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The City of Jacksonville has relocated utility billing operations to 215 E. Rusk St., adjacent to City Hall. The new location, set to open Monday, Jan. 31, features a walk-in friendly customer lobby and manned drive-thru window.

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WASHINGTON — Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Joe Biden an opening he has pledged to fill by naming the first Black woman to the high court, two sources told The Associated Press Wednesday.

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The University of Alabama awarded 2,362 degrees during its fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10-11, 2021.

Meagan Cudd of Jacksonville, received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration from the university.

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Texas Farm Bureau boasts of their commitment to the development of youth and youth leadership.

The company devotes a large amount of resources towards youth programs and scholarships.

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In 2017, the Texas Legislature began funding a three-phased approach to expand, renovate and transform the state hospital system. The Rusk State Hospital, among 10 facilities within the state hospital system, was among five chosen for modernization.

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The Jacksonville Chamber hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 18 to welcome new member Ben Fitzgerald Real Estate Services LLC. Ben Fitzgerald is located at 621 Chase Dr., Suite A, in Tyler.

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Get your non-profit organization’s fundraisers and other events in the Jacksonville Progress’s What’s News calendar free of charge by e-mailing your event information to editor@jacksonvilleprogress.com.

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 20-26, 2022. This year, the North Texas Poison Center is again sponsoring the Poison Prevention Poster Contest. The contest will be open to all third, fourth and fifth grade students throughout our area.

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It seems Jacksonville residents have always been adept at “making do.” Grammatically, “making do” is an idiom, a verb phrase, and it means to use what one has on hand or to persevere through non-ideal circumstances.

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The Jacksonville McDonald’s, located at 402 S. Jackson, recognized and celebrated the 15 years of service by employees Armando Marroquin and Geno Arriaga.

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The longtime vacant T. J. Rusk Hotel, situated at the intersection of 6th and Main Streets on the Rusk square, is being occupied once again. Jan Pate, in what he terms adaptive reuse, is developing the site into T. J. Rusk Hotel Marketplace.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that freezing rain, ice and snow can pose major hazards to drivers and pedestrians and is urging residents to be careful in such conditions.

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Neighbors Coffee, located at 223 S. Main in Jacksonville, officially opened for business on Saturday, Jan. 15. The locally-owned establishment serves a variety of beverages along with some breakfast items and sandwiches.

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President Joe Biden announced last week that the government will provide 1 billion free, rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests. The website to order the testing kits launched early Tuesday, with delivery scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

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The Jacksonville Chamber announced Tuesday morning, Jan. 18, the 97th annual banquet, originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20, has been postponed.

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The Fred Douglass Alumni Association and Fred Douglass Community Development Corporation held a meeting Jan. 15, bringing together city officials, volunteer leadership and community members to relay plans for revitalizing the Lincoln Park area

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COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A rabbi who was among four people held hostage at a Texas synagogue said Sunday that their armed captor grew “increasingly belligerent and threatening” toward the end of the 10-hour standoff, which ended with an FBI SWAT team rushing into the building and the captor…

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The newly elected officers include (front row, left) Tina Sorrell, president; (back row, from left) Barbara Balch, corresponding secretary; Glenda Humphreys, vice president; and Susan Jackson, recording secretary.

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COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man held hostages for more than 10 hours Saturday at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan.

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A three-month course to become a Master Gardener will run for three months from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cherokee County Courthouse Annex, 165 E. 6th Street, Rusk. 

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