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Senator-elect files bill to legalize marijuana in the state of Texas

New O’Reilly Auto Parts location slated to open in Hemphill in early 2021, HQ says

  Water system in San Augustine County to receive major upgrade thanks to federal grant

Gov. Greg Abbott has closed Texas bars twice since the pandemic began. Now he’s hinting at opening them again.

  Homebuyers benefit from low-interest rates despite COVID-19 pandemic

Little Debbie to release Oatmeal Creme Pie cereal

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  City council to consider subsidy to help struggling travel industry in Nacogdoches

Aspiring med student-turned-winemaker helps launch wine facility in East Texas

  Evacuees in Nacogdoches for safety helping economy hurt by COVID-19

  Analyst suggests manufacturing industry ‘slowly recovering’ from COVID-19′s impact

  Nacogdoches County hoping to improve EOC through Pilgrim’s Pride grant

  ‘A very dire situation’: Hotel rep on downturn in business brought on by COVID-19

  Advocacy group explores top issues faced by restaurants during COVID-19

Restrictions, while growing consumer confidence is just one of the issues, touched on by the Texas Restaurant Association.

  Nacogdoches County to apply for CARES Act funding

The funds would help offset the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  CARES Act grants available to Lufkin small businesses beginning July 10

The grants could help offset revenue lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Residents, business owners in Nacogdoches react to mask proclamation

The joint proclamation comes following a spike in positive COVID-19 cases.

  Restaurant inspections resume as more eateries reopen in Nacogdoches

  Airports across East Texas receive emergency funds to counter coronavirus-related losses

  City leaders surprised by Nacogdoches hotel-motel occupancy rates: ‘Not as dreadful as they could be’

Sonic Drive-In locations in Lufkin offer free meal, N-95 mask to first responders

  Downtown Nacogdoches undergoing transformation even as Texas businesses reopen

  Retailers in Nacogdoches cautiously welcome customers back to reopened businesses

Gov. Abbott on alcohol to-go sales in Texas: ’We may just let this keep on going forever’

TABC confirmed that expanded to-go and alcohol delivery will continue after May 1.

  Retailers in Nacogdoches eager to reopen after Gov. Abbott announcement

Businesses across the state of Texas will be allowed to reopen Friday, but only operate at 25-percent capacity.

Paper stimulus checks expected to arrive in mailboxes soon

Five million paper checks are expected to be coming in the mail this week as the IRS announced it could take four months to get everyone a paper payment.

  Customers flock to poultry farm in Angelina County during COVID-19 shortages

Hundreds of hens that used to take weeks to sell are flocking out in a matter of hours.

  Smart device repair shops keep busy during pandemic: ‘We’re non-stop people coming in’

The manager says they provide an essential service to folks who need to stay connected.

  New businesses in Lufkin learn to adapt to operations amid COVID-19 restrictions

Business owners have quickly learned how to adapt and lean on the community for resources.

  City of Nacogdoches adapts to COVID-19’s impact on tourism: ‘It’s just bringing it to a standstill’

COVID-19 changes everything about tourism.

  Brookshire Brothers explains process of keeping store shelves stocked during pandemic

Grocery stores and supermarkets are working around the clock to make sure store shelves are stocked when customers arrive.

  International manufacturing facility looks toward 2021 opening in Lufkin

The company has manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and operations in the Czech Republic and China.

  Angelina County Farmers Market adds hours for shoppers

The farmers market wants to help fill a need it sees in the community.

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

The priority, one provider explained, is serving commercial customers that can’t afford to go without supplies.

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

Although the hand sanitizer is free of charge, the distillery does ask customers to bring their own containers.

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

Businesses all over East Texas will soon adjust the way they operate following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.

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

Pharmacy employee explains how the service works, and why they believe it makes a difference.

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

Topics include water usage, needs, conservation, and strategies, to name just a few.

  Lufkin city officials stress importance of being counted in 2020 Census

When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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

Currently, states can only offer incentives to bring online distributors to their cities for a percentage of revenue.

Ford recalls over 240K vehicles to fix suspension problem

Ford says if the suspension moves a lot on the vehicles, the rear toe links can fracture.

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

The recall is due to a problem with the buckles on the carrier, which could cause the baby to fall out.

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

Coca-Cola announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in April, resulting in the layoffs of 74 workers.

  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

Knock out your holiday de-cluttering and support local charities at the same time!

  AAA Texas: Gas prices down slightly as Thanksgiving holiday nears

Statewide average 11 cents cheaper than this time last year

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

A refund will be issued if you have one of the 3,100 holsters that were made.

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

Sellers often buy salvage cars at auction and resell them to unsuspecting buyers across the state and nation after flooding events.

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

The 25 businesses represent a wide range of options for qualified job seekers to consider.

Gordmans to launch multiple stores across East Texas in 2020

Clothing retailer Stage is preparing to convert several stores across East Texas to Gordmans stores next year. Stage Manager of Brand Publicity Blakeley Graham announced the news Thursday.

  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.