Tourism

Click It Or Ticket’ Campaign Saves More Than 5,000 Lives
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign urging Texans to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates...
Meals On Wheels Dogwood Travelers Sponsors Trips
Meals on Wheels, Dogwood Travelers is sponsoring a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio from June 25 to July 1. Cost of the trip includes transportation; lodging; six breakfasts and...
Jacksonville Progress Sponsor’s Shuttle at Tomato Fest
The Jacksonville Progress presented a $700 check to sponsor the Jacksonville Citizen’s Police Academy Shuttle Transportation Service at the 33rd...


33rd Annual Tomato Fest
Local farmers are busy getting ready by planting acres of the best tastin’ tomatoes for the upcoming 33rd Annual Tomato Fest in Jacksonville. Come join the celebration in...
Rusk KOA hosts 14th Annual ‘Big Weekend’
The Rusk KOA campground, located at 745 FM 343 East in Rusk, is offering campers a special Saturday of camping for just $10 to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with...
One more week for 'One Song'
Fans of musicals and of acting in Cherokee County have one more chance to share “One Song” with the Cherokee Civic Theatre. The musical “One Song” will be performed on the...
Photo: Becky Whisenant
At their recent meeting April 26, the Texas State Railroad Authority voted to reject an offer from Iowa Pacific Holdings that would leave Iowa Pacific as the operator of the Texas State Railroad. The current contract with Iowa Pacific ends May 4. The TSRA entered into negotiations with The Western Group of Ogden, Utah, in late March and boardmembers say negotiations with The Western Group are “very close.” TSR rejects operator offer from Iowa Pacific
At a meeting Wednesday, April 26, the Texas State Railroad Authority Board voted unanimously to reject an offer from Iowa Pacific Holdings which...


Imagine the Possibilities Tour coming to Palestine
Just in time for preservation month, the Palestine Main Street Program will host an “Imagine the Possibilities Tour” from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 12, downtown to...
'One Song' opens this weekend
The historic Cherokee Civic Theatre, West 5th Street in Rusk, is proud to present the world premier original musical, “One Song,” a funny, touching and all-too true story...
Demonstrations on pioneer life in the Republic of Texas including weapons, blacksmithing, weaving, soap and basket making, cloth dying and much more will be offered to visitors at the annual Folk Festival which will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mission Tejas State Park located 12 miles west of Alto on State Highway 21. Tejas Forever: Mission Tejas Folk Festival set for Saturday
Step back through time into the mid-1800s when Texas was a young republic and life was challenging. Experience pioneer life firsthand Saturday,...


Kids Ride Train Free on April 30
The Sunday Fun Day Train departs the Rusk Depot at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. For every adult ticket purchased, a child (age 2-12) can ride for free! (Children under 2...
Area prepares for Easter events
With Easter weekend approaching, here is a list of Easter services and egg hunts in and around Rusk for those who are looking for family events to enjoy this Easter...
Photo: Becky Whisenant

A child waves during one of the train runs from the Texas State Railroad.The TSRA Board voted unanimously to enter into negotiations with the Western Group with the possibility of the group, based in Ogden, Utah, becoming the TSR’s new operator. Go West(ern)? TSR enters negotiations with Western Group
The Texas State Railroad Authority Board (TSRA) met Wednesday, March 29 and announced that four applications from potential future operators were...


Photo: Becky Whisenant
A Texas State Railroad locomotive passes blooming wisteria. On March 15, the TSR Authority approved a request for proposal to negotiate with potential future operators. Turning wheels: TSRA board approves Request for Proposal
In a decisive move Wednesday, March 15, the Texas State Railroad Authority (TSRA) board approved a newly drafted RFP (Request for Proposal) for the...


Marie and Emmett Whitehead TSRA unveils plans to honor Emmett, Marie Whitehead
During their meeting March 15, the Texas State Railroad Authority Board will vote on a resolution to name a Lone Star Coach at the Texas State...