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Jim Bell

Jim Bell is a Lufkin native with many years of experience in commercial and public radio news broadcasting.  Winner of many awards for news writing, reporting and news production from Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Houston Press Club, Dallas Press Club, Harris County Medical Society and Texas Medical Association.   He's been married to the same woman for 35 years,  with four children and six grandchildren.
source: The First Tee
source: The First Tee
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First Tee Golf Program Comes to Diboll ISD

The Diboll Free Press reports that Diboll ISD's Temple Elementary School has been chose to participate in The First Tee National School Program, which promotes character development and life-enhancing values while teaching kids to play golf.

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via Flickr/OregonDOT
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Humongous Gang Drug Bust in Henderson

How humongous was it?  The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports more than 150 law officers from half a dozen local, state and federal agencies using armored vehicles and helicopters raided a house in Henderson and arrested 11 members of the infamous Crips drug gangs.

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via Flickr/Images_of_Money
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Good News: Home Prices on the Way Up

In another sign that the national recession is easing up -- at least here in Texas -- the Lufkin News reports retail home prices are trending upward.  Local realtors say after several years of a "buyer's market", they're seeing clear signs of a turnaround. It's a "seller's market" again.

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via Flickr/89AKurt
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Brace Yourself – Electric Bills May Go Higher

Texas retail electric providers -- the "light companies" -- have a decision to make.  As of today, August 1st, many of them are paying 50% more for the electricity they buy from wholesale producers.  Now they have to decide whether they will pass the increases on to customers with “fixed rate” contracts that were supposed to lock-in a per kilowatt hour price.

If they try it, StateImpact Texas reports the Texas Public Utilities Commission is waiting for a customer to file a complaint.

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via Facebook/Keep the boat by Jack In The Box on 69S in Lufkin, TX.
via Facebook/Keep the boat by Jack In The Box on 69S in Lufkin, TX.
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Ahoy! All Hands on Deck! Keep the Boat!!

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from a tropic port aboard this tiny ship.  OK, it's not "The Minnow" that made Gilligan's Island famous, but she is a tiny ship and she's been parked next to the Jack in the Box on 69-South at Denman Avenue for longer than anybody can remember. She may as well be on a desert island.

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