Labor Day, a federal holiday annually observed the first Monday in September, “was originally organized to celebrate various labor unions' strengths of and contributions to the United States,” according to www.timeanddate.com.

Today, it means a day off for the general population, the site noted.

In Cherokee County, county and municipal offices in Alto, Bullard, Cuney, Jacksonville, New Summerfield, Reklaw, Rusk, Troup and Wells will be closed, as will public schools throughout the county, along with Brook Hill School in Bullard, Jacksonville College and the BMA Theological Seminary.

Federal and state offices – including U.S. post offices – also will be closed Monday, as will banking institutions.

The Jacksonville Progress offices will be closed as well, but like other entities noted above, it will reopen on Tuesday for regular business hours.

Meanwhile, according to Republic Trash Service, which covers the Jacksonville area, trash services will run as regularly scheduled, with no interruption of service due to the holiday.

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