Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 14, 1989 Page: 1 of 22
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Vol.141, No. 32 - 18 Pages
Thursday, September 14, 1989
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 ccnls
FISH FRY TICKETS are being sold by members of the Rusk Lions Club for the club sponsored
catfish fry scheduled for before the game Friday night at the Rusk High School cafeteria.
Lions will begin serving the catfish plates at 5 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased from
members of the Rusk Uons Club. Making this ticket sale is Lion Glen Stanley to Barbara and
Mary Miller. staff photo
Alto Chief receives pay raise
Kurt Noland, Alto's Chief of Po-
lice, received the approval of the
Council for a $2,500 a year pay in-
crease at the regular session of the
Alto City Council which was held at
5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11 in City
Hall. Noland's salary was boosted
from $15,335 to $17,835. No action
was taken on the possibility of merit
raises, in lieu of cost of living raises,
for city employees other than No-
land. The subject of merit raises
AREA News Briefs
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Lynches Chapel United Method-
ist Church will begin holding serv-
ices at 9 a.m. every Sunday starting
Sept. 17. Services have previously
been held every first and third
Sunday, but church members voted
on the weekly services at their last
church meeting. "We would love to
invite everybody out to our services.
With our services beginning at 9
a.m., persons wishing to attend can
still go to their home church for
morning worship services," said
Pastor Paul Stalnaker.
"Little Orphan Annie." The show,
which includes a large cast of area
talent, will be staged at the Chero-
kee CivicTheatre at Rusk the week-
ends of Oct. 6, 7 and 8 and Oct. 13,
14 and 15. Sunday performances
are at 2 p.m. and other perform-
ances are at 7:30 p.m.
Flag Football set
Registration for Alto Flag Foot-
ball will be at 9 a.m., Saturday,
Sept. 16 at the Alto Football Field.
All students fourth through sixth
grades are invited to play. Registra-
tion fee is $10.
Pink Ladies Assist Garbage pickup
The Cherokee Medical Center
Auxiliary has made plans to assist
in a blood drive, Sept. 23 at the
hospital were discussed at a meet-
ing of the auxiliary Sept. 5. Each
donor will be given a pint of ice
Some 16 members and two new
members attended the auxiliary
Auxiliary members are planning
a house warming reception for new
nurses at the hospital.
Police Chief Barry Campbell re-
ports 498 calls were answered by
the Rusk Police Department in the
month of August.
Arrests resulted in the following
charges being filed: six possession
of marijuana, two possession of a
controlled substance, one delivery
of marijuana, one theft/escape, three
DWI, two public intoxication and
one disorderly conduct.
Police also investigated 11 acci-
dents and issued 103 citiations for
Tickets go on sale
TicketB for the Cherokee Civic
Theatre's fall musical production of
"Annie" will go on sale to the public,
Monday, Sept. 18.
; The theatre box office, located on
West Fifth Street, Rusk, will be open
for ticket «ales Monday through Fri-
day from 11 a.m. to 21 p.m. and
again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket
inquires and reservations can be
made at these times by calling the
box office at 214-683-2131. All tick-
eta are $6.
"Annie" is the musical stage pro-
duction based on the comic atrip
Alto garbage pickup will be each
Tuesday and Friday beginning Fri-
day, Sept 15. Laidlaw representa-
tives request residents to have their
bags of trash by the curb by 7 a.m.
each pick up day so that no one gets
missed. The bag limits remain the
same as reported before: seven on
Tuesday and 20 on Fridays.
Union rep asks support
wants County to provide $14 dues deduction
will bebroughtbefore Council again
at the Sept. 25 meeting for consid-
Three bids were submitted on the
purchase by the City of a new utility
truck. Bids were received from L&L
Ford, Rusk; Pearman Motor Com-
pany, Alto and Pearman Chevrolet,
Alto. Pearman Chevrolet submit-
ted the lowest bid with their bid of
$12,000. The City Council accepted
this bid on a 1989 one ton Chevrolet
The City of Alto received five bids
from auditing firms for conducting
the annual audit for the City. Axley
and Rode, Lufkin, submitted a bid
of $5,850 to audit fiscal year 1988-
89 ending Sept. 30,1989 which was
approved by the Council. The firm
agreed that any additional work on
this would not exceed $40 per hour
and that would only be conducted
after receiving prior approval from
The Council approved Continen-
tal Bank, Alto, as depository for the
City for budget year 1989-90.
