Dance concert May 2

Photo by O. Rufus Lovett / SPECIAL TO THE FLARE. Asia Phillips poses for the dance concert official poster. The KC dance department puts on the show each year to showcase a variety of dance styles.
Photo by O. Rufus Lovett / SPECIAL TO THE FLARE.
Asia Phillips poses for the dance concert official poster. The KC dance department puts on the show each year to showcase a variety of dance styles.

KC dance students will present their annual dance concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Van Cliburn Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 or $5 with a student ID. Tickets will be sold at the box office in the auditorium starting at 7 on the night of the performance.

This event is led by Cathy Beckman, ballet, modern dance and performance course instructor, and Shelley Wayne, tap and jazz instructor.

“One of our goals is to show variety and our skills at Kilgore College,” Beckman said. “Every year is different, though, because it depends on the dancers.”

The instructors say this event gives students a chance to participate in a real dance concert, allowing them to show off their own choreography and perform different styles of dances, including a tap and jazz routine and several other styles.

“I’m excited to dance in a smaller setting because it will have more of a concert feel to it, rather than a big production,” Emily Diehl, Allen freshman said.

“I am also excited to perform choreography that I have created with my fellow classmates,” she added

Students in the dance classes are excited to work together and create their own types of original choreography.

“I am excited to have one more chance to dance, and I didn’t have to end the year with Revels,” Robin Richardson, Flower Mound sophomore and Rangerette, said.

Student goes for a ride with KCPD

Photo by Tory Van Blarcum / The Flare. KCPD officer Sammy Wagner has been with the force since November.
Photo by Tory Van Blarcum / The Flare.
KCPD officer Sammy Wagner has been with the force since November.

Recently at 5 p.m. I went on a ride along with KCPD officer Sammy Wagner. Wagner came to KC from Trinity Valley Community College last November.

“It’s not just about arresting students,” Wagner said as he explained why he does what he does. He said the officers are there for the protection of the students.

During the patrol, Wagner said he drives with the windows down.

“If someone calls for help outside, how can you hear if the windows are up?” Wagner asked.

After we left the station, Wagner went to the physical plant. There he checked to see if the front and side gates were locked. This area houses equipment such as carts, trailers and work trucks that the college owns.

We then proceeded down the street to the college’s storage building. This is where the trucks for the Commercial Driving License course are stored.

After checking to make sure the trucks were there and intact, we returned to the Administration Building. We went through the building and checked a few rooms, turned off some lights and locked up. We worked our way over to the Kilgore softball fields. Wagner did not get out of the truck but just checked the area.

The Devall Student Center was our next stop. We went to the cafeteria. Wagner was very laid back as he observed the students.

The fitness center was our next priority. Here, Wagner looked around at the students and commuters.

We walked around to the normally busy carpeted gym but at the time it was quiet. Wagner’s next stop was the Woodruff Adult Education Center.

At the Woodruff center, Wagner was very relaxed and spoke to the women who were at the desk. We walked around the building and even took a peep inside at the sculpting class that was in session.

After making sure the Woodruff center was secure, Wagner went to women’s residence, Nolan Hall. Wagner pointed out it is best to call the house mother before showing up unannounced to eliminate any potential problems.

After talking with the house mother, we made our way back to the police station.

Here Wagner showed how officers use the computers to input police reports, the software that allows them to share information about students, for example, if they have criminal trespassing records, and the evidence locker.

On foot patrol we went back to the cafeteria. Again he was just looking around, comfortably watching and speaking to the students.

Our last stop was the fitness center. On the way we ran into some unknown people skateboarding on the sidewalk.

When asked to identify themselves, they turned out to not be KC students. Officer Wagner could have chosen to have these two men cited with criminal trespassing charges.

Wagner let the young men go with just a verbal waning. This allows him to gain the respect of these two and at the same time make his point clear he said.

The ride along was very informative and taught me quite a bit about police work. Wagner and Chief Heath Cariker encourages those who are interested to contact him or Chief Cariker at 903-983-8656 or email


Students use 3D printers to create prototypes

In her first year as an instructor at KC, Karen Dilday said she has discovered a number of students who are interested in three-dimensional printing.

KC has two 3D printers on campus, and these printers do not come cheap. Each printer costs $20,900.

The college was able to purchase these printers through grants and technology funds.  Dilday said they ordered the printers, which are Stratayas, from Teaching System Incorporated, which sells high-end technical equipment.

