Week in Review: Easter and coming together
Last week was a time of reflection for many of us who celebrate Good Friday and Easter. We solemnly remember the sacrifice of Jesus while we celebrate the good his death...

Nichols’ 5 Cents: SSLCs and teacher work days
The members of the Legislature headed home to spend the Easter weekend with their families. Now that we have come back, we are on the home stretch to the end of Session....

‘Leave no stone unpassed!’
I realize that by writing this article I may be forever waiving any medical confidentiality rights provided HIPPA as well as any other legal protections. I suppose that’s...

So what’s vertical gardening all about? Twelve reasons to grow your...
Jack had it right when he planted the magic seeds that grew into a sky high beanstalk. Not only did he stumble upon the principles of vertical gardening; but Jack also...

Gardening is more effective exercise than going to the gym: burns...
In addition to enhancing life skills and boosting food security, there is another major benefit of gardening, researchers have found: fitness. Long-time gardeners have...

Fertilizing to Create more Blossoms on Flowers, Flowering Shrubs...
The secret to making flowering trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials bloom more is in the numbers. All fertilizers have analysis numbers on the package. These numbers...

Spring Fling Celebration
The Jacksonville VFW will host a Spring Fling Celebration from 7 - 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 sponsored by Texas Helping Hands in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month ...

‘Fate of the Furious’ just short compared to predecessors
Spud Nut, The Fate of the Furious (PG-13, 136 minutes) is the eighth movie of this popular series that features fast cars, pretty girls and daring adventures on streets....

1836 Chuckwagon Race this weekend
The race days portion of the annual 1836 Chuckwagon Race are set for April 21-23 at the Diamond B Ranch in Neches. The ranch is located at 11589 FM 321 in Neches. From...

Concert In The Park
The bands at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the annual “Concert in the Park” Sunday, April 30, in the wooded area along Vista Drive and in front of the...

Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association offering scholarship
The Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association (CCMGA) is offering one $500 scholarship to any member of the class of 2017 who is accepted to a college or university and...

State Historian Bill O’Neal will present a talk entitled “Old Sam Jacinto,” a nickname given to Sam Houston after his victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.  The program will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Mary S. Lewis Theater on the Jacksonville College campus. Jacksonville College presents two new productions
The Jacksonville College Fine Arts Department announces two productions in March that feature two members of the well-known East Texas O’Neal...

Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells hosting GED Classes
GED classes began on Sept. 12 at Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells. The classes are from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Classes are being offered through Angelina College in Lufkin...

Spring Fling Celebration
The Jacksonville VFW will host a Spring Fling Celebration from 7 - 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 sponsored by Texas Helping Hands in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month ...

Photo: Beverly Milner

Alto’s Harmon West crosses home plate while teammate Cameron Cox looks on during the Jackets’ game against Garrison at Minute Maid Park – the home of the Houston Astros. In the showcase game, the Jackets fell just short to the Bulldogs, 8-7. Diamond Notes: college roundup; Alto’s big league trip
By Quinten Boyd Sports Editor Diamond Notes covers what was a busy week for Cherokee County’s baseball and softball players: One step closer:...

Alto’s Field of Dreams

Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells hosting GED Classes
GED classes began on Sept. 12 at Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells. The classes are from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Classes are being offered through Angelina College in Lufkin...

Spring Fling Celebration
The Jacksonville VFW will host a Spring Fling Celebration from 7 - 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 sponsored by Texas Helping Hands in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month ...

Meals on Wheels April 19 - 25
Wednesday: Meatloaf with tomato gravy, boiled potatoes, okra and tomatoes, wheat roll, banana pudding with wafers, milk Thursday: BBQ pork riblet on bun, corn O’Brien,...

Grow an Abundant Tomato Harvest in a Pot
Harvest and enjoy the garden-fresh flavor of tomatoes right outside the kitchen. Grow them in containers set on the patio, balcony, deck or stairs. Gardeners will enjoy the...

Meals on Wheels April 12 - 18
Wednesday: Cheese tortellini with meat sauce, Monaco veggie blend, seasoned zucchini, wheat roll, sliced apples, milk Thursday: Sliced ham, macaroni and cheese,...

Week in Review: a look at proposed bills, meeting with delegations
Visiting the Capitol during a legislative session is a way to help develop local community leaders and make sure state lawmakers know the issues important to their...

Nichols' 5 Cents: License to carry, budget passes Senate, voter ID
While preparing your taxes this month, Texans can be thankful we are one of only seven states with no state income tax. Lower taxes and efficient government are just a...

Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
When 181 lawmakers, thousands of policy groups, the media, and people from across the state and nation migrate to Austin every two years for the Texas Legislative Session,...

Gardening is more effective exercise than going to the gym: burns...
In addition to enhancing life skills and boosting food security, there is another major benefit of gardening, researchers have found: fitness. Long-time gardeners have...

Meals on Wheels April 19 - 25
Wednesday: Meatloaf with tomato gravy, boiled potatoes, okra and tomatoes, wheat roll, banana pudding with wafers, milk Thursday: BBQ pork riblet on bun, corn O’Brien,...

