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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...
An inmate from Skyview- Hodge Texas Department of Corrections unit installs new insulation in the attic at Rusk City Hall. The offenders have worked for the past several weeks at the municipal building. More information on pg. 5B. Renovation

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...

Candidates file for city, school board positions
City and school candidates have until March 12 to file for election on May 12. Deadline for registering to vote is April 12. Early voting will be conducted April 30-May 8....
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...
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

911 addressing halted
Rural addressing was the major item of discussion at the Thursday evening Rusk City Council meeting. Lee Flowers, chief appraiser at the Cherokee County Appraisal District...
Alto hires new animal control officer
Alto has a new animal control officer. Utilities Supervisor Charlie Luse was named animal control officer during Monday's meeting of the Alto City Council. Mr. Luse, who...
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....
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...

Preservation Texas identifies sites on map l Texas State Railroad employees Janet Roach (left) and Mark Price (far right) visit with Dr. Terry Colley, deputy executive director of the Texas Historical Commission Feb. 7 in Austin. Preservation Texas included the East Texas train on its list of 14 most endangered historic places in the state. Texas State Railroad named one of 14 most endangered sites
AUSTIN - The "official railroad of Texas" received a dubious honor last Wednesday when it was named one of the 14 most endangered historic places...

"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...

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...

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...