Area Interest

DPS Ramps Up Enforcement For Memorial Day Weekend
AUSTIN – This Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is joining law enforcement efforts across the state to help keep Texas roadways safe and...
Sales Tax holidays for water-efficient and ENERGY STAR® products...
AUSTIN — Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR®...
Commissioners discuss travel expenditures
On May 14, Cherokee County commissioners questioned and discussed payments made for certain travel expenses but eventually approved the consent agenda which included...
Smith County man sentenced for firearms violations
TEXARKANA – A 25-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D....
Utility lines down in Rusk
An oversized load was attempting to turn off HWY 84 onto Loop 343 in Rusk on Tuesday afternoon when the load snagged utility lines. As of 3:17 p.m....

Courtesy photo
Jacksonville College students, pictured in no particular order, Thomas Ghiringhelli, Hunter Gates, Seth Hellwig, Syvoney Ybarra, and Mackenzie Nelson all participated in last month’s Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Austin. JC students join in Texas Undergraduate Research Day
Jacksonville College students who are members of the Barnwell Anderson Chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Society participated in the Texas...

City of Austin buys Sacul power plant for $460 million
The city of Austin has purchased an East Texas renewable power plant for $460 million as a means to escape from a punitive contract. The deal reached late Wednesday wiped...
Fundraising fish fry for Bulah School
A fundraising fish fry for the Bulah school will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Guests are encouraged to meet old friends or make new ones as fish, french...
Commissioners close CR 3905 for VFD’s fish fry event
Cherokee County commissioners heard from the Cherokee County Master Gardeners at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 23. Kim Benton spoke on behalf of the...
Events rescheduled on account of rain
At least three local events originally planned for Saturday, April 13, were rescheduled to avoid the severe weather forecasters called for that weekend. Rusk city...
GoFundMe set up for Caddo volunteer injured at site
Last weekend’s tornadoes that swept through the city of Alto devastated the town’s crown jewel attraction, the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site – in more ways than...
After the storms: Support pours in after local town hit by tornadoes
“I’m grateful to be alive,” said Shannon Flowers after her home was destroyed by a tornado that hit Alto Saturday, April 13. Flowers and her husband, Jerry, lived on Water...
FSA accepting emergency loan applications
Applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by excessive moisture and flooding occurring September 3, 2018 through January 28, 2019 are being...
Community rallies together to support Alto
The River, a church located at 595 S. Marcos in Alto, has been collecting donations and providing food to the community since the tornadoes tore through the town Saturday,...
TxDOT promotes safe driving in conjunction with National Work Zone...
In spite of a decrease in work zone crashes in Texas last year, 161 people still lost their lives and another 684 were seriously injured, with the...