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Polar Express Arrives in East Texas This Weekend

Watching the movie starring Tom Hanks has become a holiday tradition for many of us, and it will no doubt appear on TV a few times this holiday season. And kids can experience a very real Polar Express right here in East Texas this weekend.

The Texas State Railroad will have the Polar Express running in Palestine, and kids can even wear their PJ's to really get into the spirit.

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Iconic Nacogdoches Hotel Shuts Its Doors

It's official.  Hotel Fredonia in Nacogdoches has closed its doors, and all 90 employees are looking for new jobs.

There have been reports of cash flow problems over the years, and the decision was made to close the hotel permanently.  Hotel Fredonia officially closed this week.

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More Stores Open For Shoppers on Thanksgiving Day [POLL]

Thanksgiving Day is about family and friends. Getting together, being thankful and watching football is the tradition, but now more and more stores want your attention on turkey day.

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Don’t Get Used To the Beautiful Weather. Changes Are Coming!

The weather today will be gorgeous.  The National Weather Service says the high will be around 70 and it should be sunny.  What a perfect fall day!

But then the changes come.  The highs will still be in the 70s on Thursday and Friday, but the chances of rain and thunderstorms will be there, with a 70 percent chance of rain on Friday. Then the big shift happens.

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Leave It To Texas; Pepper and Bacon Lollipops!

Need a stocking stuffer idea? How about some lollipops flavored with Sriracha chili sauce and bacon?

Lollipop makers in Austin have come up with the idea for mixing spicy pepper sauce and bacon flavor, and putting it on a stick. Is this a good idea?

The reason behind this sucker creation stems from a news story that maybe you heard about earlier this year.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Costs How Much?

Have you tallied up how much your family spends on the turkey dinner at Thanksgiving?

Counting that green bean casserole with the french fried onions on top, cranberry sauce, the bird, and other trimmings, the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner is $44.04 this year.

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Pit Bulls Seized in East Texas After Reports of Dog Fighting

The SPCA has sixteen dogs in its custody today after they were seized from a home in Gregg County.  The story has made the news as far away as Houston.

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It’s Cold!

People in Wisconsin might be laughing at us right now.  Thirty-two?  Cold?  Yes!  When you're a Texan, anything below 50 is just too darn cold and some of us start thinking about moving further south.

Are we finished with the freezing temperatures?

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More Men Are Cooking the Turkey This Thanksgiving

Growing up, my mom was always the one to cook the turkey at Thanksgiving.  The turkey was always baked to perfection (and sometimes imperfection) in the oven at my parents' house and at Grandma's, using the traditional method with the traditional stuffing inside.

Then somewhere along the way, about the time I got into high school, my dad figured out he could inject sauces into meats, and the turkey takeover began!  Add to that the ability to fry a turkey, smoke it, or grill it, and my dad was in dude's heaven.  And my mom never had to worry about cooking the Thanksgiving turkey again.

The Today Show says more men will be in charge of the turkey this year.  

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National Site Notices Austin

Austin is a pretty cool city.  Most of us have spent quite a bit of time there, or at the very least we've visited Town Lake and seen the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue.

The Huffington Post gave some ink to Austin on Thursday, and mentioned some places that are a little more off-the-beaten path and perhaps ones we haven't seen.  

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The Manufactured and Modular Homes

"Opening Doors to a Better Life One Home at a Time"

They work with every family to get a new home that fits them. They don't believe one program fits everyone. They work with every situation to combine home and financing to provide the perfect home for you. They offer bili

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Rio Grande Manufactured Home

Watch the video below to see the amenities and space of the Rio Grande Home.

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