“You cannot be protected from the things that frighten you and hurt you, but if you identify with the part of your being that is responsible for transformation, then you are always the equal, or more than the equal of the things that frighten you.”

– Jordan B. Peterson

THERE are many citizens who make Kilgore an excellent place to “Live, learn, work and play” (to quote Kilgore Chamber of Commerce) and we couldn’t agree more in the choice of Amanda Nobles to represent everyone as Kilgore’s 2019 Citizen of the Year. Of course, Mayor Ronnie Spradlin conspired to keep the secret from Amanda, who was also colluding with the chamber to surprise the mayor with the first Community Impact Award.

WELL-deserved, twice.

JUST a few more days to go in Dodson Auditorium’s Horror Movie Festival poll. As of this writing, the top six films (out of 20) that might be shown in the five-day movie series include “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Get Out,” “Scream” and “Psycho.”  If you haven’t voted yet, log on (by Friday) to tinyurl.com/y5tpaxze).

THE fright fest runs Oct. 25-29 in Dodson on the Kilgore College campus. An all-movie pass is $10 or each individual film costs $2.

MORE events ahead: Kilgore Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Morning Brew at Julie Woods & Associates is 8 a.m. Thursday morning and Reel East Texas Film Festival is hosting an all-are-welcome, free-to-attend Open House at the Texan Theater from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Also coming soon, East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-off (Oct. 24), Kilgore Public Library’s 80th anniversary reception (Oct. 24), Oktoberfest at Brigitta’s (Oct. 26), the Downtown Trick-or-Treat (Oct. 31), the sixth annual Religious Symposium (Nov. 3)… the list goes on. Stay tuned, and let us know if we’re missing an event in the lineup.

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AND, of course, Kilgore Boys & Girl’s Club’s monthly BINGO fundraiser, with a homecooked meal beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. It’s $12 for adults, $7 for kids 12-and younger. BINGO starts about 7 p.m. at $10 per card or three for $20.

HAPPY birthday, pops.

BIRTHDAYS

October 16: Sabrina Wise, Melanie Copeland, Kent P. Jones, Christopher Ryan Miller, W.D. Vestal, Megan Nicole Jones, Dustin Hicks, Crezetta Thurmond, Gladys Horne, Joshua Wood, Tamara Simon, A.C. Hughes, Thomas Henson, Denise Patterson, Sue Hill, John McCubbin, Chris Olson

October 17: Rachelle McKinney, Mrs. C.E. Stevens, Nita Brady, Josie Coleman, Danny Balusek, Larry Daugherty, Renee Dorsey Cunningham, Kyle Woodall, Kylee Sieber, Crystal Dudley, Jody Whittington, Belva Felts, Debby Leppert, Mark A. Lane, Baron Flenniken, Darren Guthrie, Christopher Brightwell, Wayne Lundgren, Mildred Vaughan, Tiphanie Hope Owens, Robert Smith, Christopher Harris

October 18: Bill Terell, Jace Brown, Terry Weber, Jenise AuBuchon, Larry Proctor, Amber Perry, Myrtle Jones, Elaine Smith, Kathy Toler, Shana Calloway, Phyllis McClain, Nerline Faber, Freddie Lollie, Joyce Deromus Mumphrey, Erin Layton, Clayton Honzell, Patrick Ray Fair

ANNIVERSARIES

October 16: Mr. and Mrs. Barry Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Thurston Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Micah Thurston

October 17: Clint G. and Virginia Howell, Josh and Elsa Selleck

October 18: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mitchell, Josh and Melissa Watson, Josh and Melissa Watson

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