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What’s the One Thing Visitors Should Do in Lufkin?

Texas didn't make the Top 10 on the list of bucket list states to visit, but it got me thinking about the big secrets that East Texas does offer, and I have to ask.  What's the one thing that's a must-do for visitors in Lufkin?

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East Texas is Full of Outdoor Activities for the Kids

If your brood is anything like mine, the first thing the kids do when they walk in the door after school is grab the iPad or the Kindle. Spring is here, kids!  East Texas has plenty of things to do outside, and we're leavin' the house.  Here are just a few ideas.

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New Site Launches to Explore East Texas Outdoors

East Texas is full of opportunities to hike and paddle and make the most of spring, and there's a new website that just launched that will help plan the ultimate outdoorsy weekend.  

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Tyler State Park is One of the Best for Bikes

Texans are so good at making the most of the outdoors.  In the spring. When it's not a hundred degrees at noon.

State parks can be great places to ride bikes if you know where to go, and we've got a hidden gem right here in East Texas.   

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Applebee’s Accepts Expired Coupons And Gift Cards From Other Stores This Month

Applebee's is getting creative to save us money in March. They'll accept expired coupons, gift cards from other stores, and even Kohls Cash.  Really!

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Groceries in East Texas are About to Get Cheaper

If your grocery bill is at least a hundred bucks every time you go to the store, soon you might be able to a whole lot more stuff with it.  Two big grocery retailers in East Texas are slashing prices and that means good things for our tortilla chip and granola addictions.

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Citronella Doesn’t Bother Texas Mosquitoes

Soon we'll move this party outside, and we'll be camping and fishing and playing golf even more than we do now. Mosquito season will be cranking up too, and it turns out those bugs are onto us, and not bothered by some of our methods to get rid of them.  But don't fear. There is one thing that does work.

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Girl Scout Cookies Sales Are In Full Swing

You've probably seen the Girl Scouts set up outside different stores across East Texas over the past couple of weeks, and their parents may have passed the order form around the office.  How much longer do cookie sales last?

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Fighting Feral Hogs in East Texas is About to Get Nasty

Texas Parks and Wildlife says East Texas has some of the most dense wild hog populations in the state, and they tear up yards and ruin crops every year.  Controlling the feral hog population is about to get real.  Real messy.  See what population control method Texas approved this week.

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Bet You Didn’t Know These Things About This Texas Drink

The name Big Red implies that it's straight out of Nebraska, right?  At least to us Husker alums who view all things though the football lens.

Big Red soda is actually bottled in Texas, by the Dr. Pepper folks, and it was first born here in 1937. Did you know it used to be called "Sun Tang Big Red Cream Soda?"

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A Texan Stood Under a Dangling Sign for Two Days, Hoping it Would Fall

Texas has to claim this story.  A guy stood outside a loose letter "P" at a Walmart, hoping that part of the pharmacy sign would fall on his head so he could sue the store.

Did it work?

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You’re Probably Doing This With Your Tax Refund

Tax refunds are fun money, right? It depends on how you define "fun." It might surprise you what most people are planning to do with the tax refund this year.

And if you're still looking for free tax help in Lufkin, this is where you can find it.  

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