Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1989 Page: 1 of 20
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Texas State Railroad
EL PASO, TX 79903
Established Feb. 27, 1850 as the Cherokee Sentinel — Texas' Oldest, Continuously Published Weekly Newspaper
Vol. 141, No. 39-16 Pages
Thursday, November 2, 1989
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
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needs food, cash
The Rusk Ministerial Alli-
ance is seeking donations of
cash and «tapié food items for
the Good Samaritan Mission.
The Rev. Dr. Gary Fitzgeiv
aid, president, says the food
pantries are almost empty and
food is needed immediately.
The Rusk Ministerial Alli-
ance will sponsor a "turkey
dinner" from 11:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the
Rusk Civic Center.
Tickets are $5 for the full
turkey dinner. Of the ticket
price, $1 will go toward the
Good Samaritan; and the re-
mainder will go toward ex-
penses of the dinner.
The Rev. Dr. Gary Fitzger-
ald, president, says if any
money is left over, it will go
into the general fund of the
DAV No. 125
for Veterans Day
The DAV No. 125 has scheduled a
Veterans- Day fellowship reunion
starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at the
Bizzell Bldg. 1 1/2 miles North of
Frankston on Hwy 156. Lunch will
be served at noon.
Veterans of all wars and Mer-
chant Marines and wives are in-
Texans will go to polls
for Amendment election
Auditions for the Cherokee Civic
Theatre Christmas production will
be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov.
Chorus members will meet at the
theatre with music director June
Crysup. Actors and actresses are to
meet at the First State Bank with
director Zelwanda Hendrick.
This will be a Readers Theatre
production and men, women, boys
and girls of all ages are needed.
"Scrooge" by Charles Dickens and
"A Magic Christmas" by Fay Julian
are the selections.
Other audition time is 10 a.m.
Saturday at the theatre.
The Rusk Bank Booster Club will
meet Nov. 7 at the Rusk Band Hall,
according to Lester Hughes, presi-
Reports of the completion of the
annual membership drive will be
discussed, as well as a video show-
ing of the band from the recent UIL
marching competition is planned for
Anyone interested in the band
program is invited to attend, says
Texas voters will go to the polls
Tuesday to consider approval of
some 21 state constitutional amend-
ments. The propositions range from
the controversial pay raise for state
legislators and taxes on goods in
transit; consideration of approval of
issuance of new bonds for water
conservation and improvement, as
well as education; as well as single
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. at regular voting boxes
throughout the state.
Texas is a pay as you go state and
the constitution requires a balance
budget and prohibits debt creation,
prohibits that is except where it is
otherwise specifically authorized.
Six amendments , Numbers 2,3, 8,
12, 18 and 21, pertain to bonded
Property tax exemption expan-
sion will be considered in Proposals
4 and 5.
The legislative pay issues will be
dealt with in proposals 1 and 11,
which asks for increases for legisla-
tive pay and per diem. These pro-
posals are among the most contro-
versial of the propositions.
Criminal justice will be dealt with
in three amendments Numbers 9,
10 and 13. These propositions per-
tain to the criminal justice system
organization, to jury instructions in
criminal trials and to the right of
victims of crime.
Local government issues include
Proposal Numbers 6, 14, 16,17,19
and 20 and apply to local govern-
ment organization and activities.
Miscellaneous propositions are
Number 7, dealing with the oath of
office for appointed and elected offi-
cials and Number 15 dealing with
legalizing raffles for charitable
Alto city councilmen turned down
the single bid submitted on its sewer
plant improvement project when
they met in special session Monday
night. Kirk Bynum of the Brannon
Corp. told aldermen that he had
expected about 12 bids on the proj-
ect. All councilmen were present as
was Mayor Garwin Baugh. They
voted unanimously to reject the bid
of $444,844 and set a deadline of
Nov. 20, 4 p.m. for new bids.
Council passed unanimously two
intergovernmental contracts be-
of Alto: (1) for rural fire protection
in the amount of $7,981.84 and (2)
for ambulance service in the city
and south rural area of Cherokee
County in the amount of $9,650.
These are both for the fiscal year
beginning Oct. 1, 1989 and ending-
It was resolved that the council
cast its 18 votes for Grady Single-
tary as a director of the Cherokee
County Appraisal District Board.
This was passed unanimously.
The mayor was re-elected unani-
mously to represent the city on the
ETCOG board of directors.
Information on drug testing for
city employees is. being sought from
several Texas cities and will proba-
bly be on the agenda wheni Alto
holds its regular monthly meeting
Polling sites are:
Box 5, Wells, County Building:
Mrs. Trudy Hodges, judge; Mrs.
Pauline Chapman, alternate.
Box 6, E. Alto, County barn Pet.
