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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than 50 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from movie stunt rider to an indelible character actor who brought gruff charm, and sometimes menace, to a range of films that included “Cocoon,” “The Natural” and “The Firm,” has died. He was 85.

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AUSTIN – With the Texas economy slowly awakening from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and churned toward the Florida coast, threatening to complicate efforts to contain the coronavirus in places were cases are surging.

WASHINGTON (AP) – As Joe Biden nears the announcement of his vice presidential choice, the top contenders and their advocates are making final appeals.

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Cherokee County – Jacksonville and Rusk Maintenance crews plan to work with district seal coat operations to seal Loop 456 on Monday, and spot seal FM 747S on Tuesday. Jacksonville crews will then perform edge repairs on FM 855. The Rusk crew will conduct overlay work on FM 851. Expect lane …

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More than a year after being decimated by a tornado that hit the Alto area, Snake Woman's Garden at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site outside the city has bloomed under the care of volunteers.

CHEROKEE COUNTY – The approval of a resolution and related agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for a county transportation infrastructure grant program Tuesday by county leaders will put “a little extra boost” into road funds, said Kelly Traylor.

TROUP – Trustees from Troup ISD will discuss revisions to the 2020-21 Back to School plan and procedures during a 5 p.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 3, at the district administration building, 201 N. Carolina St.

Unsolicited packages from China containing seeds have been arriving in Texas mailboxes lately, and officials are advising recipients to report them to the USDA.

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DALLAS – As North Texans prepare for the coming school year, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will mark their commitment to building confident, resilient girls with a premier virtual event, Start Strong – a panel discussion to help parents of rising kindergarteners start their students’ educat…

New Hope Baptist Church will observe its 153rd anniversary with a special Homecoming service and luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, with former pastor Hubert Ekstrum delivering the homecoming sermon.

Members of the Jacksonville City Council will meet in a budget workshop, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation conference room, 309 E. Commerce St.

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Jacksonville school board members on Monday set a 6:30 p.m. public hearing as part of its Aug. 24, regular meeting, during which a proposed $56,187,645 budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year – comprised of the general fund balance plus food service and debt service – will be presented.

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CHEROKEE COUNTY – Even amidst change, some things remain the same.While a six-day extension to the early voting period for the November general election is something new – made necessary by a national pandemic – seamlessly incorporation doesn't necessarily mean reinventing the wheel for coun…

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AUSTIN — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will make available approximately $185 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits during the month of August, as Texas continues to grapple with getting the coronavirus (COVID-19) under control.

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials issued broad new mask requirements Wednesday after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one.

AUSTIN — Chad Jones has been selected as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s new Law Enforcement Director. Col. Jones became a game warden in 2004 and has held duty stations in Brazos and Trinity Counties, has served as a Team Lead for the Forensic Accident and Reconstruction Team, a L…

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NEW SUMMERFIELD — Students will return to campus on Aug. 13 in the New Summerfield Independent School District (NSISD), according to the district's Return to School plan.

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Cherokee County's total case count for coronavirus (COVID-19) now stands at 717, according to the latest data supplied by Cherokee County Public Health.

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AUSTIN— Local health officials in Texas do not have the authority to close schools solely to prevent a future spread of the coronavirus, state Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday, pushing that decision solely into the hands of school officials.

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BEAUMONT, Texas – On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox joined fellow U.S. Attorneys in Texas—Ryan K. Patrick in the Southern District, Erin Nealy Cox in the Northern District and John F. Bash in the Western District—and Attorney General Ken Paxton to inform the public about several fraud…

TROUP – A Tyler company recently was selected by Troup city leaders, who adopted separate resolutions naming CT Brannon Engineers as the engineering firm for projects.

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105-year-old Frances Johnston, right, responds with awe as she reels in the perch she caught during a recent day of fishing at the 211 Philip St. senior living facility. Johnston was among the residents who participated in the event, using hooks, lines and nets to catch the bounty donated by…

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WASHINGTON—After hundreds of video conference calls, phone conversations, and socially-distanced meetings with Texans over the past few months, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following information about the new COVID-19 relief bill – the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability P…

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AUSTIN — Texas reported an increase of nearly 700 additional deaths from the COVID-19 virus due to a change in how the state collects fatality data, representing a grim surge in the state’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The purpose of this correspondence is to inform districts and open-enrollment charter schools about changes to the Student Success Initiative (SSI) promotion/retention and retesting requirements for the 2020–2021 school year.

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