Knowing what a 3D printer is only half the fun. Learning the actual process in how the printer creates these 3D models is the real interest, for many.

“The main function of the printers is to print prototypes to determine the best way to make and assemble the necessary parts,” said Dilday. “These prototypes are created from plastic.”

There are multiple steps that must be taken for the final 3D prototypes to be created. Dilday said as long as the computer recognizes the object as 3D and it is a Standard Tessellation Language file (STL), the printer can create it.

Dilday described the process of how a 3D printer operates. Plastic filament travels through a tube to the print head, where it is heated to a semi-liquid state and extruded with precision. Modeling bases provide a smooth surface on which the models are extruded a layer at a time.

There are two plastics, the model material which is ABSplus thermoplastic and the soluble support material. Once printing is done, students then simply take the base out of the 3D printer and snap off the model.

Drop the model in a water-based solution to remove all the support material and it is finished.  As complicated as this process may seem, Dilday said it does not require a special license to operate.

An interesting feature these printers have is they are environment friendly due to only heat being used to melt the plastic. The solutions are also eco friendly they as create no safety concerns.

John Collard, Longview freshman, said he liked 3D printing. He chose to major in drafting because he took a class in high school and enjoyed it, and wanted to pursue a career in drafting.

“You can experiment [with] creating different objects before you create them,” Collard said.

Collard said he likes being able to make something out of nothing. Some of his 3D models include a chess set, a mechanical tiger, and even an iPhone case. His only dislike is how time consuming drafting can be.

Rena Warlick, White Oak sophomore, is another one of Dilday’s students. She said she chose to major in this field because as a child she liked to draw blueprints of houses, and now doing it on a computer is easier and fun.

“I like the creativity involved in designing anything,” said Warlick. Her dislikes include 3D modeling AutoCAD, which is a 2D and 3D software application for modeling.

Students who have an interest in 3D printing of drafting can contact Dilday at 903-983-8169 or email her at

Rangers hit tough patch in April games

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare Bianca Bianca Van Vlerah swings during a game earlier this season.
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare
Bianca Bianca Van Vlerah swings during a game earlier this season.

The KC softball team has hit a dry spell during the month of April. With the season nearing a close, KC will not be participating in the Region XIV postseason tournament. They have lost seven of their last eight games this month. With only two more doubleheader games left in the season, KC’s playoffs hopes have vanished.

The team has a conference record of 2-14 and an overall record of 8-31 on the season.

KC opened up the month with a doubleheader game against conference foe Trinity Valley Community College. They lost the first contest 8-6. Both teams’ bats were hot, but TVCC was able to outlast KC for the victory. In the second game KC was shut out, 8-0.

KC faced off against Bossier Parrish Community College on April 5, which was the first American Cancer Society Strikeout game hosted by KC. They lost both games to Bossier Parrish, 10-5 and 10-6. The real story in that game was that KC was able to donate a total of $979 to the American Cancer Society. Paige Wood, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, won the pink genuine Louisville Slugger bat that was raffled off as a gift by the KC softball team.

The inning sponsors donated $600 to the American Cancer Society, which totaled up to $979. The inning sponsors were: Trinity Mother Frances; Mark & Reinter Dickey; Classic Chevrolet at Sugarland; Jan & Craig Jaynes; Klassic Touch Salon; Jackie Ford A/C Heat; Steel & Pipe Supply. The KC softball team would like to thank all the sponsors for the donations and their participation in the cancer strikeout game.

On April 9, KC battled Navarro College, and they lost both games 3-0 and 11-2. It was once again a tough day offensively. It’s hard to win games when the team can’t put runs on the board.

On April 15, KC faced off against TVCC again, and they lost both games. In the first contest KC led TVCC 6-1 going into the sixth inning. TVCC scored seven runs in the last two innings to narrowly escape KC for the 8-6 victory.

Catcher Mariah Goguen recorded a home run in the first inning that sparked KC’s early run, and she brought in two runners in the process. Marsia Ledkins had two singles, while Bianca Van Vlerah, Lakin Kerby, and Lexi Lopez all had one single each. Center fielder Jalla Johnson had one double. Pitcher Lara Lewis pitched five innings with eight hits allowed with seven walks two strikeouts and six runs allowed. She was battling soreness in her pitching arm all game and was pulled early.

Head Coach Leslie Messina felt like her team did all they could do.

“We did great the first part of the game, but we became too content and lost control of the game,” said Messina.

KC was shut out the second game, 8-0, despite Lopez going 2-for-3 from the plate with a double. They got runners on base, but were unable to put runs on the board.

