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October 22, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Cherokee County ELECTION 2014

Important dates to remember for the Nov. 4 general elections: Early voting: Now through Oct. 31 at the following locations: ALTO: 1st Baptist Church, 235 E. San Antonio (936) 858-4826 RUSK: Cherokee County Election Office, 138 W. 5th (903) 683-8409 More...

Alto opts back in to Columbia

ANRA general manager explains financial penalties of opt-out

The Alto City Council voted Monday to rescind its July 21 action to opt out of the Lake Columbia project. More...

Special Sections

News

Nichols Intermediate teachers ‘cash in’ educating students about money

Nichols Intermediate School may not have understood that when they hired Kayla Christiansen for a fifth grade math position, she would be impacting the economy. More...

New home for Bacon Auto Country

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce got “a first look” of Bacon Auto Country’s new facilities on U.S. 69 north, near Love’s Lookout on Monday. More...

Ribbon cutting in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday, Oct. 10, for the newest chamber member and downtown business, Raven Jute,107 E. Commerce St. More...

Columns

THE IDLE AMERICAN    Long Live Branson!...

It is a “two-syllable” town—Branson, MO—but worthy of way too many multi-syllabic adjectives to utter in one breath--maybe not even during an extended visit to this mid-America wonderland. More...

Political Cartoon

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TAXING| thoughts

Include reality check in your countdown to retirement

If you are approaching retirement, it’s a good idea to review your finances and develop a strategy for your final working years. Take the time now to perform a reality check on your retirement resources and expectations. More...

Obituaries

Obit: Jim Whitaker Jr.

Funeral  for Jim Whitaker Jr., 54, of Nacogdoches will be at noon Saturday at  the Linwood Baptist Church with Minister William Martin King officiating.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery. More...

Obit: Rick Largent

A memorial service for Rick Largent, 70, former Rusk High School head football coach and athletic director, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Farmersville with Tom Waitschies officiating. More...

BETTY JEAN HARPER RAWSON

Funeral for Betty Jean Harper Rawson, 84, was held at Rancho Baptist Church in Temecula, Calif. on Oct. 6, with Pastor Shane DiLisi officiating. Burial was held Oct. 8 in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif. More...

National

Former Eastern District of Texas Prosecutor Recognized by Homeland Security

WASHINGTON D.C. – A former deputy criminal chief has been recognized by the Secretary of Homeland Security for his work on a precedent-setting work visa case in Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. More...

Outdoors

Mule Deer Hunters Reminded of CWD Testing Requirements 

AUSTIN – Wildlife officials are reminding mule deer hunters and landowners in far West Texas about the testing protocols required in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Management Plan. More...

TPWD News Digest for October 16-23, 2014

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Statewide

Gov. Perry Announces North Texas Ebola Treatment and Infectious Disease Bio Containment Facility

DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today announced the creation of a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility in North Texas. More...

Texas Safe Schools Week: Districts and charters reminded 
of state’s fingerprinting requirements

AUSTIN – As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas Education Agency today reminded districts and charters of the state’s fingerprinting requirements aimed at assuring the safety of all students, teachers and staff in public schools. More...

Texas Safe Schools Week: Districts and charters reminded 
of state’s fingerprinting requirements

AUSTIN – As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas Education Agency today reminded districts and charters of the state’s fingerprinting requirements aimed at assuring the safety of all students, teachers and staff in public schools. More...

Game Warden Named National Boating Officer of the Year 

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden John Thorne has been named Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).Thorne received the honor at the organization’s 5 More...

100 object to CAFO water wells

Groundwater district considers well permits for chicken operation

A contentious Oct. 16 meeting of the Neches and Trinity Valley Groundwater Conservation District regarding four wells on a piece of land intended for poultry houses ended with raised voices and a simmering anger among some residents. More...

‘A Conversation with Nichols, Clardy’ is today

The Texas Tribune will host “A conversation with Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy” today from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stephen F. Austin University’s Student Center in the Twilight Ballroom. More...

Jubilant ‘promise keepers’ announced

The day at Rusk High School started with an impromptu pep rally by the Tyler Junior College Apache cheerleaders as RHS, TJC and Citizens 1st Bank took the time to celebrate Rusk’s next group of “promise keepers.” More...

Community

Caddo museum will be dedicated Saturday with family-friendly activities and events

Area residents are invited to travel back in history on the historic el Camino Real de los Tejas. Area citizens will visit the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, for dedication of the new updated museum. More...

Old Palestine Cemetery annual meeting set Nov. 6

The Old Palestine Cemetery Association’s annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Old Palestine Baptist Church. More...

Relay for Life sponsors ‘Harvest of Hope’ dinner

The Relay for Life “Harvest of Hope” dinner will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. More...

Viewpoints

People of Tuff Street need running water

Norman Griffin (Hogg) Jr. can recall his mother trying to get water on Tuff Street – known by some as “no man’s land” – in Reklaw when he was five years old. More...

Publicizing Nov. 1 prayer walk movement

If we ask anyone between the ages of five and 100 what holiday falls on Oct. 31, 100 percent would resound, “Halloween.” If we ask the same individuals what the next day proclaims, I would guess 90 percent would stare back bewildered. More...

Sen. Nichols: Prop. 1 would support Texas roads, highways

We take driving for granted as we climb into the car or pickup truck and go. Most Texans don't know how much they pay in state gas taxes when they fill up – or that the gas tax has not increased in 23 years. More...

Sports

Game Warden Field Notes 

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. More...

Rusk’s ramblers put in bad spot against Leopards

RUSK – On a night to honor the “Rusk Rambler” and the fight against cancer during Pink Out festivities, it was the visiting team that rambled their way to a victory. More...

Pack of 6 Picks

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Area Interest

More than 150 Educators to Attend Region 7, TCEA Get FITT! Technology Conference Wednesday

WHO:  Region 7 ESC and TCEA are partnering up to host a Get FITT! technology conference for educators in the Region 7 ESC service area. More...

Kids & Teens Cooking Contest at the Public Library

(Nacogdoches) The 8th Annual Kids & Teens Cooking Contest at the Judy B. McDonald Public Library is Saturday, November 15th at 2:30 p.m. The contest is open to all children and teens ages 4-18 years. More...

Halloween at the Public Library

(Nacogdoches) The Judy B. McDonald Public Library invites the community to participate in a Halloween pumpkin decorating contest. More...

Pets

Pet Talk: HALLOWEEN

The Halloween season brings with it much amusement and excitement, and one anticipated tradition is the variety of chocolate you have an excuse to enjoy. More...

Pet Talk: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

If you’re like many pet owners, finding the perfect Halloween costume for your pet is almost more exciting than finding your own. More...

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