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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...


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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...


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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...


East Texas band Blacktop Mojo will open for Bon Jovi Thursday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of Bon Jovi’s “This House is not for Sale” tour. Two members of the band, Matt James (Friederich) and Kenneth Irwin, are from Rusk. Good mojo: Blacktop Mojo to open for Bon Jovi Thursday
On most of their social media posts, the members of the East Texas band Blacktop Mojo use the hashtag #rockisnotdead. Both rock music and the band...


The Neches River Wildlife Refuge will hold a free Field Day in association with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. The refuge is located on U.S. Highway 79 between Jacksonville and Palestine. The schedule includes a program about the refuge, guided walking tours in the forest and along the river and a crayfish net-dip. Attendees are asked to bring a camp chair. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Neches River Wildlife Refuge, the Texas Conservation Alliance, The Conservation Fund, Friends of the Neches River and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In case of bad weather, the event will be rescheduled. For more information, call (903) 391-2444 or (903) 714-0901. Neches Field Day Saturday


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...