Turkey lurking


I awoke this morning to the sound of the radio and with the following questions being tossed out across the air. “What did the Indians eat for Thanksgiving? It definitely wasn’t sweet potato casserole nor was it turkey. It was however, corn and beans. What is the male turkey called? No, it wasn’t the gobbler or hen, it was the Tom.” Never mind the answers, the talk hosts got their point across: the turkey is lurking and Thanksgiving is upon us.

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day for families and friends to get together and a time for all that is provided. If a roof is over your head, be thankful. If food is upon the table be thankful. If you have a vehicle that runs, be thankful and most importantly be thankful for your friends and family.

Since we were talking about Native Americans, the following request came from Rocky Hawkins, whose sons are interested in their heritage. He requests help in locating documentation on the Coley family, members of the Cherokee Nation who eventually made it to East Texas.

Rocky’s father is James C. Hawkins from the Grand Saline area and his mother was Agnes Odessa Coley. Great-grandparents were James Dempsey Coley Sr. and Margaret Blackburn.

For documentation, Native American lineage is traced through the maternal side. If you can help, please contact him at

OHHH, THEY SLIPPED OFF on a trip to Branson before the holiday craze could get the best of them. James and Elaine Campbell returned Tuesday evening from their four-day adventure.

“We had such a good time,” said James. “In Branson, we watched the Hughes Brothers. If you haven’t seen them, make sure you do first chance. There are five brothers with five wives and all in the family perform. At one time there were thirty-nine total of that family on stage with ten fiddlers on stage. Even a five-year-old sang a solo,” he said.

“While in Branson, we ate at what is known as the Great American Steak & Chicken House. It had a 43-ft. rooster and a 30-foot entrance," continued James. "It was the best home fried chicken I have ever eaten," he said. "On our return we took came back through Eureka Springs and stopped at Edna's Café. So, help me, the waitress had to have been Edna, because this little 80-year-old woman came out to take our order. But, the biscuits, sausage and gravy were out of this world,” he laughed.

THE KILGORE CHAMBER’S annual Christmas Parade will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Mingle & Jingle in Kilgore will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26, a mixture of downtown shopping and entertainment spread throughout the day and into the evening.

Overton will also host a Mingle and Jingle on Friday, December 2. It begins at 5 p.m. and old St. Nick will be wandering the streets there. They still have room for vendors and if interested call 903-834-3200 or 903-834-7000 and ask for Sara, Diana or Jamie.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us! It is one of the busiest days for travel in the USA. Drive safe. We may be reached at 903-984-2593 or In the meantime, May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts and Your Homes.


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