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After the Jan. 24 robbery of Kilgore’s Houston Street E-Z Mart, Kilgore PD investigators were quick to review Gregg County’s evidence from a similar incident in Liberty City Friday. Combining information from the scenes, Trae Portwood said, helped officers catch up with most of the suspects within about 12 hours of the second heist. more
Kilgore ISD school board members discussed “Sam’s Law”, a Texas House bill intended to improve seziure response training in Texas schools, at Monday night’s board meeting. Superintendent Andy Baker said he had recently learned about the bill when he took over the superintendency in January. more
The Texas Secretary of State’s Office is asking election officials to check the citizenship status of approximately 95,000 registered voters. According to a Jan. 25 release from Director of Elections Keith Ingram, it’s part of the ongoing “maintenance” of voter rolls at the local level, encouraging authorities to follow-up on “weak” matches – if the registrar has reason to believe a voter may be ineligible. The advisory quickly became a political football over the weekend as President Donald Trump and others tied the issue to allegations of voter fraud. more
Gregg County landowners will learn about laws and issues affecting their property and livelihood at a seminar called “The Value of Land” being held Friday, Feb. 1, in the Meadowbrook Golf & Event Center on Houston Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The educational event is being offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program and is sponsored by the Sabine Neches Resource Conservation & Development Area, the Sabine River Authority of Texas, the United States Department of Agriculture, Sanderson Farms and Riverbend Ranch in Hawkins. more
Rain or shine, the Lone Star Lug Nuts will be rolling into Kilgore City Park in late March for the 13th annual Early Bird Show. Proceeds from the four-wheeled fundraiser will once again benefit the Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation, sponsor of Camp I’m Still Me for children who’ve suffered severe burns, as the Lug Nuts select the honorees for the year’s Top 25 Choice Awards. more
Kilgore ISD trustees approved a low attendance waiver for a January school day in which many Kilgore Primary students were absent, likely due to seasonal illnesses. Votes were taken at Monday’s board meeting on the waiver, which prevents the district from losing Texas Education Agency funding due to low attendance levels. more
The Risk Management Institute at Kilgore College will provide free safety classes in February and March 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 will be held in Kilgore at the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center, located at 220 N. Henderson Blvd. more
“In my opinion, hope is becoming a scarce commodity,” Tony Puckett told the Kilgore Rotary Club Wednesday. “There’s a need for hope.” Puckett, a life coach and certified belief therapist, told Rotarians about some of the counseling and therapy programs offered through Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview. more
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