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January 21, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Sources: Abbott will wait to decide Janek’s future

*Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. More...

RISD calls for election; extends Dr. Davis’ contract

The Rusk ISD board called an election at its Jan. 12 meeting for May 9 to elect two board members filling the positions now occupied by President Britt Patterson and vice-president Rodney Hugghins. More...

City, school elections slated May 9

Candidates may file for position on area city and school ballots between Jan. 28 and Feb. 27. Last day to register to vote will be April 9. Persons interested in running for office may contact their city hall or school administration office. More...

Special Sections

News

Food handlers class planned on Feb. 27

A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas AgriLife Extension Service. More...

Rusk chamber goes ‘to the movies’

Swinks named Citizens of the year, Dr. Mike Metke receives award, key to city

The Rusk Chamber of Commerce and city officials took a break from the hustle and bustle of professional life to make a stop “at the movies.” The chamber honored the city’s titans of industry during the 74th annual Chamber of Commerc More...

Rusk State Hospital activities mark busy final half of 2014

Rusk State Hospital celebrated a busy 2014. Here are activities for the year’s final six months. July RSH celebrated July 4th with an Independence Day Celebration and Fish Fry at the Lake with music, games, and prizes for the clients. More...

Viewpoints

TSR shatters ridership records in 2014; adds events for ‘15

In 2014, the Texas State Railroad shattered several ridership records – one of which had been standing for three decades. More...

Nichols’ 5 Cents: Texas 84th session opens Jan. 13

The 84th Legislative session began this week and will soon be in full swing. In the next 140 days, we will work to pass a conservative balanced twoyear budget and consider many issues. More...

Alto ISD and elementary, middle schools celebrate fantastic 2014

Alto ISD experienced an outstanding school year in 2014, and looks forward to additional success in 2015. The district is pleased to announce that we met standard on the STAAR test as a district and on each campus. More...

Obituaries

Obituary: Lawrence (Shug) Jay

Graveside service for Lawrence (Shug) Jay, 88, of Jacksonville, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23,  at Resthaven Memorial Park in Jacksonville with the Rev. Jerry Carroll officiating.  More...

Obituary: Carolyn Ann Herr

Funeral  for Carolyn Ann Herr,  69, of Jacksonville, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday  at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Dr. More...

Obituary: Maria Elfriede (Elfi) Schuck Blount

Memorial service will be held for Maria Elfriede (Elfi)  Schuck Blount, 85, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Mrs. Blount died  Nov. 30, 2014. More...

Schools

Wildland fire response courses offered at Mile High Wildfire Academy

Jan. 21, 2015 – FORT DAVIS, Texas – Emergency responders are invited to hone in their wildland firefighting skills at the 17th annual Mile High Wildfire Academy held at the Fort Davis Fire Department, February 19–22.   More...

Commissioner Williams reaffirms state’s interests as waiver discussions continue

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today reaffirmed the goals and parameters he previously set as talks with federal officials continue regarding the state’s conditional waiver for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary More...

AREA HONOR ROLLS

Rusk Junior High–Second Nine Weeks All A Honor Roll More...

Colleges

TJC lecture series covers top 10 science stories of 2014

Ancient lunar plumbing, parking on a comet, climate change, cave paintings and other top science stories of 2014 will be discussed during the Public Science Lecture Series set 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. More...

Food

Grilled Salmon

MenuGrilled SalmonServing Size: 1 filetServes:  1    Ingredients1 teaspoon olive oil1 5 oz fresh salmon filetPinch of coarse black pepperPinch of salt Juice of one lemon Directions More...

Health

HIMSS ANALYTICS HONORS TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES WITH STAGE 6 RECOGNITION

TYLER, TX – HIMSS Analytics announced Mother Frances Hospital Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital Jacksonville and Mother Frances Hospital Winnsboro, as well as all Trinity Clinic locations throughout East Texas, have achieved Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption More...

National

Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours Nationwide

Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 Allows Agency to Restore Some Service Hours

Social Security announces as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effecti More...

Pets

Pet Talk: Probiotics for your Pets

Probiotics, or “good bacteria,” can be defined as living microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, can offer multiple health benefits to the host. More...

A night with Rusk’s stars

Rusk mayor Angela Raiborn presents Tyler Junior College president Dr. Mike Metke with the key to the city during Saturday’s 74th Rusk Chamber Banquet. For more of Quinten Boyd’s pictures and a story from the event, see pg. 4-5B. More...

