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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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Don’t Miss Lufkin Fireworks Extravaganza On July 4

Only one day to go until the City of Lufkin rolls out their annual 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza.

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Lufkin Fireworks Now in 3D This Fourth of July! [VIDEO]

Last night we set about the task of revising the music that will be choreographed to the fireworks.  Mike Love and I sit in my little studio and tweak a little every year.  Adding new surprises and keeping old favorites.   But this year is going to be a little different.  

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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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Lufkin Jones Pool is Open Again

Guess what....it's going to be hot this weekend!  This time of year we don't really need a weather forecast do we?  It gets to at least the mid 90's every day and feels like 105 and that's about all we need to know.  That's the forecast we'll have again this weekend.

Time to hit the lake!  Go fishing, swimming, and boating with Dad on Father's Day weekend.

A Lufkin pool that had been shuttered for two years is open again too.  In fact, it had it's grand re-opening yesterday.

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East Texas Man Killed in Accident Out-of-State

A Diboll man is dead after an accident over the weekend in Louisiana, in Sabine Parish.

It happened Sunday morning, and Louisiana State Troopers say the drivers of the two pickups were both from Texas:  29-year-old Tommy F. Tilley Jr. of Diboll, and 65-year-old Earl John Broussard of Baytown.

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Tribute Today in Houston to Honor Fallen Firefighters

Firefighters from across Texas are heading to Houston to honor fellow firefighters killed in the line of duty last week.  East Texas firefighters are among those headed south to fill Reliant Stadium today at 10am for the tribute.

We mentioned yesterday that the Houston Astros wore patches on their uniforms to honor the four lives lost.  Today, the football stadium will be fill with family, friends, supporters, and members of the Crockett and Lufkin Fire Departments at a public memorial.

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Lufkin Eatery Shines on Popular Television Show, ‘Restaurant Impossible’

If you happened to be hangin' out by the television on Sunday night ( May 26) at 9 p.m., and while channel surfing you came across  the Food Network's 'Restaurant Impossible,' the landscape may have looked familiar.

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