2: Charlie Bryant judge; Mrs. Wil-
liam Snidow, alternate.
Box 7, W. Alto, Fire Station: Mrs.
Mary Kate Bates, judge; Mrs. Edith
Box 8, S. Maydelle, Fellowship
Hall Assembly of God Church: Mrs.
Janet Roach, judge; Mrs. Emilie
Box 9, NW City, Rusk, Shrine
B]dg. Fifth Street: John C. Williams,
judge; Mrs. Betty Williams, alter-
Box 10, NE City, Rusk, County
Courtroom, Courthouse: Mrs. C.D.
Monroe, judge; Glen Miller, alter-
Box 11, E. Rusk, Blunts Chapel
Baptist Church, Hwy 84 E: Mrs.
Leader Mae Turner, judge; Bill
Box 12, N. Rusk, Gallatin Com-
munity Center: Opal Hicks, judge;
Mrs. J.C. Moore, alternate.
Box 13, N. Maydelle:Mrs. Wanda
Beth Ezell, judge; Mrs. Glenda
Box 14, SE Jacksonville, Corinth
BaptistChurch, Turney: Mrs. Aileen
Emerson, judge; Mrs. Corbin Prief-
Box 15, SE City, Jacksonville,
Tyler St. Baptist Church: Kenneth
Melvin, judge; David Thomason, al-
Box 16, SW Jacksonville, New
Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 747:
Arthur Vickland, judge; Price Al-
Box 17, Central City, Jackson-
ville, County Bam, Pet. 3: James
Adamson, judge; Mrs. Elton Sadler,
Box' 18, West City of Jackson-
ville, County Tax Office Sub-Sta-
tion: Mrs. Matalew Suttles, judge;
Mrs. Betty Terry, alternate.
Box 19, W. Jacksonville, Reese
Community Center: Mrs. Margaret
Hood, judge; Mrs. Nellie L. Pugh,
Box 20, NW Jacksonville, Educa-
tional Bldg. Cove Springs Baptist
Church: Mrs. Peggy Long, judge;
Mrs. Margaret Tankersley, alter-
Box 21, Mixon, Mixon Commu-
nity Center: George Irvin, judge;
SOBERFEST '89 SHIRTS and caps have gone on sale wtth
funds to benefit the Rusk War On Drug. Here, Rusk Mayor
Maurice Higgins and Sheriff Jimmy Dickson display the shirts
and caps. The items can be purchased from members of
the Rusk Committee Against Drugs. staff photo
At Rusk Civic Center
Rusk sets Nov.
HANDS ON COMPUTER experience Is being shared by thete
11 th grade students at Alto High School. Computer labs are
located at both the elementary and secondary schools. This
addition to the AISD curriculum was made possible, in part,
by a $46,600 grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.
-photo by elisa bizzell
Rusk Soberfest '89 is set for 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at
the Rusk Civic Center (former
armory building). Admission is free
and offers a variety of informative
Guest speakers will include a
recovering teen, who will tell her
story from 10 to 11 a.m.; basic infor-
mation on chemical dependency will
be presented by Larry Ramsey from
11 a.m. to noon. Alcoholism will be
discussed by Jim Brown of Trinity
Counseling from noon to 1 p.m.
Attenders will be invited to meet
"Ruff," the drug dog from 1 to 2 p.m.
Bast Side Puppets performance is
■et for 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Mike Blake will discuss adoles-
cent, chemical dependency from 2:30
to 3 p.m.; the DARE program will be
explained by Sheriffs Deputy Tom
Haddock from 3 to 4 p.m.; the Rusk
Junior High School students will
present skits on peer pressure from
4 to 4:30 p.m. and presentations of
prizes for poster and bum per sti cker
contests will be made from 4:30 to 5
Youngsters from kindergarten
through sixth grade will compete in
the poster contest and those in the
seventh through twelfth grades will
compete in the bumper sticker slo-
'Christmas in Rusk' festivities set
Christmas in Rusk begins Nov.
30 this year. The Rusk Chamber of
Commerce and the Rusk Ministe-
rial Alliance are again sponsoring
the community Christmas Program
and Lighting Ceremony, beginning
at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30.
For the past two years, thanks to
the efforts of many merchants and
individuals, most buildings on and
near the downtown square in Rusk
have been trimmed with white
Christmas lights, outlining windows
The lights will all be turned on si-
multaneously with the singing of
"Joy To The World" to signify the be-
ginning of the Christmas season in
Dates to remember are:
Nov. 30 - The Christmas pro-
gram and lighting ceremony at 5:15
p.m. Immediately after the lighting
ceremony there will be a catfish
dinner at the Methodist Church
sponsored by Kiwanis.
