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Kilgore College will be affected by a recent Supreme Court decision that is hitting entities statewide with a bill for tax refunds to be paid to energy companies. It started with a lawsuit in 2011 when the Supreme Court changed how much tax certain companies pay on some types of oilfield equipment. The rehearing denial finally closed the case, meaning taxes levied on oilfield compressors by entities statewide for the previous five years are now considered excessive and refunds must be issued to companies owning such equipment. more
Kilgore Rotary Club’s next quarterly blood drive is set for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. It will be the 23rd time the civic group and the congregation have partnered to collect blood donations – they’ve netted 300 units of blood in previous events. The Blood Center East Texas runs the operation inside the church’s Parish Hall at 713 Florey Street. more
When the Railroad Commission was given oversight of the energy industry in March 1919, Texas was awash in wildcatters, speculators and roughnecks drilling oil and gas wells under virtually no regulation. The Commissioners and staff set to work literally writing the book on safe, responsible energy production. more
The rain held off on Saturday morning long enough for four teams of walkers to march across the Kilgore College campus and nearby neighborhoods to raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Even if the thunderstorms had rolled in earlier, the Walk Like MADD 5K would have gone on just the same inside KC’s Masters Gym. The determined participants would not be stopped – they were walking for a purpose. more
President, Nita Collier opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer for the meeting and the meal. Merlean Thompson, Secretary, read the minutes from the last meeting. No corrections, approved as read. It was noted that the club gained 6 new members in March. Gloria Kennedy, Treasurer, gave the treasury report. It was approved for audit. more
State-funded mental health services are only reaching 19 percent of eligible Texans. A shortage of funding for newborn screenings has contributed to delays for 75 percent of infants’ initial test results. And dozens of high-value contracts between state agencies and private consulting firms may not be legally binding because of paperwork errors. more
Big hair, bright colors and totally rad prizes were all in style at this year’s celebration of local women in business. For the third year in a row, the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce’s “Texas Tea” celebrated the achievements of hard-working businesswomen in the Kilgore community in a 1980s-themed bash. Keynote speaker Sara Ward told the audience about her work as a teacher and her career as “The Story Lady” – she travels across the state to perform skits as her original characters and encourages students to learn by developing a love of reading. more
For National Puppy Day on Saturday, March 23, dog lovers may be considering adding a new puppy to the family. Before you bring home a new companion, make sure you are prepared for everything that comes with owning a puppy. Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, reminds pet owners that caring for a new puppy can take a lot of time and money. more
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