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May 6, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

City, school early voting concludes

Election day is Saturday

Early voting concluded Tuesday afternoon in a handful of elections in Cherokee County. Most elections were cancelled because of no opposition in the races. Elections will be held from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday. More...

Robbery cases solved

3 men arrested for month-long swath of burglaries in Rusk

Rusk Police Chief Jamie Campbell said hard work and diligent effort by his officers and the watchful eyes of the Rusk community have helped stop a burglary ring that struck around the city within the past month. More...

Rusk plans 2 clean-up days this month

Rusk will have two city cleanup days on May 9 and 16. Hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. More...

Special Sections

News

Austin Bank appoints new directors; receives state honor

Jeff Austin Jr., chairman of the board, announced that the Austin Bank Board of Directors has appointed four new members at the March board meeting held in Jacksonville. Joining the Board of Directors are Russ Gideon, Billy E. More...

Deep love of horses part of Candace Reneau’s legacy

TOPS IN TEXAS RODEO

“No matter where we live, what our vocation or who we know, our love for horses seems to never wane. There’s just something about horses that makes us love them.” Such is the case of Candace Reneau of Jacksonville. More...

Lobularia White Stream Alyssum has been selected as one of the Texas Superstar plants

“White Stream is a new type of alyssum that will survive the heat of Texas summers,” said Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist and head of the Texas Superstar board, Overton. More...

Viewpoints

Nichols’ 5 Cents: voter ID, body cameras and state symbols

It is spring outside, and flowers are beginning to bloom. Inside of the Capitol it is a different story as bills are beginning to wilt and die. More...

Clardy’s Capitol Update: 3 bills pass, 3 considered; House honors Goff

The Texas House overwhelmingly approved House Bills 31 and 32 on Tuesday. The first would reduce the state sales tax for the first time in history, while HB 32 would reduce the franchise tax rate by 25 percent. More...

Sports

Cherokee County’s big sports weekend

5 athletes, 1 relay to state meet

A few of Cherokee County’s fastest athletes will head to Austin next weekend to try to bring a little more hardware back to the county. More...

Playoff push: 9 county baseball and softball teams reach playoffs

A look at bi-district action in softball and the final week of the regular season in baseball: Rusk wins series against Diboll, 2-1 More...

Area Interest

TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES REHABILITATION HOSPITAL RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT CARE

TYLER, Texas – Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®) for the ninth consecutive year. More...

TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES REHABILITATION HOSPITAL RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT CARE

TYLER, Texas – Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital has received top recognition from Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR®) for the ninth consecutive year. More...

Statewide

Texas crop, weather for May 5, 2015

COLLEGE STATION – Cotton growers in the Texas High Plains have been facing a quandary: to plant or not to plant, said Dr. John Robinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton economist in College Station. More...

Airport will receive $981,685 for improvements

Clint Goff named General Aviation Airport Manager of Year by TxDOT

Clint Goff, winner of this year’s General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year Award, was recognized by the Texas Department of Transportation at a statewide convention April 16 in San Marcos for his lifelong dedication and commitment to the Ch More...

Airport awarded TxDOT grant for concrete, asphalt maintenance

It turned out to be a successful two weeks for Cherokee County Airport manager Clint Goff. Two weeks ago, Mr. Goff was named Texas General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year. On Monday afternoon, he got more good news. More...

Gala honors 3 music, theatre icons

Saturday night is shaping up to be “entertaining” at the Heritage Center of Cherokee County – in more ways than one. The Heritage Center will hold its third annual gala from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday at 208 Henderson St. in Rusk. More...

Concrete tomatoes and cabooses now on sale

Giant tomatoes and cabooses are now on sale through the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and at the Rusk Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (903) 586-2217 in Jacksonville for tomatoes and in Rusk, call (903) 683-4242 for cabooses. More...

County

FM 768 closed at bridge

TxDOT has closed FM 768, located north of Rusk, at the bridge for emergency repairs.TxDOT public information officer Kathi White said the closure was necessiated by last week's rainstorms, which cause damage to pipes and slopes.The repairs are antici More...

Grand jury returns 9 indictments

The Cherokee County Grand Jury met Jan. 26 and returned nine indictments, six of them sealed, for a variety of offenses from sexual assault to family violence and evading arrest. More...

Community

One Night Women’s Revival May 11, 7 p.m.

The Shady Grove Church of God in Christ located at 373 Cherokee St.,in Rusk. will host guest speaker Evangelist Joyce Rodgers of Carrollton. More...

East Texas Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting

The ETGS monthly meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Taylor Auditorium in theTyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave. Tyler. More...

1st Presbyterian Church hosts open learning group

An open learning group in the Bullard/ Flint area will meet at the Four Way Cafe in Flint Thursday, May 7, at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. The focus of the group will be rediscovery of the Bible as a resource for life in the 21st century. More...

Columns

THE IDLE AMERICAN    When Numbers Confound….

The world of mathematics is as mystifying to me as a newly-discovered foreign language, or the dots, dashes and/or buzzes from outer space. More...

Political Cartoon

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Siri-ously?

The first iPhone debuted on my birthday in 2007 – and I could hardly wait to be among the first owners of the new technology. More...

Obituaries

Michael Allen Jeffries Obituary

Funeral services for Michael Allen Jeffries, 64, of Rusk, were held Thursday, May 7, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home  chapel, with Pastor Keith Hassell officiating.  More...

EDNA LUCILLE CREWS

Graveside services for Edna Lucille Crews, a loving wife, mother, and friend who was 85, of Dialville, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at Oakland Cemetery in Rusk with Rev. Paul Gates officiating. More...

PATRICIA CARRY

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled May 17 for Patricia “JayJay” Carry, age 61, of Jacksonville. Please contact Robin Butt for further information. Ms. Carry, died Thursday, April 30, in Tyler. She was born Jan. More...

Health

Aging Healthfully During Older Americans Month This May

YMCA of Tyler Texas encourages older adults in Smith County to adopt healthy behaviors

Tyler, Texas – May is Older Americans Month and the YMCA of Tyler Texas encourages all adults 50 years and older in Smith County to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical a More...

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