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Concert, auction benefitting KAIROS Saturday
KAIROS Outside of East Texas will host a benefit including music and a silent auction at 5 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456 in...
Alto Council approves ordinance to deny electric rate change
Based upon a recommendation from Tom Trimble, area manager for Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC, the city of Alto approved an ordinance at their regular meeting Monday...
Johnnie Helm and 3-Tone Sunburst at CCT Saturday
This Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m., Cherokee Civic Theatre, located at W. 5th Street in Rusk, will present a one-night only “Raise the Roof” special event. Johnnie Helm &...
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...


Rebecca Brinson 2 arrested after search warrant executed in Alto
A joint investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department Narcotic Division and the Alto Police Department led to two arrests March...


Jacksonville City Council cancels 3 of 4 races; approves city audit
The May 6 general election for the mayoral and city council seats in Jacksonville is now down to one race. During their monthly meeting Tuesday, the Jacksonville City...
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...


Bid accepted for new Pct. 3 building
During Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting Precinct 3 took up several items on the agenda. After several false starts, a bid was finally approved...
Dunaway hired as city manager
The search for a new city manager in Rusk included several qualified candidates, but in the end, the city chose the candidate who was – at least for an interim period –...
Site work underway on new Family Dollar
The city of Jacksonville is growing rapidly – and soon, the western portion of Jacksonville will see a brand new Family Dollar store Dirt work is underway at the site of...
Rep. Clardy's staff in Rusk, Jacksonville on Thursday
On Thursday, March 9, Cherokee County constituents will have two opportunities to meet with State Rep. Travis Clardy’s District Director Jerri Jones on an individual basis...
RISD discusses facilities, action items at meeting
March’s Rusk ISD School Board meeting needed only approximately 15 minutes to provide a construction update, accept a few action items and to discuss the current state of...
JUCO tourney underway at JISD gymnasium
“Hoops Heaven” for junior college basketball fans can be found – at least for the next few days – at Jacksonville’s John Alexander Gymnasium. For the second time in three...
Several TxDOT and Cherokee County dignitaries move the first dirt on the U.S. Highway 69 widening project through Wells during a ceremony Monday morning. The project has been approximately 30 years in the making and will widen the existing roadway to a four-lane divided curb and gutter section. From left are Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce chair Andy Calcote, Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor, TxDOT Tyler Area Engineer Shane Cunningham, East Texas Council of Governments Executive Director David Cleveland, Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, Wells Mayor C.W. Williams, Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III, USDA Rural Development Area Director Yolanda Collins, TxDOT Tyler Deputy District Engineer Vernon Webb, Jacksonville Chamber Economic Development Chair Nathan Jones, Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton and Precinct 4 Commissioner Byron Underwood. On the road: U.S. Highway 69 project officially breaks ground
After 30 years in the making with starts and stops that at times resembled gridlock traffic, a project specifically designed to alleviate that...