James Draper (Mug)

James Draper

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

– Sue Monk Kidd,

“The Secret Life of Bees”

HE’S a good boy: Ruger’s sure to be an asset to Kilgore schools and KPD, thanks to his gifted shnoz. For what it’s worth, if anyone needs an employee with a nose for sniffing out cupcakes, we could always use a side-gig, pro bono.

CHILI’S will host a fundraiser for Kilgore Boys & Girls Club from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at the 1212 U.S. Hwy. 259 location. Part of the chain’s “Good Eats for a Good Cause” promotion, 15 percent of every patron’s ticket during that 10-hour span will be donated to the local youth outreach.

REEL East Texas Film Festival crossed its final, late-late deadline Wednesday. From April 15 to August 15, 193 film projects (shorts, features and screenplays) were submitted for the third annual festival, set Nov. 14-17 in downtown Kilgore.

YES, most of the works come from the United States, but 2019’s collection also includes projects from India, Turkey, South Africa, Bulgaria, the Russian Federation, Japan and other foreign locales. Learn more about the upcoming series at ReelEastTexas.com

ON a similar note, Kilgore Film Festival (4 Star’s semi-annual non-mainstream showcase) announced the first selection in its fall lineup. The series runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 2, kicking-off with an opening night reception before “The Farewell.” According to KilgoreFilmFestival.com, “The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.”

SECOND reminder, and we’ll give you a third Wednesday: the City of Kilgore wants your thoughts on a direction for the community as a new Comprehensive Plan is in-development. Organizers are hoping three concurrent events the afternoon and evening of Aug. 22 will draw enough folks downtown to really get insight on the future. Mark your calendar and divide your time between Kilgore Chamber of Commerce’s MixPo in the Texan Theater, Kilgore Main Street’s Sip N Shop and the Comp Plan committee’s open house in the Old Post Office. Find details under the events page at WelcomeToKilgore.com.

IF you’ve never tried it, find some kimchi: it’s a Korean staple of salted and fermented vegetables. Beware, though: radioactive orange and often spicy, the strong seasonings will ensure anyone within a one-mile radius knows what you had for a snack.

SINCE it’s that hot, we’ll leave you with one more literary quote about the heat, this one from “Dandelion Wine” by the incomparable Ray Bradbury: “The sun did not rise, it overflowed.”


August 17: Cathy Wall, Linda Oswalt, Bryan Barnhart, David Chambers, Maryann Fields, Nina Vinson, Bradley George, Kyle Voyles, Jeani Cleary, Michele Wheeler, Rev. Riley Pippen, Brian McKinney, Shawn Fussell, Karen Hatt, Mia Chico, Heather Gordin, Gary Lon Pool, Freddie Woods, Riley Pippen, Savanah Boyd

August 18: Helen George Bolt, Dan Philips, Dorothy Mills, Whitney Messier, Dusty Haygood, Rita Brown, Anthony Lane Tanner, Ginger Smith, Helen White, Bryan Cole, Mike Schlau, Geneva Reynolds, Patricia O’Brien, Jim Tennison, Jeremy Lane Simmons, Gwen Tyeskie, Cannon Martin, Gary Pool, Yurike Arifin, Terry Hedrick, Yahir Lexi and Colby Rojo   

August 19: Wesley Payne, Jim Campbell, Jerry Nestleroad, Elaine Thompson, Cammy Mallett, Wilma Mannings, June Clark, David Henley, Joe Fette, Claud Wallace, Donny Lopez, Jimmie Palmer Jr., Donna Bruner, Mary Stewart, LeAnna Carter, Liz Rushing, Diamond Tralar, Braden Grush, Gary Hunt

August 20: Willie Evans, Darryl Gandy, Mary Mitchell, Brandon Duke, Debbie Chisler, Rona Cain, Byron Benson, Sabrina Warren, Kaylein Kalmus, Janet Burton, Angela Taylor, Johnny Allen, Norman Pace, Susan Bessham, Wallace Chelette, Christina Ledbetter, Mrs. Wayne Gossage, Michael Craig Haynes, Kevin Robinson, Amber Grush


August 17: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hren, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Clifford, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Edney, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Hensley, Ron and Robin Walden

August 18: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Schlau

August 19: Cletis and Elaine Guthrie

August 20: Mr. and Mrs. John Wayne Hunter



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