Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 9, 1989 Page: 1 of 30
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Established Feb. 27, 1850 as the Cherokee Sentinel ~ Texas' Oldest, Continuously Published Weekly Newspaper
Vol. 141, No. 40 - 14 Pages
Thursday, November 9, 1989
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
The economy for Rusk and Chero-
kee County is due for a huge boost
later this month when more than
300 additional jobs will be filled at
TDC's new 200-bed psychiatric fa-
cility. Warden Joe Collins says
additional patients are scheduled
to begin arriving in early January.
"My concern is that we need to
have a trained staff on board before
these patients arrive. We hope to
have most of the staff on the job at
least a month before the hospital
opens," the warden stated.
When fully occupied, slightly more
than 500 patients will be at the
unit, and around 681 positions will
be filled. Payroll at the facility will
increase to around $2 million a year.
Warden Collins explained that the
$8 million building is now 85 per-
cent complete, and could be ready
by early December. Fencing and the
new parking lot should be finished
in the immediate future.
The Cherokee County Commis-
sioners Court awarded to bid to
complete the paving on the access
road which connects FM 2972 to the
facility. Judge Emmett Whitehead
stated it is hoped this work will be
finished prior to the opening.
A concentrated effort is being
made now to locate these newly
employed people in Cherokee
County. The Chambers ofCommerce
in Rusk and Jacksonville areassist-
ing along with the Rusk Industrial
Foundation and the City of Rusk.
"Many of these people want to live
close to their jobs, and will be look-
ing for adequate housing to either
rent or buy. The average age of a
correctional officer is around 25
years," Warden Collins stated.
Total employment at Rusk State
Hospital at TDC's Skyview will
approach 2000 when all jobs are
"We are extremely proud of these
two fine facilities of service," com-
mented Judge Whitehead.
Free admission to Rusk event
The first Soberfest for Rusk is
scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat-
urday at the Rusk City Center (for-
merly the National Guard Armory)
on Euclid Street. Admission is free
and offers a variety of informative
Guest speakers will include a
recovering teen, who will tell her
story from 10-11 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.
East Side Puppets performance is
set 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 Sheriff's 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
set at First Baptist
Rusk food drive
Area Scouts are participating in
Saturday. Filled bag* will be col-
Good Samaritan patttpfl
The drive ia being ooordteaied by
Jacob Parker, 683-4766; Chad Jar-
ratt, 683-4506; Jacob Blankitmhip,
683-4374 or Ben Minw, 683-6707.
Person , who do not receive bag#
prizes for posters and bumper
sticker contests will be made from
4:30 to 5 p.m.
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-
Entertainment will include Wu
Shu Kung Fu from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
and the New Life Quartet from 3 to
A hands off contest registration is
set for Friday, from 10:30 p.m. to
midnight. The contest begins atmid-
night. Entry fee is $2 and two wa-
terbeds will be awarded, one to the
winning adult and one to the win-
There will be prizes, information
and much, much more. Booths will
be sponsored by surrounding citieB.
Persons wanting to make contribu-
tions to hel p with the event or Rusk's
fight againBt drugs can do so at
either of the Rusk banks.
DOROTHY McCLURE, an avid Eagle fan, is surrounded by
five pretty reasons for her support of the RHS football teams.
They are her granddaughters. From left front above are
Julie Norton, head cheerleader, Varsity; Mrs. McClure; Angie
McClure, twirler, Rusk High School band; from left, top,
Ginger McClure, Junior Varsity cheerleader; Kara Norton,
Varsity cheerleader and Tammie McClure, Junior Varsity
Mother, grandmother attends games
to support the Eagles
It is doubtful that there is an-
other grandmother in the state of
Texas who has as many reasons to
attend local football games as does
Her support of the Rusk High
School Eagles stems, in part, from
her loyalty to the school when her
own children were students here.
They are Dwaine, Kenny, Dottie
Dwaine is the only one of the four
who did not graduate from Rusk,
electing to return to Teague and
receive his diploma with fellow class-
mates of earlier years. His dad, the
late Dr. Jewel M. McClure had
pa stored the Methodist church there
before accepting the Rusk appoint-
Today, Mrs. McClure maintains
steadfast support of the games
where she is pleased to watch five
granddaughters add to the enjoy-
ment as cheerleaders/Twirler.
Julie and Kara Norton, daugh-
ger, daughter of Dwaine, is a cheer-
leader. Angie and Tammie, daugh-
ters of Kenny, are twirler and cheer-
It is even doubtful that the Guin-
ness Book of Records has anything
to beat this kind of family together-
ness and school loyalty/spirit!
Bill Moore will entertain at a
special aftergame fellowship Nov.
10 at the First Baptist Church. The
event is being sponsored by the Rusk
Ministerial Alliance. The Ministe-
rial Alliance will provide a post game
meal for all varsity football players,
cheerleaders, twirlers and their
Bill Moore to entertain after the
meal, not only for the football team,
but for everyone in the community.
Bill Moore was a standout punter
and an important member of the
Baylor 1974 SWC championship
team. He is a professional juggler
and comedian story teller, as well as
an inspirational speaker.
The public is invited to join in this
special evening and to show support
of the Eagle football team.
