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The TJC Apache Chiefs serve as student ambassadors all year long, but it’s during the summer New Student Orientation sessions where they’re at their busiest. Pictured front, from left: Yemile Flores of Lindale, Jazzimine Crist of Rusk, Lily Lemus of Van, Marly Murphy of Austin, Jackie Nateros of Tyler, Kendall Land of Mount Vernon, Courtney Slider of Canton; second row: Shelby Mallard of Tyler, Haleigh Latham of Tyler, J’Bria Christopher of Dallas, Jade Marth of Houston, Ebony Griffin of Rusk, Paige Leavelle of Mineral Wells, Jade Pearson of Mesquite, Alice Huang of Xinjiang, China; third row, B.J. Anderson of Dallas, Patrick Smallwood of Tyler, Chris Williams of Tyler, Carlos Salazar of Tyler, James Loya of Tyler, Jaleen Pickett of Houston and Dyamond Taylor of Tyler. One tribe: 2 Rusk alums named TJC Apache Chiefs
At any moment, their job can morph from mentor to entertainer to motivational speaker to mother hen. They’re the Tyler Junior College Apache...


Aaron Ray Williams Skyview escapee caught Sunday morning in Rusk
An escapee from Rusk’s Skyview Unit was caught Sunday morning. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Aaron Ray Williams, 35, was...


Harvey: how the county can help those affected
The eyes, minds and hearts of Texas are with the people of coastal Texas, including Houston, Corpus Christi, Rockport and Port Aransas, who have had their lives turned...
JISD adopts proposed budget for 2017-18 year
The Jacksonville ISD school board approved the proposed 2017-18 budget of 1.465 per $100 valuation during their monthly meeting Monday evening. The maintenance and...
Commissioners adopt budget for 2017-18
At the Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, Aug. 28, there was a public hearing held on the budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018. There were no comments or...
Photo: Becky Whisenant

The Texas State Railroad’s Rusk Depot will host Pints in the Pines, an autumn ale extravaganza, at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21. The TSR Authority named new officers and heard reports from Teresa Propeck, public relations manager for owner corporation The Western Group, during their monthly meeting Aug. 23. TSR sets new events for fall season
A new event on the Texas State Railroad (TSR) is slated to debut in October departing from the Rusk depot featuring locally crafted beers,...


AISD approves proposed 17-18 budget
The Alto ISD school board approved their 2017-18 proposed budget and tax rate during their monthly meeting, held Monday night. The district approved a tax rate of $1.30 per...
City of Rusk Fall Clean Up set for Sept. 9
The annual Rusk citywide clean up is set for Saturday, Sept. 9. The event is restricted only to residents that reside within the city limits or any resident that resides...
Honoring Judge Bentley
On June 30, Judge Bascom Bentley III (center) was honored at his retirement party at the Cherokee County Courthouse, hosted by County Court at Law...


Photos: Grace Traylor

Anne Barab was the guest speaker during the annual Jacksonville ISD Convocation, held Aug. 18. Mrs. Barab is the author of The Sooner You Laugh, the Faster You Heal and 7 Secrets to Speaking so People Will Listen. Picture perfect start: JISD kicks off year at convocation
Jacksonville ISD started off a “Picture Perfect Year” with the annual JISD Convocation event on August 18. More than 1,000 staff members,...


Sun and Moon
Photos: Mike McEwen Cherokee County residents had their eyes on the skies Monday during the solar eclipse event. This was the first eclipse to...


NSISD reports superior rating on Schools FIRST report
At New Summerfield ISD’s monthly meeting, Business Manager Lanita Coleman and district superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols were pleased to report to the board a preliminary...
Alto native Gaddis publishes new book
Alto native Shanelle Gaddis (pictured, left) has a story to tell – one that she feels will help others, especially in her hometown. Ms. Gaddis...


Rusk council discusses city budget, signs at special session
On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Rusk City Council held a special session. The only action item on the agenda was the Ordinance authorizing the installation of stop signs on...
Alto council proposes tax rate at monthly meeting
Some good news at the Alto City Council meeting on Monday was that, tentatively, the proposed tax rate will remain the same for fiscal year 2017 – 2018 even though the city...