James Draper (Mug)

James Draper

On grief and John Wick, “For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm.”

– Keanu Reeves

WONDERFUL news out of Austin last week as Sam’s Law – House Bill 684 – passed out of the Texas House and Senate, headed for the governor’s desk.

NAMED in honor of Kilgore’s Samantha Watkins, who died in December 2016 following a seizure, the legislation mandates seizure response training for educators.

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you to those who crafted the bill and those who supported it for one of Kilgore’s own and for all the students and others whose lives could be saved through the effort.

YES, we’re moving – but not far: We have a lot of love for this newsroom and for its history, and we’ll miss it as Kilgore News Herald relocates to more snug office space in downtown Kilgore this summer.

FOR some more good news as we take a new step forward to continue covering Kilgore’s news, 610 E. Main St. will become an annex for Chuck Conrad’s thriving Texas Broadcast Museum. There’s still time left, but we wish Chuck the best in this space – it’s been good to us.

TWO-wheeled supporters of Rahab’s Retreat & Ranch will be raising funds for the local women’s shelter with a Motorcycle Fun Run Saturday, June 1. At $25 per rider ($35 with a passenger) registration is set for 9:30 a.m. and kickstands go up at 10:30 at Marvin United Methodist Church (300 W. Erwin St. in Tyler).

HEADED for the 3607 Stone Rd. facility, they’ll stop at Tyler Biker Church, Brookshire’s in Overton and East Texas Hardware before reaching Rahab’s. First prize is $500 with $250 for second place. The fundraising will also include live music, free food, door prizes, a silent auction, a 50/50 challenge and other games for adults and children. Tickets for the public are $10 per person, and vendor booths cost $50.

FOR more information, contact Gary Bishop (903-630-0032) or Donna Arnold (903-363-8018).


May 22: Marissa Bass Stroud, Crawford Martin, Charlotte Heldenbrand, Paul Bynum, Toni Faith Whitaker, Gregory L. Henderson, Chris Wood, Callie Jones, Wesley Stone, Janet Weeks, Mrs. H.E. Engledow, Helen Hawkins, Wayne Gossage, Viola Ninney, Minnie McGill Tiffanie Lynn Morgan, Gerald Riley, Mary Sue Rosson, Precious Colquit, Henry Clay Wiley, Jackie Reddic Roy, John Moore

May 23: Brad Faulkner, Terri Walker, Virginia Mankins, Jason Agee, Larry Hawkins, Billy Bob Brady, J.D. Wood, Nanette Sudweeks, Mark Burgess, Lee Herrin, Sandy Manos, Laverne Goodacre, Amye and Alan McCracken, Henry Taylor, Bessie Sibley, Tracy Orange, Jacob Dailey, Brandon Finley, Aubrianna Gulvan, Jake Taylor, Charles Nobles Jr.

May 24: Roger Johnson, Gayle Bryan, Jan Norris, Billie Maxwell, Larry Gaudet, Joe Owens, Danny E. Craig, Tom Brown, Eugene Nelson, Edwin Slayter, Lynda Sorrell, Michael Scott, Lettle B. Conway, Tillie Waldron, Margaret Brown, Cheryl Aubuchon, Joshua McNiel, Christin Reeves, Austin Pool, Stephanie Heard, Trinity Willis, Tierney Willis


May 22: Mr. and Mrs. James Shead, Rocco and Dimi DeSantis, Ronald and Cathy Hankins, Cheryl and Gilbert Covarruvias

May 23: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Craig, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Leach, Tim and Glynette Ford, Toni and Rance Taylor, Dicki and Michelle McFarland

May 24: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Darnell Hamilton, Eddie and Terry Quintanilla



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