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Jacksonville ISD holds Jump Rope for Heart

The Fred Douglass PE Department and the JISD nurses will hold a Jump Rope for Heart 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Jacksonville Middle School gym. This district-wide event will raise money for the American Heart Association. This event is for all JISD PK-4th grades students. NO DROP OFFS! For more information, please visit and click the Jump Rope for Heart Banner.

Nichols PTO hosts Taste of TAKS Night

The Nichols PTO will host Taste of TAKS Night 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Nichols Intermediate School. The fundraising event with proceeds benefitting NIS student programs. Attendees will learn important TAKS information and participate in this fun night of prizes, games, and a silent auction. Everyone is invited to this community-wide event! For more information, please visit and click the Nichols Taste of TAKS Night banner.

FBC hosts ‘The Biggest Loser’ former contestant

The Golden Jubilee, senior adult ministry of First Baptist Church Jacksonville, will have Abby Rike, of Mabank, former contestant on the TV show “The Biggest Loser,” as guest speaker at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary. The ministry invites the public to hear her testimony. For information, call the church at 903-586-4844.

Reese Community Association meets

The annual meeting of the Reese Community Association, which conducts business for the Reese Community Center and Cemetery, will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Reese Community Center.  All interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend.

Men’s Night Dinner held

The annual Valentine Men’s Night Dinner, for men and their guests, will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Tuesday, in the Family Center at People’s Church on Hwy. 79 E. A special feature will include photographs for the guests. Cost is $10 for an 8x10 photo.


LMC hosts Miss Texas

Miss Texas Kristen Blair will speak on her platform Celebrating YOUth and perform a vocal solo at an 11 a.m. assembly at the Lon Morris College Chapel on Wednesday. Following her presentation, she will be sign autographs.  Kristen finished in the top 10 at the Miss America pageant just held. The public is invited.

Free guitar lessons offered

Loren Lykins will begin teaching free community guitar lessons 5-6 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. The classes are for beginners to intermediate and will run for eight weeks. To register, call 903-894-3946.


‘Diary of Anne Frank’ presented by CCT

The Cherokee Civic Theatre presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the box office or by calling the theater at 903-683-2131.


ETMC Auxiliary holds fundraiser

The ETMC Auxiliary will have its Annual Chocolate Extravaganza Bonanza Sale Friday, Friday in the Grand Lobby of the hospital.   Lots of chocolate goodies available for your valentine!

JISD sets nomination periods for identifying G/T students

 Grades first-11th nomination forms for the JISD Passport Program (gifted/talented) will be available in the elementary, intermediate, middle and high school offices. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday. Grade first-11th students will be identified in May and begin services the next school year. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the office of the principal or mailed to Melynda Cundieff, P.O. Box 631, Jacksonville, TX, 75766 on or before the designated deadline. For questions or information, contact Melynda Cundieff, lead GT teacher, at, or 903-541-0213.


Clothes Closet & More holds annual benefit

The Clothes Closet & More will hold its annual benefit Saturday. Themed “and The Greatest of These Is Love,” the benefit will have two seatings, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, 1031 SE Loop 456. The $25-per-person tax deductible donation includes a menu specially prepared for the event. All proceeds will benefit The Clothes Closet & More, 801 E. Rusk St., Jacksonville. For more information, call Mickey Gear at 903-586-0204 or 903-279-7158.

Charmers hold Daddy-Daughter dance

The Cherokee Charmers will hold a daddy-daughter dance from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Jacksonville High School cafeteria. Tickets are $6 at the door or available for pre-sale at May Drug and Antiqued Florist and Gifts for $5.


Relay for Life holds committee/team meeting

The February Relay for Life committee/team meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Cherokee County Electric Co-op Building.

