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Self-defense is about more than carrying a gun. This was just part of the message shared by David Kidder of Bullseye Marshall, a gun range and store offering firearms and self-defense training, when he addressed the Kilgore Lions Club April 18. “One of the things that people have to understand, from a personal protection standpoint, you have to realize that you are responsible for your own protection,” said Kidder, a law enforcement officer for 37 years and instructor in firearms use and defensive tactics. Kidder told the Lions the first step to becoming more personally secure is to develop situational awareness. more
Kilgore Rotarians continue to bolster the local blood supply, and they’re crossing their fingers for a healthy turnout at the local club’s 23rd quarterly blood drive Saturday. The collection, spearheaded by the Blood Center East Texas, runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and numerous donation spots are still available in the Pilgrim Lutheran Church Parish Hall at 713 Florey St. The Rotary Club and the church co-sponsor the drives, and Citizens Bank of Kilgore is once again putting up $500 in cash prizes if the donor-count hits the quarterly goal of 25 units. Another sponsor will award $25 to a random donor (or donor-recruiter) if Saturday’s drive falls short of the target. more
After a short delay last week to make room for Easter activities, the monthly BINGO fundraiser benefiting Kilgore Boys & Girls Club begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Sisters Julie Beck and Carrie Jackson lead a team of volunteers each month to serve up a homecooked meal and a series of games to raise funds for ongoing needs at the Harris Street youth outreach. The April 25 meal is $12 per adult and $7 for children 12-and-younger. more
The Risk Management Institute at Kilgore College will provide several free safety classes in April and May that will help train and educate local employers, employees and the general public about proper workplace safety practices. All courses are free but advance registration is required. Classes are held in Kilgore in the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center, located at 220 N. Henderson Blvd. more
The Texas Senate approved a reworked version of a controversial property tax reform bill earlier this week, but there’s still a long road its passage ahead and municipal leaders, county officials and others across the state are keeping a close eye on lawmakers’ efforts to control local revenues. more
No divisive issues have reared their heads in this year’s race for Kilgore mayor – as in 2019, incumbent Ronnie Spradlin and challenger Victor Boyd haven’t drawn any battles. Rather, each man feels he’s the ideal choice to lead the city in the coming two years. Spradlin’s been in the mayor’s seat the past nine years. Boyd’s been on the Kilgore City Council for three. more
Though the start of 2019 hasn’t equaled last year’s high rainfall totals – last February saw a whopping 9.12 inches of rain – Kilgore has been wet so far this year. Rain has led to a green spring but it can have bad consequences, including falling trees. more
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