Area Interest

Volunteers are sought at ETMC Rusk
Volunteers are needed at East Texas Medical Center Rusk. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer may contact Becky Ford, clinic manager, at (903) 683-3604.
RSH resale shop is open 1st, 2nd Fridays
The Resale Shop operated by the Volunteer Council for the Rusk State Hospital, Inc. is open 10 a.m. -3 p.m., at 545 Castner St, in Rusk on the first and second Friday of...
Farming workshop begins Sept. 6
NACOGDOCHES - The Texas Cooperative Extension's six-week program, "Making Small Acreage Profitable in East Texas," begins Sept. 6. The course, designed for farmers who...
Huntington woman dies in 1-vehicle rollover
A one-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Huntington woman at approximately 1:45 a.m. last Thursday. DPS trooper Jimmy Dunklin said that Kellie Renee Blain, 26, died at...
John Veach, a FEMA manager assigned to Cherokee County, assists an unidentified man seeking information on flood assistance. 94 persons visit FEMA's temporary office
JACKSONVILLE - Approximately 94 persons stopped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's temporary office last week to file claims and gain...

Rain has city manager wishing for green, feeling blue
The recent summer rains have the Rusk city manager wishing for greenbacks, and feeling a little blue. With the 12.97 inches of rainfall during...

Church plans concert
The "Prairie Wind," gospel singers will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Maydelle Assembly of God Church. The public is invited to attend.
Master Gardener Assn. sponsors conference
The Smith County Master Gardener Association, a volunteer program of Texas Cooperative Extension, will sponsor its annual fall gardening conference at the Tyler Rose Garden...
Auditions set for musical
What is Seussical? The Cherokee Civic Theatre has announced auditions for its annual fall musical, "Seussical," based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Auditions are planned at...
The lawn of Betty Marcontell, 470 W. Sixth Street in Rusk was named the June Yard of the Month. The home is located on the site of the Confederate gun factory. A historical marker stands in the yard noting that fact. Marcontell yard

Loma Carroll shows off the Yard of the Month sign designating her garden as the May winner. She lives on Highway 84 E. and Academy Street. Carroll garden

The July Yard of the Month award was given to Buz and Margaret Parrish, 142 Parrish St. From left are Patty Davis, Mrs. Parrish, Maxine Pierce and Waldine Walker. Parrish home

Historical preservation workshop planned
The City of Palestine Historical Landmarks Commission will sponsor a free workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Palestine Civic Center, 1819 Spring Street, Loop 256,...
Texas A&I Honor rolls
Two Cherokee County students attending Texas AI University have been named to the school's honor rolls for the spring semester. Michael A. Terry of Jacksonville, was named...
It's "Kids Ride Free" time at the Texas State Railroad. This popular East Texas attraction is still making it easier than ever to take a memorable train ride. The 126-year old railroad is ready for another season and the surrounding area is full of bed and breakfasts, camping and motel opportunities as well as communities in which to spend time. Through the end of August, children 12 and under ride free. Up to five children are allowed per paying adult. For reservations and more information call (800) 442-8951 or (903) 683-2561. PHOTO: JOHN GARBUTT Kids ride free