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Valentine Day Party on 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb13 at Christian Campus Center. Chocolate, candies, and gift will be given at the party.

TRI C is taking a group to Oklahoma State University on the Campus Encounter on Feb 24-26. If interested contact Britt at (903) 984-3700 or stop by the TRI C to discuss with him before Feb. 15th. The Campus Encounter is a multi-state conference which invites students in the southwest for a worship study and fun. The theme this year is “Clean Hands”. Very few junior colleges are invited and KC is one of them. While in Oklahoma, the group will stop at the Oklahoma City National Memorial where a student will lead a devotional for the occasion. Group consist of twenty students with some open spots left. The cost is $40 per student, there are scholarships available.

Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kctric  for all the latest news.

Tri C will have a baked potato luncheon and devotional 11am Thursday on Feb 16 at the Christian Campus Center.

Wesley Foundation

Wesley Foundation is taking a group for a weekend retreat on Feb. 17-19 to Sky Ranch in Van, Texas. There will be outdoor activities and worship. There are a couple of spots left for anyone interested stop in or email Rev. Hyde at kcwesleydirector@gmail.com.

For the latest news check out their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wesleyatkc



Valentine’s Day flower sale is 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Feb 13th&14th in the Devall Center.  Volunteers please sign up on PTK Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GammaOmicron to sign up to sell valentine’s flowers.

Assistant Physical Therapy holds raffle

Start purchasing raffle tickets now to win a $500 Visa gift card and support the KC Physical Therapy Club. The winner will be chosen on November 17, and must be at least 18 years old to win.

“We will be hosting the November meeting of the East Texas District on the Texas Physical Therapy Association in the [Devall] ballroom,” said Carla Gleaton, Physical Therapy Assistant department chair. “So we will sell more tickets that night and have the drawing there.”

The $500 prize was donated by Gladewater National Bank.

“We also had a student with connections to a bank that had expressed willingness to donate the proceeds for the gift card so there would be no startup costs,” she said.

All the proceeds will go to the Physical Therapy Club to finance their attendance at the Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth, or the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting held in San Antonio.

“The state conference is the annual meeting of all professional PTs and PTAs as well as PT and PTA students in the state,” Gleaton said. “So the students are exposed to workshops, exhibit halls, and other networking opportunities with professionals and students from around the state.”

The national meeting in San Antonio offers the students the chance to attend an exhibit hall, attend seminars and have networking opportunities. This conference will have 10K-20K PTs and PTAs from around the nation.

“Because of the rigors of this program, most of the students are unable to work while in the program, so funds are very limited,” Gleaton said. “Any assistance to support the professional journey for these students is greatly appreciated.”

The Flare brings home sweepstakes


HOUSTON — The Flare staff took home Sweepstakes for Newspaper in Division 2, and two staff members placed in live competition during the Texas Community College Journalism Association convention this weekend at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Tina Marie Reed won third in feature photography while Meaghan Morton received an honorable mention in news writing for coverage of events held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. During canned competition, the staff received Overall Excellence for the Flare Magazine in an open division and General Excellence for The Flare newspaper, as well as first place in website for Division 2. Each college could submit two entries per category and KC finished in the top two spots in four of the 16 categories entered. In all, the staff came home with 10 first place finishes, 10 second place finishes and six honorable mention awards. All submissions were published during the 2015-16 academic year. O. Rufus Lovett and Rachel Stallard advise the publications.

First place awards: Kathryn Agee, editorial writing; Tiffany Johnson, feature photo; • Meaghan Morton, layout and design; Richard Nguyen, sports photo and sports action photo; Tina Marie Reed, cover design (magazine); and Staff, picture page or panel.

Second place awards: Tiffani Branch, picture page or panel; Rain Cohn, news photo; Victoria Gilchrist, picture page or panel; Sarah Hooten, cartoon; Tiffany Johnson, sports action photo; • Meaghan Morton, layout and design (newspaper), layout and design (magazine); Richard Nguyen, second place in sports photo and in picture page or panel; Tina Marie Reed, picture page or panel; and Nick Shelley, column writing.

Honorable mentions: Alex Bridges, non-journalism story for magazine; Devin Brooks, sports news writing; Lucia Lopez, journalism story for magazine; Meaghan Morton, two awards in news writing; and Richard Nguyen, sports news writing, layout and design (magazine).

Hyde seeks to be good ‘caretaker’ at KC


Following the departure of Rev. Karen Bright, the Wesley at KC welcomed its new pastor/director Monday. Rev. Rebecca Hyde grew up in the north part of Houston and went to Klein High School in Spring, Texas, as well as Klein United Methodist Church.

