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In response to nationwide demonstrations, protests and unrest currently filling up many folks’ media diets, the city of Kilgore and local churches are arranging a “Unity In The Community” event to bring people together this Saturday.

“Kilgore Strong: Unity In The Community” will provide a time for Kilgoreites to enjoy food and fellowship at Kilgore City Park this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

“There have been a group of pastors and church leaders that have been getting together for three weeks now to establish better relationships in Kilgore so that the unrest around the county that we’ve seen over the last few months doesn’t end up coming to Kilgore,” Mayor Ronnie Spradlin said of the event.

“We have very good relationships around here and we all feel like if there’s any unrest it’ll be from outsiders. This is a celebration of probably the largest group of churches that have ever come together in Kilgore with free food, church music, choirs and many churches are contributing some kind of talent.”

Spradlin said the event will have no set program but will instead be a “day of fellowship.”

“Those of us that have been here for a long time feel like they have those relationships. One of the goals of this event is to demonstrate that trust to the rest of the community.”

Travis Martin, who was recently elected to Kilgore College Board of Trustees, will be helping organize the food for the evening.

“We’ll have hamburgers, we’ll have hot dogs, we’ll have some hot links, we’ll have some pulled pork sandwiches, we’ll have some chips. There will be all types of desserts, cookies and brownies.”

Martin said many folks from local churches and the community will turn up to help cook and serve food at the event.

“I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got others that are looking forward to it as well,” he added.

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