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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...
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,...


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...
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...


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...
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...
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...
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...