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Airs Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Jennifer Allen, Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about a concert featuring Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti, coming up next Thursday, September 21, at 7:30 pm in Temple Theater, Lufkin. For complete details visit online the Angelina Arts Alliance or call the box office at 936-633-5454.

The two hurricanes struck three weeks apart a decade ago. Hurricane Katrina devastated a large swath of New Orleans and the surrounding area, of course, after making landfall Aug. 29, 2005. Thousands of people either fled or were evacuated. Many ended up in Lufkin, where I lived at the time and published the paper. 

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The Deep East Texas Council of Governments or DETCOG says third quarter retail sales tax revenue hit a new record in its 12-county region. If the trend continues, it will be the best year for local taxable retail sales since DETCOG started tracking this local revenue stream eight years ago.

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Lufkin’s Crown Colony Country Club is bringing professional golf back to East Texas.

About 100 players on the Adams Pro Tour will tee off July 8 in a five-day tournament.

The Dallas-based tour attracts a field of aspiring PGA Tour golfers with an estimated purse of $100,000. The champion’s share is $15,000. Crown Colony’s head golf pro Ben Burns says it will be an economic boost for Lufkin.

NASA

The Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin unveiled an almost 4 billion-year-old moon rock display this week that is on permanent loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It came from the Apollo 14 space mission, and is the largest moon rock sample in NASA’s display collection.

Museum CEO Neal Naranjo says last year the museum displayed a small sample for a short time, and more than 330 school tours came through the museum to see it.

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