HOPE holds S.N.A.P. session

“The Story and Advantages of the S.N.A.P. (Supplemental and Nutritional Assistance Program)” will be held from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the HOPE Center, 595 S. Ragsdale. Flor Jones, outreach and enrollment coordinator for the East Texas Food Bank, will give the class. To enroll, call 903-586-7781.The class is part of HOPE's “Take Your Life to Heart” life skill classes February series.

FEB. 17

Grassroots America We The People (GAWTP) is a Conservative non-partisan organization focused on promoting the conservative founding principles embodied in The US Constitution. As Conservatives we have become very concerned with the direction our Country is headed. Out of control spending, bailouts and handouts are not how our Country was founded. If you want to help us Take Back Our Country, please join us at our next meeting. We meet monthly at the Emerald Bay Club. Our next meeting will be held at 5:15pm on Wed. Feb. 17th. The guest speakers will be Congressman Louie Gohmert and former Commissioner and current executive director of GAWTP JoAnn Flemming.

Everyone is welcome, but you must email with you name and telephone number so the security gate can be informed you will be a guest for the evening. Directions will be provided if requested in your email.

FEB. 18

Young Republicans hold open forum meeting

The Cherokee County Young Republicans Club will be have an open forum meeting for all Republican candidates in contested primary races. The public is welcome to attend and are encouraged to e-mail any questions they may have for a specific candidate to the group.  Selected submitted questions will be asked of the candidates for the last 20-30 minutes of the forum. Questions can be e-mailed to The meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Woodmen of the World building in Jacksonville.

FEB. 20

The planning committee for the Maydelle Centennial Iron Horse Celebration will meet on Saturday, February 20th, at Bertha's Cafe, on Highway 84, in Maydelle, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The committee is now selling centennial cookbooks at the pre-arrival price of $12. They may be purchased from any committee member,  at Bertha's Cafe,  or at the Cherokee Trading Post.  Cookbooks will sell for $15 upon arrival. The committee is presently seeking sponsors for the centennial theme tee shirts. All profits from the celebration will benefit the Maydelle Volunteer Fire Department as it seeks to satisfy a grant requirement for a new pumper truck. The celebration is planned for September 11, 2010.

FEB. 22

HOPE holds planning course

“Planning for You and Your Family's Future, Advance Care Planning: Living Wills and Much More ...” will be held from 10-111 a.m. Feb. 22 at the HOPE Center, 595 S. Ragsdale. Christine Morawski, RN with the Hospice of East Texas, will present the class, which is free to the public.  To enroll, call 903-586-7781. The class is part of HOPE's “Take Your Life to Heart” life skill classes February series.

FEB. 25

Brook Hill students hold ‘Wax Museum’ event

Brook Hill’s 2nd grade students will present their annual wax museum 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Lower School Gathering Room. The students research a famous historical character and then recreate those characters complete with costume and props. The students have designed a button with their exhibit which causes them to “come to life” as their character. They give a brief monologue then go back into the wax mode.

Free seminar about body pain held in Tyler

If you have pain in your knee or hip or back and neck, plan to attend one of the FREE seminars hosted by Texas Spine &  Joint Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel in Tyler.  The Hip and Knee Seminar is at 10 a.m. and the Back and Neck Seminar is at 1 p.m.  You will learn about the different causes of arthritis, pain, and discuss the latest non-surgical treatments, surgery, and advances in physical therapy.  The Holiday Inn Select is located at 5701 S. Broadway in Tyler.  Reservations required. Toll free 866-684-8754.

Lipizzaner stallions appear in Tyler

The world famous Lipizzaner stallions will be at The Oil Palace in Tyler at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For tickets, visit the Oil Palace box office, or by calling 903-566-2122. For more information, visit or

FEB. 26

GAO holds financial literacy workshop

Gateway to American Opportunities will hold an FDIC “Money Smart” financial literacy tutor training session 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the PATH Center classroom, 402 W. Front St., Tyler. The session is sponsored by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Registration is $15, and registration is required due to limited space. For more information or to register, call 903-589-6900, e-mail, or visit Note: The Money Smart is available in several languages in CD Rom and also in Braille, free from the FDIC.


