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The cast of Cherokee Civic Theatre’s Steel Magnolias – (seated) Sasha Cruz and Josie Fox and (standing, from left) Amy McCalister, Catherine Gaertner, Monica Kelley and Emilee Caldwell – is calling everyone to see their production this weekend! Performances are Oct. 7-8 and Oct. 13-15. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. For tickets, call (903) 683-2131 or visit cherokeetheatre.net. ‘Come sit by me!’ Steel Magnolias opens at CCT this weekend
The most highly anticipated play of the Cherokee Civic Theatre’s 2017-2018 season comes to the Main Stage of the historic Cherokee Theater in...

The dinos are coming!
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. ...

County says ‘thank you’ to retiring L.H. Crockett Friday morning
A number of Cherokee County citizens dropped in at the Cherokee County Courthouse Friday morning to say “thank you” to retiring Cherokee County...

Solid numbers report to casting call at Cherokee Civic Theatre Sunday
Photos: John Hawkins A number of young men and women from Cherokee County and surrounding areas headed to the Cherokee Civic Theatre for a...

Photo: Jason Crysup

Rusk’s Sam Thomas runs around blocks from Jermaine Lewis (#64) on Alto’s Hunter Nicholson (#65) and Jace Rogers (#61) on Ra’Dedrick Woodson (#51) during Friday’s game. Thomas finished with 79 yards rushing and a touchdown and an 85-yard kick return for a score as the Eagles defeated the Jackets, 43-21. Special teams, defense help Rusk sting Alto, 43-21
ALTO – In a game between two teams with speed all over the field, it was a special teams play and a defensive play that turned the tide. In the...

Photo: LeAnn Jones

Alto’s Isaiah Gaddis runs away from pressure from Rusk’s Caleb McNair (back) and Ladadrian Polk (#8) during Friday’s game. Gaddis rushed for 70 yards and a score but the Jackets dropped a 43-21 decision to the Eagles. Alto (1-4) has a bye this week and opens district Oct. 13 with Homecoming against Joaquin. Yellowjacket effort falls short in 43-21 loss to Eagles
The Alto Yellowjackets fell short of a brave effort to overcome the Rusk Eagles, being edged-out 43-21 in the “Highway 69 South Braggin’ Rights...

Courtesy photos: Jason Duplichain Play it loud: #ALTOgether!
The smallest school at the annual Cedar Hill Battle of the Bands took home the largest trophy. The Alto Mean Sting Music Machine took part in the...

A total of 50 Rusk seniors are part of the fourth class of Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship candidates. The students were announced Tuesday morning at the Rusk High School Auditorium. The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise is one of only 23 Promise programs in the United States and the first such initiative in Texas. For each qualifying student who graduates in the top half of the class, the Rusk TJC Citizens Promise initiative covers up to $4,000 per year for two years at TJC. In addition to graduating in the top half of their class with a minimum 2.5 GPA, qualifying students must also reside in Rusk ISD and must have attended Rusk High School for grades 11 and 12. Promises kept: 2017-18 Promise Fund candidates announced
The Rusk TJC Citizens Promise scholarship is in its fifth year of providing collegiate opportunities to Rusk High School students. This year,...

Jacksonville Homecoming Friday night
Photo: Grace Traylor, JISD Jacksonville High School will celebrate Homecoming festivities this week with a downtown pep rally at 3:30 p.m....

Photo: Tara Tatarski

Rusk’s Adrian Morris speeds away from Crockett’s Jack Meadows (#32) and L.T. Tryon (#5) during Friday’s game. The Eagles used a balanced offensive attack on their way to a 41-6 win over the Bulldogs. Rusk (2-1) will travel to Fairfield to take on the Eagles (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and online at thecube.com/event/fairfield-eagles-vs-rusk-eagles-boys-varsity-footb-748139. Balanced offensive attack helps Eagles cage ‘Dogs, 41-6
RUSK – Everything in balance is not only a good way to live life – it’s also a good way to win a football game. The Eagle offense clicked on all...

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Deahvion “Dee” Spencer rushed for 49 yards and finished with 7.5 tackles as the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians came back to defeat Hallsville, 15-14. Jacksonville (2-1) will meet the Mount Pleasant Tigers (1-2) Friday for Jacksonville’s Homecoming tilt. The game can be heard on 94.3 The Bull and on The Bull app, which can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. Gamble pays off: 2-pt. conversion leads J’ville to win
HALLSVILLE – The Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians found themselves searching for a return to winning ways on Friday night in Hallsville. When time...

Photo: Laurie Gould, Life’s Good Photography

Alto’s Jaqualon Finley runs around a tackle attempt from Arp’s Demontrae Wade during Friday’s game. The Jackets rushed for 214 yards and had 118 through the air, but lost to the Tigers, 28-21. Alto (1-2) will travel to Garrison Friday to take on the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Final rally falls short as Alto Yellowjackets lose to Arp Tigers,...
Despite a fourth-quarter rally, the Alto Yellowjackets fell to the Arp Tigers Friday night, 28-21. The game featured two strong offensive and...

Photo: Lindsey McAlister, The Brook Hill School

Brook Hill’s Ian Hathaway makes a catch during Friday’s game against Houston St. John’s. The Guard lost to the Mavericks, 43-21. Brook Hill (1-2) will play on the road for the first time in 2017 as they travel to Katy St. John XXIII Friday night. Quick Hits: Troup wins, BH, Bullard fall; J’ville, NS XC win titles
And now, Quick Hits: Tiger defense shines in win over Elks The Troup Tigers picked up a 28-7 win over the Elkhart Elks Friday night. The...

From left, Sarah Wofford, Elijah Russell, John Wofford and Kara Wofford show off their winning recordbooks from competitions last year. Sarah’s senior level rabbit recordbook won first place in county and district competitions and ninth place at state. Elijah’s intermediate level poultry record book won first at county and district competitions. John’s senior level communications and expressive arts recordbook won first at county and district competitions and fourth at state. He also received a $200 scholarship at the county level for highest placing senior recordbook. Kara’s intermediate level leadership recordbook won first at county and district competition. She received a $200 scholarship at the county level for highest-placing intermediate recordbook. Bluebonnet 4-H kicks off year, announces new 17-18 officers

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The Texas State Railroad Rusk Depot is making preparations for the annual Pumpkin Patch train ride, departing from the Rusk Depot each Saturday and Sunday in October. Prices range from $30-75 per ticket. TSR to celebrate 100th birthdays of 2 steam engines Saturday
The 100th birthday of two pieces of rolling stock at the Texas State Railroad will be celebrated this weekend. Engine #28, formerly of Southern...