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Rusk council, community collaborate on new sports fields
Ask and it shall be given.... The Rusk City Council unanimously approved leasing property adjacent to the KOA campground for new sports fields during the council meeting...
2019 local Women’s History Month luncheon honors ‘Unsung Heroes’
Though they come from varied backgrounds, five area residents being recognized in honor of National Women’s History Month all have one thing in...

Rusk council says no to zone change in District 2
The people of the city of Rusk’s District 2 spoke up – and their City Council listened. During a recent council meeting, held Tuesday, Feb. 26, council members held the...
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Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library Director Melanie Brumit, right, congratulates Henderson resident Michelle Best, left (standing) as library board member Cindy Steele, left (kneeling), Best’s family and staff members of the Troup Brookshire’s grocery store after Best won the library’s grocery grab fundraiser held at the store on March 7. Grocery Grab a success
A 10-minute shopping spree was recently raffled as a fund-raiser by the Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library. Michelle Best, of Henderson,...

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Pictured from left to right are Dr. Mike Smith, Dean Marolyn Welch, Dr. Patricia Richey, Thomas Ghiringhelli, James Hubbard, Dr. Blanton Feaster. JEDCO engages intern from Jacksonville College
The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) is pleased to announce on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Jacksonville College student Thomas...

Rusk councilman drops bid for mayor
Rusk District 4 Councilman Ken Ferrara has ended his bid for Rusk mayor. Ferrara filed to run for mayor last month, then, according to Rusk city officials, officially...
RPD, RISD investigate RISD staff member for injury to student
No charges will be filed against a Rusk Primary School employee, who was recently investigated after complaints of injury to a student were filed with the Rusk Independent...
Fat Tuesday fellowship: FUMC-Rusk offering traditional Shrove...
Celebrate Fat Tuesday by fattening up before Lent, at the First United Methodist Church -Rusk’s annual pancake supper. “Fat Tuesday is the day...

ACC cancels general election, receives report on roaming donkeys
At the Alto City Council meeting held Monday, Feb. 25, Kerry Black, director of the Utilities Department presented a report to the council about the response to bids...
Troup FBC to hold annual fish fry fundraiser
On Sunday, Feb. 17 First Baptist Church-Troup will host the third annual fish fry benefitting the Troup community July Fourth fireworks...

Local Girl Scout cookies sales underway -- in person and online
If there’s anything that can make cracking open a box of fresh Girl Scout Cookies even better, it’s knowing that you’ve contributed to helping Girl Scouts learn the skills...
Judge to make ruling on 2nd suit against city of Rusk by end of week
A court hearing concerning the second lawsuit against the city of Rusk, its mayor and the city secretary was held Monday. After calling court to order at 10:15 a.m....
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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...