High Points from El Camino Real #1046
El Camino Real came alive this weekend with pick up trucks loaded down with four wheelers, corn feeders and deer stands, signaling that it is time to start getting ready...

Taxing Thoughts: Business planning - the hourglass approach
When it comes to annual planning, businesses often spend too much time on the planning process or too little because they are busy with day-to-day operations. There’s a...

Betty Townsend reviews old ledger books containing handwritten club minutes. Images Speak: Club celebrates 115 years
On September 27, 1902, 15 single girls from prominent Rusk families met to plan a club “to study along specific lines and to gather and maintain a...

Getting to the Root of the Problem
One of the major causes of tree failure is root damage. When a tree’s root system has been extensively damaged, the whole tree can fall to the ground – or onto your...

Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Granted...
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a...

From left, Sarah Wofford, Elijah Russell, John Wofford and Kara Wofford show off their winning recordbooks from competitions last year. Sarah’s senior level rabbit recordbook won first place in county and district competitions and ninth place at state. Elijah’s intermediate level poultry record book won first at county and district competitions. John’s senior level communications and expressive arts recordbook won first at county and district competitions and fourth at state. He also received a $200 scholarship at the county level for highest placing senior recordbook. Kara’s intermediate level leadership recordbook won first at county and district competition. She received a $200 scholarship at the county level for highest-placing intermediate recordbook. Bluebonnet 4-H kicks off year, announces new 17-18 officers

8th Annual Scarecrow Trail
The Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association is hosting the 2017 Scarecrow Trail to benefit H.O.P.E. Oct. 14 - 26. The H.O.P.E. organization is a non-profit that...

City of Palestine ramps up police recruiting effort with ‘CO to PO’...
The City of Palestine is looking to fill its ranks of the Palestine Police Department. As part of that effort, Police Chief Andy Harvey has started the “CO to PO” program,...

SFA Gardens to host BioBlitz in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host a BioBlitz event Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900...

SFA Gardens to host BioBlitz in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host a BioBlitz event Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900...

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...

Rusk Police Department starts Selfie Challenge
The Rusk Police Department started a Selfie Challenge on Monday, Sept. 11. They are challenging the public to meet the officers and take selfies. Post the selfies to...

8th Annual Scarecrow Trail
The Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association is hosting the 2017 Scarecrow Trail to benefit H.O.P.E. Oct. 14 - 26. The H.O.P.E. organization is a non-profit that...

The Great Golf Ball Drop
Birmingham Forest Golf Course is hosting The Great Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Only 1,000 golf balls will be sold. The winner does not have to...

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...

Bull Nettle Festival
Mt. Selman announces it’s annual Bull Nettle Festival Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23. On Friday, there will be a barn dance from 7 to 11 p.m. with dinner and an...

Alto Council approves new budget, reviews fiscal year
Several financial items were addressed by the Alto City Council at the regular meeting Monday night. The first item for consideration was the approval of the budget for...

Meals on Wheels Sept. 20 - 26
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan, rigatoni pasta with sauce, zucchini, fruit compote, spinach salad, garlic toast, milk Thursday: Sausage and red beans, steamed rice, fried...

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,...

Department of Justice Announces Changes to the Collaborative Reform...
The Department of Justice announced on Friday, Sept. 15, significant changes to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Collaborative Reform...

Gov. Greg Abbott, Commissioner George P. Bush join forces to help...
As part of the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott announced on Thursday, Sept. 14, that Land Commissioner George P. Bush will head up the state’s...

Comptroller’s Office Extends Tax Deadline in Counties Affected by...
Most businesses in federally declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will be granted a 30-day extension to file August and quarterly sales and use tax reports,...

Meals on Wheels Sept. 20 - 26
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan, rigatoni pasta with sauce, zucchini, fruit compote, spinach salad, garlic toast, milk Thursday: Sausage and red beans, steamed rice, fried...

Census: Texas Ranks 38th in Child Poverty Progress Threatened by...
Census data released the week of Sept. 14, show modest improvements in the numbers of Texas children living in poverty and the percentage of uninsured children. But far too...

ETMC, UT-Health, Ardent create new ET health system
East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) has selected Ardent Health Services (Ardent) and The University of Texas System (UT System), which includes The...

Rusk Police Department starts Selfie Challenge
The Rusk Police Department started a Selfie Challenge on Monday, Sept. 11. They are challenging the public to meet the officers and take selfies. Post the selfies to...

8th Annual Scarecrow Trail
The Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association is hosting the 2017 Scarecrow Trail to benefit H.O.P.E. Oct. 14 - 26. The H.O.P.E. organization is a non-profit that...

Meals on Wheels Sept. 20 - 26
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesan, rigatoni pasta with sauce, zucchini, fruit compote, spinach salad, garlic toast, milk Thursday: Sausage and red beans, steamed rice, fried...

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,...

City of Palestine ramps up police recruiting effort with ‘CO to PO’...
The City of Palestine is looking to fill its ranks of the Palestine Police Department. As part of that effort, Police Chief Andy Harvey has started the “CO to PO” program,...

SFA Gardens to host BioBlitz in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host a BioBlitz event Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900...

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...

Play it loud: #ALTOgether!
The smallest school at the annual Cedar Hill Battle of the Bands took home the largest trophy. The Alto Mean Sting Music Machine took part in the...

A total of 50 Rusk seniors are part of the fourth class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship candidates. The students were announced Tuesday morning at the Rusk High School Auditorium. The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is one of only 23 Promise programs in the United States and the first such initiative in Texas. For each qualifying student who graduates in the top half of the class, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise initiative covers up to $4,000 per year for two years at TJC. In addition to graduating in the top half of their class with a minimum 2.5 GPA, qualifying students must also reside in Rusk ISD and must have attended Rusk High School for grades 11 and 12. Promises kept: 2017-18 Promise Fund candidates announced
The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship is in its fifth year of providing collegiate opportunities to Rusk High School students. This year,...

Jacksonville Homecoming Friday night
Photo: Grace Traylor, JISD Jacksonville High School will celebrate Homecoming festivities this week with a downtown pep rally at 3:30 p.m....

Gov. Greg Abbott, Commissioner George P. Bush join forces to help...
As part of the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott announced on Thursday, Sept. 14, that Land Commissioner George P. Bush will head up the state’s...

Updated DPS Driver Handbook Now Available
Effective Sept. 1, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Driver Handbook was revised and transitioned to a printable, online-only format. Handbook revisions...

Comptroller’s Office Extends Tax Deadline in Counties Affected by...
Most businesses in federally declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will be granted a 30-day extension to file August and quarterly sales and use tax reports,...

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...

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...

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...