Consumer

  Diverse RV industry combined with diverse customer base will help during industry slump

Despite months of stagnant sales and few new product purchases on dealerships, analysts said the RV industry remains robust as ever.

  Splashadoches expected to open soon in Nacogdoches following expensive discovery

  City of Diboll amends revenue gap caused by removing red-light cameras

  Angelina County budget includes 2 new deputies, raises for sheriff’s office

  Cybersecurity expert explains best practices for protection in today’s electronic economy

  Nacogdoches brewery on beer-to-go law: ‘Anytime we can change the law ... it’s a win-win’

Tip Top Poultry recalls chicken products due to listeria risk, USDA says

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  Solar power manufacturing plant brings jobs, innovation to Nacogdoches

  Big Red Box

  County commissioners approve proposed property tax rate in Nacogdoches County

  Nacogdoches couple working with city to establish curbside recycling business

  United Way announces 2019 fundraising goal of $315,000 for Angelina County

Ways to take advantage of Texas tax free weekend

Sears, Kmart announce more store closures

An additional 26 large-format Sears and Kmart stores will in late October, their parent company announced Tuesday, while their smaller store formats which include Sears Home & Life, Sears Hometown and Sears Outlet are set to expand.

  City of Zavalla uses grant to purchase water well generators, announces future grant plans

The city has been applying for the grants regularly for about three years, Zavalla’s mayor said.

8 ways to avoid going into debt while back-to-school shopping

Here are 10 essentials and 10 non-essentials; buy one, avoid the other

Buffalo Wild Wings to open new location in Nacogdoches

The new location will anchor Phase II of North Village Market.

AAA Texas: Summer gas prices begin to fizzle as temperatures rise

Tyler County Sheriff’s Office: Burglary suspect arrested in Colorado

  Lufkin City Council approves Citizens Chamber of Commerce’s first step toward new facility

  New location for Community Action Program offers more efficient help for East Texans in need

  City council approves zone change for property of former Lufkin Country Club

  Business leaders in Lufkin explain why Texas leads nation in new business creation

  New facility relocating DETCOG from Jasper to Lufkin set for year-end opening

The facility has been a two-year project for DETCOG, which could be move-in ready by Jan. 2020.

  Improvements proposed for Nacogdoches airport to further city’s economic development

A public meeting has been planned to discuss proposed changes to A. L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport.

  Salvage operation underway at Davy Crockett National Forest; local mills to benefit from tornado damage

Thousands of acres of timber were damaged, and there was no shortage of willing customers.

  Buckner International kicks off annual ‘Shoes for Orphan Souls’ program

Throughout the month of June, community members can drop off new shoes and socks at various locations across Angelina County.

  Timber industry experts explain why China tariffs wouldn’t seriously impact East Texas markets

Texas' population growth means the state keeps the resources it needs, rather than exporting first.

Plumbers call for special session after Texas House ends need for professional licensing, regulation

“[Plumbers] have grown up in an industry that was regulated, required specific standards... all of that changes in a situation like this.”

Certain energy efficient products tax free on Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday

According to the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, from May 25 through 27, you can buy certain Energy Star energy-efficient products tax-free.

Old Anderson County Jail transforms into set for upcoming film, ‘Four My Brothers’

The film chronicles the lives of three high school friends who make different choices in prison.

  Annual TxDOT campaign highlights rise in pickup truck drivers not using seatbelts

The deaths involving pickup trucks rose 49 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to TxDOT.

2 million pounds of P.F. Chang’s recalled over misbranding; Tyson expands chicken recall

The USDA listed two recalls over the weekend, one involving PF Changs and one expanding an earlier Tysons recall.

GM recalls trucks due to engine block heater cord fires

General Motors is recalling over 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide after 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords.

  SFA leads statewide cross-pollination trial to find ‘sweet spot’ in East Texas where kiwi will grow

SFA continues its research on the Golden Kiwi thru a Texas Dept of Agriculture grant and the participation of 7 kiwi farmers across East Texas and the gulf coast.

  Tax professionals in Lufkin share how to avoid falling victim to identify theft during tax season

Filing taxes online may be the quickest way to get your tax refund, but it also leaves you at risk of being targeted by identity thieves.

  Tax professionals explain most common mistakes taxpayers make before 2019 tax deadline

25 percent of tax returns are prepared in the last week of filing season, which means there are a lot of people who need to do their taxes in a hurry.

