High Points from El Camino Real #1041
Folks along El Camino Real can’t quit talking about what a wet August we’ve had. Most of us are through mowing and just kicking back waiting on fall by this time of year,...

Taxing Thoughts: Is your HSA a retirement tool? The good, bad and ugly
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a great way to pay for medical expenses, and since unused funds roll over from year to year, the account can also provide a source of...

Hope for Today
According to experts in the field of human behavior, loneliness is at epidemic levels. Millions are walking through this dark valley and every day the numbers are growing....

Savannah Applewhite received her Lone Star Chapter degree, which is the highest degree awarded to members in the state for commitment and service to the FFA organization. She is pictured with outgoing Texas FFA officer and Alto native Creager Davis. Wells FFA makes history at 89th State FFA Convention

East Texas Beef & Forage Seminar
On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia St., will be the East Texas Beef &Forage Seminar. Worth two CEU hours for current TDA...

Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature State Botanical...
Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Brundrett Conservation...

From left, Cherokee County Child & Family Service Board President Nancy Washburn, board member Shirley Reese and drive organizers Diki and Jerry Parker get a peek at some of the many donated items collected during last month’s Christmas in July donation drive, to help stock the county’s Rainbow Room. Donations were delivered to the Rainbow Room on Aug. 9. Also pictured is Reese’s husband, Jim, who documented the delivery for the Rainbow Room. A very merry Christmas (in July): annual drive a success
Santa's little helpers across Cherokee County went the extra mile to make this year's Christmas in July donation drive for the county's Rainbow...

Better Business Bureau offers tips on back-to-school shopping
School bells will be ringing before we know it. Whether shoppers plan to shop at their favorite retail sore, a consignment shop, and/or in the drawers and closets of their...

News Briefs: Aug. 16, 2017
East Texas Beef & Forage Seminar On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia St., will be the East Texas Beef &Forage Seminar. The...

BMA Seminary Announces the Fall Free Online Course
BMA Seminary has consistently focused upon helping students grow in their abilities to make disciples in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission and would like to expose...

BBB: Be on the Lookout for Scams which Target College Students
As first year college students go through a lot of growing pains, they face new challenges and opportunities. From figuring out which major to choose, learning how to...

SFA collaborates with Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota to...
For several years, Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members in the James I. Perkins College of Education, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, and...

BMA Seminary Announces the Fall Free Online Course
BMA Seminary has consistently focused upon helping students grow in their abilities to make disciples in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission and would like to expose...

BBB: Be on the Lookout for Scams which Target College Students
As first year college students go through a lot of growing pains, they face new challenges and opportunities. From figuring out which major to choose, learning how to...

Jacksonville Rotary Meeting
Eric Stanfill (right) was the program chair for the week. His invited guests were James Grundy, VP (center) of Distribution for Stage Stores, and...

Commissioners clear up bill issues; approve tax roll items
“Bills, bills, bills” were once again a question brought up during the consent agenda portion of the Cherokee County Commissioners court meeting on Monday, Aug. 14. Just...

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...

Congratulations to Gray’s Automotive in Rusk for being voted as Business of the Month for August by the Rusk Chamber of Commerce. Stop by and see Jody and his crew for all automotive needs. They have a paint and body shop too. Call (903) 683-4797. Rusk Business of the Month

Local Brookshire Brothers and David’s Shoppers Help Provide Milk...
Hunger is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities; it has no boundaries. In fact, Texas and Louisiana have a food insecurity rate of 16.2%, meaning...

Local Author announces upcoming events
Local historical cookbook author Lurlene Bowden announces her upcoming events: • Natural Grocers anniversary store celebration and book signing for all the historical...

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,...

Clardy’s week in review: bills filed to extend state agency operations
The past few weeks of the special session have flown past. With 20 items on the agenda, and as the author of House Bill 198 relating to teacher compensation, the days have...

Texas Workforce Commission Announces “Careers in Texas Industries...
The Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, will...

Alto’s Danny Ward announces candidacy for Texas House
Alto resident Danny Ward recently announced his Republican candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives slot in House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches...

