Viewpoints

Sports is not about 'just winning'
I am so disappointed with the decision to remove Coach Wayne Mahaffey as athletic director at Rusk High School. I know the avid sports fans may disagree with me, and I...
Recent sales tax reports reflect stronger local economy and include...
Retail sales in December are helping give a jump start to the most recent sales tax reports released by the state comptroller's office. For...

Political Cartoon

61 years later, woman's prayer is answered
Back in July of 2006 1 traveled to Vinnitsa, Ukraine, for a two week missionary trip that would include one week of children's camp or what we call vacation Bible school...
KERI SMITH Former Jacksonville woman seeks help in talent search
My name is Keri Smith and I am doing the Big Shot Live reality show. Big Shot Live (www.bigshotlive. com) is the first-ever national online talent...

CLARIFICATION
In the Jan. 13 issue of the Cherokeean Herald, a photo caption on the front page incorrectly stated that Ramona Gillen ran underneath a Rusk ISD school bus. Ms. Gillen's...
Thanks, Brookshire Bros.
I would like to commend our local Brookshire Bros. store for providing a place inside the store to recycle the many plastic bags which we end up with after shopping....
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...

How to be a convention delegate
Did you ever see those people on TV, wearing funny hats and carrying signs at political conventions, and wonder how they got to be there? How is it that they get to select...
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...

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...

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