High Points from El Camino Real #1045
Folks along El Camino Real have been sitting on their porches and in their yards soaking up our first dose of fall weather. There is nothing better than a fall in East...

Taxing Thoughts: Say goodbye to the college tuition deduction
It’s hard enough to watch your child leave for college. Now you also have to say goodbye to the tuition and fees tax deduction. Congress decided not to extend this $4,000...

Just Joshin' Ya
Here’s the thing. Remember how last week I talked about how on Sundays I will sit and watch football until my eyes bleed? I was not lying. I woke up Sunday, put on my...

Yard of the Month selected for August
The Rusk Area Garden Club has chosen the yard of Vanessa Lewis at 246 East 6th Street as its August Yard of the Month. Pictured from the left are...

Bluebonnet 4-H hosts County Wide Event
On Aug. 29, Bluebonnet 4-H hosted a county wide event to showcase various projects offered in the 4-H Program. Club members displayed pictures,...

Tree Care Industry Association: Don’t Fuel the Fire
Nearly every state has experienced fires that rage out of control in the landscape. While the largest and most devastating burn in the West, fires also spread in the East...

Images Speak: Rusk Library Study Club’s 115th anniversary –...
In 1902, fifteen young, single women established a literary group called the Bachelor Girls’ Library Club. The club was originally housed in...

Stars and Stripes: Rusk VFW Post change of command
On August 4, VFW member John M. Angell Sr. took over as Post 3406 Commander, following in the footsteps of previous Commanders, Danny Stephens, Emerson Griffin and James...

BBB offers tips in light of Equifax data breach
One of the nation’s thee major credit reporting agencies, Equifax experienced a data breach from mid-May through July. According to Equifax, 143 million American consumers...

SFA interior design program partnering with Houston Community...
Stephen F. Austin State University’s interior design program is partnering with Houston Community College to collect supplies for students in HCC’s interior design program...

Enrollment Open for Texas Prepaid College Tuition Program
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds families that open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise FundSM, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, began Friday, Sept. 1...

Local Student Serves as Orientation Leader
Moira Debbs of Rusk, served as one of the University of Dallas’ 61 orientation leaders as the university’s largest freshman class in history moved in for the fall 2017...

Images Speak: Rusk Library Study Club’s 115th anniversary –...
In 1902, fifteen young, single women established a literary group called the Bachelor Girls’ Library Club. The club was originally housed in...

Jacksonville Rotary Discusses Bull Bash
Rotarian Duane Weatherford, Republic Services Operations Supervisor (center), hosted Jeff Harris (left) and Haley Beasley attended the Sept. 6...

Caddo Mounds announces Foraging Program
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to a foraging workshop with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen. There will be two sessions to choose from on Saturday,...

Good dog: CCSO says goodbye to K9 officer Sara
The men and women of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said goodbye to one of their own after the death of K9 officer Sara. Sara, a German...

Iron Eagle Classic Golf Tournament
Gather a team together now for the upcoming Rusk Chamber of Commerce Iron Eagle Classic Golf Tournament, Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., at Birmingham Forest Golf Course in...

Summer Reading Program
Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells had a very successful Summer Reading Program this year. The library scheduled interesting presenters and the children read many...

Meals on Wheels Sept. 13 - 19
Wednesday: Beef tips with gravy, rice, green beans, rosy pears, croissant, milk Thursday: BBQ chicken breast, ranch style beans, plum crisp, wheat bread, potato salad,...

Rusk Farmer’s Market
The Market will be every Saturday starting Aug. 5 and have free Vendor Booths. Fresh produce, fresh eggs, homemade jams/jellies, sauces, canned goods, baked goods, candy,...

Local Author announces Upcoming Events
Ms. Lurlene Bowden local historical cookbook author will hold a demonstration at Natural Grocers in Longview in September. On Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 -3 p.m. at Natural...

Texas Comptroller’s Office Expedites the Import of Motor Fuel into...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on Friday, Sept. 1 that the Comptroller’s office is working with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Motor...

Disaster Unemployment Aid Available for Ten Additional Counties
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced on Tuesday, Sept. 5 that 10 counties including, Austin, Bastrop, DeWitt, Gonzales, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Polk, Tyler and...

Texas Comptroller’s Office Distributed Financial Assistance to...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Wednesday, Sept. 6, that the Comptroller’s office and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) processed and distributed the...

American Cancer Society: Bark For Life - A Canine Event to Fight...
The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Cherokee County will have a fundraising event “Bark For Life” from 2 - 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Nichols Green Park...

Meals on Wheels Sept. 13 - 19
Wednesday: Beef tips with gravy, rice, green beans, rosy pears, croissant, milk Thursday: BBQ chicken breast, ranch style beans, plum crisp, wheat bread, potato salad,...

UT Health Northeast Welcomes New Physicians
Muhammad M. Chaudhry, M.D., is an interventional cardiologist who completed his cardiology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Beth Israel Medical Center in...

Stop – to remember!
Photo: Megan Dover The city of Rusk has installed new stop signs along Euclid Street at Copeland and White streets in the hopes of slowing down...

County entities still helping after Hurricane Harvey
As people from around the world do what they can to help those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, several Cherokee County entities are doing their parts to help...

