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Once again, Kilgore’s sales tax check from the Texas Comptroller’s office is ‘flat’ compared to the same month in 2018 – at $826,518, it shows an increase of just less than two percent compared to last July. Notably, the figure also includes a $23,000 audit collection, money held back by the state in a previous month and added into July’s allocation. All those numbers aside, the big picture, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck says, is that the municipality’s collections are holding steady. It’s good news.

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The Chinese visitors took a lot of photographs of the various rooms and equipment during the tour of Kilgore Middle School.

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Texas House Bill 684, which contains a measure known as Sam’s Law, appeared before the Senate Education Committee Tuesday, April 30, for consideration before it could be allowed onto the Senate floor for a vote.

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