“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”

– Dalai Lama

THERE’S this from a recent Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association missive: (KIBA) continues to assist and exhort the residents of the City of Kilgore, Texas, and its suburbs to clean, repair plant, and freshen… “

The city annexed Fredonia a few years ago, so that can’t be a suburb. Liberty City folks wouldn’t take kindly to be considered a Kilgore suburb. That only leaves Royal Oaks and Rolling Meadows and I’m not sure how residents of those two neighborhoods will feel about carrying that appellation.

PERHAPS they’re common elsewhere, or maybe I just travel in the wrong circles… East Texas Hardware has become a significant retailer of hunting bows. As part of that, on April 14th Jimi Mankins and crew are hosting a family bow fishing tournament at Martin Creek Lake State Park – the fifth such tournament.

Entry fee is $20 per fisherman, age 18 and over.

THE tournament starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., prizes are to be awarded at 5 and at 6 the final event is – what else? – a fish fry. Visit the store for more information.

FOR the benefit of those who missed the memo, we’re halfway through National Public School Counseling Week.

NEXT Friday, Feb. 16 is Chinese New Year, the beginning of the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac calendar moves in 12 annual cycles; those born in 2018, 2006, 1994, etc are Dogs. For what it’s worth, those born in 1951 (ahem) are Rabbits.

THE Chinese zodiac is, in China, called shengxiao, which means ‘born resembling.’


February 7 - Ralph (Bubba) Ward Jr., Richard Patterson, David Martin, Brewnell Price, Genera Henderson, Timothy Alan Smith, Terry Laws, Jewel Howell, E.A. Mitchell, Jimmy Percell, Linda Sweet, Robert Peterson, Ada Faye Hardin, Shamiya London, Ricky Patterson, J.T. Stout, Allen Camp, Mrs. L.R. Guess, Robert Lee Brantley, Kay Owens, David Christy, Bennie Paramore, Mary Garcia, Tristan Truitt

February 8 - William Kennedy, Elder Daniels, Niki Lee, Mike Fuhrman, Mark Mitchell Deerinwater, Mrs J.R. Steele, Crysta Charchio, K.J. Henderson, Mrs. Glenn Russel, Tia Bournewing, Lane Barber, Roger Brigmon, Cleo Vault, Johnny Leach, Jennifer Smith, Cheyenne Donovan, Carlely Ganns, Gavin Hargrave Tyeskie

February 9 - John Mills, Josie Milam, Opal Beverly, Timothy Glenn, Leslie Fette, Madge Lawrence, Rusty Fox, Linda Rinehart, Shannon Sparkman Geddy, Wayne Ashby, Mae D. Waldon, Scott Smith, Mrs. J.B. Watson Jr., Jimmy Clayton Adams, Mrs. T.F. Hollis, Bailey K. Chapman, J.E. Mankins, Vida Moss, Tim Jackson, Andrew Thomas Moore, Breeanna Johnson, Kathy Ehl, Zion Reyes, Casey Williamson, Dorothy B. Watson


February 7 - Bob and Rosalie Abraham

February 8 - Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson, Joe and Jana Rentz


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