  Central Heights convenience store becomes popular stop for hopeful Powerball ticket buyers

Polks Pick It Up has become a popular stop for customers looking for the Powerball ticket that will land them the fourth largest jackpot in U.S. history.

  Business owners in downtown Lufkin express concern over recent rise in solicitation

Business owners in downtown Lufkin have expressed concern over the apparent rise in the number of solicitors who have made their presence felt in the area.

  City report requests repavement of 6 Nacogdoches streets, rebuilding of another

Road crews are focusing on potholes caused by excessive rainfall in recent months.

Harley-Davidson is looking to attract younger customers with electric bikes

These vehicles max out at roughly 10 mph and cost between $649 and $699.

  Prom Project in Lufkin offers to help teens in need of dress, advice for prom night

Aside from the education, Simmons said Prom Project offers East Texas teenagers the opportunity to shop for dress, shoes, and accessories for their big night without the worry that price tags can bring.

  One year later: Angelina County sawmill development begins hiring process

One year after a sawmill was approved by the Lufkin city council and began its development, company officials said they have started the hiring process.

  ETX peach farmers concerned recent freeze could hurt crop production

Peach farmers in Shelby County said they’re among the latest to fall victim to the cold snap’s brutal effects.

  Angelina College awarded $100,000 grant toward risk management training

Angelina College has the means to continue offering free and affordable workplace safety courses to the public thanks to a $100,000 grant it received on Tuesday.

  New business opportunities changing the face of downtown Nacogdoches

Downtown Nacogdoches is being transformed with new business opportunities that city officials hope to help build up the community.

  Lufkin couple among homeowners helped by Neighborhood STRONG foundation

The Lufkin couple praised Neighborhood STRONG for helping them repair areas of their home they knew they couldn't afford.

  Economic impact study finds Angelina County airport boosting regional growth

TxDOT report finds that Angelina County Airport's economic impact nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2018.

Nacogdoches city council approves change to smoking ordinance to include vaping, e-cigs

The City of Nacogdoches first prohibited smoking in public places and workplaces in 2008; Tuesday’s decision added to the ordinance by including electronic devices as a means of reducing risks of second-hand smoke.

County commissioners to apply for grant to support Etoile Water Supply Corp.

“It’s all about having good potable water": Nacogdoches County Commissioners Court has approved a resolution in support of applying for a community development grant from the Department of Agriculture on behalf of the Etoile Water Supply Corporation.

  Coalition to propose adding e-cigarettes, vaping to Nacogdoches smoking ordinance

Nacogdoches City Council will soon consider a change to the city’s smoking ordinance to include electronic devices, such as vaporizers and e-cigarettes.

  Humane Society of Nacogdoches County offers free spay, neuter vouchers

The Nacogdoches County Humane Society is hoping pet owners share the love with their favorite animal this month by getting them spayed or neutered for free.

  Text to 911 option now available in several Deep East Texas counties

People living in Deep East Texas now have another option when it comes to communicating their emergencies to first responders: by text.

WEBXTRA: Behind the scenes at Uncle Doug’s Chocolatier as they prepare for Valentine’s Day

Nacogdoches County’s only chocolatier Uncle Doug’s is gearing up for its busiest time of the year: Valentine’s Day.

Mother burned when sippy cup exploded in her face, she says

An attorney says the company who makes the sippy cup doesn’t believe an explosion could have happened if the cup was being used properly and wants to do testing on it.

  Lufkin city board approves Frutilandia special use permit

The Planning and Zoning Board in Lufkin has approved Frutlandia’s request to reimagine the use of its extra space and offer special events to customers.

‘Is this the best a man can get?’: New Gillette ad challenges men to ‘be better’

Company officials say they have no plans to pull the ad in the face of some negative reaction.

  Toyota recalls address possible restraint, braking issues

Thursday, the auto maker recalled nearly 90,000 Land Cruisers and Lexus LX-570 vehicles from the past decade over a safety issue that involves the front passenger seat belt.

Dry dog food recalled over possible vitamin D toxicity

Dogs with elevated levels of vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

  Body cam blast prompts NYPD recall of nearly 3,000 devices

A photo shows a police body camera that exploded inside the 121 Precinct station house on Staten Island as a patrol officer prepared to head out for the midnight shift.

Exploding toilets prompt recall of 1.4 million flushing systems

The pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage, officials said. Twenty-three have been hurt so far, officials said.

Are Lufkin businesses feeling the impact of new imposed tariffs?

Trade wars continue with the latest round of tariffs imposed on Monday by President Trump.

