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The conclusion of the 68th annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale brought plaudits and pride for many of Cherokee County’s next generation of agriculture and creation. Foster Hall, representing the Alto FFA, won a grand champion title with his market steer heavy entry in the beef division. Show and tell: big winners at county show


Local watercolor artist Arthur Sekula was recently selected for the 45th International Art Show at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. Mr. Sekula had three entries accepted: “Crimson Clover,” “Bonnets Trail” and “Tree Line.” Mr. Sekula specializes in East Texas landscapes and welcomes consignments of “home portraits.” His work has also been shown at art shows in Edom, Conroe and Loveland, Colo. For more, visit his website at www.arthursekula.com. Sekula selected for art show


TJC Law Enforcement Academy graduates pictured front, from left: Stephen Thomas, Tyler Police Department; Michael Preston, Longview PD; Kyle McBride, Longview PD; R.L. Davis, Longview PD; Rodney Eubanks, Longview PD; Leslie Sheridan, Longview PD; Justin Huddleston, Palestine PD; second row, Jennifer Gillham, Jacksonville PD; Blake Kelley, Tyler PD; Kaci Lopez, Tyler PD; Abby Rodseth, valedictorian, Tyler PD; Jocobo Lira, Longview PD; Brian Stewart, Tyler PD; and third row, Colin Groce, Longview PD; Tyler Stroscein, Longview PD; William Smeltzer, Longview PD; Quintin Green, Smith County Sheriff’s Office; Barron Wedgeworth, Smith County SO; Cody Kemp, Tyler PD; Benny Davenport, Tyler PD. TJC law enforcement academy holds graduation March 24
The Tyler Junior College Law Enforcement Academy has announced graduates from its 26th basic peace officer class. Graduates were honored during a...


Cherokee County Court-at-Law Judge Janice Stone cuts the ribbon during the county’s ceremony at Cherokee County Child Abuse proclamation day Tuesday afternoon.  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year’s theme is “It’s your turn to make a difference in a child’s life.” County Judge Chris Davis (not pictured) read the proclamation and the children of Christ the Redeemer pre-school sang during the event. Child Abuse Prevention Month


Judge Bascom Bentley III Bascom's High Point
Folks along El Camino Real woke up to a stormy Sunday morning that brought lots of rain and lightning as they headed off to church. I started...


Photo: Becky Whisenant

A child waves during one of the train runs from the Texas State Railroad.The TSRA Board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the Western Group with the possibility of the group, based in Ogden, Utah, becoming the TSR’s new operator. Go West(ern)? TSR enters negotiations with Western Group
The Texas State Railroad Authority Board (TSRA) met Wednesday, March 29 and announced that four applications from potential future operators were...


Israel Enriquez finished fifth in the shot put with a distance of 32-9 1/2. Run in the sun: Rusk track teams soar at Doug Jordans
On a beautiful spring afternoon, it was sun’s out, runs out at Jim Swink Field at Eagle Stadium Thursday afternoon for the annual iteration of the...


Photo: Tara Hood

Rusk’s Ladadrian Polk (front), Semaj Johnson (middle) and Anthony “NuNu” Hunter (back) prepare to take off at the start of the 400 meter dash at the annual Doug Jordan Relays. For results and pictures, see pgs. 1B and 4-5B. On your mark...


Trina Stidham 'Women who Were First' event March 28
Jacksonville and Cherokee County will recognize several residents who made their own brands of women’s history. Five women will be recognized as...


Photo: Becky Whisenant
A Texas State Railroad locomotive passes blooming wisteria. On March 15, the TSR Authority approved a request for proposal to negotiate with potential future operators. Turning wheels: TSRA board approves Request for Proposal
In a decisive move Wednesday, March 15, the Texas State Railroad Authority (TSRA) board approved a newly drafted RFP (Request for Proposal) for the...


Photo: Quinten Boyd
Rusk golfer Lily Raiborn signed her letter of intent to play golf at Jacksonville College. She is pictured with (back row, from left), Rusk golf coach Joey Renner, father Mark Raiborn, mother Angela Raiborn and Jacksonville College golf coach Dr. Roy Stephens. For more, see pg. 4B. 10 county athletes sign college letters of intent
A total of 10 Cherokee County athletes made their college decisions recently, signing letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the...


Marie and Emmett Whitehead TSRA unveils plans to honor Emmett, Marie Whitehead
During their meeting March 15, the Texas State Railroad Authority Board will vote on a resolution to name a Lone Star Coach at the Texas State...


JISD board takes virtual trip to Philippines
There may still be about four months until summer vacation, but thanks to one of Jacksonville ISD’s foreign exchange students, the JISD School Board took a virtual trip to...
Alums Sen. Robert Nichols, Sara Sheffield named 2017 JISD Stars
The Jacksonville Education Foundation will host the sixth annual “Evening With Our Stars” event on Aug. 10, 2017 at the Legacy in Jacksonville. ...


Josie Fox (left) and Monica Kelley (right) share tales of tribulation at the Spa-Dee-Dah during the Cherokee Civic Theatre’s production of “The Hallelujah Girls.” The play will debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are on sale now at www.cherokeetheatre.net or by calling (903) 683-2131. 'Hallelujah Girls' set for Saturday
Down at the Spa-Dee-Dah, you’d think life is all bubbles and blow dryers with a few beauty marks thrown in. And you’d be wrong. There’s trouble...