Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 17, 1989 Page: 1 of 18
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Vol. 141, No. 28 - 14 Pages
Thursday, August 17, 1989
Rusk, Texas 75785 25cents
Get your tickets !
Season football tickets for all in
town Alto Yellowjacket games went
on sale Aug. 14 for all last year
ticket holders. Only those persons
who had tickets last year may pur-
chase a ticket the first two weeks.
Beginning Aug. 28, tickets not
already purchased will be sold on a
first come basis. The cost will be $20
for five home games.
Friends to meet
The Alto Friendship Club invites
everyone interested to bring a cov-
ered dish and enjoy the fellowship
at their regular monthly meeting at
6:30 p.m. (tonight) Thursday, Aug.
17 in the Alto Lions Club Building.
Bonnie and John Nickle will pres-
ent the program.
New garbage service
Laidlaw Waste Systems will be-
gin garbage pickup for Alto resi-
dents on Tuesday, Sept. 5, as Mon-
day, the 4th is a holiday.
Laidlaw will pick up only garbage
contained in bags. Residents can
place bags in large trash cans, but
no loose garbage will be transfered
from garbage canB to their truck.
There is a nine bag limit on thia pick
up with a 20 bag limit on Thursday,
Sept. 7. Garbage pick-ups will go to
regular Monday and Thursday pick-
ups after the holiday.
Students to register
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., llth 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.
AISD board meets
The Alto Independent School
Board will meet for its regular
meeting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug.
17 in the High School Library.
The board plans to adopt the 1989-
90 budget and approve bids for
gasoline, bread, milk, bus insurance
and building insurance. The board,
also, expect to approve cafeteria
RISD approves budget
HEAT BEAT CLOWN, Glendale Pate, makes sure 8 year old,
Anita Kennedy's, teddy bear is in top shape during open house
festivities Sunday at the Cherokee Medical Center's 40th an-
niversary festivities. Some 400 persons visited the hospital
during the afternoon hours.-
„A $6,688,291 Rusk ISD budget
was adopted at the Mondny evening
meeting of the Rusk ISD Board of
Trustees. The board will meet agai n
next Monday, Aug. 21 to consider
the setting of a district tax rate.
Superintendent Tony Murray re-
minded the board that a budget
could be amended, but a tax rate
The effective tax rate for the dis-
trict is $1.01. Murray says he
thinks that the district should set a
rate of $2.039, which is within 3
percent and will not require public
hearings. The budget is some 12.2
percent higher than the current
school budget, but was increased
mostly to take care of the mandated
Trustees for the Rusk ISD heard
grievances from former teachers at
the Maydelle school district. Vance
Rogers, Texas State Teachers Asso-
ciation spokesman spoke for teach-
ers asking that the Rusk district
employ them. Contracts for the
Maydelle ISD teachers are being
terminated effective Aug. 18.
Rogers said that since the deci-
sion to close the Maydelle school
that Rusk had only employed one of
the former Maydelle teachers. Some
10 teachers have been employed by
the Rusk school since that time,
Rogers discussed a rumor that
Rusk has taken over the former
Maydelle School property. Superin-
tendentTony Murray said Maydelle
board has asked that Rusk assist
with security at the school. New
locks were installed and the
Maydelle people still have the keys.
Concerning a rumor that Rusk
was selling Maydelle buses, Mur-
ray said that buses being offered for
sale Monday evening were buses
that Rusk has had for some ten
In another matter, the board
authorized the application for a
Temple grant in the event Temple
takes new application anytime in
the future. The grant application
asks for $43,170 in local funds to be
matched with $172,680 Temple
Bids from Big T Sales of Houston
for used Rusk ISD buses were ac-
cepted. The bids included $2,339 for
each of the two 1980 buses and
$2,047 for the 1979 bus. An addi-
tional $1,042 was bid for a used van.
A bid from Irvin Conley for
$20,000 was approved for the pur-
chase of the old Rusk Junior High
School property. Conley said he did
not know how he would use the
property. Another bi d from the Ru sk
Industrial Foundation in the
amount of $5,000 was received.
