Friday, March 7 2014 8:07 PM EST2014-03-08 01:07:10 GMT
Since having a double lung transplant, Kellie Henely hasn't needed the daily breathing treatments
Finally. Back at home. "It feels amazing. You never know how much you miss home until you're gone for months at a time," says Kellie Henley, just months removed from a double lung transplant. "OrganMore >>
Finally. Back at home and breathing easier. "It feels amazing. You never know how much you miss home until you're gone for months at a time," says Kellie Henley, just months after a double lung transplant.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:59 GMT
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative. HouseMore >>
There's a new effort underway to combat bullying. This time it comes in the form of a bill that Louisiana state lawmakers could soon consider down in Baton Rouge. And it comes from a Shreveport state representative.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Like many East Texans, Kevin Koonce is catching on to an old trend that is new again. "I've gotten good responses to the barter offer," said Koonce. "Either they have services they can offer me for it or something I can use."
From his laptop, Koonce searched on Craigslist to test his luck in the bartering world. "This truck behind us, I've traded it for labor," said Koonce. Koonce said he's happy to trade his truck for mechanical work. "I'm not inclined like that," said Koonce.
In this day and age, he doesn't have to be. Websites like Itex enable people to trade for the goods and services they need with minimal cash. Itex members pay a 5% fee to their broker plus the taxes and shipping cost if they purchased a product. "Any kind of a service is going to be almost always available on Itex," said Shawn Christian, East Texas Barter owner. "Some of the popular services are printing and advertising."
While there are over 130 Itex members in Tyler, we did find one Itex member in Lufkin. They were out of the office on Tuesday, but we did catch the owner on the phone who said he saved $3,500 last week using Itex.
This is a breakdown of how Itex works:
"It's a network, just because you trade with someone, it doesn't have to be a direct trade. You accept those credits and then you can spend those credits with a completely different third party business," said Christian.
Christian also said that even though businesses go through a screening process before they can join the Itex network, people should still do their homework before bartering.
Koonce said he will check out Itex, but for now he will stick with Craigslist. He is in the midst of working out a deal, trading his 2006 black Dodge Ram for a new, underground swimming pool. "He didn't have the money to buy it out right and he's in the swimming pool business, so I guess the swimming pool would be good for all my dogs to jump in every now and then," said Koonce.
However you choose to trade, even in this economy, there are ways out there to get what you need. For more information about how to get on the bartering bandwagon, click here.
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:00 PM EST2014-03-06 21:00:31 GMT
(CNN) - Facebook is cracking down on guns. A new policy plans to block minors from seeing gun sale postings. The social media site will also pull posts of sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Facebook plans to pull posts of gun sales that don't require a background check.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 1:17 PM EST2014-03-05 18:17:50 GMT
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole. "Post Miranda, the defendant advised that he was trying to fight crime in the area andMore >>
A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole.More >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:40 AM EST2014-03-07 12:40:30 GMT
North Louisiana Senator Robert Adley, R-Benton, says last week's fund raiser by 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark did not make the judicial side of government look good. Adley's concernedMore >>
A fundraising loophole allows Louisiana lawyers to host campaign events for judges, so one state lawmaker wants to tighten up the way judges can raise money.More >>
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