Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 25, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 27, 1989 Page: 1 of 26
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Thursday, July 27, 1989
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Budgeting process begins
BILL MIDDLETON JR., a member of the Hudson Chapel Chur-
ch brings in a car load of food items to be used for feeding the
elderly. Novis White, administrator of Birmingham Nursing
Home, accepts the food from Middleton. Mrs. White has volun-
teered services of the nursing home to feed those formerly
eating with the Elderly Nutrition Program. Funds are being
collected by the Rusk Ministerial Alliance, the Good Samaritan
Program and in the Rusk Senior Citizen Lunch Program at both
Rusk banks. Canned food and fresh vegetables can be taken to
the nursing home.
RISD registration set
New students entering Rusk ISD
Elementary or Primary School for
fall 1989-90 will register Aug. 10 and
11. Both schools will be open from 8
a.m. until 3 p.m. on these days.
Parents are asked to bring their
child's immunization record and
report card from their previous
school year if entering grades 1-5.
Parents of kindergarten students
are asked to bring the child's im-
munization record and an official
copy of the child's birth certificate.
Registration for AISD students in
grades 7-12 will be held August 24 in
the cafeteria. The following
schedule will be used: 8 a.m., 12
grade; 9 a.m., 11th grade; 10 a.m.,
10th grade and 11 a.m., ninth grade.
Eighth grade at 1 p.m. and seventh
grade at 2 p.m.
Any student that was not enrolled
in the AISD system during the '88-89
school year should contact the ap-
propriate campus for information
necessary to enroll. For further in-
formation call High School, 858-
3355, 7-12 grades and Elementary,
858-4300, K-6 grades.
Athletic physicals set
Physicals will be given Wed-
nesday, August 9 at the Alto High
School Field House. All students
grades seven through 12, who plan
to participate in athletics for the
coming school year will need a
physical. According to Athletic
Director, Bobby McGallion, a $10
fee will be charged.
Time schedule is as follows: High
School Boys, 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.;
Junior High Boys, 10 a.m. until 12
noon; and Girls 1 p.m.
WISD trustees meet
An executive session concerning
the evaluation of Superintendent
Victoria Williams tops the agenda
for a special meeting of the Wells
ISD trustees tonight (Thursday,
July 27) at 7 p.m. at the Elementary
School Library. Included is con-
sideration of the superintendent's
contract and consultation with the
The meeting will close with
another executive session concer-
The Alto City Council took no ac-
tion on the contract between the
City and Four Square Gas Company
at a special session Monday, July
24. The Council had anticipated
receiving the revised contract from
City Attorney, Wayne Haglund, in
time for Monday night's meeting.
A budget workshop followed the
short special session as the City
makes preparation for the new
Commissioners hear fund request
Donna Williams of the Cherokee
County Crisis Center in Jackson-
ville met with members of the
Cherokee County Commissioners
court Monday morning to discuss
the center's funding.
Ms. Williams says her program
currently uses eight volunteer
professional counselors, who
donate their time to the program.
Others serve as counselors to help
battered wives. "We are not here to
break up homes," she said.
The crisis center operates a home
for battered women. She says it
takes $7 per day for food for a
woman. Grants are available, but
Ms. Williams said she did not know
where to apply for this funding.
The agency accepts donations.
However, the center has not
secured it's charity status and
donations are not yet tax deduc-
Recently 16 new counselors for
the program were trained. A budget
for 34 women has been prepared in
the amount of $3,100 for housing,
gas and postage stamps. The
Jacksonville United Fund is con-
tributing $2,000 to the center. Some
$668 has been secured in donations.
Utilities are furnished and the
telephone service costs $54 per
month. Also, the center still needs a
file cabinet and refrigerator, she
Court hears officials
Judge Emmett Whitehead asked
that Ms. Williams present a written
request to the court that the
program could be considered for
the new county budget.
