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“Why, then, ’tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

These are trying times, dear KNH readers. It seems that every moment of every day, we hear worse and worse news from our televisions, our radios and even our newspapers. The COVID-19 virus epidemic has captured the national, and even perhaps the global, spotlight. Naturally, we are all afraid for our friends, family, loved ones and ourselves. We fear what we don’t understand and this virus is certainly not yet well understood. All we can do, at this point, is to hold fast to hope and remember a few key things. These things weren’t dreamt up by us here at KNH but have been passed down from much wiser sorts:

Wash your hands. This is good practice any day of the week but it is especially advisable now. The COVID-19 virus is similar to the flu virus and hand-washing with hot water and soap is a good preventive for both.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow or your coat. Viruses are often spread in the fluid droplets expelled by a cough or sneeze so keep your germs to yourself and cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

There’s no need to hoard. We saw ourselves the shelves stripped bare in Kilgore over this past week and our heart went out to those who couldn’t afford to stock up during the frenzied rush to the stores. When those folks go to the store to do their shopping, they may find many essential items missing. Please, have a thought and a care for your neighbor, whether you know them well or not. At this stage, even the president is advising Americans to stop hoarding food and goods so heed this advice well.

Don’t panic. As a great American president once said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” As a great sci-fi author once wrote, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.”

Nothing and no one is served by outright panic, no matter how dire the situation around us may actually be. Let’s all keep our heads and wits about us, hold our loved ones tight, take several deep breaths and face this challenge in the way Kilgoreites and Americans face all obstacles: head-on and through to the finish.

In less grim news, it warmed our hearts to see hardworking local volunteers manning the cooking stations at Kilgore Middle School and Kilgore High School Tuesday, passing out some tasty, grilled burgers to hungry students and families. When the going gets tough, the tough (and compassionate) get going in Kilgore. The smell of freshly cooked food was appetizing but, to many families, it was more than that: it was security in an uncertain time. Hats off from KNH to KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker and all the district staff who made this awesome event a reality. Pick up free meals at KMS and KHS between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this week and visit www.Facebook.com/KilgoreBulldogs for more info. Oh, and make mine a chocolate milk, please.

How about a joke, dear readers? We could all use a laugh right now, I think. This was found on AhaJokes.com.

“Three cowboys are sitting around a campfire, out on a lonesome Texas prarie, each with the bravado for which cowboys are famous. A night of tall tales begins.

The first one says, “I must be the meanest, toughest cowboy there is. Why, just the other day a bull got loose in the corral and gored six men before I wrestled it to the ground by the horns with my bare hands.”

The second cowboy can’t stand to be bested. “Why that’s nothing. I was walking down the trail yesterday and a fifteen-foot rattlesnake slid out from under a rock and made a move for me. I grabbed that snake with my bare hands, bit its head off and sucked the poison down in one gulp. And I’m still here today.”

The third cowboy remained silent, silently stirring the coals with his hands.”

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

— Frank Herbert, Dune

FACTS matter.

BIRTHDAYS:

March 18

Eleanor Reddic, Anita Hunter, Mrs. W.L. Earley, Adam Keith Knight, Douglas Mount, Donna Gill, Sheila Clayton, Chris Rossum, Stella McIlveene, Logan Horne Jr., John Dustin Ammons, Joe G. Sanders, Jackson Brady Traywick, Brandon Yates

March 19

Lauren Halbert, Camile Clark, Ruby Lee Robertson, Molly Smith, Carl Till, Karen Wade, Byron Pace, Gary Blanks, Bebe Jo Stone, Mike Joseph, Johnny Jackson, Neda Owens, Tatiana Alexis Loredo, Betty Ready

March 20

Megan Jackson, Sarah Camp, Ginger Bullock, Richard Earl Portley, Angela Thornbrugh, Sandy Roberson, R.R. (Strawberry) Hancock, Helen Thompson, N.B. Malone, Randy Yates, Sammy Henley, W.D. Anderson, Ida Smith, Angela Wheat, Iris Williams, Dorothy Rose, Johnathan Pace, Louise Washington, Joseph Heard, Sandra Odom, Brad Griffin

ANNIVERSARIES:

March 20

Mr. and Mrs. David Cline

“The most tangible of all visible mysteries — fire.”

- Leigh HuntMany thanks to the brave men and women of Kilgore and Sabine fire departments who worked together to extinguish a large house fire on Saturday in Kilgore. The cause of the blaze is unknown but it is readily apparent that KFD and SVFD were quickly on the scene to do their jobs. We’ll try to share more information as soon as it develops.

We’ve been excitedly working on the new edition of Etcetera magazine, which will soon be published. We try to put our focus on great local stories of all kinds, from food and new businesses to fascinating characters. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

With news of the coronavirus now being found in one Gregg County patient, many of our online readers shared their thoughts and concerns. While it is important to stay informed of serious events (that’s what journalists do), we have to remember that panic benefits no one. As a wise author once penned…don’t panic.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. “

- Carl Jung

FACTS matter.

