Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 18, 1989 Page: 1 of 18
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Vol. 141, No. 15 - 14 Pages
Thursday, May 18, 1989
Rusk, Texas 75785 25cents
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Public hearings to be held...
Annexation topic of discussion
OATH OF OFFICE IS ADMINISTERED May 11 by Rusk City Judge J. C. Banks, left. Being sworn in
are, from left, Rusk Mayor Maurice Higgins and Councilmembers Janie Scallon, District 1 and Walter
Session, District 2. -staff photo
A public hearing will be held June
5 at Slocum and another at 6 p.m.
June 6 at the Maydelle School gym
for detachment of the Anderson
County portion of the Maydelle ISD
and annexation of that portion of
the district to the Slocum ISD.
Board meetings for the Maydelle
ISD were held Friday afternoon and
again at the regular meeting time
Monday night to discuss the
detachment and annexation of the
Anderson County portion of the
Maydelle District to Slocum. There
are 21,919 acres in Anderson County
with a taxable value of $5,587,390.
The notice of detachment and an-
nexation will be published in a local
newspaper with a hearing required
by law to be set at not less than 21
days and no more than 30 days from
Cherokee County will receive a
quarter million dollars in federal
grant funds to compensate for
storm damages received during the
March 27 and 28 floods. In addition
to that amount, the City of Rusk
will receive another $25,000 and
property owners will receive some
$50,000 to $100,000 in grants and
loans to help with rebuilding
property damaged in the storm.
Also the Texas State Railroad will
receive funds to aid in restoring the
excursion train lines. Some $1.1
million in damages were reported
and probably the railroad will
receive 75 percent of that amount to
rebuild the track, bridges and park
lake. Superintendent Curtis Pruett
was out of the office and exact
amount is not known.
Cherokee County Commissioners
will receive $37,500 in Precinct 1;
$55,800 in Precinct 2; $13,125 in
Precinct 3; and $56,200 in Precinct 4
as re-imbursement for 75 percent of
damages to roads and bridges, ac-
cording to Frank Madden, county
Jack White, Emergency Disaster
Coordinator for the county says, the
county will receive $6,400 for per-
sonnel and equipment used during
the storm. An additional $5,500 will
be given the county for ad-
ministrative costs, White said.
Cities and individuals with other
damages are encouraged to report
this information to the federal
emergency people at 1-800-621-8592.
This information should be given
this week, White says.
Friday's seperate meetings of the
Slocum School Board and the
Maydelle School Board.
Members of the Slocum board
met at noon Friday and the
Maydelle board at 3 p.m. Friday to
set the wheels in motion for the
detachment and annexation of the
Anderson County portion of the
Raymond Trotter, superinten-
dent of the Slocum ISD, met with
the Maydelle board Friday after-
noon to present a petition signed by
45 of the 51 eligible voters of the
Maydelle district living in Anderson
County. The petition was presented
to the Slocum Board asking for an-
nexation to the Slocum ISD.
The hearing will be held to
determine if the detachment and
annexation is of educational, social
and economical benefit to the
In the event that both boards
following the public hearings pass
resolutions supporting the detach-
ment and annexation, then the An-
derson County Commissioners
Court will be asked to redraw the
boundaries of the Slocum ISD on
After this takes place, all of the
Maydelle ISD will be in Cherokee
County. At that time Rusk and
Maydelle board can approve an-
nexation of the remainder of the
Maydelle District to the Rusk ISD.
The Cherokee County com-
missioners court will be asked to re-
draw the boundaries of the Ru«k
School District at that time. The
Maydelle board will discuss an-
nexation to Rusk ISD on June 19.
Representatives of the Texas
Education Agency said at the
meeting that the law states that this
action must be taken prior to the
July 1 to affect the next school year.
However, in the event that there is
an appeal, then the commissioner
of education can set the date for an-
In other matters at the Friday af-
ternoon meeting of the Maydelle
School Board members canvassed
the May 6 school election. A
recount has been ordered and tally
of votes cast shows that Melba
Darrow received 167 votes; Travis
Halbert, 165 votes; Roger Graham,
169 votes; Kent Gulvin, 159 votes;
Margaret Swearingen, 133 votes;
Mike Dover, 133 votes; J.D. Mims,
48 votes; Saundra Pryor, 16 votes
and Johnny McGreggor, one vote.
Following the canvass the oath of
office was given to Mrs. Darrow,
Halbert and Graham.
See MAYDELLE, Pg. 14
Cherokee County landowners to be
honored at annual awards banquet
ALTO MAYOR PRO-TEM Sandy Wallace, left, administered the oath of office to newly-elected Mayor
Garwin Baugh, center, and councilpersons Verna Lee Arnold and Terry Black. A special session of
the Alto City Council, held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, was called to order by former Mayor R A
Wallace who, after the oath of office was administered, turned the city business over to Mayor Baugh.
