The Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 130, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 3, 1980 Page: 1 of 18
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st weekly newspaper, established as the Cherokee Sentinel February 27,1850
Rusk, Texas 75785, Thursday. January 6.1980
The Texas State Railroad
Bridge To Affect
HOSPITAL RECEIVES APPROVAL-Rusk Memorial Hospital administrator Ken Worley looks at a letter from
John E. Milton, deputy director of the Hospital Accreditation Program, informing Worley at the local hospital has
received its first certificate of approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. --staff photo
One- Year hvJCAH
Rusk Memorial Hospital has
received its first certificate of
approval from the Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Hospitals,
according to Ken Worley,
"Our request for their evaluation of
our facilities was voluntary,"
explains Worley. "We view it as a step
forward to receive their approval," he
"It has been an objective of ours to
meet these standards for the past few
years," says Worley. He credited the
work of department heads in making
the certification of approval possible.
In a letter to Worley, John E.
with Mrs. Roundabout
Milton, deputy dir<
review of the fin
one year aa
Areas of i
a full time pi
The new year has arrived...and
while my sense of humor has been
somewhat flattened by the off-
schedule frenzy of the past weeks, it is
still with me and my preserver of
sanity! To get your day started with a
chuckle, how's this: "The caged
monkey asked...'Am I my keeper's
We run, or lazily drift through life—
whichever since there seems to be no
in-between-dimly aware that we are,
or should be, our brother's keeper.
But only recently when I read the
above bit of humor had it occurred to
me that a monkey might view the well
known phrase in a total reverse!
And since nobody knows what the
monkey knows, except the monkey, it
will behoove all of us to be more
respectful not only of our fellow
man...but monkeys, too! And humor
is the only reason for getting involved
in this topic!
You see, if you haven't already
heard, 1980 is the Year of the Monkey
in Japan. For them it is certainly no
laughing matter. It is in fact, a matter
of their religion. According to
Buddhist lore, the monkey was the
ninth of 12 animals that hurried to the
bedside of the dying Buddha to pay
homage. First came the rat, then the
ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake,
horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog
and boar. A year was named for each
The Japanese, who are familiar
with the ancient oriental zodiac,
believe that the 12 animals and what
they symbolize influence the year and
the personality and character of those
born In the period. According to the
3,000-year old Asian zodiac, people
born in the Year of the Monkey are
"clever, skillful and especially adroit
Thank goodness for the 1980 child's
ability to manage money! He's going
to need all the help he can get in this
department. A little natural ability
will go a long way!
This year's children are also
expected to be gifted with great
charm and an ability to get along with
others. However, these persons are
easily distracted and become bored
Now in case you're wondering about
the year that just ended...it wasn't the
"year of the child," at least not
according to the Asian zodiac. That
was another project. For the
Orientals, it w as the year of the sheep.
And it was supposed to have been 12
months of peace. What more can 1
say? You know what you think about
whether or not it was a period of
And if you want to know how else we
differ from other cultures in the
observance of this particular
calendar. New Year for most
countries in Asia (except for Japan
and parts of South Korea) will fall on
Feb. 16. This is established according
to the Ulnar caiendar!
Since anything that is different to
what we've always known strikes us
as strange, I'll have to admit that
celebrating New Year's Day on Feb.
1H is a bit loony! Or is that ¡uny? But
then if we accept the philosophy of the
orientals, even a little of it, does it
mean that in 1980 we can "monkey
around and it's OK?"
Until next week, keep
smiling, even if the only smile you
get back is your own monkey in the
Extensive renovation of the
railroad bridge crossing the Neches
River between Rusk and Palestine
will alter the operation of the Texas
State Railroad for the 1980 season.
This announcement came from Paul
Schlimper, Parks Director of the
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Wednesday morning from Austin.
The excursion train will operate on
a daily schedule from both Rusk and
Palestine, but will turn around at
Maydelle on the Cherokee County side
of the river, and possibly at Herring
Switch in Anderson County.
"We are looking at a 15 to 16 mile
round trip from both Rusk and
Palestine," Schlimper said.
"Tentative departure times are to
leave Rusk at 11 a.m. and Palestine at
The P&WL executive pointed out
that everything is "tentative" at this
time. He was certain that it will be
impossible to have the Neches River
bridge ready for use during the 1980
TSR Superintendent Ed
McLaughlin said that a turn-table
should be ready for installation at
Maydelle in the immediate future. A
possible site location for either a "Y"
or turn-table on the Anderson County
side is being sought at this time
Parks and Wildlife officials hope to
have the final schedule announced in
late January or early February.
Rusk City Council
The Rusk City Council will hold its
first meeting of the new year at 5 p.m.
Tuesday in Citj Hall, according to
Ron Cox, city manager. The agenda is
expected to be brief. "It should be a
fairly short meeting," says Cox.
The council will open bids which
have been advertised for these items:
a police car, one truck and a
computer. "To date we have received
only one sealed bid. There should be
others by the time of the meeting,"
said the city manager.
