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Joe Williams sworn in as Rusk PD Chief
Thursday night’s Rusk City Council Meeting began with the swearing in of new Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams. The city announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the former McKinney...
County to acquire bids for new Pct. 3 building
Monday, Feb. 13 saw another Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting where the topic of a new building for Precinct 3 was one of the items on the agenda. The court...
CCT to present Sip & See event 'Adam & Eve' Feb. 11
We have all heard how Adam and Eve met (over ribs as it were) but what happened next? Mark Twain, the noted American humorist and novelist, pondered that question and the...
Negotiatous ongoing between TSR, Iowa Pacific
The Texas State Railroad Authority’s meeting Feb. 2 lasted just shy of three hours, with approximately two-and-a-half of them dedicated to executive sessions. While no...
The ABCs of A-F
During January’s Jacksonville School Board meeting, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and student services Lisa Cox presented a report on the state’s new...
Walter Session (left) and Larry Long (right) weren’t hippies, but “two men of distinction.” Peace, love and Chamber: Rusk honors its titans of industry during...
The members of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce “had a gas, gas, gas” recognizing the men, women and businesses that make Rusk go during the annual...


Neva Kelly, the wife of Jacksonville ISD superintendent Dr. Chad Kelly, provided entertainment prior to the start of the Jacksonville Chamber Banquet, performing several songs for a crowd of almost 200. Rev. David Butler named Jacksonville's Citizen of Year
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recognized the men and women taking Jacksonville toward the future during its annual Chamber Banquet, held...


Photo: Becky Whisenant
Jitney Cafe owner Fantasi Durrenberger (left) stands at the entrance with her son, Dakota, 13. The Jitney Cafe, located in Dialville, will host a special event for Valentine’s Day from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 11 with live music by Tommy Dement and The Music Makers. Flavor stop: Jitney Cafe open in Dialville
Motivated by a love of cooking, history, family and community, Fantasi Durrenberger, or Fanci, as she is known to her friends, opened the Jitney...


Photo: John Hawkins

Houston White (right) talks with his son, George, immediately following the dedication of the Houston White Rotary Pavilion, located at the Rusk Baseball/Softball Fields on Euclid St. Mr. White, 104, is considered the oldest Rotarian in the world and has not missed a Rusk Rotary Club meeting in more than 65 years. Rusk Rotary dedicates Houston White pavilion Saturday morning
As the plastic was torn away from the sign marking the Houston White Rotary Pavilion at the Rusk Baseball/Softball Fields Saturday, the honoree...


County fire crews battle blaze at Lake Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Fire Department battled a fire Monday night and Tuesday morning on approximately eight acres on Lake Jacksonville. “A Lake Jacksonville resident had a...
Alto church vandalized Saturday
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an act of vandalism at an Alto church that occurred during the weekend. The vandalism at St. Thomas AME Church on...
County employees received Service Awards at Monday’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court. Employees receiving five year awards:  Billie J. Davis, Marlana P. Davis, Tracy M. Dement, Brent E. Dickson, Kay Hamilton, Rocio Helm, Ronald W. Kimbrough, Omar Marroguin and Rebecca R. Netherland. Ten years:  Blanca E. Harris and Ricky R. Moore. Fifteen years:  Beth A. Davis and Lois A. Garner. Twenty years:  L.H. Crockett. Twenty-five years:  Michael C. Lindsey and David B. Womack. Also pictured are County Judge Chris Davis and Commissioners Byron Underwood, Kelly Traylor, Steven Norton and Patrick Reagan. Commissioners present service awards at meeting
The Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting Monday morning started with a presentation of Service Awards to county employees for five, 10, 15,...


Body of missing Palestine man found Thursday
The body of a Palestine man who was reported missing Jan. 14 was found Thursday, Jan. 19 at Circle R Lake in Palestine. Cody Lusk, 37, of Palestine, was found in the dam...
Rusk’s new Houston White Rotary Pavilion, located at the Rusk Baseball/Softball Fields on Euclid St., will be officially dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday. Mr. White will be in attendance as well as several special guests. Mr. White, 104, is the founder of the Rotary Club of Rusk and is the oldest active Rotary Club member in the world. For more information, call Rusk Rotary president Jaleea Hudnall at (903) 284-8083 or the Rusk Chamber of Commerce at (903) 683-4242. Pavilion dedication this Saturday


Bertha Daniel (left) is the owner of Bertha’s Cafe in Maydelle, which reopened in October of 2016 after fire destroyed the previous place of business.  Sisters Bonnie Dosser (middle) and Velma Minchew (right) lend a hand, with a little help from Bonnie’s granddaughter Cheyenne Fairchild (back) and Velma’s great-great granddaughter Renee Hinson, age 5 (front). From the Ashes: Bertha's Cafe in Maydelle rises after 2014 fire,...
Eating establishments are frequently much more than a building where prepared food is available; very often they become a social gathering place...