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Lufkin May Go Smoke Free

Lufkin already has an ordinance that bans smoking at city parks, and limits smoking to restaurants with designated public areas.  Under a new proposed ban that the city council looked at this week, the ban would stretch wider and there would be no smoking at city or county facilities, hospitals, stores, or restaurants.

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Census Bureau Says Many Lufkin Kids are Living in Poverty

New Census Bureau data says nearly 1 in 3 kids in Lufkin are living in poverty.

That's well higher than the average in the state of Texas, according to the new data.

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Lufkin Animal Shelter Receives National Buzz Online

A few days ago, Stacey Faulkner tweeted a photograph of a dog potentially being mishandled by workers at a Lufkin Animal Shelter. That caught the attention of not only her own Twitter Followers, but also the attention of singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20.

The firestorm led to an investigation into the animal's treatment at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter.

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Serial Killer Arrested in Lufkin Commits Suicide in Jail

It’s a story that has made national news. Earlier this week, accused serial killer Israel Keyes was found dead in his jail cell in Alaska after an apparent suicide.

He’s accused of abducting, assualting, killing, and dismembering the body of an 18-year old barista who was kidnapped from a coffee stand last February.

In March, Keyes was arrested at the parking lot of a Cotton Patch Cafe in Lufkin after trying to use Samantha Koenig’s stolen debit card.

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Lufkin Police Need Your Help in Finding ‘Animals’ Stolen in Commercial Burglary

Attention East Texas:

Be on the lookout for nearly $4,000 worth of taxidermied animals that were stolen from a Lufkin building under construction in the 1900 block of Denman Avenue.

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Lufkin Panthers Head to Third Round of State Playoffs, Support Them This Weekend in Waco

The Lufkin Panthers defeated the Pflugerville Panthers last Saturday and advanced to the third round of the State Playoffs.  They will play Plano West on Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 PM at Waco ISD.  If you want to see the boys in action, tickets are $25.

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Lufkin Saves Tree Seeds, Gives Another Texas Ecosystem New Life

It was a little more than a year ago that the most destructive wildfire in Texas history destroyed much of the vegetation in Bastrop County near Austin. It was a major setback for the renowned Lost Pines ecosystem. The fire covered 32,400-acres, destroyed 1,660 homes and killed 1.5 million trees.

Now, Lufkin is coming to the rescue. Eleven-hundred pounds of tree seeds that were stored in Lufkin and almost thrown into the land fill at one point, will help rebuild the Bastrop ecosystem.

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‘Toys For Tots’ Comes to Lufkin and Nacogdoches Region

If you happen to see some military troop carrier trucks with a conspicuously looking banner draped across it that reads "MARINE CORPS RESERVE...Toys For Tots", that's the place to hand over a newly unwrapped gift to be distributed to less fortunate children around East Texas.

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