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Country Fest is Saturday in Lindale

Lindale's Annual Country Fest is set to take place Saturday downtown in a new location, Picker's Pavillion.

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‘Coats For Kids’ Being Collected Throughout Tyler & Smith County

Thousands of East Texas kids will go without a warm coat this winter, that's the sad truth. Through the Coats For Kids campaign with P.A.T.H. though, many kids will have a warm coat this winter thankfully.

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East Texas Man Makes One-of-a-Kind Knives

It's one thing to make knives.

That's a skill most people just don't have, and something that takes a lot of time, attention, and craftsmanship.  And how about knives made with the steel from American battleships?  Those are truly unique.

Richardson Knives in Lufkin is selling the one-of-a-kind knives, crafted by Perry Richardson, who says on his website he's been making knives since 1989.  

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Stores Know What They’re Doing With The Free Samples

Can you resist the urge to walk by the free samples in grocery stores without indulging?

Sometimes on those days when I'm starving and trying to squeeze in one more errand on the way home, I'll cross my fingers that the store will have some great free samples to take the edge off my growling stomach.  Other days I'll walk right by without sampling.  But the kids always want the free samples.  You know how it goes, parents. They'll eat anything in a store.

How much extra product do the stores sell after offering the free samples?  It's pretty unbelievable!  No wonder they're always offering that one glob of hummus on a pita chip, and the one gulp of that homemade soda.

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Turn Tyler Pink October 14th [PHOTOS]

Turn Tyler Pink hits downtown Tyler from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday October 14th. An event designed to raise awareness and support for all women battling cancer, it's sure to be fun and educational.

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Do You Still Read Books? I Mean Actual Books?

You guys and your fancy gadgets and e-readers.  That's one area of technology that I just haven't embraced.

I was on an airplane earlier this month, and I noticed one other woman holding a hard copy of a book besides me.  The rest of the passengers were reading on Kindles or other e-readers.

Which do you like best?  Anybody old school like me?

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Check This Out – Kids Re-enact Older Couple’s First Date

Senior Snippets by Bored Shorts TV is entertaining in itself on Youtube, and the latest episode was just posted Wednesday and it's getting thousands of views.

These kids are great actors!

This might be a

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Favorite Ride At The East Texas Fair [POLL]

There's only a few days left to get in your fill of fair food and thrills and screams from the rides!

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My Day at the East Texas State Fair

The state fair has arrived and it's bringing more to the table than enormous turkey legs and fried Oreos!

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Dating Pet Peeves…Text Back Already!

Perhaps this has happened to you girls.  And guys, heads up.

You meet a guy on a dating site or app, you chat there and hit it off, he asks for your number and you give it to him, you text a few times, and then he trails off and you never hear from him again.  You didn’t send him an unflattering pic or give him any reason to change his mind, but there’s no follow-through on that happy hour he promised. What other pet peeves are big for us single gals?  They’re all communication-oriented.

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Netflix Gives Users More Control

If you have Netflix, one of the things you see when you bring up your account is a "recently viewed section."  So if your wife thinks you're a ZZ Top rocker and you're secretly watching Justin Bieber videos on Netflix, she's gonna find out about it.

All of that is changing, and your secrets will be safe now.

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A Girl Who Doesn’t Eat Birthday Cake, And Other Random Thoughts

Well here it is...my birthday, and the reason 9 and 17 are my favorite numbers.

Birthdays are good excuses to measure progress and set new goals I think, kind of like New Year's Eve only I'm the only one who's doing it today.  Unless you're a Virgo too, and in that case you're probably making your own thoughtful list, you independent, analytical, reliable, observant, perfectionst, you.  Happy Birthday to you.

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