Moving on, moving up

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THE consensus from some local retailers is one of relief as we move on into the New Year. Sales for the month of December started out slow as locals competed with on-line purchases, but true to Kilgoreites’ nature, they dug in and offered it all to pull in the last minute sales.

“I was busy right up through the new year,” said Marion “Smitty” Smith, owner of Smitty Firearms. “I have no complaints; the year ended well and not what I first thought.”

NOT missing a beat was Crystal Kranzman, nail technician. A fire took her space inside Tanline through Thanksgiving. Crystal was the previous owner of Tanline and not the building as first reported on Facebook postings.

“I never missed a beat,” she laughed. “I was up and running on the Monday following. I am now at Mirror Mirror (previously High Maintenance).”

SHOULD Auld Acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind… Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of Auld Lang Syne. Definitely not forgotten are Bill and Jessica Woodall, former publisher/owners of Kilgore News Herald.

GONE they are not for all those who are asking. They still maintain offices in their building, still live in the community and are still members of various boards for community organizations. Jessica has become one of our biggest cheerleaders, offering stress relief and organizational techniques as well as trying to keep the office as aesthetically beautiful as possible while the news staff transitions into bigger things, sharing their award-winning talents with a much larger team. Stop in and meet Jerry Pye, regional publisher; he is a likable feller if you haven’t already met him at Chamber of Commerce meetings and at our local office. Editor James Draper is still keeping the wheels rolling in the newsroom. If you see a bunch of strange faces, the front office staff, reporters and marketing executives now have a team of IT techs and a host of beautiful people working to help Kilgore News Herald grow into new, larger realms.

BEWARE of the deer crossing old Gladewater Highway as seen last week, causing a complete shut-down of traffic as employees traveled the back road into town. It is believed they may have been heading for any leftovers to be found at Kilgore Feed Company. Deer have a tendency to take the same trail at the same time. These were seen close to 8 a.m. which brings us to our annual first-of-the-year visit to Patterson’s body shop so we can check out their collision board. The year ended for them with a total of 54 deer causing vehicle damage, which was remarkably down from the year before. Dogs, especially those allowed to run across parking lots, caused the biggest damage for the year, according to Patterson’s staff.

WE are always finding something new while at Patterson’s Kilgore location and this year we found one of their painters, Mike Ambern. Mike is also a cross-country biker/hiker and fighter. He is a member of the newly-organized Friends of the Lake O’ the Pines whose mission is to improve recreation and tourism in the area.

“We are working hard with developmental engineers to increase the hiking, biking trails utilizing as much of the natural beauty as possible to give everyone especially kids attached to their phones a sense of the meaning of real outdoors,” said Mike. “We want to be able to sponsor key events like those found on trails like at Bentonville, Arkansas. I travel all over the country to world class trails, and I have seen first-hand how it affects businesses in every area from lodging to restaurants,” he said. “Lake O’ the Pines is the ideal place if handled correctly. Financing just for a developmental model to go by is expensive and raising funds for the model is what the group is currently doing. We welcome anyone who wants to join or hear more about us.”

For more information, Mike can be reached at 903-399-5058.

Another Patterson employee that works with Mike is Steve Jones. Both are also members of the Mixed Martial Arts ( MMA) which encompasses all forms of martial arts be it kickboxing, jiu jitsu, muay thai, taekwondo, karate, wresting, etc. Steve will be participating in the American Kombat Alliance event held this weekend at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City. He already holds some titles and his friends and co-workers look forward to seeing his accomplishments in 2019.

SHOULD Auld Acquaintance be forgot…we never forget our readers or the support they give to us. We’ll take a cup of kindness yet and days of Auld Lang Syne. Let’s move on and up together through 2019. In the meantime May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes Throughout the Week. We may reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or 903-984-2593.

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