Kilgore Magazine Issue 13

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Issue 13


Jennifer Jones

KJ Green

Shelby White

Tori Boaze

Ally Honeycutt


Taylor Walker

Tracee Patterson heart care success story


When Tracee Patterson began to feel pressure in her chest, she asked a friend to take her to Longview Regional. There, she learned she was having a heart attack and needed triple bypass surgery. “Dr. Jayakar is a phenomenal surgeon,” Tracee says. “He and the staff took great care of me.” After the surgery, Tracee was back to work in just three weeks. And while she is working to remain healthy, she knows where she’ll go if she ever needs medical attention again. “I promise I’ll never go to another hospital,” she says. To learn more, visit

Member of the Medical Staff at Longview Regional Medical Center






hese six Kilgore girls are all very different, yet all of them have the same respectable and endearing presence about them. We are very proud to call these girls home grown. Editor: Mary Ramos

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Contributing Photographers: Sean Landry Southwest Studios

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Lead Poisoning : Dalton Days By: Van Craddock

12 Firehouse Bar and Grill By: Fallon Burns

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Calendar of Events



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April Fool’s Day Kilgore Chamber Luncheon 11am First Thursday Downtown til 9pm Friday After 5 Downtown Dalton Days :: Longview Rodeo Arena Rangerette Revels :: Dodson Auditorium 7pm Longview Rodeo :: Longview Fairgrounds Passover Begins Kilgore Chamber Morning Brew 8:30am Good Friday Hwy 80 Sale Easter Sunday

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First Thursday Downtown til 9pm Kilgore College Band Concert Friday After 5 Downtown 12 @ 12 Luncheon Chamber Office Kilgore College Graduation City of Kilgore Elections Mother’s Day Kilgore Chamber Morning Brew 8:30am Armed Forces Day Memorial Day Kilgore High School Graduation


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t was one of the biggest shootouts in the history of the Old West … and it happened right here in Gregg County.

On May 23, 1894, outlaw Bill Dalton – at the time the best-known bandit in America -- and three pals rode into Longview and robbed the First National Bank. Dalton handed a note to bank officials demanding money. The robbery attempt quickly went awry when bank clerk Tom Clemmons began fighting with Dalton. A customer walked in, discovered what was happening and exited the Tyler Street bank post haste yelling “bank robbery!” at the top of his lungs. One of the bandits, Jim Wallace, began firing at passersby from his location at Fredonia and Bank streets. Residents reacted quickly … and bravely. Hardware store owners began handing out guns and ammunition. Folks took cover and downtown Longview became the site of a major gunfight. (Reports at the time say more than 250 shots were fired during the battle.) Jim Wallace’s aim was deadly. He fatally shot down mill hand Charlie Learned and barkeeper George Buckingham. Wallace then shot City Marshal Matt Muckleroy. Amazingly, the bullet struck silver dollars in a coin purse in the marshal’s vest pocket. Although grievously injured, Muckleroy eventually recovered from his wounds. Two more residents, Walter McQueen and T.C. Summers, were wounded by the outlaws. At that point, Deputy Sheriff Will Stevens and store owner Claude Lacy shot outlaw Wallace, who died on the spot. Bill Dalton and the two remaining outlaws hightailed it out of town, dodging bullets from angry residents. Two weeks later, on June 8, Dalton was killed by a posse in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma’s Indian Territory. The remaining two Longview bandits, brothers Jim and Asa Nite, eventually died of lead poisoning, too.

Relive History at Dalton Days

April 5th • 9am - 2pm

What is Dalton Days? ongview’s annual Dalton Days will have extra fire power this L year, when it returns to the Longview Rodeo Arena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 . This year’s event features the return of the

• Activities Include •


Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and its fast-riding, fastshooting competition.