On Monday, Sept. 11, C. Chase Hobson, representative of WoodmenLife (formerly Woodmen of the World) presented an American flag to Carlene Clayton, Rusk Intermediate School principal during what the school themed “Red, White and Blue Day.” A total of 25 U.S. flags were given in memory of those who perished during the 9-11 attacks in 2001. WoodmenLife presents American flags to Rusk Intermediate School
On Monday, September 11, the WoodmenLife (formerly known as Woodmen of the World) chapter of Jacksonville made a flag donation to Rusk Intermediate...

Texas CPAs offer tips on back-to-school expenses
Texas Society of CPAs offers tips and suggestions to save money when back to school shopping. •Take advantage of tax-free weekend. The 2017 Tax-Free holiday for Texas is...

Better Business Bureau offers tips on avoiding auto repair despair
The cost of owning a car does not end after the purchase. Whether you need to schedule an oil change or have repairs to deal with, it’s important to use a mechanic or auto...

BBB: Robocall Self-Defense
If consumers are receiving an excess of computerized calls recently, they are not alone. A robocall is a phone call which uses a computerized autodialer to deliver a...

Medicare can help you find the right hospice
Medicare’s “Compare” websites have helped millions of Americans find the right nursing home, hospital or home health care agency for themselves or their families. Now, a...

Youth Volunteers from New Jersey Travel to Houston to Help...
A team of youth volunteers from New Jersey area traveled to Houston on Sunday, Sept. 3 to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, taking off from N.J.’s Newark Liberty Airport...

Rusk VFW sponsoring scholarship contests
The Rusk Veterans of Foreign Wars post is hosting the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship program. The program is open to students in grades 6-8...

American Cancer Society: Bark For Life - A Canine Event to Fight...
The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Cherokee County will have a fundraising event “Bark For Life” from 2 - 4 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Nichols Green Park...

Pet Talk: Responsibilities of pet bird ownership
If adding a dog or cat to the family is out of the question, pet birds are extremely intelligent and form strong bonds with their owners. However, because companion birds...

Better Business Bureau’s Suggestions for Choosing a Caregiver for...
For many people, pets are more than just animals; they are faithful companions and family members. As much as pet owners may want to take their pets wherever we go,...

SFA’s University Series opens with Taylor 2 dance performance
The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will open its 2017-18 University Series with a performance of New York City-based dance company Taylor 2 at 7:30...

ETCF Reminds Donors to Beware of Harvey Donation Scams
With record rainfall and flooding across 50+ counties in South East Texas, East Texans are asking how they can help. In an effort to assist donors, East Texas Communities...

Caddo Mounds announces Foraging Program
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site invites the public to a foraging workshop with Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen. There will be two sessions to choose from on Saturday,...

Eagles Serve, gym work discussed Monday
Parents, students and educators at Rusk ISD believe that Eagles can do more than just fly – they can serve others. A new program at Rusk ISD allows students to do just...

On Monday, Sept. 11, C. Chase Hobson, representative of WoodmenLife (formerly Woodmen of the World) presented an American flag to Carlene Clayton, Rusk Intermediate School principal during what the school themed “Red, White and Blue Day.” A total of 25 U.S. flags were given in memory of those who perished during the 9-11 attacks in 2001. WoodmenLife presents American flags to Rusk Intermediate School
On Monday, September 11, the WoodmenLife (formerly known as Woodmen of the World) chapter of Jacksonville made a flag donation to Rusk Intermediate...

Dixon at Boys' State
Brook Hill senior John Dixon was selected by the American Legion to attend Boys State over the summer. At Boys State, participants learn the...

Assistance distributed to 80,000 households affected by Hurricane...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that the Comptroller’s office and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) processed and distributed the first wave of...

ETCF Reminds Donors to Beware of Harvey Donation Scams
With record rainfall and flooding across 50+ counties in South East Texas, East Texans are asking how they can help. In an effort to assist donors, East Texas Communities...

Texas Comptroller’s Office Expedites the Import of Motor Fuel into...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced on Friday, Sept. 1 that the Comptroller’s office is working with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Motor...

Hurricane Harvey Tourism Recovery Fund Launched to Help Devastated...
The Texas Travel Industry Association and Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism have partnered with Tourism Cares to launch the Hurricane Harvey...

Texas Historical Commission News Briefs for August
DIVE INTO HISTORY AT TEXAS’ ICONIC SWIMMING HOLES The kids are back in school but the Texas heat is here to stay. Fortunately, the Lone Star State’s eclectic landscapes...

Photo: Becky Whisenant

The Texas State Railroad’s Rusk Depot will host Pints in the Pines, an autumn ale extravaganza, at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21. The TSR Authority named new officers and heard reports from Teresa Propeck, public relations manager for owner corporation The Western Group, during their monthly meeting Aug. 23. TSR sets new events for fall season
A new event on the Texas State Railroad (TSR) is slated to debut in October departing from the Rusk depot featuring locally crafted beers,...

Courtesy Photo: Kenneth White

Skylar Gowin of Alto recently attended Texas Boys State, selected as a delegate representing American Legion Post 293 of Rusk. Gowin is a senior at Alto High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop #405 of Rusk. Boys State a wonderful opportunity for Alto student
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that the American Legion Post 293 of Rusk granted me – to be able to be a delegate on their behalf at Texas Boys...

Pondering a few ‘puzzling’ things
The recent street demonstrations across the nation are puzzling to me. The daughter of Robert E. Lee said her father wanted no statues or Confederate flags. He did not...

‘From a Grandmother’s Heart’
These days that we live in are flying by; What’s next, o Lord? Will it be a surprise? How can we live with such confusion upfront? People are talking so hateful and...