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Despite issues, ET shows heart on Giving Day
Hundreds of charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of East Texas donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s inaugural day of giving to support local...
Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation
In 2015, about 22 million American children depended on free or reduced-price school lunches. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children do not get enough...
Texans urged to prepare for hurricane season
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to begin making plans to protect themselves and their families prior to the start of the 2016 hurricane season,...
Taste of Jacksonville a success
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce was host to the "18th Annual Taste of Jacksonville" on Thursday, April 28, in the Jacksonville High School Cafeteria. Seventeen vendors...
Thank you to the community
The family of Clarice Dearman Clayborne would like to thank everyone for your kindness, prayers, visits, food, flowers and help during our time of loss. Please continue to...
Rusk Post Office kicking off food drive
We wanted to remind everyone that Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of the Post Office food drive. All donations picked up by postal carriers in Rusk are...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: teachers; Energy Star Sales Tax; scholarships
On Memorial Day, our country will remember the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all take time to give...


County can help victims of child abuse
Alarming numbers of children are in care due to abuse and neglect. The Texas Legislative agenda is being developed to address this issue. Texas spends roughly $1.2 billion...
Rusk Post Office kicking off food drive
Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of the Post Office food drive. Currently, one in six Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Summer is a...
Drivers should be careful in work zones
Two seconds. That's how long Rodney Matthews, former construction inspector for the Texas Department of Transportation, had to react after he heard a crash and a driver...
Red Cross mission teams need volunteers
I served on the board of directors of the East Texas chapter of the American Red Cross for nine years. One statistic that always stood out to me was the fact that, of all...
People deserve second chances
I was very disturbed to find out that a person who has been coaching in our baseball/softball league for more than 12 years was dismissed from volunteering and coaching due...
FUMC-Rusk provides Caddo Lake relief
On Thursday, March 31, the Early Responder Team (ERT) from First United Methodist Church in Rusk went to Uncertain, Texas to assist with flood relief at Caddo Lake, "the...
Thank you to the Rusk community
It’s said that it takes a village to raise a child. In our case, it also took a community to heal a child. We received so much love and support when my daughter, Kaydance,...
April is Child Abuse Awareness month
April is Child Abuse Awareness month. The Blue Ribbon abuse prevention campaign began early in 1989 following the death of a very young child. The grandmother who received...