Viewpoints

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...
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...
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...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: settlements, National Guard and tax-free weekend
Every day I am proud to be a Texan, but this month I am particularly proud to celebrate our unique state heritage as the Alamo, along with four...


A Good Read Book Review
Double Cross is yet another thought provoking book by Christy Award winning author DiAnn Mills. Mills is a resident of Houston and has written more than fifty-five books....
Dodd-Frank Act doing more harm than good for customers
The Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed on July 21, 2010, with the intent to prevent another financial crisis like the one we encountered in...
Thespians ‘N Training (TNT) prepares for showcase
"TNT", Cherokee Civic Theatre's 12th annual youth theatre arts camp, will present their Grand Finale Showcases on Saturday, July 25. "The Showcases are a mini-theatre...
Governor Abbott Statement On Sandra Bland
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing investigation into the arrest and death of Sandra Bland in Waller County. “Our...
From one Bible believer to another
I lived 60 years of my life in Rusk. The last eight years I have lived in Alto, and four years in Reklaw. I would like to share my thoughts and wisdom acquired during my...
National Newspaper Association calls for measurement of on-time...
The National Newspaper Association has again called for measurement of on-time delivery of rural mail. Appearing in a May 19 roundtable hosted by the Senate Committee on...
Watch for children left in hot cars
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that as summer temperatures increase, so does the potential for vehicular heatstroke deaths in...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: Prop. 7, state gold rush and the 4th of July
On June 14, we commemorated the adoption of a flag with 13 stars and stripes to represent our nation and our founding colonies, with the stars set...


Rider remarks on good neighbors in Rusk
I have been riding the roads in and around Rusk for quite a while, going on 13 years. I have logged thousands of hours in the saddle, pedaled over 100,000 miles and had at...
STATE REP. TRAVIS CLARDY Clardy’s Capitol Update: reflecting on a successful session
Austin - Republicans in the Texas Legislature delivered one conservative victory after another in the 84th Legislature by cutting taxes, making the...


Texans have 3 ways to apply for federal disaster assistance
AUSTIN - Texans who sustained property damage as a result of the ongoing severe storms and flooding are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency...