What’s Happening in Cherokee County

by Staff reports

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JAN. 6

The Cherokee County Conservatives will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Hong Kong Buffet in Jacksonville. David Covey, SD-3 State Republican Executive Committee-man, is guest speaker. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more infor-mation call 903-687-6870.

“As You Were,” a new veterans’ peer group in Cherokee County, begins meeting at the Rusk Lions Club on U.S. Highway 84 on the first and third Thursdays of the month, beginning Jan. 6, 2022. Share your stories, make new friends, find/give support. To learn more, contact Army veteran Terry Everest, 707-951-2684; Cherokee County Veterans Service Officer Andrew Dehart, 903-683-4012; or Military Veter-an Peer Network liaison Bradley Erickson, 903-721-2078.

JAN. 8

A grass house volunteer workday is slated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Caddo Mounds State Histor-ic Park on Texas Highway 21.

The Alto Buyers’ Group will host its annual Chili Cook-off & Dessert Auction, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Alto Fire Station, located at 402 W. San Antonio Street. The event benefits the Cloverleaf 4H Club and the Alto FFA. Tickets are $5 at the door, with serving starting at 5:30 p.m. Contestants wishing to enter a pot of child can pre-register with Spencer Smith or Amanda Low by emailing clover-leaf4hclub@gmail.com.

JAN. 9

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 1515 S. Loop 256, will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord on Jan. 9, with 9 a.m. Sunday School and Divine Service of Holy Communion at 10:15 a.m. Information about Bethlehem and our services is available at 903-729-6362 Tuesday through Friday until noon, www.belctx.org or follow us on Facebook.

JAN. 10

A monthly Alzheimer’s support group meeting will be held at Bonner Street Plaza Nursing & Rehabilita-tion, 421 S. Bonner St. in Jacksonville, on Monday, Jan. 10.

The Cherokee County Genealogical Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, in the community meeting room of the Rusk Public Library, 207 E. 6th Street in Rusk. This month’s program, offered by CCGS President Gordon Bennett of Jacksonville, focuses on “Free Internet Genealogical Research Sites.”

JAN. 11

Spring classes at Jacksonville College begin Jan. 11, with walk-in registration planned Jan. 7 and Jan. 10.

JAN. 14

A Jan. 14 East Texas Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Conference at Cross Brand Cowboy Church in Tyler will offer both professional and amateur gardeners suggestions on cultivating a variety of produce in East Texas. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch; an East Region AgriLife Conference and Expo will be held at the location at the same time. For more information on either conference or to pre-register, contact the Smith County Extension office at 903-590-2980. The church is located at 11915 FM 2015 in Tyler.

JAN. 15

Small Town Books, on the Downtown Square in Rusk, will host local author Carol B. Weaver, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at 152 S. Main St.

JAN. 16

Grace Fellowship will host a presentation of the American Family Association movie “In His Image” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. This movie is designed to help Christians understand the difficult struggle of individ-uals involved in homosexuality and transgenderism. Come and hear encouraging testimonies of transfor-mation in Christ. Attendance is free, but an offering will be received for the American Family Association. The subject matter in this movie is not recommended for younger children. Grace Fellowship is located on 2904 Loop 343 in Rusk. For more information, please visit www.gracefellowshiprusk.com.

JAN. 20

The 97th Jacksonville Chamber banquet and dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at The Lega-cy, 782 CR 1511 in Jacksonville. Ticket are $45 members, $50 members or $500 for a reserved table of 8. Contact Ashley at the Chamber office – 903-586-2217 or email info@jacksonvilletexas.com ¬to learn more.

JAN. 21

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site will host kick-off events for its Grass House rebuild, Friday and Sat-urday, Jan. 21-22, at the Texas Highway 21 site.

JAN. 24

The BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville begins its Spring Semester Jan. 24.

JAN 26

The Greater Rusk Area Garden Club will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Rusk li-brary. Members and guests are encouraged to attend.

JAN. 28-30

DNOW, featuring Breakaway Worship and Robert White, will be hosted Jan. 28-30 at First Baptist Church in Rusk for youths in grades 7-12. Cost is $30 per person. Register online at www.ruskfbc.com.

FEB. 10

A monthly Alzheimer’s support group meeting will be held at Bonner Street Plaza Nursing & Rehabilita-tion, 421 S. Bonner St. in Jacksonville, on Thursday, Feb. 10.