“I found a great many pieces of punctuation and typography lying around dormant when I came along – and I must say I had a good time using them.”

– Tom Wolfe

TEXAS leads the nation in child vehicular heat deaths, with 114 deaths from 1989 to 2017.

OUR pal (and able horseman) David McElyea enters the RSNC (Ranch Sorting National Championship) World Finals next week ranked fourth among Texans in the amateur class and qualified for the $50,000 RSNC Shootout.

SINCE there was no email and no social media – no internet at all, in fact – until much later, news of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865 moved slowly, and didn’t reach Texas until May. The Army of the Trans-Mississippi did not surrender until June 2. On June 18, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston Island with 2,000 federal troops to occupy Texas on behalf of the federal government. The following day, standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3”, announcing the total emancipation of those held as slaves:

“THE people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” A year later, the freedmen celebrated the first Juneteenth.

IN Kilgore, this year, Juneteenth activities will be staged on Saturday, June 16. Find details in today’s edition.

WHOOPS. We’re always look forward to Kilgore Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, but we jumped the gun a bit in our last writeup. Don’t worry, you have time to mark your schedule: the program’s Fun Day in the Park is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday as children and their parents interact with Kilgore emergency responders and, perhaps, take a spin through the new Lazy Splash Ranch.

WE learned this week a surprising number of toilet paper rolls end up in the bowl at the Boys & Girls Club. While the hard-working staffers there teach their charges not to let the TP go to waste, we know they’d appreciate donations of toilet paper – and other essentials – you can find in a list on Page 7A.


June 9 - Morgan Bonner, Lou Ann Morse, Jennifer Anderson, Martha Lawrence, Jessica Henson, J.D. Beverly, Felicia Daniels, Rebecca Young, Bobby Huey, Mary Moore, Kristy Osborne, Lloyd Skinner, Randy Driver, Brandon Waller, Tim Hartnett, Mabel Clark, Samantha Henry, Vincent Lundgren, Rod Olson

June 10 - Kim Nelson, Geoffrey Eneman, Penni Mitchell, La Crisha Painter, Mrs. Hollis Lee, Gary Bollinger, Robin Mumphrey, Ethan Herring, Jerry Brown, Doris Bolt, Ebony Pegues, Clyde M. Ponder, Teresa Isaac, Lance Dent, Peggy Messer, Janice Connor, Auryana Fagans, Ryan Price

June 11 - Vincent Lee Ramirez, Dianne Miller, Cynthia Sorrell Cole, Will Williams, Matthew Linn, Jay Day, Blake Hightower, Deonte B. Colbert, Wes Ronning, Katie Stalcup, Don Thrash, Bob Butler, Kelly Bentle, Mary Beth Briggs, William Linn, Cheryl Rowe, Stephanie Schrader, Meredith Long, Kamia Jackson

June 12 - Daren Chappell, Nell Bell, Gordon Lynn Swaim Jr., Brooke Waggoner, Londesta Howard, Marcus Shepherd, Jane Johnson, Chad Harrington, Karl Bolt, Rob Reed, Sharon Brockway, Koena Easley


June 9 - Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Blackmon, Mr. and Mrs. Duane Deen, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Edmondson, Chris and Quenna Olson, Tim and Dee Harnett

June 10 - Mr. and Mrs. Neil Copeland, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Beverly, Ken and Ginger Becker

June 11 - Charles and Lisa Stafford, Eugene and Beverly Moore

June 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Vernon L. Pate, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Matthews


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