The Cherokeean. (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 134, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 1, 1983 Page: 1 of 34
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DALLAS, TX. 75245
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Vol. 134, No. 29
Rusk, Texas 75785 — Thursday, September 1,1983
RSH Superintendent Resigns
Dr. RobertS. Glen To Leave Dec. 31
AUSTIN - Robert S. Glen, M.D.,
Superintendent of Rusk State
Hospital, has submitted his
resignation effective Dec. 31,1903.
In his announcement to Texas
Department of Mental Health/Mental
Retardation Commissioner Gary
Miller M.D., Dr. Glen said "We have
achieved at the hospital what I set out
to do four years ago and that was to
bring a stable, constructive environ-
ment to the facility. I did enjoy my
work here but it is time to look for new
Dr. Miller accepted the resignation
with regret and noted the many con-
tributions Dr. Glen has made to the
mental health services in East Texas
and for the hospital patients including
those in the Maximum Security Unit.
"Dr. Glen also pioneered the
organization of the East Texas Roun-
dtable, along with other mental health
executives, who work together to
create and to provide for East Texas
patients the most appropriate ser-
vices whether in the hospital or in the
community," said Dr. Miller, "And
his support and ideas will be missed."
Monday is Labor Day and
business and governmental em-
ployees will all be given the day
In order to allow for this, this
newspaper is asking that early
deadlines for news and advertising
The Rusk office will be open
Saturday afternoon to assist ad-
vt. Msers with their copy.
Kenny Dudley, acting deputy com-
missioner for Mental Health, added
his regrets about Dr. Glen's leaving
and said "he helped cut down inap-
propriate admission in the hospital
and believed services should be
available wherever and whenever the
client needs them. Dr. Glen also wan-
ted the best for the hospital patients
and initiated many beneficial
programs such as the new farm, that
was proven to be so therapeutic and
successful," Dudley said.
Prior to his move to Rusk in August
1979 Dr. Glen was in private practice
in Dallas. He also served on the
medical staff of the Veterans Ad-
ministration Hospital there. His
faculty appointments include a
professorship at the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical School
in Dallas and the University of
Florida in Gainesville.
Dr. Glen plans to follow his hospital
service with a rest period before
returning to his medical career.
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Dr. Robert S. Glen
Interview Set for City Manager Applicant
Meeting Calendared for 5p.m. Thursday
GIN A BAILEY, eight-year-old daughter ot Shirley and Carl Bailey ot
Hospital Street, Rusk, stops for a rest following a hard day at school. A
student at Rusk Elementary School, Gina began classes Thursday.
Members of the Rusk city Council
will meet in executive session at 5
p.m. Thursday to interview an ap-
plicant for the Rusk City Manager
Rusk voters supported the city
manager type of government at a city
election on Aug. 13. Vote was 153 for
All Students Now in Classes
Enrollment Is 1,480 With More Expected
All four Rusk school campuses are
now opened. Students for grades 3 to
12 reported last Thursday and those in
kindergarten through second grade
reported for school Tuesday m orning.
Total enrollment on Tuesday mor-
ning was 1,480, but others are expec-
ted to enroll during the first week of
A break-down of campuses show the
high school with 421 students for
grades 9-12; 379 students at the junior
high school, which serves grades 6-8;
310 at the elementary school campus
for grades 3 to 5 and 370 at the
primary campus for grades K to 2.
Opening of the primary campus was
delayed several days after opening of
the other campuses since construction
work had not been completed to a
point where students could use the
new classrooms. Painting and other
final touches are still lacking on com-
pletion of the job. This will be done
when school is not in session.
However, the buildings are usable and
Eagle Shirt Sale Set
Quarterback Club Sponsors Project
The Rusk Quarterback Club began
> sale this week on Eagle T-shirts to
promote spirit during the upcoming
The shirts are red with white trim
and a black and white emblem with
the words "Rusk Eagles" surroun-
ding an Eagle.
TTie shirts will sell for $7 and may be
obtained from 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday at the Cross Section Youth
"It is our hope to fill the stands with
red this season to show the Eagles
that we've got the spirit," says Quar-
terback Club President Paul Hub-
The shirts are available in youth
sizes small, medium, large and extra
large and adult sizes small, medium,
large and extra large.
with Mrs. Roundabout
the air conditioning is on, according to
Superintendent Tony Murray.