“I want this to be a place where they feel like they can learn more about who they are and who God is calling them to be and who God is in ways that make sense for them,” Hyde said. “I think sometimes that God can feel super far away from us; God is so close and sometimes it’s hard to see that in the midst of all the things that we have to do. So I think my hope is that this will be a place where we’re able to draw close to one another and to God.”

She attended Sam Houston State University, which also has a Wesley Foundation, and is currently working on her master’s degree at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

“I was a hot mess in college, so I did not hang out at the Wesley Foundation, so it’s part of why I’m so excited to be here now,” Hyde said. “I wish that there had been somebody in a place where I could have gone and been a hot mess, and there would have been people who would have loved me and hung out with me and kind of spoken to me in that, in a way that would have made sense for where I was at.”

Hyde has been a pastor for a couple years, but she was a youth director before for about eight years. Before her time in ministry, she was a preschool teacher for a few months.

“I was very excited to get the opportunity to come to Kilgore College and get to meet students and be in ministry here,” Hyde said.

She is engaged to Rev. Steven Newcomb, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, where she attends sometimes.

“One of the nice things about being part of the United Methodist Church is we’re one big family,” she said. “It’s nice that I can kind of bop in anywhere on Sunday morning and I know what to expect of my Methodist family.”

She also spent time as a personal assistant for an event coordinator and was featured in MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” through this job. Rev. Hyde was appointed to KC’s Wesley by her district superintendent.

“It’s hard to be transitioning in life, and so my job is to come in and to be a resource for people and to offer the love of Christ in a time that can be really difficult and kind of tumultuous for these people. It’s a pretty sweet job,” Hyde said.

Many former Wesley students welcomed Rev. Hyde at the open house Monday.

“I think people have a real love and a fond remembrance of their college days,” Hyde said. “One of the strengths of campus ministries is that it becomes a family place, so what I think I’ve inherited is a new kind of family, and I hope to be able to be a good caretaker of that family.”

75 years of Rangerette history celebrated

The 75th annual Rangerette Revels will take place at 7 p.m Wednesday through Friday, and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rangerette’s show this year will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the award winning dance team. A select number of past Rangerettes have been selected to perform as 75th Anniversary All-Stars in a routine with current dancers in this year’s production.

The influence of the Rangerettes since their creation in 1940 is unprecedented. KC’s Rangerettes were the very first dance drill team in America. Founder Gussie Nell Davis was hired by KC Dean Dr. B. E. Masters. His mission was to create something unique that would increase female enrollment and also keep fans in their seats during half time at football games. In establishing the Rangerettes, the halftime show was also created, which has now become a tradition during football season all across the United States.

Revels began in 1948 as a talent show and fund raiser called Ranger Roundup. Davis combined all of the Rangerette’s half time routines, the KC band and twirlers to create the annual spring show. The show was moved to a local football stadium and renamed The Rangerette Revue as it grew in popularity. It was then moved to Dodson Auditorium on the KC campus and given its current name.

This year has been an eventful one for the dance team, as they have been recognized for 75 years of performing their famous high kicks and jump-splits.

On Aug 22, 2014, the Rangerette Show-Offs celebration was held. The 36 freshmen added to the team performed for the first time at the celebration, and a member in the audience from the first line in 1940 was recognized.

The Rangerettes danced in their 65th straight appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic on New Year’s Day. They were featured performers in both the pre-game and halftime.

The Texas Cultural Trust honored the Rangerettes with the Texas Medal of Arts award on Feb. 25. It honors Texans who have made contributions to the arts locally and aroung the word. They were inducted at the Capitol in Austin along with famous Texans such as Jamie Foxx, T. Bone Burnett and Dan Rather.

In March, the Rangerettes took an 11 day tour of Scotland and Ireland, visiting famous landmarks and cities. They performed in Ireland’s national St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, which had over 700,000 attendees.

Sweethearts of the Gridiron, a documentary by filmmaker Chip Hale, was filmed over the course of a year in anticipation of the Rangerette’s 75th anniversary. It examines the dynamics and relationship between Rangerette directors Dana Blair and Shelley Wayne, returning Rangerettes, and the tryout process for hopeful dancers. It is currently on the film festival circuit, and will be screening at the USA Film Festival in Dallas on April 25.

With all they have accomplished over the past 75 years, people can only wonder what the future holds for Texas’ most famous drill team.

