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Joblessness in Lufkin and Angelina County continues to drop as the region moves into summer, data released by the Texas Workforce Commission shows.

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NACOGDOCHES — Deep East Texas Council of Governments is appealing a decision by the Texas General Land Office that left them just short of qualifying for a $100 million grant to expand broadband internet access in the region.

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The city of Lufkin is hosting a reception to thank former mayor Bob Brown for his service to the city from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.

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MarTeres Tea Room announced in April it would be closing after 19 years in business and that its last day to be open would be June 18. However, lovers of the establishment may be in luck.

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Nonprofit organization CASA of the Pines will be holding an online “auction in action” Wednesday through Friday to directly to help the abused and neglected children of Angelina, Polk and Houston Counties.

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Buoyed by last week's federal holiday designation, a large group of participants turned out for Lufkin's annual Juneteenth Parade, which wound its way from Brandon Park through North Lufkin Saturday morning.

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Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a $100,000 grant to Angelina College to continue funding for its safety-based vocational program, which provides workplace safety courses for local employers, workers and the general public.

One person was transported to a local hospital for treatment after a major crash on U.S. Highway 59 south at John Means Road late Friday, according to a report from Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Justin Ruiz.

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Todd Swan has been making trains full time for his company, “Swannee River Railroad,” since November 2014, after his first two train sales in the fall of 2013. But his love of trains started decades ago — literally right in his own backyard.

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State Rep. Trent Ashby will be the keynote speaker for the annual membership and awards luncheon of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Economic Development District on June 25.

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The Lufkin school board said goodbye to member Don Muhlbach and swore in new member Joseph Ceasar during its regular meeting Thursday night.

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The Lufkin Daily News earned 17 awards — including four first-place honors — in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest Tuesday for work published in 2020.

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The Lufkin City Council approved a series of budget amendments on first reading to address serious concerns within city operations.

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NACOGDOCHES — While the official estimates aren’t yet in, it can safely be said that the 2021 Texas Blueberry Festival made a mighty comeback.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed House Bill 5 by state Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) and state Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), which will increase access to and adoption of high-speed internet throughout Texas.

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Crowds congregated Monday at the Louis Bronaugh Park for Lufkin’s annual Flag Day Celebration.

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A Nacogdoches teen who investigators say was involved in an online child pornography ring faces three felonies after a wide-reaching investigation across multiple states that drew the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and led to the arrest of a juvenile court judge in Wisconsin.

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Angelina County commissioners and Judge Don Lymbery declared June as Elder Abuse Prevention Month last week in an attempt to raise awareness of the issues plaguing local seniors.

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NACOGDOCHES — The Stephen F. Austin State University’s newly implemented aviation program is preparing for lift-off.