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“I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.”

— Abraham Lincoln

EVEN AS many here in Kilgore and across the state and nation begin to venture out to resume life as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, positive case numbers are still a factor in Kilgore and throughout East Texas.

While we have the go-ahead to dine at restaurants, visit salons and exercise in gyms, caution is still the word of the day. Wear masks, wash your hands and stay home if you’re feeling ill.

We’re not through this yet, folks, and keeping our thoughts on safety and compassion for others will see us through.

PROTESTS AND RIOTS have rocked the nation over the past week following the death of George Floyd, a man killed by a police officer while in custody. Demonstrations in East Texas, in Kilgore, Tyler and Longview, have been peaceful, however, and some area pastors met last weekend to discuss what their Kilgore-area churches can do to make things better (see our story on page 1 today).

The right to peaceful assembly and demonstration is enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights and, according to our founding fathers, is among our most patriotic duties.

WE’RE CERTAINLY glad to hear the city pool and splash pad will soon be open for the summer. While there will still be some health and safety restrictions in place due to the pandemic, it will be a welcome relief from the summer heat to take a quick dip in one of the largest swimming pools in East Texas.

HOW ABOUT THAT new “Welcome” sign, Kilgore? Mayor Spradlin posed next to the brand-new sign for a Facebook photo last week, which garnered hundreds of likes and comments. Here at KNH, we think the new sign is sleek and stylish and will surely catch the eye of those visiting our fair city. Check out a photo of the sign on page 1 of today’s edition.

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