Mitch Lucas

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day, we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States, where men were free.”

— President Ronald W. Reagan

Were truer words ever spoken?

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THE FOURTH OF JULY is absolutely one of my favorite holidays. Yes, I love this country, and even though we have our problems, I still consider it to be the best in the world. My father was a longtime pastor, and did some missionary work in the Philippines. I’m telling you, we live in a party here compared to what some countries live in. People who don’t believe me, go spend some time in another country – at your own peril, in some cases.

That said, back to the good stuff. The city of Kilgore is once again doing a Fourth of July event, and even though there will be some differences – the good old COVID-19 saw to that – we can still have some fun.

It’ll be Saturday, July 4 – imagine that? – starting around 6 p.m., although the city park will be open all day. Food vendors will begin opening about 6, as well, and a drive-up at the First Baptist Church Kilgore parking area. Fireworks will start about 9:15 p.m., and there will be tailgate locations all over town.

My favorite radio station in the world – KDOK, 105.3-FM – will be broadcast throughout, and although facemasks are encouraged, guys, social distancing is mandatory.

I know it’s a drag, but we’re not as deep into the virus as many big cities in this state. I don’t know that even I believe all of these figures, but we can do our part, It never hurts.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO Kilgore Police Department Officer Angela Burch for her 25 years of service. That’s about how long I’ve been doing this, although, you know, I don’t like risk my life and stuff. I have seen some pretty hairy things at sports events though.

All kidding aside, congratulations to officer Burch, and thanks not only to her, but all of our KPD officers for the job they do.

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A COUPLE OF CHURCH NOTES: Some of our area churches are resuming Sunday school, with cautionary virus measures, on Sunday, as in tomorrow.

First Baptist Church Kilgore will have Sunday school classes at 9 a.m. And Highland Park Baptist Church (where I go, come join us if you’d like) will begin Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow. I’ll also be doing my class via Zoom. It’ll be my first-ever time to HOST a Zoom meeting, although I’ve attended more than my share in recent months.

Forest Home Baptist Church resumed Sunday school a short while back, but it starts at 9:15 a.m., for anyone interested.

I’ll be glad to publish any others, if you guys will drop me an (e-mail) line at


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