Messina knows her team missed the postseason, but her comments were positive and she is very excited for what is ahead in the future.

“I am disappointed because I know that we didn’t meet our goals that we set for the season, but overall my team fought hard all year. We had a lot of bad luck with injuries, and we were very inconsistent at times, but my team never gave up and we will continue to finish out the season on a strong note,” said Messina.

KC had a number of injuries to the pitching staff. Kari Courtney, the starting pitcher, is out for the remainder of the season due to a concussion.

Messina is excited about her team for next year, and she knows that they will be ready.

KC played Navarro College on April 23, and they will finish the season against Paris Junior College at home, which is Sophomore Day. That doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. on Friday at Stream Flo-Field.

Sophomore ready for next big change

When I am not sure how to carry out a task, I look at what others did before me for inspiration.

I read the past two end-of-the-year columns written by Flare editors and they had content mine cannot.

Spring 2013 ended the Bettye Craddock era and began the Gary Borders one.

All of my sophomore friends at the time asked me how I thought the next year would go with subconscious skepticism in their voices, after all Craddock had been here for 30 plus years.

Change shocks some people, and makes them uneasy, unsure.

I think change wakes me up.

A person can never be too sure of their current state, because anything can happen.

You could lose your job, have a medical emergency or get some other form of life changing news.

It was a Wednesday night after all the staffers had left when Craddock told the two co-executive editors, advertising manager and myself the news.

You could feel the shock in the air more than you could see it on their faces.

I was near the back of the room and she was mostly looking at me as she spoke, as I would be the only one returning for the next semester.

Everyone looked back at me with wide eyes, but I just sat in my chair letting the news sink in.

I was asked by friends (to the point of annoyance) “what I was going to do” and “how I was going to do it,” and I just said I’d do what they have been doing all along.

When people don’t have control over a situation, I’ve seen them shut down or resist.

I think to be a leader or a successful person, we must welcome change, because whether you resist it or not, it’s going to happen.

To say the least, it’s been a pretty successful year.

Borders has taught us new things and served up fresh ideas to improve and strengthen our publication.

Twenty issues later, I’m ready for the next change in my life, which is transferring to Texas Tech University, hours away from what I am used to.

No more KC which is only a four Taylor Swift songs drive away.

No more pollen everywhere.

No more University of Texas and A&M products everywhere I look.

I’m not sure what to expect, but I welcome it with open arms.

Ashley Morales is a sophomore journalism major from Longview.

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Revels 2014: Get Your Move On

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Jordan Baird flips during the Swingster dance “Crystallize Mash Up.”
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Jordan Baird flips during the Swingster dance “Crystallize Mash Up.”

The 69th annual Rangerette Revels continues at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dodson Auditorium.

The show is entitled “Get Your Move On” and resembles a combination of “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” A viewer could easily mistake sitting in Dodson Auditorium with feeling like a part of a live studio audience.

“Get Your Move On” is dedicated to Joyce Pennington, president and CEO of American Dance/Drill Team and Honorary Lifetime Member of Rangerette Forevers. She has actively supported the Rangerettes for about 30 years through multiple projects.

Austin Head, manager and Voice of the Rangerettes, and Kim Jackson Wheeler, former Rangerette, host the show. They play themselves instead of characters and keep the show rolling.

“They wanted it to be real people that have a role in the organization,” Head said. “I’m The Voice of the Rangerettes, so I think it just fits better that way.”

Ten teams consisting of dancers from drill teams across the state are being included in the show. During each performance, two teams will compete against each other and a panel of judges will critique their number.

Brad Anderson, Shelley Wayne, jon Fisher, Afton Fox Beadles serve as judges.

KC’s twirlers are also featured in the show.

“This is my first year in Revels,” said Amanda Kessler, Gladewater freshman, keeper of the twirlers. “It’s a wonderful experience. Everyone is so excited.”

There are a small number of tickets available in the balcony for 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

To purchase tickets, call the Rangerette Box Office at 903-983-8179 or online at

The box office will open one hour before each show if tickets are available.



‘Check Please’ continues until Sunday

Photo by Sara Holmes / THE FLARE. Judah Armour, Kilgore freshman, and Taylor McCall Sowers, Chandler freshman, rehearse “Check Please,” which has two performances remaining.
Photo by Sara Holmes / THE FLARE. Judah Armour, Kilgore freshman, and Taylor McCall Sowers, Chandler freshman, rehearse “Check Please,” which has two performances remaining.

