Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 142, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 15, 1990 Page: 1 of 18
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Thursday, February 15, 1990
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
A PROCLAMATION declaring the Week of Feb. 11-17 as Cherokee County Farm
Bureau Week is signed by County Judge Bmmett Whitehead. Seated from left are
Commissioner Billy McCutcheon, Precinct 4; Commissioner F. B. Hassell, Precinct
3; Judge Whitehead; Commissioner Alton Hicks, Precinct 2; and Commissioner Bob
Gregg, Precinct 1. Standing, left to right, are Farm Bureau Field Representative Bo
Griffin; Morris Dixon, chairman of the membership committee; Cecil Richey; Joe
Ray Ocker, Farm Bureau president; Helen Goff, office manager; and W. A. White.
Filing begins Feb. 19
Rusk Council calls election
Three Rusk city'council members
will be elected at an election called
for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May
5, at the Rusk City Hall. The city
election was called by the Rusk
council Thursday evening. Betty
McCrary will serve as election judge
and Lewis McCrary as alternate
Sherry Holcomb will serve as
absentee clerk and Chery DeSilvy
will be deputy absentee clerk. Ab-
sentee balloting will be from April
16 through May 1.
Terms of Council members Gloria
Jennings, District 3; Charles Has-
sell, District 4 and Mike Crysup,
District 5 expire with the election.
Mrs. Jennings and Crysup have
indicated that they will seek re-
The first day for filing as candi-
dates for election is Feb. 19.
During the Thursday evening
meeting of the council, it was an-
nounced that Tom Ball had with-
drawn his request to place a mobile
home at Sycamore and Second
streets. Ball in a letter to the council
stated that he was withdrawing the
request after he was notified by
Councilman Mike Crysup that he
would vote against Ball's request.
The request had previously been
approved by the Planning and Zon-
ing Board. Some 20 persons living
in the area had objected to the re-
No action was taken by the coun-
cil concerning a request to author-
ize City Manager Pee Wee Drake to
secure a lease-purchase agreement
for a tractor for cemetery mowing.
Report from the Police Depart-
ment showed that 24 arreBts were
made during the month. Arrests in-
cluded five public intoxication, three
DPS warrants, four other warrants,
three traffic violations, one UCW,
one burglary of a habitation, one La.
warrant, one criminal trespass, one
making alcohol available to a mi-
nor, two minors in possession of
alcohol, one possession of alcohol
Meeting place change
Alto Youth Baseball's meeting for
Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. has
been moved to the Community Room
at the Housing Authority.
All coaches and interested par-
ents are asked to attend.
A pop concert, presented by Alto
bands will be held at 7 p.m. Thurs-
day,Feb. 22 at the Alto School Cafe-
teria. Refreshments will be served
following the concert.
No admission will be charged, but
donations will be asked at the door.
Spring registration for the Rusk
Soccer League has been scheduled
for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
17, and again on Saturday, Feb. 24
at the Rusk High School Gym.
Youths playing soccer in the fall
are already pre-registered.
Cost for the spring season is $25
per child. Birth certification must
be taken to registration.
Club meeting slated
The Alto Friendship Club will
meet at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday)
Feb. 15 at the Lions Club Building
for a Valentine Party. The commu-
nity is cordially invited to come,
bring a covered dish and et\joy the
Art League meet set
' The Alto Art League will meet at
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the
fellowship hall ofthe A. Frank Smith
United Methodist Church. The pro-
gram will be an oil painting demon-
stration by Karen LoStracca. The
meeting is open to the public.
U. S. Congressman Jim Chapman
and other public officials will be
honored at a reception from 10 to
11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Chero-
kee County Courthouse. Hostingthe
event will"be members of the Chero-
kee County League of Women Vot-
All public officials in the county
will be honored. Honored guests will
include Cherokee County officials,
members of the various county
school boards, city council members
of the county's city governments,
city managers, members ofthe sher-
iff's department and other elected
and appointed officials.
The annual Rusk Ministerial Al-
liance vs. Rusk Businessmen,
Coaches and Teachers basketball
game has been scheduled for 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 at the Rusk High School
gym. Proceeds from the game will
go toward a Ministerial Alliance
Scholarship to a graduating Rusk
High School senior. The scholar-
ship is awarded on merit of need,
academics, extra curriculum activi-
ties and participating the youth's
Tickets for the game are $2 for
adults and $1 for students. There
will also be a three point shooting
contest conducted at halftime.
"Be sure to support this worth-
while event that will be ñin to watch
and also a blessing to support," says
Perry Eaton, coordinator for the
Prinicipal Well* High School
Steven Huffman has been hired
as principal for Wells High School.
That action came during a special
meeting of the Wells ISD trustees
Feb. 8. Huffman is presently assis-
tant principal at Koonce Jr. High
and he will assume his duties Mar.
In other actions at the special
meeting, trustees accepted bids from
Grady Greenville of $160 to pour a
sidewalk from the kitchen to the
street and $960 to pour a ramp i
sidewalk in front of the < *
County helps museum
Proclaims County Farm Bureau Week
with intent to sell and one posses-
sion of marijuana. Eight accidents
were investigated and 161 traffic
tickets issued. Tickets include 79
speeding, 20 for no liability insur-
ance, 11 for running a stop sign or
red light, 11 for no seat belts, 18 for
violation ofthrough truck ordinance,
two for expired motor vehicle in-
spection sticker, 12 for expired or no
driver's license, three for expired
license plates,, one for defectiva
equipment, one for obstructi ng road-
way and three for public intoxica-
Total money collected by the Po-
lice Department for the month was
$9,620.60, bringing the yearly total
to date to $36,670.66.
go on sale
The Cherokee Civic Theatre pro-
duction of "Cinderella" will be pre-
sented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24
and 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Cherokee
Theatre in downtown Rusk.
