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Old Glory, the nickname given to the  American flag by William  Drive,  proudly waves in the breeze above the Cherokee County Courthouse   lawn in Rusk. Honoring Old Glory
Ever wondered about the history of Flag Day and why it is observed as a holiday? Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 as a commemoration of the...


Keetch-Byran Drought Index produced by TAMU, Texas A&M Forest Service and AgriLife Research Dry conditions threaten county
It’s hot, it’s dry – it’s summertime in Texas and that means drought conditions are starting to set in across the state. As of Wednesday, June 6,...


Feeding frenzy: Children’s summer food programs open, food pantry...
You’ve heard the saying there’s no such thing as a free lunch? That’s not true for Cherokee County’s young people. Several school districts and other local entities across...
Out with the old: J’ville Mickey D’s closes for demolition, rebuild
A long-time fixture on Jackson Street in Jacksonville will soon be a thing of the past. Jacksonville’s McDonald’s is closing Sunday, June 10, for a complete demolition and...
Rusk meeting attracts record interest
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” seemed to be the mantra of a marathon special Rusk City Council meeting held Thursday, May 31. Tension was...


RISD staff, family and friends of Mrs. Clayton attended the reception held in her honor May 17 at the Rusk Intermediate Library. RISD holds reception honoring Principal Clayton
Rusk Intermediate School Principal Carlene Clayton was feted Thursday, May 17, for her long service to the Rusk school district. Clayton is...


Commissioners appoint Airport Advisory Board Members May 29
The Cherokee County Commissioners Court appointed Airport Advisory Board members during its regular session on Tuesday. “We have several projects coming up and I feel we...
Slaton retires from RSH
Rusk State Hospital officials and staffers are wishing Superintendent Brenda Slaton happy trails this week. Slaton, a 40-year veteran of state service, is retiring from...
More than a truck stop, Truckerz is about community
When speaking with Yash Asarsa, owner of Truckerz in Rusk, the first thing that is noticed is his love for the community. “Since becoming the...


UPDATE: Today's special Rusk meeting rescheduled
A special Rusk City Council meeting set for 5 p.m. today (Thursday, May 24) was canceled late Wednesday afternoon. The meeting was rescheduled for...


Primary runoff election results posted
As of 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, local election officials reported complete but unofficial voting totals in the primary runoff elections. Winners were: - Billy M....
Alto Municipal Judge Forrest Phifer (left) performed the swearing in for re-elected councilmen Randy Selman (middle, standing) and Carey Palmer (right, standing), who ran unopposed. Photo by Becky Whisenant Alto council swears in two new council members
Enforcement of the Alto city ordinance concerning junked or parked, non-running vehicles within the city limits was discussed at the city council...


Local nonprofit seeks volunteers, donations
Rusk has its very own giving tree, but it needs watering. The Tree of Promise -- a nonprofit, faith-based community building organization – is looking for help from the...
510 county HS grads in the class of 2018
Cherokee County will witness a total of 510 students graduate from area high schools in May. Rusk graduation ceremonies will be held Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m. at Jim Swink...
Sheeley provides Probation Office update May 14
The Cherokee County Commissioner’s Court met in regular session May 14 with all Pct. Commissioners in attendance. Brandon Sheeley, Director of the Cherokee County CSCD...