Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 143, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 28, 1991 Page: 1 of 18
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Vol. 143, No. 4- 12 Pages
Thursday, February 28, 1991
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
Riders Club will meet
The Rusk Riders Club will meet
at 6 p.m. Tuósday at the Cherokee
County Electric Cooperative con-
ference room. All members and
persons interested in the club are
encouraged to attend.
The Cherokee County Farm Bu-
reau Wildlife Committee will meet
at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cherokee
County Electric Cooperative build-
Rusk Band Booster
The Rusk Band Booster Club will
meet at 7 p.m. March 5 at the Rusk
High School Band Hall. Club presi-
dent, Lester Hughes, urges all band
parents and interested persons to
attend. Plans for the second half of
the schopl year will be finalized.
Please attend and support our school
AARP sets meeting
The local chapter of the American
Association of Retired Persons
(AARP) will meet in fellowship hall
of the Rusk First United Methodist
Church at 2 p.m. Thursday, March
7. Carolyn Perry will present a
Some of the members will come
early at 11 a.m. for sack lunches
and games before the formal meet-
ing. Anyone 66 years of age and
older is eligible for AARP member-
ship and is invited to the meeting.
will meet Monday
'"Susanna Dickerson, Girl of the
Alamo" will be reviewed by Bill
March at the 6:30 p.m. Monday
meeting of the Cherokee County
Heritage Association. The meeting
will be at the Southern Motor Inn
Alto Art League
♦ . '■/
TheAltoArt League will meet at
6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) Fob.
28 in the old fellowship hall of A.
Frank Smith UMC. The program
will be a tape of renowned artist,
Ann Templeton under whom AAL
President Corinne Moore has stud-
ied. The public is cordially invited to
attend meetings of the AAL, accord-
ing to the president.
Alto Lions schedules
Fish Fry for March 1
Alto Lions Club will hold another
Famous Fish Fry from 6 p.m. to 8
p.m. this Friday night, March 1.
Tickets in advance are $6.60 or $6
at the door, kids under 8 eat free.
Live entertainment will be pre-
sented by the Lin wood Bapti st Mens
Revival services are scheduled
for March 3 through 6 at the First
Baptist Church, Rusk. Evangelist
will be Ondie Brum and music will
be under the direction of the Grif-
fin Family Singers. Services will be
11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday and
at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.
Church sets revival
The Mount Olive Baptist Church
of Rusk will sponsor their annual
Youth Revival March 3-8. Guest
speaker will be the Rev. Terry
Preeney at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after-
noon; The Rev. T. J. Harris, pastor
of Bethlehem Baptist Church of
Carthage will be the evangelist for
the 7:30 p.m. daily services. The
Rev. Travis McGowan is host pas-
tor and extends an invitation to the
public to attend.
Commissioners eye Public Defender...
Committee says no
TOUR COORDINATORS were Rusk visitors last week In the annual Bast Texas
Tourist Association's Waltz Across Texas. The FAM tour participants rest at the
Texas State Railroad Depot In Rusk. -staff photo
SPECIAL AWARDS were presented to the Rusk Lions Club, James I. Perkins and
Ralph Travis at the Saturday evening Cub Scout Pack 405 Blue and Gold Banquet
In the fellowship hall of the Rusk First United Methodist Church. Glen Stanley
accepted the plaque on behalf of the Lions Club, sponsor of the pack. Perkins
receives certificates for his service to scouting and on behalf of Citizens Bank for
financial contributions to scouting. Travis received a certification for his many
years of service to the scouting program. Another certificate and tape of the
meeting was taken to Frank Morgan, who was 111 and could not attend the meeting.
A Citizens Committee report was
presented to members of the Chero-
kee County Commissioners Court
Monday concerning proposed legis-
lation for a public defender.
The report was prepared by a
committee composed of Sissy Austin,
Bobby Tosh, Eldridge Moak, Larry
Durrett, Hubert Robinson, Elmer
Beckworth and Gary Minton. The
committee was appointed in De-
cember, 1990 by the Cherokee
County Bar Association.
Moak presented the report to the
commissioners on behalf of the
The 16-page document included a
table of contents, the report, exhibit
1 and exhibit 2.
