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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...


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...