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“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

– Fred Rogers

THE construction crane that collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments last Sunday in Dallas fell close to home as Kilgoreite Emily Fried was one of the tenants at the apartment complex. With multiple injuries and one deceased, the week has been one filled of fear, distress and anticipation …

Many teens take a significant step toward adulthood when they get behind the wheel (and stereo volume controls) of their own vehicles.  My eldest and most expensive daughter recently reached this milestone when my wife and I purchased her a pre-owned 2018 Nissan Altima for her sixteenth birt…

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

– Grouch Marx

In an address to the House of Commons in 1935, Winston Churchill warned of “the endless repetition of history.” His comments echo a quote by George Santayana in 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The knowledge and wisdom are as one.

The community can now boast an internationally-acclaimed luthier among Kilgore’s accolades. Former Kilgore ISD music instructor Mitch Moehring has been honing his skills as a bass craftsman for the past three years, and his dedication paid off this week as members of the International Society of Bassists gathered at Indiana University for their annual convention and competition.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

City of Kilgore’s raced the clock (and the weather) to get City Pool open this season – June 8 will mark the first week of regular operations for Summer 2019, and the city’s ready to celebrate. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will be City Hall’s first dive-in movie at the pool – family-friendly, free, open to all – Saturday evening.

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

– Fred Rogers

THE construction crane that collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments last Sunday in Dallas fell close to home as Kilgoreite Emily Fried was one of the tenants at the apartment complex. With multiple injuries and one deceased, the week has been one filled of fear, distress and anticipation …

Many teens take a significant step toward adulthood when they get behind the wheel (and stereo volume controls) of their own vehicles.  My eldest and most expensive daughter recently reached this milestone when my wife and I purchased her a pre-owned 2018 Nissan Altima for her sixteenth birt…

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

– Grouch Marx

In an address to the House of Commons in 1935, Winston Churchill warned of “the endless repetition of history.” His comments echo a quote by George Santayana in 1905: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The knowledge and wisdom are as one.

The community can now boast an internationally-acclaimed luthier among Kilgore’s accolades. Former Kilgore ISD music instructor Mitch Moehring has been honing his skills as a bass craftsman for the past three years, and his dedication paid off this week as members of the International Society of Bassists gathered at Indiana University for their annual convention and competition.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

City of Kilgore’s raced the clock (and the weather) to get City Pool open this season – June 8 will mark the first week of regular operations for Summer 2019, and the city’s ready to celebrate. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will be City Hall’s first dive-in movie at the pool – family-friendly, free, open to all – Saturday evening.

 “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

All of us at one time or other has been in the position of needing to reach out for help, whether it is through a loss of job, home or family. Circumstances can be overwhelming, especially for the bread-winners of the home.

For the sixth consecutive year, Kilgore’s Geekend brought fun and fans of comics, superheroes and more to the City of Stars. Held at the Texas Broadcast Museum on Main Street, Saturday’s event drew young and old fans alike in a shared appreciation for all things geeky and nerdy.

When the school year draws to a close, parents begin looking forward to the slower pace of summer–with a less regimented schedule, relaxing family vacations, and a long list of menial household chores to inflict upon the children anytime they mention being bored.

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”

– Patrick Rothfuss

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You act energized and might feel unusually content. You have a hot temper and understand what you need to do to calm the waters. Confusion surrounds your conversations, no matter how clear you want to be. Tonight: Beam in more of what you want.

THE month of May is designated  a “color me purple” month from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and the fight for breath virtually turns the patient a bluish- purple in times of distress. The allergens and viruses found in the springtime can make living a harsh reality.  And just because the end of the month is drawing near doesn’t mean the fight is over, in fact it’s just the opposite for those who suffer and their families who attempt to breathe for them.

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You could feel like a satellite with so much communication coming in and going out. You have a lot to digest and remember. Try to bring friends together and enjoy the moment. At a certain time, you might want to turn off your cell. Tonight: Bring friends together.

Kilgore has a national reputation among thespians, and for Val Winkelman, it boils down to one word. “Friendly.” Texas Shakespeare Festival draws actors, directors, artisans and other company members from across the country to East Texas – this 34th summer season is 90-strong – and they come with high expectations based on word of mouth.

On grief and John Wick, “For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19)  Take charge of a problem. You will be able to handle the matter once you cool off some. You will need to take a strong stand and be willing to walk past a problem. You might feel as if a change is needed. Tonight: Whatever you are doing, you are noticed.

Meadowbrook Golf & Event Center has evolved significantly over the past decade. Purchased by the City of Kilgore in 2012, it was managed for a time by an outside company and by Kilgore Fire Department before transitioning into a parks facility. Multiple operations have spearheaded food operations at the 1306 Houston St. amenity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ You could feel pushed by a partner or others in general. You could be tired of being at the mercy of others. You can totally change what is happening. Detach and decide how you would like to handle a pressured situation. Tonight: Try a new nightspot.

Spring in East Texas always announces its arrival with an annual tree-pollen allergy apocalypse, followed by our own version of monsoon season, when most residents consider trading in their pickups for four-wheel drive dinghies.  All of the rain and foliage-philandering gives rise to the need for some serious yard work, which many of us look forward to with the same anticipation we feel when it’s time to visit Dr. Auger for a thorough colonoscopy.

With about 73% of their fundraising goal in hand, the team behind the planned ‘Friendship Playground’ is moving forward with the project sooner rather than later. Hopefully, Stacey Cole says, visible progress on the new inclusive play-area will kick-start a final stretch of donations that will put the E4 leadership team at – or beyond – their $175,000 goal for the extension of Harris Street Park.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ Defer to others and understand where they are coming from. Be more sensitive to a close friend or loved one. Your intuition comes through. Curb a tendency to get angry. You have a lot to deal with and get done. Tonight: Defer to a loved one.

“I got vision and the rest of the world wears bi-focals.”

“I got vision and the rest of the world wears bi-focals.”

“I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

IN the South some things are of utmost importance.Believe it or not a good glass or cup of tea ranks as high priority on that list.Newcomers to the area learn very quickly tea must be brewed and not of an instant variety and, bypassing all diets, it is usually served sweet – very sweet, in fact.

ARIES (March 20-April 19) ★★★★ Your fun-loving and unlikely ways make it easy for others to have a great time with you. A serious discussion should probably fall to the wayside or be postponed. A parent or authority figure becomes demanding. Tonight: Let it all hang out.

“When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.”

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You are full of surprises, some of which could jolt you once you realize their implications. As a result, a lot of confusion could come out of nowhere. A discussion helps you resolve a building misunderstanding. Tonight: Homeward bound.

The phrase “living the dream” has a nice sound to it and for Tim and Amy Rutherford their plans to do just that will be taking place within the upcoming year. So impressive is their ability to manage funds it has earned them a feature in the May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine where the couple has offered helpful hints for others striving to do the same.