Matt's Money: The herd mentality of investment strategies
Seeing cattle here in Texas is as common as the weather changing – very frequent. What’s interesting about cattle is that as long as they get to eat, drink and sleep,...

High Points from El Camino Real #1038
Folks along El Camino Real were tickled to death about the nice rain we received on Sunday evening. It was more of a flood at my house than a nice rain, but we appreciated...

Home Country
It was the kind of picnic he’d remember for quite a while, he knew. It didn’t take place at the village park, where folks would normally go, but down along Lewis Creek....

Alto native and former Texas FFA officer Creager Davis salutes the crowd during the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held July 10-14 in Corpus Christi. Davis recently finished his term as state vice-president with the Texas FFA. The FFA effect: state officer Creager Davis discusses how FFA,...
Imagine this: a 13-year-old kid with an extremely heavy accent that has never really seen life outside of his small town of Alto, Texas. Now...

Nicole Phifer of the Rusk FFA was selected to the Texas FFA State Nominating Committee – the first Rusk FFA member to be selected. The committee consists of 11 members from across the state tasked with evaluating and selecting Texas’ national and state FFA officers. Rusk FFA shines at 89th annual State FFA Convention
The Rusk FFA finished another award winning year that culminated at the 89th Texas FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi last week. The Rusk FFA...

Alto FFA’s Presley Griffith was named a finalist for the Star Greenhand FFA Degree in agriscience. She was recognized at a banquet in honor of the Star Degrees. She is pictured with her parents, Kimberly and John Griffith. Alto FFA fired up after busy summer in Crockett, Corpus
From June 26 to June 28, four Alto FFA officers attended the “Oh so fine Area IX” leadership camp. The camp was held outside of Crockett, Texas. ...

News briefs
Alto’s Reagan Davis 3rd at NFHS Rodeo Alto rider Reagan Davis will bring home some hardware from the annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), held July 16-22 at...

Clearing the site for the Children’s Clinic of Rusk
The Children’s Clinic of Rusk will be located at 1375 N Dickinson Dr. Rusk, TX 75785. The main clinic is in Lufkin (The Children’s Clinic of...

Lunch & Learn
Come join the Rusk Chamber of Commerce for the first quarterly Lunch & Learn,Thursday, Aug. 17 from noon-1 p.m. at the Rusk Library. Guest speaker will be Bob Goldsberry...

Over $1 Million Awarded to Four New College Credit for Heroes Programs
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced the award of $1.03 million to support four new accelerated certificate or degree programs through its College Credit...

Horticulturist Greg Grant will be the guest speaker for SFA Gardens’ upcoming monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series, slated for 7 p.m. July 13 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature...
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, in the...

Stephen F. Austin State University students from the hospitality administration and filmmaking programs traveled to France to participate in the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. During their trip, students also visited the Château De Bellet vineyard. SFA students travel to France for Cannes International Film Festival
Stephen F. Austin State University students from the hospitality administration and filmmaking programs traveled to France in May to participate in...

Congratulations to Oncor for being voted as Business of the Month for July 2017 by the Rusk Chamber of Commerce. Business of the Month for July

Clearing the site for the Children’s Clinic of Rusk
The Children’s Clinic of Rusk will be located at 1375 N Dickinson Dr. Rusk, TX 75785. The main clinic is in Lufkin (The Children’s Clinic of...

Lunch & Learn
Come join the Rusk Chamber of Commerce for the first quarterly Lunch & Learn,Thursday, Aug. 17 from noon-1 p.m. at the Rusk Library. Guest speaker will be Bob Goldsberry...

Eyeglasses, cases needed at Rusk State Hospital
There is an ongoing need for used eyeglasses and cases at Rusk State Hospital. Persons with used eyeglasses are asked to contact Community Relations at (903) 683-7327.

Heritage Center museum needs volunteers
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County is seeking volunteers to host visitors at the museum on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers who would like to volunteer at the museum...

Samaritan Counseling Center Offers Services
Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas is now offering counseling services for individuals, couples and families at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Clinic in...

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 July 19 - 25
Wednesday: Chicken fried steak with gravy, au gratin potatoes, broccoli with cauliflower, dinner roll, sugar cookie, milk Thursday: Chicken patty on bun, potato medley,...

Meals on Wheels July 12 - 18
Wednesday: Chicken salad sandwich, honeydew, fruit cocktail, oatmeal raisin cookie, milk Thursday: Tortellini with cheese, Monaco veggie blend, squash medley, garlic...

Newly Weds Foods Partners with Northeast Texas Community College...
Newly Weds Foods, Inc. has partnered with Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) to provide job training using a $170,267 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas...

Two International Shipping Companies Pay $1.9 Million for Covering...
Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 20 in federal court in Beaumont to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships...

Sen. Robert Nichols announces bid for re-election to state Senate
Texas State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) announced today his intention to file for re-election to the Texas Senate. “Serving Senate District 3 is the greatest...

Clearing the site for the Children’s Clinic of Rusk
The Children’s Clinic of Rusk will be located at 1375 N Dickinson Dr. Rusk, TX 75785. The main clinic is in Lufkin (The Children’s Clinic of...

