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Area schools show support for AISD
Clockwise from above, students and staff with Jacksonville, Rusk and Bullard school districts participate in ‘Maroon Monday,’ on Monday to show...

Fed’s on-again, off-again antics may put locals in a bind
Cherokee County residents receiving some federal benefits through the state, including SNAP and Section 8 housing vouchers, are being urged to think ahead, despite the...
RISD takes a look at dress code
In an effort to keep the district’s policies and procedures up-to-date and comprehensive, Rusk Independent School District officials recently began reviewing the current...
RCC to hold special meeting for another complaint against a...
The Rusk City Council will hold a special meeting 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, to hear yet another complaint on a councilman’s behavior. District 4 Councilman Ken Ferrara...
RISD student investigated after incident on bus
A Rusk student is under investigation after allegedly making a threatening statement on a Rusk Independent School District bus last week. School...

ET100 Club forms in support of fallen first responders
There’s a new way to support East Texas’s first responders and law enforcement. Citizens and businesses are invited to become members of the East Texas 100 Club and show...
Local bust featured in DPS’s Texas Gang Threat Assessment report
Local, state and federal law enforcement officials are sending a message to Texas gangs – they are not welcome in Jacksonville or Cherokee County. The Department of Public...
School Board Recognition Month gives community a chance to say...
The Texas Association of School Boards has designated January as School Board Recognition Month. Rusk High School Student Council members honored RISD’s trustees during...
RCC opts out of censuring councilman for inappropriate comments
Very little action was taken on agenda items included on the Rusk City Council's regular meeting, held Thursday, Jan. 10 – despite council members taking three hours to...
CCT hosts magical Sip & See
The Cherokee Civic Theatre in Rusk is gearing up for the first Sip & See event of 2019, an event that promises to be a magical night. Magician Grant Freeman is back in...
Offices closing for MLK Day
Federal, state and local offices around the county are closing to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21. MLK Day is a federal holiday held the third Monday...
Citizens enroll in first ever Citizens Police Academy
The very first Rusk Citizens Police Academy officially kicked off Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Rusk Public Library, with 22 Rusk citizen cadets...

Photo by Cristin Parker
Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams and Sgt. Nathan Acker escort George Stover back to his seat during the Rusk meeting on Dec. 27. Recall election set as RCC councilmen decline to resign
As discussion of the city of Rusk’s recall election commenced during a special Rusk City Council meeting, held Thursday, Dec. 27, things got heated...

County officials were sworn into their respective offices on Jan. 1 at the courthouse. Elected officials taking office are, from left (back) Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Judge Phillip Grimes, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Tony Johnson, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Billy McCutcheon, County Surveyor Kris Morgan, County Judge Chris Davis, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Rodney Wallace, Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton, (front) Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Brenda Dominy, County Clerk Laverne Lusk, District Clerk Allison Dotson, County Treasurer Erin Curtis and County Court at Law Judge Janice Stone. Officially official in 2019

County’s rivers, creeks runneth over after ongoing rain
Water, water everywhere – and there’s even more rain in this week’s forecast. As of Monday, parts of Cherokee County received between 2 and 3 inches of rain in the last...