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“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

— John F. Kennedy

There’s plenty of things to interest history buffs in Kilgore this month. Beginning Feb. 22, the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College will present “Russell Lee Photographs,” an exhibition organized by the Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Along with the newly renovated Boomtown Theater and the Big Inch Pipeline Exhibit at ETOM, you’ll be able to slake your thirst for some honest-to-goodness Texas history right here in Kilgore.

Gregg County Pct. 3 Commissioner Gary Boyd has put in many years of service here in Kilgore and is now in his last year as commissioner. This week, he spoke to Kilgore Rotary Club about what he’s learned on the job and his hopes for the future. Check out this issue for more of his comments. Thanks for all your hard work (and for sharing your musical talents), Commissioner.

It was a busy year for Rusk County Emergency Services District #1. County commissioners in Henderson heard a report about the district’s accomplishments in 2019. Read over the story in today’s issue as we look forward to the construction of a new training center in Rusk County this year, which will help keep us all safer and better prepared for emergencies in years to come.

They say just a hint of snow can shut down Texas highways and by-ways. We haven’t seen much of the white stuff so far in 2020 but we spied a bit of frost Friday morning. Naturally, the frost gave way to leisurely weather by the afternoon and had us strolling through downtown Kilgore to catch a bit of sunshine. Does it get much better than that, folks?

“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.”

- Wernher von Braun

FACTS matter.


February 8

William Kennedy, Elder Daniels, Niki Lee, Mike Fuhrman, Mark Mitchell Deerinwater, Mrs J.R. Steele, Crysta Charchio, K.J. Henderson, Mrs. Glenn Russel, Tia Bournewing, Lane Barber, Roger Brigmon, Cleo Vault, Johnny Leach, Jennifer Smith, Cheyenne Donovan, Carlely Ganns, Gavin Hargrave Tyeskie

February 9

John Mills, Josie Milam, Opal Beverly, Timothy Glenn, Leslie Fette, Madge Lawrence, Rusty Fox, Linda Rinehart, Shannon Sparkman Geddy, Wayne Ashby, Mae D. Waldon, Scott Smith, Mrs. J.B. Watson Jr., Jimmy Clayton Adams, Mrs. T.F. Hollis, Bailey K. Chapman, J.E. Mankins, Vida Moss, Tim Jackson, Andrew Thomas Moore, Breeanna Johnson, Kathy Ehl, Zion Reyes, Casey Williamson, Dorothy B. Watson

February 10

Robbie Nix, Augusta Morgan Jr., Eric Jackson, Mrs. J.A. Monroe, Leonora Ann Pegues, Sue Wynck, Diane Anthony, Mrs. Marion Smith Jr., Jessica Tolleson, Katherine Skeen, Betsy Robertson, Bryson Adams, John Capps, Dr. Royce Lumpkin, Bruce Currin, J.W. Barton, Mrs. Kermit Faulkner, Christie Daniels, Frances Hollowell, Elbert Dorsey, E.G. Wynn, Kim Gore

February 11

Keaton Watson, Billy Kay Henderson, Judy Collins, Mrs. G.M. Loyd, T.J. Flores, Michael Hamilton, Mrs. Ralph Massad, Mary Ellen Humble, Mrs. Bill Lawrence, Jean Clark, Mary Humble, Chekeshia Daniels, Linda Sparks, Sherri Hart, Kathy Coleman, Tom Ansely, Robert Harris, W.G. Morton, Brant Laird, Otis Woods, T.N. Anderson IV, Ashley Knighton


February 8

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson, Joe and Jana Rentz

February 10

Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Hammons, Charles and Susie Watkins, Steve and Pam Holcombe, Jimmy and Linda Smith


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