Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

September 24, 2013

Cherokee County lifts burn ban

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Blame it on the rain.

Cherokee County Commissioners decided Monday to lift the burn ban over the entire county. The ban – originally handed down Aug. 30 – was in in reaction to extreme heat.

It had also affected area counties such as Hunt, Morris, Frank, Titus, Cass, Marion, Upshur, Camp, Kaufman, Henderson, Smith, Gregg, Rusk, Panola, Anderson, Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine, Sabine, Angelina, Trinity, Wood and Houston.

Commissioners decided to lift the ban Monday after taking into consideration the positive effect of the  recent, local, rains.

County authorities also urged residents who intend to go back to burning to exercise extreme caution and respect safety procedures.

It was a sentiment echoed by Emergency Management Coordinator Ronnie Kimbrough  back in April.

“Please use extreme caution with an outdoor activity,” Kimbrough said.  

The ban was placed after U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that adverse drought conditions have prompted them to declare Cherokee and four other Texas counties primary natural disaster areas.

The decision to lift the ban was apparently immediate, even through the burn ban warning remained on the county website Monday morning.

Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis was out of the office Monday afternoon and could not be located to comment.

According to the National Weather Service, the weather around Jacksonville  should be mostly sunny the rest of the week.

That is certainly the case on Tuesday, which brings mostly sun, a high near 90, and a low around 66 to the area. Or on Wednesday, which is expected to be equally sunny, with a high near 91 and a low around 66.

Thursday also starts sunny with a high near 91 but descends around nightfall to partly cloudy with a low around 70.

Friday is expected to equally sunny with a high  near 92 . There should be night time cloudiness with an expected low around 70.

Text Only
Local News
  • Father Mark 3.tif Godspeed, Father

    The news that Father Mark Kusmirek would leave Jacksonville to accept a new assignment Aug. 1 in Longview spread quickly around town this month.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto City Council examines gas line issue

    City leaders have started looking into the process of moving a gas line that runs from Alto through Wells along U.S. Hwy. 69 to meet requirements of TxDOT, which is widening the road through the city.

    July 26, 2014

  • Proposed JISD budget to get hearing date

    Jacksonville school board members will meet Monday evening for a combination budget workshop, regular board meeting and a summer board retreat, according to an JISD meeting agenda.

    July 26, 2014

  • County leaders to consider backhoe purchase

    Cherokee County Commissioners' Court will meet in regular session 10 a.m. Monday in the County Courtroom in the County Courthouse to consider approval of a backhoe purchase through a cooperative purchasing exchange for Precinct 2.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sheriff's officials bust Mixon steroid lab

    About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24., investigators and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence on FM 3052 in the Mixon Community near Bullard.

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: County co-op says many customers may not have power until Friday

    July 24, 2014

  • Old Jville Bearden Store.tif Longtime furniture store changes hands

    For the better part of a century, Bearden Furniture Co., Inc., has been the go-to place for local residents wanting to beautify their home.
    Furniture and accessories, carpeting, window treatments – even electronics at one point – were offered at the Commerce Street store, but on July 1, the family who started Bearden's sold the company to Louisiana-based Ivan Smith Furniture company.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Athens woman confesses to killing daughter

    A 25-year-old mother is in the Henderson County Jail after telling authorities that she had killed her four-year-old daughter, Monday

    July 24, 2014

  • Bullard: District names Jan Hill as deputy superintendent

    Bullard Independent School District is proud to announce Jan Hill as Deputy Superinten-dent. Hill will assume the new role effective immediately.

    July 24, 2014

  • ‘Christmas in July’ drive benefits area foster children

    Sure, December is still more than five months away, but Cherokee County residents are getting the chance to start spreading some holiday cheer a little early this year during the annual Christmas in July donation drive, benefitting the county's Rainbow Room.

    July 24, 2014