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Hi! I grew up in a one-stoplight town in rural Nebraska and my whole family still lives there with three churches, a bar, and a courthouse. I left because I like lots of people and taller buildings, and I don't like cold weather. On those rare days in Texas when it gets snowy and icy, you'll find me inside Googling beach vacations. I don't plan to leave Texas now that I've been here for most of my adult life because the barbecue and fajitas are just way too addictive. I've worked in radio from the moment I graduated from college at the University of Nebraska, and besides getting the hang out with cool people like you every day, I love sports, great restaurants, self improvement, and meeting new people. I love all movies starring Melissa McCarthy or Julia Roberts, and all TV shows with home improvements or food in them. You'll probably hear me talk about my three daughters on the air, along with the challenges of being a single mom. I'm on several of the dating apps, because trying to meet someone in person these days is way too creepy.
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If You See a Scarf on a Tree, Here’s What it Means

If you see a scarf hanging on a tree outside around Lufkin, or even inside the mall on one of those Christmas trees, it's no accident.

There's meaning behind the scarves left lying around town, and those who find them "fitting" can keep them.

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Cinemark is Testing a New Subscription Plan

It's $8.99 per month, and it's an effort to get more of us into the theater seats instead of sitting at home and streaming movies on other platforms. But does the subscription guarantee us a seat at some of the big crowded blockbusters, like Star Wars? We have questions.

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Texas’ Favorite Christmas Candy Involves No Chocolate

Here we go again with the crazy candy choices topping the list. Just when we had come to grips with Texans choosing a non-chocolate Halloween candy as their favorite, more sweet-toothed neighbors of ours have weighed in and chosen a favorite seasonal candy that doesn't melt in our mouths. Bah humbug! See if you love this choice.

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Devastating Deer Disease is Changing the Way Texans Hunt

A disease that impacts deer causes them to have major neurological problems, and it can rip through a herd pretty quickly.

Wildlife managers in Texas are doing their best to prevent the spread, and that means hunters have to adjust their routines and obey some new rules to help out.

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East Texas High School Student Gets Invited to Play Carnegie Hall

It's the opportunity of a lifetime for one high school junior, but it can't happen without a little help.

East Texans always seem to come through in a pinch, and they're jumping in now to help a single mom send her son on a prestigious trip to New York's Carnegie Hall.

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One Texas Restaurant Serves up Burgers in an Airstream Trailer

Texas is full of unique restaurants, and this one is right up there near the top. At this East Texas spot you can get a burger layered up with double meat and dripping with cheese, and you can eat it inside an Airstream trailer that's sitting out back. Road trip on!

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Don’t Let a Fried Turkey Fail Ruin Your Thanksgiving

Everyone knows you can't put a frozen turkey straight into the fryer. Right?! These fried turkey fails are tragic and dangerous! Be entertained by these horrendous attempts at cooking, and then use these people as examples of what not to do in the back yard next week.

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10 Things You Miss When You Leave Texas

Why anyone ever leaves our beloved state of Texas is a mystery to me. Maybe a job calls your name or you want to get far, far away from your ex. Whatever the reason, there are many things you're gonna miss when you're gone. Like the bathrooms at Buc-ee's, and dance halls that are older than your great grandmother. What else?

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Try These Dishes to Texify Your Thanksgiving

The traditional Thanksgiving dinner might look a little different in Texas than it does in another state that doesn't seem to have quite the same appreciation for chorizo and chiles. If you're looking to put a little more Texas into your Thanksgiving spread, these recipes will serve as your inspiration.

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One Small Town in East Texas is Becoming a Big Spot for Tourists

Not every town with a population of 2000 people becomes a big tourist destination, but one East Texas town is quickly becoming a top spot for visitors. I've heard so much about this place that I had to do a little more digging to find out more!

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