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RJH donating ‘pennies for peace’

Fundraiser provides educational opportunities in Pakistan, Afghanistan

A penny shared is a penny well-spent. – English proverb Rusk Junior High students Moira Debbs and Zoe Ruben would agree with that proverb, and are more than happy to tout the merits of that way of thinking. More...

May Drug sold to CVS Pharmacy

May Drug on Commerce St. in Jacksonville has been sold to CVS Pharmacy and will officially close its door on Jan. 28. State Rep. More...

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Sen. Robert Nichols details this week’s ‘5 Cents’

Inauguration, rules and budget discussions highlight the last week in Austin

Here in Austin, those of us in the Legislature are in the second week of session and are off the starting block and picking up the pace for the long race ahead. More...

Cherokee County Relay for Life honored with 5 national awards

Congratulations to all of Cherokee County for winning five Relay for Life awards. More...

‘Shuttle Butt’ lives ‘good life’ in Sardis

Just 26 days after the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over East Texas, a little filly was born. On her rump was a patch of white hair, eerily bearing a resemblance to the outline of the space shuttle. More...


FAST| forward

Food for thought – plus a PBJ sandwich

I talked with Rusk Police Chief Joe Evans last week to compare notes on the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It was Feb. 1, 2003, that the shuttle crashed over Texas. More...

THE Q| factor

Strength in motivation, however small

While doing a little early spring cleaning, I came across a few spiral notebooks. Doesn’t sound like anything special, right? Most people don’t pay any attention to empty spiral notebooks, but I do. More...

TAXING| thoughts

Getting ready for tax time

With tax season on the horizon, it’s time to start preparing to file a return. The following guide can help individuals get their tax materials in order. To file a tax return, individuals will need their own social security number. More...



Memorial service for Richard (Dick) Wick of Houston, formerly of Alto, was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Houston, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Mr. Wick died Jan. 18. He died a day after the sixth anniversary of the death of his wife, Judy. More...


Funeral for Ryan McBride, 18, of Cushing, was at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Dickie Allen Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing with the Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial was in McKnight Cemetery. Mr. McBride died Jan. 18 in Cushing. More...


Funeral for Lurline Smith of Crockett, was at 11 a.m. Saturday. in the Church of Christ in Alto with Kaffee Andrews, pastor officiating. Burial was in the Linwood Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born May 4, 1919, in Alto. She died on Jan.14, in Crockett. More...


Agencies Host Forum for Historically Underutilized Businesses

TWC, TRS to present 11th Annual Purchasing and HUB Connection in February

AUSTIN – The 11th Annual Purchasing and HUB Connection, a networking forum for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), will be presented by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) from 1 to 4 More...

The study shows that Texas A&M and other locally headquartered members of the A&M System had at least a direct impact of almost $1.5 billion

With the addition of the multiplier effect—reflecting the number of times a dollar is spent and re-spent as it passes through the local economy—the total impact reaches the estimated $3.73 billion level.



SFA Repertory Dance Company to perform

The concert features works by dance program faculty and guest artists.

The Stephen F. Austin State University Repertory Dance Company will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and Saturday, Feb. 5, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.  More...

Texas A&M helps broaden horizons

Event led 14 public school administrators from nine Texas school districts on a week-long educational tour

 COLLEGE STATION, Jan. 25, 2011 – If the world is a classroom for students, it’s every bit as instructive for educators and school leaders. More...

SFA to screen ‘Digital Nation’

Douglas Rushkoff’s documentary was filmed for PBS’ “Frontline” and first aired February 2010. The 78-minute film about our digital culture examines topics such as limited attention spans of multitaskers, computer gaming addiction, social relationships, virtual experiences and teaching with technology.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - As a part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. More...


Museum Seeks Stories of Local Veterans During World War II

The exhibition opens July 15, 2011 and examines and particularly celebrates the role of Jewish servicemen and women who labored on and off the battlefield during World War II and whose stories have long been overlooked due in part to the prevalence of a once widely held, though fallacious belief that Jews did not serve in the military.

HOUSTON, TX (Jan. More...


An outspoken man

Many towns and cities in East Texas have in their history individuals who ascended to greatness, but fell to earth when they opened their mouth at the wrong time. More...


Possible State Record Spotted Bass Reported from Lake Alan Henry

If the tests are positive, the fish will become the new state record spotted bass, eclipsing the previous record of 5.56 pounds caught from Lake O’ the Pines in 1966.

ATHENS—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) geneticist Dijar Lutz-Carrillo is conducting DNA analysis on a 5.62-pound bass caught from Lake Alan Henry January 15 to determine if it is a spotted bass. More...

Splash Returns to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

New display features former world record blue catfish.

ATHENS—It’s often said that fame is fleeting, but that does not apply to Splash, the former world record blue catfish caught from Lake Texoma January 16, 2004, by Cody Mullennix of Howe. More...

News Briefs

Super Outdoor Expo Slated Feb. 3-5 in Fort Worth

]Several state and federal agencies are inviting folks to come to the Super Ou More...


IRS launches the IRS2Go App for iPhone, Android; check refunds, get tax information

Video: IRS2Go: English

DALLAS  — The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information. More...

Rusk police see ‘red’ last Wednesday

Sexual assault allegation, foot chase, car chase, mistaken identity tied together by 2 suspects wearing red shirts

Wednesday morning began like an ordinary day for the Rusk Police Department. But that all changed when a sexual assault case lead to a foot chase of a suspected felon, which turned into a case of mistaken identity, a car chase and several arrests. More...

