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Burn ban set for Cherokee County
During an emergency Cherokee County Commissioner’s Court meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 a burn ban was set for Cherokee County by unanimous decision. In light of the...
Cherokee County employees present to receive their years of service award during the July 9 Commissioner’s Court meeting were, in no particular order, Jennifer Crowley, Judia Husband, Kelly Ray, Marceia Hamilton, Jonathan Hughes, Pam White, Peggy  Cornelius and Chris Davis. Also pictured are county commissioners Kelly Traylor, Pct. 1;  Steven Norton, Pct. 2; Pactrick Reagan, Pct. 3 and Byron Underwood, Pct. 4. Service awards presented during July 9 Commissioner’s Court...
Years of service awards were presented to county employees during the July 9 Commissioner’s Court meeting. Those receiving an award for five...

Public hearings held for new homes, new sign in Rusk
Rusk city council members held two public hearings concerning various zoning issues within the city limits during the regular June council meeting. Two zoning matters were...
Alto City Councilman Jerry Flowers resigns
City Councilman Jerry Flowers resigned his seat on the Alto City Council at the regular meeting Monday. Councilman Flowers told the council his work schedule would not...
REDCO eyes making improvements to city park
Rusk’s I.C. Conley Park is on the city’s list of summer projects, thanks to the Rusk Economic Development Corporation (REDCO). REDCO Executive Director Bob Goldsberry in...
Arbors residents sing for their fellow residents during a jam session held last week, during National Nursing Home Week. Longtime music teacher and volunteer director Margie Adams accompanies the group on piano. Below, band members John Ervin and Carol Kilman lend their talents to the choir as well. Arbors residents garner support, love from community, staff members
Some of Rusk’s Arbors Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center residents are making a joyful noise, as members of the center’s resident choir. Thanks...

Photo by Cristin Parker
Cherokee Trails Rehab and Healthcare Center residents enjoy a painting recently presented to the facility. The subject of the painting, done by a local artist, reflects the Cherokee people’s heritage and honors the Rusk Eagles in its color scheme. Local artist lends talent to Cherokee Trails
Cherokee Trails Rehab and Healthcare Center in Rusk is decorating with a theme, thanks to a local artist and volunteer. Earlier this year, Atoy...

Brenda Pets of the Week
Periwinkle is a 2 year old female brown tabby. She is very scared and reserved, but will accept loves and treats. Brenda is a 5 to 6 month old...

Road work zone fatalities on the rise in Texas
Road work zone fatalities on the rise in Texas In 2017, work zone fatalities in Texas increased 9 percent over the previous year, resulting in 199 deaths and 813 serious...
Ronnie Kimbrough Former county official inducted into Emergency Management Hall of Fame
Former Cherokee County Emergency Management Coordinator Ronnie Kimbrough, who passed away on July 12, 2017, was inducted posthumously into the...

RISD rehabbing former church
Rusk Independent School District is expanding on the cheap this summer. Rusk Superintendent Scott Davis told trustees during May’s regular board meeting the district was...
Alto Municipal Judge Forrest Phifer (left) performed the swearing in for re-elected councilmen Randy Selman (middle, standing) and Carey Palmer (right, standing), who ran unopposed. Photo by Becky Whisenant Alto council swears in two new council members
Enforcement of the Alto city ordinance concerning junked or parked, non-running vehicles within the city limits was discussed at the city council...

Local nonprofit seeks volunteers, donations
Rusk has its very own giving tree, but it needs watering. The Tree of Promise -- a nonprofit, faith-based community building organization – is looking for help from the...
Students pose with  members of the community modeling their ties after receiving awards for the Tacky Tie Contest Tacky Tie Contest
Business men and women in Rusk were sporting some very interesting ties on Thursday, May 3 as part of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce’s Tacky Tie...

Tanner Ezell (left) will be recognized as an Outstanding Conservationist for his Cattle & Hay Operation by Roland Adams (right), director of zone 2 of the Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District #427. Looking forward: Ezell following in footsteps of previous generation
For 62 years, beginning in 1957, the Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District has recognized local people in agricultural pursuits who...