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Almond Tree opens instrument consignment shop

The Almond Tree, a 501c3 outreach and training center, plans to open a musical instrument consignment shop. Anyone with old musical instruments, especially old band instruments, who is interested in participating can call The Almond Tree at 903-284-6202.


Meet With the Mayor held

Jacksonville Mayor Robert Haberle invites citizens of the city to meet with him to discuss their concerns for Jacksonville. Meet With the Mayor runs 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month in the city hall conference room. Haberle is available every 20 minutes for a walk-in meeting or phone interview.

Chamber holds blood drive

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold a blood drive 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St. Please see the Chamber Web site,, after Aug. 16 for more information or contact Amber Mayfield at the Chamber Office at 903-586-2217.

Country music show held in Poynor

An open mic country music show will be held 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Poynor Civic Center. Free admission. Frankston Health Care Center will prepare a meal that will be served from 6-7:30 PM.  Donations for the food will benefit the residents of Frankston Healthcare Center.  Anyone who wishes may bring a desert. For further information call 903-360-0766 or 903-876-5448.


Almond Tree holds fund raising garage sale

The Almond Tree, a 501c3 outreach and training center, is hosting a garage sale combined with three other families. The dates are September 3rd.and 4th. at corner of Dogwood and Myrtle Drive, follow the signs. For more information, call Virginia Gardner at 903-284-6202.


Hot dog cookout benefits 2011 grad

In honor of their 10-year class reunion, the JHS class of 2001 is raising money for a scholarship to be given to a graduating senior this year. They will host a hot dog cookout 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in front of the Chamber of Commerce. The menu includes hot dogs, chili, cookies and cold drinks. Join the Class of 2001 before the next home game abd help out a Class of 2011 student in the process!


JHS Class of 1980 holds reunion

The Jacksonville  High School  class of 1980 will be hosting their 30 year class reunion on September 4, 2010 at Pistol Creek Ranch in Bullard at 7 PM.  Any friends or teachers are invited to attend.  For more information please contact Johnna Anderson 903-284-6871, Linette Smith Donson 903-284-3667 or Dedi Dickerson Kyle 936-546-4006. Donations and items to be auctioned off will be accepted. See You there.

VFW holds benefit dance

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, 201 Memorial Dr., will hold a benefit dance 8 p.m. til midnight Sept. 4 with Pure Country. Admission is $6 per person. All your favorite beverages at the best prices in Jacksonville will be available. All money, above operating expenses, benefit VFW charities.


Hospice offers grief workshop

Hospice of East Texas will begin the Jacksonville Grief Workshop at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7. The workshop will meet 5:30-7 p.m. every Tuesday Sept. 7 to Oct. 12 at 217 E. Commerce St. in Jacksonville. Please register in advance for the workshop. For more information or to register, call the Bereavement Department at 903-266-3499, ext. 127, or 800-777-9860.

Cherokee County Republicans meet

The Cherokee County Republican Club will be holding their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Hong Kong Buffet 1644 S. Jackson, Jacksonville. Republican Justice of the Peace and Pct. 4 Commissioner candidates will guest speakers. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Maydelle celebrates centennial

The Maydelle Centennial & Iron Horse Celebration will be held in downtown Maydelle on Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m..  There will be arts and craft and food vendors, historical displays, kids games, etc.  The Texas State Railroad will be having a special train ride from Rusk to Maydelle, along with the grand opening of the Maydelle Maze.  T-shirts are on sell for $15 for S-XL and $16 for 2X-4X, cookbooks are still available for $12, and both can be purchased at the Old Cherokee Trading Post in Maydelle.  Raffle tickets for a camping/deer processing package are available from several local girls who are running for the title of Miss Maydelle, for $1 apiece, that will be drawn for the evening of 9/11.  Still taking applications for arts & crafts vendors, for more information, go to  or call 903-795-3470.

Class of 1975 reunites

The JHS Class of 1975 will have its 35th year reunion on Sept. 11 at The Legacy from 7 p.m. to midnight.  Cost is $35 per person.  Any person who graduated in the 70s is welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact Dianna Patton Smith at 903-721-3122 or by e-mail  We are still looking for addresses of our classmates and any others who graduated in the 70s if you have that information.  

Ross Senior Center hosts dance

The Ross Senior Activity Center’s monthly community dance will be held Sept. 11, at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. Texas Express classic country band returns. Admission is $5 a person. Dancers are invited to bring finger foods and other snacks to share. Beverages will be for sale. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dancing begins at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit the Ross Senior Activity Center and the Friends of the Singletary Memorial Library.


JC offers Spanish classes to community

Beginning Spanish Conversation I  will be offered as a continuing education course at Jacksonville College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 14 through Oct. 12. The course is designed for individuals who have had little or no previous Spanish instruction and who are interested in learning basic Spanish conversation skills for business and/or for personal interests. The total cost of the course is $95 (textbook included). Students must register and pay for the course by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7.  The class is limited to the first 25 individuals who register.  For more information, contact Dr. David Heflin, at (903) 586-2518 or  See college homepage of website for application at


Ross Senior Center holds fall prevention seminar

The Ross Senior Activity Center will hold a fall prevention seminar at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15, at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. This event is free to anyone who’d like to attend. Refreshments will be available. Call 903-683-2850 for more information.


