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  International manufacturing facility looks toward 2021 opening in Lufkin

  Angelina County Farmers Market adds hours for shoppers

  Commercial cleaning suppliers forced to turn down retail customers due to demand, priority

  Distillery in Nacogdoches switches focus from spirits to hand sanitizer to address shortage

  East Texas businesses launch to-go, delivery services as Gov. Abbott orders temporary closures

  Pharmacy in Nacogdoches among services offering delivery, curbside pick-up for customers in need

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  Regional water planning group focuses on preparing for future needs of East Texans

  Lufkin city officials stress importance of being counted in 2020 Census

  Lufkin city manager testifies in favor of Texas cities keeping online sales tax revenue

Ford recalls over 240K vehicles to fix suspension problem

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

  ‘We are here to help’: Pilgrim’s reaches out to closing Coca-Cola plant employees with potential job offers

  Lufkin, Nacogdoches chambers of commerce combine lobbying efforts in Austin

The last time the two counties traveled to Austin together was in 2007, according to an organizer.

  On first day interim Nacogdoches city manager sheds thoughts on future plant closure

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages has announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Nacogdoches, resulting in the layoffs of 74 workers.

  City of Lufkin offers free service to electronically monitor water use, possibly lower bill

We spoke to Lufkin’s city manager about the Aqua Hawk, and what the city hopes to achieve.

Mercedes-Benz recalls 745,000 cars for sunroofs that could detach

Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly three-quarters of a million cars because the glass from their sunroofs could suddenly detach.

Give Back Box turns your old stuff into a charitable donation

  AAA Texas: Gas prices down slightly as Thanksgiving holiday nears

Blackhawk gun holsters recalled due to possibility of injury due to safety moving

State insurance agency warns buyers to look out for Imelda flood-damaged cars

  25 East Texas companies searching for job seekers at NEDCO Job Fair

Gordmans to launch multiple stores across East Texas in 2020

  Representatives discuss groundwater management across several East Texas counties

A consultant stated there was a ‘disconnect’ in pumping data and measured water levels that needed to be discussed.

  SFA, NEDCO in Nacogdoches team up to encourage businesses to hire interns

They're working with local businesses to create more opportunities for students, while also encouraging businesses to hire interns.

  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.

Big Tex Choice Award finalists offer creative combinations for all tastes

The State Fair of Texas doesn’t kick off until the end of September, but you can already starting mapping out which food stands you’ll be hitting first.

  Downtown Center to undergo major ‘streetscape’ renovation

Mayor David Chadwick said the idea is to give the downtown area a “park atmosphere” by adding wider walkway, greenery, and changing the overall feel.

  Splashadoches expected to open soon in Nacogdoches following expensive discovery

City leaders came up with a fix to lessen the excessive amount of water used by the park.

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

Diboll's city manager said balancing the budget meant finding $250,000 in lost costs.

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

The court decided to reconvene later Friday to readdress the sheriff's concerns.

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

Organizers said it’s not enough to rely on others to keep your personal data safe.

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

Certain breweries, for the first time, will be allowed to sell their craft beer from the very place it’s made.

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

The Food Safety Inspection Service said the product was shipped to hotels, restaurants and institutions across the country.

  Solar power manufacturing plant brings jobs, innovation to Nacogdoches

The newest manufacturing plant to open shop in Nacogdoches will soon bring new jobs and plenty of innovation to the area.

  County commissioners approve proposed property tax rate in Nacogdoches County

The final tax rate will be decided on another date, commissioners said.

  Nacogdoches couple working with city to establish curbside recycling business

It would become the first curbside recycling service to operate in the city in 15 years.

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

The five-week fundraising campaign will begin in October.

Ways to take advantage of Texas tax free weekend

When parents think of Back to School often times the first thing on their list is supplies or clothing — but stocking up on things your child needs throughout the entire school year could save you money — if you do it now.

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

For the first time in nearly a month, gas prices have seen a weekly decline across the state of Texas.

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

Deputies in Colorado have arrested a Houston man in connection with a Tyler County burglary in which the suspect entered a home while its residents were sleeping and took several rifles back in April.

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

A chamber spokesperson says a new facility would better provide resources for residents.

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

the new facility will provide the staff with an opportunity to help more people, officials said.

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

City leaders said the revitalization fits in with the overall comprehensive plan.

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

Texas ranks as the best state to start a new business, according to WalletHub.

  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.