Alto and Wells 1st Graders receive Prevent Tooth Decay Kits
All first graders at Alto and Wells Elementary Schools were recently given free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Members of Terrell Masonic...

Alto’s Field of Dreams

Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells hosting GED Classes
GED classes began on Sept. 12 at Rube Sessions Memorial Library in Wells. The classes are from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Classes are being offered through Angelina College in Lufkin...

Spring Fling Celebration
The Jacksonville VFW will host a Spring Fling Celebration from 7 - 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 sponsored by Texas Helping Hands in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month ...

FRIDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS CONCERT KICKS OFF BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Texas Blueberry Festival kicks off Friday night with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, from 6 to 10 p.m. June 9 at Festival Plaza in...

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...

National Day of Prayer set for May 4
The annual National Day of Prayer is set for May 4 and the Rusk Ministerial Alliance will hold an event on that day at the Cherokee County Courthouse in Rusk. The group...

Social Security announces new online service for replacement Social...
The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services for residents of Texas available through its my Social Security portal at...

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...

Pet Talk: Allergy suffers can have pets, too
Allergies are among the most chronic conditions worldwide, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Though many of us love companion animals, some...

The Pegasus Project holds Aviation/Equine Event April 22 in Murchison
For the third year in a row, The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue will be taking part in the national celebration of ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...

Tyler Azalea Disc Dog and Disc Golf Championship Promises Family...
There’s nothing like a day at the park – except when that day is filled with jumping disc dogs, their trainers and disc golf enthusiasts. On Saturday, April 1 at 9 a.m.,...

TxDOT Urges Drivers to Stay Focused on the Road as Distracted...
An estimated 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by distracted driving, and the problem is getting worse. As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in...

Make Fire Safety a Priority at Home
This time of the year everyone sees the welcome signs of spring, after a long winter, the desire to start fresh is contagious. Whether homeowners are focused on household...

BBB: Be watchful for Tax Time Scams
With potentially 153 million returns to be filled this year, scam artists are likely to have a field day. While the IRS continues to increase its efforts against refund...

Alto’s Field of Dreams

Photo: Beverly Milner

Alto’s Harmon West crosses home plate while teammate Cameron Cox looks on during the Jackets’ game against Garrison at Minute Maid Park – the home of the Houston Astros. In the showcase game, the Jackets fell just short to the Bulldogs, 8-7. Diamond Notes: college roundup; Alto’s big league trip
By Quinten Boyd Sports Editor Diamond Notes covers what was a busy week for Cherokee County’s baseball and softball players: One step closer:...

Rusk’s Jermaine Lewis finishes a toss in the discus event during the District 16-4A Track Meet, held April 13-14 at Carthage High School. Lewis advanced to area after finishing fourth in the event. He is one of 11 Rusk athletes and 115 athletes countywide to advance to the area track meets. Running down dreams: 115 athletes to area track meets
The threat of rain barely materialized, but the dreams of standing on the winners’ podium at the state track meet did for a number of Cherokee...

Texas takes a stand against obesity: Statewide weight-loss contest...
An exciting new contest in Texas is encouraging both individual residents and entire employee groups statewide to lose weight, get healthy and win huge cash prizes for...

Austin Bank Named “One of 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas”
Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The Bank was recognized and honored on Thursday, March 23 at...

Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
When 181 lawmakers, thousands of policy groups, the media, and people from across the state and nation migrate to Austin every two years for the Texas Legislative Session,...

Area prepares for Easter events
With Easter weekend approaching, here is a list of Easter services and egg hunts in and around Rusk for those who are looking for family events to enjoy this Easter...

Photo: Becky Whisenant

A child waves during one of the train runs from the Texas State Railroad.The TSRA Board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the Western Group with the possibility of the group, based in Ogden, Utah, becoming the TSR’s new operator. Go West(ern)? TSR enters negotiations with Western Group
The Texas State Railroad Authority Board (TSRA) met Wednesday, March 29 and announced that four applications from potential future operators were...

Photo: Becky Whisenant
A Texas State Railroad locomotive passes blooming wisteria. On March 15, the TSR Authority approved a request for proposal to negotiate with potential future operators. Turning wheels: TSRA board approves Request for Proposal
In a decisive move Wednesday, March 15, the Texas State Railroad Authority (TSRA) board approved a newly drafted RFP (Request for Proposal) for the...

Tomato Bowl a place of graduation memories
Those of us born here, grew up here, raised our children and now grandchildren here – realize the importance of Jacksonville Independent School District and the Tomato...

Tomato Bowl, CTE facility in need of upgrades
As a child attending events at the Tomato Bowl, I could not wait to get the chance to participate in front of one of the best fan bases in East Texas at Jacksonville High...

JISD bond a good thing for Jacksonville
Some of my greatest memories growing up in Jacksonville are when I played my high school football in the Tomato Bowl as a Jacksonville Fightin’ Indian. There was nothing...