Kirkland Oil, Jacksonville, agreed
to furnish gas pumps for both diesel
and unleaded gasoline which will be
installed on City property to service
all city vehicles. The Council ac-
cepted Kirkland's bid.
Otto Baker with National Incin-
erator was to have met with the
Council concerning the installation
of an incinerator at Alto Food Cen-
ter for Ray Penn. However, Mr.
Baker did not show up at the meet-
ing and the council decided to allow
the installation with the stipulation
that an after burner was to be in
See Alto, Page 2
Debra Carr, executive director of
the American Federation of State
and County Employees met with
the members of the Cherokee
County Commissioners Court
Monday morning to ask for payroll
deductions of $14 per month for
union dues for each employee, who
decides to belong to the proposed
She said union representatives
have been meeting with Cherokee
County employees for abouta month
and a half. Some 102 employees
have been involved in the union
Ms. Carr says her union repre-
sents some 1.9 million city, county,
state and school employees. The
union represents employees on
wages, hours and working condi-
tion issues. She said that her or-
ganization is the largest AFL-CIO
union. The union cannot conduct
collective bargainning or strike in
Texas, she told a reporter for the
Cherokeean/Herald Monday after-
However, information distributed
by the union states "The national
officers and representatives of the
AFSCME cannot and will not call
for a strike. That is a decision made
locally by you and your fellow work-
ers. No one else can make it for you.
There have been cases where
AFSCME members have found it
necessary strike action to achieve
dignity on the job, and in every
case, the decision was made locally.
In mosteases, a strong, well-organ-
ized local will not have to strike. By
representing the overwhelming
majority of workers, the union can
win at the bargaining table rather
than on the streets.
Ms. Carr said she could not sup-
ply a list of members of the organi-
zation to the commissioners. How-
ever, a list would be provided in the
event the county decides to do the
payroll deductions. She said she was
ready to turn over the names of
members in the event the commis-
sioners court agreed for the deduc-
Both County Auditor Frank
Madden and County Treasurer
Diann Norton said they had no
knowledge of the union and had
not supplied a list of employees to
anyone except insurance companies
when the county was seeking a
carrier for employee health insur-
ance. Cherokee County Clerk Fairy
On Sept. 23, theCity ofWells
will experience an outage of
electrical power. TU Electric,
Lufkin, contacted the Cher-
okeean/Herald to help inform
citizens ofthe proposed outage
aa they will be working on the
linea from 7 a.m. until approxi-
mately 8 a.m.
TU Electric District Man-
ager, Bob Brown stated that
they would like everyone to be
aware ofthe situation.
Upshaw said her employees knew
nothing about the union meeting.
Lisa Weaver, court reporter, for
the Cherokee County Court at Law
was present to record the "labor
lady's" statements at the Monday
morning meeting. Ms. Weaver said
she was taking notes on some mat-
ters that were of interest to her
personally. Ms. Carr said she did
not know why Ms. Weaver was in
the courtroom and she did not know
In a prepared statement deliv-
ered to the Cherokeean/Herald of-
fice Monday afternoon by Ms.
Weaver, she said "To Whom it may
concern; I was present at the com-
missioner's meeting, Cherokee
County Courthouse, this date. Ap-
parently, my presence has been
questioned, for the purpose of why I
was attending this meeting. This is
to let you know that I have an-
swered to J udge Emmitt Whitehead
and Commissioner Gregg that my
presence was purely as a matter of
curisity for myself. I have nothing
to do with the affiliation or the lady
representing her affiliation, I never
have, nor have I talked to this lady
or anyone else seeking organized
labor, in this area or any area." The
statement was signed by Lisa R.
Weaver and was dated Sept. 18,
In another matter by a vote of 3
to 2, members ofthe Commission-
ers Court approved a 37.6 cent tax
rate Monday morning. The rate is
See County, Page 2
NEW JUDGE REPEATS Oath of Office- Morris Hassell, judge of the 2nd Judicial DistrictCourt
swears in newly appointed Bascom Bentley III, judge ofthe 369th District Court in ceremonies
last week in Hassell's courtroom. Bentley was appointed by Texas Gov. Bill Cements to fill the
judge position for the newly created court, staff photo
Rental listing Wells City agrees on equipment, staffing
Listings for rental properties in
the Rusk and surrounding area are
being sought by the City of Rusk.