Budget preparation for
County is underway
Cherokee County Commissioners
are in the process of hearing budget
requests from county department
Members of the court met July 19,
again Monday afternoon and were
scheduled to meet again Wed-
nesday afternoon with county of-
County Tax Assessor Collector
Linda Beard requested additional
funding for her office, Diann Nor-
ton, county treasurer asked for a
secretary because of her increased
work load, H.C. Chandler, county
veteran service office, asked for an
increase in salary from $16,000 to
$18,000 to make his salary equal to
office holders in other counties.
County attorney Robert McNatt
and District Attorney Charles
Holcomb asked that Assistant DA
Elmer Beckworth's salary be in-
creased from $26,000 to $30,000. The
county would provide $2,400 and
Holcomb's office would come up
with the rest. Mavis Parrott asked
for another phone line, raise for of-
fice staff and space in the old
All officials interviewed said
their staffs deserved a four percent
The county purchased insurance
totaling $1,895 for airport liability;
$29,500 for property and liability
and $25,320 for basic insurance and
property damage from Hibbs
Ray Davis, airport coordinator,
met with the court to discuss the
county airport. He said two new
hangers have been requested. Rent
for the hangers should run $800 per
month and the hanger builders will
blacktop their portion of the air-
port. To sell the hanger space, the
county will be required to get the
property surveyed. This work was
authorized up to $250.
Davis was authorized to go ahead
with stripping of the run-way.
A lease agreement with WIC
(Women, Infanct and Children) was
accepted for $150 per month.
The county will pay in the neigh-
borhood of $4,000 to secure a
feasibility grant with Angelina,
Nacogdoches and Rusk counties for
solid waste disposal systems.
Commissioner F.E. Hassell was
authorized to construct Cherokee
County's side of the bridge across
the Neches with the cost not to ex-
ceed the $14,000 already in the
Cherokee County native announces candidacy
Michael B. Dear of Palestine, a
Cherokee County native, has an-
nounced his candidacy for election
to the office of District Judge of the
369th Judicial District Court of An-
derson and Cherokee counties.
Dear is the son of Mrs. Freddye
Houston of Rusk and the last Arch
Dear says his decision to run for
the position was made after careful
consideration and upon the urging
of a broad spectrum of civic and
business leaders from both the
Democratic and Republican parties
throughout the district.
This announcement is being
made while the position is still un-
filled and before any appointment
by Governor Bill Clements has been
However, Dear says it is his in-
tention to run for the office whether
or not he is successful in obtaining
the appointment by Gov. Clements.
Dear is a property owner and
taxpayer in each of the two coun-
ties. He promises to strive for an ef-
ficient and cost effective district
court. He says he believes that he
can be a unifying influence bet-
ween Anderson and Cherokee coun-
Dear is a practicing attorney at
Palestine and resides at Elkhart.
He is a graduate of Palestine High
School, attended the University of
Texas at Austin and holds a
Bachelor of Business Ad-
ministration from Stephen F.
Austin University. He received his
Doctor of Jurisprudence from the
University of Texas at Austin in
From June 1968 to April 1985, he
was attorney and executive vice-
president at Superior Savings
Association at Palestine. He for-
merly served as Loan Officer and
Assistant Secretary there. Since
April 1985, he has been self-
employed with the Supreme Court
of Texas, board certified by the
Texas Board of Legal
Specialization in Residential Real
Estate Law, a member of the
College of the State Bar of Texas,
member and former president of
the Anderson County Bar
Association, member of the District
2-C Grievance Committee for the
State Bar of Texas and a member of
the National Federation of In-
His wife, the former Frances Ann
Fix is a certified public accountant
and chairman of the Anderson
County Republican Party.
His three children are Molly
Caroline Dear, a senior at Texas
A&M University; Molly Lee Dear, a
sophomore at Richland Community
College at Dallas and Michael B.
Dear II, a senior at Palestine High
Dear is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Superior Federal
Savings Bank of Nacogdoches, a
life member of the Texas Exes. He
raises cattle, quarter horses and
Maydelle ISD teachers
receive official notice
Teachers and other staff mem-
bers of the Maydelle Independent
School District were officially ter-
minated by action of the district's
board of trustees Monday evening.
