Area Interest

Brenda Whitehead, owner of Mommy  Me Gifts Galore and Linda Caveness, manager, are welcomed to the Rusk business community. They are surrounded by chamber members, friends and family at ribbon cutting festivities in the Main Street Center. Mommy & Me gifts Galore

Rusk students win $50 savings bonds
Austin Bank has chosen four student winners from Rusk ISD in its "Teach Children to Save" Program. Students were awarded a $50 savings bond as part of this financial...
The Celebration Choir of the Alto First Baptist Church will present "Treasures of Christmas" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and again at Provencal Baptist Church in Natchitoches, La. Dec. 23. Choir members are Sopranos, Lisa Duplichain, Misty Duplichain, DeAnna Griffith, Robin Hicks, Frances Hicks, Kathleen Hill, Judy Johnson, Karen Kesinger, Patti Low, Erna Lowry, Shannon Mason, and Judy Stewart; Altos, Vonnie Anderson, Linda Brooks, Shannon Cobb, Betty Duplichain, Peggy Hill, Lisa Low, Pam Marin, Carla Riley, and Alison Wier; Tenors, Larry Crosby, Jason Hill, Kirby Hill, Mike Low, Jessie Reed, Dale Wier; Basses, John Cobb, Shaun Crosby, Jeff Duplichain, Greg Duplichain, David Middleton and Steve Winfield. Ryan Mason is the sound technician, and the choir is under the direction of Jason Duplichain. Alto 1st Baptist choir

"An Unexpected Answer" will be presented at the First Church on the Hill at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15 and 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. In front from left are Jayden Driver, Alex McIntyre and McKenna Driver; second row, Cheyanne McNair, Corrissa McIntyre, Megan Blanchard; third row, Katy McIntyre, David Ellis, Donna Rogers, Steve Blanchard, Carissa Pate; and back row, Blake Lowery and Ricky Rogers. Kristen Brannon, and Zach Drinkard are not pictured. Church on Hill

RUSK LIONS CLUB
Ann Rodgers presented a program on the East Texas Goat Raisers Assn. (ETGRA) at a recent Lions Club meeting. Her group is a nonprofit organization for goat enthusiasts...
MEALS ON WHEELS Dec. 3-7
Monday: Barbecue chicken, corn o'brien, zucchini and tomatoes, wheat bread, sugar cookie, milk Tuesday: Beef stew, seasoned greens, hot apple cobbler, cornbread, milk...
NEWS
Merchants help with HOPE shopping pass project Jacksonville merchants are helping their less fortunate neighbors by participating in the Shop for HOPE project to be held...
Scott Abinshine and Jeffery English check out the water and sand from an old gas line. The sand and water were then taken to a disposal site. The two men were in Rusk recently to replace a CenterPoint gas line. New gas line

Rusk native named officer for state board
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy has announced that Rusk native, Jeanne Duncan Waggener, R.Ph., has been elected treasurer of the board to serve Sept. 1- Aug. 31, 2008....
2 rail authority members meet in Austin with Speaker Tom Craddick
Disputed operating funds may be made available soon to the Texas State Railroad Authority following a meeting Tuesday in Austin. Time is running out for the TSR to receive...
Ian Chandler of Jacksonville entertains children by playing their favorite songs. "Instead of hearing people say, 'Play Free Bird,' I am hearing them say, 'Let's go see Thomas,'" Mr. Chandler said. An employee of the Texas State Railroad, he is best known for his performances with local rock group, The Papers. Thousands spend 'A Day out with Thomas'
As Texas State Railroad Authority board members, the office of House Speaker Tom Craddick and the Legislative Budget Board debated the future of...

A statue erected in honor of the 
            2,000 men who served in the southern army during the Civil War turns 
            100 years old today. The statue stands on the southwest quadrant of 
            the Cherokee County Courthouse. PHOTO: SCOTT MCCUNE Confederate statue is 100 years old today
On Oct. 31, 1907, a large crowd of citizens came on horseback and horse-drawn carriages from all over Cherokee county to gather on the court house...

MEALS ON WHEELS
Thursday, Nov. 1: Stir fry chicken, rice, egg rolls, lime pear salad, fortune cookie, fresh fruit, milk Friday, Nov. 2: Chili with beans, fiesta corn, hot fruit compote,...
TEXAS BETA OMEGA MASTER
Texas Beta Omega Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi began a new year Sept. 4 in the home of Rona Long. Members were served Italian vegetable soup, cornbread, hot turkey...
Mr., Mrs. Joe Bob Brooks Laura Harris, Joe Brooks wed Oct. 20
Laura Harris and Joe Bob Brooks Jr. were married Oct. 20 in an outdoor double ring ceremony. Mr. Brooks is the son of Joe and Dollie Brooks of...