Persons with houses or apart-
ments for rent are asked to contact
the City Hall to be included on the
Plans are to keep the list updated.
Property owners are asked to call
the City Hall when property is
rented and then call back when the
property become vacant again.
Pack 105 meets
Parent-leader meeting is sched-
uled for 7 p.m. Thursday night at
the Alto High School Cafeteria,
according to Terry L. Barrow, cub
All interested parents and others
interested in the scouting program
are cordially invited to attend, ac-
cording to Barrow.
AISD Board meets
The Alto School Board will hold
its regular monthly meeting tonight
(Thursday) Sept. 14 in the High
School Library. The Board will
approve substitute teachers for the
1989-90 school year along with thé
discussion with possible approval of
the Career Ladder placement crite-
A new employee and a new piece
of equipment were among the mo-
tions passed when Wells City Coun-
cil met in regular session last Mon-
Debbie Read-Pierce, who has
worked on an emergency basis for
the city, was hired asa regular part-
time employee to take the place of
Jacquelyn Chapmon whose resig-
nation was accepted at the meeting.
"Mama Jac" was thanked by coun-
cilmen for her service to the commu-
nity and wished well in her retire-
And, aldermen voted to purchase
a new backhoe for the city. A bid of
$23,050 was accepted from the Joh n
Deere Co. Delivery was expected
some time on Tuesday, bo the new
backhoe should be in operation by
Council discussed the pulling of
water meters for those behind in
paymentand employees were urged
to get tough about the regulation.
Hank Bloom complained of raw
sewage on his property across the
old railroad tracks on Old Forest
Highway. Mayor Robert English
said that he would check out the lift
station at that sight.
It was reported that there had
been a defective water meter at the
Keith Tusing home and an adjust-
ment has been made on their bill.
Councilmen voted unanimously
to accept the proposed 1990 cíen-
eral Fund. That budget indicates
expected expenditures of $113,000.
The Water and Sewer Fund will be
presented in upcoming meeting.
The removal of animal carcasses
within the city limits was discussed
with council members voting that
all city employees should notify the
mayor or the water superintendent
when a dead animal is sighted. It
will be the responsibility of the
streets department to remove the
In items for the volunteer Fire
Department, aldermen voted to
return the old fire truck to the Texa s
Forest Service, approved the pur-
chase of legal registration and I.D.
cards for volunteer fire fighters,
approved repairs to the Fire De-
partment overhead door in the
amount of $94.20 and tabled the
installation of a fire hydrant at the
corner ofWrightPattman and High-
way 69 pending a survey of the city
to ascertain where additional fire
See Wells, Page 2
Alto Country Fair to be 'best yet1
Dates are set for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 20-22
The 14th annual Alto Country
Fair, expected to be one of the best
ever, according to fair spokesmen,
will run from Oct. 20-22 on the
streets of downtown Alto. The hours
are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
There is no admission charge and
plenty of free parking.
Registration forms are available
in Alto at the City Hall, SESCO,
SJfcS Crafts Barn and Bobby Sow-
ell's Professional Services office.
Completed forms and the registra-
tion fee for the Open Air Market
booths can be left at Bobby Sowell's
Out of town residents on the
mailing list ofthe Alto Country Fair
should have received their forms by
now. Anyone not living in Alto and
wanting a registration form is asked
to call the fair Committee Presi-
dent, Betty Rardin at (409) 858-
3808 or 858-2212, or write to P.O.
Box 296, Alto, Tx. 75925.
The fee for a space approximately
lO'xlO' remains the same as in pre-
vious years, $10 with an additional
$5 for the use of electricity and if a
vehicle is used, a double space is
required with an additional $10
charge. Registration deadline i s Oct.
14. All items sold in the Open Air
Market must be hand crafted by the
persons staffing the booths.
A highlight of the fair is always
the judged exhibits in the Lions
Club Building. Ribbons are awarded
to the winners in the various cate-
gories including arts, crafts, paint-
ings, photography, homemaking,
Young Artists and miscellaneous.
The registration dead" . for enter-
ing items for the judfc exhibits is
also Oct. 14.
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