Samaritan Counseling Center Offers Services
Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas is now offering counseling services for individuals, couples and families at the Christus Trinity Mother Frances Clinic in...

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....

Commissioners call consent agenda item into question
Everybody makes mistakes – and apparently, that’s what happened in Monday morning’s Cherokee County’s Commissioners Court when it came time to approve the consent agenda...

Thespians ‘N Training (TNT) counselor Luke Williams instructs, from left, Terrius Aldridge, Alexis Aldredge and Clair Kesler on using power tools. The annual TNT grand finale showcases will be held Saturday, July 29 at the Cherokee Civic Theatre, 157 W. 5th St. in Rusk. For more information, call (903) 683-2131. Curtain up: TNT grand finale showcases set for Saturday
On Saturday, July 29, the historic Cherokee Civic Theatre in downtown Rusk will open the curtains to the TNT Grand Finale Showcases! After weeks...

News briefs
Alto’s Reagan Davis 3rd at NFHS Rodeo Alto rider Reagan Davis will bring home some hardware from the annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR), held July 16-22 at...

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...

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...

Two International Shipping Companies Pay $1.9 Million for Covering...
Two shipping companies based in Egypt and Singapore pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 20 in federal court in Beaumont to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships...

The Pegasus Project Wins $10,000 ASPCA Grant
On April 22, The Pegasus Project Horse Rescue participated in the national celebration of the ASPCA )The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Help A...

Listen to your symptoms: when to seek Emergency Care
At what point does a fever or stomach ache become a medical emergency? If someone slices their finger with a knife, or is having the worst headache they’ve ever had, should...

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,...

Pet Talk: Why did the turtle cross the road?
Ever wondered why turtles cross the road? There are a few reasons why these slow-pokes venture into the street, but no matter their agenda, be cautious of their presence...

Hurricane Season: Look Up Before the Storm
The Atlantic hurricane season is a time when most tropical cyclones are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. It is currently defined as the time frame...

Timberlands Hospital in Crockett Closed
Important information regarding Timberlands Hospital (formerly Houston County Medical Center) in Crockett. Timberlands Hospital recently notified Blue Cross and Blue...

Horticulturist Greg Grant will be the guest speaker for SFA Gardens’ upcoming monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series, slated for 7 p.m. July 13 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature...
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, in the...

Alto ISD board approves drug testing policy, meets HS principal
The Alto ISD school board met Alto High School’s new principal, then approved a new district drug testing policy during their monthly meeting Monday. Prior to the start of...

Alto native and former Texas FFA officer Creager Davis salutes the crowd during the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention, held July 10-14 in Corpus Christi. Davis recently finished his term as state vice-president with the Texas FFA. The FFA effect: state officer Creager Davis discusses how FFA,...
Imagine this: a 13-year-old kid with an extremely heavy accent that has never really seen life outside of his small town of Alto, Texas. Now...

Nicole Phifer of the Rusk FFA was selected to the Texas FFA State Nominating Committee – the first Rusk FFA member to be selected. The committee consists of 11 members from across the state tasked with evaluating and selecting Texas’ national and state FFA officers. Rusk FFA shines at 89th annual State FFA Convention
The Rusk FFA finished another award winning year that culminated at the 89th Texas FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi last week. The Rusk FFA...

Fee Schedule for DPS Crime Lab Services Released
In accordance with the General Appropriation Act (GAA) passed by the 85th Texas Legislative requiring the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to collect up to $11.5...

Over $1 Million Awarded to Four New College Credit for Heroes Programs
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced the award of $1.03 million to support four new accelerated certificate or degree programs through its College Credit...

DPS Recognized for Innovative Effort in Sexual Predator Case
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received the FBI’s Biometric Identification Award for the efforts of two DPS Crime Lab employees...

Meals On Wheels Dogwood Travelers Sponsors Trips
Meals on Wheels, Dogwood Travelers is sponsoring a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio from June 25 to July 1. Cost of the trip includes transportation; lodging; six breakfasts and...

Texas Historical Commission News Briefs for June
Free Web Film Highlights Tragic Goliad Massacre Using 360 Video Technology The Texas Historical Commission (THC) premiered a five-minute web film about the story of the...

How to Save Money on Transportation, Entertainment and...
For many people traveling abroad is something that they long to do but don’t know if they can ever afford it. Even, if they save enough money for plane tickets to Europe –...

What does order to destroy pre-trial documents by shredding mean?
On July 12, 2017, Donald Lankford, the Rusk Fire Chief, filed a motion in Cause No. 57148, State of Texas vs. Donald Lankford in the County Court at Law of Cherokee County,...

Records of pre-trial diversion agreement were right not to be sealed
In the July 12, 2017 edition of the Cherokeean Herald newspaper, an article appeared on the front page regarding the Rusk fire chief being placed in a pre-trial diversion...

Rusk fire chief confesses, placed in pre-trial diversion program
On June 16, 2017, the Rusk Fire Chief, Donald Lankford, signed a true and voluntary statement that reads as follows, to-wit: “ I, Donald Lankford, Defendant, did recklessly...