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The next level: National Signing Day 2018
A total of nine Cherokee County athletes – four from Jacksonville, four from Rusk and one from Bullard – made their college choices official during...


Foot pursuit leads to arrest of wanted man
An afternoon foot pursuit Feb. 7 led to the arrest of a man wanted by the Jacksonville Police Department. Acting on an anonymous tip, the Jacksonville Police Department...
Commissioners discuss vehicle transfer, grant renewals Monday
Cherokee County Commissioners Court met Monday, Feb. 12 to conduct the business of the county. The meeting started by recognizing Jerry Ford’s retirement. “I would like...
Work continues on RISD career/technology facility
The new Rusk ISD career and technology building is nearing completion, and RISD superintendent Dr. Scott Davis is excited about it. Dr. Davis discussed the facility during...
Rusk Council discusses court of record, voting percentages
The Rusk City Council met Thursday, Feb. 8 and began the meeting with a discussion about the 2017 Racial Profiling Report – Tier 1 from Rusk Chief of Police Joe Williams....
Jacksonville's new chief
A 400-pound wooden indian statue donated by former Cherokeean Herald owners Robert and Terrie Gonzalez has found a new home at the Jacksonville...


Starting a new bowl
Work is underway on renovations and improvements to the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville. The Fightin’ Indian and Maiden soccer teams are currently...


New neighborhoods: UIL announces new HS districts
Even those Texas high school sports fans who classify themselves as “not a morning person” woke up bright and early to learn where their favorite high school teams would go...
Out of the ashes
Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife recently performed a controlled burn at the I.D. Fairchild Forest just outside of Rusk. Controlled burning...


ETMC president Ellis to retire after 50 years
As Elmer G. Ellis, president/CEO of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC), looks toward retirement on Feb. 28, he also...


Health agency leader Smith: ‘We welcome’ audits into contracting...
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission won’t fight an auditor coming through their doors — in fact, they welcome it. That’s what Charles Smith, executive...
New UIL districts announced
The University Interscholastic League announced the 2018-20 realignment and reclassification Thursday morning. A look at the districts for Cherokee County's schools: ...
Good stock: Avery Kinney wins reserve champion title at Ft. Worth...
Avery Kinney, a 4H member from Reklaw, Texas, captured Reserve Champion Junior Heifer in the Junior Shorthorn Breeding Beef Heifer Show at the 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show &...
New Alto athletic director Richard J. Meeks is pictured with his wife, Laci, and their three sons, Beckett, Blake and Sloane. Meeks named AD at Alto High School
There’s a new leader of the Mean Sting down in Alto. After a special session of the Alto ISD School Board Monday, the board approved the hire of...


Rep. Travis Clardy (left) and Sen. Robert Nichols (right) received the Rusk Citizens of the Year awards during Saturday’s Rusk Chamber banquet in recognition of their work to secure funding for the renovation of Rusk State Hospital. Going on a Chamber hunt: Rusk honors its titans of industry during...
“Camo Couture” was the order of the night during the annual Rusk Chamber Banquet, held Saturday evening at the Rusk Civic Center. During the...