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December 17, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

City seeks grant for new apartments on Loop 343

The city of Rusk plans to apply for a grant to construct an apartment complex on a tract currently owned by Rusk State Hospital. The 35-acre tract is a portion of 200 acres off U.S. Highway 84 at the Loop 343, north of the Pick N Pack No. 2. More...

Board sets superintendent hiring timeline

Final vote on new superintendent expected March 5, 2015; board hears audit info

The Jacksonville School Board heard reports about its present and its future during their monthly meeting Monday night. During the meeting, Rachel Payne of Robinson and Payne in Carthage presented the school district’s annual audit. More...

Cherokeean Herald has early deadline for Christmas issue

The Cherokeean Herald will publish early next week because of the Christmas holiday. Deadlines for news and advertising will be at 3 p.m. Friday. More...

Special Sections

News

Nursing school graduates students from Tyler, Jacksonville, Lindale campuses

The Tyler Junior College School of Nursing and Health Sciences has announced graduates from its associate degree nursing programs in Tyler, Jacksonville and Lindale as well as graduates from TJC’s new paramedic-to-ADN transition program. More...

Alto ISD school board receives audit, hires 1 at short Dec. meeting

“The financial records for Alto ISD are in good standings and everything is in order,” Molly Abele of Axley & Rode told members of the school board Monday evening. More...

ANRA recognizes outgoing director Chavira for service

During its regular meeting Dec. 10, theAngelina and Neches RiverAuthority (ANRA) recognized the service of outgoing director Al Chavira. Mr. Chavira, of Jacksonville, was appointed March 6, 2002, by Gov. More...

Columns

Idle American: A coach who cares

   At Christmas time, pleasant memories--like low-hanging fruit—are ripe to be savored. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

NICHOLS’| 5 cents

A year in review

It is hard to believe that another year is drawing to a close and we will soon begin the 84th Legislative Session on Jan. 13, 2015. More...

Obituaries

Obit: Joe William Bailey

Graveside service for Joe William Bailey, 80, of Rusk will be at noon Saturday, Dec. 20, at Cedar Hill Cemetery.Mr. Bailey died Dec.17 in Jacksonville.  He was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Cherokee County to the late James Andrew and Florence E. More...

Obit: Rosie Marie Ward

Graveside service for Rosie Marie Ward, 86, of Rusk was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at the R&R Farm and Ranch Cemetery with the Rev. Don Copeland officiating. Mrs. Ward died Dec. 20 in a Rusk nursing home. More...

Obit: John David (Dave) Corbin

Funeral for John David (Dave) Corbin, 64, of Lake Striker, will be at 10 a.m. Monday  at the Church of Christ in New Summerfield with Pastor Curt Gunz officiating. Burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery in New Salem. Mr. More...

Agriculture

    Fairfax Man Arrested for Larceny of Livestock

Oklahoma City, Okla. – A Fairfax, Okla., man was arrested in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday and charged with larceny of domestic animals. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation.   More...

Just in Time for Holidays, Customers Receive Checks From Texas Farm Credit

ROBSTOWN, Texas — In this season of sharing, about 3,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural property owners are getting a holiday surprise in the form of a check from Texas Farm Credit.   More...

Area Interest

Millard's Crossing counts 'Old Fashioned Christmas' as success

On December 5th, Millard’s Crossing Historic Village hosted its annual “Old Fashioned Christmas” event. This year’s event was a great success, with over 600 guests in attendance. More...

Old-Fashioned Sweet Tooth Sugarcane Festival

(Nacogdoches, TX) The City of Nacogdoches will hold their annual Old-Fashioned Sweet Tooth Sugarcane Event at the Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens on Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 8:00 AM until Noon. More...

TX=DOT UPDATES

December 19, 2014 Tyler District Projects Update  UNDATED - Here's a look at work planned in the Tyler District during the next two weeks:  December 22, 2014 and December 29, 2014. More...

Outdoors

Weather Whys: Comma Clouds

Q: Sometimes you hear the term 'comma cloud.' What does it mean? More...

Winter outlook and holiday safety tips issued by Texas A&M Forest Service

Dec. 18, 2014—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Expect a slow fire season this winter. Much of the state received above normal rainfall this year, helping to suppress fires and increase the moisture level—also increasing the amount of grass or fuel. More...

Statewide

Texas Farm Credit Named Corporation of the Year

ROBSTOWN, Texas – Texas Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative headquartered in Robstown, has been named Corporation of the Year by the Northwest Business Association (NWBA). More...

TEXAS FORESTRY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES INCOMING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

LUFKIN, TEXAS - Texas Forestry Association recently announced the incoming 2015-2017 board members at the centennial meeting held in Lufkin, Texas. More...

DPS Honors Officers, Employees for Exemplary Service

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented six Director’s Citations and two&n More...

