“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin. The inexplicable fact is that the blinder it is, the more tenacious it is. It is never stronger than when it is completely unreasonable.”

– Victor Hugo, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”

IT wasn’t a drill, and it’s nice to be able to report good news even in the face of a fire: all indications are things went according to emergency plans Tuesday after a faulty fan motor forced at evacuation at KMS. With very apparent efficiency, students were moved to safety, emergency responders moved in and everyone was back in the classroom in short order.

WE always welcome news about crawfish boils, and the Pirtle Bar-B-Q’s a great event to look forward to. This year’s is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Look for details in today’s issue, and mark your calendars.

WE’LL be enjoying a Cup ‘o Ye Olde Joe Thursday morning as Avalon Faire hosts the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce’s Morning Brew event for April. The networking session runs 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1076 FM 1252 W.

THE Faire’s King’s Feast is set for 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 Saturday, located about one mile west of Hwy. 42. For more information about the local attraction’s weekend events, log on to

APOLOGIES, we missed giving you a heads-up about the Holy Week breakfasts at First Presbyterian Church. Maundy Thursday communion is the evening of April 18, however, and the annual, impressive Tenebrae service is set for 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday.


HOPEFULLY, you’re stretching now before Saturday’s sprint across the outfield of Driller Park as the second annual Helicopter Egg Drop runs throughout the morning (a slate of activities start at 8:30 a.m.) near Harris Street Park.

IF you missed Saturday’s 2019 Kilgore Candidates Forum, we have coverage in this issue, but we can’t replicate the fantastic white chocolate mint cookies Debbie VanDoren provided for the event. Apologies, they’re all gone.

KUDOS to Amber Maxwell Abell, co-chair of the 2019 Texas Rose Festival in Tyler.

FOR those who’ve asked, yes, the hair’s due for a significant trim this week. We’ve drawn comparisons to Frasier Crane and Bernie Sanders – we get the message.

FOR a certain fan base amongst us, winter is most definitely here.

“He reached for his pocket, and found there, only reality”

– Victor Hugo,

“The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”


April 17: Stephen Torrence, Barbara Dickson, Claudette Lacy, George H. Halley, Mary Ann Harris, Patrick Murphey, Ellen Bittick, Doug Cline, Mary Manes, Mattie Clayborn, Sung Pak, Shari Darty, Kenya Dudley, Jesse Berden, Kasi Barnhart, Jaxon Woods

April 18: Tim Ford, Tommy Craver, Kay Howell, Tobie Vaughn, Callie Robinson, Mary Ann Cooper, Choyea Keith Hancock, Shawna Bass, Ida Wood, Zane Brannon, Bill Waldo, Alan Ledet, Mike Bassham, Wanda Salyer, Lisa Mitchell, Kimberly Robinson, Kay Torrence, Cassidy Nicole Hodges, Chase Vinson, Regina Williams, Clayton Villyard, Jackson Gattis Tyra, James T. Jones

April 19: Mark Charchio, Whitney Keeling, Helen Goodwin, Ronnie Shaw, Patty Bone Clayton, Dorothy Brown, Lisa DeGraffenfried, Ray Wilson, Zach Barnes, Chris Kennedy Jr., Staci Cooper, Robert Reed, Denson Bishop, Staci Johnson, Jeremy Dean, Claudia Clark, Russell Morris, Collette Miles, Scott Hinton, Cleo Mumphy, Ronnie Chappell, Katherine Barker, Audrey Bell, Raymond Smith I


April 17: Liz and Gene Rushing, Wallace and Susan Berden

April 19: Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Burton


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