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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...

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...