Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 19, 1989 Page: 1 of 30
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These arts and crafts from last year's Alto Country Fair are
typical of the displays to be seen at the upcoming event. All
sorts of Christmas gift items will be offered for sale by
exhibitors from throughout the area.
Country Fair to open
There will be fun for everyone at
the Alto Country Fair which opens
at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20 and runs
until Sunday, Oct. 22. Over 76 art-
ists and craftsmen will be selling
their wares in the Open Air Market
on the streets of downtown Alto.
There is no admission charge and
plenty of free parking.
On the Tasty Trail there will be
food of all kinds from Cajun Boudi-
ans, frito pies, shrimp-on-a-Btick,
sausage, hot dogs, 'burgers, chicken
spaghetti, snow cones and much
In the Alto Lions Club building
will be found more than 150 judged
exhibits where ribbons will be
awarded to the makers of quilts,
dolls, Teddy bears, paintings, pho-
tographs, to the Young Artists and
to many others. There will be an
Antiques Corner with non-judged
WISD parents complain
to board about discipline
Several parents attended the
regular Wells ISD trustee meeting
last Thursday to complain about
discipline at the school in both ele-
mentary and high school. Only one
discipline situation had been in-
cluded on the agenda so trustees set
a special meeting for Monday night,
Oct. 16. Parents met with board
members Monday to discuss their
individual problems in the special
executive session. Following that
session trustees passed a motion
directing the administration to en-
force the discipline policy to the
fullest extent whenever there is a
disruption ofclassroom instruction.
At the regular monthly meeting,
board members gave special recog-
nition to Norma Braden who retired
in June after 21 years of teaching at
Wells. They presented her with an
engraved silver tray.
Principals Richard Hawthorne
and Perry Mubc presented student
of the month awards to fifth grader
Brad Pounds and 11th grader
Tammy Calhoun, respectively.
Ben Hillman, executive director
of the Angelina County Boys and
Oirls Club, discussed that
organization's tutorial program and
board members voted to endorse
the program pending student inter-
est and participation.
The textbook committee was
approved and the student atten-
dance policy was explained. Aboard
member training session was sched-
uled for 6 p.m. before the regular
Action taken after the executive
session ofthe regular meeting called
for the fifth grade to be split. There
were 30 students in that class.
Chapter 1 reading teacher Lisa
Cartwright will teach the additional
fifth grade class.
Rusk denies increase;
names its Civic Center
Members of the Rusk City Coun-
cil said no to a rate increase request
from Southwestern Electric Service
Co. at a meeting Thursday evening
at City Hall.
Frank Diamont, division manager
for SESCO, attended the meeting to
make the increase request. SESCO,
after appearing before city councils
in the service area, will take its rate
increase request before the Texas
Utility Commission. The company
is asking that the proposed increase
of 4.60 percent.
Name for the Armory building on
Euclid Street was officially changed
to Rusk Civic Center at the Thurs-
day evening meeting. Plans are to
have dedication ceremonies at the
center and erect a sign designating
the new name.
A mobile home Bpecial use permit
request made by David Westbrook,
2801 Daniels Street was denied.
Some 30 percent of the property
owners for the area had requested
that the request be denied. The
Planning and Zoning Commission
had recommended to the Council
that the request be denied.
Another request from Juanita
Simmons and Ada Lindsey for a
special use permit on Bonner Street
was approved. Vote was 4-1 with
Mike Crysup casting the lone vote
against the special use permit. The
Planning and Zoning Commission
had recommended that the request
Billy Darby appeared before the
council to request that the city sell
him a 100 by 120 foot ditch adjacent
to his property at the entrance to
the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Darby said
the property was such that it could
not be used by the cemetery.
The council authorized Jim
Cromwell and City Manager Pee
Wee Drake to act as the city's agent
in applying for a Norman Founda-
tion Grant to make needy repairs to
the Lions Club Swimming Pool. If
the grantis approved the Lions Club
will use the fiinds to purchase a
lining for the swimming pool and
eliminate the need for painting the
bottom ofthe pool each year. George
Dodd, Lions Club member, said the
paint wears off before the end of the
swimming season and youngsters
Buffer from skinned knees and toes
after scrapping against the pool.
