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“Summer is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

- John Ruskin

A REMINDER ABOUT the downtown cruise.

The Kilgore Police Department is inviting everyone to come out for a cruise night this Saturday, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., through downtown Kilgore.

The KPD posted the invitation on social media, and all are welcome, with no registration needed, as long as social distancing is maintained.

“We will utilize North Kilgore Street from East North Street all the way down to the Texan Theater and Main Street (north or south) from N. Kilgore,” KPD wrote, in their invitation. “This will spread everyone out over multiple blocks. There are some good locations downtown to get a meal or beverage, so come hungry. You are encouraged to drive around the downtown streets and make it an actual cruise night.”

For more on this, contact KPD, and keep a watch on their Facebook page.

IT’S ALMOST TIME for the Kilgore High School senior class of 2020 to accept their high school diplomas and graduate. Graduation this year may be unlike any seen before in Kilgore. With social distancing policies still in place, many of the traditional end-of-year and grad celebrations you would expect have been canceled, or at least altered in some way. We’ll do our best here at KNH to report on all of the new and exciting memories our KHS seniors are creating in this unusual time and, if you happen to know a senior, make sure to congratulate them on all their hard work and future success.

Don’t forget the downtown parade for KHS seniors this Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. Streets will close for this at 10 a.m., and participants can line up in alphabetical order, starting at 11.

The check-in point will be a booth at the corner of North Martin and East North streets, in order to get a number card, which you’ll place on the left side of your vehicle. All parade vehicles must enter there.

And all drivers and participants should be in their vehicles and ready to go by 1:30.

Anyone with questions may call the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce office at (903) 984-5022.

WELL, SOME OF US us got our government stimulus checks in quick fashion (a rare example of the federal government getting something done quickly) and the money was certainly helpful and is likely most appreciated by those who are out of work. If you haven’t yet received your stimulus check, you can check on the status of your payment at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment. It won’t get you your money any quicker but it may put your mind at ease to know some financial relief is on the way.

MANY OF US are slowly starting to ponder re-entering the “real world” after spending a good deal of time in lockdown. Of course, cautions should still be followed with regards to wearing masks, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick. But the weather lately has been absolutely perfect for a walk on the trail, gardening or just playing fetch with your dog in the yard.

How have you been keeping busy at home, readers? While we can’t speak for the entire KNH staff, we have recently learned gardening is not quite as easy as it looks!

AN INTERESTING BIT of Texas history:

On this date, April 13, 1836, during the Battle of San Jacinto in the midst of the Texan War for Independence, an observer and aide-de-camp of Gen. Sam Houston penned a letter which contained an interesting quote...

“General Houston exercised great control in responding to those that would criticize without the knowledge of the true circumstances. The spectators would demand certainty and miracles, yet retain their distance from the realities of the situation...”

Even these many years later, there’s a valuable lesson to be learned. Some folks expect perfection and demand it right away, while those in the thick of things know what’s really at stake.

TRUTH matters.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

-Leo Tolstoy

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