Fair play: Rusk's Fair on the Square this Saturday
There’s fun and frivolity in the air in Rusk – all for the upcoming Fair on the Square. The annual event will take place Saturday, May 27 around...

Taxing Thoughts: Missed the boat? Reasons to file taxes
This year’s April 18 tax deadline has come and gone, but not everyone has filed a 2016 tax return. Many taxpayers who should file simply do not. Common culprits are older,...

Home Country
When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc’s office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc. Harley is one of Doc’s favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7...

Land, Water & Wealth Legal Symposium for East TX Agriculture
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension presents Land, Water & Wealth: Legal Symposium for East Texas Agriculture on Friday, May 19. To be held at the Angelina County Extension...

Arbor Day Foundation offers Tree-Care Booklet
The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly...

Land, Water & Wealth Legal Symposium for East TX Agriculture
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension presents Land, Water & Wealth: Legal Symposium for East Texas Agriculture on Friday, May 19. To be held at the Angelina County Extension...

Kid’s Crusade
Christ Community Church, (in Palestine), (903)729-3178, is having a Kid’s Crusade, (for ages 4 and older), June 23 – June 25. The Church is located at 5625 N. Loop 256,...

Church Plans Homecoming
Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Dialville on FM 1910, will be hosting a Homecoming at noon on Sunday, June 4. For more information call (903)795-3146.

The JISD boosters won the Spirit Stick award. Winners of the Corporate Spelling Bee 2017 hosted by Jacksonville...

County Resident named to Dean’s List
Joshua Ambroson from Jacksonville, has been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List at McMurry University. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have maintained...

How to Pay for College May Consumer Tips from the Independent...
A college education is more important than ever in today’s competitive workforce. Along with a four-year degree comes increased salary potential, job satisfaction and...

The Ugly Duckling
The Children’s Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Hans Christian Andersen’s story of “The Ugly Duckling,” presented by Virginia...

Heritage Center museum needs volunteers
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County is seeking volunteers to host visitors at the museum on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers who would like to volunteer at the museum...

Fundraiser for local family
Rusk natives Shawn and Kathi Davis are holding a fundraiser for Shawn Davis who recently had triple bypass open heart surgery and was diagnosed with diabetes in the...

Summer Food Service Program
Alto ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and under regardless of race, color, national origin,...

Commissioners complete brief meeting Monday
Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting may have been brief with only six items on the agenda but the business of the county was taken care...

First Annual Benson Memorial Charity Golf Tournament
Benson Memorial CME Church of Jacksonville, Texas will host the First Annual Benson Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 10 at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club,...

Church Plans Homecoming
Rocky Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Dialville on FM 1910, will be hosting a Homecoming at noon on Sunday, June 4. For more information call (903)795-3146.

Summer Food Service Program
Alto ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and under regardless of race, color, national origin,...

Meals on Wheels May 24 - 30
Wednesday: Lemon pepper fish, boiled potatoes, spinach, wheat roll, apricots, milk Thursday: Oven fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, navy beans, wheat bread, rocky road...

Drivers Needed
Sarah Welch, the director of the Meals on Wheels program, is looking for volunteer drivers. “We need drivers, it doesn’t matter if they want to drive once or twice a month...

Rusk council holds 2 special meetings May 16
On Tuesday, May 16 the Rusk City Council held a special city council meeting at 5 p.m. and a city council workshop at 6 p.m. During the special city council meeting they...

Commissioners complete brief meeting Monday
Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting may have been brief with only six items on the agenda but the business of the county was taken care...

Summer Food Service Program
Alto ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and under regardless of race, color, national origin,...

Texas Asthma Camp set for June 18-23 at Camp Tyler
Summer camp is a time for children to have fun and make new friendships. But for children who have asthma, attending a traditional summer camp can be difficult because of...

More Than 200,000 Kids Treated in ERs Each Year for...
As temperatures rise, more kids will be on the playground. The nation’s emergency physicians want all of them to have fun, but also to stay safe. “Many playground...

Meals on Wheels May 24 - 30
Wednesday: Lemon pepper fish, boiled potatoes, spinach, wheat roll, apricots, milk Thursday: Oven fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, navy beans, wheat bread, rocky road...

Commissioners complete brief meeting Monday
Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting may have been brief with only six items on the agenda but the business of the county was taken care...

Heritage Center museum needs volunteers
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County is seeking volunteers to host visitors at the museum on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers who would like to volunteer at the museum...

Fundraiser for local family
Rusk natives Shawn and Kathi Davis are holding a fundraiser for Shawn Davis who recently had triple bypass open heart surgery and was diagnosed with diabetes in the...

FRIDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS CONCERT KICKS OFF BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- The Texas Blueberry Festival kicks off Friday night with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park, from 6 to 10 p.m. June 9 at Festival Plaza in...

TFWC Wednesday Study Club holds January meeting
The TFWC Wednesday Study Club of Jacksonville met Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 in the home of Barbara Murray. President Deborah Burkett called the meeting to order and...

'A Dog's Purpose' serves as sentimental family entertainment
Spud Nut, A Dog’s Purpose (PG, 120 minutes) is dog owner’s special about a canine’s reincarnations. The story follows one lovable dog through four lifetimes, appearing...

Arbor Day Foundation offers Tree-Care Booklet
The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees. Anyone can receive Conservation Trees, a user-friendly...

National Day of Prayer set for May 4
The annual National Day of Prayer is set for May 4 and the Rusk Ministerial Alliance will hold an event on that day at the Cherokee County Courthouse in Rusk. The group...

Social Security announces new online service for replacement Social...
The Social Security Administration introduced the expansion of online services for residents of Texas available through its my Social Security portal at...

Rabies clinics continue this week
Cherokee County veterinarians are trying to fend off potential rabies outbreaks by offering low cost vaccinations in the area this week and through...

County veterinarians unite to offer low-cost vaccinations
Cherokee County veterinarians are trying to fend off potential rabies outbreaks by offering low cost vaccinations in the area May 1-11. Various...

Pets and Distracted Driving
With the busy summer travel season right around the corner, many families are planning to hit the road with their families - and that of course, means their four-legged...

Texas Asthma Camp set for June 18-23 at Camp Tyler
Summer camp is a time for children to have fun and make new friendships. But for children who have asthma, attending a traditional summer camp can be difficult because of...

Kid’s Crusade
Christ Community Church, (in Palestine), (903)729-3178, is having a Kid’s Crusade, (for ages 4 and older), June 23 – June 25. The Church is located at 5625 N. Loop 256,...

Benefit for Van Zandt County Tornado Relief
To help raise funds or victims of the tornados that ripped through Van Zandt County April 29 a benefit concert is taking place from 12:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 28 at...

The Rusk Intermediate School robotics teams, part of Dianne Guthrie’s Gifted/Talented class, brought home three top-3 trophies from the recent Region VII Robotics contest in Kilgore. From left are Anthony Rojo, Matthew Young, Landon Walley, Kierra Milton, Kaitlyn Hardy, Katie Ross, Nicole Burkhalter, Maci Taylor and Gracie Knight. Not pictured is Alex Patterson. Beneficial programming: Rusk robotics wins big at Region VII
Dianne Guthrie’s Gifted/Talented class at Rusk Intermediate School is building for the future – quite literally. The class recently competed in...

Summer Food Service Program
Alto ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years of age and under regardless of race, color, national origin,...

More Than 200,000 Kids Treated in ERs Each Year for...
As temperatures rise, more kids will be on the playground. The nation’s emergency physicians want all of them to have fun, but also to stay safe. “Many playground...

Click It Or Ticket’ Campaign Saves More Than 5,000 Lives
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign urging Texans to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates...

Financial CHOICE Act is Win-Win for Texas
It was intended to protect consumers from abusive practices by financial services. It was intended to promote financial stability of the U.S. by improving accountability...

TXDOT Celebrates 100 Years of Service to Texans with area events
The Texas Department of Transportation turned 100 years old on Tuesday, April 4 and celebrated with an employee event at its downtown Austin headquarters office located in...

Click It Or Ticket’ Campaign Saves More Than 5,000 Lives
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign urging Texans to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates...

Meals On Wheels Dogwood Travelers Sponsors Trips
Meals on Wheels, Dogwood Travelers is sponsoring a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio from June 25 to July 1. Cost of the trip includes transportation; lodging; six breakfasts and...

Jacksonville Progress Sponsor’s Shuttle at Tomato Fest
The Jacksonville Progress presented a $700 check to sponsor the Jacksonville Citizen’s Police Academy Shuttle Transportation Service at the 33rd...

BBB offers contribution cautions for donors in wake of East Texas...
As our local community’s attention and hearts are focused on the tornadoes which killed five and injured dozens in East Texas earlier this month, BBB warns donors to be...

Coaches dedicated to Rusk athletes
To the anonymous and concerned citizens of Rusk – I would like to thank both Jowell and Chad Hancock for their dedication to not only my son, but to all the kids in the...

Rusk Post Office food drive this Saturday
Saturday, May 13 is the 25th annual Post Office Food Drive. Please place your non-perishable food items by your mailbox for collection by your mail carrier. There will...