Howdy! I'm a native Texan who has been blessed to call East Texas home since 1990. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 22 years and we have 3 children. In addition to hosting the Merrell in the Morning Show, I'm also the public address announcer for SFA football and basketball games (Axe 'em, Jacks!). I also do the play by play for Nacogdoches Dragon Football. I love God, and I'm especially fond of fajitas, brisket, and The Princess Bride.
Lyle Lovett Performing in Lufkin Wednesday Night
A legendary performer will be on stage in Lufkin Wednesday night. Lyle Lovett and his Large Band will be in concert at the Temple Theater.
Lufkin Police Investigating Rash of Burglaries in Hospital District
Lufkin Police are investigating a series of overnight break-ins that occurred early Monday morning at several businesses on Gaslight Boulevard.
Tropical Storm Expected to Impact East Texas with Heavy Rain
What was once Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to regenerate and make a turn towards the Texas coastline.
Area High School Students Attend SayWhat! State Conference
Thirteen Angelina County students along with six Chireno High School Student Council members recently attended the SayWhat! Tobacco-Free Conference at LaToretta Resort at Lake Conroe to learn more about tobacco prevention and youth leadership.
KICKS 105, Badders Law Firm Presents Splash Kingdom Party
What's better than cooling off at Splash Kingdom on an extremely hot Summer day?
Doing it for free!!
Doing it for free!!
Finalists Announced for the 2017 State Fair Big Tex Choice Awards
The State Fair of Texas is known for introducing unique food selections such as fried banana split and Smoky Bacon Margarita. Check out this year's finalists.
Jasper County Woman Dies From Eating Contaminated Oysters
A 56-year-old Jasper County native passed away Thursday, August 10th due to complications from eating contaminated raw oysters.
The Best Before and After First Day of School Photos
Meet Hallie Hemphill, daughter of Amanda, traffic director here at the KICKS 105 studios. Hallie's first day of school photo at Burley Primary in Lufkin seems to look like many other first day of school photos that we see posted to social media.
Lufkin Police Seeks Public’s Help in Finding Sex Offender
Lufkin Police is hoping that residents in East Texas can provide tips on the whereabouts of a known sex offender.
East Texas Rallies Around Little League Champs
The Lufkin Little League All-Stars are going to the World Series in Williamsport as the Southwest Region Champions. This marks Lufkin's first trip to the storied event, and the East Texas community is showing their support in numerous ways.
Whataburger to Host Pep Rally, Benefit for Lufkin All Stars
The eyes of East Texas, and for that matter, the eyes of a nationwide TV audience, intently and nervously watched over the past few days as the Lufkin Little League All Stars laid claim to the Southwest Championship.
Lufkin Robbery Victim Requests Public Release of Surveillance Video
Saturday afternoon, Lufkin Police arrested Andrea Franks-Vanzandt, 21, of Lufkin, on a charge of aggravated robbery. He walked into Lucky's Convenience Store around 12:40 p.m., waited in line for a moment in front of the register, and then assaulted and robbed a man of $35 inside the…