“We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

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Jack Stallard, Longview News-Journal sportswriter and beloved Kilgoreo, is hosting his Big Daddy’s Third Annual Birthday Walk to benefit the Kilgore College Food Pantry later this month.

The walk is set for Saturday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 10 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the track beside R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore.

Stallard will be 55 on March 2, so the plan is to walk 55 miles (every lap by every person counts toward the total) and to haul in as much stuff as possible for the food pantry.

Everyone is invited to come walk with Stallard and to bring items for the food pantry. Here’s what the KC Food Pantry needs:

  • Canned meat
  • Canned fruit and veggies
  • Healthy snacks
  • Rice, pasta and sauces
  • Peanut butter and jellies
  • Ramen noodles
  • Soups
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Soaps
  • Toothpaste and tooth brushes

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Congrats to KC Journalism students!

Sixteen former journalism students were recently recognized by the Texas Community College Journalism Association for remarkable work during the 2019-20 academic year.

KC students received 26 individual awards, including four 1st place finishes.

In Overall Excellence, the staff won 2nd for “The Flare” print edition, and 3rd for “The Flare Online” website for their division.

The competition involved 11 colleges, submitting 459 entries in 55 categories, and judged by 37 professionals from across the country. KC competed in Division 2.

To read the complete list of winners and awards, visit www.kilgore.edu/article/sixteen-former-journalism-students-win-awards-from-tccja.

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The Kilgore Area Chamber of Commerce has shared exciting news about a local author:

“Our very own Rusk County District Attorney’s second book released Feb. 2. Check out Micheal Jimerson’s new novel, “Where No Man Pursueth.” Available on Amazon today.”

The exciting novel, set in the American South, deals with intrigue, murder and mystery. Find it on Amazon at www.amazon.com/Where-Man-Pursueth-Micheal-Jimerson/dp/1649218664.

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The Kilgore Public Library wishes to thank all who submitted photos for their Charms Contest.

Prize winners for Week 1 of KPL Wizardry School are Naveah Lander, Greyson Walls, and The Loomis Family.

You can get a chance to win collectibles, books or games by submitting a photo of your work this week by messaging KPL on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KilgorePublicLibrary or email Kilgorelibrary@cityofkilgore.com.

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