The KC Theatre Department is presenting Jonathan Rand’s hit sketch-comedy, “Check Pleasein Van Cliburn Auditorium through Sunday.

The play continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a matinee performance 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

General admission tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 with a student ID.

Children under the age of seven and late arrivals will not be admitted.

The play is directed by Micah Goodding, theatre instructor.

Goodding wanted to take the audience in a new direction for this final play. The set is minimal, with just a couple decorative elements and some suggestive lighting to create a vague sense of location.

“The emphasis is on the comedy,” Goodding said. “We thought this would be a welcome reprieve for audience members who are in need of a good laugh as well as a new challenge for our actors and technicians.”

“Check Please” is a comedy about a couple who has broken up, and their best friends are trying to get them to rebound. They each end up going on blind dates that turn out awful.

Breanna Toole, who plays one main character “girl”, said that rehearsals have been a blast, but at the same time very challenging.

“Well, as Mr. Goodding says ‘comedy is contrast, comedy is clarity and comedy is clean,” Toole said. “As the director he has helped us define comedy, making this one of the best and most fun shows I’ve been a part of.”

For reservations, call Goodding at 903-983-8126 or e-mail the KC Theatre Box Office at

69th Revels dedicated to Pennington

Courtesy Photo / THE FLARE. Joyce Pennington, right, has helped raised approximately $130,000 in scholarships for Rangerettes. She is shown here with Miss Gussie Nell Davis, and Dr. Irving Dreibrodt, founders of the American Dance/Drill Team School, of which she now is president and owner.
Courtesy Photo / THE FLARE. Joyce Pennington, right, has helped raised approximately $130,000 in scholarships for Rangerettes. She is shown here with Miss Gussie Nell Davis, and Dr. Irving Dreibrodt, founders of the American Dance/Drill Team School, of which she now is president and owner.

The 69th annual Rangerette Revels, “Get Your Move On,” is dedicated to Joyce Pennington, president, CEO and owner of the American Dance/Drill Team School headquartered in Salado.

Pennington has been an active supporter of the Rangerettes for more than 30 years.

Though Pennington is not a former Rangerette, she was named an honorary Rangerette Forever because of her support.

Some of her endeavors include raising money for Rangerette scholarships through the Gussie Nell Davis Dance Classic Competition, Rangerette Revelation Dance Intensive and several other support work efforts, totaling approximately $130,000.

The announcement of the dedication was made in January at the Rangerette Revelation Convention.

“It is something I will never forget,” Pennington said. “I know what an honor it is, and I am humbled they thought to dedicate the show to me.”

Pennington’s passion first started as a member of the Haltom High School Highsteppers.

“I was always looking for something growing up to spark a passion in my heart, and high school drill team did exactly that. I regret not trying out for the Rangerettes. I just didn’t have a mentor to tell me about them. I knew about them, but I didn’t know enough to take the risk and try out,” Pennington said. “I always encourage my best dancers to try out because I know I missed out on a great opportunity.”

Pennington started the Rangerette Revelations to provide an opportunity for young women who have an interest in the Rangerettes to attend the Intensive.

“I wanted any girl who wanted to learn more to be able to attend the Intensive, which is directed by Rangerette officers and directors,” Pennington said. “I wanted to hopefully stimulate some interest and give them courage to try out.”

In 1958, Gussie Nell Davis and Dr. Irving Dreibrodt started the Salado school. In the 1970s, Pennington was chosen to be an instructor, making her one of the first non-Rangerette instructors.

In 1982, Pennington was asked by Davis to be the executive vice president and in 1984, Pennington and her husband, C.R. Pennington, approached Davis and Dreibrodt about purchasing the company.

“Miss Davis inspired me because she dedicated her whole life to the Rangerettes. We wanted to make sure that we carried on the legacy that they started,” Pennington said.

Pennington plans to attend all five shows along with family, friends and high school teammates.

“I can’t wait to see the show,”  Pennington said. “I think it is fitting to focus on dance and its role in the media through television.”

Captain shares Rangerette traditions with mother

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Rangerette Captain Jenna Helduser holds the “Kilgore College Rangerette 50 Years of Excellence 1940-1990” featuring the year her mother was Left End Lieutenant Rangerette.
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Rangerette Captain Jenna Helduser holds the “Kilgore College Rangerette 50 Years of Excellence 1940-1990” featuring the year her mother was Left End Lieutenant Rangerette.


