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Jacksonville's sales tax allocations lag 4.79% behind 2006...
Sales tax rebates released by the state comptroller's office show a mixed bag for cities in Cherokee County. For the second month in a row, Jacksonville's retail sales are...
STATE REP.CHUCK HOPSON Testing standards will change
Changes to Texas schools are on the horizon. We voted Monday to end the two-decade old requirement that high school s t u d e n t s must pass the...


STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Do or die: We must support current plans for the TSR
These are critical days for the Texas State Railroad. As the 80th Legislature comes to an end, we must finalize a way to keep the train running...


DPS reminds drivers to be careful on Memorial holiday
While Texans prepare for the Memorial Day weekend, the Texas Department of Public Safety is asking drivers to do the "in" thing-drive safely. All available troopers will be...
Thanks for help
Thanks again for helping make our Cherokee County Livestock Show a success. We thought you might like to know a little history of our organization. The National FFA was...
Many thanks
On behalf of the Rusk Kiwanis Club I would like to thank Bob Francis Ford and all who made the Kiwanis Annual Garage Sale a success. This is one of two fund raisers...
College or no college
In just a few weeks, this year's crop of high school seniors will begin a new chapter in their lives. For many, college is right around the corner and in the fall they will...
TERRIE GONZALEZ Lake Fastrill is like the mythological Phoenix
Lake Fastrill is like the mythological Phoenix that dies in flames and rises again from ashes. Every time supporters of the Neches River Wildlife...


HIGH POINTS FROM EL CAMINO REAL
Folks along El Camino Real were plenty busy last week getting ready for the all important Mother's Day. The right gift had to be bought and lots of thought put into the...
Kindergartener is being bullied
My son is a kindergarten student at the Rusk Primary and has not been having a good school experience by far. All during this school year other children have been putting...
Thanks for introduction to the community
We would like to thank your paper for the informative article written by Gloria Jennings. We believe this was an excellent introduction of us to the community. We are...
Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 3406 helps veterans, families
As our fiscal year comes to an end, the members of the Ladies Auxiliary to Cherokee County Memorial VFW Post 3406 would like to thank everyone in the community, as well as...
Political Cartoon


STATE REP.CHUCK HOPSON State representative explains position on school counseling, voting...
AUSTIN - State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran and I successfully amended House Bill 2136 which directs school counselors to report student referrals to...


Alto ISD explains lockdown
Many of you saw on television or heard that Alto Schools were in a "lockdown" Monday afternoon. This action was taken strictly as a precautionary measure, and lasted only a...