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Low cost rabies clinics continue
The 2007 Cherokee County Rabies Campaign began Monday and will continue through Monday, May 14. Canine vaccines are $7 for Rabies only; $25 for Rabies, Distemper and...
Jackie Ardi receives a kiss from his mother, Sarah Ardi, during a recent trip to Mecca. Mr. Ardi, a member of the Church of Christ, took his mother on the pilgrimage for Mother's Day. A MOTHER'S DAY DREAM
He lives half a world away from his mother, but Jackie Ardi still tries to be a good son for his mother. This year, Mr. Ardi, East Texas Pizza Hut...

Rusk/Alto advance in playoffs
The Rusk and Alto softball teams advance to the Regional quarterfinals while the Yellowjacket baseball team advances to the Area championship this weekend. The Rusk...
Sheena Henderson accepts the J.L. Hassell Award for best senior girl athlete. The award is given to a senior girl who makes good grades and exhibits good leadership abilities. Richey, Henderson named top RHS athletes

LAUREN PIERCE Alto High School announces top honor graduates
Margo Kahla and Lauren Pierce will lead the Alto High School Class of 2007 graduation exercises at 8 p.m. May 26 at Jacket Stadium. Miss Kahla,...

Rita Wiggins of Rusk stands next to her sister, Jewel Spence, right, and her niece Betty l Wilson, left. All three women are cancer survivors and have had a daughter and another sister die from the same disease. Relay for Life raises $83,000
PHOTOS: ROBERT GONZALEZ

Texas State Railroad bond idea floats around Austin
A new option for funding the Texas State Railroad may be on the table for consideration. A $1 billion bond package designated for capital improvements among several state...
Rusk, Jacksonville break with statewide trend, post lackluster...
While the state economy churned out a healthy 9.7 percent growth in March compared to a year ago, the local economy is moving into negative...

A U.S. soldier in Iraq swaps boxes of Girl Scout cookies with other soldiers in his battalion. Recently, the Rusk/Alto Girl Scout Troop 139 sent 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and over 24 movies to the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the U.S. Army, led by 1st Lt. Brandon McElroy, son of Ronnie McElroy of Rusk. The cookie drive was part of the Girl Scouts' "Troop to Troop" program. PHOTO: 1ST LT. BRANDON MCELROY Operation: Thin Mints
Life is a little sweeter for soldiers in Iraq after the Rusk/Alto Girl Scout Troop 139 successfully collected enough boxes of donated Girl Scout...

Rusk third grader Katelyn Daughety's drawing proclaims "Trashing Texas beaches isn't cool." Her drawing was one of 48 winners in the "Treasures of the Texas Coast" art contest, sponsored by the General Land Commission. 3rd-grader wins statewide art contest
Katelyn Daughety's message is simple, "Trashing Texas beaches isn't cool." That message, captured by her drawing submitted to the "Treasures of the...

Low cost rabies clinics start May 7
The 2007 Cherokee County Rabies Campaign will begin May 7. Canine vaccines are $7 for Rabies only; $25 for Rabies, Distemper and Parvo; and $35 for Rabies, Distemper, Parvo...
The occupants of this Ford F-150 fled on foot after the roll-over accident which took place Tuesday afternoon. The couple was quickly apprehended at a nearby business. Police believe the pick-up was stolen from a rental company. Pair flee after rolling vehicle
Two Oklahoma residents were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after crashing a late-model Ford F-150 on U.S. Hwy. 69 in Rusk. Rusk Assistant...

City attorney to negotiate park property transfer
The Rusk City Council authorized Forrest Phifer, city attorney, Monday afternoon, to negotiate a contract with American Heritage Railways, for the sale of city property at...
Two-time Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington tours the Texas State Railroad and poses for a photo with one of the railroad employees, Debbie Dugan. Mr. Washington is scouting film locations for an upcoming movie, "The Great Debaters" set in the 1930s. Denzel Washington scouts locations
With all the movie credits for the Texas State Railroad, perhaps the steam locomotive should have a star on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame." The...

12-year-old runaway in custody after fencing stolen property for drugs
Rusk police allege a 12-year old runaway is responsible for a rash of burglaries which took place last week. The residence of Dr. Anthony Holcomb, along with two other...