Notes from the Fox Den

by Josie Fox

Hello and welcome to this issue of the Fox Den.

As I write this, I am still trying to figure out how it is already July 1 and exactly where the first half of 2019 has gone. Surely I am not the only one who feels as if I blink and then an entire month is gone.

What a crazy first six months of 2019 it has been! Our county has felt some hardships and devastation as we have experienced extreme weather, tornados and flooding. But our county has also seen an outpouring of love and community as we came together to help our family and friends.

I stepped out of my comfort zone a little this year by directing and acting in the final production of the 46th season at Cherokee Civic Theatre. We joke that I was channelling my inner Clint Eastwood by filling both roles. However, had it not been for the support of my assistant director and amazing cast and crew, I would have never been able to pull that feat off. As the theater heads into it’s 47th season, I once again am stepping out of my comfort zone as I move into the position of board president. I feel honored and humbled to be able to volunteer and serve in this position for the next two years.

Along with serving as board president, I will also be returning as a volunteer for CCT’s summer camp, TnT (Thespians in Training) later this month. Registration is actually still underway, so if you need information on how to register, send me an email and I will make sure the right person gets back in touch with you.

I may be a glutton for punishment, but I am hoping to be involved in each production this year, some on stage and others behind the scenes. I will keep you posted on how that works out for me.

Heading into the last half of the year, there are a lot of things going on in and around the county. To help keep track of what is happening when, the Cherokeean has a community calendar posted on our website, From that calendar, not only can you get a glimpse of what is happening which day, but you can click on an event and a new window will open up to provide you with additional details. We are hoping this will prove to be an useful tool for our subscribers.

Although summer vacation is in full swing, coaches and teams throughout the county are mapping out practice schedules and getting ready for scrimmages. The Cherokeean will be publishing our annual Football Preview again this year with the tabloid hitting newsstands on September 4. We are excited
to provide our Friday Night Lights fans with team photos, head shots and team recaps for Rusk, Alto, Jacksonville, Bullard, Troup and Brook Hill.

I want to thank all of our advertising sponsors and parents for their support in this publication, without them, special sections like this would not be possible. There are spaces still left if any parents, grandparents or guardians would like to send ‘Good Luck’ wishes to their star athlete.

It wont be long and we will be planning for Halloween and the holiday season as we prepare to enter another year and a new decade. I hope the latter part of this year is nicer to our community weather wise, but I hope that the sense of community we developed stays strong.

To everyone who pauses on this page to read my ramblings, thank you. Thank you for your support of me and the paper. Without you, there is no us.