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It's fun to pick on the boys in the office, fun to play music, and fun to talk to you all day at work. Thanks for listening! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska. My whole family still lives there and I love going back to visit them, but I also love Texas. Barbecue, fajitas, and great live music....it's the place to be. I've lived in Texas for 16 years now. Austin, Dallas, and here. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college. (The University of Nebraska...Go Huskers!) I've been on a hundred stations at one point or another. I just love radio. Other things I love....let's see. Blue ink. Black bores me a bit. I love cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce and anything that the two happen to touch. I fall asleep in almost every movie I attempt to watch I have made it through Eat, Pray, Love and Mr. Wright. I like chick flicks. I have an awesome family and love spending time with them. You'll probably hear me talk about my daughters on the air. They're toddler girls who exhaust me, crack me up, and amaze me because I don't think I was ever that smart. I have two miniature schnauzers too. Thanks for stopping by. Now tell me about you.
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SFA Student Does Well in National Jingle Contest

A good commercial jingle is one that gets stuck in your head and makes you sing it at random moments.  You're doing laundry or taking a shower, or doing some other mundane task, and the next thing you know you're singing the jingle!  EVERYONE knows it.

A group of four students in East Texas came just short of winning a national contest, but may have accomplished the creation of one of those "ear worms."

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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 Texans Honor Veterans This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is usually a day to relax at the lake, fire up the grill, or take in a baseball game.

But it's more than a day off.  While we're enjoying the festivities, it's important to remember why we're not at work.  To take time to honor military veterans!

A group gathered in Lufkin Saturday at the Garden of Memories cemetery to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and if you were there you probably saw the multitude of flags.  

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weather channel via KXAS TV
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Tornadoes Rip Through Texas, Leave Several Dead

Today in Lufkin and Nacogdoches we have the chance of heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms, but the situation doesn't appear to be anything like what North Texas saw last night.

As many as ten possible tornadoes ripped through areas west of Dallas-Fort Worth Wednesday night, and left 250 people homeless, 100 injured, and 6 dead.  Changes to those numbers could come today as emergency responders fully assess the damage.

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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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When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?

Now that Christmas is over, it's probably time to take down the tree. For most of us anyway. One percent of the population leaves the tree up all year! You know who you are.

How long is too long? Most people take down the tree by early January, and some of us ripped it down as soon as the last present was passed out.

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Lufkin and Nacogdoches Plan Christmas Events

At some stores and homes, the Christmas decorations were up before Thanksgiving.

Those of us that did put up the Christmas tree before carving the turkey have been accused of breaking holiday rules, but rather than rebellion, we rule breakers argue it's convenient. With the decorating out of the way we could concentrate on matters like shopping.

Now that Thanksgiving is officially behind us, the rule followers are breaking out the Christmas lights too. Lufkin will light up the season with a Christmas parade on Tuesday.

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East Texas Cheerleader Picked for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade always has impressive floats, interesting performances from pop music and broadway, and it’s a huge tourist draw for New York City.

One East Texas cheerleader is on her way! We’ll watch for her on NBC next Thursday morning.

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