The Gregg County Historical Museum presents Dalton Days each year, with reenactments of the May 23, 1894, robbery of the First National Bank by Bill Dalton and three members of his gang. Dalton Days was first staged in Longview in 1994, when the museum held its first re-enactment of the shootout that left three people dead, including one of the gang members. Dalton Days showcases Longview’s history and the bravery of its residents, who rallied to help after the first shots were fired. Dalton Days includes a variety of activities for the entire family. Longview World of Wonders, an organization working to build a hands-on children’s discovery center in Longview, assists the museum by providing children’s activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and games. Safe Haven Horse Rescue is hosting a Tennis Ball Toss with a chance to win a big screen television provided by Peters Cars as well. Tickets will be on sale for $5. Dalton Days is Saturday, April 5th from 9a.m. to 2p.m. at the Longview Rodeo Arena, next to the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center off Cotton Street in Longview Texas.

• Re-enactments of the 1894 Dalton Gang robbery of the First National Bank in Longview • Children’s activities offered in conjunction with Longview World of Wonders, including pony rides, bounce houses and a petting zoo • Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition, Adults and Youth • Tennis Ball Toss benefitting Safe Haven

• Tickets Are • Adults • $6 in advance, $8 at the gate Children 3-12 • $4 in advance and at the gate Children 2 and younger • free

• For more information visit •

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Longview Rodeo Arena Gates Open 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Tickets: Adult - Advance $6 - Gate $8 Child (3-12) - Advance $4 - Gate $4 (under 2 free)

Special Thanks to City of Longview’s Cultural Activities Advisory Commission

Available at: Gregg County Historical Museum · Horaney’s Feed Store · Louis Morgan Drugs #4 · Jake’s Feed · Boot Barn

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REVELS PRACTICE The Kilgore Rangeretts practice for their upcoming Revels Show on April 9th-12th




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FIREHOUSE BAR & GRILL The Firehouse Bar and Grill had its grand opening on February 28, 2014 at the Kilgore Meadowbrook Country Club hosted by the Kilgore Fire Department.


GRILL By: Fallon Burns


hat started off as a joke, snowballed into some much, much more. When the city purchased the struggling Meadowbrook golf course and event facility they hired Eagle Golf out of Dallas to maintain daily activities. While the golf course and banquet facility did well, the once “invitation only” restaurant and bar continued to tank. Even though it was open to the public, common criticisms were the white table cloths were not golfer friendly and it maintained its “private club” feel. Assistant Fire Chief, Mike Simmons thought, “Let’s make it so that people are attracted to come here. As a golfer in August, you want to feel comfortable and sit down to have a cheeseburger.” Thus the idea was born. After all they had a fantastic chef, kitchen, events venue and historic golf course at their fingertips.

How It Works

Kilgore Fire Chief Johnny Bellows and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Simmons moved their offices to the banquet facility building located at Meadowbrook Golf Course to oversee the management of the newly designated, more centrally located, fourth fire station. The station is staffed with a rotating crew of firemen and firefighting equipment needed to provide public safety. These rotating fire crews were responsible for renovating the restaurant space, designing the theme, and determining the layout and decor of the newly entitled Firehouse Bar & Grill. The firemen are responsible for managing all aspects of the facility including providing labor for events and banquets, helping out in the kitchen, taking orders and running food at the bar and grill. The city invited four people to join the ranks; Director of Golf, David Cline, Executive Chef Matt Mayfield, Event & Membership Director, Natalie Clouarte, and Golf Course Superintendent, Barry Carter.

The Chef & His Menu

While firemen can do most things, providing lunch, dinner and banquet service is not in their skills set. Chef Matt Mayfield was hired on as the Executive Chef by Eagle Golf and accepted an invitation to stay when the city took over. Chef Matt calls Amarillo

home but came to us from the Hilton Anatol in Dallas. Chef Matt developed a menu worthy of its namesake by blending comfort food with gourmet elements. Homemade chips and salsa, sweet potato fries and peach cobbler can be found daily. Maybe a burger with crispy onion strings, pickled jalapeños, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, and Sriracha mayo will catch your taste buds’ attention. An added advantage is that guests can order online from their smart phone. Chef Matt agrees, “The online ordering system makes it easier for the golfers. If they are on the 8th green they can put their order in right there on their phone and it will be ready.” Inside, guest can order on iPads or the old fashion way, via a menu. Chef Matt also plans to serve a Thursday night dinner special starting in April.

