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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...
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...
Photo by Cristin Parker
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...