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Texas Forest Service Elevates Fire Danger Heading Into the 4th

It seems like there's always concern in Texas about fireworks around the 4th of July, and how those mix with what's usually extreme heat and little rain.

This year things are better than in years past, with the grass a little greener than usual, and weather that's slightly cooler this week.  Are bans in place?

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Great Kid Escape Instagram Photos, Find Out How You Can Win an iPad!

The Great Kid Escape is almost here! This fun, kid-friendly event will be held at the Lufkin Convention Center in Lufkin from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.

Along with tons of free activities, special guests and local vendors, there's also a chance for you to win a 16GB iPad valued at $499!!

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An East Texas American Legion Post Helps a Disabled Veteran

An East Texas American Legion Post is doing their best to help a disabled veteran get a new home, and you have the chance to help in the effort next weekend, just by showing up and having some fun.

On Saturday, June 22, the American Legion Riders Post 134 in Crockett will host their First Annual Bike Show and Poker Run.

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Texas Blueberry Festival This Weekend in Nacogdoches

The 24th annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, in downtown Nacogdoches. Blueberry-sweet fun with free admission and 100+ vendors. If you like blueberries they will have them in everything you can imagine!  Stock up by the pallet full!

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‘Live From Lufkin’ Lineup Announced For Summer Fest

The voting is over, and East Texas music lovers have picked the lineup for the "Live From Lufkin" Battle of the Bands at Summer Fest Texas.

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Carter Blood Care Holding Blood Drive on April 18 at Central Elementary

Renew the gift of hope this Spring for transfusion dependent patients by giving the gift of life - blood. It's more important now than ever after this week's tragic events, including the Boston marathon bombings and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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Some in East Texas Are Camping With Purpose

The Texas Regional Rainbow Gathering is underway in East Texas.  Campers have set up tents similar to these, and the event will run for about two weeks.

The Rainbow Family says on its website it's sometimes referred to as the largest non-organization of non-members in the world.  They have no leaders, and no organization.  And they say, "To be honest, the Rainbow Family means different things to different people. I think it's safe to say we're into intentional community building, non-violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that Peace and Love are a great thing, and there isn't enough of that in this world. Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the the Earth. We gather in the National Forests yearly to pray for peace on this planet."

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Check Out The ‘Millard’s Crossing’ Easter Egg Hunt in Nacogdoches on Sunday, March 24

Do you have a favorite "fable" character?  Of course you do.  "Santa"?  The "Tooth Fairy"?  A lucky "Leprechaun"?  The  "Easter Bunny"?

My parents would spin the wildest tales regarding these celebrities, and little sister and I would stare aimlessly into space with big eyes and open mouths, digesting each word, just so we could tell the same story to our friends.

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