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“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God.”

— Orson F. Whitney

WE HERE AT the News Herald would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Travis Martin, longtime ardent supporter of Kilgore students and athletics, who has been officially designated to join the Kilgore College Board of Trustees.

As a co-founder and longtime board member of the local Boys & Girls Club, as well as an active Lions Club member, folks from all over Kilgore know Travis. They are also well acquainted with his generous spirit and strong work ethic. We think he’ll be a great addition to the KC board. Read more about the appointment in today’s edition.

THINGS ARE INCHING back towards some semblance of normality here in Kilgore.

Just last weekend, many came to have fun in downtown Kilgore while checking out antique tractors and farm equipment at an event staged by Kilgore Mercantile and Music. Streets that had been largely emptied as many Main Street shops closed up or altered business practices during the pandemic, and the weekend festivities marked the first real return to Main Street activities.

Bear in mind that it’s still advised to practice social distancing procedures and common sense, but we’re looking forward to many more safe and healthy events in Kilgore through the remainder of the year.

LEVERETT’S CHAPEL ISD will host graduation activities this Friday, as schools throughout the area begin sending off their graduates. All graduation activities in the area are taking place with extra precautions and safety requirements so be sure to abide by any guidelines set in place.

Speaking of which, congratulations to Sabine High School graduates, who walked that walk last Saturday morning here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, and KHS seniors will have their graduation ceremony on June 19.

IT’S CERTAINLY been a strange time in Kilgore, with many of us witnessing things we’d never seen before, from protests against racial discrimination last week to the widespread shutdowns caused by COVID-19.

One thing is for certain, however; Kilgore knows how to weather hard times. In just the past few months, we’ve seen city leaders, business owners and average citizens come together in ways not seen in a long time. It may sound corny, but some small towns have the biggest hearts.

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