We goofed, big time
Last week Murphy's Law pre-
vailed bigtime as we made errors in
both Wells and Alto School Board
meeting stories. The AISD report
should have stated that Britton
Tilley's term expired, not that of
School Board President Freddy
Johnson. Other trustees with expir-
ing terms in the AISD are J.D.
Pearman and W. D. (Pete) James.
At presstime only Tilley had filed
for re-election. Candidates have
until March 18 to file.
In last week's edition of the Cher-
okeean/Herald it was erroneously
reported that Coach Norris would
be paid $16,000 for assuming the
head coach's duties for the remain-
der of the year. Actually, the Wells
ISD Board of Trustees voted to pay
Another item needing further
clarification was the renewal of
contracts for school principals. High
School Principal Richard
Hawthorn's contract was extended
for one year with an expiration date
of June 1993 and Elementary School
Principal Linda Muse'scontractwas
extended for two years, causi ng it to
expire also in June of 1993.
We regret these mistakes and
apologize for any i nconvenience ihey
may have caused.
Moak reported if the county en-
tered into a public defender pro-
gram, two or more would be re-
quired. He said the committee
thought it would be to the advan-
tage to the county to contract with
local attorneys for the service.
He suggested that an attorney
general's opinion be sought on the
legality of the county UBing funds
collected from other counties to fund
a public defender program.
"We recommend that the Com-
missioners not create a traditional'
public defender program. In a tradi-
tional program, the attorney and
staff members are county employ-
ees. Such a county department will
be expensive and will tend to ex-
pand. A public defender that repre-
sents felony defendants, juveniles
and TDHS parties will have about
80 percent of the workload now
handled by the District Attorney's
office. That office now cost taxpay-
ers about $210,000 per year. These
figures do not include the cost of the
county attorney's office. Much of
this comes from the State of Texas.
Those state funds will not be avail-
able for the public defender. Cost of
a traditional public defender pro-
gram will eventually be similar to
the cost of the District Attorney's
office. We do not believe Cherokee
County can afford a traditional
public defender program
"If a public defender system is
implemented, Cherokee County
would be best served by a contract
system. Contract systems have been
implemented by district courts in
other areas. In such a system, a
private attorney agrees to repre-
sent indigents on a flat fee basis.
Such a system will be much less
expensive than a traditional bureau-
cratic system. It is possible that this
could be implemented without spe-
cial legislation," Moak said.
He reported at the meeting that
the program would not work unless
it is accepted and used by the dis-
•Please see County page 12
begin in Jacksonville
Alto Council 'plumbs' plumbing problems
Jacksonville Downtown Mer-
chants will sponsor "Fabulous Fri-
day" the first and third Fridays of
each month beginning Friday.
Special events and promotions will
include luncheons, provided by
various organisations and restau-
rants from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the corner of Commerce and Main
Entertainment and other activi-
ties will be included. Participating
business will offer special bonus
merchandise specials that will be
available on the "Fabulous Friday"
days only. The specials will be posted
in front of the participating busi-
nesses on appropriate days.
Rusk Mayor will not run again
Rusk Mayor Maurice Higgins has
announced that he will not seek re-
election because of health reasons.
Councilman Mike Crypup, District
6, has filed for the mayoral position.
Janie Scallon, District 1, and
Walter Session, District 2, have both
filed for re-election.
Incumbent Rusk ISD trustees Dr.
Jerry Ocker 'and Peggy Hugghins
have filed for re-election to three-
year terms on the school board.
Persons can file until March 20
for places oh the May 4 city and
Junior Livestock Show slated
The Cherokee County Junior
Livestock Show and Sale is slated
for March 16 -16 at the Show Bam
on Loop 466 in Jacksonville.
The Cloan-Up and Set-Up Work
Days for this event is scheduled for
9 a.m. March 2 and 9 at the Show
Barn. In order for this Show and
Sale to get underway on March 16,
the grounds and building need to be
cleaned and all pens,equ?pmentand
seating needs to be set up. All stu-
dents and parents are urged to come
out and help.
In a special called meeting Feb.
