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Rusk council begins budget process
Rusk City Council members got some good news regarding the city’s finances last week. Council members received a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018-19, during a...
Alto ISD shows growth through STAAR test
Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a six-part series highlighting each of the county school districts’ recent STAAR test results. Alto Independent School District...
Increase caps set for county retiree premiums
A proposal made by Prescient 2 Commissioner Steven Norton, passed unanimously during the Commissioner’s Court meeting held July 23 which will apply caps to insurance...
Burton officially on board as new RISD super
The 21-day grace period is over and Dr. Grey Burton has officially taken the helm at Rusk Independent School District. RISD Board members...


Case against city of Rusk filed, dismissed
Update/correction to print version: paperwork concerning the majority vote matter had not been presented to the Cherokee County District Clerk's office as reported in the...
RISD gets high marks on STAAR
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a six-part series highlighting each the county school districts’ recent STAAR test results. More than half of all Rusk Independent...
The Department of Public Safety urges everyone to follow these tips for staying safe and managing the heat:

• Drink plenty of water throughout the day even if you do not feel thirsty; you may not realize you’re dehydrated until it’s too late. 
• Pay attention to your body. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can develop quickly. Know the warning signs and seek medical attention if necessary.
• Check on others, especially the elderly, sick, very young and those without air conditioning.
• Don’t forget pet safety. Animals are also susceptible to heat-related injury or death – don’t put your pets in these dangerous conditions.
• Limit exposure to the sun and stay indoors as much as possible. If possible, avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.
• Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat are recommended.
• Wear sunscreen. Sunburns can affect your body’s ability to cool down. 
• Be extra careful when cooking outdoors, building campfires or driving off-road to avoid igniting dry vegetation. Also, stay aware of burn bans in your area and always abide by restrictions on outside burning.

From www.dps.texas.gov Dust in the wind: Saharan dust playing a part in local heat...
Hot enough for ya? You can thank the African deserts for that. Local, state and national officials want to remind residents to stay safe as summer...


J’ville council approves new ordinances
In an effort to streamline city business, Jacksonville City Council members discussed several new city ordinances, governing everything from sex offenders, the placement of...
RCC mulls attorney nominee, softball field improvements
The tone of the most recent Rusk City Council meeting was considerably more amiable last week than it has been in other meetings held since May. Jokes were tossed, and...
Special election or council appointment
The Alto City Council meeting proved to be a lively one Monday night with debate on a couple of issues along with news on a bank robbery suspect. Alto residents turned...
Wells reinstates city police department
Outlaws beware! There’s new law enforcement in town in the city of Wells. City officials recently reinstated the city’s police department and hired Police Chief Harold...
Memberships available for Civic Theater’s 2018-19 season, auditions...
Lovers of the theater, has the Cherokee Civic Theatre got a deal for you! The Cherokee Civic Theatre (CCT)’s annual membership drive is open, and theater patrons are...
Gold STAAR rated: JISD students beat average state scores in...
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a six-part series highlighting each the county school districts’ recent STAAR test results. The results are in, and Cherokee County’s...
Rusk City Council seeks ruling on majority vote debate
Thursday’s special Rusk City Council meeting included the promise of termination to the city manager; the threat of a lawsuit against the city; allegations of collusion on...
J’ville opens recycling center
The city of Jacksonville is all about the three R’s – that’s reduce, reuse, recycle. The city has opened its new community recycling collection site, at the city Public...