Linda Ballard

Linda Ballard

The phrase “living the dream” has a nice sound to it and for Tim and Amy Rutherford their plans to do just that will be taking place within the upcoming year. So impressive is their ability to manage funds it has earned them a feature in the May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine where the couple has offered helpful hints for others striving to do the same.

Yes, Tim grew up and attended school in Kilgore. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1989 he moved to Colorado where he obtained his masters from the University of Colorado. His career is in telecommunications equipment sales. He met and married Amy in 2008 and together set a goal to achieve financial retirement so they could retire in their mid-fifties.

To be able to live the dream wasn’t always easy, the couple allows.

Amy, who worked in sales for media companies, regularly socked away her commissions which often times amounted to half her base salary.

“We fell prey to lifestyle inflation,” says Tim. “We bought nicer cars. We bought a bigger house.” Realizing the 6,000 square foot home was their biggest expense, the couple sold the house and moved into a townhouse they had been renting out.  

This year, Tim, now 52 years-old and Amy, 50, have made plans to sell their cars and their townhouse so that next year they can travel the world.

“I can’t imagine having a home and no stuff,” said his mother, JoeAnn Knight. “But that’s his choice, not mine and that’s exactly what they have planned.

Not waiting until next year for everything, the couple is currently on a two-week trip to Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels as part of a graduating gift to their daughter.

To offer help to others seeking to do the same, they have launched a “blog” and You Tube called “Go With Less.”

“I just hope their travels bring them back to Texas and to Kilgore,” said JoeAnn. Yes, she is a true mother and a true Texan.

THE TEXAN Theater will be alive with action again this Sunday as Jen’s Kids Boutique is hosting a style show for 15 young models starting with 3 month-olds and older. Jennifer Wood has brought in professional lighting and professional photographers for this spring/summer fashion show. The style show starts at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and it is free to the public.

“We want it to be fun and lively,” said Jan. “I hope to see you there.”

“A BUDDY of mine posted on Facebook. Don’t tell me you grew up poor if you never had to boil water to bathe,” said Bill Hedrick. “I responded – You could afford to BOIL your water?”

VISITORS from New Jersey have been seen around town this week and were caught taking a break at family-owned Downtown D’lites. Alan VanDoren’s mother, Ethel, and his sister, Karen, have made the rounds fast and furious this week as they travel back home on Monday.

“Ethel has made it to Kilgore for every graduation and weddings, but, this is the first time Karen has been here,” said Debbie. “We are trying to make sure she wants to come back.”

May His Love and Laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at 903-984-2594 or


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