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Terri Underwood co-owns the Gallatin Olde Store Steakhouse with her husband, Byron. The restaurant has been open since October 2016 with a goal to “fill the dining room.” The restaurant will offer a Valentine’s Day special from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14. Eatery sets 'steak' in the county in Gallatin
In a county with a strong agriculture base such as Cherokee, it is hardly surprising that a juicy rib eye steak and a flavorful chicken fried steak...


The ABCs of A-F
During January’s Jacksonville School Board meeting, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and student services Lisa Cox presented a report on the state’s new...
Walter Session (left) and Larry Long (right) weren’t hippies, but “two men of distinction.” Peace, love and Chamber: Rusk honors its titans of industry during...
The members of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce “had a gas, gas, gas” recognizing the men, women and businesses that make Rusk go during the annual...


Neva Kelly, the wife of Jacksonville ISD superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly, provided entertainment prior to the start of the Jacksonville Chamber Banquet, performing several songs for a crowd of almost 200. Rev. David Butler named Jacksonville's Citizen of Year
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recognized the men and women taking Jacksonville toward the future during its annual Chamber Banquet, held...


Bertha Daniel (left) is the owner of Bertha’s Cafe in Maydelle, which reopened in October of 2016 after fire destroyed the previous place of business.  Sisters Bonnie Dosser (middle) and Velma Minchew (right) lend a hand, with a little help from Bonnie’s granddaughter Cheyenne Fairchild (back) and Velma’s great-great granddaughter Renee Hinson, age 5 (front). From the Ashes: Bertha's Cafe in Maydelle rises after 2014 fire,...
Eating establishments are frequently much more than a building where prepared food is available; very often they become a social gathering place...


Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn (right) swore in the Rusk Volunteer Fire Department’s officers during their annual banquet, held Monday night at the Rusk Civic Center. From left are Bob Goldsberry (chaplain), Rusk VFD Chief Donald Lankford, Kody Killion (fire marshal), Jonathan Phillips (reporter), Terry Phillips (2nd assistant chief, secretary/assistant fire marshal), James Sanchez (assistant chief), Don Vandever (treasurer) and Mayor Raiborn. Larry Robertson named Fireman of the Year, mayor installs new...
Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out. ~Henry Jackson...


Cherokee County’s elected officials took their oaths of office during a ceremony held New Year’s Day at the Cherokee County Courthouse. In front from left are Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor, County Attorney Dana Young, 2nd Judicial District Attorney Elmer Beckworth, 2nd Judicial District Judge Chris Day and Precinct 2 Constable Jack White. In back are Precinct 3 Commissioner Patrick Reagan, Precinct 1 Constable Lynn Kelley, Precinct 3 Constable Eddie Lee, Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell and Precinct 4 Constable Jamie Beene. Not pictured is Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Little. County swears in elected officials


Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis (right) was recently appointed to the Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS) board of trustees by Gov. Greg Abbott (left). Judge Davis will serve on the board until Dec. 31, 2021. County Judge Davis appointed to TCDRS board by governor
The Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS) recently named three additions to its board of trustees – one of whom hails from Cherokee...


Brunt Memorial set for Dec. 15
County Sheriff Bill Brunt died in the line of duty August 3, 1939. He was killed by a bootlegger during a car chase and shootout on what is now...


UT Health Northeast and MD Anderson Cancer Center announced a new partnership in East Texas Thursday. From left are Dr. Ray Greenberg, executive vice-chancellor of health affairs for the UT System; Dr. Ron DePinho, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Kirk Calhoun, president of UT Health Northeast; and Dr. David Daniel, deputy chancellor of the UT System. UT Health NE, MD Anderson Cancer Center create treatment partnership
The fight against cancer is a long journey – both figuratively and literally. Families affected by the disease will travel to the ends of the earth...


Reklaw city secretary Judy Ritter (foreground at left) and grant writer Mary Kay Thomas of Amazing Grants (in black, at left) help fill out survey forms with Fairview community residents. The survey will help Reklaw, Rusk County and the Fairview community apply for grants to get water in the community, located just outside of Reklaw. Reklaw, Rusk County to apply for grants for Fairview water
Success can often be achieved only through teamwork. The people of Reklaw, the Fairview community, Rusk County and several other volunteers and...


An awesome Alto Christmas (parade)
A few of Santa’s elves – including Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis – spread Christmas cheer during the annual Alto Christmas Parade, held Monday...


Brookshire Brothers Express - Well, TX Grand Opening!
You’re invited and we’re excited! Come out and celebrate our newest store with us!


A total of 62 Rusk seniors are part of the fourth class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship recipients. The recipients were announced Thursday morning at the Rusk High School Auditorium. The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is one of only 23 Promise programs in the United States and the first such initiative in Texas. For each qualifying student who graduates in the top half of the class, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise initiative covers up to $4,000 per year for two years at TJC. In addition to graduating in the top half of their class with a minimum 2.5 GPA, qualifying students must also reside in Rusk ISD and must have attended Rusk High School for grades 11 and 12. Promises kept: 2016-17 Promise Fund recipients announced
The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship has been a promise kept for four Rusk High School graduating classes. This year, 62 Rusk seniors will...


JHS officially opens multipurpose facility
More than 200 people showed up for the official grand opening of the Jacksonville High School Multipurpose Complex Aug. 5. “We’re excited for this...