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Father and son charged with capital murder
A father and son, Charles Lennon, Jr., 55, and Dr. Charles Lennon, III, 29, have been charged with capital murder in connection with an ongoing homicide investigation being...
Defoore found deceased on CR 3306 July 6
According to a press release from Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Olen John Defoore, 38, of Tyler was found deceased on CR 3306 Friday, July 6. Officers discovered the...
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Gallatin resident and library volunteer Daryl Chandler hanging bags to be filled during the Christmas in July donation drive, benefitting the Rainbow Room of Cherokee County. Jacksonville, Alto and Rusk libraries are offering the bags for the drive through the month of July. Christmas in July kicks off this week
Christmas might still be 25 weeks away, but Cherokee County residents are getting the opportunity to get into the giving spirit a little early this...


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Workers prepare concrete forms at the Tomato Bowl renovations in Jacksonville. J’ville experiencing a building boom
Jacksonville is bursting at the seams with several new building projects currently in the construction phase and potentially more on the...


Comptroller’s office holding $4.5 billion in unclaimed property
Want to search for some buried treasure this summer? It’s easy, thanks to the Texas State Comptroller’s unclaimed property list. “Over the entire state of Texas there is...
Water, water everywhere: J’ville, Rusk receive superior water...
State and federal officials have run the tests and collated the data – both Rusk and Jacksonville are serving up some high-quality H2O. Texas Commission on Environmental...
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From left, EMS Regional Director Hayden Ray and UT Health East Texas EMS Capt. Paulette Campbell present Rusk Library Director Amy Rinehart and Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn with the city’s new defibrillators in the city manager’s office at Rusk City Hall last week. Not pictured is City Manager Jim Dunaway. The equipment, which was installed this week at four different city locations, was donated by UT Health East Texas EMS. Estimated cost of the equipment is $6,000. UT Health provides emergency equipment
The city of Rusk got a shocking donation last week. UT Health East Texas EMS representatives presented Rusk city officials with four LifePak AEDs...


SOS Save our students; Rusk’s annual school supply drive still in...
The Tree of Promise’s annual More than a Backpack school supply drive is gathering steam, but still needs help from the community. The nonprofit, faith-based community...
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Rusk Independent School District board members pose with superintendent applicant Dr. Gray Burton, after naming him the district’s lone finalist on Monday, Pictured, from left, are board members Jeff Johnson, Jake Ocker and Montie Sunday; Dr. Burton; and board members, Britt Patterson, Martin Pepin, Teresa Phifer and Tracey Session. RISD names lone finalist for super
Rusk Independent School District’s Board of Trustees have named Dr. Gray Burton as the lone finalist for the superintendent’s position. Rusk board...


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Visitors to the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site read up on the historically accurate replica of the traditional grass house the ancient Caddo people would have built while living at the site. The Site recently won the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s 2018 Paul E. Buchannan Award, recognizing the house for its contribution to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape. Mounds of excellence; Caddo Mounds site, staff, volunteer wins awards
Attention to historic details; a willingness to put in the time; and a whole lotta love and respect – that’s what makes the Caddo Mounds State...


An ounce of prevention; Officials remind citizens to be safe during...
Fittingly, July is National Fireworks Safety Month and officials across Cherokee County are reminding residents to be safe if they’re using...


JCC approves skate park facelift, water well bid
Jacksonville’s Nichols Green skate park is getting some gnarly love from its community. Jacksonville City Council members on Tuesday, June 12, unanimously approved to make...
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The Mabry family reunion group visited the museum recently and got to see the photo that is displayed in the Military Hall of Honor of their beloved Captain Donald Mabry, who died in the Viet Nam war. Where the local past comes alive…Heritage Center puts Rusk’s...
It’s not every day that regular schmoes get to donate something of historical value for posterity, but all those exhibits at the Smithsonian, the...


4-1 vs 3-2? : Council continues to discuss what constitutes a...
After another lengthy meeting -- which attracted another large audience and featured much pontification -- the Rusk City Council did manage to get a few items approved...
NET RMA updates commissioners
Chris Miller with the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) provided the Cherokee County Commissioners court with an update on the status of current...