“There are good ships and there are wood ships, ships that sail the sea.

The best ships are friendships and may they always be.”

– Tom Matthes

‘TIS the season for Relay for Life fundraisers and Citizens Bank is on it.

CITIZENS is hosting a charity crawfish boil and catfish fry (that will be Scott Clark over there in the chef’s hat and apron) from 6 until 10 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Entertainment will be by one of Kilgore’s favorite – and one of the most interactive – bands, Lady Chazz and the Tramps.

THE party will be at the bank, corner of Rusk and Main streets.

THOSE bright yellow tee-shirts worn by the hard-working and sunburned volunteers at KilGogh Saturday were a surprise donation from Ross and Carter Bennett (and Smedley) at Kilgore Screen Printing.

KILGOGH organizers – chief organizer James Draper is but one desk over from me – estimate attendance was in the neighborhood of 1,100 to 1,300

ONE hundred years ago this week, United States forces led by Gen John J. Pershing entered World War I, joining troops from Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Canada, Belgium and others. More than two million American soldiers fought on the fields in France. On April 6, 1917 we declared war on Germany and the next day declared war against Austria-Hungary – the “War to end all wars.”

By the time the U.S. joined the fray, the war was more than two years old and soldiers were dying at a rate of 5,000 per week.

An estimated seven to eight million combatants were killed in action and another two to three million died from accidents and disease. In addition, more than six million civilians were killed.

“In Flanders Field the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row…”


April 5 - Ruth Fernandez, Stephanie Gossage, Mrs. Ray Austin, Rita Murray, Becky Hunt, Billy Collins, Sharon Kenney, Jacob Sullivan, Terry Truitt, Shrondra Wheat, Mechell Andrade, Mrs. Raleigh Selby, Sandra Roper, Carla Burkett, Brian Dase, Mary Brumbley, Tracie Lacy, Lewey Mitchell, Bridgette Kenney, Kavana Shena Smith and Bessie Pierson

April 6 - Glenda Velvin, Emily Dowell, Hope Joyner, Mrs. Paul Bizzell, Sammy Lane McKnight, Mrs. Dot Till, Elzie Halbert, Phyllis Hopper, Mrs. Carl Boyd, Jr., James Hughes and daughter April Hughes, Tully Choice, Mary Jackson, Pat Russell, Verna J. Granberry, Eli Bagley, Aldophus Bagley, B.J. White, Tommy Glasco, Maggie Crim, Ann Cargill, Monique Harvey, Kim Leur, Ashley Cagle

April 7 - Christian Henry, Amanda McKay, Bonnie Hunt, Rilda Goodman, Billy Maddox, Ethan Parker, Norma Wall, Louise Thurston, Andy Gilley, Calvin Pace, Elmira Sanders, Richard Sadler, Jimmie Ardry, John Deisher, Jr., Ally Marie Venable, Christopher Toombs, Sawaun Austin

April 8 - Jordan Chris Hall, Jamie Quinlan, Mrs. Tobe Laster, David L. Jackson, Mrs. J.C. Eakin Jr., Clifton Wade Young, Brad King Gene Keenon, Danny Patterson, Dolf Dion, Danny Pearce, Monica Coleman, Brenda O’Quinn, James Key, Andrea Herndon, Dirk McName, Cynthia Jones, Terri Lacy, James Lee Huffman, Jason Dean Madden


April 5 - Darry and Shirley Holman

April 8 - Mr. and Mrs. Joe Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Plaxco, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Plaxco


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