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May 27, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Feeling pain from rain

Weather-dependent businesses suffer from El Niño pattern

“When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.” That has definitely been the case so far this year. Since January, there have been 29.27 inches of rain. More...

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News

WWII veteran travels to D.C. for Memorial Day

A 96-year-old Rusk man who witnessed the aftermath of the of the bombing of Pearl Harbor joined 30 East Texas World War II and Korean War veterans to attend a Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. More...

Memorial salute

l Members of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans fired a rifle volley Monday morning at the Cherokee County Courthouse to conclude a Memorial Day service honoring fallen war heroes. More...

Storm causes massive damage, utility outages

A fiberglass steeple at Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville on U.S. Highway 79 east toppled and split in pieces during Monday night’s storm. More...

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Taking stock of the new generation

While working on our 2015 graduation magazine, I had the opportunity to meet two extraordinary young men. Our newspaper needed biographical information on the valedictorians and salutatorians in Cherokee County, and New Summerfield was on my list. More...

HARK!| the herald

Odds and ends from the archives

While searching the Alto Herald for stories for various columns, I often come across articles that don’t seem to fit any theme but are interesting just the same. More...

Obituaries

VIRGINIA HARRISON MURPHY

Virginia Harrison Murphy died peacefully on May 4th at her home in New Braunfels. She was born Aug. 19, 1922 in Alto, to parents Absalom Clinton Harrison and Ophelia Colley Harrison. Mrs. More...

OZELL BROOKS RAY

Funeral services for Ozell Brooks Ray, 93, of Rusk, will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home chapel, with Brother Herring and Brother Socia officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. More...

ARTIS FRANK HUGHES

Funeral for Artis Frank Hughes, 64, of Nacogdoches and formerly of the Sweet Union Community near Wells was held Saturday, May 23, at the Sweet Union Baptist Church near Wells. Burial was in the Sweet Union Cemetery Mr. More...

Arts

June Summer Fun from Piney Woods Fine Arts!!

Crockett, TX-- Piney Woods Fine Arts has a lot going on and this June is going to get hot! More...

SINE DIE: Psychiatric residency program faces final vote in Texas House, Senate

State Sen. Robert Nichols said Rusk State Hospital will benefit from $8 million residency program

The Latin words spoken as the final gavels fall on the 84th Legislature will be “Sine die.” For Rusk and Cherokee County, the final words might easily be “ad astra per aspera” – to the stars, through difficulties. More...

Jobless rate hits 4.9%

April showers have brought May showers weatherwise, but they’ve also brought decreasing unemployment rates across most of the area. More...

Community

Tyler Junior College announces Spring 2015 graduating class

Commencement ceremonies were held at 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Friday, May 8 in Wagstaff Gymnasium on the TJC main campus. Graduates from the surrounding areas include: •Alto-Edmund Payton, Jessica Thacker. More...

Adopt- a- school committee

The Adopt-A-School Committee members of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recently awarded $50 to Tracey Thurman (center). More...

Travel show

Jacksonville Chamber members Peggy Renfro and Bea Johnson attended the annual Waskom Travel Center Tourism Day event on May 8, along with Texas State Railroad. More...

Viewpoints

Heritage Center of Cherokee County not just a museum

On May 9, the Heritage Center celebrated three “Entertainers” from Cherokee County. If a trumpet fanfare had been required, the first two guests could have provided one, although in different styles: More...

Nichols’ 5 Cents: Gold Star mothers, beekeepers and Texas plates

This past weekend, our country observed Memorial Day and remembered the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. More...

Clardy’s Capitol Update: pro-life legislation passes in House

Only a few days remain in the 84th Legislative Session, and as the clock continues to tick away, the House and Senate are coming closer together on the negotiation process for a fiscally responsible budget, and have come to an agreement on tax cuts f More...

Sports

Alto celebrates successful sports year at banquet

It was another awesome Alto year in southern Cherokee County. More...

Bullard Panthers fall to Vandals at state finals

JHS hires Jessica Ross as volleyball, softball coach

The Bullard Panthers looked to continue a hot season that they hoped ended with a state title. Unfortunately, they ran into a team in the midst of their hottest streak. More...

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