“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”

– Anonymous

HONESTLY, we were a bit skeptical when the news tip first came in. As Justin Dykes says, the tale of $2,000 tipper is the kind of thing you see, and don’t quite believe, when it pops up on social media.

BUT we don’t pass on a good news tip, especially when it’s good news, and this one’s fact. Chili’s Manager Dylan Griffin can attest to the generosity of a visiting bar patron, Travis, and the generous gratuity he left behind on his trip to Kilgore: “He was just talking to the bartender. The gentleman just wanted to leave him a big tip.”

GOOD news, too, for Kilgore’s kiddoes (and everyone else with a sweet tooth) as there’s a mountain of candy waiting to be distributed to participating businesses, individuals and organizations who have the glad duty of handing it out to downtown trick-or-treaters Thursday afternoon. Spearheaded by Kilgore Main Street Program and volunteers, the free (always huge) event beings at 4 p.m. and continues until the sweets are gone.

OUR gratitude goes to the Medford family: in Saturday’s edition, we mistakenly reported the downtown Halloween celebration was launched by Michael Medford back in 1987. Michael helped with the original endeavor (good job), but the family reminds us it was fellow Eagle Scout Kyle Florio who actually founded the event for his Eagle service project.

MANY, many, many people have contributed time and funds over the decades – thanks to all for keeping this open-to-the-public event thriving.

AND, speaking of thriving, it’s great to see another Kilgore event still-growing decades after it began: the Kilgore Lions Club’s annual Halloween Carnival is a two-night event this year, began this evening at 6 p.m. (until 10 p.m.) and continuing from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at 307 N. Rusk St.

FOR all you candy corn, candy pumpkin and circus peanut naysayers out there: they are an essential Halloween cornerstone, and you’re welcome to pass them on to KNH.

WE couldn’t make every movie in the KilGORE Horror Movie Festival lineup, but “Scream” was a blast from the (recent) past Monday night, and we were as unsettled by “Get Out” on our second viewing Tuesday. Good news: the organizers are already talking about future, similar events to draw more Kilgoreites and visitors to Dodson Auditorium. Tell your friends.

YES, the quote at the top of the page is often attributed, erroneously, to theologian John Wesley. Kudos to Rev. Kevin Watson, an Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Seattle Pacific University, for taking the time to set the record straight.

FACTS matter.

YOU’LL notice, our list of Birthdays and Anniversaries is a bit light for Oct. 30 through Nov. 1. It’s possible they were eaten by a computer gremlin or maybe none have been passed on to us.

IF you know of anyone who deserves “many happy returns” on their big day – whatever the day – pass on the good news to jdraper@kilgorenewsherald.com.


October 31: Scott Skipper, Jessica Jackson, Mrs. James Lake, Amy Kinkaid, Fannie Shefield, Daphne Allen, Rose Cole, Cecil Raney, Danny Simpson, Mack Fuqua, Betty Perdue, Mrs. J.Z. Riley, Mrs. J.F. Griffin Jr., Billy McFadden, Christian Copeland, Jose Hernandez, Linda Gaywood



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