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Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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East Texas Restaurants That Stand the Test of Time

Don't you hate it when you love love love a restaurant and it becomes your go-to spot, but it doesn't last? It's worth high-fiving the East Texas restaurants that stand the test of time.

Many of them are Mom and Pop restaurants that are passed down through generations. Can you name some of them?

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Three of the Top Small Town Cafes Are in East Texas

There's an art to becoming a "cafe."

A cafe is not just another restaurant, and could very well serve up its meals with a big scoop that goes splat on a platter. And we love it.

Three of the best small town cafes are in rural communities not far from us, proving that you don't need to sit in the middle of a large population to have lunch or dinner all figured out.

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The Top Ten Halloween Costume Ideas for Pets

Oh, our poor pups! It's the worst season of their lives. There's nothing dogs dislike more than dressing up like a pumpkin, or a hot dog, or a cat for goodness sakes. But they're gonna do it this Halloween, in the name of fun.

Check out the ten most popular Halloween costume ideas for pets, and tell us what you would add to the list.

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One of the Most Haunted Hotels in the US is Right Here in Texas

If you saw the movie It and you want to keep that freaked out feeling going awhile longer, take this short road trip to Southeast Texas and you'll get more spooked.

If haunted houses are fun, a huge, then a haunted hotel is even better! A two hour drive from Lufkin gets you to one of the most haunted hotels in all of the US.

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Road Crews in Northeast Texas Stumble Upon an Ancient Artifact

When Texas crews are building roads, you have to wonder what odd things they come across while they're moving dirt. The latest discovery was way more than earthworms and compacted beer cans. This was an ancient Indian artifact that some say had a tremendous value for the culture in 900 A.D.

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One East Texas Hamburger Joint Has Big Plans to Expand

On a road trip across East Texas, maybe you've had Cowboy Melt, or the Black and Blue burger at this place. Now Jucy's Hamburgers is adding new things to that comfort-food-menu-of-greatness like veggie burgers and chicken sandwiches, and they've got plans to open up more restaurants across East Texas that could bring them to Lufkin. Yum!

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Texas is About to Be Bombarded with Monarch Butterflies

If you only had three months to live, what would you do with your time? Fly to Mexico of course! That's what the monarchs are doing right now, and we've got the scoop on a massive migration through Texas that you can't help but notice.

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Once it’s Picked, How Long Does a Pumpkin Last?

This is the sweet spot in a pumpkin's life. Thousands of pumpkins that have grown up in a patch are off the vine now, and the clock is ticking before the dreaded shrivel and rot happens. So how long do we have? And there is at least one thing we can do to get pumpkins to last longer.

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One Restaurant Chain Chips in Big for Food Banks

With the huge hurricane Harvey relief effort getting the focus now, don't ya kinda wonder if other every day charities will feel forgotten and suffer with a lack of donations? One Texas restaurant chain is doing its best to make sure that doesn't happen, and just made huge donations to area food banks.

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East Texas has Three Short and Sweet Hikes That Will Help You Soak Up Fall

Texas has been staying warm and hasn't quite made up its mind to get into fall just yet. But cooler weather is on the way, and fall foliage will peak in October. There are three short trails that will help you make the most of it.

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