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A local man was arrested last week after he allegedly sexually assaulted a child over the July 4 holiday. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, a young female was reportedly sexually assaulted by the suspect during the evening hours of Tuesday, July 4, in the 22100 block of Highway 155 in Flint. more
A local firefighter with the Lake Palestine East Volunteer Fire Department was identified as the victim of a drowning accident that occurred Friday, July 21. According to a post on the Lake Palestine East Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page dated Sunday, July 23, Simons was swimming with friends Friday evening when he had a seizure and drowned. more
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Job Fair Committee has joined forces with the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rusk Chamber of Commerce for the third annual Jacksonville and Cherokee County Job Fair, to be held 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Norman Activity Center (526 E. Commerce St.), in Jacksonville. more
Leadership and effectiveness in representing the conservative values of his district drew recognition for Rep. Matt Schaefer. Texas Monthly ranked Rep. Schaefer as one of the top ten best legislators, out of 181 Representatives and Senators across the state. more
The National Jamboree event for the Boy Scouts of America is held every four years. A total of three participants will soon embark on the adventure to the large quadrennial meeting of Boy Scouts as representatives from local Boy Scout Troop No. 366. Scoutmaster Chester Baird, along with Scouts Brayden Baird and Greg Rittenhouse will join over 100 Boy Scouts from East Texas trekking their way to the Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve, located along the New River Gorge near Glen Jean, WV, for the 19th National Scout Jamboree held by the Boy Scouts of America. The theme of the National Jamboree is "Live Scouting's Adventure." more
Smith County officials met with about 60 people from the northern portions of Smith County Thursday evening to listen to their road concerns at the second Road and Bridge Strategic Planning Citizen Input Meeting. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran and Commissioners Terry Phillips and JoAnn Hampton, as well as County Engineer Frank Davis, hosted the second of several citizen input meetings planned throughout the county to gather residents’ opinions to develop a long-term road plan. more
Work on Farm-to-Market Road 344 at the Bell Branch Creek bridge, approximately one mile west of State Highway 110, between Bullard and Whitehouse, has officially been completed. The concrete work on this project was used to replace the culvert. The job also included restoring the pavement. more
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