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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...
Dispatches from Mexico
I recently returned from my trip to my village in Yucatan. It has grown from a population of 400 when I began work in 1971 to 3,000 today. I was accompanied by Tom Colkin,...
Cherokee County making progress on health concerns, but risks remain
In a national health report released recently, Cherokee County Public Health (CCPHD) officials learned that while some overall progress has been made, Cherokee County...
Texas organ, tissue program tops 8 million registrants
In 2015 the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) logged more than one million new donor registrants to the Donate Life Texas Registry, boosting the total registry to...
Rusk Rural WSC explains boil water notices
Due to the increase in questions regarding boil water notices, Rusk Rural Water Supply Corporation would like to clarify what they are and why we issue them. Under the...
Texas DPS assists 3,800 victims of crime, trauma in 2015
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced today that the DPS Victim Services program provided services to more than 3,800 victims and their family members...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: religious liberty and Texas Independence Day
As we are all preparing our tax forms, we can be thankful Texas is one of only seven states with no state income tax. Because of our lower taxes...


Meals on Wheels to celebrate ‘March for Meals’
Meals on Wheels announced that it will be participating in the 14th annual March for Meals - a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meals on Wheels and the homebound and...
List of primary voting locations
Cherokee County recently released its list of voting locations for the 2016 Primary elections. Early voting runs through Feb. 26 at three locations: the Cherokee County...
One sentence does not fit all
For judges, district attorneys and other officials to have to run on either the Republican or Democratic label to be elected has always mystified me. What do party labels...
‘Clybourne Park’ highlights continued need for improving race...
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – In spite of the best and most sincere efforts of many Americans, the state of race relations in the U.S. today needs great improvement. The negative...
CCHC thanks county commissioners
Looking back, 2015 was a very busy and productive year for the Cherokee County Historical Commission (CCHC). First, I want to extent our appreciation to County Judge Chris...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ updates on state economy, Rusk State Hospital
In February, we will honor George Washington, known as the "Father of our Country," on President's Day. Through his skills, leadership and longing...


Texas Timber Tax Workshop to be held Feb. 16
Did you know that timber tax laws have changed due to the new tax law passed by Congress in December 2015? An upcoming workshop aims to keep forest landowners and other...
TSR hiring staff members for new dining service
The Texas State Railroad is filling part-time on board service positions for its new upscale dining product rolling out in 2016. Dubbed " The Pullman Table", this new...