Angelina County authorities investigating deaths of man, woman east of Lufkin

According to a Lufkin Daily News story by Rhonda Oaks, Angelina County law enforcement authorities are investigating the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found at a home just outside of Lufkin Friday morning. More...

Registration for August classes begins Jan. 12

TJC-Rusk coordinator Felicia Mayo announced that the application period for the TJC Vocational Nursing program will begin Jan. 12 and run through March 31. There will be 30 seats available for the morning class and 20 available for the evening class. More...

Chamber executive takes city job

Bob Goldsberry will work fulltime on economic development

Beginning on Jan. 28, 2015, Rusk’s Economic Development Director Bob Goldsberry, will move his office from the chamber of commerce to city hall and will become a full-time city of Rusk employee. More...

Alto Council approves TxDOT grant

The Alto City Council moved forward Monday evening to close a Texas Department of Transportation grant to re-lay gas lines in connection with widening of U.S. Highway 69 to Wells. More...

Friday is deadline to help Toys for Tots

Cherokee County’s Christmas elves looking to provide a “Merry Christmas” to those in need have a few days to donate to Toys for Tots – the drive ends Friday. More...

Community

Cherokee Trails sponsors blood drive Dec. 19

Matt Burroughs and the staff at Cherokee Trails Nursing Rehab & Healthcare and Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 19. The Carter BloodCare Bus will be at the nursing home from 10 a..m.-2 p.m. More...

Jacksonville Public Library sets donation guidelines

The Jacksonville Public Library recently set the donation guidelines for books, audiobooks, movies, music and magazines. Book donations will only be accepted at the library between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. More...

Viewpoints

Plyler Memorial Park not a place for play

In our mission statement for Plyler Memorial Park, we mention that we have solemnly dedicated our efforts in building this park not only to honor our deceased loved ones, but to also bring healing and hope to the living through the holiness of its be More...

Board of Realtors holds successful meeting

On Thursday, Dec. 4, the Cherokee County Board of Realtors held its quarterly meeting. At the meeting, officers and board members were sworn in by special guest Nicci Haynie of the Texas Association of Realtors in Austin. More...

Local Red Cross needs local volunteers

I am in my final year of nine as a director of the East Texas Area chapter of the American Red Cross. This chapter covers a big chunk of East Texas, including Cherokee County. More...

Sports

Hoops hype: 4 county teams at Central Heights tourney

Cherokee County’s teams spent most of their time on the road last week with tournaments in Brownsboro, Central Heights and Gary. More...

Cherokee Charmers

The Cherokee Charmers at Jacksonville High School were featured in the Dec. 4 Jacksonville Christmas parade. More...

County players named all-state; SHSU to semifinals

And now, Quick Hits: 10 named all state from county in 2A-4A The Texas Associated Press Sports Editors released their all-state high school football teams for Class 2A, 3A and 4A over the weekend, with Cherokee County grabbing 10 slots. More...

Schools

Majority of Texas school districts and charters certify
compliance with state fingerprinting requirement

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today announced that a majority of the state’s school districts and charters has certified compliance with a state law requiring fingerprinting and criminal background checks for all certified educators. More...

RUSK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

First Nine Weeks

All A Honor Roll More...

TJC graduates 689 candidates

Cherokee County residents were among Tyler Junior College students participating in graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday at Wagstaff Gymnasium. A total of 689 candidates graduated. The 10 a. m. More...

Health

Guide to a Poison Free Holiday

Greetings!      It's the time of year to begin decking the halls, but make sure to childproof them as well! More...

LOUIS AND PEACHES OWEN HEART HOSPITAL PERFORMS FIRST RHYTHMIA PROCEDURE IN TEXAS

TMFHC one of six hospitals in United States and one of 10 in the world to offer the innovative technology to patients.

TYLER, TX – Dec. More...

Historical

Historic Texas maps help save themselves

On-line map sales raise more than $250,000 to preserve more maps

(AUSTIN, Texas) — The Save Texas History program hit a milestone this week, earning more than $250,000 to preserve historic Texas maps with the on-line sale of the digital reprints of historic Texas maps. More...

Pets

Kodi the Cow Dog: Barkitis and Christmas

Merry Christmas Y’all, More...

PET TALK: HEALTHY PETS MAKE FOR A HAPPY HOLIDAY

The season for indulging in holiday feasts and festive snacks has finally arrived. However, while we try to be cautious of our own health andnutrition throughout the season, it is just as important that we care for our pet’s nutrition as well. More...

Tourism

San Jacinto Monument

The San Jacinto grounds, Museum and Monument are only closed December 24 and 25, so please keep this wonderful state park in mind for holiday activities.   And yes, the museum and monument are open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  More...

Miscellaneous

Resolving to Be More Generous in 2015

Baylor Philanthropy Expert Offers Four Ways to Develop Spirit of Generosity in the New Year

WACO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2014) – Many Americans already have enough “stuff,” and the gift-giving season sometimes adds to that collection of things we really don’t need. More...

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