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LARRY LONG Austin Bank Rusk names Long new vice president
Austin Bank Chairman Jeff Austin Jr. announced this week that Larry Long will join Austin Bank on March 5 as a vice president and will serve as...


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U.S. Rep. Hensarling to visit Cherokee County U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling will discuss federal budget issues during a visit to Cherokee County. Rep. Hensarling will meet...
Gathered at the Thayer's kitchen table in this scene from "On Golden Pond" are from left, Dan Trent as Norman Thayer; T.J. Marquez as the postman; and Minette Satterwhite Trent as Ethel Thayer. The production is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25. For more information, see pg. 6A. PHOTO: PENNY REYNOLDS 'On Golden Pond' opens


Rev. Donnie Timmons tells of life on tour with the Gospel Keynotes
Many teenagers dream of leaving home for bigger and better things. They dream of going places, seeing things and finding fame and fortune. For...


k Leading the Rusk High School Class of 2007 in academic standing are from left JayAnna Magruder, valedictorian; Elizabeth Guinn, salutatorian; and Kinsey Gresham, high honor student. Graduation will be May 25 at Eagle Stadium. See Pg. 7A for photo of graduates ranked in top 10 percent of class. RHS honor graduates


News Briefs
NEWSSkunk hunting seminar slated for single women A seminar designed for the single woman who is tired of catching skunks is planned for 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday,...
Sylvia Willis Lett's new novel set for release
Sylvia Willis Lett's new novel, "Perfect for You" will be released on March 6. She has signed a two-book deal with Dafina Books, a division of Kensington Publishing. The...
TRACY KINCADE Coach presents motivational speech at Intermediate School Feb. 14
Rusk High School basketball coach, Tracy Kincade, gave a motivational PowerPoint presentation at Rusk Intermediate School Feb. 14. He encouraged...


Alto ISD's special ed shows improvement
It seemed like another fourth-and-goal situation during Monday's regular meeting of the Alto ISD Board of Trustees, as board members tried to decipher the Texas Education...
Karen Lavergne stands outside the Inez Reeder Conley Learning Center, which she opened in 2003 to help local youth with reading skills and school work. Ms. Lavergne said she wants to bridge the gap between school and home. Knowledge is power
Karen Lavergne offers youth opportunity through education It is said that one can either be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution. When...


Rusk will hold combo election
The Rusk City and Rusk ISD elections both will be held May 12 at the Rusk ISD administration building on North Henderson Street. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m....
County solicits bids to expand Pct. 4 barn
County Commissioners authorized Byron Underwood Monday morning to seek bids to renovate the Precinct 4 county barn. Mr. Underwood said he wanted to enlarge the county barn...
MARY GOFF NEWS
I-69 is considered for fast track development Interstate 69 from Texas to Michigan was named on a short list of interstate corridors being...


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I-69 corridor advances to short-list for fast track completion Interstate 69, which would stretch from Texas to Michigan, has been included on a short list of interstate...
"It is hard fighting a war that, even if you believe in it, you know the American public won't truly appreciate the sacrifice you make." IRAQ
While Congress debates President Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq, local residents sit torn between trusting the country's leadership and...