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Heat radiated upward from the blacktop of state Highway 103 west, warming the firetrucks and fighters waiting in the mid-afternoon sun for Moffett Fire Chief Joey Rocka, who recently died of COVID-19.

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The George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center will be attempting to grab funds by the horn with its “Summer Stampede” fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. July 15.

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Hudson ISD dedicated a bench to Brandi Mettlen, who passed away suddenly last year of a major heart attack. Hudson held a small dedication to let Mettlen’s loved ones see the bench, located on the playground of W.F. Peavy Primary School.

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NACOGDOCHES — Former Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital CEO Scott Street and other leaders at Medical Center of South Arkansas were chided by medical staff there who unanimously voted late last month that they had no confidence in the hospital’s leadership.

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In his nearly eight years as a Cub or Boy Scout, 14-year-old Lucas Robertson has learned a lot from the program and will be one of several representing the organization in the upcoming Flag Day ceremonies.

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Flag Day is June 14, but this year’s celebration of ‘‘Old Glory’’ in Lufkin will last three days.

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Lufkin police are investigating a pair of shooting incidents that occurred Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release from Jessica Pebsworth, communications director for the city of Lufkin.

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NACOGDOCHES — A Nacogdoches County man accused of being “a major distributor of narcotics” remained jailed Thursday after deputies seized more than half a pound of methamphetamine and other drugs during his arrest Wednesday night, Sheriff Jason Bridges said.

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The Diboll Police Department will be holding a benefit for officer Corey Clemens, who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of throat cancer, from 1-6 p.m. June 27 at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center.

The Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter will be closed to intakes and adoptions on Friday and Saturday to conduct deep-cleaning and sanitization, according to a press release from the city of Lufkin.

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Angelina County is working on a tax abatement agreement with Azalea Springs Solar Park LLC to construct a $200 million solar energy park in Central.

The Angelina County Landfill will use $1.2 million to construct another waste cell; the landfill has seen a 25% increase in local waste tonnage in the last three years, landfill manager Chuck Brooks said.

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Women gathered Tuesday to eat lunch and learn more about maintaining physical and mental health from professionals in the community at the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce’s “Women’s Networking Event”

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DIBOLL — The Diboll Lady Jacks softball team spent the past month traveling much of the state of Texas, with their final trip a journey last week to the state tournament in Austin where the group finished as the second-best Class 3A team in the entire Lone Star State.

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A Lufkin man will be embarking on a $10,000 sword fight Wednesday night and all of America can tune in and watch from their own living room.

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With soggy weather in the forecast for an already water-logged Angelina County until at least the middle of next week, disruptions to travel and outdoor plans will likely continue while the threat of flooding remains a concern.

The Holy Spirit and thousands of worshippers will descend on Lufkin Monday for the start of the 75th annual Texas District Camp Meeting at the United Pentecostal Campgrounds on the corner of U.S. Highway 59 south and College Drive in Lufkin.

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The company moving into the Aspen Power Plant property announced Thursday a joint venture creating one of the world’s first entirely renewable energy-powered manufacturing facilities that will produce compostable molded fiber products.