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150 New Jobs Coming to Lufkin

Lufkin is moving ahead with plans to bring the meat packing plant, Holmes Smokehouse, to the city.

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Careers Are Shifting; More Women Are Becoming Farmers

Farming used to have a male-oriented stigma attached to it.  I grew up on a farm in rural Nebraska where my dad and grandpa raised corn, wheat, milo, cows, pigs, and chickens.  And there were many male farmers in that section of the world that did the same thing.  Sometimes women helped around the farm, but never did they run a farm of their own, in my experience.  Now that's changing.

Do you know any female farmers in East Texas?  

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Office Desks Are Changing to Include Exercise Equipment!

Office desks used to be so simple.  Workers just needed a few folders and some drawers to shove things in, and they were all set for the day.  Now we've got computers and mp3 players and all sorts of new-fangled things sitting atop the desk. Now, some desks even come with treadmills!

As people look for ways to burn calories while stuck at work for eight hours a day, desk manufacturers are trying to cater to those needs and wants.  

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Hot People Are Hired More Often

Look around the office today.  Do you see lots and lots of beautiful people?  If not, first of all don't say it out loud that you've made this observation.  And second, your office might be out of the norm.

Gosh, is work really a beauty contest?  It turns out, people seen as attractive are hired more often than those seen as ugly.  How do we know for sure?

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New Money Scam Targets East Texas Job Seekers

Amazingly, people will never give a second thought to becoming a scam victim.  Most of us think it only happens to other people, huh?

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Nacogdoches Independent High School District Wins Stellar Recognition

Until now, I never gave it a second thought, on how schools make money.  Have I got your wheels turning too?

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Nacogdoches School Bus Driver Named Best in State

Congratulations Joe Page Jr.!

I sure do hope he knows about his upcoming award, but if it's still a secret, then Joe will be doubly surprised.

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The Most-Trusted Office Worker IS…

Which person at work do YOU trust the most? Is it the boss? NOOOO.... At least that's not the person most people pick.

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Local Company With 100-Year History To Keep Its Name

More on a story we brought you earlier this week...

General Electric is getting more involved in the energy industry and is in the process of buying Lufkin Industries in a deal valued at around $3.3 billion dollars.  The CEO tells KTRE that Lufkin Industries will keep its name.

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Lufkin Industries to be Purchased by GE

General Electric wants to get more involved in the energy industry, and that means big bucks for one Lufkin Company.

It's been announced the GE is buying Lufkin Industries for 38 percent above the closing price of its shares on Friday.  GE values the deal at around $3.3 billion dollars.

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New Coffee Has 200 Percent of the Normal Buzz

This is something you might be able to file away in the "Is-this-really-necessary" folder.

A new coffee has been manufactured to contain 200 percent of the caffeine of a regular cup of brew.  Comments the company has received say things like, "Where Red Bull gives you wings, this coffee puts rockets on your back."

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Some Bosses Think March Madness Boosts Morale

Much of the first part of this week will not be spent concentrating hard on deadlines and meetings at the office.  Instead, big chunks of time will be spent online, filling out brackets for the NCAA tournament.

It's not just a guy thing....many women are on board with the bracketology at the office, and some bosses even say it's cool with them!  One in five bosses say March Madness boosts office morale, and seventy-five percent of bosses in a recent survey say the NCAA tournament doesn't impact productivity.  Cool!  We've pulled the wool over their eyes.

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