“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”

– Margaret Mead

WELL, the organizers of the East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-off say they’re officially out of space. Great news for the rest of us: more chili to choose from thanks to our all-you-can-eat $5 wristbands.

BE careful, though. Every year we hear from some poor fool (you know who you are) whose wisdom falls to his want, and he spends the bulk of the rest of the day groaning about the resulting gastrointestinal hullabaloo.

THERE’LL be thousands of people downtown when you pick up your wristband Thursday morning at the gate. The feed starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until it’s all gone. We’ll see you there (with Tums).

THE 24th will also feature a come-and-go 80th anniversary reception for the most beautiful community library we know. After you’ve (probably) recovered from all that delicious chili, drop by Kilgore Public Library from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to wish the staff well.

FRIENDS of the Library will be hosting a free movie night two days later, showing “Toy Story 4” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. It’s part of the library’s annual membership drive, and light concessions will be available for purchase.

NATIONAL Friends of the Library Week is Oct. 21-26. Dad always called us “a supporter of the arts” after checking out the maximum number of books, of course, and returning them only after they’d  built up a hefty late fee.


SADLY, our whiskers have no chance at winning the bragging rights from Oktoberfest at Brigitta’s Hungarian Restaurant. We’ll be there for the German fare, however, and apologize in advance for any flat notes out of the ol’ baritone.

SHOUT out to our weather watchers: Lee Layman recorded two inches of rain on Turner Street Tuesday.


October 19: Beverly Russell, Suzy Killion, Joe Renee Ligon, Deldrick Anthony, Michael Warlick, James Holder, Cash Craig, Robbie Joe Dilliard, Berl Click, Terri Lynn Splawn, Kristin VonSenden, Avery Claire Gorman, Akeela Pegues

October 20: Paula Headrick, Amy Clements, Todd Lee, Ronald Morris, Melissa Nix, Elaine Hadaway, James Cedric Spencer, Mable Summers, Kathy Laird, John Perry, Brandon Darren Russell, Mrs. Lera Jones, Davey Chustz, Jeb Porter, Clarence Christian Jones, Megan Pentecost, Charlie Walker, Landyn Leak

October 21: Dennis Michael Leroy Sr., Leah Lowrey, Michelle Medlin, David Chelette, Leah Rice, Don Joyner, Kevin Williams, Geneva Taylor, Jean Murphey, Margaret Biggs Khan, Bill Cleary, John Wyatt, Sharon Ward, Salena Ann Frazier, Jimmy Hounsel, Curt Jennings, Beau Patrick Vinson, Janell Ann Norris, Tracy Upmeyer, Angela Roberson, Karen Conner, Gene Rushing, Nicolas Philpott, Sabrina Hardt, Nadine Adamson

October 22: Todd Sacke, Cheryl Laird, Jessie Tisdale, Allan Beebe, Brenda Brown, Tommy Misenheimer, Dean Jentes, Loretta Joyner, Joan Barthelemess, Diane Rushton, Robert Latham Sr., Sandra Muckleroy, Jerdy Wolverton, Gladys Mitchell, Lois Glasgow, Monica Dickey, Clifton Edney, Korden Noble Laird, Gene Rushing, Lauren Bryant, Caden Edwin Parr, Brenda Brown


October 19: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clements, Mr. and Mrs. Bart Barthelemess

October 21: Mr. and Mrs. Lee Palmer

October 22: Mr. and Mrs. Malford Beall, Chris and Michelle Simmons Raymond



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