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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...
Rep. Clardy celebrates Nacogdoches-SFA Days, files HB 1390
Did you hear? This week was Nacogdoches-SFA Days in Austin! It was an honor and privilege to welcome constituents from Nacogdoches and the Stephen F. Austin State...
THC honors African-American heritage and more: Texas Historical...
Celebrate African American Heritage with Free Travel Guide February is African American History Month, and the Texas Historical Commission(THC) offers numerous travel...
DPS helps rescue more than 70 Endangered Children in 2016
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Wednesday, Feb. 15 that DPS Troopers - with the support of the DPS Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC)...
Cherokee County Texas Republican Club announces meeting
The Cherokee County Texas Republican Club will meet Tuesday, March 7 at Hong Kong Buffet at 6:30 p.m., at 1644 S. Jackson will feature Dr. Laura Pressley as special guest...
Jacksonville Council approves ordinance changes
The Jacksonville City Council made a few branding decisions during their monthly meeting, held Tuesday evening. Prior to the branding decisions, the council approved...
Joe Williams sworn in as Rusk PD Chief
Thursday night’s Rusk City Council Meeting began with the swearing in of new Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams. The city announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the former McKinney...