Blendy Pens: "Does It Work?"

Blendy Pens promise fifteen color combinations.

Snuggie: "Does It Work?"

It's the blanket with sleeves that keeps you warm while keeping your hands free. You can type, write, knit, tickle a baby or change the channel all while you stay in the comfort of your blanket.

Loud 'n' Clear: "Does It Work?"

It looks like one of those bluetooth hands-free cell phone devices. But it's really a super-duper hearing device. You've seen the loud n clear on countless commericals. And tonight our joe terrell puts it, and the claims you've seen on tv to the "does it work?" test.

Reynolds Handi-Vac: "Does It Work?"

With the price of groceries these days, you don't want to waste anything. All of us are looking at leftovers a little differently. That's one of the reasons "Does It Work?" is testing the Reyonlds Handi-Vac.

Mighty Mendit: "Does It Work?"

If duct tape did everything East Texans tried to use it for, KTRE would be covered with it, but it doesn't. So we decided to put a product called "Mighty Mendit" to the "Does it Work?" test.

Gator Grip: "Does It Work?"

The trick to any project around the house, is having the right tools. And in this week's "Does It Work?" report, we have a tool that its makers say can replace numerous tools in your tool chest.

Pedipaws Nail Trimmer: "Does It Work?"

It's one of the most intimidating aspects of being a pet owner - clipping those nails.

The Titan: "Does It Work?"

It's the Julienne tool with the tough sounding name. If you've ever wanted a fancy looking "anything" on your plate...the "Titan" is your tool.

Cable Zipper : "Does It Work?"

Wireless Internet, wireless remotes--- more and more we're breaking free of wires.   But just look under your desk or behind your TV and you'll see we're not quite there yet.   This week, the latest in cord consolidation gets the "Does It Work?" test.

Amazing Handheld Bug Zapper: "Does It Work?"

If combating bugs was a sport, the Amazing Handheld Bug Zapper would be the required equipment for playing. This week we put it to the "Does It Work?" test.

Thumbs Up Driver: "Does It Work?"

If you've ever described yourself as "all thumbs" when it comes to home improvement projects, you might find yourself standing in a store looking at the Thumbs Up Driver. But first, it has to pass the Does It Work test.

Smart Lidz: "Does It Work?"

Tupperware changed the world in the 50s and 60s...or at least changed life in the kitchen. Trouble is, the lid that matches the bowl you're using, has a way of going its own way. This week, KTRE's Joe Terrell shows us a product to solve that problem.

Rocket Nut Cracker: "Does It Work?"

If you're planning a holiday get together with nuts on the menu, or if you just like the quest of cracking your own shells, we may have a product for you.

Moon Sand: "Does It Work?"

It won't be long before you hear the kids' familiar chant: "There's nothing to do." This time of year on "Does It Work?," we like to test at least one product with the kids in mind. This one, its makers say, is all the fun of the beach, without the mess. This week, we put Moon Sand to the "Does It Work?" test.

Zero Gravity Car: "Does It Work?"

Does It Work loves toys this time of year. The commercials make them look so cool, able to do just about anything. This week's product apparently defies gravity, and if it works, that could be one of the coolest things your kids will find under the tree this Christmas. KLTV 7's Joe Terrell shows us what happened when the Air Hogs remote control Zero Gravity car faced the Does It Work test.

Carpet Skates: "Does It Work?"

It's right there on the package. "If you've got carpet, you've got fun." We've got carpet. And that's why we picked up Fun Slides Carpet Skates. They remind us of another "Does It Work?" product from years gone by...the Moving Men. The only difference is they're elongated like the shape of your foot and they have straps on them.

Engrave-It: "Does It Work?"

For years, we've heard law enforcement encouraging us to mark our valuables, etch some kind of identifying marks on them.  There was a time when the engraving equipment was so  expensive, we used to tell people you could check one out from your local police department.     They may still offer them.   But now, there's a new affordable, As Seen On TV option.  This week we put the Engrave-It to the "Does It Work?" test.

Pedipaws Nail Trimmer: "Does It Work?"

It's one of the most intimidating aspects of being a pet owner - clipping those nails. Apparently you agree, because in the six and a half years since we started testing "Does It Work?" products, there haven't been many we've had more requests for.

STAND YOUR GROUND: Car Title Fraud

Always ask a used car dealer to show you a vehicle's title, even before a test-drive.  Why?  Read here, and 'Stand Your Ground.'