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Bullard FFA Sophomore Sydney Crowder’s dreams came true recently at the Houston Livestock Show. Sydney and her Hampshire market barrow were awarded one of the highest honors as the overall Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow. This was a record-breaking year for the Houston Livestock Show, a…

Work continues on the Joe Layne Family Splash Pad, according to Troup City Manager Gene Cottle. In his comments to the Troup City Council on Monday, he said the carpet has been installed and the fence is almost complete. Cottle said the water system also will soon be tested.

RUSK – Local city officials took formal measures Thursday by unanimously adopting a Code of Ethics and Standard of Conduct for city officials.


Visitors look at an array of jigsaw puzzles displayed March 16 at Jacksonville's Trinity Assisted Living Center, seeking the perfect puzzle to take home. The puzzles were part of a silent auction held to raise funds for its monthly veterans' luncheon at the center, with more than 80 puzzles …

Jacksonville/Rusk maintenance crews plan to conduct hot mix overlay operations on FM 3288 and FM 2274. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control.


The City of Jacksonville is pleased to announce that Andrew Lugo, formerly of Corpus Christi, Texas has been hired as the City’s inaugural Communications director.


RUSK – Members of VFW Post 3406 in Rusk voted earlier this month to consider surrendering the post's charter, putting into place a mechanism that will allow them a bit more time to find more members before putting things fully into motion, said Post Commander Emerson Griffin.


As an orthopedic surgeon, one of the most common complaints I hear from patients is about pain in the knee. It makes sense – the knee joint takes a lot of stress during almost any physical activity, from running marathons to simply walking around the house. In the past, our options to treat …

On Jan. 11, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation on Chase Anthony Hagler for the distribution of narcotics in the Eastern District of Texas. On that date, Texas Highway Patrol was assisting the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and conducted …


Years of dedication to FFA show projects have paid off in a huge way this year for Jacksonville High School senior Brooklyn Hooker: Diamond, her Red Angus heifer, was named Reserve Grand Champion Senior Heifer at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

TROUP – Trustees will consider canceling a May election during Troup ISD's regular school board meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the district board room, 201 N. Carolina St.


Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff James E. Campbell today announced that Cherokee County citizens are being invited to become associate members of the Sheriff's Associ…

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BULLARD – The local city council voted to name Bullard City Mayor Pam Frederick to handle city manager duties on an interim basis as it pulls together a search committee to replace its outgoing manager, Jay Abercrombie.


School spirit has taken on a new look at Jacksonville ISD: A handful of colorful arrows created by students in Jacksonville High School's welding and art classes. According to Grace Traylor, JISD public information officer, the eight arrows – painted in school colors and located on the south…


Created by residents of Trinity Assisted Living of Jacksonville, puzzles displayed as part of a March 16 “puzzle extravaganza” at the 131 Zimmerman facility will help raise for a monthly on-site veteran's luncheon.

Despite recent findings released by state officials regarding its investigation into a water contamination case in Craft-Turney, a sole attendee – from New Summerfield – was present at Tuesday's Craft-Turney Water Supply Corporation meeting.

RUSK – Several different rules and standards proposed to better help city officials operate meetings as well as provide a standard of conduct will be considered during a 6 p.m. Thursday regular meeting of the Rusk City Council at the Rusk Civic Center.


On Tuesday, in the 369th Judicial District Court of Cherokee County, a jury of 12 found Jeffery W. Gordon guilty of possession of a controlled substance enhanced, and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.


On Friday, a crew worked to put the finishing touches on Jacksonville’s new Wendy’s located on S. Jackson in front of Walmart. According to restaurant officials, the eatery is due to open in mid-March.

According to Cherokee County indictments released Monday for January, Cody Ray Roberts of Rusk was indicted for capital murder.


The CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Neuroscience Institute Pain Center officially opened its new expansion at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Jacksonville during a recently held blessing ceremony. Patients, hospital administrators, community leaders, Associates and pastoral care staff joined phys…

Installing smoke detectors makes you feel safe from a possible fire. Staying aware of their correct placement and maintenance will ensure that no smoke goes undetected in your home.

BULLARD – Bullard city leaders will gather at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday for a specially called meeting at Bullard City Hall to decide what steps they'll take next to replace outgoing City Manager Jay Abercrombie, whose last day with the city is March 18.


JACKSONVILLE – More than 15-million pints of blood are transfused in this country each year. That exceeds 40-thousand pints daily. Hospitals in north, central and east Texas use only a fraction of that, but Carter BloodCare needs 1,000 volunteer blood donors each day to keep pace with local …


At approximately 1:45 p.m. Monday, Jacksonville police officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 300 block of Dorothy Street. Officers located a man who had sustained injuries, according to Capt. Jason Price of the JPD.

The Progress will publish arrests in the Saturday edition each week.

WELLS – A city-wide clean-up is slated for the weekend of March 16-17 in Wells, with dumpsters set up behind city hall prior to the event, at the depot parking area.

Cuney Police Chief Gregory Sinkfield was arrested Monday by the Gregg County Sheriff's Office on two counts of tampering with government record – defraud/harm, but was only briefly in custody, according to officials.

Sgt. Jean Dark of the Texas DPS – Tyler office presented Cherokee County residents with ideas on how to respond during an attack while teaching the March 7 “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events” at the Rusk Civic Center. The program, endorsed by the FBI and created through Texas State …

The Progress will publish reports from the Jacksonville Police Department in the Saturday edition each week.

RUSK – Local students could find themselves receiving dual credit for an EMT program offered as early as Fall 2019 at Rusk High School, courtesy of Rusk ISD's Educational Experience Affiliation with UTHSC-Tyler.


The City of Jacksonville is pleased to announce that 19-year veteran firefighter/paramedic Alicia Whetsell has been chosen to serve as the City’s first EMS Coordinator.

CHEROKEE COUNTY – A total of 433 motor vehicle stops were made in 2018 by county law enforcement, with the majority of those for moving traffic violations, as well as along a U.S. highway, according to a report released by Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell.

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