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March 25, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Helping Hands

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Work Squad spent 300 man hours over a three-week period to set up pens and prepare for the annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show. More...

Proposed STEP grant moves forward

Money would be used to provide water to the Fairview Community

Reklaw’s Tuesday night City council meeting saw progress being made on the STEP Grant that would provide water to the Fairview Community. More...

Recent events show ongoing fight to keep government open

Recent news about former U.S. More...

Special Sections

News

Holy Week services planned at area churches

Community-wide services in Rusk, Jacksonville and Alto will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ during Holy Week and Easter services. More...

Viewpoints

Nichols’ 5 Cents: tax relief for homeowners, businesses and more

Last week was the deadline to file bills in the Senate. While approximately 2,000 bills were filed in the Senate and 4,000 bills in the House, not all of those will receive a committee hearing or go to the Senate floor. More...

Clardy’s Capitol Update: House bills passed out, Darin Wood in Austin

For the first time this session, bills were debated on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. House Bill 11, which provides much needed resources to secure the Texas border, was passed out of the House with 130 favorable votes. More...

Sports

Teams hit wet fields, tracks for sports action last week

Mother Nature remained undefeated, cancelling or postponing several matchups last week. However, most of Cherokee County’s teams were able to hit the field for at least one game on the diamond. More...

Obituaries

Estelle Hall

Funeral for Estelle Hall, 87, of Jacksonville, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Resthaven Memorial Park. More...

Ishmael Eugene (Gene) Garrett

Ishmael Eugene (Gene) Garrett was born in Okemah, OK on September 20, 1934. More...

BEATRICE MEZA SALAZAR

Mass of Christian Burial for Beatrice Meza Salazar, 92, of Jacksonville, was March 21, at Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Burial was in Meador Cemetery in Jacksonville. Mrs. Salazar died Saturday, March 14, in Tyler. More...

Business

Railroad Commission Launches Two New Oil and Gas Online Filing Applications for Operators

AUSTIN –The Railroad Commission of Texas continues modernization and efficiency upgrades as part of its Information Technology Project with the launch of two more applications operators can complete and file online. More...

Area Interest

$5,000 Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender  

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Floyd Montrel Moore, 29, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. More...

April 21 & 22 - MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTETShow SponsorsBrookshire BrothersCharitable FoundationLoving Auto Group      2014-2015Season Sponsors First Bank & TrustEast Texas Angelina Arts AllianceTemple Theater More...

Easter Bunny & Friends raise money for Main Street at annual photo shoot

The Easter Bunny and his friends are hopping into Main Street on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an appearance at Lee Loveless Photography located at 101 W. Oak. More...

Statewide

Texas-sized beach cleanup Saturday, April 18

Volunteers needed for Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup

(AUSTIN, Texas)  — Volunteers are needed for the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup Saturday, April 18.   More...

Two New Ways to Keep Texas Wild

Wild for Texas Collection license plates add hummingbird, rattlesnake 

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is introducing two new conservation license plates to support native wildlife projects in Texas. More...

TxDOT AIMS TO SAVE LIVES, CURB DEADLY WORK ZONE CRASHES

Motorists make up vast majority of fatalities in Texas work zone crashes

AUSTIN – With 146 people killed in Texas work zone crashes last year – an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013 – the Texas Department of Transportation urges drivers to slow down, pay attention and be extra cautious when driving through work zo More...

USDA abandons Farm Payment Limit Reform

Center for Rural Affairs rebukes USDA “actively engaged” proposal

Lyons, Nebraska - Today USDA issued their proposed rule to define what it means to be “actively engaged in farming,” and therefore eligible to receive federal farm payments.   More...

Newman reappointed to ACCESS board of directors

Company asks for permission to move a county road so it can mine clay, then put the road back together

Cherokee County Commissioners reappointed Cathy Newman to the ACCESS Board of Directors at their Monday morning meeting. Mrs. Newman has served on the board since April 1993. Her reappointment was unanimous. More...

Last workshop on ag, timber is Saturday

Individuals interested in learning more about tax appraisals for their agricultural or timber land have one more opportunity to learn more. More...

Paper hires news staffer

As a five-year-old wandering the halls of the Cherokeean Herald offices, Shonda Rogers never believed she would grow up to work at the newspaper. In fact, young Shonda was trying to stay out of at least one room in the building. More...

Thank you, Gloria, for 54 wonderful years

I’m joining the rest of our community in saying “thank you” to Gloria Jennings for the years she has dedicated herself to serving Rusk and East Texas. More...

Community

Rusk Library celebrates National Library Week

National Library Week is April 13-17, and the Rusk Public Library will host special events daily to entice library patrons to visit the new building.On April 13, a pancake breakfast with syndicated radio personality Tumbleweed Smith will be held 8-9: More...

Neches River paddling trail launch event postponed

A paddling event on the Neches River originally planned in late March has been postponed until May 30 because of recent flooding in the area. “The Neches run is closed because it is unsafe to paddle,” said Dr. More...

Jacksonville College wins chapter of the year

The Barnwell Anderson Chapter of the Walter Prescott at Jacksonville College won Chapter of the Year for two-year schools at the March 2015 state meeting held in Corpus Christi. More...

Columns

Demerits to Timid Texans…

   Concern shouldn’t rise to the level of secession from the union, but adopted Texan Tony Romo—as well as home grown luminaries Willie Nelson and Matt McConaughey--failed us miserably. More...

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Thomas Jefferson Rusk: family man and patriot

The history of seemingly simple things like how a town got its name and why occasionally needs to be revisited. While researching this topic for a Texas Independence Day presentation, I was amazing at what I found. More...

Political Cartoon

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Agriculture

Texas crop, weather for March 24, 2015

COLLEGE STATION – All parts of the state received more precipitation in the last week, further delaying planting of spring crops in many areas, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. More...

Colleges

State Representative Pens House Resolution Commemorating TSTC

State Representative Kyle Kacal, R-College Station, authored House Resolution 825 last week commemorating Texas State Technical College's 50th anniversary and honoring its administration, staff and students. More...

11 UT Health Northeast employees honored for 20 or more years of service

Tyler, TX – On March 26 during ceremonies on the main campus, 11 UT Health Northeast employees were honored for having 20 or more years of service.Two employees were recognized for serving 35 years at the university medical center. More...

Historical

GET HISTORY ON THE GO WITH NEW TEXAS TIME TRAVEL TOURS APP

History lovers seeking Texas history and heritage adventures have a new way to find destinations that evoke the Lone Star State’s diverse cultures—the new Texas Time Travel Tours app, available for free download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store More...

TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION OFFERS FREE COLD WAR ORAL HISTORY TRAINING WORKSHOP

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas––Jefferson and surrounding counties’ residents can attend a free training workshop designed to help them capture and preserve the stories and memories of Cold War-era veterans. More...

Outdoors

SFA Gardens to host popular spring plant sale and Earth Day Celebration

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More...

Tourism

TEXAS HIGHWAYS MAGAZINE WELCOMES SPRING WITH COLORFUL WILDFLOWER ISSUE

April issue offers 108 pages of wild drives, outdoor fun, food, much more

AUSTIN – The April issue of Texas Highways is bursting with beauty as “The Spectacular Wow!” guides readers to four stunning wildflower drives. More...

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