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Alto’s Field of Dreams


The conclusion of the 68th annual Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show and Sale brought plaudits and pride for many of Cherokee County’s next generation of agriculture and creation. Foster Hall, representing the Alto FFA, won a grand champion title with his market steer heavy entry in the beef division. Show and tell: big winners at county show


One arrested in road rage incident at Jacksonville McDonald's last...
A Jacksonville woman was arrested and a Palestine police officer has been placed on leave after a road rage incident at McDonald’s in Jacksonville April 4. According to a...
Area prepares for Easter events
With Easter weekend approaching, here is a list of Easter services and egg hunts in and around Rusk for those who are looking for family events to enjoy this Easter...
Commissioners 'bridge the gap' and approve bridge program
Thanks to a resolution between TxDOT and Cherokee County called the Off Bridge Program that was approved, the county will be receiving 4 new bridges. Precinct 2 will...
Rusk ISD renews staff contracts; parents unhappy with one coach
The contracts of a number of Rusk ISD teachers and coaches were renewed during the monthly Rusk ISD School Board meeting Monday night, but one contract up for consideration...
TJC Law Enforcement Academy graduates pictured front, from left: Stephen Thomas, Tyler Police Department; Michael Preston, Longview PD; Kyle McBride, Longview PD; R.L. Davis, Longview PD; Rodney Eubanks, Longview PD; Leslie Sheridan, Longview PD; Justin Huddleston, Palestine PD; second row, Jennifer Gillham, Jacksonville PD; Blake Kelley, Tyler PD; Kaci Lopez, Tyler PD; Abby Rodseth, valedictorian, Tyler PD; Jocobo Lira, Longview PD; Brian Stewart, Tyler PD; and third row, Colin Groce, Longview PD; Tyler Stroscein, Longview PD; William Smeltzer, Longview PD; Quintin Green, Smith County Sheriff’s Office; Barron Wedgeworth, Smith County SO; Cody Kemp, Tyler PD; Benny Davenport, Tyler PD. TJC law enforcement academy holds graduation March 24
The Tyler Junior College Law Enforcement Academy has announced graduates from its 26th basic peace officer class. Graduates were honored during a...


Texas Senate passes private school bill Thursday
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. Texas senators spent hours on Thursday questioning how a “private school choice” bill would hold private schools...
Cherokee County Court-at-Law Judge Janice Stone cuts the ribbon during the county’s ceremony at Cherokee County Child Abuse proclamation day Tuesday afternoon.  April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year’s theme is “It’s your turn to make a difference in a child’s life.” County Judge Chris Davis (not pictured) read the proclamation and the children of Christ the Redeemer pre-school sang during the event. Child Abuse Prevention Month


Morris receives 11 life sentences plus 450 years
On March 30, a jury in the Second Judicial District Court of Cherokee County found Kevin Ray Morris Sr. guilty of 34 counts of child sexual abuse, including aggravated...
Judge Bascom Bentley III Bascom's High Point
Folks along El Camino Real woke up to a stormy Sunday morning that brought lots of rain and lightning as they headed off to church. I started...


Photo: Becky Whisenant

A child waves during one of the train runs from the Texas State Railroad.The TSRA Board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the Western Group with the possibility of the group, based in Ogden, Utah, becoming the TSR’s new operator. Go West(ern)? TSR enters negotiations with Western Group
The Texas State Railroad Authority Board (TSRA) met Wednesday, March 29 and announced that four applications from potential future operators were...


AISD prepares for STAAR, honors UIL winners
It was standing room only as the Alto ISD school board recognized the district’s big winners in the recent UIL academic competition. “It’s very positive to see so many...
Photo: Tara Hood

Rusk’s Ladadrian Polk (front), Semaj Johnson (middle) and Anthony “NuNu” Hunter (back) prepare to take off at the start of the 400 meter dash at the annual Doug Jordan Relays. For results and pictures, see pgs. 1B and 4-5B. On your mark...


House committee approves school finance measure
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout. After weeks of debating how to prevent school districts from becoming financial losers, the House Public...