The Atmosphere

The largest change was made to the dining room. The center dividing wall between the pre-existing bar and dining room was removed. Breath-taking floor to ceiling golf course views stretch the width of the restaurant on two sides. The acoustic drop tile ceiling was removed and the new ceiling was painted black. Assistant Chief Mike thinks, “It’s nice enough to have dinner on Saturday night and it’s a fun place to be.”

Centered in the space is an impressive, granite horseshoe shaped bar accented by brushed aluminum bar stools with wooden seats surrounding the exterior. Large flat screen TV’s are mounted from every angle to insure there’s not a bad seat in the house. A neon jukebox plays local favorites while old fire helmets, photos and firemen memorabilia make it a fun, laid back environment. Assistant Chief Downing was able to show off his remarkable wood working talents by making all the tables and building the extraordinary bar himself. Meadowbrook Golf Course One of the most exciting changes for Meadowbrook is the return of Director of Golf, David Cline. According to David, “Meadowbrook is my passion. I felt like my calling has always has been with golf.” David grew up playing at Meadowbrook and managed the club when it was under private ownership. David says, “We are getting more public play and attracting more tournaments.” David laughs, “For the first time I can remember, membership fees are down.” David offers lessons for public and private members and hopes to work with the high school golf team in the future. David agrees, “The course is in great shape, I am hearing that the greens are better than they have ever been.” Anyone can hit a round of golf Tuesday through Sunday, for only $30, including cart and green fee.

Fire House Bar & Grill Located: 1306 Houston St. Phone: 903-218-6927 Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 11:00am to 9:00pm Price Range: $10 - $15 a person Like us on Facebook

Meadowbrook Golf Course Located: 1306 Houston St. Phone: 903-984-3155 House: Tuesday – Sunday Price: $30, day to day, cart & green fee Like us on Facebook

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Rangerette Revels is an annual variety show performed at Kilgore College featuring various performances by members of the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes as well as guest performers. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, April 9-11, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. Purchase tickets online at or in the Rangerette Box Office (903) 983-8179 located on the first floor of the Deana Bolton Covin Rangerette Gymnasium on campus. While you’re in Kilgore, be sure to stop by the Rangerette Showcase Museum and experience 73-plus years of Rangerette history! We’re located on campus, southwest of Dodson Auditorium on Broadway and Ross, one block west of Highway 259. We are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact us at (903) 983-8265 if you have any questions. 14

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• Sophomore Jennifer Jones is the daughter of Shane and Cindy Jones. Jennifer plans to become a pediatric physical therapist. • Sophomore KJ Green is the daughter of Tammy and Mark Green. KJ will attend the University of North Texas in the fall and plans to become a Physician’s Assistant. • Sophomore Tori Boaze is the daughter of Tim and Lori Boaze. Tori plans to attend Stephen F. Austin and become a teacher. • Sophomore Ally Honeycutt is the daughter of James & Lisa Honeycutt. Ally is fulfilling her lifelong dream of trying out for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders in the fall and plans to attend Toni & Guy Hair Academy.


ome people may think girls from Kilgore get an “in” when trying out for the Kilgore College Rangerettes. It’s simply not true. Gussie Nell Davis built the Rangerette organization by only accepting perfection. Before these six beauties graced our cover, it had been five years since a Kilgore girl had made the line.

• Freshman Shelby White is the daughter of Leslie and Don White Jr. Shelby plans to attend Stephen F. Austin University and become a teacher. She hopes to return to Kilgore and teach. • Freshman Taylor Walker is the daughter of Gary Walker. Taylor hopes to try out for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders or the Dallas Mavericks Dancers after her time with the Rangerettes is complete. After that, she hopes to study abroad.

Dancers from around the country go through a grueling week of camp before the final audition. During “Fitness Night” Rangerette hopefuls are judged on their confidence, proportion and poise. Rangerette trainer, Victor Olowo says, “The Kilgore girls are all very different, yet all of them have the same respectable and endearing presence about them.” During the final auditions their only identifier is a small round number pinned to their side. Qualified judges from around the state are focused on finding the best dancer with the best presence in front of them. Competition is fierce. The process is not to weed out but to find who has the confidence to deliver. Only a few girls earn the right to call themselves Rangerettes. Most, who try, will go home empty handed.

