Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 6, 1989 Page: 1 of 16
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Thursday, July 6, 1989
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Settlement reached Monday between AG, Poly-Cycle of Tecula
Plant may run with modifications
A settlement between the Texas
Attorney General's office and Poly-
Cycle of Tecula will allow the plant
to continue modified operations.
The modified operations of the
plant are to continue while plans
are filed for on-site clean-up and
applications made for federal and
state hazardous waste permits.
A hearing in the 2nd Judicial
District Court of Judge Morris
Hassell Monday resulted in the set-
Chuck Thomas, executive Vice-
President of the Angelina Neches
River Authority says every day the
plant is allowed to operate is
another day that the area is
polluted. Preliminary work for con-
struction of Lake Eastex is under-
way by ANAR.
Thomas released at the hearing
results of a study of fish caught
near the site. A bluegill caught in a
pond adjacent to the plant con-
tained 3.97 parts per million of lead
while a bluegill taken from the
Jacksonville Club Lake, away from
Poly-Cycle had a lead content of
less than .65 parts per million.
The agreement reached Monday
will allow the firm to continue with
its operations. However, it must
immediately cease on-site storage
of batteries before or during its
process and immediately discon-
tinue storage of hazardous waste
without a permit.
The settlement outlines actions
and deadlines the firms must meet
to continue operations of the Tecula
They must discontinue use of an
outdoor surface inpoundment and
fill the pit with clean fill dirt within
They must submit a closure plan
for all waste piles and surface im-
poundments and apply for waste
water and storm water discharge
permits with the Texas Water
Commission and Environmental
Protection Agency within 45 days.
An application must be submitted
to the Water Commission for a
hazardous waste permit within 180
Monitoring wells must be drilled
and financial asurance of a full on-
site clean-up must be provided.
KEYS TO THE JAIL are presented to Sheriff Jimmy Dickson,
right, by Daryl Duren, jail construction project coordinator, at
dedication ceremonies Friday afternoon for the new county jail.
In the center is Gary Adams, construction manager.
Alto City to talk waste
County Jail is dedicated Friday
Representatives of both Laldlaw
Waste System and Action Container
Waste Management meet with
Councilpersons and Mayor Garwin
Baugh in a special meeting held
Monday, June 26 at the City Hall,
Alto. They gave the Council a com-
plete list of services available
through each of their companies.
No action was taken, however, a
public meeting on garbage
disposal, which will soon become a
problem to cities statewide, will be
held in the near future according to
líie Council also considered the
possibility of purchasing a part of
the city's natural gas supply from
another source other than United
Gas Pipe Line Company. The Coun-
cil approved a six-month contract
with Four Square Gas Co. When the
contract is received and signed, the
City will be using gas supplied
completely by Four Square for this
six-month trial period.
Alto Municipal Judge, Bobby
Germany, requested that the Coun-
cil approve two weeks vacation pay
in lieu of vacation time as he is
unable to take the designated time
off. The Council approved the
An Engineering Procurement
Summary Selection waff tabled to a
later meeting of the Council.
Cherokee County residents
braved the rains to dedicate a new
$2.75 million county jail Friday af-
ternoon. Visitors toured the new
facility for the remainder of the af-
ternoon and all day Saturday. The
new county jail is located across
Highway 69 North from Rusk State
Despite the weather, represen-
tatives from throughout the county
and dignitaries from adjourning
counties were on hand for the
County Judge Emmett Whitehead
served as master of ceremonies.
The invocation was offered by the
Rev. James Goforth, pastor of the
Rusk First Baptist Church. Goforth
had offered the invocation at the
groundbreaking ceremonies in Oc-
tober of 1987.
