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Thanks to the Jacksonville Chamber for sending along this photo of the Discover East Texas magazine being placed out for...
01/18/2015

Thanks to the Jacksonville Chamber for sending along this photo of the Discover East Texas magazine being placed out for visitors to Love's Lookout Visitor Center.

Browse the premiere issue of Discover East Texas magazine. It's available online now and in print around the region. Sub...
01/18/2015

Browse the premiere issue of Discover East Texas magazine. It's available online now and in print around the region. Subscribe or flip the pages electronically at http://discover-et.com

Police asking for help IDing suspectJacksonville Police are seeking help from residents in identifying two suspects invo...
01/18/2015

Police asking for help IDing suspect

Jacksonville Police are seeking help from residents in identifying two suspects involved in a Sept. 12 incident at Taylor's Coin Laundry, 507 Larissa.

Both suspects are heavy-set, African-American females. One was dressed in a red short-sleeved shirt with long black shorts, while the other suspect was garbed in black shorts and a grey or silver tank-top.

The incident occurred just after midnight at the 24-hour laundromat where the women were believed to be washing clothes, said Det. Greg Compton.

The suspects wandered around inside the building, at one point stopping in front of a soft-drink machine. Afterward, the suspect wearing the tank top walked over to an area at the back of the facility, near the dryers, then squatted and urinated on the floor, he said.

The suspects then went back to the soft-drink machine and unsuccessfully tried to break in, Compton said.

According to a report filed by the investigating officer, the estimated damage to the soda machine was about $100.

Residents may contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 903-586-2546 to report information about the incident.

Burn, baby, burn. Marijuana with a street value of about $18.2 million goes up in flames. Progress photo by Faith Harper
01/18/2015

Burn, baby, burn. Marijuana with a street value of about $18.2 million goes up in flames. Progress photo by Faith Harper

Indian Ink! Jacksonville High School, Texas
01/18/2015

Indian Ink! Jacksonville High School, Texas

Meredith Daly is crowned Homecoming Queen of Bullard High School last Friday night. She is escorted by her father, Ronal...
01/18/2015

Meredith Daly is crowned Homecoming Queen of Bullard High School last Friday night. She is escorted by her father, Ronald Daly.

Police need help in IDing suspectsJacksonville Police are seeking help from residents in identifying two suspects involv...
01/18/2015

Police need help in IDing suspects

Jacksonville Police are seeking help from residents in identifying two suspects involved in a Sept. 12 incident at Taylor's Coin Laundry, 507 Larissa.

Both suspects are heavy-set, African-American females. One was dressed in a red short-sleeved shirt with long black shorts, while the other suspect was garbed in black shorts and a grey or silver tank-top.

The incident occurred just after midnight at the 24-hour laundromat where the women were believed to be washing clothes, said Det. Greg Compton.

The suspects wandered around inside the building, at one point stopping in front of a soft-drink machine. Afterward, the suspect wearing the tank top walked over to an area at the back of the facility, near the dryers, then squatted and urinated on the floor, he said.

The suspects then went back to the soft-drink machine and unsuccessfully tried to break in, Compton said.

According to a report filed by the investigating officer, the estimated damage to the soda machine was about $100.

Residents may contact the Jacksonville Police Department at 903-586-2546 to report information about the incident.

9-24-12 House Fire in Cuney
01/18/2015

9-24-12 House Fire in Cuney

June 26 wrecks
01/18/2015

June 26 wrecks

Whooo hoooo!!! Our Toys for Tots donation box is almost full! Thank you to R.W. "Ricky" Richards of Richards & Penn LLP....
01/18/2015

Whooo hoooo!!! Our Toys for Tots donation box is almost full! Thank you to R.W. "Ricky" Richards of Richards & Penn LLP.

Don't forget to drop new, wrapped toys off at all the locations around town (listed on page 2 of our print edition).

Let's make Christmas great this year for some area kiddos!

