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‘#SchoolisCool’ Back To School Event Coming To Tyler’s Harvey Hall

The farthest thing from our kids' mind right now is school; they're focused on summer vacation plans, swimming, hanging out with friends and just being kids! Right now, we're basically one-third of the way through summer and pretty soon we'll be buying school supplies and uniforms and packing their lunch to send them off to continue learning.

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Back To School: The Magic Of Marching Band

Confession, I was a band nerd. In fact, I was president of the band nerds my senior year and proud of it. So, when a friend recently posted link on Facebook, Why Your Teen Should Join Marching Band, I felt a desire to add to it.

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Back To School: Ashton’s Words Of Wisdom [VIDEO]

At the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, Ashton Kutcher took home the Ultimate Choice Award. He teased that it was the "Old Guy" award and graciously thanked his fans, but then he went on to share some words of wisdom.

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Throwback Thursday: Last, Firsts [VIDEO]

Earlier this week, I was reading Lucky Larry's story about his daughter's first day of school. Like Lucky, it's a bit of a stretch for me to remember my first day, but I do remember my last, first day of school.

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Tyler ISD to Reduce Students’ Time on Buses With New Routes + Schedules

For the past couple of years I've grown accustomed to hearing the school bus stop in front of the house and pick up the kid across the street around 6:55 in the morning for his ride to school. I think that is a little too early for an elementary school kid to catch a bus, but that's the system, until now.  Tyle rISD has announced new bus schedules, which will save money and time while riding the bus.

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New School Upgrades Unveiled in Palestine

Now that we've taken full advantage of the tax free shopping weekend and we're stocked up on clothes, notebooks, and pens, the attention turns to the actual start of school.

When students in Palestine had back to class, they'll be enjoying brand spanking new facilities that were three years in the making and cost about $65 million. The new high school accounted for $35 million of that.

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Are Tax Free Savings in East Texas Really Worth It? [POLL]

Today through Sunday, East Texans will be saving the tax on many tax exempt items as they do their back to school shopping.  The crowds at the mall and area shopping centers are very reminiscent of black Friday sales right after Thanksgiving.  Broadway in Tyler and McCann and the Loop in Longview are expected to be very congested throughout the weekend as traffic increases.

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Best Places to Get College Books for Less

As a college student, I know how difficult it is to pay for college. Not only do you have to pay tuition, but you have to pay for everything that comes along with it, like books. College books can be ridiculously expensive if you go through the school book store. I started doing some research to see how I could still get the books, but save as much cash as possible.

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Back To School Shopping Tips For East Texans

This weekend you could potentially save a lot of money in taxes because this weekend is Texas State Sales Tax Holiday.  As you head out thinking you could be saving a lot of money thanks to not paying taxes, you could end up buying quite a few things you wouldn't normally buy or not even need and exceed your family's budget.

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Robert E. Lee’s Red Raider Band Prepares for Annual Parade

The start of a new school year is just days away and with that bring the return of high school sports and activities.  Right now across East Texas many football programs are on the field practicing their plays that will hopefully take them to the state championship.  As the football teams prepare, so do the high school bands.  Tyler's Robert E. Lee Red Raider Marching Band has been practicing for something special for a while.

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Texas Tax Free Weekend Is This Weekend

With the daily ringing of school bells that are about to be the norm across East Texas, you've gotta get the kids ready for the new school year.  As you prepare them for school, you're doing that back to school shopping and spending quite a bit of money on those required things they need for school.  Well this weekend you can save some money by not paying taxes on some of those things!

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Goodwill Industries Helps Stretch Your Budget For Back To School

The new school year is set to begin Monday, August 27th and parents and educators all over East Texas are getting ready for the new school year.  With budgets getting tighter and tighter each year, sales at area retailers are becoming more and more important to stretch the family dollar.  We'll all be looking for the bargains on school supplies, backpacks, shoes and clothing.

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