Members of the Rusk City Coun-
cil met Oct. 26 to authorize the sale
of 7.781 acres of city property to the
Rusk Industrial Foundation. The
property is situated, adjacent to the
Industries! Foundation property on
Loop 343 and Highway 69 North in
the J. Hundley Survey, Abstract
341, County Block 1007 and is land
The Industrial Foundation bill for
$1,000 was the only bid received by
The funds from the sale of the
properly will go toward the pur-
chase of Christmas lights and deco-
AREA News Briefs
Directors to meet Singing scheduled
Directors of the Rusk Chamber of
Commerce will meet at noon Mon-
day, Nov. 13 at the Southern Motor
Inn. All directors are urged to at-
tend this dutch treat luncheon.
The New Life Singers will sing at
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the
Reklaw Baptist Church.
Everyone is invited, according to
Jerry Wallis, pastor. Davy Sanders
is the Music Director.
Rusk activity slated Dec. 8-9-10
to perform at TSR
The third annual Dessert and
Readers Theatre will be performed
Dec. 8-9-10 at the Texas State Rail-
road Depot in Rusk.
Cast selection was completed
recently and has been announced.
For Charles Dickens' "A Christmas
Story," an adaptation of "Scrooge,"
they are Phyllis Drake as Catherine
Dickens Coulter; Amanda Penn,
Coulter's daughter and P.O. Ford,
Faye D. Julians', "A Magic Christ-
mas," will be performed by Pam
Kelley as Miss Annie; Wendy
Campbell as Setta; Rodney Kelley
as Holly; Phyllis Drake, Miz Zelda
and Paige Kelley, Peggy Anderson.
The children's chorus will feature
PatandTom Haddock as principals
and include these young people:
Sabrina and Angela Da villa, Joseph
Mahoney, P.O. Ford, Paige and R.P.
Kelley, Mitch Ballew, Heather
Holcomb, Amanda Penn, Anita
Cantrell, Dede Grimes, Wendy
Campbell and Sriram Srinivasan.
"The production theme is 'The
Magic ofChristmas,'" says Zel wanda
Hendrick, director. Music director
is June Crysup.
Chili Cook Off set
to aid DE-FY-IT
The Finance Committee of the
support group for D-FY-IT met at 7
p.m., Monday, Nov. 6. It was de-
cided to have a "chili cook off and
adult membershi p drive" in lieu of a
"chili supper," at the Alto Lions Club.
The date has been changed and will
be on Saturday, Nov. 18 beginning
at 10 a.m.
Anyone interested in entering the
cook off must get i n touch with Jerry
Rix at 858-2161 or Alto City Hall
858-4711. There is a $10 entry fee.
Two winners will be announced and
will receive a trophy. One winner
will be one of the "peoples' choice"
and a winner will be chosen by the
The menu will also consistofbea ns
and soup, for those who do not eat
chili. A meal is not complete with-
out a dessert and that will be pos-
sible as you can buy a piece of cake
or pie. Admission will be $4 for adults
and $2 for children 12 and under,
The money made from this "'cook
off will be for the support of the D-
FY-IT program (Drug Free Youth in
Texas). The 90 percent of our stu-
dents who have tested drug free is
something for which we are very
proud. Lets get together as a com-
munity and let our youth know we
stand behind them. Come to the
chili cook off.
This organization expresses ap-
preciation to the individuals, busi-
nesses and other organizations for
their contributions to the support of
Council meeting set
Members of the Rusk City Coun-
cil will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at
City Hall to hear a review of a
proposed street planning and reno-
vation plan submitted by City Engi-
neer Ralph Stokes.
The council will approve contracts
with Cherokee County for provid-
ing ambulance and fire protection
to a designated area in mid-Chero-
The council has been asked by the
East Texas Council of Governments
to set transportation charges for
use of the Elderly Transportation
bus within the city limits. The coun-
cil is also expected to hear from the
Rusk Housing Authority represen-
tatives, who will ask that the city
provide the HUD funded agency
with office space.
Holiday plans begin
Plans for Christmas activites are
being formulated by a committee,
composed of representatives from
area churches, the Rusk Ministe-
rial Alliance, Chamber ofCommerce
President Stephanie Caveness and
Rusk Mayor Maurice Higgins. The
group met Oct. 27 at the Rusk cham-
ber office to plan for Christmas
assistance for the needy. The cham-
ber office will serve as a clearing
house to accept applications from
those who need help at Christmas
THE CUPBOARD IS almost bare at the Good Samaritan Mission. Stocking the shelves with
donated food are Rosemary Thompson, Cora Woodard and Nora Christopher. Food and
money donations can be made at any of the participating churches or at the Good
Samaritan. -staff photo
These applications will be made
available to anyone seeking to help
persons during Christmas.
Churches, service clubs ahd indi-
viduals who want to help one of
these families can contact the Rusk
Chamber office at 214-683-4242 for
Lt. Col. Michael Taylor of Lufkin
will be the principal speaker at the
Wells Veterans of Foreign Wars
dedication of an American flag
memorial on Veterans Day, Nov.
Col. Taylor, a Vietnam veteran, is
commanding officer of a Lufkin
National Guard unit.
"Our dedication of the flag memo-
rial will startat 11 a.m. on Nov. 11,"
said Post Commander Roy Bur-
roughs. "Our flag memorial is based
on the design of the 101st Airborne
Division. It is in the center of town.
Well fly not only the American Flag,"
he said, "but the MIA flag as well."
James Weatherford, a World War
II veteran, who served with the 101st
Airborne Division, was in charge of
"We are anticipating a large at-
tendance at the dedication. The
public is invited to witneBs this
historic event in Wells. We are proud
of our service to our country in time
of war, and we don't mess around
with flag burners. Our unified proj-
ect is 100% American. We want
travellers on Hwy 69 to see and
appreciate Americanism as we know
it," explained Commander Bur-
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