AARP volunteers offer tax preparation

AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will prepare taxes and e-file returns from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 1 and March 29 at the Jacksonville Public Library, 502 S. Jackson St. All low- and medium-income taxpayers are welcome to participate in the free service. Tax-Aide counselors can answer tax-related questions, prepare Form 1040s and file returns for free; AARP membership is not required. Participants should bring last year’s tax return, all W-2s and 1099s as well as Social Security or ITIN cards for each family member.


AgriLife Extension office offers diabetes wellness classes

The AgriLife Extension office will begin “Do Well, Be Well with diabetes” classes 2-4:30 p.m. March 3. The free classes will continue at the same time each Tuesday through the month of March. To register, call 903-683-5416.


Relay for Life is held

The 2010 Cherokee County Relay for Life will be on April 30 at Mauldin Field on the campus of Jacksonville High School. All survivors of cancer and any and all with a passion for defeating the disease of cancer are invited to become involved with this committee and this cause. For more information you can email or call Cindy at 903-683-7483.



HOPE holds wellness series

HOPE is now enrolling people for “Take Your Life to Heart” life skill classes in February. The classes will be held from 10-11 a.m. each Monday in February at the HOPE Center, 595 S. Ragsdale. To enroll, call 903-586-7781. The classes are free to the public.

Cherokee County Genealogical Society meets

The Cherokee County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month, September through May, at Bonner Place. Anyone interested in genealogy is invited to attend.

Master Gardeners meet

Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association meets at 10 a.m. the second Monday of each month at the Norman Activity Center. For information regarding the Master Gardeners, e-mail

New Summerfield Lions meet

The New Summerfield Lions regularly meet on the first and third Monday of every month at the First United Methodist Church in New Summerfield.  For additional information, contact 903-586-3228. 

Al-Anon meets

Jacksonville Al-Anon family group meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church, on Loop 456 and Corinth Road, in Jacksonville. Use the Adult Sunday school door.


Jacks ‘n Jills Square Dance Club offers free lessons

The Jacks ‘n Jills Square Dance Club holds weekly lessons from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Methodist Church, 2020 Beaumont, in Jacksonville. Lessons are at the same time every Tuesday, and the first two lessons are free! For more information, call Carol Green at 903-721-2265.

St. John’s UMC seniors hold fellowship time

The St. John’s United Methodist Church seniors hold a fellowship group at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Games, dominos, etc., and a light meal are included in the activities. All are welcome to come for the free, fun and fellowship at Terrific Tuesday.

Rusk Kiwanis meets

Rusk Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Southern Cherokee Federal Credit Union, 602 N. Henderson St., in Rusk. For details, call Kelley Garner 903-683-2414.


Jacksonville library offers storytime

The Jacksonville Public Library holds storytime for children at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call the library at 903-586-7664.

Jacksonville Rotary meets

The Jacksonville Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Sadler’s Kitchen. For more information regarding the Rotary Club, contact Tim McRae, president, at 903-586-2241 or e-mail,

Quilters group meetings

The Bits and Pieces quilters meet at 8 a.m. until noon each Wednesday morning in the family life center at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville and invite you to join in the fun, fellowship, and fancy stitching. Wannabees are welcome. Call 903-258-2937 for more information.

Good Sam Resale Shop hours

The Good Samaritan Food Bank and Resale Shop is open 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays to serve clients. The facility is at 203 W. Second St., Rusk. Families and senior citizens who need assistance with food and other necessities are welcome. For more information or to make donations, please call 903-683-2376.

Rusk Rotary meets

The Rusk Rotary meets at noon every Wednesday at the Southern Cherokee Federal Credit Union, 602 N. Henderson St., in Rusk. For more information, call Roy Reynolds at 903-683-1947.


Rusk Lions meet

The Rusk Lions Club meet at noon every Thursday at the Lions Club Hall, 607 W. Sixth St., next door to Dollar General in Rusk. For more information, call Jeff Johnson at 903-683-2204.


