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In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Solomon asks, “how can one man alone take care of himself?” His obvious conclusion is that he cannot. A man needs family and friends surrounding him. Solomon points out several examples. Two men working together can complete a job much more quickly than one alone. A man who is injured or sick will recover much more quickly if he has someone to care for him. If a man is attacked, it is much easier to defend himself, if he has one or two others to fight alongside him.

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A Sept. 23 golf scramble at Cherokee Ranch Golf Club dedicated to helping a handful of local entities is going a long way in helping promote awareness of these groups in the community.

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Johnson County Precinct 4 Constable Tim Kinman confirmed deputy constable Daniel Collins was arrested Friday. Keene police arrested Collins in the Cleburne Wal-Mart on charges of assault family violence by impeding breath and assault family violence.

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Making lists seem to be something we do quite regularly in life. We make to-do-lists, grocery lists, top 10 lists, and random lists about this and that and then post them on Facebook.

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The cost of owning a car begins after the purchase. Whether you’re dealing with an oil change or have major repairs to take care of, it’s important to use a mechanic or auto shop who is worthy of your trust. In 2018, BBB received 1.6 million inquiries and over 7,650 complaints on auto repair shops. BBB reminds consumers to do their homework before choosing a mechanic for vehicle repairs and maintenance.

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The new Ace Hardware store is more than a quarter of a century in the making. That is how long the Bradshaw family operated the business at its former location adjacent to Brazos Mall.

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RUSK – Cherokee County Commissioners' Court members accepted a variety of bids from several entities to help meet the county's needs during the upcoming fiscal year, with a unanimous vote by the court on Tuesday.

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By Pastor Steve Ellison

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With a projected increase in bad debt and charity care, inflation in supply and pharmaceutical costs and proposed facility improvements and repairs, Palo Pinto County Hospital District trustees are considering a nearly 2.5-cent property tax rate increase for fiscal 2020.

Several weeks after the state released its letter grades for public school districts and campuses, Mineral Wells ISD is finding more positives in the data.

TYLER — UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Center recently launched a new intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR) program in Tyler, using Pritikin ICR, to treat patients with cardiovascular disease. UT Health Rehabilitation Center is the first location in Texas to offer the Pritikin ICR program, and the first in the region to offer any ICR program.

Quilt lovers are in for a treat, as the 2019 Festival of Quilts opens at 9 a.m. Friday at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St. in Jacksonville.

Cleburne High School 1965 graduate Boyd Matson joked that his Thursday Cleburne Rotary Club appearance reminded him of the day in high school when he had to deliver a report on a book he hadn’t read.

Have you ever noticed that nothing really gets accomplished without first creating a little chaos? You can’t clean out your barn or your garage without first creating some additional chaos.

Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, who has spent the last seven years on death row at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, will be transported to Huntsville about 30 miles away where he will be put to death by lethal injection.

Saturday, September 21, is National Museum Day. Each year the Smithsonian accepts applications from local museums to participate in National Museum Day. Again this year, your Vanishing Texana Museum, along with two other East Texas museums, has been selected to participate. Some of the guidelines, like free admission, are things we do already. Other items, like the uniqueness of our collection, make it a bit more difficult.

In its effort to protect from public release information concerning the Baker Hotel the City of Mineral Wells has filed suit against the Texas Attorney General’s Office challenging portions of a recent open records ruling.

During the past three years, Jacksonville Police Chief Andrew Hawkes has made numerous improvements to the city's police department.

When a couple of people asked why top-level executives in the city are poised to receive significant raises in the coming fiscal year, City Manager Randy Criswell didn't hesitate nor mince words with his response.

A Huntsville woman is behind bars after police say she stole an AC unit and a trash can from a Huntsville home Tuesday morning. 

Dozens of people over the holiday weekend went inside the saved-from-demolition Santa House and wrote all over its downstairs walls and floors.

In our fast-paced-disposable culture, one often wonders, what’s worth saving?

In the 15th century, Europe was in search of the spice of life. For them, salt was not enough. They also wanted cinnamon, pepper, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. It was for spices that the Portuguese sailed around the southern tip of Africa to reach India. During this time a pound of Ginger was equal in value to one live sheep.

The Jacksonville Fire Department is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

An effort to recall Mayor Christopher Perricone has ended.

The Thomas Lake Road Volunteer Fire Department is the first line of defense for those living in the community of less than 500 in northern Walker County. Fundraising and community support are crucial for these organizations to keep communities safe.

As students dust off their backpacks these last few weeks and head back to school, Fall is definitely in the air. If only our Texas temperatures would cooperate and bring a dose of Fall weather to go along.

RUSK – County leaders unanimously adopted a $22,747,936 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, following a public hearing at the Cherokee County Courthouse on Tuesday.

Solomon (The Preacher of Ecclesiastes) has examined the meaning of life from virtually every angle. He had the wisdom, the money, and the time to try anything and everything his heart desired. In Ecclesiastes chapter one and the first part of chapter two, Solomon has declared that everything in life is dull and monotonous and meaningless. He then recounts his efforts at finding meaning in his existence by seeking every pleasure for himself that is known to man. Solomon concluded that seeking pleasure is not the answer.

The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.31 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is four cents less than on this day last week and is 29 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year. 

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William Thomas Reaves,76, of Weatherford TX, passed away Sept 14, 2019. No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union, or to Mollie's Cat Place, PO Box 1264, Azle, TX 76098. Bill earned a degree in Business from the Uni…

BROKEN ARROW - John T. Mathes, 74 Weatherford Plant Manager Died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 Service, 1:00 PM, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Burlington, IA