Klein Animal Shelter director arrested Friday

A six-month investigation into allegations of several charges, including animal cruelty, has led to the arrest of the director of Jacksonville’s Klein Animal Shelter – with more expected in the near future. More...

Council supports resolution against privatization

The Rusk City Council met Jan. 8 to approve a resolution requesting that state elected officials reconsider the privatization of Terrell State Hospital. More...

Jacksonville Chamber banquet Jan. 29

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold their 94th annual Chamber Banquet Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Norman Activity Center. This year’s banquet will begin at 5:15 p.m. More...

Community

United Fund goal achieved

United Fund of Cherokee County reports that the goal for the fall campaign, totaling $113,600, has been achieved. Funds will support 17 agencies during 2015. More...

Rotary speaker

Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell discussed acquisition of body cameras for his officers at a recent Jacksonville Rotary Club meeting. More...

Calvary Baptist Church sponsors men’s cook-off

The Calvary Baptist Church in Rusk will sponsor its fourth annual men’s chili cook-off from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 31 in honor of Rusk’s first responders. Entries are open to the public. Donations will go to the Rusk Ministerial Alliance. More...

Columns

THE IDLE AMERICAN America for Me…

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury

 A candidate for political office--pontificating for the “umpteenth” time on the campaign stump--spewed words at 200 per minute, with gusts to 250. At full bluster, he quoted the old line about “standing on the shoulders of others gone before.” More...

Thoughts for the Heart

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Land Commissioner George P. Bush expands veteran benefits

Benefits now include low-interest land loans up to $125,000

(AUSTIN, Texas)  — Texas veterans are now eligible for low-interest land loans up to $125,000 — the maximum allowed by law. Texas Land Commissioner George P. More...

Sports

Tribe upsets Lufkin; ranked Hornets, Lady Panthers win

Cherokee County’s teams have either already started or are in the midst of getting to know their new district neighbors on the hardwood – and getting involved in some barnburners on the way. More...

‘Charming’ NYC: Cherokee Charmers head to New York

It’s said that if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. For a week, the Jacksonville High School Cherokee Charmers truly “made it” in New York. More...

Rusk pitcher Raiborn signs with TJC; JSA sign-up period underway

And now, Quick Hits: Rusk’s Raiborn to TJC Both on the mound and in his day-to-day life, Rusk senior pitcher Josh Raiborn is calm, cool and collected, never really letting much affect him. More...

Agriculture

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 21, 2015

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Texas Monthly Milk Production

Texas milk production totaled 879 million pounds during December 2014, up 9.7 percent from last year's production of 801 million pounds. November 2014 production totaled 839 million pounds.  More...

Area Interest

Theatre TJC Second Stage presents ‘The Olive Press’

Theatre TJC’s Second Stage begins its Spring 2015 lineup with an original play written and directed by Dr. David W. Crawford, Tyler Junior College theater professor. More...

Wildland fire response courses offered at Mile High Wildfire Academy

Jan. 21, 2015 – FORT DAVIS, Texas – Emergency responders are invited to hone in their wildland firefighting skills at the 17th annual Mile High Wildfire Academy held at the Fort Davis Fire Department, February 19–22.   More...

2015 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment

Celebration caps 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the San Jacinto Monument and Museum

Houston, TX — The largest battle reenactment in the state is the centerpiece of the admission-free San Jacinto Day Festival, held on Saturday, Apr More...

Outdoors

Annual workshop to highlight tax law changes for forest landowners

Jan. 20, 2015 – LUFKIN, Texas – When it comes to taxes, all of the ins and outs and information you have to know is mind-numbing—but important. More...

Fly Fish Texas March 14 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS—Learn to tie a fly, cast a fly and catch a fish all in one day during the annual Fly Fish Texas event at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center March 14. More...

Statewide

Local Park Grants Fund Projects Statewide

  AUSTIN—The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday approved more than $8 million in competitive grant funds for community parks all across the state, funding 25 of 55 proposed projects. More...

TWC Warns Texans to Be Aware of False Unemployment Benefits Websites Filing for claims is always free, never through third-party

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) warns Texans’ seeking unemployment benefits to be aware of third-party vendors offering assistance. More...

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