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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…

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-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…

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…

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…

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).

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be enhancing enforcement efforts for the Thanksgiving holiday period with special emphasis on Interstates 20 and 30 from Palo Pinto County to the east Texas State Line during the Thanksgiving period – to help achieve the safest possible holiday travel. 

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.”

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.

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!”

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.