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First Assembly holds Day in the Park

Today at 4:00 at Nichols Green One Park, there will be live music, a time of prayer, a short message from the Scriptures, and a free hot dog picnic sponsored by First Assembly of God Church. The church hosts this free event several times throughout the year for the community of Jacksonville. The public is invited to attend.


Corporate spelling bee held

The annual Corporate Spelling Bee contest will be held on Wednesday, May 5th, in the Normal Activity Center from 11:30-1:00 PM.  Tickets are $10 for the program and a Mexican food lunch.  Proceeds will benefit the Jacksonville Literacy Council.  Local business are sponsoring spelling teams who compete for the title of corporate city spelling champion and literacy patron.  A spirit award is given to the team that has the most supporters cheering for them during the event.


Day of Prayer breakfast held

A National Day of Prayer Prayer Breakfast will be held 6:30-8 a.m. May 6 at the Norman Activity Center. Breakfast will be provided by HOPE. Join others locally and nationally to thank God for his blessings, and pray for his help in these troubled times.


Maydelle VFD seeks donations for garage sale

 The Maydelle Volunteer Fire Department is now accepting donations of garage sale items for a garage and bakesale to be held on May 7 and 8. We also still have cookbooks for sale. All proceeds go to the Maydelle VFD. To donate items or for information about cookbooks or the upcoming Maydelle Centennial & Iron Horse Celebration call 903-795-3470 or 903-795-3369.


Dance held in Rusk

The Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Ross Memorial Dance will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. Admission will be $3 per person, $5 per couple. Proceeds from the event will benefit the establishment of the Rusk Senior Citizens Activity Center, to be housed at the Civic Center. Concessions will be offered by the Friends of the Singletary Memorial Library. The dance is open to the community.

MAY 10

Cherokee County Genealogical Society celebrates 35 years

The Cherokee County Genealogical Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary at 7 p.m. May 10 at Bonner Place in Jacksonville. The club was founded in May 1975. All charter members, former members and those interested in genealogy are invited to come and share their memories and experiences during the celebration. Installation of the officers for the year is scheduled. Regular monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month, September through May, at Bonner Place.

MAY 12

Crown Health presents info about COPD

Crown Health Services will hold a free information presentation about COPD 2-3 p.m. May 12 at the Jacksonville Senior Citizens Center. The presentation is open to the public. Health professionals will be on hand to conduct free blood pressure checks. Light refreshments will be served. Come join the Crown Health team for an afternoon of information and fun. For more information, call 903-589-3050.

RSH governing body meets

The Governing Body of Rusk State Hospital will meet at the hospital Wednesday, May 12 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Quality Management Department, Building 501, Austin Room.  The governing body meets to accept written and verbal reports presented by the hospital administration. At the beginning of this meeting, the public is invited to make comments relevant to the management of the hospital.  Persons wanting to be on the public forum portion of the meeting can contact the office of the Rusk State Hospital superintendent, (903) 683-7297 to be placed on the public forum agenda.  Public comments are limited to three minutes per person.

MAY 22

Master Gardeners hold garden tour

The Cherokee County Master Gardener Association will host its 6th Annual Garden Tour of Homes benefiting HOPE 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22. Gardens on the tour this year include the Cherokee County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in the Ruth Bowling Nichols Arboretum located at the Texas Forest Service, 1015 SE Loop 456, Dr. & Mrs. Michael Banks, 2008 Harvard Dr., Mr. & Mrs. Eldridge Moak, 220 Beach St., Mr. &  Mrs. Terry Morrow, 1905 O’Keefe Rd. and the Central East Texas Orchid Society show and sale at HOPE, 595 So. Ragsdale.  Emily Farmer of Snaps Photography will be available for family portraits at the Morrow’s garden.  All locations are in Jacksonville.  Garden tour tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at the HOPE office, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, from participating Master Gardeners or any of the gardens on tour day. Box lunches ($7 each) will be available at HOPE but must be reserved by Thursday, May 20. Call 903-586-7781.  Proceeds from the tour will be donated to HOPE.  For further information, contact Helen or Steve Keller, 903-586-9881 or David Daniel 903-721-0743.

LMC holds Spring Ranch Rodeo

The Lon Morris College Agriculture Department is hosting the Spring Ranch Rodeo, the new department’s kick-off event, 10 a.m. May 22 at the Lon Morris College arena. Books open at 8 a.m. The event is limited to 15 teams, and entry fee is $500 per four-man team. Cash and prizes awarded: paying the top three teams, champion buckles, top hand buckle and top horse custom pulling collar. An original painting by Heather Burris will also be raffled. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each. For more information or to reserve your team’s spot in the rodeo, call Katie Snyder at 903-589-4004.


Community street fair set in Rusk

The Cherokee County AgriLife Extension Agency will hold the “Strengthening the Community” street fair in conjunction with the Rusk Singletary Memorial Library's annual summer reading program kick-off on June 8, in front of the Courthouse Annex and library on Henderson Street in Rusk. Anyone wishing to sponsor either of these events can call the Extension office, 903-683-5416, or the library, 903-683-5916.


JHS Class of ‘90 reunites

The JHS Class of 1990 will hold its 20 year reunion the afternoon of July 16 and all day July 17. The get together will be at the huts at Lake Jacksonville until 6 p.m. July 17. The day will conclude with a casual dress event at The Legacy 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $35 per person, and payment must be received by June 17. For more information, contact Tamara (Acker) May at 903-312-1084 or; Greg Lynas at 903-752-1182 or; or Ginger (Smith) Mager at 903-570-6578 or, or visit or



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.

Radio Club meets

The Cherokee County Amateur Radio Club holds monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the training room at the Jacksonville Police Department.  The club also conducts regular test sessions for those seeking an amateur radio license.  The club’s Web site is


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.


Kids First now enrolling

Kids First Weekday Education at First Baptist Church is now enrolling for the 2010 - 2011 school year.Kids First is a five day a week preschool and Kindergarten utilizing the A Beka curriculum.For more information, please contact Julie Bradley at 903-586-4844 or 903-625-1305.

Iron Horse Celebration taking Miss Maydelle appplications

Maydelle Centennial & Iron Horse Days Celebration to be held Sept. 11, 2010, will include a Miss Maydelle competition.We are now taking applications from girls 13-21 years of age. Please call 903-795-3103 or 903-795-3470 for more information.

Almond Tree selling tomato plants

The Almond TreeCommunity Resource and Training Center is conducting its annual plant sale beginning immediately at 417 W. Larissa in Jacksonville. The plants are home-grown flordad tomato plants. Cost is either four plants for $3 or $1 each. For more information, call Lindsey Langham at 904-284-6202 or 903-283-1757.

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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