“Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states.” 

– Alistair Cooke

ANDY Elliott (acknowledging the influence of Paul Crume, late columnist for the Dallas Morning News, we’ll call him the Brooke Drive Boulevardier) is a Henderson native so he knows some stuff about some things we don’t know about. For example: the long-gone railroad spur between Henderson and Overton – Andy refers to it as the H&O B&F… as in the Henderson & Overton Back & Forth.

IN 1980, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was smack in the middle of a list of 21 “peer” nations – about 74 years. That changed markedly in the next 35 years. By 2015, life expectancy here was at the bottom of that list according to studies by a number of universities and research groups and compiled by the New York Times.

THE list of peer nations ordered by life expectancy based on 2015 result: Japan (83.9), Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Australia, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, the Netherlands, Iceland, Ireland, Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Germany (80.7). The U.S. is last at 78.8 years.

KILGORE singer-songwriter Jenn Ford has released her second country single, “You Don’t Have to Stay,” a ballad about a wife adjusting to her husband’s return from active military duty. Featured with Ford is Texas Country Music Artist Darrin Morris. Producer Chad Mauldin, also a Kilgore resident, recorded and produced Ford’s song at his LSIJ Studio in Gladewater.

IN ADDITION to singing and writing music, Ford is active in the Texas Country Music Association and is co-host of the Texas Country Music Awards.

FOR all you wannabe geologists, this report from Otis Gold corporation:

“The Kilgore Project lies on the north-eastern margin of the Miocene-Pliocene Kilgore Caldera complex in the Eastern Snake River Plain, Idaho. The Kilgore Project contains the Kilgore Deposit with a current NI 43-101 (technical report dated September 12, 2012) Indicated Resource of 520,000 ounces (oz.) Au in 27.4 million tonnes at a grade of 0.59 g/t Au and an Inferred Resource of 300,000 oz. Au in 20.2 million tonnes at a grade of 0.46 g/t Au (the “Deposit”). The Kilgore Deposit is a low-sulphidation, gold bearing, quartz-adularia epithermal system hosted in Tertiary volcanic rocks, local Tertiary intrusive rocks, and basement Late Cretaceous, Aspen Formation sedimentary rocks.”


June 2 - Lacey Krantz, Jamie Johns, John Hargis, Cecelia Smith Wilson, Shannon Carter, Barry Nowlin, Keith Lewis, Heather Wiggins, James Billings, Lindsey Kee, Lindsey Sullivan, Audrey Fowler, Christopher Chance Hales, Stephanie Scott, Robert C. Shelburne, Brooke Bryant

June 3 - Chris Blanks, Mrs. A.G. Morton Jr., Nikki Hargrave, Lee Hamilton, Annette Neal, Judy Cole, Gilbert Andris

June 4 - Gail Woodard, Joyce Odom, D’Anna Conway, Michael Waggoner, David McDonald, Calvin Coleman, Ali Wright

June 5 - Jason Brannon, Norma Pritchard, Jeff Wheeler, Rusty Bumgardner, Jason Boren, Dr. Rob Thoni, Robby Huey, Ruth Simmons, Steve Long, Cody Davidson, Esther Williams, Christopher Rieger, Nakia Brown, Ethan Easley, Shaddow Aiken, Harlee Biggs


June 2 - Mr. and Mrs. James E. Woods

June 3 - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harold Hendrix, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hendrix, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lohr, James M. and Marian Richardson

June 4 - Vernon and Brenda Brown, Daniel and Becky Crabtree, Mr. and Mrs. Don Peters

June 5 - Jerdy and Linda Wolverton, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bradford Sr., Billy and Nita Brady


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