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“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

— C.S. Lewis

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The Kilgore Community Blood Drive is set for this Saturday, July 25, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. The last couple of blood drives have been extra necessary as often-short supplies of donated blood are stretched even thinner. Hospitals throughout East Texas have been pressed hard to take of high numbers of patients affected by COVID-19. If you are able to donate, please do so. If you are unable, tell a couple of friends about the importance of donating. Now, more than ever, our East Texas community needs your support. The church is located at 713 Florey St and can be reached at 903-984-4333.

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KILGORE PUBLIC LIBRARY will close its Summer Reading Program this week so make sure to get through those last few pages! This summer, although it has been unusual, has seen many local readers log thousands of pages in the program. With many extra kids staying at home during this time of social distancing, there may have been some additional time to pick up a book, whether it’s a well-worn paperback or a shiny new e-Reader. Check out www.facebook.com/KilgorePublicLibrary.

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HERE’S AN IDEA...when Kilgore City Pool announced its closure for the remainder of the summer season, no doubt many Kilgoreites were disappointed. Although the decision was made in the interest of safety for all pool guests, it’s still awfully hot outside and many people need a way to cool off. When I was a kid, one of my favorite ways to cool down in the summer was to set up a sprinkler and see which of the neighborhood kids could leap the highest through the cooling spray. Is this still a summer pastime in Kilgore? When the going gets rough, Texans figure out a way to beat the heat.

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IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN what the next few weeks and months may hold in a truly unusual and remarkable year. Here’s my official picks for what I hope for in the next few months: one, an unexpected cool front which gives us two solid weeks of breezy weather at 75 degrees. Two, additional guidance from the state and federal government to our local schools on the very best ways to figure out school attendance in the fall. Three, and finally, for 2020 to give us all a break and provide us with nothing but boring news instead of The Next Big Uh-Oh. Now I know what they mean by the phrasing of the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.”

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