Tis the season of the year in East Texas when the child somewhere deep within each of us emerges in anticipation of beautifully lit decorations constructed on our lawns, in front of homes hung with holiday lights to offer Christmas cheer to our neighbors and those passing by. As the shoppers rush to and fro with their treasures, so eager to place them underneath ornately decorated trees that spread beauty throughout the inside of our homes, it seems everywhere we go the sounds of the season complete the experience of this heartfelt time of the year.
The idea for Restoration of the Oil Derricks that once aligned the skyline of Kilgore came from Jack and Winter Elder at a Main Street Kilgore organizational brainstorming session in 1986. Started by a whisper at a Main Street Organization meeting with City of Kilgore under Mayor Mickey Smith. Jack Elder, nudged by whisper from Winter, his wife, suggested the derricks of Kilgore needed to be restored.
Kilgore Magazine took some time to visit with the three women who make up the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. If you haven’t already met these beautiful, talented ladies you are in for a treat. Diversity in their backgrounds, careers and personal lives gives Kilgore the best possible advantage.
It’s a little known fact in Gregg County that a group of dedicated people formed a committee to promote the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the sole purpose of making sure one student in Gregg County gets an $18,000 college scholarship. Without this committee this scholarship would not be available. In the last 8 years more than $120,000 in scholarships has been given to students in Gregg County.
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Living and Leading Kilgore Forward
Gregg County Area Go Texan’s Help Dreams Come True
A Gift of Music from the Kilgore College Piano Ensemble