Eagle’s Nest youth center hours

The Eagle’s Nest Christian youth center is open for Jacksonville youth 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The center is at the corner of Nacogdoches and Ragsdale streets in Jacksonville. Call operator Larry McGlade, 903-539-1996, for more information or to donate to the center.

Good Sam Resale Shop hours

The Good Samaritan Food Bank and Resale Shop is open 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays to serve clients. The facility is at 203 W. Second St., Rusk. Families and senior citizens who need assistance with food and other necessities are welcome. For more information or to make donations, please call 903-683-2376.

Literacy Council offers English classes

The Jacksonville Literacy Council is offering English classes at 10 a.m. each Friday at the Literary Council office, 215 E. Commerce St., Suite 215 A in Jacksonville. The class is open to any interested people and will teach basic speaking, reading and writing in English as well as citizenship participation. Please call 903-586-6125 to enroll or for more information. Leave a message if the answering machine answers.

RSH volunteer council opens resale shop

The Resale Shop sponsored by the Volunteer Council for the Rusk State Hospital Inc. is open the first and second Friday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The Resale Shop is located at 545 Castner St. in Rusk, just off U.S. Hwy 69 N (turn west on Castner just north of the Sonic).  All proceeds go to support the patients and programs at Rusk State Hospital.  For more information call 903-683-7327.


SCV meets

Attention Southern history lovers. Gen. Joseph L. Hogg Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, meets the second Saturday every month in the Bullard-Jacksonville area. Call J. D. Campbell, 903-894-6727, for details.

Heritage Center open weekends

The Heritage Center of Cherokee County Museum is open to visitors 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and 1-5 p.m. every Sunday. The center is at 208 S. Henderson St., just off the square in Rusk. For more information, call 903-683-5643 or log on to


HOPE offers transportation schedule

The HOPE van offers rides to anywhere in the Jacksonville city limits during regular business hours Monday through Thursday. Anyone needing a ride can call 903-586-7781 or 903-393-1921 to make an appointment or to be picked up.

Community Kitchen for HOPE open

The Community Kitchen for HOPE serves breakfast and lunch, free of charge, Monday through Friday to anyone who shows up. Breakfast is served 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The kitchen is at 595 S. Ragsdale St., Jacksonville.

Rusk offers public transportation

The city of Rusk’s bus service operates within the city limits Monday through Friday. Boarding fee is $1 and entitles the rider to two stops. Additional stops cost 50 cents. There is no charge for the return trip home. Rusk senior citizens and disabled can call 903-683-2213 for pickup or for more details.

YMCA holds after-school care

The YMCA will begin offering after-school care in Jacksonville this fall at West Side Elementary. The cost is $30 per child, with a discounted rate for each additional child. To apply for care or to work part-time at the after-school program at West Side, call the YMCA in Tyler at 903-593-7327.

Alcoholics Anonymous offers Jacksonville Recovery Group

Alcoholics Anonymous conducts meetings every week at 316 West Larissa St. The meetings take place Monday through Saturday at noon, and Nov. 2 through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Healing Room offered

River of Life Christian Church in Rusk has recently opened a Healing Room in which they offer prayer free of charge to anyone in need of healing. If you would like to come for prayer, the Healing Room is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday though Thursday or by appointment. Call 903-683-3132 for details.


Donations for Doris Arnold

Donations are being taken for Doris Arnold to enable her to travel to care for her sick brother. Donation cans are located at Brookshire Brothers, Floors Unlimited and Sides Barber Shop.

Calendars to benefit Literacy Council for sale

The Jacksonville Rotary Club is selling a 2010 calendar featuring old photos of Cherokee County for $5, of which $3.50 will be given to the Literacy Council. The calendars can be purchased from a member of Rotary, John Thomason at Creative Graphics or Tim McRae at Bill McRae Ford.