There is something special when there is an experience one can share with someone else, especially between a mother and a daughter. Rangerette captain Jenna Helduser of College Station has been able to share the opportunity of being a world famous Rangerette and officer with her mother.

Janet Helduser was a Rangerette from 1974-1976, and served as Left End Lieutenant her sophomore year.

“My most favorite things that my mom would tell me about Rangerettes are all of her stories about the fun she had living in the dorm with her classmates,” Jenna said.

Growing up with these stories, and knowing about the Rangerettes, Jenna said becoming a Rangerette had been a dream of hers as long as she can remember.

“The organization has always played an important role in my life, but I knew it was what I really wanted to pursue when I was a sophomore in high school,” Jenna said.

Jenna has been dancing since she was 3 but really started to immerse herself in it and began competing when she was about 8.

Her favorite thing about being a Rangerette that she has been able to share with her mom is the football performances, specifically the officer strut.

“It is such a rare and unique feeling to hear the first ‘dada,’ do the kick off, and stride down the field,” Jenna said. “It is really special to know that I share the same overwhelming emotion with my mom, and that she knows exactly how I felt.”

Jenna also said that her mom has given her numerous pieces of advice when it comes to Rangerettes.

“She always encourages me to enjoy every second that I can, whether it can be a trial or a triumph,” Jenna said.

Not only does the Helduser family have close ties to Rangerettes, but they also are Aggie fans.

Janet is a senior program coordinator for the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M University.

She manages research projects and writes grants for the university.

Jenna’s dad, Jim Bob Helduser, was a football coach at Texas A&M University from 2003-2007.

“That’s how we ended up in College Station,” Jenna said.

Jim Bob passed away during Jenna’s sophomore year of high school, when she was 16.

Jenna goes back to drill team and explains that it is another reason it is so special to her; drill team is what helped get her through that time.

“My high school drill team was my rock,” Jenna said. “That is something that is so incredibly special about drill team. The support you find in your fellow classmates is unmatchable in any other organization.”

Jenna said that her parents instilled in her a strong faith, which is a major part of who she is today. She tries to make her faith the backbone of everything she does.

“They also instilled in me to work hard toward my goals, which has proven true so many times in Rangerette,” Jenna said. She said her parents they taught her to love others and to make relationships count, which she says is also important in Rangerettes.

With her sophomore year coming to a close, Jenna will be returning to College Station in the fall to attend A&M as a kinesiology major with a minor in dance. She said once she graduates, she plan to get her master’s degree.

Jenna said that being a Rangerette has provided many valuable lessons.

“First to strive every day to be better than you were the day before in all aspects of your life,” Jenna said. “Secondly, one of the keys to success is to surround yourself with people who are supportive and positive.”

Former Rangerette has had a colorful career since performing in Miss Davis’ 27th line

Photo by Sonia Garza / THE FLARE. Betsy Cadenhead decided to try out for the Rangerettes because several of her high school classmates were going to.
Photo by Sonia Garza / THE FLARE. Betsy Cadenhead decided to try out for the Rangerettes because several of her high school classmates were going to.

Forty-eight years ago, Betsy Cadenhead was a young woman dressed in red, white and blue.

Betsy had taken dance classes when she was a young girl, learning ballroom, waltz and fox trot dances.

Betsy, originally from Henderson, was persuaded to try out for the World Famous Kilgore College Rangerettes by the influence of her friends.

“All my friends were trying out, so I went, ‘Me too, me too!’ “Betsy said. “Hardest work I’ve ever done in my life.”

She was under the direction of the creator of the Rangerettes, Miss Gussie Nell Davis, in the 27th line — 1966-67.

“She was tough, but she put [the Rangerettes] on the map, so she had to be tough,” Betsy said.

In the midst of a halftime performance Betsy did a “romper room no no.”

A ‘Rette in front of Betsy picked up too many flags from the managers’ arms before getting in line to go out onto the field and dropped the ones she did not need. Instead of letting the manager pick up the flags, Betsy bent over to get them.

“If something goes wrong, you go on like nothing happened, and when the girl dropped them I could have used one in the manager’s arms, but it was the last one and there were girls behind me,” Betsy said. “So I just picked them up and strutted out onto the field. [Miss Gussie Nell Davis] was very upset with me, as she would be with anyone. Drill teams aren’t supposed to make mistakes. We were supposed to be flawless and practice enough that that kind of thing doesn’t happen. With Gussie, every performance was the grand performance. It was a big deal,” Betsy said.

Betsy remembers marching in the Cotton Bowl Parade in the cold weather.