A discussion is expected concerning
the fire department's proposed
paging system. "The council
budgeted funds for the development of
a paging system which will help on the
key rate for insurance and
communication in general at the time
of a fire will be improved," he said.
The council will also consider a
proposed agreement between the city
and county regarding county funds for
Bills, minutes and such other items
as may be added will round out the
city's agenda Tuesday. The council is
composed of lylayor James V. Fisher,
and Councilmen John Hunter, Fred
Lunsford, Donald Dickerson, Lewie
Byers and Jim Thompson.
services which have more than
Worley says that in the next year,
goals will include the securement of at
least two more physicians to
supplement the availability of
medical care now offered to this area.
The letter to Worley from JCAH
was accompanied by a list of
recommendations which serve to
identify areas in which improvements
can be made. "The entire process
reflects the intention of the health
care industry to look after its own in
keeping professionalism of service
high," said Worley.
While he emphasized that the
survey is a voluntary effort, Worley
says it is valuable to the hospital,
especially in the securement of
professional personnel. "If we don't
care enough to show that our
standards meet a certain level, then
some professionals wouldn't be
interested in coming here," he said.
The local hospital can expect to be
surveyed again within the year.
Present certification extends for one
year from Aug. 3,1979.
Louis H. Furlong of Houston has
been named assistant superintendent
of Rusk State Hospital, according to
Dr. Robert S. Glen, superintendent.
He began his duties here effective
"1 am delighted to have Furlong
join our staff at Rusk State Hospital.
His qualifications are excellent, and I
believe he will be well received by the
people of Cherokee County,"
commented Dr. Glen
Prior to his position here. Furlong
served as administrator of the Moline
Public Hospital. Moline. Ill He was
assistant administrator from 1975 to
1978 of the Borgess Hospital at
Kalamazoo. Mich He also served as
administrator of Bay Medical Center
at Bay City, Mich
The new assistant superintendent is
a native of Joplin. Mo and earned a
B.S degree at Kansas State College
and his M S H A degree from
Northwestern University at
"He is now working on his dm torute
degree from Western Michigan
t'niversity," said Or Glen
Of Special Award
W. D. (Bill) Draper was presented
the annual Superintendent's Award in
a surprise assembly at Rusk State
Hospital Thursday. Dr. Robert Glen,
RSH superintendent, presented an
engraved plaque to the acting
assistant superintendent, praising
him for his service.
"He has served very well, with
distinction and modesty and I
especially appreciate his support
during my initial weeks here," said
Draper was escorted to the podium
for the presentation by Ed Van Zandt,
member of the Board of
Commissioners, Mental Health-
Mental Retardation Department.
Draper has served at RSH since
April, 1953. He has held the position of
business manager since 1957 and
more recently has functioned as
acting assistant superintendent.
In his response he said, "I really
appreciate the opportunity I've had
here. It has been a real pleasure to
work with all of you. You have been
most supportive to me. I look for a
great future for this Hospital. Dr.
Glen has touched many of you in
seeking support of the programs here.
We need to back and support him. I
know that it is my pleasure to work
The plaque was lettered, "Rusk
State Hospital Superintendent Award
to William D. Draper for Outstanding
Service, Dedication and Loyalty
Robert S. Glen, M.D., Superintendent,
A filled chapel of fellow workers
and friends witnessed the ceremony
Bullard Is Topic
Mrs. Thelma Cravy of Bullard will
present the history of thai community
for the Cherokee County Heritage
Association Monday evening
The Executive Committee will meet
at« p.m. at the Fat Boy Restauran! in
Rusk. The program will follow.
A political rally for candidate )
seeking office in the City of Gallatii]
has been announced.
The rally will begin with a spaghelfj
supper at 7 p.m., Saturday. Jan. 5 ip
the Gallatin Community Center
Each candidate will have ag
opportunity to speak in his/her behalf;
Sullivan Says... ;
Mike Sullivan of Rusk announced
this week that he will be a candidate
for District Attorney of the Second
Judicial District Court
"I plan to officially announce early
next week," Sullivan said
The District Attorney's position is
currently held by Pete Menefee, who
stated Wednesday morning that he
will not be a candidate.
Suilivan was elected County
Attorney in 1972. and held the job for a
year before resigning and moving to
Houston to join a large firm there. He
returned to Cherokee County in 1977,
and has been practicing law here
since that lime.
Sullivan and his wile, Jenny, have
two children. Shannon and Michael.
DRAPEH RECEIVES AWARD-W. I). < Bill) Draper receive* congratulation* from Ed Van Zandt, left, after
Draper was presented the Superintendent'** Award by Hunk State lloapital Superintendent Dr. Robert Glen, right.
Draper. RSII business manager, has been serving as acting asilstant superintendent at the Ru*k hospital. The
plaque was presented to Draper In special ceremonies last week. ~*tatf photo
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