High Points from El Camino Real #1022
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend that reminded us of why we live in East Texas. The dogwoods are bursting out in the woods along the highways...

Taxing Thoughts: Donating a car to charity – don't make a costly...
Donating a car to charity can be a big deduction on your tax return, but the value of your deduction can depend on the organization you donate your car to and how they use...

Jacket's Buzz: Public education is at a crossroads
Please allow me to discuss two hot topics currently associated with Texas Public Schools. The A-F rating system and school choice (vouchers) will be my focus for this...

BBB Offers Tips for Hiring a Landscape Contractor
A beautifully landscaped lawn can be tricky for a do-it-yourself project, and some people need a little help. Those who are thinking about hiring a landscape contractor,...

Planter boxes with built-in trellises like this Apex trellis planter enable gardeners to maximize their garden space for growing vegetables and flowers. Grow a Bigger Garden in a Smaller Space
Whether in the ground or on a balcony or deck, there’s always room to grow your own garden-fresh produce and beautiful flowers. Space saving...

Gardening can be a great family activity and children exposed to the outdoors and gardening are more focused, have less issues with attention deficit and score higher on tests. Family Gardening Provides More Than a Bountiful Harvest
Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit, it improves strength and flexibility,...

Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
Spring is here, and the Capitol is buzzing with activity, including visits from House District 11 constituents. I had the privilege to meet with Elmer Beckworth, Cherokee...

Nichols' 5 Cents: school accountability changes; law enforcement
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course,...

'Beauty and the Beast' more than worth admission price
Spud Nut, Beauty and the Beast (PG, 95 minutes) is a Broadway style musical production with lovely songs. It is worth buying a ticket just to hear the memorable tunes...

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...

Cherokee County Texas Republican Club offers scholarship
The Cherokee County Texas Republican Club (CCTRC) has announced the giving of its annual $1,000 Scholarship. All Cherokee County, May 2017, graduating public, private, or...

Cherokee County Texas Republican Club offers scholarship
The Cherokee County Texas Republican Club (CCTRC) has announced the giving of its annual $1,000 Scholarship. All Cherokee County, May 2017, graduating public, private, or...

News Briefs
County Republican Club to meet April 4 The Cherokee County Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at Hong Kong Buffet Restaurant, 1644 S. Jackson...

Texas AgriLife announces Walk Across Texas
It’s time to get up and get moving, Cherokee County. It’s time for everyone to get healthy. \ As the Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent for Cherokee County,...

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...

Jacksonville Rotary
On Wednesday, March 8, Dr. Charles Creed (right) invited Dr. Mike Miller the Pastor from Central Baptist Church to be the guest speaker for the...

Family History Fair presents awards to students who competed in the...
At the annual Family History Fair Saturday, March 11, East Texas Genealogical Society presented awards to students who competed in the essay and...

Cherokee County 4H Clay Crushers
CRUSHIN’ IT! Cherokee County 4H Clay Crushers have been busy pulverizing sporting clays all over Texas this year. They had a great showing in San...

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension announces Food Handlers Class
Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program is now being offered here at the Cherokee County Courthouse Annex 165 East 6th St. #104, Rusk....

Meals on Wheels March 22 - 28
Wednesday: Chicken and dumplings, seasoned carrots, wheat crackers, beet salad, fruit parfait,milk Thursday: Beef fajita saute, Mexican rice, bread pudding with...

Meals on Wheels March 15 - 21
Wednesday: Beef tips with gravy, rice, seasoned green beans, plum crisp,dinner roll, milk Thursday: Breaded chicken patty on bun, tator tots, baked beans, lettuce,...

Week in Review: spring bringing bills, developments across district
Spring is here, and the Capitol is buzzing with activity, including visits from House District 11 constituents. I had the privilege to meet with Elmer Beckworth, Cherokee...

Nichols' 5 Cents: school accountability changes; law enforcement
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course,...

Week in Review: recognizing those making a difference in East Texas
As we move forward in the 85th Legislative Session, our work continues on public policy that impacts House District 11 and the entire state of Texas. I recently read an...

Texas AgriLife announces Walk Across Texas
It’s time to get up and get moving, Cherokee County. It’s time for everyone to get healthy. \ As the Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent for Cherokee County,...