“A lot of us were purple, because we couldn’t wear tights or panty hose,” Betsy said. “I remember Sonny and Cher were in the parade. Other than freezing to death, it was fun.”

The team also traveled to Savannah, Ga. to perform in another bowl game and performed at a Houston Astros game.

“Any time I performed I was terrified,” Betsy said.

After graduating from KC she went to Texas Tech University and majored in interior design.

After graduating from Tech, one of her classmates, Jeanette, asked Betsy if she wanted to be her roommate in Houston.

Jeanette’s parents had already found an apartment and furnished it so she just needed Betsy to show up.

“All I had to do was pack my Samsonite and show up, and that is exactly what I did,” Betsy said. “I was beyond cloud nine. The term ‘reality check’ was not in my vocabulary or conscience.”

She did not own a car, have a job or know anyone besides Jeanette in Houston, yet she was bound to the city.

“I was the poster child for ‘ignorance is bliss’ combined with ‘blind faith’ and the immaturity of a naive small-town 21-year-old female,” Betsy said. “I was fearless, but my parents were scared to death.”

When she was in Houston and began looking for a job, she soon found one working in inventory control a for posh furniture store.

“We lived in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, and I only got paid $325 a month. We were the original Laverne & Shirley,” Betsy said.

Soon Betsy found herself unhappy with the inventory job.

“It was not my cup of tea,” she said. “It was capital B-O-R-I-N-G!”

Later she worked in different furniture stores, as an interior designer, among other things before moving to New Mexico.

Her sister, Lynnda, lived in New Mexico, and her husband had a brain tumor so Betsy went for support.

In 1977, Betsy was back in Houston and on the hunt for a job. One day she was on her way to an interview for a pipe-inspecting job in the oil field when she was stopped in her tracks by a train. She only had to go over the tracks to reach her destination, but the train apparently was not going to move anytime soon.

“I knew that is one thing you are never supposed to do: Be late for a job interview,” she said.

After a little time went by, she decided to crawl under the train dressed in her dress, heels and stockings to make it to her interview on time.

“Once I was on the other side a man came up to me and asked, ‘Did you just crawl under that train?’ And as I was brushing off my dress, I said, ’No!””

She got the job and worked there for some time before moving on to her next endeavor.

Betsy also worked as a cocktail waitress, among other things before deciding to go back to school.

“After I had tried everything, I decided to give teaching a try,” Betsey said.

Teaching was something her father always told her she should do.

She attended the University of Texas at Tyler in the 1980s, earned her master’s in special education and received a teaching certificate.

Her first teaching job was at Harleton and lasted one year before she moved to Pine Tree in 1992.

While working at Pine Tree, her friend who had been trying to set her up with a friend finally accomplished her sneaky plan.

Betsy became married to Jim Cadenhead after five years of dating, and has been married for about 27 years.

Betsy also taught at Hallsville, Henderson and Marshall schools.

She retired three years ago and decided to take a photography class because of her love of art.

Betsey is planning to continue taking classes and hopes to get up the nerve to take art classes.

“I’ve always loved [KC]. It’s a special place in my heart,” she said.

Rangerette headed back to hometown to operate studio where she learned dance

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Kaitlin Hanus purchased the Dance Connections studio in her hometown of Magnolia this past December.
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / THE FLARE. Kaitlin Hanus purchased the Dance Connections studio in her hometown of Magnolia this past December.

Girls in the family go to Dance Connections and the boy plays baseball,” jokes sophomore Rangerette Kaitlin Hanus on her hometown of Magnolia.

As Hanus describes the old and new part of Magnolia, she explains that the dance studio Dance Connections she now owns is in the old part.

The studio is a 6,200 square-foot building with three dance rooms. It is now all in her name as of December, when the deal closed.

The plan of owning her own studio has been in action before this past December. She said she has always wanted to own her own studio.

Hanus said there has been no Plan B when it came to deciding what she wanted to do with her life. In her heart she has always wanted to teach dance.

“My mom found a paper from writing class in fourth grade that said I wanted to be a ballet teacher,” said Hanus.

Hanus has been dancing since she was 3-years-old She really never did any other activities.

“My life was always dance,” Hanus said. She has also been helping teach dance classes at Dance Connections since she was in sixth grade. In addition, Hanus teaches a drill team prep class every Wednesday at In Step Dance Company in Kilgore and gives private dance lessons.

As to how the proposal to buy the studio came about, Hanus said, previous owner Gina Demings “was very persistent with me. She is such an awesome person.”