A local contingent of Rusk leaders joined Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy Thursday morning to speak to leaders with the state Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to advocate for funding for new construction at Rusk State Hospital. From left are Bobby Garmon of Citizens 1st Bank, Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn, Department of State Health Services Deputy Commissioner Mike Maples, Sen. Nichols, University of Texas System Chief Medical Officer and Associate Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Lakey, Citizens 1st Bank-Rusk president Charles Hassell, Rep. Clardy and HHSC Deputy Commissioner Stephenie Muth. Local contingent advocates for Rusk State Hospital
Thursday morning, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) spoke to Health and Human Services...

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...

UT Health Northeast to Host Cystic Fibrosis Education Day
UT Health Northeast will host a Cystic Fibrosis Education Day on Aug. 18 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Louise and Joseph Z. Ornelas Academic Amphitheater, located...

Council to examine stop signs; discusses budget
After a few weeks of examining several speed control devices for Euclid and Daniel streets, the city of Rusk may adhere to an old adage: “Simple is best.” After a...

From left, Cherokee County Child & Family Service Board President Nancy Washburn, board member Shirley Reese and drive organizers Diki and Jerry Parker get a peek at some of the many donated items collected during last month’s Christmas in July donation drive, to help stock the county’s Rainbow Room. Donations were delivered to the Rainbow Room on Aug. 9. Also pictured is Reese’s husband, Jim, who documented the delivery for the Rainbow Room. A very merry Christmas (in July): annual drive a success
Santa's little helpers across Cherokee County went the extra mile to make this year's Christmas in July donation drive for the county's Rainbow...

News Briefs: Aug. 16, 2017
East Texas Beef & Forage Seminar On Tuesday, Aug. 22 at the Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia St., will be the East Texas Beef &Forage Seminar. The...

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...

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...

Meals on Wheels’ Dogwood Travelers announces Trip
Meals on Wheels’ Dogwood Travelers is sponsoring a seven day/six night trip from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, to Eureka Springs, Ark. Travel will be by deluxe motor coach, Chuck’s...

AGCS announces meeting
The Angelina County Genealogical Society is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Kurth Memorial Library, 706 South Raguet Street, Lufkin. The ACGS...

UT Health Northeast to Host Cystic Fibrosis Education Day
UT Health Northeast will host a Cystic Fibrosis Education Day on Aug. 18 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Louise and Joseph Z. Ornelas Academic Amphitheater, located...

Savannah Applewhite received her Lone Star Chapter degree, which is the highest degree awarded to members in the state for commitment and service to the FFA organization. She is pictured with outgoing Texas FFA officer and Alto native Creager Davis. Wells FFA makes history at 89th State FFA Convention

Jacksonville Mayor Dick Stone (middle) and Cherokee County Court-at-Law Judge Janice Stone (right) were recognized as Influential Indians during the annial Jacksonville Education Foundation “Evening With Our Stars” event Aug. 10. They are pictured with daughter Julie Harvey. Jacksonville ISD honors its stars, Influential Indians, Aug. 10
The Jacksonville Education Foundation hosted the 6th annual “Evening With Our Stars” event on August 10, 2017 at the Legacy in Jacksonville. JEF...

College Students Receive $1.2 Million Scholarship Bonus From The...
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo recently recognized the achievements of 94 current junior and senior Show Scholars by presenting them with a $4,000 scholarship bonus,...

Property tax legislation clears major hurdle in Texas House
A bill that would require voter approval of property tax increases in larger Texas cities and counties won initial approval from the House on Saturday, signaling that Gov....

Texas Workforce Commission Announces “Careers in Texas Industries...
The Texas Workforce Commission and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and Tri-Agency partners, will...

College Students Receive $1.2 Million Scholarship Bonus From The...
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo recently recognized the achievements of 94 current junior and senior Show Scholars by presenting them with a $4,000 scholarship bonus,...

Meals on Wheels’ Dogwood Travelers announces Trip
Meals on Wheels’ Dogwood Travelers is sponsoring a seven day/six night trip from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26, to Eureka Springs, Ark. Travel will be by deluxe motor coach, Chuck’s...

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...

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...