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Jacksonville Council approves ordinance changes
The Jacksonville City Council made a few branding decisions during their monthly meeting, held Tuesday evening. Prior to the branding decisions, the council approved...
Joe Williams sworn in as Rusk PD Chief
Thursday night’s Rusk City Council Meeting began with the swearing in of new Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams. The city announced Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the former McKinney...
County to acquire bids for new Pct. 3 building
Monday, Feb. 13 saw another Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting where the topic of a new building for Precinct 3 was one of the items on the agenda. The court...
DPS report highlights public safety threats across Texas
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has released the 2017 Texas Public Safety Threat Overview, a state intelligence estimate that offers an assessment of the...
The Rusk Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed the Cherokee County Master Gardener’s Association as its newest member. The program is an educational, volunteer program offered by the AgriLIFE Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System.  The program is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and extend horticultural projects throughout the community. For more information, contact Kim Benton at (903) 683-5416 or visit them at 165 E. 6th St., #104. Growing with the Chamber


Nichols' 5 Cents: State of the State address, school funding
This week marks the end of the first month of the legislative session. Senate committees are beginning to hold hearings and the Capitol is buzzing with constituent groups...
CCT to present Sip & See event 'Adam & Eve' Feb. 11
We have all heard how Adam and Eve met (over ribs as it were) but what happened next? Mark Twain, the noted American humorist and novelist, pondered that question and the...
Negotiatous ongoing between TSR, Iowa Pacific
The Texas State Railroad Authority’s meeting Feb. 2 lasted just shy of three hours, with approximately two-and-a-half of them dedicated to executive sessions. While no...
The ABCs of A-F
During January’s Jacksonville School Board meeting, associate superintendent of curriculum, instruction and student services Lisa Cox presented a report on the state’s new...
Texas Society of CPAs offers free online resources for Texas Taxpayers
With the April 18 tax deadline quickly approaching, many Texans are beginning to feel the stress of filing their tax returns correctly and on time. To help taxpayers...
Walter Session (left) and Larry Long (right) weren’t hippies, but “two men of distinction.” Peace, love and Chamber: Rusk honors its titans of industry during...
The members of the Rusk Chamber of Commerce “had a gas, gas, gas” recognizing the men, women and businesses that make Rusk go during the annual...


County employees received Service Awards at Monday’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court. Employees receiving five year awards:  Billie J. Davis, Marlana P. Davis, Tracy M. Dement, Brent E. Dickson, Kay Hamilton, Rocio Helm, Ronald W. Kimbrough, Omar Marroguin and Rebecca R. Netherland. Ten years:  Blanca E. Harris and Ricky R. Moore. Fifteen years:  Beth A. Davis and Lois A. Garner. Twenty years:  L.H. Crockett. Twenty-five years:  Michael C. Lindsey and David B. Womack. Also pictured are County Judge Chris Davis and Commissioners Byron Underwood, Kelly Traylor, Steven Norton and Patrick Reagan. Commissioners present service awards at meeting
The Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting Monday morning started with a presentation of Service Awards to county employees for five, 10, 15,...


Body of missing Palestine man found Thursday
The body of a Palestine man who was reported missing Jan. 14 was found Thursday, Jan. 19 at Circle R Lake in Palestine. Cody Lusk, 37, of Palestine, was found in the dam...
Tax Season begins
Monday, Jan. 23 marks the beginning of the 2017 tax season, and the first official day that the IRS will begin accepting individual tax returns. Determining which documents...
BBB lists the Top Ten Scams of 2016
Tax Scam is Still #1 despite a raid in India. Credit card scams drop off the top ten, while online purchase scams and phishing scams are new to the list. Reports to BBB...