A national Christmas toy drive benefitting children in need kicked off this month, with collection boxes located throughout the city for donated new, unwrapped toys.
The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 in Los Angeles by Marine Corps reservist William Hendricks and has grown to an average distribution of 13 million toys annually given to an estimated 5.8 children in need.
The campaign runs through Dec. 19, with donation sites already established at the Jacksonville Daily Progress, Bill McRae Ford, WalMart and Bacon Chevrolet.
Visit www.marinejvilletexas.com for an updated list of donation sites, or call the Marine Corps Detachment at 903-721-1277.
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The news that Father Mark Kusmirek would leave Jacksonville to accept a new assignment Aug. 1 in Longview spread quickly around town this month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- UPDATE: County co-op says many customers may not have power until Friday
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.
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
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.
‘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.
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