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Just How Hot Will It Be This Summer?

Last summer was hot. Miserably hot. But meteorologists are predicting that this summer might not be so bad.

Might we actually be able to leave our air-conditioned homes, schools, and offices at 4 p.m. without pain? Will the pools be cool and refreshing, instead of feeling like bath water?

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East Texas Offers Plenty of Ghost Towns

Ever heard of Acol, Texas? You probably won't find it on a map now.

Texasscapes.com says Acol was a logging camp owned by Angelina County Lumber Company that actually moved on railroad cars so it could travel from forest to forest.

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Second Annual GenTX Day Set for May 4

Next week you may be seeing college t-shirts everywhere in Texas.

Next Friday, May 4 is the second annual GenTX Day, when students across the state spend the day surrounded by people wearing college t-shirts. You'll see college t-shirts at the office and at stores and restaurants, and even teachers and staff at schools will trade the business casual clothes for big bold letters and mascot faces, all to support life after high school. All who wear the gear will be sending the message that a college education is a good investment. How does it work?

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Just One Thing Can Ruin a Nice Day at an East Texas Lake

Ladies, have you tried on a bathing suit yet? Guys, have you told your gal how great she looks in a bathing suit yet?

It’s almost time to head to East Texas lakes like Sam Rayburn, enjoy the sunshine, hang out with friends and family, float in a boat, and grill some great food. I’ve got a friend with a lake house at Lake Cypress Springs an hour or two north of Tyler and that’s a quaint spot to relax by the water and roast marshmallows too. It all sounds like a great time, right?

Well, new research says there’s just one little thing that can ruin it for many women.

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Big Sale This Week Offers Bargain Books

It's time again for the Kurth Memorial Library Book Sale, where readers in East Texas put down the eReader in favor actual paper and binding. It starts Friday!

Do you think books are going the way of vinyl records? Many people have something digital now to listen to music and read books, but it seems like vinyl records and actual hard copies of books are still the top choice for the really cool people. Or at least those of us who choose to lag behind where technology is concerned.

So here's the deal if you want to browse through books, magazines, DVDs, and more this week. Many of the items are on sale for a buck or two, and some magazines are only a dime! What else can you buy for a dime these days? A tenth of a candy bar? This week you'll actually be able to use all that change that you just keep acquiring.

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East Texas Store Participates in Record Store Day

Record Store Day has been building momentum for the past few years, and this time around more artists than ever have chosen to get involved. Saturday, April 21 is the day that hundreds of artists release new and limited edition material exclusively to Mom and Pop stores to encourage music lovers to buy locally, and help local record stores stand out in the digital age.

Indie shops across the US, Canada, and the UK are participating in Record Store Day, and that includes a store right here in East Texas.

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Lufkin Dental Workers Accused of Stealing Gold With Teeth Attached

Two former employees at Palmer Dental, Heather Terry and Mary Dorsey, have been arrested for selling dental gold. The Lufkin Daily News reports, sometimes that gold was still attached to bloody teeth.

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Thirteen Years of Perfect Attendance Possible in Hudson

How much school did you miss?

One Hudson High School Student hasn't missed a day this year. In fact, she hasn't missed a day in 13 years!

Could she be eligible for the Guiness Book or World Records? Perhaps an East Texas record at the very least.

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Do You Really Know How to Pronounce that Texas Town?

Of course East Texans know how to pronounce Nacogdoches. Spelling it may a little more difficult, but we have the pronunciation down.

What about the Texas town of Mexia? Yes, Muh-Hay-Yuh. That’s an embarassing one to miss! Pronouncing the X makes you look silly.

Ever heard someone from the north go to the flea market in what they say is CAN-Ton? Don’t pronounce the “T” so much peeps. In Texas, we say KANT-n. Ya all!

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Volunteers Clean up East Texas

Have you run across a pile of trash like this recently? Volunteers got after issues like this over the weekend, on a quest to clean up East Texas.

One of the local efforts was organized by Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful Bright as part of the Don't Mess with Texas Trash- Off Saturday, and it was the state's largest one-day litter cleanup event.

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Good Weekend to Catch Some Local And Major League Baseball

The Texas Rangers are on the road this weekend at Minnesota, and the Houston Astros are playing in Miami against the Marlins. Have you seen the way the Marlins have been introducing their players? They're accompanied by women dressed as Latino showgirls. You won't see that everywhere. But we digress.

There's plenty of great softball and baseball to watch right here in East Texas this weekend.

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Water Conservation is a Way of Life in East Texas

Last summer we saw countless images of dry, cracked ground, and lake levels were zapped by the relentless drought.

Things have gotten better with fall and spring rains, but will area water restrictions ever be lifted?

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