BIRTHDAYS:

March 11

Marvin Hilhouse, Betty Clark, Kristina Kay Beauchamp, Kay Maxwell, Christine Stroup, Jennifer McCubbin, Erica Rosas, Clara Prestidge, Nelda Johnigan, Tomma Dempsey, Dorothy Mills, Kelly Sneed, Jeff Sullivan Sr., Bette McKay, Lindsay Halbert, Bill Jones, Leon Johns, Shelly Martin, Mary Hendrix, Margie Hooper, Donna Wiggins, Michelle Roberts, Chris Barr

March 12

Christine Louise Sadler, Frank Cline, Barbara Dickson Watkins, Connie Appling, Lisa Michelle Rowe, Cathy Collins, Marven Floyd, Megara Ballard, Betty Mills, Sidney Williams, Travis Thornton, Betty Woodard, Dorothy Dempsey, Candy Waller, Richie Benavides, Juanita Barnes, Ashley Nicole Simms, Mary Sanders, Cannon Chase Copeland

March 13

Julie Lockhart, Caylen Martin, Vickie Cline, Bill Dase, Charles Duffy Bryant, Gwyn Bass, Gary N. Lawler, Leon Leach, Marrion White, Keldin Farrar, Clarence Smith, Scottie Philpott, Ashlynn Marie Cole, Jacob Roe, Grayson DeShayer, Wanda Polanka, Mary Hendrix, Tiffany Harris

ANNIVERSARIES:

March 11

Pat and Gene Whitworth

March 12

David and Amanda Jackson

March 13

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Longmire

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}These are trying times, dear KNH readers. It seems that every moment of every day, we hear worse and worse news from our televisions, our radios and even our newspapers. The COVID-19 virus epidemic has captured the national, and even perhaps the global, spotlight. Naturally, we are all afraid for our friends, family, loved ones and ourselves. We fear what we don’t understand and this virus is certainly not yet well understood. All we can do, at this point, is to hold fast to hope and remember a few key things. These things weren’t dreamt up by us here at KNH but have been passed down from much wiser sorts:

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}Wash your hands. This is good practice any day of the week but it is especially advisable now. The COVID-19 virus is similar to the flu virus and hand-washing with hot water and soap is a good preventive for both.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}Cough and sneeze into your elbow or your coat. Viruses are often spread in the fluid droplets expelled by a cough or sneeze so keep your germs to yourself and cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}There’s no need to hoard. We saw ourselves the shelves stripped bare in Kilgore over this past week and our heart went out to those who couldn’t afford to stock up during the frenzied rush to the stores. When those folks go to the store to do their shopping, they may find many essential items missing. Please, have a thought and a care for your neighbor, whether you know them well or not. At this stage, even the president is advising Americans to stop hoarding food and goods so heed this advice well.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}Don’t panic. As a great American president once said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” As a great sci-fi author once wrote, “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.”

{p class=”MsoNormal”}Nothing and no one is served by outright panic, no matter how dire the situation around us may actually be. Let’s all keep our heads and wits about us, hold our loved ones tight, take several deep breaths and face this challenge in the way Kilgoreites and Americans face all obstacles: head-on and through to the finish.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}In less grim news, it warmed our hearts to see hardworking local volunteers manning the cooking stations at Kilgore Middle School and Kilgore High School Tuesday, passing out some tasty, grilled burgers to hungry students and families. When the going gets tough, the tough (and compassionate) get going in Kilgore. The smell of freshly cooked food was appetizing but, to many families, it was more than that: it was security in an uncertain time. Hats off from KNH to KISD Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker and all the district staff who made this awesome event a reality. Pick up free meals at KMS and KHS between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this week and visit www.Facebook.com/KilgoreBulldogs for more info. Oh, and make mine a chocolate milk, please.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}How about a joke, dear readers? We could all use a laugh right now, I think. This was found on AhaJokes.com.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}“Three cowboys are sitting around a campfire, out on a lonesome Texas prarie, each with the bravado for which cowboys are famous. A night of tall tales begins.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}The first one says, “I must be the meanest, toughest cowboy there is. Why, just the other day a bull got loose in the corral and gored six men before I wrestled it to the ground by the horns with my bare hands.”

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}The second cowboy can’t stand to be bested. “Why that’s nothing. I was walking down the trail yesterday and a fifteen-foot rattlesnake slid out from under a rock and made a move for me. I grabbed that snake with my bare hands, bit its head off and sucked the poison down in one gulp. And I’m still here today.”

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}The third cowboy remained silent, silently stirring the coals with his hands.”

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}― Frank Herbert, Dune

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}FACTS matter.

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}BIRTHDAYS:

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March 18

{p class=”MsoNormal”}Eleanor Reddic, Anita Hunter, Mrs. W.L. Earley, Adam Keith Knight, Douglas Mount, Donna Gill, Sheila Clayton, Chris Rossum, Stella McIlveene, Logan Horne Jr., John Dustin Ammons, Joe G. Sanders, Jackson Brady Traywick, Brandon Yates

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March 19

{p class=”MsoNormal”}Lauren Halbert, Camile Clark, Ruby Lee Robertson, Molly Smith, Carl Till, Karen Wade, Byron Pace, Gary Blanks, Bebe Jo Stone, Mike Joseph, Johnny Jackson, Neda Owens, Tatiana Alexis Loredo, Betty Ready

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March 20

{p class=”MsoNormal”}Megan Jackson, Sarah Camp, Ginger Bullock, Richard Earl Portley, Angela Thornbrugh, Sandy Roberson, R.R. (Strawberry) Hancock, Helen Thompson, N.B. Malone, Randy Yates, Sammy Henley, W.D. Anderson, Ida Smith, Angela Wheat, Iris Williams, Dorothy Rose, Johnathan Pace, Louise Washington, Joseph Heard, Sandra Odom, Brad Griffin

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{p class=”MsoNormal”}ANNIVERSARIES:

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March 20

{p class=”MsoNormal”}Mr. and Mrs. David Cline

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