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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...


Crystal Bateman was named the Jacksonville Chamber's Outstanding Businesswoman of the year during the Chamber's fall membership meeting, held Nov. 7. Barry Hughes named Jacksonville Citizen of Year; Aragon, Bateman...
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce recognized the men and women taking Jacksonville working together to keep Jacksonville at the forefront of...


Something’s cooking: 4-H Food and Fashion Show contests
The Cherokee County 4-H Food Challenge was held Friday, January 12 at the Cherokee County Exposition Center. Teams of 4-H members have 40 minutes...


Jacksonville school board discusses EOC graduation policy
The Jacksonville School Board and members of the JHS English department held a spirited discussion about the district’s end-of-course exams and graduation policy during the...
AISD superintendent Birdwell to retire at end of school year
Alto ISD will have a new superintendent at the helm at the start of the new school year. During the AISD school board meeting Monday night, the board accepted the...
Driving issues: commissioners take care of vehicles at meeting
Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting only took a little over 15 minutes. Vehicles, both new and used, were a popular item on the agenda this...
Humanitarian nature
Billy Bateman (right) received the Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains national foundation. The award was...


Rusk citizen voices concerns about speeders on Hwy. 84 E
Rusk City Council meet Thursday, Jan. 11 for about 45 minutes taking care of the city’s business. The agenda only had four action items on it. The first item was to...
Now open
The new Truckerz Truck Stop, located on U.S. Highway 84 in Rusk, is now open. The store is owned by Yash Asarsa. Mr. Asarsa said he was looking...


Flu patients leave Texas hospitals strapped
Big-city hospitals in Texas have been overwhelmed this week by an influx of flu patients, and state health officials say influenza activity is widespread across the state....
King had a dream – keep working to make it true
Monday was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day to honor a great man and remember the causes for which he fought – but also to remember that the fight continues. So much...
A cool New Year: Celebrating 2018 in style!
Courtesy Photos: Edith Fudge Cherokee County welcomed 2018 in style – despite the cold temperatures – including the residents of Angelina House in...


Jacksonville PD searching for NYE shooting suspect
As of Tuesday morning, the Jacksonville Police Department was searching for a suspect in a shooting that occurred Sunday night. Just after 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve, the...
Warm heart on cold nights: Bateman opens business to those in need
A Cherokee County man is opening his business to those in need of warmth after a cold start to 2018. Billy Bateman, who owns the Highway 69 Trading Post, located at 203 N....