“Trouble rather the tiger in his layer than the sage amongst his books.”

– Gordon R. Dickson

THE KC Wind Symphony’s spring concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night and includes the world premiere of “Beowulf: An Epic Tale.” It’s a symphonic tone poem by Kelly Bennette. The free show also includes pieces by Shostakovich, Hazo, Kopetz and Sheldon (the Interwebs is helping us get up to speed on the composers) as KC director of bands Brent Farmer conducts the performance in Dodson Auditorium.

ALSO Thursday: “The 39 Steps” on KC’s Van Cliburn stage has been described elsewhere as “Hitchcock meets Monty Python.” You have four chances to catch the show March 7-10.

NOW, for the rest of the story, log on to to find journalist Jim Austin’s follow-up to Bill Woodall’s column from Saturday’s edition. It’s a wild East Texas tale.

DON’T forget: Kilgore Boys & Girls Club is celebrating co-founder and longtime board member Travis Martin from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the facility, 724 Harris St. We hope you’ll join us.

THERE are a lot of stories that come out of Kilgore Police Department’s annual Citizen Police Academy, and the 2019 CPA is picking up steam. It’s an eight-week program with behind-the-scenes introductions to crime scene investigation, the shooting range, K9 operations and more.

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WE’RE a little more than a week away from the year’s best math holiday: Pi(e) Day, March 14 (3/14).


March 6: Jean Dase, Joan Ruth, Jared Hargrave, Andy Dominy, Dade Myers, Matthew Habenicht, Florence Clayton, Jeannie Whatley, Jennifer Morris, Kristin White, Ron Stephens, Danny Downing, Vesta Lloyd, Kandis Campbell, Josh McCrory, Michelle Marie Sharp, Laura Salmon, Daniel Bryant Contreras, Carl Pdanka, Trystan Dobbs, Jared Hargrave

March 7: Verna Maguire, Peggy R. Jackson, Tim Anderson, Mark Pool, David Riddle, Charlotte Brewer, Donald Beebe, Michael Smith, Mark Johnson, Darlene Jennings, Sibyl Lee, Renae Lampkin, Whitney Alice Clark, Lamarcus A. Bell, Royce McIntosh, Melanie Wesson, Michael Young, Dr. Arthur Morchat, Wayne Taliaferro, Angela Beverly, Ayana Newman, NeAjaha Johnson, Roy Bennett, David Mauldin

March 8: Janey Gossage, Kristie Simpson, Terry Stembridge, Jr., Shonda Bell, Nicole Griffin, Phyllis Clayton, Ronnie Walker, Denise Washington, Janie Jamerson, Gary White, Joyce Riddles, Bobby Terry, John Beckham, George Wood, Barbara Crane, Tawnya Mitchell, Margaret Housley, Rachael Haynes, Charlotte Beason, Cody Sprayberry, Jacqueline Hale, Tom DeBerry, Tristan Caldwell, Josh Slagle, Phillip Frazier


March 6: Mr. and Mrs. James Smith, Lois and James Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Fortson, Mr. and Mrs. Mark White

March 7: Archie and Wanda Thayer

March 8: Brian and Ellen Bittick


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