“When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death - that is heroism.”

– Robert Green Ingersoll

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IN honor of those locals who threw down the gauntlet and stepped up to defend their country, we must also have the will to defy those who would desecrate memorials to our veterans.

THANK you to the members of our armed forces and to the members of the Kilgore War Veterans Association who will be diligently restoring their Harris Street Park monument in the coming weeks.

AN unfortunate sight, yes, but well done to the TxDOT personnel and contractors who quickly removed and just as quickly cleaned up the remains of Kilgore College’s pedestrian bridge.

NO, we don’t yet have an inside track on what the plans are for the Hwy. 259 crossing. By all means, weigh in with your opinion but be wary of the rumor mill until the decision-makers get a better idea of what’s ahead.

IT’S graduation season already: Kilgore College has two commencement ceremonies set for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. Early congratulations to the 470 graduation applicants – receiving 520 degrees and certificates.

THE evening ceremony will include honors for two Kilgore standouts, the Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Student Success for Patterson Motors General manager Steve Beasley as well as the similar Alumni Success award for NHRA Top Fuel Champion Racer Steve Torrence.

WELL done to everyone appearing on Dodson Auditorium’s stage this week.

WE will certainly remember Claud (no “e”) Wallace and our longtime friend, Dr. (Richard) Harrison.

LOCAL weather-watcher Lee Layman answered our call for more weather data: according to his gauge, the area around Turner Street receive five-and-a-half inches of rain in five-and-a-half hours between 12:30 a.m. May 2 and 6 a.m.

SOME more sad news on the event front as Kilgore Chamber of Commerce has been forced to cancel the 2019 Stars & Scars Mud Run.

THERE is a silver lining, however: organizers are working instead on a Stars & Scars ATV challenge in the fall. We’ll keep you posted.

WE’LL see you at Geekend.

THERE’S fantastic news coming out of local UIL programs. Students from Kilgore and Sabine came home with so many awards, we need our own Number Sense crew to compile them all.

LOOK for results in Saturday’s edition of the News Herald.

BIRTHDAYS

May 8: Sandee Sidener, Chuck LeBaron, Kristin Cranford, Kelli Nelson, Margie Britt Frey, Chris Maxwell, Mae Lewis Smith, David Rhodes, Daniel Odom

May 9: Bettie Rhodes, Susan Sullivan, Jean Morris Thornton, Ramon Merkley, Brenda Wheeler, Ashley Martin, Joe B. Cruseturner, Kimberly Burton

May 10: Cliff Harder Jr., Marci Moore, Jeff Matthew Sullivan, Tammy Williams, Kay Young, Bill Fette, Ronnie Hellen, Alma Casey, Jeffery Scott Price, L.D. Roper, Kelly Jackson, John D. Daniels, Terri Phillips, Janice Valdetero, Janna Bennett, Shawn Carter, Janice Stanley, Travian Clayborn

ANNIVERSARIES

May 8: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rouse, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Swigner

May 9: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wright

May 10: Allen and Norma Barrilleaux

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