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Texas lawmakers will enter the legislative session this week with an estimated $112.5 billion available to allocate for general-purpose spending in the next two-year state budget, a number that’s down slightly from the current budget but is significantly higher than what was estimated this summer when the coronavirus began to devastate the economy.

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The East Texas Council of Governments has once again been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

After a rugged and seemingly endless 2020, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. We are not done yet, but with vaccination programs ongoing and the disease and effective treatments better understood, we should be able to establish a new normal at some point in …

Kilgore children got a break from school on Monday as several inches of snow fell on the city. Have your own snow day photo? Email us at news1@kilgorenewsherald.com, and we'll feature it in the newspaper.

Perhaps it was a word said, perhaps it was a dream — but for whatever reason something occasionally comes along to “jar” or “shake loose” a memory about the past. Once that happens, it jars the memory of another and another to where, like puzzle pieces, the story falls into place. It happene…

Oh, for the love of modern technology. There is nothing like sitting in a restaurant and watching a woman (much younger than your are) toss their new cell phone across the room and with much frustration clearly stating “modern technology is so frustrating!”

If you’ve been contributing for many years to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan, it may be your largest pool of money. So, if you are facing a financial need, you may think about tapping into your account. After all, it’s your money — why not use it?

The following Christmas Card Winners are Kilgore Intermediate School fourth-graders: Isabella Nieto (Kilgore College), Natalie Hermosillo (Austin Bank Kilgore), Elena Govea (Energy Weldfab), Kei Warren (Energy Weldfab), Nolan Mobbs (Energy Weldfab), Noah Dent (The Back Porch), Lainey Stephen…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for cybercriminals as many consumers are rounding out their end of year giving and getting some last-minute deals with end of year sales. With the increase in online shopping and donation activity due to C0VID-19, BBB has seen a dramatic spike in online scams. BBB reminds consumers and donors to use caution when conducting online transactions through the end of the year.

Ag teachers and county agents in Gregg County are working hard to ensure a successful 2021 Gregg County Youth Expo for their students. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the board has had to make several changes in what the 2021 show will look like — but at the end of the day, the board had a …