Area Interest

Flu bug hits county citizens
Since the later part of January flu cases have increased tremendously in Cherokee County, especially in the Rusk and Jacksonville areas. The epidemic status is not only...
FREIDA SCULLY Austin Bank names community involvement awards
Two Jacksonville residents, Freida Scully and Harry G. Tilley were among those receiving the Austin Bank 2007 community involvement award. They...

NEWS
Healing prayers offered River of Life Christian Center has recently opened a room in which prayer for healing will be offered. There is no charge. The room is open from 9...
ALTO ELEMENTARY
All A Honor Roll Fifth Grade: Jocelyn Bradford and Taylor Lewis. Sixth Grade: Colten Hinson, Dorothy Hobson, Jayna Spilman, Charlie Wallace, Elizabeth West and Jacolby...
Fourth grade UIL participants included in front from left, Kyla Lynn, Caitlyn McIntyre, Payton Castleberry and Jontae Johnson; second row, Alex Tucker, Christian Coutee, Ebony Griffin, Delaney Starkey, Bryce Hoffman, Jenna Stanley and Moira Debbs; in backj, Raymond Harvey, Elizabeth Dover, Julia Rogers and Anna Hamilton. Rusk places 1st in UIL competition
Rusk Elementary School and Rusk Intermediate School jointly brought home the winning trophy for UIL compettion. This is the seventh year for Rusk...

l Alto Arbor Day poster winners were from left, Jesus Hernandez, first place; Caitlin Morris, second place; and Alanis Guinn, third place. They participated in a contest sponsored by the Texas Forest Service. Arbor Day Poster Winners

Stamp club announced
The Cherokee Stamp Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Saturdays of the month at the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, FM 23 in Rusk. The club is for young stamp...
Weight Watchers meet in Rusk on Tuesdays
Weight Watchers meetings are held at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 372 E. Fourth St., Rusk.
John Eckerman of the Rusk FFA was among the calf scramble winners at the 112th edition of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth. He is the son of Lana Johns. Sponsor of John's efforts was Joe Hill of New York, N.Y. John was given a $500 purchase certificate to help purchase a registered beef or dairy heifer for a year-long FFA project. Calf winner

Heritage Land Bank seeks scholarship applicants
Heritage Land Bank is currently accepting Scholarship Applications from graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a college degree in the field of Agriculture. A...
Foreign investors must report agricultural interests to farm...
Foreign investors with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of...
Alto dominates TSWA all-state football team
Alto's stellar football season continues to bring the Yellowjackets recognition as the Texas Sports Writers Association named several Mean Sting standouts to the Class A...
Water marks ring the support columns of the trestle at the Neches River as the Texas State Railroad passes above it. The TSR is back in full operation after floods last July washed away portions of the track. PHOTO: LORI KASTROP TSR announces 2008 operating schedule
Discounted local appreciation fares continue at the Texas State Railroad through the end of February. During January and February, residents of...

MILITARY
Tilley graduates Army ROTC leader development and assessment course Shakendrick K. Tilley has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) Leader...
Award-winning song writer visits schools, Roland's Next Door
Steve Seskin, the singer-songwriter whose resume includes the 1999 Mark Wills hit, Don't Laugh at Me, will perform at Roland's Next Door, 102 N. Ragsdale in Jacksonville...