Tickets are available at Pazzazz
Boutique and the Radio Shack in
Jacksonville and at Chapman's
Pharmacy, Memories Antiques and
the accounting office of James
Holcomb in Rusk. All tickets are $6.
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Antique wooden cabinets, an
antique stand-up working book-
keeper table, metal card files and
two old Woodstock typewriters will
be placed in a Rusk-Cherokee
County Museum. Stanley Chapman
and James Polk Richards of Rusk
appeared before the Cherokee
County Commissioners Court Mon-
day morning to seek the items, no
longer being used by the county, for
the museum. The Summers Nor-
man Foundation has contributed the
old Barr Grocery Building for the
museum, which will be named the
Norman Memorial Museum. Plans
for the museum have been going on
for about a year and it will probably
be about two or three years before
the museum is open to the public,
A bid from D&B Information
Systems of Fort Worth was accepted
for the purchase of an inhouse
computer system for the Cherokee
County Sheriffs Department. The
$42,725 system will be purchased
with a matching grant from the
Department of Criminal Justice.
The county will pay $21,362.50.
Dick Gray, president of the
Homeowners Association at
Lakeview Estates, Lake Palestine,
asked for help in controlling vicious
dogs in the county. He said nine
Chows and four Pit Bulldogs have
just been removed from the area.
"The county does not have ordi-
nance making power," County Judge
Emmett Whitehead said.
The only laws on the books for dog
control are a rabies control law and
one from the Texas Penal Code for
dogs after a person has been bitten,
"The county attorney said that
dogs can be put in restraint after a
complaint has been received," Judge
"Since Jan. 1, there have been
four aggravated assaults and two
dogs have been shot," Gray reported.
A proclamation was signed in
support of Cherokee County Farm
Membership Week, Feb. 11-17.
Attending the meeting in support of
the Farm Bureau were Joe Ray
Ocker, president; Morris Dixon,
membership committee chairman;
Helen Goff, office manager, W. A.
White, Cecil Richey and Field Man-
ager Bo Griffin.
A request from Ray Patton, Jus-
tice of the Peace, Precinct 3, for the
purchase of a pager and telephone
was approved. Cost of the equip-
♦See COUNTY p. 14
Rusk coach is named
begins Feb. 21
a Absentee bal loting for the Tues-
day, March 13, primary elections
begins Feb. 21, according to Fairy
Upshaw, Cherokee County Clerk.
Persons Wanting to vote absen-
ted can do so at her office or the
Jacksonville Activity Center be-
tween 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. week-
days through March 9 and from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 24
Ronnie Bickham, 44, of Bartlett
has been employed as Rusk ISD
Head Coach and Athletic Director.
His duties will begin in March.
Bickham's employment came fol-
lowing an executive meeting of the
Rusk School Board Thursday night.
Vote to hire Bickham was unani-
mous. He was selected for the posi-
tion over some 70 other applicants.
Bickham has a professional rec-
ord of 95 wins, 45 loses and one tie.
His team in 1972 at Chilton High
School won the State A Champion-
ship. In 1988, the Bartlett team
went to the State Quarterfinals. In
1989 the Bartlett team had 11 wins
and two loses, both to State Cham-
pion Thorn dale.
Bickham is a graduate of
Deweyville High School and LaMar-
He served as head coach and
athletic director at Bartlett, A Cen-
tral Texas Class Aschool, since 1984.
Prior to going to Bartlett, he was
head coach at Beauregard High
School in Longview, La. from 1978-
84. Other positions held include
Baytown Sterling assistant football
coach, 1977-78; head coach and
athletic director at West Hardin
High School from 1975-77; andhead
coach and athletic director at Chil-
ton from 1970-75.
Bickham's wife, Ruth, is an ele-
mentary school teacher. They are
parents of two sons, Darrin, 21, and
RUSK INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION board members met Wednesday, Feb. 7 to fine tune
plans for the State Employees Appreciation Day. Highlighting the noon meeting was
the presentation of a check for 92,500 by Richard Kelley from General Telephone
Company to support the organization's work. Shown front, (1-r) are James I. Perkins,
RIF president; Curtis Pruett; Charles Hassell accepting the check from Kelley; Bob
Bucher of Houston, a visitor and Lewie Byers. Standing (1-r) are Tony Murray. Robert
Gonzalez, Donald Clayton. TDCJ Warden Jerry Murphy, Frank Diamont, Emmett
Whitehead, Joe Terrell and Bob Gregg. -staff photo
,000 Is presented to Sandra Wright, food serrice worker for Skyview
State Employee Appreciation Banquet, Thursday, at the
Prom left are James I. Perkins, president of the Rusk
indatlon; Ms. Wright; Robert Gonsalea, president of the Rusk Chamber
and Rusk Councilman Charles Hassell. treasurer of the Rusk Industrial
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