The council then unanimously elected Councilman James Grammer as mayor pro-tem. -staff photo
By: BILL CROMER
Six Cherokee County landowners
will be cited for their conservation
work at the 33rd annual awards
banquet to be conducted by the
Cherokee County Soil and Water
Conservation District at 7 p.m.
Friday in the Jacksonville High
Oath of office repeated at council meeting
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The oath of office was repeated
Thursday evening by Mayor
Maurice Higgins and City Coun-
cilmembers Janie Scallon, District
1, and Walter Session, District 2.
Administering the oath of office
was City Judge J.C. Banks. The
monthly council meeting was held
in the council chambers at city hall.
During re-organization of the
council, Session was voted in a
mayor protem. Reappointments of
Sherry Holcomb, city secretary;
Bank, city judge; and Steve Guy,
city attorney, were made at the
Councilmembers voted to pay the
city's 1/3 share of blacktopping of
Houston and Pickett Streets. Mem-
bers authorized paving when all
property owners bring in their
share of the funding.
The council approved financing
food and medical expenses of the
drug dog for another three months.
Special use permits for mobile
homes were granted to Kenneth
Geisleman and Bell Matlock. Mrs.
Matlock's permit was given subject
to her purchasing the property. She
said she will upgrade the property
and install a privacy fence at the
rear and chain link fence will be
placed at the front óf the property.
The mobile home will be taken from
its wheel base and underpinning
will be added. She will add a patio
The Fire Department report
showed that firemen answered 17
city incident calls, 27 in the county,
traveled 1,185 miles. Some 589
responses were made by individual
volunteer firemen. Average
response per incident was made by
One fireman has attended a 16-
hour training on Incident Command
Systems provided by the National
Fire Academy. Three firemen
received their basic certification as
Volunteer Firefighters through the
State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's
Association. Two firemen received
their Intermediate Certification as
Firemen distributed Arson
Reward signs to businesses in Rusk
to lower die key rate. They have
worked with the city manager,
public works director and state
board on insurance to have key rate
re-evaluated. They have made
routine inspections of businesses
and fire hydrants.
Police have made 14 arrests with
six for public intoxication, one for
driving while intoxicated, four city
traffic warrents, one minor in
possession and theft, one making
alcohol available to a minor and
theft and fail to identify and one
A total of 140 tickets were issued
during the month with fines totaling
$6,300.12. Of that amount the city
gets $4,944.52 and the state
Tickets included 69 speeding, four
for failure to stop for school bus, 14
expired motor vehicle inspection
sticker, three no seat belt, 22 no
liability insurance, three exibition
of acceleration, eight expired or no
drivers license, six running stop
sign, seven expired license plates,
one minor in possession, one parked
in roadway, one following too
closely and one violation of through
Brannon Corporation representative
Terry Brannon attends Alto workshop
Pack 405 meeting set filling one year term...
Cub Pack 405 will meet at 7 p.m.
Friday at the pavillion at the Rusk
State Park, according to Vick
All members of the pack, Tiger
Cubs, Cubs and Webeloes are urged
to attend this meeting. Various
awards will be presented to cubs for
Donations being taken
Donations are being received at
both First State Bank and Citizens
Bank to help with hospital expenses
of Nikki Pate.
Nikki, daughter of Donna and
Tom L. Pate Jr. was seriously in-
jured in a lawn mower accident
several weeks ago. The family has
For those who might wish to send
a card, Nikki's address is: Tiffani
Nicole Pate, Texas Scottish-Rites
Hospital For Crippled Children,
2222 Welborn St. 3 North, Room 311,
Dallas, Tx. 75219.
Wells mayor sworn in
Robert English was sworn in as
Mayor of Wells during the regular
monthly meeting held Monday,
May 8. He is filling a one-year term
left open when former Mayor
Horace Johnson resigned due to
illness in his family.
English was given the oath of of-
fice by Justice of the Peace Dalford
Stewart. He also administered the
oath to councilmen Tom Ed Doss,
Floyd Cartwright and Homer Gib-
The newly organized council
heard employee reports and ap-
proved payment of bills before
going into executive session to
review personnel. There were no
ábtions following the executive
Council voted approval for Bob-
bie Seymore and Jacquelyn Chap-
mon to attend judges school in
Houston May 17-19. City Hall will be
open regular hours on those days.
Audrey's Beauty Boutique will be
transfered to another water line
which comes off James Hogg Road.
