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STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Private prisons shouldn't cost jobs
At a hearing of the Private Prison Industries Oversight Committee last week, I called for an end to contracts giving prison industry partners an...

ETMC Rusk's emergency center represents important economic...
It seems like only yesterday. On the morning of Aug. 5, 2002, I picked up the telephone and called my parents' house to see how my dad, Emmett...

New dollar coin draws criticism
I wrote a letter back in July concerning a new dollar coin that our government made which our motto "In God We Trust" was printed on the rim of the coin. I am excited to...
graphic: Cherokeean Herald After months of downward spiral in retail, Jacksonville's sales tax...
After months of posting lackluster retail sales, Jacksonville is again in positive position. State Comptroller Susan Combs recently released...

Group wants to create lighthouse from Conrad's schooner
The Joseph Conrad Foundation (JCF), established as a nonprofit 501(3)C organization at the old Rusk Meat and Locker plant in Rusk in 1995, is planning a worldwide campaign...
Innovative idea will provide safety net for seniors living alone
My neighbor, who lived half a mile away died, and his death went undetected for quite some time. He was over 60 and lived alone. I did not know him well, but I believe he...
Museum seeks help in documenting 70-year-old Boy Scout camp near Rusk
More than 70 years ago, Rusk was the location of one of the first Boy Scout camps in this part of Texas. Its name was Camp Kawanis. As far as we can tell, it was located a...
Only a coward dumps unwanted pups on others
A word to the cowardly irresponsible person(s) who "dumped" their mixed breed litter of puppies at our gate at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and then drove off: We saw you....
ANGELA RAIBORN Rusk city government plans for future growth
Since the election in May of 2007, I have had the privilege of serving Rusk as its mayor. I am very pleased with the accomplishments made this past...

American Heritage understands how to market the train
I would like to comment on the Texas State Railroad from an employee's point of view. I am an ex-employee of the state who chose to go with American Heritage and continue...
Jacksonville College offers Spanish classes
Beginning Spanish Conversation will be offered as a continuing education course at Jacksonville College from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Jan. 29 through Feb. 26....
Jacksonville's lackluster retail sales pull down average for the...
Count November as another mediocre month in the record books. A retail sales snapshot released by the state comptroller's office indicates that...

We must choose carefully in selecting the next president
Folks, we really have an important task ahead of us choosing a new president who will be worthy of running our country. Don't make a mistake, this is going to be a very...
The Alto High School mascot represents the enthusiasm, pride and spirit that the community feels towards its state championship team. PHOTO: LEANN JONES Thank you for supporting Alto Yellowjackets
Congratulations to the Alto Yellow Jackets on winning their back-to-back state championship title. Coaches and players should be very proud and...

Alto council members lacking character should turn in resignations...
In the Dec. 12 issue of your newspaper I read with a certain amount of disappointment that the mayor of Alto had resigned. Although I do not know Mr. Palmer, I find it a...