High Points from El Camino Real #1049
Some folks along El Camino Real used the long Columbus Day weekend to catch up on chores around the place or to get their deer stands ready for the upcoming season. The...

Just Joshin' Ya
They just won’t go away. That’s what the Madisonville Meteor said about the Rusk Eagles during the game Friday night. Coach Hancock and the Eagles came out ready to roll...

The Idle American: Say what?
Rarely do I make promises that I do not intend to keep. I am quick to make ‘em, though, if they’re likely to be forgotten by the person to whom they’re made. Examples of...

Bluebonnet's Gold Star
Bluebonnet 4-H Club member Sarah Wofford (center) was selected as the Cherokee County 4-H Gold Star recipient and was recognized at the District...

Jacksonville Chamber Agri-Business Committee Plans Annual Hay Show...
The Agri-Business Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce has planned the Annual Hay Show & Sale for Tuesday, Oct. 24, to be held in the Cherokee County...

The BLM will offer animals for the minimum adoption fee of $125 (set by law). A horse show featuring trained wild horses and burros and their adopters will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9 a.m. Gentling demonstrations will take place throughout Friday and Saturday. Shown in the photo above is Candace Snow riding Shilow in the 2016 Expo. 23rd Annual Wild Horse and Burro Expo Henderson
The Bureau of Land Management will hold the 23rd annual Wild Horse and Burro Expo at the Rusk County Expo Center in Henderson, featuring a wild...

2nd Annual St. John’s UMC Pumpkin Patch
The pumpkin patch was opened on Sept. 24 and will remain open until Oct. 31, located at 2020 Beaumont Street, Jacksonville (behind Tractor Supply). On Monday-Saturdays the...

Jacksonville’s annual “Trunk or Treat”
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants plan annual “Trunk or Treat” set for Monday, Oct. 30. This year’s event will be downtown on Commerce and Main...

Local Author announces Upcoming Events
Welcome to all veterans: learn how to send holiday care packages overseas “more for less.” Dehydrated Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner: ham, turkey, sweet potatoes,...

Dr. Shellie O’Neal to Speak at Jacksonville College
Jacksonville College is pleased to invite the community to the 42nd annual Manley Lecture at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25, in Buckner Chapel on the...

A group of men’s basketball students and Louis Truscott, assistant men’s basketball coach, volunteered to help in Houston.  JC President Mike Smith also joined the group. Coach Louis is from Houston and was eager to help his community, but he was not prepared for the destruction he saw. He explained, “Seeing the damage as we were driving into the disaster area was unbelievable. It was like seeing a war zone.” Jacksonville College Students Minister Following Hurricane
In response to the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey, over 100 Jacksonville College students and employees received training from the...

Uber makes its Nacogdoches debut Wednesday on the SFA campus
Uber, a national ride-hailing service common in larger cities, debuted in Nacogdoches Wednesday, Sept. 27, on the Stephen F. Austin State...

2nd Top Guys Wear Pink
Aaron Low from Texas AgriLife, Rusk City Manager, Jim Dunaway; Brian Nichols, New Summerfield Superintendent and Wells Superintendent, Jim Moore are this year’s...

Alto announces semiannual Clean-up Day
The City of Alto will be having its semiannual clean-up day on Saturday, Oct. 21. The waste dumpster will be located at the usual place, “The Water Tower” on Rusk Street...

JTA Award Winners
The Jacksonville Tennis Association congratulates this year’s award winners who will receive their plaques at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Woodman of the World building,...

Meals on Wheels Oct. 18 - 24
Wednesday: Chicken and dumplings, cauliflower, asparagus, strawberry shortcake cookie, milk Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, peas and carrots, beets, wheat roll, fruit cup...

Benefit for Nancy Hunter Harbison
Ms. Harbison has been dealing with chemo and radiation and needs help and prayers. A benefit will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., at Floyds Place CR 3701 and 3702...

Bluebonnet's Gold Star
Bluebonnet 4-H Club member Sarah Wofford (center) was selected as the Cherokee County 4-H Gold Star recipient and was recognized at the District...

Local Author announces Upcoming Events
Welcome to all veterans: learn how to send holiday care packages overseas “more for less.” Dehydrated Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner: ham, turkey, sweet potatoes,...

