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Motorcar group speeds at TSR
Historic steam locomotives and diesel engines are not the only vehicles which may be seen on the tracks of the Texas State Railroad. On Sunday,...


New Summerfield High School seniors Romario Aguilar (second from left) and Wesley Stewart (second from right) both achieved the 60 credit hours of college coursework from Jacksonville College while meeting their requirements at New Summerfield High School. The duo will graduate from New Summerfield May 26 and from Jacksonville College in August. They are pictured with, from left, JC registrar Jodye Jay, president Dr. Michael Smith and academic dean Marolyn Welch. Dual threats: Stewart, Aguilar set to graduate from JC, NSISD
Just consider New Summerfield High School students Wesley Stewart and Romario Aguilar a couple of “dual threats.” The duo, both seniors at NSHS,...


The Perkins Family and TJC president Dr. Mike Metke honored the second class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise students during a ceremony May 9 at TJC’s Jean Browne Theatre and Courtyard. A total of 20 students were recognized; seven graduated from TJC last week. Promises kept: Rusk/TJC Promise Program honors scholars
On May 9, Tyler Junior College, Citizens 1st Bank and Rusk and Cherokee County continued keeping its collective promise and honored members of the...


Former Alto city marshal Joe Moore also served as deputy sheriff, worked in Huntsville as part of the state prison system and owned the Moore Hotel, which was located on San Antonio St. He was also an accomplished musician who played the violin and cello. He died in 1952 at the age of 90, considered to be “the last of the old time lawmen” in Alto. Hark! the Herald: Last of the old-time lawmen
Joe Moore was an Alto legend. He was a man of many talents - farmer, photographer, lawman, innkeeper, road-builder and musician. When he died in...


Progress continues on what will be the New Summerfield Junior High campus, cafeteria and gymnasium. The venues are expected to open in time for the 2017-18 school year. The project is valued at $9.6 million and is funded by an $8 million bond district voters approved in May 2015. RLM General Contractors of Longview is heading the project. New building at New Summerfield


Members of the Rusk baseball and softball teams show off their strength standing next to Caleb Whitely (front row, third from left). Caleb, a third-grader, has beaten two forms of leukemia. The teams recognized him by naming him an honorary captain for their playoff games – baseball against Spring Hill and softball against Atlanta. Caleb threw out the first pitch at game one of the Rusk-Spring Hill game. Showing their strength


TSR goes West(ern): The Western Group takes over as operator of...
In the frontier days, many a traveler would use rail cars and “go west” to fortune and new beginnings. The Texas State Railroad is doing the same...


Photo: Becky Whisenant
At their recent meeting April 26, the Texas State Railroad Authority voted to reject an offer from Iowa Pacific Holdings that would leave Iowa Pacific as the operator of the Texas State Railroad. The current contract with Iowa Pacific ends May 4. The TSRA entered into negotiations with The Western Group of Ogden, Utah, in late March and boardmembers say negotiations with The Western Group are “very close.” TSR rejects operator offer from Iowa Pacific
At a meeting Wednesday, April 26, the Texas State Railroad Authority Board voted unanimously to reject an offer from Iowa Pacific Holdings which...


Demonstrations on pioneer life in the Republic of Texas including weapons, blacksmithing, weaving, soap and basket making, cloth dying and much more will be offered to visitors at the annual Folk Festival which will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mission Tejas State Park located 12 miles west of Alto on State Highway 21. Tejas Forever: Mission Tejas Folk Festival set for Saturday
Step back through time into the mid-1800s when Texas was a young republic and life was challenging. Experience pioneer life firsthand Saturday,...


The conclusion of the 68th annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale brought plaudits and pride for many of Cherokee County’s next generation of agriculture and creation. Foster Hall, representing the Alto FFA, won a grand champion title with his market steer heavy entry in the beef division. Show and tell: big winners at county show


Local watercolor artist Arthur Sekula was recently selected for the 45th International Art Show at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. Mr. Sekula had three entries accepted: “Crimson Clover,” “Bonnets Trail” and “Tree Line.” Mr. Sekula specializes in East Texas landscapes and welcomes consignments of “home portraits.” His work has also been shown at art shows in Edom, Conroe and Loveland, Colo. For more, visit his website at www.arthursekula.com. Sekula selected for art show


TJC Law Enforcement Academy graduates pictured front, from left: Stephen Thomas, Tyler Police Department; Michael Preston, Longview PD; Kyle McBride, Longview PD; R.L. Davis, Longview PD; Rodney Eubanks, Longview PD; Leslie Sheridan, Longview PD; Justin Huddleston, Palestine PD; second row, Jennifer Gillham, Jacksonville PD; Blake Kelley, Tyler PD; Kaci Lopez, Tyler PD; Abby Rodseth, valedictorian, Tyler PD; Jocobo Lira, Longview PD; Brian Stewart, Tyler PD; and third row, Colin Groce, Longview PD; Tyler Stroscein, Longview PD; William Smeltzer, Longview PD; Quintin Green, Smith County Sheriff’s Office; Barron Wedgeworth, Smith County SO; Cody Kemp, Tyler PD; Benny Davenport, Tyler PD. TJC law enforcement academy holds graduation March 24
The Tyler Junior College Law Enforcement Academy has announced graduates from its 26th basic peace officer class. Graduates were honored during a...


Cherokee County Court-at-Law Judge Janice Stone cuts the ribbon during the county’s ceremony at Cherokee County Child Abuse proclamation day Tuesday afternoon.  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year’s theme is “It’s your turn to make a difference in a child’s life.” County Judge Chris Davis (not pictured) read the proclamation and the children of Christ the Redeemer pre-school sang during the event. Child Abuse Prevention Month


Judge Bascom Bentley III Bascom's High Point
Folks along El Camino Real woke up to a stormy Sunday morning that brought lots of rain and lightning as they headed off to church. I started...


Photo: Becky Whisenant

A child waves during one of the train runs from the Texas State Railroad.The TSRA Board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the Western Group with the possibility of the group, based in Ogden, Utah, becoming the TSR’s new operator. Go West(ern)? TSR enters negotiations with Western Group
The Texas State Railroad Authority Board (TSRA) met Wednesday, March 29 and announced that four applications from potential future operators were...