Dec. 2 - The Annual Downtown
Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. There
will also be snacks with Santa at the
Methodist Church immediately af-
ter the parade.
Dec. 3 - Annual Home Tour from
1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Dec. 18-23 - Evening shopping
until 7 p.m. with participating
Holcombs buy Sears;
return home to Rusk
Rusk man charged with assault
A Rusk man is being held in the
Cherokee County Jail in connection
with the alleged assault,Friday
night, of a resident of the Pinewood
Bond has been denied for Rodney
Johnson, 25, of Rusk, in connection
with charges of attempted capital
murder, aggravated robbery and un-
authorized use of a motor vehicle.
Rusk City Patrolman Kenneth
King said he received a call at 8:25
p.m. Saturday that a man was seen
lying in a ditch on Lloyd Road.
Constable, Precinct 1, Billy Love-
lady radioed King that he would
assist While enroute to the Lloyd
Road site, King said he received a
emergency call to the Pinewood
Upon arrival at the apartment at
8:30 p.m., he found the apartment
door open and the resident, Harold
Alexander,65, sitting in a chair. King
reported he found Alexander cov-
ered in blood with pbrasions on the
face and • two inch cut in his throat.
Johnson reportedly ran into the
woods and Lovelady spotted him on
Lloyd Road. Items stolen from
Alexander's apartment were found
abandoned on Lloyd Road.
Additional police units were
summonded and around 9:15 p.m.
King was informed that an auto had
been stolen from a Butler Street
residence and was being driven by a
man fitting Johnson's description.
Johnson was later arrested in
Jacksonville after a s^ort chase with
Nancy and Ken Miller have sold
their Rusk Sears store to Mary
Kate and Elam (E.J.) Holcomb of
College Station, formerly of Rusk.
Holcomb is the son of Mrs. Perk-
ins Holcomb and the late Mr.
Holcomb. He is a. graduate of Alto
High School and attended Stephen
F. Austin University. He was em-
ployed for a number of years as a Air
Controller. Later, he was co-owner
of the Body Shop at College Station
and more recently was employed as
an insurance adjuster.
Mrs. Holcomb, a Rusk native, is
the daughter of Mrs. Joe Guinn and
the late Mr. Guinn. She is a gradu-
ate of Rusk High School and at-
tended Tyler Ju nior College and the
University of Houston. She is more
recently a graduate of the A&M
Electronic School. Her work experi-
ence includes bookkeeper for her
husband's business and her own
computer repair service.
The couple has two daughters,
Marni, a student at Texas A&M,
and Nina, a student at Blinn Col-
lege. Both daughters will remain in
-Ifs good to come back home and
we are certainly looking forward to
renewing old friendships and mak-
ing new friends," Holcomb says.
Mrs. Holcomb extends an invita-
tion to everyone to drop by and visit.
Entertainment will induce Wu Shu
KungFufrom 2:30to3 p.m. and the
New Life Quartet from 3 4x> 4 p m.
A hands off contest begins on
Friday, from 10:30p.m. to midnight.
The contest begins at midnight.
Entry fee is $2 and two waterbeds
will be awarded, one to the winning
adult and one to the winning youth.
There will be prizes, information
and much, much more. Booths will
be sponsored by surrounding cities.
Persons wanting to make donations
to help with the event or the Rusk
fight against drugs programscando
so at either of the Rusk banks.
Judge Bascom W. Bentley III,
148th Judicial District Court has
ruled that a new state Department
of Criminal Justice in mate defender
program has a "built in" conflict of
interest because of its close ties to-, %
The program is funded with
$300,000 Texas Department of
Criminal Justice funds. The money
is used to pay legal fees for indigent
inmates charged with crimes com-
mitted in the department's institu-
This was part of a state appro-
priations bill to reform the former
Texas Department of Corrections.
A defense attorney Sam Hicks of
Anderson County says the public
defenders' representation could
suffer because it depends on the
department for funds, supplies, fa-
cilities and equipment.
"The office is too closely tied to
TDC through funding," Hicks is
quoted in an area newspaper as
J. Kirk Brown, general counsel
with the department of criminal
justice says the program will con-
tinue to offer legal representation
The ruling currently, only affects
the case of a 28-year-old inmate,
Willie Lee Mayes, who is serving a
149 year sentence for aggravated
kidnapping and aggravated robbery
Correctional officers allege Mayes
was found with a homemade knife
in the unit in December, 1988.
Elizabeth DeRieux, administra-
tor of the inmate defender program
says the system contains no conflict
of interests.Mayes became con-
cerned after she told him who pro-
vides funds for her services.
Who will pay for Hicks' services is
not known. A current law says that
Anderson County is responsible for
the first $250 in inmates cases.
However, the state h tot appro-
priated funds for lega, lees under
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