“Texas history is as varied, tempestuous, and vast as the state itself. Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today. Today’s Texas is exhilarating, exasperating, violent, charming, horrible, delightful, alive.”

– Edna Ferber, author

IT was 183 years ago today settlers in Mexican Texas declared their independence from Mexico.


WHICH makes it all the more disappointing this week saw the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals strike down one of the essential elements of the Texas Open Meetings Act. It’s a shameful turn of events, stripping away part of the strength of a law that prevents the bad apples in the bushel from abusing their authority and deliberating in secret on actions that affect Texans.

AFTER years and years of service, one of the many ways he gives back, Kilgore Boys & Girls Club Co-Founder Travis Martin (Happy belated Birthday) is wrapping up his long tenure on the board. Before you kick-off your Spring Break plans, drop by the 724 Harris St. club between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, March 8, to say ‘Thank You’ to Travis for all he’s done (and will undoubtedly continue to do) for this community and its kids.

WE had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Nancy Brickhouse in Fall 2018 for KNH’s Women in Business special edition while she was on sabbatical ‘investigating leadership opportunities.’

AS of May 1, it was announced this week the Kilgore High School alum – daughter of JoAnn and Dr. Charles Whiteside – has been named provost of Baylor University.

SMART choice. Among a number of words in wisdom from October, “I think it’s important that women know there are multiple paths to success,” she told us. “There’s not a single way of doing it. It’s important for each individual woman to find her own way.”

OUR good neighbor, indeed: Congratulations to Kilgore’s James Murphy who this week received a well-deserved “Good Neighbor Award” at the Republic Services General Manager Conference.

SOMETIMES we’re glad to say we were misinformed – the free tax preparation assistance offered by AARP at Meadowbrook Golf & Event Center continues, after all. In fact, you can get that help from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday all the way through the April 15 deadline.

NOT that it’ll surprise you, but the annual Mardi Gras Pancake Breakfast at the Willows Rehab & Nursing makes Fat Tuesday another one of our favorite days.

WE haven’t been in that dense a crowd since the last comic-con. Dozens of people packed into Dan Sorey’s Longview law firm Thursday night to congratulate Anup Bhandari on the release of his fundraising art book, “The Faces of Newgate.”

THERE’S an autographed first edition at Kilgore News Herald. Come take a peek.

QUICK calendar item for you: don’t miss the Kilgore Chamber’s Morning Brew at 8 a.m. March 21 at Kilgore Police Department.

“I am forced to conclude that God made Texas on his day off, for pure entertainment, just to prove that all that diversity could be crammed into one section of earth by a really top hand.”

– Mary Lasswell


March 2: Tyler Lee Barnett, Victory Peace McKinney, Joe May, Andy Elliott

March 3: Misty Patterson, Laurie Holley, Lori Hooker, Kasey Pruett, John W. Jones, Lynn Walker, Carolyn Martin, James Wilson, Lynn Harton, Lindsey Nicole Tucker, Tommy Hayes, Sheila Sullivan, Sentell Harvey, Sherry Smires, Diana E. Helms, Bill Marshall, Patsy Williams, Mark and David Brasfield, Crystal Alexander, Wayne Easley, Eddie Freeman, Laurell Tucker, James Peyton Wood, Debra Linthicum, Peggy Bowne, Richard L. Cooks, Deja Walton, Benjamin Wayne Easley, Brittanie Porter

March 4: Mrs. Connie Waters, Tracy Waldroup Nestleroad, Jason Cooley, Ken Kettlewell, Sr., Deborah Hamilton, Florence Joiner, John Neal, Alert Madariaga III, Mrs. Walker Ogden, Dorothy Worsham, Channa Finney, Clarence Russell Hooks, Eric Anderson, Josh Forth, Joan Ferguson, Victoria Annaleigh Jamieson, Brittanie Porter, Tracy Elrod


March 3: Mr. and Mrs. Odessa Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Hancock

Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Silvertooth, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harper, Ken and Peggy Kettlewell


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