Former Rangerette returns to replace retired dance instructor

Angela Falcone, Dance instructor, remodels the KC Dance Club by participating in community events. Photograph by Tina Walls / THE FLARE.
Angela Falcone, Dance instructor, remodels the KC Dance Club by participating in community events. Photograph by Tina Walls / THE FLARE.


The KC Dance Department is under the new leadership of Angela Falcone, lead dance instructor, who took the reins from Kathy Beckman when she retired last summer.

“[Beckman] gave me her blessing as I took over the program this past summer,” said Falcone. “She retired after more than 35 years here [at KC] and I’m now trying to go in a new direction while continuing her legacy.”

Falcone began her dance education at KC where she performed as one of the “World Famous” KC Rangerettes, from 2007 to 2009. Following her time at KC, Falcone went on to the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with High Honors in 2012. Eager to return to KC as an instructor, Falcone continued on her dance education track to claim a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.

“It’s been my dream to come back [to KC],” Falcone said. “It’s part of the reason why I went to graduate school to get my master’s degree. Luckily, this position opened up and although I wasn’t finished with my degree yet, I had finished all of my period classes, and TWC allowed me to finish the rest of my degree virtually so I was able to take the job.”

Though Falcone has been lead instructor for a short period of time, she has already begun implementing changes to the dance

“We’re re-vamping the dance club to be more interactive and to provide more opportunities to perform to its members,” Falcone said. “Also, we will be offering Dance Appreciation online Spring 2015 as well as adding an [introduction] to ballet class.”

With the addition of the new classes, Falcone hopes to raise their number of members from 80 to more than 100 by next semester.

In her new lead position, Falcone plans to garner more publicity for the KC Dance Club.

“The Rangerettes are well known around the world and I want the dance team to get recognition as well,” Falcone said. “I want to get our name out there because we are doing great things.”

The KC Dance Club will perform Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance at 6 and 6:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Rusk and Main Streets in downtown Kilgore as part of the city-wide Halloween Trick-or-Treat events.

The team will perform at the Rangerette Christmas Show, as well as being featured at the Texas Dance Educators Association convention in Houston in January 2015, Falcone said. “The more we can get our name out, and the more active we are in the community, the more prepared the students are for the real world.”

Ranger Band member has tuba-lar outlook on life

Kellsie Ruiz earned first chair and section leader honors during tryouts last spring and is now over 11 tuba players. FLARE PHOTO by SARA HOLMES
Kellsie Ruiz earned first chair and section leader honors during tryouts last spring and is now over 11 tuba players. FLARE PHOTO by SARA HOLMES

As a young girl Kellsie Ruiz didn’t want to fit in.

“I wanted to be different,” she said.

With a passion for music she joined the band in the sixth grade playing the clarinet but felt it wasn’t for her. She asked her band director to switch instruments but was denied.

The next year she asked him to play the tuba, but was once again denied.

In the eighth grade things were looking up for Ruiz. She was finally allowed to play her instrument of choice, the tuba, because there were no other tuba players.

“My favorite part of playing the tuba would be the challenge,” she said.

Ruiz graduated from Sabine High School in 2013 and is starting her second year as a member of the Ranger Band.

Ruiz earned first chair and section leader honors during tryouts last spring and is now over 11 tuba players.

As the only female in her section, she will continue to stand out while marching.

“I really want to explore and experiment with vocals this year,” Ruiz said, “Maybe look into musical theatre.”

In addition to playing the tuba,  she also has a strong singing voice. Oftentimes she can be seen  singing, dancing or a combination of both.

Ruiz plans to transfer Texas A&M University – Commerce and earn a degree in musical education.


WANT TO JOIN THE BAND? n It’s not too late to be part of the largest Ranger Band in nearly a decade, said Glen Wells, band director. Scholarships are available and band members have several performance opportunities throughout the year.

Stop by the Band Hall behind Masters Gym and talk to Wells or call him at 903-983-8272.

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‘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 boxoffice@kilgore.edu.

Former Rangerette manager’s film covers team’s history from beginning

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare Rangerettes Chelsea Crawford, left, and Christine Kleinecke, right, strike a pose with “Sweethearts of the Gridiron” director Chip Hale.
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare
Rangerettes Chelsea Crawford, left, and Christine Kleinecke, right, strike a pose with “Sweethearts of the Gridiron” director Chip Hale.

