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High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are winding down January and thoughts of spring are in the air as some of the trees are beginning to bud out after a week of warm weather. Of...
Rep. Clardy checks in from Austin, 85th Legislature
It has been nearly 19 months since the Texas Legislature convened in Austin, and I was excited to begin the 85th Legislative Session on Jan. 10. It was truly an honor to...
Taxing Thoughts: Will you have to file a 2016 tax return?
The filing requirement rules for individual federal income tax returns are fairly straightforward. In general, you’re required to file a return based on your filing...
Idle American: The Beat of a Different Drum
He frequently took jabs at pomp, sparred with circumstance and flat-out deflated folks too full of themselves, determined never to join the group. In all of this and...
High Points from El Camino Real
A week of summer like weather along El Camino Real has gotten folks so confused that they don’t know whether to start fishing or farming. I have to admit that I wanted...
High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have said goodbye to another year and are trying to figure out what the new year ahead will hold for us. I don’t think it makes much sense to...
Recently, I stopped in Troup to visit with my kin folks, Kathleen McElroy (b. Dec. 31, 1920) and her son Joe Paul – I wanted to show them some old photos from a family scrapbook.  Kathleen is seen above with her brother, John B., and parents Med and Hattie Rector Long. When asked the date of the photo, she replied, “I remember that outfit. I wasn’t married. It was 1941 or 42.  I was teaching school – taught at Omen and then Salem. That was a store bought suit, with mink tails around the collar...” Kathleen looked like a million bucks in that suit and after visiting with her, I can attest she’s still got it! Images Speak: Happy 96th birthday, Kathleen Long McElroy


Hark! the Herald: Alto raises a sheriff
One thing I have noticed since I started mining the old Alto Heralds for stories is how much you can learn about a person’s life just by following newspaper...
Rusk's Square beautiful over the holidays
I would like to thank everyone who had a part in lighting our downtown Square so beautifully, as well as hanging the lights on all our buildings and the many facets on all...
Nichols' 5 Cents: preparing for the 85th Legislative Session
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food. The next time you hear from me, we will have begun the 85th Legislative Session, which is set...
Dr. Robin Armstrong Republican Club holds annual Christmas meeting
The Cherokee County Republican Club held their annual Christmas Meeting on Dec. 6. The special guest speaker was Dr. Robin Armstrong MD, Texas...


October is Texas Archaeology Month
From shipwrecks to ancient burial grounds, archeological discoveries have revealed some of the most captivating stories in Texas history. Every October, Texas Archeology...
High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real welcomed the cooler weather and the first weekend of squirrel season with equal enthusiasm. The Alto Yellowjackets had an open date on their...
Taxing Thoughts: FIDC and SIPC - important allies in uncertain times
Worried about the next financial crisis? Reacquaint yourself with two important allies: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Securities Investor...
Hark! The Herald: The Alto Herald Football Contest
Small-town newspapers were always looking for a way to increase the circulation. While they depended on advertisers for the bulk of their income,...