Hanus explains that she babysat Demings’ children, grew up with her as her dance teacher, and was very close to her.

Demings would tell Hanus in high school that if Hanus made Rangerette, she wanted her to buy her dance studio. Hanus said she would think about the possibility, but did not take it seriously. However, last April, near the end of her freshman year, Demings said she was serious about the deal and wanted to sit down with Hanus’ parents because she wanted to sell the studio to Hanus.

With Demings having two children, she really wanted to focus on being a mom.

“It was a hard decision, but me and my parents prayed about it, and realized this was a God thing,” Hanus said. ”My parents have really been there every step of the way.”

Hanus said she was kind of worried about not continuing with school and getting her bachelor’s degree but decided she was going after her dream.

One of Hanus’ best friends in Rangerettes says she can do this.

“Kait is probably one of the most responsible and headstrong people I have ever met,” sophomore Rangerette Heather Manskey said. “Out of anyone I know she is the only person I can see going straight out of college and owning her own studio and being successful with it.”

Freshman Rangerette sister Jessica Hensal concurs.

“My favorite trait about Kaitlin is her optimism,” Hensal said. “Even when things get difficult, she continues to find the best in each situation.”

Another reason Dance Connections has always been close to Hanus’ heart is because it is a big part of why she is a Rangerette.

Deming was the Rangerette captain in 1996.

Another influential instructor at Dance Connections for Hanus was Samandra Young Nail, who was a Rangerette from 2000-2002.

“If it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t have tried out,” said Hanus. Hanus said those teachers have inspired her to be a better dance teacher because they danced and taught with grace and class.

“Rangerettes has definitely taught me responsibility,” Hanus said. She said it has also sharpened her dance skills and made her more mature.

Hanus says she is very excited about her classes totaling more than 230 girls. There will be jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, mommy and daughter, and tumbling classes. She will also have competition teams. As to whether becoming a Rangerette will be promoted in her studio, Hanus grinned and said, “Oh yes.”


Longview freshman’s extensive interest in film photography

Photo by Michael Brown/ THE FLARE. Joel Ferguson, Longview freshman, received the nickname ‘darkroom Nazi’ after peers noticed how often he could be found working in the lab located in the Communications/Automotive Building, Room 122.
Photo by Michael Brown/ THE FLARE. Joel Ferguson, Longview freshman, received the nickname ‘darkroom Nazi’ after peers noticed how often he could be found working in the lab located in the Communications/Automotive Building, Room 122.


In the photography department there is a student nicknamed the “Darkroom Nazi,” a takeoff from “Seinfeld’s” Soup Nazi.

“I’ve taken pictures all my life but never saw them as any good until recently,” said Joel Ferguson, Longview freshman.

Ferguson got the nickname due to his passion for film photography. He can frequently be found in the darkroom perfecting his photos or around town shooting rolls of film.

“I enjoy being able to capture things as they are,” Ferguson said, “and show people how I see them.”

At age 8, Ferguson began taking photos but never thought of it as anything more than taking his dad’s camera and using up all his film. When his mother would go to develop the rolls of film, she would laugh at the things Ferguson photographed.

“I like the concept of writing with light,” Ferguson said.

When it comes to processing film photography, it’s mainly based on the amount of light exposed to the negative. For Ferguson it’s become easy to determine the correct exposure.

Ferguson uses two different cameras when shooting his rolls of film. He uses a Minolta XGM and a Minolta X370 that belonged to his uncle. He is currently repairing a Minolta X7 that belonged to his father.

Ferguson decided he wanted to return to school about a week before the Spring Semester began and was looking for fun classes to take. He is an undecided major. After having dropped out about three years ago, Ferguson wanted his first semester back to be laid back and fun. A friend of his mentioned O. Rufus Lovett, photography instructor, to him and said that he was a fun teacher and that Ferguson should take one of his classes. With not much availability the week before the semester started Ferguson wasn’t sure if he would be able to get in the Photo 1 class.

“I got lucky to get in,” Ferguson said.

He has found a love and passion for photography and is considering majoring in it but is not sure.

“I always like to fiddle with something,” Ferguson said.

Besides photography, Ferguson also enjoys tinkering with things. His current project is fixing his aunt’s old cuckoo clock. He has also fixed a few other antique clocks that could possibly get him some trades with local antique shops in Kilgore.

“I enjoy creating things,” Ferguson said.

