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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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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 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...
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...
‘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...
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...
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...

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...