PINK OUT at the JHS vs. Whitehouse game tonight at the Tomato Bowl. Wear pink or buy your pink T-shirt at the game.
01/18/2015

PINK OUT at the JHS vs. Whitehouse game tonight at the Tomato Bowl. Wear pink or buy your pink T-shirt at the game.

Don't forget we are a Toys For Tots drop-off location!
01/18/2015

Don't forget we are a Toys For Tots drop-off location!

JISD Girls Athletic Coordinator Tony Harris and administrative assistant Deena Brand show off this year’s T-shirt JISD i...
01/18/2015

JISD Girls Athletic Coordinator Tony Harris and administrative assistant Deena Brand show off this year’s T-shirt JISD is using for its campaign to raise awareness of National Breast Cancer Month through a “Pink Out” campaign.
Approximately 1,200 bright pink T-shirts have been sold at the different Jacksonville school campuses, with more available at Friday night’s game against Whitehouse at the Tomato Bowl, Harris said.
Cindy Kline, coordinator of the Cherokee Relay for Life organization, said shirts sizes 2X and larger are $15, while smaller sizes, including youth sizes, are $12.
“We’ve had an overwhelming response to a campaign for a very worthy cause,” Harris said. “Ithink this tells people how cancer has impacted a large number of individuals, and that they know there’s hope, that they’re not alone and that their lives are precious to others.”
Shirts have already been distributed at the lower campuses, and will be handed out today and Wednesday during all lunch periods at the high school. This is the second year the local district has participated in the national Pink Out campaign.
Everyone is encouraged to wear their T-shirt to the game Friday night.

Timeline Photos
01/18/2015

Timeline Photos

Dear Children of Cherokee County,Have you been good this year? Do you have a special Christmas wish? Write me a letter a...
01/18/2015

Dear Children of Cherokee County,

Have you been good this year? Do you have a special Christmas wish? Write me a letter and tell me all about it. It will be published in a special section of the Jacksonville Daily Progress for all to see. Include your name and your age.
Letters due by Monday so I'll have time to get my elves busy! Drop your letters off to the Daily Progress Newsroom, 525 E. Commerce Street or mail them to P.O. Box 525, Jacksonville, Texas, 75766

Love,
Santa

Does anyone know who erected this beautiful memorial to Sandy Hook victims on US Hwy 79 across from the Cherokee County ...
01/18/2015

Does anyone know who erected this beautiful memorial to Sandy Hook victims on US Hwy 79 across from the Cherokee County work yard? [email protected] or 903.586.2236
Daily Progress photos by Ben Tinsley

Does anyone know who erected this beautiful memorial to Sandy Hook victims on US Hwy 79 across from the Cherokee County ...
01/18/2015

Does anyone know who erected this beautiful memorial to Sandy Hook victims on US Hwy 79 across from the Cherokee County work yard? [email protected] or 903.586.2236
Daily Progress photos by Ben Tinsley

Allyson Earle, Angela Chandler, Debbie Brown and Darryl McGowan, of Richards Penn LLP, fill up our Toys for Tots donatio...
01/18/2015

Allyson Earle, Angela Chandler, Debbie Brown and Darryl McGowan, of Richards Penn LLP, fill up our Toys for Tots donation box yesterday! The staff does a "Wednesday Project" each week, helping someone in need in the area.

Great work by The Drumbeat Staff at JHS! D'Anna Arredondo Jessica Elaine Lively Orozco Patricia Barrera Fallon Dowling P...
01/18/2015

Great work by The Drumbeat Staff at JHS! D'Anna Arredondo Jessica Elaine Lively Orozco Patricia Barrera Fallon Dowling Patrick Foster Haley Pogue Reanna Dawn Ramirez

Jasmine Robinson, pictured above, was crowned as Jacksonville College's homecoming queen during festivities that took pl...
01/18/2015

Jasmine Robinson, pictured above, was crowned as Jacksonville College's homecoming queen during festivities that took place Saturday afternoon before a near-capacity crowd at the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse. Robinson, who is a member of the Lady Jaguar basketball team, is a sophomore from Fort Worth and is a graduate of Trimble Tech High School. She is the daughter of Rachel Robinson and Richard Adams of Ft. Worth. She is currently working toward an Associate of Arts degree.

Photo courtesy of Wolf Whitaker/www.wolfphotos.net

Great work, Jacksonville High School Drum Beat Staff!
01/18/2015

Great work, Jacksonville High School Drum Beat Staff!

YAY! We're getting our tomato!!!!!!
01/18/2015

YAY! We're getting our tomato!!!!!!

EXCITING!
01/18/2015

EXCITING!

Cherokee County - do you have a love story you'd *love* to share? Send your tales of true love, along with contact infor...
01/18/2015

Cherokee County - do you have a love story you'd *love* to share? Send your tales of true love, along with contact information, to [email protected]

Our Job Shadow students are both PART of the story and WORKING the story!
01/18/2015

Our Job Shadow students are both PART of the story and WORKING the story!

Our Job Shadow program students, Patrick and Jordan, from Jacksonville High School, work with reporter Jo Anne Embleton ...
01/18/2015

Our Job Shadow program students, Patrick and Jordan, from Jacksonville High School, work with reporter Jo Anne Embleton to prepare for the article they'll be working on today.

Timeline Photos
01/18/2015

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
01/18/2015

Timeline Photos

Aug. 28 Indians game in Carthage
01/18/2015

Aug. 28 Indians game in Carthage

Indian Ink time again! Produced by the Drum Beat staff of Jacksonville High School. They do a great job!
01/18/2015

Indian Ink time again! Produced by the Drum Beat staff of Jacksonville High School. They do a great job!

Jacksonville's Jordane Mallard, a sophomore, shows off her home-run trot as she rounds third base after ripping a two-ru...
01/18/2015

Jacksonville's Jordane Mallard, a sophomore, shows off her home-run trot as she rounds third base after ripping a two-run shot off of the scoreboard in the fifth inning, which accounted for all of the Maidens' runs as Corsicana stopped Jacksonville 14-2 (5 innings) in the District 16-4A opener, which took place in Jacksonville on Tuesday.