The summer has been a hard one
for school administrators. A fire on
June 16 destroyed the main building of
the elementary school. Plans were at
that time to construct six additional
classrooms at the primary campus
for first grade use. However, after the
fire the Rusk school board agreed that
the best possible solution for housing
students was to also move the second
grade to the primary campus. The old
field house building was converted in-
to classrooms and the district pur-
chased a portable building for office
spacc to take care of student and ad-
A new field house had been already
approved for construction on the high
school campus before the fire.
No settlement has been reached by
the district with representatives of in-
surance companies about the fire
damages. The old charred building is
roped off and still standing on the
elementary school campus. Plans for
replacement discussed by the board
have also been delayed until after the
Voters in the district approved the
construction of a $2.975 million junior
high school on the tract of land at the
high school campus. This building
should be ready for use by the opening
of school in the fall of 1904.
and 116 against. Since that time
Mayor James Long and councilmen
have been making arrangements to
get the position filled. The city
manager position was vacated on
April 13, when Rusk City Manager
Cindy Evans resigned. When the
council decided not to fill the position
until after the Aug. 13 election, then
Mayor James Fisher resigned.
The council then appointed Mayor
James Long, who has served since
that time. Mayor Long spends most of
each business day at city hall tending
to city matters. The city has operated
without the aid of a city secretary sin-
ce Mary Hagle resigned earlier this
month. Dolores Bongard has been
employed to fill that position and will
begin her duties on Sept. 1.
Mayor Long says he hopes the
council will be in a position to fill the
city manager position following the
Thursday afternoon executive
The Council met Friday afternoon
and adopted a $1,139,972 city budget.
A 36 cents tax rate was set at the
meeting. Current tax rate is 34 cents.
However, the 36 cents has been
declared the effective tax rate by the
Cherokee County Appraisal District
office. The city expects to collect
$195,968 from ad valorem taxes. Sales
taxes will bring in another $132,421;
hotel occupancy tax will add another
Cherokee Civic Theatre patrons
have received notices that patron
tickets are available until Sept. 12 for
"Annie Get Your Gun."
Other tickets will then go on sale for
the Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1 and 2
productions. Reservations can be
made with Melba Darrow at 795-3641.
Football Tickets Ready
Before we can turn around twice,
' the geese will be flying South for the
winter! And in the meantime, that
flock of birds your hear rustling their
wings are none other than...our own
Rusk Eagles I
11 first game of the season Is
Friday away.. Jit Troup. And the week
after'that. Rush hosts Chapel Hill
here! Preparations for ill the action
have been underway in various quar-
ters fer the past several weeks.
Coaches readying equipment and
players ••• with two-a-days; Quarter-
hack Club members feverishly
working to have the programs ready
Isr distribution at each home game.
Don't (una a September has ever
iMBroached that some of us haven't
wondered, "Where did the summer
jot" We so eagerly and anxiously
await the end Of a school year. A more
Meurety lifestyle is anticipated with
adtMMttll But In tack, was
It really that leisurely?
— i to any «ere? AM el the hub*
the poet, Clement C. Moore and his
lines of rhyme. '"Twas the day before
the big game and all through the
town..." With apologies to him, one
could write a new limerick!
Football is surely just as frantic as
Christmas ever isl But can you
imagine life without it? Already, we
have seen placards going up around
the area. They indicate that the little
woman of the house is officially a
Football Widow until the Super Bowl
The variety of change In our world
keeps us net only busy, but the op-
posite of whatever boredom Is. The
geese may fly south fer a change of
pace, too. But...they abo do this
because of an Innate survival instinct!
Football IS a survival technique for
some humane...In a way. Think about
it. You may find that you agree.
In the meantime, keep looking up!
