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Skylar Gowin of Alto recently attended Texas Boys State, selected as a delegate representing American Legion Post 293 of Rusk. Gowin is a senior at Alto High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop #405 of Rusk. Boys State a wonderful opportunity for Alto student
The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that the American Legion Post 293 of Rusk granted me – to be able to be a delegate on their behalf at Texas Boys...


Pondering a few ‘puzzling’ things
The recent street demonstrations across the nation are puzzling to me. The daughter of Robert E. Lee said her father wanted no statues or Confederate flags. He did not...
‘From a Grandmother’s Heart’
These days that we live in are flying by; What’s next, o Lord? Will it be a surprise? How can we live with such confusion upfront? People are talking so hateful and...
Property tax rate notice requirements unchanged
Property tax reform — like several other high-profile issues considered by the Texas Legislature in the special session — died Tuesday night when the House and Senate...
Beware internet cattle rustler scam
Recently, I was contacted by email by someone interested in purchasing one of my registered Hereford bulls. Whitehead Herefords has nationally known, proven blood lines, so...
What does order to destroy pre-trial documents by shredding mean?
On July 12, 2017, Donald Lankford, the Rusk Fire Chief, filed a motion in Cause No. 57148, State of Texas vs. Donald Lankford in the County Court at Law of Cherokee County,...
Records of pre-trial diversion agreement were right not to be sealed
In the July 12, 2017 edition of the Cherokeean Herald newspaper, an article appeared on the front page regarding the Rusk fire chief being placed in a pre-trial diversion...
Rusk fire chief confesses, placed in pre-trial diversion program
On June 16, 2017, the Rusk Fire Chief, Donald Lankford, signed a true and voluntary statement that reads as follows, to-wit: “ I, Donald Lankford, Defendant, did recklessly...
Keep Rusk Beautiful pleased with Fair on the Square turnout
On behalf of the members of the Keep Rusk Beautiful committee, I would like to thank everyone who visited Rusk during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fair on the Square on...
BBB: consumers should watch out for ‘greenwashing’ claims
Considering “going green” and buying environmentally safe products? As an increasing number of consumers consider the environment when they shop, many are compelled to...
BBB: 7 things to consider when purchasing a used car
Although it can be a more affordable alternative to purchasing a new vehicle, buying a used car can be an overwhelming process. In the past three years, BBB received 26,000...
Kudos to a majority of Rusk City Councilmen
At a recent public workshop meeting, the Rusk City Council heard from its engineer and its city attorney on the status and options for the Rusk City Lake dam. The engineer...
Don't get schooled by scholarship scammers
Every year, thousands of students and parents fall victim to scholarship search service scams, losing more than $100 million per year to fraudulent scholarships....
Matt's Money: Pay off mortgage early with extra payments or invest?
Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a huge burden, and paying it off may be the first item on your financial to-do list....
Taxing Thoughts: Summer vacation without breaking the bank
When setting your family budget, often the first thing that gets slashed is the summer vacation. However, if you plan ahead, you can find simple ways to save and keep your...