“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self”

– Ernest Hemingway

THERE’S some interesting news floating around Gregg County’s Highway 80 communities.

OFFICIALS in Gladewater, Warren City, Clarksville City and White Oak are proposing an emergency services district (ESD) which would include all their fire departments. Mayors and fire chiefs are reportedly asking that the proposal be included on the November ballot.

LOCALLY, an ESD was created a few years ago to stabilize funding for the Sabine fire department. An ESD is a political subdivision – like a city or a school district – and is empowered to levy a property tax of up to 10 cents per $100; valuation.

KILGORE Public Library is hosting a variety of fitness and health-tracking activities this fall. Among them is a Fit-Over-50 program led by Shannon Geddie and Kim Krantz. The first session is Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

IT’S free but you’ll want to come dressed in “active wear.”

IF YOU weren’t on the city’s walking trail over the weekend, you were one of but a few. Mild temperatures and a three-day weekend brought out the fast-walkers as well as those of us who are more inclined to stroll slowly along the (approximately 1.5 mile) pathway beside Bighead Creek.

THAT trail and the splash pad have proven to be outstanding additions to the community.

IT’S a FUNdraiser for Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation… Barbecue, Beer and Bands at the old post office Saturday, Sept 15.

IN exchange for a $40 ticket, you’ll get barbecue, beverages and a couple of bands from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the heart of Kilgore’s entertainment district. Tickets are available from KHPF board members including KHPF president Jerry Camp.

NET PROCEEDS will go toward improvements at the old post office – Kilgore History and Art Center. If you’ve not been inside the building to see the improvements, here’s your chance.


September 5 - Mannie Whittington, Kevin Dill, Lori Clark, Mrs. Robert Echols, Mrs. Estell Ratcliff, Ronald McFadden, Scott Hampton, Barbara Badair, Brenda Davidson, Gene Lowery, Darrell Taylor, Susie Hill, Gina Bass, Jeremy Norris, Felicia Ann Allen, David Hunter, Joel Sheppard, Rita Hudgins, Mathew Smith, Mikyah Guerrero

September 6 - Samantha Volm, Tom Pritchard, Nick Dennis, Mrs. Doyle Thomas, Stephen Hale, Dale McElyea, Shandee Lynn, Henry Webb, David Maddox, Joe Sheppard, Charlotte Leach, Ada Brooks, David Fussell, William Brightwell

September 7 - Betty Jo Mobley, John Neugebauer, Willie L. Clark Jr., Bridget Okray, Jimmy Guins, Lyndi Bione, Lisa Hopper Henry, Linda Allen, David Welch, Bill Edney, Tara Leroy, Brenda Laurent, Dee Ann Goddy, Dreka Ranson, Steven Knighton, Amy Reese, Patsy Haynes, Jo Lisa Thompson, Joe Roberts

September 8 - David Keiser, Nickalus Peters, Mrs. A. E. Douty Jr., Terry Thrower, Eva Harlow, Ginger Becker, Stacy Johnson, Katherine Fortson, Krista Megan Blankeney, Ricky Hudgins, Rev. T.A. “Tony” Clayton, Loren Beebe, Hazel Collins Rucker (90), Chris Jackson, Betty Robertson, Kelly Cook, Doyline Rhodes, Fonnie Ector Jr., Cora Russell, Caitlin Wilcox, Jake Lockman


September 5 - Mr. and Mrs. C. Paul Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gazette

September 6 - Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Phillips, Phillip and Maudelle Little

September 7 - Dr. and Mrs. Charles Florio


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