How did growing up in Kilgore influence your desire to become a Rangerette?

This year there are six Kilgore girls who have earned the title Rangerette. They all danced as Hi-Steppers under Coleen Clower at Kilgore High School and all served as Hi-Steppers officers. All six had a defining moment when they decided to keep dancing. If you grew up in Kilgore, that means taking it to the next level and becoming a Rangerette.

Tori: “I always admired the Rangeretts but was never interested in trying out until my senior year. I didn’t make it the first time. I continued to dance but didn’t think about trying out again until I found myself in Mrs. Wayne’s jazz class. I thought to myself, I am just as good as them, why not try out again? I took so much in from not making it and put it into perspective of trying harder the second time.”

Shelby: “I always looked up to them as a little girl. Just seeing them as role models pushed me towards trying out.” Taylor: “Everyone here knows if you see a group of pretty girls walk in together, they are Rangerettes. Especially being on our drill team, we would see them on the field or at Revels. Being around the Rangeretts made me want to try out.” Jennifer: “I moved here my freshmen year of high school and had no idea who the Rangerettes were but became obsessed my senior year .”

KJ: “I live down the street from the college and have seen the K Girl practically every day of my life. My grandmother, Ethel Davis, lived here during the boom. When she found out my mother was pregnant with a little girl, she decided right then that I would become a Rangerette.”

KJ: “I love that I am joining an organization that feels like family for life. The feeling will never go away.”

Ally: “It influenced me a lot. My brother was a Rangerette manager so I grew up around Rangerettes.”

What is the most unexpected thing that has happened to you because you made Rangerettes?

How do you think being a Hi-Stepper prepared you for the line?

Tori: “Last year after Revels, a woman approached me with her new baby. She asked me to take a photo holding her and my heart just broke. That just caught me off guard and reminded me how special this organization is.”

Jennifer: “Mrs. Clower would tell us stories about being a Rangerette and she taught us to always display yourself as a lady.” Tori: “Mrs. Clower has a high perspective of how you see her, your officers and your seniors. If it wasn’t for Mrs. Clower I would not have tried out.” KJ: “I think before I was just a dance studio girl. I never knew the discipline it took and how much polish everything needed. Mrs. Clower was a Ranger Officer and knows exactly what it takes to make the High Steppers look very polished and professional.” Ally: “Being a Hi-Stepper officer is way different from Rangerettes but taking charge and having more responsibility helped me grow up and be a better competitor.” What’s the most surprising thing you have learned? Taylor: “I prepared myself for it to be really, really hard but I had no idea it would be so rewarding. I also think it’s good preparation for college because you learn time management. I can make time for anything now.” Jennifer: “It forces you to grow up and it’s not a bad thing. You have to grow up, be accountable, be responsible and go through a bunch of hardships of being let down and pushing through. Your work effort is through the roof.” Shelby: “I think it will help with job opportunities. It’s a foot in the door to what you want to do in life.” Ally: Everyone said it was a totally different and I thought, it’s just a dance team. Nothing can prepare you for five hour practices on a football field. You have to perform perfectly every day. I learned really fast that they are very serious about what they do.”

Ally: “We get to attend local events, give back and support everyone who supports us.”

Ally: “This year the directors have given me so many opportunities. I was chosen as the “Milk Girl” for the American Dairy Farmers Association and I got to be on the cover of the Rangerette work out video, Fit to Be Fun.” Do you have any advice for aspiring Rangerettes? Jennifer: “Don’t give up.” Tori: “You must have faith in yourself. Stay in your bubble and remember why you are here.” Taylor: “Work on being the best you can be. Don’t get wrapped up in what everyone else is doing and don’t let what they can do stop you from doing what you can.” KJ: “Kick every day.” Ally: “Kick every single day and attend minicamp. Rangerettes have a style that they want. Stay in your own bubble and don’t compare yourself to other people.” Shelby: “Just keep going no matter how discouraged you might get. Don’t compare yourself to others. Always work on yourself. Kick every day and stretch a lot!” Not only are the girls hard workers but they understand how good it feels to earn it, to truly be the best. Rangerette Director, Dana Blair says, “It’s nice when we can make everyone happy but it’s not something that we guarantee.” Kilgore dancers must earn their place on the line but I don’t think they would have it any other way. The cream always rises to the top and we are so proud to call these girls home grown.

