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Jordan Pollard, second from left, is pictured being presented with a $1,000 scholarship by members of the Jacksonville Garden Club. Members pictured are, from left, Mary Katherine Spiller, Sue Burford, Cate Baggett, Mary Richardson and Sandra Dickerson. Miss Pollard, who is scheduled to grad…

Splash Kingdom water parks in Canton and Nacogdoches are scheduled to open on Friday, according to a media release issued by the company.

In an effort to make sure everyone in the community who needs food is able to be served, HOPE will open its food pantry on Sat., May 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


DALLAS — Two reproductive rights groups have dropped their lawsuit against seven small East Texas towns that had declared abortion-rights organizations “criminal organizations” in anti-abortion ordinances that prohibit them from operating within city limits.


RUSK — A veteran East Texas law enforcement officer was named as Rusk Chief of Police on Wednesday morning in a swearing in and pinning ceremony that was held at the Singletary Library Community Room.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS — As students across the nation adjust to the altered academic landscape, students at Stephen F. Austin State University are preparing to attend a virtual commencement May 30, which is designed to celebrate their achievements in spite of the challenges faced this semester …

TROUP – Action pertaining to three separate grants topped the agenda for Troup City Council members, who met recently.

Jacksonville ISD will offer a free summer food program in conjunction with the Texas Department of Agriculture, with breakfast and lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 to July 30 at East Side Elementary, 711 Fort Worth St.


A comment about faith and music during a visit to the gas pumps inspired the lyrics for Michael Knight's newest number one hit, “Bible on My Dash.”

Members of the Cross of St. Andrews Camp 2009 Sons of the Confederate Soldiers pay tribute to Cherokee County’s fallen servicemembers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony on the courthouse square in Rusk.

Applications are being taken for a project that benefits military service members and surviving spouses living in Texas. The C. O. I. N. (Combats Overcoming Income Needs) Project offers financial assistance to veterans who faced a financial barrier to employment and or quality of life, accor…


Cherokee County Public Health officials announced late Monday that an additional case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the county, bringing the total number of cases to 43.

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According to Texas Department of Public Safety reports, troopers responded to the crash around 4:22 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at the intersection of CR 4222 and SH 155 in Henderson County.

Congratulations to the winners of the Jacksonville Progress “Faces & Places” contest, Jacksonville residents Giovanni M. Smith and Ronald Gary Smith. Giovanni (left) received a $100 gift certificate to Super Gallo Mercado, while Ronald (right) won a $100 gift card to Sadler's Kitchen.

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As we approach Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate price. This American holiday officially established by Congress in 1971 had its beginnings in the years following the Civil War. Originally, it was known as Decoration Day when women’s groups began to place flowers…

RUSK – A 10 a.m. ceremony will be held Monday on the downtown square in Rusk, honoring fallen service members who paid the ultimate sacrifices in serving the United States Armed Forces.

AUSTIN – As Texas businesses slowly reopen their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR…

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CHEROKEE COUNTY – Additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed late Friday by local county health officials, who report that the number has risen to 42.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential” and called on governors across the nation to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The president threatened to “override” governors who d…


CHEROKEE COUNTY – The Lykins Family will perform a free concert on Lake Jacksonville Saturday that benefits Elijah's Retreat, a local sanctuary for families impacted by autism.

In a Thursday afternoon release, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said that he has ordered the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to begin testing all patients, residents and staff at the 23 state-run homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans thrown out of work since the coronavirus crisis struck two months ago has climbed to nearly 39 million, the government said Thursday.


CHEROKEE COUNTY – An additional three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed locally, bringing the current total to 41, according to Cherokee County Public Health officials.

Individual banners honoring members of the Rusk High School Class of 2020 are now on display throughout the Square in downtown Rusk. Rusk's graduation ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m.,Friday, June 5 at Eagle Stadium.

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Funeral services for Jerry Harold Byrom, age 81, of Cushing, will be held Friday, May 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Boren-Conner Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with Bro. Brian Sellers officiating. Burial will follow at Tecula Cemetery. Jerry Harold Byrom was born August 30, 1938, in Aubrey, Texa…

Emmett Marshall Walker, age 75, of Jacksonville, went to be with our loving Lord and Savior on Monday, the 18th day of May, 2020. He was born on the 17th day of February, 1945, in Jacksonville, Texas, to J. P. Walker and Lucile Edmiston Walker. Mr. Walker graduated from Jacksonville High Sch…