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So far, the City of Kilgore’s Comprehensive Plan team has seen some strange age gaps in its feedback. For example, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck told council members Sept. 10, there’s healthy representation among the community’s 35- to 45-year-olds. There’s also been good insight from those 55 years-old to 65. However, not many people in the 45-55 range have weighed in. “There are some really interesting dynamics that have come out through a demographic look.”

Kilgore has a new 5-year contract for animal shelter services through the City of Longview. Local council members signed off on the new interlocal agreement with the city’s neighbor to the north during their regularly-scheduled meeting Sept. 10, underscoring the City of Kilgore’s plan to keep sending strays to Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center while enjoying, for the time being, a significant discount on fees.

Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and its partners in the East Texas Coalition have officially sold out their seats at the 2019 Capitol Connect, but they might be able to squeeze just a few more folks into the Devall Ballroom later this month. Reservations include about 30 tables with 250 chairs, reserved by business leaders from across the region after the event was significantly expanded this fall. Set Sept. 30 at Kilgore College, the initiative now encompasses nine East Texas chambers of commerce.

After time back at the drawing board, SWEPCO has crafted a new plan to add wind energy into its power mix. About this time in 2017, the utility’s representatives were spreading the word about the Wind Catcher initiative. That $4.5 billion proposal was ultimately canceled in July 2018 after meeting resistance and being rejected by the Texas Public Utility Commission. Still committed to diversifying its generation capacity through green means, wind and solar, SWEPCO took the feedback and crafted a new proposal, aiming to add 810 megawatts in wind energy by 2022.

For once, Kilgore’s sales tax rollercoaster has found a straightaway. The city’s September allocation from the state comptroller’s office arrived this week at $780,361.32, a slim $47 more than the same month a year back – it’s a 0.00 percent change after months of a steadying trend. With that final check, the city closes the sales tax books on Fiscal Year 2019 with gross revenues of $10.7 million, an 8.4 percent improvement compared to FY2018, which saw 36.8 percent growth on FY17.

After a final pair of public hearings, Kilgore City Council members are scheduled for votes Tuesday on the budget and tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020: most likely, the tax rate will stay the same to support an operating budget that’s heftier by half-a-million dollars.

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren’t enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

Kilgore Chamber of Commerce is starting the 10-day countdown on its inaugural Stars & Scars Offroad challenge – the mud’ll be waiting at Rabbit Creek Offroad Park, it’s just a question of who and how many show up to try it out.

For three decades, he’s been ‘The Man on the Wichita Truck,’ but one of East Texas Oil Museum’s familiar faces has a new moniker after he was renamed in honor of a 40-year veteran oilhand and all his comrades in the oilfield. Always hard at work, frozen in time in the middle of the museum’s central diorama, ‘Gwynn’ symbolizes the then-and-now contributions of oil-and-gas workers, immortalized in Boomtown, USA.

“All of the above.” David Stanley knows that’s not how multiple choice works on comprehensive planning priorities, but it was still hard to narrow things down Thursday evening during the City of Kilgore’s open house-meets-town hall reception in the Old Post Office.