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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...
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...