Rep. Clardy discusses State of the State, State of the Judiciary
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Governor outlined his priorities and named...

High Points from El Camino Real #1016
As I sat down on Sunday night to write this column, I realized that this will be the 20th Super Bowl Sunday that I have spent this way. I guess I figure it is more...

Taxing Thoughts: Cures Act authorizes new breed of small employer HRAs
The 21st Century Cures Act, a new law signed late in 2016 that helps fund medical research, also provides a cure for the health insurance woes of small employers. Under...

Wells FFA Queens Fun Day
Come and enjoy a family friendly even at the Wells FFA Queens Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Cherokee County Show Barn in Jacksonville. All proceeds benefit Cherokee...

The Rusk Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the Cherokee County Master Gardener’s Association as its newest member. The program is an educational, volunteer program offered by the AgriLIFE Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System.  The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. For more information, contact Kim Benton at (903) 683-5416 or visit them at 165 E. 6th St., #104. Growing with the Chamber

East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference - South
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service announces the East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference - South. Registration is from 8 - 8:30 a.m. and the Program is from 8:30 a.m. -...

SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research works with museum,...
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Point by point, the image of a cannon slowly materializes on the computer screen. Fine grooves in the handcrafted bronze handles shaped like dolphins...

Cracks Can Cause Hazards in Trees
Inspection from industry certified arborists can prevent severe property damage   Tree failure is a major cause of property damage, especially after high-winds. If the...

Joe Williams sworn in as Rusk PD Chief
Thursday night’s Rusk City Council Meeting began with the swearing in of new Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams. The city announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the former McKinney...

Swingin’ Axes, Aces to perform music of top jazz composers
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Swingin’ Axes and Swingin’ Aces at Stephen F. Austin State University will perform a concert featuring works by Sammy Nestico, Gordon Goodwin, Pat...

SFA to host guest flute, harpsichord recital
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will host a guest flute and harpsichord recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in Cole Concert...

Film series to feature ‘Without Bound: Perspectives on Mobile Living’
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Without Bound:...

Jacksonville College is pleased to present the 2017 Homecoming Court. Pictured on the front row, from left are Homecoming Queen candidates Sidney Heyman, Abby Lykens, Brianna Perry, Katy Arbuckle and Olivia Day. On the top row, from left are Homecoming King candidates John Paul Allen, Nylan Yancy, Marcale Lotts, Felippe Decker and Diego Garcia. JC Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned during halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 18. Jacksonville College Homecoming 2017 activities announced
Jacksonville College will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on Feb. 17-18 on the JC campus and at various locations around Jacksonville. Alumni and...

East Texas Communities Foundation appoints board members
East Texas Communities Foundation announced the election of Doug Bolles to serve as Chairman for 2017 and welcomed four new board members: Peter Boyd, Marilyn Abegg-Glass,...

Land Commissioner George P. Bush announces raises to veterans land...
On Monday, Jan. 30, Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that Texas veterans are now eligible for low-interest land loans up to $150,000. Commissioner Bush increased...

Jacksonville Council approves ordinance changes
The Jacksonville City Council made a few branding decisions during their monthly meeting, held Tuesday evening. Prior to the branding decisions, the council approved...

Jacksonville College is pleased to present the 2017 Homecoming Court. Pictured on the front row, from left are Homecoming Queen candidates Sidney Heyman, Abby Lykens, Brianna Perry, Katy Arbuckle and Olivia Day. On the top row, from left are Homecoming King candidates John Paul Allen, Nylan Yancy, Marcale Lotts, Felippe Decker and Diego Garcia. JC Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned during halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 18. Jacksonville College Homecoming 2017 activities announced
Jacksonville College will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on Feb. 17-18 on the JC campus and at various locations around Jacksonville. Alumni and...

Battle of the Banks
All financial institutions in Cherokee County have been challenged to participate in Battle of the Banks the entire month of February. Money raised will benefit the...

Local author demonstrates canning and dehydrating on Channel 56
Local author, Lurlene Bowden will be appearing on Channel 56 KETK from 11 a.m. - noon, Friday, March 3, with the Manager of Longview Natural Grocers. They will be...

