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SHREVEPORT — Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, has reached a settlement agreement with the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) General Staff, the Office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Walmart, Inc. regarding SWEP…
AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs reminds Texans to make the necessary preparations to be able to cast their vote in the upcoming March 3 primary election.
A Texas-based sports organization is seeking athletes from Kilgore and surrounding areas that played in a historic league during segregation in order to honor them at an upcoming awards ceremony.
It’s not uncommon for consumers to fall victim to email survey scams. Paid online surveys have become a haven for Internet scam artists who use the surveys to steal personal and financial information from their victims. While there are legitimate online survey companies, they generally do no…
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes.
Austin-Round Rock was the fastest growing large metropolitan area in the United States over the past decade. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently looked at the percent change in employment for metropolitan areas with a 2010 population of at least one million, and Austin-Round Rock topp…
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump formally designated U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Heath Republican, on Monday as one of several U.S. House members to serve on his “impeachment team.”
As 2020 begins, underlying economic trends have been positive and signs are also positive for continued growth. However, I have to say that this year may be more challenging than those of the recent past, with the single biggest threat to ongoing expansion being the level of uncertainty. Unf…
AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $763.8 million in local sales tax allocations for January, 4 percent more than in January 2019.
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released statements following a deadly shooting on Dec. 29 at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a city of 16,000 people on the west side of Fort Worth.
AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services will use a three-year, $750,000 grant to increase participation in the congregate meal program, which provides nutritious meals in a community setting to people age 60 and older.
From an economic perspective, 2019 was a solid year, with continued expansion, job and wage gains, and progress on many (but not all) fronts. Let’s take a brief look back at 2019 and the past decade.
A new Texas law that aims to protect patients from receiving surprise medical bills takes effect this week. Consumer advocates have praised the law as one of the most robust set of billing protections in the nation, though it only applies to about one-third of Texans with private health insurance.
New rules restricting access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are going to cause hundreds of thousands of Americans to lose benefits. Even beyond the obvious physical and mental costs of food insecurity and the incalculable toll on the stability and dignity of families…
AUSTIN — After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared the individual mandate in “Obamacare” unconstitutional on Dec. 18, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his agreement.
HOUSTON — An audible groan erupted in the lounge area of Houston’s Gulf Coast Distillers in late October when high-profile Trump campaign operative Mica Mosbacher invoked the idea of a Democratic presidency.
WASHINGTON — Texans serving in the U.S. House moved in a party-line vote to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, the third time in the nation’s history the chamber took such action.
After 6 months of construction, the improvements to Chandler Street are complete and the road will be reopened to normal traffic flows at noon on Friday, December 20, 2019. The project has completed a full month ahead of schedule at a cost of $1,180,000.00.
Vanessa Wilson’s white Chevy SUV has sat untouched on the patch of land outside her family’s trailer in Austin for months. It’ll be there for a while.
The Texas economy is among the strongest in the nation, and the state continues to chalk up wins in terms of major corporate locations. Recent growth and the ongoing stream of new and expanding businesses is signaling an upward trend over the long term. In fact, in the latest release of output data by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Texas ranked first in percentage increase, a remarkable achievement for such a large state (but one that occurs frequently).
Oceans separate American students from most of the world’s prime study abroad opportunities, but there’s also an enormous gulf in the middle of the United States – one a national, grassroots effort aims to bridge.
AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs announced ahead of the 2020 primary and general elections that her office will join fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in #TrustedInfo2020, a social media-based education effort to prevent misinformation.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Monday he recently completed the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”).
Churches throughout Kilgore and East Texas have jumped feet-first into Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, and hundreds of boxes are making their way to Forest Home Baptist Church.
Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, will join Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS) to recognize the fourth annual Utility Scam Awareness Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Utility Scam Awareness Day is part of the week-long National Scam Awareness Week, an advocacy and awareness campaign focused on educating customers and exposing the tactics used by scammers. This year’s theme is “It Happened to Me, Don’t Let it Happen to You.”
