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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.

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.

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.

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.

“All of the above.” David Stanley knows that’s not how multiple choice works on comprehensive planning priorities, but it was still hard to narrow things down Thursday evening during the City of Kilgore’s open house-meets-town hall reception in the Old Post Office.

Five years ago, Julie Webb achieved her childhood dream – the first part, at least – when she joined the ranks of Kilgore Fire Department. Today, the KFD Driver/Engineer has finished Phase II, completing almost 1,100 hours of additional training, knocking out the necessary exams and signing on with the Kilgore Fire Marshal’s office as an arson investigator.

The start of the school year always bring traffic congestion to Kilgore campuses, and local officials are taking extra steps to, as best they can, streamline the flow at Chandler Elementary School as significant street construction continues.

“If I have an EMS call right now, how long do I have to get out of the station?" Kilgore FD Capt. Michael Stanley didn’t have to wait long for an answer. In the time it takes to get a healthy lungful of air, 19 young voices were shouting the number at him: “45 SECONDS!”

The Kilgore Police Department has long recognized that clergy and their congregations are an abundant and dynamic community resource. In order to more fully engage the faith-based community in our combined Community Policing concept, a Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) program has been developed.

In most cases, the first person who responds to an incident is never on scene – not in person, anyway – but emergency dispatchers man the literal front lines, taking calls from people facing the worst of life, providing a calm voice in chaos and sending whatever help is needed.

“Oppressive heat” will continue building across a four-state region this week, the National Weather Service warns, and a heat advisory is in effect through Wednesday evening for areas including Kilgore and Northeast Texas.

As it stands right now, when Kilgore firefighters respond to a hazardous material spill on Interstate 20, it’s local taxpayers who foot the bill for the clean-up. The same holds true for structure fires or motor vehicle incidents just outside the city limits. It’s par for the course statewide, but costs stack up, and Kilgore City Council members are in the initial phase of a discussion to have some of those costs covered by insurance companies.

A young girl nearly drowned at Kilgore City Pool Thursday night, but the quick response of a teenage lifeguard and Kilgore firefighters brought the child back from the brink. Few details are available on the victim — officials say she is approximately 5 years-old and is being transported for additional care in Dallas after she was resuscitated then regained consciousness en route to a local medical facility.

The dog behind the wheel did not look happy. “He ain’t, and neither am I,” Kilgore Police Officer Josh Vercher told his chief. At the very least, when he’d picked up a bag of beef jerky for an on-patrol protein boost Saturday night, Vercher wasn’t planning on sharing it with a pit bull. He certainly hadn’t expected to share the driver’s seat in his cruiser June 15.

Westbound drivers on Interstate 20 will have a harder slog Thursday morning as troopers reconstruct the scene of a crash. According to Sgt. Jean Dark, the stretch of I-20 between FM 2087 and Hwy. 31 will be shut down for approximately one-hour beginning at about 9:45 a.m.