Bob Wallace and Birda Parker
were approved as teacher apprais-
ers. Dates for the first appraisals
are from Sept. 13 to Jan. 18, 1990
and for the second appraisal, Jan.
22 to May 11, 1990.
Hugh Goodpasture was hired as
the district's outside auditor. His
proposal was $3,900 for the Rusk
books and $3,100 for the Maydelle
A bid from K&I for paving of high
school parkinglot next to the cafete-
ria was accepted.
Resignation of Tommy Corley,
Choir 6-12 teacher was accepted.
Employed were James Chambers,
choir 6-12 teacher; Dana Christo-
pher, Primary Special Education
teacher; Sarah Karylyn; Goodman,
Junior High Special Education
teacher; Glenda Haynes, Junior
High teacher; Jacqueline Phillips,
Primary teacher, and Leslie Has-
sell, Primary aide.
County worry: $$$
County talks insurance
Cherokee County Commissioners
heard proposals for contracta for
health care insurance for county
employees at their Monday morn-
ing meeting. Gilbert Baker of
Jacksonville and Gail Norris pre-
sented plans to be considered by the
commissioners. The plans were to
be considered at budget workshops.
Baker Bays he can provide care
for county employees and families if
those with claims over $5,000 are
excluded for one year .
Ms. Norris said her company had
taken the county's situation to the
market place and had found two
companies willing to write policies
for Cherokee County. Bankers Life
will not be able to write a policy
until Oct. 1. Washington National
Life is the other company.
Last year, the county paid
$165,577 in premiums and collected
$235,156 in claims. There were 12
persons with claims over $5,000,
with the larger claimB ranging from
$5,000 to $78,893.
In another matter, the commis-
sioners authorized use of county
equipment to assist with clearing of
property for the City of Cuney.
Cuney has secured a $70,000 Parks
and Wildlife recreation grant to
construct a city park.
Ray Davis, airport coordinator
asked that the airport operator
contract be changed to Mike Cum-
mings. Approval is subject to the
county attorney's approval.
A bid from SNI of Rusk was ap-
proved for $18,916 for construction
of the county jail road. Commis-
sioner Billy McCutheon abstained
from voting because of family rela-
This publication's staff expands
features as well as covering human
interest stories for the paper. She
will be telephoning representatives
of various churches, organizations
and businesses in the Wells area
seeking news tips.
Susan will be working with Wells
reporter Diana Speer, and the two
will coordinate on coverage for the
Susan Burke, Forest, has joined
the Cherokeean/Herald as a reporter
for the Wells area. Susan is a 1978
graduate of Wells High School and
is married to Ricky Burke. The
couple has two daughters, Kristyl,
seven and Kimberly, five.
A keen interest in writing has led
her to study journalism at Angelina
College, and Susan hopes to develop area.
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Having plowed the fields of
tionship with the bidder
Gevenia Miller was authorized to
attend a civil process school at
Richmond, Fort Bend County. She
has replaced Joe Eckenrode in coor-
dinating process of civil papers. Eck-
enrode has retired.
Cherokee County Tax Assessor
Collector Linda Beard was author-
ized to attend a computer workshop
this week. Mrs. Beard discussed the
county effective tax rate with the
commissioners. She said the county
appraisal roll showed the 1989
certifed taxable property at
$900,427,320. Intangible and roll-
ing stock totals $4,414,456, for a
certified taxable property roll at
$904,841,7761. Total of the lateral
road tax roll íb $890,495,336. Col-
lections are anticipated at 96
percent.This year's total effective
tax rate is 34.147 cents. Maximum
rate without publishing notice is
35.171 cents. This year's rollback
rate is 36.165 cents.
County court at law judge LeRue
Dixon was authorized to attend a
conference in September.
Commissioners approved a re-
quest to the Justice Department to
change the Maydelle votingboxfrom
the school to the fire station.
