Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 141, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 11, 1990 Page: 1 of 16
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Vol. 141. No. 49 - 12 Pages
Thursday. January 11. 1990
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
honoree of event
Members ofthe Rusk Garden Club
will conduct their annual Arbor Day
Tree Planting Ceremonies at 10
a.m. Jan. 19 at the Rusk State park.
The tree will be dedicated to Mrs.
slated in Wells
Workers from Memorial Hospi-
tal, Lufldn, will be on hand Satur-
day, Jan. 13, in Wells to take blood
pressure and give cholesterol test to
A fee of $5 will be chaTged for
cholesterol tests, but blood pressure
checks are free, according to mem-
bers of the Wells VFW Post 1196
Testing begins at 9 a.m. at the
VFW Meeting Hall across from the
During the testing time, films will
be shown on nutrition and on self-
examination of the breast.
Rusk church people will be vis-
iting Husk area homes Saturday,
Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 20.
Visitors will wear identifica-
tion and will distribute scriptures.
A religious survey will be con-
ducted during the visita.
Emphasi e will be placed on high
attendance at participating
churches on Jan. 28.
A decision to purchase an Eclipse
Fire Hydrant for Wright Pattman
St. was the only action taken when
the Wells City Council met Monday
night. The hydrant will be installed
and more will be ordered by the city
if the initial one proves satisfactory.
Tabled was the purchase of a radio
for the patrol car pending additional
Chief-of-Police J.D. Allen reported
the following for December: one
prowler call, one fight, three minor
and two major accidents, two alarm
calls at Polks, three family distur-
bances, one public intoxication and
two assists with the Department of
Also, one assist each to the Chero-
kee and the Angelina sheriffs of-
fices, one burglary, one theft, 50
citations, one recovered vehicle, one
call on loose horses, two loud music
and one fire call.
Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Mettlen
reported that the department had
worked one wreck, one woods fire,
one camp house fire and seven grass
Water superintendent Tony
McKnight reported that the chlo-
rine level in the water would de-
crease as it works its way through
the water system.
Mayor Robert English closed the
unusually short meeting at 7:50 p.m.
County buys insurance
at a saving of $39,000
HURRYI BEFORE THEY'RE ALL GONE1 Tickets to the Rusk
Chamber of Commerce banquet Jan. 18 are now on sale.
Shown here are Robert Gonzalez, Nell McNatt ana Flossie
Nixson, front seated, who have tickets for sale. They may be
obtained from the Chamber's office on Main Street, or from
any of the Chamber directors. Cost Is $10 for the 49th
annual membership banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m. in the
Rusk Junior High Cafetortum. -staff photo
M« mberH of the Cherokee County
Commissioners Court, will meet, nt
2 p.m. Thursday to consider con-
tractual obligations for the purchase
of county equipment.
Commissioners approved a con-
tract Monday with CJeroge Wash-
ington Life Insurance Company for
1) on 1th i n s u r a nee for cou n ty e m pi oy-
ees. Gilbert. Baker of Jacksonville,
insurance representative met with
the court, to explain the proposed
Costofthe insurance will be $153
per month plus another $12 per
employee and $20 per family for
prescription cards. Family cost is
$285 per family cost. There is no
special plan for a couple or an em-
ployee with children.
Cost of the insurance is some $22
per employee less than the current
policy covering employees. This is a
saving of some $39,336.
Bond for Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Joe Eckenrode was approved. Also
commissions approved the purchase
ofa 1984 Dodge van from L&L Ford
at Rusk for $5,500. The van is a 15
passenger vehicle and has 52,062
miles. Additional cost will be re-
quired to add a wire cage and bars
for hauling prisoners.
Hank Cha ndler, Cherokee County
Veteran Service Officer, submitted
his resignation to, the court. Chan-
dlerisretiring effective Jan. 31.The
Commissioners Court will accept
applications and interview inter-
ested persons on the afternoon of
BUT WHO DOES THE WORK? Behind the scenes at the Alto Uons Club fish fry Friday night were
a lot of hard worklng fellows. Among them were these frantically frying Uons: Jamie Blanton,
his dad James Blanton, Kim Bradshaw, David Danheim and Frank Adams from left to right.
