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Local teens, shown from left, Chris Dean, Ciro Cruz, Lauren Clevenger, Adilyn Henley and Sage Breen (not pictured) spent their recent bad weather days helping their fellow neighbors clean up, repair and recover from the tornadoes that hit Alto on Saturday, April 13. Alto, Rusk youth shine in town’s tornado recovery efforts
Because of the recent tornado damage to schools in the Alto Independent School District, classes were suspended for the week of April 15, giving...

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A group of Minuteman Disaster Relief volunteers gather for a briefing before getting to work clearing debris at Caddo Mounds. There in a minute -- Minuteman Rapid Response provides relief to...
The Minuteman Rapid Response team was on site in Alto the same day the tornadoes struck the small town. They were followed by the Minuteman...

Rusk’s newest code enforcement officer on the job
Rusk’s new Code Enforcement Officer Brandon Scarborough is already elbows-deep in the inner workings of the city of Rusk, and he’s only been on the job since...
Financial aid available
For low-income residents in Alto who were affected by the tornados, applications for financial assistance are now being accepted. Residents who own a home, but who did not...
Volunteer Board Vice Chair Larry Long, far left, presents the RSH’s Service Group of the Year award to the Rusk Junior High art program. Also pictured are RJH art teacher Sherry Matlock, center and RJH Principal John Burkhalter. 100 years of support: RSH honors volunteers
Administration, staff and clients of the Rusk State Hospital acknowledged 100 years of support from area residents during the facility’s annual...

FSA accepting emergency loan applications
Applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by excessive moisture and flooding occurring September 3, 2018 through January 28, 2019 are being...
Community rallies together to support Alto
The River, a church located at 595 S. Marcos in Alto, has been collecting donations and providing food to the community since the tornadoes tore through the town Saturday,...
Gooden postpones town hall meeting
Due to severe weather and tornadoes affecting Cherokee County and other parts of our community, Congressman Lance Gooden’s office has rescheduled the Town Hall event in...
TJC to host 'Tri My Best Triathlon' on Sunday, April 14
The Tyler Junior College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will host a “Tri My Best Triathlon” for special needs children from 1 to 5 p.m....

Rusk City Council forum held
On Monday, April 8, the Cherokeean Herald held a question and answer forum for candidates seeking seats on the Rusk City Council in the upcoming May 4 general election....
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The Talon Point Players, with Rusk High School Theater Arts/English IV teacher and director Catherine Gaertner (front, center) show off their medals and the bi-District award they recently won for their UIL One-Act Play, ‘Terra Nova.’ Talon Point Players bring home honors for ‘Terra Nova’
Oscar Wilde was once quoted as saying “I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” And that is what the Talon Point Players of Rusk High...

TNT camp registration opens
All the world’s a stage – and the Cherokee Civic Theatre is offering local youth and teens a whole new world during this year’s Thespians in Training (TNT) summer...
New business makes downtown Rusk home
You don’t have to go to the next town, to go Underground. UnderGround Vapor Lounge is the newest business to set up shop in downtown Rusk. The...

Alto City Council eyeing changes to city’s junked car ordinance
The current city ordinance pertaining to junked motor vehicles will stand, at least for now, according to the decision by city councilmen at the Alto City Council meeting...
JCC approves contract with city manager, cancels May 4 election
The Jacksonville City Council voted to enter into a two-year contract with City Manager Greg Smith following executive session of the March 12 meeting. Although Smith...