The Jacksonville Tree Commission is taking donations to help with re-treeing the tornado-damaged areas of the city. Members Richard Lindblom, Truman Norred, and Janice Cain are heading the program.

Jacksonville began Class 4A, Area 12 baseball action with a home-and-home series against Cherokee County on Thursday and Friday. The Golden Eagles dropped both games but starting pitchers Blake Morris and Colton Clark each pitched a complete game and each deserved a better fate.

As a mother and wife, Jessica Cobb said her family is her first priority.

“We still sit at the table for dinner,” she said. “Derek and I try to fit in date nights every now and then. We really enjoy concerts.”

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, when U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson promoted a focus on being aware of and solving the nation’s environmental problems.

The event grew and is now an international day with 142 nations taking part. The theme of this year’s national celebration is “End Plastic Pollution.”