“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

– Benjamin Franklin

TO ALL our loyal readers and correspondents: Happy New Year!

ACCORDING to the Walgreen’s Flu Index, a strip of East Texas – including Gregg, Rusk and Smith counties – ranks Number 1 in flu activity in Texas.

IF it makes you feel any better about the football season, it appears Panola County and Carthage are out of the running. (Number two is far south Texas.)

JOSH Selleck may very well be the best-dressed city manager in Texas – at least during the holiday season.

HIS bride, Elsa, each year buys him a new piece of Christmas apparel. This year it was a red and white suit… not like a Santa Claus suit, but like a regular red suit with white reindeer and stuff. We’re pretty sure she’ll never top that.

PRETTY much everyone at the News Herald is or has been under the weather in the last week. With temperatures where they’ve been, you’ve got to be feeling pretty low to get under that.

TRINITY Clinic on Thursday was chock-a-block with wheezers and a couple of us geezers.

HAPPY New Year and Happy Kwanzaa.

KWANZAA was established in 1966 by Ron Karenga, aiming to reconnect black Americans to their African roots and recognize their struggles as a people by building community. It is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Derived from the Swahili term, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first-fruits,” Kwanzaa is based on African harvest celebrations such as the seven-day Umkhost of Zululand.

SUCCESS story in the making… Chip Hale, he of Overton Films and the Reel East Texas Film Festival, has already received four submissions for next November’s festival.


December 30 - Pete Jones, Brittney Shanice Wheat, Michael Collins, Karen Laird, Lisa Richardson, Paul Hunt, Sally Dempsey, Angela Nistetter, Amber McCarty, Justin Erb, Robert Hinson, Paul Dossey, Lori Matthews, Maurice Appling, Ruby Dilbeck, Allan Holland, Sherri Walsh, Clearice Bell, Elisabeth Latham, Jeffrey Lundgren

December 31 - Derik Audas, Edith McKinney, Larry Jackson, Ricky Linn, Pete Edney, Larry Dale Dorsey, M.M. Jolly, Myrtle Woody, Brian Bittick, Craig Martin, Martha Davis, Lee Edwards, Leslie Singleton, Ann Rosson, Tucker Konczak, Clarice Bell, Craig Martin Ashley Brady

January 1 - Phillip Ellis, Mrs. Terry Pullen, Donnie Ashberry, Kim Cline, Jay Edmons, James E. Davis, Jan C. Holt, Gene Caskey, Billy Bryan Vernon, Gail Drinning, Mary Wyatt

January 2 - Matt Climer, Brynda McNey, Arlene Hedges, Perry Solomon, Franesta Geter, Kristi Golden, Les Bewley, Brenda Ligon, Andrea Robinson, Shannon Siebert, Mary Bateman, Erin Spradlin, Justin Honea, Jordan Taylor, Peyton Pentecost


December 30 - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doss, Ron and Lisa Ancelet, Michael and Ruth Kusheba, Joe and Beth Garrett

December 31 - Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Mercer, Ed and Vicki Danmount, Paul and Tammy Hunt

January 2 - Mr. and Mrs. George Copeland


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