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Participants in the River of Life School of Ministry graduation were in front from left, first year graduate Debra Walker, second year graduate Jessica Cellis, Rev. Lesa Corbell, first year graduate Joseph Lyles, and first year graduate Brandon Tribble; second row, Rev. Ronda Watson, Rev. Nancy Frederickson, Rev. Robert Corbell and Rev. John Cole; back row, Rev. Joe Foster, Rev. Russell Craft, Dr. Gary Christopher, Rev. Richard Thornhill, Rev. Ron Stanley and Rev. Ray Baldwin. Each first year graduate completed 28 classes. Classes include Old and New Testament Survey, Book of John, Evangelism, Journeys of Paul, Gifts of the Spirit and others. Ms. Cellis completed several upper level courses as well as received hands-on training as an intern. Classes resume Aug. 6. Applications are accepted online at www. riveroflifeschool.com or at 677 S. Dickinson Dr., Rusk. Graduation participants

Cherokee County Mental Retardation Association staff and board members with 15 years or more tenure include: (from left in back) James Cromwell, president; Joyce Cox; Levell Session, Andrea Grimes and Andrea Hunt. Front row from left are Martha Garner, Hazel Luce, Karen Jackson, Barbara Polk and Elton McCune, executive director. Not pictured are Billy Reyes, W.T. Reed, Beth Benjamin, Linda Holman, Scott Howland and Kenneth Martin. Sheltered workshop recognizes tenured staff
A June 1 meeting of the sheltered workshop by the Cherokee County Mental Retardation Association, Inc. recognized tenured staff members with 15...

May rainfall tops 7 inches
Storms ripped through East Texas Sunday, downing trees, ruining cemetery homecoming events and forcing the cancellation of Sunday runs of the Texas State Railroad. The...
Board members of Heritage Center of Cherokee County admire the new sign at the museum. The heritage center is the former Summers Norman Memorial Museum. From left are Marvin Troublefield, Mike Murray, Ruther McIntosh, Rachel Loden, Kevin Stingley, Stephanie Caveness, Jim Cromwell and Donald Woodard. New sign for museum

CLEAN ... NEAT ... MODEST
Alto ISD released the dress code for the 2007-08 school year just in time for summer. "I wanted everyone to get this going into summer so parents will know what type of...
Women's conference planned at Rusk church
Faith Holy Tabernacle Non-Denomination Church, 525 North Main Street, in downtown Rusk will sponsor a women's conference entitled "Women On Fire For God" at 7:30 p.m. June...
LMC sponsors Kid Kountry Day Camp
The second annual Kid Kountry Day Camp will be held at Lon Morris College from June 11-15 and is designed for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Youths...
Resale shop offers special $3 bag sale this Friday
Resale shop offers special $3 bag sale this Friday The Rusk State Hospital Resale Shop will offer a special $3 bag sale June 8 with proceeds to benefit the Volunteer...
The set for the depot scene of "The Great Debaters," starring Denzel Washington, lies in disrepair after being destroyed by high winds from storms which moved through East Texas Sunday. The storms blew parts of the set onto the track, downed several trees in the area and knocked several local radio stations off the air. Sunday runs of the Texas State Railroad were also cancelled due to the storms. Dates for reconstruction of the set have not been released. Blown Away

Rusk High School Class of 1987 slates reunion
The Rusk High School class of 1987 will celebrate its 20th year class reunion Saturday June 23. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. at Jim Hogg Park in Rusk. Classmates are...
Uncle Fletch Burger and BBQ cook-off/festival will be June 9 in Athens
The Uncle Fletch Burger and Barbecue cook-off will take place in Athens on June 9 at the Lake Athens Marina on FM 2495. Gates open at 10 a.m. Cook-off teams will compete in...
ROTARY CLUB
Texas leads the nation in traffic fatalities. Annually, over 3,500 people are killed and more than 300,000 are injured on Texas streets and highways. Many of the deaths and...
RHS scholarships announced
Scholarships not included in the announcement at the scholarship banquet included three East Texas State Fair scholarships for $3,000 each, given to Krystan Hope Corley,...
Greg James Country Motors participated in the national "A Million Thanks" program to recognize the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Services. With a national goal of collecting one million thank-yous by Memorial Day, Greg James Country Motors collected 2,867 thank you signatures in just three weeks. "Local schools and banks really responded to recognizing our soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines during this Memorial Day," said Greg James. 'A Million Thanks'

Tomato Fest opens this weekend
The Jacksonville Tomato Festival on Friday and Saturday in Jacksonville will feature new games and a gospel concert. "The newest thing to the...