For an outsider looking in to Kilgore’s annual derrick lighting ceremony, it’s an ideal slice of Americana, an image lifted from a Norman Rockwell painting, a moment that can’t be found anywhere else.
The US economy is well positioned for long-term growth, and our latest forecast indicates expansion at a moderate pace. Jobs continue to be added at a notable rate, and other signals are generally positive. For example, the housing market has finally worked through the major problems of the Great Recession, a positive signal for expansion. At the same time, trade issues remain unresolved and labor shortages are impediments to optimal performance.
It was Veterans Day, yes, but Victor Boyd shared a memorial as well.
While he was serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wisconsin, the Kilgore native remembers the day – April 19, 1989 – when an explosion rocked the battleship Iowa, his former assignment. “47 men died that day,” he told the men and women gathered for this year’s Veterans Day ceremony Monday morning at Harris Street Park. “Out of those 47 men, 26 of them I knew personally. So, I vow to always remember the Iowa 47.”
Two significant ‘adjustments’ by the state comptroller’s office put a major dent in the City of Kilgore’s sales tax revenues this month. Accepting that, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck says, the sky’s not falling – actual collections are still in line with expectations.
A new 1.5% sales tax in the Liberty City area will add more funds to firefighters’ efforts at Sabine Fire Department after more than 63 percent of voters backed the operation’s measure this election cycle.
One of Kilgore’s home-grown industrial heavyweights – in the plastics realm, for sure – has been acquired by an Arkansas company looking to expand its brand.
With early voting underway and Election Day coming up Nov. 5, Gregg County voters in Emergency Services District No. 2 have a decision to make: Should there be a 1.5% sales tax in the Liberty City area to support Sabine Fire Department?
A tall, draft Bud Light with a shot of Jameson – it’s an order bartender Justin Dykes will never forget, thanks to the $2,000 tip his customer left behind.
In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, ETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging of East Texas has joined with the St. Louis Baptist Church of Tyler’s Comfort and Care Ministry to bring a free conference for caregivers, “Who cares? We do!”
A substance abuse prevention coalition and Kilgore Police Department have partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of National Drug Take Back Day to help the community safely dispose of their prescription drugs.
Rep. Travis Clardy was fielding back-to-back phone calls Tuesday with the morning’s release of the long-infamous recording of a conversation between Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, then-GOP caucus chair Dustin Burrows and Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan, who taped the hour-long dialogue.
This months’ sales tax revenue allocation from the State of Texas is closer to October 2014 than the same month last year, but Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck remains unfazed by a year-to-year drop of almost $150,000.
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.
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.
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 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.
After time back at the drawing board, SWEPCO has crafted a new plan to add wind energy into its power mix. About this time in 2017, the utility’s representatives were spreading the word about the Wind Catcher initiative. That $4.5 billion proposal was ultimately canceled in July 2018 after meeting resistance and being rejected by the Texas Public Utility Commission. Still committed to diversifying its generation capacity through green means, wind and solar, SWEPCO took the feedback and crafted a new proposal, aiming to add 810 megawatts in wind energy by 2022.
An incorrect banner in the City of Kilgore’s ‘Six flags over Texas’ display was ultimately sorted out this week following a brief but contentious dialogue between a local couple and City Hall. The flag in question is one of three official banners flown by the Confederate States of America, in power here from March 1861 through 1865. For at least several weeks, another flag was flying in its place in the six flags display in front of Kilgore Police Department – the so-called ‘Betsy Ross flag’ is similar in design. It was a mistake, according to city officials. One that needed to be rectified immediately, according to Kiefer and Cody Bounds.
Texas District 7 Representative and former Longview mayor Jay Dean spoke to Kilgore Lions Club this week with an important message: a report on what he and his colleagues in the legislature were able to accomplish.
Kilgore College will host a “Freedom of Speech Forum” Monday, Sept. 16, featuring local journalists who will discuss what freedom of speech means in today’s society.