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Bid accepted for new Pct. 3 building
During Monday morning’s Cherokee County Commissioners Court meeting Precinct 3 took up several items on the agenda. After several false starts, a bid was finally approved...
Dunaway hired as city manager
The search for a new city manager in Rusk included several qualified candidates, but in the end, the city chose the candidate who was – at least for an interim period –...
Texas DPS graduates 134 Highway Patrol Troopers in ceremony in Austin
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw, Texas Public Safety Commission Chair Cynthia Leon and members of the Public...


Texas Tri-Agency announces “Texas Internship Challenge” for students
Texas Tri-Agency partners announced the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a new statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas. Texas Workforce...
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. Warning Signs of an...
As becoming financially stable interests most, scammers are quick to take advantage with free-meal seminars. It’s important to understand that the ultimate goal of free...
Week in Review: end of February marks busy time for Representatives
The last weeks of February were eventful for the Texas House of Representatives. Our committees are now organized, and important bills are making their way through the...
Nichols' 5 cents: convention of states; no Daylight Savings?
Almost two months into the legislative session, the Legislature is approaching the first of many deadlines, including the last day to file most bills. As of this writing,...
Cherokee County Genealogical Society announces meeting
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Genealogical Society will be at 5 p.m., Monday, March 13, in the community meeting room of the Singletary Memorial Library...
Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend
Whether you like it or hate it, time marches forward this weekend with the beginning of daylight savings time – and it’s time to “spring forward.” When going to bed...
Site work underway on new Family Dollar
The city of Jacksonville is growing rapidly – and soon, the western portion of Jacksonville will see a brand new Family Dollar store Dirt work is underway at the site of...
Rep. Clardy's staff in Rusk, Jacksonville on Thursday
On Thursday, March 9, Cherokee County constituents will have two opportunities to meet with State Rep. Travis Clardy’s District Director Jerri Jones on an individual basis...
RISD discusses facilities, action items at meeting
March’s Rusk ISD School Board meeting needed only approximately 15 minutes to provide a construction update, accept a few action items and to discuss the current state of...
JUCO tourney underway at JISD gymnasium
“Hoops Heaven” for junior college basketball fans can be found – at least for the next few days – at Jacksonville’s John Alexander Gymnasium. For the second time in three...
Several TxDOT and Cherokee County dignitaries move the first dirt on the U.S. Highway 69 widening project through Wells during a ceremony Monday morning. The project has been approximately 30 years in the making and will widen the existing roadway to a four-lane divided curb and gutter section. From left are Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce chair Andy Calcote, Precinct 1 Commissioner Kelly Traylor, TxDOT Tyler Area Engineer Shane Cunningham, East Texas Council of Governments Executive Director David Cleveland, Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, Wells Mayor C.W. Williams, Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III, USDA Rural Development Area Director Yolanda Collins, TxDOT Tyler Deputy District Engineer Vernon Webb, Jacksonville Chamber Economic Development Chair Nathan Jones, Precinct 2 Commissioner Steven Norton and Precinct 4 Commissioner Byron Underwood. On the road: U.S. Highway 69 project officially breaks ground
After 30 years in the making with starts and stops that at times resembled gridlock traffic, a project specifically designed to alleviate that...


Skip trip to DPS Driver License Offices during Spring Break
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents to get ahead of the Spring Break influx at driver license offices by renewing their license or...