Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 143, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 23, 1992 Page: 1 of 18
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Vol. 143, No. 51 - 12 Pages
rinirsdav. January 23, 1992
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 eents
Rusk City Council accepts
donation of Baskin building
CONGRESSMAN CHARLES WILSON, left, talks with George Stokes, engineer for
the city of Rusk, following his address to a joint meeting of service clubs Thursday
in Rusk. Also pictured center are Lion President Bill Curtis, Otis Williams and Paul
Cox, from left.
The old Baskin's Department
Store building in downtown Rusk
will be renovated and offered as an
incentive to a department store to
locate in Rusk. The project is under-
way as a part of a community effort
to restore retail traffic to the down-
Rusk Mayor Mike Crysup will a p-
point a committee to aggressively
seek private contributions, to over-
see the building renovation and to
attract a retail merchant to the Rusk
Members of the Rusk City Coun-
cil by a vote of 3 to 2 accepted dona-
tion of the building from owners
Glenn Miller and Beth Coker.
Voting for acceptance of the build-
ing were Council members Jerry
Thompson, District 1; Walter Ses-
sion, District 2; and Harold Porter,
District5. Voting against the meas-
ure were Council members Mack
SCHOOL BLOOD DRIVE-
Rusk High School along with Ste-
wart Regional Blood Center will
have a blood drive from 8 a.m. to
t v ... 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. Ste-
wart Vrill be set up in the Rusk
High School Gym.
Students, faculty members and
employees of the school who are
over the age of 18 and in good
health may donate blood. Those 17
yeare of age may donate with pa-
A free cholesterol screen will be
performed on each unit of blood
a cooperative effort of Affiliated
Food Stores, the Rusk Chamber of
Commerce and Ocker Food Store
and Alto Food Center blood drives
will be conducted at both food stores
Saturday, Jan. 25.
The Stewart mobile unit will be
atOcker's from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
and at Alto Food Center from noon
until 3 p.m.
A total of at least 30 pints is
needed for both of the locations to
allow the formation of community
pools, which will allow local citi-
zens the benefit of the blood at
FIRE TRAINING IS SLATED-
-The Sacul Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment Basic Fire Training Class is
planned for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 28
and 30th at the Sacul Community
Center. Richard Gray of the Texas
Forest Service will be instructor.
An invitation is extended to all to
A come and join in the training.
DINNER WILL BENEFIT
FIREMEN—An Italian Lasagna
dinner to help fund the Sacul Vol-
unteer Fire Department will be
served Saturday, Feb. 1 at the
Sacul Community Center begin-
ning at 11 a.m. The Center is
located State Highway 204between
Reklaw and Cushing. Dinner will
include lasagna, salad, garlic bread,
tea and dessert. Cost is $5 for adults
and $3 for children 12 and under.
ALTO SEMINAR- The guid-
ance office at Alto High School will
sponsor a college financial aid semi-
nar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
Representatives from Stephen F.
Austin State University and Lon
Morris College will be at Alto High
School to discuss grants, loans, and
scholarships that are available to
eligible students. All 11th and 12th
grade students and their parents
are urged to attend.
OF COMMERCE-Rick Perry,
Texas Department of Agriculture
Commissioner, will be guest speaker
for the 7 p.m. Feb. 6 Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce banquet at
Jacksonville High School cafeteria.
Dinner .entertainment will be pro-
vided by the Lon Morris College
Chorale. Tickets are $16 for cham-
ber members and $20 for non-
members. The dinner will include a
10 ounce ribeye steak, bake potato,
garden salad, vegetable, bread,
dessert, coffee and tea. Seating is
limited to 350 and no refunds on
ticket reservations will be made
after Feb. 3.
TJC SIGN-UP—Registration for
Tyler Junior College's spring se-
mester at Rusk State Hospital will
be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 10.
Future details regarding classes
and meeting times will be released
in the near future.
BLOOD DRIVE-A commu-
nity blood drive is planned for 10
a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at
the Texas Department of Criminal
Residents of the area are invited
to come and join in on this event,
according to Warden Joe Collins
and Chaplain Bill Pittman.
Henderson, District 3; and Bill
Norman, District 4.
Charles Hassell, president of the
Rusk Industrial Foundation and
former councilman, asked that the
city take the building and put it in
good shape. Estimated cost of reno-
vation will be shared by the city,
industrial foundation and other civic
minded Rusk area citizens.
Councilman Thompson reminded
the council that the City has lost
from $8,000 to $10,000 in sales tax
revenue since the department store
closed. "This loss wasn't all from
Baskin's sales tax. All merchants
have suffered and sales tax decline
will continueif somethingisn'tdone.
And it's not just one store closing,
there will be others if something
isn't done," Thompson said.
Porter, another downtown mer-
chant, agreed with Thompson that
the business community had suf-
fered from the loss of the depart-
Rusk Mayor Mike Crysup said
department stores have been the
hub of the downtown merchants for
many years. "We are losing our
downtown merchants," he contin-
Renovation of the building is esti-
mated to cost around $45,000. The
city voted to spent $20,000 to
$25,000 and the remainder will be
raised through private donations.
Plans are that the occupant will
be a retail business. It will not be
used for office space.
All funds collected for the renova-
tion will be used on the building.
"I don't want the city to get in the
business of bujnng downtown build-
ings,"Crysup said. "But this is vital
to the fiiture of Rusk's business
Session said "I think this is a good
idea myself. I think the city should
start the bidding process and get
"We have lost a lot of sales tax
from other downtown businesses,"
Kay Hunter, local citizen attend-
ing the meeting said there was no
place to go in town to purchase nice
sheets and towelB.
