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National Handwashing Awareness Week runs Dec. 5-11, in observance of the importance of proper hand hygiene technique. Handwashing is a fundamental way to prevent getting sick and reduce the spread of germs and viruses, such as respiratory, diarrheal, foodborne and travel related illnesses.

Keep a song in the heart and it will keep you open to God’s blessings, according to Randy “Rooster” Luman. He should know as he has been surrounded by song, music and has had a straight line to top artists in the field of all genres throughout his lifetime.

Congratulations to the 2021 Turkey Scramble winners, who won a year’s subscription to Kilgore News Herald and premium turkeys from Brookshire’s Grocery in Kilgore. Pictured are, front row, Store Director Chris Martin, and from left, Charlene Burleson, Kay Butler, Jerdy Wolverton, Linda Kinne…

AUSTIN — There is a lot to be thankful for this year, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to ensure people are able to get to and from their holiday celebrations safely. Texas Highway Patrol troopers will increase enforcement on the roads from Wednesday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 28. DPS troopers will be looking for people not wearing seat belts, driving while intoxicated, speeding and failing to follow the Move Over, Slow Down law, among other traffic violations.

It’s been more than 10 months since the first COVID-19 vaccines became available in the United States. As of late November, more than half of all Texans have been fully vaccinated against the virus and, despite two spikes in cases and hospitalizations this year — the first during the winter months and the second triggered by the highly contagious delta variant during the summer — the vaccination effort has been pivotal in mitigating the pandemic.

The Kilgore Coterie Club met Nov. 11 at the Episcopal Church. Liz Lockhart introduced the program “A Star in the Kitchen.” The program was given by Katie Hamilton Snell, a Cordon Bleu chef, assisted by her mother Shelly Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton demonstrated different ways of cutting and garni…

There has been a recent wave of news articles complaining that pumpkins will cause methane in the landfill. The claim is that all the pumpkins used as fall decorations will take up space in the landfill and result in a terrible buildup of methane gas.

Cranberries are once again making their appearance in the produce sections of the supermarkets, and they add a cheerful color to the table during the holiday season. Cranberries grow in marshy land in North America and Asia and in northern and central Europe. Even though the cranberry season…

The previous owner of Kilgore News Herald used to warn me about trying to “preach to the crowd” but would let me slide by on special occasions like Easter or Christmas. The new owners at M. Roberts Media have yet to say anything and just tend to let me do my own thing. Let’s face it — somebo…

Emphasis on flower design was the topic of Civic Garden Club’s November meeting. Member Janel Garnett brought four creations — two Christmas and two fall florals — to demonstrate how to make them. She explained the differences by describing materials and flowers, line material and foliage an…