Members of the Alto, Wells and
Jacksonville VFW posts presented
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LIONS CLUB awards were presented last week by newly elected President Jim Cromwell, center, to
Doyle Rasberry and Bill Curtis, left of Cromwell and Elmer Beckworth and George Dodd, at Crom-
well's right. Curtis was named Lion of the Year and received the past president pin, Dodd and
Rasberry received 20 year certificates and Beckworth, a 10 year certificate. Cromwell says the club is
re-establishing its pledge to serve the public. staff photo
FmHA is accepting loan applications
Emergency loans for farmers,
ranchers or agriculture operators
are available through county of-
fices of the Farmers Home Ad-
ministration (FmHA) according to
Bobby L. Mobley, FmHA County
Mobley asked that those who need
farm credit as a result of tornadoes,
flooding and severe storms which
began May 4, make their needs
known at the Farmers Home Ad-
A reception honoring retiring
Chief Justice J.W. Summers of the
llth District Court of Appeals, will
be held in the central Jury room on
the first floor of the Smith County
Courthouse from 2 to 4 p.m. July 7.
The reception will be hosted by
Justice Paul S. Colley, Justice Bill
Bass and the staff of the court.
A portrait of Judge Summers will
be unveiled by the Smith County Bar
Association to be placed in the cour-
troom of the Court of Apéala.
ministration office on the second
floor of the Post Office Building,
Jacksonville and is open from 8
a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
Applications for assistance in the
disaster stricken counties will be
accepted by Farmers Home until
January 25, 1990, for physical and
FmHA loans covering actual
physical and production losses may
be used to replace Installations,
equipment or buildings (including
homes) lost through this disaster.
Funds may be used to buy feed,
seed, fertilizer, livestock or to meet
interest and depreciation payments
on current real estate and chattel
"Funds can be used for essential
operating and living costs," Mobley
"As a general rule, a farmer
must have suffered at least a 30
percent loss of production to be
eligible for an FmHA emergency
loan," he said. Farmers par-
ticipating in the PIK or Federal
Crop Insurance programs will have
to figure in proceeds from those
programs in determining their loss.
"Applications for loans under this
emergency designation will be ac-
cepted until January 25, 1990, but
farmers should apply as soon as
possible. Delays in applying could
create backlogs in processing and
possible over into the new farming
season," Mobley adds.
FmHA is a credit agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. It
is authorized to provide disaster
emergency loans to recognized
farmers who work at and *ely on
farming for a substantial part of
their living. Eligibility fr extended to
individual farmers who are U.S.
citizens and to farming par-
tnerships, corporations or
cooperatives in which U.S. citizens
hold a major interest.
Sheriff Jimmy Dickson with flags.
Guests introduced were Rusk
Mayor Maurice Higgins, Jackson-
ville Mayor Gene Brumbelow,
Jacksonville Chamber of Commer-
ce Chairman of the board Mary
Harris, Alto Mayor Garwin Baugh,
Gallatin Mayor Dick Snow, former
Cherokee County Sheriff Frank
Brunt, Nacogdoches County Judge
Bob Dunn, the entire Com-
missioners Court of Rusk County,
Van Zandt County officials, Ander-
son County Judge Jack Rogers and
Anderson County Court at Law
Judge Bascom W. Bentley III.
John Allen Templeton, chairman
of the Cherokee County Historical
Commission, presented a history of
Cherokee County jails.
"What do you say when you
dedicate a jail," State Senator Bill
Haley asked. "You can't say hope
you enjoy it."
"We have a tradition here in
Texas that when people commit
crimes we want them sent to jail.
No action taken
at Wells ISD
No action was taken when Wells
ISD trustees met Thursday, June 29
for an executive session concerning
the evaluation of Superintendent
Dr. Victoria Williams and con-
sideration of her contract. The
board consulted with its attorney,
Wayne Haagland. This is the second
special meeting held recently con-
cerning this matter.
Board President Jerry Rogers
called for another meeting con-
sisting of an executive session to
discuss the same matter at 6 p.m.,
July 13, preceding the regular mon-
thly meeting of the board at 7
o'clock that same evening.
The annual Dialville School
Reunion will be held from 1-8 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, at the Jackson-
ville High school cafeteria.
A catered barbecue dinner will be
served at 6 p.m. Desserts will be
provided by women attending the
All former students, teachers and
husbands and wives are urged to at-
tend, according to reunion plan-
At last year's reunion some IBS
presons registered with former
students coming from California
Alto club presents The Sullivans
Jerry Sullivan, on of the original
Sullivan Family, started playing
Bluegrass music In the early 1950s
in Dayton, Ohio, with some of the
best in the business, Red Allen,
Frank Wakefield and Red Spurlock.
