Weather Warning False Alarm

KTRE News reports, National Weather Service says emergency warning was false alarm
Whitney Mayfield KTRE
Dec 6, 2017 11:55 AM
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) – National Weather Service:

The routine Wednesday morning NOAA Weather Radio Test inadvertently transmitted as a Radiological Hazard Warning this morning.

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Harvey Likely Not Affecting East Texas

“A cold front will provide us with a few showers over the next few days. It will also serve to take a slight edge off the heat, too. The front will stall nearby, serving as a barrier or road block for Harvey. That means many parts of East and Southeast Texas could see several rounds of heavy rainfall.” According to Meteorologist Brad Hlozek of KTRE Weather reports,

KTRE Reports on “Superfan and Son”

I couldn’t pass on this story From KTRE…

Lufkin All-Star superfan and son overcome odds to attend LLWS
By Jeff Awtrey, Assignments Editor

WILLIAMSPORT, PA (KTRE) – A Lufkin man and his son have each made it to the Little League World Series as spectators, but each have competed to get there in life and overcome the odds.

In 2008, Brent Slaton and his wife witnessed the birth of their son, Mack. Mack was born at 29 weeks into his mother’s pregnancy and weighed less than three pounds.

In 2014, Slaton learned he had contracted scleroderma, an extremely rare autoimmune disease which affects the body’s stem and organs.

In prior cases like these, there are times where neither father nor son would be alive today. But each is very much alive and living it up right now in Williamsport.

Slaton serves on the Lufkin Little League board and his son is friends with players on the team.

“When we went to the state game in Houston and we realized how we stacked up, we knew we had a chance to go to Williamsport,” Slaton said. “My son was very pumped and said, ‘if they win, we’re going.’ And I said ‘ok.'”

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Weather, A Drought Really? YES.

From KTRE Weather and Brad Hlozek
First Alert Burn Ban Update: Just got word that Shelby county has enacted a burn ban until further notice. At this time, it is the only county in Deep East Texas under a burn ban.

The drought continues to expand across East Texas due to the lack of rainfall combined with the warmer than normal temperatures we have seen so far this fall.

Notice how eastern Nacogdoches and Angelina counties are now in the moderate D1 drought.

With no significant rainfall in sight, it will probably get worse in the week’s ahead.

Texas tax-free weekend announced

tax free weekendTexas tax-free weekend announced (KTRE)

It seems like summer just began, but Texas officials are already reminding consumers about the Texas sales tax holiday coming up in August.

“Texas families can take advantage of the sales tax holiday when doing their back-to-school shopping. The tax holiday applies to a variety of items ranging from pens to jeans to help shoppers around Texas save some of their hard earned money,” says Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

Most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax during the annual weekend holiday. According to Combs, shoppers will save an estimated $74.1 million in state and local sales tax.

This year’s tax-free weekend is August 9-11.

For a full list of apparel and supplies that can be purchased tax-free, visit the Sales Tax Holiday website.

Silent Bell Ringing, Love Out Loud, Electronic Pickpockets, Cheap Coworker Gifts, Christmas Fun Facts

Lufkin radio station surprises random shoppers with giftsThere’s something magical about this time of year and when Dolores Perez became a KSWP/KAVX Christian radio station’s grand prize winner she became a part of it in the “Love Out Loud Project”.  Video included from KTRE-TV>>

Salvation Army Silent Bell Ringing: Captain Melendez tells the story.

Cheap, Chic Gifts for Your Coworkers: Gifts Don’t Have to Be Pricey to Spread the Holiday Cheer (ABC News)

Christmas Fun Facts

1. Clearing up a common misconception, in Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word “X-Mas” comes from. Not because someone took the “Christ” out of Christmas.
2. Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.
3. Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

Electronic Pickpockets:
Identity thieves strike millions of Americans each year. Protect yourself. — Lots of resources click more —
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