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Community Rallies to Support Central School Teacher

It's been a tough week for so many in the East Texas area.  Someone who is loved dearly by a multitude of people became extremely ill last week.  

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Nacogdoches County Go Texans Hosting Benefit Dance

Amarillo by Morning, Neon Moon, Sweet Home Alabama...just a few of the songs that will be keeping the dance floor filled this Saturday night at Banita Creek Hall.  The annual Nacogdoches County Area Go Texan Benefit Dance is coming up featuring yours truly.   

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Ownership of Memorial Health System of East Texas Being Transferred to Catholic Health Initiatives

At a press conference earlier this afternoon, it was announced that Memorial Health System of East Texas and Catholic Health Initiatives have signed a non-binding letter of intent to transfer ownership of Memorial to CHI. The health care systems will negotiate the terms of the agreement with the expectation of reaching an agreement by spring 2014. 

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Numerous Bigfoot Encounters in Deep East Texas

A few days ago on the Merrell in the Morning Show, we reported a story about Rick Dyer who claimed to have shot a Bigfoot in the San Antonio area.  Inasmuch as most folks consider his claim to be a farce, it set Sean Ericson and myself on a quest to get more information about Dyer's story.  In this process, we discovered an organization called the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC).

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Lufkin Cardiologist Named ‘Super Doctor’

For the sixth consecutive year Ravinder Bachireddy has been recognized as the one of the state’s top cardiologists.  The December issue of Texas Monthly named Dr. Bachireddy as a Super Doctor, an honor that is limited to approximately five percent of the region’s active physicians. 

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‘Girl Girl’, ‘Kelynn’ are the Pets of the Week

Our friends from the Humane Society of Angelina County brought by a couple of sweet pets to the Merrell in the Morning Show today.  Hopefully, you'll consider giving them a forever home. 

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Jennifer Mireles
Angelina County S.O.
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Hit and Run Driver Surrenders to Lufkin Police

Tuesday afternoon, Jennifer Isabel Mireles, 21, of Lufkin surrendered to authorities for the hit and run accident which occurred on Christmas night near the intersection of Chestnut and Willow Bend Drive in Lufkin.   

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Danny Merrell finishes the 5K
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Danny Merrell Survives the Mountains at Race for Success in Lufkin

The inaugural Race for Success to benefit Junior Achievement was held this past Sunday in Lufkin.  The event featured a half-marathon, 10K, and 5K races.  I had originally planned to run the 10k race, but due to some nasty knee issues that came up in October, I ended up giving the 5K a try.

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Local Soldiers Hosting Blood Drive

The U.S. Army Recruiting Office in Lufkin is hosting a blood drive today in the Lufkin Mall Parking lot.  The event continues until 6 this evening and the blood coaches are located near Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit. 

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All I Want for Christmas Are…Tornados?!

Well, not necessarily on Christmas Eve or Day, but this final weekend before the 25th could prove stormy, and possibly destructive. A cool front is coming and Saturday afternoon may get interesting, to say the least. 

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Will Chance
Lufkin ISD
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Lufkin Student Makes Historic Accomplishment

Out of the thousands upon thousands of Lufkin High School students who have walked across the stage to receive their diploma, William Chance will be the first ever to do this...he will be attending classes in the Fall at one of the world's most prestigious universities. 

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Four Dead in Conroe Area Due to Mystery Illness

It mimics flu-like symptoms, but results in kidney failure.  The big question is: What is it?  According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, 4 persons are confirmed dead in Montgomery County as a result of this 'mystery illness'. 

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