James Draper (Mug)

James Draper

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

PARENTS of future Scouts, heads-up: registration for the program is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Chandler Elementary School Cafetorium (one of our favorite portmanteaus). Carolyn Holcombe and her crew will be hosting the sign-ups for boys and girls. Annual fees are $57. For more information, call 903-987-1880.

MORE and more hoaxes are appearing on our social media feed every day. For your sanity and ours, remember the wisdom of your parents: don’t talk to strangers and, for goodness sake, don’t let them convince you Mark Zuckerberg and his ilk are after your photos, your wallet or your kittens.

WHEN in doubt, just skip that ‘Share’ button, close the phone and go read something less frightening like, say “1984.”

IT’S always nice to see our former ad salesman and sometimes stringer, Joe Jones, and he was kind enough to drop in at the temporary digs in Longview. That said, We hope to see everyone back in Kilgore very soon. Meanwhile, you can catch Joe and his new colleagues at the London Museum Cafe & Soda Fountain – the New London attraction has a burger plate for under $4. We’ll be checking it out soon.

ANYONE who wants to buff their hospitality credentials can take part in Visit Kilgore’s 5-Star Champion of Hospitality training program Thursday evening. Set from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29, the event boasts “an insider’s tour of Kilgore, without leaving your seat,” with an interactive training session and a primer of local attractions, events and more to help hone those hospitality skills and welcome guests to the community. Reserve a spot as soon as possible by calling Kilgore Tourism Manager Ryan Polk at 903-218-6896 or by email to rpolk@kilgorechamber.com.

GOOD news you might have missed: your East Texas Council of Governments is looking for details on local “brownfields” properties as it applies for an economic redevelopment grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Funding can help safely assess and clean properties for future re-use if they’ve been previously contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. It can be a valuable resource for an oilfield community. For more information, contact ETCOG’s Julie Burnfield at 903-218-6436.

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.”

– Sir Terry Pratchett

FACTS matter.


August 28: Cherokee Autumn Buck, Dean Taliaferro, Billye Joyce Hawkins, J.D. Dorman, Mary Ida Wyatt, Libby Laird, Peggy Jacobs, Robert Earl Williams, Owi Simpson, Daniel Swaim, Dakota Weinberg, Tawanah Tanner, Maureene Scoggin, Be’la Free, Delores Haskins

August 29: Coy Bradford, Josh Shaw, Babby Wise, Jacob Wigley, Ladell Coleman, Delvert Lynch, Jonathan Manley, Garrett Stanley

August 30: Cheri Hill, David Stroud, Geneviene Warner, Scott Cagle, Jan Hattaway, Sandra Ware, Sandra Huffman, Annie Kate Sharp, Wesley Scott, Janie Green, Mrs. Mike Merritt, Kevin Sheppard, Justin McClenny, Summer Henson, Cheryl Tiel, Christopher Stoddard, Sammy Jo Wise, Tina Henry, Mya Collins


August 28: Mr. and Mrs. James Dene Baker

August 29: Delbert and Lydia Lynch

August 30: Rev. and Mrs. Gary L. Walker, Andy and Jan Elliott, Calvin and Susan Sims, Clifton and Virginia Cameron, Michael and Shella McCarty, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Maxwell, Wayne and Marsha Cain, Nolan and Sandra Lewis



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