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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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: school broadband, FEMA assistance, Main St.
This month is the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, the deciding battle in Texas’ War for Independence. In a sneak attack on General Santa...


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...
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 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...
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...