Meals on Wheels Feb. 15 - 21
Wednesday: Sante Fe chicken, Mexicorn grits, pinto beans, wheat roll, vanilla pudding, milk Thursday: Lemon pepper pollock, rotini pasta blend, rosy pears, wheat...

Terri Underwood co-owns the Gallatin Olde Store Steakhouse with her husband, Byron. The restaurant has been open since October 2016 with a goal to “fill the dining room.” The restaurant will offer a Valentine’s Day special from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Eatery sets 'steak' in the county in Gallatin
In a county with a strong agriculture base such as Cherokee, it is hardly surprising that a juicy rib eye steak and a flavorful chicken fried steak...

Jacksonville Council approves ordinance changes
The Jacksonville City Council made a few branding decisions during their monthly meeting, held Tuesday evening. Prior to the branding decisions, the council approved...

Joe Williams sworn in as Rusk PD Chief
Thursday night’s Rusk City Council Meeting began with the swearing in of new Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams. The city announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the former McKinney...

Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads
More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5...

High school and college students invited to participate in UT...
Area high school and college students who are interested in learning more about medicine and scientific research are invited to apply for a month-long biomedical science...

Local author demonstrates canning and dehydrating on Channel 56
Local author, Lurlene Bowden will be appearing on Channel 56 KETK from 11 a.m. - noon, Friday, March 3, with the Manager of Longview Natural Grocers. They will be...

ETMC Cardiovascular Institute to host women's heart health luncheon...
The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute will host “Matters from the Heart: A Woman’s Journey,” a luncheon addressing women’s heart health, on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Crosswalk...

SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research works with museum,...
NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Point by point, the image of a cannon slowly materializes on the computer screen. Fine grooves in the handcrafted bronze handles shaped like dolphins...

Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison addresses attendees at the public opening of The Rusk Family Letters, a new collection at Stephen F. Austin State University that comprises documents written by noteworthy Republic of Texas historical figures Thomas J. Rusk and his brother, David Rusk. The Rusk Family Letters Collection at SFA opens to public during...
Dignitaries and special guests, including former U.S. Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison, members of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Board of...

Cherokee County Genealogical Society announces meeting
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Genealogical Society will be at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, in the community meeting room of the Singletary Memorial Library at...

Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads
More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5...

Rep. Clardy discusses State of the State, State of the Judiciary
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Governor outlined his priorities and named...

Nichols' 5 Cents: State of the State address, school funding
This week marks the end of the first month of the legislative session. Senate committees are beginning to hold hearings and the Capitol is buzzing with constituent groups...

Jacksonville Council approves ordinance changes
The Jacksonville City Council made a few branding decisions during their monthly meeting, held Tuesday evening. Prior to the branding decisions, the council approved...

TFWC Wednesday Study Club holds January meeting
The TFWC Wednesday Study Club of Jacksonville met Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 in the home of Barbara Murray. President Deborah Burkett called the meeting to order and...

Jacksonville College is pleased to present the 2017 Homecoming Court. Pictured on the front row, from left are Homecoming Queen candidates Sidney Heyman, Abby Lykens, Brianna Perry, Katy Arbuckle and Olivia Day. On the top row, from left are Homecoming King candidates John Paul Allen, Nylan Yancy, Marcale Lotts, Felippe Decker and Diego Garcia. JC Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned during halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 18. Jacksonville College Homecoming 2017 activities announced
Jacksonville College will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on Feb. 17-18 on the JC campus and at various locations around Jacksonville. Alumni and...

TFWC Wednesday Study Club holds January meeting
The TFWC Wednesday Study Club of Jacksonville met Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 in the home of Barbara Murray. President Deborah Burkett called the meeting to order and...

'A Dog's Purpose' serves as sentimental family entertainment
Spud Nut, A Dog’s Purpose (PG, 120 minutes) is dog owner’s special about a canine’s reincarnations. The story follows one lovable dog through four lifetimes, appearing...

