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An East Texas Teen is Headed to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Being invited to perform on national television at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a huge honor and a big accomplishment.

But the trip ain't cheap!  One East Texas teen could use help raising funds for the trip.

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This Grilling Shed Will Blow Your Mind

Holy smokes...This is a man cave to the max.  We just need a couple of screens for Cowboy and Texan games, and it will be a pretty awesome fall in the back yard.  But is it a lil too fancy for seasoned Texas grillers who don't mind getting a lil messy?

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Got a 4th Grader? It’s a Free Ticket Into National Parks.

The school year hasn't even started yet, and so far it's awesome to be a 4th grader.

And parents, if you're lucky enough to have a 4th grader in the family like me, that's worth a free ticket to places like the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. The whole family gets in free! Here's how it works.

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Painted-Rock Trend Prompts a Warning from State Parks

Last summer it was Pokemon Go.  This summer it's a new trend that's getting people outside and on a treasure-hunt-like mission.

So...what's with all the painted rocks, and why is Texas not loving them?  

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Road Trip — Five Texas Restaurants Featured on Food Shows

We can eat at the same restaurant every day for ten years and love it, but once it’s been on TV, well then the food tastes even better and we suddenly hear symphonies in our heads when we take a bite.  Call it the Guy Fieri effect.

Here are five Texas restaurants that we should totally try, because they’ve been featured on TV shows.  And one is right here in East Texas.

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Take this 8-Mile Ride on the Most Haunted Road in Texas

East Texas has some great spooky spots, but if you really want to freak yourself out, take this haunted journey on what some say is the scariest road in the entire state. Have you heard what's happening on Bragg Road?

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Two East Texas Cities Are About to Get Slammed With Visitors

Two East Texas cities are gaining attention for having great shops, good hotel prices, and pretty flowers, and that could mean more visitors are on their way to check it all out.

Tyler and Palestine have made a "Best Weekend Getaway" list, and we'll give them some love while we try to figure out why Lufkin and Nacogdoches were left off the list.

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One Texas City Wants Random Acts of Kindness to be Reported

Lots of cities have apps now for reporting complaints like potholes and barking dogs, but one Texas city is adding a happy new twist. They want everyone who lives there to report random acts of kindness.  Think it'll catch on?

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Shortage Alert — Authentic Mexican Restaurants in East Texas

Texas can brag about a lot of things, but not this.  Chicago has the most authentic, non-chain Mexican restaurants per capita, and other big cities in the US rank higher than places like San Antonio and Houston.  So what's the closest place to us, with the most authentic Mexican food?  A three-hour road trip will get you the best empanadas.  

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Why the Dak Prescott Autograph Scandal is a Big Deal

If it's true that Dallas Cowboy quarterback, Dak Prescott, used a machine to autograph at least some team memorabilia, the ripple effect could be huge for sports.  And here's why.  

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East Texas Farm Lets You Pick the Blueberries

We're in a prime place to grow blueberries, and the season is peaking right now.  If you're looking for a fun family outing on Father's Day Weekend, take a road trip to this East Texas blueberry farm and come back with a huge bucket full of produce.

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East Texas Has One of the Best Cheap Vacation Spots in the State

We all want to have fun and relax on a summer vacation, but we don't necessarily want to pay big bucks for it.  One East Texas city is getting some notice for being one of the best cheap vacation spots in the state.

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