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BREAKING NEWS: Troup lifts boil water notice
Officials with the city of Troup have announced the recent citywide boil water notice has been rescinded as of today, Thursday, Dec. 13. “All Troup water is safe for all...
Talk Time ends as radio station changes format
An era has ended and the last voice of Cherokee County has been silenced. Local radio personality John Robinhawk and his popular morning radio...


Photo by Josie Fox
The 2018 theme for the annual Barbie window at Chapman’s Pharmacy in Rusk is Candlelight Cantata. It’s a Barbie (Christmas) world
Every Christmas for the past 10 years, Chapman’s Pharmacy in Rusk has had one of their front windows showcase an elaborate holiday scenes. What...


Troup issues boil water notice for entire town after water main break
The city of Troup continues to urge its residents to boil their water before consumption after a major water line sprung a leak on Monday, Dec....


Rusk councilmen, citizens file 2nd lawsuit against Rusk, mayor
A pair of Rusk councilmen, with the aid of a pair of Rusk citizens, have brought a second lawsuit against the city of Rusk, Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn and Rusk City...
BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shots fired places two JISD locations on...
Reports of shots fired at the Jacksonville Independent School District central office put one elementary school campus on lock down Friday morning. According to official...
County ISDs earn top marks for financial accountability
Cherokee County school districts aced this year’s state financial accountability tests The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released final financial accountability...
Remember Pearl Harbor - "Date that will live in infamy” observed...
The day Japan ‘woke the sleeping giant’ still lives on in infamy. Friday, Dec. 7 marks the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, commemorating the...


Photo by Cristin Parker
Heaven’s Stepping Stone Retreat board members and supporters, from left, Terry Black, Nan Glaze, Austin Gwartney, Jason and Amanda Collie, Bruce Robinson, Stanley Dover and Lane Jackson break ground on the Retreat’s first cabin on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the retreat in the Alto area. Board members Jerry Ocker and Kelly Collins are not pictured. The retreat will offer free stays to families with children suffering from life-threatening diseases. Breaking ground on a three-year endeavor
A crowd of more than 30 witnessed the culmination of three years’ worth of effort Saturday, as board members and supporters of Heaven’s Stepping...


Lighting up the holidays, Hughes style
Forget about putting a candle in the window for Christmas. Stephen and Phylena Hughes – a Rusk Police detective and a Rusk High School special...


Steve Markasky grins with pride after receiving his corporal badge at a pinning ceremony during the city council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13. Three others also received corporal badges including Ronnie Clayborne, Dina Wilde and Randy Wilson. J’ville City Council unanimously approves agenda items
Quiet and uneventful, the Jacksonville city council conducted business in harmony as every vote passed unanimously Tuesday, Nov. 13. Action items...


Cherokee County celebrates Nat’l Adoption Day
Christmas came early for five area children, as they became an official part of their forever families during National Adoption Day, Monday, Nov....


Recall petition hits required signature count to proceed
As of Nov. 20 – day 12 of the 30-day petition timeline -- members of the Rusk Recall Petition Committee (RRPC) report they’ve collected the total necessary 35 percent of...
31 years spreading Christmas cheer
Cherokee County Precinct 1 Constable Lynn Kelley will be a part of his 31st Rusk Christmas parade this year. Kelley recalled his first ever...


Photo by Courtney Peacock
LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Jacksonville sustained the majority of damages to its attic and third floor during a structure fire on Monday morning. Hotel remains closed as cause of fire sought
Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of an early morning fire that did considerable damage to a Jacksonville hotel. Jacksonville Fire...