The Eagles are stirring In the Aerie
end you are sure te eee one...or •
Tickets are on sale at all Rusk
school campuses for the Friday night
game between Rusk and Troup. Allen
Gilchrest, principal at Rusk High
School, says tickets can be purchased
until 1:30 p.m. Friday for this game
set for 8 p.m. Friday at Troup. Ad-
vance tickets are $2 for adults and $1
for students. All tickets at the gate are
Other games this week for Rusk
athletes include the Freshman team
hosting the Troup Junior Varsity at 7
p.m. at Eagle Stadium. The Rusk
Junior Varsity goes to Palestine High
School where they will meet Palestine
Sophomores at 6:30 p.m.
The Rusk Junior High team does not
play until Sept. 10.
All Aboard Labor DayJ
Youngsters may be back in school,
but there's time for a final summer
fling over the long Labor Day
weekend, according to Texas State
Railroad Historical Park Supt. Curtis
The popular East Texas park,
which operates steam-powered trains
from Rusk and Paleetine, will run
Saturday, Sunday and Monday as
to the fall"
Until next week?
schedule the following >
Sunt. Pruett noted that the sum-
mer's pace, has slowed a bit as
yout«stars return to school, but that it
still is wise to call the railroad to
make reservations. "Normally, the
last six to seven weeks of the season
book fairly rapidly because of thp
'weekends only' schedule," he added.
Reeervations and Information may
be obtained by calling 1-800-442-1861
(in Texas) or 214/683-2561.
The Texas State Railroad, a
segment of the Texas Parka and
Wildlife Department, offers 80-mile
rides in vintage coachea pulled behind
ancient steam enginee. The superin-
tendent noted that the full-siae traína
and the park's two depots reflect the
era of the iMO't.
$6,410; franchise tax, $92,403; licen-
ses, permits and inspections, $31,353;
cemetery, $2,730; fines, $43,067;
parking fines, $748; ambulance funds
from the county, $13,650; garbage,
$144,459; library, $439; elderly tran-
sportation, $11,000; miscellaneous,
$3,000; transfer from system, $92,937;
fire department funds contributed by
the county, $7,500.
Expenditures include ad-
ministration, $72,541; police, $158,223;
fire department, $108,851; garbage,
$144,394; street, $129,985; cemetery.
$1,700; park, $5,500; ambulance,
$20,000; elderly transportation,
$14,787; library, $15,232; court,
The budget includes a 35 cent
residential increase for garbage
rates. Regular family residential
rates will be increased from $6 to $6 35
and elderly households from $4.50 to
During the budget hearing, police
thief Archie McKnight met with the
council to discuss the elimination of
funds asked for one additional city
patrolman. McKnight said he had
taken the money allocated for over-
time and used it for funds to pay for an
additional patrolman. This would
allow for personnel to cover for
vacations and sick time taken by
other officers. The council had
decided against the extra patrolman
and had taken that salary out of the
budget, leaving nothing for overtime
to cover when an officer is off.
Rusk policemen work four 12-hour
shifts and then are off for four days
They work some 1824 days per year
or an average of 42 hours per week,
Long told McKnight that he thought
necessary additional police depar-
tment funds can be taken from
Revenue Sharing funds allocated for
public safety. A Revenue Sharing
Proposed Use Hearing was held Mon-
day and the budget is to be approved
on Sept. 20.
Eagle Season Opens
Rusk Coach Louis Caveness is op-
timistic in his outlook for Friday
night's season opening against Troup
The Eagles will play Troup at 8 p.m.
at the Troup High School Stadium.
The Eagles are shaping up for their
first game of the season. "We have
gone through two scrimmages
without injuries," the coach noted.
Caveness went on to say that defen-
se looked particularly good last week
in the team's scrimmage against
Whitehouse. "We have been working
on passing and pass protection, since
we found in scrimmage that these
areas needed work. That's what
scrimmages are for - to see where
work is needed," he said.
Troup runs out of the 1-slot for-
mation. "It looks like they will be
hard to beat," Caveness says
"Our kids have worked hard and
have a good attitude, a good mental
frame of mind and are in good shape
I feel like these things are positive
factors in coming out with a good
showing and a winning position in the
season's first game," the coach noted
Live Coverage Slated
Friday night's game against Troup
will be broadcast on E-Z Vision Cable
Co. Channel 8 with KTLU-KWRW's
Merv Dawson in the play by play live
coverage. Re-broadcast is set for 9:30
a.m. on KTLU-AM.
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