“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

— Henry David Thoreau

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Kilgore’s Fourth of July Extravaganza will begin tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Kilgore City Park.

The festivities will begin with choir members from the First Baptist Church and St. Luke’s United Methodist followed by the band Dagnabbit. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Remember to bring chairs and blankets.

Food and drinks will be on hand from Kilgore Lions Club, Coffee and T’s, Raisin’ Smoke BBQ, Charlie’s Snowball, Old Man BBQ, Roz’s Eats, Wheeler’s Homemade Ice Cream and KONA ICE.

The fireworks will be accompanied by a simulcast on KDOK 105.3 and 1240 AM.

The Kilgore City Pool and the Lazy S Splash Ranch hours will be extended until 9 p.m.

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The Kilgore Public Library is hosting a free craft event for kids Tuesday, July 6, at 10 a.m. “Perky Parrot Craft” will include a simple craft, perfect for kids of all ages. Participants will create a handmade parrot to perch on their arms.

While supplies last. No registration necessary.

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The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College is featuring a new exhibit, “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” featuring 62 carbon photos with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.

The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a group tour, call the ETOM at (903) 983-8295 or visit www.kilgore.edu/oilmuseum.

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Congratulations to Mark Henderson, who has been named Chief of Kilgore Fire Department. Henderson’s appointment was ratified by Kilgore City Council at Tuesday’s city council meeting. City Manager Josh Selleck said Henderson was the ideal pick for the position, as he has been working tirelessly to improve the department throughout his career and served as Interim Chief after former Chief Johnny Bellows announced his retirement.

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