Resignation of Leonard Lynsk y
from the Planning and Zoni j
Commission was approved. Mary
Buchanan, an alternate, was named
to replace Lynskey.
A Certified Tax Roll levy for the
Bomer tells intentions to seek seat
items shown from family heirloom
On Saturday and Sunday there
will be a dunkin booth with pro-
ceeds going to the Alto school D-FY-
IT program, which stands for Drug
Free Youth In Texas. This booth is
sponsored by the members of the
Mary Martha Circle of the A. Frank
Smith United Methodist Church in
The Alto Cub Scouts and Boy
Scouts will be at the fair with a car
and boatderby and selling cake and
coffee. The Alto 4-H will be there as
well and the Rusk Soccer League.
The hours ofthe fair are 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and
from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Come, bring the family and plan to
have a lot of fun at the Alto Country
Former State Representative
Elton Bomer of Montalba has an-
nounced his intentions to run for
the District 11 State Representa-
"I have been giving this a lot of
thought for some time now. When
Rep. Dick Swift announced his deci-
sion earlier this week, everything
just kind of fell into place. I dis-
cussed it at length with my wife and
she and I agreed that serving as
State Representative is what I en-
joy and what I do best, and I expect
to file for the office at the earliest
"We need the best representative
we can get in Austin. It's a jungle
down there, and unless your county
is well-represented there, you will
suffer," the two term former repre-
Bomer served in the legislature
from January, 1980 to January 1985
following a successful business ca-
reer, first with IBM and then as a
real estate broker and East Texas
businessman. He and his wife,
Ginny, live on a farm in Anderson
While in the Legislature, he
served on the Calendars and State
Affairs committee and at House
Speaker Gib Lewis' request, served
as chairman ofthe Sunset Commis-
sion, the body, which examines all
state agencies and recommends to
the Legislature whether they are
needed or not.
Bomer says he is confident in his
own abilities and thinks that he can
do a gooJjob representing the inter-
ests of the people of Anderson,
Cherokee and Freestone counties.
He says he was born, reared,
earned his living and reared his
family here. The problems and
opportunities in District 11 are dif-
ferentthanthoseelsewhere. "I think
I know my neighbors and know what
is important to them," he says.
He says a person can't be success-
ful without a lot of help from otherB.
"I had great support in my first
campaign and I could always call on
anyone in the District when I needed
help in the Legislature."
He asks that he hear what is on
the hearts and minds of the citizens
of District 11. "I will be easy to reach
and easy to talk to," he says.
He says hiB plan is to be ready to
run, do his homework and be suc-
Indictments are told
Indictments returned last week
by the Cherokee Grand Jury in-
Sherman Louis Mitchell, charged
with possession of controlled sub-
stance on Jun 16; Author Ray Ross,
RUSK ASSISTANT CHIEF Lorry Robertson displays bagged
marijuana and nine pieces of crack In a small match box.
The Items were confiscated as a result of Information
provided by a private citizen. Confiscated were 11 bags
of marijuana, hidden in the woods Inside the Rusk city
limits. Similar information allowed officers to confiscate
this matchbox with nine pieces of crack. Chief Barry
Campbell says no charges could be filed at this time, but
because of citizen Involvement these drugs will not be on
the street. staff photo
charged with attempting to take
weapon from peace officer on Sept.
16; Charles Edward Morris, charged
with possession of Controlled sub-
stance on Aug. 1; Mary Higgins,
charged with forgery on July 10;
Deloris Spencer, charged with
murder on July 30; Adam Mallard,
charged with aggravated robbery
on Aug. 18; Steven Henderson,
charged with aggravated robbery
on July 5.
Also, Randy Kinyon, charged with
aggravated sexual assault of a child
on aug. 26; Steve Kinyon, charged
with aggravated sexual assault of a
child on Aug. 26;Larry Dewayne
Richards, charged with two counts
of burglary of vehicle on Sept. 7;
Vernon Ray Hamilton, charged with
burglary of habitation on Aug. 25;
Ferba Demoski Franklin, charged
with unauthorized use of a motor
vehicle on Sept. 20; John Henry
Cummings, charged with murder
on Aug. 17; Benauilez Fernando
Jr., charged with burglary of habi-
tation on July 15; Timothy Durand
Tyler, charged with possession of
controlled substance on July 30;
Gary Dewayne Robertson, charged
with unauthorized use of motor
vehicle on Aug. 27.
