Area Interest

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...
Kong still king in 3-potato 'Kong: Skull Island'
Spud Nut, Kong – Skull Island (PG-13, 135 minutes) has much to commend it as another version of the classic tale about the giant ape that confronts modernity. Once again...
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...
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...
Concert, auction benefitting KAIROS Saturday
KAIROS Outside of East Texas will host a benefit including music and a silent auction at 5 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456 in...
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...
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...
Johnnie Helm and 3-Tone Sunburst at CCT Saturday
This Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Cherokee Civic Theatre, located at W. 5th Street in Rusk, will present a one-night only “Raise the Roof” special event. Johnnie Helm &...
Trina Stidham 'Women who Were First' event March 28
Jacksonville and Cherokee County will recognize several residents who made their own brands of women’s history. Five women will be recognized as...


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...


High Points from El Camino Real #1021
Folks along El Camino Real were hit with the time change and a cold front on Saturday night. This made for lots of sleepy, cold people on Sunday morning as the church...