His first appearance on the Grand
Ole Opry was in 1962 with Paul
Howard, as one of the Arkansas
The Sullivans have recorded a
total of eight albums since 1979.
The Sullivans, a gospel _
with an authentic gospel sound <
be presented in concert at 7 p.m.
July 15 at the Alto School cafeteria.
Admission is $5 and proceeds go to
the Alto Lions Club.
The group sticks with the original
Bluegrass Gospel sound and brings
a barrel full of original music Into a
show packed full of powerful
We want jails to hold them. You in
Cherokee County, you are not a
lawless society and I congratulate
you for this building. It is a fine
facility," Haley said.
U.S. Congressman Jim Chapman
SB 44 is
Senate Bill 44 to remove Cherokee
County from a new district court
was to go before the Texas Senate
The bill came out of the senate
committee June 28 and was to move
before the full senate July 5.
Introduced by Sen. Bill Haley of
Center, the bill will if passed,
remove Cherokee County from a
court created in the last legislative
session. Anderson County is to have
the full court set up to help with
trying of TDC inmate cases.
said "Like Sen. Haley, I
congratulate you on seeing the need
and doing what has to be done. This
is something that is needed because
there are some, who will not respect
the rule of law. Some are unwilling
to live by the rules and we need
facilities like this.
"There are some, who do not
think the law is for them. One fellow
at Dallas decided that he was going
to make a political situation and
burned the flag. Five members of
the U.S. Supreme Court said that
was okay. As long as I am a mem-
ber of the Congress, I will see that
Old Glory is never burned again,"
Chapman brought with him a U.S.
Flag that had flown over the
national capitol to be presented to
Judge Whitehead to fly over the
Keys to the jail were presented to
Sheriff Dickson by Daryl Duren,
project coordinator. Gary Adams
construction manager, in his
remarks played tribute to the late
Sheriff Allen Horton. Both Duren
and Adams are representatives of
the Creative Environmental Con-
cepts of Lufkin, jail planners.
Rusk Ministerial Alliance
names officers for new year
New officers were elected at the
June meeting of the Rusk
Ministerial Alliance. Elected were
Gary Fitzgerald, president; Hal
McNeil, vice-president; James
Goforth, treasurer and Keith
Hassell, secretary. Represen-
tatives to the Chaplain's Advisory
Board are Newton Hambrick and
The Ministerial Alliance then ap-
proved a new charter, for the.pur-
pose of helping the whole com-
munity to know more about the
work of the ministerial alliance.
The new charter states that the
purposes of the Rusk Ministerial
Alliance are to encourage a spirit of
cooperation among Christians in
Rusk, aid the needs (through such
ministries as the Good Samaritan
Center and aid to transients), en-
courage and aid Christian growth
among our youth (through the
Ministerial Alliance Scholarship
and the Senior Breakfast), to join
together in encumenical worship
services (Thanksgiving and Palm
Sunday) and to support one another
A concern was then shared by
President-elect Gary Fitzgerald
that the Ministerial Alliance's in-
creased presence in and ministry to
the community had caused an in-
crease in expenditures, and that
money was now tight. Plans were
made to hold a businessman's
breakfast as a way of securing
support from the business com-
munity. Pastors were also remin-
ded that the Ministerial Alliance
depends upon the generosity of the
townspeople, and that they should
be very grateful to the good people
The meeting was closed with a
prayer of thanks.
Directors to meet
Directors of the Rusk Chamber of
Commerce will meet at noon Mon-
day, July 10 at the Southern Motor
Inn. All directors are asked to at-
tend the dutch treat luncheon.
THE SULLIVANS, from left Jerry Sullivan, J.R. Johnson, Tam-
my Sullivan-Johnson and Jonathan Causey, sitting will be
presented in concert at 7 p.m. July 15 at the ) School
cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and proceeds go to the ,\lto Lions
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