The purchase of courtroom furni-
ture for Justice of the Peace Pre-
cinct 1 at the new county jail was ap-
proved. CoBt of the furniture is
Cherokee County Commissioners
are continuing working on a new
countybudget. Members ofthecourt
met Monday and Tuesday after-
noons to attempt to figure out a way
to ease the burden of cost of man-
dated services to county taxpayers.
County Judge Emmett
Whitehead's created financing has
hit several road blocks and raises
for county employees probably will
be deleted from the budget.
Whitehead's plan to take over
the mental health commitments and
save the county some $75,000 was
discussed. He has anticipated tak-
ing the money and employing a
county public defender. Te fees from
the mental health docket and fees
from district court cases involving a
court a p pointed attorney would have
been turned over to the county
budget. This income would have
generated enough for a 4 percent
raise for county employees.
However, the court has learned
that only through an act of the
legislature can the county hire a
public defender. Because the legis-
lative session has ended, the mat-
ter will have to wait until next ses-
sion, Whitehead said.
Commissioners worked in at-
tempts to cut $7 million from the
proposed budget because of a short-
fall due to unexpected jail expenses.
Several weeks ago, Whitehead
had speculated that the county had
a $400,000 carry-over. Cost of oper-
ating the county's new $2.75 million
jail has been much higher than was
Whitehead has suggested that
purchasing police cars and com-
puters as well as several pieces of
office equipment on a lease pur-
chase program with funds from cer-
tificates of obligations. The certifi-
cates could be paid off with funds
from an interest and sinking fund.
I&S funds can only be used to for
capital purchases from bonded in-
Commissions agreed to give
Assistant District Attorney Elmer
Beckworth a $4,000 raise, raising
his salary to $32,000 per year and to
give Court at Law Judge LeRue
Dixon, an increase from $40,900 to
Officials slate visits
U.S. Rep. Chapman (D-Sulphur
Springs) will be in the First Con-
gressional District during the U.S.
House of Representatives' August
The Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville
has i n vi ted Congressman Chapman
to be their luncheon guest speaker
at 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the
Jacksonville Holiday Inn.
Congressman Chapman will tour
the Jacksonville Baxter Pharmaseal
Plant at 2 p.m.
U.S. Senator Phil Gramm is
coming to Rusk for the purpose of
touring Texas Department of Cor-
His visit is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Sen. Gramm was invited by Su-
perintendent Joe Collins who will
conduct a briefing and tour of TDC's
Skyview. Superintendent Collins
will also lead an on-site inspection
ofthe new psychiatric facility under
construction and explain its planned
MDA benefits slated
Two events scheduled for Friday,
Aug. 18 will benefit the Muscular
Dystrophy Association, according to
Betty Weaver, local chairman.
Friday morning, senior citizens
and children will gather on the Citi-
zens Bank parking lot for a "Rock-
Hop." This entertainment is Blated
for 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Donations
will be asked.
A street dance starts at 8 p.m.
Friday on the East Side of the
Square. Mike Knight, Karla K. and
The Foxx will provide the dance
music. Free will offerings will be
asked of those who attend.
"All proceeds raised to benefit the
MDA will remain in our local dis-
trict," states the chairman.
Team to nationals
Members of Jacksonville Js base-
ball team will advance to the na-
tional playoffs the weekend of Sep-
tember 1-3 at Lafeyette, La.
The team has placed 13th in state
playoffs with the top 15 teams al-
lowed to advance to the national
There were 192 teams participat-
ing in the state competition.
v Members of the team are Kenny
Dyess, Jim Dyess, Frank Dudley,
all of Rusk; and James Dariby, Mike
Birdwell, James Horton,Tony Den-
nis, James Emerson, Keith Van
Cleave, Patrick Pattillo, Bobby
MAGGIE SESSIONS STREET, Alto, is shown above as contractors finish curbing and gu' '¡ng the
street in preparation for paving. Reynolds and Kay, Tyler, are the contractors on thio project.
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