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01/18/2015

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This is an open letter, it is my sincere hope that everyone in our state’s party takes a minute to read it, pass it on, and form their own opinion. Democratic Party of Florida, I’m writing this on behalf of all of us to discuss the very big and very real challenges facing Florida. My name is Matt Fleming. I’m 37, I’m a local small business owner, and I ran for Brevard’s County Commission in a bright red district last year. I’m a fisherman, a business grad, a traveler, and I’m someone who has been through our broken justice system. My mother is a public school teacher, my father was an attorney before being struck down by addiction, and I am one of 2 million Floridians who STILL does not have access to affordable health care. I first got involved with the state party over ten years ago as a volunteer for Barack Obama’s campaign. That work took me to 4 states over 3 years registering voters, getting out the vote, lobbying our government, and organizing the grass roots. I was present at the statewide convention in 2009 and in 2017, so I’ve seen the precipitous decline in our party’s membership over that time. As a candidate last year, I learned in full detail the scope, causes, and nuances of the destructive policies and activism being leveled against all of us. I also learned the nature of the internal challenges facing our party. As the legislative session comes to a close, it’s obvious as ever that little has improved under a new governor and much more is being lost; even as a new energy has begun to lift our party. I’m here to tell you plainly how our government is coming up short for our state, and what we need to do NOW to begin to fix it. It didn’t happen overnight, the problems facing our state are numerous and massive. As Gov. DeSantis and Republicans get ready to take a victory lap, here’s the things not being fixed or made worse. -Our waterways have practically all died, and Lake Okeechobee is being used as a retention pond for sugar farming. -Our state government continues to refuse to expand Medicaid, denying 800k people the ability to see a doctor. -Irresponsible development is expanding beyond boundaries designed to protect what’s left of this state’s natural resources. -We are continuing to develop shorelines that are in the crosshairs of sea level rise, and taxpayers are on the hook for it. -Oil and gas companies are closing in on the Everglades in an effort that will finally destroy that national treasure. -The illegally separated children of asylum seekers are being held without recourse by a private prison under federal authority on our state’s soil. -Efforts to build public transport infrastructure continue to be thwarted in favor of waiting for private interests to do it. -The teachers and students in this state are being defeated in their efforts to make their schools safe. -The Legislature has taken aim at referendum initiatives that are perhaps the last remaining check voters have on a very corrupt government. -The campaign to privatize public education has succeeded in redirecting HUGE amounts of public money away from public school districts and into the pockets of wealthy and unaccountable charter and private school owners. -Florida’s Legislature voted to privatize the beaches last year. -Our right to organize is under constant attack, and our workers are some of the lowest paid in the nation. -Reckless and speculative housing bubbles continue to wreak havoc on our local economies; our tax code encourages this. -Our voting system is rigged beyond recognition from top to bottom and WE are being blamed for it! -The state’s nearshore waters are being threatened by offshore drilling despite the fact that we all voted to ban it. -Electric monopolies are doing everything they can to take away homeowners rights to generate their own electricity and be paid for it. -Last, and I think most dangerous of all, the legislature just passed a law that will turn local law enforcement and every other state agency into an arm of the federal government committed to finding, alienating, and deporting ‘non-Americans’. As if Florida’s government can do that with less mistakes than everything else it screws up. We can and should denounce this failure to govern for what it is, and I’m calling on my party to do exactly that in resounding and certain terms. What we are seeing is a relentless and driven assault on the public interest. It is being executed with breathtaking speed, machine efficiency, and a cold disregard for the human toll being sown. This theft of our shared resources and the abandonment of Floridians’ moral values has no limiting factor beyond an organized and motivated political opposition. If we don’t fight this tide of corrupt influence, what kind of future do you see in this state? I can tell you, from where I’m standing, it looks bleak if not disastrous. Now is the time to re-organize and hit back with all we’ve got. We all have the power to say: Enough is enough! The public trust will not be carved up and distributed to those with the deepest pockets. Our government exists to protect our rights, shared resources, and the equity of all individuals. It does not exist as a tool to attack political opposition. It especially does not exist to advance a nakedly racist and bigoted agenda which seeks the use of legal power to marginalize and target vulnerable people. Wherever someone wants to use government power irresponsibly, it’s up to us to expose it and take the fight directly to them. Change comes from the bottom up. We can blunt this reckless offensive against the public and take the initiative only if we are willing to stand and use our first amendment rights in the face of Americans who dishonestly claim to prefer second amendment remedies. We can start now to call out wrongdoing, demand accountability, and build our case for 2020. Locally, I am establishing relationships with media outlets and demonstrating against bad policies. I am sticking up for people who are harassed for their advocacy. I am writing letters, participating in the local Executive Committee, and helping to organize precincts. We desperately need our precinct captains, it’s incumbent upon all of us to develop that critical infrastructure and the human resources that power it. Canvassing is how elections are won. I support opening our party’s primaries to independent voters because it will grow and strengthen our organizations. Social media is important, and public speaking on behalf of others is our most powerful tool. Especially in the halls of government. That kind of courage is what inspires people to get involved; it creates a quickening. We know that powerful special interests will take it all if they can, and it’s time to apply that knowledge wisely in our efforts. Warriors stand together. Our party members are our friends and allies. I know that we can overcome our fears and go the extra miles to have each other’s backs. I know that we can repair the disorganization that has held us up. I know that we are smart enough to see through the lies and excuses, disciplined enough to build our alliances and credibility, and I know that we are strong enough protect the things we care about. I’m standing up to fight for ALL of the people in my community, and I will not be intimidated, confused, or silenced by threats, bogus arguments, and big money. I’m a Democrat. Together, we can do this. -Matt Fleming
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