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.
Many parts of East Texas were woken up this morning to a round of strong thunderstorms that produced locally heavy rainfall and quite a bit of lightning and thunder. That trend will hopefully continue through the weekend and bring cooler temperatures to East Texas too.
For the second time in six months, the nationwide Powerball lottery reached a record jackpot. Last nights jackpot was the fourth highest in the lottery’s history at $337 million. According to ABC News, there was only one winning ticket sold.
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.
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.
The rumors and speculation that’s been around for a week or so has come true. According to TMZ.com, Jennifer Lopez has called it quits and will not be returning to the American Idol judges table next season with Randy Jackson.
I want to start this post off with this little disclaimer: I am not making fun or mocking anyone and I definitely do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings with the topic of this post! There were several of us at dinner the other night and the conversation, as with any dinner was varied, but someone brought up the subject of words that are usually pronounced wrong here in East Texas.
It’s happened to us all at work at some point or another, that lunch you brought in and placed in the office refrigerator somehow disappears by the time you go to enjoy it. That’s happened to me quite a few times here at the radio station but hasn’t happened in a couple of years though thankfully. One guy, at an unnamed company, was tired of his fruit being robbed from his desk, so he took matters into his own hands to find the culprit.
The 4th of July is coming up Wednesday and firework stands have opened up all around East Texas. In my neighborhood alone, there are four stands selling the them and I’m sure I’ll be stopping by one of them soon to buy some because my daughter has asked when we’re buying fireworks! She began asking the day she saw those portable stands show up on the roadside.
Last year the East Texas heat was brutal and it reflected on our electric bills because we turned down the air conditioner to get a little relief. That little relief cost us though because our electric bills skyrocketed. With the return of triple digit temps this week, it looks like the cycle will continue again this year.
Today’s employees are being freed from a 9-to-5 job thanks to smartphones, mobile apps and the cloud. As a result of technology that’s allowing employees to do many things outside the office, many bosses aren’t looking at the time clock that closely any more.
“Would you be where you are had there not been a sex tape?”
Oprah asks this of Kim Kardashian during an interview that will be airing Sunday night on OWN. Oprah’s Next Chapter features the former talk show host sitting down with every member of the Kardashian family for a special that will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on OWN called First Look: The Kardashians.
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