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104 years strong: Inez Conley celebrates 104th birthday
A Rusk icon celebrated her 104th birthday July 24. Inez Conley celebrated her 104th birthday with friends and family, as well as her church...


Nichols’ 5 Cents: special session, teacher benefits, gold and more
Mark your calendars for this year’s sales tax holiday on August 11-13. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks which are priced under $100...
Courtesy Photos: Rachel Robinson
The Jacksonville FFA was well-represented at the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi July 10-14. Jacksonville FFA represents at 89th State FFA Convention
On July 9, 13 members of the Jacksonville FFA traveled to Corpus Christi to join more than 12,000 members for the 89th Texas FFA State Convention. ...


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Alto Football Tickets Alto ISD football tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders on Monday, Aug. 7. Only those people who held tickets last year may purchase...
DPS Releases Texas Gang Threat Assessment
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the Texas Gang Threat Assessment Tuesday, July 25, which was developed to provide a broad overview and update of gang...
Remembering Zoe
The Rusk Eagles 8U softball team and teammate Zoe Powers were honored prior to the start of the Texas Teenage State Tournament in Temple July 16....


Lankford pre-trial diversion ruled to have been filed erroneously
A motion filed July 13 by Jill Campbell Penn, the attorney for Rusk Fire Chief Donald Lankford seeking that the Cherokee County Court at Law “strike all improperly filed...
Commissioners call consent agenda item into question
Everybody makes mistakes – and apparently, that’s what happened in Monday morning’s Cherokee County’s Commissioners Court when it came time to approve the consent agenda...
County Grand Jury indicts 47 in June
The Cherokee County Grand Jury met June 20, 2017 and returned 47 indictments. The Grand Jury indicted: •Sherry Welch Forrester, 61, of Jacksonville, for possession of a...
Thespians ‘N Training (TNT) counselor Luke Williams instructs, from left, Terrius Aldridge, Alexis Aldredge and Clair Kesler on using power tools. The annual TNT grand finale showcases will be held Saturday, July 29 at the Cherokee Civic Theatre, 157 W. 5th St. in Rusk. For more information, call (903) 683-2131. Curtain up: TNT grand finale showcases set for Saturday
On Saturday, July 29, the historic Cherokee Civic Theatre in downtown Rusk will open the curtains to the TNT Grand Finale Showcases! After weeks...


Alto ISD board approves drug testing policy, meets HS principal
The Alto ISD school board met Alto High School’s new principal, then approved a new district drug testing policy during their monthly meeting Monday. Prior to the start of...
Fee Schedule for DPS Crime Lab Services Released
In accordance with the General Appropriation Act (GAA) passed by the 85th Texas Legislative requiring the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to collect up to $11.5...
DPS Recognized for Innovative Effort in Sexual Predator Case
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received the FBI’s Biometric Identification Award for the efforts of two DPS Crime Lab employees...


The ‘Young Riders’: Davis, Dement set to ride at HS rodeo nationals
Courtesy Photos: Katrina Davis After impressive performances in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals June 4-10 in Abilene, Alto’s Reagan...


Bobby Tosh is pictured with Rusk Lions Club president Sam Mormino and past Lions Club district governor David Middleton of Alto. Mr. Tosh was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship award during the Rusk Lions Club meeting Thursday. Nobody beats his service: Tosh honored by Rusk Lions
The motto of Harry’s Building Materials is, “No one beats our price with our service.” Owner Bobby Tosh lives that motto – especially through his...