KILGORE — Kilgore civic leaders Lloyd and Evelyn Bolding ushered in the Christmas spirit Saturday night by flipping a switch to light more than 20 derricks lining Commerce Street in the World’s Richest Acre.

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It can be lonely, arduous work preparing a week’s meals as a solo act, and Kilgore Public Library staffers hope for a more festive atmosphere when they gather food preppers en masse this month. Set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, the library’s Freezer Meals Prep Party is pretty self-explanatory, according to KPL director Stacey Cole.

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BOSSIER CITY, La. — President Donald Trump made his third trip to Louisiana Thursday night in an attempt to flip the governor’s seat to the Republican column.

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RUSK — On Tuesday, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission hosted a groundbreaking for new patient units at Rusk State Hospital. Of $745 million designated by the state Legislature for a number of Texas hospitals, $196 million has been approved for the project in Rusk.

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Gregg County Sheriff’s investigators have identified the suspect in a weekend shooting near Lake Cherokee as Hubert Earl Kindle, 34, of Easton and are seeking information about his whereabouts.

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Home sales in the 10-county region served by the Longview Area Association of Realtors continued their upward spiral in October, growing 16.7% from the previous year, the organization reported.

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Five days into the open filing period for the March primaries have yielded no surprise candidates in Gregg County and one Harrison County candidate seeking a post currently held by a county commissioner who hasn’t yet filed for reelection.

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NORRIS CITY, Ill. — About 40 people ventured out in inclement weather Monday on Veterans Day to attend the dedication of an historical marker commemorating the 1943 wartime completion of the first leg of the Big Inch Pipeline in Norris City, Illinois.