Farmer’s Market – every Saturday
Until July 31 – Texas Shakespeare Festival
July 26 – Regular Town Council Meeting – 5.30pm at Kilgore Town Hall
July 30 – Free dive into the movie (Spider Man – No Way Home) 8 p.m. Municipal swimming pool
July 30 – Downtown Night Cruise from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
July 30 – Arabella Class Car Show 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
August 7 – Free Dog Day at the pool – 1 to 5 p.m. – Well-socialized dogs only, please!
August 9 – Regular Town Council Meeting – 5.30pm at Kilgore Town Hall
August 20 – Rangerette Demonstrations
August 17 – First day of school
Utilities improvements along Industrial Boulevard and Commerce South are now substantially complete. This project replaced the aging water and sewer infrastructure along these roads and increased capacity by installing larger pipes. These projects were undertaken prior to planned street improvements for Industrial Boulevard and South Commerce. This project installed more than four miles of water and sewer lines, connecting more than 60 homes and businesses. More than 30 new standpipes were also installed. The cost of the project is just under $4.1 million. This is the largest underground utility contract the Town of Kilgore has ever undertaken, demonstrating the town’s commitment to renewing our aging infrastructure and investing in the future of our town and its citizens.
PUBLIC WORKS AND PROJECTS
The Park Service has removed dead trees from the dog park.
Demolition continued to progress at Laird Memorial Hospital and the contractor was able to save the lintel inscribed ‘Kilgore Memorial’, which will be reused as a bench on the new project.
Street Services has completed the replacement of some concrete panels on the south half of Ross Avenue. The crew heads for the northern half and then ends with the intersection at Broadway.
The pressurized Mercerview plant was struck by lightning, which damaged the generator and automatic transfer switch. We will make repairs to get it back online as soon as possible.
The fire department continues to face drier, warmer conditions and an increase in wildfires. Fighting a fire over 100 degrees can certainly be devastating, so please keep firefighters, police and rescue in your thoughts and prayers.
The Kilgore Fire Department and Rescue Unit provided EMS support for the Creekside Trail mountain bike race last weekend.
Kilgore Rescue Unit member Josh Moore attends TEEX’s annual municipal firefighter training school at College Station. Josh earns his confined space rescue certification
The fire marshal monitored the removal of underground tanks at 826 N. Henderson Blvd. and 1005 Stone Road.
Officer Taylor was recognized as Employee of the Month for May by his peers for his behavior when working with mental health consumers and others he encounters.
Detectives relentlessly pursued a predatory child even when their teenage victim wasn’t cooperating. The suspect was in school and no one wanted him to do it again. After months, a lead emerged and detectives interviewed additional witnesses and commissioned additional forensic interviews. The suspect, who had left town, was arrested in West Texas.
Dispatcher Zack Torres, who is a certified officer, was sworn in as the new officer this week.
The City Council approved a change of area at its last meeting to make way for a duplex development on the corner of Stone Road and Birdsong Lane.
City Council has approved a plan of subdivision to divide one lot into five lots for the development of duplexes at the corner of Lantrip Street and Longview Street.
The last swimming lessons are complete and we had 295 participants this year. Thanks to a generous donation, 100 participants received scholarships for their swimming lessons.
Summer is quickly coming to an end and the pool closing day will be free swimming on August 6th.
The last swimming aerobics class will be on August 5th.
The pool is hosting a special event for our canine friends to cool off and wrap up our pool season. Dog Day will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on August 7. This free event only accepts well-socialized dogs who like to make friends.
The second annual Creekside Sprint mountain bike race at BigHead Creek MTB Trail was a huge success. We had 59 people registered, which represents a growth of about 10% compared to last year.
Summer is still in session, but a cooler fall is on the way. Visit Kilgore creates a fall campaign which included print advertising, video and digital marketing. Visit Kilgore promoted the shops and restaurants of downtown Kilgore to visitors attending the Texas Shakespeare Festival through printed Shakespeare Passports.
All the summer reading awards have been won. We had over 40 awards this year. Thank you all for your support.
We will take a break from our activities in August. We will have a story hour twice a week and passive programming will be available.
- First cruise to the United States in 15 months ready to sail as restrictions ease
- Deadly Pride Parade Crash Seems Unintentional, Tokyo Olympics Allow 10,000 Local Fan Limit – NBC 6 South Florida
- Largest cruise ship ever docked in Portsmouth enters harbor
- YOTSPACE Luxury Superyachts: Not Just A Cruising Alternative, But A Whole New Experience