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All the world’s a stage, they say, and the Longview World of Wonders children’s museum and creative center became a stage this week as Texas Shakespeare Festival actors led a “World of William” creative arts day camp for children.

It was popcorn and Saturday mornings, ‘refrigerated air’ and matinees on hot days, date nights and holding hands under the glow of the silver screen. The façade of the Crim Theater still towers in many memories, and those recollections drew a crowd back to the old edifice Friday for the 80th birthday celebration for the historic structure.

Construction will commence on the Chandler Street Improvement project this Monday, June 24, 2019. The improvements will update the heavily used Chandler St portion between Woodlawn St and Leach St with concrete pavement to create a more consistent and long-lasting travel corridor.

Kilgore High School will hold a send-off Monday, June 24 for the four students heading to Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the national level of the SkillsUSA Health Knowledge Quiz Bowl.

On Friday, members of Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation – working with the City of Kilgore, Kilgore Main Street Program and other sponsors – will host a two-hour exhibit of locals’ memories and photos of the Crim, beginning at 3 p.m. June 21 next door to the theater, before cutting a birthday cake at 5 p.m. and screening “Only Angels Have Wings” across the street in the Texan Theater.

The dog behind the wheel did not look happy. “He ain’t, and neither am I,” Kilgore Police Officer Josh Vercher told his chief. At the very least, when he’d picked up a bag of beef jerky for an on-patrol protein boost Saturday night, Vercher wasn’t planning on sharing it with a pit bull. He certainly hadn’t expected to share the driver’s seat in his cruiser June 15.

Far from the disastrous dives of The Great Recession, decreases in the City of Kilgore’s monthly sales tax allocations aren’t ringing alarm bells at City Hall. Rather, they’re an indication the community is back on par with where its sales tax revenues should be, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck said; even in a healthy economy the checks from the state won’t continually show increases year-to-year.

The community can now boast an internationally-acclaimed luthier among Kilgore’s accolades. Former Kilgore ISD music instructor Mitch Moehring has been honing his skills as a bass craftsman for the past three years, and his dedication paid off this week as members of the International Society of Bassists gathered at Indiana University for their annual convention and competition.

Westbound drivers on Interstate 20 will have a harder slog Thursday morning as troopers reconstruct the scene of a crash. According to Sgt. Jean Dark, the stretch of I-20 between FM 2087 and Hwy. 31 will be shut down for approximately one-hour beginning at about 9:45 a.m.

Twitter had Kilgore’s B.J. Owen breathing a sigh of relief Tuesday at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s social media pledge to plumbers the state will plunge into a quagmire of its own creation and fix the flow.

City of Kilgore’s raced the clock (and the weather) to get City Pool open this season – June 8 will mark the first week of regular operations for Summer 2019, and the city’s ready to celebrate. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will be City Hall’s first dive-in movie at the pool – family-friendly, free, open to all – Saturday evening.

There are four programs in the UIL’s Class 4A state baseball tournament next week – and Kilgore High School will be one of them. Kilgore’s baseball program, guided by coach Eugene Lafitte, won the Class 4A Region II championship on Thursday night at Dallas Baptist University.  The Diamond ‘Dogs will represent the region in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A state tournament next week at UFCU Disch-Falk Field at the University of Texas in Austin.

Overton High’s green wave filled the stage of Dodson Auditorium Sunday afternoon when the 29-strong Mustang Class of 2019 received their diplomas.