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7 East Texas Places You Didn’t Know About + Should Visit

After living in East Texas my entire life, I kind of have a been-there, done-that attitude. It seems like there is nothing new or exciting for me to do that I haven’t already experienced. So, I did some research to see what exciting things East Texas holds that I may not know about, and what I found shocked me. Who knew there were so many interesting things to do right here in East Texas? Check out what we found after the jump.

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Lake Tyler Petroleum Club, Facebook
Lake Tyler Petroleum Club, Facebook
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Boat Ramp At Lake Tyler To Close For Dam Fireworks Show

In preparation for the Dam Fireworks show Saturday at Lake Tyler, the boat ramp at Lake Tyler Concession Park will be closed.

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Dam Fireworks Show at Lake Tyler

This time last year we were feeling the heat here in East Texas with 100-plus degree days. Add to that about 95 percent of the state of Texas was under a burn ban and that put a damper on Fourth of July celebrations.  What a difference a year makes! It’s a bit wetter although just as humid, but we’re able to shoot our fireworks this year (so far at least)!

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Service Painting, Flickr
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Best Restaurants to Take Dad to on Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just a few days away and most families like to treat dad to a good meal to show their appreciation. Some families like to go out to eat versus eating at home as a special treat. Tyler is filled with great restaurants that dad will love, and we picked out a variety of our favorites that dad will love this fathers day. This is such a variety, that surely one of these will fit dads taste.

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2-Year-Old Boy Hears for the First Time [VIDEO]

More than 12,000 babies are born in the U.S. each year with some form of hearing loss. Cooper, who is 2 years old, was born deaf, and has grown accustomed to living without being able to hear.

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Creative Father’s Day Gifts — Our Top 5

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and if your dad is anything like mine, he is difficult to shop for. I mean, what do you get the man who has everything? It is hard to show your dad how much you appreciate him with a special gift all the while staying on a budget. So instead of giving your dad another neck tie, why not be original and give dad one of these creative gifts that he will always remember.

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What Do You Think About Breast-Feeding in Military Uniform? [POLL]

There are many things in my life I’ll have the opportunity to do, but breast-feeding, however, will never be one of them. I am not a woman. But, I have worn a military uniform. If you don’t know, in the military there are regulations that govern everything — from how to wear your headgear, to how to pull guard, to how to address a superior.

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Downtown Tyler Becoming Fantastic Destination for Events + More

With a vibrant art gallery, revitalized theater and an increasingly active community, downtown Tyler is becoming a hub for local events and attractions.

Much of the uptick in activity stems from Gallery Main Street and Liberty Hall, both of which are among a growing list of businesses that surround the T.B. Butler

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9-Year-Old Boy Wins Disney Trip, Donates It to Family of Fallen Soldier [VIDEO]

Do you remember what it was like to be 9 years old? Especially a 9-year-old anticipating a trip to Walt Disney World? Well,  Brendan Haas of Massachusetts, set up a “Soldier for a Soldier” page on Facebook in an attempt to trade his toy soldier up to a Disney World vacation. Brendan ended up winning the trip, plus tons of Disney gift cards, making it an all-expense Disney vacation! A typical 9 year old would be packing for the vacation, but this generous young man had other plans!

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Tattoo Removal Business is Booming

Gotten any tattoos removed lately?  If so, you’re not alone. A survey conducted by The Patient’s Guide, an online skincare reference center, shows laser tattoo removals are up by 32 percent this year compared to 2011.

Why?

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Tyler City Pools Will Open Saturday, June 2

As a kid you always knew it was officially summer when the city pool opened! The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is opening the Woldert Pool and Sprayground and Fun Forest Pool and Sprayground on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. Get your goggles, floaties and suits ready kids!

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Man Who Fathered 30 Kids Wants a Break in Child Support [VIDEO]

Desmond Hatchett, a 33-year-old Knoxville, TN man who has fathered 30 kids says he wants a child-support “break.” His 30 kids are from 11 different women, and of the 30 kids, 9 of them were born within the last three years! Word on the street is Hatchett has set a local record with his reproduction abilities.  And now, the rolling stone claims he wants a child-support break. No, we just can’t make this stuff up …

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