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Lufkin Planned Parenthood Closes

It was two weeks ago that the closure was announced.  And now it's happening.

The Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Chapter, which serves Houston, southeast Texas, and Louisiana, has to deal with budget cuts.  And that means Planned Parenthood chapters in Lufkin, Huntsville, and Bryan are shutting their doors.

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Kickball League Launches in Lufkin

If you played kickball in phys ed classes in elementary school, you might be wondering why we can't keep that going now that we're adults. We can!  The Lufkin Parks and Rec Department is making your wish come true.

In fact, the first kickball league games started last night at Kit McConnico Park in Lufkin.

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Local Charities to Benefit From United Way Funds

The local United Way is in the middle of deciding how to divvy up about $700,000 this year.

Several local agencies have requested the help, and the Angelina County United Way spent much of Tuesday interviewing those groups and listening to them make their case.

Today they're meeting to start making decisions on who gets how much.

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School Supplies Aren’t Cheap – How Much Do You Spend?

It seems like school just ended, but now we're just a few weeks away from the fall semester.

I have a 5-year old that will start kindergarten on August 26th, and we're planning to do lots of shopping for school supplies and new clothes in August.  It's exciting in some ways to start school, but it's expensive!

School supply lists in Lufkin can run about $50, and in some surrounding cities the totals for notebooks, pencils, glue, and all of the other necessities can push closer to $100.  That's not the new Hello Kitty shirts and fancy tennis shoes.  That total only includes the classroom supplies.  

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Angelina Hotel Gets New Tenant

One of Lufkin's landmarks is getting a new tenant.

The Angelina Hotel welcomed the Bella Salon & Boutique last week, which offers hair services, massages, and permanent cosmetics.

KTRE says the boutique saw positive growth and change was happening in downtown Lufkin and wanted to move in and take advantage.  Another retailer inside the Angelina Hotel opened in March.  Mama Tried was previously located on First Street in the downtown area, and moved over to the Angelina Hotel.  And a children's boutique opened up at the Angelina Hotel last November.  

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East Texas Teachers to Benefit from Angelina Beautiful/Clean Drive

Angelina Beautiful/Clean has been working for years to spiff up East Texas, and as they say on their website, to educate and empower East Texans to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment.

Now Angelina Beautiful/Clean is working on doing even more good around East Texas. They're making sure teachers in the area have enough school supplies to start the new year.  And here's how you can help.

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