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Mayor Stone recognizes Jacksonville Municipal Court employees Margarita Meza, Susana Galvan and Silvia Telles as employees of the month for May during the monthly city council meeting June 13. Jacksonville Council recognizes employees at monthly meeting


In brotherhood: Cherokee County celebrates Juneteenth
Cherokee County came together to mark Juneteenth over the weekend, with a parade in Jacksonville and a pageant in Alto Saturday and a cookout in...


The Rusk Rotary Club Scholarships were awarded to, from left,  Grace Nimitz, Nicole Phifer, Caleigh Reese and Amy Hunt. RHS students receive scholarships during annual banquet
A number of Rusk High School’s seniors received scholarships to further their academic careers during the annual Rusk High School Scholarship...


The graduates of Jacksonville’s Distinguished Achievement Program pose following the annual scholarship banquet, held May 12 at the Jacksonville High School cafeteria. A total of 99 percent of JHS graduates had a post-secondary plan in place upon graduation. JHS seniors receive $2 million in scholarships at annual banquet


The Rusk Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new Bronze Member Todd Land & Cattle. They are building the new Todd Subdivision on Bagley Road in Rusk, consisting of 1500 sq. ft., three bedroom, two bath with a 2-car attached garage, single-family homes situated on 1/2-acre lots. For more information, contact Trey Todd at (903) 245-9761. Home sweet (new) home


The Rusk Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new member Milano’s Pizza. Milano’s serves pizza, pasta, subs, salads, wings and more. The restaurant also offers a daily buffet from 11 a.m. -2 p.m for $5.99. Delivery may be made within a 12-mile radius of Rusk. Orders may be called in at (903)683-6001. A new 'slice' of life in Rusk


The event was sponsored by Austin Bank, Texas National Bank, Citizens 1st Bank, Flowers-N-Things, Bud’s Appliances and Outdoor, The Daily Grind, United Country Real Estate, Tim Sansom Frazer Realty and Congratulations! Gone fishin’: RSH Volunteer Council holds first ever ‘fish-out’...


Photographed at Love’s Lookout Park are six of the 38 Tomato Princesses selected in 1941. From left are Mildred Dalston of Longview, Katherine Vining of Mount Selman, Ann Stribling of Alto, Bettye Briggs of Terrell, Mary Virginia Orn of Marshall and Rebecca Moren of Frankston. Images Speak: An Alto Tomato Princess remembers
A chance meeting with Georgeann Crawford of Dallas, at last year’s Jacksonville Tomato Fest led me to her mother, Mary Ann Stribling Brittain. In...


Artist Raymond Ryan (left) and Angelina County Constable Trey Trevathan (right) presented Judge Chris Davis with a print of the Maydelle General Store that Mr. Ryan painted while working in the area. High Points from El Camino Real #1032
Folks along El Camino Real enjoyed a picture perfect weekend that gave lots of people a chance to get out and enjoy the Tomato Festival in...


From left, Moira O’Heaney Debbs, Anne Cox, Dylan Garner and Nicholas McCalister try to get to the church on time during “The Happiest Day of Your Life,” set for the Cherokee Civic Theatre’s Sip ‘N See series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 'Happiest Day' at Sip & See Saturday
“Here comes the bride...” – maybe? The Cherokee Civic Theatre will present a special Sip & See event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening with the...


Eastside Baptist Rusk held Vacation Bible School June 5-9.  The theme was Galactic Starveyors- Discovering the God of the Universe.  Family night was held Friday night, which included a brief program and students performing songs they learned throughout the week. The evening ended with a pool and pizza party. The church welcomes all to attend services on Sundays and is located on Academy Street in Rusk. Beat the heat with several summer events around Cherokee County
It’s summertime “and the living is easy,” and it’s just as easy to find fun activities all over the county. Several events in the near future are...


Photo: Shonda Rogers
Early Friday morning, a shop sitting next to the home of Frank and Kimberly Parks caught on fire.  The homeowners were alerted to the fire when oxygen and acetylene bottles exploded. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. on Friday and several local fire stations responded to help extinguish the blaze. Rusk Fire Department, Maydelle Fire Department and Gallatin Fire Department all battled the blaze until Friday afternoon. Mr. Franks was burned in the fire and was transported to a local medical facility. County crews respond to fire


Shirley Boykin was recognized for 55 years of service to Rusk State Hospital during the annual employee service luncheon, held Friday. RSH honors employees at annual service luncheon
Rusk State Hospital honored the men and women who have “rocked around the clock” for the hospital and its patients during its annual employee...


Photo: Quinten Boyd
Rusk State Hospital superintendent Brenda Slaton presents State Rep. Travis Clardy (middle) and State Sen. Robert Nichols (right) with plaques naming them honorary employees of Rusk State Hospital. The state Legislature recently approved funding for renovation and reconstruction at Rusk State Hospital. State legislature approves funding for RSH renovations
Citizens 1st Bank CEO James Perkins is not a man prone to hyperbole. When he told the collected crowd at the annual Rusk State Hospital Employee...


Tomato Fest events taking place all week
Cherokee County will honor its favorite fruit – red and green varieties – this weekend as Tomato Fest returns to Jacksonville. The 33rd rendition...