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New CASA of Trinity Valley resource development officer returns...
“What are you doing?” The question to my 10-year-old foster son came out half curious, half amused. In one hand he held a can of SpaghettiOs – his snack of choice. In his...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: addressing mental health, natural resources
Christmas has been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a young boy. Of course, I was lucky because I grew up in a toy factory where my father,...


Rusk Rotary Club hoping to honor Houston White with outdoor pavilion
The Rotary Club of Rusk has been serving the people of our community and supporting various benevolent projects around the world since 1948, when Houston White and a group...
Reader with questions on transportation
After reading Senator Nichols explanation of Proposition 7 in The Cherokeean Herald on November 10, 2015, I was left with a few questions. According to the senator, a...
HOT (Help Our Theatre) looking to ‘raise the roof’ at CCT
In 1972, Zula Holcomb Pearson retired after 40 years heading the Lon Morris College Drama Department, then wrote and directed a local dinner theatre production. Its success...
Sen. Robert Nichols pleased with support for Prop. 7
AUSTIN - Texas voters overwhelming approved a transportation funding amendment to the state constitution Tuesday, reflecting widespread support for...


HOPE providing help for those less fortunate through annual soup...
It is that time of year again, when churches in the area pull out their best recipes and make a big pot of soup, all in hopes that the community will come out and enjoy a...
Important to report all suspected child abuse or neglect
Child abuse is an unfortunate reality in our nation and also in our local communities. It is defined federally in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of...
Troup’s Soape follows passion for conservation
When I was 13 my grandpa told me, 'Son, God looks after fools and them that can't help themselves,' then he looked right at me and said, 'you fall in that category.' This...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: changes to Senate, school days; Veterans Day
When I drive across the district meeting with community leaders, local elected officials and constituents, I am constantly reminded of how lucky we...


American dream is real with a strong work ethic
Saul Alinsky published his book, Rules for Radicals, in 1971. One of Alinsky's most effective tactics is the use of ridicule. This tactic is simple: if you are losing the...
West Orange-Stark athletic director and football head coach Cornel Thompson and several of his players traveled to Alto to present the Yellowjacket football team with a banner in memory of Alto junior Cam'ron Matthews. The Mustang football team has dealt with tragedy on the field before. In 2010, WO-S quarterback Reggie Garrett died after collapsing on the sideline during a game in West Orange. Alto ISD thankful for support after tragedy
As Alto took the field Friday, Oct. 16, no one could have predicted that the events that unfolded before halftime would change our lives...


Billionaires can change America through their wealth – if they choose
In the latest edition of Forbes Magazine, if I counted correctly, they list 404 billionaires. They give the general area that provided such riches, but none of the details...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: Props. 1 and 7, school finance and Gov. Abbott
We have officially moved into the Fall season and with that comes the expectation of cooler weather, the changing of the leaves, time with family...


Grandparents thank community for coming together to help their family
The Alto community and surrounding areas came together in a time of need for our grandchildren: Isaiah, Margie, Sherice and Olivia Thacker. They lost everything in a house...