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...

Idle American
Folks given to dreaming some 500 years ago could never have imagined the many dozens of major historical occurrences linked to Galveston Island from then until now. Keep in...

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...

Driver Safety Class
There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class at Red Cross in Tyler at 320 E Rieck on Friday, May 19 at 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for...

The Rusk Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Buffco Production
Buffco Production Inc. was established in 1981 by Frank M. Bufkin III, and is a family owned, privately held operating company with a focus on...

NSDAR announces Spring Luncheon
The Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet for their spring luncheon at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Hong...

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...

Southlake freshman Locklin awarded Frields art scholarship
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Friends of the Visual Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University have selected Southlake freshman Shelby Locklin as this year’s recipient of the...

The Perkins Family and TJC president Dr. Mike Metke honored the second class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise students during a ceremony May 9 at TJC’s Jean Browne Theatre and Courtyard. A total of 20 students were recognized; seven graduated from TJC last week. Promises kept: Rusk/TJC Promise Program honors scholars
On May 9, Tyler Junior College, Citizens 1st Bank and Rusk and Cherokee County continued keeping its collective promise and honored members of the...

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...

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...

The Rusk Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member, Buffco Production
Buffco Production Inc. was established in 1981 by Frank M. Bufkin III, and is a family owned, privately held operating company with a focus on...

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...

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...

Shady Grove C.O.G. I.C. Church announces 1 year celebration
Shady Grove Church of God In Christ cordially invites the public to worship with them as they glorify God for Minister Oliver Sturns and Sister Sonya Sturns One Year...

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...

NSDAR announces Spring Luncheon
The Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet for their spring luncheon at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Hong...

2017 United Way Outreach Food Packaging Event
The public is invited to join from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Palestine Junior High School 1600 S. Loop 256 for the event. This is just a reminder to...

Jacksonville Council discusses grant program, zone changes
The Jacksonville City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 9 started off with special presentations. The first was for the Employee of the Month, awarded to Carol Rhymes and the...

Rusk Council reorganizes, talks land during monthly meeting
After the official canvass of the votes of the May 6, Mayoral and City Council Elections during the Rusk City Council meeting Thursday, May 11, the oath of office was...

Alto Council addresses water issues
Several water issues were discussed at the Alto City Council meeting Monday night which was opened with the swearing into office of Councilman Jerry Flowers, Councilman...

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...

2017 United Way Outreach Food Packaging Event
The public is invited to join from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Palestine Junior High School 1600 S. Loop 256 for the event. This is just a reminder to...

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension announces Food Handlers Class
Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program is now being offered here at the Cherokee County Courthouse Annex 165 East 6th St. #104, Rusk....

Jacksonville Council discusses grant program, zone changes
The Jacksonville City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 9 started off with special presentations. The first was for the Employee of the Month, awarded to Carol Rhymes and the...

Rusk Council reorganizes, talks land during monthly meeting
After the official canvass of the votes of the May 6, Mayoral and City Council Elections during the Rusk City Council meeting Thursday, May 11, the oath of office was...

New Summerfield High School seniors Romario Aguilar (second from left) and Wesley Stewart (second from right) both achieved the 60 credit hours of college coursework from Jacksonville College while meeting their requirements at New Summerfield High School. The duo will graduate from New Summerfield May 26 and from Jacksonville College in August. They are pictured with, from left, JC registrar Jodye Jay, president Dr. Michael Smith and academic dean Marolyn Welch. Dual threats: Stewart, Aguilar set to graduate from JC, NSISD
Just consider New Summerfield High School students Wesley Stewart and Romario Aguilar a couple of “dual threats.” The duo, both seniors at NSHS,...

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...

Driver Safety Class
There will be an AARP Driver Safety Class at Red Cross in Tyler at 320 E Rieck on Friday, May 19 at 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for...

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...

NSDAR announces Spring Luncheon
The Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet for their spring luncheon at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at the Hong...

2017 United Way Outreach Food Packaging Event
The public is invited to join from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Palestine Junior High School 1600 S. Loop 256 for the event. This is just a reminder to...

University of Texas at Tyler holds Spring 2017 Commencement
One thousand one hundred and thirty six degree candidates were recognized in the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center. Dawn Franks, The University of Texas at...

BMA Seminary’s Sixtieth Commencement
The Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary of Jacksonville, will hold its 2017 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in the seminary’s Dorman...

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...

Texas takes a stand against obesity: Statewide weight-loss contest...
An exciting new contest in Texas is encouraging both individual residents and entire employee groups statewide to lose weight, get healthy and win huge cash prizes for...

Austin Bank Named “One of 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas”
Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. The Bank was recognized and honored on Thursday, March 23 at...

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...

33rd Annual Tomato Fest
Local farmers are busy getting ready by planting acres of the best tastin’ tomatoes for the upcoming 33rd Annual Tomato Fest in Jacksonville. Come join the celebration in...

Rusk KOA hosts 14th Annual ‘Big Weekend’
The Rusk KOA campground, located at 745 FM 343 East in Rusk, is offering campers a special Saturday of camping for just $10 to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with...

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...