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H.U.G. a Firefighter program raising money
The H.U.G. A Firefighter Organization, located in Cherokee County, provides fire safety education to children teaching them what they can do to help save themselves in the...
One Degree plan helps fight against cancer
We're all just one degree from someone with cancer. Each of us has a relative, friend or co-worker who has battled the disease. Many of us have fought cancer ourselves or...
New extension service agent explains job
When I became the new family and consumer science (FCS) extension agent of Cherokee County, I was asked by many people, "What is FCS?" The answer, according to Wikipedia:...
Wreck victims thankful for Bullard Samaritans
On Aug. 20, we were involved in a one-truck accident. We were going to Whitehouse to pick up a door for the truck to replaced one damaged by a previous accident. We were...
Reader expresses appreciation for Municipal Judge
In a time where beliefs and kindness collide, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Judge Dan Connelly (Municipal judge willing to perform...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: Nov. 3 election, gift cards and new laws
We will soon celebrate Labor Day and say goodbye to the summer and look forward to the cooler weather of the fall. During this last summer holiday,...


Watch for school buses and use caution
School bells are ringing and the big yellow school buses are rolling. The JISD Transportation Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please be...
Rusk Chamber of Commerce plans upcoming events
The Rusk Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Aug. 18 to prepare for three upcoming events: Trick or Treat on the Square, Rusk Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade and the...
Rev. Barbara Hugghins and Commissioner Steven Norton Charitable donations benefit child welfare programs
Cherokee County Family Service Board co-chair, Rev. Barbara Hugghins received two donations from Commissioner Steven Norton and the Covenant Church...


Family requests assistance after fire
On Aug. 2, my parents, Dean and Jonna Wilson, lost their home in a fire. We've lived here in Rusk for our whole lives. The fire was an electrical fire that started in the...
Alto Ministerial Alliance to host prayer walk for AISD
On Sunday night, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m., the Alto Ministerial Alliance will sponsor its annual Prayer Walk for the Alto Independent School District. The meeting will begin...
Background checks for gun purchases merely a delaying mechanism
We've all heard the Second Amendment gives us the right to bear arms. The framers of the Constitution were bright, grand men. However, they weren't gods - and they would be...
Every child needs a CASA volunteer
Abused and neglected children need more than the system can provide. Recently: - Four children were separated from one another and placed in different locations after their...
County commissioner clears air on tax vote
I am writing to explain my thoughts as to why I voted against the small tax to be added to Cherokee County automobile registrations. The money would have been given to a...
New year of 4-H ready to kick off
Another school year is fast approaching, and that also means another year of 4-H! In case you did not know, 4-H is a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program. 4-H...