Last month, Audrey Williams com-
plained to aldermen that the
present water was discoloring
In a special meeting Friday, May
12, councilmen hired Jimmy Grif-
fith of Everett-Griffith and
Associates, Lufkin, to serve as
engineer on water and sewer im-
provements. Griffith said what was
needed was a clarifier, an oxidation
ditch and a sludge drying bed. Cost
of the improvements could reach as
high as $276,910. A grant application
is being readied to try to get needed
funds for the improvements. *
Terry Brannon, of Brannon Cor-
poration, Tyler, attended a
workshop held at 6 p.m. Monday,
May 15, in the Councilroom of Alto
City Hall. Brannon, at the request
of Mayor Garwin Baugh, gave an
indepth update to the Council on the
progress of the rehabilitation for
the Alto Sewer Treatment System.
Brannon pointed out, on a large
blue print, areas that were repaired
during the last year, designated
areas now needing repair and some
possible problem spots which will
receive a closer examination.
The Council used this workshop
as an opportunity for questions and
answers fielded at the Corporation
Representative. Mayor Baugh
asked Mr. Brannon what would be
the most expensive part of the
treatment facility and Brannon
stated that the blowers to the
arriation equipment would use the
most electricity. On the chlorine
question, the representative stated
that the chlorine was not very ex-
pensive but that it was very
dangerous. "We will provide the
City workers with Operations and
Maintenance Manuels and city per-
sonnel will be expected to receive
some schooling on the use of the
chlorine." said Brannon.
When asked for the total cost
estimate for the treatment plant,
Brannon stated that the total
amount would be $925.000. $400,000
coming from the Urgent Need Fun-
ds with the remaining $525,000
coming from city funds.
The council reaffirmed the bid
letting for the remaining IM work
with the opening of bids at the next
regular Council meeting, in June.
On the treatment plant work.itself,
the plans will be taken to Austin this
week and "Walked through" in or-
der to hurry them, according to
Brannon and "I expect between
four to six weeks to begin work"
concluded the Representative.
Advertisement for bids will begin
in next week's paper and citizens
are urged during the week to report
any sewer problems they have
located on their property or ad-
jacent property in order to get that
information in the bid package for
the I&I work.
In other business, the Council ac-
cepted the resignation of City
worker, Nathaniel Buckingham,
and Frank Hudson was hired on a
four week temporary trial basis
with full employment given after
trial if the Council is satisfied with
employee's work. A salary of $5.75
per hour was set for the new
The Council ended the meeting
with a full discussion of the con-
dition of the garbage truck in-
cluding necessary repairs, and
what equipment would be used until
truck is back in working O"*
Speaker at the banquet will be Dr.
Faulk Landrum, President of Lon
Morris College, Jacksonville.
Zone winners for their conser-
vation work are Vernon and Wes
Barron, Zone 1; McPeak
Springlake Ranch, Inc., Zone II;
Betty Horton, Zone III; Leo Childs,
woodland conservationist, Zone IV;
and Wm. T (Bill) Warner, Zone V.
Alto to receive awards are con-
servation poster contest winners
Kim Pate, Alto Elementary School,
first place; Mathew Naylor,
Vinyard Christian School, second
place; and Dustin Tipton, New
Summerfield School, third place.
Receiving honorable mention in
the poster contest will be Timothy
Bartlett, Wells Elementary School;
Joe Benn O'Qwinn, Wells Jr. High
School; Scott Crispin, Jacksonville
Intermediate School; Ryan Doyle,
Rusk Primary School; Brenda
Ferrell, Rusk Elementary School;
and Daniel Griffith, Rusk Jr. High
Future Farmers of America land
judging contest winners to receive
awards in the chapter division are
teams from New Summerfield, fir-
st; Jacksonville, second; and Rusk,
thrid. In the greenhand division,
Jacksonville placed first; New
Summerfield, second; and Rusk,
third. In the 4-H division Footbridge
4-H placed first.
FFA Woodland Clinic winners are
New Summerfield, first; Jackson-
ville, second; and Rusk, third. In
the greenhand division New Sum-
merfield was first, and Jackson-
ville, second. In the 4-H division,
Cherokee 4-H No. 1 placed first, and
Cherokee 4-H No. 2 placed second.
Tickets to the banquet are
available at banks throughout the
county or can be purchased at the
Technical assistance is provided
to the Cherokee County Soil and
Water Conservation by the Soil
Roland Adams is chairman of the
district; Cecil Pond, vice-
chairman; Richard Johnson,
secretary-treasurer; Morris Dixon
and Bill Poteet are members.
for May 18
The Alto Independent School
District's Board of Education will
meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May
18, in the High School Library.
Items to be approved include
student transfers and the
resignations of teachers.
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