March 2020 Monthly Newsletter
Distributed at the beginning of each month, this monthly newsletter provides updates on events and relevant City & community activity. City Council updates are sent separately after monthly meetings. Thank you for reading!
City Council and Board & Commission Meetings
Jacksonville City Hall, 315 S. Ragsdale St. (unless noted)
  • City Council Agenda Workshop
  • Thursday, March 5th 12pm-2pm
  • Regular City Council Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 10th @ 6pm
  • Vanishing Texana Museum Board
  • Monday, March 16th @ 5:15pm
  • At Vanishing Texana Museum, 302 S. Bolton St.
  • Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Board
  • Tuesday, March 17th @ 8:30am
  • Planning and Zoning Board
  • Tuesday, March 17 @ 12pm
Jacksonville Public Library Calendar
All events free. 502 S. Jackson St.
  • Primary Election Day Voting
  • Tuesday, March 3rd 7am-7pm
  • Family Movie Night: Movie TBD
  • Thursday, March 19th @ 5:30pm
  • Monday Movie Matinee: Moana
  • Monday, March 9th @ 2pm
  • Book Lover's Unite
  • Thursday, March 26th @ 5:30pm
  • Teen Time
  • Monday's, 5pm - 6pm
  • Students ages sixth grade and up participate in cooking, crafts and games.
  • Story Time
  • Wednesday's, 10:30am- 11am
  • Children ages 18 months to four years old come and enjoy games, crafts and the reading of several story books.
  • Kid Corner
  • Wednesday's, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Kids and their parents can come in and enjoy several different games and activities provided for them.
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St.
City asks for Resident Input on Street Light Outages
In partnership with Oncor Electric Delivery, the City of Jacksonville has observed all streetlights in City limits over the past weeks in a process to correct outages. Residents are asked for their help in continuing to identify any additional outages after dark.

“Oncor appreciates the help of the City and our customers in reporting streetlights that are not working properly.” Says Oncor local representative Tom Trimble. “Oncor will address those streetlight issues in a timely manner.”

Report any additional streetlight outages to Oncor Electric Delivery:

  • Visit Oncor’s website , and click ‘Report Streetlight Outage.’

  • Or, download the MyOncor mobile application on your smartphone.

"Our streetlights are important to the safety of our residents.” Says City Manager Greg Smith, “We look forward to reviewing and expediting your submissions.”
Jacksonville Animal Shelter's
Anniversary Adoption Special
Help Jacksonville Animal Shelter celebrate our One-Year Anniversary! All adoptions are Half-Price from Monday, March 2nd - Friday, March 13th.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Work Day
Saturday, March 21st
60+ VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for this community effort! 🌸 Please contact First United Methodist Church at (903) 586-2494 to sign up to volunteer. Let’s help our neighbors!

Volunteers will be working at three selected work sites doing painting, yard work, and minor repairs. All volunteers are welcomed, tools will be provided and no experience is needed.

Sponsors: The Cherokee County Housing Council, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Smith County


  • Registration at First United Methodist Church
  • 8am (Breakfast Provided)
  • Work Day
  • 9am - 2pm (Lunch Provided)
  • Wrap Up Celebration
  • 2pm
Texas Department of Transportation crews are installing an ADA Compliant Walkway, on S. Jackson from UT Health East Texas to Chili's Grill & Bar.
Joe Williams Sworn-In
as Police Chief
With a Full House, the next generation of leadership began February 7th as Chief Joe Williams was Sworn-In at Jacksonville City Hall.
JPD/ JFD Participate in Shattered Dreams
Jacksonville Police  and Fire Department's participated in the powerful Shattered Dreams demonstration for  Jacksonville ISD  students, a simulation of a First-Response to a Fatal Accident caused by distracted or impaired driving.

Speakers included the Mother of Pasha Zapolsky, a  The Brook Hill School  student who's life was taken at 17 by a drunk driver. Multiple agencies and other partners participated, including funeral homes donating the use of hearses and caskets.
JISD Students Job
Shadow City Staff
City Manager Greg Smith, and Jacksonville Police and Fire Department's participated in a career preparedness event, where JISD students got-to to 'shadow' future career mentors!
Jacksonville Featured in Texas Monthly's Spring Travel Issue
"Scenic landscapes, enticing cuisine, endless recreational opportunities, and more—head to Jacksonville for a trip sure to check off your vacation must-dos, from outdoor adventures to museums and historical musts..."
City Hall Plays Host to Morning Brew
Jacksonville Chamber hosted their well-attended Morning Brew event at City Hall in September. Thanks to Republic Services for sponsoring!
Community Garden Complete
at Nellie Crim Park
JPD Police Officers Engage
Community at Jacksonville
Chamber's 'Coffee with a Cop'
Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Awards Two
Christus Mother Frances and, Central Baptist Church were awarded 'Beauty and Business' awards by the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Committee in February.
City of Jacksonville, Texas
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