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The Jacksonville Education Foundation presented scholarships to 15 deserving JHS seniors during the Academic Awards Ceremony on May 12. Many of these funds are Memorial Scholarships.

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The Jacksonville Police Department conducted a police officers' memorial ceremony remembering the officers from across Texas who died in the line of duty over the last year, with specific emphasis on the four law enforcement officers from Jacksonville, whose end of watch came too soon.

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Angelina House, an assisted living community, acknowledged the efforts of longtime volunteer Kirk Sadler, who completed seventeen years of service on May 17.

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Mayor Ben Middlebrooks administered the oath of office to those recently elected and re-elected to the city council during the May 12 meeting.

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AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion released Tuesday that schools and districts do not have the ability to withhold student health or medical information from parents under Title IX.

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AUSTIN — Nothing much has changed since 2017, when Texas split foster care responsibilities between the Department of Family Protective Services and the Health and Human Services Commission with the hope of revamping a broken system riddled with lawsuits and high turnover.

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Democrat and Republican Primary Runoff Elections are slated for Tuesday, May 24. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and votes can be cast at the same locations as the May 7 General Election.

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AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in his First Amendment challenge to a campaign finance law, according to an opinion released Monday.

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American Legion Post 152 in Jacksonville awarded their annual scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, to Victoria Green, a Rusk High School student.

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LEON COUNTY — Texas authorities used helicopters, horses and canine teams Sunday to search for an inmate who assaulted a bus driver and escaped while on the way to a medical appointment Thursday in Leon County.

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The Lake Jacksonville Association recently received a donation from Ebby Halliday Realty in the amount of $500, given in support of the July 4th fireworks show at Lake Jacksonville.

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AUSTIN — Anne Sigler, at 88 years old, said she has been protesting for abortion access since 1954. Her sign this weekend read: “I am too old for this B.S.”

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The warm, sunny weather gave way to cooler night air as Tops in Texas opened its 60th PRCA rodeo in Thursday in Jacksonville. Entry into the event was offered free to the public as Thursday night admission had been sponsored by the Cowboy Churches of Cherokee County.

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Texans are being asked to conserve energy this weekend after six power generation facilities tripped offline Friday, resulting in the loss of approximately 2,900 MW of electricity, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

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AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers met Wednesday to examine the state’s election process, effectiveness and potential improvements following the first major statewide election since new and controversial election laws went into effect.

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AUSTIN — Fort Worth mother Crystal Mason was arrested for submitting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election after being released from prison. The vote was never counted, but she was sentenced to five years in prison for election fraud.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit between Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Harris County Election Administrator Isabel Longoria and others regarding a new election law provision.

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 ALTO — Following a prayer to bless the buildings by Rev. Lionel Whitaker, ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on Tuesday afternoon for three new buildings at the Alto Independent School District complex.

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott said the state will continue to fully fund public education while also voicing support for school choice during a campaign event in San Antonio on Monday.

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AUSTIN — Bobbie Duncan spent 43 years in Texas classrooms until she retired in 2001. At the time of her retirement, new changes in the Texas legislature allowed her to recoup nearly the same dollar amount she received while working. But that was 21 years ago.

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Applications for emergency farm loans for damages and losses caused by severe storms and tornadoes that occurred on March 21, 2022, through March 30, 2022 are being accepted at the Farm Service Agency office located in Tyler, according to Farm Loan Manager Clinton Warrick.

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The Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville

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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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A statement from Dr. Jack Lee, Superintendent of the Bullard Independent School District, confirmed both bond issues were passed by voters.