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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Tuesday that Kilgore ISD had no legal grounds to lower or reject local option homestead exemptions for residents in their Gregg County tax base. In a press release from Paxton’s office, the AG lambasted districts for “brushing off” state laws by altering LOHEs. more
The idea’s taken some getting used to: “How do I return the seeds?” There’s no need to give back the seeds checked out at Kilgore Public Library, Kaitlyn deGraffenried says, and there’s no reason to worry about any late fines from the new Seed Library. Step one, borrow some seeds – there are 113 varieties to choose from, a diverse mixture of vegetables and herbs. more
Judy Johnson hates writing ‘impact letters.’ She’s the sister of Joey Johnson, one of the five victims of the KFC Murders of 1983, and her heart sinks every time she gets a notice from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Parole Division. “Each time, I have to answer how I feel about that person who killed those five people.” more
Kilgore High School’s Health Science Club is holding their first ever marathon challenge and 5K Color Dash next month. On March 23, runners will gather at the World’s Richest Acre for a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run beginning at 7 a.m. Registration for the event costs $40, but students who go the extra mile can register for free. more
Words cut sharper than swords on the stage – when the combat choreography is doing its job. A well-crafted fight scene can enthrall an audience, but even a blunted blade can do damage in untrained hands. Kilgore College Theatre Department and Texas Shakespeare Festival are partnering again to ensure local thespians know how to pick their fights. more
The identity of a young woman found dead in Kilgore in 2006 has been confirmed. On Monday, Gregg County Sheriff’s Office released a statement confirming 21-year-old Dana Lynn Dodd was the woman found dead on an oil lease off Fritz Swanson Road on Oct. 29, 2006. Dodd, last known to be living in Jacksonville, Florida, was identified by a joint effort between the sheriff’s office and the DNA Doe Project, an organization which uses genetic genealogy to identify persons in cold cases. more
Kilgore High students used their knowledge of health topics and medical careers in competition last weekend and several will be going on to state-level competition. KHS Health Science teacher and coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick led a group of students to Texas State Technical College in Waco Feb. 7-9 for a Skills USA competition to test concepts they learned in health science and media. more
As the numbers for 2018 begin to trickle in, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Texas had a banner year in terms of job creation. Overall, the state economy added 391,800 jobs through the 12 months ending in December 2018. That amounts to well over 1,000 jobs each day. The mining and logging sector (which is almost entirely oil and gas in our neck of the woods) grew by 18.0% during the past year, adding 41,300 net jobs. The largest numerical gains were seen in the trade, transportation, and utilities (82,700 jobs) and professional and business services (75,600 jobs) market segments. It is also worthy of note that construction employment in Texas is at an all-time high. more
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