With the 75th anniversary of the Rangerettes coming up next year, one of the big events is the making of the film “Sweethearts of the Gridiron: An American Story.”
The film shows Rangerette history from their first field performance up to the organization today. The film is the brainchild of director Chip Hale, who is a former Rangerette manager.
The film is set to be released in late spring or summer. A plan is in the works for a screening in Kilgore this fall as part of the anniversary celebration.
“The city of Kilgore and Kilgore College were incredibly important
to the project, so the goal is to have a screening during a KC football game weekend,” Hale said.
The Rangerettes and Rangerette Forevers will be a part of this premiere.
The film is almost finished being edited.
“I’m in Los Angeles the remainder of February working on sound design for the film, which is the last major item of post-production,” Hale said.
The film is at 96 minutes right now but ultimately might get trimmed down to 93. Hale said. “I know three minutes doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but you would be amazed what removing it can do for a film.”
One of Hale’ s favorite aspects about directing the film was that he made it with people he had known for years, who would have never thought they would get to help make a film.
“Making a low-budget indie documentary isn’t glamorous like a big budget Hollywood

film, but my Texas friends have always been supportive of my career, and have enjoyed being a part of the project,” says Hale.
Michael Wayne, husband of assistant director and choreographer Shelley Wayne, is an executive producer. Jan Jaynes, director of the Rangerette Museum, and husband Craig, are also executive producers. Lisa Fortenberry, a Rangerette Forevers, handles all the travel details, getting crew members from Los Angeles and New York to Texas and housing them when necessary.
Another favorite for Hale was to bring his Los Angeles and New York friends to his East Texas home.
“Originally from Overton, Kilgore was like a second home to me,” Hale said. “Late-night runs to the Kilgore Whataburger were a regular occurrence for me in high school.”
Hale takes pride in calling East Texas home.
“I’ve been based in L.A. since 2011, so I’ve developed quite a family of friends and co-workers out there. I only work with people I genuinely like, and for all these years they’ve had to listen to me talk proudly about East Texas, Kilgore College and of course the Rangerettes,” Hale said. “When they finally came out to work on the project, they saw for themselves why I’m so proud of where I’m from. They all loved being in East Texas, and they all had respect for the Rangerettes and what they stand for. Marrying my two worlds together was something I’ll always look fondly upon.”
The film has almost been three years in the making, which he describes as quite a ride.
“Telling the story was important to the organization’s history, and to its future,” Hale said. “The Rangerette organization has become my family.”
During the making of the film, he lived with the Wayne family, so their personal lives have become more intertwined than before. Also, he and Rangerette director Dana Blair have become close, and she is someone he respects greatly.
“But it doesn’t just stop with Dana and Shelley; the people I’m closest to in my life are friends I’ve made through Rangerettes, and that means the world to me,” Hale said.
As for what he hopes to come out of this finished film Hale said, “I think and dream big, and part of my dream is for ‘Sweethearts of the Gridiron’ to force Dana and Shelley into changing their tryout format to accommodate hundreds of girls every year, rather than just a 100 because seeing sweethearts motivated them to try out.”
Hale explains with today’s technology and social media, the film could be seen by young women across the country, who have a dream to dance and be a part of something uniquely American.

Students place in design competition

Kassidy Taylor
Web Editor

KC students competed in The Texas 2 Show Design Competition in Dallas along with hundreds of students from several community colleges in Texas.

The competition was hosted by Brookhaven College of Visual Communications.

Joseph Schultz, Marshall, won first place in Pack Design and Book Cover Design. He also won second place in Illustration.

Kelsey Stanley, Kilgore sophomore, won second place in Book Cover Design.

Each student who competed had to review their portfolio and was asked to submit three selections. Over the course of one week, the students had chosen their designs with the help of Coy Lothrop, Graphic Design Instructor.

The categories that student could compete in were Posters, Brochures, Single ad, Ad campaign, Book cover/CD core, Illustration, Logos, business card/letterhead/envelope, Newsletters, Anuual reports, Books/booklets, Packaging, Self-promotion and Web sites.

Pat Ramseur of Ramseur Design reviews each design piece and chose the winners. To view his work, visit www.ramseurdesign.com.

Rehearsals underway for ‘Animal Farm’

Kassidy Taylor
Web Editor

KC theatre will perform George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday, Feb. 25 through Feb. 28 with a final matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 in the Van Cliburn Auditorium.

The production will be suitable for all ages.

“Animal Farm” is a political literature novel written in 1945. Playwright Ian Woolridge adapted the version of “Animal Farm” that KC theatre will perform.

