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“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The News Herald has received notice of the death of one of our former staff members.

Ted Allen, sports editor during the 50’s and early 60’s at the News Herald, passed away in Dallas Aug. 29, according to an email from Nancy Bullock. His column was called Allen’s Alley.

No funeral service was held but he will be buried at Kilgore City Cemetery.

Allen covered many special years in Kilgore High School and Kilgore College athletics, and was somewhat of an iconic figure among local athletes.

The News Herald offers our condolences to Ted’s family and our gratitude for his contributions to Kilgore and our newspaper.


Take part in your community by completing the 2020 Kilgore Police Department Satisfaction Survey. According to a social media post, KPD is seeking the input of Kilgore citizens because “...we consider ourselves a community oriented police agency, that not only focuses on proactive law enforcement activity, but also building relationships within our city. Please take a moment to take our short survey to let us know how we’re doing, how we’ve served you well, or how we could do better next time.”

Find a link the survey at


LABOR DAY, which began as a celebration of workers’ rights and the recognition labor unions, was federally recognized as a holiday in 1894. On Sept. 7, we’ll collectively enjoy a day away from our toils as we remember those who struggled and fought to secure rights for workers, including the eight-hour work day.

If you plan to celebrate this holiday, please be sure to drink responsibly, stay hydrated in the heat and don’t be afraid to show off your skills on the grill.


A HEARTY congratulation to KPD’s Corporal Kay Lynn Newbill, who has worked with our department for 10 years. Newbill was honored by KPD Chief Todd Hunter at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

You can see her photo today here on page 4, and online at


AFTER LABOR DAY, we’ll be (unofficially) headed into fall. It’s a time of pumpkins, pies and mercifully lowered temperatures. It’s been a heck of year so far and we humbly hope for brighter days ahead. Through it all, Kilgore has held together as we navigate unknown territory as a community.

We’ll be here for y’all and we appreciate the kindness and support we have seen in our East Texas community in 2020.



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