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Appointees of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov Dan Patrick raised a record-setting $5.3 million for the 2019 inaugural festivities, two days’ worth of VIP events that included a ball with country crooner George Strait and a candlelight dinner with the state’s top elected officials. They reported spending every dollar of it. But don’t ask for any receipts.

A 54-year-old woman from the Kilgore area has been missing since Monday evening, and the week closed with no new information available on her disappearance. The Gregg County Sheriff’s Office announced the missing person investigation on Wednesday after Rosemary Rodriguez’s disappearance was reported Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Erma Meador, resident of Arabella of Kilgore, celebrated her 109th birthday Wednesday in the activity room of the retirement community. Meador, originally from Jacksonville, was born Oct. 9, 1910. She credits the love and support of family and friends for helping her reach this milestone.

Scott Mulvahill has shared the spotlight with a number of big name artists – Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steve Curtis Chapman and more – but he’ll have a Kilgore stage to himself next week as he brings his skills on the double-bass to the Texan Theater.

Once again taking up the mantle of St. Francis of Assissi, the congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will welcome pets and their owners for a special blessing this weekend. The saint’s annual feast day falls on Oct. 4, and the members of the 314 N. Henderson Blvd. church honor the patron saint of animals and the environment with a Saturday morning outdoor service for their furred and feathered companions.

Dozens of Kilgoreites and those from surrounding towns made their way to the Avalon Faire grounds last weekend for a day of Oktoberfest fun. From 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests enjoyed traditional food, showed off their lederhosen and dirndls, gave their all in games and contests and, of course, …

At Tuesday's city council meeting, Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter, council members and fellow officers honored Traffic Officer Jason Romine for 10 years of service with the department. Romine is the city's only traffic officer and has worked with KPD since 2009 but began his law enforcemen…

Kilgore High School seniors Kristal Loredo and Kaden Clark were honored at Thursday's Lions Club meeting for being named Students of the Month. Brookshire's of Kilgore provided plaques for the students, which were presented by KHS Principal Charles Presley. 

Sabine High School and Middle School students gathered at the campus flagpole at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning for the annual “See You At The Pole” event, which allows students, teachers and staff to come together for prayer, worship music and fellowship.

Cristefer Bohannon’s lungs don’t work so well, and a congenital heart defect tries to slow him down, but the 11-year-old wasn’t having any of that Saturday afternoon – not on SAFFE Day.

So far, the City of Kilgore’s Comprehensive Plan team has seen some strange age gaps in its feedback. For example, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck told council members Sept. 10, there’s healthy representation among the community’s 35- to 45-year-olds. There’s also been good insight from those 55 years-old to 65. However, not many people in the 45-55 range have weighed in. “There are some really interesting dynamics that have come out through a demographic look.”

Kilgore has a new 5-year contract for animal shelter services through the City of Longview. Local council members signed off on the new interlocal agreement with the city’s neighbor to the north during their regularly-scheduled meeting Sept. 10, underscoring the City of Kilgore’s plan to keep sending strays to Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center while enjoying, for the time being, a significant discount on fees.

Kilgore High School students, staff and families gathered at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore Friday evening for the 2019 Homecoming Ceremony and game against Texas High. Diamond Smith was crowned Homecoming Queen before the Ragin' Red took the field.

Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and its partners in the East Texas Coalition have officially sold out their seats at the 2019 Capitol Connect, but they might be able to squeeze just a few more folks into the Devall Ballroom later this month. Reservations include about 30 tables with 250 chairs, reserved by business leaders from across the region after the event was significantly expanded this fall. Set Sept. 30 at Kilgore College, the initiative now encompasses nine East Texas chambers of commerce.

In past years, Avalon Faire’s Oktoberfest has peaked at about 535 attendees – Adi DiShion’s certainly eager to beat the record Sept. 28. A big part of the appeal, she says, is the event’s family-friendly focus: adults can enjoy their traditional libations, certainly, but the faire-grounds also feature activities geared for children and other revelers from noon to 9 p.m. that Saturday afternoon and evening.

East Texas Council of Governments’ Regional 9-1-1 Program is pleased to announce the availability of Text to 9-1-1 service in Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Marion, Panola, Rains, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood Counties. Text to 9-1-1 is a service that allows citizens to send a text message directly to 9-1-1 for assistance in the event they are unable to make a voice call.