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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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Impact Nac Looks for Help To Supply Gifts for 54 Kids in Need

Christmas should not be a time of uncertainty, fears, and instability, but, unfortunately, for many children in the area...it is.  There are a quite a few foster kids in the area who want nothing more than necessities or just a basic toy for Christmas. 

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Virginia Sims
Lufkin ISD
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Lufkin 2nd Grader Awarded for Bravery

According to a press release from the Lufkin Independent School District, Virgina Sims, 2nd grader at Trout Primary, was honored Monday with an award for her bravery presented by the American Legion Auxiliary in Lufkin. 

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Lufkin Students Bring Google Glass to the Merrell in the Morning Show

Over the past few months, I had seen some references to 'Google Glass' on various websites and social media pages.  The gist of the stories I heard was that this was going to be the next big thing in the world of technology.  Still, I had no idea what it looked like, nor its practical usage.

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Local Youngsters Review ‘Frozen’

Last week we had a contest on KICKS 105's Merrell in the Morning Show for the chance to win Carmike Cinema tickets to see the new Disney movie, 'Frozen'.  The one stipulation was that the winners had to provide us reviews of the show, preferably from a kid's point of view.

Well, the critics have spoken, or written, and it looks like Disney has another blockbuster (surprised face). 

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Toys for Tots in Full Swing

When the holidays arrive, and actually well before that, you can always count on the Marine Reserves to help area kids with the Toys for Tots program. This year is no exception as Brian Crews and his volunteers have been relentless in making sure that collection boxes are located throughout Angelina and Trinity Counties. 

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Cody Carter
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Lufkin High School Student is a World Champ

Have you downloaded the QuizUp app yet?  It's a modern day "Jeopardy-type" app that asks over 100,000 questions on hundreds of topics, and it has quickly become one of the most downloaded features on phones and tablets.

And we have a QuizUp world champion in East Texas!

 

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Hudson ISD
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Hudson Coach Vying for Coach of the Year Honors

On December 9th, My Plates will be naming the 2013 Coach of the Year.  7 finalists have been picked and Coach Jimmy Eby at Hudson High School is one of them.  He is the Athletic Director at Hudson and he has also led the Hudson Lady Hornets to back to back state championships in softball.   

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Texas UIL
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UIL Announces Cut Off Numbers…Lufkin, Nacogdoches Could Be District Foes

A few weeks ago, school districts across the state were required to send in their projected high school enrollment numbers for the next couple of years to the University Interscholastic League of Texas.  These numbers were used to come up with the cut off numbers for conferences 6A down to 1A. 

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