They were Just a few of the many at work to present an evening of good food and fellowship
for area citizens. For the past few years, the tradition of Friday Night Fish Fry by the Alto Uons,
has continued as a successful project to raise funds in support of the organization's various
activities. -staff photo
Increase not shifted to citizens
At its first meeting of the year,
Alto City Council met Monday night
and decided not to pass on to its citi-
zens the increase in the price of gas
that the city is paying from its sup-
In other business, Mayor Garwin
Baugh and councilpersons Dixie
Dolcater, Verna Lee Arnold, Terry
Black and James Qrammer met with
Mark Aydelott, operations supervi-
sor with Laidlaw Waste Systems,
Inc. of Tyler to discuss the city's
need to know in advance of any
change in holiday garbage pickup.
New Postmistress appointed
Jack E. Johns, Postmaster/Sec-
tional Center Manager, Tyler, an-
nounces the appointment of Bar-
bara De Pasquale as the Rusk
Postmistress, effective Monday,
Barbara entered the U.S. Postal
Service in 1979 at Seattle, Wash.
Presently she is a Supervisor of
Mail Processing at Longview.
She was born in Longview and
attended school there continuing
her education at Kilgore College,
University of Oklahoma and Se-
She is married to Richard De
Also requested was for the com-
pany to audit the garbage pickup
route because garbage on some
streetsiB not being picked up. Ayde-
lott will also inform Council if his
company can pick up bar screen
Council approved an amendment
for a ground storage water tank in
place of the overhead tank which
was originally approved.
Further business discussed was
thatthecity will run advertisement
for bids on their dozer, Ford pickup
and Chevrolet S.T.
All city property will be invento-
ried before Council's next meeting
and by September of each year
The city will donate $500 to
D.AR.E. Drug Fund. This money
comes from the sale of confiscated
liio city will advertise for bids for
an attorney. Carol Rozell will take
two weeks unused accrued vacation
time one week in 1990 and one week
Council discussed that the new
computer program was running be-
A motion was passed that any in-
dividual caught stealing services
will be prosecuted to the fullest
extent of the law. A motion by
Grammer and second by Black
stated that property owners who
are in violation of fire hazard laws
and endangering public welfare due
•See ALTO COUNCEL...p. 12
A grievance committee composed
of Marcia Garza and Ronnie Hen-
dricks, of Alto; Rubenington Style
Dyess, Janet Cummins and Mary
Ray, all of Rusk; James Thomas
Sing Sr. of Troup; Charles Owens,
James Thompson and Tony Gill of
An EOS Processing System was
approved for purchase at, the meet
ing. Costofthe system will run $432
per month, with the first payment
being $864.82. Tracie Salyer, repre-
sentative of the firm met with the
court to discuss the new computer
network. The current system is
equipped to serve two users. The
new system will allow for four users
and can be used by the indigent
health care records, Ms. Salyer said.
County holidays approved at the
meeti ng for 1990i nclude President's
Day, Monday, Feb. 19; Texas Inde-
pendence Day, Friday, March 2;
Good Friday, April 13; Memorial
Day, Monday, May 28; Independ-
ence Day, Wednesdny, July 4; La-
bor Day, Monday, Sept. 3; Veterans
Day, Monday, Nov. 12; Thanksgiv-
ing, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22
and 23; Christmas, Monday, Tues-
day and Wednesday, Dec. 24, 25
and 26; and New Year's Day, Tues-
day, Jan. 1, 1991.
Expenses for the County Health
Nurse to attend a seminaratAustin,
Jan. 22-26 and for the County At
torney to attend a seminar at San
Antonio Jan. 11 and 12 were ap-
Judge Emmett Whitehead re-
ported to the court that he hopes the
county will be able to get started on
the new solid waste transfer station
soon. The fence is already up at the
site and Airport Coordinator Ray
Davis is getting prices for the con-
cret work, which will be presented
to the court at the next meeting.
Cost of the site should run $20,000
file deadline passes
The Democratic ballot is set for
the first primary election scheduled
for March 13.
Craig Caldwell, a Rusk lawyer,
filed just a few minutes before the 6
p.m. deadline to challenge Emmett
Whitehead of Rusk for County
Other contested races are for
District Clerk, Precinct No. 4 Com-
missioner, and Precinct No. 3 Jus-
tice of the Peace.
