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The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the first “Morning Brew” event of 2021. These monthly gatherings allow Kilgore business owners, city staff and others to congregate, get to know one another and enjoy coffee and snacks.

The upcoming event is set for Thursday, Jan. 21, at Patterson Chevrolet at 8 a.m. Be sure to bring your business cards. Kilgore Chamber of Commerce is preparing for their 2021 trip to the Texas Capital for the East Texas Coalition at the end of February. The annual trip allows Kilgoreites and other East Texas to get face-to-face interactions with local and state lawmakers to state their case for helping the local business community grow and improve.

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The Kilgore Police Department reminds you to safely dispose of old, expired or unused prescription medications in their lobby at 909 N. Kilgore St. This service is provided free of charge and is available any day at any time.

Properly disposing of prescription medications is much safer than flushing them down the toilet or throwing them into the garbage, where they can go on to contaminate groundwater. Also, medications left unattended can fall into the hands of curious kids or thieves. The safest bet is to dispose of these medications in an approved manner, such as the service provided by KPD.

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The new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus has been identified in Harris County, state health officials said Thursday, according to an article from the Austin-American Statesman.

Results of genetic sequencing found that a COVID-19 infection in a man with no history of travel was caused by the variant known as B.1.1.7, according to a news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“The fact that this person had no travel history suggests this variant is already circulating in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the state health agency. “Genetic variations are the norm among viruses, and it’s not surprising that it arrived here given how rapidly it spreads. This should make us all redouble our commitment to the infection prevention practices that we know work: masks any time you’re around people you don’t live with, social distancing, and personal and environmental hygiene.”

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Violent riots at the U.S. Capitol have claimed 5 lives. On Jan. 6, a violent mob supporting President Donald Trump and claiming the 2020 Presidential election was fraudulent forced their way into federal buildings to vandalize and loot the premises. One rioter, a military veteran, was shot and killed by Capitol Police, three others died of health conditions or injuries and one Capitol Police officer, also a military veteran, died after being attacked by the rioters. The U.S. flag is being flown at half-staff in Washington, D.C. today in honor of Officer Brian Sicknick, and the FBI is pursuing information about explosive devices left in the Capitol building by Trump supporters.

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