AARP Driver’s Safety course held

An AARP Driver’s Safety course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Ross Senior Activity Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. The course is not a defensive driving class, but is designed to address the issues drivers 55 years and older face. Class admission is $12 for AARP, with a valid membership card and $14 for non-AARP members. Refreshments will be available. Participants may bring a sack lunch. Call 903-683-2850 to register for the class.


John Tyler Class of 1970 holds reunion

The John Tyler Class of 1970 will hold its 40th class reunion October 1-2 at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway in Tyler. We are still looking for classmates. They may go to  or call Cindy Connally Grimes at 903-881-8851 for more information and to register.


JHS Class of 1959 holds fish fry

The JHS Class of 1959 will host a fish fry Oct. 9 at Woodmen of the World, 1800 College Ave., with coffee, orange juice, donuts, and pigs in the blankets at 10 a.m. and good fish and all the trimmings at 1 p.m. For more information contact Jane Holcomb at 903-586-8347 or, or Beverly Jimerson at 903-842-3290  or Please RSVP. Free food, no charge.


JC offers Spanish classes to community

Beginning Spanish Conversation II will be offered as a continuing education course at Jacksonville College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 19 through Nov. 16. The course is designed for individuals who want to continue to develop the communication skills they learned in Beginning Spanish Conversation I, or for those who already have an elementary background in Spanish. The textbook used in Spanish Conversation I will also be used for this course.  The cost of the course is $75. Students who did not take the first course will also have to pay for the textbook ($15) when they register. Students must register and pay for the course by 4:45 p.m. Oct. 12. For more information, contact Dr. David Heflin, at (903) 586-2518 or



Mah Jongg lessons offered

The J'ville Mah Jongg Club plays every Monday at 11:00 am at St. John's Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall (round back). We would love to teach you. Please come by or Call Judith at 903-571-9050.

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

Exercise classes offered at Ross Senior Center

The Ross Senior Activity Center is now offering free low-impact cardio aerobics sessions at 9 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the week at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. The classes feature the video Richard Simmons and the Silver Foxes, starring the parents of well-known actors including Silvester Stallone, Dustin Hoffman and Farrah Fawcett. Anyone interested is welcome to participate. The Activity Center also holds free yoga sessions at 9 a.m. every Wednesday at the Civic Center.

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.


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 Rotary meets

The Jacksonville Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Sadler’s Kitchen. For more information regarding the Rotary Club, contact Tom Cammack at

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.


Jacksonville Kiwanis Club meets

The Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville meets at noon every Thursday at Lupe’s Mexican Restaurant located at 517 E Rusk Street in Jacksonville.  Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting.  For more information, call Joan Malone at 903-589-8800.

TOPS meets

The Jacksonville chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Thursday night at the Senior Center on 300 S. Bolton St. Weigh-in is from 5 to 6 and the meeting is from 6 to 7. Everyone is welcome.

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.  All are welcome to attend to learn about the role of amateur radio in public service.  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 Larissa 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


Rusk senior center open

The Ross Senior Activity Center offers games of dominoes, 42, Chickenfoot and other games from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday and Wednesday. Scrapbooking classes and other paper crafts will be held from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday. All area scrapbookers are welcome. Refreshments will be served. The Center will begin yoga sessions, from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday  All senior citizens are welcome. The Activity Center is located in the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk. Admission is free. Refreshments are available.

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.

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.


Ross Senior Center holds exercise classes

The Ross Senior Activity Center holds free exercise sessions at 9 a.m. every Monday through Thursday. Low-impact aerobics classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yoga classes are held every Wednesday. All area seniors and retirees are welcome to participate. The Activity Center is located at the Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid St., Rusk.

Almond Tree offers programs

The Almond Tree will host computer classes in partnership with the Jacksonville College Community Technology and Learning Center. We will be holding classes at 9:30 and 3:45, with each class lasting about an hour, on Thursdays. Come and learn Window XP, MIcrosoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access, and email and internet use. Please contact Kristen Anthony at 903-284-6202 for more information. Interested persons must call to be signed up for the program. Spaces are very limited to nine people in the morning and nine in the afternoon. The Almond Tree will also begin offering CPR classes again for the fall. Individuals or groups interested in signing up for CPR classes through the Almond Tree should call 903-284-6202 for more information.

Almond Tree seeks assistance

The Almond Tree is holding an aluminum can drive to raise money for its programs. For more information or drop off locations, call 903-284-6202. The organization also seeks instruments for sale on consignment. Contact Linda Girault at the Almond Tree Community Outreach and Training Center at 1508 East Rusk, telephone 903-284-6202.

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.

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.

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.