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Department of Justice Announces Changes to the Collaborative Reform...
The Department of Justice announced on Friday, Sept. 15, significant changes to the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Collaborative Reform...
Updated DPS Driver Handbook Now Available
Effective Sept. 1, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Driver Handbook was revised and transitioned to a printable, online-only format. Handbook revisions...
Play it loud: #ALTOgether!
The smallest school at the annual Cedar Hill Battle of the Bands took home the largest trophy. The Alto Mean Sting Music Machine took part in the...


A total of 50 Rusk seniors are part of the fourth class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship candidates. The students were announced Tuesday morning at the Rusk High School Auditorium. The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is one of only 23 Promise programs in the United States and the first such initiative in Texas. For each qualifying student who graduates in the top half of the class, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise initiative covers up to $4,000 per year for two years at TJC. In addition to graduating in the top half of their class with a minimum 2.5 GPA, qualifying students must also reside in Rusk ISD and must have attended Rusk High School for grades 11 and 12. Promises kept: 2017-18 Promise Fund candidates announced
The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship is in its fifth year of providing collegiate opportunities to Rusk High School students. This year,...


Rusk Council discusses budget at 2 meetings
The Rusk City Council’s meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14 started like just about every meeting has for the last year and counting. Some citizens that have gone to any of those...
Shake, Rattle & Roll – (in no particular order) Tavie Spivey, Brenda Spencer, LeAnn Bemis and Sissy Perry – will perform at the Cherokee Civic Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Advance tickets are $15; at the door tickets are $20. CCT will ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ at Saturday show
RUSK – Cherokee Civic Theatre’s giving you a chance to rekindle your love affair with ‘America’s Sweethearts.’ Tickets are on sale now for an...


Jacksonville Homecoming Friday night
Photo: Grace Traylor, JISD Jacksonville High School will celebrate Homecoming festivities this week with a downtown pep rally at 3:30 p.m....


Alto Council approves new budget, reviews fiscal year
Several financial items were addressed by the Alto City Council at the regular meeting Monday night. The first item for consideration was the approval of the budget for...
Parents ask for changes to JISD dress code; district honors staff
Jacksonville ISD’s dress code has been in effect since 2007, but several district parents are asking the district to reexamine the rulebook. Approximately 50 parents...
ETMC, UT-Health, Ardent create new ET health system
East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) has selected Ardent Health Services (Ardent) and The University of Texas System (UT System), which includes The...
Photo: Shonda Rogers

The Texas State Railroad Rusk Depot is making preparations for the annual Pumpkin Patch train ride, departing from the Rusk Depot each Saturday and Sunday in October. Prices range from $30-75 per ticket. TSR to celebrate 100th birthdays of 2 steam engines Saturday
The 100th birthday of two pieces of rolling stock at the Texas State Railroad will be celebrated this weekend. Engine #28, formerly of Southern...


Stop – to remember!
Photo: Megan Dover The city of Rusk has installed new stop signs along Euclid Street at Copeland and White streets in the hopes of slowing down...


Good dog: CCSO says goodbye to K9 officer Sara
The men and women of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said goodbye to one of their own after the death of K9 officer Sara. Sara, a German...


Eagles Serve, gym work discussed Monday
Parents, students and educators at Rusk ISD believe that Eagles can do more than just fly – they can serve others. A new program at Rusk ISD allows students to do just...
Creation of 911 district discussed at meeting
During Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting, the court heard from Stephanie Heffner, the director of Public Safety at the East Texas Council of...