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July 23, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

RISD initiating online registration system

System begins July 31; parents may fill out necessary contact, emergency and health information

With an understanding of a family’s busy life – and an eye on the future – Rusk ISD is implementing a way to make student registration a bit easier for students and parents/ guardians. More...

Sen. Nichols appointed to Finance Committee

Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) was appointed to serve on the Texas State Senate Finance Committee, which is charged with writing the biennial state budget. The appointment was made by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. More...

Special Sections

News

Most entities will keep commitments to reservoir

LAKE COLUMBIA

News of the city of Alto’s decision to not participate in the construction of Lake Columbia came as a surprise Monday night – but it will not likely cause other entities to follow suit. More...

All day vaccination clinics continue

Persons may obtain vaccinations all day

All day extended-hour clinics will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25; and Aug. 1, 8, 15, 16, 22, 23 at the Cherokee County Public Health office in Jacksonville, said Chris Taylor, executive director. More...

Viewpoints

Cybersecurity bill would chill news reporting

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 (CISA), released as a draft by Chairman Dianne Feinstein on June 17 and soon to be considered by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, would threaten the flow of accurate news and information t More...

Closing mail processing facilities punishes newspapers, small towns

National Newspaper Association President Robert M. Williams Jr., publisher of the Blackshear (GA) Times, strongly objected this week to the U.S. More...

Sports

Stated goals: County teams go for championships

The “diamond summer” continues around the state as Cherokee County’s baseball and softball teams battle for state championships. More...

Quick Hits: hirings and super teams

And now, Quick Hits, showcasing sports news involving Cherokee County: 4 honored by ETSN Four individuals – three softball and one baseball player – were honored with inclusion on the 2014 ETSN.fm East Texas baseball and softball super t More...

Obituaries

Bill Powers

Funeral for Bill Powers, 87, of Whitehouse will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Tommy Earl Burton officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. More...

RAYMOND D. MELTON

Funeral for Raymond D. Melton, 92, of Tyler, father of Sharon Thompson of Rusk, was at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cottle Funeral Home chapel in Troup with the Rev. Mike Rice officiating. Burial was in the Union Grove Cemetery. More...

DOUG J. YOUNG

Funeral for Doug J. Young, 80, of Jacksonville, was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Burial was in Still Waters Memorial Gardens. Mr. Young died July 18 in Tyler. He was born May 5, 1934, in Sheldon, Vt. More...

Health

Cyclospora Illnesses in Texas Prompt Investigation

A recent surge in reports of illnesses due to the parasite Cyclospora has prompted the Texas Department of State Health Services to begin an investigation into the infections in hopes of determining a common source. More...

TMFHC PHYSICAN PERFORMS FIRST SINGLE-SITE LAPAROSCOPIC GYNECOLOGICAL SURGERY

TYLER, TX – Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics became the first health system between Tyler and the Metroplex to perform a single-site (incision) laparoscopic gynecological surgery in East Texas when Dr. More...

Statewide

Hensarling Tours Texas Border

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) issued the following statement following his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas: More...

TNT Grand Finale this Saturday

Talent of county’s young actors put on display

The 11th Annual TNT Grand Finale Showcases, a day of one-act plays produced and performed by Cherokee Civic Theatre’s “Thespians ‘NTraining”troupes,willbepresented at the Cherokee Theater on Saturday, July 26. More...

Alto votes to opt out of Lake Columbia

Council decides to sell city’s percentage in proposed lake

People around Cherokee County have asked for years if Lake Columbia – formerly Lake Eastex – would ever become a reality. With one vote last night, the city of Alto determined it didn’t believe that was the case. More...

Board thanks TDCJ for campus improvements

Alto ISD Superintendent Kerry Birdwell expressed appreciation at the Monday evening school board meeting to members of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice work squad for their recent work. More...

CLARIFICATION

Information in a headline and story did not match in last week’s edition of the Cherokeean Herald. The Rusk ISD school board deliberated on a preliminary budget of approximately $16.7 million during their monthly meeting. More...

Community

Yard of Month

Each month the Greater Rusk Area Garden Club chooses a Yard of the Month. The winner for July is the home of Jay and Karen McKay. More...

Oakland VBS planned for Aug. 4-8

Oakland Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4-8. Children ages two-18 are invited to participate. For additional information call Regina Hogan at (903) 724-4706. More...

Annual Democratic picnic will be July 24

The annual Cherokee County Democratic Party’s annual picnic will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the pavilion at Jim Hogg City Park in Rusk. Drinks, ice and cups will be provided. More...

Columns

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Issues Report on Texas Workforce, Proposes Steps to Ensure Continued Prosperity

(AUSTIN) — Even as Texas leads the nation in the creation of good jobs, there is a need to expand and diversify our educational and training pathways to meet employers’ demand for highly trained workers, according to a report released today by Texas More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

A REASON| to smile

From Rusk to Russia

In 1978, my family moved to Rusk from Odessa, Texas, a city of 90,000 inhabitants. My son Russell (then age 11) and my daughter Meredith (then age nine) were not overly excited about that move. More...

Agriculture

Hay situation good in east, southeast, iffy in others

COLLEGE STATION – While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. More...

Area Interest

College of Nursing fills primary care gap with launch of new Family Nurse Practitioner program

(BRYAN, Texas) — The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing has announced plans for a Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.-FNP) graduate program. More...

Brazoria County Drug Lord Sentenced to 22 plus years in Federal Prison

BEAUMONT, Texas – The organizer and leader of a large scale drug trafficking ring responsible for moving multi-kilogram quantities of illegal drugs from Mexico to the United States has been sentenced to federal prison in the Eastern District of Texas More...

Commissioner Williams seeks extension of ESEA Waiver and extends teacher, principal evaluation and support systems pilot

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). More...

Pets

Pet-Talk: The Dangers of Leaving Fido in a Hot Car

If we find the scorching summer temperatures unbearable outside of our cars, imagine how our furry friends feel when trapped inside. Dog fatalities from extreme heat in cars are avoidable and all-too common. More...

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