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Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation President Darrell Prcin is introduced as guest speaker by Jacksonville Kiwanian Marlene Jowell at the July 17 meeting at Lon Morris College. Prcin discussed the recent welcome of eTelecare Global Solutions call center and other prospective new businesses for Jacksonville.

KRB presents first Pride Award to KOA

The recently-formed Keep Rusk Beautiful organization proudly presents its first Pride Award to Walter and Carol Preble, owners of the Kampground of America (KOA) in Rusk.

Since their purchase of the campground from the city of Rusk in 2006, the Prebles have spent endless days, weeks, months and years steadily improving and updating sites by adding flowers, bushes and trees, a pool and beautiful rustic cabins. Keep Rusk Beautiful, under the guidance of Chairman Teresa Langley, is working with Rusk to raise public awareness on ways to improve the appearance of Rusk. The Pride Award will be presented each month to a different business or residence which helps to enhance the beauty of Rusk.

Rusk Lions plan Cub Scort Derby Daze

Rusk Lions Club President Jeff Johnson called the meeting to order. Special guests were Alyssa and Kayla Ballew, Norma Daniel, Boots Burfoot and Lion Alicia Oliver. The delicious meal was prepared by Fran Birmingham in the absence of Jo Nell Spedale.

A Certificate of Achievement rated ‘Excellent’ was awarded to Lion Jim Netters for his Texas Lions Camp support.

Lion Jeff announced that both zones of Region 1 held their first meeting at 7 p.m. July 24. The meeting was held at the Carthage Masonic Lodge at 403 N. Davis St.

The Pack is back on track

Lion Bobby Burch announced the third annual Lion Club Derby Daze Race will be held in the Rusk Intermediate School gym on Saturday, Aug. 9. Race-ready cars should be delivered to the school for final weigh-in by the pit crew from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Finished pine wood cars should weigh as close to 5 ounces as possible without going over. Trophies will be awarded.

Race categories include: Derby Downshifters, Civic Clubs, Law Enforcement, VFD, and non-profit groups. Wooden warriors will be individuals of all ages. Cherokee Chargers will be businesses of all kinds.

Other special awards will be voted for at the race, such as best paint job, most original, most realistic design, and the coveted ‘Best in Show.’ Entry fee for the race is a $20 donation, with checks made payable to Rusk Lions Club. For additional information and to make arrangements to get a pine wood car kit (already cut-out designs if you prefer) call Bobby Burch at 903-683-2234, Ashley Petty at 936-858-3501 or Kelly Garner at 903-683-2414.

Lion Ike Daniel was awarded a nice cake for his 50 years of service to the Rusk Lions Club.

The Rusk Lions are all very grieved over the death of Lion Teri Brown.

Please come visit the Rusk Lions Club on Thursday noon on U.S. Highway 84 W.

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