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Jacksonville City Council cancels 3 of 4 races; approves city audit
The May 6 general election for the mayoral and city council seats in Jacksonville is now down to one race. During their monthly meeting Tuesday, the Jacksonville City...
Bid accepted for new Pct. 3 building
During Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting Precinct 3 took up several items on the agenda. After several false starts, a bid was finally approved...
Dunaway hired as city manager
The search for a new city manager in Rusk included several qualified candidates, but in the end, the city chose the candidate who was – at least for an interim period –...
Texas DPS graduates 134 Highway Patrol Troopers in ceremony in Austin
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon and members of the Public...


Texas Tri-Agency announces “Texas Internship Challenge” for students
Texas Tri-Agency partners announced the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a new statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas. Texas Workforce...
Week in Review: end of February marks busy time for Representatives
The last weeks of February were eventful for the Texas House of Representatives. Our committees are now organized, and important bills are making their way through the...
Nichols' 5 cents: convention of states; no Daylight Savings?
Almost two months into the legislative session, the Legislature is approaching the first of many deadlines, including the last day to file most bills. As of this writing,...
Rep. Clardy's staff in Rusk, Jacksonville on Thursday
On Thursday, March 9, Cherokee County constituents will have two opportunities to meet with State Rep. Travis Clardy’s District Director Jerri Jones on an individual basis...
Several TxDOT and Cherokee County dignitaries move the first dirt on the U.S. Highway 69 widening project through Wells during a ceremony Monday morning. The project has been approximately 30 years in the making and will widen the existing roadway to a four-lane divided curb and gutter section. From left are Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce chair Andy Calcote, Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor, TxDOT Tyler Area Engineer Shane Cunningham, East Texas Council of Governments Executive Director David Cleveland, Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, Wells Mayor C.W. Williams, Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III, USDA Rural Development Area Director Yolanda Collins, TxDOT Tyler Deputy District Engineer Vernon Webb, Jacksonville Chamber Economic Development Chair Nathan Jones, Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton and Precinct 4 Commissioner Byron Underwood. On the road: U.S. Highway 69 project officially breaks ground
After 30 years in the making with starts and stops that at times resembled gridlock traffic, a project specifically designed to alleviate that...


Skip trip to DPS Driver License Offices during Spring Break
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to get ahead of the Spring Break influx at driver license offices by renewing their license or...
Legislator seeks to keep guns out of state psychiatric hospitals
One year after state psychiatric hospitals began letting people carry guns on campus, a Republican legislator is pushing a bill that reverses course. House Bill 14, filed...
Nichols' 5 Cents: STAR Day, ETCOG, transportation committee
We recently observed Presidents’ Day. George Washington, who is also known as the “Father of our Country,” is one that I admire the most. Through his skills, leadership...
Commissioners approve several CCSO agenda items
Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting had several guests present for the session. The visitors were the members of the Rusk Leadership Institute...
Pictured left to right: David Sanderfer, Ms. Emily Heglund, CASA Exec. Director, BJ Sanderfer, Rep. Wray, Robyn Stack, Roy Talbot. CASA brings children’s voices to Texas Capitol
Hundreds of bright blue shirts walked the halls of the Capitol on Feb. 16 as Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, brought their advocacy for...


Texas 10 Most Wanted Program marks captures from 2016
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Thursday, Jan. 26 that 21 fugitives sought through the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program - including 14 convicted sex...