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Grand Jury indicts 28 in May
The Cherokee County Grand Jury met May 16, 2017 and returned 28 indictments. The Grand Jury indicted: •Jason Dwain Bolton, 45, of Jacksonville, for possession of a...
Council accepts Florian’s resignation; appoints Debbs to seat
On Monday, June 19, the Rusk City Council called a special council meeting. Once the special meeting was called to order, the city council entered into executive session to...
In brotherhood: Cherokee County celebrates Juneteenth
Cherokee County came together to mark Juneteenth over the weekend, with a parade in Jacksonville and a pageant in Alto Saturday and a cookout in...


From left, Moira O’Heaney Debbs, Anne Cox, Dylan Garner and Nicholas McCalister try to get to the church on time during “The Happiest Day of Your Life,” set for the Cherokee Civic Theatre’s Sip ‘N See series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. 'Happiest Day' at Sip & See Saturday
“Here comes the bride...” – maybe? The Cherokee Civic Theatre will present a special Sip & See event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening with the...


Commissioners breeze through light agenda
Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting was different than those in the last few months. Even with an executive session to discuss legal matters, the...
Board discusses tax collection, teacher contracts during meeting
The Rusk ISD school board – and several other schools in Cherokee County – has a decision to make when it comes to delinquent tax collections. During Monday’s monthly...
Jacksonville Council approves lease for golf course
A debate over the Cherokee Ranch Golf Course that started with discussions on Facebook led to a 90-minute meeting of the Jacksonville City Council – with more than 125...
Eastside Baptist Rusk held Vacation Bible School June 5-9.  The theme was Galactic Starveyors- Discovering the God of the Universe.  Family night was held Friday night, which included a brief program and students performing songs they learned throughout the week. The evening ended with a pool and pizza party. The church welcomes all to attend services on Sundays and is located on Academy Street in Rusk. Beat the heat with several summer events around Cherokee County
It’s summertime “and the living is easy,” and it’s just as easy to find fun activities all over the county. Several events in the near future are...


Body found on Jacksonville railroad track Tuesday
The body of a man believed to have jumped on top of a Union Pacific train in San Marcos was discovered west of the Jacksonville city limits Tuesday morning. The man’s body...
Council votes to sell Rusk City Lake
During Thursday night’s Rusk City Council meeting the council voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Jim Dunaway to prepare the bid documents and advertise the sale of...
Photo: Shonda Rogers
Early Friday morning, a shop sitting next to the home of Frank and Kimberly Parks caught on fire.  The homeowners were alerted to the fire when oxygen and acetylene bottles exploded. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. on Friday and several local fire stations responded to help extinguish the blaze. Rusk Fire Department, Maydelle Fire Department and Gallatin Fire Department all battled the blaze until Friday afternoon. Mr. Franks was burned in the fire and was transported to a local medical facility. County crews respond to fire


News briefs for June 7
Rusk Municipal Court becomes Court of Record Effective June 1, the Rusk Municipal Court joined a select group of other Cherokee County cities (Alto, Cuney and Wells) in...
Grand Jury indicts 31 in April
The Cherokee County Grand Jury met April 18, 2017 and returned 31 indictments. The Grand Jury indicted: •Anthony Wayne Brooks, 31, of Rusk, for Count I - burglary of...
Shirley Boykin was recognized for 55 years of service to Rusk State Hospital during the annual employee service luncheon, held Friday. RSH honors employees at annual service luncheon
Rusk State Hospital honored the men and women who have “rocked around the clock” for the hospital and its patients during its annual employee...


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Rusk State Hospital superintendent Brenda Slaton presents State Rep. Travis Clardy (middle) and State Sen. Robert Nichols (right) with plaques naming them honorary employees of Rusk State Hospital. The state Legislature recently approved funding for renovation and reconstruction at Rusk State Hospital. State legislature approves funding for RSH renovations
Citizens 1st Bank CEO James Perkins is not a man prone to hyperbole. When he told the collected crowd at the annual Rusk State Hospital Employee...