“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.”

– Bob Hope

WE DISCOVERED this week there are still high school football programs that run honest-to-goodness two-a-day football practices in the August heat. I was under the impression most school districts, warned away by stories of athletes dying in the heat, had adopted a one-a-day regimen.


THE hold of high school athletics is powerful.

KIM Slayter, Kilgore Intermediate School principal, is again an active member of the KHS football booster club despite that she has no children left in Kilgore schools.

YOUR tax dollars (finally) at work…

THE best news in a while? A Texas Department of Transportation crew was hard at work here, beginning their week at The Traffic Circle. They peeled off old asphalt and, at this writing, are replacing it with smooth and new.

SCOTT and Jay Ward – known to some here as the sons of the late Jack Ward – have sold the Ward Agency, a Longview based insurance and employee benefits company with an office in Tyler. They sold to Hub International, a Chicago company that’s reportedly the sixth-largest global insurance agency.

FAR from retiring, we’re told Jay will continue to run the Tyler office and Scott will manage the Longview office.

JACK – a former member of the Kilgore City Commission, past president of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and friend to so many in Kilgore – died following a one-car accident on Hwy 31 in late 2016.

OUR VIEW from the cheap seats leads us to believe City Park with its amphitheater (thanks, again, for that facility, Kilgore Improvement and Beautification Association) is a better location for the Fridays After 5 concerts… either that or the band Teazur and near-perfect temperatures are the ideal combination.

KILGORE Main Street drew a nice crowd, 300 or so by our estimate, to Friday’s free concert.


August 8 – Vicki O’Neal, Keith Stokes, Thelma Jones, Sue Boyd, Debbie Boren, Kim Carroll, Sue Logan, Elise Reinbach, Horace Bryant, Phillip Lacy Jr., Kenny Robinson, Diane Agee, Bryan Redd, Barbara Edney, Robbie D Jackson, Grace Arrington, Tim Reese, Tatum VanMeter, Allison Guthrie, Quavion Sheffield, Bradley T. Bryant, Tra Gordon

August 9 – Valerie Bowne, Jacob Manning, Zachery Hagemann, David Robinson, Mark Webb, Scott Nelson, Nicholas William Holley, Vickie Martin, Barbara Ann Carpenter Conrod, R.M. Mobley, Kim Franks, Josh Cohagen, Richard Rorschach, John Pearce, Sally White, Joe Hendrix, Jamie Muckelroy, Sybil Adams, Laura Brown, Dusty Layne, Denise Sullivan, George B. Heil, Don Alexander, Ty’Breanna Wheat, Esmeralda Hoerta, Skylar Leak

August 10 – Patti Brooks, India Stroope, Ruth Mix, Sarah Whittington, Elisabeth Ponder II, Edgar Driver, Brian Derek Hernandez, Todd Patterson, Carroll Phillips, Jackie Prather, Mrs. Leslie Fout, Steve Waller, Maude Sue Dennis, Jimmie Colbert, Amber Michelle Briggs, Faye Wiggins Richards, Jayme Bradley, Anita Ragan, Phillip McCarty, Amanda Dorsey, Roy Irving, Carl Glenn Jr., Robert Hennly Smith, Jeff Sullins, Don Mobley, Christy Morris, Bridgett Ann Smith, Austin Payne, Jeremy Reese, Ambreenique Orange, Kutter Dale White, Amie Austin


August 8 - Dorothy and Henry Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Hensley

August 9 - Donald and Tina McSpadden, Robert and James Woods Puryear

August 10 - Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Grush Jr.


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