Community

Embracing amazing: Elijah's Retreat
Located just five miles south of Jacksonville, Texas, is Elijah’s Retreat – a place that allows families facing autism to explore nature, build...


Photo: Cristin Parker
 The Easter Bunny poses with Rusk residents Tyuna Jones and Kenslei Hooker, while mom Kendra Watkins snaps a picture. Mr. Bunny, invited by the Rusk Chamber of Commerce, was available for pictures during the Easter egg hunt held Saturday. Easter events around the area
For anyone looking for Easter activities to participate in this week, be it religious or otherwise, here are a few things happening in the...


Kelly Clay announces candidacy for Rusk City Council, Place 5
Rusk resident and business owner Kelly Clay recently announced his intention to run for Rusk City Council, Place 5. “I vow to listen to Rusk...


Flowers n’ Things: impressive displays, decor for Square’s blooming...
Flowers n’ Things has been a staple business in Rusk since 1962, making it the oldest flower shop in town. Although the business has operated in several locations around...
Wells Homecoming
In advance of Wells Homecoming April 7, queen contestants Kendall Tucker (right) and Ashlea Jones (left) are selling raffle tickets. Prizes include...


News briefs
County Republican Club to meet April 3 The Cherokee County Republican Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Hong Kong Buffet, 1644 S. Jackson in...
Be a superhero: annual CASA Superhero 5K set for April 14
“All children need heroes, but abused children need superheroes,” is the unofficial mantra of the CASA Superhero 5K, set for April 14 at the Cain Center Phase II ball...
Sharing Texas roads: motorcycle safety tips
Spring is fast approaching, the flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. With the warmer weather, motorcycle enthusiasts will...
Heritage Center museum needs volunteers
The Heritage Center of Cherokee County is seeking volunteers to host visitors at the museum on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers who would like to volunteer at the...
Jacksonville Chamber’s Agri-Business gives $3,000 in Scholarships...
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee presented three $1,000 scholarships during the Annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale,...


Dean of Science & Math Department at SFA speaks to J’ville Rotary
Dr. Kimberly Childs, Dean of Science and Math Department at SFA, was hosted by Rotarian Tim McRae on March 7, to share what’s happening within her...


Rusk Farmer’s Market
The Market will be every Saturday on the square and have free vendor booths. Fresh eggs, canned items, homemade salsa, crocheted items, handmade jewelry, homemade bath...
Come Hear the Last 7 Words of Christ
The Mt. Pleasant CME church in Rusk invites everyone to hear the last 7 words of Christ from the cross on Friday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Seven speakers will each present about...
Reklaw Reunion
On Wednesday, April 7 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Reklaw Community Center will host the Reklaw Reunion. Anyone who went to school or lived in Reklaw is invited to attend...
9 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal
Homeowners who want their homes to make strong first impressions must prioritize curb appeal. Homes with strong curb appeal sell well and can impart a welcoming feel to all...