“We will never see a day when women of means are not able to get a safe abortion in this country.”

– Ruth Bader Ginsburg

OKTOBERFEST this Saturday offers a packed schedule crammed into an 8-hour slot.

THE afternoon and evening opens with the tapping of the keg at 1:15 followed by a performance by the Bier Nutz – a local “oompah” band that includes city manager Josh Selleck.

THERE’LL be pola lessons, a chicken dance contest, hot dog-eating contest, beer stein holding contest, a best-dressed (think lederhosen and dirndls) contest and – at the end of the day – an evening of music by The Social Club.

WE can’t figure out what he did the other two days…

HITTING the treadmill (many days at 5 a.m.) on 28 of the 30 days in September, our friend Bo Camp walked 135 electric miles at Kilgore College’s Parks Fitness Center. For the cardio-averse among us who might go looking for a role model, Bo is pretty close to 82 years old.

SEPTEMBER was the wettest September and the third wettest month ever recorded in these parts.

OUT at East Texas Regional Airport, the National Weather Service recorded 9.1 inches of rain last month – the average for the month is 3.16 inches so, yeah, it was wet.

ADVANCE notice: Bingo and dinner benefitting Boys and Girls Club is set for next Thursday, October 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal.

THE menu will include 3-cheese dip with crackers, brisket, baked beans, twice-baked potatoes, green salad, cinnamon peaches, french bread, dessert, and tea, water or lemonade.

Dinner is $12 for adults and $7 for children 12-under-other. After the meal, bingo cards are $10 each or three for $20 with cash prizes waiting for winners at 314 N. Henderson Blvd. Dinner is at 6 p.m., bingo is at 7.

PERHAPS the climate isn’t really changing; if not, someone should have told the alligator.

AUTHORITIES removed a 4-foot alligator from Lake Michigan this week.


October 10 - Ronnie Spradlin, Rusty McKinney, Penny Henry, Calvin and Alvin Henderson, Paula Wilson, Joyce Hunter, Lukas Watson, Rubye Fort, Deborah Winningham, Cody Bumgardner, Julie Zimmerman, Allison Michele Adamson, Ben Monroe, Glenda Malone, Tammy Pegues, Monet LaFleur, Patsy Siddick, Ora Lee Dunnaway, Richard Hall, Lindsey Clements, Jim Mills, Shay Cherry, Bernasko Reddic, Amber Maxwell, Sharon Clark

October 11 - Kim Johnson, Greg Caskey, Jeff Griffin, Kristy Megason, Betty Irving, Ray LeRoy, Julie Bennett, D’Alva Reed, Betty Smart, Mae Bass, Merita Barbee, Teri Yandle Dent, Mildred Patterson, David Holcombe, Mrs. W.C. Henderson, Pennie Roberson, Ruby Jewel Britton, Rebecca Elaine Mitchell, Cherokee Parks, Chris Easley, Ruby Elizabeth Murphy, Larry Zachery, Vivian Warron

October 12 - Amy White, Stoney Lake, Charles Raby, Kim Elerick, Cletis Guthrie, Janice Moore, Mike Pierce, David Mount, Wendy Bohem, Scott Haines, Michael Shelton Rodgers, Sharon Clark, Steve Yocom, Jeremy Joiner, Luther F. Swan, Briggett Lewis, Karen Moore, Jacqueline McCarthy, Windy Glidden, Lauren Tate Long, Blake Banda, Christain Head


October 10 - Chris and Lacy Toler

October 11 - Bob and Wanda Hodges

October 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Willie Powe, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Meyer, George and Robbie Boren, Steve and Carmela Herring


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