“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold power to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.”

– George W. Bush.

TEXAS Bucket List, one of those travel Texas television shows, will broadcast a segment featuring the Texas Broadcast Museum this weekend… but you’re going to have to be an early-bird to watch it.

THE program will be on CBS at (gulp) 5 a.m. Sunday. No, really… 5 a.m.

OKTOBERFEST on Main (and Kilgore) street is next Saturday.

LIVE entertainment, beer garden, cake walk, kids activities, vendors and a Kilgore’s-Got-Talent contest are just some of the things planned for this year’s event.

THE whole thing starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 9 p.m.

FOR more information and applications for vendors and the Kilgore’s-Got-Talent contest, visit

FROM THE You-Learn-Something-Every-Day file:

NEW homes and their ductwork have to be vacuum tested in the name of energy efficiency. A licensed tester, like Lee Layman, cranks up his equipment and “pulls a vacuum” on the entire house. And then he does the same thing for the ductwork.

THE house has to measure less than three air changes per hour or it fails and someone has to circle back around with some extra caulk.

THURSDAY was World Teacher Day.

Thank you – all the way back to Miss Pratt in kindergarten – but especially to my demanding Jacksonville High School English teachers: Ms. Childress, Ms. Boles and Mr. Everett.

“THE United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. This enables children and adults of all ages to learn to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society.”


October 7 - Robert Martin, Bobbie Bryant, James Roberts, John Jones, Mrs. Clara Roberts, Phyllis Waldron, Sandy Sands, Joshua Hosker, David Wayne Griggs, Clyde Ray Frazier, Robert Anderson, Simone Gill, Gaynell Beall, Autumn Kinsey, Bill Baker, Kelly McName, Libby Staples, T.L. Walker, Ferol Hollowell

October 8 - Kirk Shield, Sam Ballard, Ryan King, John Maxwell, Monique Dennis, Rick Carter, Carl David Stevens, Laine Phillips, Myrtle Sue Jones, Jo Ann Haskins, Ruby Kerksey, Janice Richard, Ahmed Williams, Derek Santos, Carla Moore, Jeff Nestleroad, Judy Cotton, Mildred Wharton, Sharon Slemmons, Ann Engleking, Shannon Watson, M.L. Tidwell, John Swaim, Kenneth Plunk, Erika Hernandez, Brandye Hargrave, Stephen McClellan Bearden, Renonia Jordan, Benny Trejo, Dan and Shirley Platt

October 9 - Jennifer Howard, Richard Lee, Marjorie Smith, Lynda Watson, Karla Gunn, Pattie Morton, Danny Webster Jr., Marcella Rozell, Regine Renee Lacy, Ollie Hernon, Ella Webster, Jennifer Patterson, Jason English, Brenda Rossum, Ernest Reagan, Pamela Evette Fite, Brent Smith, Ron Hall, Trayvore Moore, Gage Mrozinski

October 10 - Ronnie Spradlin, Rusty McKinney, Penny Henry, Calvin and Alvin Henderson, Paula Wilson, Joyce Hunter, Lukas Watson, Rubye Fort, Deborah Winningham, Cody Bumgardner, Julie Zimmerman, Allison Michele Adamson, Ben Monroe, Glenda Malone, Tammy Pegues, Monet LaFleur, Patsy Siddick, Ora Lee Dunnaway, Richard Hall, Lindsey Clements, Jim Mills, Shay Cherry, Bernasko Reddic, Amber Maxwell, Sharon Clark


October 7 - Mr. and Mrs. Obie Clayton, Tulley and Joy Borders

October 9 - David and Sandra Austin

October 10 - Chris and Lacy Toler


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