Local Christmas parades pack ’em in

Henderson Xmas Parade

Cool but mild weather helped bring out the Christmas spirit in many parade-goers during the annual Henderson Christmas Parade Thursday night.

“From my vantage point, I thought the turnout was very good,” said Judy Sewell, executive director the Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve heard very positive comments from people who were riding in the parade,” she said. “They said the crowd was very good all along the route. The weather was absolutely perfect, so we certainly should have a record-breaking crowd.”

The theme of the 2012 parade was “Musical Notes and Holiday Floats” and the more than 70 participants were each judged on originality, theme observance and artistic appeal or beauty.

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Avoid cooking up a ‘turkey tragedy’

Prossers Deep Fried Turkey

Thanksgiving is just a day away and many folks are thinking about how they will prepare their turkey. One way that has become increasingly popular is deep-frying. But local officials say if you don’t take the right safety precautions, you could be serving danger for dinner this holiday.

Deep frying is very popular but it can also be very dangerous,” said Chief Rusty Chote, Henderson Fire Department. “The big deal is that water and oil do not mix well […] when it happens, it’s pretty powerful.”

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On climbing atop the masthead…

This is my first Sunday column since taking over the Managing Editor position, so I better make it count. I’ve been meaning to write a column for a couple weeks now, but have been unable to due to all the various mitigating factors that accompany such a transition.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received at the outset. In just the last couple weeks I’ve received numerous well-wishes and kind words of support. It’s heartening to know that people are cheering you on and wishing you the best, at the same time it also raises the bar. If so many others have expectations for you, how can you not put high expectations on yourself?

Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of great people around me to make me look a lot smarter than I actually am. From the front office back to the pressroom, we’ve got some fantastic staffers here at the Henderson Daily News. It’s a pleasure to work here.

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Mustangs pick up first playoff win since 1995

K.J. Luster has been through ups-and-downs in four years of playing at Overton. He experienced an all-time high Thursday when he helped the Mustangs to their first playoff win since 1995.

Luster threw for three touchdowns, Jamal Kelly added two rushing scores and Overton blasted Wortham 34-7 in a Class A Division II Region III bi-district game at Wildcats Stadium.

“How else can you describe this other than saying it’s a huge win for us,” said Luster, who has played for three coaches in four years and had gone through three sub-.500 seasons while at Overton. “This win is for the community, the players, everybody. We’re a very small, uncommon group, but we made a stand and won a game for this program.”

Rusk County grand jury indicts 25

A serial forger facing four counts of felony forgery leads off 25 grand jury indictments for the October-November term.

Raymond Bradley Roach, 33, Kilgore, was arraigned Sept. 11 by Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Joe Sorrells for state jail felony forgery of financial instrument, possession of controlled substance, and second degree fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

Bonds for Roach totaled $600,000.

Nothing gained by post-election fearmongering

On Wednesday morning, sober conservatives pondered an election defeat, swallowed their disappointment and turned their attention to things that truly affect their lives, such as work and family.

But there are other conservatives, who were profoundly affected by their collision with reality. Upon learning of Barack Obama’s victory, they envisioned themselves in one of two movies: “Man on a Ledge” or “Braveheart.” The first group fell into utter despair. The second chose furious defiance. All agree the apocalypse is at hand, the argument is only about what to do next.

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