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April 1, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Privatization receives ‘nail in the coffin’

State auditor’s report reveals irregularities that stop attempted privatization of Terrell State Hospital, other state hospitals

The saga of the attempted privatization of Terrell State Hospital has received its final “nail in the coffin” – a nail that may end possible privatization efforts for other such facilities, including Rusk State Hospital. More...

Special Sections

News

Austin Bank’s Bolton retires; Gideon promoted

Jeff Austin Jr., chairman of the board, recently announced that Larry Bolton, senior executive vice president and chief lending officer, will retire effective March 31, 2015. More...

AISD approves teacher contracts for 2015-16 year

The Alto School Board in their regular meeting Tuesday night took care of approving teacher contracts for 2015-16 school year. More...

19 arrest citations at Mud Nationals

Last weekend at Mud Creek Off-Road Park was not all fun and games – even with the private security the park hired to patrol the event. More...

Viewpoints

Upcoming circus plays role in local economy

The all-new 79th Edition of the Carson & Barnes circus will bring “big top” thrills to nearly one million excited guests this year. It takes truckloads of supplies each day to keep America's oldest family-owned circus on the road. More...

Pedestrians should walk against traffic flow

Last night, while going eastbound down a very dark stretch of Ft. Worth Street, by the city park, I almost killed a young man. More...

Nichols’ 5 Cents: voting on bills for eminent domain, homeowner savings

We have made it halfway through. Monday was the half-way mark of the Legislative session- day 70 of 140. Much like the temperatures around the state which have started to rise, the Capitol is heating up as bills come to the Senate floor. More...

Sports

Sunny weather brings great baseball/softball games

Eagles split week, Lady Eagles win shoot-outs; BH teams roll; Jackets 2-1; Lady Tigers ease to wins

One could forgive Cherokee County’s baseball and softball teams if they had the opening lines from a popular song in their heads last week: Sunny day, keepin’ the clouds away... More...

Indians move on in soccer playoffs; upcoming v-ball camp

And now, Quick Hits: Jacksonville soccer to area round of HS playoffs The Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians are looking for another deep trip in the high school soccer playoffs. More...

Schools

Rusk, Alto Head Start & Pre-K registration gets underway in April

School isn’t over yet and it’s time to think about Head Start, Pre-K and Kindergarten registration. Two of the counties schools will be holding their registrations during the first week of April. More...

Water projects moving ‘SWIFT’ly

The process to fund new water projects in Texas is moving “SWIFT”ly along. One of the 48 applications received by the Feb. 3 deadline is the proposed Lake Columbia reservoir in northeast Cherokee County. More...

Easter services announced

Cherokee County celebrates Holy Week and Easter with services around area

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

Community

Cherokee County Republican Club hosts guest speaker

The Cherokee County Republican Club will meet Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. at Hong Kong Buffet, 1644 S. Jackson, St. Jacksonville. Guest speaker will be Cherokee County attorney Dana Young. Come join us for meet and greet at 6 p.m. More...

Carson & Barnes Circus to open with elephant ‘spa day’

Before entertaining Rusk and Cherokee County with their exploits, the elephants of the Carson & Barnes Circus will have a public “spa day.” More...

Tipton- Barnes wedding

Ernie and Ginger Tipton of Denver City announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kelli Marie Tipton, to Matthew Alex Barnes, son of Jim and Vickie Barnes of Alto. More...

Columns

EDUCATION| matters

The power of legacy at Rusk ISD

Do you have a morning routine? What is that routine? What happens to your day if the routine changes outside of your control? Speaking for myself, I’m off to a shaky start! I bet I’m not alone. More...

A REASON| to smile

Been frog-gigging lately?

It seems to me that frog gigging has slipped into a period of decline in popularity. You seldom hear folks talk about frog-gigging these days, and that’s sort of sad. More...

TAXING| thoughts

‘myRAs’ offer new, simplified retirement plans

If you’re not covered by a workplace retirement plan, consider looking into the new simplified Roth IRA, called a myRA (short for “my retirement account”). More...

Obituaries

Estelle Hall

Funeral for Estelle Hall, 87, of Jacksonville, was 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Mrs. Hall died Wednesday, March 25 in Jacksonville. She was born September 26, 1927 in Mineola, Texas. More...

Elsie R. Tipton

Funeral for Elsie R. Tipton, 89, of Jacksonville, formerly of New Summerfield, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Jacksonville. Mrs. Tipton died Sunday, March 29, in Tyler. She was born Dec. 8, 1925 in Maydelle. More...

Ishmael Eugene (Gene) Garrett

Ishmael Eugene (Gene) Garrett was born in Okemah, OK, on September 20, 1934. At two years of age, his immediate family moved to Houston, where he lived off and on for the next 40 years. During that time, Gene served honorably in both the U.S. More...

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