Three women, Candis Blankin-
ship of Gallatin, Mary Lou Traylor
of Jacksonville and Marlys Sue
Mason of Reklaw, are seeking the
District Clerk's position. Incumbent
Mavis Parrott did not seek re-elec-
Incumbent Billy McCutcheon of
New Summerfield is being chal-
lenged by Curtis Lindsey of the
Mixon Community. McCutcheon is
Beeking his second term.
A contest developed in the race
for Justice of the Peace, Precinct
No. 3 when Bennie Hood of Jackson-
ville filed for the position now held
by Ray Patton, of Jacksonville.
Patton was appointed to the job
following the resignation of Judge
The State Representative job will
have two Democratic candidates.
Elton Bomer of Montalba, Ander-
son County, and Buck Bonner of
Fairfield, Freestone County.
Two Republican candidates are
also seeking the State Representa-
tive office. They are Frances Dea r of
Palestine, and Christian Reagan,
also of Palestine.
Two have filed for the office of
369th Judicial District Court Judge,
an office shared by Cherokee and
Anderson counties. They are Bas-
com Bentley III, Democrat, Pales-
tine, who was appointed by Gov.
Bill Clements to the new created
post last September and on the
Republican ballot is Michael B.
Dear, Palestine attorney.
Running unopposed are: Fairy
Upshaw, County Clerk; Alto Hicks,
Commissioner, Precinct. 2; Diann
Norton, County Treasurer; LeRue
Dixon, County Court at Law; Archie
Cook, Justice ofthe Peace, FYecinct.
1; Dalford Stewart, Justice of the
Peace, Precinct 2; Bobby Caveness,
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 and
Wayne Morgan, County Surveyor.
Bob Adamson, long time chairman
ofthe Cherokee County Democratic
party is unopposed.
TSR taking applications
Applications for seasonal employ-
ees are being accepted at the Texas
State Railroad Historical park head-
quarters here as a prelude to the
1990season, which begins in March,
according to Superintendent Curtis
Jobs applications will be taken
for reservation clerks, ticketagents,
conductors and train assistants. All
applicants should report to the Rusk
headquarters adjacent to the
depot The park headquarters is lo-
cated two and a half miles west of
Rusk on U.S. Hwy. 84.
Applications will be accepted from
8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
through Jan. 12. The park will be
closed weekends during the appli-
Those applying should be 16 years
or older, in good health and have the
ability to cheerfully deal with fellow
workers and park visitors.
While the seasonal jobs are not
difficult, employees are very impor-
tant to the train operation, accord-
ing to Pruett. "The work calls for
persons who can deal with people,
answering questions and enforcing
safety rules; working with other staff
members to insure that the trains
and depots are thoroughly cleaned,
and having the ability to speak and
read well," he added. "In other words,
these are the person who most sig-
nificantly represent this park."
The job calls for the staff to report
in early March and continuing
through Oct. 28. In the spring and
fall, the trains run only Saturdays
and Sundays. From Memorial Day,
May 28, until Aug. 19, the trains
run Thursdays through Mondays.
Operations Superintendent Char-
lie Maple revealed that interviews
will begin late in January.
Rusk City Council meeting set
Three items on a 13-item agenda
for the Rusk City Council focus on
US Highway 84 concerns. The
meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thurs-
day in council chambers, will in-
clude comments from Frank Howell
with regard to the placement of a
red light at the intersections of US
Highways 69 and 84. The existing
light blinks only and is supported
by four way stop signs.
Council members will also con-
sider the approval of an ordinance
which will alter the speed zone on
84 West In addition, the council
will consider hiring a surveyor to
establish legal boundaries of land
owned by the City of Rusk on 84
Other topics on the agenda in-
clude a building permit for proposed
apartments on Rusk Industrial
Foundation property; consideration
of the annual audit report and the
appointment of members to the Rusk
Housing Authority Board.
Minutes from the previous meet-
ing, a budget and police report along
with accounts payable are also on
Council members include Mayor
M.O. Higgins, Charles Robert Has-
sell, Mike Crysup, Walter Session,
Gloria Jennings and Jame Seallon.
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