Normán said "I don't know if I am
in favor of this. We can't do it for
"I feel similar to Bill," Henderson
said. "What happens if JoEd's busi-
ness falls down."
■ Please see CITY pg. 7
Rusk man is shot
DEL AND PAUL COX are recipients of the Rusk
Citizen of the Year. The two were named Thursday
night at the 51st annual Rusk Chamber of
Commerce banquet by Mayor Mike Crysup, last
year's recipient. (See Story P. 2) -staff photo
Herman Lee Overstreet of Rusk,
age 25,is no win Tyler Medical Cen-
ter, Tyler, following a shooting Sat-
urday night, according to Rusk Chief
of Police Barry Campbell.
Overstreet was released from the
Cherokee County Jail a few days
earlier after his arrest on charges of
burglary of motor vehicles. He was
out on a $2000 bond.
According to Chief Campbell, the
shooting occured around 10:45 p.m.
Saturday at the home of Jerry
Dickson, age 30, 802 Collins St. in
"It appeared to be a domestic
dispute. Overstreet went to the home
of Dickson and a heated argument
ensued," explained the Rusk police
Chief Campbell stated that he
was told Overstreet opened the
screen door and was shot by Dickson
with a .32 caliber pistol in the right
Overstreet was first carried to
EastTexas Medical Center in Rusk,
and then moved to Tyler Medical
Center in an air ambulance.
A bullet is reported to be lodged
against his spine, and he is para-
A spokeswoman at Tyler reported
Overstreet in serious but stable
Chief Campbell stated that he
did not file charges against Dickson,
but the incident will be presented
to the next Cherokee County Grand
Three people arrested
Clinic sets dedication
Cherokee Civic Chorus rehearses
at 6:15 p.m. every Tuesday at the
Cherokee Civic Theatre. Rehears-
als are underway for Broadway
Show Tunes, to be presented in
March at the theatre.
Cherokee County Sheriff's depu-
ties, Precinct 1 constable Billy Love-
lady and the Deep East Texas nar-
cotics Task Force executed a search
and arrest warra nt at the residence
of Margaret Helms at Dialville,
gets financial boost
The Rusk Chamber of Com-
merce's Economic Development
Fund received a big boost last
weak whan Representative El-
ton Bomer and Senator Bill
Haley asked that surplus money
from their Appreciation Ban-
quet be earmarked for economic
Both Bomer and Haley were
scheduled to receive money left
after expenses. Each were offered
$436.60, or a total of $871.20.
'It is my opinion that a moro
worthwhile project cannot be
found during the economic times
that we are experiencing than to
promote economic development,"
commented Rep. Bomer.
according to Sheriff Jimmy Dickson.
Two adults and one juvenile were
Dickson said Charles Wayne
Bates, 38, of Route 7, Jacksonville,
was arrested and charged with de-
livery of a controlled substance,
burglaryof a coin operated machine
and possession of a prohibited
weapon. Bond was denied on the
Margaret Lou Helms, 59, also of
Route 7, Jacksonville, was charged
with possession of prohibited
weapon(a sa wed-off shotgun), bond
was set at $5,000; possession of a
controlled substance with bond at
$10,000 and harboring a felony
fugitive with bond set at $5,000.
Dedication ceremonies for the
Cherokee Community Mental
Health Services at 5656 North
Jackson, Jacksonville, are sched-
uled for Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 2
until 4 p.m. Ribbon cutting by
Jacksonville Mayor Gene Brumbe-
low, is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Doug
Rudd, assistant deputy commis-
sioner for program development
(facilities community services),
Austin, will also speak to the those
The public is cordially invited to
attend the dedication ceremonies
for the 8,265 square foot building
that was formerly occupied by the
KETK Region 66 Television.
Wilson Lilley,director of commu-
nity programs said "We are very
honored to have such distinguished
guests at our dedication and look
forward to providing the best com-
munity services program available
in our area."
He added, "We invite the public
to attend and encourage all per-
sons that assist in delivery of com-
munity mental health care serv-
ices to tour our programs and to
learn about the many outpatient
services we provide citizens of Ch-
erokee County. The Cherokee Com-
munity Mental Health Services is
under the supervision ofRusk State
Hospital, the Mental Health Au-
thority for Cherokee County. Rusk
State Hospital is a facility of the
Texas Mental Health and Mental
BASKETBALL—All Rusk Little
Dribbler teams begin play this Sat-
urday, Jan. 25. Participants include
280 children, ages ranging from six
yean through sixth grade. All inter-
ested parsons ara invitad to come
watch the gat
LSS future hopeful
in the Alto School District will be
dismissed early next week to allow
teachers in-service time. Busea will
run at 18.30 p.m. Jan. 97 through
The future of Lufldn State School,
while not certain, is most hopefiil.
Approximately 300 people at-
tended the hearing at Lufkin State
School last Thursday to show sup-
port for the continued service of the
TwoofTeias' 19 state schools will
be closed by agreement with Fed-
eral District Judge Barefoot Sand-
"We certainly appreciate the help
and support given us by the leader-
ship of Cherokee County," com-
mented LSS Superintendent Harry
Members ofthe Cherokee County
Commissioners Court, mayors and
councilman from Alto and Wells
were on hand. In addition, Rusk
Mayor Mike Crjraup showed sup-
port in a letter.
"Cherokee County gave us some
of our strongest support and wa
really appreciate their efforta,"
rut nomi corvtuwrn
The Cherokee Community Mental Health Services
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