Family seeks information about grave desecration

The family of Carmen Leanna Jenkins is looking for the person or persons who have been desecrating Carmen’s grave. Carmen passed away Dec. 20, 2008, and the lights from her grave have been stolen several times. A reward has been offered for the capture of whoever is taking them. Anyone with information can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department at 903-683-2271.

Account set up for cancer patient

An account has been set up at Austin Bank for longtime Jacksonville Independent School District employee Brenda Bailey Hampton. She was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

American Legion gets P.O. Box for new members

The American Legion, Post No. 868, has a new post office box for new members. Please send correspondence to P.O. Box No. 2333, Jacksonville, TX 75766.

Ride for Life accepts donations

Ride for Life Donations for the family of Melisa Wells Whiteley, recently deceased granddaughter of Pansy Suggs and daughter of Doug and Paula French, will be accepted at Texas National Bank under Ride for Life account under the name of Melissa Wells Whiteley. All donations will go toward burial expenses. All donations are appreciated.

Post 9/11 GI Bill offered

The VA is accepting applications for the Post 9/11 GI Bill now. Individuals with active duty service since Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for this benefit and can apply online at The program provides tuition assistance, a housing allowance, a books and supplies stipend, and the option to transfer these benefits to family members under certain circumstances. By law, the new benefit is effective Aug. 1. For more information, visit the GI Bill Web site or call 1–888–GIBILL–1 (1–888–442–4551).

CCT seeks stage help

The Cherokee Civic Theatre is always looking for volunteers. If you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, give the theater a call at 903-683-2131; leave a message and one of the theater’s volunteers will return your call; or log on to

Cherokee Rangers shooting club

Anyone interested in joining the Cherokee Rangers Old West shooting club can call the club range master at 903-539-8316. Members are anyone who enjoys firing a wide variety of classic firearms from the Old West era at its safe secure firing range in the Rusk area, which offers 10 different target stages. The club is family oriented and stresses firearm education and safety.

Car seat safety classes

Living Alternatives Inc. in Jacksonville holds two Safe Rider car seat safety classes a month. Attending parents can receive a new infant/toddler convertible or booster seat for attending at no cost. Seating is limited so call 903-586-9016 to register for a class. Living Alternatives is at 807 S. Jackson St., Suite 204, Jacksonville.

Adopt-a-Street program offered

The city of Jacksonville-sponsored organization, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, is asking for citizens’ help in getting rid of the litter along the streets and roads. If you would like to adopt a street or road in the city or in Cherokee County, call the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, 903-586-2217.

Klein cookbooks for sale

Klein cookbooks supporting the Klein Animal Shelter are now available for a minimum donation of $12 and can be purchased at 208 E. Tena St. in Jacksonville. The book provides a plentiful supply of palatable treats approved by both people and pets. Keep your VIP (Very Important Pet or Person) howling for more by serving them recipes prepared from this oh-so-unique-collection of delectable treats.

Ministerial Alliance meets

The Ministerial Alliance provides an opportunity for the leaders of local churches to meet for prayer, fellowship and planning. All pastors are welcomed. This is a great chance to meet and hear the concerns and needs people face as well as the many ways God blesses them in the community. If anyone has questions, they can call the Rev. Mark Kusmirek at 903-586-4538 or Paul Pavletich at 903-586-2291. Please forward your e-mail to

Experience Works helps job-seekers

If you are over 55 years old, living on a limited income and having difficulty finding a job, Experience Works offers part-time, temporary work while you look for permanent employment. For more information, call 800-880-5292.

HAMM open for tours

The Historical Aviation Memorial Museum is open for aviation fans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum includes exhibits, meeting rooms, a gift shop, the largest collection of aviation art in East Texas, aircraft memorabilia and military aircraft. The museum is closed Monday. Admission is $5 for adults, free for active military personnel with I.D., $3 for ages 13-17, $2 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Group tours are available by calling 903-526-1945. The Web site is

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