School Master Joe Randow said
in the process of annexing the
district to Slocum and Rusk, the
issue of contracts had never been
addressed. Some 17 teachers were
employed by the district.
The effective closing date of the
school is Aug. 17. The Anderson
County portion of the district was
annexed to the Slocum ISD and the
Cherokee County portion to the
Board president John Padgett
said there is no funds to honor
professional contracts, non-
professional and paraprofessional
contracts. Termination of the con-
tracts will be effective Aug. 17. A
formal hearing for teachers of the
district has been set for 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 4, at the school. The
Lay Renewal scheduled
INVITATIONS FOR "LAY RENEWAL" weekend, August 4
through 6 are being readied for mailing by Church Secretary,
Carla Vinson as Rev. Bill Morgan, Pastor, gives pointers. This is
Ihe first such event lo be hosted by the members of Hilltop
Baptist Church, Alio. staff photo
The Hilltop Baptist Church of
Alto will be involved with a Lay
Renewal Weekend the weekend of
Aug. 4-6. This is a program for
congregational participation, with
an emphasis on the spiritual life of
the church. It will focus on personal
commitment, and the church has
invited a large group of lay people
to come and share with them the
experiences of their life in the Lord.
The program will begin on Friday
afternoon at 6:30 with a dinner,
followed by special group sessions.
The program will also have coffees
in homes of the members
throughout the community on
Saturday morning at 10 a.m.,
followed by a luncheon at the chur-
ch at noon. On Saturday night there
will be another church-wide dinner,
followed by more share group
The program will be completed
on Sunday morning with the visiting
team members teaching in each
class and presenting the worship
This is a program using nothing
but lay people in an effort to involve
lay people in a greater commitment
to their church. Anyone wishing to
visit may do so in any of the
Australian Shepherds. He is a
member of the National Cutting
Horse Association, the American
Quarter Horse Association, Texas
and Southwestern Cattle Raisers
Assn. and the Austrailian Shepherd
Club of America.
Texas State Teachers Association
had filed a grievance against the dis-
trict concerning the contract issue.
Vance Rogers of Nacogdoches is
TSTA spokesman for the teachers.
The reduction in school statt is
districi wide and all persons con-
nected with the district are being
Randow said he had had the
misfortune of being master
assigned to close two districts. "It
isn't easy for a community to close
its school. I would like to see
whatever division there is in the
community worked out. I beg you to
please work together. This is
something that has to be done ac-
cording to law."
Action concerning the career lad-
der payments was rescinded and
the board voted to pay one teacher
Level III, $3,000 and eight for Level
II, $1,500 each. Cost will be $15,000.
Some $12,000 is in the budget and
the remainder will be received
from the state.
Mike B. Dear
Some 20 mental health patients
are being transferred to Rusk State
Hospital from Vernon, according to
information from Dr. Allen Chit-
tenden, Rusk State Hospital
Dr. Chittenden said the 20 patien-
ts arrived in Rusk Friday after-
noon. They are those persons
charged with misdemeanor offen-
ses and were incompentent to stand
trial. Some of these persons were in
Rusk at the Skyview unit. They are
coming to Rusk as a result of Senate
Bill 754, which became effective
June 16. The bill allows for
misdemeanor offense patients to be
sent to the mental health facility
serving their home county.
These are non-dangerous and are
not mentally retarded patients. Dr.
Chittenden says if Rusk gets a
patient that the staff can't handle,
that patient will be sent to Vernon.
For every additional patient
housed at Rusk State Hospital, the
hospital will be allowed one extra
mental health direct-care worker.
Chittenden says hospital census at
Rusk should include at least 30 of
the non-dangerous criminal patien-
Some 18 new jobs were posted this
week. Currently the hospital has a
population of 428 residents. The
hospital is a little ove iffed and
only 18. instead of 20 persons are
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