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Kickball League Launches in Lufkin

If you played kickball in phys ed classes in elementary school, you might be wondering why we can't keep that going now that we're adults. We can!  The Lufkin Parks and Rec Department is making your wish come true.

In fact, the first kickball league games started last night at Kit McConnico Park in Lufkin.

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Monopoly Gets Rid of the Jail!

We have no attention span right now.  We want everything quickly, right now, when we want it.

And that means long leisurely board games like Monopoly have decided to change with the times and come out with fast, turbo, express versions of themselves.

Hasbro has decided to take the jail out of Monopoly to speed up the game, since sitting in jail causes one to lose turns and wait to play.  What's Monopoly without the jail?!

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Local Charities to Benefit From United Way Funds

The local United Way is in the middle of deciding how to divy up about $700,000 this year.

Several local agencies have requested the help, and the Angelina County United Way spent much of Tuesday interviewing those groups and listening to them make their case.

Today they're meeting to start making decisions on who gets how much.

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School Supplies Aren’t Cheap. How Much Do You Spend?

It seems like school just ended, but now we're just a few weeks away from the fall semester.

I have a 5-year old that will start kindergarten on August 26th, and we're planning to do lots of shopping for school supplies and new clothes in August.  It's exciting in some ways to start school, but it's expensive!

School supply lists in Lufkin can run about $50, and in some surrounding cities the totals for notebooks, pencils, glue, and all of the other necessities can push closer to $100.  That's not the new Hello Kitty shirts and fancy tennis shoes.  That total only includes the classroom supplies.  

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What’s Your Happiest Age?

The research says if you are 24 right now, your happiest age has already passed you!

The happiest age is 23. Agree? That's Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, and a million others. They do seem pretty happy.

This was no small survey. They asked over 23,000 people between the ages of 17 and 85 for the age they were when they were most satisfied, and that's what most people settled on. Oh, and then again at age 69 we get really happy again. We have to wait that long?

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Angelina Hotel Gets New Tenant

One of Lufkin's landmarks is getting a new tenant.

The Angelina Hotel welcomed the Bella Salon & Boutique last week, which offers hair services, massages, and permanent cosmetics.

KTRE says the boutique saw positive growth and change was happening in downtown Lufkin and wanted to move in and take advantage.  Another retailer inside the Angelina Hotel opened in March.  Mama Tried was previously located on First Street in the downtown area, and moved over to the Angelina Hotel.  And a children's boutique opened up at the Angelina Hotel last November.  

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Mosquitoes Love You More After You’ve Had a Few

As much as one 12-ounce bottle of beer can make you more attractive...to mosquitoes.

The experts say drinking increases the amount of ethanol excreted in sweat and it increases body temperature, but that's not exactly what attracts the pests.

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East Texas Teachers to Benefit from Angelina Beautiful/Clean Drive

Angelina Beautiful/Clean has been working for years to spiff up East Texas, and as they say on their website, to educate and empower East Texans to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment.

Now Angelina Beautiful/Clean is working on doing even more good around East Texas. They're making sure teachers in the area have enough school supplies to start the new year.  And here's how you can help.

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Hudson Team Wins State Title

A Hudson team has won a state championship!

Bragging rights to the Hudson 8U All-Stars, who just beat Livingston in Palestine last night and won the Dixie Youth Baseball state title.  Final score was 9-4.  Nice job!

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Guess What…Men and Women Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on Shopping Trips

Fellas, how long before you've had enough on a shopping trip with your gal?

As you might guess, men and women have different endurance levels on shopping trips, and guys wear out a lot faster than gals do.  

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Note to Guys; Ladies Aren’t Impressed with Drunkenness

Just in case you're working on impressing a new love this weekend, I thought I'd pass along some helpful tidbits from a new Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll.

Here's what women say about when they're not so impressed with their man.

Hint - don't booze it up too much at the big 4th of July backyard barbecue this weekend.

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Texas Forest Service Elevates Fire Danger Heading Into the 4th

It seems like there's always concern in Texas about fireworks around the 4th of July, and how those mix with what's usually extreme heat and little rain.

This year things are better than in years past, with the grass a little greener than usual, and weather that's slightly cooler this week.  Are bans in place?

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