wish.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Getting you to slow down might not be easily accomplished. You alone can decide when enough is enough. Friends and loved ones surround you, and clearly a loved one wants extra time with you. Make it so. Tonight: A secret is suddenly revealed.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You tend to approach situations in a traditional manner. You could decide to be more avant-garde in your ideas, and that too will work. You seem destined for success if you do not deceive yourself about certain facts. Tonight: Where your friends are.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Do whatever you need to in order to get to the bottom of a problem. Still, you might find it difficult to get to the ultimate cause of the hassle. Stop pushing if unsuccessful. Give others time and space. Tonight: Let go and relax to a good movie.

It turns out there are over 2000 species of lightning bugs, beetles that produce yellow, green or pale red light. As I remember it, those in central Kansas flashed yellow.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Defer to others even though you feel as if you have matters under control. You will learn what motivates others, especially in reference to you. As a result, you can clear away some superstitions or false beliefs. Tonight: Decide who and where.

Marshall, TX- The Celtics Angels are returning to Marshall for a special St. Patrick’s Day concert!! If you missed the sold-out Christmas show, here’s your chance to see them again. This special engagement is Friday March 20 at 7:30pm at Memorial City Hall, 110 East Houston St. on the square…

Like many Americans allergic to adulting, I often zone out on Facebook when I should be doing something more useful — like scooping the litter box or lecturing my children about the dangers of social media. Inevitably, I come across one of those surveys posted by Facebook users who are probably planning to hack into my account and steal my pet selfies.

City officials cut the ribbon at East Texas Oil Museum’s Boomtown Theater Saturday, Feb. 1, officially reopening the venue after its first major renovations in the museum’s 40-year history.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Dynamic ideas seem to pop up out of nowhere, but they could impact your work and how you approach a boss or higher-up. You might be stunned by others’ reactions. People finally seem to break out of the mold. Tonight: Count your change.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You seem to have a natural glow, as if you have been on vacation. Emphasis is on friends and a creative adventure. You might want to make plans that involve others. Celebration is in order. Tonight: Don’t make a big deal out of anything.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You know what you want and fully expect to receive just that. You might not handle a small backfire very well. Think about how far you are willing to go to deal with a personal matter. Tonight: Make it your treat.

Today I’m reading ‘This Tender Land,’ a deliberative story of four orphans — three teenaged boys and a five-year-old girl — who escaped (barely) from an Indian School in South Dakota. It’s a touching story, poignant, sometimes harrowing. It’s about faith in God, faith in friends and faith in…

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Your intuition works overtime, leading you down a seemingly strange path. Explore an idea before committing to it. Make sure the end results will excel. A partner might not be realistic. Tonight: Getting what you want.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You might feel unusually mellow. Be careful about being overly reactive toward a Pisces or someone who has a very gentle side. Friends surround you and help you create more of what you desire. Tonight: Be spontaneous.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Your public commitments might be your focus at present. Most discussions and agreements made today start in a very hopeful vein but will hit a glitch. Nevertheless, you will emerge on top of your game. Tonight: You could go into the wee hours.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You might be more in touch with what troubles you and others than most people. Focus on your image and long-term desires. Others surround you and are part of your support. Take the lead in making plans today. Tonight: A force to be dealt with.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You become energized midday. As a result, you feel as if you can’t be stopped. Others keep appearing at your door or on your cell. If you want to accomplish certain tasks, you might need to screen calls and visits. Tonight: Listen carefully to a loved one’s sug…

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You have a fiery determination to create a more fun Saturday than you have for a while. You give up the concept of cabin fever and decide to get into winter sports and happenings. Tonight: Acting as if there is no tomorrow.

Every now and then, my wife encourages me — REALLY encourages me — to put on pants, get out of the house and go hang out with friends for some “boy” time. After all, I serve as the sole representative of semi-masculinity in a family that includes my wife, three teen daughters, and various female pets who still haven’t forgiven me for having them fixed — the pets, I mean.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You are full of energy and zip. Your sense of humor emerges and has a sparkling, dry tone to it. Some people misread you and think you are being sarcastic. Patch up a problem before it becomes an issue. Tonight: You have a winning way that others are drawn to.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You might feel you are in control of a specific situation but really are not. Your professional or public image might be on the upswing; however, a surprise could come out of blue, and it might take some adjusting. Tonight: Your treat.

Kilgore High School graduate and acclaimed blues guitarist Ally Venable’s 2019 album “Texas Honey” has been named one the of top 20 blues albums of 2019 by an internet blues radio station.

Stroll under the crape myrtles at the World’s Richest Acre Park and you’ll find a cluster of bricks engraved with the names of Kilgore women who’ve been honored through the years as First Lady of Kilgore.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You spring into action on the first day of the year. It appears that you are about to accomplish a resolution or two almost immediately. Get past confusion if possible. A loved one admires your energy and commitment. Tonight: A must appearance.

Yes, I am one of “those” people.  About thirty minutes after Labor Day has officially ended, I feel a strange compulsion to binge on my mother’s iced sugar cookies shaped like snowmen while listening to Nat King Cole croon about chestnuts.  I usually resist breaking out my collection of “international” Santa figurines–including Las Vegas Santa indulging his gambling addiction on the slots–until after Halloween.  But once I’ve polished off my kids’ trick-or-treat candy, I go into full-out Christmas-prep beast mode.

If you’re like most of us, you overindulged a bit too much in 2019. No, not on calories (well, maybe those too!), but on “noise.” That’s the name for the dizzying onslaught of information from work emails, app notifications, the 24/7 news cycle, social media updates, and other forms of scree…

The Kilgore News Herald has announced the winners of the annual Christmas card contest. Winners are pictured here with representatives from local businesses.

Every day, it seems, the world wide web delivers up a new list of the 25 best gift ideas under $30 or the 50 best tech gifts – priced under $50 – I can still have delivered before Christmas.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  You might feel jovial this morning until you have to rescue someone from the blues, or a most unanticipated event hits. You have the wherewithal to deal with this issue. Remain confident. Tonight: Your mood proves contagious.

As a child growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, I will never forget the Thanksgiving when my father walked in with complete strangers to join us in a meager Thanksgiving meal.  He announced their incoming as if they were part of the family and after the surprised look on my mother’s face, she quietly started setting the table for the extra guests and trying to figure out if she needed to put one more potato in the pot. We knew nothing about the family other than they needed a place to eat.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★ Apply your high energy where it counts. You finally can move a stalled project forward. Avoid a power play by not playing. Tension builds as the day ages, and you have a lot on your plate. Do not let the pressure get to you. Tonight: Pace yourself.