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Three Reasons Christmas Should Start Before Thanksgiving

It's mean to withhold the magic of Christmas from the kids, and I just couldn't do it any longer. Lights on, tree up.

And I've discovered three big reasons besides these girls, why Christmas should always start before Thanksgiving.

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Check Out The Black Friday Deals Local To You

Black Friday is fast approaching, and if you don't already have a plan in mind for your super shopping and savings spree, we're here to help.

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Random Acts of Kindness Are Happening in Texas

Have you noticed anyone being over-the-top nice lately?  I'd love to hear that story. I'm a sucker for random acts of kindness.

There's no prize involved here, because that would defeat the purpose of the "being-nice-just-for-the-heck-of-it" stories.  So, just for the heck of it, I'll share a story about a random act of kindness that might excite some fast food employees in East Texas, and you can see if you notice anything similar.

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Texas Couples Celebrate 70 Years After Double Wedding

It takes a lot of grit and determination to make a marriage last 70 years!  And love too, we imagine.

Two couples tied the knot at a double wedding in Central Texas several decades ago, and they just celebrated that huge milestone this week.

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Routine East Texas Traffic Stop Leads to a Big Drug Bust

After police in Diboll pulled over a car, they became suspicious enough to call in the drug dogs, and that turned into a drug bust and the recovery of a big lump of cash.

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Texas Doesn’t Always Go For Thanksgiving Classics

It's not all about the turkey and stuffing in Texas.  It's usually on the table at Thanksgiving, but there are also some unique side dishes there that put us right up there with Washington's "Cottage Cheese Roast" for being a little weird.  

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These Stores Will Open on Thanksgiving Day

If you're planning to burn some Thanksgiving calories by shopping, these stores will open up to you on Thursday night. Others will wait until Black Friday morning.

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Arby’s is Selling Out of Deer Meat Sandwiches

No other fast food restaurant has ever done it, but Arby's decided to take a risk and rock the fast food world by offering a venison burger. And apparently it's a big success so far.  In the places where they're testing it, they can't keep it in stock.

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Green Lights in East Texas Support Veterans

Maybe you've seen a few green lights around East Texas this week.  At work, on the front porch, and on college campuses, people are replacing white lights with green bulbs to show support for veterans.  And it's easy to become part of the movement.

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What Drives You To The Polls on Election Day?

Doesn't it feel good to vote? I think it does.

There are things that motivate us to get to the polls, besides the obvious.

The kids are talking about the election at school, and if Mama doesn't vote, they will be on my case!  What else encourages you to get to the polls?

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Lufkin Veterans Get Free Burritos

Veteran's Day is next week, and stores and restaurants are getting ready to show their appreciation.  More will be added we're sure, but for now let me tell you about one restaurant that will help you snag the veteran in your life a free burrito.

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Lufkin Dentist Collects Halloween Candy for the Troops

Parents, if you're looking for places to unload some Halloween excess and spare your family a few calories, there's a spot in Lufkin that would love to take it off your hands and do something great with it.  One dentist is collecting candy now, and they'll box it up and send it to the troops, to brighten their day with a little taste of home.

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