P&Z, city to consider zone request

Unconfirmed reports are that McDonalds is considering site near Weston Inn, pocket park

Two city meetings this week should pave the way for the purchase of property to construct a fast food restaurant on U.S. Highway 69 N. More...

County airport advisory board reappointed

Commissioners reappoint Barry Hughes to NET RMA

Cherokee County Commissioners Court met briefly Monday morning to re-appoint Barry Hughes to the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) for another two-year term. He will serve from Feb. 1, 2010-Feb. 1, 2013. Mr. More...

Alto Council votes to rescind pay raises

Council also votes to start roundup on delinquent warrants

The Alto City Council met this past Monday night with an eye on working on the city’s budget. The line item about the city’s financial condition was moved to the end of the meeting in order to devote as much time necessary to the topic. More...


Jan. 31 jury canceled

The jury that was set for Jan. 31, 2011 for County Court at Law Judge Craig Fletcher has been canceled. Those assigned for jury duty will not be needed on that day.   More...


Libraries: An essential resource we must support

Even though Texas has one of the largest and most diverse populations in the country, we still lag behind national averages in library funding and resources

Not long ago, Texas State Library and Archives Commission asked me to participate in a ceremonial check presentation at the Farmers Branch Manske Public Library. More...

Birthday honoree

Houston White, founding member of the Rusk Rotary Club was honored Jan. 12 on his 98th birthday for his continuous and active Rotary membership for the past 62 years. More...

Enough is enough

The uptight fiance, George Kittridge, lays down the law about parties to Tracy saying enough is enough in this scene from “The Philadelphia Story.” George is played by Corey Folmnsbee and More...


Weather forces sports schedule changes

Several games have been changed due to weather conditions in and involving teams from Cherokee County. More...

At a loss: Rusk, J’ville, NS suffer district setbacks last week

Eagles, Lady Eagles, Lady Hornets lose twice; Indians and Maidens lose once; Wells’ boys win twice, including battle of state-ranked teams

With the first half of district play coming to a close on the girls’ side of the slate and nearing an end on the boys’ side, Cherokee County’s basketball teams spent last week looking to make a move to the top half of their respecti More...

On target: Rusk ISD archery program making its mark

Members of the Rusk ISD faculty take aim during National Archery in School (NASP) certification, held on Jan. 8. More...


East Texas counties to receive $3.2 million as part of the Secure Rural Schools Act

In Texas, $3.2 million will be distributed to the 12 counties in East Texas with national forest lands.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that more than $389 million is being distributed to 41 states and Puerto Rico for public schools and roads and specific county programs.  More...

Alto ISD students serve others last week in honor of MLK

Alto ISD Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club sponsor Anetha Francis (right) and several students clean up the window of a business in downtown Alto. More...


Think Texas: Texas Drivers Have Protection at the Pump

Texas Department of Agriculture offers drivers protection from being sold bad fuel.


Think Texas: States Join Texas to Oppose Federal Regulations That Could Result in Thousands of Job Losses, Risking Domestic Food Supply

The proposed changes from USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) would restructure market rules put forth by the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921. Those rules have been in place for decades and continue to provide regulatory safeguards that protect consumers and ensure a productive and successful livestock industry. As a result, our agriculture industry is able to provide better products and the safest, most affordable and most reliable food supply in the world.


Think Texas: New Online Tool Helps Beginning Farmers, Ranchers

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is in the process of recruiting new farmers online. The agency has created the Transition Incentives Program, or TIP, to help transition land to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. TIP Net is a great online tool that will make it easier for beginning and low-income farmers and ranchers to rent or purchase land for agricultural production.
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The Commission issued a total of 1,664 original drilling permits in December 2010 compared to 1,308 in December 2009. More...

Texas Department of Transportation

Upcoming projects announced

Work set to begin on long-awaited SH 149 project Project on FM 14 near completion More...

Texas Department of Transportation Tyler Distric

Here's a quick look at events and work planned in the Tyler District

TxDOT plans work in Longview More...


New Year diet goals require reasonable expectations

Improving your health is always a great idea
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Birth Defects Still Affect Some 160,000 Babies Each Year In The U.S.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS - Health care providers at the Texas Teratogen Information Service (TTIS) Pregnancy Risk Line, a non-profit based at the University of North Texas, Denton TX, that aims to educate women about exposures during pregnancy and b More...

$2.5 million from Department of Defense funds trauma research

Baylor Medical school has received a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Defense to continue their work examining the role of the protein interleukin-6, or IL-6, in resuscitation after trauma and hemorrhagic shock.

HOUSTON – (Jan. More...


Pet Talk-Cold Weather Colic in Horses

Colic is a symptom of abdominal pain and can take the form of digestive problems, intestinal blockage, or a twisted intestine among other possibilities

Cold winds and changing winter weather may not seem like contributing factors for equine colic.  However, these conditions can foster changes in routine and eating habits that may affect the well being of your horse. More...


Texas Child Support Evader Arrested At John F. Kennedy International Airport

Dr. David Z. Martin owes $420,000; deported to U.S. from Oman for illegal entry


Texas Employers Add 20,000 Jobs in December

Texas unemployment rate remains well below national average

AUSTIN — Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 20,000 jobs in December, representing the addition of 230,800 jobs since December 2009. At 8.3 percent for December, the Texas unemployment rate remains well below the 9.4 percent U.S. More...


In session Wednesday, the Senate passed a resolution honoring the victims of the shooting tragedy in Arizona last week.

(Austin) The House laid out a preliminary version of the state budget on Wednesday, January 19th , proposing to spend $31 billion less in 2012-2013 than the state spent in the current budget cycle.  The House version includes almost $12 billion More...

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