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Early voting begins April 30 for cities, schools
Early voting begins Monday, April 30, and continues through Tuesday, May 8, for city and school elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 12....
MARRIAGES
Marriage licenses issued in the office of Laverne Lusk, county clerk through April 18 were: Matthew Garland of Jacksonville and Melissa Peterson of Palestine; Isidro Perez...
Bradford named 2006 Field Grade Officer of the Year
Air Force Lt. Col. Noel D. Bradford has been named 2006 Field Grade Officer of the Year for U.S. Northern Command. Selection was based on the...

Jaycee Bishop and Mason Perkins paint zebras as they learn about zoo animals. The students are in Elissa Baker's Pre-K 4/Head Start class. Registration for Head Start and Pre-k 4 will be May 1 at Rusk Primary School. Rusk Primary schedules registration
Registration for Rusk ISD kindergarten students for the 2007-08 school year will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.on Tuesday, May 1, at the Primary...

Talent champs
First place talent winners at the 3rd Annual Gopher Fest in Gallatin recently were Cody and Caleb Jewell of Laneville. Cody, 15, sang two Johhny...

Lofton graduates advanced training
Army Reserve Pvt. Britt A. Lofton graduated from the Petroleum Supply Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Va. The course is designed...
Christ the Redeemer Church in Rusk opened with services Sunday. The new church is located at the corner of Fourth and Barron Streets. The Rev. Dr. Debra McCormick is the pastor of the congregation. Her husband, the Rev. Kevin McCormick serves as associate pastor. Their twin daughters are Briana and Brooke. Christ the Redeemer finds new home at First Baptist's old site
We can all agree that the Lord works in mysterious ways. The bringing of a new church, Christ the Redeemer, and parsonage family to Rusk is...

Spring clean-up in Rusk will be April 28, May 5
Rusk spring clean-up days have been scheduled for 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, April 28 and May 5 at the city barn on U.S. Highway 69 and Conley Park. The dumpsters are only...
LIBRARY STUDY CLUB
Members of the Library Study Club met March 13 at First Presbyterian Church. Ollie Parrott, program presenter, discussed "The Cross." She began her program with an...
Good Samaritan President Kay Epperson and Food Bank Manager Dolly Lofton accept delivery of Girl Scout Cookies from left, Myles Inglish, Libby Berry and Moira O'Heaney Debbs. PHOTO: SHEILAH O'HEANEY Cookies given to Good Sam
Members of Rusk/Alto Girl Scout Troop 139 had a great Girl Scout Cookie sale and many people outside the troop are benefitting from it as well....

Couple weds March 22 in Palestine
Shannon Snowden and Trey Crosby were married March 22 in Palestine. The bride is the daughter of Martha and Bobby Snowden of Lufkin. Mr. Crosby is the son of Fay and Bill...
Ida Rhinegold, played by Phyllis Johnson, entices Munro Murgatroyd, played by Dan Breen, in this scene from "Dirty Work at the Crossroads." PHOTO: SHEILAH O'HEANEY Last show of season opens April 27
"Curses foiled again!" The phrase is part of our American culture, but have you ever heard someone actually say it? Then come on down to Cherokee...

Men of Power event scheduled at West Union
Men of Power will attend a weekend event April 20-21 at the West Union Faith Ministry in Rusk. The church is located at Beale and Bradley Streets. The event will begin at 7...
The engagement of Kristina Gayle Jones and Jesse Orion Purma is announced by their parents, Mark and Kerrie Jones of Alto, and Joe and Judy Purma of Taneyville, Mo. The wedding will be held April 28 at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The bride-elect has a BS in science from Texas A  M and an MS in physical therapy from TWU. She is currently employed as a physical therapist with the Harris County Hospital District. Mr. Purma is a graduate of the College of the Ozarks with a degree in aviation technology and is employed as a pilot with Continental Express of Houston. Jones-Purma

Alto ISD mulls hurricane shelter operations at AHS
The Hurricane Rita evacuations of 2005 highlighted the need to be prepared in case of an emergency evacuation. The Alto ISD Board of Trustees deliberated the initial phases...