26, the Alto City Council met to
discuss several pending issues. They
agreed to appoint Plumbing Offi-
cials, Roger Waddle and Tommie
Woodard. They approved the en-
forcement of Texas Local Govern-
ment Code (Sect. 214.014) and city
Ordinance Code, Art 2 Chapter VI,
Sect. 6.20 and 6.21, that provides
that the City may require grease
trap installation when the plumb-
ing official believes a hazard exist
that allows grease to be introduced
into the City drainage system. All
new restaurant establishments will
be required to have grease traps
before going on city service.
Any establishment already on city
service shall have one (1) year to
install greasé traps, with the stipu-
lation that owner of such establish-
ment will enter into agreement with
the City that they will be respon-
sible for all charges incurred as a
result of grease (from their estab-
lishment) being introduced into the
city sewer system.This decision will
be made by the plumbing official.
In other action the council ap-
proved Carol Rozell as Absentee
VotingClerk and La Vonne McCom-
mas and Sandra Brumley as Dep-
uty absentee Voting clerks for the
City General Election (Absentee
Voting). Absentee voting will begin
at 8 a.m. April 16 and will end at 6
p.m. on April 30.
Council also approved James Fox
as Judge of City General Election
and J.M. Hargrove as Alternate
Judge and three workers. The Gen-
eral Election to be held Saturday,
May 4, at City Hall, 106 Busy B
Street. Presiding Judge also will act
as Presiding Judge for the Absentee
Ballot Board. Salary was set at $6
an hour per clerk.
In other action council members
discussed water, sewer, gas, police,
Judging for this event will start
at9 a.m., March 16, with rabbits, 10
a.m., swine and poultry, 1 p.m.,
goats, and 2 p.m., dairy.
Judging of beef animals starts at
9 a.m. March 16. The Bar-B-Q will
start at 6 p.m. with the announce-
ment of the winners of the Queens
Contest at 6 p.m. and the SALE at 7
Cherry McWhorter, Advertising
Chairman of the Cherokee County
Junior Livestock Show and Sale
invites all to attend this event
trash, ambulance, city vehicles and
the repair of streets which will begin
just as quickly as possible once the
weather allows for repairs.
Council members up for re-elec-
tion include Mayor Garwin Baugh,
Terry Black and Verna Lee Arnold.
At presstime Baugh and Arnold had
filed. Deadline for filing for city
council positions is 6 p.m. March 20.
Books are sought
TheSingletary Memorial Library
Steering Committee, Friends of the
Library, will «ponsor a used book
sale during the Fair on the Square
If you have books (paperbacks or
hardbacks) in usable condition, we
would be glad to help you get rid of
them," members of the committee
Interested persons can call the
library at 903-683-6916 for pickup
or taka the booka by the library.
Wells hosts 'Operation Home Front'
The city of Wells will sponsor
"Operation Home Front" at 7 p.m.
this Thursday, Feb. 28 in the school
auditorium. There will be reserved
seating for the immediate family
members who have servicemen or
women stationed in the Middle East.
Persons in this category are asked
to bring as large a picture of the
family member in the Armed Serv-
ices that is available. Also, they are
asked to identify themselves aa they
enter the auditorium so that they
can be seated in the reserved area.
Other communities are invited to
take part in the rally, to bring flags
and banners and to come in uni-
form, from WWI if possible.
For ftirther information please call
Roy Burroughs, chainnan of the
event, 867-6731 or co-chairpersons
at 867-4466 or 867-6269. They will
also take the fall name and address
of servicemen and women overseas
to be included in the recognition
service during the rally.
GROUNDBREAKING far a new fellowship hall was held Feb. 17 at the Cold Springs
United Methodist Church. The new 38 by 36 foot church addition will be at the rear
of the present building. Among those participating In the event are these pictured
the Rev. Paul Stalnaker, pastor; Randy Dowllng, chairman of the building committee
and commlttea members Annie Ruth May. Martha Williams, Greg Dover and Doris
Dowllng. Others pictured are Blake Do wing, Ellle Dowllng, Haley Dowllng. Carl
Dowllng, Elbert and Laura Dover and Elreta Hall. -staff photo
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