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The Rusk FFA served the Cherokee County community with their annual “Week of Service,” held Sept. 25-29. Above, members cut blue jeans to create shoes for Sole Hope, which is a program that sends shoes to Uganda to protect against the Chigoe flea. Living to serve: Rusk FFA celebrates Week of Service
The Rusk FFA kicked off the year with their “Rusk FFA Week of Service” which was held September 25-29. The week consisted of various service...

Photo: LeAnn Jones

Alto’s Skylar Atkins (#19)breaks free on a play as teammate Josh Castillo (#78) prepares to block Joaquin’s Trenton Ramsey. The Rams defeated the Jackets, 35-20. Alto (2-5, 0-1) will travel to Price to take on Carlisle (6-0, 1-0) Friday. The game can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. Ram tough: Alto takes tough Homecoming loss to Joaquin, 35-20
ALTO – The Alto Yellowjackets lost their conference-play season opener at Homecoming in Alto to the Joaquin Rams, 35-20. “Another loss we’re not...

Photo: Jason Crysup

Rusk’s Sam Thomas finds open field on a run during a recent game. Thomas finished with 65 yards rushing and 62 yards receiving with a touchdown, but the Eagles fell to Jasper on a last-second touchdown, 35-28. Rusk (5-2, 0-1) will return home to take on Tatum (2-5, 0-1) at 7:30 Friday at Jim Swink Field at Eagle Stadium. The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and at thecube.com/event/rusk-eagles-vs-tatum-eagles-boys-varsity-football-754879. Matter of seconds: last-second score pushes Jasper past Rusk
JASPER – Many say there never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done. Unfortunately for the Rusk Eagles, there...

Courtesy photo: Eddie Breen

The Rusk Eagles flag football team is currently second in their division and has solidified a playoff spot despite only having eight to nine available players for the majority of the season. The team concludes the regular season Saturday at Bullard and will kick off the playoffs next week. Quick Hits: Bullard wins, BH loses; playoff runs start
And now, Quick Hits: 21-point run leads Panthers past Palestine Bullard took advantage of Palestine turnovers in the second half and finished...

Photo: LeAnn Jones County's home sweet Homecoming 2017 in Alto
Alto High School will celebrate Homecoming festivities at 7 p.m. Friday as the Yellowjackets (1-4) take on the Joaquin Rams (4-1) in Alto’s...

County's home sweet Homecoming 2017 in Rusk
Photos: M&M Photography Emily Boales was crowned 2017 Rusk High School Homecoming Queen during Rusk’s game against Madisonville Friday night....

Final showings of CCT’s Steel Magnolias
Truvy Jones (Monica Kelley, back) and Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (Sasha Cruz, seated) are preparing for the Cherokee Civic Theatre’s final showings...

Photo: Beverly Milner
Alto High School recognized the 2007 Class 2A State Championship Yellowjackets during halftime of the Jackets’ game against Rusk Sept. 29. The ‘07 Jackets won their second consecutive state championship and closed their second undefeated season with a 22-0 win over Seymour in Midlothian. 10 years – still #ALTOgether: AHS honors title team
It’s been almost 10 years – but it’s still just as sweet for members of the 2007 Alto Yellowjackets. On a bitterly cold, windy day in Midlothian,...

Photo: Tara Tatarski

Rusk’s Joseph “JoJo” Francis breaks away from a Madisonville defender as Jace Rogers blocks behind the play. The Eagles came back from two separate 11-point deficits to hand Madisonville its first loss, 48-45. Rusk (5-1) opens district play Friday at Jasper (3-2). The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and online at thecube.com/event/jasper-bulldogs-vs-rusk-eagles-boys-varsity-footba-753357. Party at Home(coming): Eagles come back to beat Mustangs
RUSK – The definition of resilience is “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” The first six games of the Rusk...

Photo: Grace Traylor, Jacksonville ISD
With a motto of “leave no doubt,” the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians have started the 2017 football season with a 4-1 record with wins over Pine Tree, Mount Pleasant, Hallsville and Alvarado. Jacksonville will open district Friday at Corsicana (3-2). Leave no doubt: J’ville hopes to kick off playoff push
JACKSONVILLE – When the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians embarked on their 2017 campaign at the beginning of September, the team’s mantra was “Leave...

Photo: LeAnn Jones

Alto’s Javonettie Mumphrey (#11) and Harmon West  (#10) prepare for action during the Alto-Rusk game earlier this season. The Jackets open district play with a Homecoming match-up against Joaquin. The game can be heard at 7:30 p.m. Friday on 103.9 FM and citylinktv.com/channel/jacksonville. After tough non-district schedule, Jackets kick off district vs....
ALTO – There is just no easy way to say it. The Alto Yellowjackets would like to be in a better place in getting ready for conference play....

The Carson and Barnes Circus will present the world debut of “Circus Saurus” at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Rusk KOA Campground.  The event will feature elephants as well as dinosaurs and woolly mammoths and the birth of a baby tyrannosaurus. For tickets, visit www.bigtopshow.com or call (580) 743-7292. Circus Saurus coming to Rusk – and kids get in free
The circus is coming to town – and kids around Cherokee County will be able to get in free when Carson and Barnes’ Circus Saurus comes to the Rusk...

All tied up: Rusk 1, Alto 1
Photos: LeAnn Jones, Josh Hubbard, Tara Tatarski, Beverly Milner and Jason Crysup

National Night Out
Rusk Police Chief Joe Williams manned the grill as Rusk celebrated National Night Out Tuesday, a community-police awareness raising event. Food,...

Rusk Homecoming Friday
Photo: Tara Tatarski From left, Kristin Tugwell, Laney Birdwell, Emily Boales and Joy Bradley are the 2017 Rusk High School Homecoming queen...