The children’s favorite musical “Seussical” comes to the SFA campus in two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, as part of the Children’s Performing Arts Series. Seussical’ coming to SFA campus
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of “Seussical” on...

Campaign for Cursive launches annual cursive writing contest in USA...
The annual Cursive is Cool contests are presented by the Campaign for Cursive, a committee of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) on National Handwriting...

Forever Stamp price increased
Forever Stamps were created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) in 2007. They are non-denominational First Class postage, which means that they can be used to mail...

East Texans Arrested on Federal Violations
TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that five individuals have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern...

'Doggone' good gift? Use caution when giving puppies as gifts
Pets are popular gifts around the holidays. Giving a pet as a present during the holidays can be stressful for both the giver and the pet, particularly if you’re not...

Pet Talk: Conjunctivitis
Everyone knows the annoying feeling of having something in your eye. This irritating feeling can be caused by a common eye problem known as conjunctivitis—which is...

Pet Talk: CPR and Heimlich Maneuver on Pets
Some dogs—especially puppies—will chew on nearly anything in sight. Dog and cat owners may find their curious pet chewing on shoes, furniture, and even clothing. Although...

East Texas Communities Foundation appoints board members
East Texas Communities Foundation announced the election of Doug Bolles to serve as Chairman for 2017 and welcomed four new board members: Peter Boyd, Marilyn Abegg-Glass,...

Neches River Refuge Field Day
Friends of the Neches River Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invite the public to a free Field Day at the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge from 1 - 4...

BBB announces Awards for Excellence winners and Students of...
The 2017 BBB Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Center in Tyler from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. BBB presented the BBB Awards...

Jacksonville College is pleased to present the 2017 Homecoming Court. Pictured on the front row, from left are Homecoming Queen candidates Sidney Heyman, Abby Lykens, Brianna Perry, Katy Arbuckle and Olivia Day. On the top row, from left are Homecoming King candidates John Paul Allen, Nylan Yancy, Marcale Lotts, Felippe Decker and Diego Garcia. JC Homecoming Queen and King will be crowned during halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 18. Jacksonville College Homecoming 2017 activities announced
Jacksonville College will celebrate Homecoming 2017 on Feb. 17-18 on the JC campus and at various locations around Jacksonville. Alumni and...

Wells FFA Queens Fun Day
Come and enjoy a family friendly even at the Wells FFA Queens Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Cherokee County Show Barn in Jacksonville. All proceeds benefit Cherokee...

High school and college students invited to participate in UT...
Area high school and college students who are interested in learning more about medicine and scientific research are invited to apply for a month-long biomedical science...

DPS report highlights public safety threats across Texas
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, a state intelligence estimate that offers an assessment of the...

Land Commissioner George P. Bush announces raises to veterans land...
On Monday, Jan. 30, Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced that Texas veterans are now eligible for low-interest land loans up to $150,000. Commissioner Bush increased...

Key senator pitches four-year tuition freeze at Texas public colleges
Lauren McGaughy Austin bureau Tuition should be frozen at all Texas colleges and universities for four years, or at least until they can prove they deserve the price...

Neches River Refuge Field Day
Friends of the Neches River Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invite the public to a free Field Day at the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge from 1 - 4...

Spring Jubilee Bus Trip
New Grace Promotions announces the Spring Jubilee Bus Trip to Branson, Mo. on April 24-27. The Old Time Gospel Singing, Laughing, and Preaching Conference for mature and...

Negotiatous ongoing between TSR, Iowa Pacific
The Texas State Railroad Authority’s meeting Feb. 2 lasted just shy of three hours, with approximately two-and-a-half of them dedicated to executive sessions. While no...

Rep. Clardy discusses State of the State, State of the Judiciary
Last week, Governor Greg Abbott delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The Governor outlined his priorities and named...

Rep. Clardy discusses healthcare, higher education options
This week, I had the pleasure of serving on the Education and Health panel at the Conservative Roundtable of Texas’ Policy Summit. The panel included four of my...

High Points from El Camino Real #1015
Folks along El Camino Real are already lining up to watch the groundhog come out of his hole and find out if we are going to have six more weeks of winter or not. The only...