Area Interest

m Jackie Ardi, Pizza Hut representative for this area, and his family recently returned from a trip to his homeland, Turkey. The Ardi family includes from left, Joshua, 11, Joseph, seven; wife Kathy and Jackie. Turkey visitors

Food Check Out Week will recognize American farmers
Feb. 4-10 is being recognized as Food Check Out Week. This means it takes most Americans about five weeks to make enough money to buy food for their family for the entire...
Women's tour group to visit Jacksonville church Jan. 27
Amen Sister Girlfriend Holy Water Revival is coming to Fellowship Bible Church, 1817 E. Rusk, St., Jacksonville,. Jan. 27. The nationally-known women's tour group includes...
Town hall meeting called for Texas State Railroad
State Sen. Robert Nichols announced a town-hall style meeting with State Rep. Byron Cook and State Rep. Chuck Hopson to discuss the future of the Texas State Railroad. The...
ETMC Rusk hosts fitness program Jan. 18
Cherokee County residents are invited to join the staff of the ETMC Olympic Center in Rusk for "A New Year for a New You: How to Start a Fitness Program" Thursday, January...
Writers schedule meeting for Feb. 8
The regular monthly meeting of the Inspirational Writers Alive will be at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Activity Building of the First Church of the Nazarene, corner of...
Relay for Life kickoff event scheduled in Jacksonville
The Cherokee County Relay for Life will hold a kick-off event at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 at the HOPE center at 595 S. Ragsdale in Jacksonville. Call (903) 586-7781 for...
Test dates slated at Alto ISD
Alto High School will administer the EXIT level TAKS test for in-school and out-of-school persons, who have previously taken the test but have not passed all sections....
Caddoan Mounds to hold astronomy workshop
The astronomy workshop for beginners is designed to help new telescope owners get acquainted with both the telescope and night sky. Participants will learn to locate major...
Texas State Railroad is up and running
The Texas State Railroad will be making runs on Saturdays in January and February. The train will depart from Rusk at 11 a.m. and will return at 3:30 p.m. The train will...
Heavy rains over the weekend of Jan. 5-7 washed out a culvert that supported a side track at the Texas State Railroad's Rusk Depot. Crews from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Department of Transportation are assisting in the repairs. Train runs will be unaffected. Rains wash out TSR track

Sons of Confederate Veterans Cross of Saint Andrew Camp # 2009 recently dedicated three new military grave markers at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Veterans honored were Major John W. Francis and his son, Private James Francis, who both served in the 19th Tennessee Infantry. All three are ancestors of camp historian Shelley Cleaver. The ceremony included a rifle volley in their honor. Flowers were placed on the new markers. A roll call of the 103 Confederate veterans buried in the cemetery was read. The ceremony closed with the singing of "Dixie." 3 Confederate markers