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Area school districts on alert after threats to JMS posted to...
Jacksonville Middle School is one of the latest – and first in Cherokee County – school campuses to have received threats of violence via social media. The Jacksonville...
East Texas Giving Day to be held April 30
Save the date. East Texas Giving Day (ETGD), an 18-hour online event that provides critical funding for area non-profits, is set for Tuesday, April 30. East Texas...
Early voting to begin
Early voting in the general elections for the city of Rusk, as well as the school districts of Alto, Jacksonville and Rusk starts Monday, April 22 and goes through Tuesday,...
RISD ends labor board investigation with payout
The Texas Workforce Commission’s investigation into the Rusk Independent School District has been settled. According to school officials, complaints from a parent prompted...
Aid still needed after tornadoes sweep through Alto
Thanks to the many helping hands of area residents, the Alto community is already rallying back from last weekend’s devastating weather. And...

Rain, rain, go away… Events rescheduled, cancelled on account of rain
At least three events planned for Saturday, April 13, have been postponed or simply cancelled, thanks to the weekend’s forecast of severe weather. Officials with the...
Good Friday Closings
Good Friday falls on April 19 this year and many school districts and municipalities will be closed in observance of the holiday. School closings The Alto, Bullard,...
Rusk moves annual clean-up day to April 27
The city of Rusk’s annual city-wide spring Clean-Up Day has been rescheduled due to bad weather. City officials said the event will now be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,...
Brian H. Cannon CCSO continues man hunt for Mt. Selman man
Mt. Selman resident Bryan Heath Cannon is still at large, according to reports from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Cherokee County Crime...

Heritage Center to host fund-raising gala
It’s a “B-Bop Hop” Gala and the public is invited to help the Heritage Center of Cherokee County Museum achieve the goal of continuing to present...

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Softball sized hail fell in Alto while the rest of Cherokee County saw pea to golf ball sized hail over the weekend. Hail storms pelt east Texas
April showers brought lots of headaches to parts of Cherokee County over the weekend. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s...

AFSCME correctional officers from Palestine visit State Capitol to...
Local corrections employees from Palestine and the surrounding area visited with their State Representatives and State Senators in the State...

Local non-profits seeking gently used items, not trash
Spring has sprung, and that means lots of people are coming down with ‘spring cleaning’ fever. As citizens are cleaning out their spaces, local non-profits are asking...
Photo by Josie Fox
Judy Faye Garner, far left, accepts a check on behalf of the Cherokee Civic Theatre in Rusk on Tuesday, March 26. Presenting the check is City Manager Jim Dunaway and City Secretary Rosalyn Brown. City provides support to local entities
In the Feb. 26 Rusk City Council meeting, council members voted to provide funds to four civic organizations through a 380 agreement. The Tree of...

The long and winding road…
Local Relay event revs up with Survivor’s Dinner Local cancer patients, caregivers of cancer patients and survivors of the disease are invited to take the first of many...