Also, William Savoy, AKA Dun-
bar, charged with burglary of build-
ing on Aug. 24; Kelly Dianne Phil-
lips, charged with burglary of build-
ing on Aug. 24; Ricky L. Rodriquez,
Charged with burglary of building
on Aug. 24; Encarncion Jiminez,
charged with burglary of building
on Aug. 24; Arturo Loya, charged
with burglary of building on Aug.
24; Steven Carpenter, charged with
burglary ofbuilding on Aug. 24; and
Felton Mumphrey, charged with
DWI subsequent on Sept. 8.
City was accepted as presented by
Cherokee County Chief Appraiser
Sid Danner. The roll showed that
the City has $57,962,830 in ap-
praised property value; $52,956,820
in assessed value after exemptions;
1989 tax rate is 39.81 cents; total
tax levy is $210,821.14.
Police report from Chief Barry
Campbell showed 34 arrests during
the month including, two for failure
to maintain single lane (drinking),
one burglary of a motor vehicle; 1
one criminal trespass, one unauthor-
ized use of a motor vehicle, on theft,
two assaults, three city warrants,
two outstanding DPS warrants, two
disorderly conduct, lOpublicintoxi-
cation, five possession ofmarijuana,
three driving while intoxicated and
one failure to identify to a peace
office. Nine accidents were investi-
gated and some 130 traffic tickets
were issued. Revenue from the po-
lice department totaled $55,601.42.
Attending the meeting were
Mayor Maurice Higgins, City Man-
ager Drake, City Secretary Sherry
Holcomb, Council members, Janie
Scallon, District 1; Walter Session,
District 2; Gloria Jennings, District
3; Charles Hassell, District 4; and
Mike Crysup, District 5 and various
persons from the community.
Alto PTA sets
carnival Oct. 28
The Alto Parent-Teacher Asso-
ciation will sponsor a Halloween
Carnival at the Alto Elementary
and High School from 6 to 10 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
Costumes, preschoolers and all chil-
dren are welcomed.
for Wells doggers
By: SUSAN BURKE
The Wells Cotton Pickin' Cloggers
have changed their dance practice
New practice hours will be: basics
2-2:45 p.m.; beginners 2:50-3:30
p.m.; intermediate and ladies 3:30-
4:30 p.m. and all practice 4:30-5:30
Merchants to meet
The Rusk Retail Merchants
Committee, Chamber ofCommerce,
is scheduled to meetat5 p.m. Thurs-
day, Oct. 19.
"Bring your ideas andattendthis
Harold Porter, committee chairman.
Plans for Christmas activities will
Tratf ride slated
A trail ride is planned for 1 p.m.
Saturday at Sacul. A fish fry from 5
to 9 p.m. will benefit the cost of
construction of a new community
Cherokee Medical Center will
sponsor blood pressure checks from
1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 through
Thursday, Oct. 26 at the hospital.
The tests will be given in the
hospital Emergency Room.
All retired school personnel are
invited to the regular fourth Mon-
day meeting. The meeting this time
will be a Dutch treat luncheon at
the Golden Corrale in Jacksonville
at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23.
After a short busienss session,
the group will depart for a tour of
Powell Plant farms in New Sum-
Aliene Hobson, RTA president,
says "come and bring a friend."
Time is running out for landown-
ers to register for an upcoming meet-
ing at which speakers will explain
the potential of East Texas wood-
lands to support both timber pro-
duction and grazing for cattle and
for native and exotic wildlife. Reser-
vations are requested by Oct. 20.
The meeting will be held in Pales-
tine at the Palestine Civic Center,
which is located in Hwy 19 about .8
mile north of the intersection of
Hwys 19 and 79. The meeting will
begin at 9 a.m. and end around 1
p.m. A barbecue buffet lunch will be
available for $5.50 per plate.
The meeting is co-sponsored by
the Anderson, Cherokee and Hen-
derson County Forest Landowner
Rusk Lions, PTA
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