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“This is so strange,” she said. “I have wanted to paint my entire life and just couldn’t no matter how hard I tried. Even my sister said I couldn’t paint my way out of a paper bag.” Local artist Paula Cullum Jamerson says it with a laugh: “And that’s the truth, I couldn’t.” more
There are times you just wish you could have been a fly on the wall to watch the interaction. Photos are floating around town of a bunch of fishermen from Kilgore and surrounding areas who took an annual trip to the Lakeview Baptist Camp in Lone Star. It seems odd that one of the first things on the agenda was to take a photo of three men sitting in lawn chairs outside the cabin making sign language depicting the three monkeys well known for hear-no-evil, see-no-evil and hear-no-evil. To give you a hint of how the rest of the weekend went those monkeys were Ronnie Hobbs, Reo Calendar and James Campbell. more
It’s time for another installment of “Things you should do before all you have to look forward to is your weekly sponge bath from Nurse Brickbat.” My most recent business travels took me to a conference in usually sunny Long Beach, California. I say “usually” because while I was there, the California sun was apparently still mourning the Rams’ loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII (not to mention Adam Levine’s shirtless halftime show) and was holed up in bed binging on Nutella and Netflix. more
The season of Lent is quickly coming to an end, and the Easter Season will soon begin. Amid all the special services connected with the historical events of Jesus’s death and resurrection, we might easily lose sight of why they occurred, namely, that Jesus’s death and resurrection were for you! more
Letter to the Editor: The late Ralph Hall, who died last month, represented Kilgore and East Texas for twenty-two years in the U. S. House of Representatives. Kilgore could not have been better served. Regardless of party affiliation or geographic location he dedicated his life’s work to both the rural environs of East Texas and the burgeoning metroplex of his Rockwall hometown. more
Countless things I’ve never wanted to be… chief among them: a school teacher, though I count some teachers among my greatest influences. Having said that, the fact that I don’t want to be a teacher doesn’t mean I can’t critique their methods. more
It was an informative and somewhat delightful start to Thursday morning of this week as the Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly Morning Brew at the Kilgore Police Department. Chief Todd Hunter set the scene by offering a door prize of a two day/two night stay at the Kilgore Police Department’s Bulldog Bed & Breakfast. He kept his audience’s attention “captive” through a Powerpoint presentation on updated equipment and the various areas of expertise provided by officers and staff both on and off the clock. more
The headline read “Church as we know it is over”. Article author Dave Adamson, a “social media pastor”, claimed the “location-centric” “physical attendance model” is “dead” and recommended an “audience-centric” model, both physical and “omni-channel” digital, likened to a lane-less swimming pool. more
Greetings, I am writing about the Wall, and my take on it. I am worried about the strain on our “ALREADY” strained social welfare system where natural born and those who took the time to become American Citizens are being either cut back or unable to receive benefits that should be for them as Americans. If we continue to just let anyone more
Ah, springtime, when trees begin to bud, robins start nesting and Daylight Savings Time launches its soul-crushing intrusion into the lives of the American people. (I suspect the Russians are behind it–or at least Stormy Daniels.) In addition to this sadistic clock-changing ritual, we parents know that Spring Break lurks just around the corner, waiting to give us a wet willy with unreasonable expectations of exciting vacations, quality time with family, or altruistic acts of volunteerism. Fear not, though. more
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