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Ellen Trout Zoo Names Baby Tiger

The new lion cub at the Ellen Trout Zoo has a name! It’s been a summer of births at the zoo, with several intriguing new babies born. The lion cub has been named Sango.

The city says the name has meaning – Sango is the Yoruba god of lightning and thunder.

We’ve got a chance to catch a sneak peak at the little lion cub this weekend, but we’ll have to be on our toes.

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Junior League of Lufkin Helps Kids Get Fit

Kids get a bad wrap sometimes for being lazy and out of shape, but we know not all kids are lying on the couch, eating chips, and playing video games. We’ve seen lots of East Texas kids swimming this summer, playing baseball and softball, and even eating an occasional veggie.

To continue promoting healty habits, the Junior League of Lufkin is sponsoring Camp Get Fit/Kids at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center next week.

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Voters Head to the Polls for Texas Primary

Have you voted yet? Election officials in Angelina County say more than 5600 people voted early, in the two weeks prior to today’s primary.

The race for Angelina County Sheriff is one to watch. On the Republican side voters will choose between Allen Hill and Greg Sanches. Jim Hodges runs unopposed as a Democrat for Sheriff.

The polls are open from 7am to 7pm today, so let your voice be heard. Voting is a good way to get out of the office and stretch your legs, and my political science teachers in high school and college always used to tell me it’s my civic duty to get out there and fill out a ballot. The candidates are waiting for us to decide their fate.

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Where are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Lufkin?

It’s the beginning of a holiday weekend, YAY! And the beginning of people in your way on the road and aggressive drivers ticking you off. Who will present the biggest problem on the road today? It’s those darn red light runners.

We’ve probably all had the experience of sitting at a red light that turns green, signaling our chance to go, and all of a sudden a car zooms through from the other direction. Near miss! Red light runners cause accidents all the time, and it turns out today is one of their favorite days to do it.

And what are the most dangerous intersections in Lufkin?

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Parts of East Texas to Get Partial Views of Solar Eclipse

An eclipse like this only happens once every twenty years, and it will be viewable in Texas Sunday; partially anyway.

A solar eclipse is when the moon blocks out the sun for a time, and leaves a ring of fire around its circumference. The sky gets a little spooky-looking for a bit and then the moon and sun part like a good Dancing with the Stars release move, and life goes back to normal.

Spots like Reno, NV and Albuquerque, NM will have the most spectacular views of the complete eclipse, but the entire path of the eclipse stretches from China to Texas. Plenty of folks will have the opportunity to see the rare show of nature.

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Lufkin High School Students Get Big Scholarship Money

Graduating seniors at Lufkin High School received $114,000 in scholarships from the Alumni Association Monday night at a ceremony at Tom Jack Lucas Auditorium. Big bucks! The LHS Alumni Association said that’s the highest dollar amount ever for them.

Contributions by other donors topped $3.1 million, and added up to hundreds of scholarships for 180 students. All that studying DID pay off. I know I thought all the hard work might never end, and then suddenly it did and then I wondered where all the time had gone. Scholarships are a nice way to ease the transition to college. They’re a pat on the back, and provide a financial boost in the fall.

We’ve highlighted some of the local winners here:

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Farmer’s Market Open For Business In Nacogdoches

I’m always looking for local honey, since I’ve heard it’s good at helping with local allergies. Getting too scientific about it might make my head explode, but I’ve heard ingesting what the bees produce is supposed to help fight off seasonal allergies. I’m giving the kids a teaspoon a day and they don’t have many sniffles.

With the Farmer’s Market is open in Nac, you can not only get local honey, but just about anything else homegrown too.

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Weekend Brings Tamales to Diboll

It’s festival time in East Texas, and we love the ones that are built around food!

The 5th annual Tamale Festival happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Diboll. They’ll have plenty of children’s activities, live entertainment, and of course food.

How many tamales do you think you can eat? Have you been practicing? You’ll have the chance to show off your eating skills at the festival.

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Police Say Be On Your Guard After Hudson Attack

Ladies may be creeped out by the story out of Hudson this week. This is why we take those self-defense classes.

A woman was attacked while walking on the track at the Hudson ISD Monday, but managed to break free and call 911. The woman says the man fondled her before he ran off. Hopefully it’s an isolated incident, but it’s still causing some broader warnings.

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