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AISD approves proposed 17-18 budget
The Alto ISD school board approved their 2017-18 proposed budget and tax rate during their monthly meeting, held Monday night. The district approved a tax rate of $1.30 per...
City of Rusk Fall Clean Up set for Sept. 9
The annual Rusk citywide clean up is set for Saturday, Sept. 9. The event is restricted only to residents that reside within the city limits or any resident that resides...
Honoring Judge Bentley
On June 30, Judge Bascom Bentley III (center) was honored at his retirement party at the Cherokee County Courthouse, hosted by County Court at Law...


More than 1,000 staff members, community leaders and Jacksonville Education Foundation board members attended the JISD Convocation Aug. 18. In all, 17 classroom grants were given by the JEF, totaling more than $16,000. The 2017 theme at Jacksonville ISD is “Picture Perfect Year.” Picture perfect start: JISD kicks off year at convocation
Jacksonville ISD started off a “Picture Perfect Year” with the annual JISD Convocation event on August 18. More than 1,000 staff members,...


Sun and Moon
Photos: Mike McEwen Cherokee County residents had their eyes on the skies Monday during the solar eclipse event. This was the first eclipse to...


NSISD reports superior rating on Schools FIRST report
At New Summerfield ISD’s monthly meeting, Business Manager Lanita Coleman and district superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols were pleased to report to the board a preliminary...
Alto native Gaddis publishes new book
Alto native Shanelle Gaddis (pictured, left) has a story to tell – one that she feels will help others, especially in her hometown. Ms. Gaddis...


Rusk council discusses city budget, signs at special session
On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Rusk City Council held a special session. The only action item on the agenda was the Ordinance authorizing the installation of stop signs on...
Alto council proposes tax rate at monthly meeting
Some good news at the Alto City Council meeting on Monday was that, tentatively, the proposed tax rate will remain the same for fiscal year 2017 – 2018 even though the city...
Nichols calls special session ‘success’ for public schools
Austin -- On Aug. 15, the 85th Legislative, First Called Special Session came to a close after significant legislation to benefit public schools in Texas was passed. ...
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Highest Ratings for Texas...
Wall Street credit ratings firms have given their highest ratings to this year’s Texas Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs), which allow the state to manage cash-flow...
A local contingent of Rusk leaders joined Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy Thursday morning to speak to leaders with the state Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to advocate for funding for new construction at Rusk State Hospital. From left are Bobby Garmon of Citizens 1st Bank, Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn, Department of State Health Services Deputy Commissioner Mike Maples, Sen. Nichols, University of Texas System Chief Medical Officer and Associate Vice-Chancellor Dr. David Lakey, Citizens 1st Bank-Rusk president Charles Hassell, Rep. Clardy and HHSC Deputy Commissioner Stephenie Muth. Local contingent advocates for Rusk State Hospital
Thursday morning, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Representative Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) spoke to Health and Human Services...


A man was arrested after a motorcycle chase that started in Smith County and ended in Rusk Tuesday. His name was not released as of press time. Man arrested in Rusk after 2-county motorcycle chase Tuesday morning
A man is in custody after a high-speed motorcycle chase Tuesday morning that covered two counties and involved several law enforcement...


Council to examine stop signs; discusses budget
After a few weeks of examining several speed control devices for Euclid and Daniel streets, the city of Rusk may adhere to an old adage: “Simple is best.” After a...
Rusk School Board sets proposed tax rate, meeting
The Rusk ISD School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 to discuss the district’s budget and proposed tax rate, any budget amendments and campus plans. The proposed...