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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...
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...


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...
TxDOT reminds football fans to make sober ride part of gameplan
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Transportation's statewide "Plan While You Can" campaign is reminding football fans to make a sober ride part of their game-watching plans...
Barbershop banter on wealth
I had an interesting exchange with a fellow citizen at a barbershop recently. Barbershops are well known for their banter, which covers a wide range of political and social...
Donations needed for Rusk Senior Finale
The Rusk Senior Finale, Inc. is a parent-based organization that sponsors an all-night, drug-free, alcohol free and tobacco-free party following graduation for the Rusk...
Members of the Rusk School Board are, from left, Britt Patterson (president), John Hood, Roy Cavazoz (secretary), Teresa Phifer, Rodney Hugghins (vice-president), Frank Dobrovolny and Jeff Johnson. Rusk ISD honors trustees for School Board Recognition Month
January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Rusk ISD joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of...


DR, CHAD KELLY 2015 serves as year of change for Jacksonville ISD
Last year was a year of change for Jacksonville ISD. While 2014 brought new buildings and renovations to JISD, personnel seemed to top the list for...


Several kids in Cherokee and Anderson counties had their Christmas wishes granted by Santa Claus and the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties during their annual Kids' Christmas Party, held last week. The party is considered one of the highlights of the year for the organization. Crisis Center provides Christmas cheer for those in need
The annual "Kids' Christmas Party" of the Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties is the highlight of the year for the current child...