"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."

– Henry David Thoreau

KDOK (FM 105.3) will broadcast a soundtrack to accompany Kilgore’s 4th of July fireworks show at City Park Tuesday evening. If fireworks put you in the mood for patriotic music – I’m imagining John Phillip Sousa – bring a radio when you come to the park.

LIVE music by Dagnabbit will begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks – they’ll be launched from First Baptist’s parking lot – begin at dark. (Sunset is at 8:32 that day.)


THE News Herald will be closed Tuesday, as will a great many local businesses, on the Independence Day.

A FORMER manager of the Kilgore Rangerettes, Jim Gray, 57, drowned last week while attempting to save children in the Gulf of Mexico.

THE drowning happened last Friday around 3:15 p.m, at a beach house near Fort Morgan, Alabama. Double red flags were flying at area beaches because of the rough surf produced by Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf. A preliminary investigation revealed Gray was attempting to save children who were in distress while swimming, when he became distressed himself.

MR. Gray attended Kilgore College and served as a manager for the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes in 1982.

ONE East Texas lake was among the top 10 bass lakes in the country, according to Bassmaster magazine. And, surprise, it wasn’t Lake Fork.

SAM Rayburn was named number two in the country, trailing only Mille Lacs in Minnesota.

MAYOR Ronnie Spradlin was recently interviewed by K-LOVE, Air 1 – an educational media foundation based in El Paso.

THE program, A Closer Look at Kilgore, Texas, will air on 88.7 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

COMING soon: a ribbon cutting at Kilgore’s new splash pad at the corner of North and Wood streets in City Park. We can’t guarantee it, but there’s a rumor a couple of movers, a couple of shakers and probably some wannabes, will participate in sandals and swimwear.


July 1 - Jill Fife, Kellye Crocker, Emily Honea, Greg Cashen, Mary Caskey, Deborah Sue Dorsey, Kathy Johnson, Daniel Nicols, Sherri Nicole Dunn, Janie Blackstone, Lynne Cross, James Haltmeyer, Mary Quarles, Susan Salazar, Douglas Carter, Michael Wayne Madden, Christy Brown, Josh Watson, Jacob Lucas, Beckey Dibbell

July 2 - Mrs. Charles Hawkins, Mrs. Howard Alexander, Shelia Ann Palmer, Arthur Quintero Jr., Angela Kneeland, Robert Fowler, Pamela Yancey, Christy Morse, Brandon Breaux, Eddie Scott, Freddie Scott, Stephanie Evon Scott, Divah Clark, Neil Laird, Natalie Harris, George Humphrey, Sandra Maxwell, Gregg Johnson, George Cleary, Don Capps, Cameron Glen Hill, David Lee Gibson, MaLaysia Paige Roberson, Steve Reinersman, Eddy McCartney, Joshua Wyatt Tingle

July 3 - Olivia Barnes, Corey Blake Valdetero, Jamie Woolley, Rudy Roberts, Doris Campbell, Kelsey Clayton, Gwen Ward, Frankie Griffin, Marie Rentz, Mrs. J.R. Thompson, Sandy Sanches, Jay Calvin Williams, Lesa Madden, Ty Cundieff, Buruk Mitchel David Holbrook, Kelly Custer

July 4 - Mary Ann Sellers, Susan Wright, Mac Blackstone, Paula Kneeland, Debbie Northcutt, Ed E. Hughes Jr., Teresa Anderson, Bill Joiner, Barbara Ashberry, Frank Baggett Sr., Denise Perry, Mary Hendrix, Jim Mac Wood, Mrs. Britt Dozier, Evelyn Thurmond, Tanya McCarty, James Christopher Baker, Jeane Linthicum


July 1 - Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fette, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crutcher, Thomas David and Shelly Nixon

July 2 - Sam and Brenda Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Smith, Dickey and Sheila Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Gossage, Lee and Deborah Layman

July 3 - Lee and Debbie Layman

July 4 - Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Cherry


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