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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

Stop – to remember!
Photo: Megan Dover The city of Rusk has installed new stop signs along Euclid Street at Copeland and White streets in the hopes of slowing down...

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Alto’s Skylar Atkins speeds away from Big Sandy’s Jordan Oswalt as teammate Steven Soto trails the play during Friday’s game. The Jacket receiving corps finished with four touchdowns and a combined 183 yards in their 61-40 win over the Wildcats. Alto (1-1) will travel to Arp Friday to take on the Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Offensive fireworks, defensive breakdowns in Alto win over Big Sandy
BIG SANDY – In a lackluster defensive performance from both teams, Alto hung on to down the Big Sandy Wildcats 61-40 Friday night. With coaches...

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The Rusk Eagle defense fires off the line of scrimmage during their game Friday at Malakoff. From left for Rusk are NuNu Hunter (#11), Bryce Wimer (#34), Caleb McNair (#9), Jermaine Lewis (#64), Zayden Devereaux (#66) and Jace Rogers (#61). The Eagles lost a tight game to the Tigers, 29-27. Rusk (1-1) will return home to take on Crockett (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jim Swink Field at Eagle Stadium. The game can be heard on KTLU 1580 AM and online at thecube.com/event/rusk-eagles-vs-crockett-bulldogs-boys-varsity-foot-746311. Last-second comeback just short as Eagles fall to Malakoff
MALAKOFF – Rusk head coach Jowell Hancock is more in the business of actual victories than moral ones. He and the rest of the Rusk Eagles would...

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The Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians took a 20-6 lead halfway through the second quarter, but Palestine came back for a 31-26 win over the Fightin’ Indians in the Highway 79 Rivalry. Jacksonville (1-1) will hit the road Friday to take on Hallsville (0-2) Friday. 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. Indians fall in ‘Highway 79 Rivalry’ to Palestine, 31-26
PALESTINE – When the Jacksonville Fightin’ Indians and Palestine Wildcats get together in the Highway 79 Rivalry, interested observers should...

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Brook Hill quarterback Hood Taylor pulls away from a Mount Vernon defender for a touchdown Friday night. Taylor finished 16-20 passing for 119 yards and rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown, but the Guard fell to the Tigers, 21-6. Brook Hill (1-1) will host Houston St. John’s (1-0) Friday night. The game can be heard at thecube.com/event/the-brook-hill-school-vs-houston-st-john-s-boys-va-746585. Methodical Mount Vernon offense holds off Brook Hill, 21-6
BULLARD – Friday night at Herrington Stadium the Brook Hill Guard faced off with the Mt. Vernon Tigers. Both teams came into the matchup after...