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Boyd stepping down as editor
Every journalist loves to write. But we never really write about ourselves. Sure, every once in a while, we write columns that let you into our day-to-day lives just to...
Governor Abbott visits Nacogdoches for Lone Star Legislative Summit
The SFA campus was abuzz with energy on Friday when over 400 guests joined elected officials from various districts, business leaders, forward thinkers and community...
Rusk Public Library receives Family Place Library Grant; joins FP...
Rusk Public Library has received a Family Place Library Grant- Building Foundations for Early Learning along with a stipend from The Tocker Foundation to cover all travel...
Embracing amazing: Elijah's Retreat
Located just five miles south of Jacksonville, Texas, is Elijah’s Retreat – a place that allows families facing autism to explore nature, build...


Photo: Mandy Brooks, M&M Photography Showcase: big winners at Cherokee County Livestock Show
The conclusion of the 69th annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale brought plaudits and pride for many of Cherokee County’s next...


Photo: Cristin Parker
 The Easter Bunny poses with Rusk residents Tyuna Jones and Kenslei Hooker, while mom Kendra Watkins snaps a picture. Mr. Bunny, invited by the Rusk Chamber of Commerce, was available for pictures during the Easter egg hunt held Saturday. Easter events around the area
For anyone looking for Easter activities to participate in this week, be it religious or otherwise, here are a few things happening in the...


JISD board approves 2018-19 dress code, recognizes Folden classroom
Students at Jacksonville ISD will soon have a few more options when it comes to their day-to-day wardrobe while on campus. During their monthly meeting Monday, the...
Legislature urges Congress to secure schools/community act
Austin, TX – Last week, members of the Texas Legislature sent a resolution to Congress to urge them to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination...
Commissioners approve truck purchase, tax refunds at meeting
The Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday, March 26 was longer than the last meeting earlier in the month. While they may not have been able to save time,...
City elections to be held May 6; primary runoffs May 22
Election season isn’t quite over in Cherokee County, with county and city races slated for May. Two county races will hold run-off elections May 22. Elections will be...
Photo: Angela Jimenez
Bayli Honeycutt of Palestine recently won her second consecutive national championship at the 2018 USA Archery Indoor National Championship and has recently been selected to USA Archery’s Compound Junior Dream Team. On target: Honeycutt wins national archery competition
Palestine’s Bayli Honeycutt clearly felt winning a national archery title was nice – so she did it twice. Honeycutt, a seventh grader at Cayuga...


Judge F. Phifer addresses concerns about Municipal Court of Record
The Rusk City Council meeting on Thursday, March 15 proved to be longer than the city council meetings that have been the norm over the last three or four months. The...
Greg Smith hired as new Jacksonville city manager
The City of Jacksonville has welcomed a new city manager into the fold. Greg Smith, who previously served as city administrator in Shenandoah and city manager in...
Welcome home: Miles Pike, Michael Card performing in Tyler Saturday
Miles Pike has traveled the world spreading the gospel through his music, but as the old saying goes, “There’s no place like home.” The Jacksonville native and gospel...
Stella Hill Library board requests funding for roof
Two members of the Stella Hill Library Advisory Board, Kyle Griffith and Andy Grammar, made a request to the Alto City Council Monday for funds to put a new roof on the...