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension announces Food Handlers Class
Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program is now being offered here at the Cherokee County Courthouse Annex 165 East 6th St. #104, Rusk....

Ross Breast Center Mobilizes State-of-the-Art Women’s Health Care...
The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System Ross Breast Center unveiled its new, state-of-the-art Mobile Mammography Unit during the Toast of East Texas Fundraising...

Big winners at the 4-H Roundup contest for shooting sports included (in no particular order) Luke Petri, Ryan Petri, Evan Tresize, Ty Cummins, Bailey Posey, Skylie Waton, Payton Dison, Jessica Sims, Mya Gunter and Brooke Barron. Cherokee 4-H Shooting Sports hosts 4-H Roundup
Cherokee 4-H Shooting Sports recently hosted the first 4-H Roundup contest for shooting sports in Cherokee County. The kids completed in a “top...

Cheyenne Adams Adams enters Miss Teen Texas Pageant
Cheyenne Adams, 17, was recently chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Texas Teen Pageant. The pageant will be held June 18-19...

High Points from El Camino Real #1022
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend that reminded us of why we live in East Texas. The dogwoods are bursting out in the woods along the highways...

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...

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...

Stoney LaRue to Headline 3rd Annual Piney Woods Music & Arts Festival
Piney Woods Fine Arts Association proudly presents the 3rd Annual Piney Woods Music & Arts Festival on March 24 and 25. The festival will be located on historic Camp Street...

Texas State Railroad kicks off season
Trains returned to the rails of the Texas State Railroad on Saturday, March 4, kicking off the 2017 season. The train are running as planned with a full schedule of events...

Ross Breast Center Mobilizes State-of-the-Art Women’s Health Care...
The CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System Ross Breast Center unveiled its new, state-of-the-art Mobile Mammography Unit during the Toast of East Texas Fundraising...

Jacket's Buzz: Public education is at a crossroads
Please allow me to discuss two hot topics currently associated with Texas Public Schools. The A-F rating system and school choice (vouchers) will be my focus for this...

Company Members include Angelica Inglehart, Sean Chaffin, Avery Luna, DaMarion Greenwood, John Wofford, Jarrett Basse, Hunter Lewis, Nicholas McCalister, Isaiah Lozano,  Jessica McClure, Hannah Coleman, Sarah Crysup, Melanie Santos Rangel, Alyssa Hardy, Karen Colby, Colton Morris, Ryan Glaze, Caitlynn Coates, and Katie Witt. Talon Point Players Advance Fourth Year In A Row
On Friday, March 10, The Talon Point Players represented Rusk High School in the District 16-4A One Act Play Competition against Carthage, Tatum,...

JISD honors Finley, STEM Academy at monthly meeting
Monday night's Jacksonville School Board meeting was full of awards and recognitions. The meeting started with a presentation from the Joe Wright STEM Academy. STEM is an...

DPS Recognizes Exceptional Employees, Good Samaritan
The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented a Purple Heart, two Lifesaving Awards and a Unit...

Week in Review: recognizing those making a difference in East Texas
As we move forward in the 85th Legislative Session, our work continues on public policy that impacts House District 11 and the entire state of Texas. I recently read an...

Nichols' 5 Cents: Doolittle Raiders, changes to CPS, Blue Alert bill
Daylight savings time began this past Sunday. The Legislature is taking this very literally as we ‘spring forward’ into high gear with committee hearings and moving bills...

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...

Marie and Emmett Whitehead TSRA unveils plans to honor Emmett, Marie Whitehead
During their meeting March 15, the Texas State Railroad Authority Board will vote on a resolution to name a Lone Star Coach at the Texas State...

Texas State Railroad kicks off season
Trains returned to the rails of the Texas State Railroad on Saturday, March 4, kicking off the 2017 season. The train are running as planned with a full schedule of events...

High Points from El Camino Real #1022
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed a beautiful spring weekend that reminded us of why we live in East Texas. The dogwoods are bursting out in the woods along the highways...

Taxing Thoughts: Donating a car to charity – don't make a costly...
Donating a car to charity can be a big deduction on your tax return, but the value of your deduction can depend on the organization you donate your car to and how they use...

Jacket's Buzz: Public education is at a crossroads
Please allow me to discuss two hot topics currently associated with Texas Public Schools. The A-F rating system and school choice (vouchers) will be my focus for this...