What is your favorite aspect about being a Rangerette? Shelby: “I get the opportunity to be a role model to so many people.” Taylor: I feel so accomplished because I always looked at Rangerettes as such an unattainable goal. I came, tried out and actually made it. I feel like I can do anything because I have made the Rangerettes.” Tori: “I love being a part of the organization that started Drill Team. Being able to continue my love of drill team with the people who started it was a dream of mine. I get to be a part of history.”


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KILGORE FIRST LADY Beta Sigma Phi annually hosts a First Lady Banquet honoring a woman who is an outstanding leader in the community. This year’s honor was awarded to Linda Sartor of Kilgore Texas.

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RHINESTONES & WRANGLERS East Texas Treatment Center presented Rhinestones & Wranglers on March 22nd with dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

April 18 & 19 th


By: Mary Ramos

he fever is contagious.... Treasure hunting fever that is. More and more people are turning to Pinterest and other creative websites to learn how to turn someone else’s trash into treasure. Little did Howard Rosser, former owner of East Texas Tourism Association, know his vision of creating a large garage sale 25 years ago would take such a positive modern day twist. Howard’s vision to promote and increase tourism traffic along historic US 80 has grown to cover five states. He spent much of his life traveling the back roads and visiting cities that have been bipassed by progress with Interstate 20. The businesses along Hwy 80 needed the twice a year traffic. Howard wanted to help these small communities thrive. What started out as a sale the third weekend of October every year grew to a second event the third weekend in April. For years, vendors and shoppers look forward to a sunny weekend of great bargains and treasure hunting. In July of 2013, representatives from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia met in Jackson, MS for an all day brainstorming session to combine the sale across five States at the same time. Mary Ramos, current owner of East Texas Tourism, shared the history and vision of now deceased, Howard Rosser. Everyone agreed the first five state sale should be in April. Traditionally the sale is a three day sale the third weekend of April. With Easter falling the third weekend this year everyone agreed a two day sale would fit all states the best. The challenge is combining multiple state websites and facebook pages into a source of information for all vendors and shoppers. Although a work in progress, Mary Ramos created the website Information is added daily from information emailed from vendors. Antique car clubs, motorcycle groups and RV clubs are encouraged to plan an outing that weekend. The Hwy 80 Sale is also an economic boost. While shoppers will be searching for great deals, cities along


the route hope they find the highway’s more permanent treasures, such as bed and breakfasts, motels, restaurants and historic sites. There will be numerous locations of sales going on. You might drive for miles and not see anything and then happen upon a pod of vendors. Vendors are encouraged to let us know where they will be set up. It is the responsibility of the cities along the route to promote the event and where possible, offer a location for vendors to set up. It is the responsibility of the vendor to know the local laws about locations to set up and city requirements. As a shopper myself, my goal is to repurpose items instead of sending them to the dump. It is about doing the right thing for the planet, for the trees and for our conscience. There are so many websites now that give you step by step instructions on how to turn a tired item into something new for your home or office. Shopping the Hwy 80 Sale is a collectors dream too. Who wouldn’t want to find that one item bought cheap that is valued in the thousands.

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MORNING BREW The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce hosted Morning Brew at H&R Block.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS The Kilgore Chamber of Commerce hosted Business After Hours at Comfort Suites in Kilgore.

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F Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-2pm

Book Signing with Danny Brown “Lives That Will Never Rust” April 8th 7pm-8:30pm Artifacts • Flags • Uniforms • Rifles Sabers • Framed Memorabilia • Artillery Cannon Highlighting the area’s contribution to the Confederacy

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