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February 25, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Area father and son overcome medical issues ‘against all odds’

“Against all odds” has become a mantra for Billy Whitaker, capturing his resolve to face life’s insults and challenges and to persevere. More...

JEDCO to welcome Farmer March 5

The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) will welcome new president MarcA. Farmer during a reception event from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at the JEDCO office, 309 E. Commerce St. Mr. More...

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News

TJC ANNOUNCES CLASS DELAYS FOR WED.

Tyler Junior College officials have announced a delay for Wednesday, Feb. 25. TJC employees are to report to work at 10:30 a.m., and classes will begin at 11 a.m. More...

District attorney to apply for 2 victims of crime grants

In their second meeting of the month, the Cherokee County Commissioner’s Court authorized District Attorney Rachel Patton to make application for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants. More...

JHS students participate in Rotary’s RYLA

Leadership training and good citizenship emphasized at weekend retreat in Athens

Four Jacksonville High School students were recently selected to participate in RYLA – Rotary International Youth Leadership awards. More...

Viewpoints

TJC in good partnership with Rusk, Jacksonville

There are still a lot of people in the Cherokee County area that do not realize Tyler Junior College has course offerings available on the fourth floor of ETMC-Jacksonville or at TJC-Rusk leading to excellent nursing careers. More...

Subscriber unhappy with postal delivery

I have been a subscriber of the Alto Herald, the Rusk Cherokeean and now the Cherokeean Herald for more than 60 years. My brother is Billy Ray Johnson of Alto. More...

Nichols’ 5 Cents: state of the state address and nation’s oldest veteran

Last week we celebrated President’s Day. George Washington, who is also known as the “Father of our Country”, is one that I admire the most. More...

Sports

Hanging on: 4 county teams left in b-ball playoffs

Rusk girls fall to Hudson; Rusk boys lose district playoff; Bullard squads, Brook Hill, New Summerfield boys left in playoff hunt

As February draws to a close, Texas’ basketball teams search for a new trophy with the UIL and TAPPS state basketball playoffs. More...

Softball teams head to tournaments; powerlifting meet in Bullard

QUICK HITS

And now, Quick Hits: 5 county softball teams play in Longview Tourney With softball season underway across the state, teams have already played in weather that resembles three different seasons – spring, winter and rainy. More...

Schools

Free online pre-k learning platform available

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have launched a new, innovative online platform, known as CLI Engage. More...

Texas Farm Credit Accepting Scholarship Applications

ROBSTOWN, Texas — Texas Farm Credit is accepting applications through April 1 for its 15th Annual Marsha Martin Scholarships.   More...

Alto Elementary, Middle School win UIL first place

Alto Elementary School and Alto Middle School both won first place in the recent UIL academic competitions this year. Both competitions were held in Alto on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4, 2014 respectively. More...

Business

Trucking Industry Promotes Safety and Efficiency at State Capitol

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USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT TO HOST FREE SEMINAR ON RURAL ENERGY FOR AMERICA PROGRAM

JASPER, TEXAS, February 23, 2015 - USDA Rural Development will hold a community-wide discussion for those interested in the Rural Energy for America Program, which provides financial assistance to rural businesses and agricultural producers intereste More...

Food

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Serving size: 1/6th of recipe Serves: 6

Ingredients:1 tablespoon olive oil1 medium onion, diced1 pablano pepper, diced1 small carrot, shredded1 stalk celery, diced1 clove garlic, minced 1 (14.5 oz cans) no salt added diced tomatoes2 medium potatoes, cubed and boiled2 (6.5 oz cans) min More...

Health

Since 2010, 9.4 million people with Medicare have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs

39 million Medicare beneficiaries received preventive services with no cost sharing in 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services released today new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continued to enjoy prescription drug savings and improved benefits in 2014 as a result of the Af More...

Active Brains

The year has once again rolled around to that time when we find the greatest joy in playing outside.  Preparing the garden, mulching beds, mowing and all of the outside play that make living in East Texas so great is free for the doing.  An More...

Statewide

DPS Invites Current Texas Peace Officers to Become Troopers

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now accepting applications for an advanced recruit school designed for current Texas law enforcement officers who are interested in becoming Highway Patrol Troopers. More...

TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES MORE THAN $2 BILLION IN ROAD PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE

TxDOT moving forward shortly after voters overwhelmingly approve Proposition 1
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DPS Invites Current Texas Peace Officers to Become Troopers

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now accepting applications for an advanced recruit school designed for current Texas law enforcement officers who are interested in becoming Highway Patrol Troopers. More...

Was 21CT contract built on lie to feds?

Three years ago, when the Texas Health and Human Services Commission wanted software that investigators in its Office of Inspector General could use to track down Medicaid fraud, it asked the federal government to foot most of the $20 million bill. More...

HHSC exec fields tough questions from senators

State Sen. Robert Nichols asks executive commissioner to explain his effort to privatize Terrell State Hospital

The executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Dr. More...

Election filing deadline is Friday

The deadline to file for city and school board elections in Cherokee County is Friday, Feb. 27. The elections have been called for 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Jacksonville More...

Texas Independence Day celebration Saturday

Cherokee County will hold a Texas Independence Day celebration from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Cherokee County Courthouse. The speakers for the event will be Danny Morris, Don Teer and Dr. Deborah Burkett. More...

Jacksonville Kiwanis Shootout March 14

The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club will hold their second annual Kiwanis Shootout at 9 a.m. March 14 at Mud Creek Off-Road Park in Jacksonville. More...

Community

Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living’s (PRCIL’s) eleventh annual Community Health Fair

Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living’s (PRCIL’s) eleventh annual Community Health Fair is just around the corner!  Mark your calendar for Friday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More...

Master Gardeners host spring event

Cherokee County Masters Gardeners Association will host a spring garden conference in Jacksonville March 7 at the First Christian Church, 1920 Beaumont St. More...

A sure shot

Diana Rubio was the winner of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce’s raffle for a 7mm .08 rifle with a Nikon scope worth more than $600. Presenting the rifle to Ms. More...

Columns

THE IDLE AMERICAN

You Can Always Tell a Texan…

 Who could have guessed that cruise ships might be largely responsible for restoring Texans’ longstanding boasts? Our superiority claims haven’t been the same since Alaska became a state in 1959. More...

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‘Running Against the Wind’

Dear Bob Seger, You may not have noticed us last week, but my husband Robert and I were at your concert in Houston. What a show! More...

Obituaries

Obituary: Betty Jo Baker

A Celebration of Life for Betty Jo Baker,  86, formerly of Jacksonville, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28,  at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville.   Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. More...

Obituary: Luis Hector (Honey) Chapa

Funeral  for Luis Hector (Honey)  Chapa,  72, of Rusk was at 10  a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Jerry Carroll officiating.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery. More...

Obituary: James Spurgers

 Funeral for James Spurgers, 72, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26,  at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble.  Burial will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park in Porter.Mr.  Spurgers, 72, died  Feb. 23,  in Kingwood. More...

Agriculture

TSCRA Statement on 2015 Dietary Guideline Recommendations

Fort Worth, Texas – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. More...

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 24, 2015

Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cneely@ag.tamu.edu More...

Arts

Young Audiences of Northeast Texas Honors Arts Educators

TYLER, TX - Young Audiences of Northeast Texas announces the 2015 Arts in Education Awards Event and invites the public to submit candidates for the Arts Teaching Excellence Awards. More...

Area Interest

TxDOT PREPARES FOR ICY CONDITIONS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH, I-20 CORRIDOR, PANHANDLE

Roads treated; Drivers encouraged to exercise caution, remain informed

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Hardeman County Man Sentenced after Convicted of Theft of Livestock

Wichita Falls, Texas – A Chillicothe, Texas man was sentenced with restitution Tues., Feb. More...

TxDOT RESPONDING TO ICY CONDITIONS

TYLER – Crews continue to treat roadways throughout the area as sleet falls and ice blankets many roadways in portions of the Tyler District. Motorists are advised to use caution on I-20 which now has ice from Van Zandt County to Gregg County. More...

Historical

Museum of East Texas announces events celebrating Black History

 LUFKIN: The Museum of East Texas is celebrating Black History with a number of exhibitions and events. Panel discussion this Saturday, February 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.  More...

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