Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

March 14, 2013

Area retailer gives back

JACKSONVILLE — Two stores from a local chain will donate a percentage of sales from their April 6 customer appreciation days to their favorite projects as a show of community support through its “Harry's Helping Hands” program.

In Troup, Harry's Building Materials will hold its sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and help support the Troup FFA, said retail manager Gayle Bruner.

“Last year we raised funds for New Creations Foundation in Troup, the local Church of Christ and the Troup youth baseball team,” she said. “I don't remember how much we raised, but it's something that Harry (Tosh who owns the four-store chain) started doing and people are supportive because the money goes back into the community.”

Bruner added that the store has been long-time supporters of the local FFA group, by sponsoring a recent youth event and helping maintain project pens at the school.

“We've tried to help as much as we could throughout the years,” she said.

Funds raised by the Rusk store will benefit Mission: Malawi, which ministers to natives of the African country.

The 7 a.m.-1 p.m. event features free hamburgers and beverages, and a $250 grand prize drawing at 1 p.m. (winner must be present), along with various other prizes and a 25 percent discount on the items a customer can fit into a five-gallon bucket.

Rodney Norman, manager of the Jacksonville store, said that no date has been set for the local appreciation day, but that funds will be collected for Elijah's Retreat, a non-profit, Christ-centered retreat operated in East Texas that ministers to families of children with autism.

According to the website www.elijahs-retreat.com, ranch owners Jeff and Kathie Moore started the ministry in honor of their autistic grandson, Elijah. Their goal, the site said, “is for six cabins to be built among the towering pine and oak trees overlooking pastures with horses and goats. The hope is that families will come and enjoy the quiet, peaceful setting where the children can run and play and make as much noise as they want without fear of people who don’t understand them.”

An associate from Harry's Building Supply in Nacogdoches also said no date has been set, nor has a recipient been identified.

However, last year, associates donated funds to the Nacogdoches Fire House, which provides temporary shelter to those displaced from their homes by fire.

Harry's began in 1955 with a small store in Rusk, according to the company website.

Text Only
Local News
  • Sheriff's officials bust Mixon steroid lab

    About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24., investigators and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence on FM 3052 in the Mixon Community near Bullard.

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: County co-op says many customers may not have power until Friday

    July 24, 2014

  • Old Jville Bearden Store.tif Longtime furniture store changes hands

    For the better part of a century, Bearden Furniture Co., Inc., has been the go-to place for local residents wanting to beautify their home.
    Furniture and accessories, carpeting, window treatments – even electronics at one point – were offered at the Commerce Street store, but on July 1, the family who started Bearden's sold the company to Louisiana-based Ivan Smith Furniture company.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Athens woman confesses to killing daughter

    A 25-year-old mother is in the Henderson County Jail after telling authorities that she had killed her four-year-old daughter, Monday

    July 24, 2014

  • Bullard: District names Jan Hill as deputy superintendent

    Bullard Independent School District is proud to announce Jan Hill as Deputy Superinten-dent. Hill will assume the new role effective immediately.

    July 24, 2014

  • ‘Christmas in July’ drive benefits area foster children

    Sure, December is still more than five months away, but Cherokee County residents are getting the chance to start spreading some holiday cheer a little early this year during the annual Christmas in July donation drive, benefitting the county's Rainbow Room.

    July 24, 2014

  • 2014-2015 Jacksonville Leadership Institute opens enrollment

    What is Jacksonville Leadership Institute?
    Jacksonville Leadership Institute is a program through the Jacksonville, Texas Chamber of Commerce. A new class is formed each September.

    July 24, 2014

  • Jacksonville continues its mosquito spraying schedule

    The City of Jacksonville will continue implementing its summer mosquito spraying program next week by spraying areas 7 and 11.

    July 24, 2014

  • RuskProtestMain.tif Rusk protest highlights views concerning border issues

    Several Texans gathered Saturday in Rusk -- not only to protest the recent federally-sponsored flood of illegal immigrants into the U.S., but to demand state officials to do something about it.
    Nearly 20 concerned citizens gathered at the intersection of U.S. highways 69 and 84 Saturday afternoon, waving flags and hand-lettered signs asking for secure borders and better action on the matter.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • RISD board mulls $16M budget

    Local school board members are considering a $16,671,955 proposed general fund budget for Rusk ISD's upcoming fiscal year – which begins Sept. 1 – but are nowhere near close to adopting the budget, said Lesa Jones, assistant district superintendent for finance and operation.

    July 22, 2014