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Community residents take a walk-through of the Jacksonville ISD’s newly renovated and expanded CTE during the facility’s official open house, held Thursday, Feb. 7. Building for the future: Jacksonville ISD’s bond projects nearing...
The voters of Jacksonville, in May 2017, approved a 21-million dollar bond by a nearly 80 percent vote. Approximately $15 million of that total was...

red Douglass Principal Rachel Sherman and student Kenley Penn pose with Lisa Cox while displaying the campus UIL second place award. 
Photo by Michelle Dillon JISD recognizes board members, UIL winners
The Jacksonville Independent School District’s Board of Trustees meeting began with members of the Jacksonville student ambassadors leading the...

Rusk FFA, Wells ISD to hold donkey basketball match ups
As basketball teams wrap up their district schedules, two schools are gearing up to host some on-court antics for a good cause. Rusk FFA is hosting its third annual...
Clothes Closet & More gearing up for Cinderella’s Closet prom program
By Michelle Dillon receivables@thecherokeean.com The Clothes Closet & More, like its name suggests, provides assistance in the form of clothing and more to those in...
New Summerfield ISD closing Jan. 31, Feb. 1 due to widespread illness
In a statement released on Wednesday, Jan 30 by New Summerfield ISD, classes are cancelled on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1 due to widespread illness. The release...
Anthony King
2018 President’s Award
Photo by Josie Fox Rusk Chamber hosts an Enchanted Evening
He’s lived in and loved Rusk a long time. Rusk resident and Austin Bank-Rusk Location President Larry Long was named the Rusk Chamber of...

Owners of the Texas Basket Company Martin and Jackie Swanson, were recognized for the business’s longevity in Jacksonville which recently celebrated it’s 100th anniversary. Texas Basket Company will be featured on an upcoming episode of “How to Make It,” which will air on NBC Thursday, Jan. 31. Pictured from left, are Past Chamber Chair Britian McKinney, Martin Swanson, Jackie Swanson and 2019 Chamber Chair Tom Trimble. 
Banquet Photos provided by Josie Fox Work together Grow together: Jacksonville Chamber names Sam...
Longtime Jacksonville resident and all-around good guy Sam Hopkins was named Jacksonville’s 2018 Citizen of the Year, during the 94th annual...

Troup Recognized for transparency by Texas Comptroller
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced the city of Troup is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s...
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Pictured left to right, Jacksonville Mayor Dick Stone recognized Fire Chief Keith Fortner, Corporal Randy Wilson and Nathan Palmer as 2018 Employees of the Year. Brandon Worley was also noted as a 2018 Employee of the Year but was not present. JCC names employees of the year
Jacksonville Employees of the Year 2018, Corporal Randy Wilson, Brandon Worley, Nathan Palmer and Chief Keith Fortner, were recognized by Mayor...

How sweet it is…County Extension office looking for a few good...
Fancy yourself a blue-ribbon baker? The Cherokee County AgriLife Extension Agency is offering the chance to prove it during the local office’s dessert bake-off, to be held...
Mission Tejas announces Jan. events
Participants to each event are encouraged to wear proper clothing and footwear for the outdoors, as well as bring water and bug spray. Each program is free; however, there...
Keith Jones 2 Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies receive commendations
Two Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies recently received commendations from CCSO Sgt. Spencer Chambless for saving a man’s life. Deputies Houston...

Jones joins Alto Police Dept.
Delayed city trash pickup for the holidays and the possibility of a new city park were some of the topics of discussion at the Alto City Council meeting Monday night. Code...
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County Treasurer Patsy Lassiter, center, with her husband Jack, daughter Jacey Smith, far left, and stepdaughter Darlene Stanley , far right, enjoy Lassiter’s retirement party held earlier this month at the Cherokee County Courthouse. County, Rusk bid ‘Bon Voyage’ to 2 longtime employees
County Treasurer Lassiter retires Cherokee County staffers, friends and family bid County Treasurer Patsy Lassiter a fond farewell on Tuesday,...

The Celebration Choir includes sopranos: Alyssa Duplichain, Lisa Duplichain, Misty Duplichain, DeAnna Griffith, Judy Johnson, Karen Kesinger, Patti Low, Tracy Marshall, Celeste Rangel, and Mckenna Ward; altos: Betty Duplichain, Sandy Good, Mary Lang, Shirley McCormack, Janet Pridmore, Carla Riley, Beth Sheridan, and Alison Wier; tenors:  Larry Crosby, Billy Germany, Ed Marshall, Dakota Montgomery, Peter Paddock, Jace Tobias, and Dale Wier; and basses: Garrett Duplichain, Jackson Duplichain, Jeffrey Duplichain, Mason Griffith, Jordan Hall, and Mike Low.  The media team includes Don McCormack, Danny Ward, and Owen Wood.  75925 Banner Bearers are:  Josh Castillo, Halle Duplichain, Todd Duplichain, Ryan Griffith, Foster Hall, Jacey Hicks, Blair Low, Brooke Low, and Owen Wood. Director is Jason Duplichain.
Children’s Choir members include Jenna Duplichain, Kira Ferrell, Brantley Garcia, Kaci Garcia, Jenna Gould, Abigail Hess, Aiden Hess, Brantley Kennedy, Kinley Lindsey, Tripp Lindsey, Brianna Low, Eli Middleton, Tristen Taylor, Lucy Ward, Cheyenne Wilkerson and Ryder Wilkerson. The Mike Speck Trio is back
Three-time Dove Award winner Mike Speck will join the Celebration Choir & Children’s Choir of First Baptist Church – Alto in presenting ‘The Name …...