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Audience members assist magician Grant Freeman during a recent show. Freeman returns to the Cherokee Civic Theater Saturday. Grant Freeman’s magic show returns to CCT
This ain’t your grandfather’s magic show! Prepare yourself for tricks, antics, stunts, wisecracks and buffoonery as Grant Freeman once again...

Michael Goff, left, and Shawn Solly were welcomed as the newest members of the APD during the recent Alto City Council meeting. Alto clean up days start July 1
The Alto City Council approved an agreement Monday that will help continue clean-up efforts throughout the town. The Alto community is still...

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Donald Lankford, proprietor of Lankford’s Fireworks on U.S. Highway 69 N in Rusk, stocks his fireworks stand from floor to ceiling in preparation for this year’s Independence Day celebrations. Fireworks sales across Cherokee County and the Lone Star state began Monday, June 24 and will continue through midnight, Thursday, July 4. Gearing up for the Fourth: Area offices, entities to close for July...
America’s Independence Day is annually recognized on July 4 and is a federal holiday. As such, post offices and banks will be closed in observance...

Commissioners narrowly approve hiring L&W officer
The greater portion of the Cherokee County commissioner’s court was spent on discussion of hiring a license and weight officer during the meeting Tuesday, June 25. An L&W...
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A Jacksonville city crewman swaps an old water meter for a new, more efficient water meter recently. The project is slated to be completed by mid-July. Jacksonville starts water meter replacement project
The Jacksonville City Council, during the December 2018 meeting, determined the most favorable method for the city to pay for a new water metering...

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Cherokee County Crimestoppers President John Hawkins, right, presents a $400 donation to County Roads Rescue founder Dava Cooley last week during the monthly meeting of the Crimestoppers board members. Crimestoppers taking a bite out of animal cruelty, dumping
In a bid to stop crimes against this area’s non-humanity, Cherokee County Crimestoppers board members recently donated a total $800 to a pair of...

J’ville to celebrate Juneteenth
The Jacksonville community’s annual Juneteenth parade and celebration will be held Saturday, June 22. M.B. Davis and Park drives (next to Lincoln Park), between Holloway...
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RPD Chief Joe Williams, left, presents the Life Saving award to Sgt. Nathan Acker during a recent council meeting, for his bravery and heroism. Acker presented Life Saving award
Rusk Police Sergeant Nathan Acker knows a thing or two about going above and beyond the call of duty. In recognition of his heroism, Acker was...

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TxDOT subcontractors mill the road surface at the intersection of U.S. Highways 84 and 69 last week in preparation of the last leg of the construction project on Hwy. 84. (Working) on the road again.....Hwy. 84 project comes to close,...
Work on U.S. Highway 84 in Rusk is close to completion, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. Work crews were resurfacing the...

Cherokee county grand jury indicts 74 over three month span
Members of Cherokee County’s grand jury handed down numerous indictments on a plethora of charges – including capital murder -- during the last three months. “All of the...
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Old Glory waves above the north plant delivery yard of WCS/TFV (Winn Consulting & Services - Texas Vessel & Fabrications) on U.S. Highway 175, west of Jacksonville. Jacksonville’s second annual Flag Day ceremony, picnic planned
The second annual Flag Day Celebration and Picnic will take place 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 14, at the memorial park in downtown Jacksonville...

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Jakari Hadnot received special permission to pitch in the Class-A State semi-final game, which took place on the date he was to go through processing for his enlistment in the National Guard. Keeping commitments: WHS senior gets special permission to play in...
Jakari Hadnot, one of the starting pitchers for the Wells Pirates, almost missed participating with his team, the Wells Pirates, in the Class-A...

Rusk VFW closes
It’s unfortunately official. Members of Rusk’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3406 voted this month to close the organization’s doors. VFW District 19 Commander Emerson...
Cuney bumps chief to PT
Cuney City Council members took a little more than an hour – over the course of two evening meetings – to decide to put the city’s police chief on limited, part time...
A county road in Precinct 1 sustained heavy damage from flood waters in May. Water, water everywhere...
County continues to recover after storms: Cherokee County officials are reporting the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer as clean...