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February 10, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Commissioners make no changes to voter box #27

The weather outside might have been blustery, but Monday’s commissioners court agenda item dealing with the voting location for Precinct #2, voter box 27, kept things slightly heated. More...

FSA accepting applications for emergency farm loans

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting applications for emergency farm loans due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning October 22-31, 2015 in Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, and Van Zandt Co More...

Special Sections

News

Oncor: Hunt’s possible merger could boost rates

Oncor, the state’s largest utility, is warning state regulators that electric rates could increase for millions of Texas customers if they approve a complex reorganization plan that would include its takeover of the much smaller, and struggling More...

USDA expands farm ownership microloan program

Agriculture Deputy Sectary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. More...

Jacksonville man arrested on drug, traffic charges Feb. 2

A Jacksonville man was arrested Feb. 2 after Cherokee County’s Sheriff’s deputies served warrants for his arrest and found drugs and a firearm. More...

Columns

Rights for Renters

BBB is advising consumers to be aware of their rights and responsibilities before signing an apartment lease. Apartment complexes are consistently on BBB’s top 25 list of most complained about industries. More...

Business Column. Unclear Advertising Leads to Unhappy Customers

Advertising is an essential part of business - not only can it attract new customers or clients - it can also leave a lasting impression of a business' brand or reputation. More...

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Dogtrot home of Thomas Berry, 1901

Born Feb. 12, 1865 in Sardis (Cherokee County), Thomas purchased 100 acres of land in 1901, worked at a saw mill and received his pay in lumber. He and Nannie Perry had 11 children. More...

Obituaries

Allen Garner Obituary

Graveside services for Allen Garner, age 69, of Lake Striker, are scheduled for 2 p.m.,  Sunday, Feb. 14, at Taylor Cemetery in Gallatin with Bro. David Sandford officiating. More...

Larry Gray Obituary

Funeral services for Larry Gray,  49, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. More...

Violene Silmon Obituary

Funeral services for Violene Silmon, 73,of Houston, formerly of Jacksonville,will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. More...

Area Interest

Rusk County Poetry Society

The Rusk County Poetry Society (RCPS) will meet Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the South Main Church of Christ, 402 South Main in Henderson.  The meeting will include a writing lesson, poetry readings and critique. More...

8th Annual Zonta Prom Boutique!

Zonta Club of Longview hosts a Prom Boutique each spring. High school students from all over the East Texas and North Louisiana area are invited to attend our event.  More...

Lego Club at the Public Library

(Nacogdoches, TX) – The Judy B. McDonald Public Library will host its monthly Lego® Club on Saturday, February 20th at 2:30 pm for children ages 5-17 years.  More...

Outdoors

STILL TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR YOUTH & ADULTS

San Antonio, TX – The Texas Brigades program needs you! We are on the hunt for youth and adults that would like to be a part of a once in a lifetime opportunity as we prepare you to be conservation ambassadors for the future of Texas’ wildlife. More...

Statewide

Houston County Man Guilty of Violating Asbestos Work Practice Standards

MARSHALL, Texas – A 60-year-old Kennard, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal environmental violations, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   More...

Chambers County Woman Guilty of Federal Income Tax Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 43-year-old Hankamer, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal income tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   More...

Federal Jury Convicts Smith County Man of Drug Charges

TYLER, Texas – A 23-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been convicted of drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   More...

Rusk ISD to call bond election for renovations

Rusk ISD is hoping to make some much needed improvements – all without raising taxes. More...

No cases of Zika virus in county

While there have been no cases of the Zika virus in Cherokee County Cherokee County Public Health is reminding citizens to be prepared – just in case. More...

County candidate forum Thursday in Jacksonville

Cherokee County will receive one more chance to hear from several candidates for political office before early voting starts Feb. 16 with a forum Thursday evening. The Republican Party of Cherokee County will host a candidate forum from 6:30-9 p.m. More...

Election 2016

Important dates to remember for the March 1 primary election: The last day to register to vote was Feb. 1. Early voting will take place Feb. 16-26. The last day to receive a ballot by mail will be March 1. The primary runoff election will be May 24. More...

Community

J’ville Rotary

The Jan. 27 Rotary program was brought to us by Bruce Mehlenbacher (right). Bruce’s program was presented by fellow Rotarian, Tricia Thomason (center), pictured with Bryan Thomason (left). More...

Empowering youth

Mr. Steve Russell (left), president of Empowering Texas Youth, presented a program regarding his initiative and what that might mean for Jacksonville. More...

Compassion Experience at Rusk 1st Baptist Feb. 19-23

The Compassion Experience Tour, which educates visitors about the realities of life in poverty and provides an international experience to visitors who may have never traveled to a developing country, will be at Rusk First Baptist Church, 372 E. More...

Sports

Dallas Wings Announce Coaching Staff for Inaugural Season in DFW Metroplex

Arlington, TX., February 9, 2016 – As the team prepares for its inaugural season playing in the DFW Metroplex,  the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, today announced that Head Coach Fred Williams and Assistant Coaches, Ed Baldwin and Bridget Pettis, have agr More...

Good as Gold: Alto athlete Johnson signs with Tulsa

Five minutes before putting his signature on his Letter of Intent during National Signing Day, Alto quarterback/athlete Keenen Johnson looked down at his phone. More...

Back where they started: county teams back in playoff race

A recap of last week’s basketball action around Cherokee County: • The Rusk Eagles and Lady Eagles put themselves in good position for the playoffs with their outcomes last week. More...

Agriculture

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 10, 2016

Chilling hours for peaches generally on target across the state

COLLEGE STATION – It’s been a generally mild winter, and the state’s peach orchards have pretty much been doing what one would expect: “chilling,” said Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service pecan, fruit and citrus specialist, Colleg More...

Colleges

SFA highlighted in Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program video

Stephen F. Austin State University partnered with Cotton Incorporated in the fall to collect denim for the Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program. More...

"Porch"

Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the student-directed “Porch” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.  More...

Bassoon Ensemble

The Bassoon Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. More...

Historical

Texas Buffalo Soldiers Celebrate 20th Anniversary during Black History Month with events at Texas State Parks

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Buffalo Soldiers program celebrates its 20th anniversary during Black History Month with living history events at three Texas state parks. More...

Pets

Pet Talk: Equine Lameness

Equine lameness affects all types horses—whether they are ridden for pleasure, racing, or sport. More...

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