Micah Goodding, theatre instructor, met Woolridge this past June while on a train from London to Oxford. Woolridge had introduced himself to Goodding as the director of British American Dramatic Academy.

“I had unknowingly chosen to produce his version of the play,” Goodding said.

The actor cast as Squealer in the original production, Robin Sneller, was also one of Goodding’s acting teachers in London.

“This play has only been in rehearsals a week, and we’ve already had two very happy coincidences,” Goodding said.

On Jan. 20, Sneller called, the cast and crew, via Skype, for a few hours, answering all of their questions and giving advice.

“We plan to Skype with Ian Woolridge in the near future,” Goodding said.

Yoga class teaches variety of breathing techniques

Executive Editor

Students looking to get in a class that will help alleviate stress should consider taking Beginning Yoga.

“Yoga is the science of calming the mind,” Cecile Craft, yoga instructor, said.

Craft believes the benefits of yoga allow college students to rediscover a sense of wholeness in life.

“We are not our feelings and our thoughts; they simply move through us. Yoga focuses on paying attention to the present moment while watching the breath,” Craft said. “If you can’t breathe, you can’t do anything. I like to think of yoga as the practice of breathing and stilling the mind.”

Craft said breathing into the belly can immediately lower stress response and the pranayama practice is vital to a healthy body.

“The practice of meditation is simply watching the breath as you would watch the ocean. [It] allows a person to not only oxygenate body more efficiently, but allows the mind to calm and the senses to become sharper,” Craft said. “When you start living in the moment, not worrying about the future or grieving over the past, life opens like sunshine on a flower.”

Craft has had students use breathing techniques to help calm the mind and improve activity capabilities off the mat as well.

“They find [their] focus is better while studying and other students’ activities have become stronger, such as a runner finds length in hamstrings and hip flexers which leads to increased speed. Choir students state their voice is stronger; my golfers see a dramatic improvement in range of motion and focus,” Craft said. “This goes on and on… Eventually as the mind becomes still and focused, the inner spirit starts to shine and bring out the true essence of the individual.”

Craft wants to stress that yoga is not only for females.

“We are seeing many more guys signing up for yoga. The strength, endurance, flexibility and stress reduction cannot be found in any other practice.”

Students have the necessary skills to enter any intermediate yoga class with confidence and safety after completing Beginning Yoga.

“The students gain knowledge of techniques to create more overall flexibility and strength,” Craft said.

Introduction to meditation and breath work used in yoga gives the student life-long loops for stress management.

For students wishing to join the class, Craft suggests each student purchase a yoga mat, but mats will be provided for those who do not. The class uses blocks, straps and blankets. All props are available in the yoga studio.

“I can’t think of anything any more important for a college student than to: Slow down, be calm, be strong and be healthy. Just breathe and enjoy life.”

Sonia Garza / THE FLARE
Sonia Garza / THE FLARE

Works of two artists will be featured in month-long exhibit



KC’s Visual Arts Department will host an art exhibit from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Jan. 13 to Feb. 13 in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Gallery.

The works of two artists will be shown.

David Chapman Lindsay 

David is a professor of art at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas where he teaches foundations and drawing.

He received his M.F.A. in 2004 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his B.F.A. in 2000 from Utah State University.  His work has been exhibited all over the United States and in Italy, Germany, and Romania.

Recently, he spoke at the International Conference of the Arts and Society, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Laura Kreft

Establishing an abstract vocabulary at a young age, Laura studied printmaking, photography and color theory at the Institute of Design in Chicago.

After relocating to Texas, she completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in printmaking from the University of Houston.

Today Laura is the Director of the Fine Arts Museum at Houston Baptist University. Through her ongoing travels to cultural sites worldwide, her education in art history is continuous.

Student qualifies for invitational

Executive Editor

KC Ranger Shooting Team’s Caitlin Ross fired her way to the final round of the ACUI Shotgun Tournament in College Station Jan. 4.

Ross shot through three rounds before entering the final round.

The final round consisted of a 25-shot final, in which she tied with 18 shots. To determine who received the gold and silver medal, Ross and her opponent entered a shoot-off.

Ross received the silver medal, qualifying her to enter the International National Invitation in San Antonio.

“Shooting is a lot of hard work, but it’s fun and it teaches you a lot of things,” Ross said.

Anyone interested in joining the Ranger Shooting Team should contact David Ross at 903-806-2772.

“The people who associate with fire arms are as fine a group of people you’ll ever run,” David Ross said. “Everyone is polite and always willing to help. It would great experience for anyone and very, very safe.”