“A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.”

– Herodotus (Greek historian, born 485 B.C.)

COUNTING Thanksgiving – because I’m religious about observing it – there are six religious holidays between now and the end of the year. A couple are Hindu, one is Jewish, one is Islamic and, of course, Christmas is a Christian observance.

THROW in the East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook-off (13 days and counting), Halloween and Veterans Day – now you’re at nine holidays on the horizon.

SO, when Harvest Moon CountryGrass sends out a Happy Holiday card, they’re not thumbing their nose at Fox News… there really are a bunch of happy holidays ahead of us.

THE band, featuring our friend Fred Gebhardt, gets a shout-out – there is our first holiday greeting card of the new season.

AMONG the 104 films to be screened at this year’s Reel East Texas Film Festival is “One Act Play: a film about high school drama.”

THE film “presents an inside look at the intense dramas unfolding between theatre directors and their ensembles as they travel across Texas for this elimination style tournament culminating at the state competition in Austin.”

THE film by Hallsville native Landry Gideon (he swears he has many friends in Kilgore) won Best Texas Doc (Jury) and Best Texas Feature (Audience) at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.

REEL East Texas Film Festival will screen films at the Texan and at Kilgore College’s Dodson Auditorium November 15-18.

DAVID Reeves (Flowers By Design and Shops on Main) has been capturing feral cats downtown and having them spayed or neutered. He, Julie Beck and Carrie Jackson (The Coin Investor) then feed the cats a modest amount. In exchange, the cats make life hard for downtown rodents – there’s no catch and release for these rodents.

this week's birthdays include:

October 6 - Beverly Stovall, Juliandra Morton, Teresa Williams, Mrs. Fred Hughes, Amber Jean Horton, John Hanisee, Sandra Miles, Eddie Montgomery, Cyndy McFarland, Michael L. Smith, Doug Hageman, Kenneth Smart, Clarence Chastain, Dolores Hughes, Mike Conner, Tyshona Roberts, Lori Anne Dean

October 7 - Robert Martin, Bobbie Bryant, James Roberts, John Jones, Mrs. Clara Roberts, Phyllis Waldron, Sandy Sands, Joshua Hosker, David Wayne Griggs, Clyde Ray Frazier, Robert Anderson, Simone Gill, Gaynell Beall, Autumn Kinsey, Bill Baker, Kelly McName, Libby Staples, T.L. Walker, Ferol Hollowell

October 8 - Kirk Shield, Sam Ballard, Ryan King, John Maxwell, Monique Dennis, Rick Carter, Carl David Stevens, Laine Phillips, Myrtle Sue Jones, Jo Ann Haskins, Ruby Kerksey, Janice Richard, Ahmed Williams, Derek Santos, Carla Moore, Jeff Nestleroad, Judy Cotton, Mildred Wharton, Sharon Slemmons, Ann Engleking, Shannon Watson, M.L. Tidwell, John Swaim, Kenneth Plunk, Erika Hernandez, Brandye Hargrave, Stephen McClellan Bearden, Renonia Jordan, Benny Trejo, Dan and Shirley Platt

October 9 - Jennifer Howard, Richard Lee, Marjorie Smith, Lynda Watson, Karla Gunn, Pattie Morton, Danny Webster Jr., Marcella Rozell, Regine Renee Lacy, Ollie Hernon, Ella Webster, Jennifer Patterson, Jason English, Brenda Rossum, Ernest Reagan, Pamela Evette Fite, Brent Smith, Ron Hall, Trayvore Moore, Gage Mrozinski

this week's anniversaries include:

October 6 - Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Jones

October 7 - Mr. and Mrs. Obie Clayton, Tulley and Joy Borders

October 9 - David and Sandra Austin


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