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“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.”

Bob Dylan

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AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR, many memories come flowing back to us. This week, we’ll mark the solemn anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the thousands of American lives lost on that horrible day and in the armed conflicts that followed it.

Our nation is in a difficult time right now, but we can be grateful for all of the men and women who stand ready to prevent another tragedy like 9/11 from occurring.

Take some time this week to reflect on all the sacrifices given to ensure the freedoms we all enjoy, so that those sacrifices are not in vain.

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MOBILE TESTING for COVID-19 has resumed this week in the parking lot of CHRISTUSGood Shepherd;s emergency center, located on U.S. 259 here in Kilgore.

If you have been exposed to a person diagnosed with the virus or if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Mobile Command Unit in the hospital parking lot for quick and easy testing with fast results. This service is offered as a collaboration between the city of Kilgore, Kilgore first responders and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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A BIG CHEER FOR KPD, who sent donated supplies and an officer escort to Lake Charles, LA., to help in the storm recovery efforts there. We’re proud that our Kilgore community and public servants have come together to help our fellow Americans during this difficult time.

A big shout-out especially to seven-year-old Haylee Keen, who, along with her parents Michael and Shelby, spent her Labor Day raising funds for another round of help by handing out Gatorade for donations. Great job, young lady!

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IT’S A SAD DAY for those of us who love Luby’s LuAnn Platter. This week, multiple news sources have reported the Houston-based family cafeteria dining chain has announced plans for liquidation and dissolution.

Many of us grew up dining at Luby’s. Personally, I always enjoyed their chopped steak and mashed potatoes for a hearty lunch with my family while growing up. It’s truly the end of a Texas tradition.

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A ONCE-PROMISING weather forecast over the Labor Day holiday is looking less hopeful than it did at the outset. A predicted cold front was poised to sweep the Lone Star state but it looks like temps may not drop as much as some may have hoped. We’re still in the thick of summer heat here but hold on y’all, cooler days are soon to arrive.

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BIG NAMES IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY paid a visit to a Kilgore bar and grill Sunday.

Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas and retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West, along with Sen. Bob Hall, local elected officials and citizens met at the Machine Shed Bar & Grill on Hwy 31 Sunday for a “Make America Great Again” rally. According to the business’ social media posts, the event was intended to demonstrate the frustrations of business owners with Gov. Abbott’s restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event featured live music and the venue reported the largest Saturday crowd in a month. Visit www.facebook.com/MachineShed to learn more.

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