Mitch Lucas

Mitch Lucas

“I’m prepared to say that I have a record of over 40 years, and I’m going to BEAT Joe Biden!”

— Joe Biden, Friday, May 22, 2020

Wait… what?

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DON’T FORGET THAT if you have old tires lying around, you can take care of that problem today at the old Kilgore Tire Center warehouse, courtesy of a one-day take-back program hosted by the city.

We’ve mentioned it a few times here the last couple of weeks, but today’s the day for Tired of Tires. Bring them to 2700 E State Hwy 31 — next door to Kilgore Muffler — from 8 a.m until 4 p.m. today, for free if you are a Kilgore resident.

The Kilgore Special Services Department is holding this event, alongside Kilgore Tire Center, so says Code Enforcement Officer Justin Windham, as part of their continuing efforts to improve the beauty and health of the City of Kilgore. This is funded in part with a grant from East Texas Council of Governments.

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HEY, KILGORE ISD students and parents: registration starts Monday, online at kisd.org, and on campuses from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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WELL, LOCAL EVENTS are dropping like flies, and it’s sad that we have another having to cancel.

SAFFE Day, where folks can learn all about emergency responders and a big event downtown the last several years, is being called off this year. Kilgore’s East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cookoff, which dates back almost 30 years, was called off a week or so ago.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that the 2020 SAFFE Day event will not take place this year,” reads a post dated Wednesday on the SAFFE Day Facebook page. “This decision was not made lightly, as we know SAFFE Day is incredibly important to our Everyday Heroes, and is an event which everyone looks forward to each year.”

The message goes on to say they plan to be back for SAFFE Day 2021 next September.

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FAITHFUL CHIT-CHAT CORNER readers might notice Linda K. Ballard didn’t have a column in last week’s News Herald and doesn’t have one today. We haven’t sent Linda to Hollywood, New York or even Gun Barrel City. She’s just taking a little off time, and should be back next Saturday.

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THE LANE CLOSURE at the intersection of U.S. Highway 259 and Lantrip Street, near Walgreen’s, is going to continue a little longer, the city tells us.

It’s the outside northbound lane near Lantrip on 259, right by the site of the new Dairy Queen coming to Kilgore – you can read an update on that, too, courtesy of Stella Wieser, in this very paper.

As far as the lane closure, it’ll be closed through next Friday, July 24.

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COME HELP OUT THE Kilgore High School Soccer Boosters, with their car wash fund-raiser on Wednesday.

The club is trying to raise a little money and clean your vehicles in one clean sweep (get it?) next Wednesday, July 25. They’ll be doing so at O’Reilly’s Auto Parts along Highway 259 in Kilgore, near Pizza Hut. It’ll be from 9 a.m. until noon that day only.

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING for some fresh fruit or vegetables, have I got a deal for you.

Well, technically, I don’t have anything except maybe some squash and a few lemons. But I know where you can get some things.

The very first Liberty City farmer’s market of the season is today from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., at 5333 Old Highway 135 North, at the community building circle drive, across from the tennis courts.

And before you go, check out their Facebook page, Liberty City Local Farmers Market.

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WANTED TO MENTION this one more time: the meeting of the Kilgore Church Women’s group that had been scheduled for July 24 has been canceled, reminding you again. The group will not have a meeting this month.

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