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April 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

J’ville ISD hears positive reports

Board approves new plan for community/student engagement

Jacksonville ISD heard a solid slate of good news during their monthly school board meeting Monday night. Julianna Peacock, president of the Jacksonville Education Foundation, gave a report on the organization’s year. More...

Community

Boil water notice rescinded at Rusk

The city of Rusk is no longer under a boil water notice. The requirement to boil water because of contaminants is no longer required and the notice has been rescinded. More...

J’ville welcomes business

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Dental Solutions of East Texas, located at 1501 E. Rusk. The office is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. More...

Anniverary party planned to honor Mr., Mrs. Mullinix

Thomas Eli Mullinix and Peggy Ruthe Barton were married May 4, 1964, in the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Curtis Carroll in Jacksonville. The Rev. Carroll officiated for the ceremony. More...

Columns

Political Cartoon

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IDLE| American

Time, we’ve long claimed, is – or is not – on our side. It marches on, but sometimes seems to stand still. Though it deserves unending respect, its import is easily kicked to the side, like a soft drink can on life’s highway. More...

TAXING| thoughts

Tax deadline approaching for nonprofit organizations

A different sort of tax return deadline is fast approaching: Nonprofit groups claiming tax-exempt status have until May 15 to file returns for the 2013 tax year. Here are the answers to several common questions on this issue. Q. More...

Obituaries

Funeral for murder victim slated Friday

Funeral for Kayla Thompson, 27, of Jacksonville will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rodney McDuff officiating.  Burial will be in Jarratt Cemetery.  More...

Rose Johansen

Funeral for Rose Johansen, 73, of Jacksonville will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Autry Funeral Home chapel in with the Rev. Jerry Carroll officiating.   More...

Marty Martinez funeral service scheduled

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Maurice “Marty” Martinez, a champion of public safety in Texas and a leader in wildland fire and all-hazard response, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after an extended battle with heart probl More...

Schools

First Texas Promise program begins with announcement of inaugural class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise Scholars

The first group of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise Scholars is preparing to join the Fall 2014 freshman class at Tyler Junior College. More...

Agriculture

Cattle Raisers Oppose Proposal that Could Put U.S. Cattle Herd at Risk of FMD

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) submitted comments today in opposition to a recent proposal by the United States Depar More...

Texas A&M Questions & Answers

Q: What’s the difference between a forecast that says cloudy and one that says overcast? More...

Food

Study Estimates 18.3 Percent of Texans Were “Food Insecure” in 2012

Austin – Research announced by the Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) today shows that food insecurity remains prevalent among Texans despite the economic recovery. More...

Promise Fund candidates named Tuesday

Tyler Junior College, the James I. Perkins family and Rusk ISD are happily keeping their “promise.” More...

Thompson charged in murder

27-year-old wife discovered dead Sunday in driveway

A Cherokee County man, Cedric Thompson, has been charged with the death of his wife, Kayla Nicole Thompson, 27. Mrs. Thompson’s body was found at 9:35 a.m. Sunday lying in the driveway of their home near Jacksonville. More...

News

Tree of Promise’s ‘Renew, Rebuild, Restore’ weekend successful

k Tree of Promise volunteers pick up trash, fallen limbs and brush from a clearing during their annual Renew, Rebuild, Restore weekend April 11-12. More...

Lake Columbia update set for noon April 28

Cherokee County individuals interested in the status of Lake Columbia will hear an update from Angelina/Neches River Authority general manager Kelly Holcomb during a luncheon held at noon Monday, April 28 at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. More...

2 arrested April 16 in Alto’s B&B burglary

Lufkin staff discovered burglary underway

The Dallas girlfriend of a would-be robber helped bring a two-hour standoff at B&B Grocery in Alto April 16 to a peaceful conclusion. When two men broke into the grocery store and pharmacy, they were observed by video surveillance. More...

Viewpoints

Renew, Rebuild, Restore event shares goodwill

For our third Renew, Rebuild, Restore weekend on April 11-12, people from our fine city gathered at the Rusk Civic Center to do good in our community. More...

Sports

The run continues: county track stars to regionals

Cherokee County’s track stars had a successful run in their respective area meets over the weekend, with 56 athletes advancing to the regional meets. As in the district meets, the top four athletes/teams in area advance to the regional meet. More...

On the diamond: 6 softball teams to playoffs – 5 as district champs

In all, there are seven softball teams and eight baseball teams in Cherokee County – and almost all of them have been dominant throughout their district season. More...

Rusk Athletics physicals Saturday

Free physicals for current Rusk sixth, eighth and 10th graders and anyone new to Rusk Athletics will be given this Saturday, April 26 at Trinity Mother Frances Health Park Plaza, located at 1327 Troup Highway in Tyler. More...

Lifestyle

Your garden can become a ‘butterfly heaven’

Master gardeners offer tips, list proven plants that make butterflies happy

Like most people, I love watching butterflies. I can sit for hours and watch these lovely creatures flit from flower to flower. Designing a garden for butterflies is fun, easy and can be relatively inexpensive. More...

FFA Student is ag entrepreneur

For the last five years, Brackston McKnight has been a man with a mission. He set his sights on a goal in agriculture business and has accomplished it with honors. He is ready for the next step. More...

Hammonds grow greenest grass

The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Just ask the cows on Jeff Hammonds’ place which is located in the northeastern corner of the county near Troup. More...

Area Interest

$3,000 Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender From East Texas Area

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jerry Holmes, 42, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. More...

Nacogdoches News

Tunisian student will discuss customs and background and offer authentic Tunisian cuisine to sample

The Judy B. McDonald Public library once again welcomes the Office of International Programs at Stephen F. More...

Statewide

Gov. Perry Appoints 11 Student Regents Across the State

Austin – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed 10 student regents to their respective university systems, and one student representative to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for terms effective June 1, 2014, and expiring May 31, 2015. More...

DPS Reminds Texans to Use Online Driver License Services, Mega Centers this Summer

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging residents to beat the summer rush at driver license offices across the state by renewing their license or identification card early or online. More...

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