“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Good news, chili lovers! The East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-Off is back on schedule! The event was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to the chagrin of spicy stew aficionados everywhere. But chili is back on the menu, with the event cooking off in late October. That’s enough time to start preparing and perfecting your prize-winning chili recipe! A theme for this year hasn’t yet been announced but we’ve been advised to bring our parachute pants, Aqua Net hair spray, mullets and leg warmers....hmmm....

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CORRECTION: In a KNH article first published online Wednesday, there was an error in an article about a Kilgore Fire Department promotion. Driver/Engineer Jovane Rossum was promoted to Captain, not Chief, in the department. We apologize for the error and wish all the best to Captain Rossum, his family and the entire KFD family.

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Early voting in the City of Kilgore council election begins Monday, April 19.

Ballots may be cast in person at Kilgore City Hall, 815 N. Kilgore St., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 19 through 23, and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, April 26 and 27.

Election Day voting, May 1, will also be at City Hall from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Voters will choose between Harvey McClendon and Brandon Bigos, candidates for council Place 2. Mayor Ronnie Spradlin is running unopposed.

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The weather this time of year is perfect for getting outside and hitting our local Kilgore trails, and an upcoming event in May is a perfect opportunity to do just that: the Creekside Sprint Race at Bighead Creek Mountain Bike Trail is set for May 15 and 16. If you have yet to visit the bike trail, it is located directly across from the Dudley Road trailhead entrance to Creekside Trail.

The race day kicks off with youth races at 8 a.m., Adult Sprint at 8:45, Intermediate and Advanced release in waves beginning at 9:30 and 10:15 respectively. Register online today at https://www.bikereg.com/creekside-sprint-mtb-race.

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