Cowboy Carnival
The Trail to Christ Cowboy Church located at Highway 79 toward Palestine is having a Cowboy Carnival. The Carnival begins on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 4 - 8 p.m. Free...

Meals on Wheels Oct. 18 - 24
Wednesday: Chicken and dumplings, cauliflower, asparagus, strawberry shortcake cookie, milk Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, peas and carrots, beets, wheat roll, fruit cup...

Tony Sevilla announces candidacy for rep. of House District 11
Tony Sevilla, an entrepreneur/investor and a truck farmer, is seeking candidacy as a Republican in the March 6, 2018, primary election. As a...

Frank Dobrovolny announces candidacy for 369th District Court
Local attorney and Navy veteran Frank Dobrovolny officially announced his candidacy to fill the vacant position of 369th District Court Judge which...

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended for 39 Counties
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced on Wednesday, Sept. 20, that the deadline has been extended to Oct. 31, for individuals filing for Disaster Unemployment...

2nd Top Guys Wear Pink
Aaron Low from Texas AgriLife, Rusk City Manager, Jim Dunaway; Brian Nichols, New Summerfield Superintendent and Wells Superintendent, Jim Moore are this year’s...

Meals on Wheels Oct. 18 - 24
Wednesday: Chicken and dumplings, cauliflower, asparagus, strawberry shortcake cookie, milk Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, peas and carrots, beets, wheat roll, fruit cup...

Benefit for Nancy Hunter Harbison
Ms. Harbison has been dealing with chemo and radiation and needs help and prayers. A benefit will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., at Floyds Place CR 3701 and 3702...

2nd Annual St. John’s UMC Pumpkin Patch
The pumpkin patch was opened on Sept. 24 and will remain open until Oct. 31, located at 2020 Beaumont Street, Jacksonville (behind Tractor Supply). On Monday-Saturdays the...

Jacksonville’s annual “Trunk or Treat”
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants plan annual “Trunk or Treat” set for Monday, Oct. 30. This year’s event will be downtown on Commerce and Main...

Local Author announces Upcoming Events
Welcome to all veterans: learn how to send holiday care packages overseas “more for less.” Dehydrated Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinner: ham, turkey, sweet potatoes,...

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,...

2017 Hot Pepper Festival Promises Free Family Fun
On Saturday, Oct. 21, the streets of downtown Palestine will fill as the Hot Pepper Festival, the city’s largest event, kicks off with fun for the entire family. This...

All 5 Living Former U.S. Presidents to attend Hurricane Relief...
All five living former U.S. presidents will be part of a concert later this month to benefit hurricane relief efforts. The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation...

Driver Safety Class
There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class at State Farm 1401 S. Main, Lindale on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for...

Jacksonville Chamber Adopt-A-School Awards Drivers
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Adopt-A-School Committee, Bill McRae Ford and members of the community helped raise $6,000 at the recent Ford...

The Rusk FFA served the Cherokee County community with their annual “Week of Service,” held Sept. 25-29. Above, members cut blue jeans to create shoes for Sole Hope, which is a program that sends shoes to Uganda to protect against the Chigoe flea. Living to serve: Rusk FFA celebrates Week of Service
The Rusk FFA kicked off the year with their “Rusk FFA Week of Service” which was held September 25-29. The week consisted of various service...

Shared services, shared hearts
Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn, in association with Rusk State Hospital and the Cherokee County Shared Services Arrangement, proclaimed October National...

Texas Comptroller Visits Waco Area on Tour of Texas Manufacturing...
On the third stop of his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Thursday, Oct. 5, visited the Space Exploration Technologies...

Texas Comptroller Announces Record $281 Million in Unclaimed...
The Texas Comptroller’s office returned a record $281 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced...

Texas HireAbility Campaign Raises Awareness of the Benefits of...
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility...

Engines’ birthdays
Photo: Aaron McCreight The Texas State Railroad celebrated the 100th anniversary of engine #30 (on right) and #28 (not pictured) last Saturday...

Mrs. Laura Bush, Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs, Trinity...
Former First Lady Laura Bush joined senior officials from Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFoR), Trinity River Authority and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to...

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...

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...