For him it’s more about fixing something for the fun of repairing it rather than possessing it once it’s fixed.

At age 20, Ferguson decided to move just north of Nashville in Tennessee, until returning in February 2013. While there he continued to find different projects to entertain himself. While living there, he learned skills such as blacksmithing, wood turning, carpentry, leather working and other trades.


Coach speaks at convention

Photo by Michael Brown / The Flare. Rangers basketball coach Brian Hoberecht talks to his players during a timeout last season.
Photo by Michael Brown / The Flare. Rangers basketball coach Brian Hoberecht talks to his players during a timeout last season.

KC men’s head basketball coach Brian Hoberecht was chosen to speak at the National Association of Basketball Coaches annual convention that was held April 7 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Hoberecht was the only junior college basketball coach to speak at this event, which was a part of the Personal Development Series of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Convention.

This event, held April 3-7, was the largest event held for basketball coaches of its kind in the United States.

This year’s convention was held in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Hoberecht spoke at the convention, which is only open to basketball coaches and specific guests of their choosing.

Hoberecht was among some of the most successful coaches that college basketball has to offer.

Included were Dave Odom former head basketball coach for East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, and the University of South Carolina; Gregg Marshall head men’s basketball coach of Wichita State University; Bob Hoffman, head men’s basketball coach at Mercer University: and former NBA coach Herb Brown who was presented with the NABC’s lifetime achievement award.

Hoberecht has coached for 19 years, and mentored more than 20 players who have gone on to play professionally; 30 All-Conference players; and 17 All-Region players. Hoberecht has had 10 student athletes from the KC men’s basketball team sign Division 1 college scholarships over the past two seasons.

More than 90 percent of all players have graduated from KC since Hoberecht began coaching at KC in 2008. Hoberecht’s teams at KC over the previous two seasons have a total record of 53-11 and a conference record of 29-9. KC has been ranked 24 straight weeks in the NJCAA national poll and has a 28-2 home record during the previous two seasons.

Last year’s team made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the National Junior College Association National Tournament and finished the season ranked 15th nationally.

Hoberecht is very humbled to be in this situation.

“It’s a very neat privilege and a honor to represent the NJCAA Region 14 basketball conference and Kilgore College in this National Coaches Convention,” Hoberecht said prior to the event.

“It doesn’t make me feel special that I’m the only JUCO coach to speak throughout the Final four among other Division one college coaches; it’s just a great honor. My family is very happy to be at KC, and I’m working hard to develop this program to be at its best. I feel comfortable here.”

Softball team gets conference win

Photo by KRISTOPHER DOBBINS / THE FLARE Second baseman Sara Aguilar takes the throw as a runner slides in during an earlier-season game.
Photo by KRISTOPHER DOBBINS / THE FLARE Second baseman Sara Aguilar takes the throw as a runner slides in during an earlier-season game.

The KC Ranger softball team split its games against conference foe Northeast Texas Community College this past weekend. They lost the first game 11-2, but won the second game 3-2 — earning their first conference win of the season and breaking a 10-game losing streak.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it was postponed until Sunday due to weather conditions.

KC’s overall record is now 7-24, and their conference record is 1-5.

KC could not get anything going the first game against NTCC. KC was down 3-0 going into the bottom of the third inning. Lexi Lopez and third baseman Lakin Kerby both hit   home runs in the inning to keep KC in striking distance, but that was all the runs KC would get. NTCC scored a combined eight runs in the last two innings, sealing the deal for the game.

KC had six hits as a team and the defense only had one error. Pitcher Kari Courtney pitched five innings, allowing 11 hits, three walks, nine earned runs. She retired three batters.

In the second game, KC made sure that NTCC was not going to score many runs. The defense held them to just three runs and had no errors for the game. Lopez tied the game at one-apiece going into the second inning, thanks to her RBI single. The game was tied at two going into the last inning and KC’s defense stopped NTCC from putting any runs on the board. So it was all up to the offense to bring home the victory. Bianca Van Vlerah hit a triple late in the seventh inning to put herself in scoring position. Later, Kerby hit a RBI single that scored Van Vlerah and gave KC the victory.

Van Vlerah was on fire all day. She went 4-4 from the plate with three singles and a huge triple that set up Kerby’s game-winning hit.

Pitcher Lara Lewis got a win in her first start of the year since coming back from her shoulder injury. She pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. She had one walk and one strikeout.

KC traveled to Athens to take on the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals on April 3.

(Because of early press deadlines for the A-section, those game results will be in the April 25 edition.)