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Kilgore Middle School students, teachers and administrators will come together Friday for the third annual Pa’Sha Day. Started in 2015 to honor Pa’Sha Williams, a sixth grader at the time, … more
Seven Kilgore High School choir students will spend Memorial Day weekend in Pflugerville for a state music competition, but they still got to play in their final month of school. For some, this … more
“There isn’t anyone who has a bigger heart for kids than Janice,” Kilgore Intermediate School Principal Kim Slayter said while presenting Janice Brown with the I Believe in You award at April’s Kilgore ISD board meeting. Although any of the principals could have presented Brown with the award, Slayter said, she first met Brown when her grandson was in Slayter’s fourth grade class. Then they worked together at Chandler Elementary School where Brown was cafeteria manager and she continued in that role at KIS. This year, Slayter said, she had to share Brown with the rest of the district. Brown’s top concern is the children, Slayter said. “She wants to make sure they have enough to eat. She’ll buy a child new tennis shoes if they need new tennis shoes, if they need jeans,” she continued. “She always does it and nobody ever knows about it.” In March, Brown hosted a children’s party at Pentecost Park, and Slayter asked her what the occasion was. “She said… ‘I wanted to do something special for those kids. They never get to have anything fun,’” Slayter told the crowd, noting Brown had been saving up money to put on the event. “And she rented [bounce houses] and Mr. Spradlin came and helped her and they did hot dogs and they just had a big Saturday at Pentecost, just having fun. That’s the type of person she is, always wanting to do things for others, and I believe she deserves this award just about as much as anybody because she’s such a wonderful person.” Although she may not have a whole lot, Kilgore Mayor Ronnie Spradlin said, she helps and gives a whole lot. “It’s just shocking how much of her time and love and money goes into helping people in the community that no one else knows need help,” he said. “She’s just such a giving heart.” more
CRIMS CHAPEL – The Texas Historical Commission recently designated Barton Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery, and a ceremony Sunday will celebrate the distinction. The moniker means the cemetery has been legally recorded through the commission’s Cemetery Preservation Program, an important step in ensuring the site’s preservation. The designation is reserved for cemeteries that are at least 50 years-old and document through the Historic Texas Cemetery designation process to record their historic association and significance. A dedication to commemorate the historic designation is set for 2:30 p.m. May 21 at Crims Chapel. Henderson Mayor Pat Brack will speak during the event. “This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of these important cultural resources,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Knowledge and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of a historic cemetery.” Cemeteries hold valuable historic information, and they are often the last reminders of early settlements’ historic events, religious beliefs, lifestyles and genealogy. While the Historic Texas Cemetery designation encourages cemetery preservation, it cannot guarantee that a historic cemetery will avoid destruction. Threats to cemeteries include urban expansion and development, vandalism, grazing animals and long-term deterioration from weather and uncontrolled vegetation. The THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery designation to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removal of cemetery fixtures. To attend Sunday afternoon’s dedication ceremony, from Henderson take Hwy. 422 North to County Road 240, following 240 to CR 246 and turning left – the cemetery is on the road and clearly marked. more
Locals looking for a challenge, a home-cooked meal and a chance to help Kilgore kids will find sisters Julie Beck and Carrie Jackson waiting for them at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Thursday … more
Kilgore College will offer an entry-level human resources training program beginning Friday, May 19, on the Kilgore campus. Graduates of the four-week, 18-hour class will earn a SHRM Essentials … more
LONGVIEW – Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island” a travelingexhibition by the Bullock Texas State History Museum presented in partnership with Humanities … more
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