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At the risk of this column’s being mistaken for one by my syndicated Kilgore News Herald colleague Dr. Roach, I encourage everyone to take care for themselves, their families, and their pets in our August East Texas heat! Especially those who work outside should drink extra water and, when they can, take breaks inside air-conditioned spaces. And, after several fatalities nationwide, apparently not to leave either family members or pets in turned-off cars does not go without saying.

THERE were three that never gave it a second thought, three gals who stood at the end of a grocery aisle perusing the multitude of jars and trying to decide which one to purchase that was the closest to what they were accustomed to eating.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.”

The title and illustrated cover of the book could easily be defined as an attention grabber. It is one that piques the curiosity enough to draw you in, to curtail the desire of wanting to know the rest of the story and even more so after hearing the author speak.

To visitors from all over the world, the city of San Antonio is a salsa-infused melting pot of Texas history, art, and culture. To the delight of my three daughters, however, it is so much more. In fact, they could do without the history, art and culture altogether as long as they’re within walking distance of a Starbucks, a fashion retail center, and an appropriate backdrop for a cute selfie. Luckily for them, San Antonio has it all, and all of it accepts my credit cards.

As we discussed in a recent Midweek Bible Study, the passage almost sounds like it is meant to be funny. After Jesus heard Martha and Mary’s sending to Him that his friend Lazarus was ill, St. John’s Gospel account essentially tells us that, “since” Jesus loved them, He stayed two days longer where He was before going to Lazarus. We might ask, “Who does that?” In this case, apparently Jesus did!

Over the years this traveling pair has seen some unusual sites and at the end of each trip have plans made for the upcoming year. This year, Kilgoreites Carol Hinton and Pat Applewhite chose Russia for their vacation spot and recently spent nine days learning as much as possible about the culture.

It might not be on your calendar, but Aug. 14 is Social Security Day. Since it was enacted on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security has provided some financial support for millions of Americans during their retirement years. While Social Security benefits, by themselves, probably aren’t enough to enable you to retire comfortably, they can be a key part of your overall retirement income strategy – if you use them wisely.

“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” – Dory (“Finding Nemo)

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.”

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

During an era where 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce, it is refreshing to find those who have made a marital commitment and stuck by those words “for better or worse, in sickness and in health.”

My family is currently experiencing an outbreak of a condition most parents dread.  No, I don’t mean the 24-hour stomach bug–although it sometimes lasts about as long and has similarly repulsive symptoms.  Instead, my two older daughters have come down with a serious case of the boyfriends.

I knew it would happen eventually, but I was hoping it would be closer to when I reach the latter stages of decomposition.  It seems like yesterday when I was the only male of any species that my three daughters were interested in, and all other boys were still “icky.”  (They still are icky, by the way, but as girls age, they develop a resistance to boy cooties.)

“The big print giveth, and the small print taketh away.”

There is no place like home and when you can call a workplace home as well it becomes a dream come true. That is exactly how Marla Sers is feeling about returning to Willow Nursing & Rehab in Kilgore, but this time – instead of the seven years previously worked at the facility – she now …

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilli…

Petrichor: a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period…

I recently heard my seminary president, Craig Barnes, preach a sermon on the phrase “if only.” Dr. Barnes said that when “if only” surfaces in a conversation it usually focuses either on the past or the future. “If only I had saved better for retirement.” “If only I had taken that other job …

The word, written or spoken, creates and brings out of the invisible everything that operates a world of activity. Words can be ugly or beautiful and words can be life or death to any given situation. This week, the sweltering heat of summer bore down on Texas soil. Along with the rising hea…

When I was dating my wife (and still pretending to be charming), I once suggested we grab an old blanket, purchase a generous supply of processed lunchmeat and go on a picnic.  In my romantic desperation, I had apparently forgotten that we live in East Texas, where being outside anytime between the months of April and December is likely to involve projectile sweating and a raging case of chiggers.

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

For well over a century, the vast reserves of oil and natural gas in Texas have contributed to business activity and job creation. We recently took a close look at the overall impact of the sector on business activity across the state and found that it directly or indirectly supports about one of every six Texas jobs.

Back in 1961 or thereabouts, I won a competition among my sixth grade peers and my brother won one over his fourth grade classmates. Of the school population, I think we were the two best in that event. As a prize, our elementary school principal in Maysville, Oklahoma – Roy West – offered u…

“No amount of patience will ever persuade an idiot.”

Over the years, you’ll experience many personal and professional milestones. Each of these can be satisfying, but they may also bring challenges – especially financial ones. That’s why you may want to seek the guidance of a financial professional. Here are some of the key life events you may encounter, along with the help a financial advisor can provide...

Who would have thought the works of  Jackie Gleason, an American comedian,  actor, writer, composer and conductor would have such an impact in Kilgore, but last month a very important piece of equipment spawned by one of  his ideas arrived at the Texas Museum of Broadcasting & Communications.

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

– William Faulkner

“How much poison does it take to kill you?” That was what the title of my presentation at a national youth conference this past week asked attendees. Of course, I was not trying to encourage them to take their own or anyone else’s physical life but to get them to think about how much false teaching it might take to end their spiritual life.

AS the Fourth of July, a day in which Americans celebrate its freedom as a nation with fireworks, cook-outs and visits to lakes. There is nothing fun or patriotic about spending the day or evening in an emergency room due to an accident and thus a few tips for safety to make sure your day is all that you are looking forward to experiencing.

The last time my family made the five-hour road trip to Galveston Island (a.k.a. The Playground of the South), we didn’t get much playtime. Instead, we spent two solid days in the cavernous Moody Gardens Convention Center waiting for the few precious minutes my eldest and most expensive daughter would take the floor to compete with her high school dance team, usually when I was sprinting back from the men’s room.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Fried chicken and fixin’s, banana pudding and homemade pies, topped with a slab of juicy, cold watermelon under the shade of a tree or a pavilion indicates a picnic southerners take delight in preparing and serving. In Kilgore, such a picnic will take place during the annual Danville Cemeter…

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

When something that we consider bad happens to us or others, we may focus on the problem’s cause, not only in order to try to change the situation but maybe also to assign blame, perhaps even to God. In at least one case, however, God challenges us to focus less on the past cause and more on the future purpose for which He can use the particular suffering or affliction.

THE construction crane that collapsed into Elan City Lights apartments last Sunday in Dallas fell close to home as Kilgoreite Emily Fried was one of the tenants at the apartment complex. With multiple injuries and one deceased, the week has been one filled of fear, distress and anticipation …

Many teens take a significant step toward adulthood when they get behind the wheel (and stereo volume controls) of their own vehicles.  My eldest and most expensive daughter recently reached this milestone when my wife and I purchased her a pre-owned 2018 Nissan Altima for her sixteenth birt…

“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.”

– Fred Rogers

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”

– Grouch Marx